Although fairly new to desert racing, the team of G&R Racing has taken it on full steam. They launched into racing SCORE and BITD races with not just one Trophy Truck but a pair. Behind the wheel of the trucks you will find Ron Whitton and Garron Cadiente. It takes a lot to be successful in places like Baja, which means you must have a wealth of support from teammates, prerunners and support vehicles. We spent some time testing with the team in Primm, Nevada and learned they are not only serious about winning, but are also average off-road enthusiasts like the rest of us, just looking for some fun.
Ron Whitton is a fourth generation Arizona native that was literally born in the desert. As an entrepreneur and a father of seven, Ron's off-road racing is a great way for him to spend time with his family. His entire family is involved with the team. His son Ron Jr., his wife, and his daughter Lorrisa are the team cooks. His grandson Chas Dana is also part of his chase crew.
Through the '60s and '70s Ron spent countless days off-roading the Arizona deserts with his Jeep. This passion for outdoors eventually turned into the creation of G&R Racing. Most of us slow down as we get older, but Ron just kept getting faster.
2006 was technically Ron's rookie season behind the wheel of his #39 Trophy Truck and he was able to capture some respectable finishes. On top of that list was an outstanding 3rd place at the Score Baja 1000. This quickly landed Ron the title of "The fastest grandpa in the desert".
Garron Cadiente arrived to the professional desert racing scene in the fall of 2005. By the end of his 2006 season, Garron had captured three off-road racing titles and was a solid force to be reckoned with. His most significant title so far was capturing the 1st place victory at 2006 BITD Terrible's Town 400 race.
During the 2006 SCORE racing season, Garron was named "Rookie of the Year" for his solid performances. His passion for racing began many years earlier, driving sand rails through the Glamis dunes and motorcycling across countless open deserts. Racing officially crept into his veins when he won first place in his class during the 2005 MDR Barstow race in a dual-purpose buggy.
Garron quickly became addicted to the speed and power of a Trophy Truck throughout 2005. Unfortunately, during the Nevada 1000 race he suffered a harrowing experience, crashing and rolling his truck five times at over 100 mph. Like a true champion, his injuries did not stop him from coming back in 2006, recovered and ready to win. Starting off his 2006 season Garron captured back to back victories beginning with the SCORE San Felipe 250.
Nickname: Hi-Oh Silver!
Truck Prep Chief: Chas Dana
Driver: Garron Cadiente
Navigator: Chris Godfrey
Nickname: The Black Pearl
Truck Prep Chief: Chas Dana
Driver: Ron whitton
Navigator: Gerald King
Team Manager: Brian GodfreyFleet Manager: Mike Williams
Owner: G&R Racing
Truck Builder: Geiser Brothers Design and Development
Cost to build: $500,000 each, it takes 6 months to build 2500 hours each
Engines: Patton Racing of Hemet CA, 442 cubic inch all aluminum V8 based off a ford block. Motec fuel injection/ management system. 770 hp with 760 foot pounds of torque, 5,000 miles re-builds, wet sump oiling system, Ron Davis radiators, Oil and transmission coolers as well.
Transmissions: Stoney Transmissions Turbo 400
Brakes: 6 piston CNC Brake Calipers and 14-inch brake rotors
Wheel Travel: front A-Arm 26-inches / rear 4-link 34-inches
Shocks: King Shocks 3-inch coil carrier and 4-inch custom bypass (two per wheel)
Tires: Toyo Tire 37-inch Open Country M/T with custom G&R rubber compound and construction. You cannot order or buy these tires.
Wheels: 17-inch Walker Evans Racing Wheels with Trail Ready Racing Bead lock Rings powder coated black
Weights: 6200 pounds
Wheel Bases: 125-inches
Rear End Housings: Tube Works custom built
Gears: Gear Works 10-inch with 5.43 ratio
Steering systems: Howe Power Rack 2.75-inch ram with 6-inch throw make it a better choice than the Saginaw power steering box for our trucks.
Body: Ford F-150 cab with Geiser Brothers fiberglass hood and bedsides; Paint and Body work was done by Orlando Auto Body of Mesa AZ using Sikkins Paints, chassis is 100% chromoly tube there is no Ford factory frame used.
Interior: Mike's Upholstery Completely custom leather, baseball stitched, 3 Sparco Seats, fully caged under the interior.
Lights: 6 KC Hilites- KC-Pod carbon fiber lights
Sway Bar: rear only, custom made that fits on rear end housingSpare part found on each truck: Driveshaft, upper 4-link, tie rod, power steering pump, power steering servo, two tires, starter.
Wiring Electrical: by Gerald King of Finish line Racing, 130 hours to wire each truck, dual Wrangler alternators on switch, duel batteries on a battery switch, Kenwood 110 watt Race Radio with PCI 4 link pro intercom; XM satellite radio, Kenwood CD deck with I-Pod input, Iridium Satellite phone docking station that allows you to talk and hear the phone conversation thru the head sets, Bose Aviation noise canceling headsets or Stilo Rally Racing helmets, All audio comes thru the headsets or helmets. I-On Earth Satellite Tracking System that allows the chase truck to watch on a screen and see where the pre-runner is at and monitor truck functions and speed. Lowrance GPS, Motec the Advanced Dash Logger (ADL2) is a professional level, fully configurable, stand-alone display and data logging unit. Auto Meter Gauges.
Fuel: F&L Racing Fuel SP-1 110-octane inside of a 90-gallon fuel cell. The truck has two completely separate fuel delivery systems that be can switched on the fly from inside of the truck. The fuel pumps are Aeromotive. The truck gets 3.5 miles per gallon (ouch).