Desert racing has been luring away Peace region multi-class racers since 2015. Now, Mike Sieg is racing to Las Vegas, to spin sand at the Mint 400, after finishing ninth in the pro-turbo Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) category at the “Vegas to Reno” race, last August.
“It was tough. Harder than the Baja 1000, I’d say,” said Sieg, who started desert racing with the 900 mile Baja 1000 in Mexico.
“The Baja was just longer.”
Sieg and navigator Tyler Backus will be heading down to Nevada for the three lap, 400 mile chase. Though he just raced the Mojave in August, he’s taking some new tools down with him this time.
“I’m going to hopefully have the suspension dialed in by Fox Racing, March 1, right before the race. Of course, I’ll be doing some testing before hand.
“I revamped the way the whole suspension mounting works, it has to retain like-stock location, but it was a weak spot in my last race.
As far as cooling systems and stuff, everything’s going to be totally different than what everyone is running. There’s a bunch of little things I’ve been doing,” said Sieg.
Sieg will be taking his wife and son with him and meeting up with family and friends, who also count as pit crew.
But Sieg says he realizes time is running out:
“I’m running probably the best axles you can buy from Rockford Constant Velocity, they’ve also just developed a one piece drive shaft I’ve installed, but haven’t had a chance to test yet...hopefully I’ll be doing some testing on that next week...” Sieg said.
Things are close enough to the wire, instead of taking part in the Wapiti Off-Road races on Charlie Lake earlier this month, Sieg was at home, working on his “buggy”.
“It’s pretty flat around here anyway, not great preparation for desert racing,”
Known as “The Great American Desert Race”, the Mint 400 is celebrating its 50th year.
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