The Great American Off Road Race announced that the 2022 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 has been officially scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th through Sunday, March 13th. The team of Mint 400 organizers are already busy scheduling events for next year’s week of festivities that will once again culminate with two days of thrilling off-road racing on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th in 2022. All of the marquee Mint 400 festivities will remain in the same position as previous years, including the wildly popular Mint 400 Tech and Contingency Off-Road Festival, which will take place on Thursday of race week.
“We’re very excited to be sliding The Mint back into March next year,” said Mint 400 Co-Owner and CEO Matt Martelli. “The ongoing pandemic has certainly made producing live events a challenge these past few years, but we’re thrilled with the number of entries and partners we have lined up for this December’s race. The qualifying course is new, the bike course is new and nearly 35% of the car and truck course is new! We’ve really worked hard to make this year special and that is going to carry over when we return to our original spot in March of next year.”
The Mint 400 is no stranger to overcoming adversity. In the past 53 years the historic event has been held 35 times in five different months, with no less than ten different unique race courses, and a multitude of formats on every day of the week. It has rained and snowed, and for the first decade the classes were mixed with bikes and trucks starting side by side – unthinkable today.
“Off-road racing at it’s purest is about adapting to change in the blink of an eye,” said Mint 400 Co-Owner and COO Josh Martelli. “The second you put a tire on the dirt you’re challenging the odds. The Mint has always been a symbol of that challenge, going all the way back to its roots as America’s first desert endurance race. We’ve been a March race for the past ten years and we’re excited to be returning to our home position in the racing schedule next year. We have to thank the Southern Nevada BLM office once again for helping us flex our schedule this year to December and sliding us back into March next year. They have been fantastic to work with as usual.”
The Mint 400 is the longest-running motorsports event in the history of Las Vegas – and second only to the Las Vegas Marathon for the oldest sporting event. (Supercross didn’t come to Vegas until the early 1990’s and NASCAR made its debut in 1998 – 30 years after the first Mint 400.) The Martelli Brothers and their dedicated group of volunteers, support staff and Mad Media TV crew, have successfully grown the storied event into the largest and most important off-road race in the sport.
The event attracts over 45,000 spectators to Las Vegas for the parade, parties, massive off-road festival, and two-day race. The race features over 500 race teams from over thirty different states and fourteen different countries, competing on a 100-mile loop that extends from the edge of Las Vegas to the California state line at Primm. With five massive spectator areas, The Mint 400 puts fans safely in front of high-speed off-road racing action for two exciting days.
More information regarding racer and spectator details for the 2022 event will be released in the coming months.