Method Race Wheels has put up $5,000 in cold hard cash to the fastest overall qualifier at the 2013 General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris.  The best off-road racers in the world will come and battle it out for a top start position in the Great American Off-Road Race. The Method Race Wheels Time Trials will take place on Thursday, March 21st at an undisclosed location just outside of Las Vegas.

The results will be announced on 6th and Fremont at 8:45PM.  In addition to $5,000 cash, the top qualifier will also receive the Method Race Wheels Fastest Qualifier Trophy and $1,000 from Team Ford.

Colorado Springs, CO 2/1/13 – The Lovell Brothers are on their way to the first event in 2013 that is also the biggest rock race of the year – King of the Hammers. The newly minted #1 AMSOIL Rock Racer has been refurbished and outfitted with the latest innovations from the best brands in the business.

Lovell Racing welcomes back their group of dedicated team sponsors for their rock race program including AMSOIL, Torchmate, BFGoodrich, 4 Wheel Parts, and Spidertrax. “It’s pretty cliche to thank sponsors for their support,” comments Brad Lovell, “In our case we would not be racing without them. They aren’t supporters of the team, they are the team.” The brothers also welcome several new sponsors including Method Race Wheels, Magnaflow, and Ron Davis Racing Products.

Austin Kimbrell is heading to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series / LoanMart “Fight under the Lights” being held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway September 21-22 with a new sponsor and a new strategy. LoanMart, a leading provider of auto title loans, is sponsoring Kimbrell Racing’s FiberwerX Ford Raptor bodied, Toyo Tires, Method Race Wheels, Rusty’s Off-Road Products, Hughes Performance Pro Lite for the remainder of this season and through 2013.

They are also a LOORRS series sponsor and title sponsor for the Las Vegas race. LoanMart currently sponsors Lucas Oil’s Modified series and is excited to become a big part of the off-road series as well.

At Stage 2 of the Dakar Rally on Monday, Darren Skilton experienced fuel delivery issues in his Revolution VI buggy that pushed him to the back of the pack, yet Skilton and navigator Skyler Gambrell were still able to complete the stage under their own power.  That evening Skilton’s crew made aerodynamic modifications to provide additional airflow to the fuel pumps in an effort to remedy the issues.  In short, this was not successful.  Just 40 kilometers before the beginning of the special stage, the General Grabbers on Skilton’s car stopped turning due to the same fuel problems.  The team was able to coax the car to the start line without any time penalties, but that was just the start of the special stage!

While pushing hard to close the gap on the competition, Skilton slid into a sharp rock and damaged a tire, then later on the fuel issues surfaced yet again.  “The pumps were actually not that hot,” Gambrell explained.  “The fuel in the tank is cool, but with three separate fuel cells there is a collection point with a filter ahead of the pumps.  We bypassed this system and did not experience any more fuel delivery problems after that.”  Already starting in the back of the pack, once they stopped the team was caught in traffic with the huge T4 trucks, which quickly degraded the track conditions and visibility.

Skilton finished 118th for the day, completing the 208 km special stage in 4 hours and 52 minutes.  “I am heartbroken that my teammate Mark McMillin was not able to continue the rally,” Skilton noted.  “He has graciously offered his support to my race effort and that has been extremely helpful already.”  The team now heads to Chilecito in the shadow of the Andes mountains, with elevations on Stage 5 topping 10,000 feet.

Darren Skilton would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: General Tire • King Off-Road Racing Shocks • Method Race Wheels • Baja Designs Lighting Solutions • Neo Synthetic Oil • Redline Performance
PCI Race Radios • Signpros Custom Lettering

Follow the latest action from the Dakar Rally at Baja Automotive’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baja-Automotive-Adventures/298123813554060.

After a strong finish on the first short special, Darren Skilton made the long liaison to Santa Rosa de la Pampa.  The second day of the Dakar Rally started with another long drive, including deep silt beds and square ledges… and that was just on the liaison!  When the 290 kilometer special stage started, initially Skilton was able to run his car wide open on the loose gravel roads.  “The V8 engine and X-Trac transmission allows me to reach speeds over 120 miles per hour in the right conditions,” Skilton shared.  Unfortunately the conditions deteriorated as the stage went on, culminating in the dreaded Nihuil dunes.  Fuel delivery issues in the scorching heat of the black sand brought the Revolution VI buggy to a halt on multiple occasions, giving up valuable time to the lead cars.  “We had to pour our water onto the fuel pump whenever the problem surfaced,” explained navigator Skyler Gambrell.

The team also lost a wheel off the vehicle late in the special stage, costing even more time.  Sounds bad?  The black volcanic sand dunes ended the aspirations of Carlos Sainz and Stéphane Peterhansel in 2009, when both rolled in this same area.  “I have driven the Dakar Rally enough to know not to get rattled this early in the race,” Skilton stated.  “Skyler and I were able to complete the stage without harming the car and I am confident my crew will have the fuel delivery problems sorted by morning.”  The third stage of the rally travels on fast gravel roads through the Argentine wine region of Mendoza on its way to San Juan, providing Skilton with another opportunity to uncork his Redline Performance engine.

Follow the latest action from the Dakar Rally at Baja Automotive’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baja-Automotive-Adventures/298123813554060.

Darren Skilton would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: General Tire • King Off-Road Racing Shocks • Method Race Wheels • Baja Designs Lighting Solutions • Neo Synthetic Oil • Redline Performance
PCI Race Radios • Signpros Custom Lettering