The Nevada Open Road Challenge took place on a remote, two-lane, 90-mile-long segment of Nevada State Highway 318 this past weekend. But rather than being another race to see who finishes a course the fastest, the goal for this event was average speed consistency. And entering were a pair of Buick engineers piloting a Regal GS in the 135 mph class — more difficult than the 120 mph class the team entered during the very similar Silver State Classic Challenge last September.
So, how’d they do? With lead development engineer Bill Rietow at the wheel and GS powertrain engineer John Townsend as navigator, the duo managed a second-place finish in the 135-mph class of this month’s Nevada Open Road Challenge, finishing within 0.4 seconds of their 40-minute target time.