They say the third time is a charm… and in the case of DragonFire-sponsored Pro Unlimited UTV pilot Lacrecia Beurrier this is certainly true. She beat the odds in Las Vegas and won the legendary Mint 400 this past weekend! Since the inaugural event back in 1967, the 400-mile race through the Nevada desert has earned its reputation for being the toughest off-road race in North America. In fact, last year Lacrecia was lucky to even finish, but this year she hit the jackpot at The Mint!
“What a race!” Starkey said on the podium. “This is the second time we’ve run the mint, but the first time we’ve won it. We started out in third and got out in front, so we only had to worry about someone catching up. It was unbelievable. The course was great…real fast…getting a little chewed up. It couldn’t be better.”
UTVs and other limited classes were still on the course when Starkey crossed the finish line. Starkey thanked his team and race organizers and reported his car had no flats and the engine was flawless.
As the 2015 Best In The Desert season is now in full swing, the largest state side race of the year, The Mint 400, is taking over Las Vegas, Nevada all week for what is now becoming a race comparable in size to some of the greatest motorsports events in the country. This race will be the second race of the year for Jim Beaver and the #15 General Tire/Down & Dirty Radio Show Trick Truck.
In an ongoing effort to expose off-road racing to new audiences globally, Mad Media and The Martelli Brothers bring you the full, feature-length version of the 2011 General Tire Mint 400 on YouTube!
Las Vegas, NV – The Mint 400 announced today its addition to the Red Bull Signature Series. One of the most progressive action sports properties in the world, the Signature Series will air a two-hour broadcast of the Mint 400, showcasing the largest and most prestigious off-road race in America on NBC. The 2014 race will be held Saturday, March 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Red Bull Signature Series broadcast is set to air on NBC Sunday, July 6th at 2p.m. Eastern.
Tune-in today to watch episode three of Drivin’ Dirty with Bryce Menzies. It’s up and up for this young gun. In this episode, titled “TORC Primm,” watch as Bryce takes on the Mint 400 and attempts to take home the hardware. Also, Bryce’s best friend Jack tries to impress the ladies with his dance skills, or lack thereof. Find out if dance lessons from a Jabbawockeez b-boy will help his cause.
Check out the below video from Red Bull’s YouTube channel to watch Drivin’ Dirty with Bryce Menzies. Red Bull is releasing a new video for the series every other Thursday from now to November 28.
The 2013 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris, is now available to rent or purchase through Apple iTunes. The special two-hour digital version of the primetime television show captures the most dynamic and thrilling off-road racing on the planet – at the most prestigious and challenging off-road race in America.
Directed by The Martelli Brothers, and produced by Mad Media, The Mint 400 has become THE premiere off-road racing television and film event of the year. The legendary race is shot in stunning 4K resolution and produced annually by Mad Media at their San Diego headquarters. The show is broadcast on SPEED Channel to over 78 million homes, simulcast online to millions more, then made available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, and the PlayStation network. Coverage of the annual historic race is sold on DVD as well, making The Mint 400 the most watched off-road race program in North America.
The legendary Parker “425”, the historic Mint “400” and the panoramic Silver State “300”…what better way to start the 2013 Best In The Desert season. These great venues, along with the attention Casey Folks pays to make sure everyone in every class has the best racing experience possible, are just part of what makes “The American Off-Road Racing Series” so popular. Now mix in the world’s foremost desert racers, and you have the perfect formula for the tightest, most competitive and exciting racing that has taken place the first half of the 2013 season.
Super competitive is an understatement among the Trick Truck teams so far this year. With the first three races in the books, there have been three different winners. Jason Voss claimed the victory at Parker, Bryce Menzies took the top spot at the Mint, and TJ Flores grabbed his first Trick Truck win ever at last month’s Silver State “300”. This “anyone can take it” racing has really made for a fierce battle in the class points chase as well. Currently, Jason Voss and Gary Wheyrich are tied for first, with Steve Olliges sitting in second, only 22 points behind. Scott Whipple and Troy Vest are in great position as well, and are ready to shake up the chase should anybody stumble going into the second half of the season.
San Marcos, CA – Congratulations to all participants in this year’s 2013 Tecate Score Baja 500 and a special thank you to Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened. Notably one of the toughest off-road races in the world, this year’s Baja 500 was an invigorating new format that stirred up the race right from the start.
New course sections, new series owner and new rules made for an especially exciting race. The 500 course was very technical, compared to recent years, which meant most race teams had no choice but to turn on their lights and drive through the night.
Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened earned a total of 19 podium finishes in 16 classes.
Last-minute decision making is something that most off-road racers have to be skilled at, but making a last minute call to race the #80 McMurrough Racing Unlimited Truck, was an easy decision for TJ to make. Coming fresh off their Silver State 300 win, the truck was ready to go for another round of racing.
The SNORE KC HiLites 250 took place this past Saturday night in Jean, NV. Running part of the Mint 400 course, this course made for a great desert race. With massive rocks, deep rolling whoops, and limited visibility due to dust and the race occurring at night, drivers were put to the test and over half of the entries were forced out.
The #80 Unlimited Truck was first off the line and the first to light up the 53mile course. A flawless first lap brought TJ and Stephanie back to the main pit in just 58 minutes where they would do a quick co-rider change and top off fuel. Just 5 miles into their second lap the #80 Unlimited Truck started to catch the slower classes. Patience was key to passing in the night, not wanting to go off course or hit any fellow racers, TJ picked his way through the field and laid down an even faster lap of 57minutes.