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USDA Forest Service announces challenge to increase focus on problems facing nation’s largest public trail system

The US Forest Service recently issued the 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge which is billed as “…a call to action to increase our collective capacity to care for trails and increase on-the-ground results.” To read a brochure about the Trail Challenge click here.

The Trail Challenge consists of three phases. The Forest Service describes phase one, “the Launch and Learn” phase:

During the Launch and Learn phase, we are focusing on adaptive “learning lab” approaches that invite and encourage innovation and sharing. Success is driven by Forest Service regions and units working in collaboration with trail community stakeholders at local and broader levels to implement Trail Challenge elements (or portions of elements) when and where it makes the most sense. Successes and lessons learned during the Launch and Learn phase will help in refining, standardizing, and setting requirements of the two remaining phases of the Trail Challenge.

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Jimco Racing Steps Up as Presenting Sponsor of BITD Parker 425

Jimco Racing has stepped up as Presenting Sponsor of the Best In The Desert Parker 425, supporting the BITD Series and its participants. The Jimco Store will be on-site Thursday, January 23rd, during Tech and Contingency, at the Blue Water Resort & Casino in Parker, AZ.

The Jimco Store offers the full-lines of racer safety gear, from the best brands in Motorsports - Impact, Mastercraft, Sparco, Momo, Simpson and Hans - including race-legal camlock and latch & link belts, wired helmets, crew suits, fueler aprons, and more. We are here to help you get your race safety gear handled.

Jimco Racing will have inventory on hand at Parker 425 or available for shipping before or after the event! 

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Fastball Racing Experience Victory and Defeat at Dakar Rally

Bobby Patton is the kind of person who isn’t afraid of a challenge.  In fact, he seeks them out.  He is an incredibly successful businessman and is co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2017, Patton raced the SCORE Baja 1000 for the first time, piloting a vintage Land Cruiser to victory for the 50th anniversary of the event.  Fast forward just two short years, and he finished every mile of every SCORE International desert race as driver of record in his No. 240 Jimco-built Fastball Racing Spec Trophy Truck to earn the coveted Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Award, a distinction bestowed upon only 46 other SCORE series racers competing in 18 different classes.  

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Rest Day Comes Early For Fastball Racing

The Dakar Rally is a long, grueling race covering two weeks’ time and thousands of kilometers.  In each of those kilometers, there are opportunities and risks and the potential for your entire race to come to an end.  For Fastball Racing, that end came on Stage 6.  Just four kilometers into the day’s 478-kilometer Special Stage, Bobby Patton caught a rut in the sand while making a wide sweeping left-hand turn.  Momentum sent the truck into a barrel roll that did not end until the truck had been upside down three times, completely destroying it in the process. 

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Fastball Racing Rounds First and Second at Dakar Rally

In baseball you don’t always swing for the fences.  If the count is 3-0 you may take a walk, or if you want to advance a runner you may bunt.  Rally raid is no different.  Rather than swinging for the fences in his first foray into the Dakar Rally, Fastball Racing’s Bobby Patton has been taking a more conservative approach.  Patton and teammate Robbie Pierce have finished the first two stages of the twelve-stage rally, something that has already alluded seasoned wheelmen like Formula One champion Fernando Alonso and three-time 24 Hour of LeMan winner Romain Dumas; both out due to mechanic failure.

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