Will Heaton’s Amazing Desert Racing Jeep
If you want to go fast in the desert behind the wheel of a Jeep, the General Tire Jeepspeed Racing Series is for you. Will Heaton is a Jeep enthusiast who grew tired of going slow. He wanted to go fast, and it had to be in a Jeep. In order to make this happen, he contacted Craig Stewart of Stewart Race Works, and made plans to race the longest offroad race in the United States, Best in the Desert’s, Vegas to Reno race. Making your desert racing debut at Vegas to Reno is bold, but Heaton will have an amazing vehicle under him. Stewart’s Race Works specializes in luxury prerunners. Their amazing creations are built to handle the roughest terrain on the planet while pampering the occupants of the vehicle. They also do race car preparation, fabrication, and design. When the Jeep showed up, they knew exactly what to do.
“We picked up a Jeep for Will and were just going to build the back half of the truck for him but he really caught the fire of offroad racing, I think he’s hooked,” said Craig Stewart, “It’s turned into a really remarkable car. We are really proud of this car. People love this car; it’s a really neat vehicle and I love the Jeepspeed class. I grew up racing in the limited classes; I've been around them my entire life. We did a full roll cage on the Jeep, rear suspension with big shocks; the whole car has been gone through. It’s going to be a real challenge to finish the race; it will be his first time racing in the desert. We are teaching Will how to learn the desert, learn the vehicle and to take care of it so he makes it to the finish.”
“I’m going to be racing Jeepspeed,” said Will Heaton, “I’ve always been into Jeeps and offroading. I started up in the rocks and going slow and I’ve gotten kind of bored going slow. I just wanted to get something that would go a little faster. We packed a little horsepower and some big suspension travel into this one and hopefully we can make it through the desert.
The unique thing about my Jeep is that it’s been converted to fully independent front suspension instead of having a straight axle. It gives us substantially better handling and control in the desert as well as the ability to go fast over the bumps. In the rear we have a full 4 link suspension with coilovers and bypass shocks. I really have no experience in professional racing at all; this is a passion for me. It’s something I always dreamed of but didn’t think was possible.”
Will’s Jeep has incredible design and workmanship from Stewart’s Race Works and of course, the superior traction and tough construction of his General Grabber X3 tires. Since the debut of the Grabber X3, Jeepspeed racers have raved over the traction they get in the toughest desert silt and sand as well as the tires ability to fend off rocks during hours of abuse. Will Heaton will need every bit of the General Grabber X3’s attributes as he takes on the 539 mile long, Vegas to Reno course.