Glen Helen’s new Off-Road Short Course Series will get under way Saturday ‘rain or shine’


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Bob Beyer is anxious to see what will happen when the Glen Helen Off-Road Short Course Series makes its debut Saturday (Feb. 21).
The Off-Road Director of the multi-purpose raceway just north of San Bernardino said the new 1-mile race track has “held up pretty well” during the recent foul weather and the opening round of the seven-race series is “definitely a go, rain or shine. We’re not turning back now.”
There’s uncertainty along with the determination, however.
“I’m not exactly sure what to expect because we didn’t have pre-registration for this one,” Beyer said. “More and more people are calling, and more and more companies are interested, so I guess we’re headed in the right direction. The contingency companies are starting to show up, so we’ll be supported from that end, for sure.”
Judging from the turnouts for the two open practice sessions and on conversations within the off-road community, the series shouldn’t lack for support by the competitors, either. Beyer carefully structured the series as a convenient, affordable alternative to racing in the costly, travel-intensive major professional series, but included classes for the touring professionals as well.
There are 24 classes in all – limited to unlimited trucks and buggies and short course, desert and stadium vehicles – and Beyer anticipates combining them into six to eight groups, depending on the number of entries, for Saturday’s races. Each group will run a pair of 15-minute heats. Each heat will get under way with an exciting “land rush” start that will see the vehicles lined up side-by-side across the 100-foot wide staging area in positions determined by a drawing
Track gates will open at 10 a.m. Friday and there will be a practice from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. Gates will open at 6 a.m. Sunday and the on-track activity will begin at 10 a.m.
Spectator admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 are admitted free. The entire track is visible from all spectator areas. All seating is festival style and ice chests are permitted. The pit area will be open to everyone at no additional cost.
The remaining races in the series are scheduled for March 21, June 13, July 18, August 29, October 10 and November 14 and will follow the same Friday-Saturday format.
For more information on the Glen Helen Off-Road Short Course Series and Baja Cup Challenge, contact Off-Road Director Bob Beyer by telephone at 909-815-5811 or by e-mail at
For more information on other Glen Helen events, contact Track Manager Lori Bryant by telephone at 909-384-9342 or by e-mail at