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HD Video Coverage: 2012 VORRA USA 500 Race at Northern
This HD video covers the first
wave start of the 2012 VORRA USA 500 Race. At 6:30 a.m., the lower horsepower and Full Metal Class took off from
Fernley, Nevada. They head into a summer's day of desert heat, rock, fast track and
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See the finish of the race in this HD
video...Hear candid racer comments! This vantage presents the racers' points of view just minutes after
crossing the finish line of the 2012 VORRA USA 500 Race.
By nightfall, terrain changes hue. Tired eyes peer through silt dust and
chilling darkness for this finish line near Fernley, Nevada...This is the 2012 VORRA USA 500 at its
14, 2012, Fernley, NV—On a crisp summer morning, within sight of truck traffic on Interstate 80, the
second annual VORRA 2012 USA 500 Race began. Multiple classes meant a wide range of competition and
equipment. From Suzukis to UTVs, hardcore desert buggies to trophy trucks, the race promised a long day of
The racers left Fernley and immediately hit hard trail. 30-40
minutes out, Check Point One and the pit crews waited patiently for traffic. There were two starts, based upon race
car class: 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. By the first check point, traffic already commingled and began to
By the end of a very long day, Don and Chris German were surprised to
learn that they won the race—a First Place finish overall! Hear their comments in the finish line HD video
On their first lap, at Check Point Pit One, the team of
Koenig/Robinson slows to the mandatory 25 mph. They will pass through here several laps. The lengthy course swept
out across stark desert and pole line roads, meandered northeast and eventually looped above Lovelock,
Here, two of three top competitors missed the turn out of Check
Point One during their first lap! A traffic jam changed their positions. Changing positions became common and
frequent in the combination of high-speed desert dirt roads, rocky canyons and loose
Second Place rolls across the finish line as the sun sets. There is
much to be gained by crossing this line before dark—only the top three race teams were able to do so. Shadows and
rock require intense lighting, both atop and in front of the race car! Many teams drove well into the
Tired yet exuberant, the team
of Koenig/Robinson gets the official word before heading to the staging and debrief point, alongside the Truck Inn
and Terrible Herbst, Fernley, Nevada!
Car #156 entering the Pit One check
point on the first lap. Driver Jerry Wood has a long day ahead. The temperature will exceed 100-degrees F,
where equipment and bodies get taxed to the maximum.
At the finish line, the sun has now dropped below the horizon. As
the desert night begins, Wood draws a Third Place checkered flag. He's had his hands in repairs, driven doggedly
through a gruelling day, and managed a highly prized 3rd Place!
Jerry Wood had barely enough time for
repairs—and no time for cleaning his hands! Driving and wrenching is not uncommon in this form of wide open
desert—with long stretches of barren, scorching terrain.
Rod Hall Racing, based at nearby
Reno/Sparks, Nevada, played a role in both the promotion and sponsorship of the VORRA USA 500 Race. Here, Damien
Michelin pilots the Rod Hall/Damien Michelin team to a First Place finish in the Full Metal
Full Metal Class means careful prepping.
The heavyweight Hummer has been a mainstay for Rod Hall Racing. Here at the finish, Damien Michelin reflects on the
gruelling challenges of this long race. Victory in a class makes it all worthwhile!
For fast-action from Pit One at the 2012 VORRA USA 500 Race, see two HD videos showcasing
the importance of pit support. Races are won and lost—right atthe