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Scott & Tandi Hartman
Name: Scott & Tandi Hartman
Raceline wheels are just plain tough. We have had many wheels failures on ‘other’ brands where we have had flats and the tires were unharmed and the wheels were cracked down the middle. Not a single wheel failure on Raceline wheels.
2011 Race Schedule
Jan 2011 SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge
Feb 6, 2010 BITD Parker 425, Parker, AZ: 5th after changing a transmission on course
DJR went into the season with a goal to race each Jeepspeed event and run for a championship with Tandi Hartman as the rookie driver of record. She had swept the Powder puff races the previous years but this was the professional series. She wasn’t sure she had the speed for the series. She did well in Parker fighting past the transmission change then the rain that made the course more like a river than a race course. 5th may seem like an average finish, but it was a huge success for the team to fight on after a problem that would have sidelined most teams. The Mint was the toughest course our team has ever raced. It was rough from start to finish. We lost the rear shocks not once but three times on the course. The skills of this team are remarkable. A fix that usually needs to be accomplished in a shop was done on the side of a dusty race course in the Nevada desert, over and over again. We were one of only two of the twenty six starters in Jeepspeed to finish the race. A DNF in Jeepspeed usually drops the team out of the top 10, but not this team. We fought hard and worked our way up to third in points for the season coming into the final two races of the year. Parker, AZ is a rough course and our car is very good in the rough. The first 20 miles was hard racing through silt, dust, rocks and the rising sun. The competition was fierce dicing back and forth with the front runners. DJR passed the final jeep at mile 20 of the first lap and never looked back. We took the win with tenacity and skill. Day two and the final race of the Jeepspeed season we had locked up Rookie of the Year and secured 2nd in points for the season if we only finished the race. We don’t race to finish and we went out looking for another win. We hit a rock so hard in the blinding sun that we just knew we would get a flat. The previous wheels that we had problems with would have in no way held up to the collision. The Rockcrushers lived up to their name and held strong. By the midway point we had a six minute lead and cruised the second lap to another victory. We spent hundreds of hours in the next month preparing to take the Raceline 1706 Jeepspeed Wrangler to the grand daddy of all desert races, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. With a team honed in and a car well prepared we fought all that is Baja and won the class. We ran the race without a single flat and can attribute that success to Raceline wheels. We have a pile of broken wheels from desert racing, but not one Raceline in the pile. The third race of the season was the MORE ORAF 500 in Lucerne, CA. We gathered the team and prepared for a long race on a very well used up course. Tandi would start the race for the first time ever and had a 4th place starting position. She went off the line strong and had taken the lead by race mile 8. She never looked back. Scott Parker, Tandi’s navigator, said, "Every mile she became more and more confident and was absolutely flying." She was leading the race against the best Jeepspeed competitors desert racing has to offer. She put 4 minutes on second place by the end of the first lap, setting the fastest lap by a Jeepspeed that day. About 50 miles later and now leading by 12 minutes, while running cool and smooth the head gasket failed, ending the race. The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but it was official, Tandi had arrived, and on this day she was the fastest driver in the series.