The #1934 of Holz/Coast¬al Racing was fresh off the 2013 Baja 1000 win in Ensenada. It made it’s way north for a quick prep before heading from Washington State back down to Jean, Nevada for the Henderson 250. Coming into the final round of the 2013 Best In The Desert series, the team was sitting in second place in year end points. With a tight points race and each team allowed a drop, everyone knew it was going to be a battle to the end — and basically whoever took the checkers — was going to take the championship.
As the sun was coming up and the temps hung at 30 degrees, Mark Holz along with co-driver Brian MacLean from Walker Evans Racing, would start first of the line. With clean, albeit cold, air in front of them Holz grabbed the wheel with some sweet camo hunting gloves and started to do work. Putting down a conservative but solid pace, the #1934 came into main pits in first place at the end of lap one.
At the end of lap 2 it was more of the same, bumper to bumper rac¬ing as Holz and the #1919 of Jagged X were running within seconds of each other. With the Henderson 250 being a GP style race, it was unclear as to whether the UTVs would get 2 or 3 laps as they were on course with the motorcycles. Out of the 16 UTVs that started the race only 4 would clear the main pits and get out for the third and final lap.
As the #1934 and three other UTVs headed out for the third and final lap, the unthinkable happened — Holz went off line and suffered a flat tire allowing the #1919 of Jagged X by for the lead. With a quick tire change, the #1934 was back underway but the damage was done. Holz crossed the line in 2nd place and out of the points.
“We were exactly where we needed to be today. I started off with a clean, conservative pace. This car works so good in terrain like this. We weren’t abusing it, just running our own pace. I took an alternate line as we headed into lap 3 – and ultimately that bit me. Suffering that flat took us out.” said Mark Holz.
The Holz/Coastal racing team wrapped up 2nd on the day and third on the year in a fiercely competitive Pro UTV class. A class where everyone has stepped up their game, with more competitive cars and teams winning now comes down to who puts together the best/ error-free day. When looking back on 2013, the Holz/Coastal team had a roller coaster of a season winning key races such as the Mint 400, Silver State 300 and suffering the biggest heartbreak of all — leading the 2013 Vegas to Reno and falling prey to mechanical — preventing them from backing up their sub 12-hour 2012 win.
When asked about 2014, Holz had this to say “We love the desert. It takes good strategy, great equipment and a solid team to pull it off. We’ll be back faster and stronger than ever in 2014.”
Holz/Coastal Racing would like to thank the chase crews and spon¬sors that made this season possible. Team work is what it takes to run a program at this level and we couldn’t have been done without Polaris, Walker Evans Racing, Kroyer Racing Engines, BF Goodrich Tires and Utendorfer Design.
There’s no rest for wicked as the HRP UTV Racers will be back at it in 2014. The Holz/Coastal #1934 will be headed to Parker, Arizona on January 10th and WORCS Racers RJ Anderson and defending Pro UTV Champion Beau Baron head to Taft, California on Jan. 17th with their RZR XP 1000’s looking to start of the new season.