"Chasing Down Mark Samuels"
“They are the Matadors of off-road racing, staring directly into the eyes of fear as they blast through the desert at over 100mph. Their amazing performances oftentimes go uncelebrated. So what do they do this for? We got a chance to catch up with the 5.5x Baja 1000 winner and SLR team owner Mark Samuels and ask him just that…”
2021 NGPC Series
Taft,CA | Round 2
The team headed out to Taft, CA to race the second round of the NGPC series at the Honolulu Hills Raceway. Known for the flowing hills and jump section, nothing beats a Grand Prix on this track. The technical hard packed square-edged course brings a unique element that requires a new level of skill to master. Cole Martinez finished 5th in the Pro Class while both our Pro 2 rider, Tallon Lafountiane, and Pro AM rider Evan Stice took home a 1st place win.
Cole Martinez started in the lead pack of the Pro Class and maintained a 3rd place position until an early pit that pushed him back to 5th. Cole kept about a 10-minute lap time throughout the race but was unable to make up any ground. Finishing in 5th place, Cole Martinez will carry his points over to our home track of Glen Helen Raceway on March 6, 2021 for round 3 of racing.
Pro 2 rider, Tallon Lafountaine had a successful race starting in 6th and quickly made his way into 3rd place within the first lap. Tallon had some ground to make up once he was in that 3rd place position but a few laps later, was able to pass into 2nd. Around the 1-hour mark, Tallon made a charge for the lead and crossed the finish line in 1st place and continued his series points lead for the season.
Team rider, Evan Stice has once again taken home a win in the OPEN A class. Starting in 3rd place, Evan made passes early on to lead the race almost in its entirety. Evan Stice will also enter round 3 as the point leader of his class.
ABOUT SLR HONDA
SLR Honda is a professional off-road race team owned by Mark Samuels and based out of Yucca Valley, California. The team consists of 4 riders who will be competing in select desert races in this 2021 season. For more information on SLR Honda, please visit the website of www.slrhonda.com.
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SLAMLife Adventures Ep.5
The SLR Honda team is excited to release the latest and final episode of SLAMLife Adventures. Episode 5 not only takes the viewer behind the scenes of our biggest race of the year, the Baja 1000, but my journey to recovery after I broke both of my femurs in October of 2019.
It’s a bittersweet feeling looking back at all of our pivotal and successful moments in 2019 with SLAMLife Adventures Episodes 1-5 on our Youtube channel. With another exciting season in offroad racing upon us, we’re ready to give our audience more. Stayed tuned for more information on SLR Honda’s new Youtube series for 2020!