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MasterCraft Safety Supports Desert Dingo Racing for 2011 Season
May 24, 2011, Felton, Calif. - Desert Dingo Racing announced today that MasterCraft Safety, an industry-leading international manufacturer and innovator of performance and recreational safety devices, is supporting the team's 2011 race season.
With the introduction of the suspension seat to the niche off-road community in 1970, MasterCraft Safety immediately became an innovative leader and safety advocate for the off-road racing and recreational four-wheeling markets. Over the last 40 years, MasterCraft Safety has continuously evolved and has strived to expand its presence and improve driver safety through pioneering suspension seat designs and the addition of occupant restraints and driving suits.
“We’ve run MasterCraft Safety seats since our very first race – the 2007 Baja 1000,” said Desert Dingo Racing co-founder Jim Graham. “After four years of racing we decided on a body off rebuild of 1107 and MasterCraft kindly offered to refurbish our seats. Their support for even little teams like us is phenomenal.”
Desert Dingo Racing has teamed with the International Diabetes Federation, and is the official World Diabetes Day race car for the Baja 1000. Two team members have Type 2 diabetes and several other team members have a history of the disease in their families. They make the car available for public events and distribute hero cards with the warning signs of diabetes printed on the back.
“Racing Class 11 is double tough and we respect what Desert Dingo Racing is doing to raise awareness of the risks of diabetes,” said MasterCraft Safety CEO Robbie Pierce. “We’re happy to support them.”
The team completed the 2010 season ranked second in class in the Valley Off Road Racing Association series and competed in the Baja 1000 in 2007, 2008 and 2009. For 2011 the team is in first place in class points headed into the first desert race of the season Memorial Day Weekend in Yerington, Nevada.
About MasterCraft Safety
Based in Santee, California, MasterCraft Safety is the leading manufacturer of driving suits, window nets, and innovative safety seating and restraint systems custom tailored to endure the most extreme environmental conditions and off-road terrain. In addition to four decades of real world testing in the most extreme racing conditions, independent tests by nationally recognized laboratories indicate the MasterCraft Safety suspension seat directly resulted in an 84% reduction of energy in a 55 “G” load event. Whether the Impact! Racing or MasterCraft Safety products are on a top fuel dragster, a SCORE Trophy Truck or a blast-attenuating seat for a military MRAP, the common theme is both companies are the first choice in environments where safety can mean the difference between life and death.
About Desert Dingo Racing
Desert Dingo Racing is a team of high tech professionals based in Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley who campaign a 1969 VW Beetle in off road races in the U.S. and Mexico. They are the official World Diabetes Day race car and the team raises money for diabetes education and awareness programs sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation. To learn more, visit http://www.desertdingo.com.