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HDRA Fireworks 500 Prize Money and LiveOnDirt Event coverage Schedule:
RENO, NV – Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, HDRA has expanded the purse and added to the many events that will take place in the Reno, Nevada area the entire week of June 30th- July 8th at the Fireworks 500 race. A $25,000 bonus to pro classes, in addition to the already 60% payback, has been added by the Eldorado Reno, Resort and Casino that pays $10,000 to the overall race winner, and an additional $15,000 to be distributed between the rest of the pro classes who have a minimum of five cars in their class. To qualify you need to run the Eldorado Reno, Resort and Casino contingency sticker that the Eldorado will provide. No other sanctioning body comes close to the prize money HDRA is offering.
Due to the remote sections of the course IRC tracking will be used to monitor the race. To help the racers with the IRC tracking fees, the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino will pay $100.00 towards the $200.00 fee when you run the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino’s contingency sticker, which they will provide. The IRC system has satellite tracking and includes a g-meter. If excessive g- forces are sensed, it sends a signal to IRC and the driver is contacted to make sure everything is ok. In addition to IRC tracking, emergency response teams will be stationed at the main pits as well as two other locations to enhance safety for all competitors.
The cloverleaf shaped course has most pits located within easy access of the start/finish line. You can easily cover those with a single pit crew. There is a pit on the longest section that is remote so Pro Pit will be set up there to provide pit services for your team for only $25.00 per car. To register for Pro Pit’s services email Pat at: email@example.com they will also be at contingency so stop in and sign up.
Due to popular demand, Wide Open Baja will be holding machine gun shoots on the 3rd and 4th. They may add additional shoot dates if needed, depending on the response. They offer a Mini Run & Gun that features fully automatic M16’s and a belt-fed M60. On the Big Run & Gun you will be shooting a fully automatic M16, Barrett .50 sniper rifle, M-60 and a .50 caliber belt-fed machine gun. All run & Gun tours feature instruction and supervision by military special ops and Special Forces trained guides who will teach you safety and proper operation of all firearms used. To sign up for a tour call the Orange County office of Wide Open Baja at: 949-382-7770.
Wide Open Baja, Arrive and Drive packages are still available for those who want to experience the race without having to own a team. Course recon for the tours will be at 8:00 am on the 1st, 3rd and 5th of July. James Degaine will lead the recon runs; he is an expert on the use of GPS and Ozzie Explorer and can answer any of your technical questions. Each recon run will cover the entire course and will include snacks, drinks and a lunch stop at a remote location.
The parties begin Thursday night the 5th with a free pub crawl fueled by Monster Energy that will be a lot of fun. It visits all nine bars, some with live music; inside the Eldorado and Silver Legacy resort area. They will be offering Monster Energy drink specials for all race team members who have been to registration and received their armbands for the race. Thursday night will also feature the Monster Energy VIP private party at the BuBinga inside the Eldorado. Anyone who is fully registered for the race by June 15th gets 2 VIP tickets to this exclusive party that includes a VJ and DJ, it will feature open bar from 7-8pm and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served from 7-9pm. The BuBinga mixologists will be serving complimentary specials fueled by Monster Energy from 7-11pm and of course, the beautiful Monster Energy girls will be mingling between all events. The Silver Legacy is sponsoring a free racers party with live music at Rum Bullion fueled by Monster Energy drink specials. Get your team armband at registration on Thursday.
The festivities at contingency on Friday include the Monster Energy FMX motorcycle team, the Monster Energy Ninja Stunt Team and 6 live bands that will be performing throughout the day on the Monster Energy stage. For BBQ lovers the All American BBQ festival will be running at the same time right there on Virginia Street so you can partake in some delicious food between stunt shows and live music.
On race day you can join Grand Marshall Rod Hall and the Monster Energy Girls to watch the Monster Energy FMX team who will be at the spectator area doing shows during the day. The spectator area will also have hot food and cold beer and overlooks 12 miles of the course, main pit and the start/finish line. Live coverage of the event will be on HDRArace.com with announcing by George Antill and will include two in-car cameras (on yet to be determined cars) that will go live as they enter the spectator viewing area. You can get a free ticket by bringing a receipt for a two cans of Monster Energy to the box offices of either the Silver Legacy or Eldorado resorts. All other adults will make a $10.00 donation to the Off-Road Hall of Fame at the gate, kids under 12 are just $5.00. The Off-road Hall of Fame has agreed to put 50% of money donated towards operating costs of the spectator area but if anyone would like to sponsor some of those costs that money would go directly to the Hall of Fame.
The fun all starts on June 30th at the Off-road Expo held in the streets of Sparks, Nevada, which is free to spectators and vendors. Come check out the many vehicles and booths on display and then head out to recon the course. With everything going on the week of this event and the huge prize money offered you’re not going to want to miss it! Go to HDRArace.com for more event information.