race-deZert.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 The 49-Hour Race That Began in a Walmart Parking Lot | Part 3 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-49-hour-race-that-began-in-a-walmart-parking-lot-part-3-116483.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-49-hour-race-that-began-in-a-walmart-parking-lot-part-3-116483.html#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:00:10 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116483 ]]> Jim Graham is co-founder of Desert Dingo Racing – http://www.desertdingo.com. They are making their fifth attempt at the Baja 1000. They are avid supporters of grass roots racing and we asked him to write a diary of the team’s experience at this year’s Baja 1000.

Race day…

It’s 9:31 p.m. on the first night of the race and I’m sitting in the back of the Westie at RM 203 with my Iridium Go! chiming away with updates. It’s mostly bad news. We’d already swapped out a leaking valve cover gasket at the Mag 7 pit at RM 70. Not what we wanted this early in the race.

Now we’ve got a transmission issue and the team is planning to swap it out.

I felt good about our chances this year. Maybe too good, and that might have been the mistake. The team was in the best shape it had ever been in. Everyone had been to Mexico before, so that first year culture shock wasn’t going to be an issue.

The car was in great shape, too. It pretty much rolled off the trailer ready to race and the team could relax our first night in Ensenada. We’ve got a 18 page checklist we developed with the help of a process engineer to go through the car to prep it for a race. The team started working through it on Tuesday and wrapped it up Wednesday night.

Naturally you look at your competition. Project Baja was the new guys, running their first race. Dennis Hollenbeck (our host) was only in his second year of racing, but his car was solid. Nine-time winner (and our mentor when we got started racing) Eric Solorzano is always a wild card. And there was another late entry I didn’t know much about.

“We’re in pretty good shape,” I thought.

By 10 p.m. Chase 3 had reached the car, attached a tow rope and gotten permission from BFG Pits to use their pit to do the transmission swap. Most of the rest of the team with me piled into Chase 1 and headed back north on Highway 1 to help with repairs.

The math wasn’t looking good. The leader, Dennis Hollenbeck, was nearly 70 miles ahead of us, it was probably going to take a couple of hours to swap the trans out, and checkpoints and pits would start closing within an hour. On the plus side, the folks at Mag 7 Pit 3 told us they were spending the night on site and that we should honk when we pull in and they’d wake up and get us our next seven gallons of fuel. Still, if our average time to complete the race climbs over 30 mph, we’ve realistically got no shot at finishing, and then it’s a question of how far we want to go before we run out of gas.

The team never gives up. Gil Medrano and Chuck Gianni, who’d take the car off the start line, drove 158 with a break.  The team get the engine out and realize that the transmission was good, but the clutch had disintegrated. First time we’d had that happen in seven years of racing. They swap out the clutch from the spare trans, get the engine back in and 1107 is moving again.


It’s almost 3 a.m. when 1107 makes it to the Mag 7 pit. As promised, they came out and filled us up. Toby (driving) and Cyrus (co-dogging) drove another couple of miles and met us all at the road crossing at RM203 to look at our options. At this point the odds of us finishing the race within the time limit was about zero, but we decided to make a run for Mag 7 Pit 4. If they were there and we could get fuel, we might be able to keep going.

“Just go,” I said. “We’ll figure something out.” It’s starting to feel like that first Mad Max movie where you attack people for their fuel.

1107 takes off into the dark. Chase 3 shows up a few minutes later and Romy and Jenn, who’d been driving it, climb into the back of the Westie and are immediately asleep in the back. I pull out for San Quintin where we’ll meet back up with the car and Romy and Jenn will swap in for the next leg.

Naturally, I didn’t check my phone for updates til I got there, only to learn we busted a front spindle six miles after leaving us at the road crossing.

That’s it. We’re done. Game over. Even if we repair it (we did) our shot at finishing within the time limit is gone.

We all agree to meet at the Pemex in Colonet. There’s a taco stand next to it. The team eats. Some local kids come by and climb on the car, which is parked next to the trailer. I sit in the Westie by myself for a bit. I’m not mad we’ve timed out, but when you’ve spent the last two months prepping for one race like it’s your second job, I just needed a little time alone to let go of the frustration.


Eric Solorzano says “If you’re not in this to win it, what’s the point?” That’s where I’m coming from, too. I don’t like losing. But there’s no money in being mad or depressed when it happens.

The kids come over asking for stickers. I root around the Westie and give them the last of our hero cards.

We’ll win it next year. Now it’s time to eat some tacos.


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Winter Cometh: Frozen Rush 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/winter-cometh-frozen-rush-2015-116217.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/winter-cometh-frozen-rush-2015-116217.html#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:00:40 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116217 ]]> frozen_rush_bryce-menzies_header

The coolest thing about Redbull’s Frozen Rush is that it takes Pro-4’s (Arguably the most dynamic vehicle on the planet) into a totally unique environment exposing it to an entirely new audience. Taking off-road racing to a ski resort in Maine is the type of totally outside the box thinking that will grow the sport of short course off-road racing. The course is a winter wonder land for off-road racing with massive jumps, banked corners and downhill straight always. Last years format pitted two drivers head to head on the same course staggered by 25 seconds with an over under jump intersection made of snow and ice. This year’s format will be similar with a few new surprises in the totally revamped course. The spectacle of Pro-4’s with custom BFGoodrich spiked tires ripping through the snow and ice coupled with the sound of 900 horse power engines thundering as they echo through the ski resort is something you should witness in person. But if you can’t make it out in person the entire event will be streamed live as well as broadcast on NBC as part of the Redbull Signature series.

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You can watch last years show here:

Last year Ricky Johnson narrowly bested the field but now has added competition including former FMX champion and current Pro-2 Champion Brian Deegan, Former Pro-Lite Champion RJ Anderson, and Pro-Lite Champion Chad Hord. Basically the field is stacked with short course champions and top competitors including Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies, Johnny Greaves, Carl Renezeder, Scott Douglas, Rob MacCachren, and Todd LeDuc. Let’s see if Ricky can pull another win out of his bag of tricks or if Greaves, MacCachren, or the entire field of hungry competitors can push him off the top of the podium.

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If you going to do a winter trip and get some snowboarding in you might as well make your trip to Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine and get your off-road racing itch scratched for the winter! The event takes place January 8-9, 2015 at Sunday River Ski resort in Maine, just a few short hours north of Boston.

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You can book reservations here:


And be sure to tell them you came for the off-road racing!

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Consistency is Key as Travis PeCoy Finishes Off the 2014 Season http://www.race-dezert.com/home/consistency-is-key-as-travis-pecoy-finishes-off-the-2014-season-116478.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/consistency-is-key-as-travis-pecoy-finishes-off-the-2014-season-116478.html#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:58:15 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116478 ]]> The Octane Junkie Travis PeCoy and the entire FMF Modified Kart team rolled out the red carpet and pulled out all the stops for the 15th and final round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the one and only Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.


Showing his support for Breast Cancer Research, Travis PeCoy unveiled a new livery for the final rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) by wrapping the FMF Modified Kart #573 in an unmistakable shade of pink in order to insure the capacity crowd took note.


After a rain delay postponed a race earlier in the season, Lake Elsinore would play host to three rounds of racing action including the one and only LOORRS Challenge Cup.  By far the LOORRS Challenge Cup is the most anticipated race of the year on the West Coast, not only does it draw the largest field and thousands of spectators, its also located in Travis PeCoy’s backyard!


After constantly laying down the fastest lap times and proving that he can run at the front of the field, Travis PeCoy positioned himself at the front of the starting grid.  At this point in the season, Travis had a lot to lose.  Barring totally catastrophic failure, the FMF Modified Kart #573 was positioned just out of reach of clinching a Modified Kart Championship for 2014, yet close enough to throw away an amazingly consistent and successful season.


I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little bummed finishing 1 spot off of the podium both days”, mentioned PeCoy.  “It’s the consistency of this entire team that has led us to this point and I couldn’t be more pumped with how I raced today, the car was flawless, we just ran into some bad luck along the way”.  Although the young Octane Junkie wouldn’t see the podium in Round 15 or in the LOORRS Challenge Cup, he did remain optimistic about his 4th place finishes.  “We got great starts and for one reason or another we would end up getting tangled up with another car and shuffled to the back of the pack.  We battled all the way back from the back of the pack so many times I can’t even count, but we are here and we made it and that’s what matters”, PeCoy went on to say.


Travis PeCoy would finish off the weekend with a tight lock on the third place position in the championship points battle brining the 2014 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series to an end.


Travis commented “This year has been great, I really couldn’t ask for a better team and better sponsors to stand behind me.  I’m already planning for next year and believe me; I’m going to come back stronger and harder than ever.  2015 is going to be another year of consistency and success”. 



Travis PeCoy would like to thank all of the loyal partners that chose to support the Travis PeCoy Racing Modified Kart #573 – FMF/Octane Junkies, Action Sports Canopies, Oakley, CMI Precision, ThyssenKrupp Materials, PurOl, Ello Gum and Troy Lee Designs.

About Travis PeCoy:

13 year old Travis PeCoy has been around racing since his early diaper days. Father Bobby PeCoy is an experienced Pro Buggy driver with a strong history of placings in the old CORR and the current LOORRS racing divisions. Travis gained interest early on and jumped in eagerly to the Junior Kart division. After some years of on-track education, young PeCoy found his way to the podium and eventually winning races. After a stellar 2012 Junior Kart season, PeCoy-Racing decided it was time to move up to the even more competitive Modified Kart class. With a bright season ahead of him, and some fast lap times to boot, Travis has full focus on his new race truck, which seems to get faster every race.

Each race is a complete family experience with Dad Bobby calling the shots, Mom Tina handling operations & hospitality, Big Rick keeping the truck dialed in and a whole host of friends and family coming together for support.

2013 has seen early success with Travis back on top of that familiar podium position, as well as appearances in some new avenues including the Robby Gordon Stadium Super Truck series. Oakley has chosen Travis to be one of a limited number of supported drivers in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, along with FMF Racing promoting Travis as a featured young upstart in their new “Octane Junkies” collection.

When Travis is not burning laps, he’s splitting time between football, lacrosse, hanging out with a great group of friends and capturing all forms of racing action through the lens of his own camera.

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BLACK RHINO/RACERX MOTORSPORTS SPONSORED #1930 UTV BAJA 1000 RACE REPORT!! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/black-rhinoracerx-motorsports-sponsored-1930-utv-baja-1000-race-report-116448.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/black-rhinoracerx-motorsports-sponsored-1930-utv-baja-1000-race-report-116448.html#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:25:54 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116448 ]]> Black Rhino Logo PRRacer X Logo PR

NOVEMBER 24, 2014-


This past week the #1930 UTV of Cook Off Road Racing traveled south to beautiful Baja Mexico to challenge the SCORE Baja 1000. The team arrived on Monday and settled in for some last minute testing in their new 2015 Polaris XP 1000 4 seater. The new car was recently delivered from Fabwerx Chassis; the team headed by Crew Chief Jeff Correia handled all the final prep before the long trip to Baja.

Testing went well and plenty of seat time was found for the drivers, Sean Cook and his two sons Colton and Brendan Cook. No major adjustments were needed before race day. The team was invited into the RPM racing shop for some last minute tire mounts; Sean, Colton and Brendan enjoyed hanging out with all the guys from RPM. What a great group of racers.

The rest of the team arrived late Tuesday afternoon along with their new driver and sponsor Jesus “Chucho” Leon from Polaris Villa Hermosa in Merida Yucatan. The team got right down to business and started working logistics for the Baja Peninsula run; Jesus brought his chase team up from Cabo which consisted of an additional 4 chase vehicles. The game plan was for Cook Racing to get the car from the start line down to mm 900 where Jesus’s team would take over and continue down to La Paz. The plan was set, only thing left was tech, registration and then race day.

Tech and registration were Wednesday; the usual carnival atmosphere was to be had. The team has learned from previous tech days that you must arrive early. Sean and co-driver Todd Latronica had the race car in line at about 5 am, perfect! The line grew quickly behind them. The decision to arrive early meant the team was finished with tech and back at the beach house by 3pm. The drivers attended the mandatory drivers meeting while the rest of the crew finished packing the chase trucks for the long journey south.

Race day came early on Thursday morning but since the team was all packed up and they enjoyed a late starting time the usual stress was not to be found. The team made their way to Ensenada for a 2:30 green flag. Sean and Todd left the line in the 7th place draw. Driver and co-driver had discussed their strategy in great detail and as soon as they took the green flag they began implementing it. The duo had made the decision to allow most of the field to get past them as quickly as possible; Sean felt he needed some time to really find his rhythm with the new race car. Their decision paid off well as they found their way through the back streets of Ensenada, then onto Ojos Negros and beyond.

The car started really coming to them after about 100 miles. The team experienced no issues with the car, all systems were go! The King Shocks were soaking up the bumps with ease and the Hellwig sway bar provided unbelievable stability through the turns. The Muzzy exhaust gave the vehicle that unique Muzzy sound and performance. The Madigan long travel kit was flawless. The race car slid over all course obstacles with the protection provided by Factory UTV skid plates. Sean and Todd were very comfortable strapped into their Twisted Stitch seats and belts. The chase truck was able to navigate their way down the Baja Peninsula without worry of refueling due to the new addition of their Transfer Flow 109 gallon fuel tank. Another new toy for the chase team was the new Grizzly ice chest, which meant ice cold SPEED Energy drinks for days. The grip on the new Driven Steering Wheel allowed Sean to keep firm control of the vehicle.

At mm 300 it was time to turn the car over to Sean’s son Colton Cook and his co-driver, fellow SPEED Energy driver, David Jackson. The new drivers quickly exited the pits and roared off into the Baja darkness. The chase team loaded up and headed out to their next pit located in Catavina. After a few hours of waiting for the car to show up, the chase team finally got word that Colton had driven the car into a silt bed and hit a buried rut. The impact caused a flat front tire as well as damaging a heim joint and front C.V joint. Colton and Dave were forced to make some repairs in order to limp the damaged vehicle back to the pits. Upon reaching the pits the team under the leadership of interim crew chief Brian got right to work. They made the car new again and sent Colton and Dave back onto course. A short time after leaving the pits a rock became lodged in the rear caliper causing a major brake failure. This did not phase Colton who blasted across the Baja desert for over 50 miles with no brakes; the kid has talent! Colton brought the race vehicle into the pits at mm 600 where his brother Brendan “Ayrton” Cook and his co-driver Steve Medley took over the car. Unfortunately Brendan and Steve only made it to mm 638 before suffering a major engine failure. The team was devastated by the news as it was announced over the radio that their Baja run had come to an end.

Unfortunately new team driver Jesus Leon was never able to pilot the car as planned but being a seasoned driver Jesus new of the odds. Jesus was extremely impressed with the perseverance and never quit attitude of the team and has vowed to return for the 2015 season.

As always Cook Off Road Racing would like to thank their many sponsors and friends who make this adventure possible; SPEED Energy Drinks, Hellwig Products, Black Rhino / Racer X, Rigid Industries, KING Off Road Shocks, Twisted Stitch Seats, Optima Batteries, GBC Motorsports, Torco Oils, Muzzy Performance, OMF Performance, Factory UTV, CryoHeat Treatment, Transfer Flow Tanks, Madigan suspension, Fabtech Motor Sports, Grizzly Coolers, Hill Media Group, Polaris Villa Hermosa Cycle Centers, Holt of Ca Polaris, Alba Racing, Ram Mounts, Bert’s Mega Mall, Summers Bros Racing, BRE Racing, NAPA Auto Parts, One Stop CNC, Red House BBQ, Cal Hot Coating, Griffin Radiators, Dirty DNA Clothing, Wet sounds, Driven Steering Wheels, D & D Graphx, the UTVunderground and of course Polaris Industries.

At Black Rhino Inc. and Racer X Motorsports, we have a passion for all forms of motorsports that is unmatched by anyone in our industry. From communications to safety, tear down to prep, providing fuel stations to race support, we meet the racers needs. We offer tons of products for ALL Side X Sides and a full showroom and website for your shopping convenience. We have a full service and installation center, an on-site fabricator, and a sales staff that is ready to help make your dream Side X Side a reality. Visit us today at 9303 Bond Ave. El Cajon, Ca. 92021 or log onto our website at www.blackrhinoperformance.com. You can also visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlackRhinoFanPage.

Black Rhino: Setting the trend for today’s EXTREME Side X Sides.

Drivers needing help with logistics or more info can contact Kenny Osborn at 619-561-5000 or email him at Kenny@blackrhinoperformance.com

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Half done! El Martillo Racing http://www.race-dezert.com/home/half-done-el-martillo-racing-116442.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/half-done-el-martillo-racing-116442.html#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:17:11 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116442 ]]> Half done!

Last week, El Martillo Racing’s Team Manager Nicolas Ambriz and Pit Boss Scott Rattray, finished a hard 3 weeks work, the last step on our way to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the 2015 Dakar Rally.

Unlike last year, the Race Car was shipped from the US to Le Havre, France, by ship, in order to accomplish the scrutineering process beside the Chase Trucks and T5 to be shipped again now to Argentina. In the process, two key men of the team had to unload the entire contents from the US-France ship and set it up as it will be used in the Dakar 2015.

With cold weather (for a Mexican) and communication/language issues, Ambriz and Rattray successfully got through the process which was the last step in the team´s journey to its 2nd participation in the world´s toughest and longest off road race.

The process getting to this point has being difficult and extreme, if we remember under what type of conditions the vehicles and parts were sent, in the middle of the worst natural disaster ever at the teams base of Los Cabos, Mexico namely Hurricane Odile, this was quite an effort. A credit to the determination and never give up attitude of Team El Martillo.

645 cars were part of the loading and scrutineering in Le Havre, France, boarding the “Grande Amburgo” Ro-Ro to start the 21 day journey to South America to be unloaded around December 31st, 4 days before the start.

El Martillo Racing is proud of the team, it’s response to the many challenges both expected and unexpected and looks forward to once again being competitors and participants in the toughest off-road Rally Raid event on the planet.

We are almost there!


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WRC: Wales Rally GB 2014 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/wrc-wales-rally-gb-2014-116117.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/wrc-wales-rally-gb-2014-116117.html#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:21:39 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116117 ]]> wales-rally-wrc
Wales Rally GB was the 13th and final stop for the 2014 World Rally Championship series. The rally took place on the rolling country side of Wales, over three days, twenty three all gravel stages and a little under 850 miles. Although the stages felt very intuitive to the drivers where they can easily adapt to the rhythm of throwing their cars into the corners, the weather brought the biggest challenge.

It’s Wales in the fall, whether it rains or not, the gravel roads were going to remain damp. Over the course of the rally the leading driver had the advantage of carving out the path for the remaining competitors, who then had to adjust to driving with limited traction and expecting the lack of it mid-way through a corner.

On the first day of the rally, Jari-Matti Latvala was mere seconds behind the leader, until he overshot the braking point into a tight turn, stalled his car while braking backwards and ended up in a ditch with the spoiler torn off. This hick-up led to three minutes lost and the lack of downforce on the back of the car. After more problems with a damper in stage 13 and slippery conditions throughout the remainder of Wales Rally, Jari-Matti Latvala placed 8th overall.

After a tight battle between Mads Ostberg and Mikko Hirvonen for the second place on the podium, Hirvonen kept his M-Sport Ford pinned to the floor with close misses and finished 2nd overall. After a 12 year career, 4 times runner up to Sebastian Loeb, 163 times behind the wheel, Wales Rally GB was Mikko Hirovenen’s final WRC rally, he’ll be retiring with the close of the 2014 WRC season.

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Sebastian Ogier established the lead early on Friday, although a close call with the a chicane which left his mirror broken off and door dented, he remained and held on to the first place throughout the remainder of Rally Great Britain, finishing first and leading by 37.6 seconds.

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Federico Montes Shop Tour http://www.race-dezert.com/home/federico-montes-shop-tour-80164.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/federico-montes-shop-tour-80164.html#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:02:19 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=80164 ]]> federico-montes-shop
This year, we decided to cover some shops and race vehicles on the other side of the border. Earlier this year, we stopped by Federico Montes’ Shop in Ensenada, BC.  They specialize in race engines and transmissions.This year is the 25th anniversary of the Montes Shop.  This is one of the first Mexican shops specializing in race engines and transmisions for class 11, 5/1600 and 16 only.

Montes has clients all over Baja, Baja Sur, California, Jalisco, Monterrey, Nayarit and Sinaloa and have championships in the most important series like SCORE, CODE or RECORD.  Montes’ has specific areas for each type of work they do, such as the transmission assembly area where they arm and disarm with the most specialized tool or the machinery area with milling, lathe and cutting machines.  They also have specialized machines for cylinders rectifying.


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Around the shop are photos with thank you messages from teams like Kiosko racing, Negrete Boys and Yee’s.   There are also best engine and transmission awards but one of the most important achievements for Federico and the shop is having two Rally Dakar in their book.  Federico raced once as a mechanic and once as a navigator.  This was the root of his work with racing engines.

Class 16 is recognized as one of the most challenging classes for the mechanics because only the best engine and tranny builders are required. Ernesto Arámbula won the 2013 SCORE Class 16 Championship with the help of Montes.  In the engine building room, we found a really interesting engine. At the time, Federico told us that engine was a prototype for future use in the classes 11,16 and 5/1600, as a characteristic this engine is a low-compression and uses a regular unloaded fuel.

Stock 1600cc, low-compression makes the engine much more durable.  It’s cheaper and has more horsepower than the actual high-compression race engines, around 10HP.  The idea is to use restrictors to match the same power than the actual race engines for a fair competition.  This engine was first used for the CODE race in May.

Some of the coolest toys of the shop is this Magnaflux machine which they can use it to check and detect any imperfection of the parts they will use for a new engine or transmission.

Albins, Mendeola and Fortin are every day work at Montes Shop.  The shop is an excellent choice to every racers, from novice to champion.  Montes offers great deals and if you want more information or are interested in their services, give them a call.

Race-Dezert would like to thank to Federico and all Montes Shop for letting us stop by.

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JIMCO Racing’s Justin Davis Takes Class 1 Victory at the 2014 Baja 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jimco-racings-justin-davis-takes-class-1-victory-at-the-2014-baja-1000-116376.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jimco-racings-justin-davis-takes-class-1-victory-at-the-2014-baja-1000-116376.html#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:55:23 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116376 ]]> Jimco Baja 1000 Header PR
JIMCO Takes Three of Top Five Finishing Positions in Class 1

The Baja 1000 is the ultimate test for manufacturers of all disciplines in desert off-road racing. Whether it be suspension components, engines, transmissions or full on racecar builders, a win at the legendary Baja 1000 will boast you to the top of the game. In just over twenty-four hours, Justin Davis hammered his #185 JIMCO Truggy through the toughest race, both physically and mentally, in North America from Ensenada to La Paz to take the win in Class 1 (5th Overall).

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A week prior, Davis qualified second in Class 1 at the SCORE Qualifying event that took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during SEMA automotive show. Davis was off the line at 1:07pm on Thursday and finished a little after that time the following day. Davis split driving duties with Scott Schovajsa in the #185 Jimco and strategically handed the truck off to him early in the race. Davis hopped back in the truck at RM 443, where he took the truggy all the way the finish. As racers began to bow out of the race, Davis kept getting stronger and was first to La Paz in a time of 24:31:26.907. The team held an average speed of 52.140 mph, two-tenths off the lead bike pace of Ricky Brabec.

“On behalf of the whole Green Army Team, I would like to thank everyone who has stood behind us in the good times and bad. This win was everything to us,” commented Davis at the finish line.

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Davis was not the only Class 1 success. Of the nineteen total entries, only eleven finished and JIMCO racers took three of the top five finishing positions. 2013 Class 1 Points Champion Cody Parkhouse and #138 Randy Wilson rounded out the top 5. #147 Pat McCarthy finished a solid 9th place.

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The second most competitive class at this year’s 1000 was Class 10 and JIMCO’s Kash Vessels was in the mix for the win the entire race. Vessels had only raced his brand new JIMCO built #1050 Class 10 at the MORE night race earlier in September and brought it to Baja for its first true test. Ultimately, Kash and teammates Cam Theriot, who drove the middle section, and Andy Grider, who took the #1055 to the finish, made the 1,275 mile journey to La Paz in 27:50:20, an hour off the class 10 top pace. With two races under his belt, car owner Cam Theriot understands the edge that owning a JIMCO adds. “I have owned over 30 race cars in my career and this Jimco 10 car is the nicest car I Have ever owned,” stated Theriot.

Half of the Class 10 racers did not finish, including #1042 Lars Ferry and #1050 John Langley. Thought Langley’s “El Pedrino” did not make it to the finish line, their Baja 1000 is considered a huge success. Langley lost a clutch at RM 1185, only 90 miles from the finish line, after getting stuck in some mud and silt.

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John Langley came to JIMCO to build COPS Racing a brand new Class 10 just three months prior to the Baja 1000 and set a goal to build a new, state of the art Class 10 race car. The race car was only a chassis three weeks from the green flag drop and had only 20 test miles upon completion.

“The tough thing when you do a project like this is we’re talking about going down and racing a race from Ensenada to La Paz over 1,200 miles. We’re virtually going to have zero test time. The first time we drive it might be off the starting line,” commented JIMCO Racing CEO, Mike Julson, months back.

“It’s not only just to prep stuff but it’s to get a brand new car built, as well as everything that goes along with it. From the wiring to the engine to the transmission to the plumbing to the actual communication with the builder. It comes down to gathering parts and getting them expedited to the builder in a good amount of time,” commented COPS Crew Chief Brad Beintema.

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Prior to the Baja 1000, Armin Schwarz and Martin Christensen announced that the Baja 1000 would mark their last race together in the iconic #15 Trophy Truck and Schwarz will chart a new course for the 2015 season. A win last week could have sealed the long-standing and successful partnership between Schwarz and Christensen. Unfortunately, Schwarz suffered a race ending crash at RM 246 that left him and the vehicle shaken up. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries but the team did not see the finish line in their last race together.

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#45 Gary Magness of Mango Racing picked up the slack in the Trophy Truck class and finished a very respectable 9th place in class. From the get go, Charles Dorrance and R&D Motorsports ran in to problems in the #26 “War Machine” that set the team back, including electrical issues after traversing through many water crossings that set them back eight hours. Dorrance initially made some ground on the race leaders but after the down time, it would be near impossible for the team to battle dust and lap traffic to finish in the top 10 after handing the truck off to Jay Reichert.

JIMCO Racing will field dozens of racers at Best in the Desert’s season finale in Henderson, NV December 5-7.

About JIMCO Racing Inc.
Jimco Racing Inc is the largest off-road race car builder in the world. From American desert races to Baja races to the Tatts Finke Desert Race to the Dakar Rally, JIMCO has been manufacturing top of the industry off-road race vehicles since 1975. Twenty time SCORE Chassis Builder of the Year, JIMCO’s Trophy Trucks, Class 1, Class 10, Class 12, Class 1/2-1600, Pre-Runners, Pro-Lite, Pro 2 and Rally Raid vehicles are the industry standard that continue to produce wins and championships across all mediums of off-road.

About Mad Media:
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency offering professional print, web, and film production. They specialize in producing culturally relevant brand messaging using professional athletes, musicians, and artists. Mad Media focuses on sports and cultures that they are passionate about, including skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, FMX, BMX, off-road racing, rally racing, Hip-Hop, Punk Rock and Mixed Martial Arts. Mad Media has produced over twenty major commercial and viral film projects this year for clients such as Subaru of America, DC Shoes, Monster Energy Drink, and Harley-Davidson. Mad Media has been executing immersive marketing campaigns since 1996.

Media Contact:
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Alumi Craft Crushes Class 10 With Impressive Victory At Baja 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/alumi-craft-crushes-class-10-with-impressive-victory-at-baja-1000-116370.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/alumi-craft-crushes-class-10-with-impressive-victory-at-baja-1000-116370.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:42:22 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116370 ]]> Alumicraft Baja 1000 PR

La Paz, Baja California Mexico

The 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be known as one of the toughest ever. Not only did the course travel a staggering 1,275 miles, it was made much more difficult after hurricane Odile slammed the Baja Peninsula in September. During the hurricane, washes ran wild across the landscape depositing debris everywhere. Countless rocks were unearthed on a course that already included miles of punishing square edged whoops and deep silt beds.

The conditions pounded many into submission but not the Alumi Craft team of Mike Johnson, Mike Majesky and Brent Fletcher. They crushed the class 10 field winning by an hour over second place. Mike Majesky started the car and handed it off to Brent Fletcher at mile 415. Brent drove through the night handing the car to Mike Johnson at 5 am.

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“The top end of the course was flawless for us,” said Mike Johnson, “We changed a wheel in the pits that did not seat. It came off but it was in a sandy area; the car just laid down, it didn’t do any damage. After that we took some extra time in the pits just to make sure everything was right. There was water everywhere; I was soaking wet most of the race. I got a pair of flats going through a water crossing so I had to drive 20 miles on a flat. That cost us some time but we kept pushing. We built a lead that was 9 miles, then 45; soon we had an hour lead in hand. The course was relentless; miles of silt and whoops that pounded the car. Our Alumi Craft handled it all and our FOX shocks worked perfectly.”

Also finishing in the top ten their first time out was the Alumi Craft team from Indiana of John Rhymer, Brian Topping, Matt Rowell and Jeremy Laufer. They spent 36 hours on the course to finish 9th place out of 24 class 10 starters. “We put the guys in the car at pit 7 and thought, didn’t we already run 1000 miles?” says John Rhymer, “People told us that we didn’t understand what we were getting ourselves into but it was the experience of a lifetime for us. Every time someone got out of the car they were jumping up and down; the car was so fast and ran so well. There was a lot of water; we lost a belt and then the alternator but not a single flat; it was really awesome! We definitely had the right car for the job.” John and his crew from Indiana will be racing the Best In The Desert series in 2015 with pit support from Alumi Craft.

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The Stronghold Motorsports team of Scott Bailey, Brandon Bailey and Larry Job finished 6th in their MavTV sponsored class 1 Alumi Craft. It was the first time driving in a Baja race for Brandon. “We are very happy after finishing a very tough Baja 1000, said Brandon, “It was my first ever race in Baja and we got a top ten finish. Our Alumi Craft has been perfect. We finished every mile of every race we have entered this year.”

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No matter how tough the challenge, Alumi Craft racers have proven again and again the superior performance provided by their meticulously crafted cars. Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with a competitive, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. They offer many types of cars for competition or pleasure and a long list of services and support. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 or go to: http://alumicraft.info/ to find out more about our race products and services.

Photography By: Bink Designs

About Alumi Craft
Alumi Craft is the premier racecar chassis manufacturer in the off road industry. Crafting cars from lengths of 4130 Chromoly tubing is our specialty. We offer a variety of vehicles to accommodate the professional off road racer to the recreational driver. Since 2004, Alumi Craft racers have earned countless wins and twenty-one points championships; eight in short course and thirteen in the desert. Rob MacCachren, Chuck Cheek, Cameron Steele, Luke McMillin, CJ Greaves, Matt Cullen, Darren Hardesty, Darryl Smith, Gunnar Peterson, Mike Porter, Mitchell Dejong, Roger Starkey and owner John Cooley have all won championships behind the wheel of an Alumi Craft race car.

For more information on Alumi Craft Race Cars check out www.alumicraft.info

About Bink Designs
Bink Designs is a premier graphic design company located in San Diego. Since 2003, we have been committed to providing cost-effective solutions to our clients’ high-end graphic needs. Whether you want to create, maintain, or revamp your corporate identity, Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography and Apparel.

For more information on Bink Designs see www.binkdesigns.com

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Bonanza Plumbing / Monster Energy / THR Motorsports / Precision Concepts Kawasaki Battles Through Adversity for Baja 1000 Win! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/bonanza-plumbing-monster-energy-thr-motorsports-precision-concepts-kawasaki-battles-through-adversity-for-baja-1000-win-116359.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/bonanza-plumbing-monster-energy-thr-motorsports-precision-concepts-kawasaki-battles-through-adversity-for-baja-1000-win-116359.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:36:24 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116359 ]]> THR Baja 1000 PR 1

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Despite several time-consuming issues that would have discouraged others, the Bonanza Plumbing-backed Monster Energy / THR Motorsports / Precision Concepts Kawasaki team, presented by Hoosier Precision Machining, persevered to win the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and, with that historic triumph, the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship.

The Bonanza Plumbing squad (comprised of Robby Bell, Ricky Brabec, Max Eddy, Jr., and Steve Hengeveld) went into the season-ending race tied for the points lead with their season-long rivals from WFOx Motorsports Honda. Each team had 268 points, the Kawasaki group earning that with its 1-2-1-2 record and WFOx recording 2-1-2-1.

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That made the storied 1000 do-or-die time, and in the 1275 miles from Ensenada to La Paz, many things can go wrong–and often do. THR had drawn the first starting spot, and Brabec received the green flag at 6:00 A.M., handing the KX450F prepared by Bob Bell of Precision Concepts off almost immediately to Bell.

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The team adopted a strategy of cautiously controlled speed so when the WFOx bike passed early
on, Bell simply tucked in behind, maintaining a good pace just outside of the leader’s dust. As the miles and hours rolled on, the others took their turns, with Eddy in particular dealing well with a potentially race-ending problem when the rear tire came apart. He managed to limp it in to the next pit and discovered it wasn’t stocked with spare wheels or much in the way of tools.

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Undaunted, Eddy snatched with a well-used tire that a spectator offered, and proceeded to remove the old carcass and mount the replacement using only screwdrivers!

That got the team back into the race, but the issues didn’t end there as the lights stopped working at one point, forcing Brabec to radio for a new set from his chase crew and lose more time until they reached him.

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But the WFOx entry also began to have issues, allowing Bonanza Plumbing to close what had at one point been a 40-minute deficit.

The race came down to the last couple hundred miles into La Paz in the hours before dawn with acclaimed night master Hengeveld on the bike and rolling past his prey for the first Kawasaki victory at the 1000 (and, thus, first SCORE championship) since 1996. He crossed the finish line after 24 hours, 24 minutes and one second, beating WFOx by more than 35 minutes and completing a trifecta of Baja wins this year.

THR Baja 1000 PR 6“We finally ended Honda’s streak and it feels good!” Brabec exclaimed at the finish. “It didn’t come easy because we were behind all day.”

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Hengeveld added, “We had some problems today, but we never gave up.”

For more information and updates on the THR Motorsports Team, visit the THR Motorsports Facebook page at www.facebook.com/THRMotorsports

Story & Photography By: Mark Kariya, Shogo Motobayashi & Get Some Photo

Thanks to our sponsors who make it all possible:

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SCORE Baja 1000 Video Clip Roundup http://www.race-dezert.com/home/score-baja-1000-video-clip-roundup-116219.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/score-baja-1000-video-clip-roundup-116219.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:53:18 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116219 ]]> score-baja-video

One aspect of racing in Baja that makes it so great are the fans that come in groves to sit along the course to watch their favorite racers battle the elements. 10 years ago you had to wait for a TV show or an offroad DVD to come out before you were able to see any footage from the races, but now with todays technology anyone with a smartphone or a GoPro can film the action and bring it to the masses. We’ve searched the internet for some clips posted on facebook and youtube from both spectators and teams and put them all in one place for you. From clips of Robby Gordon and Bryce Menzies battling it out, 1x putting a high speed pass on 4x and more. Know of a good video clip? Post a link in the comments here!

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The 49-Hour Race That Began in a Walmart Parking Lot | Part 2 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-49-hour-race-that-began-in-a-walmart-parking-lot-part-2-115971.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-49-hour-race-that-began-in-a-walmart-parking-lot-part-2-115971.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:34:09 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115971 ]]> Jim Graham is co-founder of Desert Dingo Racing - http://www.desertdingo.com. They are making their fifth attempt at the Baja 1000. They are avid supporters of grass roots racing and we asked him to write a diary of the team’s experience at this year’s Baja 1000.

Contingency day…

“We have a problem.”

That’s the last thing you want to hear from a SCORE tech after pushing a 2,000 pound car through 100,000 race fans in 80 degree heat for seven hours as part of the annual Baja 1000 tradition of Contingency and Tech.


Contingency is the fun part. We print hero cards with a photo of the car on the front and team info on the back. During Contingency, when the car is pushed through downtown Ensenada toward Tech inspection, team members autograph them until their hands cramp. What usually starts as “Dear (FAN NAME) Thank you for your support, DRIVER NAME, 1107”, usually ends up as scrawl and “1107”. Each person gets one Sharpie. “You lose it, no more autographs.”

Our hero cards have been seen in bars as far south as Coco’s Corner and at every toll booth and military checkpoint on Highways 1 and 3. I like to say “We’re huge on the Baja Peninsula.”

Speaking of hugely popular, race fans love stickers. Two of our sponsors – Maxtrax and Rugged Radios – gave us a bunch to hand out, which pretty much guaranteed we blocked all foot traffic on the street until we ran out.

Another great thing about Class 11 is pretty much everyone at Contingency has owned a VW and has a story to share. We’ve done some crazy shit over the years, but it all pales in comparison to the stories we hear from race fans.


We also learn a lot. Like the tip about installing starter motor buttons at the rear of the car so – if the car is stuck in silt – the driver and co-driver can push and jump the starter motor without someone in the car. I’m like “Why didn’t we think of that?” Now we’ve got starter motor buttons on the back of the car.

Anyway, at the end of Contingency is Tech, where your car gets a safety inspection. Starting with an inspection of our roll cage certification band, which was several years out of date. Hence the aforementioned “problem.”

“I got it inspected Monday when we rolled into town. I’ve got the paperwork right here,” I said, pulling it from my three inch thick aluminum binder – aka “The Bible” – which has every piece of paper involved in this race.

“Oh, then you’re fine.”

“Don’t scare me like that. I’ve got a weak heart.”


We passed tech with flying colors, someone found me some churros and we headed back to the compound to do a little more work on the car before driving back into town for the drivers meeting.

As I’m wrapping this up in my self-described live / work space – an ’85 Westfalia – one of my teammates apparently is heading my way and another warns him “Be careful. Jim’s writing out there.”


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Nasser Al-Attiyah to contest the Dakar Rally with Red Bull and Qatar Rally Team http://www.race-dezert.com/home/nasser-al-attiyah-to-contest-the-dakar-rally-with-red-bull-and-qatar-rally-team-116246.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/nasser-al-attiyah-to-contest-the-dakar-rally-with-red-bull-and-qatar-rally-team-116246.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:35:02 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116246 ]]> Red Bull Rally Team Header Dakar PR

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Former Dakar winner and Olympic medallist Nasser Al-Attiyah will continue his partnership with Red Bull next year to contest the 36th Dakar Rally in a MINI ALL4 Racing, run by the X-Raid team as part of Red Bull’s ‘Desert Wings’ programme.

The Qatari finished on the Dakar podium last year with the four-wheel drive MINI ALL4 Racing, despite a last-minute decision to contest the event that meant he embarked on the world’s most arduous rally with no testing.

This time, the 43-year-old Red Bull athlete has his sights firmly set on another victory, together with his French co-driver Mathieu Baumel.

“I am very, very happy to be doing Dakar with Red Bull in the MINI,” said Al-Attiyah, who last weekend clinched the WRC2 title on the World Rally Championship in Wales. “I previously won the Dakar in 2011, and already that feels like too long! The Dakar is one of the most fascinating and complex races you can do in the world: one of the last really big adventures. That is why it is so nice with me to return with all my friends and partners at the Qatar Rally Team. The MINI ALL4 Racing is very well suited to the terrain and of course we will be aiming for victory even though the opposition is very strong. But Dakar is actually not just about speed. It is about the whole package, which you have to get right, and that includes having the right preparation and experience.”

Al-Attiyah has already embarked on his testing programme with the Red Bull-liveried MINI ALL4 Racing and Baumel, who will co-drive Al-Attiyah for the first time in South America. So far, things are looking positive and the new duo know each other very well, having already won the Sealine Cross Country Rally in Qatar together in the MINI earlier this year, as well as the OiLibya Rallye du Maroc. In total, Al-Attiyah and Baumel have triumphed in three out of the six rallies they have contested together to date, as well as claiming second place twice.

“Mathieu is a very nice guy with a lot of experience,” said Al-Attiyah. “He’s already quite good at Arabic, but I know that when he suddenly starts speaking French inside the car, it’s probably time to slow down!” Their pace notes, however, are normally in English…

Al-Attiyah contested his first Dakar in 2004 and has been on the podium three times. Not only is he a Production Car World Rally Champion, WRC2 World Rally Champion, FIA Cross Country Champion and multiple Middle East Rally Champion, but he also won a bronze medal for skeet shooting at the 2012 London Olympics. With five Olympic Games already behind him, and every intention to contest a sixth in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Al Attiyah is one of the longest serving Olympians in the world: another record to add to his collection. Next weekend, he contests the Dubai International Rally in pursuit of one more target: his 10th Middle East title.

Baumel, 38, first tackled the Dakar in 2005 and is also a two-time winner of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, giving him vital experience of the complex navigation that awaits.

The biggest challenge of all though remains the epic Dakar itself, which next year will take in approximately 9,000 kilometres through mountains, sand and gravel, starting and finishing in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. The route also runs through Bolivia and Chile, with 13 stages from January 4-17.

“Until you get there, it’s actually hard to explain what a big challenge the Dakar is,” concluded Al-Attiyah. “You really have to be prepared for everything. You need a strong car, a calm mind, and of course plenty of energy. So it’s just as well I have a partner that gives me wings! Dakar is one of the most amazing races in the world. I’m already looking forward to it.”

Stay up-to-date with Nasser and Mathieu at redbull.com/dakar as they look to pick up some serious speed in motorsport’s ultimate test of endurance racing.


Nasser Al-Attiyah to contest the Dakar Rally with Red Bull and Qatar Rally Team
Former Dakar winner and Olympic medallist Nasser Al-Attiyah will continue his partnership with Red Bull next year to contest the 36th Dakar Rally in a MINI ALL4 Racing, run by the X-Raid team as part of Red Bull’s ‘Desert Wings’ programme.

The Qatari finished on the Dakar podium last year with the four-wheel drive MINI ALL4 Racing, despite a last-minute decision to contest the event that meant he embarked on the world’s most arduous rally with no testing.

This time, the 43-year-old Red Bull athlete has his sights firmly set on another victory, together with his French co-driver Mathieu Baumel.

“I am very, very happy to be doing Dakar with Red Bull in the MINI,” said Al-Attiyah, who last weekend clinched the WRC2 title on the World Rally Championship in Wales. “I previously won the Dakar in 2011, and already that feels like too long! The Dakar is one of the most fascinating and complex races you can do in the world: one of the last really big adventures. That is why it is so nice with me to return with all my friends and partners at the Qatar Rally Team. The MINI ALL4 Racing is very well suited to the terrain and of course we will be aiming for victory even though the opposition is very strong. But Dakar is actually not just about speed. It is about the whole package, which you have to get right, and that includes having the right preparation and experience.”

Al-Attiyah has already embarked on his testing programme with the Red Bull-liveried MINI ALL4 Racing and Baumel, who will co-drive Al-Attiyah for the first time in South America. So far, things are looking positive and the new duo know each other very well, having already won the Sealine Cross Country Rally in Qatar together in the MINI earlier this year, as well as the OiLibya Rallye du Maroc. In total, Al-Attiyah and Baumel have triumphed in three out of the six rallies they have contested together to date, as well as claiming second place twice.

“Mathieu is a very nice guy with a lot of experience,” said Al-Attiyah. “He’s already quite good at Arabic, but I know that when he suddenly starts speaking French inside the car, it’s probably time to slow down!” Their pace notes, however, are normally in English…

Al-Attiyah contested his first Dakar in 2004 and has been on the podium three times. Not only is he a Production Car World Rally Champion, WRC2 World Rally Champion, FIA Cross Country Champion and multiple Middle East Rally Champion, but he also won a bronze medal for skeet shooting at the 2012 London Olympics. With five Olympic Games already behind him, and every intention to contest a sixth in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Al Attiyah is one of the longest serving Olympians in the world: another record to add to his collection. Next weekend, he contests the Dubai International Rally in pursuit of one more target: his 10th Middle East title.

Baumel, 38, first tackled the Dakar in 2005 and is also a two-time winner of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, giving him vital experience of the complex navigation that awaits.

The biggest challenge of all though remains the epic Dakar itself, which next year will take in approximately 9,000 kilometres through mountains, sand and gravel, starting and finishing in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. The route also runs through Bolivia and Chile, with 13 stages from January 4-17.

“Until you get there, it’s actually hard to explain what a big challenge the Dakar is,” concluded Al-Attiyah. “You really have to be prepared for everything. You need a strong car, a calm mind, and of course plenty of energy. So it’s just as well I have a partner that gives me wings! Dakar is one of the most amazing races in the world. I’m already looking forward to it.”

Stay up-to-date with Nasser and Mathieu at redbull.com/dakar as they look to pick up some serious speed in motorsport’s ultimate test of endurance racing.

Red Bull Dakar PR

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Follow the adventure on www.redbull.com/dakar!

STILL & MOVING IMAGES available for media use at www.redbullcontentpool.com/motorsports.

>> Direct link to the Qatar Rally Team media compilation (texts, photos & videos):


Including portrait & action photos, news selects & clip*:

- MI201411120138 – News selects (b-roll, interviews Eng. & Arabic)
- MI201411120139 – Clip (clean in English)
- MI201411120140 – Clip (dirty in English)
- MI201411120141 – Clip (clean in Arabic)
- MI201411120142 – Clip (dirty in Arabic)
* clip also available via exportable player at www.redbull.com/dakar.


Vera Dussausaye / International Motorsports Communication
Cell phone: +41 79 106 61 94

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Red Bull Desert Wings are ready to roll the Dakar dice http://www.race-dezert.com/home/red-bull-desert-wings-are-ready-to-roll-the-dakar-dice-116215.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/red-bull-desert-wings-are-ready-to-roll-the-dakar-dice-116215.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:23:44 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116215 ]]> Red Bull Dakar Header PR

Red Bull Dakar Athletes

An ultra-adventurous group of Red Bull athletes are gearing up to bring their magnificent machinery to the harsh terrain of the Dakar Rally. Competitors will be waved off from Buenos Aires on January 4 to tackle a looped circuit passing through Chile and Bolivia before re-entering Argentina. Only the most robust contestants in each category will return to claim the chequered flag in the Argentinian capital.

For the two-wheeled competitors, the weight of expectation that comes with having won the previous 13 editions of the Bike race falls on the Red Bull KTM Factory Team. Last time out it was Marc Coma who won big with the Austrian manufacturer for the fourth time. The outfit’s dominance was further underlined by team-mate Jordi Viladoms’ second place finish. The Catalan pair are joined in the Red Bull KTM Factory Team by Portugal’s podium regular Ruben Faria and Sam Sunderland who became the first Englishman to win a stage of the rally in nearly two decades last time out.

Also onboard KTM machinery at the Dakar will be Poland’s Kuba Przygonski of Orlen Team and Austrian debutant Matthias Walkner of KTM Rally Factory Team. Walkner is the first Austrian to enter the race since his mentor Heinz Kinigadner rode with KTM at the turn of the millennium.

Looking to wrestle the top prize away from KTM at the upcoming desert classic will be Team HRC. The Honda paddock are hopeful that two-time third place finisher Hélder Rodrigues of Portugal will be a key weapon in their quest for glory.

Absent from the Bike race in 2015 for the first time in 15 years will be five-time champion Cyril Despres. However, the Frenchman will still be in the thick of the action – this time driving a car! Cyril will join “Monsieur Dakar” Stéphane Peterhansel and 2010 Dakar champion “El Matador” Carlos Sainz behind the wheel of the fearsome Peugeot 2008 DKR. The trio of drivers have a total of 17 Dakar victories between them and will be assisted by co-drivers Gilles Picard, Jean-Paul Cottret and Lucas Cruz.

Proceeding Cyril in making the switch from bike to car last time out was the Polish pair of Marek Dabrowski and co-driver Jacek Czachor as they parked their Orlen Team Toyota in 7th place at the conclusion of their four-wheeled debut. Just six places behind came their countrymen Adam Malysz and Rafal Marton. Adam, a multiple World Cup winning ski jumper before switching to a rally career, is back in the race with the two-wheel drive SMG Buggy and aiming to crack the top 10 in his fourth Dakar.

Expect the South American fans to be out in force to cheer on the ever-popular Nasser Al-Attiyah as he looks to mount a title challenge with his Qatar Rally Team. Nasser and co-driver Mathieu Baumel will be in control of a Red Bull branded Mini All 4 Racing machine as they look to repeat the Qatari’s 2011 Dakar victory.

Another former champion out to recapture his crown is South Africa’s Giniel De Villiers as he arrives in South America with his Toyota All Speed Team. Accompanied by long-time co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz, the pair have finished in the top five an incredible seven times in addition to their victory in 2009.

It was a return to the top step of the Truck race podium for Team Kamaz Master last time as the Russians once again stamped their authority on the event with four vehicles in the final top five. Team captain Vladimir Chagin, himself a record holding seven-time single category champion, will send four crews into battle led by drivers Andrey Karginov (2014 winner), Eduard Nikolaev (2013 winner), Ayrat Mardeev and Dmitry Sotnikov.

Perhaps the most open category at the 2015 Dakar Rally will be the Quad race with last year’s Rookies Cup winner Mohammed Abu Issa looking to make a leap onto the podium. The young Qatari’s ultimate ambition is to one day emulate his countryman Nasser Al-Attiyah by winning motorsport’s toughest test of endurance.

With adoring Argentinian crowds lining the route, the decisive dunes of Copiapó in Chile and new ground to break in Bolivia the stage is set for the most intense Dakar Rally of all-time. Stay up-to-date with the fortunes of our brave band of travellers on redbull.com/dakar.

Marc Coma – Red Bull KTM Factory Team

Marc Coma Red Bull Dakar PR

Red Bull Desert Wings riders

Red Bull Desert Wing riders Dakar PR

Sam Sunderland – Red Bull KTM Factory Team

Sam Sunderland Red Bull Dakar PR

Kuba Przygonski of Team Orlen

Kuba Pryzgonski Red Bull Dakar PR

Matthias Walkner of KTM Rally Factory Team

Matthias Walkner Red Bull Dakar PR

Helder Rodrigues of Team Honda HRC

Helder Rodrigues Red Bull Dakar PR
Stéphane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres & Carlos Sainz of Team Peugeot-Total with their Peugeot 2008 DKR.

Team Peugot Drivers Red Bull Dakar PR

Adam Malysz & co-pilot Rafal Marton of Orlen Team with their SMG buggy.

Adam Malysz Red Bull Dakar PR

Ayrat Maardeev of Kamaz Master

Ayrat Maardeev Red Bull Dakar PR

follow the adventure on www.redbull.com/dakar!

STILL & MOVING IMAGES of Red Bull teams & pilots available for media use at www.redbullcontentpool.com/motorsports (profile clips to come in November & December)


Rally Dakar 2015 – Global compilation incl. all teams & pilots:


Rally Dakar 2015 – Red Bull KTM Factory Team / Marc Coma, Jordi Viladoms, Ruben Faria, Sam Sunderland:


Rally Dakar 2015 – KTM Rally Factory Team /Matthias Walkner:


Rally Dakar 2015 – Honda HRC Rally Team / Helder Rodrigues:


Rally Dakar 2015 – Team Peugeot-Total / Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz, Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret, Cyril Despres/Gilles Picard:


Rally Dakar 2015 – Orlen Team / Kuba Przygonski, Marek Dabrowski/Jacek Czachor, Adam Malysz/Rafal Marton:


Rally Dakar 2015 – Qatar Rally Team / Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel:


Rally Dakar 2015 – Kamaz Master



Vera Dussausaye / International Motorsports Communication
Cell phone: +41 79 106 61 94

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Dakar 2015 details unveiled (Team HRC) http://www.race-dezert.com/home/dakar-2015-details-unveiled-116210.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/dakar-2015-details-unveiled-116210.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:57:31 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116210 ]]> Team HRC was in attendance today in Paris, for the official presentation of the forthcoming 2015 edition of the Rally Dakar due to head out from Buenos Aires on January 4. The world’s toughest race looks set to be even more demanding than usual for both bikes and riders.

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The Gabriel Pavilion in Paris’ famous Champs-Elysees played host to the gathering of aspiring victors in the countdown to the next Rally Dakar, with Team HRC among them.

Joan Barreda, Hélder Rodrigues and Laia Sanz attended the French capital to represent Team HRC and to get the skinny on what looks set to be one of the most gruelling, as well as one of the closest and hardest-fought races in years.

Étienne Lavigne, Dakar Race Director, indicated that altitude will be one of the race’s predominant factors, as the route will involve several stretches above 3,600 metres. The total race length will be 9,295 km, of which 4,752 km – over half – will be timed special.

Some of the new features presented by Lavigne include two marathon stages, both set for the second week, after the rest-day in Iquique (Chile).

Stage 1 4 January Buenos Aires – Villa Carlos Paz 838 175 663
Stage 2 5 January Villa Carlos Paz – San Juan 625 518 107
Stage 3 6 January San Juan – Chilecito 657 220 437
Stage 4 7 January Chilecito – Copiapó 909 315 594
Stage 5 8 January Copiapó – Antofagasta 697 458 239
Stage 6 9 January Antofagasta – Iquique 688 319 369
Rest day 10 January Iquique
Stage 7 11 January Iquique – Uyuni (*) 717 321 396
Stage 8 12 January Uyuni – Iquique 805 781 24
Stage 9 13 January Iquique – Calama 539 451 88
Stage 10 14 January Calama – Salta (*) 891 371 520
Stage 11 15 January Salta – Termas Río Hondo 512 351 161
Stage 12 16 January Termas Río Hondo – Rosario 1024 298 726
Stage 13 17 January Rosario – Buenos Aires 393 174 219

(*) Marathon Stage

Martino Bianchi
Martino Bianchi Team HRC General Manager
Today was a really impressive presentation of the Dakar 2015. The course will be very tough, especially with the two marathon stages, both very long and really close to each other in the race. I think that it will be a very interesting Dakar for all the competitors. Also Argentina, Chile and Bolivia will be very welcoming and accommodating to all the competitors. Team HRC is all ready for what is a very important target for us. We’ll be doing our best to achieve it.

Joan Barreda
Joan Barreda Team HRC
We know the countries, and have been through those regions before, but the first week in Argentina will be really tough, with some high-altitude stages. The return back into the country will also be difficult. The days in Chile will be demanding, and we can expect complications in Bolivia with the altitude.

Laia Sanz
Laia Sanz Team HRC
We will have all the definitive information a few days prior to the race-start, but we’ve got a good idea today of what we can expect. We don’t know how much sand there will be, but it will be tough, and riding over the Andes so much will be very punishing. We’ll be expecting surprises…..

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War Machine Braves Hell And High Water To Finish Grueling Baja 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/war-machine-braves-hell-and-high-water-to-finish-grueling-baja-1000-116202.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/war-machine-braves-hell-and-high-water-to-finish-grueling-baja-1000-116202.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:52:32 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116202 ]]> R&D Motorsports Baja 1000 Header PR

La Paz, Baja California Mexico

Just one week ago, Jay Reichert and Charles Dorrance were hanging out with fans at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Reichert spent many hours in the booths of Rigid Industries, Alcon, Spal Fans, ReplayXD and Aurora Bearings signing War Machine posters. Now he was standing in the desert of Baja Mexico waiting for the R&D Motorsports, War Machine Trophy Truck that was long overdue. Charles took the green flag in Ensenada and was racing south on the ruthless, 1,275 mile long course at the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 when disaster struck.

R&D Motorsports Baja 1000 PR

Navigating through the many water crossings in frog wash, he hit an unusually deep hole that sent a deluge of water flooding into the cockpit. The water worked its way into the electronics, causing damage to several systems on board. In order to fix it, the crew first had to get to the truck. Despite quick work responding, diagnosing the problem and making repairs, they suffered 8 hours of down time.

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When Reichert got behind the wheel, the challenge he faced was daunting. Not only did he have to negotiate hundreds of miles of rocks, deep silt and whoops but he would have to do it in the dust of those cars that filed past while they were down. Charles had been running strong before the dousing; he was in 7th place after starting 18th. He was ahead of Justin Davis who finished 5th overall but those gains were long gone.

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Reichert drove like a banshee once the War Machine was back on course. “I worked my way past UTV’s into the 1600 cars,” says Reichert, “I then passed the 10’s, class ones and finally, Trophy Trucks. Our Rigid Industries amber LED light package gave us a huge advantage in the dust. It would have been much harder getting around so many cars with conventional lighting. The course got really rough and technical from about mile 915 to the finish. It was technical but fun, it’s the Baja 1000, it should separate the men from the boys. We had one issue that cost us plenty but otherwise, the War Machine was awesome.”

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The team’s perseverance paid off with a 13th place finish out of 32 Trophy Trucks that started. Many of the early front runners suffered terminal failures and did not finish. The War Machine crew never backed down from the challenge. They soldiered through day and night to get to the finish.

R&D Motorsports Footer Sponsors PR

About R&D Motorsports
R&D Motorsports is a premier off-road race team out of Austin, Texas. Piloting the #26 Trophy Truck, also known as “The War Machine”, the driver combination of Charles Dorrance and Jay Reichert compete in the elite SCORE-International Off-Road Racing Series and select Best In The Desert races.
For sponsorship, please contact Jay Reichert at (505) 681-5210 or by email.

About Bink Designs
Bink Designs is a premier graphic design company located in San Diego. Since 2003, we have been committed to providing cost-effective solutions to our clients’ high-end graphic needs. Whether you want to create, maintain, or revamp your corporate identity, Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography and Apparel.

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Brenthel Industries Tested To Their Limits On Way To Baja 1000 Podium http://www.race-dezert.com/home/brenthel-industries-tested-to-their-limits-on-way-to-baja-1000-podium-116193.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/brenthel-industries-tested-to-their-limits-on-way-to-baja-1000-podium-116193.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:44:14 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116193 ]]> Brenthel Baja 1000 PR

La Paz, Baja California Mexico
Brenthel Industries does extensive computer modeling and stress analysis on every new product they build. Once the initial design is constructed, extensive field testing is done. After testing and tuning is complete, they then take on the ultimate test, competition. No testing can truly duplicate the type of punishment that takes place during a race. At the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 their team was tested to their absolute limits and beyond.

It all began the week leading up to the race. Juggling a successful business, a move from their Newport Beach shop to larger facilities in Anaheim, Ca. and preparation for the Baja 1000, there were simply not enough hours in the day for brothers Jonathan and Jordan Brenthel. After a full day of work, they trailered their Brenthel Industries race truck to Barstow for a shakedown. The shakedown is a chance to bed in the brakes, do any last minute tuning and make sure everything is operating properly.

Brenthel Baja 1000 PR 1

Arriving at 11:30 pm Saturday night, they did not expect to see anyone there but were greeted by a group of kids who swarmed their truck to check it out. After unloading, they set out for a couple loops around the area. Barstow is not exactly the boonies but it can be a lonely place late at night. While out on a lap disaster struck; the brand new engine locked up. Stranded with no chase crew, they jumped on Facebook and somehow got in touch with the fans they encountered earlier who came to assist them. They finally left Barstow at 7 am on Sunday. Monday was spent installing a new motor, harness and accessories before heading back to Barstow again. This time the truck ran perfectly so they loaded up for the ride home. While running down the freeway, their chase truck’s front hub seized sending the wheel flying and the rotor dragging on the pavement. They somehow got it back together enough to make it to the new shop. Now early Tuesday morning, they switched everything to a second chase truck before leaving straight to Ensenada for the race.

The crew took the truck to Ensenada, Jonathan and Jordan drove to Catavina with the 7200 truck to do a final pre-run before the race. They had loaned their Recon Pre-runner to a customer so the 7200 truck was pressed into service. 180 miles into their pre-run disaster struck once more, they lost the engine on the 7200 truck in a remote section of the course with the crew in Ensenada for contingency. After reaching the crew, it took 4 hours for them to reach the truck. With so much hardship in the last few days you would think it could not get any worse but that’s when the leaf spring on their new trailer broke. They strapped up the wounded suspension and headed to the hotel to try and get some rest before the race.

Brenthel Baja 1000 PR 2

Undeterred by a lack of sleep and the calamities suffered in the last couple of days, the team set out the next morning on a 1,275 mile course filled with every conceivable obstacle the Baja Peninsula can dish out. Jamie Galles took the green flag and settled into a good pace running in second place on the road. Their first stop went flawlessly and gave the team hope for a good showing. The second stop went just a smooth but the truck was overdue at the third pit. Jamie had gotten stuck in the silt losing time on the competition. By the time he got out of the silt and made it to pit 3 he was 2 hours down. Jonathan got in the truck and set out to make up time. The goal was still the same, to win the race. He was making good time when he hit a large rock buried in the silt. The vibration that resulted soon turned into a big problem when the driveshaft let go and ruptured the fuel cell. To make matters worse, the bolts were sheared off in the yoke requiring tools they did not have on board. They had to wait for the crew who was miles away at the next pit.

Brenthel Baja 1000 PR 3

Feeling dejected, they were joined by the Cops racing crew who stopped to offer assistance. Their enthusiasm was a big lift and they offered to strap a 55 gallon drum of fuel to the truck if that’s what it took to get them to La Paz. It pumped them up enough to get them back in the race. They got the truck running and somehow made it to the next check point with only seconds to spare only to learn that the cut-off time was extended by 2 hours. They pulled into a Baja Pits full of Locos Mocos members who sprang into action. They fixed the driveshaft, repaired the fuel cell and topped off all the fluids. “These guys not only figured out a way to fix the fuel cell but they got it repaired in no time,” says Jonathan, “We took on 65 gallons of fuel without it leaking a drop.”

With their Rigid Industries LED’s lighting cutting through the darkness, they made their way to the next scheduled stop only to find the crew was out of position due to their previous call for assistance. With no fuel they did what anyone would, they pulled into the nearest Pemex station for a fill-up and told the crew to head south. Once under way they then developed another issue. The steering felt strange so they stopped to check it out. With all the attention paid to the back of the truck, some damage to the front went unnoticed. They had damage to the front brake line, power steering system and bypass shock. Dead tired and with a damaged truck Jonathan did not know whether he could make it any farther but Jordan spurred him on and actually had to tell him to slow down. This time, they made it 65 miles to meet up with the crew who made repairs to everything but the shock; there were no parts to fix that. Jonathan got out and Josh Rigsby got in. Josh had a clean run all the way to the finish despite no bypass on the front corner.

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“I am so proud of this entire team,” said Jonathan, “It was a nightmare leading up to the race and we had some issues to deal with but we refused to pack it in. With all the problems we had our Falken tires never let us down. Despite the silt, rocks and miles of square edged bumps we had zero flats and our Method Race Wheels were flawless. This was a hard earned podium finish for us; we are really happy with the results.”

Brenthel Baja 1000 PR 5

With a race like that behind them you would think a vacation was in order but the Brenthel Industries crew is already back to work completing their move and finishing customer cars for the BITD race in a few weeks. They also need to swap in a new motor in the 7200 truck so Jordan can wrap up what they hope will be a championship winning season at the BITD Henderson 250. Brenthel Industries has the same commitment to success whether it’s during the design process, construction or out on the race course. The qualities in each car they build are a direct result of the care and attention to detail that they receive every step of the way. Any job you have, big or small can benefit from Brenthel’s meticulous engineering and precise craftsmanship; give them a call today at 949-642-3003 to discuss how they can help you accomplish your next project.

Brenthel Baja 1000 Sponsors PR

Photography By: Bink Designs & Brenthel Industries


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Lovell Baja 1000 PR

Colorado Springs, CO 11/18/14 – We have had several class wins in the Baja but the race is not something you ever really conquer. No matter how many times I race there, it never fails to drop my jaw. It has little to do with a typical American desert race, it is the Baja 1000. The only thing you can prepare for is for everything to go awry. At times the race is peaceful, other times intense with screaming crowds, often terrifying with unseen hazards hiding in a sinister haze.

Lovell Baja 1000 PR 1

I had the privilege of driving the start of the race this year for the BFGoodrich Tires BC-1 car. The start definitely falls in the “intense” category and I loved every minute of it. The excitement and hazard of the fans lining the course has no equivalent. Fans try to touch the car as it goes by and dumbest of all – even lie in the road on the far side of jumps. While a wild ride, we made it through with nothing but positive experiences and put 35 miles on the 2nd place car in the first 308 miles.

Lovell Baja 1000 PR 2

Now in the dark I navigated for my partner Brian Finch. We pounded through silt with near continuous waves pouring over the hood and blinding us. The Baja night is like no other, completely surreal and foreign. The surroundings and actions of the race can only belong in a dream. The only existence in the gloom is your small sphere of excitement. After the worst of the silt the engine lost power and we sputtered down course to a highway crossing where the Wide Open crew was waiting. I don’t know how, but we got a piece of debris in the timing belt and it skipped the timing by 3 teeth. After the agonizing wait, we chased down BC-3 to retake the lead and handed the car off to the next crew.

John Williams and Roger Lovell got in at 3:25am and headed south increasing our 10 minute lead on BC-3. On one of 10,000 left hand turns they were unable to avoid a large rock that was kicked out in the road. It impacted and shattered the rear wheel. 10 miles later, a fatigued bolt broke in the front suspension. John and Roger are definitely the most resourceful guys on the team and found a way to patch it enough to reach the BFG pit. This repair took hours and to make things worse, only a handful of miles later, the transmission failed. Now in the chase truck I came in for this repair but the other chase truck with the spare transmission got lost and / or stuck for over 2 hours. Another 4 hours down, Roger and John departed in daylight. Our focus became finishing the race within the time limit.

Lovell Baja PR 3

It started to get dark on the guys again after about 14 hours in the car which lead to disaster. What was apparently avoidable in daylight was now a “stuck party” for the whole race. A sprawling tidal flat that looked dry on top concealed quicksand beneath. Fooled by the dark, a dozen race cars were stuck over a couple miles and the BC-1 car was 700 yards from dry ground. Some guys radioed for help, others gave up until help got there, but our guys didn’t want to let the team down. Already exhausted, they dug and jacked the car for hours. Traction and tire performance is fun to talk about but it means a hell of a lot more to a guy in a survival situation like this and I could see it in my brother’s eyes as he told the story. Finally they broke free and passed the car off to Bud and Kyle.

Bud Brutsman and Kyle Tucker were tasked with the anchor leg. We watched as they passed an access point near race mile 916. That’s about the last thing I remember before succumbing to exhaustion. Having lost my sense of time all I recall is that it was dark when I fell asleep. I heard reports that the car had been stuck for a short time in a silt bed but generally moving well. We stopped at a crowded access road and were informed that there was yet another silt bed out there that had stopped several cars for the majority of the night – great… Without radio contact with our car we tensely waited. Apparently they blasted right through because we heard after a while via satellite relay that they were down course from us.

Lovell Baja 1000 PR 4

The only thing left for us to do was to head to the finish line. and with great pride we watched BC-1 take the checkered flag. Our result of 3rd in the BC class is not what we hoped for but what is worth bragging about is finishing the Baja 1000, the second longest in history at 1275 miles. Some Baja 1000′s are tough and some are really tough. Our team had the perseverance to stick with it and win the battle to finish. It took us almost 44 hours and we spent most of fighting tooth and nail.

My brother and I are proud to be part of this team and thankful to BFGoodrich Tires, BCII, and AMSOIL for giving us the opportunity to be part of such an amazing race. Its sounds cliche but if you want a taste of Baja racing and a truly authentic off-road adventure get a tour with Wide Open in one of these cars. You’ll never forget it.

About Lovell Racing:

Lovell Racing is dedicated to winning off-road races at the highest levels of competition. The team is owned by brothers Brad & Roger Lovell. Together they compete in nearly every 4-wheel off-road discipline including TORC short course races, desert races, rock races, and hill climbs. In 10 years the brothers have earned 9 championships and two Baja 1000 class wins. In 2014, the team will race for the TORC Pro-Light Championship and compete in a variety of other races including King of the Hammers. Follow the team at Facebook/44BradLovell .
Lovell Racing Team Partners:

AMSOIL, Torchmate, BFGoodrich Tires, MagnaFlow, Spidertrax Off-Road, Kawasaki Team Green, Lincoln Welders, Method Race Wheels, WARN, Rigid LED Lighting, 4 Wheel Parts, Aeroquip, Fox Racing Shox, FK Rod Ends, Howe, Motive Gear, Robinson Construction, Nissan, Ron Davis Racing Products, Eibach, Powertank, Kaeser Compressors

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AVE RACING/BAJA PROMOTIONS & EJIDO CORONEL ESTEBAN CANTU SIGN 2015 “PURE UTV” AGREEMENT http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ave-racingbaja-promotions-ejido-coronel-esteban-cantu-sign-2015-pure-utv-agreement-116178.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ave-racingbaja-promotions-ejido-coronel-esteban-cantu-sign-2015-pure-utv-agreement-116178.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:22:45 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116178 ]]> For immediate press release…


Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – November 8, 2014 – Officials
from Ejido Coronel Esteban Cantu and AVE Racing/Baja Promotions’ Lou
Peralta, who took time out from the Baja 1000, to sign a multi-year
agreement/contract that will allow AVE/BP the exclusive right to use
their Ejido for two events per year for the sole purposes of
including two events as part of the AVE/BP 2015 PURE UTV OFF-ROAD
DESERT SERIES, met at the Hotel Las Rosas to sign the agreement. A
formal press conference is scheduled in Ensenada early December.

The first event in Baja will take place May 16, 2015 with the
running of the PURE “125” consisting of five, 27-plus mile laps
inside the Ejido. The course that is already available is unique
because of the varying terrain that it will be spectacular. According
to Peralta, “We have found possibly the best course in Baja,
bar-none. It has everything that is Baja, except perhaps the deep
silt. It will feature sand washes and canyons, tight trails and
hard-packed two rail roads, a beach run, hill climbs and down hills,
all in one lap. A little bit of everything that you see in Baja but
in short spurts inside the Ejido.” Peralta also added special
“Spectator Areas” will be set aside to allow the thousands of
spectators expected from Ensenada and other parts of the Baja
Peninsula to watch this unique and epic event, without getting in the
way of race traffic as often happens when racing in Baja.

The second event in Baja, as part of the Series, will take place
September 12, possibly using the same course but this time going the
opposite direction, which in fact becomes an entirely new course.

Ejido Esteban Cantu has never been used for any type of event so
this marks the inaugural event to be held there. Quite a feat for
AVE/BP Racing, to obtain such a unique area for their UTV racing. The
Ejido extends from the well-known tourist attraction; La Bufadora,
all the way around southwest almost to Santo Tomas.

The other four events in the PURE UTV Series consist of the PURE
“125”, January 31-California City; the PURE “150” March 28-California
City; May 16 in Ensenada; July 18 for the PURE “150” again In
California City; and returning to Ensenada for the PURE “200”
September 12, then completing the PURE UTV season with the PURE “250”
a double points race, October 24 in California City.

There is a “Special Award” set up for the two Mexico events. The
ENSENADA KUP will be awarded to the fastest and the highest finisher
in the two Ensenada events.

Pre-running will open the weekend before the event for those who
have signed-up and have a wrist band or receipt. There will be no
charge to enter the Ejido. On the Thursday before the event, racers
from the United States who wish to take advantage of this service,
will be met by authorities in Tecate, Baja California, where a
reception will welcome them into Mexico and then racers will be
escorted from Tecate to Ensenada by Federal Police and members of the
State and Municipality Tourism offices to Ensenada. Pre-running will
again open Friday before the event from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Registration and Tech inspection takes place in front of race
headquarters, Hotel San Nicolas from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The PURE UTV race will start at Noon. Motorcycles and ATVs start
at 9 a.m. (four-laps). The award ceremony is scheduled back at the
San Nicolas Hotel at 8 pm. Saturday night.

The 2015 PURE Series also features the rearranging of a couple of
classes and a brand new class for “Turbos” only. Gone is the PURE 700
Class which has been amalgamated with the “850” Class, and this year
AVE/BP Racing has split the 900cc and 1000cc Classes to make it even
more competitive. All classes, except for the Bone Stock 850 and 1000
classes, which are for Sportsman only, offer Pro and Sportsman

More details can be obtained by visiting: www.averacing.com or
contacting AVE/BP at info@averacing.com or P.O. Box 2141, California

City, CA 93504.


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Another SCORE Baja 1000 has come and gone, teams put their dreams in front of them and left everything they had in the beautiful baja desert. Some would finish the 1275 miles, others would fall to the difficult task of making it to La Paz, but all those that entered left the starting line with a smile and a sense of accomplishment only few can relate to.

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CLIPSAL 500 ADDS STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS TO 2015 EVENT http://www.race-dezert.com/home/clipsal-500-adds-stadium-super-trucks-to-2015-event-116166.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/clipsal-500-adds-stadium-super-trucks-to-2015-event-116166.html#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:07:15 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116166 ]]> Toyo Tires SST Header PR

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American racing pioneer and NASCAR legend Robby Gordon today confirmed he will bring the popular new Stadium Super Trucks Series to next year’s Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

Touted as the world’s newest and most exciting form of racing, the 2015 Clipsal 500 Adelaide will be the first time these 600 horsepower V8 trucks will compete for points outside North America.

Owner and headline driver Robby Gordon provided an exhilarating preview for Clipsal 500 fans today, taking V8 Supercars driver Scott Pye and South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell for a spin in his 600 horsepower V8 truck. Robby launched the truck 40 meters through the air on Pit Straight in what will be a teaser to the action-packed entertainment on offer at next year’s event.

“The growth of the Stadium Super Trucks Series has been incredible, and for us to take our Series outside North America for the first time is a really big deal so we were very selective with which event we chose. The Clipsal 500 is one of the biggest and best entertainment events in Australia so for us it was a perfect fit,” Gordon said.

“Our series has a big following in the states, and with up to 15 high powered off-road trucks racing side by side while hitting speeds of 240km/h, launching five metres into the air and 40 metres down the track, it’s definitely going to blow the minds of Australian fans.”

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Created in 2013 from a previous series in the ’90s, this year Gordon took the 13 race series to some of North America’s biggest markets, including Detroit, Toronto, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the X Games in Austin, Texas.

Toyo Tires Open Country A/T II (OP A/T II) is the control tyre for the Stadium Super Truck Series. An off-the-shelf tread pattern, the OP A/TII’s endurance, toughness and relentless grip make it the ideal choice for the mixed terrain and brutal demands of SST racing.

Competition on track is set to be fierce as the trucks literally fly through Victoria Park, featuring drivers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

“Toyo Tires has been a partner of Formula Off-Road since its inception,” said Gordon. “The tyres they provide for our competitors are extremely reliable and fit the series perfectly.

“The same tyres we race on in the SST are on my personal vehicle. Even with the abuse we put on the Toyo Open Country tyres, they always perform for us.”

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Gordon is the first American to win a stage at the Dakar Rally and a NASCAR veteran of 396 sprint series races. He is the headline driver in the SST series, which has also seen Indycar driver Arie Luyendyk Jnr, motocross rider Jeff Ward, Olympic snowboarder Nick Baumgartner and NASCAR driver Justin Lofton compete.

Challenging Robby on track will also be some of the local Team Toyo’s fastest, including trophy truck legend Brad Gallard.

The 2015 Clipsal 500 will run from the 26 of February to the 1st of March.



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“THIS IS RACING” http://www.race-dezert.com/home/this-is-racing-116154.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/this-is-racing-116154.html#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:05:34 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116154 ]]> Vildosola Racing Header PRVildosola TT PRVildosola Header Sponsors PR

“The team was close to making history, but a mechanical failure changed the course of the race”

By: Vildosola Racing
Even though having an excellent 2014 season with 4 top three finishes in Mexico and the United States, being the leaders of the SCORE International points championship and being one step away from once again making history, in this Baja 1000, Vildosola Racing abandoned the race at mile 220 due to mechanical problems.

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Tavo Vildosola and Javi Valenzuela, aboard Trophy Truck #21 started from Ensenada last Thursday and suffered a rollover at race mile 197. After the accident, TT#21 began having problems with the engine, losing valuable time.

After an intense mobilization by the crew due to their excellent logistics planning, they arrived to mile 220 where they worked on the engine. Unfortunately, the damage was irreparable.

“There are good days and there are bad days, but that’s how racing works,” said Tavo Vildosola.

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Vildosola Racing has won two consecutive Peninsula Run Baja 1000’s. First in 2010, becoming the first Mexican team to ever achieve such a feat, the second time coming in 2012, writing a new chapter in the history books for Mexican motorsports and in the world of off road.

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In other news, Vildosola Racing’s teammates, Galindo Motorsports with Trophy Truck #7 driven by Steven Eugenio, Gustavo Vildósola, Adam Pfankuch and Tj Flores arrived at La Paz with a total race time of 24:46:26, in the 6th position this Baja 1000.

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With this finish, Galindo Motorsports and their strategic alliance with Vildósola Racing came on top winning the 2014 SCORE Points Championship.

Vildosola Racing congratulates Fidel Galindo, Steven Eugenio and the whole crew for this accomplishment. We would like to thank our sponsors for their support throughout this season, as well as the entire Vildosola Racing crew for their loyalty in this 2014 season.

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The Peugeot 2008 DKR’s definitive combat livery http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-peugeot-2008-dkrs-definitive-combat-livery-116147.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-peugeot-2008-dkrs-definitive-combat-livery-116147.html#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:51:54 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116147 ]]> Dakar Peugeot Header PRDakar Peugeot PR

The strength of the bull, the agility of the lion…

With a month-and-a-half remaining until the start of the 2015 Dakar, the Peugeot 2008 DKR is getting into the swing and has traded its initial all-carbon finish for its official colour scheme. This spectacular metamorphosis is an eloquent sign that the bestial machine is now fully prepared to take on its 4×4 rivals on the most punishing cross-country rally of them all.

As the event’s January 4 start approaches, the commando teams at Peugeot, Red Bull and Total have ticked practically all the boxes of their respective checklists, and the revelation of the Peugeot 2008 DKR’s definitive livery was one of them! After spending seven months robed in black, the French engineers’ creation has now swapped its carbon finish for a far racier look based on a combination of blue, white and red which confirms that its competitive debut is imminent.

“It looks far more aggressive like this,” observes Cyril Despres who is unaccustomed to such stylish colour schemes on such a big surface area of bodywork. Meanwhile, Stéphane Peterhansel was swift to note the practical side of the design for him and his co-driver. “The fact that the part around the cockpit has been finished in white is an excellent way to protect us from the heat. I’ve competed in a car with a black roof and I can tell you that it makes a big difference.”

The thousands of kilometres the Peugeot 2008 DKR has covered in Morocco in recent months have boosted the morale of all those involved in this bold project. “The results of our test programme show that our technical concept is well founded,” notes Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin. “That said, this car is at a very early stage of its development, so it is important to remain cautious. Although we have big ambitions for this adventure, we are still tackling it with a great deal of humility. By deciding to kick off our cross-country rally programme with the toughest event imaginable, we will no doubt come across unforeseen obstacles and problems. It is consequently important to take things one step at a time. For our first attempt, our main objective is to get as many cars as possible as far as we possibly can.”

Carlos Sainz, whose development skills are widely acclaimed, and who has driven every type of car, is fully behind the Peugeot 2008 DKR’s technical concept: “The team has come up with a unique, innovative car which promises to be extremely versatile for the different types of terrain we are likely to come across. The concept works well. The test programme has shown that it is a very fast machine, although it is obviously difficult to be 100 percent sure of its reliability at this early stage.”

With just 48 days to go until the start of January’s Dakar, the team faces a busy final countdown. On November 20, the service trucks carrying all the necessary equipment and spares will be loaded onto the ship that will take them to Argentina. After that, the three rally cars will be built in readiness for their journey to South America by airfreight after one final test in Morocco, at the beginning of December. Meanwhile, the crews are due to undergo an intensive mechanical training course in order to prepare them for any emergency work they may need to carry out during the rally’s marathon leg when third-party servicing is prohibited.

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Follow the adventure on www.redbull.com/Peugeot-returns!

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>> Direct link to the project’s media compilation (copy, photos & moving images):


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United States Rally Association enlists Mad Media to help raise the profile of Rally Racing in America 

An Organization by Rallyists for Rallyists!

MESA, Arizona, November 14, 2014

The newly formed United States Rally Association (USRA) has enlisted the expertise of motorsports content powerhouse Mad Media to create, manage and distribute content. The relationship will raise the profile of rallying in America giving more people access to information and content on rally racing.

Mad Media is an award winning globally recognized leader in motorsports content and has long standing history with Rally and Off-Road Racing. They have produced countless online videos, stunning photography, national TV commercials, National TV shows, and viral videos for rally.

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“Rallying is still the most fun and affordable way to race today! There are regional and national events all over America that get very little attention, but are great values for participants and spectators alike. Our goal is to simply organize and expose rally to a larger audience in America through a comprehensive content plan that includes photos and video being distributed via social media and traditional online media outlets combined with TV. Not every rally event warrants television coverage, but the ones that do should have it,” stated Mad Media CEO/Creative Director Matt Martelli

US Rally Association content will be distributed via the USRA website and social media as well as the sponsors and teams. Additionally all content will be featured on the largest off-road racing website in the world, Race-Dezert.com.

USRA will formally announce their 2015 competition schedule and program in the next few weeks.

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United States Rally Association
625 W Southern Ave, Suite E-237
Mesa, AZ 85210

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About Mad Media:
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency offering professional print, web, and film production. They specialize in producing culturally relevant brand messaging using professional athletes, musicians, and artists. Mad Media focuses on sports and cultures that they are passionate about, including skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, FMX, BMX, off-road racing, rally racing, Hip-Hop, Punk Rock and Mixed Martial Arts. Mad Media has produced over twenty major commercial and viral film projects this year for clients such as Subaru of America, DC Shoes, Monster Energy Drink, and Harley-Davidson. Mad Media has been executing immersive marketing campaigns since 1996.

Media Contact:
Mad Media
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(760) 721-3600

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GYMKHANA 7 – Wild in the streets of Los Angeles http://www.race-dezert.com/home/gymkhana-7-wild-in-the-streets-of-los-angeles-116135.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/gymkhana-7-wild-in-the-streets-of-los-angeles-116135.html#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:49:36 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116135 Ken Block’s Gymkhana seven takes place in the City of Angeles.

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Inside the 2014 Baja 1000 winning team http://www.race-dezert.com/home/inside-the-2014-baja-1000-winning-team-116040.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/inside-the-2014-baja-1000-winning-team-116040.html#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:00:43 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116040 ]]> Inside Scoop With Baja 1000 Winner Rob MacCachren

The smell of cut grass on the hotel lawn puts me in mind of an English summer but there’s nothing British about the Trophy Trucks in the car hotel park. Even the support trucks are bigger than anything you’d see at a European race. They make the 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser in the corner look like a Suzuki!

The Trophy Truck I am standing next to is a huge black one with a big yellow star on the front for Rockstar energy drinks. If there is such a thing as a favourite for this legendary 1250 mile (2011km) race down the full length of Mexico’s Baja peninsular it’s Rob MacCachren and his ‘Dream Team’ of support drivers Andy McMillin and Jason Voss. They qualified in 2nd behind Robby Gordon and the plan was to do the first 470 miles, roughly the first third, before handing over to McMillin and then, just before dawn the next day Voss would take over for the final stint to La Paz.

It’s an hour before the midday start in the sunny coastal town of Ensenada. Rob’s girlfriend Amber rearranges the bags in the back of the Ford F350 chase truck to make a space for me, the pre-running buggy that they have practiced the course in for the last few weeks is retired into the trailer and co-driver David Maurice paces nervously around. “There’s a lot resting on this,” he says as the million dollar truck gleams in the bright Mexican sun.

WRC teams spend days making pacenotes as accurate as a computer program but desert racing seems a lot less detailed, just dangers like rocks and tight turns are pointed out… and with the 40 inch tyres and three feet of suspension travel the rest is probably not worth worrying about. The booby traps the locals dig into the course are always unmarked… David’s job is to keep his eyes fixed on the big GPS screen calling out the notes they’ve added to it in pre-running, as well as the temp gauges and relying progress and needs to the support teams.

Refuling Stop for Trophy Truck #11 Refuling Stop for Trophy Truck #11

In the service truck we drove south for a couple of hours, ploughing through thick race traffic on the single lane road until we got to the first pit in a dusty plain that is apparently a strawberry field in another season. At the end of summer the dusty land looked a bit post-apocalyptic… and so did the lines of mountain-high dust being kicked up by the leading three cars. The locals only love one man here and that’s Robby Gordon and a murmour of excitement ran through the crowd when they saw that the dot in front of the first cloud was bright orange. Incredibly, after over four hours of racing the fist three were separated by less than a minute each, basically as close as you can get before you get blinded by the dust of the car in front.

5A long, long straight led to a road crossing which as I understand should have been taken at 15 miles an hour. Rob hit the side of it and landed about five meters the other side. The 2nd place car pulled into the pits and Rob calmly took a sip of juice as the team changed the rear wheels and added another 60 gallons of fuel. There was a problem with a wheel though and time was lost which put him down to 3rd. It didn’t take long to catch back up with Gordon though as he was going slow. We supposed that he was either pacing himself as he was planning to drive 80% of the course himself, or was concerned about his transmission…

We carried on driving south into the darkness, some news crackling over the radios every now and again. BJ Baldwin had trouble with an axle, Bryce Menzies blew his engine, but the first three were still together… Every now and again we’d come to a crossing where the track swung from west to east. On the far side of a ridge of mountains a set of high intensity lights stabbed streaks of white into the sky like flashes of heat lightening. David’s voice came over the radio, “Race mile 385, all is good,” with the sound of the massive V8 racing in the background. Everything was going fine, apart from Amber freaking out as I was whispering along to Texas Hippie Coalition on my MP3 Player. She thought I was doing some voodoo on the back seat.

Race Fan takes selfie with Rob during a pit stop.

Race Fan takes selfie with Rob during a pit stop.

Then we got to the festival atmosphere of the first big pits nearly 500 miles in. Taco stalls in the backs of old caravans, fans with fires far to close to the track and huge support rigs ready with flood lights and service crews. I was hunting for some action shots so was up the track as Rob pulled in after his stint and in the feverish action it was hard to spot him as I was looking for the sweat-soaked red-faced guy who’d just spent 8 hours flat out at the wheel of an 860bhp Trophy Truck. He looked like he’d just driven a few blocks to the office! “If I had a phone I’d call Robby and ask him to pick up the pace,” he joked. The system runs on corrected time not road position so if you started 10th, 10 minutes after the leader off the line and then catch up to him on course you’re actually 10 minutes ahead. Robby going slow meant that the guys on the road behind were actually leading overall.

Something interesting I discovered in these pits is a group of predominantly overweight guys with interesting arrangements of facial hair who drive themselves half way down the peninsular, a 4000 mile round trip for one of them, just to change a wheel on a car. One minute and twenty seconds. And then they go home. They are called the Baja Fools and I will be doing a story on them in the near future because the two I met were such cool guys! Rob’s team actually has nearly a hundred guys racing ahead with spare tyres, top ups of fuel and spare parts waiting at intersections and pits.

One guy in need of a little pit work was Gordon as young secondary driver Sheldon Creed did what many teenagers do when they get to hoon around in a powerful and expensive car… he had a big accident with a cactus. Or a normal accident with a big cactus, depending on which way you look at it. The front nerf bars were snapped off and he’d also managed to strip off the rear bodywork before he gave the car back to the boss. The Speed driver was still in the lead though, kicking up a thick dust screen that lingered in the still air for those behind to struggle through.

With McMillin in the car Rob calmly walked over to the F350 and pulled out of the pits. I don’t personally know what he’s like as race truck driver but from my experience he’s a pretty good chauffer driver… apart from when he missed a speed bump a couple of times and Amber had to cry out, “Mind your butts!”

Rob MacCachren driving into the night surrounded by majestic Cacti

Rob MacCachren driving into the night surrounded by majestic Cacti

The night is long and I dozed on the back seat and as dawn crept over the jagged desert mountains, it started to make weird silhouettes with the crazy cacti… and as McMillin handed over to Voss the Superstar car was in the lead as Gordon had stopped on a stretch of beach somewhere. A couple of punctures had cost them a few minutes but some team members were on point monitoring the time between the next few cars. Gordon six and a half minutes behind, Luke McMillin in the 86 car, 10 mins… but at the next count Voss had pulled out another six minutes and at the next stop was 26 in front as Gordon free-wheeled along the road behind us, suffering some sort of transmission problems. With such a lead with five hours to go Voss could take it easy and look after the car… but the radio communication had failed and Voss was still going as fast as he could! Even the plane the team had circling at 33,000 feet to better relay transmissions couldn’t help.

Rob was nervous. With 200 career wins since he started off-road racing in 1982 this was the biggest one of them all for him. “In my time I’ve broken down in the first mile of a race and also in the last mile, so it’s not over until you see the flag.” He won this grand-daddy of all off-road races in 2007 but wasn’t the main driver, the ‘driver of record’. It’s his team this time and there’s just a couple of hours to go to the biggest win of his life.

Team Rob MacCachren celebrating at the finish line of the Baja 1000 Team Rob MacCachren celebrating at the finish line of the Baja 1000 Team Rob MacCachren celebrating at the finish line of the Baja 1000

The podium designers had definitely got the pretty girls right but I’m not sure why they chose the Irish, Finnish or Korean flags to adorn the stage with. Rob was pacing up and down looking through the giant inflated cans of Tecate beer for any sign of the car and then Amber was shouting, “They’re here! They’re here!” They started at one minute past midday on the Thursday and had got to the line in La Paz at 11 on Friday morning.

It was a press of press as Voss pulled up and then the six guys who’d powered the car through the gruelling 1275 miles got on its roof and sprayed the champagne. “We had a good strategy. Each time a new driver got in he was fresh and focused. When you’re driving all night you don’t feel like you’ve slowed down but the times show something different. That’s why we were able to pull away in the last stint when others were tired.”

The official time was 22: 31: 28 with an average speed of 56.64 mph. 2nd placed Luke McMillin came in some 28 minutes behind with the popular Desert Assassins coming in 3rd with Cameron Steele at the wheel. The car broke down and had to be towed away, but seeing as it died on the podium all was well.

In the end, and this will seem an incredible statement to 99% of the teams in the race, it felt easy. Apart from two punctures and a top-up of oil everything worked like clockwork. We pulled up to every pits so Rob could oversee everything 5 or 10 minutes before the car came through every single time and the miles were just rolled off, one after the other. I guess that is what experience and having the ability to build up the best team you can around you is worth!

I am so grateful for Rob for allowing me to tag along and to have the absolute privilege of being with the winning team for the whole way. I didn’t get to see too much action but I certainly had the full experience and I have to say that the win couldn’t have gone to a nicer guy!

Rob MacCachren finished the 2014 Baja 1000 in 22 hours 31 minutes 28 seconds a full 29 minutes ahead of 2nd place Luke McMillin in Trophy Truck #83.

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