BITD: Riviera Racing Parker 425 summary

Riviera Racing's Prime Time Duo Celebrate Team Victory at Parker 425 Laguna Hills, CALIFORNIA -- Amid a host of television cameras surrounding the finish line, Mark Post drove his ...

Riviera Racing's Prime Time Duo Celebrate Team Victory at Parker 425

Laguna Hills, CALIFORNIA -- Amid a host of television cameras surrounding the finish line, Mark Post drove his #3 Riviera Racing Trick Truck to the checkered flag on the shores of the Colorado River, capturing overall victory at the Best in the Desert's "Blue Water Casino Parker 425."

Standing atop the #3 Jim Blackmore prepped Unlimited Production truck, Post shared handshakes with co-driver Kelly Courie and his driving partner, Rob MacCachren, celebrating a historic team victory at an event with over three decades of legendary off road performances. "What a tremendous team effort," exalted Post from the victory podium. "From the prep by Jim Blackmore, to the pit execution by our crew and fantastic driving by Rob in the first half of the race, Riviera Racing is back on top. We had a flawless run. We switched back to our BFGoodrich 39" Baja T/A KR tires from the Baja T/A KR 37" tires and the toughest tire in the desert rolled us to the win here today."

The legendary Parker 425 is a race that, although a few miles shorter in distance than the SCORE Baja 500, presents quite similar difficulties as experienced throughout the northern region of the Baja Peninsula. Big rocks, fast graded roads and deep silt challenged Riviera Racing, but it was no match for a team that hit all their strides enroute to a championship performance.

Crew Chief Jim Blackmore amazingly pulled together his crew to prep the #3 Ford race truck in only ten days after the completion of the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge. Post explained, "Jim got the job done and the race truck ran perfect. With only ten days in between races, Jim and the crew performed excellent and we were able to bring home this team victory."

Riviera Racing's winning efforts began on Thursday afternoon when the latest welcomed addition to this fiercely competitive team, Rob MacCachren, qualified the jet black colored #3 Ford race truck in second position among an accomplished group of veteran racers. MacCachren outperformed one of his arch rivals, Robby Gordon, by a mere half of a second to take second place in the qualifier.

MacCachren's fitment with Riviera Racing has been an easy transition for all involved as Rob's character and ability to perform has never been anything less than stellar. At the finish line Rob explained, "The Parker 425 has always been a race of attrition and the measuring stick was who could stay together the longest without having issues. That comes down to running as hard as you can, but protecting the truck. Today, we saw a lot of broken cars and trucks on the race course. I ran a solid pace behind the leader and when they had a flat tire near the Graham Wells pit, I was able to get by and run in clean air. We did our driver change at the halfway mark, the Midway Pit and the crew changed the two rear tires and filled the truck with fuel in record time. Mark blazed a trail and ran fast as the field began to fall off our fast pace. We slowed the pace a bit and ran clean to the finish line. It's been two races and we're here with a victory. It's a good way to start the Best in the Desert season."

Riviera Racing's 2007 season is thundering towards the SCORE San Felipe 250 with successful race efforts at the first two races of the season. Claiming fourth at the SCORE season-opener and earning the difficult victory at the BITD Parker 425 is only the beginning for Riviera Racing's Prime Time Duo of Mark Post and Rob MacCachren.

-credit: rr

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Series Offroad
Drivers Robby Gordon , Rob MacCachren , Mark Post