Alumi Craft Class 10 Racers Top 5 at Roughest Baja 500
Ensenada, Baja California Mexico“If you want to be competitive in Class 10, then you need an Alumi Craft Race Car!” This is a common phrase heard from off roaders and one quoted by a top finisher at the 2018 SCORE Baja 500. This logic was not lost on the Top 5, all three podium finishers, and race winner Broc Dickerson. These veteran racers did their homework and aced the race with their Alumi Craft cars sweeping Class 10.
The 2018 SCORE International Baja 500 was a record 542.12 miles long and will become known as the roughest ever. How can if always be the roughest? It is not uncommon to hear reports that the Baja race courses are becoming increasingly worse and ever so chewed up. With, increased horsepower, larger tires, more vehicles, higher number of entries and it all spells out rougher course. With Alumi Craft Class 10 cars, you can expect maximum performance and rugged reliability.
It was no surprise that Class 10 Winner, Broc Dickerson was the fastest racer in the division. What is a true surprise, is the fact that Dickerson’s #1023 Alumi Craft is a brand new car, built in six short weeks, and just delivered a few days prior before the race. Hot off the fixture and driven right to the top of the box, conquering over 500 miles of the most grueling desert terrain.
“What a fun day of racing,” Dickerson said from the podium. “The new car ran perfect! Our pits went perfect! We won the race!” Broc finished 23rd overall with an average speed of 40.59 miles per hour and total race time of 13 Hours, 21 Minutes and 26 seconds.
This young off road phenomenon is a verifiable threat behind the wheel and the competition’s worst nightmare in an Alumi Craft Class 10 buggy. Broc is 17 years old and the reigning Class 10 Champion, winning 3 out of 4 races in 2017 all in an Alumi Craft.
Class 10 2nd place podium finishers, Brent Peterson & Caleb Gaddis in the #1031 Alumi Craft were not too far behind and completed the race in 13 Hours, 52 Minutes and 27 seconds. Starting from way back, 18 off the line, the #1031 Alumi Craft battled through the field for a podium finish. A flawless race car prepped by Jake Velasco, a strong chase team & well organized pit strategy gave this crew the confidence to push the car hard and race at an extremely rapid pace.
“Going into the 50th Anniversary of the Baja 500 we really wanted to do well,” stated primary driver Brent Peterson. “We studied the course and formed a solid plan. We knew we would be a fierce contender in our class. Thanks to the help we received from Method Race Wheels and Tensor tires, our Alumi Craft withstood 540 miles of the roughest terrain Baja has to offer and ultimately finished in the 2nd spot behind the young phenom Broc Dickerson.”
Class 10 3rd place podium finishers, Ruben Torres & brother; Gabriel Torres are return Alumi Craft customers. After winning 2 championships in an Alumi Craft Short Course Pro Buggy (Car Cross – Mexico) they aspired to go desert racing. It was an easy decision. In order to be competitive, they turned to Alumi Craft.
The #1063 Alumi Craft started fourth off the line and suffered from a flat tire at about Race Mile 200. They pressed on and with the Alumi Craft working perfectly through the roughest 120 mile sections of the San Felipe Desert, made up the lost time to regain lost positions. After that there were no problems besides getting stuck at Race Mile 495 where many others were buried and clogging the trail. They finished in 14 Hours, 1 Minute, and 41 Seconds.
“We are really happy with the 3rd place finish,” exclaimed Gabriel. The car is the best one you can get on the market. It was perfect all day and never gave us any problems. It just felt really nice and we love driving it. We had a lot of dust, many rocks, some whoops and a lot of high speed straight lines where the Alumi Craft was doing over 100 mph. 545 miles was not enough! We could have done a lot more.”
The Class 10 4th place finishers are not exactly seasoned off road veterans, however after a sleigh of well formed decisions, they earned themselves a Top 5 Baja finish in a class of 24 starters.
Karl Ebdrup & Marc Ebdrup came all the way from Canada with a few hopes and dreams. Before making a recent purchase of a new to them race car, they did their homework and looked at the finishing times plus podium winning cars. It became apparent, “if you want to be competitive and go fast, then you need an Alumi Craft Race Car.” The Canadian’s went with a tried and true proven formula and acquired a very well loved (that means old) Alumi Craft Class 10. In fact, it was the very first Alumi Craft John Cooley built as his own original flagship race car.
Naturally, they brought the #1072 to Alumi Craft for professional race prepping services in early February. Since then, the Ebdrup’s entered their first ever desert race with the new old car and earned a 5th place finish at the SNORE Ridgecrest 300 race. The SCORE Baja 500 was their second desert race and first time racing in Mexico.
“Being a Canadian and jumping into desert racing with both feet couldn’t be more stressful,” admitted Karl. “What a couple of amazing decisions we made that week. We made the right choice to go with Alumi Craft and have them prep our Class 10. The car performs perfectly and after two Top 5 finishes at our first two desert races, we couldn’t be happier. Thank you John Cooley for building such a flawless race car!”
Rounding out the Top 5 for a complete Alumi Craft sweep at the 2018 Baja 500, Richard & Kelton Glaszczak, Father & Son, drove their #1073 Class 10 Alumi Craft to a 5th place finish.
Kelton had minimal seat time in the Alumi Craft and had never raced in Mexico prior to this Baja 500. Logging prerunning miles for a week straight, making note of alternative race lines, forming a critical race plan proved to be the Baja crash course the Glaszczak’s needed for a good finish. Kelton started the race and experienced a bit of down time waiting for his crew to bring a new power steering pump out. Now, way down in the field, Kelton put his prerunning lines to good use. Smart driving and wise navigation got them around the big bottle neck. After passing a lot of cars and handing the wheel over at Race Mile 270, Richard went on to pass many more cars along the way to the finish.
Serious about desert racing is what this crew is all about. They credit the good finish to prerunning the course and the extra work that was put in before the start. Mile after mile of chasing Baja Mexico’ adventures, turned this trip into a great family getaway which required close interaction and lots of time together.
Baja rewards treasures to those who know where to look. For some, that gold can be found at the end of a long dusty trail. For anyone racing an Alumi Craft, finding the precious hardware is that much easier. Just press the fast pedal and point it towards the finish line. A well built race car should do the rest. With Alumi Craft meticulously crafted off road cars, the advantage is clear. They offer many types of cars for competition or pleasure and a long list of services and support. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 or go to: http://alumicraft.info/ to find out more about our race products and services.
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Alumi Craft is the premier race car chassis manufacturer in the off road industry. Crafting cars from lengths of 4130 Chromoly tubing is our specialty. We offer a variety of vehicles to accommodate the professional off road racer to the recreational driver. Since 2004, Alumi Craft racers have earned countless wins, six prestigious Lucas Oil Challenge Cup champions and forty-two points championships; sixteen short course and twenty-six in the desert. Darryl Smith 4X, Gabriel Torres 3X, Darren Hardesty Jr. 3X, CJ Greaves 2X, Rob MacCachren 2X, Luke McMillin 2X, CJ Greaves 2X, Gunnar Peterson 2X, Matthew Owen 2X, Broc Dickerson, Brock Heger, Michael Meister, Chris Browning, Rafael Navarro IV, John Fitzgerald, Adam Ollerton, Aaron Ampudia, Roger Starkey Jr., Nathan Martino, Geoffrey Cooley, Mike Valentine, Andrew McClelland, Luke Johnson, Andrew Myers, Roger Starkey, Mitchell DeJong, Mike Porter, Randy Minnier, Cameron Steele, Matt Cullen, Chuck Cheek, Darren Hardesty, and owner John Cooley have all won championships behind the wheel of an Alumi Craft race car.
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