Hall Racing Finished “Vegas to Reno” in a Colorado ZR2

When it crossed the finish line in Carson City, Nevada around 7:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, Hall Racing’s Colorado ZR2 piloted by Chad Hall and Frank DeAngelo was the only stock truck to compete and finish Best in the Desert’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race presented by FOX.

The 539-mile run took them 18 hours, 50 minutes and 16 seconds and was completed with an average speed of 28.6 miles per hour thanks to numerous cut tires and expected rock damage. Only 204 of the 336 vehicles entered in the race made it to the finish.

“This truck is a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be,” said Chad Hall. “I clobbered some things on the course that would’ve broken the many of the vehicles we competed with in the past.”

 

Mandated modifications were made prior to the race, adding a roll cage, 44-gallon racing fuel tank. racing seats with safety harnesses; KC HiLites racing lights, two-way radios and a GPS system were also tacked on.

Mechanically the ZR2 was equipped an off the shelf Chevrolet Performance Exhaust system already available for all Colorado models, plus a few more performance goodies still under development by Chevrolet Performance engineers.

The Hall Racing and Chevrolet performance teams at Vegas to Reno

 

“First and foremost, this was a development trip for our engineering team,” said Mark Dickens, Executive Director of Global Accessories, Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports, General Motors, who was part of the chase and support team following the race from start to finish at all fourteen pit stops.

“ZR2’s performance went beyond our most optimistic expectations, completing ‘Vegas to Reno’ in its first outing. We learned a lot of things about the truck and could not be happier with the result, as well as the efforts of the Hall Racing team.”

“The fact that the Colorado ZR2 was the only stock midsize truck to compete in ‘Vegas to Reno’ reinforces our claim to be in a segment of one with this vehicle. Our success in this race is a testament to all that we’ve accomplished since the relaunch of our midsize truck program three years ago,” said Dickens. “We cannot wait to pass along the benefits of what we’ve learned here under extreme use and at future races to our customers.”

 

 

The Hall Racing Colorado ZR2 will next compete in the Best in the Desert VT Construction “Tonopah 250” race presented by Polaris which doesn’t take place until the end of October.

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