Diesel Power Challenge 2019, Day 1: Registration – #DPC2019
Trucks Roll In, Stickers Roll Out
Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP began on Sunday in the same fashion that it always does: With a long line of trucks and teams ready to register for the event. For the first year in recent history, all 10 of the voted-upon teams arrived at our host hotel before registration closed at 5:00 PM local time, meaning our hopeful alternate, Chris Patterson, unfortunately will not be selected to compete. However, Chris and his teammates are welcome to join in the #DPC2019 festivities throughout the week as we travel around the foothills near Denver, Colorado.
Chris was actually the first to register, arriving right at our 1:00 PM start time. The other competitors closely followed, with the last to arrive being our returning champion, Kody Pulliam.
And as usual, after getting registered, photographed, and interviewed by our video team, the competition headed out to the parking lot, where the Truck Trend Network's event support van was waiting for them. There, each truck was stickered with the competitor's name and number, as well as regalia from each of the sponsors for DPC 2019: XDP, Amsoil, ARP, ATS Diesel Performance, Banks, Fury Off-Road Tires, KC HiLiTES, PPE, Universal Technical Institute, and Victor Reinz.
While in the parking lot, our field of competitors checked out each other's trucks and bonded over commonalities and differences between their machines. That camaraderie would continue into the night as the party progressed to ATS Diesel Performance's headquarters in nearby Arvada, Colorado. There, the ATS team rolled out the red carpet (or purple carpet, more appropriately), welcoming us with pizza, snacks, and beverages. After a quick rundown of the event by Diesel Power Editor KJ Jones, the ATS Diesel Performance shop tour began. Curious parties got to see where ATS creates its transmissions, manufactures its turbos, and dyno-tests everything from its built transmissions to street and competition pickups. ATS owner Clint Cannon gave the tour himself, joined by representatives from our other sponsors. We return to ATS on Day 2 to put that chassis dyno to the test in our fuel-consumption and drivability evaluation.
As usual, Day 1 of DPC was a success, ending with bellies full of good food, trucks full of stickers, and heads full of diesel-supremacy dreams. Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP kicks off in earnest on Monday morning.