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Spotlight on TJ Flores.

Chances are if you race or watch racing in the deserts of Nevada you have experienced the rush of TJ Flores making dust across the vast expanse of unforgiving terrain that surrounds his home town of Las Vegas. The class one champion is a potential over-all winner in every race he enters, and desert racing seems to run in his blood. There have been many desert racers who have attempted the King of the Hammers over the years, but very few have actually invested the time to learn the sport or made an honest effort. Rob Mac has come the closest to giving it a run when he piloted the Blue Torch Fab works call. Rob was one of the last to leave Hammertown and you could tell he truly loved the experience. A lot of interest surrounds the other notable desert racer who will give KOH a shot, but for TJ this is not a spur of the moment half baked attempt. Car owner Dave Schneider who is a KOH veteran worked with Trent Fabrication of Sparks Nevada for the last year building a race program, and brand new vehicle for TJ to make a run. TJ has already spent a weekend at the Hammers and reports elude to his  capability in the relentless rock canyons. While Ultra4 purists may find the celebrity appearances a burden on the limited availability of starting positions  the strategy has proven successful at encouraging growth in the Ultra4 series. This effort adds in a twist with rumors of a run at the entire west coast series, something that this far has not proven to happen, with very few desert racers ever returning to the Ultra4 spotlight. With TJ Flores you can bet he will be making dust and humbly crafting winning results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How long have you been competing in Ultra 4 Racing?

This will be my first race in ultra 4×4

 

How long have you been racing?

14 years

 

Tell us about your past experiences in the King of the Hammers and where you have finished?

First time at the koh

 

What’s the attraction to racing the King of the Hammers for you?

It’s the challenge

 

How do you physically and mentally prepare for this type of racing?

Like desert racing it’s both mental and physically demanding on us as drivers from being in the dust chasing a car down trying not to make mistake and being in the cars for 6-7 hours take it’s toll on your body.

 

Teamwork is a big part of KOH, Tell us about your team for the King of the Hammers?

I’m new to the team from trent fab the guys at trent have worked really hard to build me this new car in 2 ½ months and the experience they bring his going to help be successful at the koh and the ultra 4×4 races

 

How much does strategy play a part in KOH?

Don’t know if there really is a strategy to speak of but to just finish would be the first goal

 

 What will it take to win the King of the Hammers in 2012?

A great day

 

 How much does a car vs. a drivers ability play into winning the King of the Hammers?

I would say it’s split right down the middle or maybe more of the car

 

If you had the opportunity to participate in any race in the world, what would it be and why?

Dakar because of the challenge

 

 Who is your racing idol and why?

Rob mac. Because of how humble he is when he wins

 

 If you had an unlimited budget what would you build to compete in the King of the Hammers?

A trent fab topshelf

 

Do you have any advise to give someone who is aspiring to race the King of the Hammers?

Work hard and save your penny’s

 

 Can you tell us about the sponsors and people that have made it possible for you to do this?

First I want to thank all the guy’s at Trent fab for giving me this chance. Goodyear tire for always sticking behind me.there are so many more to thank

Sponsors:  Trent Fab, Bilstein, Yukon Gear, PRP Seats, GoodYear, Raceline Wheels, Eibach Springs, MJ Motorsports, Rigid Lighting,  PSC Motorsports, Aeromotive

 

 The Facts TJ Flores

Chassis Builder:  Trent Fabrication
Engine: MJ Motorsports LSx 427
Transmission: 4L80
Transfer Case: Atlas 2.0
Axles: RuffStuff 9′s w/Reid Knuckles & Sandy Cone Wheel Hubs
Lockers:  Yukon Grizzly Front, ARB Rear
Seats:  PRP Comp Pro’s
Shocks: Bilstein 60mm c/o’s w/ACV’s & 60mm “Super60″ Bypass’s w/ACV’s
Tires:  GoodYear MT/R Kevlar’s
Wheels:  Raceline Monsters

 

About the Author

Jeff Knoll is the former Event Director for the King of the Hammers event. He has raced various classes in SCORE, BITD, MORE, and MDR. Following the California 200, Knoll travelled to Washington, DC to meet with BLM officials regarding the Special Recreation Permit policies of the BLM. Knoll serves on the BLM’s Desert Advisory Sub-Committee regarding Special Recreation Permits. Knoll also drafted language for Nevada’s Senate Bill 156 in 2011 regarding action sports safety.

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