Race Prep Racing #4474 to Take the First Green Flag at King of the Hammers

Race Prep RacingSimi Valley, CA – Race Prep Racing’s Unlimited Ultra4 car #4474 will be the first pro class car to take the green flag during the famous King of the Hammers week held in Johnson Valley, CA February 3-9.  Richie Carter, the three-time driver of the team’s Falken sponsored car will be the first to tackle the qualifier course on Tuesday morning when racing begins.  The course remains a heavily guarded secret, but this premier starting position offers the team a clean race course, before the other 150+ racers have had a chance to dig it up and alter its difficulty.  This could prove to be a huge advantage for this seasoned racer.

“There are no guarantees at King of the Hammers.  Weather plays a big part in affecting the course, as do the other racers and how they attack it, but being first in the race for starting position means the course will look the most like it did when I practiced it last and that is a huge advantage”, said Carter on Thursday night when his name was read off at the live broadcast.  The team will get the course layout, which usually includes rock sections and open desert to challenge all of the racers in this multi-faceted class, when they arrive in Johnson Valley, CA on February 1st. Carter will practice the course to determine the best lines and transitions before he attempts Tuesday’s timed run.

When asked about this starting position and race week in general, Carter replied, “I’ve raced KOH for four years but I never take it lightly.  It’s a marathon, not a sprint and the qualifier is just the starting gate.  I am proud to represent the companies who are on board supporting us and I hope we can make a good showing out there.  Taking the first green flag of the week in our class will be awesome but wherever we start the main race on Friday we are ready to battle all that The Hammers and [race founder] Dave Cole has planned for us.”

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Race Prep Racing is proudly sponsored by Falken Tire, Warn Industries, Dynomax Performance Exhaust, Odyssey Batteries, GenRight Off Road, Race Prep Hobbies, RCV Performance, Raceline Wheels and Coast Motor Supply.   The team would also like to recognize the following companies for their assistance: Griffin Radiator, ACE Alternator and Advance Adaptors.

Race Prep Racing goes fast for Gwen!  The team will display the foundation’s tag line NEVER. GIVE. UP.  again in 2013.   The GSF is a non-profit organization that supports finding a cure for the devastating disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  For information about SMA, Gwen or the foundation, visit their website at, call Bill Strong at (818) 231-5935 or e-mail him at

About Richie Carter: Currently residing in Simi Valley, CA with his wife of 13 years, Richie (40) was raised in Calabasas, CA, attended Sonoma State University, and is the owner of Race Prep Hobbies, an “ALL RC” hobby store selling remote control cars, boats, planes and helicopters and all of their parts. He proudly co-drove for Tony Pellegrino at KOH 2010 and Kevin Sacalas at the Colorado Hill Climb 2010 before striking out on his own to race Ultra4.

If you would like more information about the driver, co-driver or the team, are interested in sponsorship opportunities, or would like a chance to interview them or photograph the car, please call Kristen Carter at (818) 590-9436 or e-mail her at  Follow the team on Facebook  

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