LAKE TAHOE, CA MAY 28, 2014 Twelve years ago Nico Pecht was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) at the age of 24. MS is an incurable and debilitating disease that effects more than 2.5 million people world-wide. Over time it has become more and more difficult for Nico to enjoy his time four-wheeling, but with the help of Rory Romero and friends, he has spent the last 7 years dedicated to building his dream machine that is now being raced in the Ultra4 series under driver of record Rory Romero. “Our intention is to raise awareness about this incurable disease so we can find the cure,” said Nico. “I want to make a footprint on this earth. I want to let people know what happens so they can get involved and help. I don’t want to just sit here.”
When Nico made the comment to Rory about starting a race team while working on the rig one night just under a year ago, it didn’t take long for a group of dedicated team members to jump on board and support the now known MS Racing Team. The original plan was to compete at the Ultra4 National Race at the end of 2013, but the timeline came and went. The next opportunity to race was the final round of the NorCal Rock Racing event where Rory drove and Nico was the co-driver. “The first jump that we aired out over we giggled, and I think we were still giggling two days later about that!” remembers Rory.
The 2014 Smittybilt Every Man Challenge Legends Class had a car that started unnoticed by many, and although #4813 didn’t cross the finish line, they were winners. The full story can be found at www.ms4x4racing.com/2014/2014-king-of-the-hammers “The whole experience was awesome. Almost a blur! It was so exciting, there was so much going on and driving in the dust was incredible. We got back to camp and I fell asleep on my helmet with my suit still on at 8:30pm,” said Rory.
Other than a small electrical fire, the car did awesome. Rory got to take Nico out in the car on Saturday trail wheeling around Johnson Valley. ”He rode with me all day, he was stoked and had a lot of fun! We brought it back in one piece, almost. I’m looking forward to next year, we worked our asses off to modify the car and we’re happy with the results. Hopefully we will finish next year but anything can happen. We can’t thank everyone enough for your support in helping us get here and fulfill Nico’s dream in being part of the off-road world.”
2014 has already proved to be a successful year for the MS Racing Team beyond officially staring the Ultra4 King of the Hammers race. The car is currently featured in the GoPro Ad running in the May Dirt Sports and CRAWL Magazine included a photo of the car as part of the 2014 King of the Hammers coverage. The team has raced the NorCal Rock Racing Round 1 in the 4400 Class and will be racing in the 2014 Ultra4 MetalCloak NorCal Stampede.
Nico Pecht: “We don’t only provide a talented race team willing to do what it takes to succeed but the story we hold is incomparable to what you typically see in a motorsports race team. We invite you to join us on this journey and together we can create a mark on society that will remain long after we are gone. It’s the footprint we leave behind that matters.”
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