King of the Hammers has announced an all-new race that will take place at the event in 2019, and it’s the first to involve no rock crawling.
The Toyo Tires Desert Invitational Presented by Monster Energy is a traditional open-desert race, much like what we see in SCORE and BITD racing. Four-wheel drive is not required for these trucks, a first for any vehicle competing at KOH, and the overall winner’s purse is set at $100,000, the largest ever offered for a single off-road race according to KOH.
The driver’s list is a who’s who of desert racing, and includes names like Rob MacCachren, Tavo Vildosola, Robby Gordon, Andy McMillin, Bryce Menzies, BJ Baldwin, Troy Herbst and more.
The second place racer will take home $15,000 while third place is good for $10,000. Qualifying and the race will all take place on the same day, Thursday February 3. The winning purse for the main ULTRA4 race has also been increased to $100,000 this year.
“When some of the top names in desert racing said they’d like to come to California and take part in KOH Week, of course we wanted to find a way to not only include them but showcase their trucks and their talent,” said King of the Hammers founder, Dave Cole. “We’ve partnered with Toyo Tires and Monster Energy to create a race and purse unlike anything else in off-road currently or in the sport’s history. Our goal is to give both the drivers and fans an exciting new experience. We look forward to expanding the KOH model of engaged and accessible onsite spectator opportunities as well as world class LIVE race coverage.”
The KOH week is packed with racing, and some events were shifted to accommodate the new race. The Every Man Challene featuring the 4800 Legends, 4500 Modified and 4600 Stock ULTRA4 classes will move to Wednesday, while the UTV race has been moved to Sunday, February 3.