Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, will be competing in the first off-road race of his career when he competes in Saturday's Henderson Fabtech Desert Classic, sanctioned by the Best in the Desert Racing Association. Biffle, who will be sharing driving duties in the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R with Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges, is scheduled to start the race behind the wheel.
As an added attraction, Biffle will be giving Philip Ryan, a race fan from Cadott, WI, the ride of his life. Ryan, 59, was the winner of Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor Unleashed Sweepstakes and will get to sit in the Raptor's third seat during Biffle's leg of the race.
YOUR NASCAR SEASON IS OVER, BUT YOU'RE STILL RACING. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SATURDAY'S OFF-ROAD RACE? "I can't wait. I love going to the desert and love doing off-road stuff. This will be the first time I've ever competed in an off-road race, so I'm real excited about it. I got to do a little bit of practice in the spring time when Ford was doing a promotional event with the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R race version truck and I enjoyed it so much I said, 'Hey, I want to participate in a race,' so this opportunity came up to run one of the Best in the Desert races on Dec. 5 in the Raptor. I'm really looking forward to it. That's the highlight of my week is being able to go to the desert on Saturday and race."
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT? "I have no idea other than I love being off-road and being in the desert like that, so I have no idea what to expect."
THE PLAN IS FOR YOU TO DRIVE FIRST, CORRECT? "Yeah. The plan is I'm going to start and Rob MacCachren is gonna be brave enough to ride with me. He's gonna be my co-driver and I can't think of anybody better to have in the right seat than him, talking to me about what to do and what-not-to-do. Hopefully, he can tell me the what-not-to-do's before we get too far into them and break the truck or wreck. I'm looking forward to it. It's gonna be fun."
ROB'S NOT THE ONLY ONE IN THE TRUCK. YOU'VE GOT A FAN IN THE RAPTOR AS WELL, RIGHT? "Yeah, they've got three seats in this Raptor, so they usually put a media person, a mechanic or a contest winner in the vehicle, so that's gonna be fun for them. I hope they don't criticize my driving too much since this will be the first time I'm driving off road."
-credit: ford racing