Sixty-Two Ladies. Would you have guessed that would be the number of ladies putting helmets on to race the 2017 SCORE Baja 1000? It’s an unofficial number that SCORE registration and Megan and I at Ladies Offroad Network worked hard to find, and I bet there are more that we didn’t uncover!
“I’m not surprised, but I am really excited about it. It’s nice to feel that there is a bigger community of women out there that we didn’t know about,” said Megan Stevenson, the Ladies Offroad Challenge winner for the Baja 1000 and who was one of the 27 exposed ladies that raced King of the Hammers. Charlene Bower followed in excitement, “It is so great to have been able to create this list and meet most all these ladies. I can’t wait to cheer them on as they traverse down the peninsula the next few days and as they continue onto future races! This is what Ladies Offroad Network is all about!”
There are officially 7 Drivers of Record that are ladies: 80 Jessi Combs, 168 Shelby Reid, 232 Chelsea Magness, 1645 Viry Felix, 1954 Kristen Matlock, 2924 Lacrecia Beurrier and 2968 Christine Giampaoli Zonca. Of those seven, two will be Iron(wo)maning the race: 80 Jessi Combs, and for the second time 1954 Kristen Matlock.
Sixty-Two ladies will be either a driver or navigator throughout the 1,134 mile race of the 50th SCORE Baja 1000.
Megan had the opportunity to take some quick notes about the ladies, read some of their stories:
Lacrecia Beurrier – Driver – 2924
Lacrecia Beurrier, Driver of Record, has been racing for nine years. For the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 she will be driving the 2924 Pro UTV in the first stage of the race as well as the last leg. “Just being in the car is emotional,” said Buerrier “Getting to do something that no one else really does is incredible.” She will be utilizing two other female co-drivers: Emily Dobrzenski and Shauna Heyer.
Emily Dobrzenski – Co-driver – 2924
Emily Dobrzenski will be co-driving a portion of the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 for Lacrecia Beurrier. This will be her third year racing and third time co-driving for Lacrecia, but her 1st time racing the Baja 1000. “This is amazing,” said Dobrzenski “I’m just really excited to experience this with Lacrecia.”
Shauna Heyer – Co-Driver – 2924
For this year’s 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 Shauna Heyer will be co-driving for Lacrecia Beurrier. Heyer has been racing for four years but this is her first time racing the Baja 1000. When asked how she felt about getting to race in the 50th Baja 1000, Heyer simply said, “I’m nervous but I’m excited and honored.”
Diane Giannelli – Co-Driver – 1215
It’s been a life long dream of Diane Giannelli to race in the Baja 1000. “For 37 years I’ve watched on the sidelines,” said Giannelli. “I would tell myself that one of these days I’m not going to be just a spectator.” She has been racing for three years with Ruca Racing and although she has raced in other series, the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will be her first Baja 1000 race. She will be sitting in the co-driver seat for the second leg of the race. When asked how she was feeling, her eyes brightened and she said, “I’m excited. I’m ready!!”
Claudia Saldana – Co-driver – 1251
Claudia Saldana has been coming to Baja since she was 10 years old. “I remember when this race started!” chuckled Saldana. Over the last two years she spent one year of that racing in an 1800 sportsman truck and now she’s in a Class 12 car. When asked about how she felt getting to race in the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 she paused for a second and then said, “It’s an honor, this a passion, and I’m humbled to be a participant and apart of this racing team. Go Ruca Racing!”
Maria Fraser – Co-driver – 3068
For this year’s 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 she will be co-driving for the first 250 miles and the last 100 miles; they will be utilizing the BFGoodrich Tire pits throughout the race. Fraser has been racing for over 5 years and competed in events like the M.O.R.E. Powder Puff Race. “It’s the adrenaline that gets me going!” said Fraser. They spent last weekend pre-running their section of the course using the LeadNav system.
Paige Sohren – Co-Driver – 200
Paige Sohren has been racing for seven year. This will be Paige Sohren’s 5th Baja 1000. Her team plans on using the BFGoodrich Tires pits during the race. When asked why she keeps coming back to Baja she said, “There is something called Baja Magic; it’s the people, the dirt… the things I saw pre-running are just incredible.”
Lydia Maine – Co-Driver – 8001
At twenty-one years old Lycilia Maine has already been racing for four years, competing in dirt circle track. She said she grew up super interested in racing. This year she will be taking on the job of co-driving in the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000. They are looking forward to the help of the BFGoodrich Tires Pit as she jumps in at pit 7 and races all the way to the checkered flag.
Jetzabel Salorio – Co-Driver – 1215
Jetzabel Salorio is a local to Baja. She has been racing for 6 years in races all over Mexico. Recently she competed in a women’s only race called “Racing Boobs” in San Felipe. She will be taking on a co-driver roll during her first time racing at the 2017 SCORE Baja 50th 1000. She will race from Insugentes all the way to the finish line but they plan to utilize the BFGoodrich Tire pits throughout the whole thing. “I don’t have words to explain it. It’s just so emotional,” said Salorio “I’m proud to represent and excited to race with such big stars.”
Michelle Price-Falzon – Co-Driver – 1048
Michelle Price-Falzon will be taking on the co-driver roll in the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000. “This is an iconic milestone,” said Price-Falzon “I’ll never be able to concur this again.” She will race from the start line to race mile 360 utilizing the BFGoodrich Tire pits along the way. When asked why she keeps coming back, she smiled and replied, “It’s an adventure every time. We love Baja, the people, and the adventure.”
Emily Shapiro – Driver – 4451
In Emily Shapiro’s fifteen years of racing she has ran the Baja 1000 3 times. For the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 she will be driving the 4451 Hammer Truck Unlimited owned by Mel Wade. “The fact that it’s the 50th makes it extra special,” said Shapiro. “If you’re an offroad racer, you can’t miss it.” The focus that racing takes, the unpredictability of it, the experiences you share and the bonds you create is what keeps her coming back. “I cannot be a happy healthy person without racing. Period.”
Bailey Campbell – Driver – 4405
Over the last five years Bailey Campbell has been making a name for herself and car. The 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will be her first Baja 1000 race, and she will be doing it alongside her dad and her brother. “I’ve spent a total of 30 minutes in the Class 1 car for shock tuning,” said Campbell. “There’s such a huge difference between my car and this one.” She will be jumping in the drivers seat in Loreto and racing all the way to the finish line.
Isabel Pallares – Co-Driver – 103
Isabel Pallares will be taking on race mile 840 to 960 as co-driver for the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000. She has been racing for two years. “I like the adrenaline” said Pallares “I’m excited, emotional and nervous.”
Mary Scheible – Co-Driver – Baja Challenge #11
Mary Sheilble has been racing for 34 years. She has competed in offroad rally (ice & snow) events, road racing and endurance racing. She has never competed in a desert race before so her very first desert race will be the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000. “I didn’t tell her I was going to enter us,” chuckled her husband Bryan Sheilble. “I waited to tell her what I’d done until after I had paid for it.” Surprise! Mary will be co-driving for her husband in a Baja Challenge car for one of the middle sections of the race supported by the BFGoodrich Tire pits. When asked why she loves racing, laughing Scheible said, “I have the need for speed!”
Jessaca Smith – Driver – 1065
This will be Jessaca Smith’s third Baja 1000. She has been racing for 20 years and although she is used to driving a dirt oval track she is excited about the desert. “I love the adrenaline!” said Smith. She will be driving from race mile 800 to the finish line in this year’s 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 and states that her team plans on utilizing the BFGoodrich Tires pits. “I’m just here to have fun and hopefully finish.”
Karibia Baillargeon – Co-Driver – 1656
With a year under her belt Karibia Baillargeon is tackling her first Baja 1000 and it just happens to be the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000. She will be co-driving from the start in Ensenada to San Felipe. “I just kind of fell into it and it works out good because I’m really competitive,” said Baillargeon. She also raced the 2017 NORRA 1000 in a vintage class Volkswagen last April and they won their class!
Chelsea Magness – Driver – 232
With nine years of racing under her belt, this year Chelsea Magness is competing in her 7th Baja 1000, the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000. “Desert racing is something not everyone can wrap their head around,” said Magness “It’s your alone time where you can push yourself to see what you’re worth.”
Madeline Horner – Co-Driver – 751
“She’s been racing since she was in diapers!” laughed Madeline Horner’s dad Mike. The 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will be her first Baja 1000. “I’m excited and I feel honored to take part in the 50th,” said Horner. She will be co-driving for either her fiancé or her dad through the finish line in a stock class Toyota pickup. Her favorite part of racing: “Racing with my dad. I like that it brings us closer together.”
Ying Chang – Co-Driver – 1059
Ying Chang has been racing for three years. This year she will be co-driving for the first leg of the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000; utilizing the BFGoodrich Tire pits as needed. Not afraid to try again she is really excited to get into the car. “I really enjoy racing; it’s so exciting!” said Chang with a huge smile on her face.
Camille Richard – Driver – 1059
“The last time I co-drove with her we were going across a lake bed and she got it up to 94mph. She turned to me and said ‘It only goes 94?!’” laughed Camille Richard’s Dad. “I turned to her and snapped back 94 is fast enough!” Camille has been racing for the last four years both driving and co-driving. The 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will be her first Baja 1000 race. As part of their pit strategy, they plan on using the BFGoodrich Tire pits throughout the race as she takes on the middle/end of the race. “It’s a big thrill,” said Richard. “I love the adrenaline rush and getting to see things out there that others don’t.”
Luy Galan – Co-Driver – 2968
Luy Galan has come all the way here from Spain to race in the UTV Pro Turbo class of the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000. She grew up in a racing family and over the last four years she has been racing in Spain and has been racing rally cars in Europe. She will be taking the co-driver position for the start of the race until race mile 320 and then getting back in at race mile 980 and racing into La Paz for the finish. “You can really feel the emotion and excitement of the crowd on your skin,” said Galan.
Christine Gz – Driver – 2968
Christine Gz has spent the last five years racing in Spain and racing rally cars in Europe. “Racing is just something you have inside you,” said Gz “It’s not something you can describe.” She will be taking the start of the 2017 50th SCORE Baja 1000 until race mile 320, where she will get out, and then get back in at race mile 980 and race to La Paz for the checkered flag.
Becky Cornejo – Co-Driver – 1078
Becky Cornejo has been racing for 10 years as both a driver and a co-driver. She doesn’t know if she will get the honor of jumping in the co-drivers seat for the 2017 50th Baja 1000 but she is really excited about the chance. She will be chasing and her team will be utilizing the BFGoodrich Tire pits along the way.
Amy Tate – Co-Driver – 700
“Well, because I’m crazy!” laughed Amy Tate when asked why she races. She has been racing for the last 15 years and has the stories to prove it. Whether it’s nailing the job of calculating corners in an effective and timely manner or cringing at the thought of having to change a tire or winch through a silt bed, she still love getting in the truck. She said the thing she loves most about BFGoodrich Tire pits are the outhouses. “I can play the girl card and don’t have to pee on a cactus!” said Tate. She will be getting in the car at BFG Pit 2 and racing until BGF Pit 5 where she will jump out.
Ladies Offroad Network
Ladies Offroad Network will be following up with all of these racers, and more that are uncovered throughout the race, to share their stories after the race which will be featured on www.LadiesOffroadNetwork.com