- Burnett doesn’t let broken collar bone get in the way of his Baja 1000 race.
- Burnett’s second-place finish marks third podium for Team GT.
Baja California, Mexico – (November 20, 2011) In one of the most strenuous Baja 1000 races to date, Team GT driver Marc Burnett had to overcome a broken collar bone as he attacked the 692-mile course. Burnett got off to a great start but close to mile-marker 222 had to stop for a three hour repair. The unscheduled stop was indeed a set-back but it looked as if Burnett would be able to fight through and add to his Baja 1000 wins. Unfortunately his hopes of a win were dashed, but Burnett powered through 692 miles with un-matched grit and determination to capture second in Class 6 and second-place in the overall SCORE Series championship.
“Marc Burnett is a machine,” said Dana Zamalloa, manager public relations and communications, General Tire. “For him to have gone through everything he has over the last several weeks and still race the entire Baja 1000, with an injured shoulder, is simply amazing. I have a lot of respect and admiration for his determination. He’s exactly what the General Tire brand is about, toughness.”
“It definitely wasn’t easy,” said Burnett following the race. “I wasn’t going to let a little injury get in the way of a Baja 1000 win and possible SCORE championship. This Monster team worked so hard and we fought throughout the race. We had a set back at about the 222-mile mark and I thought we’d be able to come back from it but unfortunately we had to settle for second. I have to thank all my sponsors including General Tire for giving us a fantastic tire to work with in such harsh conditions.”
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