BITD: Team Hummer Vegas to Reno preview

Team Hummer® to debut H2 race program at `Vegas to Reno' Reno, NV - June. 23, 2003: The 2003 Best in the Desert racing season reaches the midway point with the upcoming TSCO `Vegas to Reno' Race, June 26-29, 2003. At a distance of over 500...

Team Hummer® to debut H2 race program at `Vegas to Reno'

Reno, NV - June. 23, 2003: The 2003 Best in the Desert racing season reaches the midway point with the upcoming TSCO `Vegas to Reno' Race, June 26-29, 2003. At a distance of over 500 miles across the State of Nevada, the `Vegas to Reno' is billed as the longest off-road race in the United States. It is certainly one of the most difficult starting 100 miles north of Vegas and winding it's way through a variety of picturesque old mining towns and across the Silver Peak mountains to the finish just south of Reno.

The HUMMER SUV and the HUMMER Pickup each enter the `Vegas to Reno' event second in their respective class points series. As always, Chad Hall will drive the #8102 H1 HUMMER Pickup but the internationally famous "Flag" HUMMER SUV (#4101), driven at this race by Josh Hall, shall be retired when it crosses the finish line in Reno, after winning class points championships in 2000 and again in 2002. Replacing the H1 SUV in the Team HUMMER line up will be the new HUMMER H2 SUV dubbed by team owner Rod Hall as "Yellow Fever." Driving the #4121 SUV in its inaugural race will be Rod and business partner Mike Winkel of Winkel/Rod Hall HUMMER in Reno.

In late January a showroom stock H2 was delivered to the GM Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, Arizona where a team of GM engineers and technicians led by project engineer, Thad Stump, began construction of the new race truck in collaboration with various members of Team HUM- MER. "We built the suspension components and supplied all the after-market components", said team owner Rod Hall. "Thad Stump and his team at the proving ground did all the fabrication and construction. We spent a few days testing in Arizona last week and after making a few adjustments, we think we're ready to take it to the race."

Josh Hall will go the entire distance behind the wheel of the #4101 SUV with Rob Henderson starting in the second seat and chief mechanic Sam Cothrun trading places with Henderson at the half way point. After the exhaust header problems we had at the `Terrible's Town 250' in April, Cothrun installed a new set of headers and replaced a melted motor mount. Little else other than a basic race prep was needed to get the Big HUMMER race ready and after testing, Josh expects to be waiting at the finish line for the competition.

A major race prep was done on the #8102 Pickup including the renewal of all control arms and cross-members, which seem to be increasingly subject to failure as the average speeds on these trucks get higher. At this race we are testing out a new crank mounted fan drive supplied to Team HUMMER by AMGeneral in an attempt to overcome the typically high engine temperatures. Preliminary testing would tend to indicate that this new system is working well and Team HUMMER is looking forward to a very successful `Vegas to Reno' race.

For more information on HUMMER vehicles, visit www.hummer.com and for more information on Rod Hall and team HUMMER visit www.rodhall.com

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Drivers Rod Hall