Wednesday’s kickoff festivities to the 2021 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 wrapped up with the return of the ever-popular Mint 400 Dinner of Champions, which brought hundreds of the sport’s luminaries to Main St. Provisions for a night of exquisite food and storytelling. Celebrity chefs Justin Kingsley Hall, Brandon Rogers, and Drew Deckman provided the culinary arts as off-road stars like Rob MacCachren, legends of the event like KJ Howe, and event sponsors came together to celebrate the past and present of the Great American Off-Road Race.
“The Dinner of Champions is one of my favorite parts of the BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 every year,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli. “Having an excellent dining experience as part of the event is incredibly important to me, and it’s always a blast to kick off the week with great company and great meals. Justin, Brandon, and Drew brought their A-game as usual, and we can’t thank them, Brandt Beef and Stay Classy Meats, and all of our guests enough for another wonderful dinner!”
The Mint 400 Dinner of Champions has been a staple of the pre-race festivities since 2018. Designed as a way to honor active and past winners of the event each year, the Dinner of Champions serves as a celebration of off-road culture beyond just the racing itself. Hundreds of the biggest names in the sport attend the Dinner of Champions every year, from the legends who helped make the Great American Off-Road Race into what it is today to favorites on this year’s entry list in the premier classes and the sponsors who help keep the Mint 400 at the forefront of the sport.
The Mint 400 has held the title of the toughest, most spectacular off-road race in North America since 1968 when it was first run. Initially, the race was a public relations event promoting the Mint Hotel’s annual deer hunt. but what started out as a hotel promotion soon grew into a legitimate desert race. Since its 2008 revival, “The Great American Off-Road Race” has only gotten bigger and more prestigious, and deeper fields every year only make it tougher to win.
The 2021 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 continues with the return of the Mint 400 Off-Road Festival, which runs all day Thursday on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. More information on the event for racers and spectators is available at TheMint400.com, or follow the event on Facebook and Instagram.