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Humer H2 Race car

 

Want to drive from Las Vegas to Reno, across the desert, and get the job done in a little over 12 hours, at an average of a shade under 80km/h?

It’s a tall order but American off-road racer Josh Hall managed it in his Hummer H2 race car in the 10th Anniversary running of the Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno race, extending Team Hummer’s 13-race streak of podium finishes.
Hall, with co-riders GM Racing development engineer Thad Stump and Sam Cothrun, drove the #4101 H2 to win the production class and place 23rd out of 119 starters, beating several modified trucks and buggies.

“The H2 is a natural performer in races like Vegas to Reno, where the course is marked with dangerously deep silt-beds, technical rocky sections and high-speed straight-aways,” said Hall. “Combine the H2’s performance with the support of the Team Hummer crew, and the H2 is difficult to beat.”

Hall finished the 584-mile course in 12 hours, 9 minues and 40 seconds, averaging a speed of nearly 79km/h.

His closest production car rival finished 50 minutes behind truck entries.
The 2006 win was Hall’s third consecutive class victory in the race.

Billed as the longest off-road race in the United States, Vegas to Reno proved to be a learning experience for Team Hummer’s other two vehicles.

The #3111 H3, running in the pure stock mini SUV class was stopped by engine
failure after 96km.

“We’d put the H3’s engine through the paces, running it to class victories at three other races, including the nearly 18-hour, 2006 Baja 500,” said Rod Hall, Team Hummer owner and H3 driver. “We’ll get a new engine in the H3, break it in at the upcoming Las Vegas 300 and be ready to defend our 2005
class victory at the Baja 1000.”

The team’s #8102 H1 Alpha, driven by Chad Hall, broke its radiator mounts after 200km.

“Unlike many of the other trucks in the stock full class, this is the first time anyone has built and raced an H1 Alpha, so we’re breaking new ground,” said Chad Hall, a six-time Baja 1000 winner. “It’s an extremely fast truck and will be difficult to beat once we get it fully tuned.” 



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