It's Almost Time For The 2020 BFGoodrich Mint 400
The BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 returns to Las Vegas, Nevada this week, March 3rd-8th. The Great American Off-Road Race™ will be held Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th in Primm, NV with pre-race festivities beginning earlier in the week on Fremont Street East in downtown Las Vegas.. The massive field of over 400 hundred race teams including car, truck, motorcycle and youth classes. The world-famous Mint 400 has always attracted celebrities and racers from around the globe. This Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, and UFC superstars Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Brian “T-City” Ortega will all join the field of racers.
The inaugural “Mint 400 Desert Rally” was held in Las Vegas in 1968 as a way to promote The Mint Hotel and Las Vegas Gun Club. The race has a rich and storied history and has once again become the largest and most important off-road race in the world. The event attracts over 65,000 spectators to Las Vegas for the race and week-long activities. It features a massive field of five hundred and fifty teams competing across an incredible fifty individual classes, including motorcycles which have been reintroduced to the Mint last year for the first time since 1976. The 108-mile loop that extends from the California-Nevada state line in Primm to the Southern edge of Las Vegas in Jean, NV is considered the most grueling and challenging off-road racecourse in America. With five massive spectator areas, The Mint 400 puts fans safely in front of thrilling off-road racing action.
The Mint 400 is the ultimate family-friendly motorsport event. Start/Finish Line Tickets in Primm, NV are $10 online or $15 at the door. Parking tickets are $30 per vehicle for access to the five dedicated spectator areas in Jean, NV. VIP packages are available for race days at the official Primm Valley Resorts Start/Finish Line. Led by Michelin star chef Drew Deckman, the Mint 400 VIP package is the ultimate way for fans to experience the event featuring premium food, drink, and comfort.
The Mint 400 will kick off on Wednesday, March 4th, when 125 of the planet’s toughest off-road race vehicles parade down the world-famous Las Vegas Strip during the Mint 400 Vehicle Parade. The parade will begin near Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and stretch all the way to the Fremont East District in downtown Las Vegas. Over forty-million dollars of machinery will be on display. Immediately following the parade the official Mint 400 kicks off at Hogs & Heifers Saloon beginning at 3 pm followed by The Dinner of Champions at 7 pm at La Monja Cantina featuring Chefs Dan Krohmer And Drew Deckman.
The Method Race Wheels Time Trials will take place on Thursday, March 5th at 10:30 AM to set race day starting positions for over one hundred Unlimited Truck, Class 1, Baja Truck and Class 6100 racers. Fans can watch the Livestream online for free at Themint400.com.
Later that night at 7:00 pm on 9th and Fremont, the Amsoil Pit Crew Challenge returns where top Baja Truck and Unlimited Truck pit crews will throw down to see who is the fastest pit crew in off-road. Rockers The Eagles of Death Metal will play a free concert following the Amsoil Pit Crew Challenge.
The two-day Mint 400 Off-road Festival will be held Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th and feature nearly two hundred of the top aftermarket off-road companies on Fremont Street East from Las Vegas Boulevard to 11th Street. Each of the three hundred plus teams will parade in front of twenty-five thousand off-road fans daily, on their way to technical inspection at the end of the festival. This year’s off-road festival will feature a new art display dubbed “The Art of War” featuring works by artist Stefan Marjoram available for purchase alongside custom Mint 400 merch. The event is free and open to the public.
The Mint 400 will feature two exciting races on both Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th. The 2020 Grand Marshal and off-road racing legend Bruce Meyers will be at the start line to waive the green flag, launching the massive field of racers into the brutal Nevada desert. For the second time since 1976, the motorcycles are returning to The Great American Off-Road Race™ and will start off the line at 7:00 AM on Friday, followed by the limited four-wheel vehicles beginning at 12:30 pm. On Saturday, four-wheel racing resumes at 6 am with the Pro UTV Classes and more limited race vehicles. Then on Saturday afternoon at 11:30 am, the entire weekend culminates with the unlimited truck race for all the glory.
The Mint 400 has expanded its live stream coverage to include two days of fantastic race action. The two-day format will build on the storied events wildly successful live stream roll out, that reached over a quarter of a million unique visitors in 2018. This year’s program will be available on TheMint400.com as well as select sponsor websites, YouTube and Facebook, and fans will be able to tune in on their computers and handheld devices from anywhere in the world to follow The Great American Off-Road Race™. On air talent will include Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli, Motorsport radio star Jim Beaver off-road cultural icon Bob Bower, Ultra-4 competitor and KOH announcer Jim Marsden, and roving pit reporters Tiffany Stone and Ryan Thomas. You can watch the Livestream for free on live.TheMint400.com or download the Mint 400 app from the Apple app store.