Vanden Heuvel Enjoys West Coast Racing
VANDEN HEUVEL ENJOYS WEST COAST RACING
Primm, NV (November 19, 2009) - After spending nearly three weeks
in the greater Las Vegas area, first for the TORC Season Finale, then
showing his race truck at the Maxxis Tire display at the SEMA show,
Dan Vanden Heuvel got back behind the wheel of his 900 horsepower
Chevy truck for the final weekend of racing in the Lucas Oil Off-Road
Racing Series in Primm, Nevada. The opportunity to race the Primm
event was due in part to the partnership the Flying Dutchman Off-Road
Race Team created with Racing Plus, a Southern California based
motorsports parts distributor.
The final rounds of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing schedule were
held at Primm International Off-Road Raceway, just north of the
California border along Interstate 15 behind the Primm Valley Resorts
and Casino complex. It?s the ultimate back drop with mountains on each
end of the track and the desert valley in the background. The track
itself is a fast .9 mile layout complete with high speed jumps, a
rhythm section, and a huge table top jump where trucks routinely fly
over 150 feet every lap.
Friday afternoon saw the #77 Racing Plus Maxxis Tire AMSOIL Chevy
take advantage of the practice session, as the team was one of only a
few that did not race at the facility earlier in the year. By the time
qualifying came around, the Flying Dutchman was eighth fastest in the
twenty truck Unlimited 2 field. Considering his limited time at the
facility, crew chief R.J. Flanagan was quite happy with his driver?s
SATURDAY - ROUND 11
The starting grid saw the red Chevy set out from the eighth
position, which was based upon a combination of qualifying time and
series points. When the green flag was dropped for the sixteen-lap
event, the #77 Racing Plus Maxxis Tire AMSOIL Chevy stayed out of
trouble all the way to the mandatory caution on laps 11 and 12. At
that point, the Wegner Automotive powered Chevy was in fourth place.
On the final lap Dan went very high on the Turn One berm when the soft
dirt just pulled his truck over the edge losing several positions. By
the time Dan reentered the track most of the field had gone by. At the
finish, Dan Vanden Heuvel took the checkered flag in fourteenth place.
With just minor body damage, R.J. had the crew performing the usual
between round maintenance. While the chassis and driveline maintenance
was taking place, Andy from Wegner Automotive made sure Dan?s
powerplant ran at peak performance all weekend long.
SUNDAY - ROUND 12
The morning practice and qualifying session saw the Flying Dutchman
improve his lap times, as the Maxxis Tires continued to put all the
Wegner Automotive power to work. Again the #77 Racing Plus Maxxis Tire
AMSOIL Chevy started from the outside of row seven. After an early
full course yellow, Dan pressed on and into sixth place at the lap
eight mandatory caution. When racing resumed, Dan had his eye on the
podium, until lap eleven, when the AMSOIL Chevy rubbed up against the
outside wall between turns four and five. The contact bent the right
front control arm, making the truck a handful to drive. Undaunted, The
Flying Dutchman backed off his pace. Bringing home the #77 Racing Plus
Maxxis Tire AMSOIL Wegner Automotive powered Chevy in sixth place.
?We came to Las Vegas to race the TORC series and display our truck
at SEMA. Then out of the blue I got an offer from Racing Plus to run
the race in Primm. I can?t thank Harold from Racing Plus enough.
AMSOIL kept our Wegner engine running strong and our ATD tranny
running perfect. Our Maxxis Tires are just awesome, and thanks to R.
J. Flanagan and Andy from Wegner Automotive for all their work this
past weekend. Our team worked hard, and it paid off. Late in each race
we had opportunities for incredible finishes, but all in all our sixth
place run was pretty darn good.?
Dan would like to thank everyone involved with the Lucas Oil
Off-Road Racing Series for making the team feel welcomed, and not like
at an outsider. All the racers were glad to see the Flying Dutchman
competing on the West Coast.
Dan Vanden Heuvel offers a special thanks to Jerry Daugherty and
his family for opening up their shop and home to the Flying Dutchman
Off-Road Team to prep and store their race truck during the last few
You can watch Dan Vanden Heuvel and all the Unlimited 2 action from
Primm on SPEED, Saturday December 5, at 3:00pm eastern.
The final event of the year for the Flying Dutchman Off-Road Team
will be competing at the Rockstar Energy Drink Challenge Cup, December
11-12 in Lake Elsinore, California.
The Flying Dutchman Off-Road Racing would like to thank the
following companies for their support during the rounds of racing in
the Lucas Oil Off-Road Race Series.
Dan Vanden Heuvel Sr. and the Flying Dutchman Off-Road Race Team
still have marketing opportunities available for the 2010 race season.
For more information about Dan Vanden Heuvel Sr. and the Flying
Dutchman Off-Road Race Team, visit: www.flyingdutchmanoffroad.com
or email: email@example.com
- Mike Reusche, race report ? www.mt-graphics.com