FEATURED RACERS

Mike “The Mammal” Mamelli Jr

PROFESSIONAL RACER
President/Founder of MRT Off-Road
Instagram: @mrtoffroad2020
Website: MRTOff-Road.com
SANDCRAFT Customer Since 2016
September 2020 Featured Racer

GET TO KNOW THE RACER

What SANDCRAFT Motorsport products are you currently using?
SANDCRAFT’s differential kits with some super strong carrier bearings have been a staple to keeping our car finishing every race consistently for over a year of racing four circuits and five cars. We have also experienced good results with SANDCRAFT’s drive shafts and we are eager to test other products.

How long have you been using SANDCRAFT Motorsports products?
MRT OFF-ROAD has been using SANDCRAFT’s products since 2016-2017 BITD, SCORE, AZOP and LOORS circuits.

What do you like most about SANDCRAFT Motorsports products?
What I like most about SANDCRAFT products are the consistency in quality. So much planning and engineering was properly done so that all of their parts and products pass the “snake oil” exam! SANDCRAFT provides expert quality control and superior customer support and it shows in their products and our results! The proof is in the pudding!

What were some of your recent races? How did they go?
Our most recent races have been limited with COVID-19 regulations but we have managed to still finish all BITD in Parker, AZ, the Laughlin, NV night race, Vegas to Reno and The Mint 400! Texplex has been introduced this year and has a great facility. Also, Lucas Off-Road Racing has been good for our teammates Ryder & Robert VanBeekum. We are sitting good with points with three races left. We are in striking distance for a top 5 in the most competitive class in the world in BITD UTV PRO Turbo and we are looking great in Unlimited UTV.

What are some of your upcoming races? What are you looking forward to?
We are seriously looking forward to the next 30 days but it’s gonna be a logistical challenge. We have BITD Jagged X Race in Laughlin, NV with a super cross heat format with LCQ and finals. Awesomeness. Then we got the SCORE BAJA 500. And after that the UTV World Championships! Super pumped! It’s proving grounds for this round and we have momentum!

How long have you been racing?
I’ve been racing since conception! I was born to race! 48 years old and competitive for 40 of them. BMX with ABA in Orange Track with Brandon Sperling and Roghy Gordon driven by Norm Sperling was really my foundation. These guys were already cool and raced funny cars. Rad. After that it was racing CR 60s at OCIR, then CR 80s in Saddleback and then moving to Parker, AZ in the ’80s! I was watching my neighbors Parnelli Jones and Walker Evans race the Parker 400 and then Honda rolls out the 3 wheeler with balloon tires. That evolved to badass, fast water cooled blue seaters that we desert raced and drag raced. I eventually came back to the beach and surfed competitively… kinda. I sucked. But that led me to Scarab Racing, Pacific offshore water ski racing and offshore boat racing! It was always in me to race. In Glamis I was a long time favorite in the mid ’80s to early ’90s. My twin turbo Porsche 911 that ran on alcohol was a beast! From there I went to quad racing, sand racing, jet ski racing and now UTV racing. I just want to GO FAST ALL THE TIME! Man, I’m excited just flashing back!

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