January 28th, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – The Mint 400 announced today that off-road racing legend “Lightning” Larry Ragland has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire. Ragland has had a long and illustrious career in off-road racing, having won every major off road race overall, including The Baja 1000, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and The Mint 400. Well known for his smooth rally style driving, Ragland has more overall wins than any off-road racer in history. Larry will lead the third annual Mint 400 Vehicle Parade in the newly restored racecar he drove and won the 1986 Mint 400 in – down world famous Las Vegas blvd to Fremont Street East, kicking off the week of Mint 400 festivities.
“Larry Ragland is a soft spoken man of action. If you didn’t know his history, you would have no idea how much of a bad ass he is behind the wheel. He has raced against and beaten the best. He is the embodiment of a true champion. We are thrilled to have him back representing the Mint 400!” said Matt Martelli, Mint 400 CEO.
“The Mint 400 is a special race to me. I have a lot of history racing here. I have had two overall wins and multiple class wins at the Mint. It’s great to see it back stronger than ever with hundreds of racers and thousands of fans!” commented Ragland.
The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire Grand Marshal, Larry Ragland, will be waving the green flag on race day – at the start of “The Greatest Off Road Race in America”. Over three hundred and thirty off road race vehicles will compete in the Mint 400 this year – making it the largest off road race in North America. The Mint 400 includes four spectacular days of festivities on historic Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, leading up to the epic 400-mile battle!
About The Mint 400
The Mint 400 is the oldest, roughest, most spectacular, and most prestigious off-road race in America. It was started in Las Vegas in 1967 and became the marquee off-road race that every racer and celebrity dreamt of winning. Known as “The Great American Off-Road Race™” the legend lives on, as each year the greatest off-road racers from around the world battle each other, and the brutal Nevada racecourse for a chance to be a part of American racing history. Less than half of those competing will ever finish the unforgiving race! The Mint 400 is an epic 400-mile battle between twenty different classes of off-road race vehicles. But it’s more than just a race. An entire week of events lead up to the famed off-road contest in and around Las Vegas, including a vehicle parade, drivers meet and greet, pit crew challenge, Miss Mint 400 beauty pageant, multiple parties, qualifying time trials, and a world famous vehicle contingency that is attended by tens of thousands each year.
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