race-deZert.com https://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Tue, 22 Oct 2019 23:12:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 6149485 Subaru Driver David Higgins Secures TENTH U.S. Rally Championship! https://www.race-dezert.com/home/subaru-driver-david-higgins-secures-tenth-u-s-rally-championship-174057.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/subaru-driver-david-higgins-secures-tenth-u-s-rally-championship-174057.html#respond Tue, 22 Oct 2019 23:12:17 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=174057



Subaru Motorsports USA driver David Higgins wrapped up his tenth career U.S. national rally championship this weekend at Michigan’s Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR), the ninth and final round of the 2019 American Rally Association (ARA) calendar. Teammate Oliver Solberg took the LSPR event win, marking three victories each for the two Subaru drivers and elevating Solberg into third place in the final championship standings. Subaru has now won thirteen of the last fourteen U.S. rally titles dating back to 2006, including a remarkable eight by Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew during their nine-year run with the team.

The 2019 rally season promised a battle of proven success versus young talent as Higgins and Drew faced off against 17-year-old Oliver Solberg and co-driver Aaron Johnston in identically prepared Open Class WRX STI rally cars. Solberg would begin the season strong with a second-place finish at 100 Acre Wood and take his first U.S. victory at the following month’s Olympus Rally, but Higgins struck back with a near-faultless drive at May’s Oregon Trail Rally to notch his first win of the year. Idaho Rally International was a near-miss for Higgins after an off on the final stage cost him the victory, but he responded in July at New England Forest Rally with a wire-to-wire win to take sole possession of the championship lead. After a win at Ojibwe Forests Rally put Higgins and Drew virtually out of reach for the rest of the field, a second-place finish at Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally allowed the pair to mathematically secure the title with one event remaining.

With the driver’s championship a foregone conclusion heading into LSPR, the two Subaru teammates looked forward to a head-to-head fight for the last event win of the year. Higgins came out of the gate fast on Friday, winning the first four stages of the day to build a lead over Solberg and the rest of the field. Unfortunately, his car struck a tree stump on Stage 5, damaging the left front suspension and putting the win out of reach. Solberg inherited the lead and began collecting stage wins through Friday’s night stages, building a lead of more than a minute over second-place driver Barry McKenna by the end of the first day. With a consistent and fast drive on Saturday, Solberg and Johnston brought home the first-place trophy and earned enough points to move into third in the final championship standings.

“From the beginning of the season our focus has been on the championship,” said Higgins after the event. “Of course it’s disappointing not to end the season with the performance we wanted, especially here at LSPR where we’ve won in the past, but I’m very proud to have earned my tenth title. We put together strong events when we needed to, and lots of credit to Craig and the rest of the team for all their hard work this year as well.”

“It’s been a long season, and a fantastic season!” Solberg said. “Last race of the year, and we won it. It’s just amazing to end it on this high. Thanks to Subaru and thanks to Vermont SportsCar for this incredible experience.”

With Higgins’ ARA driver’s title and the Americas Rallycross (ARX) team championship secured earlier this month, Subaru Motorsports USA becomes the first team ever to win U.S. national championships in both rally and rallycross in the same year.

Oliver Solberg and Aaron Johnston picked up the LSPR event win, making it three victories through six ARA rally events this season.

Oliver Solberg slides past a spectator zone on the way to victory in the final event of the 2019 American Rally Association calendar.

David Higgins won the first four LSPR stages before a damaged suspension on Stage 5 ended his chance at the event victory.

David Higgins and Craig Drew prepare for the Friday night stages at LSPR.

The fall foliage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula provided a spectacular backdrop for LSPR competitors and spectators.

The ARA season wrapped up with a final super special stage in downtown Houghton, MI in front of crowds of fans.

Subaru Motorsports USA drivers won six events over the course of the nine-event ARA campaign – three each for Oliver Solberg and David Higgins.


Launch Control Episode 7.8 Release
Oct. 23rd: Amazon Prime & YouTube

Nov. 5th – 8th: Las Vegas, NV.

Subiefest Florida
Nov. 23rd: Lakeland, FL.

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UTVUnderground.com to Release RJ Anderson’s “XP1K3” This Fall https://www.race-dezert.com/home/utvunderground-com-to-release-rj-andersons-xp1k3-this-fall-2-127984.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/utvunderground-com-to-release-rj-andersons-xp1k3-this-fall-2-127984.html#respond Tue, 22 Oct 2019 20:41:54 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127984 UTVUnderground.com to Release RJ Anderson’s “XP1K3” This Fall
Polaris RZR to Sponsor Part 3 of the Wildly-Successful Film Franchise

San Diego, CA – UTVUnderground.com today announced that the third installment of the Polaris branded viral film campaign dubbed “XP1K3” is currently in production. UTVUnderground has, once again, tapped motorsports directing heavyweights “The Martelli Brothers” and their production team Mad Media to produce the next barrage of content, due out this fall. Off-road racing champion RJ Anderson will return to the driver’s seat and once again show the world what is possible on the Polaris RZR platform.

The XP1K viral film series has accrued more than 16 Million aggregate video views across YouTube, Facebook and Instagram so far, and has been watched in more than 70 different countries. The adrenalized-branded video campaign has made hundreds of millions of impressions worldwide, redefining the sport Utility Vehicle (UTV) and Side-by-Side (SxS) market.

Anderson will pilot the all-new, UTVUnderground.com custom built “XP1K3 RZR” which is based on the new Polaris RZR XP® Turbo EPS platform, but has been heavily modified, especially to suit the demands of this daunting project. Mark Holz of Holz Racing Products has built and assembled two sister vehicles from top to bottom, which include a myriad of HRP parts such as a hand-made roll cage, chassis and suspension, and the all-new RacePak iQ3 data-logger dash cluster, made specifically for the RZR. The new engines will be modified by Muzzys Performance and K&T Performance who will work in collaboration to take the all-new Polaris Turbo engine well beyond its already impressive stock performance. Walker Evans Racing will return and provide their industry leading shock and wheel packages that have been so critical during the filming of the XP1K series. They also will provide mechanical support during production. Rigid Industries has joined the project, and will supply a host of LED lighting products including the new “Rigid Capture” which mounts a GoPro in the center of a dual row LED light bar. And BFGoodrich, the biggest name in off-road tires, has signed on as a major partner for XP1K3 as well. The XP1K3 RZRs will be outfitted with the all new “Baja T/A KR2” UTV Tires, which provide superior traction and unmatched durability.

“The Polaris RZR platform has, once again, surged to the head of the pack with the introduction of the new 144 horsepower Polaris RZR XP® Turbo EPS. We have followed suit with the most impressive RZR build to date. These vehicles are unmatched in both their design and performance and are the perfect tool for Anderson to push the boundaries of precision off-road driving for XP1K3.

“With The Martelli Brothers and Mad Media at the helm, we are ready to raise the bar yet again,” said Joey DiGiovanni, CEO of UTVUnderground.

The production powerhouse Mad Media has locked down a brand new location for the filming of XP1K3, this time taking the viewer into an industrial wasteland as the backdrop for the forthcoming film.

“Part of the fun of producing these films is conceptualizing where to take Anderson and these incredible machines and what stunts to execute when we shoot,” said Joshua Martelli, COO of Mad Media and the series co-director. “This time around we’ve found a spot that literally looks like the Earth a few thousand years from now, if it were reclaimed by Mother Nature. It’s the perfect backdrop for showing the scale and consequences of the stunts we have drawn up. The structures and landscape also allow us to showcase the capabilities of the RZR and Anderson’s skill and car control as a driver. It’s going to blow our fans away.”

The first teaser for XP1K3 was released today and shows Anderson wandering through an abandoned industrial complex while visualizing stunts, culminating with a Houdini style machine reveal.

“Anderson is one of the most talented drivers we have ever worked with. He has the perfect balance of raw talent and gut instinct that it takes to execute a project like this. My brother and I have been working on ideas for XP1K3 for more than three years, since we first created the project. We are excited to finally get into production and create another mind-bending film,” said Matt Martelli, CEO of Mad Media.

The full length XP1K3 video is set to debut in front of a live audience at the 2015 Camp RZR West event, this Halloween weekend in Glamis, Calif. From there, the video will launch worldwide on November 3, in conjunction with the opening day of SEMA. It also will appear in a special screening area within BFGoodrich Tire’s SEMA booth, alongside one of the custom built XP1K3 RZRs. Visitors to the BFGoodrich booth will have the opportunity to see the vehicle up close and photograph it.

To learn more about XP1K3 and see all of the videos and photos surrounding campaign visit: www.XP1K.com, www.XP1K2.com and www.XP1K3.com.

About UTVUnderground.com
UTVUnderground.com is the worlds fastest growing all-inclusive UTV website, that features content and articles by both enthusiasts and manufacturers alike. In a mere six years, it has become the go-to site for all the latest news and entertainment surrounding the UTV industry. Thousands of monthly visitors from over 100 different countries around the world go to UTVUnderground.com for their daily dose of UV news and information.

About Mad Media
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency, with in-house film and television production. We craft authentic, culturally engaging brand messages, and deliver them across print, web, photography, and film platforms. Mad Media has been leading the online content revolution since 1995 producing major commercial, television, online content and viral film projects such as The Gymkhana Series and XP1K Series.

About RJ Anderson
RJ Anderson is part of the new breed of off-road racers. Beginning his 4-wheel off-road racing career at the age of 14, RJ is well ahead of the curve. Fast-forward and now at age 22 RJ is a professional short-course racer, Pro UTV champion, Pro UTV Driver Of The Year, Pro UTV Baja 1000 race winner, Super-Lite Challenge Cup Winner, TORC series Rookie Of The Year, Pro-2 Rookie of the year and a Pro-Lite Champion. Racing is what RJ loves to do; working to be the best is a passion for him, and winning is his goal. There is no doubt that RJ Anderson is part of the bright future of off-road racing.

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Overdrive Racing reveals OT3 high performance vehicle https://www.race-dezert.com/home/overdrive-racing-reveals-ot3-high-performance-vehicle-173928.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/overdrive-racing-reveals-ot3-high-performance-vehicle-173928.html#respond Tue, 22 Oct 2019 20:09:32 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173928

Overdrive Racing reveals OT3 high performance vehicle

Villers le Bouillet, Belgium, October 22

Overdrive Racing has today revealed more details of an exciting new rally machine, “OT3 by Overdrive”, which is set to take the Side-by-Side class to the next level.

The OT3 by Overdrive is a six-speed, 1000cc turbo vehicle which outputs around 177 horsepower following FIA regulations and is the first Side-by-Side (SxS) high performance prototype specifically designed for off-road racing in the world. Side-by-side describes a special type of lightweight off-road buggy accommodating a driver and co-driver, capable of taking the fight to much bigger vehicles.

Its carbon fibre and Kevlar bodywork ensures an impressive power-to-weight ratio and greater stability for drivers over the changing landscapes of off-road events.

The OT3 comes with six-speed gearbox. The extended wheelbase of the vehicle also allows for greater stability, moving the centre of gravity of the car backwards to increase performance and balance.

The competitive debut for the new machine will be announced shortly.


OT3 by Overdrive © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Cyril Despres, a five-time Dakar Rally winner in the motorbike class and two-time Silk Way Rally Champion tested the OT3 in Morocco recently,“The OT3 really surprised me: first of all the stability of the vehicle, as the engineers played with the regulations to have a 2.08-metre wide vehicle. And they also used their knowledge to make a really strong and rigid chassis, something which is normally missing from side-by-side buggies. It also gives you precision when driving on technical sections, which is exactly what you need. The engine is powerful and the visibility from the cockpit is fantastic. I have to say, after a few days of driving, there were no major issues – which is also a bit of a surprise when you are at the beginning of a project. Normally you have to face some issues, but this wasn’t the case with OT3. It’s a lot of fun to drive, and after a few adjustments to the suspension, everyone will have to watch out for the OT3 vehicle in the coming events.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah, who is a triple FIA Cross-Country rally cup champion and three-time Dakar Rally winner, also tested the car and said: “The OT3 test in Morocco proved to be a really good package from the first kilometre. It looks like a good step for this vehicle. I am sure it will need more testing and more mileage but we have a good base.”

Overdrive Racing Director Jean Marc Fortin added: “We decided to build this pure prototype from a blank sheet of paper and it was our goal to explore the new regulations proposed by the FIA Technical Commission. OT3 is a rocket car designed to be powerful and lightweight: this is what we have focused on. We are excited about this project because it is an innovative concept and history shows that Overdrive Racing has the motivation to win. The car is a proper prototype, with a special gearbox and a very light chassis of only 890 kilograms. This makes it a very fun and easy car to drive on all type of terrain and I hope it is a winning combination for us to succeed in cross-country. I believe we have in OT3 a very competitive car, ready to tackle the most challenging and iconic off-road races around the world, and we will soon be able to announce our programme. Stay tuned!”

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Precision Concepts/Chaparral Motorsports Kawasaki dominates 3 Bros. 24-hour Endurance Race in a three-peat https://www.race-dezert.com/home/precision-concepts-chaparral-motorsports-kawasaki-dominates-3-bros-24-hour-endurance-race-in-a-three-peat-173730.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/precision-concepts-chaparral-motorsports-kawasaki-dominates-3-bros-24-hour-endurance-race-in-a-three-peat-173730.html#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:01:58 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173730

Precision Concepts/Chaparral Motorsports Kawasaki dominates 3 Bros. 24-hour Endurance Race in a three-peat

40 teams battle but Precision Concepts team gets fifth event win

The Precision Concepts/Chaparral Motorsports Kawasaki team of Zach Bell, Clay Hengeveld, Ryan Surratt and Blayne Thompson led from start to finish on their KX450, their dominating win making it a three-peat at the annual 3 Bros. 24-hour Endurance Race. It also marks the team’s fifth victory at one of the most prestigious long-distance off-road races in America.

Though much drier and warmer than last year, the winners completed 58 laps of the approximately seven-mile-long course that took riders on a scenic tour of Glen Helen Raceway Park starting at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday.

By the time they received the checkered flag a little after 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, they were two laps ahead of their closest competitors, an all-Utah quartet consisting of K.C. Ballow, Kolton Lynn, Tyler Lynn and Daemon Woolslayer aboard their Buchanan Trucking/Chidester Transport Yamaha YZ450FX.

Open Expert/Intermediate winners Christian Clark, Tyler Nicholson, Cody Simpson and R.J. Warda rounded out the top three overall on their KTM 300 XC.

Among the half-dozen Ironman entrants, Carlos Montalvan emerged the toughest, completing 26 laps on his Ika Sushi Grill KTM 300 XC-W.

Of note, two mini-mounted teams entered with both finishing the entire 24 hours. Though conditions were considerably drier this year, the Glen Helen crew kept the water trucks and fire hoses going throughout the race, attacking areas they could get to around the pits motocross tracks.

The Glen Helen staff also hosted a complimentary pancake feed Sunday morning for everyone in attendance which was a huge hit.

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2019 Ultra4 Nationals https://www.race-dezert.com/home/2019-ultra4-nationals-173425.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/2019-ultra4-nationals-173425.html#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:27:37 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173425 We closed out the 2019 Ultra4 season this weekend with the 4WP Nitto National Championships at Wild West Motor sports Park in Reno, NV.   This racecourse is a driver and crowd favorite with the fast short course action, dirt hill climbs, and large rock sections right in front of the grand stands for all of the spectators to see the excitement.

The weekend started out Friday with qualifying for all of the classes. Racers would be going all out to secure good positions for the following days prelim races.  Dan Wyrick would be smooth and consistent through the whole course, to give him the fastest time in the 4400 class.  Casey Gilbert would take pole position in 4800, Justin Hall in 4500, Dawson Allington in 4600, and Cole Clark in the UTV class.

Saturday morning would start off with the prelim races for all of the classes. With it being the final race of the year, drivers were giving it everything they had.  It was evident right from the start of the weekend that the course was going to be tough on cars.  The pits were busy fixing damaged cars throughout the night and day to keep them going with everyone’s hopes of getting to the main events of the weekend.

The 4400 main event is the race that people look forward to the entire year. Rusty Blyler was out front leading the twenty eight car field at the start of the race.  After mechanical issues, Paul Horschel would make the pass and was putting a gap on the rest of the field.  Coming into lapped traffic, Paul hit the driveshaft on a rock while going around a stalled car with four laps to go.

Cody Addington would take over first place with Loren Healy right behind him. Loren was driving for his teammate Vaughn Gittin Jr, who was racing at Formula Drift finals the same weekend.  Working through lapped traffic would allow Cody to out a little distance on Loren, and on the last lap,  Mike Bou was able to make a pass around Loren. They would come across the finish with Cody taking the number one spot, followed by Mike Bou and the Loren Healy.

Bailey Cole would take the win in the 4800 class, Dave Cole in 4500, Dawson Allington in 4600, and Cole Clark in UTV.

Later that evening, the season champions would be awarded at the end of the year banquet and now racers already have there sights set on the 2020 King of the Hammers in Joshnson Valley, CA this coming February.

Qualifying results
Race results

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AVERACING: SOMETHING TO REALLY, REALLY, THINK ABOUT… https://www.race-dezert.com/home/averacing-something-to-really-really-think-about-173369.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/averacing-something-to-really-really-think-about-173369.html#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:22:09 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173369


Recent matters have come to our attention that we must consider whether to pursue it and restructure our racing program for 2020, or not.
Let me explain:
We have been very fortunate to create, structure and promote the PURE UTVTM OFF ROAD DESERT SERIES for the past six years. We have now published our 2020 schedule for the PURE UTVTM OFF-ROAD DESERT SERIES.
In recent conversations with some of my old and new friends we have found that the idea of individual Classes having their own series could be a lot of fun, and certainly, when using our own structure, it would be much cheaper.
The conversations then morphed into much more: What can we do about the high cost of racing and most importantly, how can we bring back some of the cars and racers that used to race, but because of various circumstances, cannot afford to or race as frequently.
Recently, at several of the off-road shows, we were asked if we could put our RACING RANCH in Cal-City, as part of their SERIES venues. The Ranch would be one of the stops in their series. We said yes.
But that’s not where it ended up.

I started thinking why not create a series of events, where we can entice, encourage, provoke, to bring some of the old tried and true equipment, and racers that have not been able to afford it, back into the racing scene. Then let’s make it CHEAP for them to race, easy to get to, and affordable to bring the family and crew.
So, we have come up with this tentative concept for 2020:
• If an established organization such as the JEEPSPEED Series or TROPHY-LITES would like to include our Ranch as part of one of their racing venues, we are game!
• We could also create (for them) a separate series of maybe three or five events for the…
Then my head started spinning and said to myself, why not these Classes…
And of course, we could never leave out the PURE 11TM DESERT SERIES and others.
If we have your attention so far and you want to read on, here is the way we see our ideas working:

• Because of our location, the RACING RANCH, in Cal-City, we have access to 286 sq. miles of open County Desert. All we need to do is to start and finish on our property, in the County. We have the ideal spot!!!
• Let’s say we set up a three (or five -event series) for each of the Classes listed above.
• Each race will have its own race dates and that would be the only class racing in our desert, on that weekend.
• As an example: The first race, THE PURE 1-2/16TM (Race #1 of 3) would be a 200-mile desert race where only the PURE 1-2/16s would be racing.
• Technical Rules & Regulations would be structured by the racers in the PURE 1-2/16TM CLASS (the same would apply to the other classes, each creating its own rules).
• Entry fees would be very reasonable
• Other added expenses would also be very reasonable.
• Total entry expenses would be between 10% to 25% of the entry fees for events from other organizations, such as Vegas-2-Reno, Parker, or any of the great Baja races.
• Awards would be handed out after each event.
• Points will be computed accordingly, for the Overall Points and Class Points
• Let’s say the three-event PURE 1-2/16TM DESERT SERIES would crown a Champion Driver & Navigator, at the end of the Series…
• Then at the end of the year, we would have a massive award ceremony featuring all the “PURETM” Series Classes.
Because we are still working on our tentative 2020 Schedule, we would like to hear from many in the sport, Promoters or Club promoters. Most importantly, from people who are currently racing, or are semi-retired from racing, or just plain out-of-it-but-wanting-to-get-back into-racing.
All we ask is that your criticism be constructive.

For those who love the idea, please let us know how often you race and in what class. If you haven’t been racing for a while, still let us know what Class you would like to see offered.
I haven’t been this excited about something new for our sport in a long time. But like “times…they are changing” …we, too, must also look to the near future to keep our sport alive, and offer alternatives.
Here is what we would like to see in your reply. And please offer your opinion as quickly as you can.
Answer this please:
Name: _____________________________ e-mail: __________________________________
Class: _________________ Race Vehicle Year: _________________ Last time you raced_________
Good Idea ____ Not so good _____ I want to think about it __________
My Phone _______________________ Address __________________________________________
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Lou Peralta – lou@averacing.com –

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Penny And Rascal Are Back! Interactive Adventure Trail Website Now Available! https://www.race-dezert.com/home/penny-and-rascal-are-back-interactive-adventure-trail-website-now-available-173365.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/penny-and-rascal-are-back-interactive-adventure-trail-website-now-available-173365.html#respond Sat, 19 Oct 2019 18:46:18 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173365

Penny And Rascal Are Back! Interactive Adventure Trail Website Now Available!

Penny and Rascal are names that will be familiar to long-time members of the NOHVCC family – and you can join them on a new Adventure Trail! Through the years they have been featured on the NOHVCC website, in coloring and activity books, and on full-size posters. Now they have their own interactive Adventure Trail website.

The new site was unveiled at the NOHVCC Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada. Robert Van Nood, the artist behind Penny, Rascal and Adventure Trail, debuted the new site saying “It’s been a great creative experience as an artist to have been involved with the creation of the all new Adventure Trail Interactive Website. Seeing the Adventure Trail come to life and it’s potential to have a positive impact on kids and OHV recreation is truly inspirational”.

Adventure Trail was created to communicate NOHVCC’s safe and responsible ethic to young kids – including the need to wear appropriate safety gear, stay on designated trails, be considerate of the environment and other messages. Some of the artwork on the posters and in the activity books is designed to portray responsible OHV recreation in a way that kids and adults will find humorous. The remainder of the artwork takes a light-hearted look at the very serious consequences of inappropriate OHV use at a level relatable to kids.

The new site expands on the messages found on the posters and has a few surprises for young and not-so-young visitors to the website. Join Penny and Rascal on the Adventure Trail by clicking here.

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World Vet MX Cup of Nations Race Teams https://www.race-dezert.com/home/world-vet-mx-cup-of-nations-race-teams-173353.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/world-vet-mx-cup-of-nations-race-teams-173353.html#respond Sat, 19 Oct 2019 18:40:59 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173353
Glen Helen Raceway is proud to present the World Vet MX Cup of Nations race teams!
The 1st Annual World Vet MX Cup of Nations is November 2-3, 2019 in conjunction with the Dubya World Vet MX Championships. The following teams have been selected by the World Vet Cup of Nations committee to represent their countries!

Each racer will be wearing these custom racer bibs to represent their country. The different colors represent the racer age group (White is 30+, yellow is 40+, and green is 50+) which will help identify who’s who on the track. Each racer will get to keep their racer bib. We look forward for everyone cheering on their favorite country during the 1st Annual World Vet MX Cup of Nations!
Click here for more information



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SUBARU MOTORSPORTS USA INSIDER REPORT https://www.race-dezert.com/home/subaru-motorsports-usa-insider-report-173268.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/subaru-motorsports-usa-insider-report-173268.html#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:04:29 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173268


Here we go! Kick off of the final rally of the American Rally Association (ARA) season, Lake Superior Performance Rally, takes place on Friday, October 18th. With LSPR joining the ARA calendar for the first time this year, 2019 will bring Subaru Motorsports USA – and 2016 winners David Higgins and Craig Drew – back to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula after a three-year absence. This event is a photogenic rally known for its autumn foliage and is a favorite of rally fans. The pressure is off for Higgins and Drew, who have already mathematically secured the 2019 ARA Driver’s Championship, and the pair will face off against teammates Oliver Solberg and Aaron Johnston for the event win. Solberg, fresh from his eighteenth birthday and first WRC event at Wales Rally GB, has a chance to earn a spot on the championship podium with a strong performance this weekend.
See you at the finish on Saturday – don’t forget your rain gear!

“LSPR is one of the classic events in the US. We’ve been away from the event for a few years, but had some success here in the past so we’ll be pushing hard for the win. It’s great to go into an event with no points to worry about and we can just enjoy our last event of the season. The roads are super fast but weather can change in such short notice. I’m looking forward to seeing all our fans out there!”
“What an adventure this season has been with Subaru! I can’t believe the year is coming to an end already. Like all of the rallies in America this year, it’s going to be my first time competing out there and I’m not sure what to expect. I know the roads are fast and quite wide in places and I know the weather can be a little bit crazy, but if it’s muddy and raining then I don’t mind – we just came from Rally GB, so we are ready for this sort of thing!”


ARA National Championship Series — ROUND 9

Name: Lake Superior Performance Rally 2019 (LSPR)

Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2019

Host Town: Houghton, MI

Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4)

Nearest Airport: Houghton Co. Memorial Airport (CMX)

Possible Rain Showers, 40% Chance of Rain on Saturday.
High of 58°F. Humidity Around 73%.


LIVE STREAM: YouTube | Facebook
PHONE APPS: Apple | Android


Total Distance: 372 miles

Number of Stages: 15

Stage Distance: 128 miles

Surface(s): Sand, Gravel, Hard Packed Dirt, & Pavement

Longest Stages: SS3 / SS7 (14.25 miles)

Highest Elevation: 1,833 ft.

Recce: 2 Pass

Service Park:
Friday – Camp Sidnaw (Sidnaw, MI)
Saturday – L’Anse High School

Official Start: 3:50 PM on Friday

Superspecials: 0

Stages in Darkness: Yes (SS3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8)



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Double Dose of Action on Deck as Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Returns to the Valley of the Sun for 2019 Finale in Arizona https://www.race-dezert.com/home/double-dose-of-action-on-deck-as-lucas-oil-off-road-racing-series-returns-to-the-valley-of-the-sun-for-2019-finale-in-arizona-173254.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/double-dose-of-action-on-deck-as-lucas-oil-off-road-racing-series-returns-to-the-valley-of-the-sun-for-2019-finale-in-arizona-173254.html#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:42:46 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173254

Double Dose of Action on Deck as Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Returns to the Valley of the Sun for 2019 Finale in Arizona

Final Round and Challenge Cup Races Provide Action-Packed Afternoon
at GEICO Off Road Championship

CORONA, Calif. (October 18, 2019) – After eight rounds of thrilling, door banging competition the time has come for champions to be crowned in the 2019 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Presented by GEICO. Arizona’s “Valley of the Sun” will serve as the site of the highly anticipated season finale, with a second visit to Chandler’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Saturday, October 26. The most action-packed afternoon on the calendar awaits at the GEICO Off Road Championship Presented by General Tire, where the tension-packed ninth and final round will kick things off, officially deciding which drivers will be crowned champion across all nine divisions. As if that wasn’t enough, prize money and bragging rights will be on the line for the annual Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, where drivers will leave it all on the track during this special showcase of short-course off-road supremacy.

The Pro 4 title showdown will come down to Kyle LeDuc, RJ Anderson, and Doug Mittag.
Photo: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

In recent years, the prominence of off road racing in Arizona has risen dramatically, from which the likes of established stars like reigning Turbo UTV Champion Corry Weller and future stars like Mod Kart point leader Mason Prater have helped elevate the talent pool of drivers coming out of the Grand Canyon State. The conclusion of the 2019 season marks the fourth straight year that Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park has hosted the finale, which has evolved into a tradition in the desert and a celebrated way to close out each championship.

Weller and Prater are two of the nine drivers who will look to control their own destiny heading into the GEICO Off Road Championship, each hoping to maintain their point lead in order to claim one of short course off road’s premier titles. Earlier this season during the series’ first visit to Chandler in April, both Weller and Prater grabbed wins for their respective classes in front of the hometown crowd. Additionally, current point leaders Kyle LeDuc (Pro 4) and Robert Stout (Production 1000 UTV) return to Wild Horse Pass as defending April winners, giving all four of these drivers an added boost of confidence heading into the final points paying race of the year.

A tight Pro 2 championship is down to the wire, led by Rodrigo Ampudia and Jerett Brooks.
Photo: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

An exceptionally competitive doubleheader at the previous round of the championship mere weeks ago showed how unpredictable the battle for victory will be across all nine classes. The talent level in every division is deeper than ever before, which means every title fight is far from being decided. It sets the stage for what will arguably the most exciting afternoon of the season, further amplified by the all out battles that will unfold during the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup.

The Pro 2 class saw former champion Jeremy McGrath steal the spotlight at the previous round, which added another layer of complexity in the championship hunt. Thanks to a consistent second half of the season, Rodrigo Ampudia has put himself in a position to win his first career title. The veteran racer brings a slim five point lead over Jerett Brooks into the final round, while a total of five drivers, including defending champion Rob MacCachren, still carry a mathematical shot at the division crown.

In Pro 4, LeDuc put an even tighter grasp on his hold of the championship lead and now enjoys a comfortable 26 point lead over defending champion RJ Anderson. Given how strong he’s been all season, LeDuc looks poised to capture an unprecedented fifth Pro 4 title in six years, but Anderson and Doug Mittag, both past winners this season, will pull out all the stops to end the year on a high note.

In Pro Lite, Ryan Beat will look to become the second straight driver to win back-to-back titles in what is perhaps the most competitive division in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Beat has managed to fend off a stiff challenge by the tandem of Brock Heger and Mickey Thomas, and it’s resulted in 11 points of separation between the trio heading into Chandler. A total of six drivers still have a mathematical shot at the title, and it bodes well to this being the most exciting Pro Lite race of the season.

A total of 10 points or less separate the point leader from his or her closest rival in four other classes, while Weller enjoys just an 11 point advantage over her primary challenger. There are close battles across the board, which means every driver comes into Wild Horse Pass with more work to do. That only serves to benefit the thousands of fans that will fill the grandstands that afternoon.

Pro Lite remains wide open as Ryan Beat chases back-to-back titles.
Photo: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

As an added incentive for fans that make the trip out to the GEICO Off Road Championship, the first 500 attendees to walk through the gates at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will receive a free GEICO t-shirt.

With its one-of-a-kind brand of high flying competition where contact is encouraged, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has thrilled thousands of racing fans throughout the 2019 season. However, none of it would be possible without the support of the series sponsors, which have served arguably the most important role in the championship. Significant support has come from General Tire, GEICO and Rockstar Energy, who have been invaluable partners to the series, while K&N Filters, OPTIMA Batteries, Super Clean, Toyota, MAXXIS, Polaris, STEEL-IT, Mickey Thompson, Falken, Yamaha, and GoPro have all played an integral role in making each event a success. Additionally, AiM Sports, BF Goodrich, Holmatro, IMPACT, iRacing, QTAC, Rhino USA, Rugged Radiosand Toyo Tires have been tremendous assets to the world’s premier short course off road racing series. Collectively, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series would not be able to achieve the level of success it does without the support of these sponsors, and the contributions from each of these companies has helped provide a truly memorable season of action.

A big thank you to all of our 2019 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series sponsors:

  • AiM Sports
  • BF Goodrich Tires
  • Falken Tires
  • General Tire
  • GoPro
  • Homatro
  • IMPACT Safety
  • iRacing.com
  • K&N Filters
  • MAXXIS Tires
  • Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels
  • OPTIMA Batteries
  • Polaris RZR
  • QTAC
  • Rhino USA
  • Rockstar Energy
  • Rugged Radios
  • Super Clean
  • Toyo Tires
  • Toyota
  • Yamaha Motor Corporation

Chandler’s own Corry Weller (1) seeks to successfully defend her Turbo UTV crown.
Photo: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

Event Info

GEICO Off Road Championship Presented by General Tire
October 26, 2019

Round 9: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
20000 South Maricopa Road
Chandler, AZ 85226

Event Schedule (all times Pacific):

12:00 p.m. Gates Open

  • First 500 fans will receive a free GEICO t-shirt
  • Fan Zone – First 1,000 fans will receive a giveaway prize!

12:30 p.m. Early Races

  • RZR 170
  • JR 2

1:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session
2:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies & Afternoon Races

  • Pro Lite
  • Pro 4
  • Pro 2
  • Pro 1000 UTV
  • Turbo UTV
  • Pro Buggy
  • Mod Kart

7:25 p.m. Lucas Oil Challenge Cup Races

  • Pro Lite
  • Pro 1000 UTV vs. Turbo UTV
  • Pro 2 vs. Pro 4

Ticket Info:

Saturday, October 26
General Admission:

$30 Adults (16+)
$25 Senior (62+) / Military
$10 Kids (6-15)
5 & Under FREE

VIP Admission:

$130 (all ages)

Tickets for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series are available at http://www.lucasoiloffroad.com.

Live, exclusive streaming coverage of the GEICO Off Road Championship will be showcased on Saturday to yearly subscribers of Lucas Oil Racing TV. Coverage of both Round 9 and the Challenge Cup will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET. For more information on Lucas Oil Racing TV, and for details on how to subscribe, please visit LucasOilRacingTV.com.

For information about the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series please visit LucasOilOffRoad.com and be sure to follow all of the LOORRS social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:
Facebook: @lucasoiloffroadracingseries
Instagram: @lucasoiloffroad
Twitter: @LOORRS
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Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a west coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door-to-door action to challenging, fan-friendly tracks. Our events can be seen on CBS, CBS Sports Network, MAVTV, and on LucasOilRacing.TV. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course! For more information, please visit http://www.LucasOilOffRoad.com/, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter in our Newsletter Signup section of the home page.

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Mobbin Racing Secures UTV Championship with Vision X Lighting

Laughlin, Nevada (10/17/19) – The Best In The Desert Racing Association concluded the 2019 racing season with Vision X racer, Michael Isom of Mobbin Racing, capturing the Laughlin Desert Classic Night Race victory in the UTV Unlimited class. The race win also earned him the 2019 UTV Unlimited Championship aboard his Can-Am Off-Road Maverick X3 UTV race car.

The annual night race in Laughlin, Nevada put racers onto a high-speed desert race course late into the night, where vehicle lighting was key to a great performance. Isom’s No Limit built Can-Am Maverick X3 race car is equipped with Vision X’s latest LED lighting technology, featuring the SHOCKER LED Light Bar. The Dual-Function LED Light Bar allowed Isom to control Amber or White lighting on-the-fly while traversing the dusty conditions. For maximum lighting output, the Vision X CG2 Light Cannons compliment the SHOCKER LED Bar to ignite the course near and far, resulting in the winning LED light combination.

The St. George, Utah native was no stranger to running up front, as Isom had recently won the famed Vegas to Reno race, which had him using his Vision X lighting deep into the night hours. 4 Wins and 5 Total Podium Finishes in 2019 brought the Mobbin Racing team their first Championship, after coming a close second in 2018.

“Michael’s passion for preparation and training to win is second to none. It’s a pleasure working with teams like Isom’s, who not lonely love the sport, but love going into battle with right tools for success. Congrats to Michael and everyone at Mobbin Racing on a fantastic year!” – Danny Adair, Vision X Marketing

Mobbin Racing brings a host of supporters to the 2019 UTV Unlimited Championship including:
Can-Am Off-Road, No Limit, KMC Wheels, BFGoodrich Tires, Union Graphic Company, Maglock-USA,Monster Seal, LIQUI MOLY USA Inc., Hostyle Racing, RCV Performance Products, AiM Sports, LLC., PCI Race Radios, Factory UTV, SDHQ, FOX, Bell Powersports, Zollinger Racing Products, CB-Industries, Turn 2 TV Productions, Mosi Productions, Vault AIS

Additional Team Vision X Accomplishments at BITD Laughlin Desert Classic:

  • 6200 Buggy driver, Nick Carolan of ICR Motorsports, secured the Laughlin Desert Classic victory in his Alumicraft race car.
  • James Dean, qualified 1st Overall in his South Point Class 1500 Unlimited race car.
  • Joel Miner finished 3rd in his #1770 StickerStandard.com JeepSpeed Jeep XJ

For more information about Vision X lighting and it’s race programs, visit visionxoffroad.com or email racers@visionxusa.com

Follow Mobbin Racing at https://www.instagram.com/mobbin_racing/ or https://www.facebook.com/mobbinracing/

All photos by Harlen Foley

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2019 NORRA 500 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/2019-norra-500-173090.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/2019-norra-500-173090.html#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:03:22 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173090 Photos: Durka Durka Photo

The modern version of the NORRA Mexican 1000 started in 2010.  2019 marked the 10th year of the popular rally race that traverses the Baja Peninsula from Ensenada to San Jose Del Cabo.  It’s a fun event but it can also be grueling – covering over 1000 miles. Each night teams pack up and head to a new city every night for five days.  A race that long is especially daunting for newcomers.

New for 2019 NORRA put on a new event, the NORRA 500.  This race covered roughly 500 miles over 2 days.  All racers would start and finish in Ensenada.  The shorter format, and not having to move your whole team each day, made it less logistically challenging – the race itself was still very challenging.

Legend Car driver Judy Smith hits the water at Mikes Sky Ranch on day 2. Smith finished 1st in class and 66th overall.

111 teams signed up for the inaugural NORRA 500.  111 also happens to be NORRA CEO Mike Pearlman’s lucky number and the number he raced with at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.   This is a great turnout for a brand new race.  NORRA was pleased.  The course featured two loops.  Loop A went East out of Ensenada to Ojos Negros, then North through the pine forest and out near Heroes de la Independencia before returning to Ensenada. Loop B went South along the Pacific coast from Santo Tomas to San Vicente, then over the crossover road to Valle De Trinidad then a loop of Mike’s Sky Ranch before heading back to Ensenada.

ATC rider Lyle Tonelli races his Honda 250R on day 1. Tonelli was involved in a head on accident with a spectator vehicle ending his race.

On the first day the cars raced Loop A and the bikes Loop B; then they swapped for day two.  The field was a mix of veterans, legends, newcomers and fan favorites.  The competition was tight, and when the dust settled and all the beer was gone, new winners were crowned and new friends were made.

Racing with NORRA is often a family affair.  That was the case for Lightning Larry Ragland, inaugural winner of the NORRA 500.  Larry is no stranger to winning.  He is a member of a very exclusive club, and to get in you need to win the Baja 1000 five times.  Simply put, Larry is a Legend.

Overall winner Larry Ragland hits the water at Mikes Sky Ranch on day 2.

While Larry has many wins, his NORRA 500 win is the first one witnessed by his grandsons.   “That was a wonderful thing!” Larry said. “They came to the start 30 minutes before I got in the car.  It was their first time to Baja.  It was great to see them at the start, I was very surprised.  My wife and grandsons waved the flag for me at the start and when I got to the finish they were waiting to wave the checkers.  It was real special.  I told my wife on the way home, for a 76 year old man I don’t know how you could have a better day.  I got to race off road, Jimmy Smith from Ultra Wheels was generous enough to let me race his car, and my grandsons got to see me start and finish.  On top of all that I won the race!”

Larry Ragland jumps on day 1. Ragland finished 1st overall.

Larry raced the Ultra Wheels Evolution Unlimited Buggy which is a converted sand car.  As a result, it is not ideal in the rough and it is better suited to high speed graded roads than giant whoops.  The car has been changed over the years to be more of a desert car than a sand car, but like any racecar there are some things it does better than others.  Power comes from a GM LS3 with about 600HP.

Larry took the overall win over Evolution Unlimited Truck driver Jax Redline by just under four minutes. Jax is just 14 years old, from Amarillo, Texas, and while he has raced in Baja before he is a relative newcomer. His racing history started with dirtbikes before moving up to desert racing in UTV’s, Stock Trucks and until recently a Spec Trophy Truck.  Jax’s father Shane handles co-driving duties in the truck.

Evo Unlimited Truck driver Jax Redline jumps on day 1. Redline finished 1st in class and 2nd overall.

One week before the NORRA 500 the team purchased a 2011 Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck with a Dougans engine package.  The team raced the NORRA Mexican 1000 earlier this year and had a ton of fun, so they jumped at the chance to race the new 500.  Prior to the race, Jax only had a short 15 minute test session in the truck three days prior the race.

Evo Unlimited Truck driver Jax Redline drifts a corner on day 1. Redline finished 1st in class and 2nd overall.

“I loved the format for this race” Jax said. “It great to be able to come back to where you started each night.  With only 500 total miles it was a sprint race and we tried to go fast and it was great to come across the line both days.  It was really technical both days.  Finishing second to Larry Ragland is just mind blowing.  It was my first time in the truck, so it was super awesome to go out and get a good finish.  Our expectations were low; we just wanted to have a good time and learn the truck and we expected to finish in the back.  So to finish second was really awesome.  We ran BFG tires with Monster Seal and had no flats.  My dad loved that since he is the co-driver and has to get out and change them.  It was surreal racing against legends like Larry Ragland and Mark Post.  It was great to talk to the other drivers at the end of the race.  It’s really competitive on the course but once you are done everyone is friends.”

Being just 14 years old, Jax is not allowed to race in some of the bigger series; but when he does, he will be one to watch.

In the Evolution Modified Turbo UTV class, Scott Steinberger, aka WeatherBoy, of PCI Race Radios teamed up with his kids to race the 500.  “When I finished building my new Can Am UTV my first thought was oh my god, these kids are going to wreck my new racecar.”  Scott said.  “I know what it takes to learn and that takes experience, and getting cars upside-down is part of that.  I bought them a used UTV racer for them to race.  My son Ryder has never raced before and his brother Race has never co-driven before.  They flipped the car in the pine forest on the first day after doing a bunch of things wrong. They were OK, and with some help got the car back on its wheels and continued the race about an hour down on time.  At that time I was racing, and when I heard on the MSAT satellite radio that they went over I was really worried.  I was trying to both race and make sure they are OK, and in a safe spot not on the course, I was freaking out a little bit.  Once I knew they were OK and they got going again I realized that I could not listen anymore.  I had to turn off the MSAT during the specials because it was so distracting. Once I turned it off I was able to focus on my race and just check in during the transit stages.  With the PCI MSAT radios you don’t have a range issue anymore like the standard VHF radios; you can talk to your crew anywhere on the course.  My kids loved the race.  For three of them it was their first race.  Ranger rode the first day with me and my daughter Sierra rode with me on day two; they did a great job.  Even with family, there is always competition. Going into the race my boys Ryder and Race were saying they were going to beat me. I told them I have been racing in Baja a long time and you have a lot to learn.”

Evo Modified Turbo UTV driver Scott Steinberger drifts a corner on day 1. Steinberger finished 3rd in class and 8th overall.

Scott finished the race third in class and eighth overall while his son Ryder finished seventh in class and 44th overall.

Evo Modified Turbo driver Ryder Steinberger hits the water at Mikes Sky Ranch on day 2. Steinberger finished 7th in class and 44th oveall.

The Rothsport Racing Porsche 911’s have been a fan favorite since they first raced at the 2017 Mexican 1000, and they were back for the 500.  I was able to catch up with Jeff Gamroth who built the cars and also co-drove in the red number 89 Porsche.  It started life as a 1989 four wheel drive Porsche C4.  One of the first steps was to convert the car to two wheel drive as the four wheel drive system is too complicated and heavy and you can’t get different gear ratios for it.  The car has 11 inches of ground clearance and nine inches of travel on 29 inch tires. Both cars have FIA spec roll cages and are raced in gravel rallies.  They have stock style suspension with original hubs, axles and brakes.  The aluminum ball joint control arms on the front were replaced with steel uniball units.  The shocks were swapped for rally units which are much stronger than the stock units.

Vintage Stock Production Car driver Jeff Gamroth jumps during day 1. Gamroth finished 1st in class and 64th overall.

“20 years ago I started my shop, Rothsport Racing, building street and racecars.” said Gamroth.  “We have done lots of road racing, Daytona and Sebring, basically endurance and road racing.  In 2016 we decided we needed to do something different.  We heard about the NORRA race and thought we should build two 911s for it. The first year we showed up and everyone laughed and said we would never make it.  We learned a lot and finished the race.  We have 100 pounds of skidplates on the car; we changed the nose for a better approach angle and the engine puts out 325HP on pump gas.  Wet, with both people in the car they weigh 3100 pounds. It’s a really fun car to drive and it tops out at 140 mph.”

Gamroth won his class, Vintage Stock Production cars, and finished 64th overall while the other Porsche driven by Cameron Healy finished second in class and 71st overall.

While the NORRA 500 featured two days of racing, there was also a race within the race.  On Loop B cars were stopped in San Matias and then raced to Mike’s Sky Ranch in a separate time trail event called the King of the Mountain.  There were awards for the fastest time in each class and a giant trophy for the overall winner.  Gay Smith and Matt Loiodice took the top honors in a Jimco Class 1 Baja Bug with a time of 16 minutes and 32 seconds – just 19 seconds in front of young gun Jax Redline in his Geiser Trophy Truck.

Evo Unlimited Drivers Gay Smith and Matt Loiodice hits the water at Mikes Sky Ranch and won the overall King of the Mountain race.

At the end of each day of racing there was a fiesta in Ensenada.  “Saturday night was the best party I have ever been to, that food was outrageously good.” Said NORRA CEO Mike Pearlman.  “Everybody was really having fun and there was a great vibe.”

Mike was very pleased with the turnout and how the race went but he also realizes that it was not perfect. They entire NORRA staff learned a lot and they are already planning on how to improve the race next year.  There were delays during the King of the Mountain (sweeping the course for safety) what most don’t know is that due to recent weather the course had to be changed.  The original plan was for the racers to take an alternate road from Mike’s back to highway 3, but recent storms had torn up that road making it impassable.  “We did the best we could changing the route a week before the race,” Pearlman said. “The backside was so rough, we could not use it.  We already have the Mike’s part figured out for next year. Stop momentarily for your time at the bottom, again at the top and keep going.  We just need to grade the road.”

Vintage Class 5 driver Bill Hernquist jumps on day 1. Hernquist suffered a catastrophic engine failure in the pine forest.

The first running of the NORRA 500 had a few small issues, but overall it was a great event and it will no doubt grow in 2020.  The next NORRA event is the 2020 Mexican 1000 starting April 17 in Ensenada.

Click here for NORRA 500 results.

Click here for info about the 2020 NORRA 1000.

Vintage 4×4 Open Truck driver Aniceto Munoz jumps on day 1. Munox finished 2nd in class and 52nd overall.


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Alumi Craft Racer Conner McMullen Wins BITD Laughlin Desert Classic & Class 1000 Championship https://www.race-dezert.com/home/alumi-craft-racer-conner-mcmullen-wins-bitd-laughlin-desert-classic-class-1000-championship-173080.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/alumi-craft-racer-conner-mcmullen-wins-bitd-laughlin-desert-classic-class-1000-championship-173080.html#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 02:35:26 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173080

Alumi Craft Racer Conner McMullen Wins BITD Laughlin Desert Classic & Class 1000 Championship

Laughlin, NV

The Best In The Desert (BITD) hosted its final event of the 2019 season with two days of racing during the Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic. Alumi Craft Racer Connor McMullen took the Class 1000 win on both days against 19 other competitors scoring 3rd overall in the buggy group and 9th overall, to lock down the 2019 Championship. Other notable finishers were Nick Carolan, who raced the #6206 Spec Engine Unlimited Open Wheel Alumi Craft with a weekend sweep. In Class 1500, Scott Rasmussen captured a 4th place finish and 3rd place podium to rank the #1510 Alumi Craft 3rd overall in Class.

The BITD 2019 points championship was hotly contested in the Class 1000 division. Conner McMullen was leading the charge in the #1020 Alumi Craft Race Car with a 1 point lead over fellow Alumi Craft Racer; Christian Fessler and 6 points over Peter Hajas in 3rd.

Connor McMullen, Alumi Craft, Class 10 Champion, Class 1000 Champion, Best In The Desert, Bink Designs

Conner explained his winning strategy, “I was starting in fourth behind the two other racers vying for the championship. We had a game plan of running 80% for the first couple of laps. I made up about 15 seconds on the lead cars by the first lap, so we just kept that pace going until the third lap. I passed the lead car and just kept an easy, steady pace to the end.” Our Alumi Craft Race Car ran flawless all season and it’s great to have a car you can rely on every race to get you to the finish!”

That quick run placed Conner and the #1020 GetTheTea.com Alumi Craft 4th overall in the group against Class 1500 and 1st place in Class 1000. It would give McMullen a second-row start right next to CJ Hutchins in a 1500 Unlimited Car. “My game plan for Sunday was to keep CJ in my sites all day long, and I knew I would have the win and the points championship as well,” shared Conner. “That is exactly what we were able to execute. CJ pulled away about 20 seconds ahead, but I had him in sight all day long. Finishing the weekend 3rd overall for our group and 1st in Class 1000, it was a huge accomplishment for the team and me.”

Connor McMullen, Alumi Craft Class 10, Best In The Desert, Off Road, Buggy, Racing, Bink Designs

The Laughlin Desert Classic gets its namesake due to the tremendous challenge of competition split over two days. Each race is a wide-open sprint with four laps around a 16-mile loop. Any race in Laughlin is known to be very fast, very hard on equipment and very rough terrain. With this challenging format to contest, racers are often faced with mechanical equipment failures. On the other hand, if you get two excellent finishes, a consistent performance puts you at the top of the overall results.

Scott Rasmussen proved this in his #1510 Alumi Craft with a Top 5 on Saturday, and a 3rd place finish on Sunday. Combined Rasmussen was able to work his way to 3rd overall in Class.

Scott Rasmussen, Alumi Craft Race Cars, Class 1500, Best In The Desert, Bink Designs

Nick Carolan, in the #6206 Alumi Craft Buggy, did one better, sweeping both races for back-to-back victories winning the Spec Engine Unlimited Open Wheel Division. “I love that I can push our Alumi Craft race car through the worst terrain imaginable and not have to worry about what the desert will do to it,” mentioned Nick Carolan.

Nick Carolan, Alumi Craft, Class 6200, Buggy, Off Road, Bink Designs

For racers like Conner McMullen, Nick Carolan and Scott Rasmussen; they entrust the Alumi Craft platform to be a top performer and reliable in the most grueling conditions. If you are looking to take on a competitive challenge such as off road racing, get in touch with Alumi Craft Race Cars for what is needed to win races. 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.

Photography By: Bink Designs

About Alumi Craft
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, eight prestigious Lucas Oil Challenge Cup champions and fifty points championships; twenty short course and thirty in the desert. Darryl Smith 4X, Gabriel Torres 3X, Darren Hardesty Jr. 4X, Brock Heger 2X, Michael Meister 2X, CJ Greaves 2X, Rob MacCachren 2X, Luke McMillin 2X, Gunnar Peterson 2X, Matthew Owen 2X, Broc Dickerson, 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.
Visit // www.alumicraft.info

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Bink Designs is a premier digital media marketing company located in San Diego, CA. Since 2007, Bink Designs has been committed to providing cost-effective solutions for clients’ high-end marketing needs. Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography & Apparel.

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3 Bros 24-Hour Endurance Race in 3 Days!!!!!

Only 3 days until you can watch or ride the 20th Annual 3 Bros 24-Hour Endurance Race! This prestigious event races through World famous Glen Helen Raceway and surrounding hills. Glen Helen and SRA have teamed up to give riders the thrill of Baja Style off-road racing in Southern California.

The Event is Saturday – Sunday  October 19-20

Gates Open Saturday, October 18th 12pm-8pm
Gates Open Saturday, October 19th 6am and remains open the duration of the event
Gates Fees $20 per person $10 camping per night
Registration open October 18th 1pm-4pm
Registration open October 19th 8am- Remains open until duration of the event
Registration Fees $400 Post Entry Amateur Teams -$500 Pro -$200 Iroman
Race Starts 10am Saturday to 10am Sunday
Pancake Breakfast 7am-Sunday in the GHR Museum  (open to everyone)
Trophy Presentation 11am in the GHR Museum



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Podium finish for Preston Campbell 2019 AMA NHHA Championship Pro 250! https://www.race-dezert.com/home/podium-finish-for-preston-campbell-2019-ama-nhha-championship-pro-250-173074.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/podium-finish-for-preston-campbell-2019-ama-nhha-championship-pro-250-173074.html#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 02:16:12 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=173074

Podium finish for Preston Campbell 2019 AMA NHHA Championship Pro 250!

The final round of the 2019 NHHA Championship took place in Johnson Valley, CA. The hosting club was none other than the Checkers MC executing a creative Hare and Hound. An 83-mile “Point-to-Loop” for the 69th annual Check Chase NHHA that would decide several classes and overall titles for 2019.

JCR/Honda’s Pro 250 rider, Preston Campbell has had a remarkable freshman year competing on the all-new CRF250RX- a freshman bike itself, landing on the podium at nearly every round thus this far. The young Campbell’s determination and consistency placed him in 3rd place points for the division going into the last event, with a mathematical chance at the overall Pro 250 title. A “nothing-lose and all to gain” circumstance, he left the start wide-open in pursuit of the top step. He was at a great pace, pushing his competitors when he clipped a rock and went down hard. Preston gathered himself up after losing multiple positions and damaging his bike. In typical Honda fashion even damaged the bike soldered on to the next pit located at the end of the first 44 miles. The JCR/Honda pit crews quickly repaired the crash damage to the machine. Preston remounted to complete the final 39-mile rock laced loop and finish 7th in his class for the day.

Congratulations to Preston who fought hard all season long and came out with a respectable 3rd place in the Pro 250 National Hare and Hound Championship for 2019.

Also this round we supported Chris Keefer of Keefer Testing, Inc. to ride Brabec’s CRF450X NHHA bike. Keefer did a nice podcast about the Team and the bike. Here is the link to listen.

2019 NHHA Championship points Pro 250:
3- P. Campbell 183

For 2019, Preston also produced a Top 10 finish in NHHA overall points (9th). This means He will graduate to the Pro class aboard a 450cc machine for the 2020 NHHA season.

Next up for the JCR/Honda Team;
October 20th- round 4 D37 Sprint Enduro Series, Lucerne Valley, CA
November 2-3- round 7 NGPC, Gorman, CA

PC: Mark Kariya 
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Crandon International Mourns Loss Of Iconic Personality “Cowboy” Herb Rosio https://www.race-dezert.com/home/crandon-international-mourns-loss-of-iconic-personality-cowboy-herb-rosio-172930.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/crandon-international-mourns-loss-of-iconic-personality-cowboy-herb-rosio-172930.html#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:18:12 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=172930

Crandon International Mourns Loss Of Iconic Personality “Cowboy” Herb Rosio
— Famed Figure Passes While Watching Crandon World Cup Coverage —

CRANDON, Wisconsin (October 16, 2019): His was the face seen for decades by the greatest off-road racers in the world. For more than 40 years, Herb Rosio and his famed white Stetson made sure all was well for both Pro and Sportsman drivers before setting them loose on Crandon’s legendary Landrush start.

Sadly, that iconic tradition is now relegated to the past as Rosio — far better known by his nickname of “Cowboy” — died last Sunday after suffering a massive heart attack.

Rosio will be best remembered for his signature run from vehicle to vehicle at the Crandon starting line, pointing and making eye contact with each competitor before they took to the course. Thousands of Crandon racers were safer for this simple, but memorable service, which was also seen and mentioned in countless television shows and live streams eminating from the “Big House.”

THE FACE THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND DREAMS: Beloved by three generations of Crandon racers, it was Herb Rosio’s distinctive style and enthusiasm that racers last saw before charging into the track’s infamous Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1.

Born on June 19, 1940, the 79-year old suffered a heart attack on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at his Crandon home. In a fitting turn of events given Rosio’s passion for all things Crandon, the incident occurred while Rosio watched the Crandon Red Bull Signature Series television show on FS1 along with hundreds of thousands of other fans.

Along with his role at the race track, Rosio will also be fondly remembered by the Crandon community for his multiple interests including making maple syrup, gardening, photographing mushrooms, motorcycling, snowmobiling, four wheeling and especially spending time with family.

Rosio is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma “Tina” Rosio, daughter Lisa (Paul) Murray, granddaughter Nia (Taylor) Tauer and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

“We were aware that Cowboy’s health was suffering in the months leading up to our golden anniversary World Championship weekend,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “He told us that all he wanted was to be part of our big 50th celebration and then watch the Red Bull television coverage of the World Cup. If a man has to go, I think Herb found the way to go out on his terms. He was a huge part of the Crandon International family.”

DOWN THE LINE: As he had done thousands of times before, Cowboy checks with each driver to make sure he got the traditional “thumbs up” from each before letting them take a green flag for Crandon’s Land Rush start.

Memorial Services for Rosio will be held at 10:00am on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Clear Water Lake. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.weberfuneralhome.com

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Every athletic form of competition has its iconic “holy grail” location; magic places that organically merge time, place and history in locations often imitated — but certainly not duplicated. For off-road racing, that unlikely theater of speed is found deep within Wisconsin’s Northwoods at a place better known as the “Big House.” Located just 100 miles northwest of Green Bay and just outside of the tiny hamlet of Crandon (population: 1,386), for 50 years Crandon International Raceway has provided three generations of fans with dirt throwing, high-intensity action and history-making performances. Crandon’s purpose-built, 400-acre facility is the finest on earth and has long hosted the largest crowds in short-course off-road racing history. Featuring more than 2,200 grass camping sites, in 2019 fan will enjoy two big weekends of racing each year including June’s FCP Brush Run event and Labor Day weekend’s 50th Anniversary Polaris RZR Crandon Off-Road World Championships. Both events feature Lucas Oil Midwest Off-Road Racing League Pro and Sportsman divisions. For more information please visit www.crandonoffroad.com.

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San Bernardino, CA

Rounds 7 & 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) faired well for Jimmy Weitzel, driver of the #59 Simon Performance Technology Pro Lite. It was a solid outing that produced a season-best result with a 2nd place podium on Saturday and backed it up with a 4th place finish on Sunday to top it off. Jimmy was also able to garner enough points to move up in the division championship points ranking, breaking into the Top 5, and not too far removed from Ryan Beat.

Jimmy Weitzel, Simon Performance Technology, General Tire, FOX, Pro Lite, Ultra Wheels, Bink Designs

“It was a great weekend at Glen Helen!” Jimmy announced. We had a season-best finish on Saturday with a 2nd place podium. I had a fast truck all weekend and got it up to 4th place on Sunday. Overall, it was awesome, and I am thrilled. The support from my partners, family, and friends is enormous. Thank you to Simon Performance Technology, General Tire, Ultra Wheel Company, FOX, Howe Performance, Dynamic Manufacturing, SDG Suspension Development Group, Rigid Industries, Weitzel Motorsports, and Christopher Hanlon.”

Jimmy Weitzel, Simon Performance Technology, General Tire, FOX, Pro Lite, Ultra Wheels, Bink Designs

The Pro Lite field is stacked with top competitors chipping away for any available points as the 2019 season comes to an end. With less than 50 points separating the top 5, it has been a wild season so far. Weitzel has maintained as a consistent finisher and was ranked 5th going into the weekend.

Jimmy Weitzel, Simon Performance Technology, General Tire, FOX, Pro Lite, Ultra Wheels, Bink Designs

Saturday’s Round 7 saw the #59 Pro Lite starting 1st on the front row. “I qualified 6th after struggling with the new track layout but got lucky with the six position inversion,” explained Jimmy. “So, we started up front but made a huge mistake as I biked it into turn 2. I was a little shaken up, but I got it turned back around. Unfortunately, I fell to the back of the field to about second to last place at the end of Lap 1. By the time I got through the next lap around the track, I had recovered two spots.”

Jimmy Weitzel, Simon Performance Technology, General Tire, FOX, Pro Lite, Ultra Wheels, Bink Designs

Weitzel continued. “On Lap 7, I started to make my move and passed six trucks over the next five laps. It was a real test of mental fortitude and difficult on a challenging track. A bunch of trucks got flat tires, but our General Tire / Ultra Wheel combo stayed true and held together perfectly. I came back through the pack, eating dirt and chomping through a tough rutted out course to grab a solid 2nd place podium. It was a crazy race with a lot of carnage, but we made it out and are ready for the next one!”

Jimmy Weitzel, Simon Performance Technology, General Tire, FOX, Pro Lite, Ultra Wheels, Bink Designs

On Sunday for Round 8, Jimmy would start 8th off the line with some serious traffic to manage. To make matters worse, on Lap 1, the #59 Pro Lite fell back even further to ninth place. But from that point forward, Weitzel would continue to make passes on the field ahead and worked his way up into the 4th place by Lap 12. Jimmy went onto the finish with another good race to end out the weekend.

“Sunday, I again struggled with the race start,” Weitzel shared. “I was able to make a comeback, and race hardback to the front. We just got caught up into some early carnage that held us back. I ended up making some clean passes up for a 4th place finish.”

Jimmy Weitzel, Simon Performance Technology, General Tire, FOX, Pro Lite, Ultra Wheels, Bink Designs

With the season nearing the final race weekend, and the Top 5 separated by a mere 48 points, Weitzel has a legitimate shot to challenge and race his way to a Pro Lite title. The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will host the Round 9 during the GEICO Off Road Championship Presented By General Tire on October 26th at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

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About Jimmy Weitzel
Jimmy Weitzel is making his mark in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series driving the #59 Pro Lite truck. At only 17 years old he earned himself “Rookie of the Year” for the 2018 season finishing 7th overall in the championship against some of the best drivers in the series. Before racing the National series, Jimmy was running the Lucas Oil Regionals Series where he finished 4th overall in 2016 and 2nd overall in 2017 for the points championship. When Jimmy’s off the track you’ll find him working side by side with his dad at Weitzel Motorsports working on customer truck builds and learning everything it takes to keep his program running strong. Jimmy may be one of the youngest drivers on the track, but don’t underestimate him. He is smooth, consistent, and getting faster every time he gets behind the wheel. Jimmy Weitzel and team have their sights set high on wins and podium finishes in 2019.

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UTV/Quad practice this Thursday, October 17th and 24th

The Short Course track will be open for Thursday UTV/Quad practice from 10am to dusk. The course will be similar to GBC UTV/Quad Stadiumcross Series course held on Saturday, October 26th. Bring your  UTV or Quad to enjoy the prepped Stadiumcross practice track for only $30! 

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October 15, 2019

Who is really the fastest?

Motorcycles have had the fastest overall time 38 years,
Cars/Trucks 13 times in annual iconic SCORE Baja 1000

Race week-Nov. 19-24; Pre-running opens Oct. 26 on 799.1-mile course in BC;
Start/Finish adjacent to Ensenada’s Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
for iconic season-finale of four-race SCORE World Desert Championship

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—While SCORE clearly recognizes three overall group winners, the endless armchair debate on whether two-wheel or four-wheel vehicles are fastest in the desert will play out once again at November’s iconic internationally-televised season-ending 52nd annual SCORE Baja 1000—the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.
There will be SCORE Overall 4-Wheel, SCORE Overall 2-Wheel and SCORE Overall UTV champions at this year’s race—awarded to the vehicle with the fastest elapsed time in each of the three groups of classes. But the never-ending debate will rage on way past the final checkered flag on whether the 4-wheel vehicles or the 2-wheel vehicles are the fastest in this legendary motorsports event.
Still very early in the online registration process, entries to date have come from 23 U.S. States and 11 countries.
The final round of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will start and finish in the heart of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico with race-week festivities and the race itself being held Nov. 19-24.
The SCORE Baja 1000 endures at the pinnacle of motorsports as the most iconic, oldest, prestigious, toughest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.
Statistics relate a telling story and while the endless debate on who is the fastest of the fastest overall in the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, motorcycles have had the fastest, fastest time overall 38 times in this race while car/truck classes have produced 13 overall, overall fastest times.
Interestingly, car/truck vehicles won six of the first seven years of the legendary behemoth race as well as six of the last nine years, but in between, the fastest, fastest overall times in the race have gone to motorcycles except in 1993 when Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart was the fastest, fastest in his unlimited Class 1 Toyota SR5 truck.
The longest motorcycle streak has been 18 consecutive years with the fastest, fastest overall time in this race from 1975 through 1992.
With help first from factory teams from Kawasaki and later from American Honda, motorcycles also had another run of fastest, fastest overall times for 16 years from 1994 through 2009.
In 2010, Mexico’s Gus Vildosola and his son Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr broke the motorcycle streak by becoming the first Mexican Nationals to win the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division and be the fastest of the fastest in the peninsula run from Ensenada to La Paz.
With the course distance and actual terrain different each year, times between years can’t be accurately compared.
Individually, a trio of legendary SCORE Baja desert racers have recorded the fastest, fastest overall times in the iconic event. Johnny Campbell leads the way with 11 top times on Honda motorcycles. His 11 fastest of the fastest times were earned in just a 12-year period from 1997 through 2008.
Next is Larry Roeseler with nine top times on three different motorcycles—Husqvarna, Yamaha and his final five on Kawasaki. Roeseler earned his fastest of the fastest between 1976 and 1994.
Steve Hengeveld earned seven fastest of the fastest top times all on Honda motorcycles in an eight-year period between 2000 and 2007.
Recording fastest of the fastest times in six of the last nine years have been SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950 horsepower, unlimited custom trucks. Pacing this group has been Rob MacCachren who won three consecutive times (2014, 2015, 2016) in his Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck.

NOTE: Scroll to the bottom to see the complete year-by-year breakdown of the ‘fastest of the fastest’
racers in the iconic SCORE Baja 1000.

52nd SCORE BAJA 1000
Many of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s massive SCORE Baja 1000. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on ABC TV’s World of X Games programming.
Ensenada, “The Off-Road Capital of the World” is a coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos area of the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
Over 250 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from over 30 U.S. States and as many as 20 countries anticipated. Long-time SCORE sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has also posted a US$40,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel winner to help commemorate the renewal of this legendary SCORE race.
This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a loop race of 799.1 miles in the northern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
It will start for the 45th time and finish for the 26th time in Ensenada and the race is annually the finale of the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past four years on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.
The race and its festivities will be held primarily in and around the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada and the start and finish of the legendary race will be adjacent to the Riviera.
With a total time limit of 34 hours in the elapsed-time race, the motorcycle and quad classes will start at 3 a.m. (PT) on Friday, Nov. 22 and the car, truck and UTV classes will follow with their start on at 10:30 a.m. (PT). While the fastest vehicles are expected to cover the course in approximately 16 hours, all vehicles will have 34 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher.
Included in the first 66 official entries of the more than 250 anticipated for this year’s renewal of the world’s most iconic desert race are competitors from 23 U.S. States and 11 countries.
U.S. States represented in the field of competitors to date are from Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
Besides the United States and host Mexico, countries represented to date in the total entry field are from Canada, Chile, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Peru and Spain.
Online racer registration continues at www.SCORE-International.com under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Audreonna Garcia at 775. 852.8907.
Pre-running on the official race course will open on Saturday, Oct. 26. After the two-way section out to the Ojos Negros area, the course will run in a counter-clockwise direction down to along the Pacific Ocean and around near San Felipe before heading back up through Laguna Salada, La Rumorosa, the Pine Forest and back to Ojos Negros and the finish in Ensenada.
Pre-running will start at race-mile 33.22 and finish at rm765.9.
This year’s course map is available on the SCORE website under race info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page at www.SCORE-International.com.
The 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 race and race week festivities will cover Nov. 19-24.
Pre-race festivities include two days of Contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway (Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Thursday, Nov. 21) on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Contingency will run each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pre-race tech will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. On Wednesday (Nov. 20), Contingency will be held for all motorcycles, quads and UTV classes along with several car/truck classes. On Thursday (Nov. 21), Contingency will be held for the balance of the car and truck classes including the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, unlimited Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec and Class 10.
The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held on Wednesday (Nov. 20) at 7 p.m. PT at the Hotel Lucerna Ensenada.
Racer registration will be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. Racer registration will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 19), and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT on both Wednesday (Nov. 20) and Thursday (Nov. 21).
Media registration will be held in the Red Room as well at the Riviera from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 19), and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on both Wednesday (Nov. 20) and Thursday (Nov. 21)
The BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center will be open on Friday (Nov. 22) starting at 2:30 a.m. PT through the close of the race course. It will also be open on Sunday (Nov. 23) from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT. The SCORE Media Center will have WiFi available as well as live streaming from the start/finish line and live tracking of the vehicles in the race
SCORE sponsor Monster Energy will host the Monster Energy Papas y Beer SCORE Street Party on Avenida Ruiz in downtown Ensenada from 6 p.m. to midnight PT on Thursday, Nov. 21.
As the celebration continues Friday (Nov. 22) night to all day and evening on Friday and Saturday until shortly after midnight on Sunday (Nov. 23) while official finishers cross the line and tales and epic accomplishments are added to the legacy of the event.
The post-race awards fiesta will be held at the Hotel Lucerna Ensenada starting at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday (Nov. 23).
As it has for over four and one-half decades, SCORE has put together another memorable race course for the 52nd anniversary, this one a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain and inspiring beauty that the northern state of the majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer.
SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has designed and finalized this year’s race course of 799.1 miles. The course will have three physical checkpoints and 267 virtual checkpoints along the way to the finish line. There will also be 16 speed zones for a total of 85.28 race miles.
Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada adjacent to the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course travels East to Ojos Negros and then runs counter-clockwise in a weaving route around both the West and then the East side of the northern part of the peninsula.
The course will run in a counter-clockwise direction after the two-way section to the Ojos Negros area and down along the Pacific Ocean through Uruapan, Santo Tomas, Erendira, Santo Domingo Wash and San Quintin.
From there it will travel Northeast going by Rancho El Coyote, across and around Mike’s Sky Rancho, down by Simpson’s Ranch. The route then continues up to a speed zone on Highway 3 before going down over Laguna Del Diablo through Morelia Junction down and back up past San Felipe before heading back up through Laguna Salada, up La Rumorosa, through El Condor, over the Pine Forest, then down to Agua Dulce and back to Ojos Negros and the finish on the two-way section back into Ensenada.
The course will include going through two of Baja California’s infamous washes on the east side of the course—Matomi Wash and Amarillas Wash.
The three physical checkpoints will be located starting with Checkpoint 1 which will be near Vicente Guerrero (race mile 224.25), Checkpoint 2 will be at the El Chinero Highway 3 Road Crossing (rm535.94) and Checkpoint 3 will be in the El Condor area (rm 701.2).
Because of two extremely challenging areas on the course, Class 11 (stock VW sedans), Vintage Classes and all Sportsman classes will be running a reduced course of 699.94 total miles.

  • 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.19-24, Ensenada, Mexico

Here is the four-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fifth consecutive year all races will be held in Baja California, Mexico:

  • 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, March 25-29, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 52nd SCORE Baja 500, June 3-7, Ensenada, Mexico
  • 2nd SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 16-20, Ensenada, Mexico
  • 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-21, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur

ABC TV IN 2019
The 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship is being televised on the ABC TV family of networks, marking the first time back on the ABC network since the 1967 and 1968 coverage of the Baja 1000 on ABC’s old Wide World of Sports show.
The one-hour shows on the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, 51st SCORE Baja 500 and the 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 will be televised as part of ABC’s World of X Games year-long programming. Presented by SCORE sponsors Monster Energy and BFGoodrich Tires, the ABC World of X Games series profiles iconic action sports figures and also highlights athletes, artists, event previews and recaps.
The inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 held in September will air as a one-hour special on ESPN2 TV, also on the World of X Games programming. It will first air on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. (PT) and 2:30 p.m (ET).
All of the SCORE race coverage shows will continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, The Satellite Phone Store.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.

SCORE Baja 1000 FASTEST Overall Champions
(4-wheel and 2-wheel vehicles–1967 through 2018)

1967 Vic Wilson/Ted Mangels Meyers Manx VW 27:38
1968 Larry Berquist/Gary Preston Honda 20:38:28
1969 Larry Minor/Rod Hall Ford Bronco 20:48:10
1970 Drino Miller/Vic Wilson Miller VW 16:07
1971 Parnelli Jones/Bill Stroppe Ford Bronco 14:59
1972 Parnelli Jones/Bill Stroppe Ford Bronco 16:47
1973 Bobby Ferro/Johnny Johnson Funco VW 16:50:25
1974 NO RACE (Fuel Crisis)
1975 Al Baker/Gene Cannady Honda 18:22:55
1976 Larry Roeseler/Mitch Mayes Husqvarna 11:30:47
1977 Brent Wallingsford/Scot Harden Husqvarna 14:37:07
1978 Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson Husqvarna 10:23:47
1979 Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson Husqvarna 19:48:04
1980 Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson Yamaha 12:45:13
1981 Scot Harden/Brent Wallingsford Husqvarna 17:14:05
1982 Al Baker/Jack Johnson Honda 17:25:27
1983 Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft Husqvarna 14:48:10
1984 Chuck Miller/Randy Morales Honda 14:34:34
1985 Randy Morales/Derrick Paiement Honda 17:44:42
1986 Bruce Ogilvie/Chuck Miller Honda 18:05:52
1987 Dan Ashcraft/Bruce Ogilvie Honda 12:02:14
1988 Paul Krause/Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte Kawasaki 11:33:45
1989 Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte/Ted Hunnicutt Jr. Kawasaki 17:53:16
1990 Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr./Danny LaPorte Kawasaki 11:11:45
1991 Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr./Marty Smith Kawasaki 13:35:25
1992 Danny Hamel/Garth Sweetland/Paul Ostbo Kawasaki 16:50:12
1993 Ivan Stewart Toyota SR5 13:29:11
1994 Danny Hamel/Larry Roeseler/Ty Davis Kawasaki 10:20:47
1995 Paul Krause/Ty Davis/Ted Hunnicutt Jr. Kawasaki 19:31:19
1996 Paul Krause/Ty Davis/Greg Zitterkopf Kawasaki 14:11:02
1997 Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab/Greg Bringle Honda 13:19:59
1998 Johnny Campbell/Jimmy Lewis Honda 18:58:48
1999 Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab Honda 14:15:42
2000 Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab/Craig Smith/Steve Hengeveld Honda 30:54:12
2001 Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab Honda 13:51:40
2002 Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell/Andy Grider Honda 16:17:28
2003 Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie Honda 15:39:52
2004 Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell/Kendall Norman, Honda 15:57:37
2005 Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell/Mike Childress, Honda 14:20:30
2006 Steve Hengeveld/ Mike Childress/Quinn Cody, Honda 18:17:50
2007 Robby Bell/Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell/Kendall Norman, Honda 24:15:50
2008 Robby Bell/Kendall Norman/Johnny Campbell, Honda 12:29:18
2009 Kendall Norman/Timmy Weigand/Quinn Cody, Honda 13:27:50
2010 Gus Vildosola Jr./Gus Vildosola Sr., Ford F-150, 19:00:04
2011- Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody/Logan Holladay, Buellton, Calif., Honda, 14:14:25
2012- B.J. Baldwin, Ford F-150, 20:00:59
2013- Timmy Weigand/Colton Udall/David Kamo/Mark Samuels, Honda, 18:29:14
2014- Rob MacCachren/Andy McMillin/Jason Voss, Ford F-150, 22:31:28
2015- Rob MacCachren/Andy McMillin, Ford F-150, 15:58:32
2016- Rob MacCachren/Jason Voss, Ford F-150, 17:12:58
2017- Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez/Juan C. Lopez, Chevy Rally Truck, 19:53:36
2018- Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, 16:23:26

4-wheel vehicles Total: 13
Motorcycles Total: 38

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Camburg Racing Wins Back to Back https://www.race-dezert.com/home/camburg-racing-wins-back-to-back-172838.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/camburg-racing-wins-back-to-back-172838.html#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:47:52 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=172838

Camburg Racing Wins Back to Back

Coming off their win at the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race, Camburg set their sights on finishing off the 2019 racing season with another win and to set the tone for next year.

The “Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic” is a fun and unique 2-day race format that mixes short course and desert racing elements on a 16-mile course in Laughlin, Nevada. With each race consisting of 4 laps, there’s zero margin of error to finish on the podium. Your overall standings for the weekend are based on your combined times for both days of racing. The Camburg General Tire Scosche Monster Energy #6188 Spec Trick Truck was up for the challenge.

The team headed to Laughlin, NV from Huntington Beach, CA for qualifying on Thursday and tech/ contingency on Friday. Only the top classes in BITD qualify prior to the race to determine the starting order come race day. By random drawing, Camburg was 24th off the line in qualifying in a massive field of 6100 trucks.

With Kyle Jergensen behind the wheel with his co-driver Shawn Shanks, as soon as the light turned green they were full throttle start to finish. The truck was on rails through the corners and they put down a run to be proud of. Qualifying 2nd, their lap of 5 mins 20 seconds was just shy of qualifying 1st by less than 4 seconds. This meant that fellow Method Race Wheels teammate #6183 Brock Heger would be first off the line with nothing but clean air ahead of him and a target on his back.

Saturdays starting order was based on Fridays qualifying results. With a side by side drag race start, the Camburg 6100 was staged 2nd since the fastest qualifier gets to start solo. Each group is also staged 30 seconds apart. Camburg got the green flag and the race was on! Kyle hit all his marks, the General Tire X3’s were hooking up and he put the Camburg truck ahead leaving the infield and out into the desert. Since #6183 started 30 seconds ahead of them, they needed to close the gap in order to win. Lap after lap Kyle got closer and closer and was leading the race on time even though he was physically 2nd on course. When it was all said and done the truck ran flawless and Camburg crossed the finish line in 1 hour 3 minutes and 56 seconds and was the winner of day one by 15.5 seconds.

Sunday’s game plan was one and the same, to drive hard and make no mistakes. By winning Saturday, Camburg was lined up side by side with 2nd place finisher #6183 and they would be the first group off. When the light turned green, both were hard off the line and Kyle was able to pull ahead and get out of the infield first. Both drivers wanted the overall win and the pressure was on Brock to make up for lost time. About 8 miles into lap 1 the #6183 got around Kyle and started to pull away a little. Kyle knew he couldn’t let him stretch too far out of his sights so he ran a pace fast enough to stay out of his dust. He knew the time split needed to win so he paced himself and waited to see how each lap progressed.

Finishing the 3rd lap it was time to turn it up. Kyle pushed the Camburg 6100 the hardest he ever had and it took everything he could throw at it, as #6183 was doing the same to stay out front. You could see in the infield Kyle was going for the win and he was hanging it out. On the last lap he was able to reel in Brock and it was one of the closest battles all weekend. The Camburg 6100 finished day two in 1 hour 4 minutes and 45 seconds in 2nd place only 7 seconds behind the leader. With the combined 2-day results, the Camburg General Tire Scosche Monster Energy #6188 Spec Trick Truck was the overall winner of the “Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic”.

Ending the season with two wins in a row for the Camburg team was a great accomplishment as they didn’t race the full season and weren’t going for a class championship. This year’s schedule was all about racing select events and going for the win in each.

“To end the year with a win is awesome! Kyle drove the wheels off our 6100 truck all weekend and had no issues. Looking at the engine management data we can tell our torque converter was too tight for this race so the truck will be even faster here next year with that change. On a race course like this it’s awesome to see the top 6100’s running so close to the top Trick Truck times, goes to show you how competitive they are and how fast they are becoming.” – Jerry Zaiden

“After Vegas to Reno we spent a little more time dialing in the FOX shocks with SDG and the results speak for themselves. Laughlin is a rough course with some big jumps and big holes and the truck took it no problem. Kyle and Shawn pushed the truck the hardest they ever had and it never skipped a beat.– Jason Campbell

“After us winning day one I knew Brock was gonna push it as hard as he could on Sunday and I did the same. Finishing off the year with a win is great and I’m looking forward to next year. It’s been great being a part of the Camburg team these last two races and the truck is working awesome.” – Kyle Jergensen

Now with the race over, Camburg is already tearing the truck down and getting it ready for the upcoming SEMA Tradeshow November 5-8.

Camburg would like to thank all their sponsors, team members and fellow racers for the opportunity to be racing in this class and series. Best in the Desert puts on the highest quality and most well organized events out there today. The Spec Trick Truck 6100 class has some of the most exciting off-road racing out of all the classes

For more information on Camburg products, race photo gallery and race team involvement; check out their website www.camburg.com. Make sure to follow them on Instagram and on Facebook @CAMBURGRACING



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POLARIS TAKES THE FOUR-SEAT EXPERIENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH ALL NEW RZR® PRO XP 4 LINEUP https://www.race-dezert.com/home/polaris-takes-the-four-seat-experience-to-the-next-level-with-all-new-rzr-pro-xp-4-lineup-172833.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/polaris-takes-the-four-seat-experience-to-the-next-level-with-all-new-rzr-pro-xp-4-lineup-172833.html#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:07:31 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=172833

NEW MODELS launched October 15, 2019


Built From the Inside Out with All Four Riders In Mind
RZR PRO XP 4 Expands Pro Class with Unparalleled Four-Seat Offering

Minneapolis (Oct. 15, 2019) – Polaris RZR®, the world’s No.1-selling sport performance side-by-side, has expanded its Pro class with the all-new PRO XP 4 lineup. Featuring game-changing design, performance and strength only found in the RZR Pro class, the PRO XP 4 lineup sets a new industry standard for four-seat performance.

Available in three trim levels, the PRO XP 4 offers unprecedented value, while the PRO XP 4 Premium features interior upgrades, a full lighting package, multi-point harnesses, premium paint finishes, and a completely new storage system. Riders looking for a fully loaded machine can opt for the PRO XP 4 Ultimate, complete with steering wheel controls for Dynamix 2.0, Ride Command and a Rockford Fosgate premium audio system. Each PRO XP 4 machine is equipped with front and rear half doors, adjustable sliding driver and passenger seats, expanded fuel capacity, enhanced rear passenger sightline and stock 30-inch Maxxis Carnivore 2.0 tires.

“Industry standards were shattered with the introduction of the RZR PRO XP platform, and to continue that trend, we’re excited to introduce an all-new standard for four-seat performance side-by-sides,” said Chris Musso, president of Off Road for Polaris. “Of course the driver is at the heart of all the action, but we saw an opportunity to revolutionize the four-seat category with thoughtful design aimed towards passengers. The PRO XP 4 delivers on this without sacrificing any of the industry-leading performance or durability riders expect from the RZR Pro class.”

Visionary Design: Built from the Inside Out with Every Passenger In Mind
Just like the RZR PRO XP, the new four-seater keeps the driver at the center of everything – with a lower seating position, improved adjustability and thoughtful interior design that delivers perfect ergonomics. The PRO XP 4 adds to that industry-leading design with even more advancements specifically designed for the rear passengers. Slightly elevated rear seating creates best-in-class sightlines for rear passengers, while four more inches of shoulder room and three more inches of leg room delivers unmatched comfort for a full day of riding.

Boasting the same menacing look as the PRO XP, the PRO XP 4 offers interior and exterior LED lighting and blue LED accent strips that line the cockpit for improved nighttime visibility. The PRO XP 4 is complete with dash storage and a latching center console, as well as the industry’s first rear “fold flat” storage. The new design allows riders to fold down the backseats to create additional storage behind the driver and front passenger offering over 16 cubic feet of storage space.

Pro Performance: A New Standard for Four-Seat Performance
With 181 horsepower, the PRO XP 4 is fitted with a larger turbo to create more boost, and a power band focused on snappier acceleration between 20 and 50 miles-per-hour. The all-new 64-inch PRO XP 4 machines debut with an industry-leading 22 inches of usable suspension travel, comparable to the RZR XP 4 Turbo S.

The chassis of the RZR PRO XP 4 is on a level of its own. With a 125-inch wheelbase, the longest of any RZR ever created, the supreme length not only delivers unmatched comfort and storage, but delivers next-level stability through high-speed whoops and dune transitions. Fuel capacity was also increased by two gallons, for a 13-gallon tank.

As the top-of-the-line four-seater, the RZR PRO XP 4 Ultimate features an entirely new calibration for DYNAMIX. Paired with upgraded FOX® 2.5 Live Valve Shocks, DYNAMIX 2.0 is easy to operate and includes conveniently placed steering wheel controls. The DYNAMIX ‘X’ button sends the system to full firm to prevent bottoming out in high-speed surprise events. All in, this machine transfers weight faster, is more agile and keeps the vehicle flatter – increasing confidence and comfort for all four riders.

Brute Strength: Stronger & Tougher Than Any Other Four-Seater
The PRO XP 4 is stronger in every area that matters. Suspension components are upgraded with tubular diameters that match that of the RZR XP Turbo S. The 64-inch machine’s high-clearance suspension in the front and rear provides a best-in-class 14.5 inches of ground clearance. Additionally, the PRO XP 4’s 30-inch Maxxis Carnivore 2.0 tires are the largest to come standard on a machine of its size.

Equipped with the same PRO XP drivetrain, with eight-times stronger axles that twist up to 300 degrees, the PRO XP 4 is the strongest four-seater ever created. Additionally, a revamped transmission delivers 39% more durability, while a three-times stronger front drive on the toughest one-piece chassis translates to fewer broken parts and a more reliable ride.

With more test miles than ever before, the quality and durability of RZR PRO XP 4 is truly taken to the next level and is made to devour whatever is thrown its way.

The RZR PRO XP 4 lineup can be pushed to the limits while maintaining its all-encompassing premium driving capabilities in the toughest terrains. Pricing for the RZR PRO XP 4 starts at $25,699, while the PRO XP Premium begins at $27,999 and the PRO XP Ultimate at $32,299. The RZR PRO XP 4 lineup is now shipping to Polaris dealers around the country.

More information about Polaris Off-Road and Polaris Engineered Accessories can be found at RZR.Polaris.com. Also, join the conversation and follow RZR on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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NEWS #7 – AFRICA ECO RACE – ROUTE 2020 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/news-7-africa-eco-race-route-2020-172642.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/news-7-africa-eco-race-route-2020-172642.html#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:24:52 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=172642


Pour la version Française, cliquez ICI

We had announced it last month, the 2020 edition is going to be full of surprises, should it be on the competitors or route side.
The recce team have just travelled back after finalizing the 2020 AFRICA ECO RACE route. We can now unveil some of the novelties of this edition… but not all…



After the technical and administrative checks in Menton on the 3rd and 4th of January 2020, the vehicles will be parked in the “Parc Fermé” located Quai Antoine 1er in Monaco.

On the evening of the 4th of January, all the competitors will be under Monaco spotlights whilst driving onto the podium for the start of the AFRICA ECO RACE 12th edition, under the applause of friends, family, sponsors and the yearly growing public!
Nothing better than a start under the star-filled sky of Monte-Carlo. A dream for many who will be extending their new year’s celebrations!


Always focusing on security and minimum free transfer distance, the AFRICA ECO RACE caravan will leave the port of Savona at 9AM on the 5th of January 2020, in Italy, only 128 km from the start location. The ferry, from the shipping company GRIMALDI will arrive in Tanger on the 7th of January 2020 in the early morning.

For 2 days and 2 nights, the participants will be able to fill-up with energy, meet the different teams, discuss with the members of the organization, especially Jean-Louis SCHLESSER and René METGE… It will also be the opportunity to get familiar with the navigation equipment such as GPS/ERTF, attend the general briefing and get answers to all the questions you might have, should they be technical or sport oriented.
The 7th of January, as soon as driving off the boat, the serious stuff will begin for the competitors who will be racing near to 4.000km of special sector threw mind-blowing landscapes to finally join the “Lac Rose” on the 19th of January 2020.


All the caravan will disembark the ferry on the morning of the 7th of January 2020. The competitors will then begin the 1st stage which will be a necessary warm up.

This first short special sector through the forest, will be the opportunity to witness the difficulty of the rally in terms of navigation before going south-east to the first bivouac, set up for the first time near Goulmima. It will be a long first stage to avoid the low January temperatures.


It was Jean-Louis SCHLESSER and René METGE’s wish to go back to Tidjikdja, the famous Mauritanian stage which stayed in the mind of all competitors and factories from the authentic Dakar. The organizers could tell you all about it!!

This year, dream will become reality, and the caravan of the AFRICA ECO RACE will be passing through Tidjikdja, historic city on the Tagant plateau. To fully appreciate the experience, the rally will set the bivouac there and race its only loop stage of the rally.

2 sandy stages with stunning panoramas. If the Mauritinian desert is filled with beauty, it is nonetheless tough and demanding. Competitors will have to be especially skilled and focused to overcome the many difficulties. Without a doubt, a stage that will seal the competitor’s ranking.
Here is a good enough amount of excitement for our competitors who are eager to compete! But be reassured, many new tracks will be revealed.


Stay tuned and follow us on the website AFRICA ECO RACE as well as our social media, to know more about the detailed novelties of 2020.

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“Holeshot News” For The Week! Oct 14-Oct 20 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/172638-172638.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/172638-172638.html#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:03:42 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=172638

Thursday Oct 17, 2019
Gates open 8am-Dusk

National and Vet / REM Track
8am – Dusk
$30 per bike / $20 after 4pm

Pee Wee Track
8am – Dusk
$20 per bike

Stadiumcross Practice
10am – Dusk

NEW! UTV and Quad practice for the Short Course Series
10am – Dusk
More Info

Get your Belly App (Rewards Card) to receive “FREE” Practices!!!

Friday Oct 18, 2019
Gates Open 12pm-8pm
Camping $10 per night

3 Bros 24-Hour Endurance
Weekend Gate Fees $20
Sign-up 12pm-4pm at the GHR Museum
More Info

Saturday Oct 19 – Sunday 20, 2019
Gates Open Saturday 6am – until end of event
Camping $10 per night

3 Bros 24-Hour Endurance Race
Weekend Gate Fees $20
Racing Saturday 10am – Sunday 10am
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Mark your calendars for the upcoming events you don’t want to miss!

GBC Stadium Short Course Series
UTV and Quads

October 26, 2019
More Info

Dubya World Vet MX Championships
November 1-3, 2019
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Dubya World Vet MX Cup of Nations
November 2-3, 2019
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Brandon Arthur Captures Big 2nd Place Podium Finish in MAVTV Pro 2 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/brandon-arthur-captures-big-2nd-place-podium-finish-in-mavtv-pro-2-172626.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/brandon-arthur-captures-big-2nd-place-podium-finish-in-mavtv-pro-2-172626.html#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:47:48 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=172626

Brandon Arthur Captures Big 2nd Place Podium Finish in MAVTV Pro 2

San Bernardino, CA

Professional Off Road Racer and driver of the #6 MAVTV, Stronghold Motorsports, Pro Traffic Services, Toyo Tires Pro 2, Brandon Arthur came into Rounds 7 & 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) looking for redemption and on the hunt for a podium finish. After a modest 2019 season with two Top 5s and two Top 10s, Arthur was highly motivated to shake things up during the US Golden State Nationals at Glen Helen Raceway. Brandon did just that by laying down seriously fast lap times in all three practice sessions, qualifying in the top 5 for both rounds, and capturing a big 2nd place podium finish to top it all off.

Brandon Arthur, MAVTV, Toyo Tires, Pro Traffic Services, KMC Wheels, Bink Designs, FiberwerX

Most impressive is that Arthur brought out a nearly untested re-built truck fresh off the chassis table. After a rough round of racing back in July, the #6 MAVTV Ford went under the knife. “We made a lot of changes to the truck before Glen Helen,” Brandon shared. “I cut the entire back of the truck off and moved everything around. We did not get the test I would have liked to but went into the weekend kind of guessing on where we would be. It turns out that we were pretty much dialed and had a great truck all weekend. I was in the Top 3 in all the practices and made it count for qualifying.”

Brandon Arthur, MAVTV, Toyo Tires, Pro Traffic Services, KMC Wheels, Bink Designs, FiberwerX

Brandon qualified 4th fastest and within a competitive margin to the pole setter Jerett Brooks. That would position the #6 MAVTV Truck in mid-pack (10th place) for the Round 7 start due to the addition of a large group of Pro 2M (410) Trucks. Race officials have allotted the Pro 2M Trucks a timed handicap and physical head start over the traditional higher horsepower Pro 2 Trucks.

“Saturday’s race was crazy,” described Arthur. “The new Glen Helen layout sure did mix things up. The track was so rough and tore up; it was more about survival than it was about racing. The Toyo Tires Open Country M/T helped out a lot, giving us the traction to maintain speed. I had to pick good lines to make it around the track clean. We did just that and passed all the trucks in front of me except Jeremy McGrath. Eight trucks in total and two per lap. If there were maybe one more lap in the race, I think I could have got him too! I am super excited for the team to be able to come home with a 2nd place podium finish.”

Brandon Arthur, MAVTV, Toyo Tires, Pro Traffic Services, KMC Wheels, Bink Designs, FiberwerX

For Round 8 qualifying session, Brandon laid down another solid lap time fast enough for 3rd quickest. At 52.293 and his best of the weekend, the MAVTV #6 was just .089 behind RJ Anderson and a tad more to get up in the Brooks zone. “Wow! The truck is on rails this weekend,” Arthur declared. “This Pro Power Racing Ford 408 is a rocket and my Toyo Tires make it possible to feed all that power to the ground.”

The race was another furious short course event with more of the same. The track got really tore up. The 410 Trucks were fast and it was clear that the handicapped head start was too great of an advantage to overcome. Brandon started in 10th place, made clean passes to move up through the field, and never made any mistakes. A 6th place finish was the best he could produce and a little hard to swallow. “I just never had enough time to catch them. It is frustrating as a racer to be right there with the fastest guy in the open motors, but only be able to come home with a 6th place because we couldn’t catch the 410s.”

Brandon Arthur, MAVTV, Toyo Tires, Pro Traffic Services, KMC Wheels, Bink Designs, FiberwerX

Arthur continued, “But man, does it feel good to be back on the box again! The truck was a rocket ship all weekend. We finished 2nd and then 6th. I am stoked to be able to make all of our hard work pay off. We had many late nights in the shop, rebuilding the truck from the frame up and redoing the whole back half. It was a tremendous undertaking that has proven its value. All in all, it was an excellent weekend for our team, and we are now on the right path to finding the speed we need to compete. Now, it is time to head back home to focus on the last round in Arizona. Thanks to all my crew, family, and partners. Without you guys, I would not be on the box!

Brandon Arthur, MAVTV, Toyo Tires, Pro Traffic Services, KMC Wheels, Bink Designs, FiberwerX

The final event and Round 9 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will feature the GEICO Off Road Championship on October 26th at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

Brandon Arthur is supported by: MAVTV, Stronghold Motorsports, Pro Traffic Services, Toyo Tires, KMC Wheels, HRT Motorsports, Competitive Metals, FOX, Safety-Kleen, FK Rod Ends, STEEL-IT, Baja Designs, Magnaflow, FiberwerX, Performance Plus Lubricants, F&L Racing Fuels, Heatshield Products, Heatwave Visual, Buggy Whip, ECP Powder Coatings, HPS Performance Products, Howe Performance, Wirefab, Bink Designs, Benchmark Performance, Redline Performance.

Photography By: Bink Designs

About Brandon Arthur
Brandon Arthur has achieved two championships and a rookie of the year award in his diverse racing career. A fan favorite, he won the 2012 HDRA, 1400 championship in a truck he built from his grandfather’s F-100 that was used on the farm. In 2013, he ran select races in his Pro Traffic Services HRT Motorsports Trophy Truck capturing a victory in its first time out. In 2014, his rookie year of Pro Lite competition in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, he ran consistently fast; posting a victory and several top finishes. Brandon is a skilled builder and mechanic in addition to his talent behind the wheel. Since entering the Pro Lite class, Brandon has been on a steady climb finishing 3rd place in the points championship in 2015, and then 2nd in 2016. Brandon has won over a substantial fan base and established himself as a threat to win, every time he takes to the track. In 2019, he will be competing for a championship in a Pro 2 and UTV Production 1000.

Visit // www.brandonarthurracing.com

About Bink Designs
Bink Designs is a premier digital media marketing company located in San Diego, CA. Since 2007, Bink Designs has been committed to providing cost-effective solutions for clients’ high-end media needs. Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography & Apparel.

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Polaris RZR Takes Home Two Series Championships at Laughlin Desert Classic https://www.race-dezert.com/home/polaris-rzr-takes-home-two-series-championships-at-laughlin-desert-classic-172613.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/polaris-rzr-takes-home-two-series-championships-at-laughlin-desert-classic-172613.html#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:33:47 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=172613 POLARIS RZR® FACTORY RACING TRIUMPHS AT

RZR Factory Drivers Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Branden Sims Win UTV Turbo;
RZR Sponsored Athlete Adrian Orellana Steals Pro UTV NA Class Win

Minneapolis (Oct. 14, 2019) – This weekend, Polaris RZR® Factory Racing prevailed at the Best
In The Desert Fourth Annual Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic with two wins and
three podiums, and Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Seth Quintero clinching the overall Best In The Desert
series championships in their respective classes.

Guthrie Jr. and fellow RZR Factory Driver Branden Sims completed the short-course in a neck-
and-neck battle resulting in Guthrie Jr. securing his second win of the season. The victory
allowed him to overtake three drivers in the overall points standings and bring home the series

As the UTV Turbo race settled in, Guthrie Jr. sat at 10 th place, but he charged the course in
dramatic fashion, running a pace nobody could keep up with and ultimately stealing first.
Polaris RZR Factory Driver Branden Sims finished in second place in only his second race behind
the wheel of his RZR. Polaris RZRs claimed six of the top 10 spots with Polaris Supported Athlete
Randy Romo coming home fifth and Factory Racers Justin Lambert and Ryan Piplic finishing
sixth and eight respectively. Fellow Polaris Supported Athlete Sierra Romo celebrated her
belated 19 th birthday with a ninth-place finish.

RZR Factory Driver Seth Quintero fell short on a UTV Pro Production perfect season but still
brought home the Best In The Desert series championship. After pulling the hole shot and
keeping the lead for six laps, Quintero got stuck behind a lapper on the second-to-last lap
costing him the lead. Quintero battled back in a fast whoops section regaining the lead until an
arm pin bolt backed out, causing a long repair and relegating Quintero to an 11 th place finish.
Polaris Sponsored Athlete Adrian Orellana battled for first place after a stop for quick repairs
and still crossed the finish line minutes ahead of second place. Polaris Supported Athlete
Madeline Wedeking took second and 62-year-old Joe Bolton finished third for a Polaris podium
sweep. Polaris Supported Athletes Corbin and Kaden Wells brought their Risq Racing Polaris
RZRs home fourth and sixth respectively, helping to fill eight of the top 10 spots with Polaris

“Without a doubt, the Polaris RZR Factory Racing Team completely dominated the field over the
course of this year’s Best in the Desert Series, and Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Seth Quintero
capturing the coveted series championships makes it all that much sweeter,” said Kyle Duea,
vice president of ORV Marketing for Polaris Off Road. “With plenty more racing to go this
season, there’s still more success to be had as our drivers and crews look ahead to the next

Polaris RZR Factory Racing will look to continue its winning ways October 26 at the LOORS Off
Road Championship in Chandler, Ariz.

More information about Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Polaris Engineered Accessories can be
found at RZR.Polaris.com. Also, join the conversation and follow RZR on Facebook, Instagram
and Twitter.

About Polaris
As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and
enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being
outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2018 sales of $6.1 billion, Polaris’ high-quality
product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER, RZR and GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles;
Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle mid-size and heavyweight
motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats,
including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with
parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including
Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and
commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in
Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. www.polaris.com.

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The Laughlin event isn’t your typical desert race with it being a shorter race with laps around 16 miles and the racing split up between two days. Your starting position for Saturday was either set by qualifying (TT, Class 1500, Class 6100), or by random draw. Then how you finished that day determined how you started on Sunday and your combined times between both days was your final time.

On average the person in your class who wins time on Saturday usually wins the weekend and that was exactly the case in Laughlin for the exception of Class 1500.

Day one saw some close battles in many of the different classes. In Trick Truck Jason Voss was running away with the lead, putting up to a minute on the field each lap but a flat tire on his last lap right before the road crossing narrowed that gap. Because of his lead he was able to get it changed before anyone got around him and take the win for the day. On day two with no issues he again walked away from the field taking the win for the weekend.

For the points championship in Trick Truck Jeff Terzo was leading going into Laughlin with Voss close behind in third, but after finishing in second place for the weekend Terzo was crowned the Trick Truck Champion for 2019.

Class 6100 had the closest battle of the weekend with Brock Heger and Kyle Jergensen driving the Camburg Racing truck finishing the weekend just 8 seconds apart. On day one Jergenesen got the better of Heger and the favor was returned on Sunday with Brock winning on time, but it just wasn’t enough to beat Jergensen. Heger won the war however taking home the points championship for the class.

James Dean qualified first on Thursday both in class and overall which put him on the pole for Saturday, but a quick thrown belt and then a rollover set him back on time. Ray Griffith who then took over the lead went on to win day one with Adam Householder finishing behind him. The next day Griffith looked to be cruising to a win on the first two laps but a mechanical issue caused a DNF which meant Householder would go on to take the victory.

CJ Hutchins had the last laugh though securing the 1501 plate for next year winning the championship after finishing second for the weekend.

Other class victories went to Conor McMullen in 1000, Randy Merritt in Class 7200, Trophylite went to Cory Winner and Travis Chase in 5000.

For full results make sure you check out our forum where they are all listed after each race!

Photos by HighRev Photo

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October 14, 2019

Presented by VP Racing Fuels
59 racers in hunt for 2019 Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards
chase after 3 rds of 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship

For Pro and Sportsman racers in cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads completing every required race mile

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—After the third of four races in the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship, 59 of the toughest racers in the world remain in the hunt to earn 2019 Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards presented by VP Racing Fuels. In late September in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Round 3 was held at the Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400.
SCORE is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 34th consecutive year. The SCORE Milestone awards will be presented to the car, truck, UTV drivers and motorcycle, quad riders who finish every required mile in the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship. In three rounds, racers have been required to cover 1,224.93 miles so far this season.
Ending the season will be the iconic 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The Granddaddy of All Desert Races, this year’s race week activities and race will be held on Nov. 19-24. The single-loop race course will cover 799.1 rugged miles over the majestic and mysterious northern part of Baja California.
The 59 racers who have completed all the miles thus far are from 19 different SCORE racing classes.
Leading the way in the chase for 2019 SCORE Milestone Awards are 10 superlative stallions in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, three in the SCORE TT Legend class, four in the unlimited Class 1, 11 in Trophy Truck Spec, four in Class 10, three in Pro UTV FI (Forced Injection), three in Pro Moto Unlimited, five in Pro Moto 30 (riders over 30 years old) and three in Pro Quad.
“SCORE is privileged to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers and riders,” said Jim Ryan, SCORE Sales and Marketing Director. “For over three decades, SCORE has been very humbled to honor racers with the Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards presented by VP Racing Fuels. SCORE racers are the toughest, most rugged racers on the planet. This most prestigious award has become iconic in our sport. It is also a distinct privilege for us to honor the memory of one of the greatest desert racers of all time in adding Rod Hall’s name to this wonderful award. And we are grateful to VP Racing Fuels for stepping up to help honor these racers as well.”
Among the four SCORE Trophy Truck thoroughbreds who have galloped through every challenging race mile so far this season are: Andy McMillin, National City, Calif. (No. 31 Red Bull McMillin Racing Chevy Silverado-Mason Built), Luke McMillin, San Diego (No. 83 Ford F-150-Racer), Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico (No. 10 Monster Energy Ford Raptor (ID), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado), Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas (No. 7 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford Raptor (Huseman), Chris Miller, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (No. 40 Toyota Tundra), Bobby Pecoy, Yorba Linda, Calif. (No. 14 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Ford Raptor (Geiser), Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C. (No. 77 Speed Energy Chevy Silverado-Custom), Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif. (No. 85 Ford F-150-Herbst-Smith) and Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150).
Celebrating its 26th year since it was introduced by SCORE’s then-owner Sal Fish in 1994, SCORE Trophy Truck is the sport’s marquee racing division for high-tech, 950 horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
The three racers still chasing the award in the SCORE TT Legend class for SCORE Trophy Truck racers over 50 years old are Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va/Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix (No. 5L RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck-Geiser), Rolf Helland, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif. (No. 37L Ford Raptor-Geiser) and Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif./Gustavo Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico (No. 1L Ford Raptor-ID).
The racers still in the hunt for the coveted awards from Class 1 for unlimited open-wheel desert race cars are Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. (No. 100, Jimco-Chevy), Mason Cullen, Long Beach, Calif. (No. 105, Jimco-Chevy), Brandon Bailey, Riverside, Calif. (No. 129, Alumi Craft-Chevy) and Brendan Gaughan, Las Vegas (No. 162, Jefferies-Chevy).
Leading the 11 racers in Trophy Truck Spec are Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif. (No. 204 Geiser-Chevy), Charles Dorrance, Austin, Texas (No. 299, Geiser-Chevy), Austin ‘A.J.’ Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz. (No. 279, TSCO-Chevy) and Chad Dohrmann, Murrieta, Calif. (No. 218, Get-Ford).
Three of the drivers still in the chase for these awards from the super-competitive Class 10 for single or two-seat open wheel desert race cars with limited engines are Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif. (No. 1068, Alumi Craft-Chevy), Hiram Duran, Tecate, Mexico (No. 1016, Jimco-Chevy) and Chase Warren, Phoenix (No. 1008, Alumi Craft-Chevy).
The three racers still in the hunt in the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class are Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif. (No. 2905, Can-Am X3), Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (No. 2971, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo) and Brandon Schueler, Phoenix (No. 2919, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo).
Leading the motorcycle classes, Pro Moto Unlimited (three) and Pro Moto 30 (riders over 30 years old) with five racers are still pursuing 2019 Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards presented by VP Racing Fuels. These sturdy groups of riders are led by the teams headed by riders of records Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. (No. 1x Honda CRF450X) and Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif. (No. 308x Yamaha WR450F).
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.

2019 Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards
presented by VP Racing Fuels

(59 car, truck, UTV, M/C and quad racers who have completed every required mile so far of the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship)

SCORE Trophy Truck (10)
Andy McMillin, National City, Calif.
Luke McMillin, San Diego
Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico
Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif.
Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas
Chris Miller, La Jolla, Calif.
Bobby Pecoy, Yorba Linda, Calif.
Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C.
Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif.
Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas
SCORE TT Legend (3)
Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va.
Rolf Helland, Morris, Ill.
Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif.
Class 1 (4)
Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif.
Mason Cullen, Long Beach, Calif.
Brandon Bailey, Riverside, Calif.
Brendan Gaughan, Las Vegas
Trophy Truck Spec (11)
Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif.
Charles Dorrance, Austin, Texas
A.J. Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Chad Dohrman, Murrieta, Calif.
Vincent Munoz, Yucaipa, Calif.
Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico
Pat Sims, Eunice, N. M.
John Langley, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Luis Javier Pelayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Bobby Patton, Fort Worth, Texas
Kelly McArthur, San Dimas, Calif.
Class 10 (4)
Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif.
Hiram Duran, Tecate, Calif.
Chase Warren, Phoenix, Ariz.
Rafael Aguirre, Monterrey, Mexico
CLASS 7 (1)
Dan Chamlee, Montecito, Calif.
Pro UTV FI (3)
Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif.
Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif.
Brandon Schueler, Phoenix
SCORE Lites (2)
Freddie Willert, El Cajon, Calif.
Matias Arjona IV, Ensenada, Mexico
Pro UTV NA (1)
Kaden Wells, St. George, Utah
Class 1/2-1600 (1)
J. David Ruvalcaba, Ensenada, Mexico
Pro Moto Unlimited (3)
Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif.
Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz.
(66x) Santiago Creel, Mexico City
Pro Moto Limited (2)
Marco Pena, Nuevo CG, Mexico
(100x) Santiago Creel, Mexico City
Pro Moto 30 (5)
Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif.
(360x) Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico
Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla.
Luis M. Gomez, Obregon, Mexico
Nick Lanning, Beaumont, Texas
Pro Moto 40 (1)
Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev.
Pro Moto Ironman (1)
Michael Skurkis, Henderson, Nev.
Pro Moto 50 (1)
Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif.
Pro Quad (3)
Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico
Adolfo Arellano, Chula Vista, Calif.
Javier Ibarra, San Diego
SPT Quad (1)
Jovanni Marquez, Los Cabos, Mexico
SPT M/C (2)
Schane Schorno, Discovery Baja, Calif.
Carlos Silva, Mexicali, Mexico

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Another thrilling edition of the Tour de Corse Historique https://www.race-dezert.com/home/another-thrilling-edition-of-the-tour-de-corse-historique-172541.html https://www.race-dezert.com/home/another-thrilling-edition-of-the-tour-de-corse-historique-172541.html#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:06:14 +0000 https://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=172541

Porto-Vecchio, 14 October 2019

Another thrilling edition of the Tour de Corse Historique

The battle for victory on the Tour de Corse Historique went all the way to the final finish line, after five intense days of racing that saw no less that six different leaders. After more than four hours of competition, over an extremely demanding 348 km of racing, a single second separated the first two crews, driving cars from two different generations!

One of the great things about historic events is the mix of different types of competition cars, from the 50s right through to the 90s, with the particularity, in Corsica, of having two parallel competitions. On one side there’s the pure speed of the VHC category and on the other the regularity of the VHRS class, who take the same torturous roads that have made Corsica famous. Five stages and sixteen specials were on the 2019 programme, with one in particular being apprehended by the 174 entries. The 53 km long Notre Dame de la Serra-Col de la Croix test, should have been the decisive one, with the victory being played out on this penultimate stage. In reality, the race was a thriller from the first to the last day and ended with a totally unexpected outcome.


Photos credit 1, 2 & 3 : Frédéric Chambert / Tour de Corse Historique


Taking advantage of the exceptional weather conditions, ‘the Islanders’ showed their speed straight from the off. The gauntlet was thrown down from the first special, with four drivers posting exactly the same fastest time! A fight that would continue throughout the Tour. Joël Marchetti, co-driven by François-Xavier Buresi, stood out early on at the wheel of his MkI Ford Escort. He started to build the foundations of a potential victory, only to be let down by an alternator problem just after the regrouping at La Porta, on the third stage. From then on the race became a frantic scramble for victory, with multiple upsets.

The leaders continued to swap places

The many spectators who packed the roadside witnessed a thrilling spectacle. On this famous third stage Pierre Vivier (Renault 5 Turbo) took the lead before being slowed by a spin. As a result, the Belgian driver Alexandre Leroy (Mazda RX7) came into Calvi the leader. But the very next morning his race came to a grinding halt with mechanical problems, as did that of the second placed man, André Caruso (Porsche 911). This double retirement opened the door to François Foulon and his Corsican born co-driver, Sébastien Mattei. At the wheel of his MkII Ford Escort, the 2016 French VHC champion fought hard to hold off the much more powerful car of Pierre Vivier. The last stage would prove decisive and it would take two specials for Vivier to take the overall lead. But he too would make a mistake on the very last timed section. This retirement would give victory in extremis to Francois Foulon, who, despite brake problems, lead home the BMW M3 of Christophe Casanova and Stéphane Delleaux by just one second! The final podium was completed by the Belgian crew of Christian Kelders/Patrick Chiappe (Porsche 911) who finished ahead of two other models of the German brand, driven by Antonini/Dini et Deblauwe/Lemaire.


The regularity race was initially dominated by Bernard Figuière (Porsche 911 Carrera), co-driven by Isabelle Godin. Entered in intermediate average, they would lose the lead during the third stage to Jean-Pierre Verneuil and Jérome Scudier (R5 Alpine), who would hold it all the way to the finish in Porto-Vecchio, where they would win with a seven-point lead. Second last year, Giorgio Schon (Porsche 911) would once again get onto the podium in 2019, but this time on the third step!

After the sporting and popular success of Tour de Corse Historique that has just finished, all eyes are on next year, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary. An edition already eagerly anticipated by competitors and public alike!

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Day 3 (RALLY DAY 2)
The Stakes Get Raised

All Photography By: Bink Designs

ENSENADA, BAJA CALIF. – At NORRA we always talk about how The Mexican 1000 is “The Happiest Race On Earth!”. It’s true, everyone has a great time. At the Inaugural NORRA 500 it was much of the same. It’s a celebration of Baja racing. We did have some attrition on day one of racing, and some teams did repairs overnight before racing resumed on day three of the rally. Everyone was hyped up about the STEEL-IT King of the Mountain timed run up to Mike’s Sky Ranch. You would think that many of the seasoned veterans would just consider it more of the same, but you’d be wrong. Several drivers were trying so hard, that they found the limits of traction. Mike Diorio and his Father Joe went off the road. If not for Mike’s experience, it might have been worse. He knew enough to point it downhill, and keep it on all 4 tires. They thought they would be spending the night out there, but they were able to clear a path, and get back on the road. They never made it up to Mike’s, but they were able to finish the course.

Another driver who found the limits was the veteran Lightning Larry Ragland. He spun out and got wedged between some rocks. “We started out on the hill climb too fast,” said Larry. “I lost it and we were crossed up between some rocks. I killed the motor, but we got started and out of the way before the next truck came. After that we took our time and made sure to finish the race. We are pretty sure we went penalty free. We did our best to nail it.” Unofficially, Larry did nail it. He is the unofficial winner. His car owner, and friend Jimmy Smith committed to coming back next year. He said how great it was to race with his best friend Larry.

One of the racers who pushed Ragland was the youngster Jax Redline. Redline was driving a Trophy Truck for the first time, and was rock solid. He was the first truck to cross the line both days. His Dad Shane told him to go, but be smart. He did just that. “Being the first truck on the road was mind-blowing,” said Jax. “The road to Mike’s was fun; lots of rocks, and cliffs with some big jumps.” Dad Shane said NORRA is the most fun race they do, and they would be back next year.

Zak Langley was the third driver to cross the line, and everyone anticipated that Mark Post would be close behind. Post had problems which caused them some down time. The end popped off his steering rack so they had to stop. “We lost the steering ram so it shut us down,” said Post. “It was fortunate that it happened during a transit when we were going 20. It could have been much worse when we were going 120.”

The course after Mike’s was technical so the finishing order had some surprises. Thomas Purcell finished 6th overall in his Can Am X3 turbo UTV. Right behind him was Scott Steinberger, also in a Can Am. Steinberger said that they caught and passed Butch Jensen who was driving an LS powered Alumi craft with over 600 horsepower. When it gets tight and technical, the UTV’s really shine. Steinberger said that Butch was probably mad at him. One of the best things about racing NORRA is that as John Langley says, “At most races you get to know the other cars. At NORRA, you get to know the people.”

Another racer who is credited with an unofficial win was the number 211 Challenger Buggies class car driven by Kevin Smith with his childhood friend Johnny Kaiser navigating. Smith and Kaiser have known each other since they were kids because their fathers raced together. In fact, Smith pointed out that he was sitting on the same seat riser that his father used when he raced with Johnny’s Dad. Their win makes them 2 for 2 as they also won the Mexican 1000.

The bikes had a much less dramatic day of racing. The Busch’s had a good clean run, Tony Donna, and Jeff Leonard got their navigating down pat, and Scott Toepfer finished on his 1967 BSA Hornet. The Safari class had another laid back day soaking up the Baja experience. They stopped at what Michael Emery described as “A very nice restaurant in the middle of nowhere.”

With racing concluded, the partying started. After a night of revelry, and a good night’s sleep, everyone will be ready to celebrate the entire event at the awards ceremony on Sunday. We will have a recap and full results, and in case you missed anything the live feed videos are posted at norra.com.



Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, five-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern pre-runners, trucks, buggies, UTVs, bikes and desert Rally Raid cars.

Pearlman’s late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970’s.

NORRA enjoys corporate partnerships with Yokohama Tire, Method Race Wheels, South Point Hotel Casino, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, STEEL-IT, RIGID, Multitool USA, Timberline, Schampa, Satellite Phone Store.com, PCI Race Radios, Warn, Biltwell, USActionTrax, Joe Hauler, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), B3KREATIV, and many more.

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Day 2 (RALLY DAY 1)
of the Yokohama NORRA 500
Presented by Method Race Wheels

All Photography By: Bink Designs

ENSENADA, BAJA CALIF. – It was day two of the NORRA 500, but it was the first day that the competitors would run their vehicles in anger. The trouble was, nobody was even mad. Not even Mark Post who was third over the line. Apparently he ran up the bumper of first on the road Jax Redline and gave him the push to pass signal several times. It wasn’t clear if it was a malfunction, or if the young man was not familiar with the whole affair. Post didn’t take much offense, after all he was winning races before Redline was even born, and has nothing to prove. Redline has racing experience, but it was his first time behind the wheel of an honest to goodness Trophy Truck. The red mist had to have been thick in the cab as he diced with Post, Zac Langley, and Larry Ragland at the front of the pack. Langley was second to finish so the first three to finish represented three generations of offroad racers. Despite being first on the road, it’s a game of elapsed time. Ruben Torres of @chifladosracingteam was the overall winner on day one.

Certainly the highlight of many was their trip through the pine forest. Not only is the scenery absolutely spectacular, but it gets very technical as the narrow trail darts in and out of the trees. When we interviewed Judy Smith at technical inspection, she was a little apprehensive about whether the dust would seriously limit vision to the point of being treacherous. Thankfully there was enough wind to keep things reasonably clear. Mike Diorio, who was driving the first V8 class one car ever built by Jimco (in 1998), was fighting a loose alternator belt which caused the car to stall in sharp corners. Despite the increased tension, he was still able to have a little fun through the forest. He and David Hough battled through the trees. “It reminded me of high school; Dave and I chasing each other around in our trucks.” Said Diorio.

While the cars ran the northern loop, the bikes, and the safari class was on a separate course that looped to the south. The safari class was on the same bike course, but they ran later. They were able to stop and smell the roses along the way. Not only did they pull over to take pictures whenever they saw something cool, but they stopped for tacos too. That sounds like the way to go.

The bikes were the first to go up the road to Mike’s so it gives us a little idea about how fast the cars will be going. Kevin and Michele Busch had a great day and made it the 20 miles up to Mike’s in 20 minutes. The comradery between the bike competitors is really something else. Jeff Leonard was up around Valle De Trinidad when he started to have some navigation problems. He actually called Kevin Busch on the phone for help, and Kevin gave him the info he needed. It was the first time racing NORRA for Jeff’s teammate Tony Donna. Tony is used to going all out from the start, and left a couple of checkpoints early. They know they will have some penalties as a result, but their day was still a ton of fun, and they are looking forward to riding the northern loop.

One of the best parts of the NORRA 500, and the Mexican 1000, is the chance to race on multiple days. In the time between the day’s stages you can make changes to your bike, car, truck, or UTV. You might have a tough day racing, but still have a second, or third, chance to turn your race around. It’s so much more fun to have that opportunity to make repairs, or get dialed in even better for the next day’s racing. We will see who gets faster as the competitors switch courses, and run day two of racing. For those who could not catch the live stream, you can tune in to day 2 coverage by following the live coverage link on the norra.com home page, or by checking out our facebook page> NorraFanPage.



Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, five-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern pre-runners, trucks, buggies, UTVs, bikes and desert Rally Raid cars.

Pearlman’s late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970’s.

NORRA enjoys corporate partnerships with Yokohama Tire, Method Race Wheels, South Point Hotel Casino, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, STEEL-IT, RIGID, Multitool USA, Timberline, Schampa, Satellite Phone Store.com, PCI Race Radios, Warn, Biltwell, USActionTrax, Joe Hauler, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), B3KREATIV, and many more.

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