More Than 300 of the World’s Fastest Off-Road Racers Expected for the 2014 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX


Casey Folks, director of the World’s Leading Off Road Racing organization Best in the Desert, announced that early interest in this year’s Vegas to Reno, the Longest Off-Road Race in the United States, indicates this iconic race could feature more than 300 of the world’s fastest off-road racers. Deemed by racers as one of their favorite events, the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX, runs August 14-16, 2014.The 2014 running of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX has the leading off-road race teams gathering in Las Vegas as they prepare to match their skills against some of the most unforgiving deserts in the world. This year’s event celebrates 18 years for Best In The Desert promoting an off-road desert race over 500-miles long from Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, to Northern Nevada, Reno. It will feature an extremely challenging 535-mile point-to-point course that only Casey Folks can create.Racers from the U.S. and around the world are set to compete – with entries coming now from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay and 25 U.S. states.
 jason vossJason Voss will be defending his 2013 Vegas to Reno overall win. Here, he escapes near disaster during qualifying at last May’s Silver State 300. On race day, he went on to the overall victory.
The race weekend gets started Wednesday, August 13th, for the Trick Trucks and Class 1500 Unlimited Cars when they qualify for their starting positions at the Time Trails and compete for the $1000 “Team Ford Pole Award”. Not relying simply on “the luck of the draw” for the starting order, Best In The Desert allows the two fastest classes to compete head-to-head for their chance to be first off the line and the best shot at the overall finishing spot.Always with a special attention on safety, Best In The Desert and IRC will be outfitting the top 20 qualifiers with a Pass Alert for their vehicles at no charge. These state-of-the-art devices warn the drivers as they catch up to a slower moving race vehicle. The driver of the slower vehicle is also warned that he is being approached. The top 20 UTVs will also receive Pass Alerts at no charge.

justin lofton

General Tire’s Justin Lofton took the Class 1500 victory at the Silver State 300. He’ll be shooting for two in a row at Vegas to Reno.

The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX festivities continue in North Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 14, at the Aliante Casino & Hotel.  There, race fans will see the most unbelievable collection of high-tech cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads and UTVs that are specially built for racing today as they parade through contingency and tech inspection.FOX, the presenting sponsor of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race has several special events planned for this year’s event. One will be the “FOX Proving Grounds”. This will be a particularly challenging section of the racecourse that will showcase the extreme suspension performance of the race vehicles as they pass across it. The exact location of “FOX Proving Grounds” will be announced prior to the race and will be accessible to all media personnel covering the race.The 2014 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX will start early Friday morning, August 15th near Beatty, Nevada, about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. First off the line will be the motorcycle classes followed by the Quads, then the UTVs. After a substantial delay for safety reasons, the car and truck classes will head out on their quest for victory. The race finishes south of Reno, Nevada in the town of Dayton. Due to the extreme distance of the racecourse, a 24-hour time limit has been set, so racers will still be coming across the finish line well into Saturday morning.

After having taken their race vehicles to the high elevations of the Nevada mountains, raced back down to the dusty desert floors, crossed over dry lake beds at over 100 MPH, and raced in some of the most tight and twisty sand washes in the world, competitors will then celebrate their accomplishments and share stories, as they gather at the Grand Sierra Resort Saturday evening for a BBQ dinner and the awards ceremony.

General Tire  “Vegas to Reno” schedule:
Wednesday August 13th – Time Trials
Thursday, August 14th – Driver Registration, Contingency and Tech Inspection, Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas.
Friday, August 15th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Events Center.
Saturday, August 16th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra ResortWho won last year?2013 “Vegas to Reno” Car and Truck Class Winners
Class 1400 – Jason Voss
Class 1500 – CJ Hutchins
Class 1000 – Michael LaPaglia
Class 6100 – Jason Ruane
Class 8000 – Don German
Class 7200 – Randy Merritt
Class 1100 – Bryan Folks
Class 2000 – Max Hanberg
Class 6000 – Perry Coan
Class 7100 – James Burman
Class 8100 – John Webster
Class 3000 – Keith Waibel
Class 5000 – Steve Alexander
Class 1700 – Todd Jackson
Class 1800 – Luis Henderson
Class 4400 – Mel Wade III

2013 “Vegas to Reno” Motorcycle, Quad & UTV Class Winners
Open Pro – Nick Burson
O-30 Pro – Dan Capparelli
Open Exp – Paul A. Luce
Quad Pro – David Scott
O-40 Exp – Jason Lulis
O-30 Exp – Kris Chipman
IM Exp – Willy Elam
250 Exp – Anna Cody
Quad Exp – Jose Torres
Open Am – Bill Clarey
UTV Pro – Jason Murray
250 Pro – John Harbauer
Quad IM Exp – Gerald Nunes
IM Am – Mike Pattison
Quad IM Am – Pablo Costa
UTV Sprtsmn – Chris W. Edwards
UTV SR1 Pro – Brad Griego

Best in the Desert holds 6 races annually for their car and truck classes, attracting the leading off-road teams from around the world.

Red Bull will be supporting contingency at the Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas, and also at the finish line at the Dayton, Nevada Event Center.

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