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Racing News: Falken Tires and Jagged X Take Top Two Spots at Best in the Desert Race Series

Falken Tire scored two wins as well as second place with Polaris Racing’s Jagged X in the Henderson 250.

Falken Tires and Jagged X Take Top Two Spots in PRO UTV and Sportsman Classes at Best in the Desert Off-Road Event
Falken Tire scored two wins as well as second place with Polaris Racing’s Jagged X in the Henderson 250—a part of the Best in the Desert race series.
Jagged X drivers Matt Parks and Jason Spiess took the checkered in their #1932 Polaris RZR UTV in the PRO UTV class, closely followed by teammates Brandon Schueler and Blake Van De Loo’s #1919 Polaris.

Jagged X’s third entry – the #1991, driven by Bill Schueler and Mike West, took top honors in the Sportsman Class. None of the vehicles had a single tire failure, with the PRO UTV vehicles competing on Falken’s WildPeak All-Terrain off-the-shelf tires, sized 30x9.50 R15, and the Sportsman entry also running stock, original-equipment WildPeaks, sized 235/70 R15.

Created and hosted by the City of Henderson, Nevada, the 2012 Henderson 250 marked the 11th year for this race. The start/finish line, as well as the course and spectator areas, were located in nearby Jean, Nevada.

Bob Frey
Jon Lundberg
Dave McClelland

Quarter Mile Foundation to Produce “Voices From the Tower”
Traci Hrudka, chairman of the Quarter Mile Foundation, has announced the Foundation has begun production of a special, introductory volume DVD for the PROJECT 1320 documentary, entitled “Voices From the Tower.”

“The DVD uses portions of the interviews of three legendary drag-racing announcers: Bob Frey, Jon Lundberg and Dave McClelland,” said Hrudka. With more than 20 hours of interviews of the three men, and 150 years of announcing experience between them, ‘Voices From the Tower’ should give the audience a very broad overview of how the sport grew and evolved.”

Dan Koterba (Atlanta), who has conducted and filmed the majority of the interviews, is overseeing the production. Koterba observed, “We want to let the drag-racing community and fans get a feel for the look and the texture of the documentary. It will not be a complete ‘interview-by-interview’ production, but rather a number of people who will be discussing a range of topics; and the interviews will be edited in such a manner to present several perspectives. In ‘Voices From the Tower,’ you’ll find them making their observations about the events and situations they viewed as announcers, plus offering commentary about topics we might not expect to hear from them.”

“Voices From the Tower” will be priced at $20 plus shipping and handling from the Quarter Mile Foundation website. The production work is currently underway, with an anticipated release in early 2013.

The Yokohama-sponsored team won at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

Yokohama Tires Win at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill
Yokohama-sponsored driver Tyler McQuarrie helped lead the Motorsport Solutions/Ehret Family Winery Porsche 911 to victory at the 25-hour, 1,953-mile 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance contest, December 8–9 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California.

McQuarrie, with co-drivers Memo Gidley, Pierre Ehert, Christian Bollrath and Anthony Ward, drove to a 16-lap victory in the 10th running of the National Auto Sport Association’s United States Air Force-sponsored sports car contest.