BITD: Parker: Team Hummer preview

Team Hummer® looks forward to success at Parker 425. Reno, NV - Feb. 3, 2003: The 2003 Best in the Desert racing season kicks off Feb. 7-9 with the inaugural `Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker 425' in Parker, Arizona. A new race on the BitD ...

Team Hummer® looks forward to success at Parker 425.

Reno, NV - Feb. 3, 2003: The 2003 Best in the Desert racing season kicks off Feb. 7-9 with the inaugural `Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker 425' in Parker, Arizona. A new race on the BitD schedule, the `Parker 425' will be contested over three 140 mile loops which will start in Downtown Parker and finish over 400 miles later at the recently constructed Blue Water Resort located on the banks of the picturesque Colorado River.

Although staging an event in Parker may be a first for Best in the Desert Racing Assoc., Team HUMMER's Rod Hall has a long and winning history in the deserts around this Western Arizona town. "I raced in the Score International `Parker 400' every year from 1970 - 1995 before we decided to switch to Best in the Desert's Silver State Series in 1996," said Hall. "I've had a lot of success racing in the Parker area and it's always been one of my favorite spots so we're glad to be coming back to race here once again."

Joining the team after driving the final leg of last year's `Baja 1000' win is Rod's oldest son, Josh Hall. Josh will be sharing driving duties with Rod as co-driver of the #4101 Team HUMMER SUV as the team prepares to defend their 2002 BitD Silver State Series Points Championship. "The Parker course is a little more forgiving than racing in Nevada," observed Josh. "There are plenty of rocks to avoid but generally you can drive around them if you can see through the dust. In Nevada there are many areas where the entire racing surface is little more than a highway of jagged volcanic rock interrupted by deep silt beds. This should be a faster course then we're used to seeing in the U.S. races and the outcome may depend on the skill of our crew and how much time we spend in the pits."

Both trucks finished the 2002 season in fairly good condition. We had some new rear springs built during the off season which have recently been installed on both of the HUMMERs, resulting in some additional ground clearance. The trucks are currently finishing their testing schedules and the crew is very happy with the new springs after making some adjustments to the valving in the shocks to accommodate the increased spring rates in the rear. Additionally, some minor problem areas were addressed but primarily a through prep was all that was required. The crew is very pleased with the operation of the trucks and we're ready to head for Parker.

Starting the Race in the #4101 SUV will be Rod Hall and team mechanic, Rob Henderson. Josh Hall and Chief Mechanic, Sam Cothrun will take over at the half way point and take it the final distance to the finish. Chad Hall will drive the entire race in the #8102 pick-up with team member Mike Winkel riding shotgun. Cort Stoskoph will replace Mike in the second seat at the fuel stop, about 200 miles into the event. A good finish in the first race of the season always sets the tone for the year. This is a long race, which certainly favors Team HUMMER. Given our history of dominance in long distance events, we expect to do well in Parker!

- grt -

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Series Offroad
Drivers Rod Hall