race-deZert.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:43:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Tire Review: Toyo Open Country R/T http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tire-review-toyo-open-country-rt-123075.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tire-review-toyo-open-country-rt-123075.html#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:41:42 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123075 Tire Review: Toyo Open Country R/T Toyo is one of the most well established tire companies in Off-Road so it is relatively rare and always exciting to see an entirely new design launched. The Open Country R/T is particularly interesting

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Tire Review: Toyo Open Country R/T

Toyo is one of the most well established tire companies in Off-Road so it is relatively rare and always exciting to see an entirely new design launched. The Open Country R/T is particularly interesting because it occupies a whole new niche in the Toyo lineup.

The R/T falls between the tried and true Off-Road standout Open Country M/T and the quieter and plusher Open Country ATII. Claiming to offer the best of both worlds in terms of Off-Road traction and daily drivability they appeal directly to those like me who want to have their cake and eat it too.

The tires found a home on my mostly-stock Ford Raptor, a perfect candidate. My truck sees a 70/30 ratio of pavement to dirt and it gets used to tow UTVs all over the place, take weekend trips to the desert and perform pit vehicle duties at races. When I can take the trailer hitch off, clear out the bed and really get out into the dirt and get after it the truck gets to stretch its (stubby, mid-travel) legs.

I had the tires mounted and balanced at Conover Tire in Oceanside, CA and threw them on the truck inflated to 40psi. I was coming from another brand’s 37” AT tire and I had mentally prepared myself a harsher ride out of the considerably more aggressive looking Open Country R/Ts. I found myself pleasantly surprised; road noise was actually less with the Toyo’s (virtually nonexistent) and the ride felt planted and comfortable. Another thing worth noting is that the Toyo’s balanced perfectly on the first try, an intense relief to me because the tires they replaced were an absolute nightmare to balance the vibrations out of.

I have driven over 5,000 miles on the pavement, 1000+ of which with trailer in tow, since installing the Open Country’s and the tires are still riding smooth and quiet. I really can’t say enough about the on road manners of this set-up! We don’t get a lot of rain in SoCal but I did get a couple of chances to try them out on wet roads. They never broke loose under normal driving, though anything spirited would break traction pretty quickly. The transition to sliding was predictable however, easy to hold it sideways (at least to the extent possible with all the electronic nannys).

You wouldn’t be reading this if on-road manners were the most important thing to you, let’s get into the important stuff, the off-road test! After coming home from a long day of work I got the “let’s go to the desert!” text, you know the one, it usually comes 15 minutes before the scheduled departure with an itinerary as clear as mud but with all the promise of a weekend to remember. Reminding myself I had some tires to test I loaded up the bare essentials and headed off to Ocotillo at 8pm on a Friday.

Being something of a piggy-backer on this trip I had just assumed somebody had a camp site figured out. Happy to be in the dirt for the first time in weeks I was paying attention to the feel of the tires, as I followed the lights ahead of me up to a fire pit with absolutely no idea how we’d gotten there. I dumped my gear with everyone else’s at our camp and we headed out into the nearby desert. The Open Country R/Ts finally got their chance to sling some dirt and they did not disappoint. I climbed all around the smooth hills of the desert surrounding us in 2wd, slipping at times but never failing. The tires worked very well for off camber hills and the like, however when traction would start to go it was hard to get them to bite again.

The R/Ts feel most at home sideways through the flat corners, sliding predictably and only a flick of the wrist from grabbing and launching out of the exits of turns. We worked our way through rocky washes and even found some soft-silt like sand to play around in. I was very happy with how the tires were performing and even happier to not have damaged them the couple of times I pushed off the trail into the bushes or missed sharp rocks in the riverbed. It was around this time that we circled the trucks and decided to head back to camp, at least in the general direction of camp.

I like to think of the long search for the camp that followed as learning a lesson the hard way. We broke into teams and broke the land into small chunks to make searching easier, but alas it was not to be until morning light. I could not have imagined a better puncture-resistance test for the Toyo’s however. Six hours of lumbering around through the dark, drawing straight lines across almost exclusively uncleared land, It felt like asking for a flat. Eventually morning came, we found the camp and my Open Country R/Ts delivered me back to civilization in quiet comfort.

At the end of the day these tires delivered on their promise of great off-road performance without sacrificing daily drivability. They didn’t have any noticeable compromises over my old ATs in the noise, handling or gas mileage departments and they still had grip in situations where an AT would have floundered in the desert. Also worth noting is that the sidewall is different on either side of the tire, giving the end user even more control how their ride looks. If you are looking for a do everything tire for an off-road rig that still needs to maintain a modicum of civility, the Open Country R/T should be near the top of your list.

By – Jake Yubeta

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Ryan Poelman, Todd Jackson and Eduardo Laguna Take Home the Prestigious Oakley Bomb Award
at the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire

March 27th, 2015 – San Diego, CA – The first Oakley Bomb Award for desert off-road racing was handed out at the 2012 Mint 400. Since then, Oakley has kept the tradition alive, honoring the Mint 400 racers that clock the fastest lap at the The Great American Off-Road Race™.

Oakley Bomb Award PR

This year, Oakley gave away their coveted Bomb Awards at The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint Mint 400
presented by General Tire to the driver and co-driver of three classes:

Fastest Lap in Class 1500
Fastest Lap in Class 6000, Trophylite
Fastest Lap in Class Pro UTV Class

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Over fifty UTV’s strong rolled up to the start line of the 2015 Mint 400, making them the second largest class in the race. Numbers alone warranted an Oakley Bomb Award for fastest lap in one of the most competitive classes. Only nineteen Pro UTV’s finished the race and it was #1962 Ryan Poelman that threw down the fastest lap time of 02:21:13.712 on his second lap. Poelman earned a third place finish in the class behind Scott Kiger and Pro UTV class winner, Dustin Jones.

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A true drivers class, the General Tire Trophylite Race Series was created to provide an affordable alternative to the high cost of racing. Drivers are pitted against each other in identical vehicles that provide the thrill of competitive off-road racing. Fifteen Trophylite trucks started the race but only eight finished. Despite having to change a drive shaft on his first lap, #6002 Todd Jackson won the Oakley Bomb award in Class 6000 Trophylite. Once back on course, Jackson laid down a blistering lap time of 02:20:50.772 on his second lap to earn a coveted award.

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The thundering speed and capabilities of Class 1500 make it worthy of an Oakley Bomb Award. Thirty four of the top open wheeled drivers came fists up to the Mint 400 but only half survived the brutal fight. Eleventh overall finisher, #1537 Eduardo Laguna, was one of only a few racers to finish a lap of The Mint 400 in under two hours. “Lalo” did it in just 01:59:52.868 on his second lap, earning mad respect and the final Oakley Bomb award up for grabs at the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire.

More Information: Management by: Racer / Competitor Information:
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Sponsorship Inquiries:
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About The Polaris RZR Mint 400, presented by General Tire
Known as “The Greatest Off-Road Race in America,” The Mint 400 is an epic four hundred mile battle between the top off-road racers in the world in over twenty different classes of off-road vehicles. The race was started in 1967, and is steeped in American lore, as thousands of racers, as well as celebrities from around the world, have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. An entire week of events lead up the famed off-road race in and around Las Vegas, including a vehicle parade, drivers meet and greet, pit crew contest, crowning of Miss Mint, multiple parties, qualifying, and contingency / vehicle tech inspection.

About Mad Media
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency, with in-house film and television production. We craft authentic, culturally engaging brand messages, and deliver them across print, web, photography, and film platforms. Mad Media has been leading the online content revolution since 1995 producing major commercial, television, online content and viral film projects such as The Gymkhana Series and XP1K Series.

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Burt Jenner Wins Race No. 2 at St. Petersburg Grand Prix http://www.race-dezert.com/home/burt-jenner-wins-race-no-2-at-st-petersburg-grand-prix-123108.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/burt-jenner-wins-race-no-2-at-st-petersburg-grand-prix-123108.html#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:38:06 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123108 Burt Jenner Wins Race No. 2 at St. Petersburg Grand Prix California Driver Scores His First SST Race Victory ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 29, 2015) – Burt Jenner captured the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Stadium SUPER Trucks

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Burt Jenner Wins Race No. 2 at St. Petersburg Grand Prix
California Driver Scores His First SST Race Victory

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 29, 2015) – Burt Jenner captured the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Stadium SUPER Trucks race No. 2 at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix Sunday, upstaging what was an amazing first race that took place Saturday.

Jenner led nearly the entire race after inheriting the lead from Scotty Steele on lap three, who had mechanical issues and retired from the race. Jenner made the drive to his first SST victory look easy, but it was the battle that took place behind him that was anything but. Venezuelan E.J. Viso in his LIVE/Think Loud Entertainment truck and Alpine, California’s Sheldon Creed in his Traxxas-sponsored truck had a tremendous battle Saturday, and again found themselves side by side for much of Sunday’s final. In fact, while battling for second place on the final lap the two aggressive drivers ended up literally hooked together and almost on top of each other for much of any entire straightaway before getting separated.

While the two battled together, Traxxas’ Keegan Kincaid and SPEED Energy driver Robby Gordon overtook the two and finished second and third respectively. Creed finished fourth and Viso fifth. Mexicali, Mexico’s Lalo Laguna finished sixth in the RPM off-road SST, Charles Dorrance of Austin, Tex. finished seventh in the Three Bears Motorsports/Go Puck SST, Erik Davis of Burbank, Calif. finished eighth in the Always Evolving/RePlay XD truck with Steele of Peoria, Ariz. and Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Penn., each driving LIVE/Think Loud Entertainment trucks, finished night and 10.

“For some of these guys it’s just another win,” said Jenner, whose previous top SST finish was third at Las Vegas in the final race of 2014. “But for me, this is my first win and it’s special, and something they can’t take away from me. It’s something I have been preparing for since I was four years old and proves that I can race with these guys.”

The Stadium Super Trucks will move west for the Long Beach Grand Prix April 17-19 for rounds six and seven of the season-long championship. Viso, Creed and Kincaid took rounds one through three respectively in Adelaide, Australia in February in front of the largest crowd in the history of SST with more than 280,000 receptive Australians.

Following Long Beach, the series will continue to venues with the IndyCar series including the Toronto Grand Prix and the Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix, X Games Austin, and a variety of stand-alone SST events including Los Angeles, Calif., and several new events in the Southwest.

St. Petersburg Grand Prix
SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS
Race 2 Results

Finish No. Driver Sponsor Hometown
1. 50 Burt Jenner Gladiator/Outlaw LED Los Angeles, Calif.
2. 47 Keegan Kincaid TRAXXAS Crandon, Wisc.
3. 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Orange, Calif.
4. 74 Sheldon Creed TRAXXAS Alpine, Calif.
5. 5 E.J. Viso LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Caracas, Venezuela
6. 17 Lalo Laguna RPM Off-Road Mexicali, B.C. Mexico
7. 3 Charles Dorrance 3 Bears Motorsports Austin, Texas
8. 75 Erik Davis Always Evolving/RePLay XD Burbank, Calif.
9. 48 Scotty Steele LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Peoria, Ariz.
10. 57 Bill Hynes LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Nazareth, Penn.

About SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas
Stadium SUPER Trucks

Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.

Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.

Media Contact:
SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road
Chris Hecht
704-949-1255
checht@stadiumsupertrucks.com

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Sheldon Creed Wins Race 1 at St. Petersburg Grand Prix

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 28, 2015) – Sheldon Creed and E.J. Viso battled door to door in the closing laps of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix Saturday, before Viso made a critical error allowing the 17-year-old Creed to overtake him and cruise to victory for his second win of the young season.

Viso entered the final lap with the slim lead over Creed, and the two crossed the first of four ramps on the 1.89-mile street circuit together with Creed on a preferred inside line. Creed, who also won Round Two in Adelaide, Australia last month, nearly lost control of his truck with the aggressive move to the inside of Viso, but the Alpine, Calif. TRAXXAS-sponsored driver gathered his truck and made the pass only to give it up to Viso in the next turn. With the race seemingly in control, the Caracas, Venezuela driver overdrove turn 10 which again opened the inside lane to Creed who capitalized for the final time.

Viso’s aggressiveness cost him three spots and he finished fourth. Keegan Kincad, a teammate to Creed in another TRAXXAS-sponsored truck, finished second with the SPEED Energy entry of Robby Gordon coming home third.

The battle between Creed and Viso brought the already enthusiastic crowd to its feet, many of the fans having never experienced the flying trucks in person. As Creed, Kincaid and Gordon conducted post-race interviews and signed autographs, fan after fan thanked the drivers from the exciting show they put on, many of them expressing that the SST race was the most enjoyable auto race they have ever attended.

The SST trucks will complete their St. Petersburg Grand Prix weekend Sunday with round five of the season at 2:10 p.m.

St. Petersburg Grand Prix
SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS
Race 1 Results

Finish No. Driver Sponsor Hometown
1. 74 Sheldon Creed TRAXXAS Alpine, Calif.
2. 47 Keegan Kincaid TRAXXAS Crandon, Wisc.
3. 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Orange, Calif.
4. 5 E.J. Viso LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Caracas, Venezuela
5. 50 Burt Jenner Gladiator/Outlaw LED Los Angeles, Calif.
6. 57 Bill Hynes LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Nazareth, Penn.
7. 3 Charles Dorrance 3Bears Motorsports Austin, Texas
8. 17 Lalo Laguna RPM Off-Road Mexicali, B.C., Mexico
9. 75 Erik Davis Always Evolving/RePLay XD Burbank, Calif.
10. 48 Scotty Steele LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Peoria, Ariz.

About SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas
Stadium SUPER Trucks

Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.

Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.

Media Contact:
SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road
Chris Hecht
704-949-1255
checht@stadiumsupertrucks.com

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St Petersburg SST Creed PR

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Third issue of very popular SCORE Journal digital magazine Now available for viewing at www.SCORE-International.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home/third-issue-of-very-popular-score-journal-digital-magazine-now-available-for-viewing-at-www-score-international-com-123097.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/third-issue-of-very-popular-score-journal-digital-magazine-now-available-for-viewing-at-www-score-international-com-123097.html#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:22:58 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123097 Third issue of very popular SCORE Journal digital magazine Now available for viewing at www.SCORE-International.com Featuring in depth coverage of SCORE International, the SCORE World Desert Championship and the industry RENO, Nev. — Approaching one-half million unique views of its

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Third issue of very popular SCORE Journal digital magazine
Now available for viewing at www.SCORE-International.com

Featuring in depth coverage of SCORE International, the SCORE World Desert Championship
and the industry

RENO, Nev. — Approaching one-half million unique views of its first two issues, Issue No. 3 of the SCORE Journal, the monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is now live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital.
The new digital magazine is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
MOVING AHEAD
“The overall success of our new SCORE Journal digital magazine and the on-line video series have risen exponentially every day which helps our commitment to the projects deepen daily,” commented Jim Ryan, SCORE Marketing and Sales Director.
“As part of our continued efforts to include great digital integration items into the SCORE Journal, we have also incorporated a new feature in this issue regarding the course map for next month’s Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500. This latest feature allows the viewer a real terrain look at the course at any point with the addition of Google Earth actual terrain maps. These can be viewed from 20,000 feet to course level.”
ISSUE NO. 3 LINEUP
Digging deeper into the framework for SCORE desert racing, Issue No. 3 of the SCORE Journal includes a detailed preview on the upcoming inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 with the official 424.43-mile course map, SCORE news flashes, update on the growth of the SCORE racer Contingency program and the off-road marketplace.
There are also features on prolific Kroyer Racing Engines and the Technology of Safety looks at GPS and Satellite tracking technology. Additionally this issue includes detailed stories with SCORE 101 looking at the evolution of Class 8, an exciting feature on the V10 Viper-powered SCORE Trophy Truck of Taylor Mills along with an up close look at General Motors’ LS Engines that are redefining performance in many racing classes..
SCORE JOURNAL
The SCORE Journal will publish eleven (11) monthly online digital magazines, which will include five print editions that will be available as the SCORE race programs at the five events that comprise the SCORE World Desert Championship, will make up the 2015 SCORE Journal release schedule.
The SCORE Journal Monthly Digital Magazine will feature exclusive editorial, enhanced race action videos, expanded and interactive race coverage, interactive product reviews, insider interviews with drivers, tech stories, driver and team profiles, race narratives and analysis, exclusive long and short form video programming, race results, updated stats, studio photography, class overviews, unmatched access to SCORE’s historical archives and much, much more.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. & 11 p.m. ET)
Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET)
Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET)
SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET)
Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 2016, 9 p.m. ET)
Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special-first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 2016, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
NEW WEBSITE DESIGN
SCORE-Interational.com will now offer the global fan base access to exclusive content representing all that is happening with SCORE International along with team, driver, sponsor updates, plus the products and technology that drive the world’s foremost desert racing organization. The new website is scheduled to go live later this month.
SCOREscope
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
· 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
· 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE SPONSORS…
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

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Toyo Tires ‘All or Nothing’ as the Official Tire of SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road for 2015

CYPRESS, CA ( March 27, 2015) – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp continues with the ‘All or Nothing’ mantra as they announce that Toyo Tires® will be the Official Tire of SPEED® Energy Formula Off-Road for 2015. This marks the third season that Toyo Tires has supported the series, and the second year that all Stadium SUPER Trucks™ (SST) will compete on Toyo® Open Country® A/T II tires. Toyo Open Country tires are known for their traction, durability, and uniformity, all critical to the performance of the 600-plus horsepower SST trucks.

The race series was founded by Team Toyo® off-road champion, and former NASCAR® and IndyCar® driver, Robby Gordon. A field of identically prepared SST trucks tackle a serpentine race course with ramp jumps that can launch them 20 feet in the air. Intense action, combined with speeds as high as 130-mph, keep spectators on the edges of their seats.

“The Toyo Open Country A/T II is a great fit as the spec tire for the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road series and demonstrates race after race the performance, consistency and durability known by light truck enthusiasts,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Just as important, the series and drivers truly represent our brand’s ‘All or Nothing’ attitude, and provide a new and exciting platform to reach race fans around the world.”

“Toyo Tires continues to be a great partner for Stadium Super Trucks and our entire off-road racing program,” said SST founder and president Robby Gordon. “We will continue to create authentic product testimonials for them whether we race on dirt or asphalt. With all the variables in racing, one thing that doesn’t concern us is the reliability of our Toyo Tires which are on every SST truck.”

This weekend, drivers will compete in front of IndyCar fans during the Streets of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, FL. The series kicked off the 2015 season earlier this month at the Clipsal® 500 race weekend in Adelaide, Australia. Local media reports indicated immediate acceptance and overwhelming popularity of the trucks by Australian race fans.

The remaining 2015 events will be held throughout the US and Canada and will include national TV coverage.

In addition to the series sponsorship, six races will also feature a Toyo Tires branded SST truck with a Team Toyo Off-Road driver at the wheel. The Toyo Tires big rig and models will also attend SPEED

Energy Formula Off-Road events around the country, and fans will find photos and updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For a 2015 schedule and ticket information, visit stadiumsupertrucks.com. To learn more about the Official Tire of SST and the entire Open Country tire line, visit toyotires.com.

About Toyo Tires®

Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for 70 years.

The company offers a complete selection of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including light trucks, SUVs, high performance cars and luxury vehicles as well as commercial trucks. Consumer product lines include the popular Open Country® tires for light trucks and SUVs; Proxes® ultra-high performance tires; Versado® tires for luxury passenger cars; and the value line of Extensa® passenger car tires. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.

For more information log onto www.toyotires.com and connect with the community at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+.

About SPEED® Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas

Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where driver’s such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created Stadium SUPER Trucks to capitalize on the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and SUVs as well as the fact that the majority of automotive aftermarket parts are marketed for trucks. Keep up with all the latest news of SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas and Stadium SUPER Trucks by liking us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/StadiumSuperTrucks as well as following on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SSuperTrucks.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos are available at: http://media.toyotires.com/index.php?s=13&cat=168&mode=gallery

Media Contacts:

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704-949-1255
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“BLACK RHINO/RACER X MOTORSPORTS SPONSORED ATHLETE KYLE LEDUC’S RACE REPORT FROM THE LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD RACING NATIONALS AT LAKE ELSINORE”

Kyle Leduc LOORRS PR03/25/15 El Cajon, CA– The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series kicked off this past weekend at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, CA. Rounds 1 & 2 were raced under the lights and made for some great viewing for the filled stands.

Last year’s Pro4 Champion Kyle LeDuc is hoping to defend his title and go for back to back championships this season. LeDuc is racing the new #99 Pro4, nicknamed “Steelo”. “We had an awesome weekend for the first time out with our new Pro4 ‘Steelo’. We finished 5th in the opening Round 1 but came back strong for the win in Round 2. We worked on getting the truck figured out this weekend and it was great to have Black Rhino/ RacerX Motorsports there to get us communicating correctly and on top of the box” LeDuc said.

LeDuc and the #99 “Steelo” sit in 3rd place, with only two points between them and first place. It is going to be a tight point’s race this season in the Pro4 class; you don’t want to miss it!

Kyle LeDuc thanks his sponsors for their support; Black Rhino/RacerX, DUC Innovations LLC, Monster Energy Drink, Toyo Tires, Rigid Industries, K&N Air Filters, Ultra Wheels, Lucas Oil Products, Justice Brothers, King Shocks, Currie Enterprises, Makita Industrial Tools, Sparco Suits and Helmets, Fuel Safe, Braille Batteries, Howe Power Steering, Wilwood Brakes, Pro Power Engines, Xtrac Transmissions, Msd Ignitions, West Coast Electric.

BLACK RHINO/RACERX MOTORSPORTS

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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After impressive results racing his Competitive Metals, Bilstein, ORW, Mickey Thompson Tires, ReplayXD, SPY, Lucas Oil, Bink Designs, Alumi Craft Pro Buggy in the Lucas Oil Regional Series in 2015, Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. was given the green light to compete with the pros in the Lucas Oil National series.

At rounds one through three of the Lucas Oil Southern California Regional Series, HotSauce has never failed to make the podium. In round one, he was third. In rounds two and three, he took back to back wins. In only a few races, the 14 year old Hardesty has earned a spot racing his Pro Buggy in the National level Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).

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HotSauce made his national debut at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, Ca, a track he is familiar with; he took his back to back wins in the regional series there. He qualified 8th on Friday and finished round one in the 9th position. During qualifying for Saturday’s round 2, he went faster but so did everyone else.

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His position in qualifying was 11th and he finished the race in 10th. “I have been running fast laps but there is still a lot to learn,” says HotSauce, “We had the car dialed into the dry blue groove conditions; my Mickey Thompson tires were hooking up. During the race on Saturday, the track changed a lot. It was wet and super tacky. I just focused on running clean; I didn’t want to get too aggressive in my first race. Overall, it was a pretty good weekend for our Competitive Metals team.”

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Darren Hardesty Sr. is nurturing his young driver; letting him decide how hard to push. “Our first race at the National level was challenging for our young driver,” said Darren Sr., “We discussed if we should race the Arizona Regional race or the LOORRS National race at Wild Horse Pass (Firebird) in April. I decided to let
Darren Jr make the decision which direction we should go. Darren decided he wanted to continue to challenge himself and race at the National event. He told me, “I’m not going to get better unless I race against the fastest guys.”

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It’s been a steep learning curve for HotSauce and his crew. In only a few races in the Pro Buggy, they are already racing at the highest level. In order to maximize their chances to gain experience, the team will step up their schedule. They will run both the So. California Regional Series and the LOORRS National series. Like they say, If you can’t take the heat, then get out of the kitchen. Darren’s updated schedule is below.

2015 RACE SCHEDULE
Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty – ProBuggy #99

April 24th & 25th / (Night Race) – Chandler, AZ LOORRS – Rounds 3 & 4
May 16th Saturday / Lake Elsinore, CA SoCal Regional Rd 4
June 27th Saturday / Glen Helen, CA SoCal Regional Rd 5
July 16th-18th / (Night Race) – Glen Helen, CA LOORRS – Rounds 9 & 10
August 29th / Glen Helen, CA SoCal Regional Rd 6
October 10th & 11th / Lake Elsinore, CA SoCal Regional Rd 7 & Shootout
October 22nd-24th / (Night Race) – Lake Elsinore, CA LOORRS – Rounds 17 & Cup Race

EVENTS & SHOWS
October 3th & 4th / Pomona , CA Off Road Expo
November 3rd – 6th / Las Vegas, NV Sema Show

For the latest news, photos and videos about Darren “Hotsauce” Hardesty JR. go to: http://darrenhardestyjr.com

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About Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty Jr.
Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty Jr. is a third generation racer who is making his own mark on off road racing. Darren’s Father, Darren Sr. and Grandfather Earl, have both won the most prestigious off-road races in the world and own Championships in the premier SCORE International Desert Racing series. The competitive streak runs deep in the Hardesty family. Darren Jr. shares the same drive and has worked his way up the ladder from Dwarf cars and JR1 Kart, where he was named “Rookie of the Year”, to JR2 the fastest kart class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Modified Kart. In 2015, Darren Jr. will be racing in the highly competitive Pro Buggy Class in the Lucas Oil Regional Series and at select national events. At only 14 years of age, Darren Jr. already has a great deal of time behind the wheel of a race car and the insight and knowledge instilled in him from his accomplished family. Put him in the driver’s seat and he is guaranteed to spice things up as his nickname “Hot Sauce” suggests.

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New Competitive Metals Pro Lite Truck Proves Fast For Brandon Arthur At LOORRS Season Opener

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Racing is a constant learning experience. If you are resting on last season’s accomplishments, the competition will soon be passing you by. The “Stinger,” Brandon Arthur, had an excellent Pro Lite rookie season in 2014. Despite a lack of experience on many of the tracks, he was consistently fast and took his first Pro Lite victory in round 10 at Glen Helen. For 2015, he took all the knowledge he gained last season and built a beautiful new Competitive Metals / Rigid Industries / Pro Traffic Services Pro Lite Chevrolet for 2015. The FiberwerX bodied Chevy Silverado and Bink designed graphics look great on the outside but it’s the bones and the best components from Toyo Tires, HRT Motorsports, Method Race Wheels, Magnaflow, Aeromotive Fuel Systems, F&L Racing Fuels, Impact, FOX shocks, Heat Shield Products, Maxima Racing Oils, Summers Brothers, Wirefab and ECP Powder Coating that provide the sting to the competition.

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In the truck’s debut during rounds one and two of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California, it showed some of the speed it’s capable of. “We qualified 3rd in our group during Friday’s session,” said Brandon, “During the first race, I got spun out on lap one and had to work my way back up through the pack. At the checkers, I was running 5th.”

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Round one showed the potential the new truck possessed. Brandon only needed a clean run to unleash it. During qualifying on Saturday, he got his chance. He laid down a blistering 50.475 second lap to qualify number one. “Our Toyo Tires hooked up and we pulled a number 2 for the starting order inversion, so I got to start on the second row,” said Brandon, “We were running a solid race in the lead pack when I got spun out again on lap 10.” With only 4 laps to go, Brandon was mired in the back and finished in 11th place.

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“The weekend was not exactly what we hoped for,” said Brandon, “The new truck is fast; we just need to work on a couple things to keep us up in the top group.” Brandon’s results put him solidly in the top ten in the points standings. With a fast truck under him, he will have a chance to put more points on the board when the series resumes at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ April 24th and 25th.

Be sure to follow Brandon’s success by attending the event or by checking out his website at http://brandonarthurracing.com/

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About Brandon Arthur
19 year old Brandon Arthur has already achieved two championships and a rookie of the year award in his diverse racing career. A fan favorite, he won the 2012 HDRA, 1400 championship in a truck he built from his grandfather’s F-150 that was used on the farm. In 2013, he ran select races in his Pro Traffic Services HRT Motorsports Trophy Truck capturing a victory in its first time out. Brandon tested the limits of the Trophy Truck on a few occasions but overall he held his own against seasoned veterans with deep pockets. In 2014, his rookie year of Pro Lite competition in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, he ran consistently fast; posting a victory and several top finishes. With years of Trophy Truck competition and a Pro Lite win under his belt, he is ready to get down to business in the desert and on the track in 2015. Brandon will be back stronger than ever racing his Trophy Truck at select events and competing fulltime in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series in a newly constructed HRT Motorsports Pro Lite race truck. Brandon is anxious to apply all the knowledge gained racing against the best drivers in the sport during his rookie season in Prolite.

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NORRA Partners With Ultra4 Racing For Rally Support at 2015 General Tire Mexican 1000
- “King of the Hammers” Organizer to Upgrade On-Course Support -

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.): For the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA), the mantra for its General Tire Mexican 1000 rally revolves around two distinctive elements – customer service and giving their clients a great time while racing down the Baja peninsula.

Thanks to a newly finalized agreement with Ultra4 Racing, those objectives will be greatly enhanced for the 6th annual running of “The Happiest Race on Earth.”

Led by Ultra4 President Dave Cole, a group of friends and enthusiasts will provide NORRA competitors a formal and highly organized “sweep” of the race course for both motorcycle and four-wheel entrants. Unlike more informal efforts of past Mexican 1000s, for 2015 racers and their chase crews can plan for a much larger and more comprehensive program to offer aid to vehicles broken down on course.

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For 2015, King of the Hammers organizer and off-road veteran Dave Cole will go from Mexican 1000 racer to leading a highly upgrade on-course “sweep” program to aid striken racers.
Cole is a highly respected member of the off-road industry, whose link to highly experienced desert veterans and hard-core recovery vehicles comes via his co-founding of the now iconic “King of the Hammers” event held in the California desert near Lucerne Valley each February.

“The Mexican 1000 is supposed to be challenging, but also enjoyable,” stated NORRA President Michael Pearlman. “There is nothing fun about waiting in the desert for a tow or ride back to the highway or overnight stop. We are very pleased to raise the level of service for our Mexican 1000 guests thanks to this incredible new sweep program being orchestrated by Dave Cole and Ultra4 Racing.”

NORRA and Cole are working together to create a multiphase support effort 14 people strong revolving around seven vehicles comprised of well-equipped Ford Raptor or pre-run trucks and winch-carrying Jeep JKs.

NORRA promotes and organizes the annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally, a unique on and off-road stage rally that runs the length of the Baja peninsula. Scheduled to take place on April 25-29, for 2015 competitors will enjoy a fun-filled journey from Ensenada, Baja Mexico to the world-class resort city of San Jose del Cabo.

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Despite modern GPS and communications technology, the exotic Baja peninsula can still be a foreboding and desolate piece of off-road nirvana. A new alliance between Mexican 1000 organizer NORRA and Ultra4 Racing will provide all competitors extra support and safety for the 2015 rally.
For the Mexican 1000’s two-wheel competitors, the sweep crew will utilize two trucks and the same crew working each day. The operations plan for the motorcycles (and a three-wheel ATV!) will be to take water and basic first aid kits to help riders on the way, leaving after the last entrant starts and then to shadow the last team all day. If a bike breaks, the team will help fix it if possible, otherwise the bike and rider will be loaded up and transported. There will be room for up to six bikes and riders. As added insurance, the Mag 7 pitting organization will bring an empty trailer to each of their pits and transport any additional vehicles if necessary.

NORRA’s four-wheel categories will enjoy the support of two sweep teams for both its Vintage and Evolution categories. Each of these efforts will be comprised of a Ford Raptor/pre-runner and a Jeep JK, with operational staff alternating its on-course days to supply sufficient rest after what can be long days of on-course recovery.

Finally, in addition to these “Field Teams,” Cole and off-road veteran Ron Stobaugh will comprise two floating “Boss Teams” to keep tabs of their crews and assist where and when needed.

To aid in the coordination and safety of all the Ultra4 Racing crews, each recovery vehicle will have satellite tracking, and each pairing of vehicles will also feature a satellite phones. Familiar off-road industry suppliers also lending much needed support include ESAB Welders, Smittybuilt recovery gear and WARN winch equipment.

“The blending of NORRA and Ultra4 for the Mexican 1000 is a great win for both parties, explained Cole. “All of the rally categories can now expect a much higher level of support, while all of the support personal can expect to have a great week in the Baja peninsula. The bottom line is that I have learned to love this race and will do anything I can to support it.”

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Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, four-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern desert Rally Raid cars, pre-runner trucks, buggies and motorcycles.

Pearlman’s late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970’s.

The General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by General Tire, American Racing Wheel, South Point Hotel Casino, Walker Evans Racing, Azunia Tequila, KC HiLites, Bilstein Shock Absorbers and Mastercraft/Impact Safety.

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by – Klaus Rasch

The Kurt Caselli Foundation in conjunction with Volocore is bringing us new technology to make off-road racing safer.
They have recently been testing a type of Pass Alert system that lets bikes and cars alert each other to their presence. In desert racing blinding dust is one of the challenges a racer has to overcome. You may follow another racers closely in thick dust and the only way to make that sand wall in front of you go away is to drive right through it blindly and get in front of your competitor. Another problem that drivers have to deal with is without any wind the dust just lingers on the course and visibility gets majorly reduced even though there may not be another vehicle right on front of you.

What Volcore is testing in this video is a system that aids in those situation and even sends automatic alerts to approaching vehicles via radio frequencies.

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We can’t wait to see the development of this product continue and racers using this and other technologies at future races.

The Kurt Caselli Foundation mission is to make bike riding safer, progress like this is what will keep us racing safer into the future.

 

Volocore issued this press release:

Lucerne Valley, CA — The team at Volocore have invented a new safety messaging and tracking system that allows racers, support crew, and race organizers know what’s going on with a racer and their vehicle. The system uses accelerometers in conjunction with radio and satellite technologies to transmit crash and dangerous situation metrics back to the right people. They conducted a tests in the California desert with the Kurt Caselli Foundation and Ivan Ramirez from team KTM off-road with the goal of demonstrating the pass alert feature and crash roll-over reporting.

For the pass alert tests, the system has options for both automatic and manual pass alerts, where the system knows which type of vehicles are approaching each other. The race promoter will control who receives automatic alerts, for example a trophy truck overtaking a sportsman motorcycle, as well as give the option for a racer initiated alert. The co-driver or drive can press a button and alert the slower vehicle the impending pass, giving the slower vehicle time to safely get out of the way.

The system works by measuring the vehicle’s performance and location wherever it goes, be it pre-running, testing, or race day, and transmits back the vehicle’s current status. When a crash occurs, be it a tip over or a more serious roll-over or high speed crash, the vehicle’s position and crash data is transmitted to passing vehicles as well as to a central location via satellite to determine the location and severity of the crash.

“These tests are going to fundamentally change safety in remote off-road racing” said Volocore co-founder JP Dupin. “Our goal is to not only increase the accuracy of location of vehicles as well as add a critical safety aspect that has been missing since Baja racing started in the 60s.

“We took a perfectly good motorcycle, strapped several sensors to it, and pinned the throttle. The KTM 450 EXC just rocketed into the desert”, said Volocore founder Brad Baker. The tests attempted to gather as much data as possible on different types of crashes and scenarios which are common to off-road; low-sides, high-sides, swaps, flips, basically every time of crash common in the off-road world. During the testing the data was recorded on the bike as well as transmitting it back to a base station.

Volocore is committed to bringing the product to market in 2015, with production model testing currently ongoing. Contact info@volocore.com for more information or to schedule an interview.

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Jim Beaver Launches 2 Vehicles for Forza Horizon 2 on XBox One http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jim-beaver-launches-2-vehicles-for-forza-horizon-2-on-xbox-one-123041.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jim-beaver-launches-2-vehicles-for-forza-horizon-2-on-xbox-one-123041.html#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:48:42 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123041 Jim Beaver Launches 2 Vehicles for Forza Horizon 2 on XBox One PARKER, AZ (MARCH 26th) – After a very successful livery launch the #15 2015 Ford F-150 Trick Truck of Jim Beaver, the industry took notice. The livery was

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PARKER, AZ (MARCH 26th) – After a very successful livery launch the #15 2015 Ford F-150 Trick Truck of Jim Beaver, the industry took notice. The livery was well received enough that the opportunity to put the livery in Forza Horizon 2 on the Xbox One arose and the team went into action to get it in the game.

The idea surrounding getting the livery in Forza Horizon 2 was to take inspiration from Jim Beavers #15 Trick Truck livery and graphics for the 2015 season and integrate it into Ford Performance vehicles already being featured. The livery and graphics for Jim Beaver’s Trick Truck were designed by Trevor Wert of DirtFish Rally School. Wert has designed many liveries for vehicles and drivers such as David Higgins and Tanner Whitten. The wrap was completed by Empire Destructive in Yucca Valley, California.

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When it came to selecting the two vehicles that would premier in the game, the decision was to use vehicles that Beaver has actually owned.

“The idea for the vehicles was to take inspiration from my #15 Trick Truck and infuse it into two Ford Performance vehicles.” Stated Beaver. “The two vehicles of choice, the Ford Raptor and Ford Focus ST, I have actually owned, and are a ton of fun to drive.”

Both vehicles will feature custom performance tunes to dominate in game racing at home and online. The two vehicles give in game vehicle options to fans of Beaver’s involvement in both off-road and rally. The Raptor even provides Rigid LED Lighting for racing at night and both feature wheels from KMC Wheels and their sister brand Motegi. Every partner of Jim Beaver’s were involved in making this as realistic as could be. Those partners include, General Tire, Polaris RZR, Rigid Industries, DirtFish, KMC Wheels, Gibson Exhaust, Ford Performance, Royal Purple, MTX Audio, Impact, MSD Performance, Jamar Brakes, Ntensetees, Parker Motor Company, and Empire Destructive.

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The vehicles are available in game starting today, Thursday, March 26th 2015. You can purchase Forza Horizon 2 on the Xbox One Console or online at Forza Motorsport.

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Raptor download instructions:
You must have Xbox One, Forza Horizon 2 and the “G-SHOCK CAR PACK”
In game enter any “Horizon Hub”, then select “AUTO SHOW”, then scroll over to the “2013 Shelby Ford F-150 SVT Raptor” and press the A button, then press the “back” or “search” button, then scroll down to “DESCRIPTION” and hit the A button and insert “Jim Beaver’s Down and Dirty Radio Show Raptor” or any part of that, also they can put “BDI” to locate the paint as well. Select the paint. This cost 76,500 in game credits. Then exit the “AUTO SHOW”

Raptor tune:
After you get the paint stay in the “Horizon Hub” and goto “GARAGE”. Then goto “TUNING” then press the “back” or “Setup manager” button. Then select “LOAD SETUP”. Then press the “back” or “Search” button, then scroll down to “DESCRIPTION” and hit the A button and insert “Jim Beaver’s Down and Dirty Radio Show Raptor” or any part of that, also they can put “BDI” to locate the “Jim Beaver tune”. Load the tune, this will cost 17,195 in game credits.

Focus ST download instructions:
You must have Xbox One, Forza Horizon 2.
In game enter any “Horizon Hub”, then select “AUTO SHOW”, then scroll over to the “2013 Ford Focus ST” and press the A button, then press the “back” or “search” button, then scroll down to “DESCRIPTION” and hit the A button and insert “Jim Beaver’s Down and Dirty Radio Show Focus” or any part of that, also they can put “BDI” to locate the paint as well. Select the paint. This cost 31,500 in game credits. Then exit the “AUTO SHOW”

Focus ST tune:
After you get the paint stay in the “Horizon Hub” and goto “GARAGE”. Then goto “TUNING” then press the “back” or “Setup manager” button. Then select “LOAD SETUP”. Then press the “back” or “Search” button, then scroll down to “DESCRIPTION” and hit the A button and insert “Jim Beaver’s Down and Dirty Radio Show Focus” or any part of that, also they can put “BDI” to locate the “Jim Beaver tune”. Load the tune, this will cost 42,361 in game credits.

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Robby Gordon Introduces the Pro Unlimited Class to the Mexican 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/robby-gordon-introduces-the-pro-unlimited-class-to-the-mexican-1000-123035.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/robby-gordon-introduces-the-pro-unlimited-class-to-the-mexican-1000-123035.html#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:00:00 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123035 Robby Gordon Introduces the Pro Unlimited Class to the Mexican 1000 $50,000 to be awarded to the class winner and Formula Off-Road to produce an NBCSN special CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 25, 2015) – The Formula Off-Road Pro Unlimited division will make

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$50,000 to be awarded to the class winner and Formula Off-Road to produce an NBCSN special

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 25, 2015) – The Formula Off-Road Pro Unlimited division will make its debut as part of the NORRA Mexican 1000 April 25-29 as a new stand-alone class in the race that honors the history of off-road racing and the legends that built the sport.

Off-road champion Robby Gordon is introducing the Pro Unlimited class to the Mexican 1000 in an effort to continue honoring the greats of the sport while also providing the sports’ premier race vehicles the opportunity to compete in the event that stretches from Ensenada, Mexico to San Jose del Cabo on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

As part of its commitment to developing the Pro Unlimited class, Gordon and his company Formula Off-Road are introducing a winner-take-all $50,000 first-place award for the class-winning truck or buggy on overall time, and Formula Off-Road is also producing a one-hour television special on the Mexican 1000 and the Pro Unlimited class to air nationally on NBC sports network June 6.

“Our mission continues to be to promote and help grow the great sport of off-road racing,” said Gordon.  “Off-road racing remains the greatest form of motorsport that most have never been exposed to, and our efforts with the Pro Unlimited class in the Mexican 1000 follows what we started under Formula Off-Road with the Stadium Super Trucks series.  We will continue to give competitors opportunities to race and to expose this amazing sport to the masses, which we will do through our social media efforts and the NBCSN broadcast.”

Pro Unlimited will feature unlimited trucks and buggies that do not already fall into previously established NORRA classes, which includes Vintage, Historic and Evolution divisions.  The Pro Unlimited class includes current model trucks and buggies and tire size is not limited as are vehicles competing in Vintage, Historic or Evolution classes.

Registration for the Pro Unlimited class can be made through the NORRA web site at www.norra.com; and the entry fee of $5,000 includes truck and primary driver entry as well as NORRA membership and an opportunity to capture the $50,000 winner-take-all top prize.  Co-driver, crew member and guest wristbands, which include food and beverage service provided by NORRA each day at each stop on the route to San Jose del Cabo, are also available through the NORRA website.  A post-race party in San Jose del Cabo will greet racers and families at the finish and tickets to that event is also encouraged and available through NORRA.

Tech inspection for the Pro Unlimited class will take place in Ensenada on Saturday, April 25.  The first stage from Ensenada to Bahia de Los Angeles (Bay of L.A.) will take place Sunday, April 26; the second stage from Bay of L.A. to Loreto will take place on April, 27; the third stage from Loreto to La Paz will be on April 28; and the final stage from La Paz to San Jose del Cabo will be on April 29.  The post-race party in San Jose del Cabo will also be held on April 29.

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Justin Lofton Wins the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire http://www.race-dezert.com/home/justin-lofton-wins-the-2015-polaris-rzr-mint-400-presented-by-general-tire-123016.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/justin-lofton-wins-the-2015-polaris-rzr-mint-400-presented-by-general-tire-123016.html#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:28:28 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123016 Justin Lofton Wins the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire A week after the biggest event in off-road racing, the overall victory at the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire has finally set in

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A week after the biggest event in off-road racing, the overall victory at the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire has finally set in for Justin Lofton.

“We just won the biggest race in the United States,” said Lofton. “This win was for everyone part of this program. We all came together to build one of the baddest trucks in off-road racing and winning The Mint 400 is proof.”

Lofton entered the #41 JIMCO Trick Truck for just its second race since hitting the dirt fresh out of JIMCO Racing’s shop. After a promising first run at Best in the Desert’s Parker 425 earlier this year, Lofton was enthusiastic about competing against race teams from all over the world in the biggest race of the year.

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Lofton went in to Thursday’s Time Trials with the top draw to qualify for starting position on race day and slapped down a sixth fastest lap time on the newly designed qualifying loop, +00:00:03.710 off the top qualifier, Dale Dondel. There wasn’t one racer in the top 20 you could count out of contention for the overall.

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On race day, Lofton’s three-stage plan was executed perfectly. Lofton ran a consistent pace and stuck with the race leaders through the first lap, which included Dale Dondel, BJ Baldwin, Rob MacCachren and Robby Gordon. Lofton’s pace was quickly reduced after a quick tire change four miles in to the race put him behind a couple more trucks.

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In a first for the Best in the Desert Series, the unlimited race was stopped for about an hour following a multi-vehicle accident near RM32 that sent two racers to the hospital. The racers, whose names were not initially released, were taken to a local hospital and vehicles were removed from the course before racing resumed at 4:45 p.m. After being held at the start line for nearly an hour, racers got a second to regroup before heading out on their second lap.

As lap two progressed, racers began to fall to the traps The Mint 400 course had in store. “That flat at the beginning might have been a blessing in disguise. We just kept our pace. Racers were falling off to the side and we were right there to pounce on them.”

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Heading out of main pit for the third and final lap, it was MacCachren, Dondel, Lofton and Gordon out in the lead physically. Shortly after, Lofton lost his rear brakes but never let up. “We did the whole last lap with no rear brakes, which doesn’t seem so bad. It slowed me down, which probably helped get me to the finish line in this truck.”

Lofton did just that and was the first to the finish line in Primm, NV. Tracking issues had fans uncertain who would be first across the finish line until Lofton was first to clear the Red Bull Jump in his brand new Jimco truck and earn the top spot atop the podium at the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire.

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“It’s pretty amazing,” Lofton said. “We set our sites on doing this and here we are. We had a cleaner run than a lot of people had,” he said. “This truck is fast. This is (just) the second race for the truck. We were leading the Parker 425 before we had issues.”

Justin Lofton will continue his run at a championship season at Best in the Desert’s Silverstate 300 on May 1-3, 2015.

Just would like to thank all his sponsors:

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About Justin Lofton
Justin Lofton’s racing accomplishments are varied and many. He has distinguished himself in competition ranging from BMX and Mountain Biking to Pikes Peak, IMCA Dirt Modifieds, Grand-Am, NASCAR and Desert Off-Road. In 2015, Justin Lofton made the move to the elite class in Off-Road Racing with his #41 Trophy Truck, Bad Company. Justin has earned rookie of the year titles, countless victories, points Championships and holds several track records.

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BMW Motorad Escondido Backs BAJA RALLY 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/bmw-motorad-escondido-backs-baja-rally-2015-123012.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/bmw-motorad-escondido-backs-baja-rally-2015-123012.html#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:02:17 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123012 BMW Motorad Escondido Backs BAJA RALLY 2015 Multi-Line Dealer Extends Partnership and VIP Adventure Package ENSENADA, BAJA CA, MEXICO-Bajarallymoto.com has announced that BMW Motorcycles of Escondido has extended it’s commitment to BAJA RALLY through 2015 and will be offering an

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ENSENADA, BAJA CA, MEXICO-Bajarallymoto.com has announced that BMW Motorcycles of Escondido has extended it’s commitment to BAJA RALLY through 2015 and will be offering an exclusive “Chasing the BAJA RALLY” adventure package to its VIP customers. BMWMCE was the title sponsor of BAJA RALLY 2.0 last September where the dealer launched its “adventure” package where invited riders embed into the BAJA RALLY with the racers and ride on selected sections of stage routes.

“It was a big honor last year for our team to partner with BMW and the dedicated team in Escondido”, explained BAJA RALLY General Director Scotty Breauxman, “Mike Findlay and his team know the Baja scene and are no strangers to racing and logistics in Mexico. We’ve fortified our entire infrastructure by aligning with Mike and his team. It says a lot about our progress to have the BMW logo back on our event.”

“We’ve been on board for the long term with BAJA RALLY”, explained BMWMCE chief Mike Findlay, “We see a big future in this event and our best customers want to venture down and out with the rally and in the bivouacs.”

BMWMCE hosts monthly rides into Baja CA for its most valued customers and the dealer has secured the license to host “follow-along” adventure tours around BAJA RALLY events. VIP attendees ride with BMWMCE staff and follow parts of the BAJA RALLY course to spectate before finishing each day to rendezvous with racers in the remote bivouac camp.

“It’s kind of cool that our VIP customers can rub shoulders and share meals with top pro racers and have unrestricted access to the BAJA RALLY bivouacs”, Findlay added.

“It adds a new dynamic to our event and our future”, Breauxman continued, “The BMW logo is one of the most recognizable marks on earth, so it adds an earned credibility to our team’s efforts and having a bunch of ADV riders with us under the BMW tent is like icing on the cake”.

This year, BMWMCE expects to limit its VIP Adventure package to 8-10 advanced riders. Interested and qualified riders should inquire with BMWMCE’s Operations Manager Rick Johns at 760 520-1288.

The BAJA RALLY is a multi-day, international-style “rally-raid” modeled after the world’s largest rally and hosted in the Mexican state of Baja CA. Sponsored and endorsed by Federal, State and Municipal Governments, the BAJA RALLY is the future of “eco-adventure” tourism in Baja CA.

BMW Motorcycles of Escondido is a leading multi-line retail dealership led by a team of experienced racers, technicians and staff. Based in North County San Diego, BMWMCE has all of your ADV and touring motorcycle needs covered.

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Roberts Racing Jumps Into Battle At LOORRS Season Opener http://www.race-dezert.com/home/roberts-racing-jumps-into-battle-at-loorrs-season-opener-123005.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/roberts-racing-jumps-into-battle-at-loorrs-season-opener-123005.html#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:36:39 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123005 Roberts Racing Jumps Into Battle At LOORRS Season Opener Lake Elsinore, CA The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series track at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California is known for its terrifyingly huge jumps that launch competitors to

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The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series track at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California is known for its terrifyingly huge jumps that launch competitors to amazing heights. Throwing yourself off the Lake Elsinore jumps takes drive and commitment. Despite the time crush of starting an entirely new short course racing program, Roberts Racing decided to display that same drive and commitment and jump right in to the Lucas Oil Off Road series. A lack of practice time and few spares might have sidelined some teams but Jared Roberts and the Roberts Racing team never shies away from a challenge.

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The plan for 2015 is to compete in Pro-2, Pro-4 and Pro Buggy. Dale Dondel’s new, state of the art Pro-4 is still under construction but Mike Dondel showed up to race his Pro-2 and CJ Greaves was driving the Roberts Racing Pro Buggy. Despite getting his truck faster during the two practice sessions, Mike Dondel popped an engine in round one and did not have a spare for round 2, sidelining him for the rest of the weekend.

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CJ Greaves was left to represent Roberts Racing. CJ showed the same open wheeled racing skills he used to win back to back, Pro Buggy Championships in 2010-2011 when he was only 14 years old.

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He improved his speed as the weekend went by; missing the podium by one spot in round 2. “We had an awesome set-up for a dry slick track,” says CJ, “When the sun went down and the traction increased, we were off a little. We worked all weekend to get the car better each run. By the end, we were not that far off but the track had a single line, it was hard to pass.” CJ finished 7th in round one and improved to 4th in round 2.

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Roberts Racing is working tirelessly with Toyo Tires, Specialized Automation Services, Racer Engineering, MOMO, King Shocks, KC HiLites, Power Steering Solution and F&L Racing Fuel to get the remaining pieces in place before the series resumes April 24 – 25 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. Dale Dondel’s Pro-4 will line up to race and Sgt. Dakota Meyer will be hitting the track in his Roberts Racing Pro Buggy. There will be more in store for CJ Greaves behind the wheel of a Roberts Racing Pro Buggy; stay tuned for the latest news at www.roberts-racing.com

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RJ Anderson Comes Out Swinging In 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rj-anderson-comes-out-swinging-in-2015-122993.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rj-anderson-comes-out-swinging-in-2015-122993.html#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:24:03 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=122993 RJ Anderson Comes Out Swinging In 2015 New Season, New Look, Same Championship Spirit Riverside, CA 3/23/15 – Excitement peaks going into the first race weekend of the year but the 2015 season began months ago for the RJ37 Team.

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New Season, New Look, Same Championship Spirit

Riverside, CA 3/23/15 – Excitement peaks going into the first race weekend of the year but the 2015 season began months ago for the RJ37 Team. Never has Anderson worked so hard to prepare for a season. Countless hours of testing and prep went into the #37 Pro2 & Pro-Lite trucks in support of this year’s championship quest.

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The 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) kicked off this past weekend in Lake Elsinore, CA. Here, in front of RJ’s home crowd, a new look would be unveiled to the public. A fresh new red & white graphics scheme inspired by last years look and RJ’s Polaris RZR viral video series XP1K, would adorn this years #37 Pro2 & Pro-Lite trucks. With this fresh look came a new level of confidence both in the team and himself. 2014 was challenging as the 22 year old RJ Anderson, then 21, ran his 2 truck program for the first the time all on his own. Combine that with it being his rookie season in the elite Pro2 class and you have enough pressure to break even the most experienced racers. RJ battled all year long proving himself as a team owner and learning as much as he could as a driver in a new division.

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This year the RJ and the RJ37 team are all about results and in Round 1 & 2 this weekend RJ proved that he is back and will be a force in both divisions all year long. RJ would earn 2 podiums in the Pro-Lite division putting his #37 LoanMart, Walker Evans Racing, South Point Pro-Lite on the box in 3rd place both for Round 1 & 2. The Pro-Lite got a much needed face lift by Holz Racing Products after last seasons beatings. The truck was pretty worn out until Mark Holz and his guys got ahold of the #37 and gave it new life! The former Pro-Lite champion came out and showed that he and his team are coming to reclaim their championship title.

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Friday’s run in Pro2 would present some challenges, however RJ and the team never gave up. Qualifying would end as RJ would be collected by a spun out truck in front of him over a blind jump. The collision would result in a destroyed drivers side front-end that the team would have to completely rebuild before the evenings race. The poor qualifying run would result in a 14th place start and when the green flag dropped RJ immediately opened the eyes to many in the crowd and in the sport that this years RJ Anderson was a new and improved version. RJ sprinted to the front of the field battling for 2nd place before contact would send him out of podium contention and to the back of the pack. He would quickly make work of 5 trucks before finishing the night in a disappointing 13th position. However, RJ was the fastest truck on the track until race winner Bryce Menzies would narrowly surpass his lap time late in the race. With the second fastest lap in Pro2, RJ had high spirits as he and the team prepped for Saturday’s Round 2 event.

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On Saturday RJ would qualify 7th putting him in the middle of the herd as the green flag waived and racers fired off into Round 2. It didn’t take long for RJ to impose his will on the competition. He once again showed he was one of the faster trucks on the track and made quick work of as many trucks as he could. As RJ reached the top 3, he Jeremy McGrath and Patrick Clark would go 3 wide down the front strait away and as they flew into the air contact between RJ and Patrick Clark was made sending the #37 Polaris RZR Pro2 sideways and into a violent 360 spin as it landed. RJ remained on the throttle and after being tagged by a couple of trucks found himself back on course and still running. The yellow flag waived putting RJ into 4th where he would remain despite a last minute push to overtake McGrath for the 3rd position. RJ rolled back to the RJ37 pits where he was greeted by his team and fans who all were riding high both on the weekends performance but more so on the promise of success in the 2015 season.

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Rj teamed up with UTVUnderground.com to put together this short video showing off the new livery and talking about the build up to the 2015 season and things to come. Click the Image above to check it out!

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Sean Cook Mint 400 PR03/24/15 El Cajon, CA– The Mint 400, “The Great American Off-Road Race”, took place on March 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. The following is Black Rhino/RacerX Motorsports Athlete Sean Cook’s post race report.

“Cook Off Road Racing made the journey to Las Vegas last week to participate in the Best in the Desert Mint 400. The team drew the #23rd starting position and driver Sean Cook knew he
would have his hands full trying to make it to the front of the pack as well as trying to keep the almost 40 other competitors in his mirror.

The festivities began on Friday when the team began with tech and registration down on historic Fremont St. Co-driver Todd Latronica debut his new clothing line Dirty DNA Clothing. The #1930 SPEED Energy UTV was on display in the Dirty DNA booth for all to see. The team spent the day representing all their sponsors and meeting new and old friends. The day ended with drivers attending the drivers meeting for last minute race day instructions. The team, headed by crew Chief Jeff Correia, headed back to the main pits and performed some last minute adjustments to the Polaris RZR.

Race day came early Saturday morning; the team had the #1930 SPEED Energy UTV staged and ready to race by 0500 hrs. With 330 entries set to race the team had to sit for a while awaiting their turn to take the green flag. 0630 hrs and the team finally took the green flag. Driver Jesus Leon and his co-driver Colton Cook were off and running across the Nevada desert. All systems were a go as the Polaris RZR roared into the dust. It was a rare sight to see Owner / Driver Sean Cook in the pits monitoring the progress of his race machine, but new team member Jesus Leon was very capable of taking on the challenge. The team was busy tracking the vehicle progress through the IRC Tracker, the crew was running hard and steady always maintaining about a one to two mile gap with the leader. At about mile marker 40 Jesus started radioing in that he thought he had a spark plug starting to foul, crew chief Jeff Correia made the decision to remove the fuel controller at the alternate pit and see if the problem cleared up.

Jesus got the car to alternate pit B where crew members Steve Medley and Carl Meyers made quick work of the repair; unfortunately this did not clear the problem. Jesus was back on course and maintaining a blistering pace, speeds reaching 80mph. The problem persisted but very intermittently. Jesus and Colton finally arrived at the main pit and the scheduled driver change and the 14 gallon fuel dump was under way. Jesus reported to driver Sean Cook that the throttle pedal was unresponsive below 3/4 throttle but ok wide open. Service was completed and driver Sean Cook, along with his tested co-driver Todd Latronica, were off on lap two.

Sean stated it was very evident that there was a throttle issue; he had no low end which made it a challenge entering and exiting the corners. On the open runs full throttle was good. Sean made his way through the infield then transitioned into the open desert; about mm 25 the car experienced an outer rear CV joint failure. Sean pulled the car off the track and Todd sprang into action making the necessary axle change. Once Todd was done the car was off and running again, Sean was able to maintain a good pace throughout the course, but as the vehicle neared mm 100 Sean radioed in they were losing power as if it was running out of fuel. At mm 105 the Polaris RZR came to a stop. Sean tried relentlessly to relight the race car to no avail. During the process of reigniting the car the team suffered a starter failure. Sean stated that while turning the motor over he heard the starter make a noise and then started coming unwound. As hard as the team had tried they knew their day had come to an end. Sean radioed in to the pits with the news no team wants to hear, he thanked everyone for a job well done but today just was not their day!

As Sean and Todd were basking in the sun out at the location of the car, they were treated with some great UTV racing unfolding as the leaders made their way into the finish line. The Mad Media helicopter flying overhead signaled the leaders were coming through; Johny Angal came down through the canyon first followed by the rest of the pack. They saw cars coming through in all sorts of condition, one vehicle rolled by on 3 wheels, the co-driver was hanging off the side of the car trying to keep the front of the car off the ground. Cognito came by with their right rear wheel horizontal with the ground; it appeared they had done some significant damage to their trailing arm. After about an hour of sunbathing the #1949 appeared like a chariot sent by the gods. Driver Alonso Lopez stopped to say hi and to lend assistance; Sean and Todd hooked a tow strap from the back of the #1949 and attached it to the #1930. We were off on our way back to civilization. Alonso had the two vehicles racing across the desert at nearly 50 mph, the 1930 was a mere 5′ off Alonso’s bumper, Sean stated it was quite the ride. A decision was made between Alonso and Sean to take the vehicles all the way in and try to salvage points for two laps.

As the pair of cars made their way down pit road in the 25 mph no passing zone, they were passed by two fellow racers exceeding the Speed rules. Eventually Alonso piloted the two cars to a finish! The #1930 SPEED Energy Team would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Alonso Lopez and his team for offering his assistance to us, this was a true expression of great sportsmanship.

Recapping the performance of the race vehicle, our GBC Kanati Mongrels were flawless, no flats; as a matter of fact they looked as good after 200 miles as they did at the start if the race. The Hellwig sway bar and King shocks were incredible, the team drove the car over stretches of whoops that in past races had slowed them down, but not this time it was full throttle all the way. The Madigan supplied suspension was spot on, the issues experienced in San Felipe are a thing of the past, this kit is bullet proof! The Muzzy exhaust sounded great and performed perfectly as always. Our Racer X supplied radio system was amazing; we had great comms all around the 116 mile course. I’m sure our Rigid lights performed well just did not really use them much because of the daylight, but their support is greatly appreciated. Our beautifully L & L powder coated chassis held up through the sand blasting known as the Nevada desert. The team was very satisfied with their forward progress on the development of their new race vehicle. The team is very confident that the opportunity to be on the podium is coming soon.

As always the team would like to thank all their family and friends for supporting them and of course to all their generous sponsors who make all this possible: SPEED Energy Drinks, GBC Motor Sports, Hellwig Motor Sports, KING Shocks, Precision Builders, Black Rhino / Racer X, CryoHeat, L & L Powder coating, Twisted Stitch Seats, Torco Oils, Optima Batteries, Madigan Suspensions, OMF Wheels, Ram Mounts, Muzzy Exhausts, Factory UTV, Racer tech, Fabwerxs, Rigid Industries, Wetsounds, Grizzly Coolers, Polaris Industries, One Stop CNC, D&D Graphx, Napa Auto Parts, BRE Racing, Red House BBQ, Dirty DNA Clothing, Alba Racing, Hill Media, Driven Steering Wheels, Summers Bros. Dirty Dawg Clutches.

BLACK RHINO/RACERX MOTORSPORTS

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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Monday, March 23rd, 2015 (San Diego, CA) Excitement reaches new levels for the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles as 10 teams from the United States will compete in this year’s edition – slated March 20 – April 4. The grueling off-road rally has gained the well-deserved reputation as the toughest all-women’s sporting event as competitors drive and navigate across southern Morocco’s challenging landscape with only a compass, set of outdated maps, a ruler, and their strength as a team. A bucket list event, the field of American teams has doubled since 2014.

Teams are comprised of a driver and navigator. The object is not fastest speed, but driving the shortest distance between checkpoints. Navigators are not given the exact checkpoints. They are given either a latitude and longitude or a distance and heading. Navigators must plot the CPs using math or geometry using plotters and rulers on maps from the 1950s and 60s. No outside assistance or private support teams are allowed during competition. It is a test of one’s precise navigation skills, smart driving, and vehicle durability.

This year’s rally welcomes 158 teams from 13 countries competing in 4 vehicle classes, with the United States representing the largest participation this year second to France. New for 2015 is an expert class – designed to further challenge the most experienced teams with more difficult terrain, additional dune challenges, and more difficult strategic decisions. The average day for the regular classes already spans 10-14 hours of competition, assuming no problems occur.

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the rally. Founder Dominique Serra, who originally worked for Ford Motor Corporation, has built the rally around several key tenants – women’s empowerment, environmental commitment, and dedication to supporting the people of Morocco. The rally has received several awards including the United Nations’ Plant for the Planet and is the only sporting event with ISO 14001 certification for it’s strict environmental practices. Serra was decorated as an Officer Wissam Al Alaoui in Morocco by King Mohammed VI for the positive impact the rally has on the country.

For the first time, American teams will be competing in all rally classes. 6 teams are entered in the 4×4 class, which are stock four wheel drive vehicles with low range. This is the largest class in the event. 1 team competing for Kawasaki is entered in the UTV/Moto/Buggy Class. 2 teams competing for Mercedes in the new 4-wheel drive Sprinter are entered in the Crossover Class. One team will compete in the new Expert Class.

Teams run the gamut in backgrounds from a Hollywood stuntwoman to Dakar class winner, former Wall Street trader, and a Los Angeles producer. A strong Southern California contingent is also participating this year, with 14 women representing the region.

Technical and administrative verifications concluded on Monday for the North American teams. Tuesday will mark the ceremonial start in Rabat for all 158 teams, with the much-anticipated Prologue scheduled for Wednesday the 25th.

For a full bio on all US teams and to track teams live, please visit: www.rallyeaichadesgazelles.com

Team # 23 – Sara Price/Erica Sacks, Canyon Lake, CA (Side by Side)
Team # 107 – Susanah Hoehn/Jo Hannah Hoehn, San Diego. CA (4×4)
Team # 175 – Susie Saxten/Sarah Saxten, San Diego, CA (4×4)
Team # 180 – Nicole Vaughan-Pitell, Corona, CA/Jessi Combs, Long Beach, CA (4×4)
Team # 182 – Patricia Klishevich, Delaware County, PA/Véronique De Sybourg-Siffert, Fribourg, Switzerland (4×4)
Team # 183 – Rebecca Donaghe, Marina Del Rey, CA/Barbara Fiorentino, Los Angeles, CA (4×4)
Team # 218 – Rachelle Croft/Rhonda Cahill, Bozeman, MT (4×4)
Team # 316 – Susan Mead, Williamstown, MA/Shennen Marschner, Los Angeles, CA (Crossover)
Team # 317 – Alyssa Roenigk, Venice, CA/Chrissie Beavis, San Diego, CA (Crossover)
Team # 400 – Amy Lerner, Bergen County, NJ/Sabrina Howells, Los Angeles, CA (4×4)

About: The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is a grueling test of driving skill and navigation across southern Morocco’s most beautiful and challenging terrain. The rally is unique whereby teams are not allowed technological assistance. In the absence of GPS, communications and service crews, teams must find the shortest distance between the checkpoints over nine days of competition with only the aid of traditional navigation – compass, outdated maps, and plotters. The event is an incredible test of endurance, patience, and tea

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Clyde Stacy draws first start for Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500;
first SCORE Baja Sur-only race to run Cabo San Lucas to Loreto

Peters draws first start in unlimited Class 1, Udall gets first off line in Open Motorcycles;
Round 2 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship to be televised on CBS Sports Network;
more info at www.SCORE-International.com

RENO, Nev.—Southern gentleman Clyde Stacy, of Bristol, Va., received the honor of drawing the first starting position for next month’s history-making Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race in his No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck that will race in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks. The drawing was held Tuesday in Reno, Nev. where SCORE’s corporate headquarters is located.
Stacy and his protégé Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez of Tecate, Mexico, finished third in January in the season-opening Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja, Mexico.
SCORE International, for over four decades known as the world’s foremost desert racing organization, is taking another giant step into the future as Round 2 of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will mark the first time in its storied history that SCORE will present a race entirely in Baja California Sur, on the southern end of the Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
Following several years of negotiations and finalization of details with Mexican officials, SCORE, known as trail blazers in the sport of desert racing, will present the inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 on April 15-19. Round 2 of the SCORE World Desert Championship will start at the luxurious tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and finish in the picturesque city of Loreto on the glistening Sea of Cortez on the east side of the peninsula.
SCORE was founded in 1973, SCORE Baja racing began in 1974 and SCORE is celebrating its 42nd year in 2015. With three races held annually for nearly 30 years in Baja, this race is the historical first time a SCORE Baja race will start and finish exclusively in the southern state of Baja California Sur. Previously the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 desert race has finished 20 times in La Paz and twice in Cabo San Lucas.
M/C & CLASS 1
Drawing the first start among the motorcycle class was Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif., who won the season-opener in San Felipe in January on a Honda CRF450X. First of the line in the unlimited Class 1 will be George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif., who finished third in class in San Felipe in a Chevy-powered Racer open-wheel desert race car.
LATE ENTRIES
With late entries accepted up to 5 p.m. the evening before the race (April 17), over 100 entries from 15 US States and five countries expected to enter the inaugural race that will feature competition in 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. A total of 65 entries were received in time for the start draw on Tuesday, including 13 each in both SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1.
SCORE COMMENTS
“This new SCORE Baja race has consumed massive man hours in developing the concept and designing the plan for the event and we salute all those racers who have accepted the challenge to become part of history at this inaugural race,” commented Roger Norman, SCORE CEO and President. “All of us at SCORE and the Baja Sur committees enthusiastically embrace the Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 and we are certain this will add volumes to the legacy of SCORE International. The race course if fast and beautiful and I am certain the racers will get to enjoy its magnificent beauty during pre-running.”
PRE-RUNNING
Pre-running on the official race course begins this Friday (March 27) and the GPS coordinates will be posted on the SCORE website this Thursday. The course map can already be found on the SCORE website under the text icon of race info.
MAIN COURSE
A magnificent 424.43-mile course has been plotted with four physical checkpoints along the route from the start in Cabo San Lucas to the finish on the Malecon in Loreto. Much of the race course has never been used before in the 22 times SCORE has finished a race in either La Paz or Cabo San Lucas.
The exciting and challenging course runs northwest along the Pacific Ocean up through Todos Santos before moving northeast and inland at race mile 120. Going near La Paz, the course moves alongside the Sea of Cortez where it heads north to San Evaristo at race mile 220. From there, the course turns sharply southeast, heading back into the center of the peninsula. At Las Golondrinas (rm 260) the course turns back northwest and then north into Loreto passing near Cd. Constitucion and Cd. Insurgentes on the way up through Santo Domingo and San Javier into the finish on the Malecon in Loreto.
GREEN FLAG
The green flag will drop first in the elapsed-time race for motorcycles and quads at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday (April 18). With a minimum of a four-hour gap in between the start of the motorcycles/quads, cars, trucs and UTVs will get the green flag starting at 11:15 a.m. The start line will be in the Cabo San Lucas Wash at the Yenecamu Fields and the finish line will be on the Malecon in Loreto.
SKED HIGHLIGHTS…
The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday (April 17). Contingency will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tech from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Yenecamu Fields in Cabo San Lucas. Racer registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday (April 16) and Friday (April 17) in the Pericues Ballroom at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa, the race headquarters in Cabo San Lucas.
Both held prior to the start of the race, the Monster Energy SCORE Baja Sur 500 Party will be held at The Office on the Beach on Playa El Medano on Wednesday (April 15) from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the pre-race Bud Light SCORE Kick-off Party will be held on Thursday (April 16) from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Casa Dorada.
In Loreto, La Mision Hotel is the race headquarters with the finish line adjacent to the resort on the Malecon on the Sea of Cortez. In the finish line area on Saturday (April 18), the Bud Light Finish Line Party will also be held. The awards celebration will conclude the festivities on the Malecon adjacent to La Mision Hotel on Sunday (April 19) at 10 a.m.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK ENTRIES
Led by Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr, who has 80 season points after winning the SCORE season opener in San Felipe in the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor, will start third in Cabo, behind Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin who finished second in San Felipe in the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, who finished 10th after leading three-fourths of the race in San Felipe, drew the fourth starting position in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, will start fifth in the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado.
Defending SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Steven Eugenio of El Centro, Calif. and new teammate Armin Schwarz of Germany, drew the eighth starting spot in the No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
TOP TEAM
Working diligently with SCORE’s Roger Norman and international liaison Oscar Ramos to make this dream race a reality have been numerous individuals in Baja California Sur, here is the team from Mexico that have been working tirelessly to prepare for this first-time event:
· Marcos Alberto Covarrubias Villasenor, Governor of the State of Baja California Sur
· Gil Cueva Tabardillo, Baja California Sur State Congressman
· Jose S. Jassen, President of the Mexican Motorsports Federation
· Ruben Reachi Lugo, Secretary of Tourism of Baja California Sur
· Jose Antonio Agundez Montano, May of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
· Francisco Monroy Sanchez, Mayor of La Paz, Baja California Sur
· Jorge Aviles Perez, Mayor of Loreto, Baja California Sur
· Venustiano Perez Sanchez, Mayor of Comondu, Baja California Sur
SCORE has also enjoy tremendous cooperation and coordination between Federal, State and Municipal authorities as well as Hotel Associations, Restaurants, Chambers and many other groups involved in the tourist activities. The primary goal from the start of this project has been to provide the racers, teams and spectators with the quality of overall event structure to all them to enjoy the beauty of Baja Sur.
Significant in the preparation for this massive event has also been the congenial participation and involvement of the Mexican Army, Navy, Federal, State and Municipal Police, Red Cross and Civil Protection and the Mayors of Los Cabos, La Paz, Comondu and Loreto.
SCOREscope
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 16-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
· 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
· 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 2016, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special-first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 2016, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
SCORE SPONSORS…
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500
April 15-19, 2015—424.43 miles
Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Total Entries: 65 (as of 3/24/15)
(from 12 U.S. States, Austria, Germany and Mexico)
(By starting order within class)
Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (13)
5 Clyde Stacy
97 B.J. Baldwin
21 Gus Vildosola Jr
11 Rob MacCachren
17 Eduardo Laguna
45 Gary Magness
59 Craig Potts
1 Steven Eugenio
3 Mark Post
50 Zak Langley
55 Flavio Navarro
47 James Bult
88 Sergio Salgado
CLASS 1 (13)
131 George Peters
104 Rob Archibald
172 Jonathan Brenthel
180 Jim Anderson
134 Edgar Romero
18* Francisco Villagomez
190 Sandy Hall
150 Armando Molina
107 Carlos Olmos
175 Jaime Huerta Jr
160 Victor Barreda
168 Shelby Reid
125 Scott Rueschenberg
CLASS 1/2-1600 (2)
1636 Aaron Ampudia
1683 Juan Peralta
CLASS 5-1600 (2)
597 Enrique Zazueta Jr-1st RS
553 Armando Garcia-2nd RS
CLASS 10 (5)
1050 John Langley
1002 Mark Lawrence
1006 Mike Lawrence
1000 Cody Reid
1011 Morgan Langley
CLASS 3000 (1)
3030 Chad Broghton
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (6)
846 Jose Gomez
874 Elias Hanna
880 Scott Serven
872 Jordan Brenthel
871 Larry Connor
862 Pete Sohren
CLASS 19 (8)
1909 Roberto Balderama
1921 Johnny Angal
1927 Ben Wilson
1942 Scott McFarland
1920 Aaron Mantufas
1905 Marc Burnett
1915 Thomas Graves
19** Alejandro Rodriguez
Pro Motorcycles
OPEN M/C (3)
5x Colton Udall
1x Ricky Brabec
3x Mark Samuels
CLASS 30 (1)
300x Mark Winkelman
CLASS 40 (5)
411x Collie Potter
403x Oscar Fazz
404x Jano Montoya
400x Paul Thomas
444x Kyle Abney
SCORE IRONMAN (3)
7**x James Despard
706x Kevin Daniels
700x Tony Gera
Sportsman
SPT BUGGY (1)
1515 Derek Fletcher
SPT M/C (1)
288x Francisco Osuna
SPT QUAD (1)
114a Fabian Davis

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One of the things that drives me crazy about concept vehicles is that very few of them actually make it to production. It’s the ultimate car tease! What if auto manufactures adopted a pre-order system where once they got enough pre-orders they would actually produce the concept car everybody wanted making the process more democratic!!?? Looking at these new Jeep concept vehicles I am sure there would be more than enough interest to make them. Hell, maybe Jeep can ask Local Motors to give them a hand manufacturing smaller runs of vehicles. The first one that caught my eye was the Chief Concept which is basically the ultimate off-road beach cruiser. It has a 3.6L Pentastar V6, 17″ wheels and surf-inspired details, including an ocean blue body, Tiki shifter, and wooden slats in the cargo area, and Hawaiian print seats. Now you can go hang at “Old Man’s” or “Punta Cañejo” with all the modern accoutrements. Personally I would be one of these for sure!

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The other Jeep concept vehicles had some merit as well especially this troop transport one built as a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles. This minimalist style Jeep even has Fox shocks and front and rear Dana 44 axles so you can actually get it dirty. The built-in cooler draws its inspiration from an old artillery box and accommodates 85 cans of your favorite beverage.

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 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder
Based on the Jeep Wrangler, the Red Rock Responder is a support vehicle purpose-built to respond to any vehicle emergency with spare parts and tools stored in the built-in drawers and compartments of the cargo box.

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The newest addition to the Jeep lineup, the Jeep Renegade, is the basis for the Desert Hawk concept vehicle, and is equipped with a selection of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts.

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The Canyon Trail concept vehicle is developed from the Jeep Cherokee, Four Wheeler Magazine’s “2015 Four Wheeler of the Year.” In the spirit of that award, the Canyon Trail ups the Cherokee’s best-in-segment capability with Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts specifically designed for even more off-road prowess.

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Jeep Wrangler Africa
The Africa is the ultimate Jeep Wrangler for back-country and overland expeditions, with room for extra gear and auxiliary fuel tanks.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander
The Grand Cherokee-based Overlander concept vehicle represents the rough-and-tumble side of Grand Cherokee, a rugged and dependable vehicle customized for the enthusiast interested in overland expeditions where they travel and camp out of their vehicle.

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Go get your Jeep on!

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Once again RECORD off-road series started their 2015 season with the Alamo 200, a favorite race for the locals in Ensenada. The racecourse was located at the popular spot known as “79” or “Km 79″ doing a 45 mile loop around Heroes de la Independencia town.

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It all started with the traditional contingency the day before. Usually at any RECORD race the contingency starts officially around 5pm but the real party starts hours later when most of the drivers bring their race trucks and buggies to tech.

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The racetrack, sometimes marked with bones, was rougher and rougher after every lap, having whoops sections 2′ to 4′ deep which for the 5/1600 and 11 classes was a nightmare, for the open and 7’s classes a little more enjoyable.

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Elias Hanna was driving his new Trophy-Spec (built by the shop Pad-Mur in Ensenada) in it’s second race with a great start. He easily dominated the first laps and had more than a 10 minute lead between himself and the driver behind him but problems with the steering wheel cost him 45 minutes, which left him with a second place finish in the open class behind winner Ryan Rodenberger.  The overall winner on time was Ernesto “Tito” Arámbula in his Class 1/2 1600, proving that he’s one of the best drivers in Baja.

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You can see the list of winners below. Congratulations to all. See you at the next race in June, Ensenada-San Felipe 250!

Trucks Open Class
Ryan Rodenberger      3:37:53

Class 1/2-1600
Ernesto Arámbula      3:30:01

Class 5-1600
Salvador Carrillo 4:01:05

Class 7
Perry McNeil       3:43:09

Class 7sx
Miguel Sandoval 3:36:12

Class 8
Francisco Valdez 4:18:02

Class 9
Víctor Guerrero   6:00:35

Class 10
Marcos Romo      4:12:35

Clase 12
Miguel Tornel      3:34:43

Class 11
David Garzón      4:59:31

Class 14
Fausto Moreno    4:27:01

Class 15
Érick Ocegueda   4:25:37

Class 18
Rafael Melgoza   5:34:45

Safari
Ricardo Rodríguez     3:29:50

Pro Bikes
Ricardo Muñoz Junior       3:23:57

Bike Sportsman
Marco Maclish    3:27:36

Safari
Mauri Herrera     3:51:15

ATV Sportsman
Marcos Cousiño  3:30:47

 

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JIMCO Racing rolled in to Las Vegas for with an impressive list of vehicles ready to conquer the toughest race in America, The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire. The brand new Trick Truck and Class 1500 cars of Justin Lofton and Sam Berri reached the pinnacle of achievement as race teams from throughout the world all came to compete in The Great American Off-Road Race. Two races is all it took for both Jimco built cars to sit atop the podium and prove themselves Champions, with Justin Lofton as The 2015 Mint 400 Overall Champion and Sam Berri The 2015 Mint 400 Class 1500 Winner.

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After debuting the new Jimco #41 Trick Truck at Best in the Desert’s season opener at The Parker 425, Lofton went in to Thursday’s Time Trials with the top draw to qualify for starting positions on race day. Lofton slapped down a sixth fastest lap time on the newly designed qualifying loop with a time +00:00:03.710 off the top qualifier, Dale Dondel. Sam Berri was third fastest Class 1500 and qualified himself to a modest starting position on race day.

Based on qualifying results, there wasn’t one racer in the top 20 you could count of contention for the overall. Lofton held with the race leaders through the first lap, including Dale Dondel, BJ Baldwin, Rob MacCachren and Robby Gordon, even after losing a tire about 4 miles in to the race. For Berri, after the first lap it was evident that it was between him and Jimco racer Cody Parkhouse.

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A first for the Best in the Desert Series, the unlimited race was stopped for about an hour following a multi-vehicle accident near RM32 that sent two racers to the hospital. The racers, whose names were not released, were taken to a local hospital and vehicles were removed from the course before racing resumed at 4:45 p.m. After being held at the start line for nearly an hour, racers got a second to regroup before heading out on their second lap.

As lap two progressed, racers began to fall to the traps The Mint 400 course had in store. Heading out of main pit for the third and final lap, it was MacCachren, Dondel, Lofton and Gordon out in the lead physically. Shortly after, Lofton lost his rear brakes. “We did the whole last lap with no rear brakes, which doesn’t seem so bad. It slowed me down, which probably helped get me to the finish line in this truck.”

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Lofton did just that, about a minute and a half faster than Robby Gordon, who finished second on the day. Tracking issues had fans uncertain who would be first across the finish line until Lofton, in his brand new Jimco truck, cleared the Red Bull Jump at the race’s end.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Lofton said. “We set our sites on doing this and here we are. We had a cleaner run than a lot of people had,” he said. “This truck is fast. This is (just) the second race for the truck. We were leading the Parker 425 before we had issues.”

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Sam Berri’s 1500 car ran flawless all day. Berri finished the race on the same set of tires is began with and never had to make any adjustments to the perfectly tuned vehicle. Berri made sure to congratulate everyone else’s accomplishments over his own at the finish line.

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“My crew came together. I couldn’t have done it without Jimco. Those guys did a fantastic job putting this together,” said Berri on the podium. “Everybody who got involved in helping, we put this thing together and made it worth winning The Mint! So this is all for those guys. I’m getting ready to turn 62 and we’re out here giving the youngins a run for their money and it’s awesome.”

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Second place finisher and Jimco racer Cody Parkhouse was only fourteen seconds off Berri’s winning time. Parkhouse was fourth fastest at qualifying and went on to contest Berri as the two lead 1500 vehicles. The dust combined with Berri’s pace was too much for Parkhouse, who ultimately ended in second place in Class 1500. Thirty four Class 1500 vehicles started the race and only seventeen finished, including #1522 Brian Wilson in 9th, #1525 Joel Whitted in 10th and #1517 Ross Mattox in 12th.

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Three other Jimco Trick Trucks finished in the middle of the pack including #94 Steve Strobel in 15th, #1 Jason Voss in 21st and #42 Will Staats in 23rd. Troy Vests Mint 400 got cut short in a nasty collision with another competitor in the infield just moments after starting the race. After a jump, the competitor collided with Vest and set him in a multi roll crash that ended his day. Fortunately, the Jimco Trick Truck endured the crash and Vest and co-driver was not injured.

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#1025 Chad Dohrman and #1071 Jason Coleman held it down for Jimco in Class 1000. Dohrman missed the win by less than two minutes. Roger Starkey put together a consistent race and took the overall limited race win. A flat tire on lap two set Coleman twelve and a half minutes back at the finish, after leading the first lap. Coleman finished in seventh place overall. #1053 Brad Wilson broke an axle and did not finish the race.

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Next on the list for Jimco Racing is SCORE-International’s Baja Sur 500 from April 15th-19th from Cabo to Loreto, Baja California.

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
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Friday night was an awesome night of racing and it would be hard for the drivers to top the show they put on for the fans, but they did just that last night at Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series. In front of a standing room only crowd racers hammered down and had the spectators on the edge of their seat each race with plenty of action and fender slamming to go around.

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Opening ceremonies was at 7:30pm but there were still people trying to park when the show started. Looking into the crowd it was just a sea of people all pumped up for a great night of short course offroad racing.

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Steelo99 is the name Kyle Leduc gave to his new Pro 4 and yesterday she put on a show. Leduc qualified first, once again, but due to some small contact with Bryce Menzies on one of the qualifying laps, LOORRS officials took his time away forcing him to start dead last in a strong field of eleven Pro 4’s. Once the green flagged dropped it was tunnel vision as Leduc slowly picked everyone off one-by-one. By lap five, he was already sitting in 5th place and would stay there for another six laps before digging deep and eventually getting around then leader Bryce Menzies. Menzies, in his second Pro 4 race, led the majority of the race and would cap off the weekend with four total podiums. Renezeder who has seemed to shrug off the disappointing season from last year will leave Lake Elsinore with the Pro 4 points lead after finishing third last night and taking the win the day before.

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Pro 4 Results
1. Kyle Leduc
2. Bryce Menzies
3. Carl Renezeder

Win one race and it could always be a fluke or that the chips fell in your favor, but lightning doesn’t strike twice. Brad DeBerti showed us all that he is a contender in the Prolite class once again by sweeping the weekend and taking the win again last night (oh and he also set fast lap each night). Just like Friday night, once DeBerti got up front it turned into a race for second place, and it was a race. Casey Currie, Jimmy Fishback, and The 3 Amigos of Creed, Brooks and RJ Anderson all battled hard to take that top spot away from DeBerti. Lap by lap the five of them exchanged fenders and positions giving the crowd a great show and in the end Creed and RJ would sit on the box. On the final lap Brooks was sitting in second but with some contact with Creed he spun out and would have to settle for fifth.

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Prolite Results
1. Brad DeBerti
2. Sheldon Creed
3. RJ Anderson

Pro Buggy was a pretty straight forward race with the final top four positions being decided after the first lap. Mike Valentine and Chad George started on the front row and after lap one George would see clean air and not look back. Valentine, Garrett George and CJ Greaves driving the Roberts Racing buggy would all play follow the leader behind George. Valentine would get close to George on a few laps being able to pressure him but the veteran stayed cool, held his lines and took home his first win of the season.

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Pro Buggy Results
1. Chad George
2. Mike Valentine
3. Garrett George

The Pro 2 race fell in the same manner as the Prolite race did earlier in the night. Bryce Menzies, coming off a win from yesterday, led from the start of the race and stayed there until the checkered flag fell and fireworks filled the air. Menzies leaves the weekend with the points lead after winning both nights and after getting on the podium twice in Pro 4 as well, will have plenty of fireworks going into Round 3 next month. Rob MacCachren followed Menzies the whole night in second place but even with a few yellow flags couldn’t get around the fast and consistent Menzies. Behind the two of them was mayhem lap after lap as Patrick Clark, RJ Anderson, Jeremy McGrath, Carl Renezeder and others all did their best to grab that last podium spot. On one of the final laps RJ Anderson diverted disaster after making contact in the air with Clark on the front stretch landing sideways and doing a full 360 on the ground. Officials threw a full course yellow expecting the worse but everyone came out unscathed.

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Pro 2 Results
1. Bryce Menzies
2. Rob MacCachren
3. Carl Renezeder

The first weekend of LOORRS is in the books and it is starting off on a high note with some great momentum going into Rounds 3 & 4 next month at the Wildhorse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photography

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Short course season has officially begun! Check out RJ Anderson’s new look and attitude for 2015!

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Short course racing is finally here and it started off with some great battles and we found some superstars in the making. Lake Elsinore hosted Round 1 of the Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series yesterday under the lights and racers put on a show for those fans in attendance.

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With a new year comes new sponsors, new drivers, and racers changing classes. This year Pro 4 is a little different with Todd Leduc now racing Pro 2 under the MavTV/Stronghold banner, Bryce Menzies and Adrian Cenni are running a full season in the class, we saw Corey Weller and Ricky Johnson exit the class to do other things, and crowd pleaser Eric Barron is back for a full season. Eric Fitch who was a contender last year in Pro Buggy is now in the Pro 2 ranks, Sheldon Creed along with his Prolite added a Pro 2 to his arsenal, and Prolite with a strong field of 25 trucks has a few new faces (more on that later).

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New to the big show was the SR1 UTV class who are a staple in the Lucas Oil Regional Series, and ran a field of 21 cars in front of the crowd. Dustin Nelson who comes from an ATV background and who’s cars is brand new took the win followed by Correy Weller who laid down a fast lap that would beat most the Prolites. The plan is to just have them run this weekend but if the fans like them we may see them in future races.

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Pro 4 was your first truck race of the night and we saw some great battles and plenty of fiberglass and paint swapping hands. After qualifying first in his brand new Pro 4 hotrod Kyle Leduc set out to continue where he left off last season, crossing the finish line first. However with only a second separating the to 5 qualifiers it wasn’t going to be an easy task. The inversion saw Bryce Menzies and Carl Renezeder start in the front row with Menzies getting the holeshot into turn one.

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He would lead the pack in his first Pro 4 race for the first 6 laps before spinning out and losing a few track positions. The mistake would let Renezeder take over the lead and thats where he would finish the race. Kyle briefly took over the lead on lap 7 but he would also make a small mistake and let the group go by and with new reverse had to be towed away from a k-rail to get going again. Doug Fortin who got spun out on the first lap putting him in last fought hard and hammered down to work his way back to finish second for the night.

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Pro 4 Results
1. Carl Renezeder
2. Doug Fortin
3. Bryce Menzies

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In Prolite we saw just how important and fundamental the Lucas Oil Regional Series are. Brad DeBerti purchased Brian Deegan’s championship winning truck last year and ran a few races in the California Regional Series getting ready to race the big show this year. He had some success landing on the podium and we got a glimpse of what he was capable of but the question was always how he would perform racing the big dawgs in front of a packed house and under the pressure. Yesterday we got that answer as DeBerti qualified 5th fastest out of 25 Prolites and when it counted stepped up and not only crossed the finish line first but ended it with standing on the roof celebrating his first Proilte win.

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To say the win came hard would be a lie, Jerrett Brooks got the holeshot on him off the start but it didn’t last long as DeBerti got around him before the first lap finished, and never looked back. The race wasn’t for the lead but for the track positions behind him as we saw some great racing with Brooks, RJ Anderson, Justin Smith, Ryan Beat and Sheldon Creed all trying to round out the podium. Another notable was Brandon Arthur who in a brand new truck got sent to the back of the pack right off the start with a mistake but put his head down and worked he way back up to finish 6th.

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Polite Results
1. Brad DeBerti
2. Jerrett Brooks
3. RJ Anderson

The finale was 17 Pro 2 trucks all breathing fire trying to close out the night with a win. Pro 2 is a very competitive class with the majority of the drivers all close to each other in lap times. It usually comes down to starting position and who can stay clean and not get mixed up in the chaos. The top three qualifiers were Bryce Menzies, Rob MacCachern and Carl Renezeder and with no inversion thats how they would start the race. Rob Mac was able to pull Menzies off the start and lead for the first 5 laps but Menzies was able to get around Rob Mac and take over the lead.

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After tasting the win in Pro 4 for a few laps, Menzies was on a mission to not let this one get away. Lap after lap Bryce ran clean smooth lines and never let Rob Mac or Renezeder get close and left them to battle for second. In the end Renezeder would get around Rob Mac giving him another podium spot to start off the year strong.

Pro 2 Results
1. Bryce Menzies
2. Carl Renezeder
3. Rob MacCachren

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If you weren’t abel to catch last nights action we are doing it all over again today out here in Lake Elsinore. Gates open at 4:30pm and opening ceremonies start right at 7:30pm so don’t miss it!

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Baja Designs Racers Justin Lofton and Sam Berri Victorious at the
2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire

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The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire will undoubtedly go down in history books as one of the most competitive races in recent off-road history. Fifty-one Trick Trucks and thirty-four Class 1500’s rolled in to Sin City ready to throw down on the brutal Best in the Desert race course. After a momentary stoppage in the race due to a multi-vehicle collision, it was apparent that The Great American Off-Road Race would carry on past dusk, shifting the focus to visibility into the night. With the help of Baja Designs Off-Road Performance Lighting, Justin Lofton, Sam Berri and Brett Sourapas were able to push until the end and secure the Overall Victory and 1st place in Class 1500 and Class 6100, respectively.

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After making the move up from Class 1500 to the Trick Truck Class, Justin Lofton has proven his newly built Jimco Trick Truck can race with the best. As if the deteriorating Mint 400 race course wasn’t tough enough, racers had to quickly shift to nighttime strategies after the first stoppage of a race in Best in the Desert history forced the race to push further into the night. A Baja Designs OnX6 Racer Edition Arc Series LED Light Bar guided Lofton over the finish line after completing the 400 mile course in just under six hours, 7 minutes ahead of the 2nd place finisher Robby Gordon.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Lofton said. “We set our sights on doing this and here we are. This race is the one you want to win.”

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Similar to Justin Lofton, Sam Berri also has a brand new Jimco Class 1500 built for the 2015 season which has been outfitted with Baja Designs OnX6 Racer Edition LED Light Bars and Squadron Pro auxiliary lights. Berri ran a flawless race and was 1st to the finish line with an official time of 06:24:27.431.

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“My crew came together. I couldn’t have done it without everybody who got involved in helping put this thing together and made it worth winning The Mint!” commented Berri at the finish line. “Baja Designs played a huge part in this win, allowing me to keep my pace into the night and hold off Parkhouse hot on my tail.”

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The list of accomplished Baja Designs racers with strong finishes at the 2015 Mint 400 doesn’t stop there. Tavo Vildosola was a frontrunner the entire day and finished 5th overall. Tavo finished the race just seventeen minutes off Lofton’s pace. Dan, Luke and Andy McMillin also demonstrated the effectiveness of Baja Designs Lighting with 6th, 7th and 13th place overall finishes.

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Hot off their win at the BITD Parker 425 earlier this year, TSCO Racing’s Gary Weyhrich finished with an impressive 8th place at the Mint 400. Baja Designs racers secured 8 of the top 10 positions in the combined overall rankings in addition to top tier finishes in Trick Truck, Class 1500 and Class 6100 placing Baja Designs in the forefront of the off-road lighting industry.

Trick Truck Top Ten Overall Results with Baja Designs Lights:
1st – #41 Justin Lofton
3rd – #6 Sourapas Motorsports
5th – #21 Gustavo Vildosola Jr.
6th – #23 Dan McMillin
7th – #83 Luke McMillin
8th – #98 Gary Weyhrich
9th – #1549 Sam Berri
10th – #1532 Cody Parkhouse

Fourteen seconds separated Berri from Baja Designs teammate, Cody Parkhouse. Parkhouse was fourth fastest at qualifying and went on to contest Berri as the two lead 1500 vehicles. Terrain conditions combined with Berri’s pace was too much for Parkhouse, who ultimately ended up in second place in Class 1500.

#6119 Brett Sourapas secured Baja Designs a third win at The Mint in the 6100 Class with his dominating 06:48:47.691 run, over twenty minutes faster than second place. After winning the opening Best in the Desert race in Parker, AZ, this was Sourapas’ first finish at night in 2015. With the help of the farthest projecting LED light bar in the industry, Sourapas is now 2 for 2 after winning the 2015 Mint 400. Baja Designs advocates, #6103 David Kleiman and #6183 Jeff Terzo, rounded out the podium with 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 6100 Class.

About Baja Designs:
For 20+ years Baja Designs (BD) has engineered revolutionary ways to stay at the forefront of motorcycle and automotive lighting. The first product developed was a Dual Sport kit that made a pure off road motorcycle minimally street legal. This intimate knowledge of motorcycle electrical capabilities led to a natural evolution to engineer the first HID motorcycle race light. Owner/Lead engineer Alan Roach and Product Development Engineer Stephen “Tex” Mitchell were avid Baja 1000 motorcycle racers who were able to fine tune a motorcycle’s limited light optics to maximize rider comfort, speed and safety. As a result, Baja Designs (BD) has won every professional and amateur motorcycle and ATV Baja 1000 class for over 15 years.

As their engineers and racers advanced to truck and buggy racing, the next evolution began. The engineers quickly adapted their race winning HID motorcycle lights to their new race vehicles. With amazing speed, Baja Designs (BD) HID lights were adopted by the vehicle race community and could be found on the majority of Baja 1000 winning vehicles. In the process, Baja Designs (BD) engineers became well known as “The Scientists of Lighting” and were sought out by professional race teams to develop and aim their vehicle lighting.

LED lights were the next natural evolution of lighting and Baja Designs (BD) was the first company to develop a forward projecting LED light bar that was introduced and raced in the 2005 Baja 1000. That original LED light bar has evolved into a line of the highest performing and race winning LED lights on the market.
Revolutionizing industry leading lights is not just a job at Baja Designs (BD), but a lifelong passion for both their owners and employees. The Baja Designs (BD) product line is dedicated to being BRIGHTER, BOLDER, and BETTER, which is why they truly are “The Scientists of Lighting”.

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Lake Elsinore, CA

Roberts Racing will head from the desert to the track when their short course team debuts at the opening round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California this Friday & Saturday Night. Mike Dondel will be commencing his rookie year in Pro2 driving the Roberts Racing Racer Engineering Pro-2 truck.

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Dondel will be joined by CJ Greaves who will be racing the Roberts Racing Racer Engineering Pro Buggy.

“I am super excited to be a part of the Roberts Racing team at Lake Elsinore,” says Greaves, “I have spent some test time in the car over the last few weeks and feel very comfortable behind the wheel. The car is an easy top 5 contender.”

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Greaves assessment carries some weight. He began his career driving open wheeled buggies at the age of 14. An instant success, he won the championship his rookie season and backed it up with another title the following year making him the youngest driver to win a Traxxas TORC series short-course championship. Dakota Meyer is slated to take over the reins of the Pro Buggy at the Phoenix rounds in April.

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Meyer is a Medal of Honor recipient who shares his passion for competition with the Roberts Racing team. Dale Dondel will also compete for the Roberts Racing team as soon as his state of the art Racer Engineering Pro-4 is completed.

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Don’t sit around this weekend, get down to the track to catch all the action!

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Roberts Racing is comprised of an extraordinary group of individuals who have all achieved noteworthy distinction in their own endeavors. Together, their objective is to apply their extensive technical expertise and business acumen to advance off-road racing and to maximize their sponsor’s brand awareness through aggressive multi-media motorsports marketing. Combining their many talents and passion for motorsports in three unique off-road racing series, Roberts Racing is poised to change the off-road racing landscape in many new and exciting ways.

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Las Vegas, NV

If the terrain at the Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire was not bad enough, conditions on race day would have racers driving blind on a course that was covered in thick, hanging dust. Those who drove smartly were rewarded in the end. Some suffered bad luck regardless of their strategy. The attrition rate was high. 18 Jeepspeed Challenge class 1700 trucks started, 12 finished. In Jeepspeed Cup, 6 trucks took the green flag, only 3 finished. The manufacturer’s breakdown is as follows, 15 Jeep Cherokees, 5 Jeep Wranglers, 2 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 1 Jeep Comanche and 1 Dodge Ram 1500. All 5 Wranglers in the field were participating in the new Jeepspeed Trophy series.

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Jeepspeed Challenge winner Rick Randall was patient as he set out on the course. “We started 16th and took a conservative pace because of all the dust and eventually the blinding sun/dust combo,” said Randall, “I knew that a flat tire would ruin our chances for a class win. We caught up to Ben Thorvick but when we got close, the truck started revving up in gear; we thought that we had lost the tranny. As it turned out, the 4×4 shift lever pin had fallen out. The transmission was in neutral. My awesome co-driver had to lean over and hold the lever for 15 plus miles until we hit the 25mph zone.

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We took our time the rest of the lap but just before Pit B the car wouldn’t steer straight and was a handful. We pulled in and my dad found that the track bar bushing was going out. We decided to keep going and try for the win. The steering got worse making us pretty nervous at high speed on the dry lake beds. We ran a very conservative pace until we heard that 1707 was bearing down on us. What joy we had when we saw that Red Bull banner and the finish line jump. I have to thank Tom Barnett for the tow to the podium.” Like a Hollywood movie, Randall’s Jeep Cherokee broke as it crossed the finish line. He took the victory and finished 4th place overall in the morning race. Jeepspeed Outlaws Cup winner Tom Barnett was kind enough to tow him from the infield up onto the podium.

The Mint 400 was round one of the KMC Jeepspeed Wrangler Trophy series so Perry Coan and Skyler Gambrell dusted off the Jeep Wrangler they call Jabroni and took a shot at the Mint. Their effort netted second place in Jeepspeed Challenge and maximum points towards the Wrangler Trophy series. “Perry Coan drove the first lap with veteran buggy racer and fellow golfing friend Brian Munson along as navigator,” said Gambrell, “While running a good pace through the tough morning sunrise and dust from follow racers, Perry and Brian suffered a flat tire just before spectator 1 area. After a swap of a tire, they were off to head to our only spare tire on course which was at pit B, another 55 miles away.

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Having to drive at a very conservative pace through the treacherous rocky canyons, Perry drove smart knowing there was no safety of a spare tire on board.” Gambrell and co-driver Ryan Sonnaberg took over for lap two. “The car was working fantastic, even after 125 miles of brutal Nevada desert,” said Gambrell, “Feeling good that I was in a podium spot, I set out hoping to catch the 1716 and 1710 which had gapped the field a bit on lap one. I saw quite a few broken Jeeps along the trail but no sign of the two cars I really needed to pass. As we cleared rm100, I knew that catching the leaders was not going to happen. I thought I should drive smart and avoid a flat; no reason to throw away a podium finish. I found out that we had passed the 1716 but we couldn’t get the hard charging Randalls in the 1710. I am happy to have a solid 2nd and have a very clean race car to dust off for the Silver State 300.”

Third place in Jeepspeed Challenge went to the young rookie and current points leader Garrett Allred. Allred has a more aggressive driving style but credits both his Father Brad and crew chief Ken Stahlman for both guidance and excellent race preparation. “My Dad knows all the old school tricks, Ken knows new school,” says Allred, “I’m learning so much; I’m just trying to take it all in. We started 14th but started moving up through the pack right away. We passed two trucks hauling across the lake bed and then passed two more going through the whoops. We got held up behind some cars in the FOX proving grounds and Randall went by.

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We passed two more trucks then we got a flat. My co-driver Connor Batham and I changed it in less than 5 minutes but 5 trucks went past while we worked. We got going again and passed them all back. We had fun passing so many trucks. We had no communications with our pit so we didn’t know where we were running. Skyler was on it when he went past us so we let him go. Being a rookie and having the points lead is great but we are just trying to finish. If we finish the race, regardless if we are on the podium or not, we will still have a smile on our faces.”

Defending Jeepspeed Challenge Champion Rob Seubert was hit with bad luck right from the start. “It was a rough one for us, we broke a rear driveline 300 yards off the start,” says Seubert, “We had to run back to the main Pitt for a spare. We got a ride for part of the way from the 1731 crew, thanks to them! Then we busted the pitman arm way out by race mile 94. That breakage took a loooong time to get the spare parts we needed. Cliff had to find all the parts and tools, drive to pit b and then scrape up another racer willing to haul the parts in to us. We also lost two of the three cooling fans so we were running super hot up some of the sand washes but, we finished.”

As stated before, Tom Barnett took the Jeepspeed Outlaws Cup victory in his 3750 class Ram 1500 pickup. Barnett’s truck exemplifies one of the biggest draws to the Jeepspeed series. Every competitor is free to build their own vehicle as long as it fits a few simple rules.

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Strong support from sponsors and the ability to build your own vehicle makes it affordable, competitive and exciting. Even with race numbers and sponsor stickers, Tom Barnett’s truck looks stock; it’s street legal and still has a windshield. He towed Rick Randall up onto the podium and when they finished interviewing him Tom was waved through. The announcer thought he was part of the recovery crew. “This truck is basically a stock Ram with a bunch of bolt-on parts from Synergy, Deaver, Poly Performance and Currie Enterprises,” says Tom Barnett, “We watched all those Jeeps with their LS motors go by at the start and then we picked them off one by one. I think this race was more conducive to an experienced driver. There was thousands of dollars’ worth of race cars on the side of the course by mile 15. It hardly ever happens but we had an absolutely flawless day. It was a fun race; we only stopped for fuel.” 2nd in Jeepspeed Cup was Bob Mamer in his turbocharged Comanche pick-up followed by Billy Bunch who was on the gas after a first lap roll over.

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Every Jeepspeed competitor benefits from special reduced entry fees and sponsor support from General Tire, KMC Wheels, Premier Chrysler Jeep, Currie Enterprises, King Shocks, G2 Axle & Gear, Rubicon Express, SmittyBilt, PAC Springs and KC HiLites. Jeepspeed Official Suppliers continue to be a vital part of our teams’ success also and are a huge asset to the Jeepspeed series. Approved supporters and product suppliers include Rock Krawler Racing Developments, Synergy Mfg., Jaz Fuel Cells, Poly Performance and Howe Performance Steering. 3 of the top 5 Jeepspeed Challenge trucks were running off the shelf Rubicon Express suspensions. Tom Barnett has a Synergy bolt-on suspension kit on his Ram 1500.

The points race after two events is very close in all Jeepspeed classes. In Jeepspeed Challenge Class 1700, Garett Allred leads with 212, followed by Mike Bragg with 202, Rob Seubert with 198, Dustin Hoffman with 194 and Dylan Cochran with 193. In Jeepspeed Outlaws Class 3700/3750, Billy Bunch leads with 186 followed by Tom Barnett with 184 and Bob Mamer with 182. Jeepspeed Wrangler Trophy standings have Skyler Gambrell leading with 110, followed by Billy Bunch with 95 and a tie between Brian Davidson, Matt Oakeson, and Dan Simonson, all with 30pts.

The Jeepspeed series heads to Eastern Nevada where they will have to keep their eyes on the course despite breathtaking scenery. The Silver State 300 will hold pre-race festivities in Las Vegas before heading 120 miles to the starting line. The Best In The Desert Silver State 300 is one of the most popular races of the year. It’s a point to point race consisting of a single 300 mile loop. The schedule is below.

Saturday & Sunday, April 18-19, 2015 – The great Pre-Run event. A two-day event that is as much, if not more fun than the race! You must be entered to attend.

Friday, May 1, 2015 – Registration, Technical Inspection & Contingency, Aliante Casino Hotel, N Las Vegas

Saturday, May 2, 2015 – Race Day, 120-mile transfer section to the start line. Yes, camping is allowed at the start and finish line. Camping also available in Alamo, NV.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Awards Presentation, Aliante Casino Hotel.

For the additional information about the Jeepspeed series go to www.jeepspeed.com. There you will find additional info, deals on some attractively priced race Jeeps, Jeepspeed news, rules, forums, race results, videos and much more. Go to the Jeepspeed forum and you can read in-depth race reports from many of the Jeepspeed teams.

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About Jeepspeed
The Jeepspeed series is a competitive, cost effective series that has pitted Jeep vehicles against each other on challenging desert courses since 2001. Unlike the more expensive spec racing classes, there is no obligation to purchase your race vehicle or parts from the series organizer. You build your own vehicle the way you like as long as it fits within the rules. Jeepspeed offers the most fun and closest racing in the desert today. Jeepspeed series is supported by General Tire, KMC Wheels, Premier Chrysler & Jeep, KC Hilites, Currie Enterprises, King Shocks, Rubicon Express, G2 Axle & Gear, Smittybilt, PAC Racing Springs, Rock Krawler Racing Developments, Synergy Mfg, Poly Performance & Howe Performance.

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For 100 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Best in the Desert Racing Series, Major League Fishing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late-Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, World Cup of Softball, American Sprint Car Series, FreestyleMx.com Tour, Zero One Odyssey, and Spec Tire of Trophylite and JeepSpeed. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including Mikey Childress, CJ Hutchins, Doug Fortin, Harley Letner, Jim Riley, Macrae Glass, Randy Merritt, Ray Griffith, Ryan Beat, Carl Renezeder, Robby Woods and Camburg Racing.

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Founded in 1982, KMC has a 30-year legacy of delivering quality aftermarket and off-road wheels at competitive prices. KMC is a Wheel Pros brand. Wheel Pros products are sold worldwide in more than 20 countries on four continents and through a U.S. network of more than 25,000 authorized dealers. It is one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded custom wheels, performance tires and related accessories for cars, SUVs and light trucks. KMC Wheels Like no other.

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