RENO, NV SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 ~ This weekend will commemorate another first at the new Exit 28 Motorsports Park when the green flag drops for the Ultra4 Stampede race. A qualifier for the 2011 King of the Hammers, the Stampede race will be one of the most challenging races in the U.S., only 20 minutes outside of Downtown Reno. Gates open at 6:30am on Saturday September 11 with the race starting at 10am.
“We are very excited to have this race at Exit 28 Motorsports Park,” said Don Gilman, Operations Manager. “We have been out almost every weekend cutting new trails and we are sure there will be some of the hardest trails around, keeping with the excitement of the King of the Hammers.” The race will be three, 20-mile laps attacking the brutal terrain including 3 rock canyons, a rock crawling closed course, a off-road racing short course and miles of rally roads. “This race has the most in common with the hardest off-road race on the planet. King of the Hammers has been unlike any other race, until now,” said Jeff Knoll of Hammerking Productions.
Designated spectator areas will be $10/per person per area, 10 years and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The main parking area is free and accessible by passenger cars. Wristbands can be pre-purchased on Thursday and Friday at the ORI of Reno display booth to help eliminate congestion on Saturday morning. There are two spectator friendly viewing areas with no stadium seating, camp chairs are recommended for all areas.
Spectator Area 1 is by the Start/Finish line and Short Course track where Ultra4 cars will jump and take corners at speed. Area 1 will have easy access to concessions including food, drinks and an assortment of vendors. Be sure to bring camp chairs to sit on. No outside alcohol is allowed on premises.
Spectator Area 2 will be at the Giants Throne Rock Crawling Arena where the serious rock crawling enthusiasts will be able to watch these aggressive vehicles take on brand new trails that have huge boulders and wicked waterfall drops. Area 2 will require a pretty aggressive hike up the hill, with limited concessions and portable toilets. Primitive hiking trails are not ADA accessible to Giants Thrown Arena. Please wear proper shoes and pack a backpack accordingly for the day. Bringing camp chairs is highly recommended.
There is a third area that is limited to members of organized recreation, local, state and/or national clubs with decals/stickers showing on the rig. Deadwood Canyon will be one of the best viewing areas in the park. There is a $20 per able vehicle fee to access, with only as many people as seatbelts in the vehicle. Proceeds for this area will be split between Blue Ribbon Coalition and Exit 28 Motorsports Park.
Please plan on coming early if you would like to see the beginning of the race, the road will be closed intermittently throughout the day as racecars cross. Access to Qualifying on Friday morning from 8am-11am is free. The Pits are closed to spectators and will only be accessible by team members with specific pit passes. Everyone is expected to stay behind the protective barriers, and be alert and safe at all times.
Off Road Innovations (ORI) of Reno, located adjacent to the Exit 28 Motorsports Park, will be open during the week of the race for vehicle repairs and assistance.
Directions to Exit 28 Motorsports Park: I-80 to Exit 28, Patrick Road. South on Patrick, over Railroad tracks. Follow Signs to Designated Parking Areas
Photo Credit: Bower Motorsports Media, RubiconScat.com
Event Sponsors: Hammerking Productions, ORI of Reno, Mustang Ranch
About Exit 28 Motorsports Park
Built around the enthusiasm for offroading in the Reno Sparkes area, this motorsports complex will be able to host all styles of racing with its diverse terrain, weather, nearby hospitality and International Airport within 20 minutes. In 2010, Exit 28 Motorsports Park hosted the VORRA Xtreme Outlaw 250 desert race, two CalRocs rock crawling events, the LivFast Motocross Park and the Stampede a King of the Hammers qualifier. In 2011, the schedule will extend to include additional high profile desert races and multiple other events. The park is available to be rented for any style event, race, concert series, corporate function, club events, offroad testing, and new product releases. The options are endless with over 100,000 acres to utilize for executing a world class event.
What: Stampede Race
When: Thursday September 9th 2pm Kickoff BBQ at Mustang Ranch
Friday September 10th 8am-12pm Qualifying Runs
Saturday September 11th 10am-6pm Stampede Race
Where: Exit 28 Motorsports Park. Exit 28 off I-80, South on Patrick, Follow Signs
Tickets: $10 per person / per viewing area (2 available)
3rd viewing area for Clubs with Purpose Built rigs only. $20 per Vehicle