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Team Hall & Nass to Compete in Silver State Classic Challenge
Father and Son to compete together in a race-prepped 2007 Corvette Z06 on NV 318
LAS VEGAS, Nev., September 15th, 2011 – Team Hall & Nass today officially announces its entry into the field of the longest running open road race event in the United States, the famed Silver State Classic Challenge, to be held on Nevada Highway 318 on Sunday, September 18th, 2011.
In a twist on the usual driver/navigator configuration of Team Hall & Nass, this Silver State Classic Challenge effort will consist of road rally driver Berry Lowman serving as navigator alongside his father, unlimited powerboat legend and open road racer, Lanny Lowman. The father and son duo will work together as they attempt to win the 150 MPH class in their race-prepped 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
To accomplish this challenge, Team Hall & Nass must quickly get up to speed from a standing start, focusing on their ultimate quest to average a perfect 150 MPH, while staying underneath their class-maximum technical speed ceiling of 165 MPH. They must navigate the many long straits and winding corners of two-lane blacktop that comprise Nevada Highway 318 for a grueling, but lightning-fast, 90 miles. The car in their class closest to a perfect 150 MPH average over the 90 mile distance will win the class trophy.
It is not the first time this particular duo have joined forces in open road racing. This father and son combo have worked together before to compete in the Nevada Open Road Challenge in the 110 and the 125 MPH classes, with tech speeds up to 165 MPH. The Lowmans have also previously seen success at the Bonneville 100 in the highly competitive 110 MPH & 140 MPH classes with tech speeds up to 168 MPH.
Team Hall & Nass driver Berry Lowman said, “The Silver State Classic Challenge is the original and longest running event of the 100% legal open road races held annually in the United States. While this event offers a bit of something for everyone, the 150 MPH class at Silver State demands a much greater level of skill, cooperation and competition to win than any other open road racing event because it often comes down to a couple thousandths of a second separating a 1st place victory from a sorry 2nd. Plus, racing through the canyon known as ‘The Narrows’ poses a whole other level of psychological challenge that tests the abilities of veteran open road racers to the maximum. Silver State is truly a unique event, and one we intend to win!”
About Open Road Racing
While this type of racing is commonly referred to as “Open Road Racing,” it actually occurs on sections of temporarily closed public highway during the actual racing events. There is no risk to the general public, no oncoming traffic, no section of the road outside of the watchful eye of race command communications, and most importantly, no location on the course in which a race vehicle is ever more than one mile away from a course safety worker. There are typically ambulances with specially trained EMT crews located at each end, or in the middle of the course. There is also typically a life flight helicopter on standby at the midway point of the course at certain venues, but not at all.
Even though regular OEM passenger automobiles are eligible to enter, and they typically comprise upwards of 75% or greater of each open road racing field of cars, this is in no way a typical Sunday drive. With speed classes typically ranging from as low as 95 MPH all the way up to unlimited classes at some venues, it is not unheard of to see open road racing vehicles averaging speeds over 200 MPH for up to 100 miles with straightaway speeds in excess of 220 MPH on two-lane blacktop highways with less than optimal curves, not on perfectly smooth, banked corner race tracks.
Safety is paramount to the successful operation of open road racing events and the continuation of the sport. There are varying levels of safety gear required for all cars that enter these events. The faster the speed class, the greater amount of technical safety gear required. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot simply “run what you bring” without adding at least some measure of safety gear to your car and passing a rigorous technical safety inspection.
Due to the nature of this type of racing, it has been deemed “the most dangerous form of motor sports in the world”. It also happens to be the most exciting for participants.
About the Silver State Classic Challenge
The Silver State Classic Challenge is perhaps the best known of the four events left on the annual schedule of ORRs and is the oldest open road race in continuous operation. Having began in 1988 as a truly open road race event with no classes, gear limitations or safety rules, the Silver State Classic Challenge gained momentum over the years as the place to go test your medal (and your metal) against the open road in the ultimate time/speed/distance race on a public highway. As the race grew in size, it also grew in rules and regulations, evolving into what is today a series of progressive speed classes ranging from 95 MPH all the way up to the granddaddy of them all, the Unlimted class.
The 2011 event features four days of activities, with technical inspections and a welcome luncheon at Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, September 24th, on site technical inspections and a “Parade of Cars” in Ely, Nevada on Friday the 16th, a public car show of all race vehicles on Saturday the 17th, and the 24th running of the Silver State Classic Challenge on Sunday, September 18th, with an awards banquet back in Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino on Sunday night.
The Silver State Classic Challenge is held due to the participation of over 100 race teams from around the globe, generous volunteer help from the Las Vegas Corvette Club, volunteer workers from all over the state of Nevada, and the permission and cooperation of the Nevada Department of Transportation. For additional information on the Silver State Classic Challenge, please visit SilverStateClassic.com.
About Team Hall & Nass
Established in 2009, Team Hall & Nass has quickly become one of the premiere open road, rally racing and automotive performance review blogging teams in the United States. With a lighter, more humorous side than many involved in the automotive racing scene, their zany personalities tend to generate a lot of buzz and interest at each event they compete in. Decals bearing their beloved “anti-Hamthrax” (speeding ticket-avoiding) mascot, Pirate Pig, can be found on street vehicles and race cars of fans and competitors alike around the globe.
With a team philosophy to have as much fun as possible with fans and fellow competitors, while making every effort to get the most out of each event they enter (or at least have the most fun trying), their tagline is as much a tongue in cheek sentiment of fun as it is a statement of fact – IF YOU’VE JUST BEEN PASSED, THEN YOU’RE NOT HALL & NASS!
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Please note that Team Hall & Nass will be conducting pre- and post-Silver State Classic Challenge interviews with select media outlets as time permits. If you’d like to schedule an interview in person or via phone, please contact their media firm (listed above) with your request.