RockCrawler 4x4 and Offroad Magazine http://www.rockcrawler.com Covering the world, one rock at a time! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:56:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 BFGoodrich® Tires Seize Season Opening Races In The Deserthttp://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/bfgoodrich-tires-seize-season-opening-races-in-the-desert/ http://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/bfgoodrich-tires-seize-season-opening-races-in-the-desert/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:56:27 +0000 http://www.rockcrawler.com/?p=8631 Company’s Baja T/A KR2 Race Tire Continues Its Success Story GREENVILLE, SC (Feb 13, 2015) – Not laying off the throttle after a record year of desert racing, BFGoodrich® Tires helped drivers win the first three races of the season...

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Company’s Baja T/A KR2 Race Tire Continues Its Success Story

unnamedGREENVILLE, SC (Feb 13, 2015) – Not laying off the throttle after a record year of desert racing, BFGoodrich® Tires helped drivers win the first three races of the season in their respective series. Wins at the King of the Hammers (Randy Slawson), Best In The Desert Parker 425 (Gary Weyhrich) and Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (Tavo Vildosola) continued the string of dominating performance on BFGoodrich racing tires. Drivers on BFGoodrich Tires have now won the overall title in 13 of the last 14 major North American desert races.

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Rough, fast and rocky were words to describe all three race courses in California, Arizona and Mexico respectively. Conditions that require tough construction and high performance tread design to carve through the terrain. In all three races, the winning drivers did not experience a single flat tire.

As part of its continued development in producing the best desert race tires available, BFGoodrich unveiled its latest in the line of BFGoodrich BajaT/A® KR2 race tire at the King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, Calif. Race Winner Randy Slawson was one of five finishers using the latest iteration of race product, the Baja T/A® KR2-S tire, a purpose built tire designed for the extreme terrain and varying speeds and conditions synonymous with the King of the Hammers event. The tire is based on the foundation and structure of the KR2 race tire, but specially modified for the unique demands of rock racing. The KR2 dominated the desert race season in 2014, which included overall wins at the SCORE Baja 500 and 1000. Overall, seven of the 17 official finishers strapped BFGoodrich tires on their race vehicle and 47 percent of the racers chose BFGoodrich products as their tire solution for King of the Hammers.

For the win, Slawson not only claims the title of “King”, but also received the $5,000 contingency award from BFGoodrich Tires.

Just 150 miles away on the same weekend, Gary Weyhrich started 15th and picked off trucks in front of him to capture his first win in a Trick Truck since 2012 at the Best In The Desert Parker 425 in Parker, Arizona. Weyhrich, outfit with BFGoodrich Baja T/A® KR2 race tires, edged out Luke McMillin on corrected time, while Tim Herbst took third to complete the podium sweep for racers on BFGoodrich Tires. Overall, BFGoodrich Tires had eight of the top 10 finishers in the race and seven class wins.

BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren pulled double duty on the weekend. After a disappointing end to his second entrance into the King of the Hammers race where he and Lance Clifford timed out after mechanical issues, MacCachren completed the Parker 425 in 11th in the Trick Truck class.

A few weeks earlier, Gustavo “Tavo” Vildosola, Jr. earned his third consecutive Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 title. With the win, BFGoodrich Tires extend their win streak in SCORE International desert races to six, after sweeping the season last year.

BFGoodrich Tires placed six of the top 10 overall finishers, a podium sweep in Class 10 and helped claim 10 class wins at the race.

“We are hopeful that the desert racing community is sensing a theme here,” said Chris Baker, director of motorsports for BFGoodrich Tires. “The BFGoodrich Tires brand and its success over the past 12 months is not a coincidence. We have maintained focus on our high level product development in desert racing. The results are showing up not only on the podium, with now nine overall race wins on our latest KR2 desert race tire, but also in the fact that more racers are adopting our products.

“When you go to the desert today, you will see roughly half the field on BFGoodrich Tires. That speaks to our racing heritage yesterday and our continued passion today,” added Baker. “Racers have been trusting in our latest products at a high rate as well, with more than 60% of those on BFGoodrich Tires at San Felipe running KR2.

“This technology doesn’t remain only in our motorsports efforts. The unveiling of our newest All-Terrain T/A® KO2 tire, featuring technology directly derived from competition, is clear evidence that racing for the BFGoodrich brand isn’t focused around naming rights, but is focused on earning bragging rights and developing technology in motorsports which is then put into the products everyday drivers can buy.”

About BFGoodrich Tires
Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including sports car, desert, dirt, short course, rally and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Motorsports site at www.BFGoodrichracing.com  or BFGoodrich Tires on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires  or on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BFGoodrichTires.

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DynoMax(R) ULTRA4 Race Team Claims Every Podium Spot in 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers Racehttp://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/dynomaxr-ultra4-race-team-claims-every-podium-spot-in-2015-nitto-king-of-the-hammers-race/ http://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/dynomaxr-ultra4-race-team-claims-every-podium-spot-in-2015-nitto-king-of-the-hammers-race/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:42:30 +0000 http://www.rockcrawler.com/?p=8627 DynoMax’s Randy Slawson Claims Back-to-Back “King” Titles while Erik Miller, Levi Shirley and Wayland Campbell Earn Other Top Spots Monroe, MI, Feb. 13, 2015 – DynoMax driver Randy Slawson won his second “King” title at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers...

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DynoMax’s Randy Slawson Claims Back-to-Back “King” Titles while Erik Miller, Levi Shirley and Wayland Campbell Earn Other Top Spots

Monroe, MI, Feb. 13, 2015 – DynoMax driver Randy Slawson won his second “King” title at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers (KOH) race in Johnson Valley, Calif., late last week, followed by other DynoMax drivers Erik Miller in second, Levi Shirley in third and Wayland Campbell in fourth. Only 17 out of 129 drivers finished the epic 215-mile race that marked the opening of ULTRA4’s 2015 race season.

KOH week’s other events included the Every Man Challenge, focused on stocks, mods, specs and legends. As the first and only finisher in the stocks class, Matt Peterson drove the same 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee that helped him bring home a win for Team DynoMax in 2013. Leading the legends class among other alumni ULTRA4 cars was DynoMax driver Ben Napier who took first in a Bomber Fab racecar. Additionally, in the spec class, Luke Johnson won driving the DynoMax spec car.

“This year’s race certainly pushed the DynoMax team to its limits,” said Chris Gauss, director, performance products, Tenneco. “The DynoMax team not only provides us great insight into our products and future product development through races like King of the Hammers, but they provide great brand stewardship through their camaraderie in the
field and within the off-road community.”

Slawson joins DynoMax teammates Shannon Campbell and Loren Healy as two-time Kings, despite running out of gas on the second lap of this year’s KOH race. Erik Miller, 2012 KOH King, who dominated much of this year’s race and encountered a flat tire following the first lap and a lost steering pump at mile 198, followed Slawson closely. Like
Slawson, Miller was the only other returning King that drove a straight-axle rig. Levi Shirley took third, crushing his previous best place finish of 19th at the 2014 race. Shirley was the only driver on the podium who drove a single-seater IFS.

Former King (2008 and 2011) and fan favorite, Shannon Campbell had problems with his compressor relay on the second lap going up Back Door, one of the course’s rocky trails. The DynoMax driver repaired it only to eventually succumb to an overheating transmission. Shannon asked the Campbell family pit crew to shift focus to his racing
children, Wayland and Bailey. Wayland, 19, finished fourth in his best race to date, and Bailey, 18, was the only female driver in the event.  She finished the course but did not make the 14-hour time cutoff.

Combining high-speed desert racing with highly technical rock crawling while requiring top-quality vehicle components and a high degree of driver skill, King of the Hammers is one of the toughest, one-day, off-road races in the world. For more information about the ULTRA4 racing series or the King of the Hammers event, please visit
www.ultra4racing.com.

Manufactured and marketed by Tenneco, DynoMax is one of North America’s leading brands of dyno-proven exhaust technologies for late-model and classic muscle cars, diesel and gas trucks and SUVs.

To learn more about DynoMax Performance Exhaust products, please visit www.DynoMax.com, contact your nearest DynoMax supplier or call 1-734-384-7806. For the name and location of your nearest DynoMax retailer, check out the Dealer Locator at www.DynoMax.com.

Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) is an $8.4 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 29,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite® Elastomer.

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HELLA RE-ENGINEERS HIGH PERFORMANCE HALOGEN HEADLIGHT BULBShttp://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/hella-re-engineers-high-performance-halogen-headlight-bulbs/ http://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/hella-re-engineers-high-performance-halogen-headlight-bulbs/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:29:39 +0000 http://www.rockcrawler.com/?p=8622 Special kit includes a pair of bulbs, gloves, and dielectric grease for maximum reliability Peachtree City, GA… HELLA, Inc., the North American aftermarket subsidiary of automotive lighting and electronics supplier HELLA, has just launched a new line of HELLA High...

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Special kit includes a pair of bulbs, gloves, and dielectric grease for maximum reliability

Peachtree City, GA… HELLA, Inc., the North American aftermarket subsidiary of automotive lighting and electronics supplier HELLA, has just launched a new line of HELLA High Performance 2.0 Bulbs. These new, technologically advanced headlight bulbs have been re-engineered to deliver up to 100% more light on the road than HELLA standard halogen bulbs. They feature an exclusive halogen gas formulation that delivers the ultimate HID look and performance in a halogen bulb.

The HELLA HP 2.0 Bulbs deliver the type of crisp white illumination that can help reduce nighttime driver fatigue. HELLA engineers incorporated key design advantages such as a re-engineered filament for greater light output and a platinum tip on select bulbs for precise light focus.

According to Alfredo de la Vega, HELLA Marketing Manager, “Our new HP 2.0 bulbs are designed to help improve driver safety and reaction time. They have been developed to produce a brighter, whiter light, which will allow drivers to see more contrast in objects ahead for better down-road and side-road visibility.”

The new bulbs are offered in a kit that provides drivers with everything needed to get the job done. The kit includes a pair of bulbs, gloves, and dielectric grease to ensure an ideal connection.

Manufactured under strict HELLA guidelines, HELLA High Performance 2.0 Bulbs create an optimal balance of bulb performance and bulb life. High quality quartz glass is used for overall construction and a specialized blue coating is added to create a distinctive styling.

HELLA HP 2.0 Headlight Bulbs are DOT compliant bulbs and come with a one year warranty. They are available in the following 12V standard wattage bulb types:  H1, H3, H7, H9, H11, H13 (9008), 9003 (HB2)/H4, 9004 (HB1), 9005 (HB3), 9006 (HB4), and 9007 (HB5).

About HELLA, Inc
HELLA, Inc., located in suburban Atlanta, GA, is the North American aftermarket sales and distribution headquarters for HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.  HELLA, Inc. provides world-class aftermarket and special OE support to automotive, marine, and heavy-duty accounts in the U.S., Canada, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.hellausa.com.

HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co., Lippstadt: The automotive parts supplier develops and manufactures components and systems for lighting technology and electronics for the automotive industry. In addition, joint venture companies also produce complete vehicle modules, air conditioning systems and vehicle electric systems. HELLA has one of the largest aftermarket organizations in the world for automotive parts and accessories, with its own sales companies and partners in more than 100 countries.

The consolidated annual sales of the HELLA Group are around 4.4 billion euros. HELLA is one of the top 50 automotive parts suppliers in the world and one of the 100 largest industrial companies in Germany. More than25,000 people work in 70 manufacturing facilities, production subsidiaries and joint ventures all over the world. Approximately 3,000 engineers and technicians work in research and development throughout the company group. Customers include all leading vehicle and system manufacturers, as well as the automotive parts aftermarket. For more information, visitwww.hella.com.

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The 2015 Polaris RZR MINT 400 Presented by General Tire Returns to the Red Bull Signature Serieshttp://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/the-2015-polaris-rzr-mint-400-presented-by-general-tire-returns-to-the-red-bull-signature-series/ http://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/the-2015-polaris-rzr-mint-400-presented-by-general-tire-returns-to-the-red-bull-signature-series/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:58:57 +0000 http://www.rockcrawler.com/?p=8614 February 24th, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire will again roar onto TV screens across America as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. The most progressive action sports series...

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February 24th, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire will again roar onto TV screens across America as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. The most progressive action sports series in the world will air a two-hour NBC broadcast of the Mint 400, showcasing the largest and most prestigious off-road race in America.. The 2015 race will be held Saturday, March 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Red Bull Signature Series broadcast is set to air on NBC, Sunday, June 28th from 2-4 p.m. ET.

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“The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property on TV today, so of course we are thrilled to continue to be a part of the series,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli.  “Last year’s Red Bull Signature Series broadcast on NBC reached new fans all across the United States and globally online.  It’s validation that off-road racing is one of the most exciting forms of motorsports in the world.  Three hundred and thirty of the best off-road racers in the world are coming to do battle on our course, what can be more exciting than that!.”

“Last year we hit an incredible milestone for the sport of off-road racing,” said Joshua Martelli, COO of The Mint 400. “The show was a huge success! It reached over a hundred million households throughout the United States and on Red Bull Signature Series.”

Click here to watch the entire 2014 broadcast on NBC:

Mad Media will return in 2015 as the production team behind The Mint 400 broadcast for the sixth consecutive year. They are best known for producing the first three Gymkhana films, and most recently the “XP1K” series for Polaris RZR. In addition to their widely successful branded viral video work, they produced coverage of the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.Sal Masekela, the definitive voice in action sports, will host all the action in a series that is now in its fourth year on NBC.

About The Red Bull Signature Series
Thee Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property in the world, featuring best-in-class events such as Frozen Rush, Joyride, Rampage, Straight Rhythm, Mint 400 and Volcom Pipe Pro.  These events represent a collection of the most innovative snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding, motorsports and BMX events, on custom courses inspired by the athletes themselves.  Red Bull Media House and the NBC Sports Group showcase this world-class property of action sports events all year long on NBC through state-of-the-art production and storytelling.  For more information, please visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.  Be sure to follow the Red Bull Signature Series on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

About The Polaris RZR Mint 400, presented by General Tire
Known as “The Greatest Off-Road Race in America,” The Mint 400 is an epic four hundred mile battle between the top off-road racers in the world in over twenty different classes of off-road vehicles. The race was started in 1967, and is steeped in American lore, as thousands of racers, as well as celebrities from around the world, have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. An entire week of events lead up the famed off-road race in and around Las Vegas, including a vehicle parade, drivers meet and greet, pit crew contest, crowning of Miss Mint, multiple parties, qualifying, and contingency / vehicle tech inspection.About Mad Media
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency, with in-house film and television production. We craft authentic, culturally engaging brand messages, and deliver them across print, web, photography, and film platforms. Mad Media has been leading the online content revolution since 1995 producing major commercial, television, online content and viral film projects such as The Gymkhana Series and XP1K Series.

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Charlene Bower to Appear on PowerNation TV This Weekendhttp://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/charlene-bower-appear-powernation-tv-weekend/ http://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/charlene-bower-appear-powernation-tv-weekend/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:35:52 +0000 http://www.rockcrawler.com/?p=8345 Timmie Cameron King of the Hammers Finishing Car Featured Charlene Bower, owner of Bower Media, will be Courtney Hansen’s guest on PowerNation TV talking about the Racer Marketing School & Brand Ambassador Class available online at BowerMediaMarketingSchool.com.  Air dates will be...

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unnamed (14)Charlene Bower, owner of Bower Media, will be Courtney Hansen’s guest on PowerNation TV talking about the Racer Marketing School & Brand Ambassador Class available online at BowerMediaMarketingSchool.comAir dates will be Saturday February 21st on CBS Sports, Sunday February 22nd on Spike TV, Tuesday February 24th on NBC Sports Network and Thursday February 26th on NBC Sports Network or on powernationtv.com.   “I am extremely excited about the show airing this weekend and letting all types and levels of racers know about the Racer Marketing School and the simple opportunities that we have for them to learn,” said Charlene Bower.  “The whole experience at PowerNation was great and I look forward to seeing how the editors put it together!”

With the topic of the show being about the school, versus their normal vehicle integration, Ian Johnson of Xtreme 4×4 reached out to Jimmy Penner, the team manager for RWR Racing driven by Timmie Cameron.  Unknowingly at the time of taping, the East Coast Underground sponsored team would finish 11th at the recent 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers presented by 4 Wheel Parts.  The Bomber Fabrication car featured sponsors to both RWR Racing and Bower Media including BFGoodrich Tires, Raceline Wheels and WARN Winch.

                               Post by Bower Motorsports Media.
ALSO THIS WEEKEND…
I’M NOT JUST A GIRL…will be in San Mateo at the 4 Wheel Part Truck Fest Show!   XS – 4XL GIRL SHIRT & KIDS OPTIONS!!    unnamed (10)
San Mateo Expo Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
Free Admission
Saturday, February 21, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You May Not Have Heard…

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Ella S.  Yes, that is the car we sent her!!  Don’t wait until
the last day of February to get your (kids) coloring page
up online!  It’s FUN & SIMPLE to enter!
Hopefully you already have the 2015 Bower Media Kids Coloring and Activity Book.  Have your kids (or the big kid in you) COLORthe February page.  THEN take a fun PICTURE and POST on your Social Media account with the February HASH TAG.
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up this week!) and whala, you could be this months lucky winner!
…and then REPEAT each month!
NEED A KIDS CALENDAR?
1. Join the Shirt Swag Club.  2. Order via Race Team Store. 4. Subscribe to CRAWL Magazine   4. Find Charlene at TDS in a couple weeks…  :)
TIP: When posting on Social Media, be sure to set the Post to “Public”.  We need to be able to see it in case “we aren’t friends”.  We will make a comment on your picture when we have logged it for the giveaway.  If you don’t see something within a week, please help direct us to your post.  We want everyone to be included!  Thank you!  MORE DETAILED INFORMATION HERE 
Just Announced…
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Entry into the Adventure of a Lifetime Sweepstakes…
Have you gotten an entry into our Adventure of a Lifetime Sweepstakes yet? Where do you want to go?  MORE DETAILED INFORMATION HERE 
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2015 King Shocks Battle at Primm – Pre-Race Rundownhttp://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/2015-king-shocks-battle-primm-pre-race-rundown/ http://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/2015-king-shocks-battle-primm-pre-race-rundown/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:05:22 +0000 http://www.rockcrawler.com/?p=8334 Now that a King has been crowned, nearly 250 drivers have committed to taking on the unforgiving desert terrain at the 2015 King Shocks Battle at Primm. Over the past 46 years the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiast (SNORE) and...

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unnamed (4)Now that a King has been crowned, nearly 250 drivers have committed to taking on the unforgiving desert terrain at the 2015 King Shocks Battle at Primm. Over the past 46 years the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiast (SNORE) and their volunteer army has helped to keep high speed desert racing alive in the greater Las Vegas, NV area. This year the race teams will congregate at Buffalo Bill’s Hotel and Casino and push their race cars, trucks, and buggies to the limit in the 3-day season opener, February 20-22, 2015.

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Gates open and the weekend kicks off with registration at 7:30am on Friday.  The first flag will wave and qualifying laps begin at 9:00 am, with race organizers proceeding on an “as ready” basis for the rest of the weekend’s events. Fans can tune their race radios to 151.652 MHz for real time updates regarding any staging and start time adjustments. (Please remember to keep the airwaves clear for race operations!) Fans are encouraged to attend the “Tech and Contingency” event and see what their favorite racers will be running for the weekend.

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As the sun peeks above the mountains on Saturday AND Sunday mornings, race teams will fill the pits and staging lanes and the flag waves for the first heat of races at 6:55am. Fans are sure to be on their feet as the echoes of thousands of horsepower fill the canyon and thunder on until the sun dips low into the sky.  Classes are spread widely throughout each heat to keep the energy and excitement levels high until the last racers cross the line.

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Whether it’s the high flying thrill of the unlimited class, the “run what ya brung” of the 1450 class, or the vintage styling of the stock bug, the Battle at Primm has a class for all off road enthusiasts.  Last year’s Unlimited Class winner, Justin Davis, set a blazing pace with a 2-day total lap time of 2 hours 2.21 minutes.  Do this year’s hopefuls have what it takes to beat his time?

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With the speed and capabilities of competitors and their vehicles ever increasing, SNORE has made some modifications to their safety requirements as to improve driver safety.  This year drivers are required to have SNELL 2005 or better helmet ratings and HANS style neck restraints, since the most valuable part of the car will always be the driver (and co-driver) these are important upgrades in the ever evolving sport of off road racing.  Environmental protection and Spectator safety are also top priorities, with both SNORE and BLM reminding all attendees to TREAD LIGHTLY and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

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As the weekend winds down, the awards ceremony will be held at the Primm Valley Convention Center at 7:30pm on Sunday, all are welcome and encouraged to join.

Additional information regarding the upcoming events can be found on the SNORE website at www.SNORERACING.net.

About Race-Dezert.com
Race-Dezert.com was created by off-road enthusiasts, giving off-roaders a place online to share information about the sport and culture of off-road racing.  Based in Southern California, Race-Dezert.com highlights the off-road disciplines of desert racing, short course off-road, stadium truck racing, rally raid, rally racing and rock crawling.

Our goal is to connect the world of off-road racing globally, bringing people together through the common denominator of off-road culture.  Whether you are a racer, a promoter, a chase team member, a casual fan, or just interested in learning about off-road, Race-Dezert.com is a place where you can learn about the sport and culture of off-road racing.

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Mint 400 Spectator & VIP Parking Passes on-sale Sunday February 15th at 8:00am PSThttp://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/mint-400-spectator-vip-parking-passes-sale-sunday-february-15th-800am-pst/ http://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/mint-400-spectator-vip-parking-passes-sale-sunday-february-15th-800am-pst/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:16:21 +0000 http://www.rockcrawler.com/?p=8325 February 13th – San Diego, CA – The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire announced today that there will be will FIVE exciting spectator areas for viewing the race this year. Spectator Areas 1 – 4 which...

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unnamed (1)February 13th – San Diego, CA – The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire announced today that there will be will FIVE exciting spectator areas for viewing the race this year. Spectator Areas 1 – 4 which are accessed via Goodsprings Road in Jean Nevada, and Primm Valley which will host a massive spectating area as well as the official Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line.Spectator and VIP parking passes will be available to purchase online and are designed to guarantee the holder a parking spot at The Mint 400. The online sale of all parking passes will begin at 8:00AM PST Sunday, February 15th and run until Sunday, February 22nd at 9:00PM PST. There are a limited number of available parking spots in each spectator area and the VIP parking lot, and all are expected to sell out quickly.

SPECTATING AREAS 1 – 4
Spectator Parking Passes are required to park inside Spectator Areas 1 – 4. No exceptions.  These passes will only be pre-sold online prior to the race.  There will be FREE General parking at the Gold Strike Hotel in Jean, with access to Spectator Areas 1 – 4 via shuttle busses that run every 30 minutes.  Spectator areas 1 – 4 will open on Saturday March 14th at 5:00am and close at 9:00pm.  Your vehicle is only permitted to enter the spectator area for which you purchased a pass for.

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PRIMM VALLEY MINT 400 START/FINISH LINE
VIP Parking Passes for the Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line will be available for purchase online.  These passes will only be pre-sold online prior to the race. There will be FREE General parking for spectating at the Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line in front of BuffaloBill’s Resort and Casino, Primm Valley Resort, and Historic Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino. The Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish will open on Saturday March 14th at 5:00am and close at midnight.

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HOW TO PURCHASE SPECTATOR PARKING AND VIP PASSESSale Starts: 8:00AM PST Sunday, February 15th
Sale Ends: 9:00PM EST Sunday, February 22ndPARKING PASSES ON SALE HERE

Purchase Parking passes for one* (1) of the four Spectator Areas and/or one* (1) VIP Parking Pass for Primm Valley

*Limit: One spectator parking pass and one Primm Valley VIP parking pass per household.

COST
Spectator Areas 1 – 4 = $10.00 each
Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish VIP Parking = $25.00 each

Parking passes may be purchased for passenger cars, light and full size trucks, and passenger vans ONLY!
NO RV’s, (of any class) 5th wheel trailers, toy haulers, pop-up, travel trailers or other oversized vehicles of any kind are allowed in spectator parking areas 1-4 or Primm Valley VIP Parking. This will be strictly enforced.
One parking pass is required per vehicle.

RECEIVING YOUR PARKING PASS
All Parking and VIP passes will be mailed Monday, February 23rd via USPS with delivery confirmation.
If you do not receive your pass in the mail by March 7th, contact The Mint 400 at: parking@themint400.com
Please include your name, and order # in the title of your email to expedite this process.
There is no, onsite purchase of parking passes at The Mint 400.

PLEASE READ! IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Mint 400 Parking and VIP passes are stickers that must be applied to the INSIDE of the upper left corner (drivers side) of your windshield prior to arriving at The Mint 400 race.   Vehicles without visible parking passes will be not be granted access to parking.

WHEN TO ARRIVE
Spectator areas 1 – 4 will open on Saturday March 14th at 5:00am and close at 9:00pm.
Please do not arrive early and do not park on Las Vegas Blvd or Goodsprings Rd.

The Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish will open on Saturday March 14th at 5:00am and close at midnight.
Please do not arrive early and do not park on Las Vegas Blvd or Primm Blvd.

The posted speed limit for all access roads into spectator areas is 25mph and will be strictly enforced.

Parking is first come, first served. If you plan to spectate with a group please enter the spectator area you have purchased passes for together. Due to demand we cannot allow parking spaces to be saved.

In order to ensure everyone has a parking spot – our parking attendants will guide you to a spot.
Please do not go rogue – or your parking pass will be confiscated by security and you will asked to leave.

Please do NOT park on any access roads in Jean including Las Vegas Blvd or Knight Ranch Rd.
Your vehicle will be cited and towed. Park at the Gold Strike Casino if you do not have a parking pass.

Your vehicle is only permitted to enter the spectator area for which you purchased a pass for.
Once parked inside your designated spectating area, you may not drive to alternate spectator areas.
Shuttles will be available to move between spectator areas.

LEAVE NO TRACE
There are port-o-potties in each spectator area. Please help us keep these clean. Do not put trash in them.
BBQ’s are permitted however please do not dispose of coals on the open desert!
There are dumpsters and trash cans in each spectator area. Please help us LEAVE NO TRACE!
There is no overnight camping at the Mint 400 either before, during, or after the event.

SPECTATE SAFELY
Do not under any circumstances leave the fenced spectator areas and travel onto the racecourse.
Drones and/or unmanned aircraft, RC toys, UTV’s, motorcycles, and/or quads are forbidden.
Firearms, fireworks, or weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden at The Mint 400.
Removal of Mint 400 and sponsor signs, banners, or signage is considered theft and will not be tolerated.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
There will be Mint 400 security personnel at each spectator location including the Primm Valley Start/Finish.
If you experience a medical emergency dial 911 and relay your location to EMS staff.

SPECTATING AREA DESCRIPTIONS

PRIMM VALLEY MINT 400 START/FINISH LINE
The new Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line will feature multiple vantage points for watching the race, including a brand new short course style track, the infamous Primm “dyke jump”, and a massive tabletop “flying finish” competitors will scream across! Get up close and personal with all of the Mint 400 champions and get their autographs after they drive across the Mint 400 Podium! Visit the Mint 400 Experience and pick up official Mint 400 merchandise, delicious food and cold beer, and check out all the interactive displays by Mint 400 sponsors Polaris RZR, General Tire, Red Bull and more!  Access via Hwy 15, Exit 1 “Primm BLVD” (Primm) and head East, then follow the signs for free parking. Spectating, The Mint 400 Experience, the Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line and VIP parking area are located directly behind Buffalo Bills Hotel and Casino.

Spectator Area 1 
This is the largest spectating area of The Mint 400, and features a mile long, high-speed straightaway that Mint 400 competitors blast through at lightening fast speeds. Access via Hwy 15, Exit 12 “Goodsprings Road” (Jean) and head East, then turn left (North) on South Las Vegas Blvd and look for “S1” signs.

Spectator Area 2
The “Rigid Industries Quarry” is one of the most popular spectator areas on race day. It features a slew of jumps, turns, and obstacles and contains over five miles of grueling Mint 400 racecourse. It features a fantastic overview of all the Mint 400 off-road action. Access via Hwy 15, Exit 12 “Goodsprings Road” (Jean) and head East, then turn left (North) on South Las Vegas Blvd and look for “S2” signs.

Spectator Area 3
This spectator area features a sandy high-speed section and slight left hand turn, that puts vehicles on the edge! Access via Hwy 15, Exit 12 “Goodsprings Road” (Jean) and head East, then turn left (North) on South Las Vegas Blvd and look for “S3” signs.

Spectator Area 4
Known for it’s high-speed passing zone with monstrous whoops, this section of the Mint 400 course was at one time the final stretch heading into the finish line. Access via Hwy 15, Exit 12 “Goodsprings Road” (Jean) and head East, then turn left (North) on South Las Vegas Blvd and look for “S4” signs.

MINT 400 SPECTATOR AND PARKING FAQ

Do I need a parking pass to spectate at the Mint 400?
General parking and spectating at Primm Valley is FREE.
General parking at the Gold Strike Hotel in Jean is FREE.
There is a FREE shuttle service from the Gold Strike to S1 – S4.
You must have a dedicated S1/S2/S3/S4 parking pass to park in those areas.
There is NO onsite sales of S1/S2/S3/S4 parking passes.

Can I park in any spectator area with my pass?
No, you must park your vehicle in the area you purchased a pass for.
Example: If you purchase a “S1” parking pass, you must park in Spectator Area 1.

What if my spectator area is full?
If you have a spectator parking pass you have a guaranteed parking spot in that area.
Each spectator parking area has been carefully measured to ensure adequate parking.

Can I park anywhere inside the spectator parking areas?
In order to ensure everyone has a parking spot – our parking attendants will guide you to a spot.
Please do not go rogue – or your parking pass may be confiscated.
We work very closely with the BLM to safely manage this event and the environment.

Can I bring my RV, 5th wheel or Toy hauler?
Free general parking for oversized vehicles is available at Primm.
However, only cars, trucks, and vans are allowed to park in S1 – S4 and/or the Primm VIP parking area.
Please do not bring RV’s, 5th wheelers, toy haulers or trailers to S1 – S4 and/or the Primm VIP parking area.

What if I want to spectate in a different area than where I parked?
Shuttles will be available to transport spectators between each of the spectating areas.
Wait times may vary from 15min to 45 minutes depending on race traffic.

Are their bathrooms and trash bins in spectator areas?
YES. There are port-o-potties and trash cans.
Please do not put anything in the port-o-poties except TP.
Please help us keep The Mint 400 affordable by cleaning up and disposing of your trash.

                                                                       LEAVE NO TRACE! 

About The Polaris RZR Mint 400, presented by General Tire
Known as “The Greatest Off-Road Race in America,” The Mint 400 is an epic four hundred mile battle between the top off-road racers in the world in over twenty different classes of off-road vehicles. The race was started in 1967, and is steeped in American lore, as thousands of racers, as well as celebrities from around the world, have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. An entire week of events lead up the famed off-road race in and around Las Vegas, including a vehicle parade, drivers meet and greet, pit crew contest, crowning of Miss Mint, multiple parties, qualifying, and contingency / vehicle tech inspection.

About Mad Media
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BANNING MOTORSPORTS Debuts New 6100 Truck at BITD Parker 425http://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/banning-motorsports-debuts-new-6100-truck-bitd-parker-425/ http://www.rockcrawler.com/2015-02/banning-motorsports-debuts-new-6100-truck-bitd-parker-425/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:28:07 +0000 http://www.rockcrawler.com/?p=8314 Parker, AZ (February 12th, 2015)- As Banning Motorsports rolled into Parker, AZ for the 2015 Best In The Desert, Parker 425, it became a reality as they were getting ready to debut their new 6100 Pro Truck. The Parker 425...

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unnamed (42)Parker, AZ (February 12th, 2015)- As Banning Motorsports rolled into Parker, AZ for the 2015 Best In The Desert, Parker 425, it became a reality as they were getting ready to debut their new 6100 Pro Truck. The Parker 425 has been apart of the series for generations and the season opener would see over 200 entries for the race. Championship points will start to be earned and this race would set the pace of what is to come for the year.
As the feature race for Banning Motorsports, they use this weekend to celebrate their past season. Inviting sponsors, supporters, fans, friends, family and team-members to their traditional after race dinner and party. Presenting plaques to their sponsors and team.
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“We had another stellar year in 2014 with the 1178 car winning another championship, the 1023 car tying for a second championship.” Stated Lee Banning Sr. to the entire party. “Stellar performance in the Baja 1000 with a 3rd place podium finish, and the 2488 car we were finally able to get the engine package sorted out and ready for the 2015 year.”After much anticipation, Banning finally presented their new truck to the desert. Time Trials took place on Thursday prior to the race and this would be the first time BITD would have 6100 Pro Truck class qualifying. Banning Sr. qualified the new #6155 truck and was able to secure a 13th starting position.
Come race day Banning had a great start off the line around 8:15am. This year the morning sun was not an issue for them as they passed several trucks early on in the race. At race mile 30 they would be about 5th on the road. completing a flawless first lap, coming in to the main pit python they were only about five minutes behind the leader and eventual winner Brett Sourapas. After lap 1, Banning Sr. handed the truck over to Gary Williams.
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The team experienced a longer than expected pit stop due to fueling issues which would set them behind on time. The second lap Williams would began to experience fuel pressure problems that caused us to back down the pace. Williams who still managed to pass a few more racers would pull into the pit for the final drivers change after the 2nd lap. Banning Jr. would take over driving for the 3rd and final lap, but yet another long stop trying to figure out fuel issues would set them behind yet again. Banning Jr. was finally off and back on course. Other than the fuel pressure issues limiting the full power, the drivers and co-driver, Chris Godfrey, did a flawless job.
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The 2488 car with Bryan Folks and Tim Sullivan started out having a great day till around RM 98. Folks would miss a turn which would cause them to get off course, damaging the wheels.  Folks would end up hurting his back and unable to continue. Sullivan moved to the driver’s seat and brought the car around to main pit on the right front tire. Adam Warren jumped in to co drive and the team would continue to the Midway pit where Rick Graf took over the driving duty’s the car. Still in the lead after all the problems Rick was charging hard when coming back to main pit and the vehicle would lose the transmission ending the day for 2488.
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Banning Motorsports team also supports the Melton motorsports 1023 car and changed a cv in under 8 minutes enabling them to win their class by 18 seconds.
Lee Banning Sr. would like to thank the entire Banning Team for another stellar day in the desert, you all rock!!!
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