ENSANADA, MEXICO JUNE 5, 2010 – The La Paz Racing team headed to the SCORE BAJA 500 with one goal in
mind – “bring back the hat with the writing on back” – more on that later. The LA PAZ COCKTAIL MIX FORD F-250
would start first in the Stock Full division, a position they would never relinquish. This year’s event would definitely
live up to its reputation as one of, if not the toughest, 500-mile off-road race in the world.
Of the 289 starters, 192 competitors (66.4%) were able to go the distance. Besides being involved in a traffic jam
with about 35 other vehicles at race mile 100 for a couple of hours, the La Paz team was enjoying a trouble free run.
As day turned into night, the KC Hilites HID driving lights were switched on to help guide the truck to the finish line.
With the help of the Lucas Oil products, the trucks vital components stayed lubed and cool.
As the truck rolled through the last road crossing at race mile 404, driver Tim Casey, with Mike Tuba navigating,
were informed by a race official of another traffic jam on a steep rocky hill just ahead. Casey and Tuba proceeded
toward their last big obstacle between them and the finish line. Approximately three quarters of the way up the hill
a loud pop was heard and the truck stopped moving. First thoughts were rear end or transmission – luckily it was
neither. Fortunately the Unitrax preped differential and Culhane transmission were fine. The rough terrain combined
with the violent hopping and spinning of the rear wheels caused the drive shaft bolts to completely shear from the
flange. With a new driveline and bolts installed, the Ford Super Duty was once again racing to the finish.
Casey and Tuba crossed the line back in Ensanada at 4:36 am on Sunday morning, 2 ½ hours ahead of the second
place finisher to take their third first place finish of the season. When asked about the track conditions, Casey
responded that at times he wasn’t sure if they had entered a rock crawling competition, hill climb event or off road
race because of the severity of the obstacles. “ We went up hills that a stock 2 wheel drive truck shouldn’t have
been able to climb. The only reason we made it was the incredible traction provided by BF Goodrich KRT Tires”,
Casey explained. Tuba also noted the tires on the truck were the same 4 that started the race 17 hours earlier.
Regarding the hat with the writing on the back. BF Goodrich Tire Co. supports off road racing in a massive way.
Multiple tractor-trailers stratigically located through out Baja and at other events in the United States provide crucial
pit support. Their generous sponsorship programs are second to none. However, they do limit the supply of one
item that is coveted by all BFG team racers. If you are fortunate enough to win an event, usually while still in your
race vehicle, a BFG Team member will hand you a hat with the BF Goodrich logo, but on the back is embroidered
the word “WINNER”. Second place does not get this hat and you cannot buy one, you must win. So if you are
heading home with one of those hats in your possession, you know your team got the job done. Also a big thank
you to the Brown Bag Sandwich Shop for keeping the hungry chase teams feed and Got Coverage Auto Insurance
for the south of the border auto insurance coverage.
The La Paz Racing Team will now begin preparing for the longest off road race on U.S. soil this year, the Best In The
Desert Vegas to Reno race, which will be held in mid August.