Off-road racing organization Best in The Desert is coming off of its first race of the 2021 season, the BlueWater Resort Parker 425 Presented by Jimco Racing. BITD officials stated that it looks like they’re off to a great start on their 2021 season.
In a statement on their website, BITD said the event went over well despite last-minute course changes and new restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Moving the Start/Finish and main pits to Shea Rd. seemed to be welcomed by the racing community and created an atmosphere of ‘old-school’ off-road racing,” they said in a press release. “The organization credits its incredible success to its racers, fans, staff, volunteers, the BLM, Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT), and the people of Parker, Arizona for adhering to protocol and acting respectfully while participating in the BlueWater Resort Parker 425 Presented by Jimco Racing.”
The two days of racing were preceded by the Parker Downtown Experience on Thursday, Jan. 14, where participants could admire the race vehicles and wander between vendors browsing products.
“The town of Parker has been hosting BITD races for years now and is no stranger to welcoming the racing community with open arms,” BITD’s statement said.
BITD officials said they were thrilled with how the weekend went.
“What an amazing weekend,” commented BITD Race Operations Mgr. Jeff Phillips. “This weekend turned out better than we could have hoped for in our wildest dreams. A big thank you needs to go out to all our partners including the BLM, the Town of Parker, the CRIT, and all our sponsors who support Best in The Desert. Most of all, I want to thank our racers who all continue to support us and keep us No. 1 in off-road racing. The best part for me and the BITD staff was seeing all the smiling faces and truly happy people just to be out racing.”
“Despite all the challenges and last-minute adjustments the 2021 BlueWater Parker 425 went about as perfect as possible from a race operations perspective,” added BITD Co-Owner Bryan Folks. “To see all the eager faces and grateful race teams at the finish line made it all worthwhile. This was a real team effort by the BITD staff, and I couldn’t be prouder of the job they all did putting this event together. We are off to a great start in 2021 and continue to be blessed by the support of the racing community. We look forward to our next event, the Tensor Tire Parker 250 in just over a month.”
The BlueWater Parker “425” Presented by Jimco Racing marked the first round in the 2021 Maxxis Triple Crown Series. This year’s series winners will be based on their performance over the course of the season at Maxxis Triple Crown Events which is expected to pay out another large sum of money.