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Dixon Bros. Finish Second In New Class 7100 Ford Ranger At “Parker 425” Print E-mail

Parker, AZ - January 4, 2007: Aaron and Ian Dixon overcame a number of problems in the new Dixon Bros. Class 7100 Ford Ranger (#7177) to finish second in Best in the Desert Racing Association’s (BitD) 2007 season opener, the Blue Water Resort and Casino ‘Parker 425’, held this last weekend in Parker, Arizona. The longest running off-road race in the United States, the ‘Parker 425’ has always had a reputation as a tough and demanding event, but this year only the strong would survive the silt and bedrock. Unusually dry conditions and the lack of wind on raceday contributed to immense dust clouds which enveloped the course like a relentless thick fog. Of the 238 entries that started this year’s race only 103 were able to find their way to the finish line, at the Blue Water Resort and Casino, on the banks of the Colorado river.

Aaron Dixon, 32 of Lompoc, Calif and brother Ian, 29, who recently moved to Nashville, Tenn., have been active competitors in the BitD Silver State Series since 1998 when they ran a Class 7300 Pure-stock Ford Ranger. After some hard years, the learning curve had flattened out and in 2003 the Dixon Bros. won the hotly contested Class 7300 Silver State Series points championship. Again, in 2004, the brothers successfully defended their Class 7300 points title, a feat which anyone in racing will agree is very difficult to accomplish. In 2005, the Dixon’s decided to take some time off from racing to concentrate on their personal lives. Ian relocated to Nashville, TN to join the engineering team at Titan Automation. In Aaron’s case the focus was on developing the business end of Dixon Bros. Racing, where they specialize in the design, manufacture and installation of performance aftermarket suspension systems and accessories for off-road trucks. “I think racing adds credibility to our product line”, says Aaron Dixon. “People understand that if we know how to build a strong truck and win races, our products will surely hold up to their abuse. Racing is a reflection of the company; success in racing can equal success in business.”

At the 2006 BitD ‘Henderson 400’, Aaron was asked to co-drive in John Webster’s #7304 Stock Mini Ford Ranger. He drove two laps and they won the class by over an hour. After the race Aaron commented, “we had no problems, just another day in the office... It was great to be back.” So after the holidays were behind him, the Dixons decided the time had come to go racing again. In mid-January, three weeks before the 2007 ‘Parker 425’, “We started building a new truck to race Parker and believe me, I got a lot of laughs.”

People who knew Aaron weren’t laughing, however and exactly three weeks later he finished the truck early Friday morning and made the long drive to Parker in time to get signed up for the race. “I only had time to drive it around the block once before putting it on the trailer”, said Aaron. “Saturday I started the race, and the truck died at mile two because the alternator was not charging. I lost two hours walking back to the main pit to get a battery. The shock adjustment was way off and the truck was bottoming out. I tried to take it easy but I was in a race. Finally, I finished the first lap, dead tired and Ian took over on lap #2, lost first gear, and tore up a leaf hanger. We got that fixed and I took off on the final lap, leaving the main pit just minutes before the cutoff time. The truck ran a trouble free last lap and I finished at 1:00 AM, Sunday morning, in second place. We had maybe 7" of wheel travel in the front suspension and it was rough out there. I hope to have all new upgraded parts for the next race, but our schedule was so tight, I just didn’t have time to build everything from scratch. Altogether, we had three hours of down time, and only lost by one hour. Unbelievable!”

Dixon Bros Racing has been a family effort since the beginning. Jim Dixon (father) helps prep the vehicles and support the race team in the pits. The other side of Dixon Bros Racing would be the Ramirez Family. Manny and Andrea Ramirez, their Sons Ed and Phil, and grandson Andrew all help out from Co-driving and working on the race truck to firing up the BBQ after a long day on the course. Racing wouldn’t be possible without the Ramirez’s support.” Current Sponsors of Dixon Bros. Racing are Ford Truck Motorsports, Deaver Spring Company, Premier Racing Products (PRP), Radflo Suspension Technology and Off Road Warehouse (ORW). Considering what the Dixon Bros. have accomplished after only three weeks, there is little doubt that their list of sponsors will grow considerably before their next race.

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The next race for Dixon Bros. Racing is the Best in the Desert ‘Terrible’s Town 250, April 27-29 in Pahrump, Nevada.

 
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