The High Desert Racing Association’s Eldorado Fireworks 500 race at the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex June 30th through July 8th is set to redefine what an off-road event can be for racers and fans. The Fireworks 500 will be the perfect destination for the entire family. The Tahoe-Reno area offers some of the best recreational opportunities in the western US including sightseeing, river rafting on the Truckee river, lake and stream fishing, boating, hiking, waterparks, shows, dining and the Off-Road Racing Hall of Fame. There will also be several fireworks displays in the area to celebrate our independence on the Fourth.
The HDRA staff has planned a long list of special events to take place the entire week of the event starting with the Off-road expo in Sparks, NV. on June 30th. Contingency and tech will be held on July 6th under the famous “Biggest Little City in the World” arch on Virginia Street in downtown Reno. Autograph signings, Monster Energy FMX freestyle shows, concerts and a private party for HDRA members will take place during the week.
Fans will be treated to an incredible spectating experience on top of a long, graded level plateau, perfect for camping and RV’s. The plateau overlooks the main pit area, the qualifying loop and a good portion of the racecourse. There will be hot food, cold beverages and a beer garden available at the event. If you would like to get a taste of HDRA racing action prior to the Fireworks 500, tune in to Fox Sports West on Thursday, May 17th to catch coverage of the Imperial 250 held outside El Centro, California. The HDRA media crew will be filming at each event to bring you complete coverage on Fox Sports West throughout the season. For TV channel and time schedule in your area see http://msn.foxsports.com/tv/schedule
The racers are looking forward to the Eldorado Fireworks 500 for several reasons. First off is the ability to recon the 118 mile long course all week during daylight hours. The recon periods are open to anyone who becomes an HDRA member so you can come out and have fun prior to the race and take in some of the spectacular scenery at your own pace. The racecourse, held on 130 square miles of private property, offers canyons, washes and ridgelines that will take you up and down the mountains where wild horses run through yucca and juniper groves. The layout of the course is in a cloverleaf shape so you won’t need a huge pit team; you can easily reach remote pit sites with the same vehicle. This also makes it great for the spectators who will see each vehicle several times on every lap.
Racers who register and pay entry fees before June 15th will receive an HDRA logo bag and commemorative race jacket. Plus… entries received before June 15th will also receive two tickets to the exclusive Monster Energy VIP party! Entries received between June 16th and July 1st will still receive a HDRA logo bag.
Special room rates are available at the Eldorado Reno Resort and Casino and the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, two of Reno’s finest. “This will be the event of the year for Reno,” says Rick Murdock from the Eldorado Reno resort, “In addition to the race we will be having the All American BBQ festival with some great food and free live entertainment, it’s going to be an unbelievable weekend.”
If you’ve ever thought of taking part in one of Wide Open Excursions “arrive and drive” race events this is the time. They are expecting up to ten cars competing in the race including cars from the Eldorado Reno and Silver Legacy casinos and a Monster Energy car that will be piloted by some of their Monster Energy athletes.
“We are extremely excited to be a part of HDRA and the upcoming Fireworks 500,” said Wide Open Excursion’s Brent Fenimore, “This event is going to be amazing for everyone involved. The location is spectacular and when you combine the amenities in Reno with the chance to race for 500 miles, it’s going to be an epic experience for our competitors.” Wide Open HDRA Racing Includes Race Entry Fee, HDRA Membership Fee, Recon Running, Pre-Race Strategy Dinner, Fully-prepped Race Car, Designated Crew Chief, Pit Support, Chase Crews, Post-Race Victory Dinner & 4 VIP Hospitality Suite Passes.
Simply put, the HDRA Fireworks 500 race is going to be the most talked about event of the year. Make plans to join in on the fun with the whole family June 30th through July 8th in Reno, Nevada. For complete event information go to: hdrarace.com for the latest news.
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High Desert Racing Association (HDRA) is a professional off-road racing organization based in Las Vegas, NV. HDRA currently sanctions off-road racing events in both Nevada and California. Their 2012 schedule includes five races ranging from 10-12 mile multi-lap DesertCross courses all the way to a 500-mile long distance cross-country desert race. Visit www.hdrarace.com for more information.
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