The 2013 Baja 1000 eighteen hours of nonstop off-road torture. For the second consecutive year, “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin has proved to the world he is fully capable of running the gauntlet alone. Race-Dezert spanned the entire Baja California Norte to chase the race and put out photography, videos and valuable pieces of information as best as we could. Now that the race is over, take some time enjoy these remarkable images captured at this years race.
Photography by Jason Zindroski, Vincent Knakal and Ernesto Araiza.
So many things can go wrong in Baja. Although this is not Kurt Caselli, it shows how gnarly these guys are. American off-road and rally motorcycle racer Kurt Caselli succumbed to head injuries suffered in a high speed, single vehicle accident during the 46th running of the SCORE BAJA 1000. Caselli, 30, was highly regarded as a master of his sport and deeply respected among his fellow competitors for his incredible talent offset by his noticeably laid back and sportsmanlike demeanor. The entire off road community mourns for the loss of an incredibly talented and well poised motorsports warrior. RIP Kurt Caselli.
After high hopes from his qualifying results, Armin Schwarz of All German Motorsports did not finish the 2013 Baja 1000.
Ronny Wilson was pushing for the overall all day and may have been up in the top three. He fell back off pace and finished second in class 1, eighth overall.
Photographer, Jason Zindroski, got the chance to bring out his new strobe lights to capture a nice dark sky and light the trucks up.
Anything with out a cage is gnarly. Props to the ATV’s!
Missing Lenk Motorsports has a real nice paint job – too bad it lasts till the wash in Ensenada and disappears in silt pockets like this.
Meyers Racing pushing through the silt.
Can’t get much closer than this! Dan McMillin finished the 2013 Baja 1000 in fourth, we mean fifth place.
Although Justin Davis did not finish the 2013 Baja 1000, he sure had enough Rigid Industries lights to get through the night!
#8115 Joe Bacal was two of five Stock Full’s to finish the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000. Joe won his class and was followed by #8162 Rod Hall.
#36 Glen Greer powered through this silt and finished the 2013 Baja 1000 in twelfth place. Of the 32 trophy trucks that entered, only 14 made it back to Ensenada.
It’s always nice to roll up to a fire and share stories with the spectators.
#70 Bryce Menzies spent a huge amount of time pre-running with Jesse Jones. He raced to RM 570 and have five flat tires before handing off the truck to Jones. At that point, they had about a twenty minute lead but 160 miles later Jones lost the transmission. They fixed her up and got her to the finish line.
Class 10 was the second largest class. #1053 Brad Wilson conquered Baja and took first in class, including 16th overall.
Another Class 10, Lee Banning, hammering down. Lee finished in fifth place in Class 10.
CLASS 1/2-1600 was a very competitive class. #1609 Jose D. Ruvalcaba was among the nine that did not finish.
#500 Kevin Carr won Class 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs).
#39 Ron Whitton had a very respectable seventh place finish.
A broken spindle at RM257 cost #77 Robby Gordon about forty five minutes. From there, it was a game of catch up for RG, finishing in sixth place.
However earlier in the race, Robby Gordon was definitely in contention to win the 2013 Baja 1000. He was FAST.
Mills Motorsports are officially third place after some speeding penalties. Gary Mills would like to dedicate the finish and all the teams efforts to his wife Vickey who has been battling cancer.
Justin Davis raging in #85 Green Army Jimco truck.
After an end over crash in qualifying, the Desert Assasins crew got the #16 Monster Energy trophy truck back to the States and in shape for the race. Cameron finished eighteenth overall and tenth in trophy truck.
“Ballistic” BJ Baldwin defended his #1 plate. With his overall win at this year’s Baja 1000, he has won the SCORE points championship.
There was many speculation in the forum that no UTV would finish this year’s Baja 1000. Well, Scott Kiger of Coastal Racing missed a top 30 finish by one spot. Matt Parks, Cory Sappington, Kevin Fuller and Justin Lambert all joined Kiger on the podium and finished the 883 mile boxing match as well.
Matt Parks of Jagged X Racing finished second behind Scott Kiger. Mucho respecto to the UTV’s.
#1068 Shelby Reid finished in third place.
#1249 Roberto Anda did not finish the race. Rafael Navarro IV won the SCORE lites class.
We stopped near k77 around 12am to see what was happening in the pits. TSCO Racing had just gotten word that they had broke and their 2013 Baja 1000 was over. They ran strong and took flight a couple times during the race!
#23 Dan McMillin aired one out for the fans. Dan finished in fifth place overall.
The Steele/McMillin duo was a success. Heidi and Jessica finished eleventh in class, hoodless.
We found a huge hole that probably cost some racers some parts..
And the night time journey begins..
The course was beat to hell – full of rocks, silt, brutal terrain.
There’s not usually room for two.
#7223 Darren Skilton. CLASS 7200 (limited, production mini trucks) — 6 starters, 0 finishers.
#1031 Mike Johnson did not finish the race.
Finding his way to his pits.
#1081 Todd Winslow.
Baja is beauty.