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Saturday, February 16, 2008

FUD 200 February 16 Plaster City West






Thursday, February 14, 2008

Eric Chase begs SCORE for a security blanket. Security continues control the Baja race situation


Baja Champion Class 1 Team Member Eric Chase Begs

After a racer comments, "How about WE arrange caravans, it's our responsibility to get places safely right? My boss does not care how I get to work, he is however concerned that I get there safely. We as racers need to realize that its not Sals fault Mex is the way it is, i'm sure he has his hands full just putting on the races as he does, maybe we should "pitch in" and look out for each other, maybe another service offered by Baja Pits or Locos or somthing like that?"

Eric Chase pipes up, "I agree. We all know Mex is having some problems right now. For those of us who are still going to race down south we could do a better job taking care of each other. For example, organize drive times for groups to and from the race. No one should drive alone right now and be easy pickings. We should also prerun in numbers. How long till the bad guys decide to hide out in a bush and grab one of these bad ass prerunners? I'm sure there a ton of things we could do as a group to make it harder for the bad guys. Maybe if we were not such an easy target they would go find someone else to F with?"

Ask the pits guys to organize security? Many of the pits guys are wildly famous for their alcohol intake during Mexico trips! Ever heard the comments from a famous desert racer, "The pits guys? Just a reason for a bunch of drunk Mexicans to go camping! Desert off-road racing peeps trying to assure itself of safety and security in Mexico!

The government of Baja Norte and SCORE International continue to count their money and NOT provide any assurances for racers racing in Baja Mexico in 2008. A security expert in San Diego responded to this story, "Maybe they aren't, because they CAN'T?"

jim holthus torr takes a $G from CORR



Anonymous Posts:
"last year, for one of the CORR races it was the chula vista race CORR championship offroad racing was told by totally offroad radio they would be live from the race. we counted on them live that day at the race we brought our radio just for that
after setting up with pistol pete, we watched em they did some kinda show with some intervews and they had some equipment set up. that maybe they had a recording of? but they didnt do the show live like they told CORR. there was nothing on 1000 AM, we were pissed!
later the pr company in san diego found out the show wasnt live like torr totally offroad radio promised. some how jim holthus, the owner of the show got paid a thousand dollars for what was told to fans and CORR as live, but wasnt. we had our radio that weekend at the races and were pissed the show wasnt on-lame. not even on his site
i looked even for the recording of the show on the website and it wasnt there, i call bullshit on torr and holthus!"
>"holthus radio show ripping off the fans and corr!?!?
guys at the racing news grow up! this kind of stuff is what offroad racin is all about, at least with the little guys who want to be big-he is probly scratching to make ends meet and the grand was an easy steal from corr-jim holthus head is buried so far up scotts ass the only thing of jim you can see is his flip-flops, did you hear him at laughlin without pete-bad. he also talks over everybody who we want to hear"
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"jim holthus is a douche his picture in the dictionary under douche!!!!
look at his myspace-in vino veritas drm makr-lmao!!!! without pistol that nots a show its a crash, torr show sucks, give the show to pistol"
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"thanks baja racing news for the comments going live! you guys have been great getting out stories on off road racing before anyone, we've been following the race events ever since the 2005 san felipe 250 live on your site, thanks!"
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"holthus is a san diego north county x-real estate agent, thats says it all! lmao"
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Desert Specialist Scott Kincaid Joins Team Toyo

Desert Specialist Scott Kincaid Joins Team Toyo™ Off-Road

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA (Feb 13, 2008) – Desert off-road racing specialists, Scott Kincaid and Jeff Quinn along with co-driver Gary Kincaid, have become the newest members of Team Toyo™ Off-Road. Piloting their blue number 57 Kincaid Racing Ford truck in both the SCORE-International “Trophy Truck” and Best In The Desert “Trick Truck” classes, the team relies on 37x13.5R17 Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires to keep them up front.
Kincaid’s truck is unique as it is powered by a big block 548-cubic inch engine built by his brother, Gary Kincaid of Kincaid Racing Engines. Producing nearly 1,000-horsepower, this monster engine puts extra strain on everything from the transmission down to the rubber on the ground in order to propel this 6,800 lb. truck.

“Before being sponsored by Toyo, we initially bought our Open Country M/T tires because we wanted the best,” said Kincaid. “During the recent Parker 425 race, the tires were incredible with no flats. We ran through sand, whoops and rocks and the tires didn’t even look cut-up, they looked great. They are the perfect match-up for our team.”

During the recent Best In The Desert series Bluewater Resort & Casino Parker 425, the team displayed the potential for an overall win as their Open Country M/T-R equipped truck reached a 20-mph higher top speed than when testing with other tire brands. An undersized fuel cell and a late decision to change the length of the course by the event organizers resulted in the truck running out of fuel on course during the first lap. After that setback, the team was still able to power to a fourth in class finish and fifth place overall. Prior to that event, the team competed in the La Carrera 200 and took first overall on their Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.
“We welcome Scott Kincaid as our newest member of Team Toyo,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We continue to grow the presence of Team Toyo in desert racing with strong drivers such as Kincaid, Robby Gordon and the LeDucs, and the Open Country M/T tires are helping them to finish ahead of the competition.”

The Open Country M/T-R used by drivers such as Scott Kincaid is the competition version of the popular Open Country M/T® mud terrain tire which is ideal for both off-road traction and smooth operation on the highway. To learn more about Team Toyo Off-Road drivers and products such as the remarkable Open Country M/T, log on to toyo.com. Toyo manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses and off-road and construction applications.

Check out their website for more information : Kincaid Racing

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VW Desert Series New Rules & Contingency



Remember people, VW of America is also currently building a Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 Turbo-Diesel to compete in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division for 800-horsepower, high-tech, unlimited production trucks. The VW SCORE Trophy-Truck is scheduled to debut in November’s Baja 1000. Trophy Trucks should be afraid. Very afraid.

Also in the news today:


Volkswagen of America, the official vehicle of the 2008 desert racing series, announced recently it has posted a massive $100,000 cash contingency program for the 2008 Desert Series.

Volkswagon of America's special marketing partnership with the desert racing series, showcases the exotic VW Touareg, the new VW Contingency program offers cash to the top three finishers in VW-powered cars in eight Pro classes, plus a $20,000 year-end bonus to the VW-powered vehicle with the most points in the series as well as a $5,000 bonus to the highest finishing VW-powered vehicle in both the 2008 Baja 500 and the 2008 Baja 1000 desert races.

“This special Volkswagen cash contingency program is huge for the desert series is huge for our sport”. “We have been honored to have VW as the official vehicle since June and this commitment to our desert racers is unprecedented and a very special bonus for all the dedicated grassroots competitors who have long known how desert-worthy those amazing Volkswagen vehicles are in our sport.”

The 2008 Desert Series will be the 22nd San Felipe 250 (March 14-15). Returning to San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, after being held last year in the trash heap Ensenada, the race will feature 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.

“This Volkswagen contingency program is a natural extension of our marketing partnership with desert racing and we are very, very happy to reward our loyal VW desert racers with these significant cash bonuses,” said Clark Campbell, Volkswagen of America Motorsport Manager. “Volkswagen is committed to desert racing and to the finest desert racers in the world and this new contingency program will reward our Volkswagen racers for their competitive spirit. It should be another exciting year for VW’s in desert racing.”

2008 VOLKSWAGEN SCORE CONTINGENCY PROGRAM DETAILS


Vehicles must be powered by Volkswagen engine, registered with SCORE International and carry
two (2) Volkswagen supplied logo decals. Decals will be available from SCORE International at all
events. Must be a minimum of three (3) starters per class in order to be eligible for class payout.
Per Race Class Awards:
Class 1 (unlimited single or two-seaters)
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250
Total: $1,750 payout
Class 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250
Total: $1,750 payout
Class 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250
Total: $1,750 payout
Class 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250
Total: $1,750 payout
Class 9 (VW-powered, Short wheelbase, single or two seaters)
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250
Total: $1,750 payout
Class 10 (Single or two seaters to 1650cc)
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250
Total: $1,750 payout
SCORE Lites (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc or 1835 cc two seaters)
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250
Total: $1,750 payout
Class 11 (Stock VW Sedans) & Class 11 Experimental (Experimental, stock VW Sedans)
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250
Total: $1,750 payout
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Special 2008 Awards:
1) Baja 500 fastest race time by a VW-powered vehicle Bonus = $5,000
2) Baja 1000 fastest race time by a VW-powered vehicle Bonus = $5,000
3) VW-powered vehicle with highest full season SCORE points total = $20,000
2008 GRAND TOTAL POSSIBLE VW PAYOUT = $ 100,000 USD


The desert series currently has three Pro classes open exclusively to VW Baja Bugs, Beetles, Rabbits (Class 5, Class 5/1600) and VW Sedans (Class 11). Three additional classes (Class 1-2/1600, Lite and Class 9) are required to have VW powerplants exclusively in open-wheel desert race cars and the unlimited Class 1 and Class 10 car classes have the option of using a VW motor. In addition to the special year-end bonus and the bonuses at the 40th Tecate Baja 500 (May 30-June 1) and the 41st Baja 1000 (Nov. 19-22), the cash prizes available each race, per class, are $1,000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third.

Volkswagen was the first official vehicle of the desert race series. During SCORE’s first three years (1973-1975), the unique VW Thing was marketed through racing in the desert!

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 Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at http://www.vw.com/

Starting this year, there are new tech rules to allow Turbo-Diesel-powered vehicles. Race in three vehicle classes in the desert series. Turbo-Diesels are able to race in Trophy-Truck, Class 8 and Stock Full.

Adding another dimension to the world of desert racing, newly adopted rule packages allow Turbo-Diesel-powered vehicles to race in three classes in the desert racing series. Starting with the 2008 San Felipe 250, Turbo-Diesel vehicles will be allowed to run in the marquee Trophy-Truck division along with Class 8 and Stock Full.

“We fully realize that environmental concerns are changing the way motorsports is done and anything we can do to help achieve the goals of cleaner air and more fuel-efficient vehicles is something that we are honored to initiate in our sport.” All three classes of the desert series 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 Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

LINK TO : Past Baja Racing News.com Related VW article

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

LIVE! Now From San Felipe 250 in Baja Mexico

Riviera Racing and over two hundred desert off-road racing teams are preparing for battle on Saturday, March 15 and technical inspections and the race truck parade known as contingency on the Malecon, "Seaside Street", on Friday, March 14. Offroad racing fans from all over North America are gathering on the Sea of Cortez today, pre-running the course and setting up race operations to win the 22nd Annual Baja 250.

Also known as the San Felipe 250, the desert off road race in Mexico usually results in the death of fans, racers or bystanders from the lack of safety awareness at offroad racing events in Mexico.

Baja Racing News.com has released PreRunning stories on Riviera Racing, desert testing videos from Desert Dog Racing, online videos form the 2006 and 2005 San Felipe 250 races and some around town videos, showing the touristic adventures, south of the border.

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