The Mint 400 announced today that Las Vegas Sheriff and newly announced Nevada Gubernatorial Candidate Joe Lombardo has been named Grand Marshal of the 2021 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400. Lombardo joins the historic ranks of many famous celebrities and racers to hold the honor of grand marshal for The Great American Off-Road Race since its inception in 1968. To kick off the week of Mint 400 related off-road racing events Lombardo will lead the Mint 400 Parade on Wednesday, December 1st down Las Vegas Blvd beginning at 3 pm.
An avid off-road racer Lombardo will drive his #251 COPS Unlimited Truck SPEC, followed by the #51 COPS Unlimited Truck driven by Zak Langley and the #150 COPS Class 1 Car driven by Morgan Langley, leading the parade in honor of the late John Langley. Langley, who was known as “The Godfather of Reality TV”, not only made a massive impact in television with the long-running series “COPS” but was also an avid off-road racer himself. In addition to his duties as Grand Marshal, Lombardo will be racing in the ultra-competitive Unlimited Spec Truck class on Saturday, Dec 4th.
“I am honored to be named Grand Marshal of The Mint 400. This race has been a part of Las Vegas history since the first race in 1968 and it brings tens of millions of dollars of economic impact to Las Vegas annually. Las Vegas is a mecca for off-road racing and recreational off-road because of the Mint 400. I grew up going to watch the Mint 400 and I have competed in the race several times, so it is really special to me to be named Grand Marshal. I am also proud to honor my late friend John Langley, he was a giant among men and left an indelible mark on the world” stated Lombardo.
“Joe Lombardo is a long-time friend and racer, and we are honored that he accepted our invitation to be Grand Marshal this year. He joins the prestigious ranks of many famous racers, actors, and celebrities who have served as Grand Marshal helping showcase desert off-road racing to the world. Lombardo also had a close relationship with the late John Langley who we also wanted to honor. John was a passionate off-road racer – in fact, both of his sons Morgan and Zak will also be racing in this year’s Mint 400, sharing in his passion for the sport and this historic race,” stated Mint 400 CEO, Matt Martelli.
Joe Lombardo recently announced his candidacy for Nevada Governor for 2022. He has served as Las Vegas Sheriff for the last six years and is both a military veteran and a 45 year resident of the City. Joe is an avid off-road race fan and has been competing in off-road racing for over 10 years.
“We are very proud to support Joe Lombardo in his run for election for Governor of Nevada in 2022. We need more people like him with hands-on experience in the office. We ask for the entire off-road racing community to lend their support to elect “one of us” to the office of Nevada Governor. Off-Road racing and outdoor recreation is a global culture that generates billions of dollars annually. We have to be vigilant about our access to public lands in order to preserve this sport and industry. With Joe in the Governor’s office we are confident we can affect the change we want to see.” stated Mint 400 CEO, Matt Martelli.