Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion who finished seventh overall in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be competing in the first off-road race of his career when he competes in Saturday’s Henderson Fabtech Desert Classic.
Biffle, who will be sharing driving duties in the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R with Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges, is scheduled to start the race behind the wheel.
“This will be the first time I’ve ever competed in an off-road race, so I’m real excited about it,” said Biffle.
“I got to do a little bit of practice in the spring time when Ford was doing a promotional event with the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R race version truck and I enjoyed it so much I said, ‘Hey, I want to participate in a race,’ so this opportunity came up to run one of the Best in the Desert races on Dec. 5 in the Raptor."
Unlike NASCAR that only allows one driver in the car at a time, Biffle will be giving Philip Ryan, a race fan from Cadott, WI, the ride of his life.
Ryan, 59, was the winner of Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor Unleashed Sweepstakes and will get to sit in the Raptor’s third seat during Biffle’s leg of the race along with MacCachren.
“Yeah, they’ve got three seats in this Raptor, so they usually put a media person, a mechanic, or a contest winner in the vehicle, so that’s gonna be fun for them.”
Biffle also added that, “The plan is I’m going to start and Rob MacCachren is gonna be brave enough to ride with me. He’s gonna be my co-driver and I can’t think of anybody better to have in the right seat than him, talking to me about what to do and what-not-to-do. I’m looking forward to it. It’s gonna be fun.”