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Daniel Grooters, 34
Daniel is an Active Duty Air force veteran and small business owner who loves spending time off road and building trucks. His love for off road racing started in 2000 when he pit crewed with BFG and the Leduc Brothers for the Baja 1000. Though he is fairly new to the race scene he is not new to off road trucks. His business, Xterra Performance, is a premier Nissan off road company that works to further the Nissan off road community. He spends much of his free time attending off road events and leading trips. Danny spent 2015 mentoring under Dave Blakely and spending a lot of time behind the watchful eye of the veteran racer. 2016 will be another year for him to learn and put some race miles under his belt.
Dave Blakely, 52
Saratoga Springs, Utah
Dave Started racing at the age of 15 in an unlimited 2 seat buggy. With over 11 years desert racing experience in SCORE, BORE and BITD series, Dave has been successful in securing season championships. (1990,1991 under Mike Leslie Racing) Second Place in the 10 Class 1994,1995. Top 5 in 16 Class 1996, 1997, 2003 as Team Blakely. In 2005 Dave Teamed with Allen Gerber to win the 10 class title to win the McMillin Nevada 1000. Dave is a Driver with experience and passion, willing and capable to take his team to the next level. In 2005 Dave decided to pursue a chance with a stock class vehicle. With Nissan providing a vehicle and Support Team Xterra Racing was born. Dave was able to place 3rd in three races securing 3rd place overall in class. 2015 had its Challenges and the Xterra Racer was only able to place 4th in its debut into class 7100 in 2015.
The Xterra is now a veteran racer and as the owner and fabricator of the Xterra Dave is ready to step up the pace in 2016.
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