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Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (30)
(Numerical, before Qualifying)
1 Steven Eugenio
4 Justin Matney
5 Carlos Lopez
9 Mark Weyhrich
11 Rob MacCachren
14 Heidi Steele
16 Cameron Steele
17 Eduardo Laguna
19 Tim Herbst
21 Gus Vildosola Jr
23 Dan McMillin
25 Brian Ostrom
28 Alan Pflueger-RS
36 Glen Greer
38 Eric Hustead
39 Ron Whitton
42 Jesse Hooker
44 Kyle Jergensen
45 Gary Magness
47 James Bult
50 Zak Langley
59 Craig Potts
70 Bryce Menzies
75 Mike Cook
76 Jesse Jones
77 Robby Gordon
83 Luke McMillin
91 Troy Herbst
93 Chris Kemp
97 B.J. Baldwin
CLASS 1 (14)
(Numerical, before Qualifying)
101 David Hunter-RS
104 Rob Archibald-RS
117 Stephen Squires
127 Cody Parkhouse
138 Randy Wilson
142 Steven Sells
145 Mark Workentine
147 Pat McCarthy
153 Brian Wilson
160 Victor Barreda-RS
168 Shelby Reid
175 Jaime Huerta Jr-RS
185 Justin Davis
189 Jon Walker
CLASS 1/2-1600 (8)
1666 Tony Vanillo Sr
1647 Wes McKenzie
1614 Hiram Duran
1636 Aaron Ampudia
1648 Alejandro Lozano
1605 Miguel Cortez-3rd RS
1684 Viry Felix-2nd RS
1602 Ernesto Arambula-1st RS
CLASS 3 (2)
300 Donald Moss
301 Robert Morton
CLASS 5 (1)
500 Kevin Carr
CLASS 5-1600 (5)
558 Salvador Carrillo
579 Mary Crouch-4th RS
553 Armando Garcia-3rd RS
578 Gustavo Avina-2nd RS
575 Erich Reisen-1st RS
CLASS 7 (6)
712 Ikuo Hanawa
701 Brandon Walsh
705 Carlos Diaz
700 Dan Chamlee
722 Paige Sohren
727 Jim Ryan
CLASS 8 (3)
844 Noah Ostanik
811 James Burman
839 Chris Wilson-1st RS
CLASS 10 (18)
1068 Cody Reid
1045 Travis Clarke
1011 Morgan Langley
1080 Peter Hajas
1089 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr
1088 Luis Salgado
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1077 Daniel Reyes Jr
1042 Lars Ferry
1002 Steve Lawler
1034 Clifford Cole
1058 Clay Lawrence
1018 Miguel Tornel Sr
1078 Jorge Magana
1081 Todd Winslow
1049 Ty Godde-3rd RS
1087 Stuart Breckon-2nd RS
1078 Eliseo Garcia-1st RS
SCORE LITES (5)
1210 Cesar Pinuelas
1218 Miguel Tornel Jr
1221 Matt Drever
1209 Rafael Navarro III
1201 Mario Alcala
CLASS 11 (4)
1107 Jim Graham
1121 Dennis Hollenbeck
1129 David Bolles-2nd RS
1116 Paul Nauleau-1st RS
STOCK FULL (4)
8101 Rod Hall
8125 John Gonzales
8155 Darren Webster
8161 Douglas McArdle-1st RS
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (14)
850 Chad Broughton
862 Pete Sohren
884 Billy Wilson
878 John Langley
868 Pat Sims
8XX Andrew Hendricks
873 Jordan Brenthel
855 Lee Banning
881 Mark Luhtala
872 Jonathan Brenthel
874 Elias Hanna
888 Jim Anderson
871 Larry Connor
854 Chelsea Magness
CLASS 3000 (2)
3030 Chad Broughton
3003 Mike Jams
CLASS 19 (21)
1927 Benjamin Wilson
1958 George Felix
1939 Dan Fresh
1988 Wes Miller
1921 Johnny Angal
1949 Alonso Lopez
1930 Sean Cook
1905 Marc Burnett
1904 Cory Sappington
1943 Tom Longshore
1923 Benjamin Bischoff
1961 Cody Rahders
1915 Thomas Graves
1922 Tyler Backus
1971 Terry Hui
19XX Scott Bergen
1910 Ryan McIntire
1942 Scott McFarland
1932 Brandon Schueler
1917 Derek Murray
1908 Justin Lambert
BAJA CHALLENGE (3)
BC2 Bob Bower
BC3 Rick Skelton
BC1 Jon Largent
CLASS 4400 (1)
4451 Mel Wade III-1st RS
CLASS 2 (1)
201 Jeff Proctor
UNLIMITED M/C (10)
14x Raul Hernandez
35x Nicholas Gust
3x Mark Samuels
11x Ulises Fierro
81x Joseph Jepsen
45x Francisco Arredondo
1x Ricky Brabec
21x Dustin McCarthy
5x Colton Udall
7x Joseph Wingfield
LIMITED M/C (4)
111x Chad Thornton
128x Steve Kameda
122x Ruben Alamo
100x Fernando Beltran
CLASS 30 (2)
318x Jeffery Pillon
301x Christopher Schultz
CLASS 40 (6)
444x Kyle Abney
409x Stephen Sanders
424x Jeff Powell
403x Oscar Fazz
404x Jano Montoya
411x Colie Potter
CLASS 50 (4)
556x Donald Blake
505x Daniel Argano
501x Marc Prince
513x Guillermo Gomez
CLASS 60 (1)
611x Richard Jackson-1st RS
SCORE IRONMAN (4)
705x Francisco Aldrete
731x Taylor Gagnor
740x Boe Huckins
715x Jeff Benrud
Pro Quad (1)
9a Said Sanchez
SPT BUGGY (2)
1506 Bruce Books
1515 Derek Fletcher-1st RS
SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK (4)
1409 Andrew Entwistle
1408 Spencer Morgan
1407 Gary Leyendecker
1444 Jim Bunn-1st RS
SPT UNLIMITED UTV (2)
1852 Robert Branch
1850 Matthew Pontius
SPT M/C (7)
202x Jon Harris Johnson
266x Clint Chew
222x Francois Carrete
215x Walter Lemonovich
214x Lawrence Janesky
299x Wayne Schlosser
261x Sean Tefft
SPT QUAD (3)
109a Juan Dominguez
119a Rusty Batza-2nd RS
111a Craig Wear-1st RS
BAJA 1000 Situation Update
The real danger in this event is not the race, not the desert, not even the mexican crime wave! The real danger are the decisions made by the event organizer. RogerNormanInc.
Norman's SCORE has been found culpable in the Kurt Caselli Incident, where a top racer perished, partly as a result of decisions made by Roger Norman.
One expert witness, Bill Fuentes, who worked directly for Roger Norman, has identified the 'owner' of SCORE, as a sociopath.
Rogers attempts at stealing racing events is now legendary! The board members of SNORE who told us the entire tale of the MINT 400 were shocked!
The fake 'Pull' for non-unlimited Starting Positions
Roger's SCORE will hold their event in PRIVATE...said to be a 'Computerized' pull, much like the Fish days, the entire pull is a sham. Norman will choose who starts off the line and when.
Norman is well known, to pick and choose the winners and losers of his events. Who he likes and dislikes.
The most recent outrage was the Clyde Stacy teams getting all the first starts in the Baja Sewer. From the vacuous press release: "Southern gentleman Clyde Stacy, of Bristol, Va., received the honor of". Proof, there was no real 'pull'. He was gifted the starts by his pal, Norman.
Stacy, who also participated in the bidding process during the sale of SCORE to Roger Norman, is said to be a kidnap target by local Mexican criminal groups.
Clyde Stacy is a coal-baron, who desert races and finances teams for his personal pleasure.
The Trophy Trucks, the marquee desert racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks and Class 1 open-wheelers will once again have a special qualifying session for start positions LIVE! HERE Tuesday, Nov. 3 on a special 3.6-mile course on the off-road track from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. During the SEMA Dog and Pony Show!
THE KING OF BAJA 1000 2015
November 2, 2015 Update!
Good Ole' Fashioned PreRunning
Today, we report on our preruns over the past weeks. The El Nino influenced weather and the moon conditions have left us remembering "Dear Old Western Skies". LOADING NOW>>>
Radio Comm Warning!
"GEOMAGNETIC STORM ADVISORY: A high-speed stream of solar wind is about to hit Earth's magnetic field, prompting NOAA forecasters to estimate an 85% to 90% chance of geomagnetic storms on Nov. 2-3. This is the same 800 km/s stream that lashed Earth's magnetic field in early October, sparking strong geomagnetic storms and bright auroras over northern-tier US states."
Many race course changes! Count on at least ten (10) new race course editions before the green flag drops.
*Race Course Run-Downs After Pre-Runs
70 miles of paved road from Cocos corner north toward San Felipe in the middle of nowhere, surely there must be a goat trail we can run on that will bring the off road miles to well under 700. First 840 miles are not close to a 1000. One-hundred plus paved miles!
Loop 1000 races are 800-900 miles 95% of the time. This event will be a perfect time to run your speed limiters!
There is a big section of that highway though that we don't see why it couldn't get permitted as race speed! There are alot of side dirt roads (use for access) that could be raced on and only get on the highway where needed.
This 1000 event is going to be challenging. Going to have dust and silt getting from Ojos to Urapan, then get a little break to get ready for the regular coastal fog if you dont beat it, then rocks and silt getting to Catavina, then some fun until you get to the nasty silt, after that more fun until you hit the highway after Cocos Corner, then San Felipe awesomeness to make sure your vehicle is still holding together, and the fun just continues till you make it across the finish line!
The bypass at El Rosario was fixed by a tractor, so it could be used by all vehicles, including emergency rigs. Four miles of lotsa rocks and the largest concrete runway we've discovered in Baja California! Is this a goverment military cartel fly-in? It's only one klik off the main Highway 1!. There is tons of water damage from here past Catavina. More Loading>>>
*Pre-Running has begun during the, 'course marking', over the last week. Already, the markers are turning into 'tacos' (cheaply made without lamination) and disappearing! Souvenirs!
And Roger doesn't re-mark, nor clue racers into any course changes, until the electronic file is updated. Meaning, many racers over the next few prerunning weeks, will not get the correct course changes. They'll be prerunning over changed course routes!
Very common nowadays.
*Qualifying is only just days away (in Las Vegas) and the Baja 1000 entry list is still short hundreds of participants. But, Roger doesn't care. He only cares about his 'unique views'. The truth is, fewer and fewer customers are willing to give this man any money. Racers, sponsors and vendors.
The lack of entries is not reflective of the superior weather conditions, nor the hospitality of the people of Baja California, Mexico.
It is reflective of the owner/operator of SCORE International, Roger Norman. He's made so many bad decisions, impacting sportsmen desert off-road racers, this publication is now reporting on the topic, daily. [Citizen Norman]
TROPHY TRUCK (23) (Unlimited Production Trucks) (27 Total Entries)
(Numerical list, before drawing for Qualifying Order)
(Vehicle number, driver of record)
1 Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif.
4 Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn.
5 Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico
11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas
14 Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif.
16 Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif.
17 Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico
19 Tim Herbst, Las Vegas
21 Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico
23 Dan McMillin, San Diego
25 Brian Ostrom, Surprise, Ariz.
42 Jesse Hooker, Newhall, Calif.
44 Kyle Jergensen, Oak Hills, Calif.
47 James Bult, Monee, Ill.
50 Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif.
70 Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas
75 Mike Cook,
76 Jesse Jones, Phoenix
77 Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C.
83 Luke McMillin, San Diego
91 Troy Herbst, Las Vegas,
93 Chris Kemp, San Clemente, Calif.
97 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas
Additional SCORE Trophy Truck race entries not qualifying:
28 Alan Pflueger, Honolulu
36 Glen Greer, Phoenix
39 Ron Whitton, Mesa, Ariz.
45 Gary Magness, Palm Desert, Calif.
CLASS 1 (4) (unlimited single or two-seat open-wheelers) (13 Total Entries)
(Numerical list, before drawing for Qualifying order)
(Vehicle number, driver of record)
117 Stephen Squires, Driftwood, Texas
142 Steven Sells, Phoenix
168 Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif.
185 Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif.
Additional Class 1 race entries not qualifying:
101 David Hunter, Orem, Utah
104 Rob Archibald, Lakeside, Calif.
127 Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif.
138 Randy Wilson, Long Beach, Calif.
147 Pat McCarthy, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
153 Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif.
160 Victor Barreda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
175 Jaime Huerta, Ensenada, Mexico
189 Jon Walker, Guam
The Kurt Caselli Inquest was announced EXCLUSIVELY HERE
October 16, 2015
Already this event is signifying the loss of sportsmen racers, motorcycle and quad competitors. The racers who started it all are no longer wanted in the event. Well, their money for huge entry fees is wanted, nothing else. Not their viewpoint, history nor inclusion in any of the activities surrounding the race.
Just look at qualifying and the dog & pony show scheduled at SEMA in La Vegas. Just the unlimiteds.
Roger couldn't even hold a starting position draw at Off-Road Expo! Not enough entries to have a legit draw!
Even before the green flag has dropped, Roger Normans vision of racing in Mexico with SCORE International has changed into RogerNorman Inc.
It's not the SCORE everyone knew from its historic past.
The vision? The giga-uber-wealthy now own the series. They are the only ones that can pay the outrageous costs and who can really afford the risks?! Remember, Norman told us, "if you can't afford to lose everything (including your life) this racing isn't for you"!
MORE ON THE INSIDE WORKINGS OF ROGER NORMAN BY Baja Bill Fuentes
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From a SCORE INSIDER
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BAJA 1000 Race Course details and Pit Sites
The Baja Turtle Pits:
Pit 2 San Tomas mile 95
Pit 3 Colonet mile 140
Pit 4 SanQuintin mile 190
Pit 5 Rosario mile 245
Pit 6 Guayaquil mile 292
Pit 7 Catavina mile 352
Pit 8 Playa Blanca (Fish Camp)_ mile 410
Pit 9 El Crucero mile 465
Pit 10 So.San Luis Gonzaga mile 520
Pit 11 Huerfanito mile 570
Pit 12 So. San Felipe. (airport) mile 625
Pit 13 Chinero mile 670
Pit 14 VaPlle De Trinidad mile 720
Pit 15 Km 78 Hwy 3 (Alamo) mile 760
Pit 16 Ojos Negros mile 800
We were live at the Off-Road Expo! SCORE cancelled its race-pull for the Baja 1000 because they had so few entries, now the fake pull is going off of Wednesday, October 28, 2015 LIVE! ob Baja Racing News LIVE!
|Citizen Norman Damnation Domination|
**Racing Fall-Out Continues!
SCORE Cancels B1000 Pull at ORE! Insider Reports *Citizen Norman collects his 'winnings' and goes shopping for charter and real estate holdings! EXCLUSIVE!
*Saturday, September 27
The LAST Imperial Valley 250 EXPOSED
*The 2016 Score schedule will begin in late February with the San Felipe 250 celebrating its 30th birthday.
Later in April, Roger continues to carpetbag Baja Surenos with his Baja Sewer 500. Norman is trying desperately to blame dead attorney Oscar Ramos .
In June, the Baja 500 enjoys its 48th birthday with a competition with start and finish in Ensenada.
In September a new Rosarito event will replace Imperial Valley in the schedule. We are watching the movements of Raul Rodriguez of Tecnovision. Roger Norman is using his new boy to run the Rosarito off-road race.
In November, all roads lead to the LIVE! KING OF BAJA 1000, ONLINE here on BajaRacingNews.com.
The 2016 race course, starting and finishing in Ensenada. The 2017 event will attempt to rival the "Baja 2000" race course. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the SCORE event. The event actually started under another sanction, much earlier in time.
*Saturday, September 19: "McVoss" Announced to take on Unlimited Field in Fall Classic
The San Diego McMillin family has announced they have teamed up with 2013 KING of LAS VEGAS Voss Motorsports and Jason Voss to take on the 2015 Baja 1000.
The Mark McMillin side of the racing clan continues to participate in the activity, Luke and Dan. The Scott McMillin side, Jessica and Andy are not, in fact, they are selling their set of expensive Geiser Trucks. Andy fills in open seats for Rob Mac and Steve Sourapas.
Both Scott and Mark, sons of the late Corky McMillin, do not race any longer.
UPDATE November 3, 2015
Team: Factory Honda Racing Ridgeline
Owner: Jeff J. Proctor, Proctor Racing Group
Chassis: LaFortune Race Cars
Lead Fabricator Miguel “Loco Jones” Medina
Master Mechanic: Pat Smith
Chassis Designer: Craig Hall, Hall Designs
Wiring: Smith Race Wire, Dash mounted Race grade key pads, (3) Motec PDM16 units, Dual Motec Digital displays, Wiring harnesses parallel formula 1 design and quality.
Computer System: McLaren Applied Technologies Electronic Control Unit
Engine: Honda Performance Development “HPD” HR35TT Engine 3.5L V6 electronically actuated Twin Turbo
Lubricants: NEO Synthetics Lubricants
Filters: K&N Performance Air Filters
Transmission: Albins ST6 Sequential with torque converter, custom adaptor mid mount plate by Weddle Industries
Cooling: CBR Front mounted Radiator, Heat Exchanger, oil coolers, and intercoolers.
Shocks: Fox Shock: Front-12” 2.5 Dual Rate coil over and a 12” 4.0 (6) tube bypass
Rear- 16” 2.5 Dual Rate coil over and an 18” 4.0 (6) tube bypass
20” of front travel and 32” of Rear wheel travel
Springs: Eibach Springs
Seats & Safety: Sparco seats with Electric seat actuators, Schroth Racing Harnesses
Communication: PCI Race Radios Kenwood 110w Radio, Lowrance GPS and PCI intercom
Custom Components: DGA Machined Shop, Custom machined billet components
Hardware: RPI 12 point Aircraft/ Aerospace grade fasteners and nuts
Axle: ProAm rear end housing 4” with 36 spline axles and a Gear Works 3rd member
Hubs: Hubs: ProAm front and rear TT Hubs
Plumbing: XRP Plumbing
Fuel Cell: 84 Gallon Harmon Racing Cell
Brakes: ProAm 6 Piston Brakes
Steering: Power Steering Solutions pump and servo, ProAm Rack and Pinion
Wheels: KMC Machete Race Wheels
Tires: Tires: 37” Racing tires(?)
Lighting: Rigid Industries 50” Top Radius bar, 30” front bumper radius bar, Dually XL A-Pillar Lights, Q-Series lights mounted in the stock headlight location and rock lights in all work areas
Body: 2016 Honda Ridgeline Concept Truck
Aluminum: Victory Race Cars
Fiberglass: Fiberwerx Custom Fiberglass and Carbon Fiber components
Livery Design: ESBG Design, Motorsports Livery Master
The HONDA Ridgeline 'Desert Race Truck' is now being teased as the design of the new Ridgeline via a concept that will debut at SEMA and race in the Baja 1000.
No additional details on the 2017 Ridgeline have been released but Honda states that the concept version being unveiled at SEMA will mark the brand’s return to Honda Performance Development (HPD)-powered factory off-road racing on four wheels. The automaker has previously confirmed that it will compete in the unlimited off-road category of the 2015 Baja 1000 desert race this November.
It now looks likely that the Ridgeline Desert Race Truck will be Honda’s weapon of choice for the race. Honda’s Baja entry will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine and feature an Albins ST6 sequential transmission, racing shocks, and racing tires.
The HONDA Ridgeline hasn’t been on sale since the 2014 model year but a new generation is being readied for 2017, and we’ll see it for the first time at next week’s SEMA show. Honda isn’t willing to show the production version just yet.
*Original Post August 24, 2015:
UPDATE October 1
"Honda Announces HPD-Powered Factory Off-Road Racing Initiative, First Race in SCORE Baja 1000
- Honda unlimited off-road race vehicle, powered by Honda Performance Development
- Factory off-road race initiative kicks off with Baja 1000 in November; continues into 2016
This return to the Baja 1000 marks Honda’s first 4-wheel desert race since the HPD Desert Pilot competed in Class 6 in 2012. For more information about HPD and the company’s racing product lines."
A HONDA production V6 will be the foundation for this years Baja 1000 effort. Right Now: The HR35TT twin-turbo V6 runs in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship, 2015. The engine will debut in the 12 Hours of Sebring mounted in a Riley Gen3 prototype chassis from the Starworks Motorsport garage.This engine is derived from Honda’s J35 production engines. Key features of the HR35TT include steel crankshaft and rods, dry sump oiling, direct fuel injection and HPD/McLaren engine management. This Honda engine is the second twin-turbo engine approved for Daytona Prototype cars.
This effort, will make its 4-wheel off-road factory racing return this November in the Infamous BAJA 1000 desert race, with an unlimited off-road race vehicle powered by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
The manufacturer teased images of its race vehicle today, featuring the twin-turbocharged Honda HR35TT V6 engine, with an Albins ST6 sequential transmission, racing shocks. More information will be available in the days leading up to the Baja 1000 event in November.
The Skiltons ran away from Baja racing in 2012, saying the SCORE insurance wasn't good enough. Probably BS. HONDA probably nixed the effort due to poor race showings. Yea, blame the race sanctions insurance!
LIVE! BAJA 1000 HERE! For more information about HPD and the company's racing plans, Stay Tuned HERE!
INSIDER UPDATE November 5, 2015
The Slip Yoke broke during the Vegas To Reno race and an insider with RPM tells BajaRacingNews.com, "they've solved all of the problems of the 4x4 system".
"We'll have a perfect ride for this months Baja 1000. We tested and practiced alot at the Vegas track before qualifying in first, Tuesday night.
Update! November 3
"Helped by a huge assist from legendary Supercross Hall of Fame co-driver Ricky Johnson, RPM Racing’s Justin Matney has earned the first starting position in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division in this month’s 48th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000.
2015 Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires was held on a purpose built, very technical 3.6-mile course that started and finished on the Off-Road Track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
In front of an appreciative capacity crowd at the LVMS Off-Road Track on Tuesday night, Johnson, who won 38 Supercross races and seven season championships in his Hall of Fame motorcycle career, blistered the dirt and asphalt covering the course in three minutes, 46.11 seconds with an average speed of 57.32 miles per hour in Matney’s new No. 4 RPM Racing four-wheel drive Chevy Silverado built by Geiser Brothers of Phoenix. He was quickest among the 23 trucks out of the 32 entered in the race that elected to participate in the optional qualifying event.
Johnson, driving Matney’s SCORE Trophy Truck, finished nearly two seconds faster than the runner-up qualifier as all of the top 10 qualifiers finished the course in less than four minutes."
It takes a Driver to Win!
From the outside, the Rigid Industries Trophy Truck looks just like any other desert racing vehicle. The fact that it is all four-wheel drive, however, is a big deal in the world of desert racing. Most Trophy Trucks are two-wheel drive, but this is not the first time a four-wheel drive Trophy Truck has entered into desert racing. Nonetheless, all of the attempts have not been successful, so two-wheel drive Trophy Trucks remained the norm.
So why now? Improvements in materials and design have lead to another try at making a go at a four-wheel drive Trophy Truck. For SCORE Unlimited Trophy Truck racer Justin Matney, a veteran desert racer and one of the drivers for the RPM Off-Road racing team, the debut of the Rigid Industries four-wheel drive Unlimited Trophy Truck was a big deal. Unfortunately, a yoke sheared from the front driveshaft during the first race it was enterd in, which put the truck out of contention. Nevertheless, this prototype truck keeps getting refined with every race and will soon be a game-changer in the Unlimited Trophy Truck division at the 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 that takes place November 18 to the 21st in Ensenada, Mexico.
This state-of-the-art truck was built by famed Trophy Truck builders, Geiser Brothers Racing in Arizona. With their design knowledge, the race truck incorporates a Weismann transfer case and a Fortin front differential that sends the power to a Tubeworks front hub and CV assembly, that had to fit within the Trophy Truck's chassis. "It was a tight fit," said Rick Geiser of Geiser Brothers. But we mocked it up and got it all in there. To make everything work correctly, we had to move the motor back farther and raise it up a bit, but it all ended up working out very good."
That motor is a Dougan's Racing, Kinsler fuel-injected, 480 cubic inch engine that provides plenty of power and is designed to work well with this prototype drivetrain system. "This truck is a totally new creation," says Justin Matney. "When RPM Off-Road owner Clyde Stacey (SCORE Whore) and I first discussed this with the Rick and Jeff Geiser, we all knew that four-wheel drive was the future of off-road racing. Because of the 4x4 drivetrain, Rick and Jeff Geiser sat down, figured out a new program for this vehicle, and designed it accordingly. In the past, CV joints and wheel travel were a concern, but the truck is still a prototype. It did perform flawlessly at the Vegas-To-Reno race, but we're still learning with it."
With four wheels driving lots of horsepower Matney says that the truck has shown great potential. The added traction, however, makes this truck drive and handle much differently than what drivers like Matney are used to. "The truck feels completely different than anything I've driven before," he says. "It handles so well, and it's easier to get out of trouble in silt beds and water crossings because of the four-wheel drive. I have to get more seat time and fine tune the suspension to really see what the truck can or can't do."
Part of the truck's success so far is in part due to the unique Tubeworks front hub and CV assembly, which is far superior to what's been available to racers in the past. This allows the front drivetrain to remain reliable and yet provide greater wheel travel than other four-wheel drive Trophy Truck attempts in the past. This also allows the Rigid Industries four-wheel drive Trophy Truck to have 23.5 inches of working travel and same turning radius as a standard two-wheel drive Trophy Truck.
With the advantage of four-wheel drive, Matney is looking forward to attempting to win this years Baja 1000, a race that every desert racer wants to have on his resume. Geiser Brothers and the RPM Off-Road racing team are committed to seeing this project through. If they succeed, the four-wheel drive Trophy Truck will definitely be a game changer for anyone competing in any desert off-road racing event, and further showcase the ingenuity that desert racing brings to the automotive racing and aftermarket industry.""
Yea, we'll see.
Baja 1000 Team Announcement News
November 2, 2015
|Eagle Motorsports to compete in Baja 1000 2015|
""Eagle Motorsports of Georgia To Compete in Baja 1000
An 840-mile drive down the coast of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico might sound like a great way to enjoy some sightseeing, but for 13 Georgia Southern students, that drive will be dangerous, grueling and the opportunity of a lifetime.
The students are part of the University’s Eagle Motorsports Baja 1000 team, and are traveling to Mexico to compete in the second-largest off-road race in the world: the Baja 1000. While there, the student-based team will make history by becoming the first collegiate team to compete in the utility terrain vehicle-specific class, and the first collegiate team to compete in the race in more than three decades.
“It’s not a sustainable activity for us to go out and baby step into the field,” said Spencer Harp, team advisor and laboratory supervisor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. “You get noticed for the splash that you make, so we’re just jumping in and doing something else that no one else has done.”
The team, one of three racing teams within Eagle Motorsports, was challenged with rebuilding a brand new utility terrain vehicle (UTV), a two-seat machine with a roll cage, from the ground up to meet SCORE-International requirements. SCORE-International is the governing organization of the off-road race.
In addition, the team worked with Hisun Motors to secure a corporate sponsorship, plus numerous other sponsors, to help with the cost of materials and travels to Mexico. They also had to prepare mentally and physically for the 840-mile course, which must be completed within 40 hours of crossing the start line.
“You’re not just riding down a dirt road, this is just a rough cut path through the middle of the woods,” Harp said. “Some of these paths haven’t been touched by man, period. You can go from riding down a smooth beach or smooth dirt road to going through mountainous rocky, terrain, crossing old riverbeds full of silt and sand. It’s an endurance race.”
Kara Dees, co-captain of the team and one of two female students traveling to Mexico, and Robert Branch, project lead, are two of the students that’ll be driving and co-driving the car. Both students said they have taken up various forms of exercise to prepare, but also are relying heavily on their faith and support system made up of friends and family, to prepare mentally for the challenge.
“The biggest thing is: to finish first, first you must finish. You have to beat the terrain first,” Branch said. “The co-driver has a duty and obligation of not only being your ears and eyes because you also have to watch out who’s behind you, but they are also normally your mechanic. Most of the time for professional and ameteur racers, the co-drivers are the first person to step out of the car. If the driver is hurt or any changes need to be made communicatively, it is the co-driver’s responsibility.”
In addition to the driver and co-driver, there is a chase team that follows the course to support if anything goes wrong. For Eagle Motorsports, an additional support team on the East Coast will watch a live broadcast of the race and track the car with GPS to communicate with the chase team in Mexico.“There are some areas of the course that are in a valley where our radio communications won’t work, our satellite phones won’t work and at times, you might be 100 miles from anyone who can help you. So there is a fear factor associated with it,” said Harp.
The team also faces another challenge–criticism from veteran racers, some who invest millions of dollars to participate in this race.
“Most teams spend a minimum of two years building a platform to go race, and we started a year ago with the idea, and spent six months trying to secure a corporate sponsorship, then building, designing and figuring out the logistics,” Harp said. “That’s a third of the time anyone else would normally attempt to do it. We’ve been told by several seasoned professionals that this was an absurd idea and we’re really reaching.
“But what they don’t understand is where they may have a team of two or three people, we’ve got 20-plus, well-educated engineering students making an effort to ensure everything is accounted for,” he continued.
Branch added, “We’ve had plenty of people ask ‘Why not start with something smaller?’ But a lot of people start to realize that time is a factor in everything they do. If someone came to you and handed you a once in a lifetime experience, and you knew that you’d have to work every single day to even come close to success, would you still take it? That’s what I was left with and I chose yes.”
And while Harp admits the team might be “in the dark a bit,” having accomplished so much in so little time is what is driving the team’s motivation.
“Being able to see our hard work come to fruition is the sweetest reward. This year long project has had many ups and downs along the way,” Dees said. “I am excited to make history by showing up as the first collegiate team to ever race in this [class of] competition.”The Baja 1000 team departs for Mexico Nov. 9.""
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November 18, 2006
Desert Assassins Run BFGoodrich 'Projects' on their Trophy Truck
Yes, its been confirmed, Cameron Steele did run BFGoodrich Tires (Projects) on his team Trophy Truck. Not only was it obvious to onlookers at the start line in Ensenada, you can see them online, now, at the site that has SCam Steele leaving the start line on video. The BFG tire tread pattern is glaring.
The BFGoodrich tire inspector team at the start line caught Steele pissing all over his team sponsor, Yokohama. The late Robert 'Radio Bob' Hynes and his assistant busted the Desert Asses!
The Team Spills the beans on the BFGoodrich-Yokohama blowout:
""That is a personal issue between the vehicle owners (cam & clyde) and the two tire manufactures .... no need to drum up this kind of drama on this big "stage" ... maybe some other time, you'll get your question answered", said a DA source online. "They (The Desert Asses) haven't felt comfortable enough with the 35's & 37's of Yokohama and have not severed ties with BFGoodrich Tires.... nothing against Yokohama, they have been absolutely awesome supporters "all year" of Cameron Steeles "Team" .... and yes, heidi and vano have been using the Yokohama tires on the 7 as well as pinkie and cheater on the buggies", he continued.""
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