Preference: Charlene Bower and Ladies Offroad Challenge winner Megan Stevenson will be reporting live from the 50th Anniversary of the Baja 1000 as they expose the complexity of the BFGoodrich Tires Pit Support Program, highlight all the ladies racing and of course, talk racing! This article is by Charlene Bower from BFG Pit 3:
Pit 1 Action
We were literally 1 minute too late. We saw the trophy truck make the turn dusting out the chase trucks that were 6 ahead of us, but we didn’t actually see him. Rob MacCachren was leading the race as of BFGoodrich Tires Pit 1 at RM 130.7.
What happened to Robby Gordon #77? Well, he received help from the BFG Pits, even though he is on Toyo Tires. He lost a pressure relief valve in the transmission and consequently, a lot of fluid. They added a coupler while on course, and then he limped into the pits where he received 3 quarts of transmission fluid from BFG, and was topped off with fuel in his pit. They looked the truck over, and everything else looked fine as he pulled back out onto course in a speed limited section.
Cops #50 Zak Langley – They had a leak in the rear differential. When he pulled into the pit, it caught on fire. They put out the fire, put in a new fitting and breather hose for the diff, and they sent him back out to go racing!
Physically coming though Pit 1 was: #11 Rob MacCachren (12:35), #6 Larry Connor (12:36), #31 Andy McMillin (12:37), #7 Bryce Menzies (12:37), #83 Luke McMillin (12:38)
Pit Set Up
There is a calm before the storm. A waiting that becomes the hard part. Then, like a switch, it is go time.
It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Pit 1 arrived yesterday around 1pm. The location of the pit was covered in 2 foot weeds, so the first job was landscaping about 2 acres with a rake and shovel to clear the area. That took about 5 hours. The 1500 gallons of fuel that needed to be delivered arrived right around midnight – three delivery trucks worth of fuel. The pit relay stayed awake until 2:30am for the first three bikes to come though and relay the info to BFG to help start the tracking grid.
This morning came early when a guy with a broken quad came limping into the pits. He had a blown out a-arm, so all the guys got up, gathered around, and started welding it back together for him. The rest of the morning was getting everything ready for action: putting up the BFG flag and antenna, filling up all the gas cans, hosting a safety meeting, doing radio checks, and getting the relay set up.
Of course, they worked well into the night on the outhouses, which were amazing! Pit 1 had two outhouses because of their hospitality area. We made an executive decision in the Jeep and are going to wait to show you all the outhouses at the end. Okay, maybe I’ll slip in a picture here and there! :)
The crew at Pit 1 consists of Andrew Dippel, Angel Santos, Bob Green, Brandon Holmes, Carlos Anduaga , Carlos Anduaga Jr., Cindy Sutalo, Ernesto Bojorquez (EMT), Ernie Pekarek, Garrett Durand, Ivan Lindbergh, Jeffery Lindbergh, Ken Ford, Machelle Green, Marina Lindberg, Nate Willmont, Pat Sutalo (Team Leader), Robbie Jackson, Rhonda Lindbergh, Tyler Scott (EMT), and Weston Englert.
We made it through Ensenada and out of town to Pit 2 without any challenges. It was actually a really nice drive through town. There were some backups with chase traffic, but no one was surprised. We launched our satellite at the first pit to post the Start Line info which, not surprisingly, was a challenge.
Due to logistics, we will be skipping Pit 2 who was featured on Sunday. This is an outhouse disappointment because we saw the pre-planning they had going! We can’t wait to see pictures. Our next plan is to head across Valle de Trinidad crossover road to Highway 1. We will roll into Pit 3 to check out what they have going on!
Charlene Bower is the owner of Bower Motorsports Media since 2008, Ladies Offroad Network and Offroad Marketing School among other projects. Bower is a Performance Team Member for BFGoodrich Tires in addition to other honors and certifications. She has been working in the offroad industry for 23 years and has recently focused all her attention on supporting the ladies who love offroading. For the 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Charlene ran the 2nd Annual Ladies Offroad Challenge where anyone from across the country could enter to be her media assistant or participate in two other events. Megan Stevenson from CA earned the opportunity and is helping in the execution of this exciting project in coordination with BFGoodrich Tires.