Bryce Menzies Earns Open Air at the 2013 Baja 1000 – race-deZert.com

Bryce Menzies Earns Open Air at the 2013 Baja 1000

Winding down the final stretch in to Ojos Negros, you could see the dust in the distance; It was qualifying for the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000.  Qualifying was scheduled for a 9am start.  As SCORE did with the 500 in May, racers were given open practice sessions to find all the right lines to secure their start position for the most anticipated race of the year.  When it was all said and done, Bryce Menzies spanked the entire field, beating second fastest qualifier Juana Carlos Lopez by a whopping seven seconds with an elapsed time of 05:13.

Rob MacCachren and BJ Baldwin thought they had their top 5 positions reserved but the first, of many, controversy of the 2013 Baja 1000 came when Robby Gordon and Justin Davis were awarded a second run, claiming that a helicopter was flying too low and interfered with their first runs.  Robby’s second time bumped both drivers back a spot, finishing fourth fastest with a time of 05:22.  Justin Davis had already left qualifying so he did not run a second lap.

2013 BAJA 1000 QUALIFYING RESULTS
1.  Bryce Menzies
2.  Juan Carlos Lopez
3.  Tavo Vildosola
4.  Robby Gordon
5.  Rob MacCachren
6.  BJ Baldwin
7.  Armin Schwarz
8.  Tim Herbst
9.  Ken Losch
10.  Dan McMillin
11.  Craig Potts
12.  Heidi Steele
13.  Justin Davis
14.  James Lin
15.  Kory Scheeler
16.  Nick Vanderway
17.  Robert Acer
20.  Mark Post
21.  Gary Magness
22.  Troy Herbst
23.  Zak Langly
24.  Valerio Gonzalez
25.  Sergio Salgado

*Josh Daniel (TT #16) crashed and shows as DNF.

Photography by Jason Zindroski and Ernesto Araiza

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