It was announced yesterday that Jay Leno will be participating in the 2017 Mint 400 scheduled to take place the first week of March. The “Denim Chin” as he’s often referred to will be co-driving a “nearly stock” Toyota Tacoma TRD PRO that’s been tuned by Camburg Engineering. Jay will be covering the first half of the race with his navigator Ryan Millen and then he will pass the keys over to Jerry Zaiden and his navigator Fred Williams.

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Photo: mint400

Leno is an avid automotive enthusiast and has been his entire life. His success as a stand-up comedian and late night talk show host has allowed him to pursue his gearhead passions in ways that most of us can only dream of. Not only does he have a massive warehouse to store all of his many different cars, but he also has shows on both the internet and TV that he gets to feature and share those cars with other gearheads of the world.

Speaking of the show Jay Leno’s Garage, it was also announced that Jay will be shooting the entire race to be featured on the show, which will bring this type of racing to millions of viewers that wouldn’t normally see something like this. Granted there have been major advancements with live streaming capabilities like what we’ve been seeing with the 2017 King of Hammers. But even still, it really doesn’t give you a full perspective as to how long and brutal these types of races really are.

Leno standing with fellow Toyota driver and former Mint Champion Bj Baldwin Photo: mint400
Leno standing with fellow Toyota driver and former Mint Champion Bj Baldwin
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I was in attendance at the 2016 Mint 400 and it was without a doubt something that every gearhead must experience in their lifetime, at least once. There are no specific dates listed yet as to when this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage would air, but the Mint 400 festivities start on Wednesday, March 1st and the main event is the following Friday. I look forward to seeing how both Leno and the Tacoma TRD PRO handle the brutal desert terrain.