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The Great Food Truck Race, Season 3: Behind the Scenes of the Premiere

Get an inside look at the truckers' challenges and relive the most memorable moments from "3,559 Miles to a Dream," the premiere of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race.
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An Unprecedented Season

Unlike past seasons that recruited industry professionals, this year's eight teams of contestants are brand-new to the world of food trucks, never having owned or worked on a truck before. Competing in the race this season are (L-R) Pop-A-Waffle, Barbie Babes, Coast of Atlanta, Momma's Grizzly Grub, Pizza Mike's, Under the Crust, Nonna's Kitchenette and Seoul Sausage.

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High-Stakes Trucking

On the first day of the competition, the contestants arrive in Long Beach, Calif., to meet host Tyler Florence, who reveals this season's ultimate grand prize: $50,000 and permanent ownership of the winning team's truck. Though each team is confident in its plans to win, Tyler warns, "This is going to be the hardest thing you have ever done."

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Off to the Race

Before the competition begins, the teams take off running to see their food trucks for the first time. For some this truck is the realization of a years-long dream, while for others it's the chance to leave dead-end jobs and pursue their passion.

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Pizza Mike's On-the-Go

After his award-winning Italian restaurant suffered a devastating fire, Mike Evans was forced to close its doors after years in the business. This truck gives him and his friends Pat Snyder and Carlo Borgia a second chance at success. "We're rocking and rolling," Mike says. "We're back in the game."

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