Las Vegas, Nevada-The Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies Off-Road Race Team drove their 2001 Ford Ranger 4X4 XLT truck to a hard fought, second place finish at the 2001 Vegas to Reno race. This race was the third out of the four race 2001 Best In The desert Racing Association's "Silver State Series".
The starting line for the race was in the town of Pahrump, Nevada which is about an hour north of Las Vegas. The race course was 526 miles in length that took the racers to places like Beatty, Goldfield, Hawthorne, Fallon and finally Reno, Nevada. The Vegas to Reno race is the longest off-road race in the United States.
The Deputies started fourth out of the five trucks in their class. The starting interval was 1 minute, and at the 70 mile mark, the Deputies were already several minutes ahead of the competition. After some minor problems, the Deputies found themselves in second place, about three minutes behind the leader. The deputies continued their quest for victory, but ended up being a little short at the end. The Deputies average speed for the entire race was 35.72 mph, only .89 mph off-the leaders pace. Total time on the course for the deputies was 14:43:27. For the entire race results and pictures, go to www.off-road.com. .
The Deputies would like to thank the following sponsors for all their help in keeping their program up and running: Ford Motor Co., Ford Powertrain Engineering, BFGoodrich tires and pit support, Bilstein, National Spring Co., ROUSH Industries, Spirit Racing, Cruise America R.V. Rental & Sales, BorgWarner Automotive, ALCOA Wheels, F&L Racing Fuel, Multiquip Inc., Factory Motor Parts of California, Precision Gear, ARCO Products Co., Perfect Pattern Differentials, Tom's Differentials, Quaker State Oil, Brothers Performance, Duralast Batteries, Kenwood Communications, Warn Industries, BOSCH, Osram/Sylvania, PIAA, Autometer Co., Lee Power Steering, Antenna Specialist, Zynolyte, Doug's Auto Body, Beard Super Seats, Deering Industries, EMJ Specialty Tubing, Borla Performance Industries, Art Carr Performance Products, DANA Drive shaft Corp., T.C.I. Precision Metals, Magellan Systems Corp., Deist Safety, GPD Tomadur Engine Co., EZ-UP Co., PPG Industries, Whelen Engineering, Sign Pros, Ideal Division of the Stant Corporation, Earls Performance Products, Porteous Fastener Co. and Off-Road Unlimited.
The Deputies would like to welcome their newest sponsor, Kenwood Communications on board. The next scheduled race will be the Las Vegas 200 which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 30th thru December 2nd 2001.