The Ampudia family are no strangers in the Off-Road community especially in Baja. Rodrigo Ampudia Sr. made the unthinkable happen by bringing Lucas Oil Short Course Racing across the border in 2015. A few days prior to the event in Ensenada we went to Ampudia’s shop to talk about their racing history and photograph their Pro-2.
The Ampudia off road story starts in 1983 when Rodrigo Ampudia Sr. along some family members started competing in the Baja 500 and 1000 in the 5-1600 class. Soon they moved up to Class16 winning multiple races and getting the Governor’s Cup, an honorable award in Baja. In 2002 Rodrigo Jr. started racing desert with his dad in some local Ensenada races. In 2005 the Ampudia’s debuted a new Geiser built Class8 at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, they also picked up a Pro-Lite for the CORR short course series.
2006 was the first year behind the wheel of the Pro-Lite for Rodrigo Jr. taking both wins at the Crandon World Championship. In 2008 Rodrigo made the move up to the unlimited Pro-2 Class. The Pro-2 is recognized as being one of the most challenging and competitive classes in Off-Road Racing. Rodrigo was able to prove that he was a part of the elite group in 2010 claiming his first win in now the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS). The Papas&Beer team have fought hard for several years to be competitive in the Pro-2 Class and they do not seem to be slowing down recently debuting a brand new truck for this season.
Built by Michael Krahling and Menzies Motorsports, with a 900hp Ford engine this beautiful piece of engineering is the ultimate weapon for Rodrigo to fight for a spot on the podium every race. Below are the specs and gallery of the Rodrigo Ampudia Pro-2.
ProPower Ford with 900HP
|Transmission:||Rancho Drivetrain Turbo-400|
Front- Fox 3.0 and 2.0 coilovers, 18″ of travel
Rear- Fox 3.0 and 2.0 coilovers, 20″ of travel
|Seats & Safety:||
17″ Method Race Wheels
35″ BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KR2
|Special Notes:||Weismann Underdrive, Tubeworks rear end|