Saturday, November 03, 2007

Baja 1000 Official Team Release 2007 to Cabo San Lucas

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PRO CARS & TRUCKS
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—38 Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz./Todd LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Ford F-15028 Alan Pflueger, Honolulu/Ricky Johnson Encinitas, Calif./Dan Ragland, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado3 Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Carl Renezeder, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-15071 Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C./Bob Gordon, Orange, Calif., Chevy CK15001 B.J. Baldwin/Danny Anderson, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado12 Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz./Brian Collins, Las Vegas/Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Dodge Ram27 David Scaroni/Matt Scaroni/Steve Scaroni, Heber, Calif./John Swift, 47, Santa Ynez, Calif., Ford F-15086 Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif., Ford F-1504 Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-15085 Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz./John Marking/Joe Totten, El Cajon, Calif., Chevy Silverado77 Travis Coyne, El Centro, Calif./Jerry Whelchel, Portola Hills, Calif./Ted Hunnicutt Jr., Temecula, Calif., Ford F-15082 Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif./Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Calif., Chevy C150022 Damen Jefferies, Oak Hills, Calif./Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Chevy Silverado49 Valerio Gonzalez/Jose Cota, San Diego, Ford F-1508 Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-1502 Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-15033 Chad Ragland, Carlsbad, Calif./Danny Sullivan, Pebble Beach, Calif./Dan Friedkin, Houston, Toyota Tundra16 Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Darren Hardesty, Ramona, Calif./Rick Geiser, Phoenix, Cadillac Escalade19 Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-15031 Andy McMillin, San Diego/Scott McMillin, Coronado, Calif./Brian Ickler, Poway, Calif., Chevy CK150076 Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz./Wally Dallenbach Jr./Mike Voyles, Murrieta, Calif., Ford F-15054 Jesse James, Sunset Beach, Calif./Tom Grevis, Alpine, Calif./Craig Bouman\Newport Beach, Calif., Chevy C15007 Dave Sykes, Del Mar, Calif./Scott Steinberger, Cypress, Calif./Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif./Marc Stein, 45, San Diego, Ford F-15096 Bobby Baldwin/Larry Job/Tommy Bradley Jr., Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado69 Francisco Cervantes/Gabriel Arce, Chula Vista, Calif., Chevy El Camino13 Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif., Ford F-150, Stout Ind.14 Ikuo Hanawa, Japan, Toyota Land Cruser29 Stephen Jangaard/Jed Kraus, Torrance, Calif./Ed Lalonde, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado25 Ted Hunicutt Jr., Torrance, Calif./John Hoffman, Murrieta, Calif., Chevy Silverado73 Jose Flores, Culiacan, Mexico, Chevy Silverado41 Chris Lucas, Dublin, Ohio/Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-15039 Ron Whitton, Maricopa, Ariz./Gerald King, Peoria, Ariz./Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif./Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150

CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)—101 Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore./Doug Fortin Jr., El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy102 Luis Ramirez Jr., Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, RACER-Chevy103 B.J. Richardson/Pat Dean, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy104 Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif./Matthias Kahle, Germany, Jimco-BMW105 Billy Gasper, Chino Hills, Calif./Dave Gasper, Santa Barbara, Calif., Porter-Chevy106 Max Thieriot, Petaluma, Calif./Glenn Harris, Camarillo, Calif., Cam Theriot, Petaluma, Calif., RPS-Chevy100 Larry Roeseler, Hesperia, Calif./Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford108 Brad Etter, Villa Park, Calif./Steve Elliott, 42, Anaheim, Calif./Jim McDonnell, 41, Yorba Linda, Calif./Brian McDonnell, 33, La Habra Heights, Calif., Porter-Chevy109 Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif./Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif., Jimco-Chevy110 Steve Barry, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy111 John Harrah, Reno, Nev./Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif., Jimco-Viper112 Rob Bruce, Sublimity, Ore./Mark White, Silverton, Ore., HMS-Chevy113 Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Brian Ewalt, Bonita, Calif./Mike Julson, Santee, Calif./Cameron Parrish, San Marcos, Calif., Jimco-Chevy114 Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Rick Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy115 Troy Johnson/Rick Wilcoxson, Upland, Calif., Jimco-Cadillac116 Jay Manning, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico/Jeff Lothringer, Capistrano Beach, Calif./Jason Batulis, Tustin, Calif./Chris Paulson, Indianapolis, Ind., Jimco-Honda117 Charlie Wilson, Houston, Homebuilt-Chevy118 Steve Strobel, Clarks, Neb./Gay Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo./Bob Lofton, Westmorland, Calif., Jimco-Chevy119 Brendan Gaughan, Las Vegas, Kreger-Chevy121 Robert Ross, Chula Vista, Calif./Raymond Potter, Anaheim, Calif., Potter-Chevy122 Dale Lenk, Newport Bach, Calif./Randy Perry, Santa Ana, Calif./Jerry Penhall, Costa Mesa, Calif., Penhall-Chevy123 Dan Moore, Scottsdale, Ariz., Arlia-Chevy124 Eric Chase/Stuart Chase, Burbank, Calif., Penhall-Chevy125 Greg Hukari, Genoa, Nev./Todd Welling, San Carlos, Calif., Spectrum-Ilmor126 Dan Myers, Costa Mesa, Calif./Casey Currie, Anaheim, Calif., Porter-Chevy127 Juan Flores, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Jim Mihal, La Paz, Mexico, Porter-Chevy128 Brian Street, Starke, Fla., HMS-Chevy129 Mark Levrett, Sparks, Nev./Chuck Dempsey/Mitch Karadanis, Reno, Nev.130 William Akrawi, Laguna Hills, Calif./Jeremy Kegher, Santa Ana, Calif./Bill Seidel, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy131 Ed Hullinger/Jon Spar, Thousand Oaks, Calif./J.R. Todd/Morgan Lucas, Avon, Ind., Penhall-Chevy132 Buddy Feldkamp/Bud Feldkamp, Redlands, Calif., Penhall-Chevy

CLASS 1-2/1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)--1601 Sparky Wilbur, Huntington Beach, Calif./Steve Wilbur, 53, Chino, Calif./Greg Jones, 50, Dana Point, Calif./Steve Horowitz, 42, Corona Del Mar, Calif., Homebuilt1602 Ramsey ElWardani, San Diego, Jimco1603 Victor Barreda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Alejandro Diaz/Santiago Diaz, La Paz, Mexico, Curry1604 Hiram Duran/Eric Duran/Evan Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth1605 Ray Files/Josh Tieman/Kyle Ash/John Maston, Carlsbad, Calif., Metal Works1606 Jesus Manriquez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Diaz1607 Chris Langmayer, Rowlett, Texas, Curry1608 Arturo Velazco/Abel Velazco, Banning, Calif./Steve Cruz, San Diego, Porter1609 Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Caleb Gaddis, El Centro, Calif., Jimco1610 Layton Bowles/Walter Moss, Huntington Beach, Calif./Brandon Moss, Lake Forest, Calif., Bunderson1611 Juan Gallo, San Felipe, Mexico/Victor Lugo, Mexicali, Mexico/Marco Gallo, San Felipe, Mexico, Currie1612 Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif./Bernie Carr/Travis Fletcher, Westminster, Calif., Lothringer1613 Edgar Avalos/Oscar Darancou T. /Oscar Darancou G., El Paso, Texas/Luis Wallace, Juarez, Mexico, Kreger1614 Rolando Holmos/Angel Diaz/Abraham Espinoza, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Diaz1615 Alberto Medina, Mexicali, Mexico, Curry1616 Julio Herrera/Nestor Herrera/Carlos Olmos/Miguel Dominguez/Juan Dominguez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Diaz1617 Kevin Walsh, San Deigo, Bunderson1642 Samuel Araiza/Juan Pinales/Armando Macias/Hector Gonzalez\/Benito Aguirre, La Paz, Mexico, Mayoral 1643 Alejandro Lozano/Alejandro Biehl/Alejandro Ibarrola/Federico Tejado, Mexico City, Mexico, Mayoral1644 Luis Aramburo/Luis Cuevas, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Kreger1645 Eliseo Garcia, San Ysidro, Calif./Hector Sarabia/Adrian Villasenor/Frederico Montes/Luis Guevaro, Ensenada, Mexico, Garibay1646 Adam Ashcraft, Vista, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif./Daniel Folts, Chino, Calif./Curt Geer, San Dimas, Calif., Ashcraft1647 Arnoldo Ramirez/Misael Arambula/Jacob Gutierrez, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry1648 Wyatt Radke/Jeff Diebolt, Alta Loma, Calif./Rick Warren/Scott Hall, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Lothringer1649 L.J. Kennedy, Orange, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/Wayne Lacher, Capistrano Beach, Calif., JimcoSPF

CLASS 3 (Short Wheelbase 4X4)—301 Dan Wright, Rio Vista, Calif./Daniel Field/Marty Rasmussen, Weiser, Idaho, Ford Bronco302 John Maine/Nancy Main, Corvallis, Ore./Rodney Stauber, Philomath, Ore./Jake Young 36, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee303 Gale Pike, San Jan Capistrano, Calif./Matt Pike, Santa Rosa Plateau, Calif./Noah Pike, San Clemente, Calif., Dodge Ramcharger304 Gerardo Barragan, La Habra, Calif./Salvador Cervantes, Covina, Calif./Richard Hopkins/Gary Torosyan, Wales, Land Rover300 Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif./Kenneth Moss, Marysville, Calif./David Grundman, Elk Grove, Calif./Gary Dunn, Bakersfield, Calif., Ford Bronco306 Chris Raffo, Arlington Heights, Ill./Jeff Dolan, Atwater, Calif./Dennis Chencharick, Julian, Pa./John Holtz, Greenville, Wisc., Chevy Blazer347 Dylan Evans, Corona, Calif./Steve Krieger, Santa Ana, Calif./Damien Skutt, Riverside, Calif./Kreg Donahoe, Corona,Calif., Toyota FJ Cruiser348 Charles Atkinson, Ingram, Texas/Roxanne Atkinson/Jason Atkinson, Kerrville, Texas/Wayne Atkinson/Megan Atkinson, Corona, Calif., Ford Bronco349 John McKinney/Scott Barnes, Rockwall, Texas/Bill Viering, Dallas/Jason Rodgers, Arlington, Texas, Ford Bronco

CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)—501 Danny Wiyrick, Redmond, Wash./John Harle, Kenmore, Wash./Terry Wiyrick, Colbert, Wash./Rev. James Wilharm, Greenacres, Wash.502 Juan De Jesus, La Paz, Mexico504 Drew Belk, Coachella, Calif./Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Dave Bonner, Norco, Calif./Mike Belk, Indio, Calif.500 George Seeley, Glendale, Calif./Dwight Forell506 Chris Bowman, Upland, Calif./Jerry Longo, Alta Loma, Calif./Chuck Sacks, Canyon Lake, Calif./Brian Hudson, Westminster, Calif.514 George Milke, El Cajon, Calif./David Vieira, Bell Canyon, Calif./Erin Flaherty, Lakeside, Calif./Thom Jackson, Las Vegas515 Dave Chavez, Sammamish, Wash./Barry Mancha/Rick Mancha, Riverside, Calif./Kurt Tott, Sammamish, Wash.516 Daniel Morley, New Hyde Park, N.Y./Gregory Morley, Lake Grove, N.Y./Jon Craig, Kirkland, Wash.517 Luivan Voelker, Mexicali, Mexico/Carlos Albanez, Calexico, Calif.518 Kevin Carr/Alfie Bueno/Raul Gilbert/Bob Carr, San Diego519 Vince Wavra, Brawley, Calif./Terry McClintick/Rick McClintick/Todd Murrah, Orovada, Nev.

CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)—551 Darren Walsh, Long Beach, Calif./Jerry Pilato, San Pedro, Calif./Andy Thomas, La Mesa, Calif./Rulie Hernandez, Rancho Palos Verde, Calif.552 Oscar Venegas, Rosarito, Mexico/Ernie Negrete, San Ysidro, Calif./Hector Ortega/Martin Lizzarga, Tijuana, Mexico553 Gregorio Villarino, La Paz, Mexico/ Carlos Iribe, Rosarito, Mexico/Javier Yee/Hector Hirales, La Paz, Mexico/Gerardo Iribe, Rosarito, Mexico554 Mario Reynoso/Francisco Reynoso, Tijuana, Mexico555 Jerry Hill, Boulevard, Calif.556 Dan Edwards, Escondido, Calif./Larry Step, Santee, Calif./Salvatore Marino Jr., La Mesa, Calif./Charles Moss, San Diego557 Johnathon Knight, San Mateo, Calif./Hank Burgoyne, San Francisco, Calif./Richard Garavito, Montclair, Calif.558 Gerardo Rubio, 559 Adolfo Aguilar Jr. /Troy Gilson, Chula Vista, Calif.560 Matt Stevens/Aaron Rasmussen/Troy Hembree/Rebecca Spencer, Lehi, Utah561 Armando Garcia, Ensenada, Mexico/Oscar Montano, Spain/Marco Robles/Gabriel Garcia, Ensenada, Mexico568 Gilberto Velasco, Colima, Mexico/Dio Velasco/Daniel Velasco/Francisco Arriaga/Agustin Arriaga, Guadalajara, Mexico,569 Ernesto Arambula/Roberto Green/Adolfo Arambula/Hector Ramos, Ensenada, Mexico570 Jose Montoya/Julian Machado/J.A. Thomas/Gabriel Moreno, National City, Calif.571 Jay Silver, Brooklyn, N.Y./Mark Andrew, New York, N.Y./Tony Steingraber/Trevor Terra, El Cajon, Calif.572 Art Savedra, Las Vegas/Red Longacre, Torrance, Calif., Donald Harper, Palmdale, Calif./Don Bowler, Lakewood, Calif.573 Glenn Kirby, Garden Grove, Calif./Charisty Lamica, Statesboro, Ga./John Williams, Hemet, Calif./Jose Delatorre, 30, Nuevo, Calif.574 Ruben Gutierrez, Winchester, Calfi./Robert Gutierrez, Wildomar, Calif./Marie Gutierrez, San Diego575 Tom Bird/Julian Solano/Carlos Canett/Rugello Cara, Chatsworth, Calif.576 Julian Patron/Julian Patron Jr., Chula Vista, Calif./Hugo Zerecero, San Deigo/Jesse Lopez, Chula Vista, Calif.577 Fernando Montijo/Hector Montijo/Gerardo Montijo/Felix Diaz, Ensenada, Mexcio578 Enrique Zazueta Jr. /Enrique Zazueta Sr. /Mardian Castro/Edgar Flores, La Paz, Mexico579 Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico

CLASS 7 (Open mini trucks)—701 Barry Karakas, Oak Hills, Calif., Toyota Tacoma702 David Binns/Jareg Teague, Las Cruces, N.M./Ran McCoskey, Tucson, Ariz., Ford Ranger700 Dan Chamlee/Tom Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger704 Oscar Salazar, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Jose Gonzalez/Bias Corona, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger705 Victor Herrera Jr., Menifee, Calif./Victor Herrera/Jesus Garcia, Tijuana, Mexico, Ford Ranger718 Franciso Chavez/Miguel Carballo, La Paz, Mexico, Ford Ranger719 Rick Battey/Josh Battey, Grants Pass, Ore., Ford Ranger

CLASS 7S (Stock mini trucks)—720 Mike Horner, Mission Viejo, Calif./Chuck Forman, Mira Loma, Calif./Carl Sosa, Lake Forest, Calif./Greg Foreman, Mira Loma, Calif., Toyota Tacoma738 Jeff Fuller, Beverly Hills, Calif., Toyota Tacoma739 Aaron Dodson/Nicolas Gomez,/Nathaniel Whorf, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Ford Ranger

CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks)—741 Noe Sierra, San Bernardino, Calif./Tony Sierra, Fontana, Calif., Ford Ranger742 Norm Turley/Trevor Turley, Long Beach, Calif./A.J. Rodriguez, Orange, Calif., Ford Ranger743 Heidi Steele/Chris Vano, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Ranger744 Blake Henn/Tyler Henn/Freddy Paris, Walnut, Calif., Ford Ranger745 Alberto Iriarte, Tecate, Mexico/Ted Brady, Lakeside, Calif., Ford Ranger746 Rich Severson, Mesa, Ariz./Pat Neveau, Phoenix/Bruce Finchum, Mesa, Ariz., Ford Ranger747 Jason Hutter/Paul Blangsted, Snowmass Village, Colo./Dave Hutter, St. George, Utah, Toyota Tacoma740 John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif./Mark Landersman, Temecula, Calif./Matt Hutchins, Oceanside, Calif./Jim Bissey, Murrieta, Calif., Ford Ranger758 Ted Moncure/Nick Moncure/Christopher Livingston, Long Beach, Calif., Toyota Tacoma759 Jim Hinesley, Bakersfield, Calif./Igor Galvan, Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico/Oscar Solaiza, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger

CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)—801 Tom Bradley, Las Vegas/Lupito Abaroa, La Paz, Mexico, Chevy 2500802 Greg Adler, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Eric Heiden, Castaic, Calif./Sam Cerventes, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Ron Stobaugh, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Ford F-150803 Stan Burns/Carlos Murillo/Reynado Avila, Loreto, Mexico, Chevy C1500804 Rodimiro Amaya/Rodimoro Amaya Jr., La Paz, Mexico/Eli Yee, Tijuana, Mexico, Chevy Silverado805 Sam Stahl, San Diego, Ford F-150800 Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Ariz./Michael Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado807 Noah Ostanik, Leucadia, Calif./Steve Wolcott, San Diego/Doug Siewert, Fallbrook, Calif./Todd Sanderson, Leucadia, Calif., Ford F-150808 Lowell Arnold, Apache Junction, Ariz./Richard Maddux, Phoenix/Earl Shively, Queen Creek, Ariz., Ford F-150809 Jeff Smith/Greg Hughes/Richard Thomas/Mike Thomas/Rick Smith, Canada, Dodge Ram2500810 Glen Greer, Green Valley, Ariz./Thomas Greer, Tucson, Ariz./Bruce Greer Jr, Oro Valley, Ariz./Shane Pavolka, Vail, Ariz., Dodge Ram2500824 Francisco Monroy, La Paz, Mexico837 Arturo Susarrey/Rogelio Castro/Rigoberto Yee, Loreto, Mexico, Ford F-150838 Dean Wayman, Hawthorne, Calif., Ford F-150839 Chad Ulansky/Ryan Ulansky, Canada, Land Rover

CLASS 9 (VW-powered, Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)—901 Mark Mcintyre, Oakland, Calif., Chenowth902 Sigal Greenberg, Desert Hills, Ariz., Challenger903 Gary Dixon, Menifee, Calif./Derek Dixon/Stewart Dixon, Romoland, Calif., Homebuilt

CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1001 Mike Lawrence, Brea, Calif./Chris Lawrence, Los Alamitos, Calif./Anthony Lopiccolo, Brea, Calif., Lawrence-VW1002 Jay Culbertson, Portland, Ore./Ken Phillips, Tigard, Ore./Kent Grove, Battleground, Wash./Joe Baguio, Springfield, Ore., Chenowth-Toyota 1003 Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif./Juan Avila, Ensenada, Mexico/Matthew Balkeman, Fountain Valley, Calif./MarkParriott, Mission Viejo, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW1004 Rudy Cortez/Carlos Cortez, Las Vegas/Adalberto Abasolo, Henderson, Nev./Richie Panek, Las Vegas, Kreger-Porsche1005 Lobsam Yee, Tijuana, Mexico/Alex Crosthwaite/Jose Gonzalez/Arturo Sallas, San Ysidro, Calif., Jimco-Honda1006 John Hsu, RPS-VW1049 Brendan Fikes/Scott King, Midland, Texas/James King, Ft. Stockton, Texas/Pierre Lavie, Dallas, Porter-Porsche

SCORE LITE (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)—1201 Craig Brabant, Hesperia, Calif., Dunrite1202 Matt Drever, Dana Point, Calif./Jim Vic/Dave Wert, San Clemente, Calif., Penhall1203 Michael Bennett, San Marcos, Calif./Mike Harvey/Antwaun Moore, Moreno Valley, Calif./Bryanne Bennett, San Marcos, Calif., Duvel1204 Guy Cordon, Grand Terrace, Calif./Bob Stewart, Mike Stewart, Loma Linda, Calif./Jamie Campbell, Katy, Texas, Susp. Unltd1205 Jeff Kawell, Crestline, Calif./John Kawell, Yorba Linda, Calif./Raymond Eichel, Westminster, Calif., Raceco1206 David Callaway, Menifee, Calif./Scott Mapes, Riverside, Calif./Max Hanberg, Solvang, Calif./Mike Halliday, Riverside, Calif., Callaway1200 Tim Noe, San Diego/Tom Watson, El Centro, Calif./Gary Arnold, El Cajon, Calif./Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., Jimco1208 Luis Cabello/Chris Moat/Gilberto Sepulveda/Israel Romo, Ensenada, Mexico, Jimco1209 James Marquez, Bonita, Calif./Edmundo Fernandez, Noberto Rivera/Marcos Nunez, Ensenada, Mexico, Jimco1210 Jose Cervantes, La Paz, Mexico, Jimco1211 Dwayne Reinert, San Diego/Matt Decker, Chula Vista, Calif./Juan Del Rio, La Mesa, Calif., D&D 1212 Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., Mirage1213 Francisco Villagomez, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Pabloff1215 Stan Potter, San Marcos, Calif./Dan Worley, Encinitas, Calif., Jimco1216 Pancho Bio/Cisco Bio, Spring Valley, Calif./Alejandro Navarette/Leonardo Navarette, Mexicali, Mexico, Tubular Design1217 Larry Nash, Santa Margarita, Calif./Mark Kyle, Seal Beach, Calif., Mirage1247 Jesus Araiza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Eduardo Bremher, Ensenada, Mexico/Evaristo Espinoza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Fisher1248 Rick Graf, Laveen, Ariz./Tom Shaw, Glendale, Ariz./Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz./Ron Akin, Brawley, Calif., Foddrill1249 Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Kash Vessels, Bonsall, Calif./Justin Smith, San Clemente, Calif./Darren Hardesty, Ramona, Calif., Desert Assassin

CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)—1100 Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico/Sean Malabanan, El Cajon, Calif. 1101 Robert Johnson, Ahwahnee, Calif./Matt Watson, Chowchilla, Calif./Adam Amaral, Gustine, Calif./Mark Pimentel, Merced, Calif.1146 Jim Graham, Felton, Calif.1147 John Ledyard, San Marino, Calif./Stefano Torres, Monterey Park, Calif./Tim Hanna, Huntington Beach, Calif.1148 Mike Urbano, Long Beach, Calif./Dennis Cota, Mission Viejo, Calif./Brian Martin, Oceanside, Calif./Mike Cisneros, Los Angeles1149 Jake Mueller, San Diego

STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized trucks)—861 Loren Worthington, Leona Valley, Calif./Mike Polsky, Long Beach, Calif./Mike Sedway, Culver City, Calif., Dodge Ram2500862 John Griffin, Mission Viejo, Calif./Jeremy Spirkoff, El Cajon, Calif./Mike Sabbarese, 44, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford F-350863 Chad Hall/Rod Hall/Sam Edgar/Josh Hall, Reno, Nev., Hummer H3860 Terry Henn/Eric Henn/John Herman, Walnut, Calif., Hummer H1865 Jerry Zaiden, Huntington Beach, Calif., Toyota Tundra866 Josh Hall/Sam Cothrun/Rod Hall/Chad Hall, Reno, Nev., Hummer H2867 Kent Kroeker, Valley Center, Calif./Malcolm Smith, Riverside, Calif./Darren Skilton, Long Beach, Calif./Glen Pake, Silver Springs, Nev., Dodge Ram875 Stephan Connell/David Tramp, Ensenada, Mexico/Ricardo Rabago, Tijuana, Mexico, Ford Expedition876 Brett Garland/Kevin Speicher/Mike Shortt, San Diego, Toyota Landcruiser877 Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn./Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Alan Clark/Sam Blankenship, Bristol, Tenn./Wiliam Aylor, Union, Ky., Dodge Ram2500878 Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Justin Matney/Sam Blankenship, Bristol, Tenn., William Aylor, Union, Ky./Shane Roberts, Bristol, Tenn., Dodge Ram2500879 Pedro Vargas/Jose Huerta, Tijuana, Mexico, Chevy C1500

STOCK MINI (Stock, mini trucks)—760 Rod Hall/Mike Winkel/Chad Hall/Josh Hall, Reno, Nev., Hummer H3, Hummer761 Steve Kovach, Tempe, Ariz./Chip Carr, Gilbert, Ariz., Ford Ranger762 Ryan Millen/Rod Millen, Tustin, Calif. (New Zealand)/Adam Dupree, Tustin, Calif., Toyota FJ Cruiser763 Dan Fresh, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Mitsubishi Raider777 Karl Wong/Marissa Wong, Oakland, Calif./James Haynes, San Leandro, Calif., Toyota 4Runner779 Gavin Skilton/Clive Skilton, Orange, Calif./Jason LaFortune, Upland, Calif./Kevin Jensen, Apple Valley, Calif., Honda Ridgeline

PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)—299 Joe Bednar, Agoura Hills, Calif./George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif./Todd Starks, Agoura, Calif., Chevy Silverado253 Ken Losch, Tempe, Ariz./Rob Martensen, Phoenix/Steve Stroud, Gooding, Idaho/Peter Weiss/Lawrence Hacking, Canada, Ford F-150236 Rick L. Johnson, Oak Hills, Calif./Dane Cardone, Huntington Beach, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley, Calif., Toyota Tundra200 Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico/Bryan Freeman, Las Vegas/Gustavo Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Toyota Tundra213 Dave Westhem, Palm Desert, Calif./Paul Perrizo, Long Beach, Calif./Ryan Herzog, Los Alamitos, Calif./Greyson Smith, Long Beach, Calif., Ford F-150235 Jason Voss/Richard Voss, Cupertino, Calif./James East, San Jose, Calif./Ryan Thomas, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150260 Kevin McGillivray, Valencia, Calif./Nils Castillo, Westlake Village, Calif./Joe Custer, Kannapolis, N.C., Chevy Silverado203 Dave Creagan/Sean Creagan, Woodland, Wash./Brian Coats, Los Alamitos, Calif., Chevy Silverado250 Gary Magness/Steve Knudson, Denver/Wally Hrdlicka, Palm Springs, Calif., Ford F-150226 Al Hogan, Columbus, Mont./Darren Donnes, Shepherd, Mont./Buck Reynolds, Billings, Mont., Ford F-150234 Rob Reinertson, Woodside, Calif./Glyn Williams, Hesperia, Calif./Dewey LaMora, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150215 Cody Swanty/Rob Clouser, Kingman, Ariz., Dodge Ram1500240 Rob Kittleson, 62, Palm Springs, Calif./Mike McNaughton, 37, Denver/Devin Housh, 25, Palm Springs, Calif., Ford F-150

CLASS 17 (Identically equipped Jeep Cherokees)—1749 Scott Watkins, Stockton, Calif./Eric Ennis, Cameron Park, Calif./Andrew Burroughs, Oceano, Calif., Jeep Cherokee1705 Mike Shaffer, Dayton, Nev./Dave Schneider, Reno, Nev./Lance Clifford, Georgetown, Calif., Jeep Cherokee1734 Cliff Cook, Cameron Park, Calif./Bob Roggy, Placerville, Calif./George Posten, Cave Creek, Ariz., Jeep Cherokee

JEEPSPEED (Modified Jeep Cherokees)—3736 Ted Holt/Karl Knowlton, Dacula, Ga./Frank Holt, Lawrenceville, Ga./Michael Palmer, Covina, Calif., Jeep Cherokee

BAJA CHALLENGE (Identically equipped, Wide Open Baja touring cars with Subaru Engines)—Sponsors: BFG Tires, Monster Energy, Bilstein, Eibach, KMC, Lowrance, SnugTop, Wide Open Baja, IronClad, Precision Gea(Entry list as provided by Wide Open Baja)BC1 Mark Zajec, Rocklin, Calif./Cary Mark, Folsom, Calif./Kraig Clark, Fair Oaks, Calif./Steve Schroeder, Wilton, Calif.BC2 Patrick Dempsey, Beverly Hills, Calif./Rod Millen, Newport Beach, Calif. (New Zealand)/Rhys Millen, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (New Zealand)/Boris Said, Carlsbad, Calif./Tanner Foust, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Richard Kelsey, Newport Beach, Calif.BC3 Madison Autterson/Matthew Autterson, Cherry Hills Village, Colo./Jeff Wiepking/Daniel Rebhun, Englewood, Colo./Rich Kylberg, DenverBC4 Mike Brodeur, Wilmington, N.C./Tim Panabom/Tim Van Wormer, Las Vegas/David Brodeur, Wilmington, N.C./Terry Stump, Logandale, Nev.BC5 Rick Mourhess/Lance Thornton, East Grehan, Wash./Jeff Rice, Colleyville, Texas/Tommy Spangler, Burleson, Texas/Mark Pipher, Oklahoma City, Okla.BC6 Mark Hall, Murrieta, Calif./Colby Kiene, Orlando, Fla./Bob Adams, Tustin, Calif./Paul Lukanski, Draper, UtahBC7 Richard M. Sottosanti/Richard J. Sottosanti Jr., Manorville, N.Y./Richard Gustafson/Russ Valone, San Diego/Richard Smith, Eugene, Ore.BC8 Darby Keen, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Jack Dunlap, Redondo Beach, Calif./Christian Shaffer, Los Angeles/William Brand, Redondo Beach, Calif.BC9 Michael Wright, Oklahoma City, Okla./Brandan Rouse, Edmond, Okla./John Hickman, Lewisville, Texas/Rick Hanneman, Oologah, Okla./Craig Donaldson, Mission Viejo, Calif.BC10 Michael Cassling/Matt Forrest/Jamie Walker/Mike Mitten/Brad Crosby, Omaha, Neb.BC11 Jim Sharkey, Middletown, N.J./Alexander Chrysanthopoulos, Oceanport, N.J./Richard Stavola/Richard Stavola Jr., Morganville, N.J./John Burke, Rumson, N.J.BC12 David Stone, Madison, Wisc./Bob Viau, Lake Elmo, Minn./Jason Yates, Fairfax Station, Va./Hanna Matias, Olive Branch, Miss./John McCarthy, Hudson, Wisc./Jeff Stone, Madison, Wisc.BC13 Bud Brutsman, Burbank, Calif./ Tracy Jordan, Whitmann, Ariz./Erin Crocker, Huntersville, N.C./Bill Weber, La Mesa, Calif.BC14 Jody Groce, Highland Village, Texas/Colbey Groom/Kevin Fitzgerald, Long Beach, Calif./Kevin Fitzgerald Jr., Seal Beach, Calif./Kenneth Jerve, Orange, Calif./Rhett Sander, Long Beach, Calif.BC15 John McInnis III, Orange Beach, Ala./Sam Jones, Newtown, Conn./Rick Skelton, Atlanta/Jim Hancock, Encinitas, Calif./Link Herron, El Cajon, Calif./Rick Bolton, Del Mar, Calif.BC16 Ken Block, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Paul Thacker, Anchorage, Alaska/Kyle Loza, Ladera, Calif./Luke Trembath, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.(Australia)/Chris Burandt, Kremmling, Colo./Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif.BC17 Jim Christensen, San Juan Capstrano, Calif./Matthew Christensen, Newport Beach, Calif./John Anderson, Fallbrook, Calif./Jesse McRae, Laguna Niguel, Calif.BC18 Nicholas Christifulli/David Larcher/Rick Kuhle/Tom McKee, Paradise Valley, Ariz./Robert Kerwin/Robert Leonard, Phoenix

PRO MOTORCYCLES
CLASS 22 (250cc or more)—2x Richard Lancaster, Santa Margarita, Calif./Peter Hardy, Pozo, Calif./John Kaisersatt, Los Osos, Calif./Fred Jowett, Atascadero, Calif./Chris Whalley, Topanga, Calif., Honda XR650R4x Kevin Johnson, Henderson, Nev./Greg Bruning, Carlsbad, Calif./Todd Snider, Bakersfield, Calif./Taner Bettencourt/Kevin Bakker, Visalia, Calif., Honda CRF450X 5x Joe Desrosiers, San Marcos, Calif./Aaron Tuck, Brawley, Calif./Cameron Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Sunny Irvine, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Tony Rutter, New Zealand, Honda XR650R1x Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Hesperia, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X7x Jared Johnston, N. Salt Lake City, Utah/Dana Rice/Dustin Rice/James Rice, Zellwood, Fla./Robert Macaffee, W. Palm Beach, Fla., KTM EXC5258x Rodney Thornton, Norman, Okla., Honda CRF450X9x Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif./David Pearson, Las Vegas/Cyril Despres, France10x Jimmy N. Roberts, Agua Dulce, Calif. /Marc Francke, Venice, Calif., Honda XR650R11x Luke Dodson/Zack Dodson/Dave Preach/William Preach, Castaic, Calif./Ty Hathaway, Tujunga, Calif., Honda CRF450X12x Jason Edie, Grass Valley, Calif./Ben Mills/Scott Mills, Nevada City, Calif./Garrett Norton, Auburn, Calif./Scott England, Nampa, Idaho/Joseph Cochran, Grass Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X,13x Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M./Tommy Black, Las Cruces, N.M./Jack Massey/Robert Clauss/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda XR650R14x Tim Morton, Escondido, Calif./Ron Wilson, Encinitas, Calif./Jason Trubey, Bullhead City, Ariz./Caleb Gosselar, Valencia, Calif., Jonah Street, Ellensburg, Wash., Honda CRF450X15x Gabriel Williams, Provo, Utah, Honda CRF450X16x Ron Bishop, Escondido, Calif./Don Myll, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Russ Mitchell/Justin Hambleton, San Diego, Bill Rogers, Escondido, Calif., KTM 525EXC,17x Dan Walsh, Ramona, Calif./Steve Martz, San Marcos, Calif./Johnny Jensen, San Dego/Eric Luck, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki KLX450R18x Kenny Atkins, Provo, Utah/Jonathan Johnson, Highland, Utah/Jeffery Nelson, Payson, Utah/David Fullmer/Christopher Dever, Provo, Utah, Honda XR650R19x Jesse Sharpe, Escondido, Calif./Dean Sharpe, Ramona, Calif./Jimmy Lopez, El Cajon, Calif./Michael Welsby, New Zealand/Carlin Dunne, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda XR650R20x Ned Suesse, Colorado Springs, Colo./Tim Hillsamer, Mesa, Ariz./Lyndon Poskitt, Fort Worth, Texas/Geoff Brownell, Phoenix, KTM95021x Scott Bloom, Del Mar, Calif./Collin Corrigan, La Mesa, Calif./Steve Grieb, San Diego/Todd Corbitt, Irvine, Calif./Russel Pereira, Reno, Nev., Honda XR650R23x Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Larry Badgwell, Lake Forest, Calif./Shawn Dolmage, Newport Beach, Calif./Max Eddy, Barstow, Calif./Grant Steele, Temecula, Calif./Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy, Barstow, Calif., Honda CRF450X24x Ron Macrae, San Diego, KTM 525EXC25x Petrus Uys/Hendrik Uys/Victor Van Graan/Andries Slier, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Honda CRF450X26x Doug Holmes/Matt Holmes/Kevin Pelletier/Cody D’Amico/Chris Meie, Canada, KTM, 525EXC27x Mike DeJohn, Burbank, Calif./Frank Carfaro, Kenilworth, N.J./Mark Detomasi, La Canada, Calif., Honda CRF450X

CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)--101x Carlos Casas/Noe Ibarra/Ivan Ramirez, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda CRF450X102x Joey Lane, El Cajon, Calif./Fred Willert, Pacific Beach, Calif./Eric Hingeley, San Diego/Philip Zeiger, Los Angeles, Husqvarna TC450103x Ryan Gustine, San Diego/Robert Gustine, Valley Center, Calif./Anthony Sanchez, Wildomar, Calif./Bob Walker, San Marcos, Calif./Tim Wussow, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X104x Chad Erl, Huntington Beach, Calif., Husqvarna TC450105x Jeremiah Kolbensvik/Jon Kolbensvik, Flower Mound, Texas/Roddy Gray/Jeff Van Matre, Carrollton, Texas/Scott Frost, Lubbock, Texas, Honda CRF450X106x Makato Kurashita/Hisahide Ueno, Japan, Yamaha WR450F107x Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Kent Pfeiffer, Costa Mesa, Calif./Kurt Pfeiffer, Riverside, Calif., Honda CRF450X

CLASS 20 (125cc)—151x Ryan Penhall, Corona, Calif./Chad Black, Laguna Hills, Calif./Brian Radovich/Brian Bebeck, Westminster, Calif., Honda CRF250X152x Brett Grimsley, Rocky Ford, Colo./Jess McCullough, Rose Hill, Kansas/Jim Girmsley, Denver/Jeremy Pryor, Las Animas, Colo., Honda CRF250X

CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—301x Jim Thomson, North Bend, Wash./John Isenberg, Duvall, Wash./Brandon Whailon, Boise, Idaho/Tim Hollenbeck, Snoqualmie, Wash., Honda XR650R302x Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Scott Myers, Sun City, Calif./Jeff Sheets, Henderson, Nev./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico /Taber Murphy, Wenatchee, Wash./Mouse McCoy, Santa Monica, Calif./Jimmy O’Neal Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., Honda CRF450X303x James Filanc, Wildomar, Calif./JN Roberts, Helena, Mont./Malcolm Smith, Riverside, Calif./Curt Gerritsen, Temecula, Calif./John Gerritsen, Valley Center, Calif./Dave Simon, Flagstaff, Ariz./Les Walker, Idyllwilde, Calif., Husqvarna TC510304x Dan Roush/Mike Koenwinder/Mike Johnson/Chris Peyron/Chris Sa, Vail, Ariz., Yamaha WR450R305x David Potts, Burbank, Calif./Adam Pontious, Mojave, Calif./Tim Scott, Cypress, Calif./Mike Blackman, San Marcos, Calif./Marc Matson, Westminster, Calif., Honda XR650R306x Scott Hofmann, Elburn, Ill./Ben Shafer, Sugar Grove, Ill./Rolf Helland, Morris, Ill./Jeff Goss, Montgomery, Ill., Honda XR650R307x Gerardo Rojas, Vincent Guerrero, Mexico, Honda XR650R308x Fred Brown/Peery Brown/Tommy Tomlinson, Rural Retreat, Va./Buster Yarbrough, Winston Salem, N.C./Gary Cluff, Mesa, Ariz., Honda XR650R309x James Curzon, Jackson, Wyo., KTM XC510310x Eiji Sugiyama/Takefumi Okubo, Japan, Honda CRF450X311x Tom Bacon, St. Louis, Mo./Kevin Bacon, Waterloo, Ill./Mitchel Sanchez, Campo, Calif., Honda CRF450X

CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—401x Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif./Donnie De’ Arman, Torrance, Calif./Lance Kane, Manhattan Beach, Calif.,Honda XR650R402x Steve Downey, San Ramon, Calif./Michael McGuire, Alamo, Calif./Eric Johnson, Redding, Calif./Robert Smith, Oceanside, Calif., Honda CRF450X403x Scott Atchison/Greg Hauser/Larry Brown/Lance Horton, Bakersfield, Calif./Rob Kennedy, Newhall, Calif., Honda XR650R404x Ryan Armitage, Las Cruces, N.M./Jeff Keeler, Deming, N.M./Tres Craig, Tucson, Ariz., Michael Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Jeff Black, Lahaina, Hawaii, Honda CRF450X405x Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Louie Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif./Jon Ortner, Santa Barbara, Calif./Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Bob Johnson, Temecula, Calif., Honda CRF450X406x John Hodel, Mission Viejo, Calif./Eric Hodel, Lodi, Calif./Robert Little, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Sean Black, Stockton, Calif./Dennis Hannel, Murphys, Calif., Honda CRF450X407x David Lunden/Tony Clarke, Bradford, Pa./Roy Duffy, Smethport, Pa., Honda XR650R408x Richard Deaveau, Sebastopol, Calif./David Deveau, Windsor, Calif./Dave Froman, Santa Rosa, Calif./Colin MacDonald, Petaluma, Calif./David Callagy, Honda XR650R409x Steve Cole, Elizabeth Lake, Calif./Tom Willis, Las Vegas/Kenji Gathier, Rosemond, Calif./Jeff Sheets, Henderson, Nev./John Rudder, Agua Dulce, Calif./Lane Riede, West Hills, Calif., Honda XR650R410x John Carmona, Upland, Calif., KTM XC525411x Derrick Paiement, Chino Hills, Calif., Kawasaki KLX450412x Manuel Luna, Ensenada, Mexico/Guillermo Gomez/Jose Rivas, La Piedad, Mich./Jorge Cabildo, Puebla, Mexico/Juan Azanza, Zapopal, Mexico413x Brian Campbell, Bakersfield, Calif./Bill Cotton, Bakersfield, Calif./Carl Aastrom, Glendora, Calif./Jim Borden, Calif./Brent Deedham, Bakersfield, Calif., KTM XC540414x Julio Abril, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda XR650R448x Donald Connelly, Alpine, Calif./Joe Bolton, Corona, Calif./John Griffin, Lake Forest, Calif./Mark Howell/Greg Luck, El Cajon, Calif./Earl Roberts, Calexico, Calif./Mark Vanscourt, Corona, Calif., Honda CRF450X449x Lukas Lundin, Canada/PG Lundmark, Sweden, Honda XR650R

CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old—)500x Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Doug Heil, Monrovia, Calif./Mike Sixberry, Bullhead City, Ariz./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif., Honda CRF450X501x Charles Wallace/Al Lamb/Mike Culwell, Dallas/Morris Baker, Wofford, Texas/Archie Taliaferro, Crossroads, Texas, Honda XR650R502x Keith Speir, Fillmore, Calif./James Andefer, Montecito, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Mark Amondson, Wildomar, Calif./Phillip Riddle, Hesperia, Calif., Honda XR650R548x Oscar Legaspy, Enenada, Mexico, Honda XR400R549x Chris Haines, Dana Point, Calif./Jack Johnson, Boulder City, Nev./Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif./Scott Pfeiffer, Costa Mesa, Calif./Jimmy Sones, Honda XR650R

CLASS 60 (Riders over 40 years old)—601x Donald E. Lewis, Marlborough, Conn./Michael Harper, Landers, Calif./John Bilkey Jr., Rockwell, Texas/J.N. Roberts, Helena Mont./Gene Dempsey, Apple Valley, Calif./Sam Dempsey, Lake Balboa, Calif./Ned McNabb, Valyermo, Calif./Charles Koistra, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450Xt608x Al Perrett, Canada, KTM EXC525609x Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Bill Nichols, Peoria, Ariz./Gary Colbert, Bishop, Calif./John Etchart, Hemet, Calif./Gary Vanderpool, Morgan Hill, Calif., Honda CRF450X

PRO ATVs
CLASS 25 (over 251cc)—1a Danny Prather, Ramona, Calif./Mike Cafro, Bonsall, Calif./Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif./Marc Spaeth, Warner Springs, Calif./Dana Creech, Murrieta, Calif., Honda TRX450R2a Josh Row/Geg Row, El Cajon, Calif./Travis Dillon, Spring Valley, Calif./Alfonso Cota,Alpine, Calif./Chris Row, Ruldoso, N.M., Bombardier DS6503a Javier Beltran/San Ysidro, Calif./Cesar Mercado/Cristian Rojas/Jose Juares/Santos Perez, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM XC5255a Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Chad Prull, Laveen, Ariz./Wes Miller/Keith Little/Harrold Goodman, Honda TRX450R6a Cody Mitchell/Jeff McBride/Mike Dixon/Las Vegas/Wes Arnold, Rancho Ccamonga, Calif./Curtis Sparks, Bakersfield, Calif./ Shaun Moore, Pahrump, Nev., Honda TRX450R7a Carmen Cafro, Vista, Calif./Lance Schoonmaker, Alpine, Calif./Earl Thigpen, Murrieta, Calif./Allen Fox, Alpine, Calif./Scott Callen, El Cajon, Calif./Mike Findlay, Temecula, Calif., Honda TRX650R8a Jeff Hancock, Salome, Ariz./Josh Edwards, Peoria, Ariz./Kyle Pethens, Salome, Ariz./Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif., Polaris Outlaw

CLASS 24 (under 250cc)—101a Sergio Alvarado, Encinitas, Calif./James Woodford, San Diego/Cesar Lopez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R 102a Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico/Christian Valles, Chula Vista, Calif./Javier Robles, Mexicali, Mexico/Jovany Pimentel/Roberto Ulloa, Chula Vista, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, Tecate, Calif., Honda TRX450R103a Francisco Servin, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R104a Daniel Marin Jr. /Guillermo Marin/Efrain Haros/Jose Castros/Evid Marin/Oswaldo Walle/Siguifredo Himenez, San Ysidro, Calif., Honda TRX450R

SPORTSMAN
SPT CAR—1401 Carl Becker, Alta Loma, Calif./George Becker, Lansdowne, Pa./Guy Ruse, Bolder, Colo./Gary Jones, Fair Hope, Alabama/John Becker, Ardmore, Okla., Mirage1400 Peter Lang/Terry Cotter/PJ Lang/Brian Jellison, Santa Rosa, Calif./Don German, Petaluma, Calif., Homebuilt-Chevy1403 Mike Higbee/Scott Albro, Sahuarita, Ariz./Bob Fetters, Campo, Calif., Chenowth-VW1404 Patric Bell/Kolt Bell/Kash Bell, Anchorage, Alaska/Patrick Huneke, Portland, Ore, ASC-Honda1405 George Jackson, San Felipe, Mexico/Pam Reilly, Port Angeles, Calif./Smokey Hill, Calexico, Calif./Brian Siler, Lewiston, Id./Belinda Eastman, Calexico, Calif., Jimco-VW1406 Tim McCreary/Jessica McCreary/Zachary McCreary, Ramona, Calif./Roli Sannmann, San Diego, Woods-Ford1408 Brian Shaleen, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Damon Cardone, Castaic, Calif./Brent Norcutt/Dave Kanipp, Canyon Lake, Calif./Tom Hellweg, Murrieta, Calif., Fusion-Chevy1409 Paul Bailey/Jillian Rootring/Amber Bailey/Tom Rootring, Yorba Linda, Calif., Bunderson-VW1449 Patrick Case/Steven Gustafson, Pancha Springs, Colo., VW Baja Bug

SPT TRUCK—1501 Miguel Jimenz, Tijuana, Mexico/Oscar Lugo, Chula Vista, Calif./Adrian Navarro/Mauricio Jimenez, Tijuana, Mexico, Ford F-2501502 Mike Gardner, Gilbert, Ariz./Thomas Gardner, Jeep Wrangler1503 Mark Growe/Keith Growe, Placentia, Calif./Tim Brown, Escondido, Calif./Bryan O’Lear, Lakeside, Calif./Mike Sabbarese, Huntington Beach, Calif., Hummer H1 1504 Bob Graham, Santa Ana, Calif./Robin Stover, Los Angeles/Tony Talbert, Rock Hill, S.C./Russ Deane, Panama City, Fla., Nissan Titan1547 William Wolfard/Garrett Wolfard/Mike Long/Dave Springer, Silverton, Ore., Ford Ranger1549 Randy Swink, El Cajon, Calif./Steven Finnegan, La Mesa, Calif./Dwight Gran, San Diego/Ted Nelson, San Diego/John Lancaster, La Mesa, Calif., Ford Ranger

SPT UTV (600cc, 4-2h33l utility vehicles)—1801 Jim Creagan, Yacolt, Wash./Dan Tucker/Chris Fallon, Battle Ground, Wash., Artic Cat Prowler1802 Sean Creagan, Battleground, Wash./Jeff Creagan, Woodland, Wash., Artic Cat Prowler1803 John Crowley/Tim Dana, Flagstaff, Ariz., Get Bent1804 Matthew Kimmerle/John McClure, Glendale, Ariz./Kevin Kraack, Yorba Linda, Calif./Tom Randl, Peoria, Ariz., Tomcar-Suzuki1805 Gili Hacohen, Glendale, Ariz./Kevin Thompson/Jason Miller/Josh Fink, Phoenix, Tomcar-Suzuki1806 Peter Hajas/Steven Hajas, Woodland, Minn./Scott Heber, Telluride, Colo./Louis Bierwirth, Desplaines, Ill., Tomcar-Suzuki1817 Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha Rhino1818 Barry Mancha/Kelly Sexton/Brett Zens/Shawn Clark, Rick Mancha, Riverside, Calif., Polaris Razr1819 Mark Lindsay/Philip Holdsworth/Derek Tungmala/Michael Abeyta, Flagstaff, Ariz., Polaris Razr

SPT M/C<250cc—202x>250cc—251x Tibi Imbuzan, National City, Calif., Honda CRF450X252x Nick Imbuzan, National City, Calif., Honda CRF250R253x Rip Woodard, Schertz, Texas/Scott Akin, Spring Branch, Texas/Mike Rothermel, Keller, Texas/Kerstan Marquez, Schertz, Texas, Honda XR650R254x Duncan Ragsdale/Scott Branson, Memphis, Tenn./Rob Chiplicki, Nashville, Tenn./Ron Fitzgerald, Memphis, Tenn., Honda XR650R255x Byron Kolitz, Franklin, Wisc./Edward Paulsen, Bakersfield, Calif./Ryan Marincic, Wauwatosa, Wisc./Shawn Tovar, Oskhkosh, Wisc./Mark Wolbrink, Milwaukee, Wisc., Honda XR650R256x Jesse Beck, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Honda XR400R257x Joe West, Hayward, Calif, Honda XR650R258x Jeffrey Crochiere, Steamboat Springs, Colo./Travis Newbold, Hayden, Colo., Honda CRF450X259x Jeff Chapman, Indianola, Iowa/Travis Miller, Polk City, Iowa/Rod Richards, Runnells, Iowa/Kelly Wagner, Cumming, Iowa, Honda XR650R250x Jeff Leonard, Bakersfield, Calif./Jack Cox, Oceanside, Calif./Eugene Lane, Redondo Beach, Calif./Tony Donna, Los Angeles, Honda XR650R261x Luke Terry, Hesperia, Calif./Glen Mackie, Carlsbad, Calif./John Kuhiken/Tim Connett, San Diego/Mike Boyde, Aguanga, Calif., Honda XR650R262x Steve Williams, Carson, Calif./Dennis Rogers, LaVerne, Calif./Scott Lathrop, Snohomish, Wash./John Nielsen, Bellingham, Wash., Honda XR650R263x Sean Hoernke, Magnolia, Texas/Frank Prince, Chicago/Morgan Spradling, Gunnison, Colo./Kane Cook, Hesperia, Calif., Honda XR650R264x John Kelly, Baton Rouge, La., Honda CRF450X265x Erik Schroeder, Tucson, Ariz./Carl Westphal, Scottsdale, Ariz./John O’Rourke, Tucson, Ariz., KTM XC525267x Javier Hernandez, Obregon, Mexico/Eduardo Osas, Huatabampo, mexico/Carlos Gonzalez, Navojoa, Mexico/Mike Crawford, Phoenix, Honda CRF450X268x Michael Ott-Eulberg, Germany, KTM EXC460269x Lyman Scherer/Jason Scherer/Al Corte, Phoenix, Honda CRF450X270x Ray Grupp, Southlake, Texas/Jud Cowley, Sachse, Texas/Norm Olley, Lewisville, Texas/Steve Newsome, Rowlett, Texas, Honda CRF450X271x Michael Kay, San Clemente, Calif., Husqvarna TE510272x Erik Litzenberg, Santa Fe, N.M./Randy Roy, Placentia, Calif./Scott Aldahl, Corona, Calif./Craig Anstine, Rio Rancho, Calif., Honda CRF450X273x Mark Fishburn, Fort Collins, Colo./Bill Gilbert, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Kevin Krasner, Mission Viejo, Calif./Dennis Green, Sky Valley, Calif., Honda XR650R274x Jeff Johnson, Portland, Ore./Marc Jenkins, Colorado Springs, Colo./Greg Willitts, Sisters, Ore./John Haris, Manitou Springs, Colo., Honda XR650R275x Rene Lortenz, Chicago/Dana Lorentz, Dearborn Heights, Mich., Honda XR650R276x Mike Gilbert/Ed Bowen, Pelham, Alabama/Barry Van Fossan, Corona, Calif./Brian Roberts, Dave Canyon, Calif., Honda CRF450X277x Beau James, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Honda CRF450X278x Brandt Anderson, Dana Point, Calif./Scott Anderson, Salt Lake City, Utah/Jon Anderson, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Nick Anderson, Concord, N.H., Honda XR650R279x Kevin Kosiorek, San Diego, Honda XR650R281x Todd Harrison, Center, Colo., KTM XCW530282x Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M./George Shann, Albuquerque, N.M./Mike Whitman/Tony Zastrow, Farmington, N.M., KTM XCW525283x Bill Eddings/Sean Kinkor, Lomita, Calif./Eric Schettler, Mesa, Ariz., Honda CRF450X284x Kiyonari Otsuka/Hidefumi Jshikawa, Japan, Honda XR650R286x David Patterson, Ireland, Honda CRF450X287x Craig White, Saugus, Calif./Mike Reitmayer, Vista, Calif./Randy Dyer, Santa Clarita, Calif./Bruce Galien, Saugus, Calif., Honda XR650R288x Tomoki Hayashi, Japan, Honda CRF450X289x Tim Cooper, Durango, Colo., Honda XR650R290x Colby Brinnon, Goldendale, Wash., Husaberg FE550E292x Justin Wiberg/Richard Spillman/Clint Goldsberry, Hyrum, Utah/Chano Hernandez, Wendover, Utah, Honda CRF450X293x Scott Haydon, Goleta, Calif./Jack Pflueger, San Francisco, Honda XR650R294x Ron Simpson, Glendale, Ariz./Dan Diemer, Cave Creek, Ariz./Mark Brewer, Glendale, Ariz., Honda XR650R701x Steve Kameda/Tetuya Naito/Kazunori Nitta, Japan, Yamaha WR450R702x Edy Garcia, Ensenada, Mexico703x Kevin Gould, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda CRF450X704x Joy Biran, Israel, KTM 640705x Brett Bardsley, San Diego, Honda XR650R706x Bruce Odiorne II/Quentin Gwynn, Phoenix, Honda XR650R707x Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles, Honda CRF450X708x Claude Boissonneauit, Canada, KTM XC525749x Edward Fields, New York, New York, Honda XR650R295x Tatsushi Asaga, Japan, Honda XR650R296x Takeo Oshima, Japan, Honda CRF450X, LMX365 with CIMC, Forrest-Support, MotoHoops, IMS, LightSpeed298x Steve Hansen, Big Bear Lake,Calif., KTM EXC525299x Andrew Vela, Garden Grove, Calif., Suzuki DR650

SPT ATV—51a Anthony Baker, Alpine, Calif./Michael Swift, Lewisburg, Tenn./Clifton Beasley, Chapel Hill, Tenn./Jamie Bougher, Westwood, N.J., Can-Am Renegade52a Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo./Tony Valerio, Telluride, Colo./Benn Vernadakis, Rico, Colo./Tommy Craft, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX450R53a Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Robin Fawcett, Lakeside, Calif./Steve Abrego, Covina, Calif./Jason Wade, Austin, Texas, Honda TRX450R54a John Crowley, Flagstaff, Ariz., Honda TRX450R56a JV Lattimore, Braunfels, Texas/Max Knake, Dallas/Sean Mintz, Corpus Christi, Texas/Chris Golden, Murrieta, Calif., Honda TRX450R57a Michel Genest-LaHaye/Steve Genest/Martin Whitty, Canada, Suzuki LTR45058a Jerry Cook, Gobles, Mich./John Lanphear, Lawrence, Mich./Daniel Vanderhorst, Lawton, Mich./Erik Dumont, Bangor, Mich./Matt Gallimore, Noblesville, Ind., Honda TRX450R59a Mario Yorba/J.C. Covas/Luciano Parada/Eduardo Manguy, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R60a Juan Leyva/Jose Mendoza/Marco Cornejo, San Diego, Bombardier DS650BajaX61a Victor Tarango/Juan Olave/Enrique Velarde/Pedro Tarango, La Paz, Mexico, Honda TRX450R62a Pedro Rendon/Alberto Garcia/Javier Madero/Jose Escobar, Mazatlan, Mexico, Honda TRX450R93a Carlos Sanchez, Murrieta, Calif./Greg Wick, Temecula, Calif., Honda TRX450R 94a Leo Yodock, Phoenix/Brady Hayes, Mesa, Ariz./Matthew Gerber, Phoenix/Brandon Hayes, Mesa, Ariz./Guy Yodock, Lakeland, Fla./Robert Birk, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Bombardier DS650BajaX95a Yoav Regev/Yuval Sharon/Tomer Wolf, Israel, Honda TRX450R96a Mike Penland/Hoyt Penland, Rabun Gap, Ga./Jacob Kirts, Canada/Chad Martin, Cartersville, Ga./Zach Lovell, Bcartsville, Ga., CanAm Outlander97a Shawn Robins/Barry Cox/Tegan Nelson, Canada,/Landis Albrecht/Troy Stuber/Matt Remesz, Canada, CanAm DS650BajaX99a Joao de Barros, Kennesaw, Ga., Yamaha Raptor700

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Todd Welling and Phil Speet take on Baja 1000 Mexico


The Baja 1000 has been called the granddaddy of all off-road races, in which the desert is the race track and an adventure awaits drivers around every turn. "You don't know what is coming around the next corner," said Todd Welling, a Holland native who now resides in San Carlos, Calif. "The course will throw everything at you. There could be cows, donkeys and horses wandering right in front of you in the road.


"There is everything from big boulders that have rolled over to logs buried in the dirt by spectators. Spectators can be a real problem. They love to see you wipe out." Welling already conquered one form of motor sports, winning multiple world championships in offshore powerboat racing and setting the world speed record numerous times during a 15-year career.
But now Welling has turned his attention to a new challenge -- land. Welling invited his brother-in-law, Phil Speet of Holland, to run the Baja 1000 with him last year, and after winning the Class 14 sportsman division, they decided to take a run at it again this year. It is a milestone year for the off-road race, which takes place in Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. The race first was run in 1967, so this marks the 40th anniversary of the event. It begins in Ensenada, Mexico, on Nov. 13, and the race takes drivers from one end of the Baja Peninsula to the other, concluding more than 1,269 miles away in Cabo San Lucas, located in the tip of the Baja California Peninsula.


Look for Speet and Welling to make the jump up to Class 1 this year and square off against as many as 30 other vehicles. They will be racing a V-10 powered Ilmor Viper, which was designed by Andy Prins of Spectrum Sand Sports, located at 4195 Blue Star Highway in Holland.
Speet jokingly said he wouldn't be surprised if they got an offer for their car once the race was over. "The army might want it when we are done," Speet said. "It's built like a Hummer. It's powerful and built to take abuse. It can run upside down." Welling and Speet already brought the car out to the desert for a trial run in October, and they scheduled a second test session for this weekend. Drivers have a 53-hour time limit to complete the race, but Welling said they are hoping to cross the finish line in the 24- to 27-hour range. "It's a very durable race car," Welling said. "You have to have a car that not only has the ability to win, but it has to finish."


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Driver Teams for the Baja 1000



Reportedly, these driver combinations have agreed to take on the Baja 1000 this year. Considering the daunting course for the 2007 run, many of these teams are dream Baja racing teams.


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Harrah, Grider, Herder
Troy Herbst, Larry Roeseler
M.Scaroni, D.Scaroni, S.Scaroni
Mark Post, Rob MacCachren, Carl Renezeder
Todd Wylie, John Marking
Chad Ragland, Danny Sullivan
B.J Baldwin, Danny Anderson
Bobby Baldwin, McBeath
Danny Ebberts, Brad Etter, Trent Mcdonald
Dale Dondell, Luis Ramirez, Fito Ramirez
Bobby Baldwin, Larry Ragland, Mcbeath
Gilchriese, Burgess, Street - Hms Avenger
Bill & Dave Gasper and Scott Schovajsa
Danny Ebberts, Brad Etter in a Porter Car
Oscar Venegas-Ernie Negrete
Damen Jefferies-Steve Sourapas
Mark Weyhrich, Gary Weyhrich, Doug Fortin
Roger Norman, Charlie Townsley (in ex Duralast TT)
Brian Collins, Larry Ragland, Chuck Hovey
Scott Steinberg, Sykes, Mikey Childress
Harrah, Grider, Herder
G. Weyhrich, M. Weyhrich, D. Fortin
Steele, Hardesty, Vessels
Troy Herbst-Larry Roeseler
Steinburger, Sykes, Childress
M.Scaroni, D.Scaroni, S.Scaroni
Chad Ragland-Danny Sullivan
B.J Baldwin-Danny Anderson
Hovey, Collins, Larry Ragland
Bobby Baldwin, Larry Job, Mcbeath
Gilchriese, Burgess, Street In A Hms Avenger.
Bill & Dave Gasper, Scott Schovajsa.
Danny Ebberts, Brad Etter in a Porter Car
Oscar Venegas-Ernie Negrete
Damen Jefferies-Steve Sourapas
Mark Mcmillin, Brian Ewalt, Mike Julson
Scott Mcmillin, Andy Mcmillin, Brian Ickler
Mark Weyhrich, Gary Weyhrich, Doug Fortin
Roger Norman, Charlie Townsley
Brian Collins, Larry Ragland, Chuck Hovey
Scott Steinberg, Sykes, Mikey Childress
Danny Ebberts, Brad Etter, Tim Mcdonald
Dale Ebberts, Robby Gordon
Jake Batulis, Chris Paulson (C&R radiators), Jeff Lothringer, Jay Manning
Dan McMillin, Caleb Gaddis, and Chris Cortez
Tim Noe, Tommy Watson, Vic Bruckman, Gary Arnold
Dave Callaway, Scott Mapes, Max Hanberg, Mike Halliday
Travis Coyne, Jerry Whelchel , Alan Pflueger
Jake Batulis, Chris Paulson, Jeff Lothringer, Jay Manning

Sean Hoernke racing Yamaha in Baja 1000

Hoernke and Yamaha racing Baja 1000

Off road desert racing is a passion for Sean Hoernke. Fans might now know he's also a passionate off-road motorcycle racer. In fact, next week the Texas pro will compete as part of a five-man team in the 40th annual Baja 1000. This year's event actually spans 2,000 kilometers. It starts in Ensenada, Mexico and finishes at the southernmost part of the Baja peninsula in Cabo San Lucas.

Hoernke's spent most of his life around off-road racing. His father raced the event five times, finished each time, and won in the Sportsman's Class in 1995. Sean will be one of the many RaceStars at the Baja 1000 HQ (HeadQuarters) at Hard Rock Cabo located at the 'Times Square' location downtown Cabo San Lucas.

"I really enjoy just riding now for fun more than racing, but there's one thing left that I want to accomplish on a motorcycle and that is to finish the Baja 1000," the younger Hoernke said. "When I saw that this year was the 40th anniversary and it was almost twice as long as the usual race, I thought, 'That's the one I want to race!' Fortunately for me, Yamaha's not only an industry leader in outboard-motor technology for fishing boats, they're also an industry leader in the technology for off-road vehicles.

"When I approached (Yamaha) with my ambition to compete in the Baja, they graciously hooked me up with their new aluminum-frame WR450F that I've been using to train with the last several months," he added. "The bike's awesome!"

He's competing in the Over 250cc Sportsman's class. The race begins at 6:30 am on Nov. 13, and will continue nonstop to Cabo with an estimated finish time of around 32 hours. Check the Images section of Hoernke's website http://www.seanhoernke.com/ for pictures and to find out more.

Lucas and Todd NHRA Diablo Class 1 Baja 1000

Lucas and Todd to team up for Baja 1000 off-road race

NHRA Top Fuel racers Morgan Lucas and J.R. Todd will team up with John Spar and Ed Hullinger to compete in the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 driving the Lucas Oil/Torco Race Fuels Class 1 Diablo off-road vehicle in a grueling trophy dash over Mother Nature's toughest territory. This will be the first venture in the classic race for both drivers and their anticipation is only exceeded by their desire to perform well in the event. Earlier this week, the tandem headed to Barstow, Calif., to participate in some practice runs and get acquainted with the car and the feel of the rough terrain. This year marks the 40th annual running of the Baja 1000. This year's race will cover nearly 1,300 miles of the roughest most unforgiving terrain the famous Mexican desert has to offer. The race will start in downtown Ensenada on the morning of Nov. 13 and runs non-stop through the mountains, sand washes, coastlines, and towns to the finish line at the tip of the Baja peninsula in Cabo San Lucas.

Lucas and Todd's involvement started when John Spar, formally of B&M Racing, asked them to join him in the race. Spar has competed for many years on a motorcycle but had signed on to drive a state-of-the-art 2008 Penhall Class 1 Diablo for Hullinger Motorsports, which is based in Southern California. Spar discussed the concept of doing some crossover marketing with some of his NHRA comrades. Hullinger agreed and the team was set. Lucas and Todd have since had time to get in the car for some prerace testing. Following the final race in Pomona the entire team will undergo hundreds of miles of testing and many hours of strategic race planning and driver education for the brutal race. The team is going to split the driving duties between Hullinger, Lucas, Todd and Spar to keep the driver fresh and focused during the 30-plus hours of competition.

"John really handled it right," Lucas said. "He gave us a couple of tidbits leading up to more information. Ed and the guys on the team really took care of us. They were patient with our learning curve and it went pretty smooth once we got there. When we first arrived, John took us on a ride and showed us the potential of the vehicle. He showed us how to drive, how to approach certain landscape, and how to be aggressive. He also showed us what to watch for on the surface and to keep an eye on the big rocks on the course. "There are a lot of variables that you don't have to worry about in drag racing. With the way we were shown, you have a lot different respect for the race and what you're driving. We started slow and steadily increased our progression of how to drive to match the circumstances. We know when we go to Mexico everything will be different. You never know what you will find going over a jump. You have to be ready for just about anything."

Todd didn't ever think a drag racing career would lead him to this racing excursion but he probably thought the same thing when his friend Lucas asked him to participate in the Bodine Bobsled Challenge last year, pitting the young NHRA talents against some of NASCAR's finest on the Lake Placid Bobsled Course. "I've seen the Baja 1000 on television plenty of times and always thought it would be cool to drive an off-road truck," Todd said. "Morgan and I were fortunate to be able to go out on Tuesday and drive a truck in Barstow. It was so much fun; it's hard to put it into words. We're looking forward to heading down to Mexico to compete. Hopefully we'll come out in one piece along with the truck and who knows; maybe we'll get a top-five finish. My main goal is to go out and complete the race and have some fun. It will be quite the experience. I'm sure that I will be talking about it for many years to come.”
Lucas and Todd will be tackling the first stanza of the race, tearing out of Ensenada for the first 200 miles before handing over control to Spar and Hullinger.

"I'll be driving first leg and there will five driver changes throughout the race," Lucas said. "We get to be the ones driving by all the people when we're leaving town. Our big worry is to not to stall the car at the start and be sure not to hit anything. Once we get going, that should be a milestone in itself. "Spar and Hullinger will be driving at night. I've watched this race numerous years on television and have heard the stories of the pitfalls and antics some people will do. Being the 40th anniversary of the race means just that much more for me. It's going to be nationally televised. We're all competitive and we all want to race hard, but honestly, we want to have fun and who knows if we'll get a chance to race in the 50th Baja 1000.” The Hullinger Motorsports team and car will be wearing the Lucas Oil and Torco Race Fuels colors.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

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All German Effort Ready for Baja 1000


Martin Christensen and All German Motorsports (AGM) will team with famed WRC Rally racing talents Armin Schwarz and Matthias Kahle in pursuit of the overall win at the 40th running of the Tecate Score Baja 1000 to be held November 12 through 16, 2007. Armin Schwarz and Matthias Kahle join past Baja 1000 winner Martin Christensen in this year’s 1300 mile off–road race from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas. AGM will be running in the SCORE Class 1 Unlimited Buggy classification with a 2005 Jimco / BMW M5.“We are very excited about the incredible range of driving skills that Schwarz and Kahle will bring to the team,” says driver and owner of AGM, Martin Christensen. “The combination of racing talents, our extensive Baja experience and a dedicated team of 40 volunteers will provide a level of ability normally afforded to only the most generously sponsored teams,” Christensen continues.Armin Schwarz, 44, Monte Carlo, Monaco is a World Rally Championship (WRC)driver for driving factory Skoda Fabia. Throughout his 20 year professional racecareer, Armin has won numerous World Championships. Armin has been rallying throughout the world for more than 20 years and has been a sponsored professionally since the mid-eighties. Armin will be starting the race in Ensenada with Bryan Lyttle, Chief Engineer and navigator in the co-pilot’s seat.Martin Christensen, 39, Escondido, California, AGM owner and 2002 & 2003 Class 10 Champion and winner of 2004 Primm 300 and Baja 1000 in Class 10. Martin will jump into the race car at Bay of LA with Chris Ames as co-driver and navigator and hand the car off to Matthias in Loreto.Matthias Kahle, 38, Cologne, Germany – is a 6 time WRC Rally Champion who is also a factory driver for Skoda Fabia. Matthias has been racing in the WRC Series since 1993. Sam Osman will be co-driving and navigating with Matthias on the final section of the race.AGM’s BMW entry has been strengthened by a technology sponsorship fromDinan Cars, Inc. with the addition of a professionally worked M5 V8 powerplant,which has been matched to the chassis and the new XTrac 6 Speed Sequential Transmission for optimal efficiency – adding 100 horse power -- and high reliability. All German Motorsports is a privateer organization with a team of 40 volunteers and personal chase trucks that regularly challenge the most well equippedprofessional teams for the overall podium positions. We would also like to thank our sponsors: Tricon, Remus Exhaust, Stand 21 Helmets, BFG Tires, Eibach Springs, Recaro Seats, Auto Motor Sport, and ZFSachs Clutches for their ongoing support!Check out our latest videos on Youtube.com:http://youtube.com/user/allgermanmotorsportsFOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:All German MotorsportsMartin Christensen, (760) 738-4626, info@allgermanmotorsports.comArmin Schwarz at http://www.armin-schwarz.com/ or press@armin-schwarz.com

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Baja Racing News LIVE SEMA JEEP News












Jeep Wrangler JT
Built from the military version of the all new Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler JT showcases just how flexible this new platform can be. Revealed at the 2007 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab [Utah] , it dominated the steep climbs and descents on the slopes of the Hell’s Revenge trail. Its 4x4 capability was established as it negotiated the slick hot tubs and waterfalls – at times, almost completely vertical to the ground. Beginning with the new platform from the Wrangler Unlimited, the design team managed to create a very nimble, trail-savvy Jeep with a 1.5 meter pickup bed and an easy-to-handle removable hardtop.

Off-road enhancements include:
3-in. suspension lift provided by Superlift
35-in. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tyres
Rear bumper and tyre carrier from Mopar
Front bumper from Mopar
Warn 9500ti winch

The Jeep Wrangler Ultimate with 392 HEMI® from Mopar
The Jeep Wrangler Ultimate with 392 HEMI from Mopar is a concept vehicle that answers the question “how far can you go with the new Jeep Wrangler?” Beginning with the all-new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon®, the design team set out to create the best of the best – combining high style and materials with the best off-road machine ever offered by Jeep.
The suspension is enhanced with a 3-in. lift to clear the massive 35-in. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tyres mounted on custom polished Alcoa Forged 18-inch wheels. The exterior is chromed out courtesy of Mopar:
fuel filler door
taillamp guards
tubular side steps
exterior mirrors
tow hooks
door handles
hood hinges
fascia overlays
To complete the look, the exterior is coated in a wildly experimental ‘Liquid Charcoal Pearl Coat’ paint. The Wrangler Ultimate’s real story is its interior. Taking cues from rugged adventure sports bags and accessories, the team created a high style and detailed interior compartment that is as tough and beautiful as the exterior. Seating surfaces are clad in durable orange mesh fabric and dark slate grey Nappa/Province leather – bound with a heavy black-leather baseball stitch. Instrument panel details are treated to a stunning Argent Pearl/Satin Silver paint combination, reinforcing the machine character for which Jeep is known. The interior is also home to the exclusive MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System. There are also DVD screens for passengers in the front and rear. To provide authentic performance on the trail, the team also dropped in a 392 HEMI crate motor.

Jeep Wrangler All-access
The interior of the Jeep Wrangler All-access has been upgraded with premium materials and paint. To give it “trail and off-road” credibility, the designers vamped it up with Mopar performance parts including Rubicon Express 4-inch suspension lift, front and rear bumper with tyre carrier, rock rails, cold air intake and Warn 9500ti winch. American Expedition Vehicles supplied its new Pintler sheels. Painted “Surf Blue,” the Wrangler All-access also features 35-inch BFG Mud Terrain tires.





















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Baja Racing News.com LIVE SEMA Baja Designs

Baja Designs announces a Three-Year limited warranty on all Soltek Fuego 4" and LaPaz 8" lights.

"No one else in the industry offers this type of warranty," said Deanne Moore, CEO of Baja Designs. "We pride ourselves in providing our customers with high quality, durable lighting equipment - and we stand behind our products." Baja Designs, Inc./SolteK Light Systems warrants products to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of Three Years from the original date of purchase. This warranty includes coverage of HID Bulbs and Ballasts. If a customer discovers a defect in a product covered by this warranty, Baja Designs will repair at their option using new or refurbished components, or if repair is not possible, replace the item.

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Baja Racing News LIVE SEMA Continental Tire







New General Grabber will compete in Baja Racing Desert Off-Road Races

Continental Tire North America Inc. is putting its new General Grabber competition tires to the test. In 2008, the tires will compete in major off-road events. The Grabber competition tires are designed in size 37x12.50R17 for Class 1, 7S, 7 unlimited, 8 and trophy truck.

"These tires simply grab the dirt and won't let go," says Travis Roffler, director of marketing. "We will continue to refine and develop the Grabber until its official launch at the 2008 Baja 500, but we are confident that these tires will make the off-road racing community sit up and take notice." The tires will compete in desert off road racing events in 2008. Tire engineers designed the Grabber with a tough, three-ply, Duragen-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions. The tires also feature a newly-developed, competition-specific tread compound. The new racing tires will be available in two distinct tread designs for different types of competitive conditions. In addition, the Grabber name and General Tire logo are prominently featured on the sidewall in red and white letters.

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Toyota Tundra Diesel SEMA Baja Racing News LIVE


The Toyota Tundra Diesel Dually concept features a tan leather interior, huge, stubby shifter, a sunroof, and a navigation system.


Toyota’s heavy duty diesel truck rumblings are getting louder. At the Specialty Equipment Market Association show here, Toyota Motor Corp. quietly parked in its display of wild tuner cars the Tundra Diesel Dually, a concept truck that could be the company’s template for its expected entry into the heavy-duty pickup market. The Tundra Diesel Dually shows how quickly Toyota can field an entry to challenge the top-selling Ford Super Duty pickups, GM’s Heavy Duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra and the heavy-duty Dodge Ram.

The Tundra Diesel Dually uses off-the-shelf parts from Toyota, its affiliate companies and suppliers. It has:

* An 8.0-liter inline six-turbocharged diesel engine from Hino, Toyota’s large truckmaking affiliate.
* Hino medium-duty axles.
* The body from a regular Tunda CrewMax.
* A lengthened Tundra frame.
* An Eaton five-speed manual transmission.



A sign near the truck read: “The Tundra Diesel Dually is a study in contrasts that demonstrates Toyota’s commitment to exploring new ideas.” Toyota has long been expected to build a big diesel powered version of the Tundra, but the company had said only that it was studying the idea. The Diesel Dually, which features four rear wheels with 22.5-inch tires, shows Toyota could jump into the market quickly. A spokesman for Hino said the engine is too big for the Tundra, but could be scaled down to around 6.0 liters. He said Toyota has not decided whether its wants an inline six-cylinder engine — a layout used by the Dodge Ram diesel — or a V-8, which is used by Ford and GM diesel trucks. Toyota, he said, has not chosen an engine supplier for the truck. The Diesel Dually featured a tan leather interior, huge, stubby shifter, a sunroof, and a navigation system. Its huge flared rear wheel wells and beefy looks gave the truck a mean look. It was about the size of a Ford F-350 diesel.

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Toyota Off-Road Concept SEMA Baja Racing News





Toyota Off-Road Concept Truck Released at SEMA
Looks like we may have gotten Toyota's goat enough with that shot of the Toyota Nastruck trailer getting hauled around by a diesel-powered Chevy Silverado Heavy-Duty that they've responded by building their own Tundra concept to show off here at SEMA. It's the Toyota Racing Development Tundra Double Cab Off-Road Concept truck and it's built with supposedly enough "umph" to carry a large car-hauler trailer. Although a car-hauler trailer's a start -- we somehow think even with the supercharged V8 under the hood, they'll probably still need the Silverado HD (or other diesel-powered HD pickup, to carry the Nastruck Trailer.

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Diesel Performance Headlines SEMA 2007


SEMA SHOW, Las Vegas-(October 30)

Two key facts testify to the growing popularity of diesel; the number of people packed into the meeting room for the SEMA seminar on Diesel Performance on Monday and the fact that more than 10 percent of the new products introduced at the SEMA Show are for diesel engines.
The six speakers at the seminar ranged from a racing promoter to a record-setter and all those in between. Ron Knoch, owner and principal of the National Association of Diesel Motorsports (NADM) started thing off with a discussion of who races what and who drives what. The majority of diesel-powered trucks on the racing circuit are (in order of popularity) Dodge, Duramax (GM) and Ford. However, when it comes to the fans, the order is revised somewhat with Ford trucks in the lead followed by Duramax (GM) and Dodge. He also pointed out that diesel presents a real opportunity for expansion and that WDs are needed badly.

Next up was Daryl Klassen from Bully Dog who outlined the progress of diesel performance from normally aspirated diesels to turbocharged diesels to propane injection to plug-in modules that came into play when diesel engines "went electronic." He also answered the question about "why diesel is becoming so popular." The explanation was simple - a 35 percent increase in fuel economy when compared to a gasoline engine which could save the U.S. 1.4 million barrels of oil per day by 2015 when J.D. Power and Associates predicts diesel will make up 12 to 15 percent of the U.S. automobile market.

Brian Ross from BD Performance reminded the group about the transmission modifications necessary to take advantage of the diesel power. He first donned a 1970's style hippie wig to point out that he has been in the diesel performance business "since he had hair" and got a good laugh from the crowd. He also pointed out that compound turbocharging is the most effective for diesel powerplants; one for the low-end and another for the top-end power. "One turbo is not enough," he said.

Chris Thomson from Airaid gave the group a look at the future. "More than 50 percent of the vehicles sold in Europe have diesel engines. What does that tell you?" He reminded the group that the diesel market is not price dependent, but not to forget to sell the sizzle with the steak.
Gale Banks from Bank Engineering wrapped things up with a lively discussion about racing diesels. He held up his hand AA style and said, "My name is Gale Banks and I am a hot rodder." He pointed out that he sold his first performance engine (gasoline) back in 1958 and even with 50 years in the high performance business they "will have to carry me out kicking and screaming." Banks said he too remembers the days when diesel-powered cars and trucks were so slow that "by the time you got to the top of the Baker grade on the way to Las Vegas, you needed a shave."

For the non-believers Banks showed a video of some of his most famous and most recent record-setting runs with diesel-powered vehicles. The tape included the FIA record-setting Bonneville run, road racing, off-road competition and last week's record-setting drag race in which a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck fitted with a Banks-built diesel powerplant ran the quarter-mile in Las Vegas in only 8.22 seconds with a top speed of 164 miles per hour! He pointed out that the smoke we saw was from the tires and not from the engine. "If you see smoke coming from the engine, that's wasted fuel and high temperatures. I say no smoke is the future of diesel technology."

SCORE Allows New tech rules for Turbo-Diesel-powered vehicles

Turbo-Diesels to be able to race in Trophy-Truck, Class 8 and Stock Full

Adding another dimension to the world of desert racing, SCORE announced that is has adopted a new rule package that will allow Turbo-Diesel-powered vehicles to race in three classes in the Desert Series. Starting with the 2008 season, which begins January 24-27 at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Nevada, Turbo-Diesel vehicles will be allowed to run in the marquee Trophy-Truck division along with Class 8 and Stock Full.

“All three classes SCORE has selected to pioneer this new rule package have significant crossover value in the general marketplace. Trophy-Truck is the premier class in all of desert racing, featuring 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks. Class 8 is the workhorse in the history of the sport for full-sized two-wheel drive trucks while Stock Full is for stock, full-sized trucks.The annual six-race Desert Series features 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. Three events are held in Southern Nevada and three are held in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

Currently SCORE is preparing to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Volkswagon Announces Off-Road Baja Racing Baja 1000




Volkswagen develops Touareg TDI for famous Baja 1000



Wolfsburg, Beerlandia




In the 2008 motorsport season, Volkswagen of America, Inc. will start contesting the popular U.S. off-road racing series SCORE with a Touareg TDI. The Touareg TDI will be developed specifically for the extremely tough demands of the Baja Mexican peninsula Baja California, which, since 1967, has been the annual venue of the most famous event of this kind – the Baja 1000. The Volkswagen prototype will be prepared for the “SCORE Trophy Truck Open Production – Unlimited Class”."Volkswagen’s history in off-road racing dates back to the first Baja 1000 in 1967,” stressed Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "In the world famous Dakar Rally, which at a length of 9,000 kilometres over 15 legs is the most demanding offroad competition of all, as well as in the Pikes Peak Hillclimb Race and in the Baja 500 in June 2007 Volkswagen achieved remarkable results.
These experiences, which we gained with innovative diesel engines in the various offroad vehicles, are helping us to build a Touareg TDI prototype that will master the very special challenge of a Baja and thrill the enthusiastic American audience.”
With 13 victories since 1967, Volkswagen has shaped the Baja 1000 as one of the leading engine manufacturers, particularly in the first two decades. To this day, several classes of the non-stop race across the Baja California peninsula are specifically reserved for Volkswagen models as well as for vehicles with Volkswagen components.The driver line-up for the Touareg TDI prototype that is supposed to make its début at the end of 2008 has been determined already: Mark Miller from Arizona, Volkswagen factory driver since 2005, who, in fourth place overall finished the Dakar Rally in January 2007 as the best of the factory drivers, is part of this motorsport programme, as is his compatriot Ryan Arciero.
In addition, Miller at the wheel of a Volkswagen Race Touareg was the best driver of a diesel-powered vehicle at the Baja 500 in June, 2007. Arciero in a production-derived Touareg V10 TDI in the "Alternative Fuel Diesel Truck High-Performance Showroom Stock division” set a new record in the world famous Pikes Peak Hillclimb Race in July.

Baja Racing News.com EXCLUSIVE
NEW Touareg Design Released


The next VW Touareg.

As these exclusive pictures show, the big SUV has taken on a more aggressive look. However, it will be lighter and more efficient than the outgoing model. There are even plans for a hi-tech hybrid version.

Going on sale in 2010, the newcomer will face fierce competition from the latest BMW X5, Mercedes M-Class and Audi Q7. As a result, designers have given the Touareg bold styling that has been heavily influenced by the smaller VW Tiguan.

At the front are wraparound headlamps, a large grille and big bumper incorporating a sump guard. The rear has a distinctive kink in the C-pillar, while a split tailgate will allow owners to open the glass independently.

Inside, there will be more room thanks to a wheelbase that’s been stretched by 50mm. In order to compete with prestige rivals, the build and materials will be of the highest quality.

To improve economy, VW’s engineers have used plenty of aluminium in the structure to cut the SUV’s weight by 300kg. Under the hood will be a familiar engine line-up. Entry-level models will get a 276 bhp 3.2-litre V6 gas motor, while the range-topper has a 345 bhp 4.2-litre V8. For diesel fans, two V6 TDI units will be used, with 2.7 litres and 3.0 litres respectively. Finally, an Audi-sourced 4.0-litre V8 oil-burner will replace the existing 5.0-litre V10 engine. All versions will feature the six-speed Tiptronic gearbox.

Customers looking for greater fuel efficiency will have to wait until 2012 for a hybrid version. By combining a powerful electric motor and the 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine, it should be quick yet economical. A stop-start system and regen­erative braking set-up will also help to improve returns.



SEMA VW UPDATE

Volkswagen of America at SEMA in Las Vegas, highlighted clean diesel performance and vehicle personalization with three new concepts on display at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show.
VW Baja 500 Reports
JUNE 3, 2007
SUCCESSFUL NORTH AMERICA DÉBUT OF THE RACE TOUAREG
WOLFSBURG, Germany -Impressive début of the Volkswagen Race Touareg in North America: In the Baja 500 offroad classic, the factory duo of Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/South Africa) clinched class victory ahead of their team-mates Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany).In the overall classification of the 273 competing vehicles, Miller/Pitchford took eleventh, and de Villiers/von Zitzewitz 16th place. Volkswagen impressed particularly with its modern TDI diesel technology as the two Race Touareg cars powered by 2.5-litre five-cylinder TDI engines were the only vehicles to complete the 420.11-mile (675.92-km) Baja 500, which is considered the world's toughest one-day rally, without a single refuelling stop."This was a strong showing of the Race Touareg on unusual and extremely tough terrain, and this success proves its ruggedness and reliability. Both Touaregs were running perfectly, the tyres on both vehicles were changed only once – that was all," Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen summed up the positive outcome. "The drivers and co-drivers as well as the entire team prepared themselves perfectly for this unusual task, and our special thanks go to Volkswagen of America for their outstanding support."Race Touareg thrills and surprises fansAs early as during the tremendous parade to the Technical Scrutineering in the centre of the North Mexican town of Ensenada, the Race Touareg was the major attraction for the huge crowd of fans. This prototype, which was developed for fielding in the world famous Dakar Rally, appeared virtually compact amidst the huge Trophy Trucks and Buggies with their brawny V8 engines.After several official pre-runs of the route preceding the actual rally on 02 June, Giniel de Villiers was definitely pensive: "The track is so brutal that it will be a success just taking both Touaregs all the way to the finish." Initially, these were the sentiments of many Americans as well, but with each mile the enthusiasm for the two blue Race Touareg cars of the Volkswagen Red Bull team grew."It's fantastic how well our Race Touaregs were running on this tough terrain," commented Mark Miller. The American, who – with co-driver Ralph Pitchford at his side – finished this year's Dakar Rally in fourth place overall, knows what he's talking about, having contested the Baja 500 as many as ten times, with five overall Baja victories to his credit. "Of course I'm very proud being able to contest the Baja with Volkswagen and to thus demonstrate the Touareg's power and performance this way,"Mark Miller added. "The fact that we achieved this success with a diesel engine that is relatively quiet but develops incredible torque and, what's more, without having to refuel even once while the U.S. vehicles had to stop for fuel two or even three times is a milestone in the long history of the Baja and proves how advanced TDI technology is."Giniel de Villiers, runner-up in the 2006 "Dakar" in the Race Touareg, noted with surprise:"Only on the extremely bumpy parts of the track did we have a disadvantage compared to the U.S. vehicles with their long suspension travels, as we are subject to extreme limitations in this regard on account of the Dakar regulations. Except for this aspect, we were definitely able to keep the pace and were often even faster. Due to the huge amount of dust, though, or the tight tracks, we weren't able to overtake very often. After all, we didn't want to take any unnecessary risks."Reaching the finish after ten hours.When Miller/Pitchford and de Villiers/von Zitzewitz reached the finish in Ensenada after ten hours, they were showing obvious signs of the ordeal and the endless dust they'd been through. "It's incredible how we were shaken about over the entire distance. I can feel every fibre of my body," commented Ralph Pitchford. And Mark Miller, as well, had to admit: "That was the toughest, most brutal route I've ever driven in a Baja 500."Consequently, the Volkswagen foursome particularly relished the celebration after reaching the finish, and patiently answered questions of the many fans and media representatives. "This Baja 500 is a huge spectacle with enormous fan support and enthusiasm.The event exceeded all my expectations. It was a great experience, a strenuous as well as a fascinating one," said Dirk von Zitzewitz in the end.Baja history has close ties to VolkswagenBy fielding the two Race Touraregs, Volkswagen of America continued a long tradition, as the history of these rallies on the Mexican peninsula of Baja California, not far from the U.S. city of San Diego, is closely linked to Volkswagen. Volkswagen already competed in the Baja's 1967 début, and the legendary VW Buggy was guaranteed to be successful in the Bajas and became a cult car. To this day, numerous cars designed by privateers, some of them based on the Beetle, are powered by VW engines."During the pre-runs for this Baja 500 we even worked out new suspension set-ups, which may enable us to make further strides in the Dakar Rally, particularly in camel grass," explained Mark Miller. "Of course it would be great to also compete in the sister rally, the Baja 1000, in November. The Race Touareg has got what it takes to successfully master this long Baja as well. But at that time, of course, the preparations for the 2008 'Dakar' will take precedence."
VW UPDATE
MAY 30, 2007
North America début: Volkswagen Race Touareg in Baja 500
Début of the Volkswagen Race Touareg in North America
Volkswagen will enter two vehicles with the driver/co-driver pairings of Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/RSA) and Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (RSA/D) in the legendary Baja 500. The offroad race will be staged at Ensenada on the Mexican peninsula of Baja California on 2 June on a 500-mile loop, equating to roughly 800 kilometres. The Baja 500 is seen as the “little sister” of the Baja 1000, which is closely connected with the origin of the first generation of buggies based on Volkswagen technology."We are happy about being able to enter a Volkswagen Race Touareg for the first time in a competition in North America and are looking forward to this exceptional rally with eager anticipation,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "The event presents a good opportunity to demonstrate the power and performance of Volkswagen’s TDI technology in front of a large audience. The organisers of the American SCORE offroad series also had a major interest in Volkswagen making its factory début in the Baja 500. What’s important to us is to show a good performance in completely new terrain.”Volkswagen factory driver Mark Miller as the local hero of U.S. fansVolkswagen factory driver Mark Miller has previously contested the Baja 500 as many as ten times – on a motorcycle and in heavy American Trophy Trucks. Nevertheless, the five-time Baja winner is particularly looking forward to his participation at the wheel of a Volkswagen Race Touareg 2. "On account of their higher power and longer suspension travel, the American Trophy Trucks are probably superior to us on the extremely fast and straight tracks, but the good suspension of the compact and more agile Race Touareg can probably display its strengths on the twisty sections. I’m expecting a very exciting rally. Of course, celebrating my first victory with the Race Tourag here would be a dream.”In the roughly 800-kilometre one-day event on the peninsula of Baja California in the northern part of Mexico the regulations allow more freedom of action than – for example – in the Dakar Rally or the Cross-Country World Rally Cup. "There are more things allowed such as team members accompanying the rally vehicles in helicopters to keep the drivers posted on how the rally is going. As the large trucks and buggies do not have any rear-view mirrors, and are not equipped with Sentinel systems enabling faster vehicles to signal their approach like in the ’Dakar’, it’s certainly common practice to ‘tap’ a vehicle in front of you, in other words to make your presence known by slightly touching its rear. With our flat and compact Race Touareg 2, this will be pretty difficult because we’d tend to drive under the high trucks rather than ‘tapping’ them,” explained Mark Miller, who will be contesting the event with his South African co-driver Ralph Pitchford. Pitchford will be competing in North America for the first time.Baja début for Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von ZitzewitzFor Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in the second Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, the American Baja rallies are new territory as well. "The Baja 500 is a long offroad sprint race. Due to the hard tracks covered with potholes, this will probably be an extremely tough event for both man and material. I’ve been told that the track resembles the Dakar Rally’s legs in Northern Morocco,” said Giniel de Villiers. "Experience is particularly important here, as some of the parts of the route are repeated frequently. We do not yet know what is awaiting us, but we would be very pleased to ultimately finish among the top five. I don’t expect that a better result will be possible competing against the U.S. drivers in their big trucks.”"Unlike the situation in the Dakar Rally or Cross-Country Rally World Cup, we have the opportunity here to drive the entire route before in so-called pre-runs with a service vehicle or the Race Touareg,” said co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz. "Of course we’ll make use of this opportunity. Similar to the roadbooks in a classical rally, we are planning to prepare detailed rally notes. Unlike the large trucks, we won’t necessarily have to make any refuelling stops during the race thanks to our five-cylinder TDI engine. Our goal will be to complete the entire distance on one tank of diesel fuel and with as few tyre changes as possible."Sal Fish states, "Volkswagen engines are the most successful in the history of desert racing". Wow, tall statement.Diesel powered Race Touareg 2's head to Mexico with American Mark Miller and South African Giniel de Villiers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 10 /Baja Racing News/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. has officially entered two Volkswagen Motorsport Dakar Rally vehicles in this year's running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, June 1-3, 2007.
This will be the first race for the Race Touareg 2 vehicles in North America, and also marks the first ever Volkswagen factory racing entry in the legendary SCORE desert series racing. The Volkswagen team will feature an international cast of Volkswagen works drivers ready to tackle the challenging terrain of the Baja peninsula.Race Touareg # 81i will be driven by American Mark Miller with his South African co-driver Ralph Pitchford. For Miller, the 45 year old Phoenix, Arizona native, this event will be a unique opportunity to bring together his experience and success from two of the most revered off-road races in the world. He is a five time Baja Champion and the highest finishing American driver ever in a four-wheeled vehicle at Dakar, taking fourth place overall this past January with Pitchford onboard as co-driver.Piloting Race Touareg # 83i will be South African Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz. While this will be the first SCORE race for de Villiers, the 34 year old driver from Stellenbosch, South Africa, he is very familiar with the turbo diesel powered Race Touareg, having placed second overall in the 2006 Dakar rally.The Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 is powered by an 'in-line' five cylinder, 2.5-liter four-valve per cylinder TDI diesel engine, fitted with a two-stage intercooled turbo-charger system. In this configuration, the engine produces 285 horsepower and over 440 ft.lbs of torque. The engine is positioned longitudinally behind the front suspension, and sends its power to a longitudinally mounted six-speed sequential race gearbox. A permanent four- wheel drive system featuring three mechanical differentials with viscous locking is used to provide superior traction."Volkswagen is looking forward to being involved in the 39th Annual Baja 500. It is a tremendously famous racing event worldwide, and running our Race Touaregs in North America is an excellent opportunity for us to show the potential of the Volkswagen TDI diesel engine technology", said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "It will be a great experience not only from a technical standpoint, but also for our logistics, race preparation and team organization."SCORE says, "The Baja 500 extremely excited to have these two international Volkswagen factory Race Touaregs competing. "We are also looking forward to enjoying the performance of the Volkswagen Turbo Diesel engines in this environment. Volkswagen engines are the most successful in the history of desert racing and this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us involved with this unique and incredible motorsport."Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Volkswagen Rabbit, Volkswagen New Beetle, Volkswagen New Beetle convertible, Volkswagen GTI, Jetta, Volkswagen GLI, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Passat wagon, Volkswagen Eos, and Volkswagen Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.Totally Horrible Paths!The German Rally-Champion Armin Schwarz is starting again at the SCORE Baja 500 - for the second time. He´s writing about his preparations in the U.S.: On the last weekend in April I had the great pleasure to sit in the Buggy of All German Motorsports again. We tested from Saturday to Monday in Nevada and Mexico. The whole experience was pure motorsport - and a driving orgy. I'm totally excited... but let's look at one thing after the other:On Saturday, 28 April we drove in the Nevada desert: an open, fast terrain with deep wash-outs. When I say deep I mean anything from 70 cm to two metres. With the 700 hp Buggy we simply annihilated the one-metre gullies without slowing down at all. To be honest it's still unbelievably how our suspension survived this. With the two-metre wash-outs we climbed down with our buggy and up the other side.At first, the rear of our buggy kicked up a bit when the springs went on block. That is a rather strange feeling at such high speeds. And another thing: A rear axle in the air doesn't give any propulsion. We changed the rebound of the shocks and managed to fix this problem.We spent Sunday and Monday on the Baja California in Mexico: lots of first gear, mighty rocks, extremely long climbs on the single trials. These are narrow, often steep and totally horrible paths. Most important thing here is the greatest possible axle articulation and plenty of torque at relatively low revs. We were happy with the suspension. But the gearbox is still too long. For the Baja 500 at the beginning of June we will not be able to work on this. But for September we will find a suitable shorter gear ratio.After dinner out into the desert again - just for funOur tests here reminded me a lot of the Safari Rallies of 20 years ago. The feeling of freedom here still seems unlimited. We could drive when and wherever we wanted to - and along the way met many, many adventurers who were either preparing for the Baja or simply enjoying their freedom with their ATVs, trucks, buggies or whatever else they felt like driving. Even Superstars like Robby Gordon sometimes turn up with their mates in the desert to spend some time driving extreme Offroad or looking for adventure out in nature. They hang out at hotels like Mike's Sky Ranch. These hotels are in the middle of nowhere, are only accessible for offroad specialists along donkey trails and are usually booked out the whole year.Sometimes after dinner we would leap back into our Buggy and head out into the desert to drive a particularly difficult or beautiful section. In this way we checked out 100 miles of the coming Baja 500. This freedom is long gone from rallying. And how wonderful to have this still here in the SCORE championship.Incidentally, close to Mike's Sky Ranch are a couple of tricky stretches of water that we tackled at various speeds - from slow wading to 80 kph. That worked well. The other extreme is the "Silk" - that's powdery dust (like in Africa) which is between 20 and 80 cm deep. You drive through this stuff like through deep water. The traction is practically zero and if you lose your momentum here then you're in the proverbial you-know-what!Talking about dust, our television producer Norman Adelhutte experienced the tests up close. He sat in a four-seater racing buggy with his crew and they all got a lung-full of dust. But the rewards for their adventurous efforts is television footage that I have never seen before. Norman not only profits from his immense TV experience but also because he's crazy enough to bomb along through the desert with us.By the time this newsletter goes online, I'll already be in Buenos Aires at the Rally Argentina where our Red Bull Team junior Andreas Aigner competes from 3-6 May. And as RTL expert I'll be reporting on the fourth round fight between Sebastien Loeb, Marcus Gronholm and their rivals. I'm really looking forward to this and can hardly wait for the Super Special Stage for spectators in the huge soccer stadium.I'll get back to you in ten days with how things went in Argentina and also with news of our preparations for the 39th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 - which incidentally already has 400 entries in 34 classes! That is going to be a party! VW in MX"In an effort to promote Volkswagen’s diesel technology in the U.S, Volkswagen Motorsports has decided to enter their 285 hp Volkswagen Touareg 2 desert rally-car into the 2007 SCORE Baja 500. They will be racing two Volkswagen Motorsports rally-cars powered by the ever powerful and fuel efficient line of Volkswagen TDI diesel engines. These race vehicles are the exact same ones used to race the 2007 Dakar Ralley. The vehicles have been imported from Europe into the U.S., and will be race ready come the Baja 500.The drivers of record will be Baja 500 and Baja 1000 winner Mark Miller, who is now involved with the Volkswagen Motorsports Dakar Ralley program. Miller will be joined by co-driver Ralph Pitchford from South Africa. In another Toureg 2 rally-car will be Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany).SCORE International has made the exception for these impressive rally cars to come into Baja and race along the sides of the unlimited SCORE Trophy Trucks and Class 1 cars. The Volkswagen Touaregs will be starting after the Trophy Trucks, and before Class 1.Two Race-Touareg will also participate at the Transiberico-Rally in Portugal, the first round of the FIA Marathonrally Worldcup. The driver-pairings are not announced yet, but experts are talking about Carlos Sousa (Portugal) and Carlos Sainz (Spain)."
The Original Baja Racing News Headline:Volkswagon sends factory team to Baja 500 " For the first time in race history, Volkswagen of America officially entered two of its Dakar Rally factory teams. Driven by American Mark Miller and South African Giniel De Vilers, the two turbo-diesel VW Taureg midsize Sport Utility Vehicles will compete in a special SCORE Int’l Truck class"


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