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Norman Motorsports

Roger Norman and the Norman Motorsports Team started racing in 2008 and can be considered Relatively new in comparison to most. Successful victories include 2008 Baja 1000 Champion, 2008 Primm 300 Champion, 2010 Mint 400 Champion and countless other podium wins. The back story of this sport’s people, can, upon examination, be a very fascinating thing. Their collective roots stretch deep and wide over an incredible array of the entire motorsports landscape. A perfect case in point is new Trophy-Truck driver Roger Norman.
His name may not be familiar to all, but his background is the stuff of racing royalty. His mother is Fran Muncey and his late stepfather is Bill Muncey, the family that for years fielded some of the fastest, most radical Unlimited hydroplane racing boats ever to assault the water. Remember the Miss Thriftway, Atlas Van Lines, Miller-American and Circus-Circus boats? Yep, those are the famous Unlimiteds of the Muncey family–a family that won 100 race victories and 15 gold cups. Roger’s father Don R. Norman liked speed too, and he fielded a team in the old IMSA sports car series that won such important races as the 24 Hours of LeMans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. One thing that Roger’s father and step-father had in common was off-roading. Both men enjoyed taking dune buggies around the off-road wonderland near their San Diego, Calif. homes. But instead of indulging his quest to try off-road racing, from a young age Roger concentrated instead on building his construction and real estate business along with his high school sweetheart, Elise.
The couple married and later moved to Reno, Nev., to take advantage of the area’s real estate opportunities.
By 1996, business was good and Roger entered the Vegas to Reno race with motorcycle icon Chris Haines in a Class 1 car. Both wives were the only pit crew they had. The duo finished 4th in class and 15th overall. He soon found himself part of Rod Hall’s factory-backed Hummer team in 1998, and by 1999, he and Hall had won the BITD championship along with such races as the Vegas to Reno, Silver State 300 and Terribles Town 250.
In the year 2000 Norman and Hall raced the Nevada 2000 and Baja 2000 finishing second and fifth respectively. In 2001 Roger teamed up with Rod Hall’s son Chad in the factory backed GM Hummer to take first place in the Baja 1000. The Baja 1000 has been good to Roger. he claimed a 4th place finish in the Wide Open Baja Challenge in 2004 co-driving with Bob Sutton, Rod Millen and actor Paul Newman.
In 2005 Norman teamed up again with Sutton, Millen and Mike “Mouse” McCoy for a first place finish in the Wide Open Baja Challenge class. Roger and Elise, recently restored the original Crystal Bay Club Casino on north Lake Tahoe.
Once the casino was running smoothly Roger decided it was time to tackle the bucket list by creating his own race team. In 2008 Norman Motorsports was created to facilitate Roger’s quest to race in the unlimited class in the Score Desert Racing Series. Roger started by building a team that included the legendary Baja racer Larry Roeseler.
In the first year they won the Primm 300 and Baja 1000 overall, also finishing second in the Score points championship. In 2009 they had podium finishes throughout the year and finished second overall in the legendary Baja 1000.
Wrapping up the 2009 season with back to back second place finishes in the Score Trophy Truck points championship. The first quarter of 2010 is looking bright for Norman Motorsports.
At the Las Vegas Mint 400 the team qualified number one, started from the pole position and led the 61 unlimited competitors from start to finish. Winning the 2010 Mint 400 overall with a 9+ minute lead on corrected time.