PLACERVILLE, CA: Wildfires sprung up on Tuesday of the Dirt Riot Mountain Series race week in the Northern Colorado Springs area, drawing a lot of media attention to the area. Although the race course at Ram Offroad Park was never in danger, there were a number of drivers and their families that were affected by the wildfires. Local racer, Matt Peterson, owner of Rockware was on the outside of the pre-evac area, several days were spent moving the shop out of harms’ way. Other racers pitched in to help including the Lovell’s who opened their homes and fields to evacuees. The decision to continue the competition in a community where so many were facing mass devastation was left up to the drivers, who in the end were happy for the distraction.
“We were never in any danger, but we needed to be respectful of the local racers,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “As always; we Raced! And it was a great race. After seeing some of the pictures from the event, I wonder if any of the cars were ever on the ground! The jumps at the RAM Offroad Park are awesome!”