race-deZert.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:47:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Off-Road Racer: The Grandfather of Off-Road Racing: BAJA 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/off-road-racer-grandfather-off-road-racing-baja-1000-117707.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/off-road-racer-grandfather-off-road-racing-baja-1000-117707.html#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:00:49 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117707 In 1976 off-road racing pioneer Norman T. Johnson and Gordon Grimmis wrote the essential bible of off-road racing culture titled simply “Off-Road Racer”. The book has been difficult to find because only 4,000 were made, 100 with a very special

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In 1976 off-road racing pioneer Norman T. Johnson and Gordon Grimmis wrote the essential bible of off-road racing culture titled simply “Off-Road Racer”. The book has been difficult to find because only 4,000 were made, 100 with a very special real leather cover and a personal plaque on the cover. The book immediately sold out and it has subsequently been out of print since 1979. If you are lucky enough to own one you know the treasure trove of stories it contains. Fortunately for me not only own the book but I am friends with Norm, as he is the one of the founders of The Mint 400. The book is an unabridged account of the colorful history of the birth of off-road culture, the founders, the racers, the supporters, the vehicles and the races everything that makes the culture so great.

We will be publishing excerpts from the book and eventually will re-publishing “Off-Road Racer” in it’s entirety because we think is should be accessible to the whole world!

Off-Road Racer: The Excerpts


Chapter One: The Grandfather of Off-Road Racing:  BAJA 1000

There is no disputing one simple fact: The Baja 1000 is the “Grandfather” of this rugged sport. The first ever, the Baja 1000 remains the race everyone wants to try at least once during a racing career.

And just about everyone has—at least once. Men and women, from every walk of life and endeavor, have taken shots at winning the “big one”. They all have the same thought in mind as they start down the peninsula: “I’ve just got to finish!”

However, not too many actually finish the race. The number of finishers, on an average, falls well below the 25 percent mark. To finish is to win in the eyes of many.

Why is the Baja the important test it is? When and how did it actually come into being? Who were the first “toreadors” of the desert to navigate the rocks, sand, mountains and heat so they could brag that they had beaten the Baja?

The actual first run down the peninsula is hard to pinpoint with any authenticity, since records going back into the fifties and early sixties are non-existent. We are sure there were some bike riders and perhaps even a few Jeeps that attempted the run before anyone thought of it as a sport or kept records.

However, the first known man to set any type of record in Baja was a motorcyclist named Dave Ekins, in 1962. Aboard a Honda Scrambler, Ekins took 39 hours and 56 minutes to race from Tijuana to La Paz. Soon, a succession of other bike riders pursued Ekins’ record.

In the closing months of 1962, Chevrolet decided to make an attempt with a small fleet of specially built trucks. Bill Stroppe, a famous builder of race vehicles, was given the task of preparing and leading the project. The fleet of trucks left from Long Beach, California and arrived in La Paz intact. A blitz advertising and publicity campaign followed, using the slogan, “The Roughest Run Under The Sun”. The slogan and resultant publicity, more than anything else, gave Baja instant fame and created a challenge.

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A PIONEER—Bud Ekins, one of the great motorcycle competitors who established one of the first records from Tijuana to La Paz.

The general course used by those early campaigners began in Tijuana and ran south to Ensenada, El Rosario to San Ignacio, where they turned inland towards the Gulf, hitting such villages as Santa Rosalia and Mulege. At Bahia Concepcion, they swung west again, arriving at Villa Constitucion, where they headed south to La Paz. An official map of Baja showed this route as Mexico Highway One. At that time, a highway in Mexico was like no other highway in the world. No more than 120 miles of the route was paved. The remaining 830 miles consisted of dirt, rocks, washes and mountain goat trails.

That was the course. It was the “big road” to La Paz. It was the one you traveled if you were seriously out to break a record. Motorcycles had established most of the records through 1966. In 1967, along came the dune buggies and four-wheel drive vehicles to test the Baja.

Bruce Meyers, creator of the famous Meyers Manx glass-bodied dune buggy, believed he had found a quicker and smoother way to La Paz by continuing down the west side instead of turning east towards the Gulf. In April 1967, Meyers and Ted Mangels set out to test the theory. They discovered that it was indeed quicker. On the return to Tijuana, they made a speed run in 34 hours and 45 minutes, establishing the first record for a four-wheeled vehicle. Now, everyone had something to run against.

The race was on!

Into the picture entered a businessman from Los Angeles. A white-haired, short, but stockily built florist, who owned a V-8 powered Toyota, read of Meyers’ effort. Ed Pearlman long had dreamed of challenging the Baja, and this latest news increased his desire. With his adrenalin flowing full force, Pearlman convinced Dick Cepek to try it as his teammate. To make a race out of it, Claude Dozier and Ed Orr were invited along (they piloted a second Toyota); and to make it even more interesting, a writer named John Lawlor and a young man named Drino Miller were asked to compete in a Meyers Manx.

Of course, really to add fire to the pot, a side bet was made which would go to the first vehicle to arrive in La Paz. The course to be used by the three vehicles was a combination of the best from the early runs, supplemented by some of Meyers’ new course. It was longer by 25 miles, but the racers believed it would be faster. They were wrong!

The actual run in June 1967 took longer than expected. Arriving in 41 hours and 45 minutes, after encountering many rocks, getting stuck numerous times, fixing a few flats and other mechanical troubles, Dozier and Orr sat on the outskirts of La Paz and waited. The wait turned out to be a long one. Nearly 16 hours later, 57 hours and 12 minutes after leaving Tijuana, Pearlman and Cepek pounded into La Paz. It took nearly 10 more hours before Lawlor and Miller would swallow the cerveza waiting for them in La Paz—67 hours and 55 minutes was their running time.

A record for four-wheel drive now had been firmly established. Soon, private individuals, as well as major automotive companies, were trying the Baja. Meanwhile, Pearlman was back at his florist’s shop, dreaming of another attempt at beating the Baja.

“I knew there was a challenge down there,” Pearlman said. “There was a mystique growing amongst the off-roaders about Baja. I was determined to do something about organizing it into a race of some kind.”

Around this time, the names of Ralph Poole and Spencer Murray entered the picture. Drawing on their respective knowledge of Baja and backed by American Motors, they designed a new route to La Paz. The course they designed consisted of nearly 220 miles of pavement and turned out to be the fastest yet.

Driving a Rambler American Sedan, the pair sped from Tijuana to La Paz in the record-smashing time of 31 hours flat. They had done the impossible. They had broken all records previously established by any type of vehicle.

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VINTAGE 1967—John Lawlor, longtime motorsports writer, stands beside Meyers Manx, which carried him and Drino Miller to La Paz during early days of Baja travel.

Soon after that record-busting run, the National Off-Road Racing Association was formed by Pearlman. His dreams and plans had become reality. NORRA, as it would become known all over the world, would be the official record keeper for Baja. Records were established by the new organization for various categories and rules were set down for establishing new records. An organization was put into being with the full cooperation of the Mexican government.

In September 1967, Bob Feuerhelm, manager of Milne Brothers Jeep in Pasadena, California, decided to try to break the four-wheel drive record in a Jeep. He approached Pearlman, asking him to sanction the attempt. With approximately $25,000 and five Jeeps, Feuerhelm set out to get the best drivers in the world. He hired Murray and Poole, lured Cepek into giving it another try and convinced Chuck Coye, Byron Farnsworth, N.C. Boardman, Rod Fish, Lee Long and Bill Hardy to come along. Ensenada Chief of Police was also given a piece of the action, and actually accompanied the group down the peninsula.

Pearlman stood at the edge of Tijuana and waved them away. The vehicles, all “gussied up” with new paint jobs, roared away from the border, confident of victory.

“It started out just great,” Fish explained. “But soon after we left and got into the rough stuff, all hell broke loose.”

What happened was that a little hurricane, which had been building up out in the Gulf, decided to come inland, wiping out the coastal trails and roads. The attempt was over before it ever really got started.

“It was impossible to get through,” Fish said. “It was mud and more mud, and we couldn’t move.”

The attempt became famous as the “Race of No Finishers”.

With full cooperation from the Mexican government, which was looking ahead to a boom in tourism, NORRA began to plan a major event open to any vehicle that wanted to try to race from Tijuana to La Paz. The Mexican 1000 off-road race was born.

October 31, 1967 was designated as race day. Each vehicle would start in Tijuana and be given 90 minutes to drive the nearly 60 miles over the paved road to Ensenada, where they would be stopped and restarted at the break of dawn, November 1. At midnight, the first vehicle left the starting line and drove the leisurely route along the narrow highway to Ensenada. There was a total of 68 starters who took the green flag.

The organizers decided to name the event the “Mexican 1000”, since it sounded better than the “Mexican 950” (which was the actual mileage from Tijuana to La Paz).

There were very few markings to follow during the first event. Roughly, the rules were, “Run what you bring and run the way you want, but you have to hit each of five checkpoints situated at certain key points along the route.” It was that simple. One other rule, no longer in force, was that both driver and co-driver had to complete the race. If you got sick, injured, or just plain tired, and wanted to switch teammates, it was not allowed. In the case of motorcycles, a mandatory change was required midway through the course.

Starting every three minutes from a wash on the edge of Ensenada, the cars and bikes began the long trek down the peninsula. Very few knew what lay ahead for them. But the same thought was in everyone’s mind. Each driving team believed that they would “conquer the Baja.”

Bill Stroppe and Ray Harvick set the pace in a four-wheel drive Bronco “right off the bat”. They were the quickest into the first checkpoint at Camalu, 95 miles down the coast.

Then, as vehicles began to struggle through the rough stuff and soft sand, the motorcycles came on strong. Larry Berquist took over the lead, only to relinquish it to Malcolm Smith. Smith, after encountering a few problems, was overtaken by John Barnes and Dick Hansen.

One of the many mistakes made during the first race occurred at the final checkpoint, Villa Constitucion, when the leading bike roared into the small village, expecting to be greeted by a checkpoint crew. There was none. Barnes was frustrated. He roared up and down the rutted dirt road, looking for any “gringo” who could verify that he indeed had been through the village. He had a lead of approximately 15 minutes. Soon, J.N. Roberts, who had taken over for Smith, bounced into the village and joined in the search for the missing crew.

Then the riders heard a strange noise in the distance.

“We knew it wasn’t a bike,” Roberts reported later. “It had too many cylinders.”

The Meyers Manx of Vic Wilson and Ted Mangels sped into town.

“I felt sick inside,” Barnes said. “Here I had this lead and all of a sudden, because of a checkpoint crew, I’m in third place.”

IS THIS TRIP REALLY NECESSARY?—Willis Hamilton, somewhere in Baja, continuing to motor on despite losing front spindle. Buggy will drive on three wheels, but not at competition speed. (Photo by Bob Neth)

IS THIS TRIP REALLY NECESSARY?—Willis Hamilton, somewhere in Baja, continuing to motor on despite losing front spindle. Buggy will drive on three wheels, but not at competition speed. (Photo by Bob Neth)

Where was the missing crew? They were in a local cantina having a bite to eat. “We didn’t expect anyone for at least another hour,” one of the workers explained to Pearlman after the race. One must remember in those early days of off-road racing, times between checkpoints were determined by guesswork. Unfortunately for Barnes and Roberts, those early estimates usually proved to be in error.

The race from Villa Constitucion to La Paz was no contest, since the buggy was able to pull away from the bikes on the pavement. Wilson and Mangels completed the 950 miles, and thereby gained instant fame as the first “toreadors” to win the Mexican 1000. Their time was 27 hours and 38 minutes from Tijuana, including the 90 minutes of mandatory time. That shattered all existing records.

Roberts managed to bring his Husqvarna 400 across the finish line for second overall and first motorcycle with an elapsed time of 28 hours and 48 minutes from Tijuana. 26 minutes later, the frustrated and disappointed Barnes, on a Triumph, was given the checkered flag.

Pearlman and his associates listened to the long list of complaints and recorded every one of them into a book. Once back in Los Angeles, the promoters reviewed these and decided on certain changes for the second running of the Mexican 1000.

“If the race was going to grow, we had to eliminate the mistakes,” Pearlman said. “I was determined to correct as many as possible and to try and eliminate any new ones from cropping up the next time.”

Total amount of the purse was $6,800. This represented 40 percent of the entry fee paid by each contestant.

History had been made. Records had been established for every type of vehicle. From a little germ of an idea by a young motorcyclist named Bud Ekins, nurtured by such men as Feuerhelm, Stroppe and Meyers, and brought to maturity by Pearlman, a race had been hewn out of the rocks, desert and mountains of Baja. It would become famous as the roughest, toughest, longest and most heart-breaking off-road race in the world.

The Mexican 1000 off-road race was the challenge of challenges.

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Short course off-road racing, the genesis of desert racing brought to the masses in an action packed, head-to-head sprint race format. For some, the challenge is too alluring to walk away from. With countless teams loaded with resources, only the fastest, smartest and toughest need apply. In this 12-episode Docu-Series, we follow the Pro Lite and Pro 2 class as they compete in a grueling, 15-round series, known as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. These are their stories.. who they are, how they got here and where they are heading.

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Team 4 Wheel Parts congratulates team driver Eric Heiden on his victory in the Best In The Desert, Jeepspeen, Henderson 250. Eric drove to victory with first time co-driver Chris Shafer. Chris won a contest sponsored by 4 Wheel Parts and General Tire and his winnings were the opportunity to sit shotgun in Eric Heiden’s Jeepspeed XJ.

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When Jon Lee and crew chief Mark Johnson had an idea to build a lightweight single seat class 7200 truck that was a little out of the box, they knew just who to call. They contacted Brenthel Industries with their idea and the response was, “Let’s do it.” The result is a center cockpit truck that Jon says drives like a dirt bike. The truck is lightweight and has great balance; it’s also very fast.

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Jon Lee used that speed to take points championships in both the MORE and SNORE desert racing series in 2014. “We had a plan to win a championship this year when we approached Brenthel,” says Jon, They were very receptive to our plan and were willing to work with us. I think we won every race but Rage, (SNORE’s Rage at the River); we had a really good year. The ergonomics in the cockpit are awesome. It’s easy throwing the truck around and putting it right where you want it. If you want to get on top of the whoops, just wick it up and you are there; it’s a very fun truck to drive.”

With the MORE series championship already in hand, Jon Lee and crew lined up to race at the SNORE series finale, Rage at the River, (RATR). RATR is a two day heat race event with a short course infield section and open desert making up the course. Jon won Saturday’s heat easily but hit a snag on Sunday. “I hit one of those huge holes in the desert wrong, I was on the brakes,” says Jon, “It blew a power steering hose. The crew did a quick patch job and got me back out but it didn’t hold. We just pulled the belt and I drove the last lap with no power steering.” Despite the hose issue, Jon finished third place on the weekend with more than enough points to secure the SNORE class 7 points championship.

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Jon Lee’s pair of 7200 class points championships complement Jordan Brenthel’s Best In The Desert series title to give Brenthel three 7200 class championships in 2014! It highlights the strength of their design but also shows the versatility they have at their disposal. Their 7200 truck design can be had in a rear engine/transaxle layout with either a single seat or dual seat cockpit. It is also available as the more conventional front engine, rear live axle dual seat cockpit layout. All three designs have been proven to be highly competitive.

Created using state of the art CAD programs on a computer and then proven on the race course, Brenthel Industries leads the way by design. Their depth of knowledge and nimble manufacturing process allows them to work outside the box when it creates a better fit for the customer. Any job you have, big or small can benefit from Brenthel’s meticulous engineering and careful craftsmanship.

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Go to http://brenthelindustries.com or http://www.bajakits.com/ to find out more about the many services, highly developed suspension systems and race-proven products available from Brenthel Industries.

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2015 USRA Championship Announced http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-usra-championship-announced-117765.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-usra-championship-announced-117765.html#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:19:36 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117765 2015 USRA Championship Announced MESA, Arizona, December 19, 2014 – The United States Rally Association is proud to announce details of the 2015 USRA Championship program. We will have a total of 9 classes offered in all events. Divisional Competitors

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2015 USRA Championship Announced
MESA, Arizona, December 19, 2014 – The United States Rally Association is proud to announce details of the 2015 USRA Championship program. We will have a total of 9 classes offered in all events. Divisional Competitors from around the US can compete in a championship series within their class. National-level competitors are welcome and will be able to compete in their own classes against each other for the year-end awards. We will be offering events ranging from short Rallysprints with a single stage, to larger Coefficient 3 events with multiple stages and, possibly, multiple days of competition.

At the conclusion of the season, top competitors from around the country will be invited to a year-end event to see how they compare with each other. Putting the best drivers from around the country in competition with each other is always exciting! Further details of the calendar will be released after January 1, 2015.

SEASON
The USRA Championship season is from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. The 2016 season may be shortened to accommodate the year-end event near the actual year-end.

CLASSES
The USRA will recognize a US and Divisional Champion in the following categories:\

United States Rally Association Classes
RallyOpen RallyGT
RallyOpen Light RallyProduction
RallySP National 4WD
RallyG2 National 2WD
RallyG5

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DIVISIONS
A Driver and Co-Driver champion will be established in each class in each of the following Divisions: East, Central, Northwest, and Southwest.

Divisions may be combined by USRA for computing of points.
1. Competitor must declare his Division of Record prior to starting their second event of the season.
2. Competitor will count his best three (3) events towards championship
3. Competitor may substitute one out- of- Division event for one home event

POINTS
Points will be awarded on the following positions:

United States Rally Association Points System
1st – 23 points 6th – 8 points
2nd – 18 points 7th – 6 points
3rd – 15 points 8th – 4 points
4th – 12 points 9th – 2 points
5th – 10 points 10th to last place – 1 point
Championship points will be calculated by multiplying the event finish points (in class) by the coefficient for the event –e.g., 3rd place at a Coefficient 2 rally will earn 30 championship points or Coefficient 3 rally will earn 60 championship points.

NATIONAL ENTRIES
There has been some interest in running regional events by national teams. This is certainly to be encouraged and USRA will have a National Divisional Championship in 4WD and 2WD for 2015. If a team runs more than one(1) national event (as a national competitor NOT as a regional competitor), they are defined as a National entry in the Divisional Championship. The classes will be National 4WD and National 2WD. So it’s simple and easy toscore.

National entries will be able to win a regional event overall or place as their finish times would indicate. However, they will NOT take regional points away from other competitors since they have their own classes. We hope that this first year will be productive and encourage any national teams who would like to run USRA events. The championship is contingent on getting enough entries to make it a true competition. More information will be forthcoming.

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RUNOFF (YEAR-END) CHAMPIONSHIP
The end of the year will feature a championship event where winners of the divisional championships will compete to determine the US Champion in the various classes. The event has yet to be selected, and may be in early 2016.

FUTURE PRESS RELEASES
Further announcements will be forthcoming from USRA regarding the Divisional Championships in early 2016. We will be announcing the schedule in a few weeks.

Announcing the USRA Board of Directors/Officer/Partner:

Denise McMahon – Chairperson
Louie Dietz – Vice Chairperson
Tom Nelson – President
Micah Anderson – Marketing Director
Meridith Croucher – Competitor Liason
Marni Nagy – Secretary/Treasurer
John Sundelin
Tim O’Neil (officer) – USRA Regional Coordinator
Matt Martielli –(partner)-Marketing/Press Releases/Video & Photo Production

If you have any questions, please contact:

United States Rally Association
625 W Southern Ave, Suite E-237
Mesa, AZ 85210
www.usrallyassociation.com
Denise Mcmahon, Chairperson
US Rally Association
562-547-4892
rallyorg1@gmail.com Tom Nelson, President
US Rally Association
970-222-2125
tnelson@frii.com
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About the United States Rally Association
The United States Rally Association (www.usrallyassociation.com) is an organization by rallyists for rallyists. USRA is dedicated to the need of events, organizers and competitors across the country, promoting current and new stage rally events to preserve the culture and heritage of the sport. We are an inclusive organization that believes everyone deserves a voice to better the sport.

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Abrams, Wisc. (December 19, 2014) – This past Wednesday evening representatives from Crandon and Bark River met with the MORR Board to discuss the upcoming 2015 Sportsman race season. At the meeting the two race facilities announced the formation of the Sportsman Off-Road Series. With both iconic off-road race facilities operating the series and with the support of MORR, Sportsman short-course off-road racing in the Upper Midwest will continue to be some of the best racing in the nation.
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A variety of subjects were covered during the meeting including class rules updates, the combining of certain classes, race administration on and off the track, safety regulations, the actual race series, marketing partners, and other topics pertaining to Sportsman short-course off-road racing.

“Sportsman competitors are the backbone of our racing community,” noted Cliff Flannery. “The Sportsman group really embraces the off-road lifestyle. They come to Crandon and Bark River not only to race, but to enjoy the weekend with family and friends. The tracks and MORR met to ensure all the people and equipment will be in place to ensure fair and competitive racing in all of our classes.”
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As in the past MORR will continue to represent the needs of its Sportsman racer membership, while Crandon and Bark River work to create a five weekend, ten round Sportsman race series.
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“MORR was formed to ensure that Sportsman off-road racers had a place to race,” remarks MORR vice-president Don Demeny. “Thanks to Crandon and Bark River, our sport will continue to grow, not only this year, but for many years to come.”
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The opening weekend of Sportsman racing will be included in Crandon’s Off-Road Super Challenge held during the first week of June. The weekend festivities includes all ten classes of Sportsman Short-Course off-road racing as well as high horsepower mud bog racing and rock racing from Rich Klein’s W.E. Rock group.

The schedule will also see the Sportsman Off-Road Series compete at Crandon and Bark River the same weekends when TORC is racing at the venues. An additional Sportsman only event will be held tentatively in July at Bark River.

The Sportsman Off-Road Series schedule is:
May (weather permitting) – MORR Test Day – Crandon, WI

Rds. 1-2 June 6-7 Crandon, WI
Rds. 3-4 June 27-28 Crandon, WI**
Rds. 5-6 July Bark River, MI*
Rds. 7-8 August 15-16 Bark River, MI**
Rds. 9-10 September 5-6 Crandon, WI**

January 9, 2016 – Sportsman Awards Banquet – Bark River, MI*

*tentative date
** TORC weekend

In regards to all race competitors, the final updates to the various rules and regulations will be announced along with any other pertinent information, by the weekend of the MORR Sportsman banquet.

The Sportsman Off-Road Series is actively seeking marketing partners and all interested parties can contact Mike Reusche @ 847.343.4658 or mikereusche@yahoo.com.

Currently all other inquiries about the Sportsman Off-Road Series can be directed to: trackoffice@crandonoffroad.com.
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About Crandon International Off-Road Raceway
Crandon International Off-Road Raceway celebrates its 46th year of short-course racing action. The “Big House” is built on a solid foundation of world-class motorsports talent, equipment and support; the dedication of a not-for-profit board of directors ensuring the “Crandon experience,” the financial support of corporate partners and the devotion of raceway volunteers and organizations that look forward to the return of loyal fans each and every year. With its roots in Baja and its birth in Crandon, short-course off-road racing is known as the fastest, most punishing form of auto racing on the planet. www.crandonoffroad.com

About Bark River International Off-Road Raceway
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Bark River Lions Club hosting off-road racing in the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From its meager beginnings, the facility has grown to become one of the premiere off-road racing venues in the country. The Bark River Lions Club was organized on January 12, 1943 with 24 charter members. These members, led by President Joseph Gucky and Secretary/Treasurer B.E. Douglas, put in place a set of standards and goals which members hold true to this day. Since then the club, thanks in part to the contributions of the off-road community, has established an unprecedented record of community, regional, and international contributions and service. www.barkriveroffroad.com

About Midwest Off-Road Racing (MORR)
The goal of the Midwest Off-Road Racing group is to insure affordable racing for the Midwest Sportsman Off-Road Racer by uniting racers with a common voice. By maintaining affiliations with approved sanctioning bodies, this will allow the competitor and the enthusiast to enjoy off road racing now and in the future.
www.midwest-offroadracing.com
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Laika and Honda Racing Corporation together at the Dakar 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/laika-honda-racing-corporation-together-dakar-2015-117749.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/laika-honda-racing-corporation-together-dakar-2015-117749.html#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:54:10 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117749   Laika and Honda Racing Corporation together at the Dakar 2015 Laika, Tuscany’s prestigious company and market leader in motorhomes, will be lining up alongside Honda HRC at the forthcoming Dakar 2015. These celebrated motorhomes, renowned for quality of comfort

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Laika and Honda Racing Corporation together at the Dakar 2015

Laika, Tuscany’s prestigious company and market leader in motorhomes, will be lining up alongside Honda HRC at the forthcoming Dakar 2015. These celebrated motorhomes, renowned for quality of comfort and technology, will become home to the five official Team HRC riders throughout their arduous South America trek.
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The Laika models taking part will be the semi-integrated Ecovip 309 with Fiat Ducato mechanics, and the alcoved Kreos 3001 on an Iveco Daily chassis. Two vehicles with differing technological characteristics and fittings, but with all the extras and Laika’s standard of excellence. These include insulation and lining capable of protecting the riders from both scorching desert heat, and freezing high-altitude temperatures, some 4,000 metres high in the Andes, where the housing structure will guarantee thermic stability.

Honda Racing Corporation riders Helder Rodrigues, Joan Barreda, Paulo Goncalves, Jeremias Israel and Laia Sanz, will have the Laika vehicles at their disposal after each race, a place to come home to and relax in, equipped with comfortable beds, but which will serve just as well as an office for the daily preparation of the Road Book, thanks to the ample living space on offer in both the Kreos 3001 and the Ecovip 309.

“This is the first time that HRC has secured a sponsorship deal with a recreational vehicle producer,’ points out Martino Bianchi, HRC Rally General Manager. ‘Laika has been chosen on the grounds of the quality of its vehicles, and the range of products. HRC demands vehicles that have been tried and tested in even the most gruelling climatic conditions, and over the full range of terrain types. The Laika vehicles that we have chosen possess the optimal requisites to accommodate our team throughout a long and extremely punishing race, as is the Dakar.”

“The Dakar 2015 is a new challenge for Laika. – points out Jan de Haas, General Manager of Laika- Our vehicles are equipped to withstand all kinds of temperatures, and we are very pleased with the sponsorship with Honda Racing Corporation, one of the most famous racing team of the world. We wish to Honda Racing team the best of luck!.”
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Best In The Desert Caps Off Banner Year at the Henderson “250” http://www.race-dezert.com/home/best-desert-caps-off-banner-year-henderson-250-117738.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/best-desert-caps-off-banner-year-henderson-250-117738.html#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:10:19 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117738 Best In The Desert Caps Off Banner Year at the Henderson “250” Presented by Supercross.com with Record Entry and the Crowning of Class Champions 2014 proved once again that Best In The Desert is the premier off-road desert racing organization

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Best In The Desert Caps Off Banner Year
at the Henderson “250” Presented by Supercross.com
with Record Entry and the Crowning
of Class Champions

2014 proved once again that Best In The Desert is the premier off-road desert racing organization and the favorite of racers as substantial gains in entries for every race on the schedule were seen. And the Henderson “250” was no exception as a record 192 race teams took the green flag for the last race of the season.

Downtown Henderson, Nevada was packed with racers and fans on the Friday before the race at contingency, creating a truly festive “street fair” atmosphere. On Saturday racers got down to business with many trying to wrap up season class championships for themselves. The classes were divided into three groups to take their shot at the demanding course laid out across the rugged Nevada desert near Jean for a full day of racing that began at sunrise and lasted well into the night.

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Jeremy Purvines rode his Beta to the 250 Pro win, securing the Class Championship
The first race consisted of Best In The Desert’s classes for motorcycles and quads. The THR Motorsports team of Ricky Brabec and Robby Bell rode their Open Pro bike to the overall win. The victory also sealed the Class Championship for Brabec. In the 250 Pro class, Jeremy Purvines rode his Beta to the win, also securing the Class Championship for himself. Henderson’s own Cody Mitchell rode to the Quad Pro class victory, but with his second place podium finish, David Scott went home with Quad Pro Class Championship.

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The Coastal Racing Team captured fourth overall in their RZR
The second race of the day featured classes 1100, 1700, 1800, 2000, 2400, 3000, 3700, 6000, 8100 and the UTVs. Tim Brown took first overall and sealed the Class 3000 Championship for himself. Second overall went to Tim Carolan and the win in the new class 2400. Scott Kiger, Mark Holz and Brian Maclean drove a great race in their Polaris RZR to take an incredible fourth overall and the victory in the Pro UTV class. Ben Abatti III followed in at fifth overall, capturing the Class 6000 Trophylite win and along with it, the Class Championship. Other class winners included Andy Lambert, Class 1800; John Webster, Class 8100; Day Daniel, Class 2000; Steve Waters, Class 1100; Billy Bunch, Class 3700 Jeepspeed; Eric Heiden, Class 1700 Jeepspeed; Matt Krimple, SR1 UTV; Jeff Kary, Sportsman UTV; Scott Martinez, 850 UTV.

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Jason Voss had an amazing year winning his fourth out of six races in 2014
The last race of the day featured Best In The Desert’s fastest car and truck classes. Having won the Time Trials, Dale Dondel was first off the line in his Ford Trick Truck. He was followed by a horde of top gun racers including Josh Daniel, Shawn Croll, Justin Lofton, CJ Hutchins, Derrick Sproule and Jason Voss. Dondel quickly experienced troubles on the first of three laps, handing the lead over to Josh Daniel in his hot rod twin turbo Ford Trick Truck. For the next lap and a half, Daniel and Shawn Croll battled back and forth, each taking the lead for a time. The whole time, Jason Voss wasn’t far back, maintaining a steady pace and keeping the leaders in striking distance. On the third and final lap, both Daniel and Croll encountered flat tires. This allowed Voss to get around them to take the checkered flag for the overall win. All Voss had to do was finish the race to claim his second consecutive Trick Truck Championship. The overall victory definitely put an exclamation point on that. What an incredible season Jason had with four overall wins in his six races.

Josh Daniel managed to change his tire and get back on the course in time to come in for second overall. Eduardo Laguna of Mexicali took third overall and first in Class 1500 in his RPM Offroad sponsored car. Other class winners in the third race included Tony Smiley, Class 6100; Cody Freeman, Class 1000; Don German, Class 8000; Steve LaRoza, Class 7200.

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Macrae Glass finished 2014 with yet another Class 8000 Championship
After a short recess for the holidays, the 2015 race season gets underway for the motorcycle, quad and UTV classes, January 9-10, with the running of the THR Motorsports Parker “250” presented by Polaris RZR. The season starts for the car and truck classes as “The Legend Lives On” with the BlueWater Resort Parker “425” presented by Impact.

2014 Best In The Desert Car, Truck & UTV Class Champions:
Trick Truck – Jason Voss
Class 1500 – Corey Keysar
Class 1000 – Cody Freeman
Class 1100 – Steve Melton
Class 2000 – Britney Myers
Class 3000 – Tim Brown
Class 6000 – Ben Abatti III
Class 6100 – Tony Smiley
Class 7200 – Jordan Brenthel
Class 8000 – Macrae Glass
Class 8100 – John Webster
Pro UTV – Brandon Schueler
SR1 UTV – Matt Krimple
850 UTV – Scott Martinez
Grand Champion – Jason Voss
Motorcycle Grand Champion – Tony Gera
Quad Grand Champion – David Scott
UTV Grand Champion – Brandon Schueler
Rookie of the Year – Carl Beal
Camburg Best In The Desert – Jason Voss
Trick Truck Challenge Cup Champion – Jason Voss
Ambassador of the Year – Steve Olliges

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2014 Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – official communications, McKenzies, Kartek, Rockwell Time, Sportsman Cycle Sales, Slime, Fall Advertising and Prerunner Maniac,; along with Impact, presenting sponsor of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425”; FOX, presenting sponsor of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno”; and Supercross.com presenting sponsor of the Henderson “250”.

The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert!
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Jeremy Purvines, Jason Voss & Macrae Glass photos provide by Phil Kaos Photography
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NORRA To Bring International Rally Raid Format to North American http://www.race-dezert.com/home/norra-bring-international-rally-raid-format-north-american-117730.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/norra-bring-international-rally-raid-format-north-american-117730.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:42:44 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117730 December 18, 2014 NORRA To Bring International Rally Raid Format to North American Via New “Cortez Challenge” At 2015 General Tire Mexican 1000 — Sanctioning Body Partners With Two-Time Dakar Winner Darren Skilton — — Unique Event Designed As Prelude

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December 18, 2014

NORRA To Bring International Rally Raid Format to North American Via New “Cortez Challenge” At 2015 General Tire Mexican 1000
— Sanctioning Body Partners With Two-Time Dakar Winner Darren Skilton —
— Unique Event Designed As Prelude to Epic 2016 NORRA Cortez Rally —
(Agua Dolce, Calif.): Looking to bring top level, international-style Rally Raid motorsports to North American soil, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) has announced plans for a new three day “Cortez Rally” event for 2015 to be run in conjunction with next year’s General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. Competitors can run each race separately, or for enthusiasts seeking to take on a longer trans-Baja Rally Raid experience, the two events can be combined to comprise the aptly named seven-day “Cortez Challenge.”

The Cortez Challenge will start in Mexicali, Baja Mexico and is comprised of three days of competition at the Cortez Rally followed by a rest day that precedes another four days of Mexican 1000 competition.

To aid NORRA in making their expanded vision a world-class reality, the sanctioning body has partnered with Rally Raid veteran Darren Skilton, a two-time winner and former American envoy to the Dakar Rally. In addition, Skilton will serve as NORRA’s official “Rally Master” for the Mexican 1000’s Evolution, Rally Raid and new Historic Trophy classes for 2015 and beyond.

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Dakar Rally veteran and two-time winner Darren Skilton has joined the NORRA organization as “Rally Master” for the General Tire Mexican 1000 and the “Cortez Rally.” For 2015, entrants can compete in both events back-to-back that comprise the new NORRA “Cortez Challenge.”
While NORRA’s highly popular four-day Mexican 1000 run down Baja’s scenic peninsula from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas is the sanctioning body’s main focus, the new Cortez Rally will follow an international style of rally raid competition that includes on-road “transit stages,’ off-road “special sections” and overnight stops. NORRA has perfected this format over the past five years of hosting the Mexican 1000, and for 2015 has introduced changes to its Evolution, Rally Raid and Historic Trophy categories by mandating road book and odometer-only navigation that falls in line with international Rally Raids and future Cortez Rally events.

All motorcycle classes will race on separate starting dates and courses to greatly enhance the level of safety for the two-wheel crowd, and will run road book navigation for both the Mexican 1000 and Cortez Rally.

NORRA’s trademark Vintage truck, car, buggy, and sedan category entrants competing in the Mexican 1000 rally will cover different sections of Baja that are better suited for limited suspension travel and will run using traditional GPS and road book navigation. As has been NORRA tradition, the 2015 rally routes will be kept secret until just prior to the event’s start, with no pre-event course reconnaissance (pre-running) allowed.

Motorcycle and car competitors who wish to take on the Cortez Rally in 2015 will start their adventure in Mexicali April 22nd and will tackle three Dakar-inspired stages that will see the bikes and cars finish in Ensenada April 24th. All Cortez Challenge teams will be pre-registered for both events in Mexicali so they have time to work on their bikes and cars before resuming the Challenge with the start of the Mexican 1000.

This announcement comes in preparation of a new and truly unique motor sports event being planned for 2016, called the NORRA Cortez Rally, which will combine the traditional Mexican 1000 with the first-ever off-road competition that follows the Sea of Cortez north in Mainland Mexico before finishing back in Baja.

“It has always been in my mind that we need a real multi-day, cross-country rally for the off-road racing community,” said Skilton. “Every continent in the world puts on a first class Rally Raid except North America. It’s time to change this. Aspiring Dakar teams from Canada, Mexico and the United States all need an event to fine-tune their cars and bikes, while Dakar dreamers need a cost-effective way to follow their passion. Together with NORRA and my partner Scott Whitney, my goal is to create North America’s premier Rally Raid.”

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While NORRA’s Vintage classes enjoy much of the spotlight, in 2014, NORRA attracted these two unique Dakar Rally race vehicles to participate in the four-day Mexican 1000 rally. Next year, the Mexican 1000 and Cortez Rally will comprise seven days of on and off-road competition that can be combined as the Cortez Challenge. (Trackside Photos)
For NORRA, today’s announcement for 2015 and 2016 is filled with excitement and promise,” added NORRA President Mike Pearlman. “Now our mission to promote a vintage off-road event is combined with a new way for our Evolution, Rally Raid and Historic Trophy categories to compete at the same time – and in a totally unique and complimentary way.”

“We know the off-road world is ready from something like this,” Pearlman added. “NORRA has been running a rally-style format since our rebirth in 2010, and our intention is to continue producing world-class events that offer our racers hospitality, camaraderie and, most importantly, an adventure based on having fun.”

Known as the “Happiest Race on Earth,” the NORRA Mexican 1000 is scheduled to take place from Saturday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and will run the length of the Baja peninsula from the seaside city of Ensenada to the land’s end near Cabo San Lucas. In keeping with NORRA’s tradition, registration for the 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000 and Cortez Challenge will open online on New Year’s Day at 12:00 noon (Pacific Standard Time).

2015 NORRA Cortez Challenge — Dates

April 21: Rally School, Registration and Tech Mexicali
April 22: Rally Day 1 San Louis Rio Colorado
April 23: Rally Day 2 San Louis Rio Colorado
April 24: Rally Day 3 Ensenada
April 25: Prep and rest day Ensenada
April 26: Rally Day 4 (Mexican 1000 Day 1) Bahia de los Angeles
April 27: Rally Day 5 (Mexican 1000 Day 2) Loreto
April 28: Rally Day 6 (Mexican 1000 Day 3) La Paz
April 29: Rally Day 7 (Mexican 1000 Day 4) San Jose Del Cabo

No GPS tracks to be provided
No maps
No pre-running
Competitors can choose to run the Cortez Rally, Cortez Challenge or the Mexican 1000 only.
All NORRA Evolution, Rally Raid and Historic Trophy classes will compete under an international rally-raid format beginning in 2015.

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The motorcycle crowd is a growing part of NORRA’s racing family, representing an integral part of the planning for both the NORRA Cortez Rally and the Mexican 1000. In 2015, NORRA will once again offer an additional measure of rider safety by using a proven format that separates the two and four-wheel competitors as much as possible. (Chris Collard Photo)
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, rally cars, a limited group of modern desert racecars and classes for prerunner trucks and buggies.

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-1970s.

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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Camburg Racing Takes 2nd for the Year! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/camburg-racing-takes-2nd-year-117724.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/camburg-racing-takes-2nd-year-117724.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:02:14 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117724 December 2014 Huntington Beach, CA – With the race season coming to an end, the Camburg team wanted to round out the year with a strong finish with Jerry Zaiden and Jason Campbell behind the wheel. This year was not

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Huntington Beach, CA – With the race season coming to an end, the

Camburg team wanted to round out the year with a strong finish with
Jerry Zaiden and Jason Campbell behind the wheel. This year was not
only about finishing races, but more so developing their new KINETIK
6100 Spec truck.

The Best in the Desert Henderson 250 is in the same area as the
MINT 400 race in Jean, Nevada but run on a shorter 80 mile course.
The temps were cool, the course was rocky from the prior rains and
everyone in the 6100 class was focused on getting to the checkered
flag the fastest.

Jerry Zaiden behind the wheel with Russell Hampton had a rear
start position and was off the line mid-day. Heading out, they got
around the truck that started with them in the side by side line-up
and set a moderate pace to stay with the lead pack. Around race mile
9 they had about 6 minutes of down time in a tight rocky section then
around mile 28 dented the rear driveshaft in some deep two track and
had to stop to change it out. Now with about 25 minutes of combined
down time they had to play catch up, which they did. Rounding out lap
1 they were in 9th place charging from the back.

Coming into the main pit area, Jerry Zaiden got out of the truck
and business partner Jason Campbell got in. The General tires were in
great shape and the truck only needed fuel and a new spare driveshaft
put onboard. With the quick pit stop they were back under way. Jason
felt comfortable in the truck and turned up the pace to make some
ground on the leaders. Having a flawless 2nd lap he made some
critical passes and was now up to 3rd and running the same pace as
the leader.

Starting the 3rd and last lap, Jason came into the Camburg main
pit for a 20 gallon splash of fuel and to get the KC HiLites POD
covers off as the race will go into the night for a short time.
Knowing they were running up front, they set a pace to insure a top
finish for not only this race but also for the year end points.

The Camburg KINETIK 6175 truck crossed the finish line in 5 hours
10 minutes in 3rd place in the 6100 class and only 3 minutes behind
2nd place.

With the 3rd place finish at Henderson, the Camburg team locked
down 2nd in points for the season in their KINETIK 6100 TT Spec class
truck. Having finished every race this year, they were also the 6th
fastest truck over every mile of every race. This year the class was
super competitive with 28 different trucks showing up. The Camburg
teams sights are already set on the class championship for 2015 and
will also be adding some races to their schedule down in Baja for the
500 and 1000.

Camburg would like to thank all their sponsors, team members and
fellow racers for the opportunity to be racing in this class and
series. Best in the Desert puts on the highest quality and well
organized events out there today.

“I’m glad to be back in the truck racing again and running with
the leaders. We’ve been doing a lot of testing in our new design
truck, finishing every race and 2nd place for the year reflects
that.” – Jason Campbell

“Ending the year 2nd in points shows what our trucks are capable
of. We’re only getting more comfortable back in the driver’s seat, so
2015 is gonna be fun.” – Jerry Zaiden

For more information on Camburg products, race photo gallery and
race team involvement; check out their websites www.camburg.com &
www.kinetiktrucks.com

2014 Team Sponsors
 General Tire | Monster Energy KC HiLiTes |
KMC Wheels | | N-Fab | Scosche Eibach | FOX Racing Shox | FK Rod Ends
| GatorWraps | GoPro | HAWK Performance Jamar Brakes | K&N Filters |
Lucas Oil | Magnaflow Exhaust | Miller Electric | Odyssey Battery
Rugged Radios | SPARCO | Surefire | Weldon | Yukon Gear

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3rd Annual Mesquite Off-Road Weekend 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/3rd-annual-mesquite-off-road-weekend-2015-117718.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/3rd-annual-mesquite-off-road-weekend-2015-117718.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:43:58 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117718 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2014 3rd Annual Mesquite Off-Road Weekend Rides Again February 20-22, 2015, with More Action, Fan Interaction and Some of World’s Best EnduroCross and Freestyle MotoCross Racers Tickets are on sale and racer registration is open

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December 18, 2014

3rd Annual Mesquite Off-Road Weekend Rides Again February 20-22, 2015, with More Action, Fan Interaction and Some of World’s Best EnduroCross and Freestyle MotoCross Racers

Tickets are on sale and racer registration is open for the 2015 Mesquite Off-Road Weekend at the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, Nevada. The Off-Road Festival will feature several professional and amateur classes of Enduro Challenge races, VIP fan experiences, a Freestyle MotoCross Experience, low ticket prices, the ultimate Beyond Pro race, and much more for every level of Off-Road racer and fan.

Mesquite, Nevada—Once again, Mesquite, Nevada, will become the place to be for Off-Road fans and racers during the weekend of February 20-22, 2015. Thousands of Off-Road enthusiasts have flocked to the area during the previous two Mesquite Off-Road Weekend events and the festival goes to the next level in 2015. The 3rd annual event will feature increased interactivity for fans with VIP experiences, the Enduro Challenge races that are to motocross racers what the popular “mud runs” are to fitness enthusiasts, the epic Beyond Pro championship race, the PowerSports Plaza, trail rides, entertainment, a freestyle Moto X exhibition show, and a chance for the everyday fan to go big and pull off their own freestyle Moto X trick as part of the unique “Thrill Seeker Mega Ramp Experience.”

Among the world class athletes scheduled to attend and participate during Mesquite Off-Road Weekend are Motocross legend Cowboy Kenny Bartram (the two-time, Beyond Pro defending champion), EnduroCross Superstars like Cody Webb and Destry Abbott, plus a new crop of FMX stars including Brett Cue. Several other riders’ names will be released in the coming weeks. Tickets start at only $7 for kids and $12 for adults with all-inclusive weekend VIP passes available for only $30 (down substantially from the first two years). Fans can visit www.MesquiteOffRoad.com for tickets.

“To me, Mesquite Off-Road Weekend is a celebration of racing and outdoor activities, and much more than just an opportunity for fans to watch some of the best racers in the world,” said Andre Carrier, COO of Eureka Casino Resort. “This has always been a community event, but for Mesquite Off-Road Weekend 2015 we are showing our appreciation to the fans by offering chances for everyone to really become a part of the action. We have lowered ticket prices as a thank you and the VIP racer meet and greets will be open to more fans. This is truly a unique, one-of-a-kind event with our style of racing plus it offers amazing opportunities to watch and interact with the world-class athletes we have coming to Mesquite in February.”

Racing classes are available from youth to professional on the one-of-a-kind course located behind the award-winning Eureka Casino Resort and event organizers believe athletes from all racing disciplines will enjoy the unique Enduro Challenge track that has been created. Racer registration is open at www.MesquiteOffRoad.com/Races.

“EnduroCross is to off-road racers what the Tough Mudder is to those who participate in 5ks and 10ks,” said Bryan Green, Race Director. “EnduroCross is the next level and we want everyday racers to feel comfortable giving the sport a try and we will be offering clinics and training sessions to give the Regular Joe’s a chance to experience this adrenalized sport. Each of our events will feature amateur riders in a kind of pro-am format so it will be exciting for everyone involved.”

About Mesquite Off-Road Weekend
The 3rd annual Mesquite Off-Road Weekend, sponsored by the Mesquite Resort Association, is February 20-22, 2015, at the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, Nevada. The Off-Road festival features events for all ages and all levels of racers and non-racers including:

Enduro Challenge races – Races for amateur and professional classes young and old that blend endurocross, motorcross and desert racing.
Beyond Pro Championship Race – The ultimate race on Saturday night features the only race format in the world with elements of EnduroCross and Freestyle MotoX.
PowerSports Plaza – Major exhibit area features food, drink and vendors.
Exhibition Show – Open to all ticket holders and the show will feature a major freestyle moto cross demo and other surprises.
VIP Racer Meet and Greet – Fans can get autographs and photos with some of the world’s top racers.
Thrill Seeker Mega Ramp – Anyone who has fantasized about pulling off a back flip or other big Freestyle MotoCross trick can live out their dream in a safe setting.
Mesquite MX – For the first time, a motocross event will be held during Mesquite Off-Road Weekend and held at the Mesquite MX track.
Seasons Ultra Lounge – Fans and racers can end the day with the best party in Mesquite at Seasons Ultra Lounge at the Eureka Casino Resort.
Mesquite, Nevada, is a convenient day or weekend trip from several cities, and is located just off Interstate 15. From I-15 North or South, take exit 122 on to Pioneer Blvd. Turn right on Mesa Blvd and park at the Eureka Casino Resort. Special hotel room deals and rates are available for Mesquite Off-Road fans and participants. Mesquite is located 77 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, 37 miles from St. George, Utah, and 340 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah.

2015 Mesquite Off-Road Weekend Schedule of Events (official times TBD)

February 20th – Friday
Racer Registration and Ticket Sales
Racer meeting
Race Practice
Exhibition Show at Mesquite Off-Road Weekend track
Mini-MX races
Powersports Plaza
VIP Meet and Greet Party
Entertainment in Seasons Ultra Lounge at Eureka Casino Resort

February 21st – Saturday
Racer Registration
Ticket Sales
Racer meeting
Powersports Plaza
Enduro Challenge Races
Racer awards
Beyond Pro Race
Entertainment in Seasons Ultra Lounge

February 22nd – Sunday
Event held at Mesquite MX
Breakfast at Polaris World followed by a trail ride

About Eureka Casino Resort: Family owned and operated since 1997, the Eureka Casino Resort is a newly renovated, 214-room resort located in Mesquite, Nevada. The hotel recently renovated each guest room, and built a resort pool and cabana with scenic views of Mesquite’s red-topped mesas. The casino is designed for guest comfort and features slot and video poker machines; table games include blackjack, craps, roulette, and more. The casino has Mesquite’s only 24-hour poker room with a race and sports book. The Eureka offers three full service restaurants: The all new Town Square Buffet; The Mason Street Courtyard; and Eureka’s signature restaurant, Gregory’s Mesquite Grill. Eureka hosts weddings, corporate gatherings, and golf groups in its newly remodeled Grand Canyon Ballroom, and other meeting venues. Additional information is available online at www.EurekaMesquite.com.

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12 Ways the Dakar is Different from Desert Racing http://www.race-dezert.com/home/12-ways-the-dakar-is-different-from-desert-racing-116765.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/12-ways-the-dakar-is-different-from-desert-racing-116765.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=116765 People often ask which is harder; the Dakar or the Baja 1000? They are such different events that it’s an almost impossible question to answer.  You’ve never seen a MINI winning anything in Mexico and, so far at least, there

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People often ask which is harder; the Dakar or the Baja 1000? They are such different events that it’s an almost impossible question to answer.  You’ve never seen a MINI winning anything in Mexico and, so far at least, there has never been a bright orange Hummer on the top step in South America so although we can’t say which is harder we can point out some of the biggest differences. So here is RDC’s list of 12 reasons why the Dakar is so different to desert racing.

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1) Special Sections vs Green Flag to Checkered

We’ll start with the obvious. Desert races are run over epic distances that can start at dawn and finish in dusk, or even the next day, so long that it’s not actually possible for one driver to do the full distance… But the Dakar does pretty much the equivalent of the length of the Mint 400 every day for 13 days!  Not all of the mammoth 9,000km (5,592 mi) route is out and out attack though.  The days are split up into timed specials and liaison sections, which are also strictly controlled as you have to check into the camp before a certain time or you are penalized. Receiving any sort of assistance in the liaison sections also means instant disqualification.

2) 4×4 vs RWD

Imagine a soft, delicate snowflake fluttering down and settling on a rock which would normally be roasting in an especially inclement corner of hell. The same chance of that snowflake not instantly turning into steam is statistically equivalent of a MINI winning the Baja 1000. In the early 2000’s, Jean Louis Schlesser did win with a rear wheel drive buggy but that was back when the Dakar actually went to Dakar. (In case you didn’t know, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal) South America has a much more varied terrain, from twisty WRC sections in the plains of Argentina to dunes in the driest place on earth, the Atacama desert. So although Robby Gordon’s Gordini and Peugeot’s stunning new DKR 2008 are amazing pieces of machinery the Dakar is 4×4 country and has been for every one of its South American editions.


On the other hand with the wonderfully open build regulations of the unlimited Trophy Trucks if someone could come up with a design that didn’t restrict suspension travel and made CV joints with a metal stronger than any currently known to man then traction would be significantly improved… and then the MINI’s would really be worried when they saw something orange in the mirror.

Interesting fact. RWD cars have been obsolete in the WRC since 1983 when Audi introduced the Quattro. Back in the desert racing days who remembers the 4×4 conversion kits that Spencer Low used to sell for Datsun pick-ups?

3) Roadbook vs Pre-Running

Here you can spend weeks before the race practicing every twist and turn, every jump and blind crest to the point where a driver can actually learn parts of the course. Dakar is run blind. The night before the next stage the organizers hand out roadbooks which is a series of tulip diagrams with distances between each which the co-driver reads against the Terratrip mounted on the dashboard. It might be a fork left and then 3km later turn right and absolutely no information in between. Out in the desert sometimes all you have is a bearing such as continue at 270 degrees for 2.14km then bear 60 degrees for 7km. The only thing similar to this is nautical navigation. In the Dakar the co-driver works infinitely harder than in desert racing and the best drivers are the ones that have developed an innate feel of how the terrain they are racing on for the first time changes.

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4) RFID Chips vs Party in the Pits

Both events might have the same amount of service areas but the Dakar only has one a day at the end of the stage, as working on the car by anyone else other than the driving crew is strictly forbidden. Also, entry into the bivouac (French for wild camp) is controlled to the point of the local military scanning and an RD Chip on your wrist band. Compare this wall between fans and teams to making a bonfire next to Cameron Steele’s Yokohama truck, getting a taco from the caravan next to the Speed Energy trucks or taking a selfie with Rob MacCachren.

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5) Trucks

You know how TV can’t really convey the sense of speed in series like NASCAR or F1,?   Well, it’s the same with size. Unless you’ve seen a 1200bhp, 10 ton HGV clear 3ft of air and made the ground shake under your feet you cannot truly appreciate the spectacle of these behemoths. The Russian KAMAZ Master Team own this super-sized category but you don’t know anything about them because their market is only in Russia. (If you have seen a normal KAMAZ truck on the road that is because you have family in Eastern Europe.) In the Motherland though the drivers are superstars, the pride of the nation and the fan base ranges from vodka-blinded Siberian truck drivers to presidential approval from Putin himself. The team had a regime change a couple of years ago when they retired Chargin and brought in the new guns. This allowed teams like IVECO to be competitive for a brief while. But if you look at the leaderboard this year you will see the names of Nikoleav, Mardeev and Karginov. And these are full-time truck rally drivers. Think about that for a moment!

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6) Changing Drivers

In desert racing, basically anyone can get in and drive at any point. If needed, you could probably get a Mexican local to swap his poncho for a fire suit and carry on without the organizers being too bothered. If anyone with a name different from the two written on the doors so much as sits inside a Dakar vehicle, some French guy with ‘Official’ embroidered on his crisp white shirt will calmly strike your name from the time sheets. But it’s actually even stricter than that! If a spectator so much as lays a hand on your car you will get a penalty… and it might even mean disqualification. So if you slide into a ditch in Argentina don’t smile in relief at the crowd of eager fans coming to help!

7) Sentinel Device vs Metal Bumpers

Dakar is a non-contact sport. Remember the furore over Stephane Peterhansel upsetting a bike rider with his wing mirror in the river crossing a few years ago? To get a slower car to move out of your way you press a button called the Sentinel which activates a siren in the car ahead indicating that they need to find a convenient place to pull over. Very civilized and there are penalties for ignoring it too. What about desert racing? The cars have metal bars welded to the front for the specific purpose of bumping rivals out of the way! Or cacti, if your name is Shelden Creed!

8) Street Legal vs Race Course Only

Every vehicle in the Dakar has to be registered as street legal in its country of origin, which is why there is a profusion of wheel arches, mud flaps and reasonable sounding exhausts. If you drove a Trophy Truck on a road in Europe you would be arrested… although looking at BJ Baldwin’s new video you would have a fair chance of escaping the pursuit.

9) Windscreen vs Open

In desert racing with daft powerful RWD trucks throwing rocks like a Sharia mob around a half-buried adulteress, it’s not really worth having a windscreen so filtered helmets were invented. With mud flaps, 4×4 and smaller tires, the Dakar competitors can get away with having screens which allows for the extravagance of in-cabin A/C and open face helmets.

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10) Media Coverage

If you live in the western states maybe you were lucky enough to be able to listen to a pirated stream of the Weatherman but there is little to no international coverage for the Baja 1000. Legends pass over the ocean but they are no more than dusty whispers caught on the trade wind breeze. This is a real shame because we all know how awesome Trophy Trucks are. The Dakar, in stark contrast, is a global media powerhouse. 4.6 million spectators come out to line the stages and the event is broadcast in 190 countries, many on the same day. That’s not quite every country in the world… but it’s every country with TVs! Overall the race is seen by an absolutely staggering 1 billion people! That means 14% of all the people in the world will be watching a presumably pissed off Robby Gordon chasing a MINI across the desert.

11) Entry Fee for Press Vehicles

You need to concentrate on this because it involves math. Each press pass costs a whopping 3,200 euros. ($3,970 USD) No, those zeros are not mistakes! And this doesn’t get you two weeks in 5 star hotels with open bars filled with long-legged local girls. The Gumball 300 this is not. All it includes is entry to the bivouac, breakfast and dinner and if you are not too late in and a cold shower.  Oh, and the privilege of paying 2,000 euros ($2,480 USD) for 2GB of data of the organizers internet.  And that’s 2GB over the two weeks… But there’s more. Each press and support vehicle has to pass tech inspection! Also, each and every vehicle in the whole entourage (apart from the 18 wheel rigs) has to be a 4×4. Every single vehicle.

12) International Competitors

The Baja 1000 podium might have looked resplendent with the random assemblage of Irish, Finnish and Korean flags but apart from Armin Schwarz and an Australian crew there’s not much international about desert racing. For the Dakar most crews ship their competition and service trucks half way around the globe to the start in Buenos Aires. The organizers rent a whole container ship that leaves Le Harve in northern France at the end of November and brings back some containers of broken bits in February. Think driving back up Route 1 is a chore? Imagine the cost and logistics for this?

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Weddle Gearboxes Sweep Class 10 at Baja 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/weddle-gearboxes-sweep-class-10-baja-1000-117702.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/weddle-gearboxes-sweep-class-10-baja-1000-117702.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:49:11 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117702 Johnson, Vessels and Banning take the podium at the 47th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Every competitor at this year’s race will remember it as one of the most brutal Baja 1000s ever. If this legendary race wasn’t tough enough

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Johnson, Vessels and Banning take the podium at the 47th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Every competitor at this year’s race will remember it as one of the most brutal Baja 1000s ever. If this legendary race wasn’t tough enough already, only two months prior Hurricane Odile ravaged the Baja peninsula washing out the course, exposing rocks, and strewing hazards all over the 1275 route from Ensenada to La Paz. Class 10 racers not only had to face the elements but stiff competition. Before it was over, the 47th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 would claim half of the Class 10 racers.

The top finishers in Class 10 were truly in a league of their own. At the top of the pack was the car 1031 team of Mike Johnson, Mike Majesky and Brent Fletcher. Majesky started in the Mendeola S5 equipped Alumi Craft 10 car. Brent Fletcher took over at mile 415. Mike Johnson took the final leg suffering a couple of flats before crossing the finish line in La Paz to win Class 10 in 26:49:22, more than an hour faster than the next car in class.

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Cam Theriot’s brand new Albins AGB equipped Jimco car 1055 was a new sight on the Baja Peninsula. Car 1055 had only been raced once before at the MORE Midnight Special in September. The brutal course at this year’s Baja 1000 was this car’s first true test. Kash Vessels started at the wheel in Ensenada. Car owner, Cam Theriot, drove the middle section and Andy Grider who took it over the finish line in La Paz in 27:50:20 for a very impressive Class 10 second place.

The Banning Motorsports team made the trek to the Baja peninsula two weeks before the start of the race to pre-run and prepare with hopes of repeating their 2012 Class 10 victory. The Senior Banning and Chris Godfrey started the race in the Albins AGB equipped Ford car 1023 at approximately 1:30 pm Ensenada time. A driver swap put Steve Melton behind the wheel at mile 300. Unfortunately shortly after the swap, Melton suffered some bad luck. He lost time stuck in silt as well as a couple of flats. At mile 600, Rick Graf and Tim Sullivan took over driving duties during a scheduled pit stop. A final driver swap in Loreto put Lee Banning Jr. and Roberto Ruiz in the cockpit for the final leg to La Paz, finishing in 29:21:51. Months of planning earned the team the final spot on the Class 10 podium after 1275 punishing miles.

Congratulations to all the finishers of this year’s Baja 1000.

47th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Class 10 Top Finishers

1031 Mike Johnson / Mike Majesky / Brent Fletcher
Gearbox: Mendeola S5
1055 Kash Vessels / Cam Theriot / Andy Grider
Gearbox: Albins AGB 11.5
1023 Lee Banning Sr. / Lee Banning Jr / Steve Melton / Rick Graff
Gearbox: Albins AGB 10

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Steven Eugenio and Armin Schwarz team for 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/steven-eugenio-armin-schwarz-team-2015-117689.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/steven-eugenio-armin-schwarz-team-2015-117689.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:20:33 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117689 Galindo Motorsports NewsAiming to build on the success of 2014, Steven Eugenio and Armin Schwarz will share driving duties in the Eugenio, fresh off his 2014 SCORE Championship, added “We are very excited to be partnering with Armin and Bryan

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Eugenio, fresh off his 2014 SCORE Championship, added “We are very excited to be partnering with Armin and Bryan for the 2015 season. Armin brings a lot to the table with his rally experience and it will be an honor to drive with him. Together I know we are a great team and have the talent and the truck to win races. Both myself and navigator Steve Covey are looking forward to this and to take yet another championship.”

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In his 10th year in Baja racing, the German rally ace and his navigator Bryan Lyttle are ready to begin a new course and the partnership with Eugenio to builds the perfect platform for a successful future.“This is exactly was I was looking for: it is great to be part of a project with a strong and competitive driver, car and team which already has won the championship. Bryan and I could not have wished for more”, said Schwarz. “This new partnership will give us the opportunity to reach the success we have been aiming for the last years. I know Steven for quite a while now and we have always had a great and friendly relationship. This is also the reason why we decided to join forces and to tackle the SCORE championship together.”
Steven and Armin plan to campaign all five races of the SCORE World Desert Championship starting with the Bud Light San Felipe 250 in just a few weeks.

SCORE International World Desert Championship schedule:
29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250
Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500
47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500
Bud Light SCORE Imperial Valley 250
48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000

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“To my uncle Chico: We did it!”

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Is the 2015 VelociRaptor 600 from Hennessey the Raptor replacement? http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-velociraptor-600-hennessey-raptor-replacement-117588.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-velociraptor-600-hennessey-raptor-replacement-117588.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:00:13 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117588 Looks like all the major after market players are taking advantage of the fact that FORD has elected to short the demand for a Raptor in 2015.  Check out Hennessy’s off-road version of the 2015 F150. They took the new aluminum-bodied Ford

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Looks like all the major after market players are taking advantage of the fact that FORD has elected to short the demand for a Raptor in 2015.  Check out Hennessy’s off-road version of the 2015 F150. They took the new aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 5.0L V8 engine and Supercharged it giving it 600+ horsepower! The engines horsepower comes from the the Roots-type supercharger packing 8 psi of boost allowing the 5.0L V8 to push more air through the high-flow air induction system and stainless-steel exhaust. Upgraded fuel injectors help feed the supercharged V8, under command of Hennessey’s proprietary engine management calibration. The VelociRaptor comes with a 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty from Hennessey.

To handle the dirt Hennessy added 33 inch BFGoodrich tires on 17 inch Hennessey wheels, custom off-road coilover suspension, upgraded front and rear bumpers, front winch, LED light bars, Brembo brakes and more. It’s got a ways to go but with the proper suspension package the VelociRaptor 600 could be a  viable alternate to a Raptor. The trick is getting the electronics to work with each other so you don’t have to pull fuses!

You can order your own through your nearest Ford dealer starting at $73,500 and add all the upgrades you want!

Now we just need to get our hands on one to shakedown!

Check out the shakedown we did on the ROUSH Raptor here!

 

 

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Armin Schwarz teams up with reigning SCORE champion Steven Eugenio http://www.race-dezert.com/home/armin-schwarz-teams-reigning-score-champion-steven-eugenio-117669.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/armin-schwarz-teams-reigning-score-champion-steven-eugenio-117669.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:07:25 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117669 The course for 2015 is set: Armin Schwarz is ready for the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship: The German rally ace and his navigator Bryan Lyttle will be the new team-mates of reigning SCORE champion Steven Eugenio of Galindo Motorsports.

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The course for 2015 is set:

Armin Schwarz is ready for the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship: The German rally ace and his navigator Bryan Lyttle will be the new team-mates of reigning SCORE champion Steven Eugenio of Galindo Motorsports. For his 10th year in Baja racing, Schwarz charts a new course and the partnership with Eugenio and Galindo Motorsports builds the perfect platform for a successful future. In 2014, the Southern California native captured the title in the SCORE overall as well the SCORE Trophy Truck points championship.

In the upcoming 2015 SCORE season, Eugenio and Schwarz will share duties in the title-winning Trophy Truck, aiming to build on the success. Only in a few weeks from now, they will contest their first race together, the San Felipe 250 in the Baja Mexico from January 22nd to 25th. In total, the 2015 race schedule of the SCORE World Desert Championship consists of five races.

“This is exactly was I was looking for: it is great to be part of a project with a strong and competitive driver, car and team which already has won the championship. Me and Bryan could not have wished for more”, said Schwarz. “This new partnership will give us the opportunity to reach the success we have been aiming for the last years. I know Steven for quite a while now and we have always had a great and friendly relationship. This is also the reason why we decided to join forces and to tackle the SCORE championship together.”

Eugenio added: “We are very excited to be partnering with Armin and Bryan for the 2015 season. Armin brings a lot to the table with his experience and it will be an honor to drive with him. Together I know we are a great team and have the talent and the truck to win races. Both myself and navigator Steve Covey are looking forward to this and to take yet another championship.”

After the season opener, the San Felipe 250, the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will resume with the Inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500 (April 16th to 19th). This will be the first ever SCORE Baja race entirely held in the Baja California Sur, the south end of the Baja California. From June 4th to 7th, the Baja 500 in Ensenada, in the North of the Baja California, will mark the third round of the 2015 season. Round four will be Eugenio’s home race, the Imperial Valley 250 (September 24th to 27th) in Plaster City in California. The traditional season finale is the legendary Baja 1000 (November 18th to 21st) with start and finish in Mexican Ensenada, which Schwarz will tackle for the 10th time in 2015.
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Justin “Bean” Smith Wins SNORE Rage at the River http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kevin-thompson-wins-snore-rage-at-the-river-117617.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kevin-thompson-wins-snore-rage-at-the-river-117617.html#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:29:57 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117617 It was a successful turn out for the 2014 SNORE McKenzie’s Rage at the River. Over 200 entries would see classes racing bumper-to-bumper and door-to-door just to make a pass.  The final year of the race had many drivers looking

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Justin “Bean” Smith took on the challenge of racing in two premier classes, 1600 and Unlimited Truck. Smith is no stranger to racing in many different classes, but when the opportunity provided its self for him to race in the #58 Graf Racing Unlimited Truck, he didn’t hesitate to jump right into the drivers seat.

“After we wrapped up the Henderson 250 two weeks ago, we decided that Rage At The River would provide some great seat time for Graf. But when Graf realized he had prior obligations, he offered me to race and get some seat time in the truck myself,” stated Smith.

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The plan of taking it easy on the truck went right out the window when Smith qualified in first for Saturdays race. This gave Smith the prime opportunity to be out of the dust. Smith held his lead in front of Olliges and Knuckles on the first lap, but Knuckles raced harder and made up just minor seconds on Smith by the 4th lap. Once Bean set out on his 5th and final lap he made his time back up and finished Saturdays race just ten seconds over Knuckles.

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Sundays race for the Unlimited Trucks would see Smith starting out front again but it would be Knuckles with a two second lead on the first-second lap. Once Smith set out on his 3rd lap, he would spot Knuckles on the side of the course and out of the race. Knowing now he had Olliges behind him ready for Smith to make a mistake and take over the lead, Smith backed down on speed to be sure he didn’t break or make any mistakes. This is just what Smith needed to do as he finished Sundays race. Smith won both days in Unlimited Truck and took home the overall win as well.

“No issues, no flats on our BFGoodrich Tires and not having to wrench on the truck at all throughout the weekend is what made this race even better. I want to thank Tracy Graf for the opportunity and SNORE for another great race,” said Smith at the finish.

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The 1450 class is always one that provides great racing and with 38 trucks lining up at the start it was bound to be one worth watching. Saturdays 4 lap race had numerous trucks competing for the win, but it would be Jake Povey and Dustin Hellstrom in the #1451 truck that would take the win by 1min 40sec. When lining up for Sundays race, Povey was prepared to keep his lead, yet drive cautiously on the now rougher course. However luck would not be on his side when a rock would knock an oil line loose and Povey would end up having to stop the race. This gave Vincent Munoz the lead and win for Sunday ultimately the overall win for the weekend.

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It was no shock to anyone that the 1600 class had nearly 40 entries and was just as competitive as the Unlimited Truck and 1450 races. Justin “Bean” Smith ran the #1619 Competitive Metals car and with some carburetor issues, he wasn’t even sure if we would make a top finish. During Saturdays race he didn’t stop as he was still facing issues with the car, but on lap 3 the issue would stop and Smith made his way from 7th place all the way to 1st with only a 2 second lead over tough competitor, Curt Geer.

Sunday would see Smith taking the hole shot of the race and with a 9 second lead Smith would have to pull off the course as the damage to his car was not fixable. This gave many competitors the opportunity to step up and take the win. With a clean race that is just what Bud Ward did in the #1673 car. Just behind Ward would be Padilla then Geer to round out the top 3 finishers for the weekends race.

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Kevin Thompson would take home the overall win for the weekend in the 1-Unlimited class and other overall winners for the weekend would include Clint Braun in Class 9, Richard Glaszczak in Class 10, Matt Ferrato in Class 12, Tori Poole in Class 13 and Travis Howard in Class 15.

For more results visit Snore-Racing.

Photography by Jenn Hellstrom

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Need a one of a kind Christmas gift for your loved one?  KMC Wheels is giving away an ultimate desert fan package just in time for the holidays.

Win the Ultimate Desert Fanatic prize package including shirts, hats, Tonka toys and autographed KMC Wheel by the KMC Team.

The contest is simple:

1.  Post this image to your Facebook or Instagram page and #KMCdesertFanatic in the post.
2. Tag 3 friends
3.  Follow the KMC Team:  @KMCwheels, @PAB16, @Brycemenzies7, @Camburgracing, @Tonkatodd, @TheRickyJohnson and @TravisPastrana.

One winner will be selected at random this Saturday, December 20th.

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Race-Dezert and Toyo Tires Partner to Cover the 2015 Dakar Rally http://www.race-dezert.com/home/race-dezert-toyo-tires-partner-cover-2015-dakar-rally-117576.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/race-dezert-toyo-tires-partner-cover-2015-dakar-rally-117576.html#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:00:35 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117576 Over the past 10 years we’ve closely watched the Dakar Rally from a distance, with a few opportunities to send a journalist to cover the race. We have depended on freelance journalists contributing to our annual coverage and in 2011

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Over the past 10 years we’ve closely watched the Dakar Rally from a distance, with a few opportunities to send a journalist to cover the race. We have depended on freelance journalists contributing to our annual coverage and in 2011 had one of our team members embedded with the Volkswagen team for some hands-on reporting.

It’s been our dream for a long time to send our own independently operating team to Dakar, and now this dream is coming to fruition.   We are excited to announce we have teamed up with Toyo Tires to make it happen at the 2015 edition of the A.S.O. Dakar hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Earlier this year we met with Toyo Tires as they wanted to increase the flexibility of their own staff that has written a Dakar blog for the last six years while embedded with one of the Toyo sponsored teams. The Toyo Tires and Race-Dezert.com idea of Dakar coverage aligned and it became a natural match for us to team up for the 2015 Dakar Rally.

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“Our goal is to give off-road fans more Dakar Rally coverage than ever before. The Toyo Tires/Race-Dezert team will be on the ground, among the racers, and with the fans putting faces and experiences to the most exciting off-road race in the world. It is also an exciting opportunity to make new fans and grow the worldwide presence of off-road racing.” – Amy Coleman, Sr. Director of Marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.

Representing Toyo Tires on the journey will be Motorsport Coordinator Adrian Puente.  A true automotive enthusiast, Adrian travels the country representing Toyo Tires at events and coordinating off-road racing sponsorships.  This will be Adrian’s fifth trip to Dakar while Art Eugenio is our primary photographer with 15 years of off-road working experience. Art is a long time contributor to Race-Dezert.com. Klaus Rasch, the founder of Race-Dezert.com has attended the 2008 East European Dakar and is no stranger to desert racing.

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Off-road champion Robby Gordon, and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit of Team X-Raid, will be among the racers depending on Toyo Open Country tires this year and we will closely follow their daily challenges and results.  Look for in-depth coverage of all of the Toyo drivers.

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“Working with Toyo Tires we have put together the perfect Dakar media team in my opinion.  We have a mixture of Dakar experience, professional photography, superb storytelling, English, Spanish, and German language skills between us, our equipment and vehicle. This group will elevate the Dakar coverage to new levels for Race-Dezert.com.” – Klaus Rasch, founder and ceo of Race-Dezert.com.

We have shipped our own media vehicle, a 2014 Toyota 4Runner, to Buenos Aires to use as reliable daily platform that we are comfortable with over difficult terrain. Prior to departure Rigid Lights provided us with a 30” LED light bar, KMC provided the wheels, Fox Shox installed the suspension while Speedstrap helped us with recovery straps that we hopefully won’t have to use. Last but not least, a set of Toyo Open Country R/T tires will give us the handling and durability we need over rugged terrain.

Look for our daily Dakar coverage starting New Years with updates from scrutineering from Buenos Aires on Race-Dezert.com/dakar

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

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

For more information log onto www.toyotires.com and connect with the community at FacebookInstagramTwitter and Google+.

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Polaris RZR Announced as the Down & Dirty Radio Show Presenting Partner http://www.race-dezert.com/home/polaris-rzr-announced-dirty-radio-show-presenting-partner-117600.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/polaris-rzr-announced-dirty-radio-show-presenting-partner-117600.html#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:50:13 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117600 Polaris RZR Announced as  the Down & Dirty Radio Show Presenting Partner Parker, AZ – On December 8th, live on the Down & Dirty Radio Show’s 3rd anniversary episode from Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing, Polaris RZR was announced as the

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Polaris RZR Announced as 

the Down & Dirty Radio Show Presenting Partner

Parker, AZ – On December 8th, live on the Down & Dirty Radio Show’s 3rd anniversary episode from Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing, Polaris RZR was announced as the presenting partner of the world’s largest off-road and action motorsports radio show. The newly branded Down & Dirty Radio Show Powered by Polaris RZR will kick off the partnership on Monday, January 5th when the Down & Dirty Radio Show returns from a 2 week holiday break.

“I’m very excited to be working with Polaris and their RZR brand,” stated show host/owner and racer Jim Beaver. “They hands down have the best products in the UTV industry and are very progressive in both product development and marketing. This partnership is multi dimensional and has me involved with the RZR brand in various capacities. I’m looking forward to helping them grow the brand and continue their dominance of the UTV and powersports industry.”
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In addition to being the show’s presenting partner, Jim Beaver and the Down & Dirty Radio Show will be traveling with Polaris RZR and hosting live radio from consumer events around the country while working with Polaris drivers and athletes to tell the Polaris RZR story. Polaris will also have branding on Jim Beaver’s #15 Ford F-150 Trick Truck competing in the Best in the Desert Series as well as involvement in Jim Beaver’s various racing, media, and promotional interests nationwide. Kicking things off during the 1st quarter of the year will be a build of a 2015 Polaris RZR XP 4 1000 that will be used as a marketing tool for the Down & Dirty Radio Show Powered by Polaris RZR and allow Jim Beaver to participate in UTV events in the Southwest.
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For more information on Polaris RZR visit Polaris on the web at the Polaris RZR website, and follow them at @PolarisRZR on Instagram and Twitter, or like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/PolarisRZR.

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About Jim Beaver
Jim Beaver is a professional race car driver, radio host, media personality, brand ambassador and motorsports announcer/emcee. A 3rd generation race car driver who is currently competing in off-road’s premier Trick Truck division. He has been instrumental in pushing off-road and action motorsports to mainstream America through various television, radio, magazine and online appearances while actively competing in the events.

About the Down & Dirty Radio Show
The Down & Dirty Radio Show owned/hosted by professional race driver and media personality Jim Beaver is a weekly syndicated radio show dedicated to the world of Off-Road and Action Motorsports and its associated culture and brands. Covering the motorsports that are relevant to today’s youth, including Off-Road, Rally, Drifting, Motocross, and Snocross, The Down & Dirty Radio Show has has become the place to go for weekly news, results, information, and interviews from the top athletes in Action Motorsports. The official app is available at the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Store. More information can be found at www.DownAndDirtyShow.com

About Polaris
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

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From the Driver Seat with Judy Smith: 2014 SCORE Baja 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/driver-seat-judy-smith-2014-score-baja-1000-117058.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/driver-seat-judy-smith-2014-score-baja-1000-117058.html#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:37:51 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117058 A month ago, a new SCORE Baja 1000 Champion was crowned.  Rob MacCachren, joined by certain future off-road Hall of Famers Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, dominantly traversed the 1,275 miles from Ensenada to La Paz in just 22:31:28, over thirty minutes faster

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A month ago, a new SCORE Baja 1000 Champion was crowned.  Rob MacCachren, joined by certain future off-road Hall of Famers Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, dominantly traversed the 1,275 miles from Ensenada to La Paz in just 22:31:28, over thirty minutes faster than second place Luke and Dan McMillin.   Throughout the ups and downs of the 50+ hour journey South then North, for racers, spectators, media alike, a lifetime of stories can be told.  Finishing a Baja 1000 is an indescribable feeling I for one have certainly never felt and takes years for some to accomplish and even longer to dream up.  As most of us should, we took our time trekking from the finish line in La Paz and spent the following five days or so finding side roads to new beaches, fish camps and enjoying everything else we could find that Baja offers us to enjoy.  The racers, however, were not given a moment to decompress, as Judy Smith was waiting for their words at the finish line of one of the toughest races in the world.  Here are their stories.

#11 Rob MacCachren:  MacCachren drove, but he had Andy McMillin and Jason Voss as co-drivers.  McCachren said he and Andy had driven together in the past in Baja, and they had not won this one – so this time, when they got to looking at the longer length and the possible changes made by the hurricane, they decided that it might be a good idea to add another driver, so that MacCachren, who wanted to drive the last section, wouldn’t have to deal with roads blasted by the hurricane.    And there was no doubt when they gave Jason a call.  For McMillin, in his own truck, his 7th Class win at a 1000, and his second over-all win at a 1000.  Voss got his first overall win at the Baja 1000.  Andy said that it was an “amazing truck that lasted through three fresh drivers.”    MacCachren started, and Andy got in at a little flat out of Bay of L.A.  Voss did the next section and MacCachren got back in to come to the finish.    Said Mac, “For me, winning the Baja 1000 is the biggest high!”

#83 Luke McMillin:  Dan McMillin,  his brother, and Luke did the driving.   Chris Oliman was one navigator.  Luke started and said that the big wash just outside of  Coco’s Road, the Calamajue (or Mule Wash), was “really big.”   Luke said he’d already had “one deserved flat” at that point and was a bit down at that point.  He handed it to Dan at Vizcaino and he went on to Constitucion.  He said somewhere in there he passed the Herbst truck, which we heard was stuck in what used to be silt beds in previous years but was now very serious water.  Water came in on Dan also and got the electrical all wet.  Luke’s truck is a new one, a Racer.  Casey King was the one who navigated for Dan.  Late in the day, Luke remembered that he’d forgotten to announce a couple of facts.  It seems he “ran over two dogs during the race.”  It seems at one point that someone’s small pet ran in front of the Ford at an opportune moment and Luke got him, rather than take a flyer and wipe out the family.  The other dog out on the course was a coyote and he just put his foot on the course in the wrong direction.

#16 Cameron Steele:  Steele drove and so did Pat Dean.  Dean said they “came with a plan and executed it “1000 percent.”  Steele started and finished, and Dean did the middle.  Steele said that Dean had one flat, “but picked up three places,”  said Cameron. “We didn’t have enough to get the leaders, but we’re happy to be on the podium,”  he added.  “The race course was pretty nice for the trophy trucks.”  He said, “We had a couple of little issues, with a couple of little tires, so we had no spares for a while.” Renee Bruggman also drove, with Cody Stuart as his navigator.

#91 Troy Herbst:  Herbst drove and so did his co-driver, Ryan Arciero, who got stuck in Mile 398 (just north of Loreto) in what is silt beds most times but not this race.  They did say that he was in the same with Dondel and B.J.  They said that “after Constitution they decided to ‘race for the podium’ rather than the win.”  They said they had no flats but Troy had some motor trouble.

#21 Gus Vildosola:  They said “It was just one of those days. . . had an oil leak at Mile 160.  Then they put the truck on its side at 197.  Then at Mile 220 they lost the compression.”  Not one of Tavo’s better days.  His dad, Gus, drove in the #7 truck with Eugenio.

#7 Steven Eugenio: Eugenio drove, and so did Gus Vildosola, Adam Pfankuch and T. J. Flores.  Vildosola started, Pfankuch drove second, Flores third and Eugenio finished.  They said their problem was the timing sensor for the gas.  T. J. had the only flat, “I was so happy to get down here.”

#5 Apdaly Lopez:  This is part of the Clyde Stacy’s team.  Anyone on his team is probably fairly able to drive.  This time Apdaly broke two rear rotors, then put his dad, Juan Carlos Lopez in for a while.  Clyde Stacy, team owner, got in to drive the last section, with Lalo navigating for him.

#23 Mark McMillin:  Said Mark, “I kind of kicked my own ass.  My goal was to get fifth or sixth.”  His co-competitor, Chuck Hovey, got to Mark in about 9th place, and needing brakes and rotors after hitting a big rock.  At least they had the brakes and rotors.

#185  Justin Davis:  Davis took the bedsides off his Trophy Truck, called it “a truggy” and took the Class 1 win.  He had Scott Schovajsa in from Ojos to Catavina.  Justin did the rest of the way, with no flats.  But he did lose a spare.  He said he “tried to stick it in the mud near San Ignacio.”  His navigator was Ryan Desautels.  Troy Holz navigated for Schovjasa.  At the finish he noticed that his hub seals were leading.

#101 Justin Matney:   Ricky Johnson drove to Bay of L.A., then Kellon Walsh drove to near La Paz and then Matney, who has a terrible back and it was giving him pain, drove into the finish.

#50 Zak Langley:  Langley had Rick D. Johnson, with his navigator Bruce Sallee, who came into the finish.  Zak started and went to Vizcaino, had a flat and a power steering problem.  Josh Valko navigated for Zak.

#121 Damen Jefferies:  In a Jefferies-Chevy.  They said that the only trouble they had was that Louis Chanberland was “stuck for about three minutes, but nothing else.”   Damen, who started, got out at Bay of L.A.   Kyle Jergensen did the middle.  Kyle had some “GPS problems,” but other than that it was a good run.  Jergensen, who’s driven the NORRA run with his Dad and Mom, said that “this is a lot more intense.”  He did the Bay of L.A. to Purisima.

#100 Cody Parkhouse:  Cody was the driver of record.  His dad started and went to 625.  Then he got out and Cody finished.   Each of them had one flat and each had one “logistical” errors and had to wait for a spare.

#138 Randy Wilson:  Wilson said, “The last three hundred miles is rough.”  John Herder started and went to Mile 515, then Ronny Wilson got in and went to Loreto.   Ricky got in and went to the finish.  They lost a CV at Mile 1,143.  They pulled in for gas and were 3rd on the road, so the crew did the work and got it done in about 15/20 minutes.

#45  Gary Magness:  Magness drove to Viscaino and then Devin House drove.  They said Brandon Abernathy was the navigator.

#58 David Klieman:  Klieman said to us, “This is the most beautiful course I’ve ever driven on.”

#77 Robby Gordon:  Gordon said they had a flat and the “nitrogen bottle was empty.”  They also said they lost the rear end, had a spare, but it was about an hour away.  The crew was there.  Early on “. . .we had that flat and Bryce went by, and trying to catch him we went into a ditch.”

#871 Larry Conner:  This class is Trophy Truck Spec and the team was Conner, Sean Backus, Jason Ruane and Jacob Andrew, who was the navigator.  These folks, most usually seen racing up around the Las Vegas area, said they had “zero problems all day, not even a flat.”   They even added, “It was fun.”

#1031 Mike Johnson:  Johnson and his two co-drivers, Mike Majersky and Brent Fletcher, in an AlumiCraft.  Majersky did the start to Catavina, then Fletcher went to San Ignacio and Johnson came to the finish.  They said, “The car took abuse today . . course pretty demanding.”  They had one tire and wheel went off on them on a fast road in the Scorpion Bay area.  They managed to get the spare on, then drove out to find the other one.  They had two flats back side of the San Javier in the water crossing, on the same road.  And then they said, “It was a fun course.”

#129 Scott Baily:  Larry Job started and 1000 feet off the start he lost a crank sensor which cost them a bunch of time.  But once that was repaired they charged on in their AlumiCraft.  Scott and Brandon Bailey and Steve Drew. They also had to bleed the brakes.

#1055 Kash Vessels:  Vessels owns the car, and he and Cam Theriot and Andy Grider teamed.  Their navigators were Matt Cicone and Kevin Murphy.  They said that Vessels had a battle with Johnson, but he got stuck in a silt bed for about 30 minutes when a Trophy Truck running late, dusted him out.  The team had only one flat.  They were curious to find out if anyone knew who it was they’d seen up by El Alamo – two trucks upside down.  They themselves had only fourth gear from San Javier and only one flat.

#152  Mark Hutchins:  Mark Hutchins took the car from the start.  Jason Coleman took the middle and Mark’s son, CJ, brought it to the end.  Drew Aguilar and Mike and Pat Muller were the navigators. They said they’d hit a rock and tore up  power line to the alternator, so that “took a while to figure out.”  They figured it cost them about two hours.

#1023 Lee Banning:  Lee Banning, Sr. started.  They said that Melton was stuck in the silt for a half-hour and they had a couple of flats and there was “fog out of the Bay of L.A.”  The team was besides Banning, Sr. – Banning, Jr,,  Roberto Ruis, who navigated, Tim Sullivan, Chris Godfrey, Steve Melton, Rick Graff .  They said they had 1/2 hour stuck in the silt, a couple of flats and that fog out of Bay of L.A.

#29 Eric Jacobs:  Jacobs and his co-driver, Andrew Hendricks are the owner of this truck, which takes folks out joyriding.  This time the drivers were Eric Jacobs, who did 200 miles with no experience.  They said that 70 miles out they had to fix a water line also.

#1609 J. David Ruvalcaba:  In their Major Performance Chassis, this team of lots of experience down the peninsula and had a close race going.  The team was Ruvalcaba, Esteban Cruz, Norberto Rivera, and co-drivers, Rogelio Pando, Ernesto Inowe, Leonel Rubalcaba.  They said that “all the way it was a close race with #1614.”  They had the starter break and had to push it each time to restart.  They had one flat and the gas pedal got stuck and had to be fixed.

#1614 Eric Duran: Duran and his team of cohorts raced their Neth.  Eric started, his brother Evan did the middle and Hiram did the finish.  They had Edwin Carillo, Salvador Castro and Hector Chavez as the navigators.  They said they had two flats – one rear, one front.  They got stuck in the silt one time and at Mile 930 had an electrical problem.  Also one flat at Mile 1,265 and another one at Mile 1,267.

#1089 Arnolldo Gutierrerz, Jr and Sr.:  Both the Gutierrez drove and they had Luis Vasquess and Carlos Hermosollio as navigators.  They said they had two flats, and they had a broken left front arm, which cost them two and a half hours.  They said they had “pre-run a lot, and that’s why they didn’t get stuck” – they saw about eight Class 10s stuck.

#1068 Cody Reid:  Reid, along with Corey Goin and Curt Geer, all took their stint at driving.  They said it was the first peninsula run for all of them and “that was a very tough race.”  Someone hit them, knocking their clutch out, which cost them about an hour and a half to get fixed.  It also left them with no brakes.  For navigators, they had Michael Golta, Nate Heimmeluck and Robby Supernacker, in a car which they called “Custom Buil”.  A Class 1 car knocked the spare axle off where it was mounted, and it hit the clutch line and broke it.  They used a brake line as pedal, so they could drive.  One flat near the mission and it wrapped around the rotor.  Lots of water in the water crossings, which lost them their intercom.

#1080 Peter Hajas:  Peter and his brother, Steven did the driving.  The navigators were John Durst and Eric Schelbeaw.  Peter got stuck but Steve didn’t, though he had two flats.  Their light bracket broke on the Leds.

#722 Pete Sohren: Besides Sohren, the other drivers were Jason McNeil and Eric Filr and in the other seats were Brian Reiber, Paige Sohren, and Ryan Pilar.  They said they lost one fuel pump and melted an oil line, but they discoved it in time.  “Everything else went good,” said Pete, who says this was his first win in a Baja 1000.

#1647 McKenzie:  In addition to Wes McKenzie, there was Cisco Bio who did the start to Colonett, then McKenzie who did the next leg to Crucero.  Scott Wisdon went Viscaino to Loreto, then George James went Loreto to the finish.  Rene Rodrigues, did Loreto to the finish, and Adrian Guerrero and “one more” navigator.  They said Bonner got “stuck in the field at Crucero” and lost a little time.  They had two axle boots go away.

#1636 Christian Celaya:  Celaya and Aaron Ampudia and Roberto Romo drove up the finisher’s ramp to a real Mexican celebration.  One of the team mom’s managed to find a nice 5-piece Mariachi ensemble to help with the celebration and the audience loved it also.  They said that Romo, who was the second driver, broke a lower front shock, arm and tie rod in the whoops and lost an hour and 20 minutes.  Romo also had a front flat with that and also a rear flat – three all told.  Aaron Ampudia, the fourth driver, had no problems after Viscaino.  Except that – the shock on the right front corner wasn’t right for the car.  They put on new air filters and new rear tires for the last section.

#75 Todd Peterson:  Peterson started the race and Mike Cook drove and navigated.  Dave Taylor, who drove, and Jeremy Bristol, who navigated, said they had a “few small issues.”   They “lost their power steering pumps, and lost the tracking thing”, and had one flat.  The team is from Utah.

#161 Chris Western: Western is an Australian.  He said, “We bloody stuck to Plan A.”  He said he’d spent two years building the car and getting everything ready for this event and shipped the car in June.  The car is a right hand drive, and he drove all the way.  The whole car was built in Australia.  He said he’d “Wanted to do this since he was ten.”  He called his car the element off road chassis and believes it’s the first Australian car to run the Baja 1000.  He said he “Hasn’t touched it the whole race.”  Of the race itself, he said “It’s way beyond my expectations.”  He earns his living by renting out race buggies, and started racing at age 12 in Australia.

#500  Kevin Carr:  Carr said he’d had a clean run, though he did get “stuck in a silt bed” because there was a cow and a calf in the middle of the road, and he had to stop or run over them.  Mark Michael started, Perry McNeil drove the midway part, and then Kevin finished.  Fernando Gonzales navigated for Mark, Noe Feliz for Perry and Jackie Carr, his sister, navigated for Kevin.  They had no flats, “real good run . . .only the cow!”

#26 Jay Reichert:  Charles Dorrance started the truck and got it to Reichert at Vizcaino, but something, they thought the water from Calamjue, got into a lot of things.  They said it “shortened something” out and “ate the gears.”  They had to replace “starters, flywheels and etc”, sending chase trucks out and around looking for parts, and lost almost eight hours.  Chris Boyden navigated.  They had only one flat tire.

#824 Mike Meeks:  Meeks drove all the way in his Dodge Ram, but he had three navigators.  Alan Roach, Matt Nelson and James Jelenowski.  Meeks said he “ran straight all day – it’s been an adventure out there.  It’s all it is.”  He said they had “No problems out there at all – nothin.”

#14  Heidi Steele:  Heidi, who along with Jessica McMillin, Scott McMillin, and Scott Strobel said, “It was a long day, a lot of different issues along the way.”  Jessica had three flats, two at once, and her dad navigated.

#147 Pat MacCarthy:   Pat McCarthy and Nick Davila did the start and had lost a belt at Mile 4.  Langley Kersenboom got in at Loreto and drove to the finish with navigator Mario Albor.  It was, they said, a Jimco..

#154 Jim Mihal:  Andres Ruffo started the car, and he had serious problems with it going into “limp mode” – so Mihal, who couldn’t get it to set right, took out his cell phone, and called his engineer friend in Lake Elsinore, who told him how to set it up right, so they had to further trouble.  Travis Deutertemp and Christian Morales were the navigators.  Ruffo is from La Paz and races in the races down there a lot.

#1002 Mark Lawrence:  Lawrence said he got stuck in the silt and had to have tractors help to get out.  He had three flats.  His chassis was made at Lawrence Equipment, and is worth a look if you get a chance.

#34 Ken Losch:  Losch, Chris Kemp, and Rob Martensen all drove, while Joe Delucia and Steve Sells navigated.  They blew a differential and were down for eight hours.

#1045 Pat Daily:  Daily said, “I’m really glad to be here.”  Travis Clark started, Michael LaPaglia did the middle and Daily got in at 920.  LaPaglia lost a clutch and it took four hours to get him going again.  He also had a “big hole” in the oil pan and had to keep adding oil – 7 or 8 quarts he thought.  They replaced a clutch at Mile 935, then did the hole in the oil pan.  In the “rocky wash” at Mile 930.  They had 3 total flats, all deserved.  They  said the locals gave them oil, and  the last check their own crew gave them four quarts for the navigator to hold in his lap.  That was Billy Baroty, who did from 922 to the finish.  Byron Frost navigated, with Travis Clark, and M. LaPas drove, with Chris Haney navigating.

#1919 John Angal:  In a Polaris RZR.  Angal had Eric Ringlar, who was sometimes his navigator and sometimes his driver.  They said they had “Minor issues”, like radius arms broke.  They said they also had Craig Hammer, Nate Macasland, and Shawn Smith also, doing both duties.  They said they each did about 400 approximately.  The radius rods caused flats, and they carry only one spare, so had to get a new one at the next pit.

#1932 Matt Parks:  Parks and Jason Spiess and Craig Scanlon in a Polaris Razor.

#704 Aaron Celico: Toyota Tacoma. Besides Celico, there were Stephanic Celiceo, Robert Rodrigues, Pedro Mercado, and Alfred Gallvan, all doing driving duties.  In the navigators it was Nick Land, Antone Lahr, Josh Monteil, Isaac Camberos and Mario Melgar.  They said they had a misfire9 and one flat.

#1216 Luis Martinez:  This was a Foddrill, and has a list of names. They didn’t have much problems, but ran out of gas twice, just about two miles before their pit.  Their team is Juan Myoral, Mario Alcala, navigator, Luis Martines, Driver, Pedro Morquechado, navigator, Pietro Branen, Driver, Carlos Guillen, Navigator.  They said “There were a lot of rocks, a lot of silt, but we finished first.  We had two stucks and ran out of gas two times.”

#180  Jim Anderson:  Anderson, Brian Burgess and Darren Hardesty finished at 1 a.m. in their Penhall-Chevy.  They said they had electrical problems, brake problems and a lot of still, deep, water.  They lost two hours when stuck and finished the race with no rear brakes.

#848  Billy Wilson:  This was one of Pistol Pete’s trucks, and Wilson drove it all the way.  He said he had a “big crash” at mile 103. He got hit and then he rolled, “multiple” times.  Broke the upper control arm and drive shaft, two wheels, and smashed the fuel cell.  Had to change their pit strategy and make more fuel stops.  Called the crews on the cell phone and let them know what would be happening.  Repairs took about four hours and their crews were realigned, so that they could get gas to places where they had not thought they’d need it before the crash.

#1630  Kevin Smith:  Kevin Smith started and did 500 miles, then Justin Smith did another 500 miles, and he lost his pumper for a while and then his brakes.  He also had a flat.  Sammy Ehrenberg got in and his run was clean, but he was a bit skinned up from an incident during prerunning.  None the less – he said they won the 1600 series for the year.

#1075 Elisea Garcia:  Garcia drove about half the way and then Hector Sarabia drove and Michael Crichton also drove,, in the brand new Romo.  They ran out of gas twice and Eliseo got stuck in the mud once.

#1051 John Rhymer:  Rhymer and his band from Indianapolis had a great race.  This group, in an Alumicraft, had Rhymer, Matt Rowell, Jeremy Laufer, and Brian Topping as drivers and then Zak Reimer , Marc Grimes, Jamie Laufer and Kevin D’Arcy all as navigators.  They said they had “a great race”,  just “a bad alternator – no flats.”  It’s their second race ever – and the first one was a V to R.

#8199 Andy Bell:  Andy Bell and Jamie Bestwick, Ryan Millen, and Ted Moncure teamed to bring the truck down to La Paz.  The left side of the truck was all torn up – they said from passing a stuck 7 truck in a silt bed.  They tried to miss a cactus.  They said they hit Dan Chamlee – who was  apparently not at his best.  These guys had no mechanical issues.  They did stop for a while while a tractor pulled the tree down to free him.

#66 Harry H. Helper:  Hepler and some friends, Chuck Pusatieri and Robert Mortensen, all from the Lansing, Michigan area, decoded to go racing.  They said they lost their power steering, got stuck, stuck in Rosario, and started using oil also – three quarts every 150 miles.  They were stuck “at the tree that had to be torn down.”

#1287 Doug Maxwel:  Maxwel, Ryan Ennis, Chris Webb, Steve Cossey and Herb Ruffe all drove, and helping the find their way were Joe DeRosier, Cody Larsen, Terence Peregoodoff, Ian Maxwell.  They said they had a “couple of flats” and they hadn’t prerun.  Most of these guys live in Canada.  Not quite sure how all the rest went – their team owner, Jeff Sanka, had a lung collapse on the Monday of race week and had to go back to Canada for surgery.  He apparently came back down to watch, and Herb and Doug replaced him.  They say the chassis is an E. S. Cummings chassis.

#300 Ken and Don Moss: – Drove in their Ford Bronco.  They said it was a “long couple of days”.  They had alternator problems at Mile 150, switched over.  They had no flats.  They managed to get one more finish on that venerable, old Bronco.

#700 Dan Chamlee:  Dan Chamlee was having clutch problems with his Ford and so he bought a new clutch, and still had the same problems.  This time he ran about half the race with no brakes and  noclutch, and he said he “auctioned off” a co-driver’s seat.

#1698 Jose Hernandez:  Jose Hernandez, was a driver, Herman Cortez ,  Carlos Galdon and Louis Acevedo were all navigators.  Aldolfor Arambula, Marcos Nunes, and Edmundo Fernander were all drivers.  They had clutch trouble, and flat tires.  The car is new this year – it’s an Arambula Chassis.  They had four tires go flat.

#1220 Rick Boyer:  Boyer started and broke a rocker arm shaft at Mile 130.  Jeremy Sundt drove the next section with no problems.  Then, Eric Steward was next and he had no problems.  Marty Seefried was in the lead by 45 minutes, and broke a tie rod, which cost him about 2 hours.  A couple of locals gave Mike Hayes a ride to San Ignacio, where their chase crew was – it was about an hour each way, and then a half-hour for the repair.  It’s a Dunrite.

#8155 Marc Van Tassell:  In addition to Van Tasssel, Kurt Williams,  Dave Connors, Darren Webster, Will Carroll, Ryan Davis all drove.  They also all navigated, and they ran without radio for most of the race, other wise it was a good race.  It was a Toyota Landcruiser.

#1350 Todd Butt:  In addition to Butt, there was Steve Knudsen, Mike McNaughton, Ryan Abernathy, Lupita Cibaron, Dagoberto Morguesa.  They said, “We won.”

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Baja Designs conquers Baja! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/baja-designs-conquers-baja-117566.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/baja-designs-conquers-baja-117566.html#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:37:19 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117566 The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 has long been known to be the toughest, longest, non-stop, point to point off-road race in the world; but what the world doesn’t know about the Baja 1000 is that the majority of this race

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The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 has long been known to be the toughest, longest, non-stop, point to point off-road race in the world; but what the world doesn’t know about the Baja 1000 is that the majority of this race is ran at night. Leading the charge by winning six classes, including three points classes, Baja Designs made quite the impact in this year’s SCORE championship, including the prestigious Trophy Truck class won by Steven Eugenio. (Galindo Motorsports)

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Steven Eugenio “Baja Designs has been on every race car I’ve ever had, because they’re the best and the best is what it takes to win.”

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Cody Reid ran a near perfect season to take the Class 10 Championship. “Thanks to Baja Designs, I can drive just as fast at night as I can during the day.”

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From the unlimited trucks to the brutal punishment of the limited’s in Class 11, Baja Designs lit the way. “We love our Baja Design lights!,” said Dennis Hollenbeck winner of Class 11. “Not only do they provide us with what we believe is the best in lighting, but they with stood the test during the Baja 1000. Two full nights of driving, one roll over, a bent light bar, but Baja Designs 30” Stealth—No problem. How does the light take a hit of a roll over, bend, but your lights are as good as new? Simply Amazing Baja Designs!”

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Mike Johnson and team dominated Class 10 at the Baja 1000 taking the win with over an hour in hand. “I think if I had to describe the Baja designs lights with one word it would definitely be “Amazing”. This is the second race we have run there lights since partnering up and what a difference. I ran the Imperial Valley night race with them and I didn’t even have to run the top bar the lights where so good. I didn’t run much of the night section in the 1000 but both Fletcher and Mike Majesky said the lights where fantastic. The coverage and depth you get out of them is truly amazing, It makes driving at night a pleasure.”

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Baja Designs founder, owner, and lead engineer: Alan Roach piloted the first 600 miles of the 1275 mile race in the Mills Motorsports Trophy Truck Spec class #824, winning this race which lead to the overall championship.
Overall Baja Designs had a great showing this year, with a successful run for many teams.

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Our Team Enlightened members are a collection off road race teams that are fully sponsored by Baja Designs for their lighting needs. Currently there are roughly 50 Team Enlightened members that participate in various races all year long.
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For 20+ years Baja Designs has engineered revolutionary ways to stay at the forefront of motorcycle and automotive lighting. This intimate knowledge of motorcycle electrical capabilities led to a natural evolution to engineer the first HID motorcycle race light. As a result, BD lights have won every professional and amateur motorcycle and ATV Baja 1000 class for over 15 years, using both HID and LED lighting.

As our in-house engineers and racers advanced to truck and buggy racing, the next evolution began. The engineers quickly adapted their race winning HID motorcycle lights to their new race vehicles. With amazing speed, BD HID lights were adopted by the vehicle race community and could be found on the majority of Baja 1000 winning vehicles. In the process, BD engineers became well known as “The Scientists of Lighting”.

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Josh Daniel Ten Miles From Victory at BITD Henderson 250 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/josh-daniel-ten-miles-victory-bitd-henderson-250-117555.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/josh-daniel-ten-miles-victory-bitd-henderson-250-117555.html#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:48:57 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117555 Hot off his first win in the Twin Turbo Trophy Truck at the BlueWater Desert Challenge, Josh Daniel went in to the final race of the 2014 desert racing season with high hopes for a win at Best in the

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Hot off his first win in the Twin Turbo Trophy Truck at the BlueWater Desert Challenge, Josh Daniel went in to the final race of the 2014 desert racing season with high hopes for a win at Best in the Desert’s Henderson 250. It was apparent after the two-day battle in Parker that the crew at Danzio Performance has mastered the prep work needed for an immaculate truck come race day. After a dominating performance the entire Henderson 250 race, Daniel underwent a seven-minute tire change with ten miles left that handed over the win to Jason Voss. Despite finishing +00:02:10 behind Voss, Daniel plans to carry the momentum in to next season and contest Voss for the 2015 BITD points championship.

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Speed, which may not always guarantee victory but will definitely land a top spot in qualifying, was on Daniel’s side during BITD’s Time Trials. He was second fastest in Thursday’s Time Trial event, granting him an inside starting position next to Shaun Croll.

The story remained Croll and Daniel for the entirety of the race. Both Josh and Croll immediately passed Dondel and it was Josh out front +00:01:27 after the first lap. About the same time separated the two at spectator area two on the second lap, then Daniel began to open all of his trucks thousand horses in the open desert.

Three flats punished Daniel on the day, the first coming midway through lap two where Croll took over the lead. Navigator Tyler Hall hopped out and immediately slapped on a new Toyo Tire and the two were able to catch Croll heading in to main pit, +00:00:56 behind on corrected time. Daniel passed Croll in the pits but was held by BITD Race Director, Casey Folks, after running his siren behind another competitor who was a lap down. Daniel did this in hopes for the other competitor to pull in to his pit, which he did, but was held at the start line, allowing Croll to pass him at the exit of the pit.

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“I was not happy so I did everything I had to do to pass him, which I did,” later commented Daniel. “This was the most exciting and fun fight I’ve had since Cameron Steele and I battled at Rage at the River five years ago.”

Daniel let loose and immediately took back the open air in a side-by-side battle in the opening miles of the final eighty-mile loop, with Voss, Laguna and Sproule lurking behind them.

Daniel was able to extend his lead on corrected time throughout the next sixty miles but with ten miles till the finish found a rock inexplicably buried in the sand. Coming up over a rise, Daniel punched the rock in the same line that he had taken the previous two laps. A quick tire change could have meant a photo finish but the sand was too problematic for Hall, causing the truck to fall from jack and making it difficult to maneuver. Seven minutes of downtime was enough time for Jason Voss to squeak by for the win. Daniel and Hall settled for a second place finish, as Croll faded down the leaderboard by that time.

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“The amount of down time we had and still managed to remain out front speaks volumes to both my truck and Tyler’s capabilities. Tyler kicked ass all day and my truck is crazy fast. Our communication inside the truck was impeccable and allowed us to get a lead big enough to hold even after two tire changes,” said Daniel. “Unfortunately, the last one was got us.”

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Josh’s wife, Day Daniel, earned a class win in her #2027 buggy. Day jumped out to an early lead in the two-lap battle for the 2000 Class. Averaging over two miles per hour faster than second in class, Day already had a +00:04:14 lead after the first lap. Day remained out in front of the 2000 Class and finished in 10th overall in the second race, nearly seven minutes ahead of the next finisher in the 2000 Class.

Josh Daniel and the rest of the Danzio crew will pick up right where left off in 2015, competing in another full Best in the Desert Series season.

Josh would like to thank all his sponsors that helped him debut his trophy truck program in 2014:

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Race truck, trailer, mechanic shop equipment and racing parts auction in Reno, NV http://www.race-dezert.com/home/race-truck-trailer-mechanic-shop-equipment-racing-parts-auction-reno-nv-117465.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/race-truck-trailer-mechanic-shop-equipment-racing-parts-auction-reno-nv-117465.html#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:23:31 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117465 What​: Racing Truck & Engine Parts Auction in Reno, NV When: ​ December 22nd at 10:00am Where: 9716 S. Virginia St. Suite 100, Reno, NV 89501 Calling all off-roaders! Bar None Auction is conducting a race truck, trailer, mechanic shop

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Calling all off-roaders! Bar None Auction is conducting a race truck, trailer, mechanic shop equipment and racing parts auction in Reno, NV on December 22nd at 10:00am. This is a liquidation auction they are conducting on the behalf of Speed Technologies that will include Superlite & Prolite race trucks, dune buggies, engines, tires, parts and more. The auction will be held at 9716 S. Virginia St. Suite 100, Reno, NV 89501.

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Doug Mittag to Race Fulltime in TORC PRO 2WD, PRO Light Classes in ‘15 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/doug-mittag-race-fulltime-torc-pro-2wd-pro-light-classes-15-117546.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/doug-mittag-race-fulltime-torc-pro-2wd-pro-light-classes-15-117546.html#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:12:37 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117546     Media Contact: Brandon W. Mudd TORC: The Off Road Championship 636-219-9676 Brandon@TORCSeries.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IRVINE, Calif. (December 15, 2014 )— The PRO 2WD class of TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL has seen an infusion of

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IRVINE, Calif. (December 15, 2014 )— The PRO 2WD class of TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL has seen an infusion of talent this offseason from the likes of former PRO Light champions Keegan Kincaid and Brad Lovell. The 900 horsepower, two-wheel-drive class will be even more competitive after it was announced today that Doug Mittag is throwing his hat into the ring.

Mittag, who earned two PRO Light wins and nine podiums in 2014, has announced he is moving up to the PRO 2WD class for the 2015 season. In addition, the California native is also racing fulltime in PRO Lights, where he finished fourth overall last season. Title sponsorship for the new PRO 2WD team comes from Jhonlin Racing Team (JRT) with Supercross.com sponsoring the PRO Light.

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“I have been dreaming about racing PRO 2WD for the last two years now, but we knew if we wanted to run up front we would need the equipment and resources behind us,” he said.

“Now that my team and my sponsors have stepped up huge this year, we are ready to go door-to-door with the big dogs in 2015 racing for wins and championships in the PRO Light and PRO 2WD class. There is no better time than the present.”

TORC recently announced its full 2015 schedule with half of the races being held in top 25 media markets, providing drivers and sponsors the ability to better reach new viewers and fans. TORC’s PRO classes are racing in Dallas, Charlotte, St. Louis, and Chicago, as well as its traditional venues such as Bark River and Crandon, with a stop at the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The young gun is looking to improve upon his performance last season where he started strong with wins at Charlotte and Bark River.

“About three-quarters through the year,” he said, “we had the points lead by 20 points or more and I’ve never had a points lead like that before. People say the points lead doesn’t matter, but it kind of messes with you a little bit. You think about how you drive and trying to be more safe and it screwed with me thinking about it so much.”

With a season spent battling for a class championship under his belt, Mittag feels he and his team have not only the experience, but the drive to contend against the best racers in short-course for a title.

Cooper Tire, his sponsor in 2014 and TORC’s Tire Manufacturer of the Year, will remain onboard with Mittag in his efforts to make history by attempting to earn two PRO class titles in a single season with TORC presenting sponsor AMSOIL coming aboard as well.

The 2015 TORC Series season opener is scheduled for April 24-25 at Texas Motor Speedway near Dallas.

“My team and I are ready to do work, give it all we got, and focus on my racing more than ever before,” Mittag said. “Thanks to all my family, friends, and amazing sponsors for standing behind me. I can’t wait for the season opener in Texas.”

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

April 24-25: Dallas (Texas Motor Speedway)
May 16-17: St Louis (Gateway Motorsports Park)
June 18-19: Chicago (Chicagoland Speedway)
June 27-28: Crandon, Wis. (Crandon Int’l Off Road Raceway)
July 10-11: Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
Aug 4-5: Sturgis, S.D. (Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex)
Aug 15-16: Bark River, Mich. (Bark River Int’l Raceway)
Sept 5-6: Crandon, Wis. (Crandon Int’l Off Road 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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December 13, 2014
Matney captures Class 1

Spinali tops motorcycle points, Robles Jr captures ATV points overall; other class champs include
Brabec, C. Reid, Smith/Ehrenberg, T. Mills, Burnett, Chamlee, Burman, Moss, Winkelman, Gera, Dizney,
Champs to be honored tonight at SCORE Awards Night in El Cajon, Calif.;
streamed TONIGHT on SCORE DirtLive HD

RENO, Nev.—After a podium start to the season followed by mechanical challenges in two races, SoCal’s Steven Eugenio bounced back with a win and a sixth place finish to capture the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point championship of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship.
With tight battles in races on both sides of the border, the 2014 SCORE racing season was capped with a memorable 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic race that covered 1,275 miles of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula. It started it Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finished in La Paz, Baja California Sur. This year’s Granddaddy of all Desert Races was held Nov. 11-15 and decided season overall and class point champions with competition in 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs.
SCORE AWARDS NIGHT
A night of champions tonight at the SCORE Tech facility in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego, will salute the champions of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship as well as honoring the 2014 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year award winners and recognizing the 22 winners of the 2014 SCORE Milestone awards given to racers who completed all 2,315.8 brutal miles of the five-race season.
Festivities will begin tonight at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards at 8 p.m. The awards will be streamed live around the world on the Internet through the SCORE DirtLiveHD platform at www.score-international.com.
EUGENIO’S ELOQUENCE
With success in other classes before this season, 2014 marked the rookie season for Eugenio, 34, in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks. Originally from El Centro, Calif., and living now in Carlsbad, Eugenio drove the No. 7 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado to capture the 2014 SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship.
Eugenio began the season with a surprising third-place podium finish in the season-opening 28th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 to start his march to the championship. Things got a little sideways during the next two races with an 11th-place finish in April in his hometown race (the 2nd SCORE Imperial Valley 250), and an 18th-place finish in the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in June.
Rallying himself right back into the championship hunt, Eugenio returned to his native desert in Imperial Valley to win the 19th Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge to move himself all the way back into second place in the season points. Entering the season finale, Eugenio trailed Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr but just 12 points.
Racing fortune smiled on Eugenio at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 as Vildosola went out of the race early with engine issues and Eugenio with help from three prominent drivers motored to the finish ahead of his nearest competitor. Eugenio finished sixth out of 31 starters in SCORE Trophy Truck, one spot ahead of the team led by driver of record Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. to earn the title in his rookie season in the class.
Giving Eugenio a big assist by each driving a lengthy section of the SCORE Baja 1000 course were Gus Vildosola, 61, Mexicali, Mexico, Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif. and T.J. Flores, Las Vegas. In addition to Galindo Motorsports, Eugenio’s sponsors in his championship run at the SCORE Baja 1000 were Vildosola Racing, BFGoodrich Tires, King Shocks, Baja Designs, Method Wheels, ID Designs, Mastercraft, Impact, K&N, Maxima Oils, WRP, GetSome Photo and Kroyer Racing Engines.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK LEADERS
Eugenio won the SCORE Trophy Truck title with 423 points, edging out Stacy’s team who had 420 points in the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck. Topping the season podium in SCORE Trophy Truck was Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, who blistered the field to win the SCORE Baja 1000 overall with Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, who had 418 total points in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150. MacCachren became the winningest driver in the history of SCORE Trophy Truck in the 21-year history of the class with his 12th career race win in the class.
Winner of the season-opener in March, Vildosola Jr, of Mexicali, slipped back to fourth in SCORE Trophy Truck points with a rare DNF in the season-finale in the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor. Fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck points was former Indy Lights team owner/driver Ken Losch, Phoenix in the No. 34 Chevy Silverado while two-time defending season point champion B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, finished sixth in class after engine failure put him out of the season-finale in his No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
RULE REGS
SCORE point regulations this year required four-race minimum counting for final points and one of the four races in the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship that is mandatory for the driver/rider of record to start or finish the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 to qualify for a class season point championship.
SCORE points are calculated on a set amount of start points and finish points for a particular race along with a variable amount for placement points based on the number of starters within the racer’s class.
CLASS 10, 2nd OVERALL
Second in SCORE Overall points was Class 10 point champion and rookie SCORE racer Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif., with 422 points in a Chevy-powered Custom open-wheel race car, just one point behind SCORE Overall point champion Eugenio. Stacy’s SCORE Trophy Truck team ended up a very close third in SCORE overall points with his 420 with MacCachren right behind in fourth with his 418 total points.
MORE SCORE TOP 10
With two wins in four races this season, Class 19 point champion Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif., finished fifth in SCORE Overall points with 408 in a Can-Am Maverick UTV. Sixth in SCORE Overall points and winning the Class 1/2-1600 point title in a Mirage-VW was the team of Kevin Smith, La Verne, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas with 406 points.
Winning their class in both the SCORE Baja 500 and the SCORE Baja 1000 this year, second in Class 10 points and seventh in SCORE Overall points was the tandem of noted Hollywood stunt drivers Mike Johnson, Santa Monica, Calif./Mike Majesky, Newbury Park, Calif. with 405 points for the season.
Ninth in SCORE Overall points and second in Class 19 was Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif., with 397 points in a Polaris XP1000 UTV and in the 10th spot to complete the top 10 in SCORE Overall points and second in Class 1/2-1600 with 388 points are the team of Christian Celaya, 20, Paradise Valley, Calif./Aaron Ampudia, 21, Ensenada, Mexico, in a Currie-VW.
MATNEY TOPS CLASS 1
Finishing eighth in SCORE Overall points was another RPM Racing driver, team co-owner Justin Matney, of Bristol, Tenn., who won the first two races this year in the unlimited Class 1 in a Chevy-powered Geiser open-wheel desert race car. He finished the season with 401 points.
QUADRUPLE FIVESOME
Two motorcycle racers won their respective classes in four of five races of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship to earn their class championships. Giovanni Spinali, Dulzura, Calif. led a team as rider of record to win Class 40 for riders 40 years and older on a Honda CRF450X) and Tony Gera, 19, Santa Cruz, Calif. won four races to earn the title in the new SCORE Ironman motorcycle class for solo riders on a Honda XR650R. Spinali was also the SCORE overall motorcycle point champion in 2014 with 396 total points.
Winning four races in 2014 to earn the SCORE Overall ATV and Pro ATV title was the team of Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Greg Row, El Cajon, Calif., on a Honda TRX450R.
Winning his class four times in 2014 but finishing second in points in his class was Pete Sohren, Phoenix, who was second in Class 7 points in a Ford Ranger
TRIPLE TIMERS
Winners of three races out of five this season were Class 5 point champion Jose Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico in a VW Baja Bug, Class 3 point champ Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., in a Ford Bronco, Pro Open Motorcycle season champs Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Robby Bell, Glendora, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif. on a Kawasaki KX450F, Class 7SX season point champion James Burman, Heber City, Utah/Elias Hanna, Tijuana, Mexico in a Ford Ranger and Mike Meeks, Marion, Texas, (Class 8,Dodge Ram SRT10).
MORE PRO POINT CHAMPS
Among the other class champions in 2014 were Taylor Mills, Corpus Christi, Texas (Trophy Truck Spec, Chevy Sivlerado, Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas (Class 30, Honda CRF450X) and Jim Dizney, Alpine Calif. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X) and Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo. (Class 3000, Mason-Chevy.
MULTIPLE CHAMPS
With their 2014 class titles, adding to the SCORE desert racing career class season point championships were Donald Moss who now has 12 SCORE season class points titles, Dan Chamlee with 10, Steve Hengeveld with seven, Justin Matney with six, Elias Hanna with six, Robby Bell with four, Marc Burnett with two and Steven Eugenio with two.
SPORTSMAN
Winning their class in four races in 2014, the top Sportsman 2-wheel point champion was the team led by Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico, (KTM 450EXC).
The Sportsman 4-wheel point leader with three race wins and class point champion was Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va. (SPT Unlimited Truck, Chevy Silverado).
Winning the SPT ATV point title was the team led by Don Higbee, Casper, Wyo. On a Polaris 1000.
SCOREscope
Finishing its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2014, the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, with three special events held in Baja California, Mexico, and two in the United States, started with the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 on March 1. Starting and finishing in Ensenada, the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was held June 5-8 and the third SCORE Baja race, starting in Ensenada and finishing in La Paz, the 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 ended the season on Nov. 11-15.
The two U.S. races on 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship calendar started with the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 in Plaster City, Calif. (April 25-27) and concluded with the three-day, single-race 19th annual Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, Imperial Valley, Calif. (Sept. 25-28).
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, are televised on a delayed basis in the USA and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The shows, produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, air a minimum of two times on the CBS Sports Spectacular show.
All shows are scheduled to premier in the next month following the event. The success of the productions has enabled CBS Sports Network to air multiple airings of the first three 2014 races. The SCORE San Felipe 250 had 17 extra airings, the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 had five extra airings, and the SCORE Baja 500 garnered seven hours of extra airings in CBS Sports Network.
Following the CBS Sports Network telecasts in the US, the SCORE races air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.
Following are the air dates for the debut of the remaining 2014 SCORE shows on the CBS Sports Network…
· Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying from Las Vegas Motor Speedway/SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (Sunday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m. ET)
· Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Sunday, Dec. 28, 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: Tecate Beer-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, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.
Associate Sponsors: SatellitePhoneStore.com and Symons Ambulance Company.
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 and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.score-international.com.

2014 SCORE World Desert Championship Final Point Leaders
(Following final round of five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship-the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000-Nov. 11-15 Ensenada to La Paz, Baja California, Mexico)

Top 20 Overall Cars and Trucks

(Position, Drivers, Vehicle-Engine, Class, Points)

1. Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck), 423
2. Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif., Custom-Chevy (Class 10), 422
3. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck (SCORE Trophy Truck), 420
4. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck), 418
5. Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif., Can-Am Maverick (Class 19), 408
6. Kevin Smith, La Verne, Calif., Las Vegas, Mirage-VW (Class 1/2-1600), 406
7. Mike Johnson, Santa Monica, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy (Class 10), 405
8. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Geiser-Chevy (Class 1), 401
9. Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif., Polaris XP1000 (Class 19), 397
10. Christian Celaya, Paradise Valley, Ariz., Mexico, Currie-VW (Class 1/2-1600), 388
11. Taylor Mills, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado (Trophy Truck Spec), 383
12. Cory Sappington, Peoria, Ariz., Can-Am Maverick (Class 19), 378
13. Jesus Velez, Mexicali, Mexico, Curry-VW (Class 1/2-1600), 373
14. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 7), 368
15. Pete Sohren, Phoenix, Ford Ranger (Class 7), 364
16. Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 363
17. Jose Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (Class 5), 353
18. Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck), 343
19. Ken Losch, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck), 337
20. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco (Class 3), 334

2014 SCORE World Desert Championship
Final Class Point Leaders
(NOTE: With Class wins in parenthesis; NOTE 2: Only classes shown with at least one racer who qualified for season class point championship)
(NOTE 2: *indicates racers who didn’t qualify for season point championships)
Pro Cars and Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—1. Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif., Chevy Silverado (1), 423; 2. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Chevy Rally Truck, 420; 3. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Andy McMillin, San Diego/Jason Voss, Gilroy, Calif., Ford F-150 (2), 418; 4. Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (1), 343; 5. Ken Losch, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado, 337; 6. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 324. ALSO: 13. Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany)/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), BMW X6, 221; *Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (1), 164.
CLASS 1—1. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Geiser-Chevy (2), 401; 2. Cody Parkhouse, Garden Grove, Calif., Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (2), 363. ALSO: *Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 139.
CLASS 1/2-1600—1. Kevin Smith, La Verne, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas, Mirage-VW (1), 406; 2. Christian Celaya, Paradise Valley, Ariz./Aaron Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Currie-VW (1), 388; 3. Jesus Velez/Rogelio ruiz, Mexicali, Mexico, PFK-VW, 373. ALSO: *J. David Ruvalcaba/Leonel Ruvalcaba/Esteban Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR-VW (2), 249.
CLASS 3—1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco (3), 334.
CLASS 5—1. Jose Lopez/Arnoldo Gutierrez, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (3), 353. ALSO: *Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (1), 125; *Wendy Belk/David Bonner, Coachella Valley, Calif., VW Baja Bug (1), 85.
CLASS 7—1. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger, 368; 2. Pete Sohren, Phoenix, Ford Ranger (4), 364. ALSO: *Pat Sims, Eunice, N.M., Ford Ranger (1), 142.
CLASS 7SX—1. James Burman, Heber City, Utah, Ford Ranger (3), 315. ALSO: *Ricardo Vindiola/Oscar Licon, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger (1), 240.
CLASS 8—1. Mike Meeks, Marion, Texas, Dodge Ram SRT 10 (3), 280; 2. Noah Ostanik/Kevin Guevara, San Diego, Ford F-150 (1), 205. ALSO: *Rick Sanchez/Humberto Arce, San Vicente, Mexico, Ford F-150 (1), 105.
CLASS 10—1. Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 422; 2. Mike Johnson, Santa Monica, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy (2), 405; 3. Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., Chenowth-Honda (1), 333; 4. Patrick Dailey, Carlsbad, Calif., Raceco-Chevy, 310; 5. J.J. Schnarr, Incline Village, Nev., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 275; 6. Mark Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy, 259. ALSO: *Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., Racer-Chevy (1), 228; *Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 68.
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—1. Taylor Mills, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado (1), 383; 2. Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado (1), 332; 3. Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, BajaLite-Chevy, 327; 4. Larry Connor, Centerville, Ohio, Chevy Silverado (2), 249. ALSO: *Christian Sourapas, Rnacho Santa Fe, Calif., Chevy Silverado (1), 66.
CLASS 3000—1. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo., Mason-Chevy (2), 277; 2. Paige Sohren, Phoenix, BajaLite-Chevy (1), 277.
HEAVY METAL—1. Carlos Fonseca, Calexico, Calif., Chevy Silverado (1), 199.
CLASS 19—1. Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif., Can-Am Maverick (2), 408; 2. Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif., Polaris XP1000 (1), 397; 4. Cory Sappington, Peoria, Ariz, Can-Am Maverick, 378; 4. Derek Murray, Eastvale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick (1), 310. ALSO: *John Angal, Mesa, Ariz., Polaris RZR 1000 (1), 283.
Pro Motorcycles
OPEN M/C—1. Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Robby Bell, Glendora, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F (3), 395; 2. Colton Udall/Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 389; 3. Ray Del Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450F, 299.
LIMITED M/C—1. Fernando Beltran, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha (1), 241. ALSO: *Ricky De La Pena, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Honda CRF250X (2), 150; *Boe Huckins, Pueblo West, Colo., KTM 350SXF (1), 125; *Thomas Harris, Torrance, Calif., Honda CRF250X (1), 65.
CLASS 30—1. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif., Kevin Murphy, Honda CRF450X (2), 389; 2. Brad Baker, Austin, Texas/Brandon Allen, Battle Ground, Wash./Robert Allen, Bush Prairie, Wash., Honda CRF450X, 350; 3. Todd York, Claremore, Okla./Nate Scott/Bud Carmen, Lake Winnabago, Mo., KTM 450XCF, 348. ALSO: *Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala, Honda CRF450X (2); *Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, Kawasaki KX450.
CLASS 40—1. Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif./Paul Thomas/Mike Carter/John Griffin, Julian, Calif., Honda CRF450X (4), 396; 2. Oscar Fazz, Yuma, Ariz./Mike Langley, Yuma, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450F, 307. ALSO: *Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 126.
CLASS 60—1. Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif./Jim O’Neal/Robert Koch, Leona Valley, Calif./Max Christensen, Sun Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 258. ALSO: Bill Nichols, Peoria, Ariz., Honda CRF450X (1), 125; *Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 65.
SCORE IRONMAN—1. Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda XR650R (4), 320. ALSO: *Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, Kawasaki KX450, 126.
Pro ATVs
PRO ATV—1. Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Greg Row, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX450R (4), 402; 2. Adolfo ArellanoTijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R (1), 258.
Sportsman
SPT BUGGY—1. Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., RPM-Chevy (1), 298.
SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK—1. Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado (3), 349.
SPT M/C—1. Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450EXC (4), 419.
SPT ATV—1. Don Higbee, Casper, Wyo., Polaris 1000, 371.
Manufacturers
Engine Builder—1. Kroyer
Original Buggy Chassis—1. Jimco
Motorcycle Manufacturer—1. Kawasaki

2014 SCORE World Desert Championship
Race-by-Race Class Winners
28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico March 1, 2014
Total Starters: 183 Total Finishers: 142
Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor
CLASS 1—Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Geiser-Chevy
CLASS 1/2-1600—Christian Celaya, Paradise Valley, Ariz./Aaron Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Romo-VW
CLASS 3—Chris Wilson, Vista, Calif., Ford Bronco
CLASS 5—Jose Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 5-1600—Dave Simpson, Redlands, Calif., VW Baja Bug
CLASS 7—Pat Sims, Eunice, N.M., Ford Ranger
CLASS 7SX—James Burman, Heber City, Utah, Ford Ranger
CLASS 8—Mike Meeks, Marion, Texas, Dodge Ram SRT10
CLASS 9—No Finishers
CLASS 10—Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Racer-Chevy
SCORE LITES—Miguel Tornel, Ensenada, Mexico, Lothringer-VW
CLASS 11—Rene Rodriguez, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Sedan
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—Larry Connor/Jose Grijalva, Temecula, Calif., Chevy Silverado
STOCK FULL—Kay Awaad, Calexico, Calif. (Egypt), Ford F-150
TROPHY LITE—No Finishers
HEAVY METAL—No Finishers
CLASS 3000—Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo., Mason-Chevy
BAJA CHALLENGE—Randolph Hoover, Norfolk, Va., BTC-Subaru
CLASS 19—Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif., Can-Am

Pro Motorcycles
OPEN M/C—Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Shane Esposito, Menifee, Calif./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F
LIMITED M/C—Fernando Beltran/Emanuel Verdugo/Ricardo Munoz, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha
CLASS 30—Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerro, Mexico/Tyler Renshaw, Kawasaki KX450F
CLASS 40—Giovanni Spinali/Paul Thomas/Mike Carter/John Griffin, Julian, Calif., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 50—Earl Roberts, Calexico, Calif./Karl Holmbeerg/Donald Connelly, Julian, Calif., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 60—Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Gregg Hawks, Hesperia, Calif., Mark Force, Bakersfield, Calif., Honda CRF450X
SCORE IRONMAN—Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda XR650R

Pro ATVs
PRO ATV—Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe, Victoria, Mexico/Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R
SPORTSMAN
SPT BUGGY— Martin Hoffmann, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy
SPT UNL TRUCK—Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silveado
SPT M/C—Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450EXC
SPT ATV—Oscar Ruiz, El Centro, Calif., Honda TRX450R

Inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250
Plaster City, California, USA April 26, 2014
Total Starters: 131 Total Finishers: 88

Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—Andy McMillin, San Diego (Rob MacCachren, DOR), Ford F-150
CLASS 1—Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Geiser-Chevy
CLASS 1/2-1600—Kevin Smith, La Verne, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas, Mirage-VW
CLASS 3—No Finishers
CLASS 5—Arnoldo Gutierrez (Jose Lopez DOR), Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 5-1600—Donald Harper, Palmdale, Calif./Guy Savedra, Henderson, Nev., VW Baja Bug
CLASS 7—Pete Sohren, Phoenix, Ford Ranger
CLASS 7SX—James Burman, Heber City, Utah, Ford Ranger
CLASS 8—Noah Ostanik, San Diego, Ford F-150
CLASS 10—Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy
SCORE LITES—Caleb Sanden, Imperial, Calif., Curry-VW
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—Christian Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Chevy Silverado
STOCK FULL—Wes Bevly, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford F-150
HEAVY METAL—Dan Unsicker, San Diego, Chevy Silverado
CLASS 3000—Paige Sohren, Phoenix, BajaLite-Chevy
CLASS 19—Derek Murray, Eastvale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick

Pro Motorcycles
OPEN M/C—Mark Samuels, Yucaipa, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif. (Colton Udall ROR), Honda CRF450X
LIMITED M/C—Rick de la Pena, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Austin Miller, Dripping Springs, Texas/Rene Magana, San Ysidro, Calif./Paul Lopez, Chula Vista, Calif.., Honda CRF250X
CLASS 30—Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Kevin Murphy, Honda CRF450X
CLASS 40—Giovanni Spinali/Paul Thomas/Mike Carter/John Griffin, Julian, Calif., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 50—Earl Roberts, Calexico, Calif./Donald Connelly, Julian, Calif., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 60—Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif./Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Robert Koch, Leona Valley, Calif./Max Christensen, Sun Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X
SCORE IRONMAN—Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda XR650R

Pro ATVs
PRO ATV—Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Robbie Mitchell, Price, Utah, Honda TRX450R

SPORTSMAN
SPT BUGGY— Martin Hoffmann, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy
SPT UNL TRUCK—Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado
SPT M/C—Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450EXC
SPT ATV—Oscar Ruiz, El Centro, Calif., Honda TRX450R

46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500
Ensenada, B.C., Mexico • June 7-8, 2014
Total Starters: 232 Total Finishers: 126

Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
CLASS 1—Cody Parkhouse/Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
CLASS 1/2-1600—J. David Ruvalcaba/Leonel Ruvalcaba/Esteban Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR-VW
CLASS 3—Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco
CLASS 5—Wendy Belk/Dave Bonner, Coachella, Calif., VW Baja Bug
CLASS 5-1600—Gustavino Avino/Gabriel Avina/Gustavo Avina Jr, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 7—Pete Sohren, Phoenix, Ford Ranger
CLASS 7SX—Ricardo Vindiola/Oscar Licon/Jorge Garcia, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger
CLASS 8—Rick Sanchez/Humberto Arce, San Vicente, Mexico, Ford F-150
CLASS 10—Mike Johnson/Mike Majesky, Santa Monica, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy
SCORE LITES—Luis Martinez/Jose Robles, Mexicali, Mexico, Foddrill-VW
CLASS 11—No Finishers
PROTRUCK—Chelsea Magness, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—Jonathan Brenthel/Jordan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevy S-10
HEAVY METAL—No Finishers
CLASS 3000—No Finishers
M-TRUCK—No Finishers
CLASS 19—Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif./Fernando Flores, San Diego, Can-Am Maverick

Pro Motorcycles
OPEN M/C—Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F
LIMITED M/C—Rick De la Pena/Rene Magana/Paul Lopez, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Honda CRF250X
CLASS 30—Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Scott Myers, Temecula, Calif./Shane Esposito/Ryan Dudek, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 40—Giovanni Spinali/Paul Thomas/Mike Carter/John Griffin, Julian, Calif./Earl Roberts, Calexico, Calif., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 60—Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif./Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Max Christensen, Sun Valley, Calif./Mike Castro, Apple Valley, Calif./Robert Koch, Leona Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X
SCORE IRONMAN—Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda XR650R

Pro ATVs
PRO ATV—Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico/Christian Vera, Spring Valley, Calif./Cody Mitchell, Las Vegas/Travis Dillon, Lakeside, Calif., , Honda TRX450R

SPORTSMAN
SPT BUGGY—No Finishers
SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK—No Finishers
SPT LIMITED TRUCK—No Finishers
SPT M/C—Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450EXC
SPT ATV—Greg Delgado, Chino, Calif./Oskar Espinoza, Ensenada, Mexico/Caleb Delgado, Hesperia, Calif./Hector Orozco, Moreno, Valley, Calif., Honda TRX450R

19th Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge
Coyne Powersports Motorplex
Plaster City, California, USA Sept. 26-28, 2014
Total Starters: 89 Total Finishers: 67

Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif., Chevy Silverado
CLASS 1—Cody Parkhouse/Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
CLASS 1/2-1600—Mario Gastelum, El Centro, Calif., Alfa-VW
CLASS 3—Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco
CLASS 5—Jose Lopez/Arnoldo Gutierrez Sr/Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 5-1600—Donald Harper, Palmdale, Calif./Wesley Atherton, El Cajon, Calif., VW Baja Bug
CLASS 7—Pete Sohren, Phoenix, Ford Ranger
CLASS 7SX—No finishers
CLASS 8—Mike Meeks, Marion, Texas, Dodge Ram SRT10
CLASS 10—Justin Davis, Chino, Calif., FullPotential-Chevy
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—Taylor Mills, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado
HEAVY METAL—Carlos Fonseca, Calexico, Calif., Chevy Silverado
CLASS 3000—Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo., Mason-Chevy
CLASS 19—Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000

Pro Motorcycles
OPEN M/C—Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif., Honda CRF450X
LIMITED M/C—Thomas Harris, Torrance, Calif., Honda CRF250X
CLASS 30—Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Kevin Murphy, Honda CRF450X
CLASS 40—Giovanni Spinali/Paul Thomas/Mike Carter/John Griffin, Julian, Calif., Honda CRF450X
SCORE IRONMAN—Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda XR650R

Pro ATVs
PRO ATV—Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Robbie Mitchell, Price, Utah, Honda TRX450R

SPORTSMAN
SPT BUGGY—Daniel Reyes Jr, El Centro, Calif., Garibay-Chevy
SPT UNL TRUCK—Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado
SPT M/C—Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450EXC
SPT ATV—Anthony Frank, San Diego, Yamaha YFZ450R

47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico November 11-15, 2015
Total Starters: 237 Total Finishers: 133

Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Andy McMillin, San Diego/Jason Voss, Gilroy, Calif., Ford F-150
CLASS 1—Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif./Scott Schovajsa, Humble, Texas, Jimco-Chevy
CLASS 1/2-1600—J. David Ruvalcaba/Leonel Ruvalcaba/Esteban Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR-VW
CLASS 3—Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif./Ken Moss, Marysville, Calif., Ford Bronco
CLASS 5—Kevin Carr/Perry McNeil, San Diego, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 5-1600—Enrique Zazueta/Enrique Zazueta Sr/Sodgy Zazueta, La Paz, Mexico, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 7—Pete Sohren, Phoenix/Jason McNeil/Eric Filar/Ron Stobaugh, Ford Ranger
CLASS 7SX—James Burman, Heber City, Utah/Chris Sayre, Huntington Beach, Calif./Elias Hanna, Tijuana, Mexico, Ford Ranger
CLASS 8—Mike Meeks, Marion, Texas, Dodge Ram1500
CLASS 10—Mike Johnson, Santa Monica, Calif./Mie Majesky, Newbury Park, Calif./Brent Fletcher, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy
SCORE LITES—Luis Martinez/Jose Robles/Pietro Brasea, Mxicali, Mexico, Foddrill-VW
CLASS 11—No Finishers
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—Larry Connor, Centerville, Ohio/Jason Ruane, Sean Moore, Temecula, Calif., Chey Silverado
CLASS 19—John Angal, Mesa, Ariz., Polaris RZR1000
CLASS 3000—Reid Rutherford/Steve Rudd/Benn Vernadakis, Montrose, Colo., Mason ProRunner-Chevy
STOCK FULL—Andrew Bell, Long Beach, Calif./Jamie Bestwick, Matilda, Calif./Ryan Millen, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Ted Moncure, Long Beach, Calif., Toyota Tundra
PROTRUCK—Chelsea Magness, Desert Hot Springs,, Calif./Steve Knudson/Todd Burt, Denver, Ford F-150
HEAVY METAL—No Finishers
BAJA CHALLENGE—Jon Largent/Tom Mullin, Riverside, Calif./Andrew Schmidt, West Richland, Wash./Joshua Hendin, Canada/Eduard Jaeger, El Segundo, Calif., BTC-Subaru
Pro Motorcycles
OPEN M/C—Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Robby Bell, Glendora, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F
LIMITED M/C—Boe Huckins, Pueblo West, Colo./Brand Millikan, Queen Creek, Ariz./Brent Owen, Wilson, Wyo./Erik Meyer, Eastvalle, Calif., KTM 350SXF
CLASS 30— Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Ryan Dudek/Shane Esposito, Menifee, Calif./Matt Eddy, Barstow, Calif./Chris Haines, Dana Point, Calif., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 40—Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif./Sterlyn Rigsby/David Glass/Bill Sekeres/Collie Potter, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 50—Akira Miyuki/Masanoni Shimizu/Kiyoharu Ito, Japan, Honda CRF450X
CLASS 60—Bill Nichols, Peoria, Ariz./Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Mark Force/Guy Wilson, Bakersfield, Calif./Gregg Hawks, Hesperia, Calif./James Libby, Anchorage Alaska, Honda CRF450X
SCORE IRONMAN—Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, Kawasaki KX450

Pro ATVs
PRO ATV—Javier Robles, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico, Manlio Diaz/Felipe Velez/Michael Cafro/Jorie Williams/Josh Row, Honda TRX450R, Honda TRX450R

SPORTSMAN
SPT BUGGY—Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., RPM-Chevy
SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK—Ben Phillips, Colusa, Calif./Jessica Phillips/Jon Philips/Herb Whitaker, TrophyLite-Chevy
SPT LIMITED TRUCK—No Finishers
SPT M/C—Olaf Satre, Steamboat Springs, Colo./Clint Chew/Lars Satre/Ryan Epp, Honda CRF450X
SPT ATV—Edwin Sanchez, La Paz, Mexico/Cesar Zamudio/Carlos Jordan/Mario A. Gonzalez, Honda TRX450R

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Last year we created the top 10 list off-road racers in the world in July, which was midseason for most off-road disciplines. This year we have waited until the end of the season to tally our votes for the top ten current off-road racers in the world.

It’s been a year of change and that’s good. We have seen some amazing performances and some crushing failures. The greatest attribute of all forms of off-road racing is the fact that it’s unpredictable. You have to finish first and beat the environment, then beat the field.

Our criteria is simple:

1. Frequency.  Activity is paramount.  You have to race to be a racer or your record will fall to another.

2. Field.  Level of competition is key.  If you win against a field of 20, it has less value than a field of 50, especially if you have to deal with increased variables like lap traffic and dust.

3.  Wins.  Class wins count less than overall wins. Overall wins count more than points championship wins.

4.  Consistency.  The more you find the podium, the higher you rank.

Comparing one race victory to another is almost impossible but we feel we have a pretty good value.  Leave a comment below, we want to hear your opinion!

By: Matt Martelli, Jim Beaver, Ron Solomon, Klaus Rasch and Kilian Hamlin

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10. Andy McMillin (Trophy Truck)
After a brief hiatus, Andy came back stepping into the deepest field of trophy trucks off-road racing has ever seen at The 2014 Mint 400 and took the overall win. Then, he followed it up with a win at the SCORE Imperial Valley, and capped off the year with a Baja 1000 win.  We are hoping the rumors of his return to full time racing are true!

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9. David Higgins (Rally)
4 straight Rally America titles with 2014 locked up well before the finale.  Absolute dominance of North American Rally.  Also made a one off in Global Rallycross and put together a solid event and finish. He is another Rally Driver we would like to see cross over into short course or desert racing. We think he would be great at rally raid as well.

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8. Rob MacCachren (Trophy Truck, Pro 4, Pro 2, Stadium Super Truck)
Rob is Rob. He is the mark that all other off-road racers measure themselves by. While he wasn’t crowned champion this year, he found himself in a battle for numerous championships.  What turned out as no championships could have easily been 2 with a little luck. Finishing the year by masterminding the Baja 1000 “Super Team” that won the Baja 1000 with ease shows just how tactical Rob is.

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7. CJ Greaves (Pro-Lite, Pro-2)
The son of 2014 Pro-4 champ Johnny Greaves, a true legend of off-road, CJ has a remarkable resume, while still a teenager.  He has been a front-runner for the past 2 years in both Prolite and Pro-2, and is expanding to Pro-4 in 2015.  With a Cup race win at Crandon under his belt, TORC championships, and too many wins to count, CJ Greaves is both the present and future of short course. We look forward to seeing him and Johnny race in the Lucas Oil Series.

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6. Brian Deegan (Pro-Lite, Pro2, Rallycross)
Another year and more wins and championship for “The General”.  Brian also competed part time in Global Rallycross and took home multiple podiums.  He has become one of the faces of “Action Motorsports” and dominates wherever he goes. Here’s to hoping we see him in a Trophy Truck sooner rather than later. Word is he may be adding a Pro-4 to his quiver.

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5. Petter Solberg (Rallycross)
Arguably one of the greatest rally drivers of all time jumped in to Rallycross in 2014 to dominate the inaugural World Rallycross Championship. Rumors of a WRC return are swirling…

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4. Joan “Nani” Roma Cararach (Rally Raid)
“Nani” has won the Dakar twice on a bike and most recently in a car. Although it was a controversial win with team orders essentially being handed down having Stephan Petterhansel slow down to ensure Mini’s swept the podium. This years Dakar should be interesting with the split of Petterhansel to Puegot. The Dakar is essentially like running 14 Baja 500’s back to back, so just getting to the finish is an accomplishment in itself, but the overall is what its all about.

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3. Jason Voss (Trophy Truck)
Jason has become the man to beat in desert racing.  He has won just about every BITD race the past 2 seasons and just added a Baja 1000 overall win to his resume.  He finished the year strong with a win at Henderson securing him the 2014 Best in The Desert Championship for the second year it a row.

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2. Kyle LeDuc (Trophy Truck, Pro 4)
There has never been a perfect season in short course, but Kyle LeDuc got as close as anyone ever has.  He was untouchable in Pro-4 in 2014 and even ventured to Crandon to take home the World Championship and Cup race wins. Kyle has proved he can wheel a Trophy Truck also, as he has put his dad Curt’s truck on the pole and in the top 3 in Trophy Truck the last 2 times he has qualified. The Pro-4 class is getting deeper with the addition of Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies.

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1. Sebastian Ogier (World Rally Championship)
Absolutely dominated the WRC in 2014 winning 8/13 rounds to take home back to back championships. In the past 2 seasons, Ogier has won a mind boggling 17/26 WRC rounds.  Hands down the best off-road driver in the world. It would be great to see Sebastian race some other disciplines of off-road.

Honorable mentions:

Sheldon Creed (Pro-Lite, Stadium Super Truck, Trophy Truck)
This young prodigy had a great year beating the stacked field of pro-lites to earn a championship the hard way. He also had a lot of great SST races and got his feet wet at this years Baja 1000 in a trophy truck as Robby Gordon’s team mate, watch for big things to come from this ultra talented youngster.

Stephan Petterhansel (Rally Raid)
While Nani Roma may have won the 2014 Dakar Rally, it’s Petterhansel’s record over time that lands him on this list.  He is an 11 time Dakar winner in both a car and on a motorcycle, has been on the podium 14 times, Won both the 2012 and 2013 Dakar Rally’s, and in an “Off year” managed to take home 2nd place.  If anyone deserves to be on this list it’s Stephan. He has a new ride with Peugeot so let’s see if he can challenge for the overall at the 2015 Dakar.

Ken Block (Rallycross, Rally)
The fastest man in Global Rallycross in 2014 with multiple event wins, poles, and more heat race wins than any other competitor.  Bad luck while leading in both Barbados and Seattle meant he finished 2nd in the championship, but there is no doubt who was fastest in 2014.  To cap things off Ken also took a win at the HELL round of the ERC Championship, and a podium at the World RX round at the same venue as well. When he is on, he is capable of running and beating the best.

Joni Wiman (Rallycross)
The prodigy of rally great Marcus Gronholm, Joni moved up to GRC Supercar in 2014 and won the championship in his rookie season without winning a single race. After dominating the 2013 GRC Lites Series with a perfect season winning every single racing round, and backing that up with the 2014 GRC Supercar Championship, Joni is going to be hard to beat in 2015 as we are sure he will find his way to the podium often.

Jerret Brooks (Pro-Lite)
Another trophy Kart prodigy at only 17 years old Jerret won the TORC Pro Light championship with an impressive 12 Podiums and 3 wins. Then he went over to the Lucas Oil Series and won the last three races with extremely stacked fields. This kid is already at the front of the pack of one of the most competitive fields in off-road, and he is only going to get better.

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Sebastian Ogier photos by Red Bull Content Pool

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RECORD Race Ready 250 Closes out the 2014 Desert Racing Season http://www.race-dezert.com/home/record-race-ready-250-closes-out-the-2014-desert-racing-season-117279.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/record-race-ready-250-closes-out-the-2014-desert-racing-season-117279.html#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:54:52 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117279 The rain and cold didn’t stop Jason McNeil from winning the final race of the year in Baja. McNeil dominated the RECORD Race Ready Ensenada – San Felipe 250 racecourse, piloting his new 3-seater Trophy-Truck to victory.   Today at 1pm the official times will

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The rain and cold didn’t stop Jason McNeil from winning the final race of the year in Baja. McNeil dominated the RECORD Race Ready Ensenada – San Felipe 250 racecourse, piloting his new 3-seater Trophy-Truck to victory.   Today at 1pm the official times will be realesed and a new champion will be crowned.

In Bikes, David Ávarez won the overall in the sportsman class overcoming to Ricardo Muñoz Jr who took the 1st place in the pro category.

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Around 180 raceteams from México and the United States took the green flag inside Pueblo Antiguo plaza in Ensenada.

In the class 7s, Miguel Sandoval took the victory with TCM Motorsports, if this result persists when the official times are released, Miguel and TCM will take the Championship two year in a row.

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Unofficial Results:

Open Class
Jason McNeil

Class 1/2-1600
Adolfo Arámbula

Class 5-1600
Octavio Zamora

Class 7
Yajaira Baro

Class 7 Stock
Miguel Sandoval

Class 10
Héctor Camacho

Class 11
Roberto Robles

Class 12
Mike Aguilar

Class 14
Ramón Bio

Class 15
Rogelio Valenzuela

Class Safari
Christian Rivera

 

BIKES
Class Pro

Ricardo Muñoz Junior

Class Sportsman
David Álvarez

Source: Edgar Tiznado, official spokeperson of RECORD.

Words by Gabriel García

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SAN DIEGO—King Shocks, Steven Eugenio, Gus Vildosola, Steve Covey and Tony Gera were among the big winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2014 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala in SoCal at the SCORE Tech facility in El Cajon, Calif., approximately 15 miles east of San Diego.
SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 11 categories along with the 22 winners of the SCORE Milestone Awards and the class and overall point champions of Roger Norman’s five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 400 and a worldwide audience via the live webcast of the festivities on the SCORE DirtLive HD platform, the evening was also a celebration of 41 years of SCORE championship desert racing. Following the lengthy salute to the stars of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, SCORE owner Roger Norman summarized his second year as SCORE’s CEO and President.
“We want to sincerely acknowledge the support, assistance and sacrifices made by family members, friends and sponsors–because without their support, the accomplishments of our racers in the series would not have been possible,” commented Norman. “Becoming a SCORE overall or class champion, or winning a coveted SCORE Off-Roadsman Award or SCORE Milestone Award is an achievement of the highest degree in our beloved sport.”
Mexico’s longtime SCORE racer and significant supporter Gus Vildosola of Mexicali, was selected as the SCORE Person of the Year for the first time in his long career.
King Shocks, the official shock of SCORE was honored as the 2014 SCORE Contingency company of the Year for the first time while Baja Pits was voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the third time in the last six years.
The SCORE Off-Roadsman awards were determined for the fourth straight year by a public, online vote. Among the other honorees were the top point leaders from the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series. Several thousand votes were cast during the voting window following the season-ending 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race this past November in Mexico.
With very tight voting in most categories, Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., was selected as the 2014 SCORE Rookie of the Year after his sterling season in the new SCORE Ironman class for solo motorcycle riders. Rodriguez won his class in the first four races of the season to win the class point championship.
Covey, the crew chief and co-rider for 2014 SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE Overall season point champion Steven Eugenio and Galindo Motorsports, was voted the SCORE Mechanic of the Year for the first time.
“The year of 2014 was another memorable year in the history of SCORE International,” Norman added. “We witnessed a total of nearly 2,500 different drivers/co-drivers and riders/co-riders that participated in our five spectacular races in SCORE World Desert Championship. For my wife Elise and I, this was our just our second year as the caretakers of this amazing international treasure we all know as SCORE International. We are committed to work with our racers to expand the reach of SCORE even further than it has achieved so far.”
Mike Julson, of Santee, Calif., who is a SCORE regular co-driver in both SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, saw his Jimco open-wheel desert race cars win the 2014 SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer point championship for the 21st time and 20th straight.
Kevin Kroyer’s Kroyer Racing Engines of Las Vegas captured the 2014 Engine Builder point championship for the fifth straight year.
In the first year decided by points, Kawasaki won the SCORE Motorcyle Manufacturer of the Year SCORE Off-Roadsman award.
Another element of the diverse program will be the presentation of the SCORE Milestone Awards. As it has for 29 years, the coveted SCORE Milestone Awards were presented to those drivers in who finished all required miles of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship. A total of 22 racers completed all 2,315.8 required miles in the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship. It was the first time in SCORE history that all car, truck, UTV, motorcycle and ATV classes, pro and sportsman, we eligible for the award.
The evening included a colorful video/photographic tribute to the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship produced by DirtLive HD and GetSome Photo.
The entire evening will be streamed live on the DirtLive HD platform on the SCORE website.
Veteran racer-turned-journalist Judy Smith of Hot VWs Magazine, was honored for the 16th time in as the SCORE Journalist of the Year, while GetSome Photo (Art Eugenio) earned the SCORE Photographer of the Year honors for the first time. Winning the SCORE Videographer of the Year award for the third time in the four-year history of the honor was Cactus Films (Esteban Flores).
Leading the parade of 2014 SCORE Desert Series point champions were the three overall titlists—Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif. (Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 7 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado), Giovanni Spinali, Dulzura, Calif. (Overall motorcycle and Class 40 on a Honda CRF450X) and Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico (Overall ATV and Pro ATV on a Honda TRX450R).
It was the first time for all three winners to earn SCORE Overall point titles in their respective divisions.
Emcees for the evening were prominent racer/action sports TV announcer Dave Arnold and Mexico’s SCORE Trophy Truck star Gus Vildosola Jr.
MOVING FORWARD
The five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship, with four races in Mexico opens with the 29th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico, Jan. 22-25.
The original SCORE International founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish from 1974 until Fish transferred ownership of SCORE International to Roger Norman on Dec. 20, 2012. SCORE continues as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature competition in 25 Pro and five Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, are televised on a delayed basis in the USA and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The shows, produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, air a minimum of two times on the CBS Sports Spectacular show.
All shows are scheduled to premier in the next month following the event. The success of the productions has enabled CBS Sports Network to air multiple airings of the first three 2014 races. The SCORE San Felipe 250 had 17 extra airings, the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 had five extra airings, and the SCORE Baja 500 garnered seven hours of extra airings in CBS Sports Network.
Following the CBS Sports Network telecasts in the US, the SCORE races air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.
Following are the air dates for the debut of the remaining 2014 SCORE shows on the CBS Sports Network…
· Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying from Las Vegas Motor Speedway/SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (Sunday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m. ET)
· Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Sunday, Dec. 28, 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: Tecate Beer-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, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.
Associate Sponsors: SatellitePhoneStore.com and Symons Ambulance Company.
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 and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
2014 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Award Winners
SCORE Contingency Company of the Year—King Shocks
SCORE Mechanic of the Year—Steve Covey, Galindo Motorsports
SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year—Baja Pits
SCORE Journalist of the Year—Judy Smith, Hot VWs Magazine
SCORE Photographer of the Year—GetSome Photo (Art Eugenio)
SCORE Videographer of the Year—Cactus Films (Esteban Flores)
SCORE Rookie of the Year—Tony Gera (SCORE Ironman)
SCORE Person of the Year—Gus Vildsola, Vildosola Racing
*SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer—Jimco (Mike Julson)
*SCORE Engine Builder—Kroyer Racing Engines (Kevin Kroyer)
*SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year—Kawasaki Motorcycles

*Determined by points; others-public, online voting

All-time SCORE Off-Roadsman Award Winners
Current Awards (1974 thru 2010-voted by SCORE membership; since 2011 public, online voting)
SCORE CONTINGENCY COMPANY
1977—NGK Spark Plugs
1978—Pennzoil
1979—BFGoodrich Tires
1980—Rough Country
1981—Bridgestone
1982—BFGoodrich Tires
1983—BFGoodrich Tires
1984—BFGoodrich Tires
1985—TIE-BFGoodrich Tires
& Yokohama Tires
1986—Yokohama Tires
1987—BFGoodrich Tires
1988—Yokohama Tires
1989—Yokohama Tires
1990—Yokohama Tires
1991—Yokohama Tires
1992—Yokohama Tires
1993—BFGoodrich Tires
1994—BFGoodrich Tires
1995—BFGoodrich Tires
1996—BFGoodrich Tires
1997—BFGoodrich Tires
1998—Duralast Batteries
1999—BFGoodrich Tires
2000—BFGoodrich Tires
2001—BFGoodrich Tires
2002—BFGoodrich Tires
2003—BFGoodrich Tires
2004—BFGoodrich Tires
2005—BFGoodrich Tires
2006—BFGoodrich Tires
2007—BFGoodrich Tires
2008—Volkswagen of America
2009—BFGoodrich Tires
2010—Sunoco
2011—BFGoodrich Tires
2012—BFGoodrich Tires
2013—Rigid Industries
2014—King Shocks

SCORE MECHANIC
1974—Scott McKenzie
1975—Dick Russell
1976—Jim Fueling
1977—Scott McKenzie
1978—Scott McKenzie
1979—Scott McKenzie
1980—Bill Stroppe
1981—Tom Strong
1982—Bill Stroppe
1983—Bill Stroppe
1984—Bill Stroppe
1985—Bill Stroppe
1986—Randy Anderson
1987—NONE SELECTED
1988—Jon Nelson
1989—Russ Wernimont
1990—Call Wells III
1991—Ivan Scoppertone
1992—Russ Wernimont
1993—Russ Wernimont
1994—Russ Wernimont
1995—Curt LeDuc
1996—Steve Silverthorn
1997—NONE SELECTED
1998—Mike Smith
1999—Mike Smith
2000—Mike Smith
2001—Mike Stapleton
2002—Barry Beacham
2003—Mike Smith
2004—John Hoffman
2005—Mark Cowan
2006—Rick Geiser
2007—Jim Blackmore
2008—Andy McGaw
2009—Mike Stapleton
2010—Rick Geiser
2011—Jeff Geiser
2012—Mike Stapleton
2013—Johnny Nelson
2014—Steve Covey

SCORE PIT SUPPORT TEAM
(PIT CREW CHIEF—1974-76)
1974—Bill Mears
1975—Jack Miller
1976—Steve Kassanyi
1977—Checkers
1978—F.A.I.R.
1979—Checkers
1980—Budweiser
1981—Budweiser
1982—BFGoodrich Tires
1983—Checkers
1984—BFGoodrich Tires
1985—TIE-Checkers & F.A.I.R.
1986—Spirit Racing
1987—BFGoodrich Tires
1988—BFGoodrich Tires
1989—BFGoodrich Tires
1990—Sage Council
1991—BFGoodrich Tires
1992—BFGoodrich Tires
1993—Checkers
1994—BFGoodrich Tires
1995—BFGoodrich Tires
1996—BFGoodrich Tires
1997—BFGoodrich Tires
1998—BFGoodrich Tires
1999—BFGoodrich Tires
2000—BFGoodrich Tires
2001—BFGoodrich Tires
2002—BFGoodrich Tires
2003—BFGoodrich Tires
2004—BFGoodrich Tires
2005—BFGoodrich Tires
2006—BFGoodrich Tires
2007—BFGoodrich Tires
2008—BFGoodrich Tires
2009—Baja Pits
2010—BFGoodrich Tires
2011—Baja Pits
2012—BFGoodrich Tires
2013—BFGoodrich Tires
2014—Baja Pits

SCORE ROOKIE
1974—Frank Vessels
1975—Carroll Ditson
1976—Jackie Thomison
1977—Jerry Boone
1978—Jim Jacobus
1979—Dixie Hawkins
1980—Ray Encabo
1981—Malcolm Vinje
1982—Roger Mortenson
1983—Mike Falkosky
1984—John Clark Gable
1985—Rob Tolleson
1986—Brian Stewart
1987—Robby Gordon
1988—Doug Fortin
1989—Scott Reams
1990—Charlie Townsley
1991—Dan Smith
1992—Brian Goodrich
1993—Ricky Johnson
1994—Tom Rusich
1995—Jimmie Johnson
1996—TIE-Chuck Harris
& Tom Dittfield
1997—John Herder
1998—Bekki Freeman
1999—Jared Hardin
2000—Jeremy Spirkoff
2001—Jason Hunter
2002—Alan Pflueger
2003—Brian Ickler
2004—Andy McMillin
2005—Caleb Gaddis
2006—Garron Cadiente
2007—Eric Chase
2008—Lee Banning
2009—Brian Wilson
2010—Luke McMillin
2011—Bryce Menzies
2012—Steven Strobel
2013—Rene Rodriguez
2014—Tony Gera

SCORE PERSON
1974—Walt Lott
1975—Doc Sauers
1976—Ivan Stewart
1977—Jim McCullick
1978—Quico Santana
1979—Hal Harris
1980—Malcolm Smith
1981—Joe MacPherson
1982—Athene Karis
1983—Walker Evans
1984—Ivan Stewart
1985—Frank DeAngelo
1986—Walker Evans
1987—Bob Steinberger
1988—Walt Lott
1989—Evan Evans
1990—Michael Gaughan
1991—Peri Comb
1992—Dan Newsome
1993—Michael Gaughan
1994—Jimmy Smith
1995—Danny Hamel
1996—Dan Newsome
1997—Joe MacPherson
1998—Dan Newsome
1999—Larry Roeseler
2000—Bob Steinberger
2001—Debbie Dickerhoof
2002—Jeff Quinn
2003—TIE-Mike Julson
& Corky McMillin
2004—Ed Herbst
2005—Corky McMillin (posthumously)
2006—Cameron Steele
2007—Cameron Steele
2008—Rob MacCachren
2009—Robby Gordon
2010—Robbie Pierce
2011—Johnny Campbell
2012—Jeff Cummings
2013—Kurt Caselli (posthumously)
2014—Gus Vildosola

SCORE JOURNALIST
1975—Jean Calvin
1976—Sam Wilshire
1977—Sam Wilshire
1978—Judy Smith
1979—Steve Kassanyi
1980—Judy Smith
1981—Jean Calvin
1982—Judy Smith
1983—Jean Calvin
1984—Jean Calvin
1985—Jean Calvin
1986—Jean Calvin
1987—Jim Short
1988—Jean Calvin
1989—Jean Calvin
1990—Jean Calvin
1991—Judy Smith
1992—Judy Smith
1993—Tony Tellier
1994—Jean Calvin
1995—NONE SELECTED
1996—Judy Smith
1997—Jean Calvin
1998—Judy Smith
1999—Judy Smith
2000—Judy Smith
2001—Judy Smith
2002—Judy Smith
2003—Judy Smith
2004—Judy Smith
2005—Judy Smith
2006—Marty Fiolka
2007—Judy Smith
2008—John Calvin
2009—Tim Sanchez
2010—Tim Sanchez
2011—Gabriel Garcia
2012—Jim Ryan
2013—Gabriel Garcia
2014—Judy Smith

SCORE PHOTOGRAPHER
1975—Dave Cody
1976—Trackside
1977—Ariz. Comp. Photos
1978—Trackside
1979—Trackside
1980—Trackside
1981—Action Photo
1982—Trackside
1983—Trackside
1984—Trackside
1985—Trackside
1986—Trackside
1987—ESPN
1988—Trackside
1989—Trackside
1990—Carrera
1991—Carrera
1992—Carrera
1993—Carrera
1994—Carrera
1995—NONE SELECTED
1996—Carrera
1997—Carrera
1998—Carrera
1999—Carrera
2000—Trackside
2001—Carrera
2002—Trackside
2003—Trackside
2004—Trackside
2005—Trackside
2006—HighRev Photography
2007—Trackside Photo
2008—Durka Durka Photo
2009—HighRev Photography
2010—HighRev Photography
2011—My Baja Photo
2012—My Baja Photo
2013—HighRev Photography
2014—GetSome Photo

SCORE Videographer
2011—Cactus Films
2012—Cactus Films
2013—Tempt Media
2014—Cactus Films

SCORE ORIGINAL BUGGY
CHASSIS MANUFACTURER
1974—Funco
1975—Hi-Jumper
1976—Chenowth
1977—Chenowth
1978—Chenowth
1979—Funco
1980—Funco
1981—Funco
1982—Raceco
1983—TIE-Chenowth & Raceco
1984—Raceco
1985—Raceco
1986—Raceco
1987—Raceco
1988—Chenowth
1989—Chenowth
1990—Chenowth
1991—Chenowth
1992—Jimco
1993—Mirage
1994—Chenowth
1995—Jimco
1996—Jimco
1997—Jimco
1998—Jimco
1999—Jimco
2000—Jimco
2001—Jimco
2002—Jimco
(By Points since 2003)
2003—Jimco
2004—Jimco
2005—Jimco
2006—Jimco
2007—Jimco
2008—Jimco
2009—Jimco
2010—Jimco
2011—Jimco
2012—Jimco
2013—Jimco
2014—Jimco

SCORE ENGINE BUILDER
1974—Lee Leighton
1975—Brian Skipper
1976—Lee Leighton
1985—FAT Performance
1986—Keith Black
1987—Louis Unser
1988—Mike Evans
1989—Mike Evans
1990—FAT Performance
1991—FAT Performance
1992—Major Performance
1993—FAT Performance
1994—Wik’s Racing
1995—FAT Performance
1996—FAT Performance
1997—FAT Performance
1998—Wik’s Racing
1999—Wik’s Racing
2000—Wik’s Racing
2001—Wik’s Racing
2002—Dave Bonner
(By Points since 2003)
2003—Major Performance
2004—FAT Performance
2005—FAT Performance
2006—Major Performance
2007—Major Performance
2008—Major Performance
2009—FAT Performance
2010—Kroyer Racing Engines
2011—Kroyer Racing Engines
2012—Kroyer Racing Engines
2013—Kroyer Racing Engines
2014—Kroyer Racing Engines

SCORE MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURER
1974—Husqvarna
1975—American Honda
1976—Husqvarna
1977—Husqvarna
1978—Husqvarna
1979—Husqvarna
1980—Yamaha
1981—American Honda
1982—American Honda
1983—American Honda
1984—American Honda
1985—American Honda
1986—American Honda
1987—American Honda
1988—American Honda
1989—Kawasaki
1990—Kawasaki
1991—Kawasaki
1992—Kawasaki
1993—Kawasaki
1994—Kawasaki
1995—Kawasaki
1996—Kawasaki
1997—American Honda
1998—American Honda
1999—American Honda
2000—American Honda
2001—American Honda
2002—American Honda
2003—American Honda
2004—American Honda
2005—American Honda
2006—American Honda
2007—American Honda
2008—American Honda
2009—American Honda
2010—American Honda
2011—American Honda
2012—KTM
2013—KTM
(By Points since 2014)
2014—Kawasaki

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