Lynden, WA (8/25/2017) -
Mark Holz teamed up with son Ryan,
Sven Ellstrom, and Brian MacLean to finish
second in the Vegas to Reno Best in the Desert
Series race. The foursome raced a Holz-built
Polaris RZR Turbo in the UTV Turbo class during
the 500-plus-mile endurance race held in the
desert between Las Vegas and Reno, NV.
Racing's Sven Ellstrom & Mark Holz
Finished second in the Best in the Desert
Vegas to Reno
Known as America’s longest off road race,
the annual Vegas to Reno event is a highlight
on the desert racing calendar. Its long distance,
combined with the challenging terrain, made
for a difficult race. Holz was unfazed. After
starting 22nd, the team drove through the
field to finish second, just over a minute
behind the winner on adjusted time
Making it more difficult was dusty conditions.
With little rain leading into the event, the
silt beds quickly created airborne dust. Very
little wind made visibility almost nil for
most of the event.
“The race was really dusty,” said Mark Holz.
“We just steadily passed cars all day long.
We had a few mechanical problems about the
halfway point with some heating issues. We
worked through those. Ryan and Sven Ellstrom
got into the car at about mile 300 and they
finished up in second.”
Oberto was the primary sponsor
for the BITD Vegas to Reno
The Ellstrom team welcomed longtime action
sports sponsor Oberto as its primary sponsor
for the race. The familiar meat snack maker’s
famous red and green livery looked stunning
on the Holz built RZR.
“The Ellstroms have had Oberto On their boat
for years, so when they got into off-road
racing, Oberto had an interest in it,” said
Holz. “They’ll be on the car for the rest
of the season and next year.” This car was
the same one in which Ellstrom finished third
at the Mint 400. It is built to the same high
standards as the customer cars that have made
the Holz name synonymous with success in off
road racing. “We’ve built three of these desert
cars now and we’re currently building one
for another customer,” said Holz, who has
also built short course cars for RJ Anderson,
and many others.
Earlier this year, Mark Holz scored a third-place
finish in the UTV World Championship desert
race and Ryan Holz finished second in the
World Championship short course event.
Polaris RZRs built by Holz Racing Products
will be back in contention in the next BITD
race, The Polaris RZR Silver State 150, scheduled
for September 22-23 in Caliente, NV.
About Holz Racing
Incorporated in 1995, Holz Racing Products has since been designing, innovating and manufacturing the highest quality and best performing suspension and chassis components in the industry. Our commitment to quality and our no-compromise design philosophy is what keeps Holz at the leading edge our industry; Performance and function first.