As expected, the Baja 1000 2009 turned out to be a 700 mile desert off-road drag race. With numerous blown motors, transmissions and lots of mayhem, the sprint to Ensenada is littered with the remains of many a teams dreams of Baja Glory.
HERE ARE THE OFFICIAL BAJA 1000 RACE RESULTS:
42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Nov. 20-21, 2009—Final round of five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (672.85 miles)
TOTAL STARTERS: 328 TOTAL FINISHERS: 185 (56.4 Percent)
Pro Cars & Trucks
Top Overall Finishers
1. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 14:19:50 (46.95 miles per hour) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
2. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150, 14:52:27 (45.24 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
3. Rick D. Johnson/Brian Sallee, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150, 15:02:36 (44.73 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
4. Gus Vildosola Jr. /Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 15:12:05 (44.26 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
5. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 15:14:31 (44.14 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
6. Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 15:29:42 (43.42 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
7. Jerry Penhall, Costa Mesa, Calif./Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 15:38:19 (43.02 mph) (Class 1)
8. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), Jimco-BMW, 15:52:02 (42.41 mph) (Class 1)
9. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Jeff Quinn, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 16:14:05 (41.46 mph) (Class 1)
10. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Brian Ewalt, Bonita, Calif., Ford F-150, 16:15:25 (41.39 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
11. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rick Geiser, Phoenix, GMC Sierra, 16:30:52 (40.74 mph) 9SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
12. Tim Herbst/Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 17:07:19 (39.30 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
13. Ron Whitton/Chas Danna, Mesa, Ariz./Todd LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Ford F-150, 17:20:43 (38.79 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
14. Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./John Marking, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 18:00:40 (37.36 mph) (Class 1)
15. Eric Duran/Hiram Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth, 18:10:57 (37.01 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)
16. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/LJ Kennedy, Orange, Calif./Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Kreger, 18:11:20 (36.99 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)
17. Juan C. Lopez/Marco Martinez, Tecate, Mexico, Ford F-150, 18:16:30 (36.82 mph) (Class 8)
18. Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif./Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif./Tommy Kirkmeyer, Adelanto, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 18:21:05 (36.66 mph) (Class 1)
19. Dale Lenk/Brett Lenk/Grant Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 18:23:45; (36.58 mph) (Class 1)
20. Arnoldo Ramirez/Misael Arambula, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry, 18:25:46 (36.51 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)
21.Todd Welling, San Carlos, Calif./Chad Cummings, Palmdale, Calif./Phil Speet, Holland, Mich., Spectrum-Viper, 18:54:12 (35.59 mph) (Class 1)
22. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 19:05:15 (35.25 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)
23. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif./Tom Ridings, Los Alamitos, Calif. Jimco-Chevy, 19:09:07 (35.13 mph)
24. Corbin Harris/George Harris, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Thad Harris/Tanner Harris, Alpine, Calif., Romo, 19:10:30 (35.09 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)
25. Cody Robinson, Calexico, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo, 19:13:05 (35.01 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)
1.Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Timmy Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif./Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 13:27:50 (49.97 mph) (Class 22)
2. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Ryan Penhall/Connor Penhall, Corona, Calif./Destry Abbott, Peoria, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450, 13:30:47 (49.79 mph) (Class 22)
3. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy/Max Eddy, Barstow, Calif./Brent Harden, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:10:10 (47.49 mph) (Class 22)
4. Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico/Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico/Noe Ibarra, Tijuana, Mexico, Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:27:38 (46.53 mph) (Class 22)
5. Ronnie Wilson, Canyon Country, Calif./Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 15:43:08 (42.81 mph) (Class 21)
6. Cameron Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Craig Smith, Brawley, Calif./Kyle Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Aaron Tuck, Brawley, Calif./Steven Eugenio, Alpine, Calif., Beta 450RR, 16:11:00 (41.58 mph) (Class 22)
7. Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Lou Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif.,/Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Bob Johnson, San Diego/Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:13:31 (41.47 mph) (Class 40)
8. Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif./Stuart Goggins, Upland, Calif./Nicholas Blais, Chino, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:30:11 (40.79 mph) (Class 21)
9. Carlos Casas, Chula Vista, Calif./Chris Parker, Costa Mesa, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:48:33 (40.03 mph) (Class 21)
10. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Eric McKenna, Sacramento, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:03:37 (39.44 mph) (Class 50)
11. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron/Robbie Clauss/Jack Massey, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X, 17:33:44 (38.31 mph) (Class 30)
12. Adam Thissen, Reno, Nev./Ricky Braber, Oak Hills, Calif./Clint Braun, Henderson, Nev./Robert Underwood, Coleville, Calif./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., KTM 530XCW, 17:37:48 (38.17 mph) (Class 22)
13. Jeremy Purvines/Ron Purvines, Henderson, Nev./Jason Trubey, Mojave Valley, Ariz./David Fry, Las Vegas, Honda CRF450X, 17:40:40 (38.06 mph) (Class 21)
14. Brian Campbell/Bill Cotton, Bakersfield, Calif./Pete Cochran, Laguna Beach, Calif./Brian Sweeney, Bakersfield, Calif., KTM 530XCW, 17:41:49 (38.02 mph) (Class 40)
15. Brad Turnidge, Willamin, Ore./Edd Price, Nyssa, Ore./Curtis Dice, Nampa, Idaho/Joel Ellis, Reno, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 17:55:47 (37.53 mph) (Class 40)
1.Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich./Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX700XX, 16:54:52 (39.78 mph) (Class 25)
2. Greg Row, Alpine, Calif./Travis Dillon, Spring Valley, Calif./Jose Ramirez, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda TRX450R, 18:43:03 (35.95 mph) (Class 25)
3. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Brandon Brown, Amantilla, Ore.; Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash., Suzuki LTR450, 20:37:30 (32.62 mph) (Class 25)
4. Tom Wright, Tabernacle, N.J./Renaud Fortina/Pierre Yeves Deneault, Canada/Eric Gerber, Medford, N.J., 20:57:44 (32.10 mph) (Class 24)
5. Fernando Amador, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Perez, San Quintin, Mexico/Norberto Acce Contreras, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 22:18:03 (30.17mph) (Class Sportsman ATV)
42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Nov. 20-21, 2009—Final round of five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (672.85 miles)
TOTAL STARTERS: 328 TOTAL FINISHERS: 185 (56.4 Percent)
(following complete data tracking review)
Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)--1. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 14:19:50 (46.95 miles per hour); 2. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150, 14:52:27; 3. Rick D. Johnson/Brian Sallee, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150, 15:02:36; 4. Gus Vildosola Jr. /Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 15:12:05; 5. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 15:14:31; 6. Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 15:29:42; 7. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Brian Ewalt, Bonita, Calif., Ford F-150, 16:15:25; 8. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rick Geiser, Phoenix, GMC Sierra, 16:30:52; 9. Tim Herbst/Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 17:07:19; 10. Ron Whitton/Chas Danna, Mesa, Ariz./Todd LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Ford F-150, 17:20:43; 11. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 19:05:15; 12. Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif., Chevy C1500, 20:47:41; 13. Adam Householder/Terry Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 24:14:33; 14. Bobby Baldwin/Sandy Stewart/Danny Anderson, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 24:20:49; 15. Francisco Cervantes/Ramon Castro, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy El Camino, 25:15:28; 16. 75 Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell/Steve Meyers, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 26:30:36.
(27 Starters, 16 Finishers)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)--1. Jerry Penhall, Costa Mesa, Calif./Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 15:38:19 (43.02 mph); 2. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), Jimco-BMW, 15:52:02; 3. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Jeff Quinn, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 16:14:05; 4. Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./John Marking, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 18:00:40; 5. Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif./Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif./Tommy Kirkmeyer, Adelanto, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 18:21:05; 6. Dale Lenk/Brett Lenk/Grant Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 18:23:45; 7. Todd Welling, San Carlos, Calif./Chad Cummings, Palmdale, Calif./Phil Speet, Holland, Mich., Spectrum-Viper, 18:54:12; 8. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif./Tom Ridings, Los Alamitos, Calif. Jimco-Chevy, 19:09:07; 9. Chuck Sacks, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Gerald Longo, Alta Loma, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 19:55:26; 10. T.J. Flores/Pat Dean, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy, 23:11:54; 11. Brendan Fikes/Michael Glasscock, Midland, Texas, Porter-Chevy, 23:51:10; 12. Brad Fouvre/Coran Barker, Whittier, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 23:09:25; 13. Armin Kremer, Germany/Andreas Aigner, Austria, Jimco-Chevy, 25:13:43; 14. Eric Chase, San Diego/Stuart Chase, Burbank, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 29:28:14.
(22 Starters, 14 Finishers)
CLASS 1-2/1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)-- 1. Eric Duran/Hiram Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth, 18:10:57 (37.01 mph); 2. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/LJ Kennedy, Orange, Calif./Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Kreger, 18:11:20; 3. Arnoldo Ramirez/Misael Arambula, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry, 18:25:46; 4. Corbin Harris/George Harris, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Thad Harris/Tanner Harris, Alpine, Calif., Romo, 19:10:30; 5. Cody Robinson, Calexico, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo, 19:13:05; 6. Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Fraley, 19:41:02; 7. Samuel Ariaza, La Paz, Mexico/Federico Montes/Alejandro Guevara, Ensenada, Mexico, Fraley, 20:00:32; 8. Daniel McMillin/Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco, 21:14:53; 9. Arturo Velazco/Abel Velazco/Stevie Cruz, Banning, Calif, Porter, 23:11:42; 10. Eliseo Garcia, San Ysidro, Calif./Hector Sarabia, Ensenada, Mexico, Garibay, 23:31:00; 11. 1606 Gerardo Iribe, Garden Grove, Calif./Carlos Iribe, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Ely Yee, Bonita, Calif., Curry, 26:29.11.
(17 Starters, 11 Finishers)
CLASS 3 (Short Wheelbase 4X4)--1. Darren Skilton, Orange, Calif./Jon Krellwitz, Pomona, Calif./Clive Skilton, Orange, Calif., Jeep Wrangler, 24:11:29 (27.81 mph); 2. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif./Ken Moss, Marysville, Calif., Ford Bronco, 25:26:55.
(5 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)--1. Kevin Carr, San Diego/Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif., 23:52:56 (28.13mph); 2. Vince Wavra, Brawley, Calif./Terry McClintick/Rick McClintick, Orovada, Nev., 23:57:05; 3. Carlos Albanez, El Centro, Calif./Scott Wagstaff, Victorville, Calif./Johnny Brockway, Upland, Calif., 25:49:40.
(7 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)--1. Marcos Nunez/Norberto Rivera, Ensenada, Mexico, 23:15:24 (28.93 mph) 2. Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico/Mario Reynoso, Tijuana, Mexico, 24:38:30; 3. Pedro Athie, Ensenada, Mexico/Faizel Diaz, San Diego/Ernesto Robles, Ensenada, Mexico, 28:35:37; 4. Erich Reisen/Ross Burden/Pete Ryznar/Glynn Fisher, Canada, 29:26:06.
(9 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 6 (Unlimited, production mini trucks)-- 1. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rene Bruger, San Diego, Ford Ranger, 20:30:22 (32.81 mph); 2. Steve Kovach, Chandler, Ariz./Chip Carr, Gilbert, Ariz., Ford Ranger, 22:17:28; 3. Marc Burnett, Chula Vista, Calif./Rick Johnson, Spring Valley, Calif., Ford Ranger, 26:52:21.
(8 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)--1. Dan Chamlee/Tom Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger, 22:01:16 (30.55 mph); 2. Jose Gonzalez, Mexicali, Mexico/Roberto Anda, Tijuana, Mexico/Adal Ramones, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 27:15:45.
(9 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks)—1. John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif./Mark Landersman, Temecula, Calif., Ford Ranger; 27:30:32 (24.46 mph) 2. Brandt Anderson,Ladera Ranch, Calif,/John Anderson, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Sebastian Draeger, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 29:36:24.
(3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)--1. Juan C. Lopez/Marco Martinez, Tecate, Mexico, Ford F-150, 18:16:30 (36.82 mph); 2. Rodrigo Ampudia Jr., San Diego/Greg Adler, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Rodrigo Ampudia Sr., San Diego, Ford F-150, 20:59:38; 3. Glen Greer, Green Valley, Ariz./Tom Shaw, Glendale, Ariz., Dodge Ram1500, 23:28:30; 4. Dave Crinklaw/Mike Thurlow, Kingsburg, Calif., Ford F-150, Ford, 24:30:47; 5. 839 Clyde Stacey, Bristol, Va./Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn./Michael Powell, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado, 26:41:00.
(9 Starters, 5 Finishers)
CLASS 9 (VW-powered, Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)—1. Pancho Bio/Cisco Bio/Pancho Guerrero, El Cajon, Calif., TubularDesign, 28:11:44 (23.86 mph).
(4 Starters, 1 Finishers)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)--1. Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif./Blake Kirkpatrick, Hacienda Heights, Calif./, Lothringer-VW, 23:28:45 (28.66 mph); 2. Jose Lynch/Jason DeFalco, Tustin, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW, 23:33:29; 3. Alex Crosthwaite/Jose Gonzales, San Diego, Jimco-Honda, 23:38:00; 4. Scott Gailey/Scott Whipple, Norco, Calif., GET-VW, 25:33:25.
(12 Starters, 4 Finishers)
SCORE LITE (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)-- 1. Brent Parkhouse/Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Molton, 19:30:22 (34.50 mph); 2. Luis Barragan/Luis Barragan Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Garibay. 21:29:20; 3. Blaise Jackson, Fallbrook, Calif./Mike Williams, Prescott, Ariz., Meco. 22:20:46; 4. Rob Smith, Redondo Beach, Calif./Robert Morgan/Robert Harmon, Torrance, Calif., Chenowth, 22:29:33; 5. Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz./Rick Graf, Scottsdale, Ariz./Lee Banning Jr., Litchfield Park, Ariz., Foddrill, 23:31:10; 6. Greg Gustin, Stevenson Ranch, Calif./Brent Gustin, Seal Beach, Calif., Penhall; 25:28:23; 7. Morgan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Wade Kelsay, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mike Urbano, Long Beach, Calif., Penhall, 27:08:42; 8. John Padgett/Ryan Nakita, Canada, Kreger, 27:21:10; 9. Mark Fusting, Vista, Calif./Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif./Kevin Derby, Solana Beach, Calif., SuspensionUnlimited, 27:25:27; 10. Scott Wisdom, Lake Forest, Calif./Brady Wisdom, Huntington Beach, Calif., Mirage, 27:36:17; 11. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Bernie Carr, Solvang, Calif./Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Penhall; 28:21:28;
(14 Starters, 11 Finishers)
CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)--
(5 Starters, O Finishers)
STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized trucks)--1. Chad Hall//Rod Hall, Reno, Nev., Hummer H3, 22:48:40 (29.50 mph) 2. Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz./Gerald King, Peoria, Ariz./Paul Williamsen, Los Alamitos, Calif., Lexus LX570, 27:06:39; 3. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn./Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./William Aylor, Union, Ky., Dodge Ram2500, 27:27:01; 4. Kent Kroeker, Valley Center, Calif./Jeremy Graczyk, Atkinson, N.H./Rudy Iribe, San Diego, Dodge Ram2500, 28:00:23.
(4 Starters, 4 Finishers)
STOCK MINI (Stock, Mini-sized trucks)—1. Rod Hall, Reno, Nev./Emily Miller, Encinitas, Calif./Mike Winkel, Reno, Nev., Hummer H3, 28:53:30 (23.28 mph); 2. Robert Ditner/Joe Nolan/Kez Ziesemer, Wittman, Ariz./Ivan Stewart, El Cajon, Calif., Toyota 4Runner, 29:02:09.
(3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
PROTRUCK (Limited, production trucks)--1. Rob Reinertson, Woodside, Calif./Rob Clouser, Kingman, Ariz., Ford F-150, 21:59:54 (30.59 mph); 2. Rob Kittleson, Palm Springs, Calif./Mike McNaughton, Denver, Ford F-150, 23:27:40; 3. Nils Castillo, Westlake Village, Calif./Joe Custer, Kanapolis, N.C./John Roth, Oxnard, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 27:07:31 ; 4. Gary Magness/Steve Knudson, Denver, Ford F-150, 29:26:33.
(4 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 17 (Class 3, Modified Jeeps)— 1. Eric Filar, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Jeep Cherokee, 28:47:49 (23.37 mph).
(3 Starters, 1 Finisher)
BAJA CHALLENGE (Subaru-powered, identically-equipped Baja touring cars)--1. Nick Baldwin, Mission Viejo, Calif./Brian Nix, Lakewood, Calif./Matt Cruson, Irvine, Calif./Nick Johnson/Tom Cook, Anaheim, Calif., 21:42:05 (31.00 mph); 2. Boris Said, Escondido, Calif./Tara Dakides, Oceanside, Calif., 23:15:40; 3. Jay Culbertson, Portland, Ore./Todd Clement, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Joe Baguio, Canby, Ore., 24:08:35; 4. Mike Cassling, Omaha, Neb./Craig Donaldson, Mission Viejo, Calif./Marco Guerrero, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Mike Mitten, Omaha, Neb., 24:14:10; 5. Christian Hammarskjold, Extgen, Pa./Dominic Fitzsimons/Conor Fitzsimons, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., 25:14:34; 6. Brian Valentine, Bellevue, Wash./Eric Lockard, Sammamish, Wash./Matt Swann/Pete Pigott, Seattle, 27:30:13; 7. Bill Weber, La Mesa, Calif./Garrett Golden/Joey Boyle, Virginia Beach, Calif./Steve Mackie, Brea, Calif./Bud Brutsman, Burbank, Calif., 27:58:45.
(7 Starters, 7 Finishers)
CLASS 2 (Limited, 2.2 Liter open-wheel car)—1. William Eriksen/Teddi Eriksen, Elizabethtown, Ky., PredatorX18, 27:30:13 (24.46 mph); 2. Rat Sult, Temecula, Calif./Drew Keys, San Clemente, Calif., PredatorX18, 27:30:44.
(2 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 4 (Unlimited, 2.2 Liter open-wheel car)—1. Jeff Offutt, Menifee, Calif., FullPotential-GM/Ecotec; 26:52:52 (25.03 mph)
(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 7-2 (Unlimited 2.2/2.4-Liter Truck)—1. Richard Cassey, Queen Creen, Ariz./Mike West, Tempe, Ariz., SCORETrophyLite-Chevy, 26:58:22 (24.95 mph)
(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 22 (250cc or more)--1. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Timmy Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif./Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 13:27:50 (49.97 mph); 2. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Ryan Penhall/Connor Penhall, Corona, Calif./Destry Abbott, Peoria, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450, 13:30:47; 3. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy/Max Eddy, Barstow, Calif./Brent Harden, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:10:10; 4. Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico/Noe Ibarra, Tijuana, Mexico, Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:27:38; 5. Cameron Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Craig Smith, Brawley, Calif./Kyle Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Aaron Tuck, Brawley, Calif./Steven Eugenio, Alpine, Calif., Beta 450RR, 16:11:00; 6. Adam Thissen, Reno, Nev./Ricky Braber, Oak Hills, Calif./Clint Braun, Henderson, Nev./Robert Underwood, Coleville, Calif./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., KTM 530XCW, 17:37:48; 7. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Mason Gillespie, Oceanside, Calif./Joe Desrosiers, San Marcos, Calif./Jesse Sharpe, Escondido, Calif./Jimmy Lopez, El Cajon, Calif./, Honda CRF450X, 19:04:10; 8. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala, Honda CRF450X, 19:59:23; 9. James Hall, Malibu, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 22:34:08; 10. John Kaisersatt, Los Osos, Calif./Peter Hardy, Pozo, Calif./Kyle Glasmeier, Atascadero, Calif./Rogelio Padilla, Lompoc, Calif., Honda XR650R, 23:53:57; 11. Jason Lulis, Brentwood, Calif., KTM 505XCF, 27:06:22; 12. Mark Bradford/Stephen Bradford/Ray Rasbeary, Los Angeles/Kelly Malobovich, Victorville, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 28:38:04.
(15 Starters, 12 Finishers)
CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)--1. Ronnie Wilson, Canyon Country, Calif./Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 15:43:08 (42.81 mph) 2. Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif./Stuart Goggins, Upland, Calif./Nicholas Blais, Chino, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:30:01; 3. Carlos Casas, Chula Vista, Calif./Chris Parker, Costa Mesa, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:48:33; 4. Jeremy Purvines/Ron Purvines, Henderson, Nev./Jason Trubey, Mojave Valley, Ariz./David Fry, Las Vegas, Honda CRF450X, 17:40:40; 5. Dan Troy, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 29:11:54.
(5 Starters, 5 Finishers)
CLASS 20 (125cc)--1. Jesus Rios, Calexico, Calif./Joel Leal, Mexicali, Mexico/Cuauhtemoc Beltran, Calexico, Calif./Chris Villalobos, Tecate, Mexico, Honda CRF250X, 19:33:18 (34.41 mph); 2. Manuel Reyes, Dulzura, Calif./Javier Ochoa, Tecate, Calif./Abraham Chavez/Ivanhoe Ochoa, Tecate, Calif., Yamaha WR250, 19:57:35; 3. Anna Cody, Simi Valley, Calif./Sarah Kritsch, Bakersfield, Calif./Roger Hurd, Crestline, Calif./Cathy Carter-Duncan, Los Alamos, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 21:34:11; 4. Tony Gurule, Farmington, N.M./Jim Guthro/Casey Richardson, Grand Junction, Colo., KTM 250XCF, 23:04:05.
(7 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)--1. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron/Robbie Clauss/Jack Massey, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X, 17:33:44 (38.31 mph); 2. Ron Wilson, Encinitas, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 18:29:19; 3. Sol Saltzman, Red Cliff, Colo./Tony Larese, Vail, Colo./Pete Schmidtmann, Nederland, Colo., Honda CRF450X, 21:19:16; 4. Jean-Paul Cyr/Randy Ploof, Milton, Vt., Honda CRF450X, 22:44:38; 5. Dean Selph, Arlington, Wash./Ace Nilson, Bend, Ore., Honda CRF450X, 23:43:30; 6. James Dickinson, Derwood, Mo./Kenneth Slater, Buckeye, Ariz./Daniel O’Leary, Carlsbad, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 27:07:20; 7. Sean Bradley, Ridgecrest, Calif./Brian Sweeney, Lancaster, Calif./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., Kawasaki KX500, 27:40:55; 8. Eric Alfaro, Bellevue, Wash., Honda CRF450X, 28:08:24.
(13 Starters, 8 Finishers)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Lou Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif.,/Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Bob Johnson, San Diego/Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:13:31 (41.47 mph); 2. Brian Campbell/Bill Cotton, Bakersfield, Calif./Pete Cochran, Laguna Beach, Calif./Brian Sweeney, Bakersfield, Calif., KTM 530XCW, 17:41:49; 3. Brad Turnidge, Willamin, Ore./Edd Price, Nyssa, Ore./Curtis Dice, Nampa, Idaho/Joel Ellis, Reno, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 17:55:47; 4. Mike Prunty/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 21:05:08; 5. Tom Vogt/Barry Lane, Mesa, Ariz./Ken Hughes, Gilbert, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 24:27:35.
(6 Starters, 5 Finishers)
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)--1. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Eric McKenna, Sacramento, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:03:37 (39.44 mph); 2. Craig Wear, Carson City, Nev./Dennis McLaughlin, Reno, Nev./Rod Dunivent, Stateline, Nev./John Roberts, Minden, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 23:00:47; 3. Hugh Graffunder/Floyd Reves/Terry Bainbridge/Robin Muglich, Canada, KTM 525XC, 23:18:31; 4. Gary Barr, Grant, Ala., KTM 250XCF, 27:45:09.
(5 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)--1. Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Mark Force, Bakersfield, Calif./Bill Nichols, Phoenix/Al Perrett, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 23:23:30 (28.77 mph).
(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 25 (over 251cc)--1. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich./Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX700XX, 16:54:52 (39.78 mph); 2. Greg Row, Alpine, Calif./Travis Dillon, Spring Valley, Calif./Jose Ramirez, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda TRX450R, 18:43:03; 3. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Brandon Brown, Amantilla, Ore.; Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash., Suzuki LTR450, 20:37:30; 4. Yuval Sharon/Tomer Wolf, Israel, Honda TRX700R, 26:54:30; 5. Maverick Bartlett/Ben Bartlett/Robert Hatton, Jackson, Wyo./Aaron Miller, Victor, Idaho, Honda TRX700XX, 27:56:05.
(7 Starters, 5 Finishers)
CLASS 24 (under 251cc)-- 1. Tom Wright, Tabernacle, N.J./Renaud Fortina/Pierre Yeves Deneault, Canada/Eric Gerber, Medford, N.J., 20:57:44 (32.10 mph); 2. Francisco Espinoza/Marco Cota, Mexicali, Mexico/Israel Gonzales, Guadolupe Victoria, Mexico/Jose Contreras, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 27:50.36; 3. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Steve Abrego, Covina, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Baltimore/Joe Bernal, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 29:18:10; 4. Luis Berumen/Luis Berumen, San Ysidro, Calif./Sergio Lopez/Adrian Cruz/Christian Valle, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 30:56:33.
(9 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 26 (Limited, Utility)— 1. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo./ Benn Vornadakis, Rico, Colo./Jeff Hensen, Surprise, Ariz./Jason Wade, Austin, Texas., Arctic Cat, 30:19:53 (22.18 mph).
(3 Starters, 1 Finisher)
OVERALL SPT CAR--Rory Ward, Mohave Valley, Ariz./Pete Vanrooy, Fort Mohave, Ariz., Chenowth-Chevy, 23:22:29 (28.79 mph).
(6 Starters, 2 Finishers)
OVERALL SPT TRUCK-- Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif./Will Wright/Benjamin Wright, Laguna Beach, Calif., Toyota SR5, 28:47:57 (23.36 mph).
(5 Starters, 1 Finisher)
OVERALL SPT UTV (660cc, 4-wheel utility vehicle)— Reid Nordin, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Hans Waage, Scottsdale, Ariz./Todd Romano, Park City, Utah/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Kawasaki Teryx, 24:32:37 (27.41 mph).
(4 Starters, 3 Finishers)
FIRST SPT M/C<250cc—ricardo>
(15 Starters, 7 Finishers)
OVERALL SPT M/C>250cc--Brian Garrahan, Boulder Creek, Calif./John-Paul McMillen, Willitis, Calif./Joel Blocksom, Little River, Calif./Rick Ponts, Willits, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 19:35:02 (34.36 mph).
(36 Starters, 17 Finishers)
OVERALL SPT ATV--Fernando Amador, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Perez, San Quintin, Mexico/Norberto Acce Contreras, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 22:18:03 (30.17 mph).
(15 Starters, 6 Finishers)
Baja Racing News.com BAJA 1000 2009 QUOTES
PRO CARS & TRUCKS
ANDY McMILLIN, No. 31 (First in class and first overall four-wheel vehicle. Andy started and drove to race mile 206. His father, Scott, drove to RM 500 and Andy drove the final leg.)
Andy said: I started the race and I think we started 17th on the road. The plan was just to kind of take it easy and kind of let the race come to us. Sal (Fish) laid out a really rough, tough course this year. We knew that it was going to take one trip that didn’t have any problems to get the win. That was our plan all day – stay smooth and not have any downtime, no flat tires. I gave my dad the truck at mile 206 and I think we were seventh on the road and pretty close on the overall lead. My dad drove the San Felipe loop and the Mike’s loop. By the time he got to San Felipe, he was the first truck on the road. My dad handed me a helluva lead, so it was pretty easy. It was kind of just stay on the racecourse and you won’t get in trouble, so that was our plan and we followed it and let the race come to us, really.
Scott said: The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, you just don’t come down here and decide to race this a month in advance; this takes a whole year of planning. We have a dedicated team back at our shop, about five core guys who work fulltime on this. Plus, there are another 20 volunteers who are with us at all the races, all the pre-running, all the planning. We just couldn’t have done it without all of them. They are as much a part of this win as those of us riding in the truck. It just gives you that confidence when you’re out in front and you don’t want to have any mistakes … they help us do that. It’s really great that they posted (the virtual checkpoints) in advance … so when we were pre-running and practicing, we knew exactly where to be and what we were supposed to do. They are all the same lines we’ve all been racing all these years. Always – all the 30 years that I’ve been racing – the fastest way is the racecourse. I can’t tell you how many times I just take the racecourse and stay on it and stay focused and you go y all the guys that are trying to find the smooth route. Before this race, we decided that we’re going to race all the SCORE races next year.
ROGER NORMAN, No. 8 (Second in class and second overall four-wheel vehicle. Larry Roeseler drove the first 400 miles and Norman drove to the finish.)
Norman said: Early on, going over the Summit, B.J. (Baldwin) and Larry got tangled up and they got their bumpers hooked together and they both were stuck. When we came out of that, we had about 17 minutes of downtime between the first-place Trophy-Truck and where we were. At one point, he was only about a minute and a half from the lead. Everyone was bunched up. We hadn’t gained any positions but everybody was so tight, it was unbelievable. After that, we just played catch-up all the way around the San Felipe loop. He brought the car to me in fifth or sixth place and we just kept whittling off cars until we got to the finish. Our suspension was horrible. Something broke in the suspension, in the shocks, and it made the truck just so stiff. It made the truck really hard to control and it was a real workout just to keep it on the road. We are super happy with the results, considering.
Roeseler said: We really missed our shock setup and that made the truck a handful to drive. It’s not a win but with the problems we had, all things considered, this isn’t a bad result.
RICK D. JOHNSON, No. 71 (Third in class and third overall four-wheel vehicle.) I am relieved to be here (at the finish). Sal (Fish) and his boys put together a tough course. This course was brutal. There are a lot of easier Baja 1000 courses to La Paz than this one. It seemed like every edge was square. It was very tough. I was fighting the wheel at times. The steering was hard to hold in many spots. We were out of the GPS for a long time so we had to put another antenna on the GPS unit. It was very hard at night. Robby (Gordon) was racing us hard for some time but we broke a light bar and we had to fix it. He got out of the pit in front of us and, with no GPS, he was able to pull away. Being on that whole beach without GPS is very tough. We had to slow way down then. In today’s world, the GPS plays a big role in our racing and without it, it is very difficult to run with the leaders. We had a little stumble on our last pit. To win here in Trophy-Trucks, you have to have a perfect day. With 30 some trucks, there is somebody out there who is going to have that perfect day. It wasn’t perfect for us but it was a pretty good day. We’ll take third.
GUSTAVO VILDOSOLA JR., No. 4 (Fourth in class and fourth overall four-wheel vehicle.) We had a couple of delays today. We ran out of fuel coming out of Matomi Wash and lost about 15 minutes there. Then the motor started to heat up before we got to Mike’s (Sky Rancho) and we lost about 10 minutes repairing that. But other than those problems, it was a pretty clean day. We had no flats (tires). It was very deflating to have trouble at Matomi because four trucks got by us when we were sitting there. It was hard to get back up towards the front, but we did it. It was a long, tiring day. But I’m just happy we made it to the finish line.
ROBBY GORDON, No. 77 (Fifth in class and fifth overall four-wheel vehicle. Gordon clinched the Trophy-Truck season points championship.) About mile 490, I got by Rick (D. Johnson) and then we lost the brakes. We worked on it for a while. We lost the battle and won the war. It was a long day. It’s a very, very technical racecourse that Sal (Fish) built for us and it was very tough. I think I’d take a Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 win over a championship, to be honest with you. This race is tough. The car basically ran pretty good all day. We know where we got beat. We were running third on the road for a while and then I had a flat tire. When we changed it, we had to put one on the rack and when we were putting one on the rack, Andy (McMillin) went by. We knew we had to get back in front of Andy. He was only about two minutes in front of us and then I had another flat and then I got stuck behind (Nick) Vanderwey. I’m not going to say he held us up but Andy was able to get a clear run in there and he put 10 minutes on us pretty quickly. The rest of the time, we kind of just hung about 10-15 minutes back, depending on what traffic I had. The only way we were going to win (the race) was if everybody else broke. There was no reason for us to run any harder than what we ran at that point. We lost a good half an hour or 45 minutes fixing a right-rear caliper that was leaking. This is by far the toughest racing in the world – it’s truly the last endurance racing there is. (Would you try to race for the SCORE Trophy-Truck championship again?) We have a conflict at Laughlin with Dakar, so I won’t be at Laughlin next year. As many points was we won the championship by this year, I could probably miss Laughlin and still win it but I think we’ll probably focus on the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 next year.
ROBBIE PIERCE, No. 30 (Sixth in class and sixth overall four-wheel vehicle. Pierce started the race and drove to race mile 350 and Mike Julson drove from RM 350 to the finish.)
Julson said: The course was good. Coming back into town is the hardest part of trying to get here and some of the local fans were throwing stuff at me. Someone could get hurt – mainly me. Robbie had an ignition problem and they were down for several minutes. Other than that, he had one flat and I had no problems. When that happened, he was fifth on the road and we were the 27th truck off the line. When he got to me in San Felipe, I think we were the fifth or sixth truck on the road. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and, at 52, they’re getting tougher all the time. You have to survive through it. The competition in SCORE Trophy-Truck is just insane.
MARK McMILLIN, No. 23 (Seventh in class. McMillin split driving time with Brian Ewalt.)
Ewalt said: I got in at Borrego, got out Borrego and got back in at Trinidad. We really had no problem except we lost a sensor in the engine and ran really rich so we had to stop and work on that. I really had no problems other than the fuel issue. Mark, right off the bat, had a water leak and he had to stop and fix that and about 10, 15 cars went by. But we were still in great shape. It’s a pretty tough course. Coming back from Santo Tomas to Ojos was pretty rough and then from Ojos across the pavement was pretty tough. We had no flats, which was a first. We changed tires twice during the race but no flats. It was a great time, really.
JERRY PENHALL, No. 103 (First in class and seventh overall four-wheel vehicle. Penhall drove the first 350 miles and Dan Martin finished.) We had a good run. Our pits were a little long – longer than they should have been. The light bar change took a while. Changing tires at the halfway point took longer than it should have. We lost maybe 8 to 10 minutes in the pits. Efficient pits would have saved time, but it doesn’t matter. We’re real, real happy with this. I feel a little beat up – it’s a long 350 miles. But we were having such a good run, with only minor issues, that it felt great. I gave them a good car, I think. I was on the edge the whole time until Dan got here but we’re real happy.
ARMIN SCHWARZ, No. 101 (Second in class. Schwarz drove to race mile 345 and Martin Christensen drove from 345 to the finish.) We had no serious problems at all. We had an oil smell close to the driver change and I told Martin and we tried to figure out what it was. It took quite some time but it didn’t turn out to be a big deal, but we lost some time there. Martin lost the front-left brake on the second half.
RANDY WILSON, No. 106 (Third in class. Jeff Quinn started and drove to race mile 200. Randy Wilson drove from RM 200 to RM 419. Ronny Wilson drove from RM 419 to just outside of Ensenada and Randy Wilson drove to the finish.) Sal (Fish) always puts on a challenging course for us and it was a ball. We had a good time. We lost all the brakes and had to put all new brakes all the way around it, but that was the only thing. After that, it ran perfectly. We never had a flat all day – nothing. For our family, this has been great. Everybody did a good job.
ERIC DURAN, No. 1645 (First in class. Duran shared driving duties with Evan and Hiram Duran.) Eric got stuck and he also lost five minutes with a flat. Other than, we had no other problems except that Hiram lost a light. It was a good race for us.
KEVIN CARR, No. 500 (First in class. Carr shared driving duties with Perry McNeil.) This one was a lot different than last year. This race was real rough. We had a lot of problems including an electrical problem right off the start. We dropped a CV boot and we couldn’t find anyone who had one. We ran into Mark McMillin and he got one for me. We were down about hour. Then we lost the distributor; we fried it somehow. Then we lost the brakes. We ran from Valle de Trinidad to the finish with no brakes, so that is rough. We didn’t have a lot of problems with the silt, though. We got stuck for about two hours as people were caught in the silt. We just couldn’t get around them. But we finished. We were able to win the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and also clinch the class championship so we’re pretty happy. Perry did a great job driving, too. A lot of people thought the course would be easier, but it wasn’t this year. The ground was really ripped up. The power line road at San Felipe was just horrible
MARCOS NUNEZ, No. 550 (First in class.) It was very tough today. There was so much dust this year. It was difficult to drive but we like it. That is why we are here. It was a slow race and very cold. But it is about the 1000. It is always a tough race. There are some funny stories out there in the night. But you have to be patient and finish the race. And we won, so we feel good after all of those hours.
DAN CHAMLEE, No. 700 (First in class.) We rolled the truck twice. I broke the suspension with about three miles to go so the whole front end was wobbling into the finish. I hit a big square hole and it just ripped up the front suspension. That was the second time the truck was on its side. The tie rod is gone. Our sway bar broke in the early part of the race. We had it on its side up in the hills with an 80-foot cliff on the other side. We blocked the road for about 40 minutes until we could get a winch under the truck and turn it right side up. I was considered about a finish on this one. We wanted every mile of every race. Last year, we missed it by seconds at Laughlin so this year we got the Milestone Award for finishing every mile in every race.
PANCHO BIO, No. 903 (First in class. Bio shared driving duties with his son, Francisco, and brothers Francisco Guerrero and Daniel Guerrero.) We switched (drivers) every 100 miles. It was a difficult course and we had to stop a few times. But other than that, we had no problems, no flats.
MIKE LAWRENCE, No. 1000 (First in class.) We had an electrical problem that cost us about two hours or so. We had something break off in the alternator. Finally, the crew got to me and we figured out the problem and we kept going. I was losing the radio and the GPS, so I knew it was something electrical. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong and we drained the battery down. Without that problem, we would have been here a lot sooner. Plus, there was a lot of traffic. The course seemed real narrow and a lot of people were getting stuck. With the electrical problem and the blocking of the roads, we were down about five hours. There were a lot of jams. We never got stuck but we had to wait for a lot of things to clear up. Even in the middle of Matomi Wash, it was jammed.
CHAD Hall, No. 860 (First in class. Drove with his father, Rod Hall, who earned his 20th Tecate SCORE Baja 100 win – more than any other driver – in Stock Full and added his 21st victory later in the day in Stock Mini.)
Rod Hall said: This makes for the 20th win and I have been trying for a long time. So I finally got it. Now, if I want to quit, I think I can. I started in my Stock Mini and drove that to Borrego. Chad did a lot of driving in this Hummer. Chad had one hell of race. I wanted to jump in the Stock Full in the end to get my 20th win. But I drove really hard, too. I don’t think we’ll win the Stock Mini class but we had a real ‘duke out’ in that class. There was a lot of bumping and shoving.
JOSH HALL, No. 761 (First in class. Mike Wenkel shared driving duties with Rod Hall and Emily Miller.)
Mike Wenkel said: It was a challenge out there. It was pretty rough. We had a couple of issues but everybody in our class did. When we were running, we ran great. It’s pretty hard on these little trucks (Hummer H3). We were behind (the 778 team), so we just tried to catch up and get in contention and keep our truck where we had a little truck left at the end. There’s a steep hill just after you cross the highway around Ojos and that’s where we caught them. I think they got bogged down there and were having trouble.
Rod Hall said: Mike did a helluva job. So did Emily. I did, too! I love this Hummer. These production trucks are the right size, they’re fun and they take a lot of abuse and just keep running and running. You’d be surprised at how hard you can pound one of these things. I went off the line pretty hard because I didn’t want those guys passing me. I got out in front, then we had a steering problem and everybody got by us. We were down for a couple of hours with steering problems. Then later on, the (No. 778) had problems and later on, (the No. 779) had problems. (On winning two classes in the same race) It was a good day for the Hall family. Baja has treated us pretty good. It’s kind of a tradition for us to come down here every November for 42 years. That’s pretty awesome.
ROBERT DITNER, No. 778 (Second in class. Ditner started and drove to race mile 206. Ken Ziesemer drove from RM 206 to RM 390. Joe Nolan drove from RM 390 to RM 500 and Ivan Stewart drove from RM 500 to the finish.)
Ivan Stewart said: It was good out there. The truck really ran good for the first time we ever had this one out on the racetrack. I think we did really well. I’m really happy with the performance. We got around the Halls at one point but we had some problems and they got back by us again. We lost the four-wheel drive, we only had two-wheel drive, and I couldn’t get up the hills. I got us to the front; I just couldn’t keep it. It always feels good to get back behind the wheel. It’s what I do, you know? I had a great day. I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot and I had some great teammates. It was a great experience. Coming back, it took a little while to kind of get in the groove and then pretty soon, it was like riding a bicycle. It all fell into place. It feels good to be back…it feels good to be anywhere at my age.
BORIS SAID, No. BC5 (Second in class. Said is a sports car driver and ESPN commentator.) This race was unbelievable. It was my fourth Baja 1000 and Kelli (Stavast, NBC commentator) was the best co-driver I have had. We never got lost. No wrong turns. We laughed the whole way. That made it better. We had two flat tires, that is all. Those were my fault when I clipped some rocks. It was a lot of fun.
WILLIAM ERIKSEN, No. 209 (First in class. Drove with Joe Desrosiers.) I drove everything but the loop. Joe Desrosiers drove the loop for me – he did the hard part. This was the first race for this vehicle and I loved it. It handled well, it was fun to drive and it got me here (to the finish line). I’m seeing a lot out there on the course that didn’t make that happen. I’m a road racer so this was the first off-road race for me. I’ve driven a lot of racecars but none that says ‘I’ll just take a beating and keep on ticking.’ And they take a beating. This is my first time for any off-road racing. The car made it look easy.
JEFF OFFUTT, No. 402 (First in class.) It worked out great. This is our first time ever in Baja. We’ll be down here a lot more, that’s for sure.
RICHARD CASSEY, No. 781 (First in class. Shared driving duties with Mike West and Greg Foutz.) It was wonderful — we had only minor problems. It was a great run. We had about an hour of down time so we got in the car late in Borrego. It was really tough getting through Mike’s (Sky Ranch) down to the Pacific side. But once that was done, it was pretty easy getting home. This car has never run before. It’s the first time it’s taken on Baja and it beat her. This is my eighth Baja 1000 and my first win. It took a while. It’s my lifelong dream. I’ve raced off-road all my life and to be sitting here is what I dreamed about so I’m happy.
KENDALL NORMAN, No. 12x (First in class, first overall and first overall motorcycle. Norman started and rode to race mile 202. Quinn Cody rode from RM 202 to RM 354. Timmy Weigand rode from RM 354 to RM 502 and Norman rode from 502 to the finish.)
Norman said: It was definitely a good battle at night. There was a lot of dust out here. Steve (Hengeveld) was going. I’d get in his dust and slow down, get in his dust and slow down. He rode a great race and it was war out there today. We had all of our guys positioned and they put in a lot of hard work. I couldn’t be happier right now. I rode from the start to Borrego, at mile 200, and Robby (Bell) was up about ten minutes. I started way back and there was a ton of dust and I just couldn’t get through it. By the time I finally cleared the dust, he was gone. When I got the bike back from Timmy Weigand at the Meadows (mile 504), I was only a minute and half down. Quinn Cody and Timmy did some great work out there. I figured it was going be close to impossible to pass Steve on the final run because of the dust and being at night but I know if I was in his dust, that is all I needed to do (to win). It feels great to win the 1000 three years in a row and fourth total. I am really stoked.
Cody said: I just tried to be smooth and fast and hit Matomi Wash (mile 278) as hard as I could. I have ridden that wash a lot and I was able to put in a really good run. It’s challenging to set up a bike for a 150-pound guy like Timmy (Weigand) and a 210-pound guy like me. We both had to compromise on the settings of the bike. It’s mostly Kendall’s settings. We were having a little trouble with the jetting of the engine in testing so Johnny (Campbell) jumped on it because he is so good with that sort of thing. Next thing we know Johnny didn’t come back; he crashed and totaled the bike. So this bike was completely rebuilt for the race. We were able to test it before the race, we finalized all of our settings and headed to Mexico. We had a heck of race like this one at the Baja 500, but not in the 1000. It feels great to win it.
Weigand said: The race went all right for me. I had a really rough section and I just tried to race smart and smooth and not go down and keep the bike on two wheels. Quinn and Kendall did an awesome job also and we just put the race together. Our game plan was just to ride within ourselves … but we were six minutes behind at one point and I was on the bike so, of course, I wanted to hang it out a little bit and try to gain some time back up. That changed our game plan a little bit because you’re not riding comfortably, you’re putting it on the edge a little bit and trying to make up time and get back in the race. The course is super rough everywhere and it’s hard on the body. It’s Baja – no surprises.
ROBBY BELL, No. 1x (Second in class, second overall and second overall motorcycle. Bell started and rode to RM 201. Destry Abbott rode from RM 201 to 305. Ryan Penhall rode from RM 305 to RM 397. Bell rode from RM 397 to RM 417. Abbott rode from RM 417 to 465. Connor Penhall rode from RM 465 to RM 504 and Steve Hengeveld rode from RM 504 to the finish.)
Bell said: I crashed around mile 417 and tweaked my ankle a little. I hit a rock I didn’t see in the shadows and it sent the back end out and pitched me out. I was doing about 60 miles per hour, I think. I was so bummed that happened because up until then we had a perfect bike and the race was going so well. I went down and it bent the bars and it bent the pipes and we had a little downtime in the pits and it allowed the (No. 12x) Honda to get a little closer to us.
Hengeveld said: It was a really close one. We had a couple problems but we still ran strong all night and we were trying to get to the finish first. We gave it one hell of a try so hopefully we’ll be back here next year. It was wide open the whole time that last leg. He (Kendall Norman) was trying to keep up with me and I was trying to just pull away and we just stayed the same the whole time. We gave it our all, that’s all I can say.
COLTON UDALL, No. 18x (Third in class, third overall and third overall motorcycle. Shared riding duties with Matt Eddy, Max Eddy and Brent Harden.) Matt and Max Eddy did a good job and so did Brent. I was probably the only one who crashed but I’m here in one piece and that’s the best thing about it. I did my best. I can’t say that I can do any better than that. Next year I’ll come back and do a better stab at it and hopefully I can end up the champ.
RONNIE WILSON, No. 102x (First in class and fifth overall motorcycle. Wilson, the rider of record, split riding duties with six others: Shane Esposito, Brian Pinard, Steve Garnett, Francisco Septien, Mike Blackman and Gerardo Rojas.)
Wilson said: This is really a dream to win a championship. I never thought I could accomplish it. I want to thank Shane. I don’t think Shane is given the respect he deserves. He is one of the best riders out here. Shane started for us today and went off the line at 23rd. But by Borrego (Mile 201), he had us into sixth. We were able to maintain our positions and Shane brought it home for the win.
We put together a solid team of riders today. We went with seven riders and they did a great job. There was just a five-point margin between first and third in points entering this race. Everyone did his part. Most teams have four or five riders, but I went with seven to be safe. Bill Boyer and Nick Blais gave it all they had and they put in a great run. It was great to compete against them. Actually, this Honda bike is a 2007, but we like the chassis and everything was rebuilt for this race. Brian Pinard did a great job prepping the bike. Next year, we are coming back with a Class 22 team as well as a Class 30 team. We are going to go after it in 2010.
Esposito said: I was the only one of the seven riders on the team to lay it down, but it was pretty easy; just a slide out in the dust. I really want to thank Ron for the opportunity to race with this team. Everyone had a good ride and did what they were supposed to do.
MIKE JOHNSON, No. 301x (First in class. Johnson shared riding duties with Rex Cameron, Robbie Clauss and Jack Massey.) I passed Ron Wilson (309x) down on the beach section. We were going back and forth all day. We had one rider, Jack Massey, go down and broke his collarbone. Our chain slider wore out and we went into a Honda pit and they replaced it for us but they didn’t tighten the countershaft bolt and our countershaft sprocket came off. Robbie was able to limp into one of the pits and get that fixed. Considering everything that went wrong, we actually came out pretty damn good.
SCOTT MYERS, No. 400x (First in class. Myers shared riding duties with Brett Helm, Lou Franco, Jeff Kaplan, Bob Johnson and Craig Adams.) It was awesome. We had a perfect ride, absolutely perfect. I didn’t have any problems and I don’t think anyone else even went down. I know people always say this every year but this was a gnarly course. I think it was the dustiest I’ve ever seen but that could be because we started so far back. It was a lot of work, I’ll tell you – a lot more than usual. I think we were the 43rd bike off the line and I brought it home 12th overall. But it was a good time.
JIM O’NEAL, No 500x (First in class. O’Neal shared riding duties with Andy Kirker, Dan Dawson, Jeff Kaplan, Craig Adams, Tim Withers and Eric McKenna.)
Kirker said: Jim O’Neal crashed but I don’t know how he is. I love riding at night – it’s fun, except for the dust. I’ve been riding in the Tecate SCORE Baja since 1974. I quit for 20 years and came back when I turned 50 three years ago. My friends are doing it so I had to do it. It’s fun – the best fun you can have is riding motorcycles.
CLASS 25WAYNE MATLOCK, No. 1a (First in class and first overall ATV. Matlock shared riding duties with Harold Goodman Jr., Wes Miller and Josh Caster.) There was a lot of traffic at the finish but we really didn’t have any problems. We just put gas in it and went all day long. We changed a couple tires and that was it. I enjoyed riding at night because it’s easier to see oncoming traffic. I’ve been competing in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 with our own team here since 2005 and this is the third time we’ve won it. This is a good one. Preparation and a lot of good riders are the keys to winning this race.
BAJA 1000 2009 Review Release from SCORE International
328 Official Starters
Norman/Weigand/Cody claim Overall motorcycle/Class 22 crown; McMillins earn Overall 4-wheel win at 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Penhall/Martin win Class 1, Matlock/Goodman Jr./Miller/Caster repeat as Overall ATV champs; R. Gordon finishes second in SCORE Trophy-Truck to capture class and SCORE Overall point title in front of over 250,000 fanatical fans in Baja California, Mexico
ENSENADA, Mexico--Etching their names on the granite history of the world's most legendary desert race, Kendall Norman/Tim Weigand/Quinn Cody along with the team of Andy McMillin and his father Scott became part of motorsports history by capturing the overall 2-wheel and 4-wheel victories late Friday and early Saturday in the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races.
Defeating a deep and talented field of 328 sturdy starters that came from 39 U.S. States and 14 countries, the Norman/Weigan/Cody trio won Class 22 on the Johnny Campbell Racing Honda CRF450X motorcycle while the McMillins powered their way to the top of the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division in the No. 31 McMillin Racing Chevy Silverado.
After complete review of the data tracking devices used by each vehicle in the race and with time penalties assessed accordingly for course deviations and/or speeding on the brief pavement sections used as part of the race course, the results were declared official by SCORE International officials at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The world's best known and most prestigious desert race, held on a difficult 672.85-mile course of natural desert terrain, started for the 35th time and finished for the 20th time in Ensenada, Mexico, 65 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
With massive crowds reaching over 250,000 spread out along the rugged course that traveled from Ensenada to Ojos Negros, east down Laguna Salada to San Felipe, down through the legendary Matomi Wash, around Mike's Sky Ranch, through both Rancho Las Truchas and Rancho El Coyote, down the infamous Simpson's Hill and back to the Pacific Coast below San Vicente and up through Santo Tomas, Uruapan and back to Ojos Negros, covering much of the northern half of the majestic Baja California peninsula to and from Ensenada.
As the final checkered flag dropped Saturday night for the last of 185 official finishers in the 42nd annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, it was obvious that another memorable and colorful chapter had been added to the legacy of this popular desert race in the magnificent Baja California peninsula.
The 328 starters are the second most ever in race history for a 'Loop' race and the seventh most of any race in the 42-year history of the event. The 185 finishers are also the sixth-most in event history. The finishing percentage this year was a very solid 56.4 percent considering the extreme dusty conditions and the unique ruggedness of the course.
With Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., starting the race and racing to mile 200 as well as the final 169 miles to the finish line, Cody, Los Olivos, Calif., rode from rm200 to rm350 and Weigand rode the Johnny Campbell Racing Honda CRF450X from rm350 to rm504 to give Honda increase its record overall victory total in this race to 20 wins. In also giving Honda a record 14th consecutive overall win in this epic race, the JCR team finessed its way around the challenging course in 13 hours, 27 minutes and 50 seconds, averaging 49.97 miles per hour in the elapsed-time race.
Part of the prominent third-generation racing family, Andy McMillin and his father Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., powered their Chevy Silverado to a 4-wheel-vehicle winning time of 14:19:50, averaging 45.29mph.
For Norman, it was his third straight overall motorcycle win and fourth total in this race, the second for Cody and first for Weigand.
Andy McMillin also won the overall 4-wheel vehicle title in this race in 2006 as the second driver for NASCAR's Robby Gordon while Scott McMillin earned his third class win in race history and first overall crown.
Driving two segments of the race, Andy McMillin started the race and drove the first 206 miles of the race. Scott McMillin drove the middle section from rm206 to rm500 where he handed back the driving to his son to drive the final 173 miles to the finish line in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.
Winning the overall ATV and Class 25 victory for the second straight year was the team led by Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif. Matlock's teammates this year were returning riders Harold Goodman, Brownstown, Mich., and Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif., along with Josh Caster, also of El Cajon. The team covered the course in a championship time of 16:54:52, averaging 39.78mph on the No. 1a Honda TRX700XX. The talented team won two of the three SCORE Baja races this season to earn their second straight season point title in their class.
There we no penalties assessed to any of the three overall winners in the race.
"I started the race and I think we started 17th on the road," said Andy McMillin, who now has two career SCORE Trophy-Truck wins. "The plan was just to kind of take it easy and kind of let the race come to us. Sal (Fish) laid out a really rough, tough course this year. We knew that it was going to take one trip that didn't have any problems to get the win. That was our plan all day -- stay smooth and not have any downtime, no flat tires. I gave my dad the truck at mile 206 and I think we were seventh on the road and pretty close on the overall lead."
"My dad drove the San Felipe loop and the Mike's loop. By the time he got to San Felipe, he was the first truck on the road. My dad handed me a great lead (just over 30 minutes), so it was pretty easy from that point. It was kind of just stay on the race course and you won't get in trouble, so that was our plan and we followed it and let the race come to us, really."
Expanding further on their race, Scott McMillin commented on his first overall win in this race, "The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000--you just don't come down here and decide to race this a month in advance; this takes a whole year of planning. We have a dedicated team back at our shop, about five core guys who work fulltime on this. Plus, there are another 20 volunteers who are with us at all the races, all the pre-running, all the planning. We just couldn't have done it without all of them. They are as much a part of this win as those of us riding in the truck. Plus we have access to the five BFG Tires pits along the way."
"It's really great that they posted (the virtual checkpoints) in advance ... so when we were pre-running and practicing, we knew exactly where to be and what we were supposed to do. They are all the same lines we've all been racing all these years. Always -- all the 30 years that I've been racing -- the fastest way is the racecourse. I can't tell you how many times I just take the racecourse and stay on it and stay focused and you go by all the guys that are trying to find the smooth route. Before this race, we decided that we're going to race all the SCORE races next year."
Turning 72 years old on Sunday, venerable veteran desert racer Rod Hall, Reno, Nev., lit the candles on his celebration during the final hours of the legendary race, adding to his race-record total of class wins with a pair of wins in a pair of Rod Hall Racing Hummer H3 vehicles in both the Stock Full and the Stock Mini class to give him 21 in his amazing career. Originally entered as a second driver in both classes in vehicles where his sons Chad and Josh Hall were the drivers of record, Rod ended up as the primary driver in Stock Mini when Josh was unable to attend the race because of a family emergency. With the help of his sons and friends, Hall also continued his streak as the only person in the history of the event to have raced all 42 years since it began in 1967.
Chad Hall earned his eighth career class win in this race and the Hall family continues to be the winningest family in the history of this race with 33 total class wins.
The battle for the overall motorcycle victory marked the SCORE Baja racing rekindling of one of its greatest rivalries as Kawasaki returned with a factory-supported team for the first time since 1995 to battle against the Honda factory-supported racers. In the end, Honda defeated Kawasaki by just one minute, 57 seconds, although the No. 1X Kawasaki KX450 team led by former two-time Honda race winner Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., finished first physically in the demanding race but lost on corrected time.
b^0x001cI rode from the start to Borrego, mile 200 and Robby (Bell) was up about ten minutes," said Norman at the finish line. b^0x001cI started way back and there was a ton of dust. I just couldn't get through it. By the time I finally cleared the dust, he was gone. When I got the bike back from Timmy Weigand at the Meadows (Mile 504), I was only a minute and half down. Quinn Cody and Timmy did some great work out there. I figured it was going be close to impossible to pass Steve (Hengeveld) on the final run because of the dust and being at night. But I know if I was in his dust that is all I needed to do (to win). It feels great to win the SCORE Baja 1000 three years in a row and fourth total. I am really stoked."
"It was definitely a good battle at night. There was a lot of dust out here. Steve is a great night racer and was going. I'd get in his dust and slow down, get in his dust and slow down. He rode a great race and it was war out there today. We had all of our guys positioned and they put in a lot of hard work. I couldn't be happier right now."
A field of 27 SCORE Trophy-Trucks, the high-tech, 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks, dominated the overall 4-wheel results, claiming seven of the top 10 finishing spots, including the first six.
Finishing second was last year's overall winning 4-wheel team of Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., who finished 32 minutes, 37 seconds behind the McMillins in a time of 14:52:27 in the No. 8 Norman Motorsports Ford F-150.
Third overall was this year's Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 winner Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif with a time of 15:02:36 in the No. 71 Ford F-150 while driving the No. 4 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 of Mexico's Gustavo Vildsola Jr., and his father Gus Vildosola.
NASCAR Cup Team owner/driver Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., who left immediately after securing the 2009 SCORE Trophy-Truck and SCORE Overall point championship in the No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500, drove consistently to finish fifth in a penalty-free time of15:14:31 while the team of Robby Pierce/Mike Julston, Santee, Calif., finished sixth overall and in SCORE Trophy-Truck, finishing in 15:29:42 in the No. 30 MasterCraft Chevy Silverado.
First in Class 1 was the veteran team of Jerry Penhall, Costa Mesa, Calif./Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., with a time of 15:38:19 in a Chevy-powered Penhall while second was the team of Germany's Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark) in 15:52:02 in the All-German Motorsports Jimco-BMW.
Finishing ninth overall and third in Class 1 was the team of Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., his brother Ronny Wilson of Long Beach, Calif., and Jeff Quinn, Irvine, Calif., who also clinched a close Class 1 point champion race with the Schwarz/Christensen team in the Wilson Motorsports Jimco-Chevy. The finished the course in 16:14:05.
Completing the top 10 overall 4-wheel finishers list was eight-time SCORE Baja 1000 class winner Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Brian Ewalt, Bonita, Calif., with a time of 16:15:25 in the No. 23 McMillin Racing Ford F-150. Mark is the brother of Scott McMillin and unlce of overall winner Andy McMillin.
In the manufacturer's battle of 'beat the Baja' research and development, a Chevy-powered vehicle won for the 11th time and BFGoodrich Tires won for the 23rd time in the last 24 years.
Eric Duran, Tecate, Calif., is driver of record for his family team and close win by just 23 seconds in Class 1-2/1600 in a Neth-VW, they secured the season point championship in the class. Entering the race in a close third place, the Duran brothers defeated the Wilson Motorsports team of Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/LJ Kennedy, Orange, Calif./Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., in the race, moving them past the Wilson team to earn the season point title. There were 17 starters in the class and Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., who was tied with the Wilsons in the season class points, was leading early, had mechanical problems and struggled to a sixth place finish in class.
SCORE points are based on starting and finishing as well as the number of starters in each class and placement position in every race. All class titles will go down to the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
In one of the class races, Darren Skilton, Long beach, Calif., won Class 3 in a Jeep Wrangler for his sixth class win in this race. For the second straight year, he defeated rivals Donald and Kenneth Moss of Sacramento, who finished second in class, 37 minutes, 14 seconds behind Skilton.
In Class 40 for motorcycle riders over 40 years old, the team led by Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif. were victorious on a Honda CRF450X and team rider Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif. earned his 14th and 15th class wins in this race. Adams also was a rider on the Class 50-winning team on another Honda CRF450X. Jim O'Neal, Simi Valley, Calif., was the rider of record on the Class 50 team where he earned his ninth career class win in this race.
Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif., led his team to his seventh class win in this race, this year in Class 60, riders over 60, on a Honda CRF450X.
In Class 5/1600, Mexico's Marcos Nunez/Norberto Rivera, drover their VW Baja Bug to victory. Nunez now has six class wins in this race.
Another father/son team Pancho and Cisco Bio, won Class 9 giving Pancho his fourth class win in SCORE Baja 1000 history.
Running against a formidable field of 14 starters in SCORE Lite, with vehicles all having VW engines, Brent Parkhouse and his son Cody, Long Beach, Calif., were winners in a Molton race car while Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif., captured Class 10 in his Lothringer-VW for the fourth time in five races this season. It was Parkhouse's second class win of the season.
In Class 5 for unlimited VW Baja Bugs, Kevin Carr, San Diego, won his class for the fourth time this season and in Class 7, Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., driving a Ford Ranger, also won for the fourth time this season.
John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif., in another Ford Ranger in Class 7SX won for the third time in this race and the fourth time in this race.
Pulling off her second Class 6 win of the season was Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., in a Ford Ranger.
Other Class winners in this year's Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 included: Juan Lopez, Tecate, Mexico (Class 8, Ford F-150), Rob Reinertson, Woodside, Calif. (Protruck, Ford F-150), Nick Baldwin, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Baja Challenge, BTC-Subaru), Ronnie Wilson, Canyon Country, Calif. (Class 21, Honda CRF450X), Jesus Rios, Calexico, Calif., (Class 20, Honda CRF250X), Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas (Class 30, Honda CRF450X) and Tom Wright, Tabernacle, N.J. (Class 24, Honda TRX450R).
This race also featured the prestigious Sal Fish SCORE IronRider awards presented to each motorcycle or ATV rider who completes the course within the time limit while riding solo. 34 individuals officially declared that they were attempting to complete the course riding solo and 10 of them finished withing the time limit to earn the special award. The fastest solo rider was Ron Wilson, who rode in Class 30 for riders over 30 years old, finishing second in class in a penalty-free time of 18:29:19 on a Honda CRF450X.
The fastest Sportsman 4-wheel vehicle was led by driver of record Rory Ward, Mohave Valley, Calif., (SPT Car, Chenowth-Chevy) while the fastes Sportsman Motorcycle team was led by Brian Garrahan, Boulder Creek, Calif. (SPT M/C>250cc).
In addition to season point class point championships, drivers in the Pro car and truck classes were also racing to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 24th consecutive year, a total of 14 drivers have won the prestigious awards for 2009.
This year's Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special, in association with SCORE and Aura360, for the sixth consecutive year. It is scheduled to air on NBC at 2 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Dec. 19 on the NBC Television Network. It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International.
Baja Racing News.com BAJA 1000 2009 Stories
About Robby Gordon
Robby Gordon's top-five finish in the Baja 1000 on Saturday cemented the Overall Series and Trophy Truck division championships for the Tecate SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series.
"When the season began, we didn't even know that we were going to compete in the entire season," Gordon said. "But after winning the Laughlin Desert Challenge in such dominating fashion, we knew that we could make a run for the championship. The guys did a great job continually building and preparing the trophy truck, which made it easy to run upfront. I'm very proud of our success.
"Returning to my roots to win two of five races is great, but capturing the championship is very exciting and rewarding. The entire Robby Gordon Off-Road team is extremely thankful for such great sponsors. Because of the support of Monster Energy and Toyo Tires, we have experienced great success this season."
Gordon raced in all five events and finished in the top 10 in each race, including two wins.
The Aussies in Baja suffer from equipment failure
Australian off road rider Brad Williscroft and Ben Grabham have suffered a disappointing finish the 2009 Baja 1000 after a lose stator wire, earlier though to be a broken Piston, stopped them in their tracks with a podium in sight.
“From the moment we arrived in Baja everything was running really well. We had great team support, and got in 1200 miles of pre running. Our confidence was high, and we had a good game plan in place for chase vehicle positioning, and which sections myself and Grabbo would ride.
“Our strategy was for Grabbo to start the race. He drew 12th position from a hat for the start, and unfortunately had to deal with a lot of riders dust. The race got underway at 6:30am, and the air was very still with no wind, so it wasn’t until around the 70 mile mark before he could get clear air, and actually start riding hard.
“The first rider change was at the 100 mile mark, by the time Grabbo got to me the race leader had a 25 minute lead, an obvious advantage was the lack of dust they had on route. Grabbo handed the bike to me in eighth place - he had already made up four positions.
“My stage was to get the KTM 530 XCW over a pretty big mountain face. It was called The Summit and it had an elevation of 3500 feet above sea level. The ride up was the rockiest section I have ever encountered in all my years of racing. The backside of the mountain face was completely different it leveled out, and wove through old creek beds, fast flowing rocky roads, across a dry lake bed which was ten miles wide, and through big open sandy plains.
“By the next change over at 210 miles I had worked my way into fifth position, and pipped off three riders along the way. Next up Ben took off for the 180 mile San Felipe loop which is notorious for big whoops, but when we were pre running it felt like they were nowhere near as big as the whoops at Alice Springs during the Finke Desert Race, so Grabbo was quietly confident he could dominate in this section.
“Grabbo got off to a flying start, and passed a racer early to move us into fourth position, but not long after he passed that racer the bike stopped at the 242 mark.
“By the time the chase vehicles and I got the radio message of Ben’s location it took us three hours to get to him, because he was on the race course with no access road. We got to him with one hour left of daylight, and made a conscious decision not to risk ourselves any injury by trying to fix a problem that we had not clearly identified just to finish the race. It’s a dangerous and risky race in terms of the ever changing terrain, so we loaded the bike on the truck and ended our race there.
“When we pulled the bike down to determine the problem, our disappointment intensified when we found it wasn’t mechanical, but rather the solder had broke on the wiring of the stator purchased through Ricky Stator in the USA. We needed a larger stator to the standard one on the KTM 530 XCW to support the larger lights required for night riding, but this one recommended let us down.
“Both Grabbo and I are really disappointed because we honestly felt we could have secured a podium. It was a huge effort to get over to Baja, and we want to give special thanks to our major sponsors and supporters including Brian Finn from Force Accessories, KTM USA, Steg Pegz, Chill Dynamics and Mitcham Contracting.
“Our support crew in America are also worthy of a big thanks especially Warren Lovelace from Aussieironrider.com. We learnt a lot about Baja from Warren and his crew.
“We know we’re going to be asked a lot if we will come back next year to give Baja another go, but that is undecided it will be determined by how much support we can get because it takes a massive team effort to enter Baja, and it cannot be done on a tight budget.”
The event was won by JCR Honda Team of Kendal Norman, Timmy Wiegand and Quin Cody.
J2 Racing Team Report
"I had been anxiously awaiting updates from the J2 Racing team whose run in the 2009 Baja 1000 I have been chronicling, Jason Hill and John Lowe. Time passed with no word and I had to wonder if they didn't have the internet access they had expected, or worse. Come race day I checked the Spot Adventures site where you were to be able to follow the team's progress in 10-minute updates, but the marker on the site never left downtown Ensenada. What was happening down there?
Finally this morning there was a message from Jason:
Ken, it's going on 2 a.m. here. There's plenty more to tell, but it'll have to wait. Some quick facts, however, just to let you know how things went with the race. We got off to a crazy start, bike overheated in the staging queue as I walked it to the starting line. I thought it had an actual leak in the coolant system somewhere, but turns out it was just too hot. The 650s are notorious for that, but they're tough as nails and eventually cooled off as I sped away from the starting line.
The race ended early unfortunately after John and I swapped. The trophy trucks were starting to catch up after I made a few unplanned stops (dumping the bike a couple times, and the hot dog incident at Baja Pits #1 which I'll never live down :-} ) along the way in the deep silty sand that gives a heavy 650 fits when trying to plow through it. By the time I got to John he was eager to get away from the trucks so he sped off on his first section of the course from RM40 to RM80 where we planned to swap again. The chase truck was on its way back to the main road when we got the call only a few minutes into John's ride that he'd gone over a cliff and had probably broken his wrist. Long, really good story short (which I'll detail for you later), the race ended for us at RM50. But we weren't entirely disappointed. We did what we said we were gonna do, which was to live out our childhood dream of competing in the Baja 1000, for better or for worse, and we did it, and we have t-shirts, battle scars, and plenty of Mexican dirt to prove it.
I also picked up this report from John off an internet forum:
Pre ran all week, no issues, come race day, we were prepared. Our race ended about 11 a.m. yesterday, when I launched the bike over about a 10-foot rocky drop, obviously the wrong way. Two broken bones in my right arm, and I broke my patella in my left knee. The staff at Velmar is great, and took care of me. God bless you all who do this, it's been a riot. Oh, the Honda, despite going off a cliff and going end over end a few times, cranked right up when they came to get it.
Locals dragged me off the track, put me under their tent, and gave me all the help I could have asked for. I sat there with them for a few hours and watched the trucks come through, drank a Tecate. Viva La Mexico.
Then a little later he added this:
Hey, I'm cool with what we did. We got to ride some of the most awesome terrain in the world, and we were actually racing in Baja for a morning anyway. We did not quit, we went for it with no sponsors and our race ended in crash fit for a movie or something. It is kind of hard to type, however...
If the numbers are any indication, there are a lot of teams with stories of this sort. SCORE International, the promoter of the race reports that of 328 starters there were 185 finishers.
I'll follow up with more information and some photos once John and Jason get back in the U.S. and can get them to me. Sending the photos from Mexico, Jason tells me, "costs a bloody fortune to do so across international lines.""
Peter Brock Reports on Baja 1000 2009
Desert racing's young ace Andy McMillin won his second Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 on Saturday in front of an estimated crowd of more than 250,000 in Baja California, Mexico.
McMillin etched his name in the record books as one of the race's few repeat winners. He shared time with this father, Scott, who drove the middle section of the 42nd running of the event.
McMillin, a 22-year-old college student from San Diego, proved that his first win in 2006, with NASCAR's Robby Gordon, was no fluke. Gordon also drove in this race. He started eighth in the field, but suffered brake problems about halfway through and finished fifth in his mid-engine Chevrolet CK1500, 54 minutes behind McMillin.
It was a near-perfect race for McMillin, who drew the 19th starting position in his Chevy Silverado and then raced for 206 miles before handing over duties to Scott McMillin. By the time Andy took over again at mile 500, they had an overall lead on the road and in elapsed time. The duo covered this year's difficult 673-mile loop out of Ensenada, Mexico, in 14 hours, 19 minutes.
When Andy McMillin took charge in the second and toughest part of the course, he extended his lead in the darkness to win by 31:37 over multiple Baja 1000 winner Larry Roeseler, who split his time in the cockpit with talented, new owner/driver Roger Norman. Rick D. Johnson was third in a Ford F-150, and Gus Vildosola was in fourth, also in a F-150.
Surprisingly, the early overall race leader on elapsed time was German rally driver Armin Schwarz in a Martin-Christiansen prepared AGM, Class 1 Unlimited open-wheel racer. He had started first in Class 1 but 30th overall, and had passed half the Trophy Truck field in the first 100 miles. Only a broken front-brake caliper that forced a 12-minute delay for repairs halfway through the race let an upset overall win against the mighty Trophy Trucks evaporate. Jerry Penhall, Schwarz's main competitor for the Class 1 title, slipped by in the fading light to snatch the Class 1 title by just two points."
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