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Dynamic Racing Mint 400 Results

Christine GZ and Luy Galan Tackle the Largest Off-road Race in America

Taking Over Downtown Las Vegas

The first year for Dynamic Racing turns out to be a milestone anniversary for the Mint 400 as it celebrated its 50th year as a motoring event.

In the days leading up to the race Dynamic Racing, with star driver Christine GZ, got to partake in the madness of seeing an entire off-roading subculture invade Fermont Street and turn it into Mint 400 Blvd.

With 400 teams entered in the race that meant this was the largest off-road racing event in America. Teams drove in vehicle classes from 1500 Buggies to Trick Trucks with sponsors ranging from local businesses to fortune five hundred companies.

Race Day at the 50th Mint 400

The race started at 6 am for the UTV Turbo class in which Team Dynamic’s # 906 and # 962 were competing in. This was also the largest class in the Mint 400 with 70 competitors on the roster. The race course itself was a collection of the toughest off-road terrain the Nevada desert had to offer in one 118 mile loop.

# 906 driven by Paul Kraus and Co-driver Billy Gear set off first ahead of Christine GZ and Luy Galan in # 962. During the first lap of the race both cars experienced tire punctures, with # 926 having two on the left hand side. That means Luy had to claw away at the dirt using the jack and her bare hands in order to make room for the jack underneath the car.

A misdirection from a race official sent Christine GZ and Luy the wrong way and missed their first pit stop. They had to endure until the next pit area which was several grueling miles ahead. By their second lap the brake pedal on their car decided to give up which meant that Christine had brand new brakes but no way of telling them to work.

Christine stated that this was one of the toughest races in her career. Nonstop brutality with the bruises to prove it. Out of 70 competitors Christine managed to finish 25th in her class which is admirable considering two tire punctures, a missed pit stop, and no brake pedal. Paul and Billy in # 906 finished directly behind them in 26th.

Next Race – The UTV Championship

No rest for the wicked as Dynamic Racing gets to work on the next race with is just a few weeks away. The Polaris RZR UTV Championship in Laughlin, NV on April 5th. This event is considered the largest UTV race in the world!

Skill can only build on experience, so motivation is running high for Team Dynamic as Christine and Luy continue to trail blaze through their first full year of American off-road racing.

Christine GZ and Luy Galan Tackle the Largest Off-road Race in America


Robby Gordon striped of win

This years Mint 400 was a battle of brands with over 100 teams fighting in nearly 10 classes for the crown. So far the UTV class results are unofficial but here’s the podiums in several classes.

In the Pro Turbo ranks, Branden Sims lead wire to wire taking his second Mint win. Sims was trailed all day by fellow Polaris RZR teammate Jacob Carver. Dustin Jones brought his S3 Powersports Can-Am X3 home in third.

At the start of the day, the big question is how well will the Hondas do? Unfortunately, both of the new Proctor Racing Talons failed to finish.

Two youth drivers also turned heads in the full sized UTV Classes. Twelve year old Jake Olliges took another first in the Rally class driving an X3. He shared driving duties with his Off-Road racing Icon father Steve Olliges. Even more impressive, is that 11 year old Ruslan Yankilevich piloted his Polaris RS1 by himself for three laps and finished 10th in UTV Rally way passed his bed time.

The major news out of the official results is that Robby Gordon was striped of his Pro N/A UTV win. The Mint 400 describes the penalty below.

2020 Mint 400 Race Penalties and Disqualifications

Following thorough research into each race incident, we have come to the following decisions regarding race incidents:

● Robby Gordon – Class UTV Pro NA – #1971

  • ○ Incident
    • Driving with no co-driver for a 35 mi stretch of racecourse
    • Utilizing an unregistered person in a co-driver position for 1 full lap of therace.
  • ○ Determination – Driver is Disqualified from the race

■ Reason – Having an unlicensed/unregistered driver in the co-driver position for 1 full lap of the race

  • ○ The incident of driving with no co-driver for a 35 mi stretch was allowed via Pit A Captain due to a medical emergency.
  • ○ The incident of short coursing was evaluated. It was determined that this was done by several other racers as well and is being allowed due to confusion with course markings.

The podium finishes and oficial result for the Mint 400 in 2020 ]]>