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Ford Motor Company Expands Off-Road Racing Support with Best In The Desert
Ford Truck Motorsports Announces 2005 Ford Performance Awards Program

Las Vegas, Nevada – Ford Truck Motorsports offers Performance Awards for Best In The Desert racing series competitors, utilizing Ford Trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles.

Best In The Desert Racing Association is proud to announce support by Ford Motor Company’s “Truck Motorsports Team.” For 2005 Ford Motor Company will be continuing Best In The Desert support with $430,000 in the 2005 Performance Awards Program Ford, Official Truck of the Best In The Desert, posts a $86,000 performance award per race. Yes! You read it right, $86,000 per race, for a total of $430,000 for the year, not to mention the additional four (*4) special year-end bonuses! Following is how the fund will be awarded for ALL FIVE events:

Class 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
1200 $ 1,500 $ 750 $ 500
1400 $10,000 $5,000 $ 1,000
3000 $ 1,500 $ 750 $ 500
3100* $ 8,000 $ 4,000 $ 1,000
4100* $ 8,000 $ 4,000 $ 1,000
7100 $ 1,500 $ 750 $ 500
7200 $ 1,500 $ 750 $ 500
7300* $ 8,000 $ 4,000 $ 1,000
8000 $ 4,000 $ 2,000 $ 1,000
8100* $ 8,000 $ 4,000 $ 1,000

* Year End Bonuses, details to be released later, will be paid to 1400, 3100, 4100, 7300 and 8100 Class "Best In The Desert Class Champions" who fulfill all eligibility requirements and are Drivers of Record of Ford vehicles in each of all five (5) Best In The Desert events.

The 2005 Ford Performance Awards Factoring Matrix (where payouts are adjusted by vehicle model & year) is part of this program. Ford encourages use of the latest products. The 2005 Ford Performance Awards program will incorporate factoring of the payout value by base vehicle and its model year.

Vehicle Model Year 2005
Performance Award Adjustment
Bronco All Years 50% of Posted Amount
Excursion All Years Posted Amount
Expedition All Years Posted Amount
Explorer 4-Door 1998 to Present Posted Amount requires SLA Front Suspension I-Beam Front Suspension – 50% of Posted Amount
Explorer 4-Door 1997 and earlier* 50% of Posted Amount
Explorer Sport (2-Door) 1998 to Present Posted Amount requires SLA Front Suspension
I-Beam Front Suspension – 50% of Posted Amount
Explorer Sport (2-Door) 1997 and earlier* 50% of Posted Amount
Explorer Sport Trac All Years Posted Amount
F-150 1997 to Present
Posted Amount requires SLA Front Suspension
I-Beam Front Suspension – 50% of Posted Amount
F-150 1996 and earlier* 50% of posted Amount
F-250 1999 to Present Posted Amount
F-250 1998 and earlier 50% of Posted Amount
Ranger 1998 to Present Posted Amount requires SLA Front Suspension
I-Beam Front Suspension – 50% of Posted Amount
Ranger 1997 and earlier* 50% of posted Amount *Including all I-Beam front suspension trucks

SLA Definition: Short Long Arm. Commonly called “A-Arm”. Suspension that is independent where the upper control
arm is shorter than the lower control arm, creating a geometry that forces the tire to move in a more vertical travel pattern

To be eligible for an award the driver / team must satisfy the following requirements:
o While driving each driver must wear a Ford patch on the upper chest area of their driver's suit.
o The vehicle must complete the racecourse within BITD regulations, including allotted time.
o Must prominently display 13 ½” “Ford” Oval decal on the leading edge of the hood, “Built Ford Tough”
decal on each "B" pillar, 3" x 6" “Ford Truck” decal both sides of upper or lower windshield corners and 11" x 16" “Ford Truck” decals on both body sides.

In addition each Ford tem is requested, but not required, to support the following:
o Each Team Owner should submit a publicity release form so BITD can promote their involvement.
o Each Team is encouraged to register with Best In The Desert Media Relations. We recommend supplying a
brief biography of team activities – including but not limited to: information about the vehicle, team owner, driver/crew and race shop. Current photographs of driver and race vehicle are suggested.

Best In The Desert, along with the entire off-road desert racing community would like to thank Ford Motor Company for their continued involvement in the sport of off-road racing and to their commitment to Research and Development! The first Car/Truck event in the 2005 “Silver State Series” will be the Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker "425" race in Parker, Arizona, February 4,5,6, 2005. This race is billed as the “The Legend Lives On” and this event has the longest history of any off-road race in the United States today.

For more information on the Ford Truck Motorsports Performance Awards Program and the 2005 “Silver State Series” please write or call the Best In The Desert office at 3475 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV, 89121, (702) 457-5775, (702) 641-2431, bitd@lasvegas.net, www.bitd.com.

For more information, call or write:
Best In The Desert Racing Association
3475 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 457-5775, (702) 241-6431 fax
www.bitd.com

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  Mark Handley (760) 750-1905


 
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