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Blaze Consumes Ford F250 in Best in the Desert Vegas - Reno 500 Race

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Team Glacier Bear Racing entered the Best in the Desert-Vegas-Reno 500 in a Ford F-250 equipped with K&N Engineering air and oil filters. Team drivers, Jessica Brannam, Tiffany Daniels and Cliff Daniels had a strategy and course prepared. It was the first off road race for all three drivers.

Best in the Desert Off Road Rookie Jessica Brannam in front of Team Glacier Bear Racing's Ford F-250
Best in the Desert Off Road Rookie Jessica Brannam in front of Team Glacier Bear Racing's Ford F-250
Jessica Brannam is a K&N sponsored Go Kart racer from Illinois. Brother and sister team Tiffany and Cliff Daniels of Virginia, also race. The Las Vegas to Reno run is billed as the longest off-road race in the United States and goes 500 miles over some of the toughest desert terrain.
Blaze consumes Ford F-150 in the Best in the Desert Race
Blaze consumes Ford F-150 in the Best in the Desert Race

K&N Sponsored Racer Jessica Brannam and teammates went into the Best in the Desert Vegas-Reno 500 mile race without any way to communicate
K&N Sponsored Racer Jessica Brannam and teammates went into the Best in the Desert Vegas-Reno 500 mile race without any way to communicate

On the first day of the race, the team had problems with the two-way radio system. Unfortunately the crew was not able to correct the problem with the radios and entered the race without a way of communicating with their crew.

The two rookie drivers headed off into the desert and the crew left to meet the drivers at the first pit stop area 20 miles down the course. After only one mile, the Glacier Bear Racing Ford F250 was bogged down in the desert sand. The team took about ten minutes to dig out and get back into the race. “It was no big deal,” said Brannam. “We worked together. We weren’t two helpless females in the desert. We were racers just like everyone else on the course.”

At the five mile mark of the five hundred mile race the truck had more problems. Daniels pulled it off course to see if they could figure out what was wrong. As the ladies exited the truck they saw a fire under it. The two tried to extinguish the flames but the fire continued to grow. They eventually realized there was no way to save the truck. They also had no communication with their crew and started walking through the desert for help.

“The worst thing was not being aware of what was going on,” said Diane Brannam, Jessica’s mother. “We started the race worried about the girls not being able to communicate with us and now we were just sitting and waiting.”

After a long wait, the crew was relieved to finally see their drivers coming into the check point. A safety crew picked them up. “I was very grateful for the opportunity Glacier Bear gave me,” said Brannam. “This was an experience I’ll never forget.”

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