HUMMER off-road racing teams are making final preparations to demonstrate their off-road prowess on opposite sides of the globe this weekend. The competition begins with Team HUMMER’s entry in Best in the Desert Racing Series Terrible’s 250 at Primm, April 19, and concludes with Robby Gordon Motorsport’s Team Dakar USA’s HUMMER H3 race trucks competing in the inaugural Dakar Series Central Europe Rally, April 20-26.
The Central Europe Rally, the first in ASO’s Dakar Series, will run from Budapest, Hungary, into Romania and back to Lake Balaton, Hungary. The course will consist of a 3000 km varied and technical route providing Team Dakar USA an opportunity to demonstrate the agility, handling and suspension of the race H3s.
Making their Hungarian debut, the Team Dakar USA purpose-built H3 will be piloted by the team of Robby Gordon/Andy Grider (USA). In 2007, Gordon and Grider finished 8 th overall and became the first American team to win a stage in the Dakar Rally.
“At the 2007 Dakar Rally we demonstrated that HUMMER and Team Dakar USA can compete on the world’s stage,” said Gordon. “We’ve spent the last year preparing the two H3s specifically for Dakar-style racing and they are faster and handle better than ever.”
Less than 12 hours before Gordon and Grider take the green flag in Europe, Team HUMMER entries will take the checkered flag from their races on the outskirts of Las Vegas.
Following their top podium finishes at the SCORE Baja 250 in March, Team HUMMER will enter their four stock class HUMMER race trucks in this year’s Terrible’s 250 at Primm.
Piloting the team’s mini-stock class H3 is team owner and racing legend Rod Hall (Reno, Nev.). The team’s full-size truck stock class H2 SUT will be piloted by the team of Josh Hall/Sam Cothrun (Reno, Nev.) and the full-size SUV stock class H3 Alpha will be piloted by Chad Hall/Thad Stump (Reno, Nev. / Phoenix, Ariz.)
Making her team debut, Emily Miller (Crested Butte, Colo.) will partner with navigator Jake Povey (Reno, Nev.), to pilot the Team HUMMER full-size SUV stock class H2.
The 2008 Terrible’s 250 at Primm consists of 252.6 miles, composed of three, 84.2 mile laps of grueling desert terrain outside Primm, Nev.
“Team HUMMER has traditionally done well in races around Primm and southern Nevada,” said Hall. “The stock-class HUMMER trucks handle the grueling desert terrain extremely well.”