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Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500

By – Art Eugenio

The crown jewel of Baja is known as a vacation paradise of endless parties, water sports, destination weddings, championship sport fishing, delicious margaritas and lazy days on the beach. Now add the Baja Sur 500 and Cabo is just about the coolest place on the face of the earth.

“What we’ve done here is put together one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the world and added in the best racers in the desert,” Said Roger Norman of SCORE International. “The combination is undeniably a winner. The people of Baja Sur have welcomed us in and the terrain we’re racing on is absolutely the best there is. I hope that when everyone see’s this they’ll understand why we’re here.”

Following his first pre-run of the course, MacCachren said he was inspired by the rugged beauty of the course. “This is a very tight and technical course in many areas along with some very high-speed sections as well, but besides being run on land SCORE has never raced on before,” MacCachren commented. “The course runs through some of the greenest and most remote and picturesque sections in all of the Baja California Peninsula. Pre-running is a real key for this race because of the difficulty but those that do their homework will do well and will have enough new photos to fill a scrapbook. We go through arroyos, ranches, valleys, hills and even down the ‘mini summit’ that we have run many times during the SCORE Baja 1000.  I salute SCORE for putting this event together and Roger Norman for designing a race course that will be one of our most memorable of all time.  I am really looking forward to making some history with SCORE.”

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Starting at the Southern most tip of lands-end the racers raced North through the hills outside of Cabo towards the picturesque town of Todos Santos and on up the Pacific coastline. From there a short jaunt over to La Paz and then North up the coast of the Sea of Cortez for some of the most scenic coastline in Baja California.

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After the high speed run up the coast the racers are treated with the best of Baja through the canyons and creeks that criss-cross the peninsula in the area and on to the finish line on the beach in Loreto.

Coming up through the limited classes over the years Lalo Laguna became the third Mexican national to win an overall position at a SCORE race. “This was just my second race in a SCORE Trophy Truck and I’m proud of the win and to be representing Mexico and winning in Mexico,” said Laguna at the finish. “We caught our teammate Carlos Lopez, who was the leader at about race mile 310 but had a hard time getting around them. At one point we went over a jump and got a flat tire.”

     “We decided about race mile 160 to skip our scheduled tire change in favor of track position. One tire shredded and we finished the race on the left rear rim. But this BFGoodrich Tires KR2 tires are made for desert racing and they are tough to beat. RPM Racing has helped me so much and let me race in several classes it’s an honor to race for them.

2nd overall Steven Eugenio. “We had a great day, Armin zero issues and handed over the truck in perfect condition. We had the truck and the pace to win this one but Rob held us up pretty good. Once we got around him we picked up the pace and tried to catch Lalo. Sometimes the road just isn’t long enough. I think if we had another 50 miles and it was ours. I want to congratulate Lalo on the win he did a good job and deserves it.”

3rd overall went to Rob MaCachren in the #11 Trophy Truck. “Our day went fairly well. We started fourth and got tied up behind B.J. (Baldwin) for a while,” Said MacCachren at the finish. “We had a good clean run but had a flat on the way in after we clipped a rock. The race was awesome. Racing from Cabo San Lucas to Loreto and seeing the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California is incredible. When do you get to finish with a picture like we have here with the ocean being 100 feet away? It was not an easy race and the pace was very fast. When I first started pre-running I thought it was going to be very slow but the more I pre-ran the more I started picking up the pace. The SCORE Trophy Truck competition is so tough and everybody is pushing hard to try and win. Five of the top 10 trophy truck guys were here running the race and the pace was as if none of them were missing.

The combination of a destination like Cabo with the best terrain in all of Baja is a 1-2 punch that cannot be ignored. The overall entries of the event might have been less than desirable but the satisfaction of everyone who participated was well beyond what anyone expected for a new race venue.

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OFFICIAL FINISHERS — Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, 4.19.15 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/official-finishers-inaugural-bud-light-score-baja-sur-500-4-19-15-123736.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/official-finishers-inaugural-bud-light-score-baja-sur-500-4-19-15-123736.html#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:54:15 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123736 Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 Round 2 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship April 18-19, 2015—424.52 miles Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico Total Starters: 82 TOTAL FINISHERS: 59 (72.0 Percent) (from 12 U.S.

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Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500
Round 2 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship
April 18-19, 2015—424.52 miles
Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Total Starters: 82 TOTAL FINISHERS: 59 (72.0 Percent)
(from 12 U.S. States, Austria, Canada, Germany and Mexico)
OFFICIAL FINISHERS
(following complete data tracking review)

Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—1. Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 7:35:41 (55.90 miles per hour); 2. Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 7:39:30; 3. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 7:47:15; 4. Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico/Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Luis Ramirez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 7:54:46; 5. Gus Vildosola Jr/Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 8:38:36; 6. Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 8:47:31; 7. James Bult, Monee, Ill./Jacob Bult, Sandpoint, Idaho, Dodge Ram 1500, 9:10:57; 8. Flavio Navarro, Tepic, Mexico/Jose de Jesus Flores, Caluiacan, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 10:37:22; 9. Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 10:37:59. 10. Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford F-150, 13:25:05. (12 Starters, 10 Finishers)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)—1. Carlos Olmos/Nicolas Ambriz, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy, 8:30:31 (49.89 mph) 2. Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Darren Ebberts, Corona, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 8:53:09; 3. Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Brian Burgess, Menifee, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 10:34:08; 4. Victor Barreda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 10:37:03; 5. James DeGaine, Santa Ana, Calif., BTC-Subaru, 10:53:37; 6. Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 11:09:49; 7. George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif./Luke Babb, Camarillo, Calif./Joe Bednar, Agua Dulce, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 11:32:43; 8. Sandy Hall, Culpepper, Va./Andrea Tomba, La Paz, Mexico, Jimco-Viper, 11:35:53; 9. Edgar Romero, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico/Luis Ramirez Jr, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 11:37:06; 10. Luis Camarena/Francisco Morales, Cabo San Lucas, Porter-Chevy, 12:20:31; 11. Armando M. Molina/Armando A. Molina, Los Barriles, Mexico, Barriles-Chevy, 14:28:23. (15 Starters, 11 Finishers)
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)—1. Aaron Ampudia/Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Alumi Craft, 8:52:47 (47.81 mph); 2. Greg DiStefano, Cory Fowler/Cameron Steele/Jeff Richardson, San Clemente, Calif., Kreger, 9:20:17; 3. Hector Olmos/Adolfo Arambula, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Romo, 14:47:00. (6 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited Baja Bugs)—1. Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Gerardo Iribe, Santa Ana, Calif./Martin Collins, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 11:33:17 (36.74 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)—1. Enrique Zazueta/Enrique Zazueta Sr., La Paz, Mexico, 13:26:34 (35.30 mph); 2. Armando Garcia/Sergio Frias, Ensenada, Mexico, 14:48:41. (2 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)—1. Dan Chamlee, Summerland, Calif., Ford Ranger, 12:50:37 (39.23 mph); 2. Guillermo Rojas/Mario Rojas, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 16:07:18. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)—1. Enemecio Lopez/Armando Angulo, La Paz, Mexico, Ford F-150, 12:37:59 (39.87 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1. Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 8:52:32 (47.83 mph); 2. Steve Lawler, Upland, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./BeauMorton, Mentone Beach, Calif./Ray Griffith, Downey, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy, 8:53:52;. 3. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 9:41:23; 4. Morgan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Kory Holapoff, Orange, Calif., Racer-Honda, 9:46:50; 5. Clay Lawrence, South El Monte, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy, 10:57:22. (5 Starters, 5 Finishers)
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimited Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)—1. Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Jason Ruanme, Temecula, Calif./Neal Mason, Chevy Silverado, 9:10:28 (47.70 mph); 2. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 11:19:02; 3. Jordan Brenthel/Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevy S-10, 11:28:23. (7 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 19 (Limited, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. Brandon Schueler/Chad Hammer, Scott Kiger, Phoenix, Polaris RZR XP1000, 10:29:38 (40.57 mph); 2. Derek Murray/Jason Murray, Eastvale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick Max, 10:35:38; 3. John Angal, Mesa, Ariz./Branden Sims/Eric Ringler, Polaris RZR XP4-1000, 10:50:56; 4. Alonzo Lopez/Hector Jimenez, Murrieta, Calif., Polaris XP1000, 11:04:17; 5. Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif./Richard Morel, Poway, Calif., Polaris RZR900, 11:18:12; 6. Ben Wilson/Kenny Green, Kenwood, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000, 12:03:23; 7. Scott McFarland/Joe Owens/Mickey Thomas Jr, Moab, Utah, Polaris RZR XP1000, 12:22:52; 8. Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif./Fernando Flores, Polaris RZR XP1000, 13:58:08; 9. Alejandro Rodriguez/Gabriel Romo/Eduardo Tello, Arctic Cat Wildcat, 16:28:53. (12 Starters, 9 Finishers)
CLASS 3000 (unlimited Mini-Truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine—1. Chad Broughton/Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy (12:28:42 (34.14 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
PRO MOTORCYCLES
OPEN M/C (450cc or more)—1. Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 7:42:58 (55.18 mph); 2. Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 8:09:24. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—1. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Cedar Hill, Texas, Honda CRF450X, 9:06:29 (47.46 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. Collie Potter, Las Vegas/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Dave Glass, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:43:19 (50.22 mph); 2. Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M./Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M./Paul Luce/Tim Fitzpatrick, Albuquerque, N.M., Alan Cameron, Reno, Nev.,KTM 500XCW, 9:00:40. (4 Starters, 2 Finishers)
SCORE IRONMAN (Solo Riders)—1. Kevin Daniels, Bishop, Calif., KTM 500XCW, 9:48:00 (43.32 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
SPORTSMAN
SPT BUGGY—1. Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., RPM-Chevy, 14:17:31 (34.09 mph) (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
SPT M/C—1. Pedro Ibarra/Isaiah Reyes, Loreto, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 11:54:01 (35.67 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
SPT QUAD—1. Fabio Davis/Ricardo Larringa/Luis Leon/Alexis Ortiz/Luis Romero, Loreto, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 12:01:03 (35.33 mph); 2. Stephen Davis, Los Barriles, Mexico/Juan Sanchez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Sergio Valverde, Constitution, Mexico/Pedro Loya, Constitucion, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 10:16:30 (41.32 mph); 12:28:55; 3. Christian Avila/Ivan Lopez/Lomely Acosta/Juan Castanon, Loreto BCS, Honda TRX450R, 13:29:29. (4 Starters, 3 Finishers)

Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500
April 18-19, 2015—Round 2 of five-race SCORE World Desert Championship
Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico (424.52 Miles)
TOP OVERALL FINISHERS
Pro Cars & Trucks
1. Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 7:35:41 (55.90 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2. Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 7:39:30 (55.47 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
3. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 7:47:15, (54.54 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
4. Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico/Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Luis Ramirez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 7:54:46 (53.65 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
5. Carlos Olmos/Nicolas Ambriz, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy, 8:30:31 (49.89 mph) (Class 1)
6. Gus Vildosola Jr/Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 8:38:36 (49.12 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
7. Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 8:47:31 (52.13 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
8. Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 8:52:32 (47.83 mph) (Class 10)
9. Aaron Ampudia/Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Alumi Craft, 8:52:47 (47.81 mph) (CLASS 1/2-1600) 10. Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Darren Ebberts, Corona, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 8:53:09 (48.49 mph) (Class 1)
11. Steve Lawler, Upland, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./BeauMorton, Mentone Beach, Calif./Ray Griffith, Downey, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy, 8:53:52 (47.75 mph) (Class 10)
12. Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Jason Ruanme, Temecula, Calif./Neal Mason, Chevy Silverado, 9:10:28 (47.70 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
13. James Bult, Monee, Ill./Jacob Bult, Sandpoint, Idaho, Dodge Ram 1500, 9:10:57 (46.67 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
14. Greg DiStefano, Cory Fowler/Cameron Steele/Jeff Richardson, San Clemente, Calif., Kreger, 9:20:17 (45.46 mph) (CLASS 1/2-1600)
15. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 9:41:23 (43.81 mph) (Class 10)
Pro Motorcycles
1. Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 7:42:58 (55.18 mph) (Open MC)
2. Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 8:09:24 (52.19 mph) (Open MC)
3. Collie Potter, Las Vegas/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Dave Glass, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:43:19 (50.22 mph) (Class 40)

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BFGoodrich presents Race-Dezert Ride Swap: Andrew Comrie Picard http://www.race-dezert.com/home/bfgoodrich-presents-race-dezert-ride-swap-andrew-comrie-picard-123627.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/bfgoodrich-presents-race-dezert-ride-swap-andrew-comrie-picard-123627.html#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:01:05 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123627 Jump in a custom built 450 HP Crawford Performance Turbo Subaru BRZ with champion rally racer Andrew Comrie-Picard (ACP), as he attacks the famed Glendora Mountain Road laced up with the new BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S tires. That’s nearly double

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Jump in a custom built 450 HP Crawford Performance Turbo Subaru BRZ with champion rally racer Andrew Comrie-Picard (ACP), as he attacks the famed Glendora Mountain Road laced up with the new BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S tires.

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That’s nearly double the horsepower and torque as a stock BRZ! However, horsepower means nothing if you can’t stick it to the ground.

BFGoodrich G-Force Comp 2 Photo Shoot

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Ride with ACP as he takes this dream car on one of the sickest driving roads in North America and screams the Comp-2 A/S tires around corner after corner on this ultra windy road.

Photography by Vincent Knakal of Mad Media.

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Dakar 2016 – The Odyssey http://www.race-dezert.com/home/dakar-2016-the-odyssey-123696.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/dakar-2016-the-odyssey-123696.html#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:21:52 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123696 PERU>BOLIVIA>ARGENTINA The ASO announced in Paris this morning the 2016 Dakar Rally route. One of last years host countries Chile experienced tragic flooding and knew they would not have the resources to support the Dakar Rally 2016 and withdrew their

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The ASO announced in Paris this morning the 2016 Dakar Rally route. One of last years host countries Chile experienced tragic flooding and knew they would not have the resources to support the Dakar Rally 2016 and withdrew their name from the hat. The speculation started immediately that the course would run through Bolivia and people were right. The route announced this morning take the racers back through the dunes of Peru,  the mountains in Bolivia and finishing in Rosario, Argentina. The Dakar Rally has been to Peru before finishing at the Plaza de Armas to a crowd of nearly a million people in 2012, and hosted the start of the 2013 Rally in Chorillos. Unlike in 2014 where the Dakar kicked off in Rosario, Argentina, in 2016 it will serve as the finish line. Rosario is 185 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, this finishing location might have come into play for final mileage for the Rally itself or maybe less populous city with just under a million people where as Buenos Aires has about three million. January 3rd cannot come quick enough for the die hard Dakar fans. This year looks to be another great journey.

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ASO posted this on their website:

A new diagonal line has been drawn over the map of the South American continent, with angles and detours that give the route for the Dakar 2016 a unique aspect. To get the measure of this trek from Peru through Bolivia to Argentina, traditional maps need to be put aside to integrate a third dimension: the relief of the Andes Mountains that will punctuate the stages that the riders, drivers and crews will have to tackle next January. Initially, a re-acquaintance with Peru will provide the experts in driving on sand with the opportunity to take advantage of their skills on the dunes. After having completed this long corridor of sand set between the ocean and the mountains, the Dakar will explore Bolivia, which will welcome the rally for the third time, in a completely new manner. Following the limited incursions in the previous two editions, the rally will cross the country and its high plains, with the discovery of Lake Titicaca on the menu. The change in setting will be accompanied by a gain in altitude that will test the competitors’ capacity to adapt physically and technically. Lastly, the extreme endurance phase will take place in Argentina, a faithful host to the Dakar since its arrival on the continent. The journey progressively southwards to Rosario will especially lead the rally through territories with varying characteristics: meeting the challenge will not only require robustness, but also concentration and wisdom.  Dakar Series: a return to the Desafio IncaFour months before the start in Lima of the 38th edition of the Dakar, for the third time, Peru will host the Desafio Inca in the Ica Desert through which some of the Peruvian stages of the rally-raid will pass. With three days of racing on the programme, this intermediate event is a unique opportunity in first-rate competitive conditions for the riders and drivers who will tackle the Dakar to test their machines’ technical capacities as well as their own skills.

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Two-time NASCAR champ Crafton to race TORC opener in Chris Kyle memorial PRO 4WD truck http://www.race-dezert.com/home/two-time-nascar-champ-crafton-to-race-torc-opener-in-chris-kyle-memorial-pro-4wd-truck-123619.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/two-time-nascar-champ-crafton-to-race-torc-opener-in-chris-kyle-memorial-pro-4wd-truck-123619.html#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:51:50 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123619 Two-time NASCAR champ Crafton to race TORC opener in Chris Kyle memorial PRO 4WD truck IRVINE, Calif. (April 15, 2015)—NASCAR champion Matt Crafton is trading in his regular truck for a high-flying short-course off-road machine next week when he makes

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Two-time NASCAR champ Crafton to race TORC opener in Chris Kyle memorial PRO 4WD truck

IRVINE, Calif. (April 15, 2015)—NASCAR champion Matt Crafton is trading in his regular truck for a high-flying short-course off-road machine next week when he makes a special appearance for a good cause at the 2015 TORC opener at Texas Motor Speedway April 24-25.

Crafton, back-to-back NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion (2014, 2013), will race the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit truck, sponsored by KMC Wheels and AMSOIL, when he joins the PRO 4WD field for the Roundup in Texas race. His appearance is part of a special series of TORC events surrounding the upcoming Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit.

“To drive the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit PRO 4WD truck for Chris Kyle is an absolute honor,” said Crafton. “I watched the American Sniper movie about a month ago and it was just amazing and I’m grateful for the opportunity to support his family in raising funds for a cause Chris cared so much about.”

Kyle was a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL and the subject of the Oscar nominated film American Sniper. He died in 2013. This year’s benefit, organized by his family, is the second held in his memory.

TORC and its partners have pledged to support the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit, which is raising funds for the Guardian for Heroes Foundation — a charity that supports veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families and those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We count many active and retired military members among our teams and fans,” said BJ Birtwell, president of TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL. “To have an opportunity to celebrate and support this charity and the legacy of an American hero like Chris Kyle is humbling to all of us.”

In addition to the celebrity race entry, Chris’ father Wayne Kyle will be the Grand Marshal for the race. There will also be a Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit booth at the track where fans can donate to the foundation. Entry to the race is offered at $5 for active and retired military personnel who present a valid military ID at the ticket window.

“It’s an honor for the Kyle Family — Deby and myself, our son Jeff, and daughter-in-law Amy — to partner with TORC to carry on Chris’s legacy and be true to his motto: ‘It’s our duty to serve those who serve us,’” said Wayne Kyle.

Crafton, the most recent NASCAR Truck Series winner at Texas Motor Speedway, is no stranger to the TORC series, having earned a podium in his first career start when he drove a PRO 2WD truck at Chicagoland Speedway in 2012.

For more information on the Second Annual Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit, visit the official website at ChrisKyleMemorialBenefit.com. For tickets to the Roundup in Texas May 24-25, visit TORCSeries.com/Tickets.

The full 2015 TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL season schedule is as follows:

April 24-25: Dallas, TX (Texas Motor Speedway)
May 16-17: St Louis, MO (Gateway Motorsports Park)
June 18-19: Chicago, IL (Chicagoland Raceway / Route 66)
June 27-28: Crandon, WI (Crandon Int’l Raceway)
July 10-11: Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Motor Speedway, The Dirt Track)
Aug 4-5: Sturgis, SD (Buffalo Chip Motorsports Complex)
Aug 15-16: Bark River, MI (Bark River International Raceway)
Sept 5-6: Crandon, WI (Crandon Int’l Raceway)

For more information on the TORC Series, visit their official web site at TORCSeries.com or follow them via their social media platforms at Facebook.com/TORC or on Twitter and Instagram at @TORCOffRoad.

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About TORC
TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL is the nation’s premiere short-course, off-road truck racing series. Known as a collision between action sports and motorsports, TORC is the ultimate battleground for 900-horsepower race trucks competing to win the prestigious TORC National Championship. Fans from all over the world enjoy TORC through high-energy events as well as the TV broadcasts on NBC Sports. For more information, visit www.torcseries.com. For business and sponsorship inquiries, please email info@torcseries.com.

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Racers enjoying phenomenal 424.52-mile race course
for inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race

First SCORE race run totally in Mexico’s Baja Sur will start in Cabo San Lucas, finish in Loreto
Round 2 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship to be televised on CBS Sports Network;
Live vehicle tracking at www.SCORE-International.com

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico—Celebrating its 42nd year as the World Foremost Desert Racing Organization by making more motorsports history, racers from 12 U.S. States and five countries are in Baja California Sur for this week’s history-making Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race. The southern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula is hosting the first SCORE race entirely run on the southernmost part of the peninsula. Pre-race festivities start Wednesday for Round 2 of the five-race internationally-televised SCORE World Desert Championship.
GREEN FLAG/CHECKERED FLAG
The green flag will drop first in the elapsed-time race for motorcycles and quads at 6:45 a.m. (MT) on Saturday. With a minimum of a four-hour gap in between the start of the motorcycles/quads, the cars, trucks and UTVs will get the green flag starting at 11:15 a.m. (MT) 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 in front of La Mision Hotel-Loreto, SCORE race headquarters in Loreto. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in less than nine hours, all vehicles will have a 17-hour time limit to be an official finisher.
FINISH LINE CELEBRATION
In Loreto, La Mision Hotel is the race headquarters with the finish line in front of the resort on the Malecon alongside the Sea of Cortez. In the finish line area on Saturday, the Bud Light Finish Line Party will also be held. SCOREvision, the massive LED screens, will also be part of the finish line area in Loreto displaying finish line interviews with the racers. The awards celebration will conclude the festivities on the Malecon in front of La Mision Hotel-Loreto on Sunday at 11 a.m. (MT).
A SPECTACULAR FIRST
Following two years of negotiations and finalization of details by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman with Mexican officials, SCORE, known worldwide as trail blazers in the sport of desert racing, will present the inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 this week. The race will start at the luxurious tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and finish in the picturesque ‘Pueblo Magico’ 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 (most recently in 2014) and twice in Cabo San Lucas (2000 and 2007).
LATE ENTRIES
With late entries accepted up to 5 p.m. on Friday, over 100 entries from 15 US States and five countries expected to enter the inaugural race that will features multiple Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
HISTORIC COURSE
A magnificent 424.52-mile course has been plotted with five 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. As the race enters the La Paz area it 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.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK ENTRIES
Southern gentleman Clyde Stacy, of Bristol, Va., has received the honor of drawing the first starting position for the inaugural 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.
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.
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 San Lucas, 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.
Also entered in SCORE Trophy Truck is veteran Mark Post of Las Vegas, racing with another former SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion in Jesse Jones, of Phoenix, in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150. Post teamed with MacCachren to win the 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 when the 45th anniversary of the iconic race finished in Cabo San Lucas, in the same spot Saturday’s race is starting.
MACCACHREN MARVELS
Following his first pre-run of the course this week, MacCachren said he was inspired by the rugged beauty of the course. MacCachren commented, “This is a very tight and technical course in many areas along with some very high-speed sections as well, but besides being run on land SCORE has never raced on before, the course runs through some of the greenest and most remote and picturesque sections in all of the Baja California Peninsula.”
“Pre-running is a real key for this race because of the difficulty but those that do their homework will do well and will have enough new photos to fill a scrapbook. We go through arroyos, ranches, valleys, hills and even down the ‘mini summit’ that we have run many times during the SCORE Baja 1000. I salute SCORE for putting this event together and Roger Norman for designing a race course that will be one of our most memorable of all time. I am really looking forward to making some history with SCORE.”
M/C & CLASS 1
Drawing the first start among the open motorcycle class was Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif., who won the season-opener in San Felipe in January on a Honda CRF450X. First off 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.
PRE-RACE FESTIVITIES
The colorful pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday. 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 noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday for late, on-site entries, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday 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 Baja Brewery at the Marina on Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the pre-race Bud Light SCORE Kick-off Party will be held on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the The Office on the Beach on Playa El Medano.
SCORE MEDIA CENTERS
In Cabo San Lucas, the official pre-race SCORE Media Center will be in the Pericues Ballroom at the Villa del Palmar Resort and Spa on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (MT) and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MT).
In Loreto, the SCORE Media Center will be in the event center on the fourth floor at the La Mision Hotel-Loreto in front of the finish line on the Malecon. It will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (MT), Saturday from 10 a.m. to Midnight (MT) and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (MT).
KEY MEXICAN OFFICIALS
Working diligently with SCORE CEO/President 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 historic inaugural 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, Mayor 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 and Venustiano Perez Sanchez, Mayor of Comondu, Baja California Sur.
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
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.

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Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500
Round 2 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship
April 15-19, 2015—424.52 miles
Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Total Entries: 77 (as of 4/13/15)
(from 12 U.S. States, Austria, Canada, Germany and Mexico)
(by starting order within Class-as of 4/13/15)

Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)–
5 Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Luis Ramirez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck
97 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
21 Gus Vildosola Jr/Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor
11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
17 Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado
45 Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150
1 Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado
3 Mark Post, Las Vegas/Jesse Jones, Phoenix, Ford F-150
50 Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford F-150
55 Flavio Navarro, Tepic, Mexico/Jose de Jesus Flores, Caluiacan, Mexico, Chevy Silverado
88 Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado
74 Jacob Bult/Clark Martin, Sandpoint, Idaho/James Bult, Monee, Ill., Dodge Ram1500
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)–
131 George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif./Luke Babb, Camarillo, Calif., Racer-Chevy
104 Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
172 Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy
180 Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Brian Burgess, Menifee, Calif., Penhall-Chevy
134 Edgar Romero, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico/Luis Ramirez Jr, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
188 Francisco Villagomez/Agustin Romero, San Jose del Cabo, Racer-Chevy
190 Sandy Hall, Culpepper, Va./Andrea Tomba, La Paz, Mexico, Jimco-Viper
150 Armando M. Molina/Armando A. Molina, Los Barriles, Mexico, Barriles-Chevy
107 Carlos Olmos/Nicolas Ambriz, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy
175 Jamie Huerta Jr/Otoniel Huerta, Ensenada, Mexico, Racer-Chevy
160 Victor Barreda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy
168 Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Darren Ebberts, Corona, Calif., Custom-Chevy
125 Scott Rueschenberg/Kyler Duran, Mesa, Ariz., Tatum-Chevy
120 James DeGaine, Santa Ana, Calif., BTC-Subaru
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)–
1636 Aaron Ampudia/Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Alumi Craft
1683 Juan Peralta/Juan P. Cannett, Constitucion, Mexico, Romo
1699 Hector Olmos/Adolfo Arambula, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Romo
1609 J. David Ruvalcaba/Leonel Ruvalcaba/Rogelio Pando, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)–
597 Enrique Zazueta/Enrique Zazueta Sr., La Paz, Mexico
553 Armando Garcia/Sergio Frias, Ensenada, Mexico
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)–
700 Dan Chamlee, Summerland, Calif., Ford Ranger
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)–
823 Enemecio Lopez/Armando Angulo, La Paz, Mexico, Ford F-150
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)–
1050 John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
1002 Mark Lawrence/Clay Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif.Lawrence-Chevy
1006 Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Blake Kirkpatrick, Lawrence-Chevy
1000 Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif., Custom-Chevy
1011 Morgan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Kory Holapoff, Orange, Calif., Racer-Honda
1033 Miguel Tornel Sr/Miguel Tornel Jr, Chula Vista, Calif., Custom-Chevy
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)–
846 Jose Gomez/Jorge Grajeda, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado
874 Elias Hanna, Tijuana, Mexico
880 Scott Serven, Gig Harbor, Wash./Jason White, Chevy Silverado
872 Jordan Brenthel/Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevy S-10
871 Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Neal Mason, Chevy Silverado
862 Pete Sohren/Eric Clay, Glendale, Ariz., BajaLite-Ford
CLASS 19 (Limited, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)–
1909 Roberto Balderama, Polaris RZR XP1000
1921 John Angal, Mesa, Ariz./Branden Sims/Eric Ringler, Polaris RZR XP4-1000
1927 Ben Wilson/Kenny Green, Kenwood, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000
1942 Scott McFarland/Joe Owens/Mickey Thomas Jr, Moab, Utah, Polaris RZR XP1000
1920 Aaron Mantufas/Hiram Betancourt, Los Cabos, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP900
1905 Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif./Fernando Flores, Polaris RZR XP1000
1915 Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif./Richard Morel, Poway, Calif., Polaris RZR900
1906 Alejandro Rodriguez/Gabriel Romo/Eduardo Tello, Arctic Cat Wildcat
1924 Raul Gonzalez/Daniel Gonzalez, San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP900
1932 Brandon Schueler/Chad Hammer, Scott Kiger, Phoenix, Polaris RZR XP1000
1949 Alonzo Lopez/Hector Jimenez, Murrieta, Calif., Polaris XP1000
1917 Derek Murray/Jason Murray, Eastvale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick Max
CLASS 3000 (unlimited Mini-Truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)–
3030 Chad Broughton/Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy
PRO MOTORCYCLES
OPEN M/C (450cc or more)–
5x Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X
1x Ricky Brabec, Hesperia, Calif./Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F
3x Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)–
300x Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Cedar Hill, Texas, Honda CRF450X
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)–
411x Collie Potter, Las Vegas/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Dave Glass, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X
403x Oscar Fazz/Mike Langley, Yuma, Ariz./Steve Gallegos/Mike Kaplan, San Fernando, Kawasaki KX450F
404x Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla./Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450XCW
400x Giovanni Spinali, Lake Forest, Calif., Honda CRF450X
444x Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M./Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M./Paul Luce/Tim Fitzpatrick, Albuquerque, N.M., KTM 500XCW
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)—
555x Robert Smith, Canada, KTM 500XCW
SCORE IRONMAN (Solo Riders)–
711x James Despard, Long Beach, Calif., Honda XR600R
706x Kevin Daniels, Bishop, Calif., KTM 500XCW
700x Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., KTM 450XCW
704x Carlos Gracida, Guadalajara, Mexico, Husqvarna FE501
SPORTSMAN
SPT BUGGY–
1515 Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., RPM-Chevy
SPT M/C–
288x Francisco Osuna/Rolando Macedo/Edy Davis, Honda CRF450R
SPT QUAD–
114a Fabio Davis/Ricardo Larringa/Luis Leon/Alexis Ortiz/Luis Romero, Loreto, Mexico, Honda TRX450R
1**a Carlos Jimenez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Honda TRX450R

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Ready to tackle the inaugural Baja Sur 500!

For the first time, the SCORE World Desert Championship presents a race entirely on the southern end of Baja California – Armin Schwarz and Steven Eugenio set their sights on the podium.

Cabo San Lucas (MEX), 13 April 2015. Armin Schwarz and SCORE Champion Steven Eugenio are ready and raring to tackle round two of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship. A premiere awaits the duo this coming weekend (18/19 April): Sharing the cockpit of the #1 Trophy Truck campaigned by Galindo Motorsports, the pair tackles the inaugural Baja Sur 500. This marks the first time a SCORE Championship round is held entirely on the southern end of Baja California Sur, the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Up until now, the races were always only contested in the north of the peninsula, starting either in Ensenada at the border of the USA, or in San Felipe on the Gulf of California.

The maiden Baja Sur 500 starts at the southernmost tip of Baja California in Cabo San Lucas at the Pacific. From there the powerful desert monsters contesting the SCORE Championship head north via La Paz to Loreto on the Sea of Cortez. Although the race is new, some of the terrain is familiar to Schwarz and Eugenio and their navigators Bryan Lyttle and Steve Covey. Much of the route runs over tracks that are driven at the legendary Baja 1000 – albeit in the opposite direction.

“For this reason we know that we face some tough rally terrain over the first 200 miles with rally tracks and fast sandy passages along the coast that are pretty quick,” says Schwarz. “Over the last 250 miles it can get really silty with deep sand holes, but we’re also up against some hilly, rocky sections. So the first part of the route is real rallying, the second is true off-road racing.”

In the past few weeks since the season-opening San Felipe 250, Galindo Motorsports has worked hard on preparing the #1 Trophy Truck for the Baja Sur 500 and other races. “We had our engine revamped and we’ve managed to increase the power output. Our truck now puts out just over 900 horsepower,” declares Eugenio. “With the power increase we’ve also had to strengthen the drivetrain components. Working with our partner King Shocks, we’ve modified our shock absorbers. Furthermore, we gave the car a total overhaul after the San Felipe 250. I did some tests last week and I’m feeling very optimistic that we’re well prepared with our Trophy Truck and we’ll be able to go all out at the Baja Sur 500.”

“Our goal is to finish on the podium,” adds Schwarz. “We were well on track for a podium result at the San Felipe 250, so I see no reason why that shouldn’t also be possible in the south. Our Trophy Truck performed very well as the season opener and we’re optimally prepared.”

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SNORE Ridgecrest Returns to California Desert and Brings Over 130 Entries On Race Day http://www.race-dezert.com/home/snore-ridgecrest-returns-to-california-desert-and-brings-over-130-entries-on-race-day-123555.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/snore-ridgecrest-returns-to-california-desert-and-brings-over-130-entries-on-race-day-123555.html#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:07:26 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123555 SNORE Ridgecrest Returns to California Desert and Brings Over 130 Entries On Race Day It was no surprise that yet again SNORE had a great turn out for the 2015 SNORE/MORE Ridgecrest Motion Tire 300. This race is held in

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It was no surprise that yet again SNORE had a great turn out for the 2015 SNORE/MORE Ridgecrest Motion Tire 300. This race is held in the backyard of many of the teams and as OHV land, it is also a place where many go to ride dirtbikes, power around in RZR’s and climb in their jeeps. The teams lined pit road with campers starting early Thursday and by Friday night it was packed with eager racers.

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Saturdays race began at 8am and Unlimited Trucks would be the first off the line to set the pace for the bigger classes. On the gas for the first lap would be the #64 MGI truck of Scott Fluharty. Clear of any dust for the first full lap he was able to pull away from the rest of the class. As dust hung in the air for the rest of the racers, it was hard to make passes and get around the 55 mile brutal course. Fluharty would not see the end of lap two due to mechanical issues and the lead would then jump around for the remainder of the 5 lap race. Todd Pedersen ran a great pace for the entire race which would ultimately give him the overall win in his all black #76 Unlimited Truck.

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“You’re not gonna win this race on the first lap, and 40% of you will not finish. Drive smart and not always fast and you will finish”  Stated Kenny Freeman at the drivers meeting. And thats just what Pedersen did.

The second overall finisher would be Richard Glaszczak in his #1073 car. Glaszvzak completed some of the fastest laps in his class and with no mechanical issues or letting the course get the best of him, the #1073 ran a great race and proves to be competition not only in his class, but also to the Unlimited Trucks and Class 1 cars.

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With such a rough course this year it was no surprise that so many drivers were out so early on in the race. But the 1600 class proved to be one tough class as only 5 of the 18 drivers DNF’d. Coming out of a win at Battle At Primm, Michael “Bud” Ward was ready to keep the streak going. Early on in the race cars would be passing up to two cars at a time in some areas of the course. Having to start the racers so close together due to entry numbers, it gave the faster drivers an opportunity to pass earlier in the race and this would would be beneficial. Ward was able to clear the traffic early on and finished all 5 laps of the race in 6 hours and 22 minutes and taking another win in his #1673 car.

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Class 1 and Class 1450 had a great turnout in entries, but the turn out at the finish line would be thin. Wayne Ellis out ran 11 other competitors to take home the win in Class 1 and Ryan Heryford only saw motivation during the race as he would see numerous competitors off to the side of the road broken. Heryford finished the mandatory 3 laps for the class and came out of the dust with the win.

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Other class winners include:
Emily Shapiro #1342
Matt Ferrato #1201
John Morgan #1545
Justin Anderson #2077
Arrone Travaglia #3048
Robert Macdonald #976

The next race for SNORE will head back to Nevada where you will find a fresh course in Caliente, May 29-30. Results are unofficial. Please visit SNORE Racing for official results.

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Usually when I’m in the desert shooting a race I stop shooting after sunset. There’s no point at night when you have shot in the day for several hours but when the race starts in late afternoon, things become more interesting. The second race of the 2015 CODE season, the ESCOMEX Night Race happened this weekend from Mexicali Valley to the Salada dry lake. This is the story.

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Vicente Guerrero Park was once again the place for contingency. Tech officially starts at 5pm but with the Mexicali weather people usually show up much later. By 10pm the place was packed, thousands of people getting together to enjoy the Off-Road party.

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The next day I got up at 10am and I had this weird sensation of being late, usually on race days I’m getting ready to leave at 4-6am but for this race there was no rush at all since the race started at 7pm. With the late start time I was able to do a feature vehicle shoot of Class 12 CODE Champion Robbots Racing (coming soon) who ended up finishing 3rd in his class.

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As the green flagged dropped for the start of the race there was only a couple of minutes left of sunlight, I tried to use the last of the daylight to my advantage shooting a long seven mile whoop section. Knowing it was going to get more difficult to get good pictures the later it got, I did my best to capture as many pictures as I could early on.

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The race course consisted of 4 laps on a 40+ mile loop for trucks and 6 laps on a different 20+ mile loop for bikes.

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In the Open class, 8 entries where fighting for the overall; Juan Carlos PIN Lopez, the fan favorite, was the absolute winner with a time of 3:18:20, around 30 minutes ahead of the second place finisher #147 Scott Shields.

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Slowly the UTV market is gaining popularity in Baja, around 5 UTV’s entries where at the race competing head to head with Class 12 and 16.

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Those big led bars are easily one of the biggest improvements in the recent Off-Road history, and there is no better place to show them off than in a night race.

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I have always wanted the opportunity to shoot some stars above the desert, unfortunately with the race going on and off road lights everywhere I wasn’t able to get the best possible shot, the sky was beautiful anyways.

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Anyone who follows the CODE races knows this location and since the night race wasn’t using it I wanted to make something unique. I was able to get this star trail shot. Enjoy the full photo gallery below.

The complete list of finishers can be found HERE

Class Winners –

Class Open.
18 Juan Carlos Lopez 3:18:20

Clase 10.
1004 SALVADOR TORRES 3:36:25

Clase 12.
1204 Mike Aguilar 5:00:13

Clase 7.
704 AARON CELICEO 4:49:29

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1604 DIEGO NAVARRETE 4:12:39

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500 JOSE LUIS LOPEZ 3:59:08

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551 FELIPE RODRIGUEZ 5:25:29

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1801 GUSTAVO TORRES 3:18:54

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1414 JULIO BANDA 4:09:13

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301 GLEN STRAIGHTIFF 3:22:37

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720 ISMAEL REYES 4:12:47

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1100 DANIEL REYES JR. 4:37:48

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1850 FRANCISCO LOPEZ 3:28:27

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1509 ERIC MULLER JR 4:01:43

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March was entirely about The Mint, we just posted a massive gallery of all the events from it, but now we bring you just the best action photos along with LOORRS, this is the gallery of Bangers of Marshers of March, enjoy!

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Rockstar girls tell a sold out crowd in Lake Elsinore its time to go green. | LOORRS Round 1& 2 | Lake Elsinore | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Carl Renezeder launches his Pro 4. | LOORRS Round 1& 2 | Lake Elsinore | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Bryce Menzies gets ready to go to battle. | LOORRS Round 1& 2 | Lake Elsinore | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Checkered flags fly under the lights in Lake Elsinore. | LOORRS Round 1& 2 | Lake Elsinore | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Flames throw from under Menzies Pro 2. | LOORRS Round 1& 2 | Lake Elsinore | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Shelby Anderson takes a photo of brother Ronnie up on the podium. | LOORRS Round 1& 2 | Lake Elsinore | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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A stacked Pro 4 field piles into turn one. | LOORRS Round 1& 2 | Lake Elsinore | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Kyle Leduc takes the win in his brand new Pro 4. | LOORRS Round 1& 2 | Lake Elsinore | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Bryan Freeman rails his 10 car into the early morning light. | BITD Mint 400| Las Vegas, NV | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Robby Gordon being Robby Gordon. | BITD Mint 400| Las Vegas, NV | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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They dyke jump was a fan favorite all day. | BITD Mint 400| Las Vegas, NV | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Not everyone would finish the tough race. | BITD Mint 400| Las Vegas, NV | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Jason Voss would do some two wheeling of his own. | BITD Mint 400| Las Vegas, NV | Jason Zindroski / HighRev Photo

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Cameron Steele grunge. | BITD Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | E. Araiza

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Chasing the sunset. | BITD Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | E. Araiza

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Dondel roosting a truck behind him. | BITD Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | E. Araiza

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Apdaly roosting me. | BITD Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | E. Araiza

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An Ultra4 facing the desert. | BITD Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | E. Araiza

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R. Acer drift. | BITD Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | E. Araiza

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Letner pushing his 1500 to the limits. | BITD Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | E. Araiza

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Wave maker. | BITD Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | E. Araiza

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Dan McMillin coming thru. | The Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | Vincent Knakal

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Lofton launching it. | The Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | Vincent Knakal

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Bryce Menzies, Time Trials. | The Mint 400 | Las Vegas NV | Vincent Knakal

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IRVINE, Calif. (April 9, 2015)—TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL announced today it is partnering with the Guardian For Heroes Foundation to promote the Second Annual Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit & Auction May 1-3 in Fort Worth, Texas. The goal of the benefit is to raise money for the organization founded by the late Navy SEAL and subject of the Oscar-nominated film, American Sniper.

The Guardian For Heroes Foundation provides free, in-home programs, personal training, and life coaching to in-need Veterans with disabilities, or those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) from combat deployment.

The benefit will have a sizable presence at TORC’s season opener, the Roundup in Texas at Texas Motor Speedway April 24-25, with Wayne Kyle, Chris’s father, named as the Grand Marshall for the race. There will also be a Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit booth at the track where fans can donate to the foundation and learn more about Kyle.

“It’s an honor for the Kyle Family—Deby and myself, our son Jeff, and daughter-in-law Amy—to partner with TORC to carry on Chris’s legacy and be true to his motto ‘It’s our duty to serve those who serve us’,” said Wayne Kyle.

TORC President BJ Birtwell said it is a privilege for the series to recognize the legacy of an American hero.

“At its core,” he said, “TORC is filled with men and women who love this country and have the utmost respect for those who serve it. To be able to be part of this benefit and honor a man like Chris Kyle and the Guardian For Heroes Foundation is very special to us and we will do our best to spread their message.”

For more information on the Second Annual Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit, visit the official website at ChrisKyleMemorialBenefit.com. For tickets to the Roundup in Texas, visit TORCSeries.com/Tickets.

The full 2015 TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL season schedule is as follows:

April 24-25: Dallas, TX (Texas Motor Speedway)
May 16-17: St Louis, MO (Gateway Motorsports Park)
June 18-19: Chicago, IL (Chicagoland Raceway / Route 66)
June 27-28: Crandon, WI (Crandon Int’l Raceway)
July 10-11: Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Motor Speedway, The Dirt Track)
Aug 4-5: Sturgis, SD (Buffalo Chip Motorsports Complex)
Aug 15-16: Bark River, MI (Bark River International Raceway)
Sept 5-6: Crandon, WI (Crandon Int’l Raceway)

For more information on the TORC Series, visit their official web site at TORCSeries.com or follow them via their social media platforms at Facebook.com/TORC or on Twitter and Instagram at @TORCOffRoad.

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About TORC
TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL is the nation’s premiere short-course, off-road truck racing series. Known as a collision between action sports and motorsports, TORC is the ultimate battleground for 900-horsepower race trucks competing to win the prestigious TORC National Championship. Fans from all over the world enjoy TORC through high-energy events as well as the TV broadcasts on NBC Sports. For more information, visit www.torcseries.com. For business and sponsorship inquiries, please email info@torcseries.com.

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.): In celebration of his contributions to the sport of Baja off-road racing and his continuing support of the “Happiest Race on Earth,” NORRA today announced that Walker Evans will be honored as Grand Marshall for the 2015 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 rally.

Scheduled for April 25-29, this unique off-road event will cover 1,300 miles over four days (five days for the motorcycles) beginning in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico before finishing in the world-class resort destination of San Jose Del Cabo.

Evans, an enthusiastic NORRA Mexican 1000 veteran and overall Vintage category winner, joins a distinguished list of previous rally Grand Marshalls. Evan’s good friend Parnelli Jones enjoyed that title for the inaugural race in 2010, followed in 2011 by original Baja record-setter and fiberglass dune buggy inventor Bruce Meyers. Motorsports personality and all-around desert racing enthusiast Dave Despain served as 2012’s Grand Marshall, followed a year later by five-time Baja 1000 champion and Mexican 1000 veteran Mark McMillin.

Last year, Grand Marshall honors went to off-road star Rod Hall. Hall, a competitor in the inaugural 1967 NORRA Mexican 1000, enjoyed his first modern General Tire Mexican 1000 rally so much he is returning in 2015 to compete in the highly competitive Vintage 108” Wheelbase 4×4 category with a newly restored Stroppe Ford Bronco.

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Finally realizing a NORRA Mexican 1000 rally goal, in 2013 Walker Evans flew his famous Dodge truck to the overall Vintage category victory. He then retired this famous piece of off-road racing history, participating instead via a beautiful Alumi Craft-Chevy in NORRA’s Evolution class.

You don’t need to be an off-road racing insider to know the legendary name of Walker Evans. In fact, he carries the richly deserved nickname of “The Legend.” For decades, his fame has transcended that of being just another off-road racer. Today, the namesake company he started with wife Phyllis and longtime colleague Randy Anderson, Walker Evans Racing, has exploded, providing wheels and shock absorbers to the automotive, off-road, snowmobile and UTV markets.

NORRA is proud of the fact that Walker Evans Racing has been a welcome partner with NORRA from the onset, and in 2015 continues that tradition by sponsoring the rally’s “Welcome Fiesta and Driver’s Meeting” in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico.

Born in Cedar Lake Michigan, Walker Evans was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame America in 2015 and into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) in 2004. Over his long and successful career, Evans earned 142 victories in both desert racing and short course competition — claiming 21 championships and five Baja 1000 wins in the process.

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While his long sideburns may be a thing of the past, Walker Evans’ intensely competitive spirit, memorable smile and trademark cowboy hat helped shape the off-road culture since it began. Today his company is a leading supplier of shock absorbers and wheels to a variety of industries. (photo courtesy Walker Evans)

Walker got his first sample of off-road racing when he drove a Rambler Sedan in the 1969 NORRA Baja 500 for actor James Garner’s American Motor Team. During his career, Walker has driven Dodges, Chevrolets, and Fords. As they say, the rest is history.

“Naming Walker Evans as the Mexican 1000’s Grand Marshall for 2015 is an honor, and a pleasure!” NORRA President Michael Pearlman said enthusiastically. “Walker and Phyllis Evans have been part a big part of the NORRA family since we decided to revive the Mexican 1000 rally in 2009. This is a perfect way to pay tribute to their support and, of course, Walker’s lasting contributions to the entire sport and off-road industry.”
Click here for more information on the NORRA General Tire Mexican 1000

ABOUT NORRA

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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First SCORE race run totally in Mexico’s Baja Sur starts in Cabo San Lucas, finishes in Loreto
Round 2 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship to be televised on CBS Sports Network;
more info at www.SCORE-International.com

BAJA SUR, Mexico—Race week has started for the history-making Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race as the southern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula is prepared to host the first SCORE race entirely run on the southernmost part of the peninsula. With pre-running and final logistics being completed, festivities officially launch Wednesday for Round 2 of the five-race internationally-televised SCORE World Desert Championship.
Following two years of negotiations and finalization of details by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman with Mexican officials, SCORE, known as trail blazers in the sport of desert racing, will present the inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 this week. The race will start at the luxurious tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and finish in the picturesque ‘Magical’ city of Loreto on the glistening Sea of Cortez on the east side of the peninsula.
A MAJOR FIRST
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.
SKED HIGHLIGHTS…
REGISTRATION AT VILLA DEL PALMAR
SCORE will be holding a special on-site race registration on Wednesday exclusively for late entries from noon to 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pericues Ballroom at the Villa del Palmar Resort and Spa, the race headquarters in Cabo San Lucas. Pre-registered entries will be able to finalize their registration on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (MT) and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MT) in the Pericues Ballroom at the Villa del Palmar Resort.
MONSTER ENERGY SCORE BAJA SUR 500 PARTY
Bringing the community together with the world’s best desert racers, the Monster Energy SCORE Baja Sur 500 Party will be held on Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (MT) at the Baja Brewery at the Marina in the heart of Cabo San Lucas.
BUD LIGHT SCORE KICK-OFF PARTY
The pre-race Bud Light SCORE Kick-off Party will be held on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (MT) at the The Office on the Beach on Playa El Medano.
MANUFACTURER’S MIDWAY/TECH INSPECTION
The colorful pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday. With each race entry pushed through the area for photo ops and autographs, contingency will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MT) and tech from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MT) on the Yenecamu Fields in Cabo San Lucas.
GREEN FLAG/CHECKERED FLAG
The green flag will drop first in the elapsed-time race for motorcycles and quads at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday. With a minimum of a four-hour gap in between the start of the motorcycles/quads, cars, trucks 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 adjacent to La Mision Hotel-Loreto. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in less than nine hours, all vehicles will have a 17-hour time limit to be an official finisher.
FINISH LINE CELEBRATION
In Loreto, La Mision Hotel is the race headquarters with the finish line adjacent to the resort on the Malecon alongside the Sea of Cortez. In the finish line area on Saturday, 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 at 11 a.m. (MT)
SCORE MEDIA CENTERS
In Cabo San Lucas, the official pre-race SCORE Media Center will be in the Pericues Ballroom at the Villa del Palmar Resort and Spa on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (MT) and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MT).
In Loreto, the SCORE Media Center will be in the event center on the fourth floor at the La Mission Hotel-Loreto adjacent to the finish line on the Malecon. It will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (MT), Saturday from 10 a.m. to Midnight (MT) and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (MT).
OFFICIAL ASSISTANCE
Working diligently with SCORE CEO/President 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, Mayor 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 and Venustiano Perez Sanchez, Mayor of Comondu, Baja California Sur.
SCORE has also enjoyed 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 group.
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
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.

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Wally Wildcat

Wally was really proud of this Wildcat he built. He brought it out to Moab in 2013 to show it off. I loved it, he put a GIANT UTVUnderground.com logo on the roof! He always had my back.

By Joey DiGiovanni of UTVUnderground.com

Monday April 7th, 2015,  the world lost a great man. Our good friend and colleague Rick “Wally” Wallace passed away peacefully in his sleep. Rick Wallace, simply known to all of us as Wally, had a long 3 to 4 year battle with cancer.  I have never had to write a story in this tone before. Its a story I would never want to write, but its one that this man deserves.

I first met Wally somewhere around 2008. I can’t pinpoint exactly when and thats probably because after meeting him I had felt like I had known him my whole life. Wally had that affect on people. He would greet you with a smile that I now wish I could see one more time. He was a talented individual. I met Wally as he was transitioning into his love for UTVs. Wally was a painter by trade but had an eye for vehicle design and was as creative a person I had ever met. He could visualize things in a way that few could and the vehicles he would create were some of the coolest I had ever seen. He was amazing. Over the years Wally and I would get to race together, ride together on many adventures and would become close friends and riding buddies.

His painting talents span decades. From his early years painting VW’s in Huntington Beach all the way to some of the most famous off-road race vehicles our sport has ever seen in his shop in Hesperia. Wally World Designs created iconic themes for some of the biggest names in our sport like Vessels, Pflueger, Vildosola, Pierce, and many, many more. He was sought after to not just paint vehicles, but simply just to paint helmets or other unique items. To have a “Wally World” paint job on something was a pretty darn special thing.

A shot I got of Wally in I think 2011 with a Vildosola Red Bull Trophy Truck paint scheme he did.

A shot I got of Wally in I think 2011 with a Vildosola Red Bull Trophy Truck paint scheme he did.

I was one of those lucky individuals who got to own a Wally World paint scheme. Wally sponsored the absolute coolest paint job I have ever had on anything I have ever owned. Ironically it was on a Yamaha Rhino, but the work belonged on that of a show quality hot rod. I remember vividly coming to Wally’s home in Oak Hill, CA, right at the top of the Cajon Pass. It was the first time I had been there. I had my newly built Rhino on the trailer and I was so excited to have Wally do the paint on this build. When I told him I wanted a hot rod themed, flat black paint scheme he was all over it. He had a thing for flat paint at the time and loved that I wanted this old school theme on my off-road toy. He insisted on doing the job and what he turned out was one of the coolest paint schemes I have ever seen. I left the job in his hands as I believe you should always do when having an expert do a job.  He took my idea and turned it into something I will never forget. He named the machine the FATROD and put this cool Big Daddy Roth font logo on the hood, all hand painted of course. He knew I had 2 little boys and a girl for kids and so he did a cool hand painted graphic on each side of the vehicle that was 3 Kings, 2 Queens, fanned out like a poker hand and below it said FULL HOUSE. It was genius and special. It represented my family and the build, he had a way of making everything personal and he always paid attention to the details. That Rhino is what helped me launch UTVUnderground.com and to this day I still get people bringing up that build. The paint made it.

He nailed it with the FatRod! Still the best paint job I have ever owned. One of his last great paint jobs he did.

He nailed it with the FatRod! Still the best paint job I have ever owned. One of his last great paint jobs he did.

That first trip to Wally & Kim’s (Kim is Wally’s wife) house affected me in more than one way. Of course it resulted in getting the coolest paint job ever but it also blew me away with Wally’s set up he had shop wise. He and Kim have the coolest house. It reminds me of the old west the way they have an old wooden wind mill in the front yard and rustic fencing. Of course there is a big rancho style entrance with a giant Welcome to Wally World sign at the top but what really made me drop my jaw was Wally’s shop set up. He ruined me!!! I was like, man, this is how you live right here. He had a massive shop where he did his painting next to his big covered RV parking. Down below he had another massive shop where he parked all his UTVs and toys. I mean, how could I leave there not being envious and a bit jealous. The man took care of his stuff and gave me a ton of inspiration for how I one day wanted to live in my own home. Its fair to say, when Wally did something he went all in and always did it the right way. He never cut corners.

One of Wally's many RZRs taken in front of the Wally World Ranch! I always loved his property!

One of Wally’s many RZRs taken in front of the Wally World Ranch! I always loved his property!

Those early meetings would blossom into a fantastic friendship. Wally and I shared many adventures together the last 5 or so years. He led me and many others on some of the most amazing trips and off-road rides that I have and probably ever will go on. From the Grand Canyon to riding cross country from Las Vegas to his home in Oak Hill, to traversing the dunes of Glamis and playing on trails from here to Montana. I got to experience Wally when he was in his element and truly at his happiest. Never have I met someone so dead set on exploration and adventure. He launched a company called Wally World Adventures and he would take groups of people on rides to and through some of the most amazing off-road trails this continent has to offer. He not only wanted to explore it for himself, he wanted to share the experience with as many people as he could. I was just fortunate to be one of those people.

Wally loved to race. He had a blast racing with Mike Lasher and the boys and I was lucky to be on the team for a few races.

Wally loved to race. He had a blast racing with Mike Lasher and the boys and I was lucky to be on the team for a few races.

I could tell stories about our trips together for days, and I will tell those stories to friends and family for the rest of my life. Wally gave me more than friendship, he gave me experiences and memories. He taught me how to be a better person, not by telling me but by showing me. Even at his weakest during his fight with cancer he would still find a way to muster up a smile, shrug off the illness and always talk about getting well so he could do more. His last few years here on earth were lived out doing what Wally wanted and could do. He never lost his spirit for fun and adventure. He gave up painting a few years ago, but shifted that passion into customizing his UTVs for comfort, speed and adventure riding. He always had something new to show me and always had a new idea he was working on. He never quit.

Taken in 2013, Wally was in the heat of battle with cancer but still made it to Moab to ride with us. We had a great day on the trail that afternoon. Of course he was the leader.

Taken in 2013, Wally was in the heat of battle with cancer but still made it to Moab to ride with us. We had a great day on the trail that afternoon. Of course he was the leader.

Our last ride together was special. Last year we partnered with Polaris to join the Warfighter Made organization for a week of camping and riding in Mammoth Lakes. When I called Wally about joining us he was the first one to arrive at the camp site. It would be the last week of riding that we would do together and it couldn’t have been a more epic trip. We spent time riding and just hanging out. We talked our normal talk, industry, friends, family and of course adventures. He shared with me how much he was loving his Lake Havasu home and boat and told me I always had a place to stay if I wanted to visit. I sure wish I would have taken him up and made that happen now. He left that trip a little early as he wasn’t feeling very well. That seemed to be the theme on a few trips these last couple of years. I would see him push himself to make the trips because he didn’t ever want to be left out or miss out on the rides. Eventually the strain would catch up to him and he would have to retire early from a trip and I know that always frustrated him. He was very paranoid early on when he was diagnosed. He didn’t want anyone to know at first because he was afraid that people or companies would be afraid to invite him on trips. The thought alone was ludicrous in my eyes. It only made me want to do more with him, never not knowing how much time we had left with him. This is the only positive I can find out of the whole cancer deal is that it made the time I got to be with Wally that much more special because I never knew if it was going to be the last time. We actually got a lot of trips in over these last few years and for that I am grateful.

On our last trip together we spent time just doing what we loved to do, ride and chill out. It was always a pleasure to be able to spend time and talk to Wally.

On our last trip together we spent time just doing what we loved to do, ride and chill out. It was always a pleasure to be able to spend time and talk to Wally.

I am not sure how or why Wally got cancer. Maybe from all the paint fumes, maybe he was just unlucky? Doesn’t really matter I guess. I hate that the disease seems to always attack good people. We will never understand God’s plans but its through these trials and tribulations that you usually get to see the real person within. In this case, it reaffirmed that Wally was the same Wally before and after. He never changed, in fact, he only got more motivated and only wanted to do more. He fought that damn disease tooth and nail, never giving up. Wally didn’t lose the battle, the disease may have taken his body but it didn’t ever touch his spirit or his soul. He won by showing me and many others how to face those unforeseen obstacles life throws at you. He lived like he rode, fast and fearless, always seeking the next adventure.

We are all going to miss that smile...

We are all going to miss that smile…

Earlier on I mentioned how I was so envious of Wally’s shop. During the time that I have known Wally, the home I lived in didn’t have a garage. He would always ask me, where the heck are you keeping all those UTVs you have? Well Wally, that house I told you about at The Mint 400 that I was buying, I got it. And guess what? It has a shop for all my UTVs! Want to know what the first project is in this new shop buddy? Its writing this story for you. I can’t help but tear up sitting here and typing this. I really wish you could come see this place, its pretty dang cool. Not quite Wally World cool, but I will work on it.

I love and miss you dearly already. If I didn’t tell you the last time we saw each other, thanks for coming to see us all at The Mint. I know you weren’t feeling well, and something tells me you knew your health was fading away, but in true Wally World style you made that one last adventure. I promise to never forget you and I promise that in all that I do, I will always Ride For Wally.

See you in Heaven someday, until then, paint us some epic skies….

Your Friend,

Joey D.

What an awesome photo. I will never forget when Wally hit that jump in Glamis. He rode over to us after this moment and said "I think I hit it a little too fast"! lol He was so stoked that we had gotten photo and video of his flight.

What an awesome photo. I will never forget when Wally hit that jump in Glamis. He rode over to us after this moment and said “I think I hit it a little too fast”! lol He was so stoked that we had gotten photo and video of his flight.

 

Feature Image by: Boyd Jaynes

Photo Credits: UTVUnderground.com, UTVGuide.net, Dirt Sports Magazine, Magnum Offroad, UTV Off Road Magazine, Wally’s Facebook Page

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Stop the press- NORRA bound! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/stop-the-press-norra-bound-123402.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/stop-the-press-norra-bound-123402.html#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 03:03:01 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123402 Rod Hall will be challenging the Baja peninsula one more time in his original Bronco. If you haven’t heard, Rod Hall, the winningest off-road racer in the U.S. and over-all winner of the 1969 Mexican 1000, will be piloting his

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Rod Hall will be challenging the Baja peninsula one more time in his original Bronco.

Rod Hall NORRA 2015 PR
If you haven’t heard, Rod Hall, the winningest off-road racer in the U.S. and over-all winner of the 1969 Mexican 1000, will be piloting his old steed in the upcoming NORRA Mexican 1000 rally in Baja, Mexico, April 25-29, 2015.

The 4-day race, affectionately known as “The Happiest Race on Earth,” will begin in the seaside town of Ensenada and require teams to navigate through 1,200 miles of the peninsula’s wildest backcountry while en route to the checkered flag in San Jose del Cabo.

Samco Fabrication in Reno, Nevada, is performing the restoration of this Bronco that has been on display at the ORMHOF exhibit inside the National Automobile Museum. Carrying the old stallion will be a new crate motor from Ford Racing, a Wild Horses 4×4 suspension and Fox Racing shocks, BFGoodrich tires on classic American Racing wheels, and loads of equipment from Summit Racing Equipment, KC HiLiTES, Mastercraft Safety, Bestop, Truck and Jeep Accessories, and Currie Enterprises. The strip down is complete and the old Bronco is being reassembled this week. Stay tuned…

Find out more, as well as view the full photo gallery, on the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Rod Hall Ford Bronco Project and Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Facebook pages.
Progress so far…

The guys at Samco are going to town this week with putting the 46-year-old Bronco back together.

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They slipped the Ford Performance motor in yesterday. The transmission and axles from Currie Enterprises should be in this week, as will new racing seats, harnesses, and limiting straps from Mastercraft Safety.

Rod Hall NORRA 2015 PR2
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Project shirts, koozies and posters will be available soon!

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Team Taylor Nitto Tyres Press Release http://www.race-dezert.com/home/team-taylor-nitto-tyres-press-release-123359.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/team-taylor-nitto-tyres-press-release-123359.html#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:50:04 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123359 April 8th 2015 Team Taylor Racing would like to officially welcome Nitto Tyres Australia on board as the major sponsor for the team throughout the 2015 season. Nitto Tyres is exploring new territory with this partnership, being the first time

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Nitto Tyre Livery PR
April 8th 2015

Team Taylor Racing would like to officially welcome Nitto Tyres Australia on board as the major sponsor for the team throughout the 2015 season. Nitto Tyres is exploring new territory with this partnership, being the first time that the brand has promoted their 4wd range of tyre patterns in the offroad racing industry here in Australia.

To celebrate, the Taylor’s have wrapped the #24 GET Perfromance Pro Buggy in a striking blue livery, designed to give maximum impact to the Nitto Tyres logo/brand. The new wrap was designed in house by the Team Taylor media team and as quoted by team manager Michael “The geometric blue was designed to give a striking impact against Australia’s terrain which is primarily greens and reds”. Micheal went on the say “…We also wanted to ensure that the Nitto Tyres logo was going to pop off the livery to help promote the brand which is entering into the offroad racing world in a big way”.

The #24 GET Performance Pro Buggy will in the hands of Ryan Taylor for the 2015 season and will be backed up by the Team Taylor #6 Tatum Pro Buggy at a selection of Australian Offroad Racing Championship rounds this year as well as local state and ARB Series rounds.

The Team will also be partnering Nitto Tyres with their wheel sponsor Race Wheels Australia in a soon to be released Racer Program, designed to aid up and coming Australian Offroad Racing teams in their quest for the best tyre and wheel combinations available for the Australian tracks and conditions.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Team Taylor Pro Buggy/s will be at the following events in the 2015 calendar:
AORC RD 1 – Mildura – Apr 10-12
AORC RD 2 – Finke – June 5-8
AORC RD 3 – Waikerie – July 24-26
ARB – Goondiwindi 400 – Aug 7-9
AORC RD 4 – Coffs Harbour – Sept 11-13
AORC RD 5 – Lockyer Valley – Oct 16-18
Plus select Queensland State Series rounds that fall in between the championship series.

KEEP UP TO DATE

Team Taylor will be committing to bringing their sponsors and fans up-to-date news throughout the season with a dedicated media team attending all events. The team will comprise of photojournalists, video crews and PR agents who will work around the clock to ensure that the team’s website and social media streams are not only kept on the pulse of the teams success but also sharing the news and highlights of each event as they pan out.

To watch as the action unfolds, make sure you connect to:
The Team Taylor official website – www.teamtaylor.com.au
Their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/teamtaylorracing

END OF PRESS RELEASE.
BONUS IMAGES

Team Taylor would like their media partners and their fans to take a better look at the 2015 livery on the GET Performance #24, click the below image to be taken through to our image gallery.

Please help promote the Australian Offroad Racing scene by sharing this press release with your social and email contacts. The further this reaches, the more limelight Aussie racing gathers.

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Eric Fitch Advances into Pro 2 Class for Lucas Oil Off-Road Series http://www.race-dezert.com/home/eric-fitch-advances-into-pro-2-class-for-lucas-oil-off-road-series-123329.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/eric-fitch-advances-into-pro-2-class-for-lucas-oil-off-road-series-123329.html#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:41:59 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123329 Eric Fitch Advances into Pro 2 Class for Lucas Oil Off-Road Series Scottsdale, AZ (April 6th, 2015) – Eric Fitch and his Fitch Racing operation are officially announcing their expanded efforts in the ultra-competitive Pro 2 class in the Lucas

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Eric Fitch Advances into Pro 2 Class for Lucas Oil Off-Road Series
Scottsdale, AZ (April 6th, 2015) – Eric Fitch and his Fitch Racing operation are officially announcing their expanded efforts in the ultra-competitive Pro 2 class in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series and are also announcing a number of new sponsors for the season.
Eric Fitch is no stranger to off road racing having been competing in the Pro Buggy Class for the past few seasons and claiming a number of high profile wins and top podium finishes with many of them being a runaway performance.

Eric-Fitch-Racing-PREric has added a number of sponsors as well that have helped push the Pro 2 effort forward. Mickey Thompson, Howe Performance, Aeromotive, Redline Performance Engines, Fortin Racing Transmissions, Fox shocks
Hostyle Racing Products, and Qtm brakes have all jumped on board to help the 20 year old phenom make a successful transition to the Pro 2 class.

Eric also has a ace up his sleve in the garage with the expertise of professional race car engineer Sean Geiser building and prepping his Pro 2 Chevrolet.

“I’m really excited about transitioning into the Pro 2 class, its been a long off season of 16 hour days getting everything ready,” said Eric. We are really lucky to have the expertise of Sean Geiser working for us and building this bad ass Pro 2. We are putting in a lot of effort into the program and we are more than Eric-Fitch-PR-1grateful with all the support we have from our sponsors. We are looking forward to some other big announcements coming soon!”

Eric Fitch transitioned from Motocross to Pro-Buggy racing three years ago as the youngest competitor in the Pro series for the 2012 Lucas Oil Off-Road racing season. His practice, qualifying- and race-times were among the fastest in the Pro-Buggy class, gaining the attention of competitors, officials, and sponsors alike. In championship point standings, Fitch and team finished the 2014 season at 7th out of 25 competitors. During the season, over 50% of the races landed the team in the Top 5; of the six podiums, Fitch earned three 1st-place finishes, one 2nd-place finish, and two 3rd-place finishes. One of those 3rd-place finishes was in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Challenge Cup, the toughest race of the season, where Fitch fought his way through racing carnage to earn his place on the podium.
For More Information on Eric Fitch please visit him on www.fitchracing.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Eric Fitch is managed by Motorsports Marketing and Sponsorship Agency Drive Motorsports International.

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Three weeks after the biggest event in off-road racing, the dust has finally settled in Las Vegas. Year after year, The Great American Off-Road Race leaves its mark on Las Vegas, NV and the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire was no different. With every aspect of the event expanding in some capacity since its rebirth in 2009, The Mint is no longer repairing the foundation set by its founders in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It’s stacking bricks, garnering tremendous support from the off-road racing community, external mainstream media, general automotive enthusiasts and the Entertainment Capitol of the World itself. In short, The Mint 400 is turning heads and the world is starting to realize the impact of off-road racing on a global scale. Here’s a look back on the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire.

The Red Bull Signature Series television broadcast is set to air on NBC, Sunday, June 28th from 2-4 pm ET.

Photography by Vincent Knakal, Jason Zindroski, Ernesto Araiza, Larry Chen,
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THE 2015 4 WHEEL PARTS MINT 400 VEHICLE PARADE

The sound of testosterone, horsepower, and the smell of race fuel echoed off hotel and casino walls as 100 race vehicles marched down The Las Vegas Strip in the 4 Wheel Parts Mint 400 Vehicle Parade to officially start the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400, Presented by General Tire.  Leading the parade was this years Grand Marshall and off-road racing legend Larry Ragland, who escorted the convoy in his iconic Class 1 car (which one the 1986 Mint 400) nicknamed “Tetanus” by his mechanics. Ragland and millions of dollars of off-road technology followed him down the famous Las Vegas strip.

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THE 2015 KMC WHEELS PIT CREW CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY MYSTIK LUBRICANTS QUALIFYING

The KMC Wheels Mint 400 Pit Crew Challenge Presented by Mystik Lubricants has become a staple event each year at the Mint 400, and with the exponential growth of the famed race so has the number of teams wanting in on the competition to not only showcase how good their pit teams are, but also to have the chance to win some great prizes from our sponsors.  This year because of the increased interest, a qualifying session was held today and was open to all classes. The Trick Truck (1400) and 1500 Classes each qualified for open spots in the main event on Thursday, where they will meet teams already seeded in the main event. For all other classes, the top two times will be taken to the main event on Thursday, March 12th in a do or die battle to claim the top pit crew in the class!

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THE 2015 METHOD RACE WHEELS TIME TRIALS

Different this year the qualifying loop was set in front of the Buffalo Bills Hotel & Casino so that fans could get get a glimpse of what is to come on race day. Normally qualifying is held out deep in the desert and not open to public but in bringing offroad closer to the fans, BITD and Mad Media made the decision to bring the time trials to the spectators.  Starting on the short course track racers then transitioned into the dirt behind Buffalo Bills where it zigzagged on itself before finishing at the “Flying Finish” in front of hundreds of spectators.  It was a close finish with Dondel laying down a time of 4 Minutes and 7 Seconds with BJ Baldwin right behind him by only one and a half seconds. Drivers before hand thought the tight course may give the Class 1500 cars and advantage, but the first car qualified 10th in Eduardo Laguna. Only 5 seconds separated the top 10 so any little mistake really counted on this course.

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THE 2015 MISS MINT 400 CROWNING

We  crowned a new Miss Mint who join the likes of past Miss Mint’s Vanna White and Lynda Carter, along with recent winners Dani Mathers and Taylor Cox. Your 2015 Miss Mint is none other then the beautiful Amy Scott of Solona Beach, CA. Of 6 final contestants Amy was selected to represent The Mint 400 for the next year, and in doing so will take home $5,000 to go along with the title of 2015 Miss Mint.

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THE 2015 KMC WHEEL PIT CREW CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY MYSTIK LUBRICANTS MAIN EVENT

The final event of the night at the Mint Experience was the KMC Wheel Pit Crew Challenge Presented by Mystik Lubricants. 4 Class 1500 teams and 10 Trick Trucks battled to take home some great prizes from Fox Shox, Impact Safety, KMC Wheels, Mystic Lubricants, and 212 Performance Gloves. To have a great team it doesn’t just take a great driver but a team behind them, and that is what the Pit Crew Challenge shows us. With racing so competitive nowadays a pit stop can win or lose a race, and having a crew that can handle that stress is key to winning.  The favorites going into the event were the teams of TSCO Racing (last years winner), Menzies Motorsports, and Jesse Jones team, but it was a team who qualified last night to grab a spot who took home the trophy. Steve Strobel and crew laid down a faster time in the head to head final with Steve Olliges, but two loose lug nuts would give them a 10 second penalty, and with that the win would go to Olliges. In Class 1500 the COPS Racing crew helped put Steve Hengiveld’s car on top against Ryan Hancock and crew.

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THE 2015 MINT 400 TECH & CONTINGENCY

Today was the calm before the storm where teams paraded their race vehicles down Freemont Street for technical inspection and contingency. Showing the Mint’s expansion vendor row stretched longer then it ever has before in what seemed like an endless row of companies displaying their products for both racers and fans.  Always fan friendly, companies were passing out tons of stickers, posters, coozies, t-shits, and some even had drivers there to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.  Over 300 vehicles made the long trek down Freemont Street in what is a prelude to the biggest offroad race of the year.

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THE 2015 MINT 400 LIMITED RACE

In the predawn hours on Saturday morning the soothing rumble of high flow exhaust filled the Primm Valley. Racers lined the infield at Buffalo Bill’s Casino, departing in pairs to take on whatever the course had in store. Dust filled the air as the sun crested the mountain, ensuring that the drivers would have to put some faith in their instincts (and navigational equipment) as they pressed on.  The winner of the mornings three lap race was none other then Roger Starkey in his single seat Class 1000 car. “What a race!” Starkey said on the podium. “This is the second time we’ve run The Mint, but the first time we’ve won it. We started out in third and got out in front, so we only had to worry about someone catching up. It was unbelievable. The course was great…real fast…getting a little chewed up. It couldn’t be better.” Starkey finished unofficially with a time of 6:26:16, just a little under two minutes in front of second place.

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THE 2015 MINT 400 UNLIMITED RACE

The overall first place finisher, Justin Lofton (#41), lost a tire about 4 miles into the race and his rear brakes at the beginning of the third lap. “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 thing.”  Robby Gordon had pushed his #77 machine to (in his own estimation) a 12 minute lead before the race was temporarily red flagged for an accident cleanup and emergency response, once the cars were tightened and the race resumed he went on to place second. Third place Rob MacCachren lost a driveshaft during the race, yet still only finished about 8 minutes behind Lofton. Carlos Lopez (#11) and Gustavo Vildosola Jr rounded out the top five.

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.): For one of the first times in its colorful history, Ensenada’s beautiful but private Horsepower Ranch will open its doors to all Mexican 1000 and Cortez Rally participants on Friday, April 24th beginning at 4:00pm. Located just a few miles east of downtown Ensenada, the 140-acre facility will host the official finish and award’s party for the inaugural Cortez Rally, along with a gathering of newly restored and historically significant NORRA Vintage class vehicles. Additionally, NORRA officials will provide early team/driver/crew registration for the 6th annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.

Since taking over the ranch in 2003, Horsepower Ranch and founding partner Todd Clement have hosted some of the largest and most significant celebrations in off-road racing history. These include the highly popular “Baja Legacy” events that included inducting most of the sport’s biggest stars in the ranch’s Carrera Cantina “Walls of Fame.”

Admission to the ranch is only available on Friday, April 24th but there is no charge to come and enjoy all of the festivities. Specially prepared Mexican food, cold cerveza, margaritas, cocktails and commemorative Horsepower Ranch merchandise will all be available for purchase throughout the afternoon and evening.

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Bob Lawrence’s newly completed Funco SS-1 made famous in the 1970s as driven by Malcolm Smith and Bud Feldkamp will be making its debut at Horsepower Ranch on April 24, 2015 as part of a special NORRA Vintage category display.
While still being finalized, a special gathering of newly completed Vintage category restorations will also be a highlight of the Horsepower Ranch celebration. This year’s Mexican 1000 entry list features an impressive gathering of historic buggies, trucks, and motorcycles, many of which are making their debuts after years of hard work have returned them to their former glory.

NORRA will also make early pre-rally registration available for all NORRA Evolution, Vintage and Motorcycle/ATV classes at Horsepower Ranch. NORRA personnel will be on hand from 4:00pm until 8:00pm to finalize vehicle registration, driver information and all event wristbands.

“We are very honored to be working with NORRA and the Cortez Rally to open the ranch up to everyone involved with these events,” stated Clement. “Over the past 13 years this place has become a cultural icon for the sport and its history. We invite all of the teams and crews to get to Horsepower Ranch for a perfect kick-off to this year’s rally.”

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If the walls could only talk! Horsepower Ranch’s “Carrera Cantina” has been the site for some of the biggest and best parties in Baja off-road racing. The walls are filled with memorabilia, special art for each “Baja Legacy” inductee and images from Marty Fiolka’s “1000 Miles to Glory” book.

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ABOUT NORRA

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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Get up to $70 Back and Go to the Movies with Furious 7 and General Tire! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/get-up-to-70-back-and-go-to-the-movies-with-furious-7-and-general-tire-123319.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/get-up-to-70-back-and-go-to-the-movies-with-furious-7-and-general-tire-123319.html#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:50:54 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123319 Get up to $70 Back and Go to the Movies with Furious 7 and General Tire! Receive up to $70 back with the purchase of four qualifying General tires April 3 – May 1, 2015. Fort Mill, SC, April 3,

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Receive up to $70 back with the purchase of four qualifying General tires April 3 – May 1, 2015.

Fort Mill, SC, April 3, 2015–-Get up to $70 back and head to the movies with the help of General Tire this spring. Road trip season is upon us so hit the road with General Tire on the same tires that are featured in Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, which arrives in theaters today. In conjunction with the North American film release, consumers who purchase four (4) select General Tires from now through May 1, 2015, will receive a $70 American Express reward card. It’s that simple.

Roll on the same rubber used in the Furious 7 movie including the ultra-high performance G-MAXTM AS-03; the all-terrain GRABBERTM AT2; and most notably the famed Red Letter GRABBERTM. Look for General tires on Furious 7 feature vehicles including Dom’s off-road Charger, 1970 Road Runner and 1970 Charger; Letty’s 1970 Cuda and dodge 2012 Challenger; Shaw’s Fast Attack; Roman’s 1968 Camaro; Tej’s Jeep Wrangler; and the Motorcade 2003 Mercedes G-Wagon.

Purchase four (4) tires from the GMAXTM AS-03, GRABBERTM, GRABBERTM AT2, GRABBERTM HTS60, GRABBERTM UHP, or GRABBERTM STX marketing lines and receive a $70 American Express gift card. Receive a $50 American Express gift card with the purchase of four (4) tires from the new ALTIMAXTM RT43 marketing line or the ALTIMAXTM HP, ALTIMAXTM RT, ALTIMAXTM ARCTIC, ALTIMAXTM RTX, AMERITRACTM TR, AMERITRACTM, GRABBERTM AW, GRABBERTM HP, or GRABBERTM TR lines.

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About General Tire

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, and Camburg Racing.

About Continental AG

Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2014, the corporation generated preliminary sales of approximately €34.5 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tire, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs approximately 200,000 people in 53 countries.

About Furious 7

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan. www.furious7.com

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CJ Greaves will be joining Roberts Racing drivers Mike and Dale Dondel and Dakota Meyer in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Greaves demonstrated his Pro Buggy prowess when he won the TORC series Pro Buggy championship in 2010; his rookie season. Only 14 years old when he won his first title, it made him the youngest driver to win a short course Championship. He followed it up with a second straight Pro Buggy Championship in 2011. Greaves will be defending his 2014 Pro-2 Championship full time in the TORC series but will compete in the LOORRS series for Roberts Racing when his schedule permits.

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“I’m super excited to be a part of Roberts Racing,” says CJ, “I’ve gained some great seat time in the car during testing and the first rounds at Lake Elsinore. I’m feeling real comfortable with the car and the Roberts Racing team.”

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Roberts Racing is building a short course racing program that includes Mike Dondel in Pro-2, Dale Dondel in Pro-4 and CJ Greaves and Dakota Meyer in Pro Buggy. CJ’s input will be a great addition to Dale and Mike’s years of racing experience. Look for the team to debut Dale Dondel’s brand new, state of the art Pro-4 when they take to the track in Chandler, AZ. April 24th-25th at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

For more information about Roberts Racing go to: http://www.roberts-racing.com/
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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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Inaugural Cortez Rally Set To Go
* Quinn Cody and Volocore Added To Unique Motorsports Adventure *

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Darren Skilton (left) and Scott Whitney are organizing the 2015 Cortez Rally

LONG BEACH, CALIF. — In three weeks two-time Dakar class winner Darren Skilton and his partner Scott Whitney will fulfill a dream of organizing a rally that gives racers a chance to experience racing stages with real dunes and true navigation. Skilton has been working for several years with Whitney, a former Dakar competitor and road book expert, to organize the first event and offer Meixco’s largely unknown terrain to North American racers.

“I don’t think that many realize just how unique this event is for North America. The first time I visited Sonora I knew this place was special. We will provide world-class rally routes with terrain that will rival what I’ve raced on in Africa and South America. The Cortez Rally is truly something that all true off-road fans should experience,” said Skilton.

“Until now racers had to travel to other continents to enjoy a rally in open expanses like Sonora’s Altar Desert,” Skilton added. “Anyone in North America serious about Dakar, either as a racer or just a fan, needs to be at the Cortez Rally. Scott Whitney’s roadbooks are used by every top US-based team and are recognized as the standard for rally raid training.”

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Beautiful Mexican vistas and boundless adventure awaits both two and four-wheel entrants into the inaugural Cortez Rally. Both Skilton and Webster spent several years searching for a course that provides racers challenging and unspoiled terrain.

Key components to the inaugural Cortez Rally are routes that will take participants into areas not associated with traditional Mexico-based off-road racing.

“It took months to make the route and navigation passable to any first time rally racer with a two-wheel drive buggy, truck, pre-runner, as well as motorcycles,” explained Whitney. “We also spent two years finding routes that will challenge but also inspire racers of all levels.”

Another highlight of the 2015 Cortez Rally will be the participation of multiple time Baja winner, Dakar Rally competitor and new American Dakar ambassador Quinn Cody. Cody will be working with tracking company Volocore to test out some of their latest technology.

“For us, having a top level Dakar competitor and racer like Quinn racing the Cortez Rally is the reward for spending so much time getting this event off the ground,” concluded Skilton. “His commitment to safety and Volocore’s cutting edge technology will make all desert racing better in the future.”

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Veteran Baja champion Quinn Cody shares a love of mulit-stage raid raid events with Cortez Rally co-founder Darren Skilton. Now the American ambassador to the internationally renowned Dakar Rally, Quinn is looking will part of the inaugural Cortez Rally. (photo courtesy of RDC)

NORRA teams racing both Cortez Rally and the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 will be able to tech and register for both eventa on April 21 in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico. Cortez racers will need a their own GPS and rally odometer, and there will be a rally school put on by Dave Peckham of Rally Management Services at registration. Competitors must also provide their own activated SPOT tracker or Delorme “inReach” unit. These units will be tracked in coordination with Volocore.

Competitors will be hosted in San Luis Rio Colorado for two nights at a bivouac brought to you by Tecate and www.aventuratravel.com. It will be located near the services of town but still deep enough in the desert to provide views of the dunes on the horizon. Dinners and breakfasts will be available from an association of San Luis off road clubs, including Club RPM. Competitors will be ask for donation to enjoy local specialties, like steak arrachera, with proceeds going to support the local Red Cross and San Luis Fire Department.

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Ensenada’s beautiful and scenic Horsepower Ranch will be the site of the 2015 Cortez Rally’s
finish line. Event organizers will also have their Driver’s Awards Dinner onsite, with specially
prepared food by the ranch’s hospitality staff. The NORRA Mexican 1000 will also be displaying
its most prized Vintage Category vehicles there, as well as hosting VIP racer registration.

Although the fun will be in the bivouac, for those seeking a “cushier experience” the Cortez Rally has set up a special room rate at the San Angel Hotel just 30 minutes away.

Also, RPM Club member Daniel Gonzalez, who has been instrumental in bringing the Cortez rally to life, will be competing in a Ford Bronco. “While I have explored the San Luis desert all my life, this Rally will be a new challenge. It’s the first time we have used a roadbook and we are excited to compete!”

The final stage of the Cortez Rally will end at Ensenada’s iconic Horsepower Ranch. The ranch staff will welcome competitors where racers will have their awards and celebration dinner. Special room rates for competitors are available. VIP early registration, a vintage vehicle display and motorcycle tech for the NORRA Mexican 1000 will also be taking place at Horsepower Ranch on the same day — allowing racers to share stories and a cold beer or margarita.

Hotels with specials room rates:
Mexicali: Hotel Colonial -contact Araceli +52(686)556-1312
San Luis Rio Colorado: San Angel -contact Carla +52(653)534-0101
Ensenada: Horsepower Ranch -contact NORRA

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NORRA Finalizes Plans For Largest Celebration in Off-Road Racing at 2015 General Tire Mexican 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/norra-finalizes-plans-for-largest-celebration-in-off-road-racing-at-2015-general-tire-mexican-1000-123301.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/norra-finalizes-plans-for-largest-celebration-in-off-road-racing-at-2015-general-tire-mexican-1000-123301.html#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:41:14 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123301 NORRA Finalizes Plans For Largest Celebration in Off-Road Racing at 2015 General Tire Mexican 1000 — Grand Mayan Resort to Host “South Point Seaside Driver’s Awards” – (Agua Dulce, Calif.): Since 2012, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) and Michael

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NORRA Finalizes Plans For Largest Celebration in Off-Road Racing at 2015 General Tire Mexican 1000
— Grand Mayan Resort to Host “South Point Seaside Driver’s Awards” –

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.): Since 2012, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) and Michael Gaughan’s South Point Hotel Casino have co-hosted the largest and most elaborate post-race awards ceremony in the sport’s history. Last May, more than 1,200 drivers, crew members, family, friends and VIP supporters gathered on the soft white sands in San Jose Del Cabo immediately following the conclusion of the General Tire Mexican 1000. For 2015, that NORRA tradition looks to expand and grow.

Overcoming issues finding a venue large enough to host such a gathering after Category 4 Hurricane Odile slammed the area last September, NORRA officials today announced an agreement with San Jose Del Cabo’s Grand Mayan Resort, the same location that guests enjoyed at the 2014 “South Point Seaside Driver’s Awards” celebration.

Being held Wednesday evening, April 29 on the beachfront of the Grand Mayan Resort, the huge party will include a red carpet entrance, food stations, a full bar including Azunia Tequila margaritas, live music and special awards — all capped of with huge fireworks show.

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On April 29th the night skies over the quiet Mexican town of San Jose Del Cabo will come alive thanks to a giant beachside fireworks show celebrating the conclusion of NORRA’s Mexican 1000.
“NORRA is proud of starting this tradition for the Mexican 1000 rally, and its something our racers and their guests view as a highlight of their time with us in Baja,” explained NORRA President Mike Pearlman. “Unfortunately, much of the news coverage on last year’s hurricane focused on the resort area of Cabo San Lucas, but San Jose del Cabo suffered much worse destruction. We thank our friends at the Grand Mayan for working so hard to make this a reality, and we are glad to be a part of their recovery process.”

The South Point Seaside Driver’s Awards is just one of several hospitality locations NORRA and its family of corporate partners are planning for the 2015 Mexican 1000 – affectionately known as “The Happiest Race on Earth.

Scheduled run from April 25 – 29th and go from Ensenada to land’s end in San Jose Del Cabo, participants and their crews can also look forward to the “Walker Evans Racing Driver’s Meeting” and the “American Racing Wheel Baja Social Club” at the seaside finish line in Loreto, located on the beautiful Sea of Cortez. The organizing body is also finalizing additional finish line celebrations in El Rosario for the motorcycle racer and in Bahia De Los Angeles (Bay of Los Angeles) for the various four-wheel categories.
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NORRA’s post-Mexican 1000 Driver’s Awards have been a tradition since the sport’s earliest days. Here the iconic “Miss Hurst” Linda Vaughan presents legendary sports car racer Bob Bondurant with a special award following the 1968 NORRA Mexican 1000. (photo courtesy of NORRA)

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ABOUT NORRA

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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Kovach & The ST6 Crush Class 7200 at the Mint http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kovach-the-st6-crush-class-7200-at-the-mint-123297.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kovach-the-st6-crush-class-7200-at-the-mint-123297.html#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:33:44 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123297 Kovach & The ST6 Crush Class 7200 at the Mint Las Vegas, Nevada — The Great American Off Road Race once again lived up to its name. During the second week of March, the off-road race world converged on Las

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Las Vegas, Nevada — The Great American Off Road Race once again lived up to its name. During the second week of March, the off-road race world converged on Las Vegas for the Mint 400. The Mad Media crew delivered the spectacle fitting of the Mint’s legendary namesake. Casey Folks and the BITD crew designed a course to ensure the Mint’s reputation as one of the toughest races around remained intact. The week included a festive contingency on Fremont Street, the crowning of Miss Mint 2015, and a parade of Trick Trucks and race cars down the Las Vegas Strip led by Grand Marshall Larry Ragland in his vintage 1986 Mint winning Class 1 car.

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The race gods have been smiling on BITD so far this season. Race day saw blue skies and just a touch of breeze outside Buffalo Bills in Primm that marked the start/finish line. The limited class race kicked off in the early morning while the unlimited cars would begin their three lap competition later in the afternoon.

Learn more about Albins AGB and ST6 gearboxes.

When the green flag dropped on the afternoon race, the first lap was a fast chase. Dale Dondel was first off the line with the next dozen starters in close pursuit. Misfortune struck near the end of the first lap. A horrific multiple car accident put the race on pause. The vehicles were stopped while the racers involved received emergency attention and the damaged vehicles were removed from the course. The race was restarted at 4:45 pm. Time for each vehicle was recorded and the appropriate adjustments were added to finishing times.

The pause in the race pushed the finishing times well into the night. Tracking issues had the crowd that gathered at the Red Bull finish line uncertain who would be first across. Many were surprised when Justin Lofton pulled onto the the main stage and was declared the winner. Robby Gordon in his No. 77 Trick Truck followed close behind for second overall.

The big Albins ST6 news was in class 7200. Kovach Racing truck 7207, complete with a new Albins ST6-i sequential gearbox, snagged the top spot on the 7200 podium. Kovach carried the momentum from his second place at the Parker 425 to win the Mint with more than a 30 minute lead over the next Class 7200 finisher. It’s not luck that’s giving Steve the advantage this year. His truck is packing a new Albins ST6-i this season.

Cody Parkhouse in Albins AGB equipped car 1532 also one-upped his Parker 425 performance. Cody snagged second place on the Class 1500 podium and managed a top ten finish overall. Lalo Laguna in AGB equipped car 1537 snagged third place in Class 1500.

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Sheldon Creed Earns First Lucas Oil Podium of 2015
Holds Points Lead in Robby Gordon’s Formula Off-Road

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When Sheldon Creed won the Prolite Points Championship last year after just his third year racing the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series class, he knew it was time to make a move. Having driven a year in a Stadium Super Truck, tested GRC Lites and even shared driving duties in Robby Gordon’s Trophy Truck, it made sense to expand his arsenal and delve in to the premier Pro 2 division of short course off-road racing. With just two test sessions and seventy laps in the #74 Pro 2, Creed placed 7th and 5th amongst the field of seventeen Pro 2’s and earned his first podium of the 2015 LOORRS at Lake Elsinore.

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The weekend began with a 4th place Prolite finish in Round 1. A few laps is all it took for the team to notice some gearing problems that forced his tires to spin intensely around the turns and inevitably set him back from the rest of pack. Creed salvaged a 4th place finish but learned upon post race tech inspection that the trucks wheelbase was too wide. Creed was disqualified to 20th place for zero points.

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Creed’s crew cranked on the truck in the pits and bounced back for a 2nd place podium finish in Round 2, despite starting from the back row. Creed ground through the field of twenty and laid down his fastest lap time (00:51.384) on the fifth lap before the mandatory yellow.

“A DQ obviously isn’t the way I wanted to start the season but I’m proud of my crew for making the simple adjustments and getting me back on the podium again where I belong,” stated Creed.

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With names like Menzies, MacCachren, Renezeder and Leduc, the Lucas Oil Pro 2 division has established itself as the premier class in all of short course off-road racing. Creed now joins those names in his rookie season in the class and has high hopes for podium contention. Amongst seventeen racers, Creed finished 7th and 5th respectively in Rounds 1 & 2.

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“Heading in to Lake Elsinore, I expected to be in the top 5 so I’m pretty happy with my solid finishes. With limited test time, I found the truck is easier to drive than what I’m used to but harder to be fast. Each lap, I saw faster lines and learned how to find them. I’m looking forward to getting faster every race and won’t settle until I’m on top,” commented Creed.

Less than a week later, Sheldon hopped a plane to St. Petersburg, FL for SPEED Energy’s Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Following a 5th, 1st and 3rd place finish in the opening rounds in Australia, Creed lingered one point behind off-road legend, Robby Gordon, in the overall points standings heading in to the weekend but it was Creed who left in the lead.

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The excitement at the track was revolved around Creed and E.J. Viso’s door-to-door finish in the remaining laps of Round 4. Throwing down the fastest qualifying lap time on the 1.89-mile street circuit, Creed was simultaneously sent to the back of the group of ten at the mercy of the inversion. Creed bruised his way to Viso and the two battled for the closing laps of the race. It was a toss up entering the final lap but Creed had the preferred inside position off the first of four ramps and made the pass, only to give it back to Viso on the next turn. On the final turn, Creed’s pressure forced Viso to make a costly misjudgment and allowed him capitalized to take the win and lead in overall standings.

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“That battle was one of the craziest I’ve had in this series. It’s pretty cool I got to have it at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. We showed these Indycar fans what Formula Off-Road is all about!” said an elated Sheldon Creed.

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A win in Round 4 meant a last position start in Round 5. Creed battled all the way to third by the mandatory yellow flag. Upon the restart, he immediately passed Viso and went straight for eventual race winner, Burt Jenner. The two became tangled after the left side of Jenner’s truck landed on top of his on the landing of one of the jumps, allowing the stragglers to get by. The remainder of the race was spent battling for the final spot on the podium with Viso but ended with a 4th place finish.

Sheldon Creed now sits in first place in the overall standings in the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race series.

Competing in both series, Sheldon has an action packed 2015. Another back-to-back race weekend begins April 18th and 19th in Long Beach, CA for Rounds 6 & 7 of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race series, immediately followed by Rounds 3 & 4 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series on April 24th and 25th in Chandler, AZ.

Sheldon and team would like to thank their sponsors who help make racing possible:

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About Sheldon Creed:
Deemed “The Prodigy”, Sheldon Creed has quickly made a name for himself in short course off-road racing. Having won Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Championships in both the Superlite and Prolite Classes by the age of 16, Sheldon moved up to the elite Pro 2 class in 2015 and became an immediate podium contender amongst the best in off-road. Packing a full schedule in 2015, Sheldon races in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Stadium SUPER Trucks Series and competes in select desert off-road races.

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Quinn Cody and Volocore to be part of the Inaugural Cortez Rally http://www.race-dezert.com/home/quinn-cody-and-volocore-to-be-part-of-the-inaugural-cortez-rally-123266.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/quinn-cody-and-volocore-to-be-part-of-the-inaugural-cortez-rally-123266.html#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:28:22 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123266 Cortez Rally April 22-24 In three weeks time 2 time Dakar class winner Darren Skilton and his partner Scott Whitney will be fulfilling a dream of putting on a rally that gives racers the chance to experience racing stages with

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In three weeks time 2 time Dakar class winner Darren Skilton and his partner Scott Whitney will be fulfilling a dream of putting on a rally that gives racers the chance to experience racing stages with real dunes and true navigation. Skilton has been working for several years with former Dakar competitor and road book expert, Whitney, to organize the first rally to offer Sonora’s unknown terrain to North American racers.

“I don’t think that many realize just how unique this event is for North America. The first time I visited Sonora I knew this place was special. We will provide world class rally routes with terrain that will rival what I have raced on in Africa and South America. This is truly something that all true off road fans should want to experience” said Skilton. Until now racers had to travel to another continent to enjoy a rally in open expanses like Sonora’s Altar Desert. Anyone in North America serious about Dakar, either as a racer or just a fan, needs to be at the Cortez Rally. Scott Whitney’s road books are used by all the top US based teams and are recognized as the standard for rally raid training. But as Scott was quick to point out “We took months to make the route and navigation passable to any first time rally racer with a 2 wheel drive buggy, truck, prerunner, as well as motorcycles. We spent two years finding routes that will challenge but also inspire racers of all levels.”

Other big news is multi time Baja winner, Dakar Rally competitor and new Dakar ambassador Quinn Cody will be racing at the Cortez Rally. He will be working with Volocore, testing out some of their latest technology. Skilton was excited to announce that “Having a top level Dakar competitor and racer like Quinn racing the Cortez Rally is the reward for spending so much time to put the rally on. His commitment to safety and Volocore’s cutting edge technology will make desert racing all the better in the future.”

NORRA teams racing both Cortez and Mex 1000 will be able to tech and register for both event on April 21 in Mexicali. Cortez Racers will need a their own GPS and rally odometer. There will be a rally school put on by Dave Peckham at Rally Management Services at registration. Competitors must also provide their own activated Spot tracker or Delorme In Reach unit. These units will be tracked in coordination with Volocore.

Competitors will be hosted in San Luis Rio Colorado for two nights at a bivouac brought to you by Tecate and www.aventuratravel.com. It will be located near the services of town but still deep enough in the desert to provide a view of the dunes on the horizon. Dinners and breakfasts will be available from an association of San Luis off road clubs, including Club RPM. Competitors will be ask for donation to enjoy local specialties, like steak arrachera, with proceeds going to to support the local Red Cross and San Luis Fire Department. Although the fun will be in the bivouac, for those needing a cushier experience we have a special room rate at the San Angel Hotel 30 minutes away.

Also, RPM Club member Daniel Gonzalez, who has been instrumental in helping bring the rally to life, will be competing in a Ford Bronco. “Although I have explored the the San Luis desert all my life, but the Rally will be a new challenge. It’s the first time we have used a roadbook and we are excited to compete!”.

Final arrival of the rally in Ensenada will be at the iconic Horsepower Ranch. The ranch staff will welcome competitors where racers will have their awards and celebration dinner. Special room rates for competitors are available. VIP early registration of Mexican 1000 will also be taking place at HP ranch allowing racers to share stories and a beer. NORRA is excited to see everyone in Mexicali and Ensenada!

Hotels with specials room rates:
Mexicali: Hotel Colonial
-contact Araceli +52(686)556-1312
San Luis Rio Colorado: San Angel
-contact Carla +52(653)534-0101
Ensenada: Horsepower Ranch
-contact NORRA or Darren (562)682-2226

More information please go to www.norra.com Cortez Rally Page
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Contact:
Darren Skilton (562)628-2226
dskilton@bajaautomotive.com
www.aventuratravel.com

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Tyme Agency’s Jerett Brooks Starts Off 2015 Race Season On The Podium

Tyme Agency athlete Jerett Brooks picked up right where he left off in 2014 with a strong performance at Rounds 1 & 2 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Lake Elsinore, CA.

Jerett had his Jerett Brooks Racing/ General Tire/ Rigid Industries/ GoPro backed Pro Lite working flawlessly all weekend and was at or near the top in qualifying for both rounds in Lake Elsinore. Brooks drove extremely consistent in Friday nights opening round hitting his marks lap after lap and securing a 2nd place finish in what is considered to be the strongest Pro Lite field to date in the Lucas Oil series. Jerett had another amazing run during Saturday nights racing action finding himself once again running in a podium position but was involved in an unfortunate incident with a competitor spinning him out in the final turn. He would rebound quickly and still secure a Top 10 finish with a 6th place in round 2.

“I am really happy with how the weekend went overall. I knew there was going to be a lot of people watching to see how I did after winning the Pro Lite Championship in TORC last year.”  Says Jerett Brooks “ The truck was amazing all weekend and I can’t thank my team and sponsors enough for their hard work and support that gives me the opportunity to compete at my highest level on the track!”

Please click on the link below to watch Jerett’s Lake Elsinore race recap video:

Jerett now has his eyes set on rounds 3 & 4 that will be held April 24th and 25th at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ.  He will look to keep his amazing streak of top 10 finishes going and hopes to secure his first wins in the 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing season.

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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-1000-2-123252.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/robby-gordon-introduces-the-pro-unlimited-class-to-the-mexican-1000-2-123252.html#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:59:41 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123252 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. (April 2, 2015) – The Formula Off-Road Pro Unlimited division will

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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. (April 2, 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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Race a Jeep Wrangler: Jeepspeed Is Affordable Off-Road Racing http://www.race-dezert.com/home/race-a-jeep-wrangler-jeepspeed-is-affordable-off-road-racing-123160.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/race-a-jeep-wrangler-jeepspeed-is-affordable-off-road-racing-123160.html#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:36:50 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=123160 In case you haven’t noticed, Jeepspeed has been a thriving class which produces off-road champions such as Ray Griffith and Casey Currie. Structured as a start from stock class, Jeepspeed is the brainchild of off-road racing luminary Clive Skilton. After spending

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In case you haven’t noticed, Jeepspeed has been a thriving class which produces off-road champions such as Ray Griffith and Casey Currie. Structured as a start from stock class, Jeepspeed is the brainchild of off-road racing luminary Clive Skilton. After spending years racing multiple formats including drag racing, road racing and so on, Clive went off-roading at the legendary Dakar Rally. It was there he discovered the “Toyota Challenge” and spawned the idea for Jeepspeed here in the States.

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“We had a long relationship with Jeep. First as a dealer, then as racers. I knew if I could give people an easy way to come race off-road on the Jeep platform it would work,” stated Skilton.

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He was right and the Jeepspeed Class now thrives and is growing with twenty three entries at the Parker 425 and twenty four at the 2015 Mint 400.  This is a great entry point class with copious amounts of competition.

Rookie #1793 Garrett Allred won his first ever off-road race at The Parker 425, took 3rd at Mint and is now leading the Jeepspeed Challenge points.

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The class is led by General Tire and is supported by a host of sponsors including KMC wheels, King Shocks, Currie Enterprises and many more.

New for Jeepspeed is the 3700, 3750 and 1700 respectively, which allow racers to move up from the limited 1500 class into vehicle with more suspension and horsepower.

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Also new for Jeepspeed is the KMC Wheels Wrangler Trophy where any Jeep Wrangler in any class can battle for points at three races (The Mint 400, The Silver State 300 and The Parker 425).

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The class has also been opened up to full size Dodge trucks via the new 3700 and 3750 Classes.

Jeepspeed Class Specifications
Class 1700 Specifications Class 3750 Specifications Class 3700 Specifications
Vehicle
Type
Any 6 Cylinder Jeep Any Jeep/Dodge SUV/truck Any Jeep/Dodge SUV/truck
Engine
SPEC
250 C.I. Max Any Jeep/Mopar 6 L max. Any make production eng.
Tire Max Diameter 33″ 35″ 37″
Front Suspension Travel 10″ 12″ 15″
Rear Suspension Travel 12″ 14″ Unlimited Travel
Shocks One shock per wheel.  2.5 bypass or 3.0 smooth body. One shock per wheel.  3.0 bypass or 4.0 smooth body. Open
Wheel
Base
110.5″ max wb. (Grand Cherokee WK series 108.5″ +/- 2″) Stock WB if whole chassis is retained or 117″ max if back halfed. Rear leaf spring if over 117″. Stock WB if complete chassis is retained or 117″ if customized.

With over 1 million Jeeps sold last year, this class could prove to be a sleeping giant for off-road racing on the global scale.

For more series information, visit jeepspeed.com.
Want to buy or build a race vehicle?  Contact mike@jeepspeed.com.
Already have a car?  Register your vehicle here.

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