2019 MINT 400
2019 Mint 400 was the 2017 Colorado ZR2’s 10th BITD race. We raced the 2nd race on Saturday and were sporting our new graphics package. We added new sponsors for the race, GM Defense and AEV. We had another great day and increased our average speed over the 2018 Mint 400.
Thanks to all our sponsors, Warn supplied us with a new pit mat and the team really appreciated not having to lay in the dirt. Thank you Warn from the whole team. Thanks to Mobil 1 for suppling all the race lubricants and they also filmed a couple episodes of Mobil 1 the Grid. Those episodes should be airing in 3-4 weeks on CBS. Thanks to Multimatic for suppling us with great racing shocks. Thanks AEV for the new Boron Steel skid plates, we broke a lot of rocks with them . During the after race inspection I was expecting a lot of damage on the skid plate since I hit a huge boulder but they didn’t even have a dent or a scratch.
Our great success is due to all the great support from Chevrolet Performance, BFGoodrich for their awesome tires, KC Lights so we can see in the dark, Tifco who provides us with all our hardware, electrical connectors and a million other things, Signpros who keeps the graphics looking great, PCI race radios for keeping the team in touch with each other and Pro Eagle jacks which we have only had to use in the pits and the shop since no flats racing.
We races 230 in Trophy Truck at the Mint in preparations for the 2019 Baja 1000. We are still working on a few issues with the truck to get more speed and reliability. We had a good race, ended up 25th. Thank you AAM and NTN for helping us develop an awesome 4WD truck. We also want to thank Chevrolet Performance , Mobil 1, BFGoodrich, Tifco, Signpros and KC lights. Our plan is to be in the race for the win at this years Baja 1000 if Trump doesn’t close the border. We have some work to do but I think the team can do it.
Thank you to the whole crew that preps the race trucks, supports the equipment and does all the dirty work at the race.
Next race is the Silver State 300 May 2nd-5th. You can follow us live Saturday May 4th www.racingtrax.com.
2019 BITD PARKER 425
We started off the 2019 BITD race season with another great run. We are racing the ZR2 with all the released Chevy Performance parts, which are available at your Chevy Dealer. We are also running some of the new Bison Parts. We had a flawless day and only stopped for fuel. This race was our highest average speed to date 39.8 MPH.
We are headed to Vegas Friday to t#130 Chevy Silverado 4WD Trophy Truck for the upcoming Mint 400. We will have both trucks, the Zr2 and Silverado at the Mint 400 Parade on March 6th. The ZR2 will be racing Saturday afternoon March 9th and the Silverado will race Sunday afternoon March 10th.
I want to thank Mobil 1 for supporting Hall Racing USA, keeping our race vehicles on the podium and our support trucks out of the shop. Do yourself a favor and select Mobil 1 for your next oil change.
See you in Vegas for the Mint 400.
Pre Race Inspection at the Hotel
Last minute wheel nut torque for staging at 5:30 am
The end to the easy day at the office
Excited to share some news on the Colorado ZR2 Off-road Performance Parts shown at SEMA 2018. These parts were integral to our ZR2’s performance, enabling us to complete every mile of every race in the 2018 Best in the Desert series, validating their off-road performance. The following kits are now ready for sale, and can be ordered from your local Chevy dealership. The remaining kits will be on sale soon. Check outhttps://www.chevrolet.com/performance/colorado/off-road for more info!
84403780 – Front Jounce Shock System
84422546 – Rear Jounce Shock System
84402369 – Anti-Wrap Link System
84401895 – Rear Differential Cover
84402368 – Long Travel Leaf Spring System
84402363 – High Angle Upper Control Arm Ball Joint System
84401894 – Steel Driveshaft
84422116 – Jounce Striker/Leaf Spring Mount System
AVAILABLE SOON AT ROD HALL LICENSED PRODUCTS
2019 race schedule
Blue Water Resort Parker 425- January 31st-February 3rd
BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400- March 6th – 10th
VT Construction Silver State 300- May 3rd-5th
General Tire Vegas To Reno- August 14th-17th
Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic-October 10th-13th
BAJA 1000- November -19TH-24TH
2018 BITD YEAR END AWARDS
In order to finish 1st you must first finish. We raced a bone stock 2017 Colorado ZR2 with a dozen bolt on Chevy Performance parts and completed over 1900 race miles. A great accomplishment. We will be running the full BITD season in 2019 with our ZR2. The TT Spec Truck will be racing at the Mint 400 and Baja 1000.
We will have a additional full size surprise for you at Laughlin. Stay tunned.
Performance Racing Industry Trade Show- December 6,7,8th 2018 in Indianapolis.
Chevy ZR2 on display at Mobil1 racing booth.
Pahrump Nugget 250 November 30th-December 2nd
The truck ran flawless for the entire race, it was cool in the high desert. Thank goodness we have full windows and heater. Other than stopping for fuel and a co-driver change the truck never stopped.
This 2017 ZR2 finished every mile of ever race in BITD in 2018 which was our goal.
Thank you crew you make a difficult task look easy. , Happy Retirement to Jeff Buffmeyer and hope to see you in 2019.
51st annual BAJA 1000
6130 has been updated to 230, trophy truck spec with another 100 HP and 3″ bigger tires. 30 Trucks started in the class we started 19th. The truck ran flawless, we made it up to 5th place and then at race mile 690 the right front knuckle broke. We replaced the knuckle and ended up 9th in class. All in all a great race in a fully locked 4WD truck. There were no issues other than the knuckle failure and the suspension being to soft. We will be on the Podium at the 52nd Baja 1000.
For fun we will be racing this truck as 130 in Trick Truck at the 2019 Mint 400 along with the ZR2.
Special thanks to Sean Berryman for filling in for driving duties at the last minute for Frank Deangelo. Sean had never been to Baja before his Pre-Run and only had about 30 minutes behind the wheel of the 230 TT before his stint. Great job Sean and thank you to all the Crew.
Chevy Performance Parts released at this years SEMA Show all of the parts that I have been racing on for a year and a half. Its great to be a ZR2 owner. Call Chad for availability and pricing at 775-843-6835.
Laughlin Desert Challenge October 12th-14th
We had two great days of racing with the 2017 ZR2 outfitted with Chevy Performance Parts. We had a little bit of ran and cold weather but had another great finish. Special thanks to Jeff Buffmeyer. To all of the crew and Chevy Performance Parts Thank you!!!
New 525 HP Chevy Performance LS3 Crate Motor, New Gordon Stoney Turbo 400 Transmission, Fresh American Axle Manufacturing Front Diff, 2 New Fluidyne transmission coolers, New Sparco Seats, New 40″ BF Goodrich KR3’s, Refreshed KC Pods, New Axle Line Drive Lines, Painted Chassis, Lots of new Tifco Hardware, Switches and Zip Ties, New Pro Eagle Jack and everything else freshened up. Just about ready to fire for the 2019 Baja 1000 Trophy Truck Spec.
Thank you; Jim Lutz, Russ OBlenes, Greg Marsh, Gordon Stoney, Chuck Dempsey, Aaron Lechner, and the crew Austin Hall, Dana Morris, Chris Woo, Randy Timmer, Ryan Cronin, Sean Berryman, Jim Berryman.
Thanks Chuck at Pro Eagle For The New Race Jack and Chase Jacks.
Thanks Jason at Hunsaker for the New Dump Cans
7330 Chevy ZR2 at the Silver State 300
Next Race Laughlin Desert Challenge October 12th – 14th
2018 Vegas To Reno went better than imagined. We stopped twice for fuel and drivers change and nothing else. We averaged almost 10 MPH faster than last year which put us in four hours and 45 minutes earlier. The speed increase was due to Chevy Performance parts development success.
Thank you sponsors: Chevy Performance, Mobil 1, BFGoodrich Tires, Tifco, Sign Pros, Multi Matic, Ride-Rite Air Suspension.
Its amazing how many volunteers it takes to make this all happen. Here they are left to right: Tim Gardner, Vince Ackerman, Nick Holmer, Randy Timmer, Jeff Buffmeyer, Bill Raymor, Jim Lutz, Tom Gierman, Paige Hall, Thad Stump, Chad Hall, Cameron Bower, Dana Morris, Chris Woo, Austin Hall and missing from the photo, Bryan Kudela, James Dupre also our timing, tracking and scoring from home base Rick and Peggy Grabowsky.
First Pit stop
6130 Caliente photos and more to come when we race the Baja 1000
New pop up tent, just in time for Vegas To Reno Race , August 17th. Thank you Mobil 1.
6130/30 WENT TO THE SNORE RACE TO VALIDATE TWO RECURRING ISSUES, POOR BRAKES AND INNER C-V BOOT FAILURE. THE TRUCK WAS UNBELIEVABLY FAST, BRAKES WERE AWESOME, 4 WHEEL DRIVE PERFECT. WE STARTED 31 ST AND WERE 17TH ON COURSE AFTER LAP ONE AND HAD MOVED INTO 10TH ON THE COURSE AT THE END OF LAP 2. RUNNING AT OVER ALL PACE, THE TRANNY LET GO. ALL IN ALL A GREAT WEEKEND, IT LOOKS LIKE 6130 /30 /230 IS READY FOR THE BAJA 1000, OF COURSE WITH A NEW REALLY EXPENSIVE TRANSMISSION. THANK YOU TO ALL MY CREW. NEXT RACE, 7330 VEGAS TO RENO.
HEADED TO THE SNORE KNOTTY PINE 250
ROD HALL PRODUCTS IS NOW OFFERING 7330 ZR2 HEAVY DUTY BUMPER/LIGHT BAR POWDER COATED IN BLACK SATIN AND WITH MOUNTING BRACKETS FOR THE KC FLEX LIGHTS IN STOCK NOW .
Call Chad @ 775-843-6835 or email: email@example.com
Chad and Buffmeyer with the new Duramax tow rig picking up the ZR2 at DPG.
Next race Snore Caliente 250 final shake down for BITD 6130/Score 230 before the 2018 Baja 1000. Race date June 8th, 2018
Thanks to the crew for another great race. Five starts and five finishes with the ZR2.
Here is Rick and Peggy very valued crew members that do not make all the photo shoots because they are busy supporting the team with tracking and statistics at their Vancouver Washington home.
Ricks lucky socks that Peggy always makes sure they are clean and mended.
A special thanks to Dana for bringing the 28yr old box van into this century. Also, for going back to Vegas on race day after breaking down near Alamo to get a tensioner pulley and belt to and putting it back together to make it to pit before the ZR2. Great work Dana on the new power awning.
Zr2 Finished 89th out of 175 entries not bad for a stock ZR2. The ZR2 is at GM Desert Proving Grounds getting some love for Vegas To Reno. Chad and Frank DeAngelo will be sharing the drivers seat for Vegas To Reno. See you at the race August 17th.
See you at our next race, May 5th at the Silver State 300 or follow us live at BITD.COM
The Mint 400 is the 4th consecutive finish for the Chevy Performance Parts ZR2. Thanks; BFGoodrich Tires, Mobil 1, Sonic Tools, Tifco, Multi Matic, KC Hilites, Chevy Performance Parts, Sign Pros, PCI Race Radios, Jim Lutz and all our Crew.Thank you team for the great job at the 50th mint 400!!!ZR2 GOING THROUGH TECH AT THE 50TH MINT 400ZR2 at KC Hilites Booth at the 50th Mint 400
ZR2 2018 Hall Racing USA Race Schedule
Parker 425 February 1-4, 2018
BF Goodrich Tires Mint 400 March 8th-11th, 2018
VT Construction Silver State 300 May 3rd-6th, 2018
General Tire Vegas To Reno August 15th-18th, 2018
Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic October 11th- 14th, 2018
Pahrump Nugget 250 November 29th-December 2nd, 2018
6130 Hall Racing USA 2018 Race Schedule
Baja 1000 November 14th-18th, 2018
Testing in Jean NV for the Parker 425. Thanks to Austin, Chris, Jim Lutz, Jim Berryman, Dana Morris, Randy for all the help.
Finish line in La Paz in the Alpha H1 for another great finish and win at the 50th Baja 1000. Thanks to the Team of volunteers to make it all happen for Hall Racing.
Hall Racing Team that made it all happen for the win at the 50th Baja 1000.
Chad, Paige and Chris had a great time pre-running the 50th Baja 1000 in the ZR2.
Next up after SEMA Pre-Run the Baja 1000 in the ZR2 and race the H1 Alpha in the 50th Baja 1000.
This will Be Rod’s 50th and last Baja 1000.
Another great finish for the Chevy Colorado ZR2 at the Tonopah 250. Come see the Chevy Colorado ZR2 at SEMA In Las Vegas.
ZR2 GETTING SERVICED FOR TONOPAH 250 RACE DATE OCTOBER 19-22
H1 ALMOST READY FOR THE BAJA 1000
Hall Racing Completes America’s Longest Off-Road Race in a Colorado ZR2
Colorado ZR2 raises the bar for stock vehicles in Vegas to Reno race
Despite cutting a few tires along the course and the expected rock damage, the ZR2 held up well under the punishing conditions of this 539-mile race. Only 204 of the 336 vehicles entered in the race completed the challenging course.
“This truck is a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be,” said Chad Hall. “I clobbered some things on the course that would’ve broken the many of the vehicles we competed with in the past.”
ZR2 had onboard co-riders and navigators Austin Hall of Reno, Nevada and Chris Woo of Truckee, California.
The pit crew included Chevy performance and chassis engineers, Chevy Racing project manager, General Motors’ technicians and Hall Racing team members.
The truck was modified prior to the race with racing body-mandated safety items such as a roll cage, a 44-gallon racing fuel tank and racing seats with safety harnesses. KC HiLites racing lights, two-way radios and a GPS system were also added.
In addition to these features, the truck was equipped the Chevrolet Performance Exhaust system currently available for all Colorado models and performance parts currently under development by Chevrolet Performance engineering. More information on these parts will be announced in the near future.
“First and foremost, this was a development trip for our engineering team,” said Mark Dickens, Executive Director of Global Accessories, Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports, General Motors, who was part of the chase and support team following the race from start to finish at all fourteen pit stops.
“ZR2’s performance went beyond our most optimistic expectations, completing ‘Vegas to Reno’ in its first outing. We learned a lot of things about the truck and could not be happier with the result, as well as the efforts of the Hall Racing team.”
“The fact that the Colorado ZR2 was the only stock midsize truck to compete in ‘Vegas to Reno’ reinforces our claim to be in a segment of one with this vehicle. Our success in this race is a testament to all that we’ve accomplished since the relaunch of our midsize truck program three years ago,” said Dickens. “We cannot wait to pass along the benefits of what we’ve learned here under extreme use and at future races to our customers.”
The Hall Racing Colorado ZR2 will challenge the next in the Best in the Desert VT Construction “Tonopah 250” race presented by Polaris on October 19-22.
The 2018 Colorado ZR2 is effectively a segment of one, combining the nimbleness and maneuverability of a midsize pickup with a host of new off-road features and the most off-road technology of any vehicle in its segment.
Compared to a standard Colorado, the ZR2 features front and rear tracks that have been widened by 3.5 inches and a suspension lifted by two inches. Functional rockers have been added for better performance over rocks and obstacles, and the front and rear bumpers have been modified for better off-road clearance.
Class-exclusive features include standard front and rear electronic locking differentials, available diesel engine and the first off-road application of Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSVTM) damper technology.
As with all Chevrolet trucks, the Colorado ZR2 is built with durability in mind, including a fully boxed frame, roll-formed high-strength steel bed and Duralife brake rotors.
Hall Racing traces its roots back to the 1950s, with legendary off-road racer Rod Hall, when organized off-road competition was just beginning. Today, Chad Hall continues the legacy with a newly redesigned 6100 class truck.