Parker, AZ – Despite hours of testing and careful preparation by the Greene Motorsport team, a belt drive issue would only develop after two solid laps of the brutally tough, Best in the Desert Parker 425 course. Without warning, every serpentine belt they installed was shredded after only a couple of miles. They replaced 8 serpentine belts and 4 oil pump belts before they ran out of spares ending their day. “We would see the oil pressure start to drop and knew it had shredded another belt,” said Ryan Greene, driver of the Greene Motorsport Kinetik Trick Truck, “We had bits of shredded belt all over the engine.”
Their race began with Ryan behind the wheel for the first lap. “I had a good lap,” said Ryan, “It ran really smooth like a Cadillac. The FOX shocks handled the rough stuff perfectly, I barely knew it was there. I stayed smooth and tried not to knock the tires off and it paid off with a good lap. On the second lap I got in with Rhys Millen to watch and learn from one of the best. I couldn’t ask for a better driving instructor. He is a great teacher and one of the best drivers I have ever seen. He is a great fit for our team. I was riding with Rhys when we developed the belt problem so I was the lucky one working on a hot engine trying to get us to the finish.”
Rhys and Ryan Millen have both brought their talents to the Greene Motorsport team; Rhys doing some driving and Ryan as a navigator getting the team up to speed with rally style navigation. The belt issue ruined what was to be a great day of racing for the team. “The Parker 425 is a tough race,” says Rhys, “Everyone on the team was positive for a solid finish. After two and a half laps the truck was strong and showing no signs of getting tired. Both Ryan and I gained some important time behind the wheel with Ryan having a solid first lap. The Mint 400 is next for us and with a few more test days scheduled I am confident we will be ready to bring home a strong result.”
The team executed well at the Parker 425. The belt issue has already been resolved so they head to The Mint 400 on March 12-16 confident that the trucks performance will live up to expectations.
Photography By: Bink Designs