Taking Over Downtown Las Vegas

The first year for Dynamic Racing turns out to be a milestone anniversary for the Mint 400 as it celebrated its 50th year as a motoring event.

In the days leading up to the race Dynamic Racing, with star driver Christine GZ,  got to partake in the madness of seeing an entire off-roading subculture invade Fermont Street and turn it into Mint 400 Blvd.

Off-road Racers take over downtown Vegas
Mint 400 Blvd., Photo by Matteo Roncari
Interview time, Photo by Matteo Roncari

With 400 teams entered in the race that meant this was the largest off-road racing event in America. Teams drove in vehicle classes from 1500 Buggies to Trick Trucks with sponsors ranging from local businesses to fortune five hundred companies.

Race Day at the 50th Mint 400

The race started at 6 am for the UTV Turbo class in which Team Dynamic’s #906 and #962 were competing in. This was also the largest class in the Mint 400 with 70 competitors on the roster. The race course itself was a collection of the toughest off-road terrain the Nevada desert had to offer in one 118 mile loop.

At the Pits before the Race, photo by Matteo Roncari
Pre-Adrenaline, photo by Matteo Roncari

#906 driven by Paul Kraus and Co-driver Billy Gear set off first ahead of Christine GZ and Luy Galan in #962. During the first lap of the race both cars experienced tire punctures, with #926 having two on the left hand side. That means Luy had to claw away at the dirt using the jack and her bare hands in order to make room for the jack underneath the car.

At the Start Line

A misdirection from a race official sent Christine GZ and Luy the wrong way and missed their first pit stop. They had to endure until the next pit area which was several grueling miles ahead. By their second lap the brake pedal on their car decided to give up which meant that Christine had brand new brakes but no way of telling them to work.

Shortly After Crossing the Finish Line

Christine stated that this was one of the toughest races in her career. Nonstop brutality with the bruises to prove it. Out of 70 competitors Christine managed to finish 25th in her class which is admirable considering two tire punctures, a missed pit stop, and no brake pedal. Paul and Billy in #906 finished directly behind them in 26th.


Next Race – The UTV Championship

No rest for the wicked as Dynamic Racing gets to work on the next race with is just a few weeks away. The Polaris RZR UTV Championship in Laughlin, NV on April 5th. This event is considered the largest UTV race in the world!
Skill can only build on experience, so motivation is running high for Team Dynamic as Christine and Luy continue to trail blaze through their first full year of American off-road racing.


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