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MAKE pal Jason Sacks will racing in this weekend’s Xtreme Outlaws 250 race in and around Reno, NV (June 17-20). Jason is being sponsored by the fine folks at ShopBot. People who have worked on or presented at Maker Faire probably know Jason. He works as a production manager with the amazing crew that produces the Faires. The race will be televised on ESPN. Check your listings for times.

“In 1997, I decided to go off-road racing, so I built my own car,” said Jason. “13 years later, I’m still making the vehicles I race. ShopBot and I share the love of making things, and that’s one of the reasons this team is a perfect match.”

Jason will be competing in the Sportsman class in the upcoming Xtreme Outlaw Off-Road Race (XO250) sanctioned by VORRA Racing. The 250-mile course will take competitors from the Grand Sierra Resort, down Reno’s Mill Street and out into the desert hills just outside of the city. The race will test the endurance of both rider and machine as competitors fight for the podium and $10,000 in prize money.

Go, Jason! We’ll all be cheering you on. And let us know how it goes…

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Google Map of the course
Xtreme Outlaws page

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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