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.
The 2013 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris – will premiere on SPEED Channel, Saturday June 8th at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. This special two-hour 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.
This year, over 250 race teams battled the brutal four-hundred mile Mint 400 desert racecourse. The competition was fierce and full of drama, suspense, and back and forth clashes in all twenty classes of vehicles – from the fast growing Pro UTV Class, all the way up to the million dollar Unlimited Trophy Trucks. The overall lead changed seven times, and less than half of the competitors finished the destructive and punishing race.
The 2013 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris – will premiere on SPEED Channel, Saturday June 8th at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. This special two-hour 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. This year, over 250 race teams battled the brutal four-hundred mile Mint 400 desert racecourse. The competition was fierce and full of drama, suspense, and back and forth clashes in all twenty classes of vehicles – from the fast growing Pro UTV Class, all the way up to the million dollar Unlimited Trophy Trucks. The overall lead changed seven times, and less than half of the competitors finished the destructive and punishing race.
2013 marks the sixth consecutive year that General Tire has returned as the title sponsor of the Mint 400, since helping resurrect the race in 2008. They are the official tire of the Best in the Desert Championship, and remain dedicated to supporting off-road racing. “We can’t thank General Tire enough for their support this year,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli. “This race is THE marquee event in American off-road racing. We are reaching millions and millions of race fans during The Mint race week – and our new 2-hour television format is going into 78 million homes on SPEED. With help from General Tire, we’ve built the most dynamic and entertaining off-road television show on the planet.”
Alamo, NV – After the pounding everyone took at the brutally tough Mint 400, Jeepspeed racers headed north for the Best in the Desert Silver State 300. The Silver State race uses a point to point course through the hills and valleys of Northern Nevada. Held mostly on fast fire roads, there is hardly a whoop the entire way. It gave competitors a chance to open up their Jeepspeeds for some high speed running. When the course is rough and technical truck set-up and a driver’s ability to push the limits without breaking determine the winner. When the course is fast, everyone is fast. With higher speeds, any mistake is amplified. An excursion off course put you in rocks and trees or off a cliff on a majority of the 300 miles run. Thick dust caused by trucks running nose to tail at full speed hung over the course making it difficult to overtake. Jeeps that made it through the mountains, the river crossings and the long flat valleys still had to navigate miles of deep powdered silt that can swallow a truck in seconds.
14 Jeeps lined up for the General Tire Jeepspeed Challenge presented by ATX Series Wheels, (6 cylinder Jeep SUVs with limited modifications). In the General Tire Jeepspeed Cup presented by ATX Series Wheels, (open class for Jeep, Dodge, & Mopar SUVs/Trucks) it was a dogfight between Brandon Berge and Bob Mamer. Bob was off the line first followed by Brandon 30 seconds later. Bob Mamer has had a lock on the competition in the Jeepspeed Cup winning the first two races of the season. Brandon was 4th at the season opener then 3rd at the Mint; he was looking forward to his duel with the points leader Mr. Mamer.
Alamo, NV – Chip Prescott and Ben Himel won the second race in a row driving their Alumi Craft Class 10 car to victory at the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 in Northern Nevada. The two won the brutally tough Mint 400 just over one month ago, one of the roughest races in memory. The race took a huge toll on all the competitors including Chip and Ben. They hit a boulder while blinded by the thick dust that blanketed the course. The impact peeled back the bottom skidplate and damaged the brake master cylinder. Even with the damage, the two remained competitive and went on to take the Class 10 victory.
At the Silver State 300, they would start seventh. Their plan was to get out early and avoid the dust that imperiled them so greatly at the Mint 400. At the drop of the green flag, their plan went out the window. “We wanted to get out in clean air as soon as we could,” said Chip, “The dust was really thick on the fast graded roads so it was difficult to close on the car ahead. We had to wait for sandy washes or hard-packed sections to close and pass other cars. Fortunately for us, we can maintain a fast race pace in our Alumi Craft and still have more to give when we need it. The minute the dust would clear, we would put the hammer down.”