Watch Pat O’Keefe, Tanner Foust and Heavy D at The Mint 400 2018
Check out this mini clip of #TeamSafecraft’s Pat O’Keefe, Tanner Foust and Heavy D in Safecraft #6172 at The Mint 400 (by Dirt Cinema)!
About Heavy D (Dave Sparks)
Dave Sparks is an American entrepreneur, custom vehicle builder and social media personality from Salt Lake City, Utah. He goes by the name Heavy D. Since he was little, Dave has been fascinated by anything with an engine or wheels. From his first motorcycle, a 1976 Yamaha YZ80 to his most famous creation, the Mega Ram Runner, he has always pushed the mechanical limits of vehicles.
Dave spent the majority of his time in high school studying auto mechanics, welding, and fabrication. After high school he managed an ATV and motorcycle rental business for his close friend and mentor, Rich Eggett. This allowed him to obtain countless hours of hands-on experience. At age 21, Dave enrolled in college at Weber State University; but after one semester he determined he could learn better on his own with real-world experience than in a classroom. Dave began operating heavy equipment for his uncle’s construction business, which soon turned into Dave running his own small excavation business building rock walls, waterfalls, and other types of landscaping. In 2008, he hired his first employee, his best friend “Diesel Dave” Kiley, to help him run the equipment.
In 2009, Dave met the girl of his dreams at church and married her one year later. Once married, he picked up his dealers license, opened a small used car lot, and started working to build his dream company, DieselSellerz. His business has grown and so has his family – he has two adorable kids.
About Tanner Foust
Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements, national championships and world records. He is a three-time U.S. rallycross champion (2012, 2011, 2010) who has also won four X Games gold medals (2013, 2010, 2007) and two Formula Drift championships (2008, 2007).
He has also held multiple world records including for the astonishing Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare, which saw Foust drive a car through a 66-foot loop-the-loop. He also scored the indoor speed record for TV’s Top Gear USA and set a distance jump record with Hot Wheels when made a 332’ramp-to-ramp leap in a truck at the Indy 500 in 2011.
Foust is the first American driver to win a round of the European Rallycross Championship and finished both 2011 and 2012 ranked in the top three. At home, Foust has been a dominant driver in rallycross since the sport of rallycross was first introduced in the United States in 2010.
His varied race experience includes multiple years of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, various types of sports car racing and the SCORE Baja. He has represented the USA in the annual Race of Champions three times (2010, 2009, 2008).
Off the track, Tanner demonstrates his impressive car control and driving experience on-camera as host for History Channel’s Top Gear and performing stunts for various films, TV shows and commercials.
About Pat O’Keefe
Pat’s successful corporate career as President and CEO of NeXgen Fuel and Safecraft Safety Equipment, Vice President of Golden Gate Petroleum and CEO and President of CLP Motorsports had its humble beginning as a successful racer in his youth. His passion for automobiles and motorsports lead to an impressive racing career starting at the age of 12 where he has since raced anything with an engine including jet skis, boats, motorcycles, karts and cars with NASCAR, SCCA, NASA, IMCA and others. Pat started CLP Motorsports after realizing the need for a world class customer-focused motorsports shop. He started NeXgen Fuel by recognizing the need to meet customer’s demands for a high quality, clean-burning, high performance premium renewable diesel. Pat is continually driven to find innovative ways to champion clean alternative fuels like NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel for use in the automotive industry, most recently making racing history by being the first to run renewable diesel in a Trophy Truck at SCORE’s Baja1000.
About The Mint 400
Known as “The Great American Off-Road Race™,” The Mint 400 is the oldest, most prestigious, and most challenging off-road race on the planet. This annual four-hundred mile marathon between the top off-road racers in the world includes over three hundred and fifty race teams in twenty-four different classes of off-road vehicles. Established in 1967, The Mint 400 is steeped in American lore. Thousands of racers and celebrities from around the world have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert, but less than half of them have ever finished the Mint. An entire week of events lead up to the famed off-road contest in and around Las Vegas, including a vehicle parade down the Las Vegas Strip, a drivers meet and greet, a pit crew challenge contest, the Miss Mint 400 beauty pageant, massive parties, a qualifying race, and a huge ten-block “contingency” gathering on Fremont Street East. Over forty-thousand spectators gather to watch the world’s best off-road race teams do battle at The Mint 400!
About Safecraft Safety Equipment
Safecraft Safety Equipment is the leading provider of fire suppression systems and is used by most of the top professionals in a wide range of industries including Motorsports, Automotive, Aviation and Marine. For over 20 years, Safecraft is known for its innovative design and use of the highest quality components available.
Safecraft extinguishers are used by more NASCAR, NHRA, NASA and SCCA teams than any other brand and is the only manufacturer to offer several models of extinguishers and extinguishing agents approved to SFI 17.1.
Visit www.safecraft.com for more information.