SST race to Mikes Sky Ranch

John Bitting

Administrator
This sounds cool





SPEED ENERGY AND STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS INTRODUCE INAUGURAL

“MIKE’S PEAK HILL CLIMB CHALLENGE”

First-Ever Hill Climb Race on Legendary Mike’s Sky Rancho To Bring World Class Racers to Baja in October 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 26, 2016) – SPEED Energy and Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS today announced the inaugural Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge at the legendary Mike’s Sky Rancho in Baja California, Mexico. In honor of 50 years of Baja Racing on the road to Mike’s, SST has partnered with the Ranch to invite all off-road vehicles – of the two, three or four wheeled varieties – to compete in this challenging hill climb competition.

From SST/short course trucks, Ultra 4's, rock crawlers, rally cars, desert trucks, and buggies, to quads, UTV’S and motorcycles, everyone is welcome to take a run to be the fastest to conquer “Mike’s Peak.” The four-day event will run October 13-16, 2016.

“We’re seeing new attendance records for SST all the time, so having our lightweight, high horsepower, nimble trucks race to Mike’s is the perfect way to introduce this newest contest in the series to fans and drivers of Baja,” said SST series founder, Robby Gordon. “I can’t wait to see how the SST’s stack up against other vehicles that attempt to make this climb. It’s a 100% dirt track, with even more turns than Pike’s Peak before you reach the famous finish line water crossing at Mike’s.” The planned route is 31 km with a nearly-4,000 feet ascent through cattle guards and water crossings.

“Adding a SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS event in Mexico has always been a dream, and there are so many historic events in racing this year - from the 100 running of the Indy 500 and the return of the Ford GT to LeMan, to the 100 anniversary of the first Pike’s Peak Hill Climb – I believe this is the best time to launch such a unique and old school event,” added Gordon. “We wanted to give the racers and fans something longer, something more challenging on man and machine, so we’re bringing back the dirt roads, getting rid of the guard rails, and inviting everyone with a race car and a dream to be king of the hill.”

Space is limited to be part of history. Will you be the First to Mike’s?

More information is forthcoming, including registration and rules for the October 2016 event. Send racer registration, rules, reservation, and sponsor questions to MikesPeak@stadiumsupertrucks.com

ABOUT MIKE’S PEAK HILL CLIMB CHALLENGE

On-site camping, close proximity to Ensenada (52 miles East on Hwy 3), San Felipe Valley, and Trinidad, and multiple road access to viewing points, mean the race to Mike’s Peak will instantly become a fan and driver favorite. Add to that a Mexican Fiesta under the stars of Baja California each night for all drivers and guests. Rooms and camping at the Ranch will be open to all competitors on a first come, first served basis, and will be part of the entry fee.

ABOUT MIKE’S SKY RANCHO

Mike Leon, an American citizen whose family came from Jalisco, Mexico, had owned a couple of bars in Tijuana, but by the mid-1960s he’d had enough of the demanding grind and began looking for a more pastoral setting. In 1967, he bought several thousand acres under the dark skies and twinkling stars of Baja California’s highest mountains and opened Mike’s Sky Rancho, a guest resort in the high foothills of the San Pedro Mártir. Sitting on a knoll above the San Rafael creek in a picturesque and wooded valley, it’s a steep, brush-covered mountains rise in the background to the pine-covered 7,100-foot summit of Cerro San Matìas, visible off to the east. The crystal-clear San Rafael stream winds through the valley floor and must be forded to reach the ranch.
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS

2016 World Championship Schedule

Round Date Location TV Broadcast Date Network

1-3 March 3-6 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 26 9:00 PM ET CBSSN

4-5 March 11-13 St. Petersburg, Florida April 17 12:00 PM ET CBSSN

6-7 April 15-17 Long Beach, California April 30 2:00 PM ET CBSSN

8-10 June 3-5 Detroit, Michigan June 19 3:00 PM ET CBSSN

11-12 July 8-10 Townsville, QLD, Australia July 24 4:00 PM ET CBSSN

13-14 July 15-17 Toronto, ONT, Canada July 31 3:00 PM ET CBSSN

15-16 Sept. 3-4 Boston, Massachusetts Sept. 18 1:00 PM ET CBSSN

17-18 Sept. 17-18 Costa Mesa, California October 9 6:00 PM ET CBSSN

Exb. Oct. 13-16 Mike's Peak Hill Climb Challenge; Baja California, Mexico

19-20 Oct. 21-23 Gold Coast, QLD, Australia Nov. 6 2:00 PM ET CBSSN

21-22 Nov. 4-6 Auckland, New Zealand Nov. 20 2:00 PM ET CBSSN

23-24 Nov. 25-27 Sydney, NSW, Australia TBD CBSSN

About SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS

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

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

Well-Known Member
Love this idea...wish there was more info on it...cost? prerunning? practice? sanctioning body? classes? # of entries? etc., etc.

Anyone want to pipe in on what this road is like? Is it a "fire road" or is it San Felipe whoops and silt?
 

bajaxp

Baja Bobsled Team
The Mike's Road? It is more like a fire road. But remember there are two going into Mike's, one to the north going in from Valley T past the cemetery and one to the south. No clue which one they are running.
 

spalind

Well-Known Member
The Mike's Road? It is more like a fire road. But remember there are two going into Mike's, one to the north going in from Valley T past the cemetery and one to the south. No clue which one they are running.
So are they BOTH like fire roads or is one substantially "worse" than the other?
 

JaysinDesignz

Well-Known Member
Count me in to bring the 4cyl 350 hp turbo Ultra4 4500 rock racer.
 

spalind

Well-Known Member
Reached out to them on the event and Chris Hecht responded and said that they will be releasing more info on classes, pricing, registration in the next few weeks but did indicate that it will be one price covering four days for the event, a room at Mike's (do I want to stay there? I have no idea, you all can tell me) and food...so it sounds like some sort of all inclusive deal...
 

Jacob7672

Nimrod de Ashcraft
Reached out to them on the event and Chris Hecht responded and said that they will be releasing more info on classes, pricing, registration in the next few weeks but did indicate that it will be one price covering four days for the event, a room at Mike's (do I want to stay there? I have no idea, you all can tell me) and food...so it sounds like some sort of all inclusive deal...
This is awesome! I love that road. I think you would want to stay at Mikes for sure but it will fill up quik. The rooms are not nice by any means but they have the necessities. Power gets turned off around 9-10pm. The "all Inclusive" part is just a dinner per day, everyone sits down and eats together each night. Its all about the off road experience at Mikes and being with your friends and peers.
 

bajaxp

Baja Bobsled Team
So are they BOTH like fire roads or is one substantially "worse" than the other?
They are both like fire roads and are 'maintained' aka graded from time to time. No silt or whoops just some wash board. The condition of the roads really depends on three things; when the last race went through the Mikes loop, when the last big rain storm came through and when it was last graded. Rain ruts and some uneven graded granite are probably the biggest obstacles. The north road is smoother IMO, but both roads have 'gotcha' turns. I think one is even called 'Walker's corner' on the Valley T road to Mike's. Put is this way, any local worth a bag of tortillas could easily make the loop in a Toyota Tercel. It is a really fun road with lots of ups and downs, tight turns, elevation gain, etc. There is even a shallow river crossing right before you get to Mike's.
 

mattb

Well-Known Member
Cool idea for sure. The road is graded, but even a graded road at speed will provide a pile of fun.
 

randy s

Well-Known Member
it'll have to be a timed event wouldn't it?..hard to imagine a shotgun start from down by the highway.. but it would be cool to start two trucks at once..use the other road to get back down or you'll have a parking lot at the top..
 

1wayne

Well-Known Member
They are both like fire roads and are 'maintained' aka graded from time to time. No silt or whoops just some wash board. The condition of the roads really depends on three things; when the last race went through the Mikes loop, when the last big rain storm came through and when it was last graded. Rain ruts and some uneven graded granite are probably the biggest obstacles. The north road is smoother IMO, but both roads have 'gotcha' turns. I think one is even called 'Walker's corner' on the Valley T road to Mike's. Put is this way, any local worth a bag of tortillas could easily make the loop in a Toyota Tercel. It is a really fun road with lots of ups and downs, tight turns, elevation gain, etc. There is even a shallow river crossing right before you get to Mike's.
Walkers corner has got me twice before, I think is it tricker coming down from Mike's then going up though.
 

bajaxp

Baja Bobsled Team
Walkers corner has got me twice before, I think is it tricker coming down from Mike's then going up though.
Yes, definitely trickier coming down. I wonder how many runs you get for your entry fee at Mike's Peak?
 

sb4pro

Well-Known Member
I'd love to see some of these vintage old beasts come out of mothballs , it would be sooooooo awesome .
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How many of these are even still around ?
 
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