LIVE MINT 400 2015

UPDATED! January 1, 2016

Off-Road Celebrity Robby Gordon and 2015 SCORE Champion Lalo Lopez Call-Out MINT 400 and BITD as FRAUD!

Lopez, "the MINT 400 results are all Bull-S**T".
Gordon, "we really don't know who won the 2015 MINT 400".

CLICK HERE to help one of the racers seriously injured during this disaster...Why is this not on race-dezert? Injured racers are the physical truth they don't want you to see...The MINT 400 is a fraud.




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UPDATE  MARCH 29, 2015

CLICK HERE FOR THE HUGE DAMAGE AND THE ONGOING FALLOUT 



  



(1) Justin Lofton #41 in his new JIMCO & Robby Gordon (2), Rob Mac (3) into FINISH

Berri Takes Unlimited Buggy with his new JIMCO 

 

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International Racing Consultants (IRC) contract should be placed under Review!

At the heart of the MINT 400 2015 Race Disaster is the fact that Steve Myers company, International Racing Consultants is the lead timing, scoring and race tracking advisor and contractor for Casey Folks, BITD racing association.

For ten years, this reporter has been following and reporting on the race operations of Steve Myers company, IRC. Since his first public tracking job with SNORE, Steve has collaborated with this reporter, seeking advancements in race tracking and safety.

In an hour and one half long interview conducted Monday, March 16, Myers informed OFF-ROAD LIVE! of significant service failures IRC committed during the MINT 400 race.

One failure, had the second race, untracked at the start of the competition. This was caused by several factors. One, IRC event data crashed. On the race radio relay, Phil Membury admitted their data had not 'propogated', prior to the green flag. For twenty minutes, the online IRC display was not working.

The second failure, was not having an adequate number of tracking units available for all registered racers. Forcing the race sanction and IRC to repurpose first race tracking equipment.

IRC is blaming racers for not following directions for the second failure. This is factually not the reason for the failure. Not having minimum equipment numbers is the real reason for much of the second race confusion.

The third and most problematic issue is the lack of proper operating race protocols in place, to be followed in the event of a red-flag race situation.

The principal of the company was not present and onsite during these event challenges. For many years, lack of ownership supervision has been a problem with the IRC arrangements with BITD. There also seems to be problems with adequate personnel training between the sanction BITD and the contractor IRC.

A complete review of this race event and the IRC contract is required to get to the bottom of the failure of the 2015 MINT 400 racing event. Until this is complete, BITD racing association has my complete, lack of confidence. 

MONSTER Mike Editorial
  

The Race Disaster FallOut!


Ian Maxwell Sez:

"Besides all that, my experience at this year was sub par at best. From the start of signups, we were treated like a number not a person. The fact that this is supposed to be BITD/Mad Media's biggest event of the year, I feel like they were very unprepared. From something as simple as running out of T-Shirts and the nice whiskey bottles(with the metal labels, not the cheesy sticker), to the fact that IRC showed up without the correct amount of trackers(this is all what I was told from BITD officials directly). How is this acceptable?
 
After ending up finishing 4 minutes behind 1127 I raised my concerns about them possibly shortcutting the course or something because I had passed him twice on the first lap without being passed. IRC told me that they were not used for reviewing information like that. What are they for then? I then took my issue to a few different BITD officials. They all said there was nothing they could do."

Wyatt Pemberton Sez:
  
"Sucker....
Oh wait same here on the admin stuff. 3-XL's and 1-L equaled 4-XXL's. Never got my bottle of booze, was told to come back on Sunday.
IRC, joke!!! No tracker either, one of my guys waited 2 hours on Saurday for it, finally install, and it never worked. IRC sent a replacement one out with our chase during the race, and it didn't work either... But please keep my money IRC."

Ryan Plowman Sez:

"But those same people require us to pay +/- $300 for an IRC system that, well, sucks. Oh yeah, that's per race. Oh, and sometimes, they don't have enough, so those people that come late, aren't required. BS."

George Felix

"What do you expect for $275 a day? I wonder what the return on investment is? One or two days? Haha what a racket. It's great we have them but seems ridiculously expensive and likes been said often don't work. Maybe run by the same folks that provide Sat phones for baja. Should have been renting cell phones instead. Lol"

Pete Dutton

 "IRC tracking has always been a joke, always will be. Wired directly to the batteries, per them, getting calls from my customers making sure my wiring is good because the trackers are not working gets old."

Anonymous Racer

  "IRC is considered to be sub-par by a lot (possibly a majority?) of racers. It's outdated technology, overly expensive, and their customer service sucks (and I say that with all due respect). And many people have reported that it didn't work for them when they needed it to."

Anonymous Racer

"A couple of years ago I was discussing IRC's shortcomings with Diane at BITD and she said that "Casey is very loyal", which I interpret to mean that he'll stick with something lousy like IRC regardless of whether there's anything better out there."

Cronus Dillard

"That said, I can guarantee there will be at least one person who chimes in that "IRC worked for me when I needed it". And another will say, "Quit whining, racing is expensive". Then some third person will say, "It gives me peace of mind knowing that I can call them on the satellite phone." I'm not going to waste time debating it, but the fact is there are better solutions out there that cost less, and I've seen no indication that BITD is moving in that direction. So we're just farting into the wind."


From the Race Radio Relay:

We heard it all on the radio. When told to hold the vehicles at the crash site, recovery called, "I don't have a pen and paper to write car stop times!!" It will be words that will go down in infamy.

Mark Weyhrich Sez:
 "the real cause of this accident was the decision to start 4 vehicles every minute. Did we really all need to get off the line in 17 +/- minutes when the track is nearly 120 miles long? It was an absolute mess right from the start. And all for what? Good TV?
Incredibly fortunate there were not more of these incidents. I know I was almost in 3 of them before the RM where this accident was."

 Cameron Steele Sez: 
"This was really a bad start set up, 80 unlimited cars into white out race conditions zig zagging back and forth for 17 miles with no recon allowed in less than 20 minutes. Why? I really wanted to say something at the drivers meeting but that would have ended badly..... this should have been address as a group... hint hint

Add to that fact that 1 cars should never ever be mixed with TT's any longer based on weight, capability, height and results (results for 3 plus years prove this) and no recon lap is a bad recipe. I have been loudly saying the Trophy Trucks should not be mixed with 1s' any longer for years. Why are they?

Ken James, Blue Coyote Racing:
 "Wow - what a mess."




LOADING ENDLESS IRC & BITD HACKING>>>


Lopez Claims Race Results B-S!

Robby Gordon Joins the Parade!:
""First and Foremost I hope everyone in the ACCIDENT is ok........

But the results are NOT accurate.

When MARTELLI AND BITD did the re groupe it was done where the vehicles did not re start with the same interval as where they were stopped. BITD MARTELLI only did the first 6 cars correct and the they just started letting cars go because they said they couldnt keep up.. So here is where this conversation will turn bad, Yes its for fun desert racing for some but for others like myself its a business, THE RESULTS ARE WRONG AND LOFTON DIDNT WIN EITHER. Here is what we do know because of Timing and scoring at the end of lap 1 we had Lofton by 9 minutes and 40 or 50 seconds...

When they re raked the field then Lofton restarted around 2 ot 4 minutes minutes behind us (NOBODY KNOWS AND THERE WAS NO IRC WORKING IN LOFTONS TRUCK) not 9:40 something, So when I had a Flat at race mile 50ish the first 3 cars we connected together BJ Leading, Rob Mac second 45 seconds behind him at race mile 50 ish and were all haulling ass.... and there was no dust problems so for sure Lofton didn't make up much time on the 3 of us. So Here is where it goes all wrong.... I get a flat and change it, Lets say on a good day its 2 minutes and on a bad day change its 5 minutes the fact is Justin should have been 9+ minuted behind us but instead because of not fair RE RACKING but now he's 2 or 4 minutes as nobody knows and the reason why I say this is at one point BITD GUY said we started them every 1 minute but I know for sure thats not the case. the reason why i know this is we have stop watches in the car and BJ started 45 in fromnt of Rob Mac I started 2 minutes behind Rob Mac and Dondale started 15 seconds behing me ( in the short course I was exiting turn 3 and Dale was exiting turn 2 after the Re Rack thats about 15 seconds an at the same time Tavo was in the middle of turn 1 on the short course so he was 15 seconds behind Dale...) This allowed Lofton to get track position on us which he would have never been able to do if he would have started 9:40ish and this is why im crying Foul call by Officials not Lofton.

MINT 400 and BITD need to figure this out as its a Problem and I feel we were robbbed of VICTORY TOO and this is a BUSINESS not a hobby.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT LOFTON OR THE OTHER RACERS FAULT ITS JUST NOT A GOOD ENOUGHT TIMING AND SCORING SYSTEM AND RACE MANAGEMENT> THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE THE BIGGEST AND BEST RACE IN THE UNITED STATES>> NOTE: LOFTON AND TEAM DID A GOOD JOB

ALSO ON ANOTHER NOTE IRC DIDNT WORK ON LOFTONS TRUCK EITHER AS I WAS THERE ASKING FOR PROOF AND THEY COUDNT DO THAT ON HIS TRUCK AS HE HAD NO DROPPED POINTS TO LOOK AT, this system should be official and accurate BUT THIS DIDNT WORK EITHER and it brings the sport back to ammature again...

They really don't know when everyone re started either NO PROOF , this is aTOTAL mess and not cool

I HOPE THE RACERS INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT ARE OK this Thread is not crying about the stopped race its about accurate timing both on Lalo side and on ours as we should have won too.....Answer is we need better more accurate timing and tracking, Its not the people doing the timing its the tools they are using its should have been easy to figure this out, the Dakar system we use there would have prevented the accident as the SENTENAL SYSTEM GIVES WARNINGS for a stopped vehicle or accident!! and they would have been able to re rack them correctctly and the results would be accurate.

Being a arm chair quarter back we should have just at least done a circle through the timing and scoring loop at the lap 1 finish loop and then they would have something on a computer instead of really nothing and then no working IRC on the other vehicle now we really have NOTHING except teams feeling they are ROBBED

I know its very similar on what RPM and Lalo are saying with regards to re racking timing and scoring, there not crying because they or we are sore loosers its just a fact that the race is scued and NOT ACCURATE RESULTS>>>>>>>>>

I FEEL ROBBED AND CHEATED TOO, JUST LIKE LALO""



BREAKING NEWS

 UPDATE! Monday, March 16, 2015

"Sometimes in our role as Fire, Rescue, Medical teams, we are fortunate enough to be a part of some of the most private or challenging times in people's life. Sometimes those moments are the greatest in the world. This morning was one of those:
As I arrived to see Jordan and Ryan this morning they were getting ready to sit Jordan up for the first time since the accident occurred. They put Jordan into a wheel chair and he put his legs on the stands himself. He then was able to be wheeled to see Ryan for the first time. These two are amazing men in their way to recovery. All the prayers, well wishes, positive energy are working."




Sunday, March 15, 2015


Jordan Poole and Ryan Hancock were involved in a roll over accident at the Mint 400 at mile 32. Both had been knocked unconscious initially. As Jordan unbuckled and attempted to help Ryan, their car was struck by a Trick Truck from behind at a very significant speed.

Both were transported by to the hospital by helicopter. Both are conscious and alert. Jordan is going to have a long road to recovery but has great people surrounding him. His back is broken and has already undergone one surgery. Ryan had surgery this morning for a couple things including a punctured lung and neck injury and should make a full recovery.

They can both have limited visitors of a maximum of two at a time however I am sure the families that are living in the trauma center waiting room would appreciate company and support from our off road community.




RaceDay Report 
Saturday, March 14, 2015

*Two racers were injured in a multi-vehicle accident during the Mint 400 off road race near Primm, Nevada, earlier today. No spectators were involved or injured in the accident. The race was restarted at 4:45 p.m.

[Reportedly, Mike Baldi #1542, an unlimited buggy got out of shape and turned into a Trick Truck, causing the accident, damages, injuries. More info being investigated.] 

Names of the racers have not been released. The race was temporarily stopped to allow medical teams time to treat the victims and remove the vehicles from the race course. Both racers were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“Best In The Desert officials stopped the race immediately upon learning of the accident and only resumed after the injured were treated and the vehicles removed from the course.”

The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. during the second race of the day, which involves unlimited class race vehicles known as Trick Trucks and Class 1 buggies.

SECOND RACE COMMENCED WITH TIME ADJUSTMENTS

Race Leader Justin Lofton coming in for the win at RM 108 8:45PM

Race Leaders (Physical Lead) Justin Lofton #41 Robby Gordon, Rob Mac coming into Finish Line!

Rob Mac #6 back in the race after replacing drive-shaft.

Race Radio Relay Reporting said Jerry Whelchel #37 was destroyed and OUT and Strobel destroyed his truck.

What Happened Early in the race? At around RM32 close to a spectator area there was medical emergency that called for no less then two life flights. There is no information available what happened, who is involved etc.

Once that information becomes available and is ok to be shared we will do exactly that.

BLM asked for a stop of the race. We heard of some cars getting stopped on the course now and cars that made it past the spot in question are still racing towards the completion of lap1.

No idea how that will affect BITD's and our timing. The well being of everyone involved is obviously the number one priority. 


At the start of the second race, Trick Truck #46; Troy Best, lawn darted and endoed several times. His day is done. 







FINISH FIRST RACE RESULTS  







Starkey
1067
05:22:15
306
57.0

Dohrman
1025
05:24:38
306
56.6
+00:02:23
Prescott
1032
05:27:15
306
56.1
+00:05:00
Brown
1008
05:31:01
306
55.5
+00:08:46
Folks
2488
05:31:31
306
55.4
+00:09:16
Winslow
1081
05:32:00
306
55.3
+00:09:45
Hsu
2446
05:32:13
306
55.3
+00:09:58
Coleman
1071
05:32:20
306
55.2
+00:10:05
Clarke
1045
05:34:01
306
55.0
+00:11:46
Tuls
1090
05:38:56
306
54.2
+00:16:41
Cooley
1022
05:39:23
306
54.1
+00:17:08
Ebberts
1033
05:44:52
306
53.2
+00:22:37
Martin
1013
05:55:22
306
51.7
+00:33:07
Hilfiker
1015
05:58:40
306
51.2
+00:36:25
Hajas
1080
06:04:04
306
50.4
+00:41:49
Armstrong
1035
06:04:46
306
50.3
+00:42:31
Bjorstrom
1059
06:04:50
306
50.3
+00:42:35
Guglielmo
6022
06:05:18
306
50.3
+00:43:03
Angal
1921
06:10:11
306
49.6
+00:47:56
McLeod
6044
06:10:25
306
49.6
+00:48:10
Buckley
1127
06:16:11
306
48.8
+00:53:56
Proctor
6025
06:16:50
306
48.7
+00:54:35
Kiger
1934
06:18:09
306
48.6
+00:55:54
Jones
1978
06:18:31
306
48.5
+00:56:16
Schueler
1919
06:19:11
306
48.4
+00:56:56















































































"IRC IS NOT WORKING!" 
10:20 AM Best In The Desert Operations Conclusion
Mad Media Sez: "Mile Marker 184 times are not correct at all. We are currently working with IRC to resolve the issue. Its pulling the same time from mile 62 thus giving them the 160 mph avg."
DOH!!! 

*8:45 AM March 16; Race Incident Reporting Removed for Fact Checking...It will return

*Steve Myers, owner of International Racing Consultants (IRC) and CFO Toyota Escondido  claims; "General Tire OUT of next years sponsorship of 2016 MINT 400; BFGoodrich will takeover".


*Numerous sources say, "Travis Roffler at General Tire is a slow pay, we are tired of it, take your shitty tires, elsewhere!"


*Las Vegas Media BOYCOTTS this years MINT 400; Mad Media Insider sez: New PR Director, "Jim Graham Screws The Pooch!"

This Just In: Mad Media Source Sez: "Casey Folks of BITD To Retire after this race! Jim Graham will takeover Best In The Desert...More details after today's race!"

*SCORE FIRES D. Dahlgren; She Fires Back: "F-You"

MORE RACE INFO LOADING>>>


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NATIONAL Power House is tapping into the secretive desert racing world today, we will be breaking news as the race proceeds, so stay tuned. This MINT 400 is one of the most contested races of the  desert season.

Join us here, with the teams, families and individuals vying for off-road glory. This event holds some of the most cherished positions in this years, West coast motorsports. Fastest Pit Teams, fastest lap times and winning class competitions! All reported LIVE! The 2015 MINT 400.  



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RaceDay! Saturday, March 14, LIVE! 5AM (WEST)Pacific Time:
 


1st Race – 6:00 am – (RaceCars Staging 5AM at the Start Line)
1st race includes: Cl 1000, 2400, 1100, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 3000, 3700, 4500, 4700, 5000, 5500, 6000, 7100, 8100.
2-Lap Classes in 1st race will be - (Class 1700 – 1800 – UTV Spt - 3700 – 4500 (Vintage) – 4700 (VW Stock) – 5500 (Zero1)

– 7100 (Mini-Truck) To be considered a finisher, racers must complete 2-laps inside the time frame.)
All other classes in the 1st race will be a 3-lap race with the Main Pit cut-off time of 2:00 pm and the finish line closes at 5 PM. To be considered a finisher you must complete 3-laps inside the time frame.

2nd Race – (approximately) 2:30 PM – (Staging 1:00 PM at the Start Line – be ready to start early)
2nd Race includes: Class 1400, 1500, 6100, 7200, 8000, 4400.
All classes in the 2nd race will be a 3-lap race with the Main Pit cut-off time of 11:00 pm and the finish line closes at 1:00 AM. To be considered a finisher, these desert racers must complete all 3-laps inside the time frame.

The LIVE! Mint 400 racecourse mileage is approximately 122-miles including Main Pit.



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PIT Crew Competition Final Results

The Pit Crew Competition favorites going into the event were the teams of TSCO Racing (last years winner), Menzies Motorsports, and the Jesse Jones team, but it was a team who qualified last night to grab a spot who took home the trophy. 

The Trick Truck Team of Steve Olliges #27, wins the 2015 Pit Crew Challenge!

Steve Strobel and crew laid down a faster time in the head to head final with Steve Olliges, but two loose lug nuts would give them a 10 second penalty, and with that the win would go to Las Vegas' own, Steve Olliges.

Steve Olliges Trick Truck #27 Team wins the 2015 Pit Crew Challenge!

 
PIT Crew Competition Qualifying Results

Thursday, March 12
Qualifying Results
 



Driver
/#
/Time
/Speed-mph
/Split
Dondel
7
00:04:07.275
49.50

BJ Baldwin
97
00:04:08.504
49.25
+00:00:01.229
Luke McMillin
83
00:04:09.467
49.06
+00:00:02.192
Voss
1
00:04:10.793
48.81
+00:00:03.518
MacCachren
6
00:04:10.869
48.79
+00:00:03.594
Lofton
41
00:04:10.985
48.77
+00:00:03.710
Gordon
77
00:04:11.464
48.67
+00:00:04.189
Menzies
70
00:04:11.955
48.58
+00:00:04.680
Andy McMillin
31
00:04:12.192
48.53
+00:00:04.917
Laguna
1537
00:04:12.628
48.45
+00:00:05.353
Vildosola
21
00:04:12.730
48.43
+00:00:05.455
Whelchel
37
00:04:14.308
48.13
+00:00:07.033
Bailey
1529
00:04:15.717
47.87
+00:00:08.442
Lopez
11
00:04:16.143
47.79
+00:00:08.868
Berri
1549
00:04:16.516
47.72
+00:00:09.241
Jones
76
00:04:17.120
47.60
+00:00:09.845
Mark Weyrich
9
00:04:17.683
47.50
+00:00:10.408
Juan Carlos Lopez
18
00:04:17.927
47.46
+00:00:10.652
Steele
16
00:04:18.526
47.35
+00:00:11.251
Croll
32
00:04:18.759
47.30
+00:00:11.484
Parkhouse
1532
00:04:18.887
47.28
+00:00:11.612
Childress
1565
00:04:18.912
47.27
+00:00:11.637
Romano
33
00:04:19.009
47.26
+00:00:11.734
Dean
1575
00:04:19.102
47.24
+00:00:11.827
Troy Herbst
91
00:04:19.179
47.23
+00:00:11.904
Dan McMillin
23
00:04:19.743
47.12
+00:00:12.468
Pemberton
1554
00:04:19.757
47.12
+00:00:12.482
Hutchins
1527
00:04:19.817
47.11
+00:00:12.542
Hardin
79
00:04:20.494
46.99
+00:00:13.219
Mattox
1517
00:04:21.182
46.86
+00:00:13.907
Acer
73
00:04:21.694
46.77
+00:00:14.419
Householder
1539
00:04:21.865
46.74
+00:00:14.590
Chase
1595
00:04:22.476
46.63
+00:00:15.201
Nunley
10
00:04:23.250
46.50
+00:00:15.975
Johnson
1546
00:04:23.426
46.46
+00:00:16.151
Olliges
27
00:04:23.892
46.38
+00:00:16.617
Campbell
1509
00:04:23.917
46.38
+00:00:16.642
Ruane
12
00:04:24.013
46.36
+00:00:16.738
Dorrance
26
00:04:24.252
46.32
+00:00:16.977
Graf
58
00:04:24.354
46.30
+00:00:17.079
Hengeveld
1530
00:04:24.408
46.29
+00:00:17.133
Thompson
1590
00:04:24.566
46.26
+00:00:17.291
Strobel
94
00:04:24.842
46.22
+00:00:17.567
Daniel
90
00:04:24.889
46.21
+00:00:17.614
Curt LeDuc
43
00:04:25.667
46.07
+00:00:18.392
Dawson
1510
00:04:26.681
45.90
+00:00:19.406
Gary Weyhrich
99
00:04:26.954
45.85
+00:00:19.679
Schovajsa
45
00:04:28.462
45.59
+00:00:21.187
Staats
42
00:04:28.795
45.54
+00:00:21.520
Sproule
65
00:04:28.935
45.51
+00:00:21.660

 

















































Las Vegas Strip LIVEMINT400.com Parade Pics
Courtesy Mr. MINT 400 Norm Johnson!




March 9, 2015

* MINT 400 FOUNDER NORM JOHNSON JOINS LIVE MINT 400!*


“Mr. MINT 400,” Las Vegas’ own, Norm Johnson, has joined the LIVE! MINT 400 Team, to provide the “Best Online Coverage,” ever provided for the Historic MINT 400 Desert Off-Road Race, direct from The Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas, Nevada! All on line in the comfort of your home at www.LIVEMINT400.COM.



Johnson created the Mint 400 in 1967, and continued as a consultant through 1972, when he left the employ of the Del Webb Corporation, to pursue other venues.  Norm, however, continued to compete in the Mint 400 and all the major off-road racing events as a driver though the end of the 1982 season. Johnson was a consistent finisher, placing third in the 1975 Mint 400, driving a class 7 Toyota, and third in the 1976 Baja 1000, driving a class 9 single seat buggy.   He also wrote the first book on the “History of Off-Road Racing,” in 1976, which is still the most complete book on all forms of off-road racing. In 2012 he was asked to join the new owners of the famous race, the Martelli Brothers, as a consultant. Norm resigned his duties as a consultant for the race in 2015.



Coverage of the “Great American Off-Road Race,” will begin on Saturday, March 14 at www.livemint400.com . It will air beginning at 6:00 a.m. PDT, when green flag drops for the limited vehicle race, to the last vehicle receiving the checkered flag at approximately 9:00 p.m., within the given time frame of the un-limited class, which gets underway at 1:00 p.m.  “Off-Road Live!” is celebrating its seventh year of exclusive coverage of the famous race, and provides up to the minute tracking of all the exciting race cars and its drivers.  You'll be able to feel the heart-pounding action of desert off-road racing, and know every move and turn of your favorite drivers throughout this year’s Mint 400, from the comfort of your own home.



You will have all of the 'in-your-face' desert off-road race stories and images, internet racers demand today, at your finger-tips on this single webcast.  Starting at 4:00 p.m. PDT. Monday, March 9th, anyone from around the globe can experience the “Live Mint 400” broadcast by simply logging onto www.livemint400.com.  Viewers will get the entire story of Desert Off-Road racing!



The unique and exclusive mountain of Mint 400 racing content will feature an all-inclusive wrap-around live coverage of the event that will allow users a variety of experiences during the race. The Webcast will feature Streaming Videos, Vehicle Tracking and Replays as well as live unofficial results. Fanatics and casual users alike will also have access to a photo/video gallery, and interviews! Follow your favorite race cars and the drivers as they conquer the grueling race course during this year’s event.  Hear the roar of the engines as they leave the starting line and head for the open desert race course. You will catch the passion of off-road racing, and your experience will feature tracking information that will show the actual location of all vehicles equipped with sophisticated tracking systems. The information on each vehicle will update at two-minute intervals throughout the race.



Live streaming video will be available throughout Race Week! The Magic Desert Off-Road Race, at http://www.livemint400.com.

Norm's Point of View in 2008 at the moment of the 'MINT 400' "resurrection".

Interesting point of View from 2008 Jeff Wolf-LV Review-Journal

March 8, 2015

*The Insider Story of Roger Norman/The ReStart of HDRA/Normans Attempt to Buy The MINT 400 Name & Race in 2011!*

In 2010, Roger Norman, the racer, won the 25th version of the MINT. In 2011, Roger Norman, the businessman, began 'influencing' board members of SNORE. SNORE was the rightful owner the name MINT 400 in 2011. 

Some legal opinions claim SNORE may today, still be the rightful owner, considering the conditions of the sale!

'Influencing', because one report of active SNORE Treasurer Ken Flippin requesting a six-figure income of Roger Norman, has been confirmed. As many as seven board members were reportedly 'influenced'.

After the 2011 race, one board member claimed the purchase of HDRA and Ken Flippin directed the SNORE board to sell the name "MINT 400". The name sold at a far below market price, under conditions that today are considered a violation of non-profit association rules or 'insider trading'.

[Notice: After extensive interviews with the ownership of VORRA at the time, this reporter found Roger Norman copied the 'blueprint' of VORRA's USA 500 and attempted a big Reno off-road race. Even with copious 'corporate welfare', help from the Reno Tourism Authority, Normans SCORE/HDRA Reno events failed.]

[Notice: On two separate occasions, over five years, this reporter asked Roger Norman about the MINT 400. Both were declined]



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