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Windrock Park, which has a trailhead north of Oliver Springs, has been selected as the venue for the 2013 Rally Raid Series (UTVRR) by Quantum Racing Inc. Kick-off to the series begins this Saturday, Feb. 16.
Quantum Racing is based in Acworth, Ga. Its mission is to provide “world-class race services” to the off-road community, a press release said.
The third season started this month, with Windrock Park hosting the Northern Series.
Bill Lyon, president of Windrock Park stated: “We are thrilled to have been selected as the venue for the Rally Raid Northern Series. This series is very unique and offers a great experience for both racers and spectators. Our goal at Windrock Park is to provide off-road riders the ultimate riding experience, whether they want to cruise the trails or rev up their adrenaline and race!”
Jason Halls, chief executive of Quantum Racing said: “Windrock Park is really a perfect fit for our series. Through the Rally Raid series, we have experienced amazing growth, and it is the foremost southern U.S.-based endurance series. Windrock Park’s willingness to partner with us, working to create an entirely new, custom-built, UTVRR race course has been amazing.”
Testing of the new course took place at the end of January, and the feedback “has been fantastic,” the press release said.
The UTVRR event is unique because 50 percent of the race is under the cover of darkness, the release said. Quantum Racing has partnered with Vision X to provide high-powered lighting for off-road racers.
The UTV Rally Raid is described as four hours of adrenaline-packed racing against the clock during the hours of daylight and darkness at high speed. No prior race experience is necessary, and the race caters to all driver and vehicle classes.
The release said the reason the Rally Raid has been so successful is it’s a combination of European rally style driving mixed with a Baja style format including pit stops.
Windrock Park’s UTVRR course is 8.2 miles in length without big logs or ruts to compromise rides.
The 2013 Rally Raid Series at Windrock Park is comprised of 10 separate races and starts Saturday. The full schedule is available at windrockpark.com/park-activities/events/.
The Windrock Park Trail System includes more than 300 miles of off-highway vehicle roads and trails on 72,000 acres in East Tennessee, and it is located in Anderson, Campbell, Morgan, and Roane counties. Windrock Park’s Trail System is nestled within some of the most extreme mountainous terrain in the Southeast, the release said.
Windrock Park is open 365 days a year, but a land use permit is required to enter the property and may be purchased at several locations on the property’s grounds and general vicinity.
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