Team Honda Racing Off-Road Take Advantage of Long Break and Ready for Vegas To Reno

After a long break from racing, the Honda Off-Road Factory race team is more than ready to take on the hot, Nevada desert in the 24th annual Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno, in a record breaking 383 field of entries. The team’s Baja Ridgeline and Talons will take on this year’s race course of 514 fast miles, gaining altitude through the brutal desert terrain; starting outside Las Vegas, NV on August 14th and ending in Reno, NV. In a time of COVID-19, BITD has worked diligently to implement local, state, and federal guidelines to promote safe and healthy practices during the race activities.

Never to sit still for long, the Honda Off-Road Factory Team, has taken advantage of the long break between races to continually refine and develop their already competitive equipment.

Jeff Proctor, Team Principal, recounts, “We came out of The Mint 400 and got to work. The longer than expected break meant we had time to chase down the details. We had time to test, refine, and test some more. We’re more than ready to get back to racing. And with all the hype and lots of entries, we’re expecting a very competitive race for the Ridgeline in Class 7 and the Talons in the Unlimited UTV class.”

Honda Talon drivers Christopher Polvoorde with navigator, Jimmy Davidson in No. 2994, and Eliott Watson with navigator, Quintin Tucker in No. 2933, plan to solo drive the 514 miles. Honda Ridgeline drivers Jeff Proctor and Patrick Dailey will share driving duties with Evan Weller navigating in No. 7209.

The “Longest Off-Road Race in the United States” is more than just long. It’s hot. The heat is something the drivers and navigators will have to manage for themselves and the vehicles through a steady altitude climb and deep sand washes. Summer desert conditions often mean no rain, and little wind – in off-road speak that means long stretches of blinding dust on a course that’s unforgiving outside the main race line – passing opportunities are limited. It will be a grueling test on drivers and machines.

Eliott Watson, driver of the No. 2933 Honda Talon, is ready, “I’m very thankful for everyone who contributed to getting our country in a healthy enough situation where we where we are able to go racing again. I’ve been fortunate enough to do a couple races in the past month, so I’m excited to get back in the swing of racing with the Honda team. Hopefully we have a mistake free day and are able to make it to the finish in a good spot!”

Christopher Polvoorde, Honda Talon No. 2994 driver, shares Watson’s outlook, “I’m super excited to get back in the Talons after a long break. I know the team as been working hard to get everything ready. This will be my first time racing V2R so I’m ready to learn a lot and have some fun.”

To follow the race, fans can follow on race day on Best In The Desert’s website https://bitd.com/live-tracking/ or by visiting RacingTrax. In addition, BITD will be posting a constant stream of posts from Time Trials and the race including extensive LiveStreams over Facebook of key action from the event. You can also follow the team on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

For additional info on the Honda Ridgeline Off-road team go to: http://www.hondaoff-road.com/ or HondaOffRoadRacing on Facebook, Instagram: @HondaOffRoadRacing or Jeff Proctor on Personal Instagram: @proctor_race.