Sunday, September 23, 2018

Safari Club TIJUANA CHALLENGE The LAST Tijuana Off-Road Race 2018

Results After the Saturday Round of Racing

Apdaly Lopez was struck in the helmet by this rock during the race, thrown at him by another truck

Marc Burnett crashes out of Tijuana Desert Challenge!
    LIVE! THIS WEEKEND! 

By: Gary Newsome in Tijuana, Baja California, Old Mexico


Roger Norman Sez The Most Stupid Stuff Yet About "Race Safety"

Norman Hides behind the FAILED
Governments of Mexico

As Holly Luhtalla Calls Him Out For Fraud!! CLICK HERE

FINAL EDITORIAL SCORE SILENCE NOW!  
ROGER BALL-GAGGED??
SPECIAL REPORT SCORE RACING 2018 NEGLIGENCE?

UPDATED! September 22, 2018
Finally, a real journalist digs up the REAL STORY! The Driver and co-driver ran from the death scene>>>CLICK HERE>>> 

SCORE FRAUD? SCORE NEGLIGENCE? SCORE BUTCHERY? CLICK HERE TO SEE ROGER HIDE FOR COVER! REFUSES TO GIVE ANSWERS!!!

Racer Matt Scarpuzzi Goes Public,
BJ Baldwin GAGS on his Answers   


UPDATED! AMEX Updates on Baja Racing News LIVE!


Tijuana Challenge  Off-Road Race Not a DESERT Championship Off Road Race Racers Odds


*Saturday & Sunday are RaceDays! 6AM-8PM
LIVE! on 
          BAJA RACING NEWS.com*

*Friday is Tech Inspection and Contingency*
CLICK HERE FOR THE PICTURES!


*Starting Wednesday, September 19-
  MONSTER MIKES GARAGE LIVE!
              ***CLICK HERE***
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IN ONE WEEK!
CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST WORD ON WHO WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE 2018 BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame, TBA Thursday, September 27  CLICK HERE



CLICK HERE FOR THE 11 YEARS AGO, CLASS 11
BLAST FROM THE PAST - LAUGHLIN NEVADA




THE LAST SCORE Tijuana OFF-ROAD RACE
EXCLUSIVE REPORTING 

*CLICK HERE FOR THE ELECTRIC CAR ENTRY
STORY FROM USC CLICK HERE*


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Destructo Desert Invitational ONLINE February 7, 2019 From Johnson Valley California USA

DESTRUCTO DESERT INVITATIONAL, "THE CAGEMATCH OF DESERT RACING"!


UPDATED! The LIVE! ONLINE event of the 2019 racing season will be capped by an amazing night with the MONSTER MIKE Cup to the most deserving desert racer, after the proceedings of the first ever of it's kind desert racing demolition derby, "The Destructo Desert Invitational"!

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National PowerHouse Presents 
the DESERT Championship OFF-ROAD RACING  
DESERT Championship Off Road Racing


In order to qualify for inclusion in the "Invitational", Racers will compete in the DESERT CHAMPIONSHIP OFF-ROAD RACING! 

Unlimited Class in Trick Truck (BITD), Trophy Truck (SCORE) with only First place qualifies in these events, throughout the desert racing year. The Qualifying Desert Championship events are the BAJA 250, SILVER STATE 300, MINT 400, BAJA 500, VEGAS TO RENO, BAJA 400, BAJA 1000 and Pahrump 250.

Desert racers, "Pick your battle, publicity, money or bragging rights!"

National PowerHouse will bring the festivities to life, ONLINE, LIVE! on OFF-ROAD LIVE!

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February 7, 2019 at Johnson Valley California, in the middle of nowhere, enclosed in a fence, "The Cagematch of Desert Racing".

LIVE! PRESS CONFERENCE ON-THE-BEACH 

Some of the Mexico DestructoMania events LIVE! ONLINE Coverage:

Monday, September 17, 2018

OFF-ROAD LIVE! Every Monday Nite 4PM WEST 7PM EAST

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*BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame Announces Racing LIMO Rides for 2019!

http://bajasafari.blogspot.com/2012/11/baja-racing-hall-of-fame-founded.html
Announced from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Racing LIMO Rides are available for the Mexican Rally in 2019. Drive/Race from Ensenada to San Jose del Cabo with the 
BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame! 

We'll start in San Diego and Finish with the racers in San Jose del Cabo, experience the highs and lows of vintage desert off-road racing! 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

DEATH CULT The Insider Story of Racers Who Kill Racers Baja Racing News EXLCUSIVE


DEATH CULT The Insider Story               Racers Who Kill Racers

By: Gary Newsome, Publisher

Ed Herbst. Ed Herbst has killed at least two people.
He fled back across the border to the USA, to evade the law.

He killed two Baja locals in this years San Felipe 250. He then ran from the scene of the accident and didn't go to a police station, as required by law.

Why should common tourists follow the law when the racing community flaunts abuse of the law? 
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY

Cody Parkhouse. Cody Parkhouse killed Mark Luhtalla in the 2016 Baja 1000, now he's returned to racing during the recent Vegas To Reno event, with no problems. 

Parkhouse ran into Marks rig and the crash destroyed your typical American family, the Luhtallas'.

We could assert the SCORE International organization killed Mark, but the Luhtallas and the Parkhouse families have not made their case, proving their points.

Yes, they have spewed on social media about how they feel about the events in question.

Parkhouse claims SCORE-International put together an UNSAFE race course.

The Luhtallas claim SCORE is selling a sham racer insurance policy, operating a flim-flam 'medical response operation' and assert Roger Norman is an outright fraud.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame 2018 ONLINE Induction SPECIAL Show Announced For Sunday November 18 at 7PM West

CABO 1000 2019 Presenting Sponsor



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CLICK HERE FOR THE FLASHBACK TO THE
VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORTS BAJA 500 '07
11 (Eleven) Years Ago! Baja Racing News LIVE!

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2015 LOOP RACE
BEHIND THE SCENES

BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame 2018 
ONLINE Induction SPECIAL! 

BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame 2018 ONLINE Induction SPECIAL Show Announced For Sunday November 18 at 7PM West.

The ONLINE and Available FREE to the public, HALL of Fame Announced today, the Sunday, November 18 SPECIAL Show will Welcome NEW Members to the BAJA Racing "Family Of Fame".

Historic Baja Racing videos will be partnered every week, prior to the online presentation on November 18. This week is the BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame Volkwagen Motorsports presentation.

"A couple of VERY BIG names will be welcomed into the 'Family Of Fame' and lifestyle GREATS that evening". HALL Of Fame spokesman explained. 

*ENSENADA EL PRESIDENTE ANNOUNCES ITS CONTINUATION OF THE "CAPITAL OF OFF-ROAD" PROMOTIONS FOR 2018!

Dateline: Ensenada, Baja California- August 19, 2018-

The BAJA RACING HALL OF FAME Congratulates Ensenada Municipal Presidente, Marco Antonio Novelo, for his racing vision and support for the Sport of Baja Racing!!

"Baja Racing started in Mexico at the stunning Baja California Peninsula, a land of astounding contrasts, formed by deserts, canyons, seas, forests, valleys, palm oasis and vast open spaces!

Since 1967, the cornerstone has been Ensenada, B.C. (Baja California), located between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, with overflowing natural attractions, extraordinary Mediterranean weather, unbeatable cuisine and the best craft beer and wines of Mexico, in the process has become a top choice by Baja Safari Mexico Club for destination and motorsports travel.

Baja Racing has conquered thousands of fans and racers over the years, becoming an international sport, this year, 2018-2019 will be celebrating the "People Of Baja"

BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame joins El Presidente Novelo, making the Fiesta 2018 Baja Mil 'Off-Road World Capital'.

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RaceWeek in Ensenada BAJA Mil (1000) 2018

RaceWeek Starts on Sunday, November 18th

Celebrations start with the BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame Induction Ceremony on Baja Racing News RADIO LIVE! Sunday, November 18th.

OFF-ROAD LIVE! SPECIAL BAJA 1000 SHOW will GO-GO-ONLINE from Ensenada Mexico on Monday, November 19 starting at 4 PM. 

 Starting 8 AM, starts the BIGGEST CF in WORLD MOTORSPORTS, score international contingency and technical inspection for the 2018 Baja (1000) Mil. More than 150 registrations are expected and this cluster will be held in a two day window, between Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 21. ALL LIVE ONLINE!

Destructo-Music, Baja Racing vehicles, Racing Fanatics, event racers and Food, melt into the extraordinary 'MONSTER Mike Street Party' that will gather more than 25,000 visitors, preparing themselves for November, Wednesday the 21st.

That same evening, the first motorbike will take the green flag at 12:01 AM, early in the dark morning, Thursday, November 22, to start the ONLINE racing coverage on BajaRacingNews.com!

The Official ONLINE  Baja RaceDay starting ceremonies for the 2018 BAJA (1000) Mil, will take place at 9 AM, to be followed by the first Trophy Truck start at 10 AM, all on RaceDay, Thursday, November 22nd.

BAJA RACING HALL OF FAME FOUNDED

2016 MOST RECENT INDUCTEES BAJA RACING HALL OF FAME


HALL Of Fame Celebrates "Capital Of Off-Road", 2017 

CLICK HERE AND "ROCK YOUR LIFE"
CABO 1000 2019 Presenting Sponsor

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST WORD ON WHO WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE 2018 BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame, TBA Thursday, September 27 at the OFF-ROAD EXPO 2018  CLICK HERE

"One VERY BIG project for next racing season, 2019, will also be fully outlined for contributors and fans alike". The HALL continued. "Tune-in to BajaRacingNews.com for all the full EXCITING details!"

BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame
"The Family Of Fame" 

Friday, August 24, 2018

MONSTER Mike's GARAGE Safari Club Presenting Sponsor BAJA 1000

**MONSTER Mike's GARAGE SHOW
KING of BAJA 1000 ONLINE PARTY!
Saturday, November 17 & Wednesday, November 21st, 8PM-MidNight LIVE!
Via Satellite From Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico**

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Safari Club

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

FORD BRONCO RETURNS IN 2020, TURNS 50 IN 2015 AND ITS COUNTERPART RANGER CONTINUES RACING TODAY! THE ORIGINAL COVERAGE, UPDATED TODAY


 
UPDATED ! August 22, 2018

RANGER LINE LAUNCHED AND EXPLAINED



Dave Cole Needs Plan To Control The Public, New Fees and New Paperwork Required! NEW PERMIT REQUIRED FOR NEW EVENT


UPDATED! NO PERMIT FILED FOR THE "Unlimited" Event at KING of the HAMMERS 

The (KOH) New Event,
Unlimited (DOH) Challenge, BLM Barstow Office  Admits Needs New Fees and New Paperwork (DUH)

BLM Recreation Specialist: "Dave Cole Needs Meeting Minimum Requirements", "We know about his proposal. It's just vapor in the air at this point."

HEADLINE: The Point Is, How Much Money Will The BLM Get For This TOYO Tires-Monster Energy One Time Desert Demolition Derby Event? 
**The investigative news item...




WHY is OFF-ROAD LIVE! INVESTIGATING THE BLM Johnson Valley Event? CLICK HERE
"OFFICIAL BLM-California REPORT ON California 200"
Sanctioned Slaughter at Johnson Valley


Baja Racing News LIVE! Announces The X CRUISE to the Baja Races! xcruise@live.com



Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Baja Racing News LIVE! EXCLUSIVE

UPDATED! August 29, 2018:

From the press release: There "will be a second event that will be held October 10th-13th of 2019; the NORRA 500! Based in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico, will offer two separate and concurrent 250 mile race courses starting and finishing in front of the Riviera Convention Center. Cars and Bikes will be separated appropriately and then switch courses on the second race day. Each evening the NORRA team will offer locally inspired hospitality starting with happy hour events and concluding with dinner. The event’s unique format is intended reduce complicated planning and logistics and create an event that racers new and old can easily manage. Registration opens for the 500 on September 15th at noon as well with only a $500 required deposit.

The 2019 NORRA 500 Dates:

Ensenada to Ensenada October 10th - Tech and Registration ENSENADA October 11th - Race Day 

1ENSENADA ~ ENSENADA October 12th - Race Day 2ENSENADA ~ ENSENADA October 13th - Awards Ceremony 
ENSENADA NORRA introduced the original "Baja 500" in 1969. Fittingly, 50 years later, NORRA has decided to revamp it as the NORRA 500 - in a two day rally format to compliment the success of its annual Mexican 1000. 

NEW! 2019 EXPEDITION CLASS (Modified Stock Vehicles)New for 2019 will be the Expedition class. Entrants will be able to participate at both the 1000 and the 500 events. This class will not run the entire course at the same time as other vehicles but will provide the same NORRA fun and experience at the same overnight locations. Entry fees will be discounted for the Expedition Class. This will be a great opportunity for adventure and trail drivers to experience the NORRA course and event in a slower, safer and more organized manner. A more detailed Press Release will be published prior to the opening of registration that thoroughly explains rules, logistics, support and accommodations." 
NORRA introduced the original "Baja 500" in 1969. 50 years later, NORRA has decided to revamp it as the NORRA 500 - in a two day rally format to compliment the success of its annual Mexican 1000. After a failed attempt in 2013. 
BajaRacingNews LIVE!


August 21, 2018, Original Reporting: 

"Thanks to the positioning of Ensenada as the Off Road Capital of the World, representatives of the National Off Road Racing Association (Norra) presented the project to the Mayor Marco Novelo for the realization of another race in the municipality for the year 2019. Said project contemplates that the event be called Norra Ensenada 500 and it intends to take place from September 5 to 8 next year, being also in the form of a rally like the Norra Mexican 1000. The first mayor Marco Novelo said that having more events out of the way allows Ensenada to continue positioning itself as the main tourist destination in the state."


Thursday, August 16, 2018

LIVE! ACTION with Baja Safari Salsa! THE KING OF BAJA


Why hang on the interwebs for your racing thing? The Racing Scene is in Mexico with Baja Safari! Fiestas and Fun with the KING Of BAJA, starting in San Diego USA, you'll check your greatest travel experience off your  bucket-list. Today!
Or Watch ALL THE ACTION on BajaRacingNews.com LIVE!




Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mega-Rich Roger Norman of SCORE-International hides his DEATH RACE operations behind the FAILED STATE of the Republic of Mexico and State of Baja California

Roger Norman/ SCORE International of Nevada also resides in San Diego, California as does his "race shop", Norman Motorsports, housed in El Cajon a suburb of the Southern California tourism haven.
San Diego Union:"Roger Norman, who heads SCORE, the Nevada-based sanctioning body that stages the San Felipe 250, the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000 flagship race, responded to a query that “this is in Mexico, it has no effect on the United States, the Mexican government is in charge of the races in Mexico, not the US media.”

By: Gary Newsome, Publisher, Baja Racing News LIVE! 

VERY BAD NEWS FOR ROGER NEWS! CLICK HERE! FOR THE UPDATES 


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Parkhouse Racing Announces New Rig Will Run Vegas To Reno

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Parkhouse Racing promoted its new Class 1 today, Cody Parkhouse won't be driving, in the Vegas To Reno event. Cody Parkhouse drove into Mark Luhtala killing him and exposing the SCORE-International racers insurance as a scam.


Today, Parkhouse Racing touted this message and their sponsors, "One week from today we will be ripping across the Nevada desert hunting down the win! (Vegas To Reno race event in Nevada) Jimco Racing Inc., BFGoodrich Tires, FOX TR Beadlock Wheels, Baja Designs, Maxima Racing Oils, Impact Racing, Monster Seal, Best in the Desert".

Holly Luhtala blames SCORE-International for pushing a SCAM Racers Insurance

Recently, Holly Buck-Luhtala, the surviving wife of the dead racer, Mark Luhtala, Exposed SCORE-International, ""April 2; "It’s been 16 months [Now 22] since Mark died after his accident at the Baja 1000 [2016]. I have crazy hospital bills & ambulance/aircraft bills from getting him from Mexico to San Diego (around $600,000 in total). To date we have received nothing from the insurance he paid for through 'Score International'. Regarding 'Fast-Aid', have no idea what was actually donated."Holly continues:"These racers pay to race then pay the insurance and I’m proof that just when you don’t think it can happen to you it does! It rips me to shreds knowing he was the greatest give you the shirt off his back kind of guy and he was offered NO help except for his race crew and one medic without supplies. The insurance proved to not be worth the paper it was apparently written on. I am broken and beat down but must stand up for him as he can no longer and it’s my turn to fight for what’s right. My girls don’t have their dad now this, HELL NO!"".

Parkhouse family blames SCORE-International for the racing incident

On May 23, 2017, Parkhouse Racing announced on its F-Book Page, "Thankfully SCORE International got rid pf 2-way highway traffic and anywhere it is even close they made a 37mph zone. But everyone still needs to stay safe and give the race cars plenty of room. We are sad to be missing this awesome course but we will be back racing soon. Have fun everyone and good luck!!".

On November 25, 2016, Parkhouse Racing announced on its F-Book Page, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Luhtala family". Shortly after racer Cody Parkhouse struck the Mark Luhtala rig, 
CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY.  

BajaRacingNews.com

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

MONSTER MIKE CUP Announced Today ON THE BEACH 8-8-18 8AM OFF-ROAD LIVE!

The Cagematch of Desert Racing!
MONSTER MIKE CUP Announced! (San Diego, CA USA) August 8, 2018

The LIVE! ONLINE event of the 2019 racing season will be capped by an amazing night with OFF-ROAD LIVE! awarding the MONSTER MIKE Cup to the most deserving desert racer, after the proceedings of the first of it's kind desert racing demolition derby, "The Destructo Desert Invitational"!

Desert racers, "Pick your battle, publicity, money or bragging rights!"

National PowerHouse will bring the festivities to life, ONLINE, LIVE!

February 7, 2019 at Johnson Valley California, in the middle of nowhere, enclosed in a fence, "The Cagematch of Desert Racing".

LIVE! PRESS CONFERENCE ON-THE-BEACH CLICK HERE!




OFF-ROAD LIVE!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

DEATH RACE BAJA 1000! 41 Years of DEATH Friends of SCORE BFGoodrich Tires November 2018 Baja Racing News EXCLUSIVE




UPDATED! September 2, 2018


RaceWeek Schedule in Ensenada BAJA Mil (1000) 2018 ALL ONLINE! LIVE!

RaceWeek Starts on Sunday, November 18th

Celebrations start with the BAJA Racing HALL Of Fame Induction Ceremony on Baja Racing News RADIO LIVE! Sunday, November 18th.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Behind the scenes in Cabo San Lucas at the Baja 2000 finish line festivities

The Baja Safari Mexico Club experienced the finish line at the Baja 2000. Now we can tell the entire story. 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Volkswagen Motorsports FLASHBACK BAJA 500 2007

THE ORIGINAL BajaRacingNews.com REPORTING:

BAJA 500 NEWS REPORTS
VW UPDATE JUNE 3, 2007
SUCCESSFUL NORTH AMERICA DÉBUT OF THE RACE TOUAREG

WOLFSBURG, Germany -
Impressive début of the Volkswagen Race Touareg in North America: In the Baja 500 offroad classic, the factory duo of Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/South Africa) clinched class victory ahead of their team-mates Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany).
In the overall classification of the 273 competing vehicles, Miller/Pitchford took eleventh, and de Villiers/von Zitzewitz 16th place. Volkswagen impressed particularly with its modern TDI diesel technology as the two Race Touareg cars powered by 2.5-litre five-cylinder TDI engines were the only vehicles to complete the 420.11-mile (675.92-km) Baja 500, which is considered the world's toughest one-day rally, without a single refuelling stop."

This was a strong showing of the Race Touareg on unusual and extremely tough terrain, and this success proves its ruggedness and reliability. Both Touaregs were running perfectly, the tyres on both vehicles were changed only once – that was all," Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen summed up the positive outcome. "The drivers and co-drivers as well as the entire team prepared themselves perfectly for this unusual task, and our special thanks go to Volkswagen of America for their outstanding support."Race Touareg thrills and surprises fansAs early as during the tremendous parade to the Technical Scrutineering in the centre of the North Mexican town of Ensenada, the Race Touareg was the major attraction for the huge crowd of fans. This prototype, which was developed for fielding in the world famous Dakar Rally, appeared virtually compact amidst the huge Trophy Trucks and Buggies with their brawny V8 engines.

After several official pre-runs of the route preceding the actual rally on 02 June, Giniel de Villiers was definitely pensive: "The track is so brutal that it will be a success just taking both Touaregs all the way to the finish." Initially, these were the sentiments of many Americans as well, but with each mile the enthusiasm for the two blue Race Touareg cars of the Volkswagen Red Bull team grew."It's fantastic how well our Race Touaregs were running on this tough terrain," commented Mark Miller. The American, who – with co-driver Ralph Pitchford at his side – finished this year's Dakar Rally in fourth place overall, knows what he's talking about, having contested the Baja 500 as many as ten times, with five overall Baja victories to his credit. "Of course I'm very proud being able to contest the Baja with Volkswagen and to thus demonstrate the Touareg's power and performance this way,"Mark Miller added. "

The fact that we achieved this success with a diesel engine that is relatively quiet but develops incredible torque and, what's more, without having to refuel even once while the U.S. vehicles had to stop for fuel two or even three times is a milestone in the long history of the Baja and proves how advanced TDI technology is."Giniel de Villiers, runner-up in the 2006 "Dakar" in the Race Touareg, noted with surprise:"Only on the extremely bumpy parts of the track did we have a disadvantage compared to the U.S. vehicles with their long suspension travels, as we are subject to extreme limitations in this regard on account of the Dakar regulations. Except for this aspect, we were definitely able to keep the pace and were often even faster. Due to the huge amount of dust, though, or the tight tracks, we weren't able to overtake very often. After all, we didn't want to take any unnecessary risks."Reaching the finish after ten hours.

When Miller/Pitchford and de Villiers/von Zitzewitz reached the finish in Ensenada after ten hours, they were showing obvious signs of the ordeal and the endless dust they'd been through. "It's incredible how we were shaken about over the entire distance. I can feel every fibre of my body," commented Ralph Pitchford. And Mark Miller, as well, had to admit: "That was the toughest, most brutal route I've ever driven in a Baja 500."Consequently, the Volkswagen foursome particularly relished the celebration after reaching the finish, and patiently answered questions of the many fans and media representatives. "This Baja 500 is a huge spectacle with enormous fan support and enthusiasm.

The event exceeded all my expectations. It was a great experience, a strenuous as well as a fascinating one," said Dirk von Zitzewitz in the end.Baja history has close ties to VolkswagenBy fielding the two Race Touraregs, Volkswagen of America continued a long tradition, as the history of these rallies on the Mexican peninsula of Baja California, not far from the U.S. city of San Diego, is closely linked to Volkswagen. Volkswagen already competed in the Baja's 1967 début, and the legendary VW Buggy was guaranteed to be successful in the Bajas and became a cult car. To this day, numerous cars designed by privateers, some of them based on the Beetle, are powered by VW engines."During the pre-runs for this Baja 500 we even worked out new suspension set-ups, which may enable us to make further strides in the Dakar Rally, particularly in camel grass," explained Mark Miller. "Of course it would be great to also compete in the sister rally, the Baja 1000, in November. The Race Touareg has got what it takes to successfully master this long Baja as well. But at that time, of course, the preparations for the 2008 'Dakar' will take precedence."


VW UPDATE MAY 30, 2007

North America début: Volkswagen Race Touareg in Baja 500


Début of the Volkswagen Race Touareg in North America: Volkswagen will enter two vehicles with the driver/co-driver pairings of Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/RSA) and Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (RSA/D) in the legendary Baja 500. The offroad race will be staged at Ensenada on the Mexican peninsula of Baja California on 2 June on a 500-mile loop, equating to roughly 800 kilometres. The Baja 500 is seen as the “little sister” of the Baja 1000, which is closely connected with the origin of the first generation of buggies based on Volkswagen technology.

"We are happy about being able to enter a Volkswagen Race Touareg for the first time in a competition in North America and are looking forward to this exceptional rally with eager anticipation,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "The event presents a good opportunity to demonstrate the power and performance of Volkswagen’s TDI technology in front of a large audience. The organisers of the American SCORE offroad series also had a major interest in Volkswagen making its factory début in the Baja 500. What’s important to us is to show a good performance in completely new terrain.”




Volkswagen factory driver Mark Miller as the local hero of U.S. fans

Volkswagen factory driver Mark Miller has previously contested the Baja 500 as many as ten times – on a motorcycle and in heavy American Trophy Trucks. Nevertheless, the five-time Baja winner is particularly looking forward to his participation at the wheel of a Volkswagen Race Touareg 2. "On account of their higher power and longer suspension travel, the American Trophy Trucks are probably superior to us on the extremely fast and straight tracks, but the good suspension of the compact and more agile Race Touareg can probably display its strengths on the twisty sections. I’m expecting a very exciting rally. Of course, celebrating my first victory with the Race Tourag here would be a dream.”

In the roughly 800-kilometre one-day event on the peninsula of Baja California in the northern part of Mexico the regulations allow more freedom of action than – for example – in the Dakar Rally or the Cross-Country World Rally Cup. "There are more things allowed such as team members accompanying the rally vehicles in helicopters to keep the drivers posted on how the rally is going. As the large trucks and buggies do not have any rear-view mirrors, and are not equipped with Sentinel systems enabling faster vehicles to signal their approach like in the ’Dakar’, it’s certainly common practice to ‘tap’ a vehicle in front of you, in other words to make your presence known by slightly touching its rear. With our flat and compact Race Touareg 2, this will be pretty difficult because we’d tend to drive under the high trucks rather than ‘tapping’ them,” explained Mark Miller, who will be contesting the event with his South African co-driver Ralph Pitchford. Pitchford will be competing in North America for the first time.

Baja début for Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz

For Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in the second Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, the American Baja rallies are new territory as well. "The Baja 500 is a long offroad sprint race. Due to the hard tracks covered with potholes, this will probably be an extremely tough event for both man and material. I’ve been told that the track resembles the Dakar Rally’s legs in Northern Morocco,” said Giniel de Villiers. "Experience is particularly important here, as some of the parts of the route are repeated frequently. We do not yet know what is awaiting us, but we would be very pleased to ultimately finish among the top five. I don’t expect that a better result will be possible competing against the U.S. drivers in their big trucks.”

"Unlike the situation in the Dakar Rally or Cross-Country Rally World Cup, we have the opportunity here to drive the entire route before in so-called pre-runs with a service vehicle or the Race Touareg,” said co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz. "Of course we’ll make use of this opportunity. Similar to the roadbooks in a classical rally, we are planning to prepare detailed rally notes. Unlike the large trucks, we won’t necessarily have to make any refuelling stops during the race thanks to our five-cylinder TDI engine. Our goal will be to complete the entire distance on one tank of diesel fuel and with as few tyre changes as possible."





Sal Fish states, "Volkswagen engines are the most successful in the history of desert racing". Wow, tall statement.


Diesel powered Race Touareg 2's head to Mexico with American Mark Miller and South African Giniel de Villiers

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 10 /Baja Racing News/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. has officially entered two Volkswagen Motorsport Dakar Rally vehicles in this year's running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, June 1-3, 2007. This will be the first race for the Race Touareg 2 vehicles in North America, and also marks the first ever Volkswagen factory racing entry in the legendary SCORE desert series racing. The Volkswagen team will feature an international cast of Volkswagen works drivers ready to tackle the challenging terrain of the Baja peninsula.

Race Touareg # 81i will be driven by American Mark Miller with his South African co-driver Ralph Pitchford. For Miller, the 45 year old Phoenix, Arizona native, this event will be a unique opportunity to bring together his experience and success from two of the most revered off-road races in the world. He is a five time Baja Champion and the highest finishing American driver ever in a four-wheeled vehicle at Dakar, taking fourth place overall this past January with Pitchford onboard as co-driver.



Piloting Race Touareg # 83i will be South African Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz. While this will be the first SCORE race for de Villiers, the 34 year old driver from Stellenbosch, South Africa, he is very familiar with the turbo diesel powered Race Touareg, having placed second overall in the 2006 Dakar rally.

The Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 is powered by an 'in-line' five cylinder, 2.5-liter four-valve per cylinder TDI diesel engine, fitted with a two-stage intercooled turbo-charger system. In this configuration, the engine produces 285 horsepower and over 440 ft.lbs of torque. The engine is positioned longitudinally behind the front suspension, and sends its power to a longitudinally mounted six-speed sequential race gearbox. A permanent four- wheel drive system featuring three mechanical differentials with viscous locking is used to provide superior traction.

"Volkswagen is looking forward to being involved in the 39th Annual Baja 500. It is a tremendously famous racing event worldwide, and running our Race Touaregs in North America is an excellent opportunity for us to show the potential of the Volkswagen TDI diesel engine technology", said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "It will be a great experience not only from a technical standpoint, but also for our logistics, race preparation and team organization."

SCORE says, "The Baja 500 extremely excited to have these two international Volkswagen factory Race Touaregs competing. "We are also looking forward to enjoying the performance of the Volkswagen Turbo Diesel engines in this environment. Volkswagen engines are the most successful in the history of desert racing and this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us involved with this unique and incredible motorsport."

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Volkswagen Rabbit, Volkswagen New Beetle, Volkswagen New Beetle convertible, Volkswagen GTI, Jetta, Volkswagen GLI, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Passat wagon, Volkswagen Eos, and Volkswagen Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.



Totally Horrible Paths!


The German Rally-Champion Armin Schwarz is starting again at the SCORE Baja 500 - for the second time. He´s writing about his preparations in the U.S.: On the last weekend in April I had the great pleasure to sit in the Buggy of All German Motorsports again. We tested from Saturday to Monday in Nevada and Mexico. The whole experience was pure motorsport - and a driving orgy. I'm totally excited... but let's look at one thing after the other:

On Saturday, 28 April we drove in the Nevada desert: an open, fast terrain with deep wash-outs. When I say deep I mean anything from 70 cm to two metres. With the 700 hp Buggy we simply annihilated the one-metre gullies without slowing down at all. To be honest it's still unbelievably how our suspension survived this. With the two-metre wash-outs we climbed down with our buggy and up the other side.

At first, the rear of our buggy kicked up a bit when the springs went on block. That is a rather strange feeling at such high speeds. And another thing: A rear axle in the air doesn't give any propulsion. We changed the rebound of the shocks and managed to fix this problem.

We spent Sunday and Monday on the Baja California in Mexico: lots of first gear, mighty rocks, extremely long climbs on the single trials. These are narrow, often steep and totally horrible paths. Most important thing here is the greatest possible axle articulation and plenty of torque at relatively low revs. We were happy with the suspension. But the gearbox is still too long. For the Baja 500 at the beginning of June we will not be able to work on this. But for September we will find a suitable shorter gear ratio.

After dinner out into the desert again - just for fun

Our tests here reminded me a lot of the Safari Rallies of 20 years ago. The feeling of freedom here still seems unlimited. We could drive when and wherever we wanted to - and along the way met many, many adventurers who were either preparing for the Baja or simply enjoying their freedom with their ATVs, trucks, buggies or whatever else they felt like driving. Even Superstars like Robby Gordon sometimes turn up with their mates in the desert to spend some time driving extreme Offroad or looking for adventure out in nature. They hang out at hotels like Mike's Sky Ranch. These hotels are in the middle of nowhere, are only accessible for offroad specialists along donkey trails and are usually booked out the whole year.

Sometimes after dinner we would leap back into our Buggy and head out into the desert to drive a particularly difficult or beautiful section. In this way we checked out 100 miles of the coming Baja 500. This freedom is long gone from rallying. And how wonderful to have this still here in the SCORE championship.

Incidentally, close to Mike's Sky Ranch are a couple of tricky stretches of water that we tackled at various speeds - from slow wading to 80 kph. That worked well. The other extreme is the "Silk" - that's powdery dust (like in Africa) which is between 20 and 80 cm deep. You drive through this stuff like through deep water. The traction is practically zero and if you lose your momentum here then you're in the proverbial you-know-what!

Talking about dust, our television producer Norman Adelhutte experienced the tests up close. He sat in a four-seater racing buggy with his crew and they all got a lung-full of dust. But the rewards for their adventurous efforts is television footage that I have never seen before. Norman not only profits from his immense TV experience but also because he's crazy enough to bomb along through the desert with us.

By the time this newsletter goes online, I'll already be in Buenos Aires at the Rally Argentina where our Red Bull Team junior Andreas Aigner competes from 3-6 May. And as RTL expert I'll be reporting on the fourth round fight between Sebastien Loeb, Marcus Gronholm and their rivals. I'm really looking forward to this and can hardly wait for the Super Special Stage for spectators in the huge soccer stadium.

I'll get back to you in ten days with how things went in Argentina and also with news of our preparations for the 39th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 - which incidentally already has 400 entries in 34 classes! That is going to be a party!


VW in MX

"In an effort to promote Volkswagen’s diesel technology in the U.S, Volkswagen Motorsports has decided to enter their 285 hp Volkswagen Touareg 2 desert rally-car into the 2007 SCORE Baja 500. They will be racing two Volkswagen Motorsports rally-cars powered by the ever powerful and fuel efficient line of Volkswagen TDI diesel engines. These race vehicles are the exact same ones used to race the 2007 Dakar Ralley. The vehicles have been imported from Europe into the U.S., and will be race ready come the Baja 500.

The drivers of record will be Baja 500 and Baja 1000 winner Mark Miller, who is now involved with the Volkswagen Motorsports Dakar Ralley program. Miller will be joined by co-driver Ralph Pitchford from South Africa. In another Toureg 2 rally-car will be Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany).

SCORE International has made the exception for these impressive rally cars to come into Baja and race along the sides of the unlimited SCORE Trophy Trucks and Class 1 cars. The Volkswagen Touaregs will be starting after the Trophy Trucks, and before Class 1.

Two Race-Touareg will also participate at the Transiberico-Rally in Portugal, the first round of the FIA Marathonrally Worldcup. The driver-pairings are not announced yet, but experts are talking about Carlos Sousa (Portugal) and Carlos Sainz (Spain)."

The Original Baja Racing News Headline:

Volkswagen sends factory team to Baja 500


" For the first time in race history, Volkswagen of America officially entered two of its Dakar Rally factory teams. Driven by American Mark Miller and South African Giniel De Vilers, the two turbo-diesel VW Taureg midsize Sport Utility Vehicles will compete in a special SCORE Int’l Truck class." 


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