Falken Continues to Compete at King of the Hammers

Feb. 7, 2019

The SAVVY Off-Road team is again rolling on Falken WildPeak M/T tires during this year's King of the Hammers race week.

“SAVVY Off-Road has been racing with Falken Tires since 2012, and during our time with them, they’ve earned six overall wins and eight class wins in the Ultra4 Every Man Challenge,” says Brandon Barberena, Falken Tire Corp.'s supervisor of light truck and off-road events. This year the SAVVY team is competing in both the 4500 and 4600 classes. Returning to Falken in the 4500 Class is driver Dan Fresh and co-driver Mike Kim of SAVVY Off-Road, who took first place overall in the 2018 Every Man Challenge, where only 12 teams out of 135 finished.   

New to Falken this year, but a veteran of King of the Hammers, is an entry in the 4600 Class, a Falken-wrapped Jeep Wrangler JK, driven by Jon Shaffer of RPM Extreme with co-driver Logan Slykhuis.

Both vehicles will be running DOT-approved Falken WildPeak M/T tires.

The 4600 class features stock vehicles and the new Wrangler JK entered was built by SAVVY. It is restricted to a stock wheelbase and drivetrain along with stock frame and body. Axles can be changed and a 14-inch wheel travel limit is permitted as are 35-inch-tall DOT tires. One shock and one hydraulic bump stop are allowed per corner, though no coilover suspension.  

The 4500 Class modified vehicle driven by Fresh is allowed to run 37-inch-tall WildPeak tires.  

The full week of off-road events continues through February 9. 

“As always, we look forward to this event as the beginning of the off-road season, and we’re very excited to be again partner with SAVVY Off-Road,” Falken's Barberena says. “We’re running with winners here and we know our Falken WildPeaks are up for the job of taking our teams through some of the toughest desert surfaces and rock crawling conditions to victory.”

In all, 11 vehicles competing in the event are riding on Falken WildPeak M/T tires.

The 13th running of the King of the Hammers week attracts more than 30,000 spectators and participants with multiple races held throughout the week including Can AM UTV, the Every Man Challenge, Desert Invitational truck race and King of the Hammers. For more information, visit www.ultra4racing.com.