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BITD 2007: Team Hummer to tackle longest Off-Road Race In The US

Team Hummer owner Rod Hall and sons, Josh and Chad bring their winning tradition to Las Vegas once again, as they prepare to race their stock-class H3, H2 and H1 Alpha in Best In the Desert Racing Association's "TSCO Vegas To Reno", August 24. Billed as the longest off-road race in the United States, this year's Vegas to Reno highlights the rugged Nevada terrain, as racers will travel more than 570 miles, racing along many of the same trails used by the original Pony Express from 1860 to 1861.

The race will start in Johnnie, Nevada early Friday morning, August 24. The Vegas to Reno race takes competitors from the high desert floor at 2,500 feet elevation to mountainous heights of over 9,000 feet, forcing competitors to adjust to the changing pressures, and endure extreme hot and cold temperature variations.

At times, racers will achieve speeds in excess of 100 MPH on dry lake bed portions of the route; and then racers are forced to fight their way through narrow canyons and twisty sand washes - some of the toughest terrain in the world. "I cannot think of a better combination of terrain to demonstrate the true capabilities of a stock Hummer," said Rod Hall. "Between the vehicles' natural off-road capabilities and the support of the Team Hummer crew, I expect Vegas to Reno to be another successful race for Team Hummer."

The Team Hummer H3 is piloted by Rod Hall and was built by GM Engineering. Introduced at the 2005 Vegas to Reno, Rod and the H3 earned a second-place class finish in the vehicle's inaugural race. Since then, Hall has guided the H3 to countless class wins in the mini stock class, including SCORE International's 2005 Baja 1000; 2006 Baja 500; and 2007 Baja 500.

Hall, 69, is a living legend in the off-road racing world. His relentless and unfailing driving ability has earned him a record 18 career wins at the Baja 1000 and the distinction of being the only driver in history to win the Baja 1000 overall in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Moreover, Hall today remains the only person to have raced every Baja 1000 in a four-wheeled vehicle in the 39-year history of the event.

The Team Hummer H2, piloted by Josh Hall and also built by GM Engineering, is the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Vegas to Reno full-size SUV stock class defending champion. Hall and the H2 finished 23rd overall in 2006, besting a significant number of highly modified, purpose-built desert race machines.

Team Hummer's H1 Alpha is piloted by six-time Baja 1000 winner, Chad Hall. While the H1 struggled to find its groove in 2006, Hall and the H1 are off to a strong start in 2007, with a full-size truck stock class win at the Parker 425 and a close second place finish at the Terrible's Town 250. 2007 marks a special year for Team Hummer as owner and H3 driver Rod Hall prepares to enter his 40th consecutive Baja 1000.

2007/08/28 | 12:38 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Hummer Racing/GM

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