Vegas to Reno is the longest point-to-point off-road race in the country and the unforgiving northern Nevada terrain is a true torture test. Out of 300+ vehicles that started the race in 2014, only 70 managed to finish this race, proving the house usually wins in Nevada. DragonFire/AZ West/Rockstar Racing’s leading lady Lacrecia Beurrier knows this all too well, but she has a score to settle when the Best In The Desert’s challenging 545-mile race takes place August 13-15, 2015.
Lacrecia is no stranger to beating long odds or the challenging northern Nevada terrain, having won the infamous Mint 400 three times. However she has some unfinished business at V2R 2015! “Last year was an incredible roller coaster,” says long-time DragonFire racer. “We went from literally winning the lottery by drawing the #1 starting position to crapping out before we could reach the casinos in Reno when the car conked out at race mile 365.” Hoping that the “365” was an omen, the Rockstar Racing/DragonFire Team is hoping that 365 days will make a world of difference.
This year Lacrecia and her team are coming back with a brand new race car, a streak of wins and the points lead in the Pro Unlimited UTV class. Although she admits it’s nerve wracking coming back after last year, there is no place she would rather be. “Hours of testing and preparation have all come down to this, we are as ready as we will ever be,” she says.
“Although we nearly won the lottery again by drawing the #2 starting position, monsoonal rains have made the 2015 V2R even more daunting… as if that was possible,” says co-driver and DragonFire Social Media manager Chris Moore. “Drawing a good starting position is critical to doing well in a point-to-point race like V2R. Like the Baja 1000, this race is known for the fact that you can outrun your chase crew. This makes pit strategy and reliability vitally important. Fortunately our crew chief Eric Buerrier has dialed in the Polaris RZR XP 1000 and mapped out the smallest details.”
The tough terrain and extreme distance makes this a true 24-hour event. “As one of the only races so long it starts in the dark and ends in the dark for most UTVs, lighting becomes a critical factor,” explains Lacrecia. “We are banking on our Bulldog LED Lighting to blaze a trail!”
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