BITD: Nevada 1000: Team Hummer preview

Team Hummer heads to the Nevada 1000. Reno, NV - June 15, 2002: The Nevada 1000, second event on Best in the Desert Racing Association's `Silver State Series' schedule, heads for Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19-23 where Team HUMMER is favored to win...

Team Hummer heads to the Nevada 1000.

Reno, NV - June 15, 2002: The Nevada 1000, second event on Best in the Desert Racing Association's `Silver State Series' schedule, heads for Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19-23 where Team HUMMER is favored to win the three day endurance race. The two months since our last race has been a busy time for the Team HUMMER crew. Last month team owner, Rod Hall, loaded up several HUMMER H2's to escort journalists from the New York Times and Car & Diver Magazine on a re-trace of the original Baja 1000 to La Paz, Mexico. Shortly after Rod's return team driver, Chad Hall, left for Iceland to do an H2 commercial and recently spent another week at the factory at a dealership training program for the all-new HUMMER. While all this was taking place, the crew has been moving the race shop to a new location in Reno, so it has been a challenge to get the trucks ready in time for the race.

Chief mechanics, Brad Falin and Sam Cothren have somehow managed to carry out the preparation of both trucks with few problems in spite of all the changes going on around them. Falin, installed a new frame on the #8103 HUMMER Pick-up and upgraded the truck to a set of new polyurethane motor mounts similar to the ones we had recently installed on the SUV. "In spite of our first place finish at the Terrible's Town 250, we had problems with the gas pressure on the Pick-up's new shocks," said Falin. "We built and installed adjustable metering valves on each unit to regulate the flow between the reservoir and the shock body and this time there aren't going to be any problems."

The Team HUMMER SUV had suspension problems of their own at the Terrible's Town event. One shock was destroyed when the upper mounting tab broke on the driver's side front shock. There was a significant amount of collateral damage to the shock tower and various other front suspension parts, all of which needed repair or replacement. While we were making a couple of new shocks, Cothren upgraded the mounting tabs on the remaining units. After fabricating many new parts to repair the damage to the front suspension, Sam prepped the #4103 SUV and met Rod at the test track to make sure everything was ready to go. Limit straps were made and installed in both trucks as an added precaution.

The event begins on Thursday, June 20th, about 75 miles Northeast of Las Vegas and will be run over the course of three days in what BitD calls a "staged" format. First introduced to U.S. desert racing at the Nevada 2000 two years ago, the Nevada 1000 is structured in separate stages, much like the internationally renowned Paris/Dakar race. Each vehicle draws a starting position within their class and takes the start at one minute intervals, by group. At the end of the first day of competition, starting positions are then determined by each entry's total time on course. At the next stage the teams resume the race in order of overall position regardless of vehicle class. In this way each stage becomes a qualifying race for the following day's starting position. At the end of each day the teams are each allotted a 70 minute time period in a mandated work area to prepare their cars for the next stage, after which the cars are impounded for the night. Any time over the limit will be added to the entry's time on course so it is vital that the crews be particularly well organized and efficient if this is to be accomplished.

Long distance endurance racing is an area which favors the HUMMER because it is designed and built specifically to live over long distances in hostile terrain. At Team HUMMER, we have the added advantage of an experienced crew and winning drivers, like Rod and Chad Hall, who regularly put on many miles of seat time between each race testing the race vehicles and HUMMERs that they sell at Winkel/Rod Hall HUMMER in Reno.

For more information about HUMMER vehicles visit www.hummer.com and follow Team HUMMER at www.rodhall.com.

- grt -

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Series Offroad
Drivers Rod Hall