HALL RACING USA WINS VORRA NIGHT VISION 250
9 September, 2012
Chad Hall and Sam Cothrun teamed up to win class 1 at the VORRA Night Vision 250. Chad and Copilot Paige Hall started the race fourth off the line and 7:03 PM. They had a great first lap coming in on the completion of lap 1 with a 2 minute overall lead. They pulled into the pits for a quick inspection and found they had a broken right front axle. It took the crew 20 minutes to remove the broken parts and they were back on the way. Now they were behind slower traffic and would have to work through the dust and get back out front.
At the end of Lap three Sam Cothrun took over the driving duties and pushed hard and ended up first on the road. At 12:05 pm Sam crossed the finish line at an average speed of 50.02 mph.
We would like to thank all the volunteers that come out and make our racing possible.
HALL RACING USA # 61 ON DISPLAY FOR FOX
AT LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD ROUNDS 11 AND 12
August 24, 2012 Reno Nevada
Hall Racing USA had the # 61 on display for Fox Racing Shox at the inaugural LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD series at the new WILD WEST MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX. The weekend of racing was very exciting and the stands were packed both days. Congratulations to everyone that put on this great event.
Hall Racing USA is gearing up for the VORRA FALLON NIGHT RACE, September 8th. Chad Hall and Sam Cothrun will be teaming up going for the overall win. #61 is getting new front knuckles and new upper a arms. The truck is getting faster and faster every race. Chad and Sam are looking forward to the race and feel that they have a distinct advantage with the 4WD and their KC HID Pods.
HALL RACING USA TAKING ON CLASS 10 AT V2R
Chad Hall is teaming with 2010 and 2011 class 10 Vegas to Reno winner Chad Giguiere. They will be starting near the back of the 25 car field on Friday August 17th. This year’s race starts about 70 miles north of Las Vegas and finishes 534 miles to the north is Dayton Nevada.
Giguiere will be starting the race and taking it to Goldfield, race mile 159. Hall will take it another 148 miles up to Redlich where Giguire will take it to the finish.
The 4 wheel vehicles will take the start at 9:00 am on Friday with # 1008 leaving the line around 9:45 am. It will be a tough race for the Chad’s, with the temperature at the start around 104 degrees and 24 class 10s starting in front of them that they have to pass.
Follow #1008 on the 17th at http://www.racetheworld.net/ircstore/
See you at the races!!
HALL RACING USA TAKES 4TH OVER ALL AT USA 500
14 July 2012; Fernley Nevada
Chad Hall and Sam Cothrun took the Full Stock H3A to a 3rd place in Group T, modified trucks, and 4th overall at the second annual VORRA USA 500, not bad for taking a knife to a gun fight. Chad took it off the line and drove to the Race Mile 350. Chad had no issues, but ripped a side wall apart on a sharp rock on the second lap giving up second place to Don German, the eventual overall winner. Sam Cothrun took over the driving at the start of lap 3 and never looked back.
Rod Hall and Damien Michelin teamed up in the Stock Mini H3. They had no problems and glided to an easy class win.
Chad has teamed up with Chad Giguire of Twisted Metal to race the 2012 V2R in a class 10. See you then.
HALL RACING TO TAKE ON THE USA 500
14 July, 2012:
Chad Hall and Sam Cothrun will be sharing the 3 time Baja 1000 winning Stock Full Alpha H3 this Saturday to take on the VORRA USA 500. Chad will be starting the race and running the first 250 miles and Sam will be bringing it home. We are entering the H3 in Group T which is made up of much faster modified Class 8s, 7200s and 1400s.
The strategy is to run strong and don’t stop. That is the only way that this Stock Full stands a chance.
The USA 500 starts July 14 at the Terrible Herbst Truck stop in Fernley Nevada. The H3A should be leaving the line at 8:45 am. We are hoping to be done around dark. See you at the starting line.
Hall Racing USA Recap of the HDRA Eldorado Fireworks 500
The #61 HRT has been plagued by front outer CV boot failures and front diff failures since the truck was built. After the 2011 Baja 1000 we modified the outer CV to accept more conventional racing style CV boots.
We also upped the breakaway torque spec on our American Axle Slipper front drive line and went from 7/16 to 1/2 inch ring gear bolts. We were hoping to be able to complete the race with all four wheels pulling.
Qualifying was held at the Tahoe – Reno Motorplex on Thursday. Jim Anderson who was starting the race was required to qualify. He drew the lucky number 13 qualifying position. The qualifying track was 4.6 miles and mad of manmade jumps, silt beds natural washes and lots of rocks. Jim was not going to take any chances and qualified at race pace. He did the distance in 6 minutes 40 seconds which put him in a great 6th starting position.
Tech and contingency was held Friday in down town Reno, which also included the Monster Energy Moto Cross demo, The All American BBQ Street festival and live music.
The race started at 9:00 am Saturday morning with Jim leaving the line at 9:05 am. Jim had gained a minute on fifth place by RM 16, but had a flat at RM 24 and fell back 3 more spots. At RM 7 on lap 2 Jim Radioed in that the left front upper A arm had broke in half at 70 mph. Fortunately the failure had happened right next to a paved access road. The support crew led by Sam Cothrun and Dana Morris got the truck repaired and back on the road in just under 2 hours.
Jim was able to complete his stint without issue and brought the truck in for the drivers change on the start of lap 3. During the driver’s change it was noticed that the left front upright was cracked. Again Sam got in and repaired the upright. Chad and Sam left the pits and completed the remainder of the race without issues.
The # 61 HRT finished 2nd in class and completed the entire race in 4wd. We want to thank all of the volunteers and wives that stayed out and got # 61 across the finish line. We also want to thank all the sponsors that make this all possible. We still have more work to do on the truck in making it more competitive, but we are up for the task. See you at the next race.
Hall Racing USA To Compete in HDRA Eldorado
Fireworks 500 July 7, 2012 in Reno Nevada
Chad Hall and Jim Anderson will be going for the overall win at the Inaugural HDRA Eldorado Fireworks 500 this July 7th in Reno Nevada. The team has been working hard since last year’s Baja 1000. The Hall HRT ran very good at Baja, but we are still fighting front outer CV and front ring gear problems. We have built a hybrid outer CV joint, which during testing is working well. We have also modified our American Axle front slipper drive line to break away at higher torque levels. We have gone from 7/16 ring gear bolts to ½ inch in the front diff.. The rest of the truck is holding up great.
This course will really suit the HRT with the very twisty mountainous roads and lack of huge woops. This is what the truck was built to do. The team is feeling that this might be the big win they have been working towards with the new HRT.
Jim Anderson will be qualifying and starting the race and Chad will bring it to the finish.
Follow # 61 live at http://www.racetheworld.net starting at 9:00 am July 7th.
To win any competition, one must be there at the end. In desert racing, that is usually easier said than done. The 2011 Master Pull VORRA USA 500 was 500 plus miles of rocks, silt, holes, whoops and two separate “Endo Alleys” – 100+ mph gas line roads with dozens of steep rolling drop offs and rises that test the driver and the machine.
At 10:53 last night, the #6 HRT crossed the line 1st in the Unlimited Class 1 and a well earned 2nd Overall. The first half of the race went as smoothly as is possible. Chad and his navigator, Dana Morris, steadily moved their way from 4th starting position to a solid 1st overall, with a 35 minute lead over the 2nd vehicle on the course.Â At the half way point, Josh and partner Rob Caufield, swapped into the truck to bring it home.
As any good drama would include, our excitement occured at race mile 347, right in the middle of some of the more severe silt beds. Just 8 miles from our stationary pit location, a bang from the rear end signaled a rear differential problem. We shifted the transfer case into low range and nursed the final 8 miles to pit 2 with front wheel drive only.
Once at the pit, Chad and the Hall Racing USA/SamCo Fabrication crew pulled the rear differential carrier and replaced all the failed ring gear fasteners in a little over an hour. Now our 40 minute lead had become a 35 minute deficit and running 5th on the road and 3rd in class. But we were back in the game.
By Pit 3 we were heading closer to the front, getting around lapped traffic and reeling in the overall leaders. At the checkered flag, we finished 12 minutes on corrected time behind the SamCo Group T truck and could not have been more excited about the improvements made between races.
Our American Axle Manufacturing racing front driveline slipper unit functioned the entire race. As did the front axles and outer CV joints from RCV. We ran the entire distance and finished in four wheel drive.
We are finally to the point where we can start to fine tune, rather than re-design. Before the next race, a few more improvements will be incorporated to increase transmission cooling, a change to the rear differential and some calibration tweaks on the engine computer, but the list keeps getting shorter.
It looks like this win could be the first of more to follow.
The team has been working with focus to build on our finish at the 2010 SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 last November in the Trophy Truck category. Significant front suspension design changes will enable us to solve some problems we encountered with retaining the grease in the front axles. On July 16th we will be testing those changes in a real world race environment and will be competing in Class 1 of the Master Pull VORRA USA 500 to be held in northern Nevada. Pre-race activities begin Friday, 15 July in downtown Sparks in the Victorian Square quad in front John Ascuaga’s Nugget. Activities include the race vehicle technical inspection, vendor displays, Metal Mulisha motorcycle acrobatics and a rock garden for competition style rock racer demonstrations. The green flag drops near the Silverado Casino in Fernley at 10:30 on Saturday morning, 16 July. Â