Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Countdown To The Green Flag BAJA 1000 2010



LAST Pre-Run Update Saturday, October 30



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At San Felipe: N 31 1.826.
W 114 51.668

At CoCo's Corner: N 29 31.024.
W 114 17.460

At San Ignacio: N 27 17.915.
W 112 54.264

At Loreto: N 26 1.370.
W 111 21.884

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Baja 1000 2010 Race Course Mile Details:

107 Valle de Trinidad
122 San Matais
178 San Felipe
235 Puertecitos
298 Coco's
327 El Crucero
376 Bay of LA
512 On the pavement south of Vizcano
550 San Ignacio
660 San Juanico
780 Loreto
851 Santo Domingo just north of Insurgentes
958 Santa Rita
1,073 La Paz


LIVE! Daily Updates on the Baja 1000 2010:

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Official, early prerunning from San Felipe to La Paz began on Friday, October 8. Racers and Chasers are prerunning just west of the San Felipe Arches. A gps file and detailed map from San Felipe to La Paz are available here on Baja Racing The course will not be marked during this period of early prerunning.

The computerized drawing for start positions, by class, was held Saturday, Oct. 9, at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles. See the Results below at the October 10, 2010 update.

The course is marked and open for prerunning from Ojos Negros to La Paz, which started Wednesday, October 27. Teams are starting prerunning at the Ojos Negros Highway 3 junction at KM 39.

The LIVE! Pre-Race WEBCAST of the BAJA 1000 will begin on November 10 LIVE! here on Baja Racing

The LIVE! RACE WEBCAST of the BAJA 1000 will begin on November 17 LIVE! here on Baja Racing

The Baja 1000 2010 desert off-road race will be held Nov. 18-20 in Baja, Mexico. It will start in Ensenada, Baja California and finish over 1000 miles later in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico near the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Pre-race festivities will be held in Ensenada on Nov. 16 and Contingency on November 17, ALL LIVE! Webcast HERE on Baja Racing

The race will start on Thursday, Nov. 18 and the awards celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on the Malecon in downtown La Paz on Saturday, Nov. 20.

UPDATED! Saturday, October 30, 2010

Famous Desert Racing Names Team Up for
this years Baja 1000 desert off-road race:

Truck Number Names
8 Roger Norman is racing solo!

21 Gus Vildosola Jr/Gus Vildosola Sr
97 B.J. Baldwin/Chad Ragland, Vista/Bobby Baldwin
31 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin
84 Nick Vanderwey/Curt LeDuc/Larry Vanderwey
71 Rick D. Johnson/Bob Shepard
9 Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich
23 Mark McMillin/Chuck Hovey
1 Robby Gordon is racing solo!
2 Pete Sohren/Bill Hernquist
16 Cameron Steele/Justin Smith/Pat Dean
3 Mark Post/Ryan Arciero
94 Steve Strobel/Dale Ebberts
22 Damen Jefferies/Mike Voyles
13 Ed Stout/Jay Manning/Jason Batulis
61 Josh Hall/Chad Hall/Rod Hall
49 Troy Herbst/Brian Collins
88 Jerry Whelchel/Brian Hess
19 Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst/Larry Roeseler
7 Scott Steinberger/Dave Sykes
48 Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley is racing solo!
27 Dave Crinklaw/Mike Thurlow
86 Mike Jenkins/Josh Baldwin
20 Rob MacCachren/Will Staats
76 Jesse Jones/Larry Ragland
30 Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

2009 Baja 1000 Video Series in Spanish

Video of La Paz Government workers evacuating after the earthquake!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jesse James Drags TMZ Boss Through the Mud

Jesse James had a total breakdown during the Baja 1000 primer at Primm Nevada -- and sources who know nothing about cars have determined the whole thing is Harvey Levin's fault.

As we previously reported, James threw a HL decal on the side of his badass custom-built racer ... despite multiple warnings that Harvey has a terrible history with cars.

So when the truck was set to make its official debut -- everything went to hell ... meaning the car broke down mid-race and never crossed the finish line.

He may be the size of a leprechaun ... but he's clearly no lucky charm.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Most of the big teams are now pre-running the course in Mexico. Many others are in the CABO 1000 as we speak, on the Biggest Baddest Pre-Run Ever!

CABO 1000 Course Notes:

"Just before La Paz you cross the big graded road to the beach that will take you to Todos Santos. The gate was locked entering Rancho Machete so we didn't mess with it.

To go around just go 5 miles up to the highway and go south about a 1/4 mile and make a right after the little store and across from the microwave antennas. junction back on to the GPS and continue."

Here are some pics to prove the stories

Special Thanks to the CABO 1000 folks for the pics!

October 17, 2010

October 16, 2010

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October 14, 2010

Who’s Gonna Die?

BAJA 1000 2010

By: Gary Newsome
We had 3 very close calls driving back from La Paz. Everyone please drive safely down there. Expect at every turn for there to be a semi truck half over the line in your lane. Expect it. Don't gamble down there with your life over going 10 mph faster. Slower is faster. And safer!!! Yes. I was driving a little too fast when a van came over the line and destroyed the mirror on Johns brand new 2011 F-350. I did personally also come face to face with a semi in the middle of my lane. Thank the lord we were going slow enough to stop right on the spot, a very close near miss.
People really don't get the full experience of Baja in the loop races running back and forth on the 3 and a little south of Ensenada on the 1. Baja and getting into Baja South get's really tricky and the winding roads are treacherous! You also must take into consideration that the Truck drivers and Bus drivers do not meet the same regulations as far as how long they stay up. It's nothing for a semi bus to go back and forth to La Paz. I have seen the worse stuff imaginable in nearly 40 trips up and down the peninsula and some of the worse have been the cows sleeping in the road. Be so smart! Drive like you mean it... Like you mean to make it back home!
Going to San Felipe or Ensenada on the toll roads is a starter kit compared to driving to La Paz. Don't let your guard down ever on that highway. If you are tired even in daylight stop at the nearest pemex or checkpoint and take a nap. Mr. Mark Jimrod is right. Drive like there is a herd of cows and a semi around every corner and road cut. My friend Mark lives with the pain of a broken neck everyday because his pal was driving tired and got run off the road near El Rosario. Don't think because you've been to San Felipe 20 times that you can wing this. There are great rewards by driving into Baja South but you have to use you brain. This is double black diamond driving. Driving on Sunday poses some extra hazards near towns. The locals down there love their cerveza which in itself isn't a bad thing. Just be aware that there might be a few more drivers that have enjoyed a few cold ones on Sundays. expect the unexpected.
As always you need to really be on guard for cattle on the roads everywhere but especially near Guerro Negro and Loreto. I have been through the Loreto area more times than I can count and I have never been there when I have not come around a corner and found a cow in the road, especially at night. The last time the race went this far south 8 Americans who were chasing perished, you need to expect every turn to be life threating. This ain't for sissy's or the careless, in fact you can be doing everything right down there and still get seriously messed up!
Not all those that passed were Americans and this fact doesn't matter other than it can happen to anyone, even someone really familiar with the roads. I was at one of the accident sites in 2007 the day after the race and it was in the middle of the day on a good section of highway where racers from I think La Paz had a partial head on with a delivery truck. I'm to this day not sure what happened other than 2 people died and that is just a horrible thing. The fact that Sunday was mentioned is also a good point. Many people don't work Sun and there is a fair bit of drinking going on later that day. Sun is my least favorite day on the road. It was a Sun night on this trip that our mirror was cleaned off on my new truck. John was driving and I was in the back seat when I saw the van swerve a bit coming into a corner. As my buddy slowed, the guy came right over and got the mirror, the mirror was not extended either so the van was less than a couple feet from the side of our truck. We use the big HID light units and have had the high-beam switch wired to control them so we don't have to take hands off the wheel to turn them off. We have them on a switch on the dash for power but they won't come on until the high-beam lever is pulled. TO BE CONTINUED...
MORE Pre-Running Stories EXCLUSIVELY HERE on Baja Racing

Benny Zwaryck

By: Gary Newsome

“”These thoughts are made in memory for Benny – and will always stay here on Baja Racing It’s our terrible tribute to Benny that left us on 11-15-2007 in a tragic accident coming back home to La Paz from the Baja 1000 finish line in Cabo San Lucas.
Benny was (is) part of the Team Burns/QuadLock Racing and with chase truck II at the last pit before the finish in Todos Santos and also our live reporter / info-source for Baja Racing

I guess it’s taken a while to digest and be able to sit down and write this. There is the saying ” time heals all wounds” – but it does leave scars in people that got to know you, and even more unimaginable in family and relatives.

I’m writing this like a mail to you – best way for me to express what I think. It might appear to some people “childish” but that’s my way. Unfortunately I been there before in my life, saying good bye to a friend, yet there is never something like “experience” to apply.

Besides that – you are not gone for me, you are just at another place. Flesh and bone may rot or get burned – a person never leaves the hearts of those left behind!

It’s not that we were age old friends growing up together- no, we did only get to know one another for a few months. It’s not that we were in the same age bracket and had something in common there – heck, I’m even older than your dad!

But, there was one thing that connected us: Offroad Racing, racing techniques, doing some gasoline talk, what others call a “garage party”, having some swigs of cold brew and prepping the chase trucks. That’s what I don’t forget. Guess that’s what they call “male bonding”.

I come from a different corner of offroad racing – only 2 wheels and one cylinder – I know it made you and your V8 kicks smile! But you know what – I actually hope one day I can do that with 4 wheels and an V8 at front of me. Sorry Benny, won’t be a Ford…. we laughed and teased about it – I’m just a Chevy guy… If I ever make it to that day then I know I will have a good co-pilot/ even if I would drive only alone. You know my attitude: if something goes wrong I don’t wanna be able to blame anyone besides me and, if it’s going good I don’t like to share!

But my co-pilot would watch out for me from somewhere else….. and hey, if things go wrong: you are on the safe side – how could I blame you!!
It’s such a weird twist of life to think about how much you tried to convince me to go with you out to Todos Santos for the last pit stop of your Team, Burns QuadLock Racing.

Who knows, I might have been sitting with you in the truck when that freak accident happened… – was not my first thought when I got the news but one can’t help but think about it, you would too. You were my great live race reporter. Your last call came when Mark Post passed the pits and almost ran you over as you screamed at me on the phone. Well tell you what: I been told he was also one of the first stopping at the accident on the way back from Cabo.
So Benny, no more mails now. The next time we meet I come to see you. Better have a cold one ready…. Fare well buddy, miss your “Baaaahhaaaa” screaming.

I had an argument with Benny cause I could not go with him the day before to Todos Santos and help. Next thing I know is that he had died. Nobody ever found out what really happened. No alcohol, no drugs, no traffic.

The truck-driver never talked. So watch out.”"

October 12, 2010

BAJA 1000 2010 Approaches

As the race clock quickly clicks down to 30 days remaining before the green flag drops and as teams finalize logistics, vehicle prep and prerunning trips, entries continue to arrive from around the globe for November’s 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja, the legendary granddaddy of all desert races.

This year’s legendary desert classic, the final event of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, will be held Nov. 16-20 in Mexico on a brutally-rugged 1072.67-mile Sal Fish signature desert race course.

With massive crowds reaching nearly 250,000 anticipated to again be spread out along the rugged course that travels on both sides of the peninsula, the world’s most famous desert race will start in Ensenada, Baja California and finish all the way down the peninsula in La Paz in Baja California Sur.

This year will be the 36th time in the first 43 years of the storied race that it has started in Ensenada and it will be the 18th time in has finished in La Paz.

It’s the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a driver. Since 1967, the mother of all desert races has been run over the mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula.

With over 300 expected entries for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs competing in 33 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes in the internationally televised race, entries have already come from 35 U.S. states and 15 countries. In addition to the 35 U.S. States, racers have entered from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the US Territory of Guam. With 30 days before the green flag drops on Thursday, Nov. 17, entries will be accepted up to race morning.

As the World Series is to baseball and the Super Bowl to football, the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 stands as tall at the pinnacle of the motorsports world today as it did when it began 42 years ago.

This year’s historic 43rd anniversary race will be held Nov. 16-20. It will start and finish in the heart of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico and finish on the outskirts of LaPaz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. It will be the 43rd anniversary of the race shrouded in mystery that continues to lure adventurers and manufacturers from across the globe who all share the dream to conquer the Baja.

“Without the SCORE Baja 1000, desert racing would not be where it is today,” said Sal Fish, SCORE International’s President and CEO, which has sanctioned and produced the event since 1975. “The SCORE Baja 1000 continues to draw interest from all over the world and we now find second and even third generation racers appearing at the starting line with their family patriarchs cheering for their off-spring. This event continues to be the focal point of the SCORE Desert Series each year and to celebrate our 43rd anniversary with a peninsula run will surely add another colorful chapter to the legacy of the SCORE Baja 1000.”

The first known record run occurred in 1962. Dave Ekins and Bill Robertson Jr. timed their trip from Tijuana to La Paz on a pair of Honda 250 motorcycles. Ekins made it in 39 hours, 54 minutes, Robertson in less than an hour slower. There were no official timers, of course, and to establish that they had made the trip, the two motorcycle racers time-stamped a sheet of paper in the Tijuana telegraph office and time-stamped it again at the telegraph office when they arrived in La Paz.

Capitalizing on the pioneer effort of Ekins and Robertson, Chevrolet commissioned car builder Bill Stroppe to prepare a small fleet of trucks for the run to La Paz. Late that year they left Long Beach, Calif., and all of them reached La Paz. Advertising and publicity campaigns heralded the feat as “the roughest run under the sun.”

Enthusiast Ed Pearlman established the Mexican 1000. It started officially in Tijuana on October 31, 1967 with 68 entries. They actually motored at leisure speeds to Ensenada and restarted the next day.

Pearlman continued to organize the Mexican 1000, which came to be known as the Baja 1000. In 1968, Pearlman moved the start of the race to Ensenada, where it stayed with one exception until 1993. In 1972 he started it at Mexicali and ran the first half of the race down the east coast of the peninsula through the treacherous Three Sisters section. Pre-running for this race, Parnelli Jones and Walker Evans were among a group of competitors who nearly got swept out to sea during a tropical storm.

Pearlman’s last race, from Ensenada to La Paz, was in 1973. At that point, Mexican officials revoked his permits to stage races in Baja.

After the fuel crisis of 1974 forced local officials to cancel the event, SCORE International, founded by the late Mickey Thompson and headed soon after by Sal Fish, was invited by the northern state of Baja California to hold the race in 1975. The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 became a loop event starting and ending in Ensenada.
In 1979, the government of Baja California Sur granted permission to resume the Ensenada-to-La Paz format and SCORE has used this route intermittently ever since.
The 1979 race was notable for Walker Evans’ overall win in a Dodge truck, the first truck to win the overall title of the race.
In its first 42 years, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 has started 35 times in Ensenada, three times in Mexicali (1972, 1993, 1994), twice in Tijuana (1967, 1995) once in Santo Tomas (1998) and once in Ojos Negros (1999). The legendary race has finished in Ensenada 20 times, in La Paz 17 times, in Mexicali two times (1993, 1994), twice in Cabo San Lucas (2000, 2007) and once in Ojos Negros (1999).

Prior to the current global recession, entries and finishers for this legendary race peaked in 2006 and 2007 when a race-record 431 vehicles started the 2006 race to La Paz (231 finishers) and a race-record 237 finished the 2007 40th anniversary race to Cabo San Lucas (424 starters).

The famous and not-so-famous have tried their hand at conquering the Baja and they have come from all walks of life. Mark Thatcher, son of Great Britian’s then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher, raced in the 1982 SCORE Baja 1000. Celebrities James Garner, Ted Nugent and the late Steve McQueen all battled the Baja in the early 1970s and many racers from other forms of motorsports crossed over to try their skills.

Among the drivers from other arenas who have tested the Baja were Indy Car racers Rick and Roger Mears, Parnelli Jones, Danny Ongias, Danny Sullivan, Jimmy Vasser, Buddy Rice, Sebastien Bourdais, Oriol Servia, Roberto Guerrero, Michel Jourdain Jr., Johnny Unser and Mike and Robbie Groff, NASCAR’s Robby Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Boris Said, Brendan Gaughan, Brian Ickler and Justin Lofton, SCCA legend Elliot Forbes-Robinson, World Rally Championships’ Armin Schwarz, Armin Kremer and Andreas Aigner, world motorcycle champions Malcolm Smith, Larry Roeseler and Destry Abbott, Motocross legends Ricky Johnson and Jeremy McGrath, XGames star Travis Pastrana, drag racers Don Prudhomme and Larry Minor, Person Watercraft racing star Chris MacClugage and legendary SCORE founder and motorsports innovator Mickey Thompson.

The late Academy Award winning actor, racer and race team owner Paul Newman raced in the 2004 event. Jesse James, of ‘Monster Garage’ fame, and Hollywood film and TV star Patrick Dempsey have both raced this classic in the several times in the last seven years.

This year’s race will commemorate the achievements of legendary desert racers like Rod Hall, Ron Bishop, Johnny Johnson, and Larry Roeseler. Hall, who will turn 72 on Nov. 22, has a record 21 class wins (including one overall win in 1972), and is the only racer who has competed in all 42 SCORE Baja 1000 races. Bishop is the only racer who competed in the first 40 SCORE Baja 1000 races.

Hall will be racing this year for the first time in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division where he will split the driving with his sons Josh and Chad.

Bishop is the only racer who competed every year of the first 40 on a Motorcycle, but is not scheduled to race this year at this time. Johnson, now retired, had 15 class wins, amazingly in eight different classes.

Roeseler, has won 17 times in this race, including 13 overall wins (10 on a motorcycle). Roeseler will share driving duties this year in SCORE Trophy-Truck with brothers Tim and Ed Herbst in the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150. Roeseler won the unlimited Class 1 for four consecutive years (2004-2007), driving with the youngest of the three racing brothers, Troy Herbst, in the Smithbuilt-Ford open-wheel desert race car that was known as the ‘Land Shark’.

In 2008, Roeseler was split the driving with driver of record and team owner Roger Norman where they were the overall 4-wheel and SCORE Trophy-Truck champions and the pair was second in 2009. This year, Norman, who drew the first starting position for the 4-wheel vehicles in this year’s race, is scheduled to drive solo down the Baja California peninsula.

Lured by the same siren that enraptured the Ekins brothers in the 1950s, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 remains as the No. 1 target of adventurers the world over, not to mention the cadre of pro and semi-pro desert racers who consider it the fitting climax to their racing season each year.

New Racing Class for this years Baja 1000!
Look at the weight these beasts have to be!



Minimum wheelbase 125 inches
Maximum track width 102 inches
Minimum weight 12000 pounds
Must have a GVW of 18,000 pounds Minimum

DEFINITION - Vehicles built from a 2 or 4-wheel drive utility vehicle. Vehicle must be marketed utility vehicle. All vehicles in this class must comply with FMVSS and have an OEM VIN attached.

COMPETITION REGULATIONS - Manufacturer’s body, engine, transmission, differentials, and chassis combination's must be retained. This class is a open production class and all components are not restricted unless noted below.

October 10, 2010

8 Roger Norman
21 Gus Vildosola Jr.
97 B.J. Baldwin
31 Andy McMillin
84 Nick Vanderwey
71 Rick D. Johnson
9 Mark Weyhrich
23 Mark McMillin
59 Craig Potts
1 Robby Gordon
35 Jason Voss
74 Rob Bruce
2 Pete Sohren
47 James Bult
16 Cameron Steele
3 Mark Post
94 Steve Strobel
22 Damen Jefferies
13 Ed Stout
61 Josh Hall
24 Adam Householder
45 Gary Magness
49 Troy Herbst
88 Jerry Whelchel
19 Tim Herbst
54 Jesse James
7 Scott Steinberger
48 Jimmy Nuckles
27 Dave Crinklaw
73 John Harrah
86 Mike Jenkins
20 Rob MacCachren
76 Jesse Jones
30 Robbie Pierce
95 Scott Whipple

CLASS 1 (17)
101 Steve Appleton
102 Kory Halopoff
103 Daniel McMillin
104 Josh Rigsby
105 Cameron Thieriot
106 Dale Lenk
107 Dan Martin
108 Armin Schwarz
109 Eric Chase
110 Juan C. Flores
111 David Greenhill
112 Armin Kremer
113 Rudy Cortez
114 Todd Romano
115 Paul Keller
116 Conan Barker
117 Ikuo Hanawa

CLASS 1-2/1600 (8)
1601 Jay Reichert
1602 Wes McKenzie
1603 Harry Curtin
1604 Arturo Velazco
1600 Hiram Duran
1647 Arnoldo Ramirez
1648 Luke McMillin
1649 Daniel Lopez

CLASS 3 (1)
301 David Moore

CLASS 5 (5)
501 Cody Kellogg
500 Kevin Carr
503 Drew Belk
518 Vince Wavra
519 Tom Bird

CLASS 5/1600 (4)
551 Dennis Webb
552 Trevor Anderson
553 Sergio Moreno
579 Enrique Zazueta Jr.

CLASS 6 (5)
601 JT Taylor
602 Marc Burnett
603 Fernando Manzo
600 Heidi Steele
619 Dave Caspino

CLASS 7 (2)
701 Jackie Husmann
700 Dan Chamlee

741 Norman Turley

CLASS 8 (4)
800 Clyde Stacy
801 Sam Stahl
802 Noah Ostanik
839 Francisco Monroy

CLASS 10 (5)
1001 Peter Hajas
1002 Lars Ferry
1003 Jesus Gonzalez
1004 Sergio Salgado
1005 Jon Walker

1201 Justin Davis
1202 Perry McNeil
1203 Zack Langley
1204 Samuel Araiza
1205 Jose Cervantes Jr.
1206 Lee Banning
1207 John Padgett
1208 Dave Wert
1209 James Marquez
1200 Brent Parkhouse

CLASS 11 (2)
1101 Alfonso Lacarra
1100 Eric Solorzano

861 Sam Edgar
879 Joe Bacal

778 Ivan Stewart
760 Gavin Skilton

1360 Nils Castillo
1340 Chelsea Magness
1313 Paul Perrizo
1301 Troy Vest

CLASS 17 (3)
1700 Mike Shaffer
1701 Eric Filar
1702 Perry Coan

BC1 Mike Cassling
BC2 John McInnis III
BC3 Dr. Steven Funk
BC4 Christian Hammarskjold
BC5 Bud Brutsman
BC6 Brian Valentine
BC19 Nick Baldwin

CLASS 2 (2)
201 James Kirby
202 Mark Stevens

CLASS 4 (1)
401 John Langley

CLASS 7-2 (2)
721 Fawn Finchum
722 Reid Rutherford

M1 Glenn Harris
M2 Donald Verhoff
M3 James McAvoy

CLASS 22 (8)
2x Gabriel Williams-S
3x A.J. Stewart
4x Junpei Saito
5x Steve Corrie
1x Kendall Norman
7x David Pearson
8x Colton Udall
9x Francisco Arredondo

CLASS 21 (2)
101x Sol Saltzman
102x Adam Neuwirth

CLASS 20 (1)
151x Jason Trubey

CLASS 30 (6)
301x Javier Henandez
302x Steve Garnett
303x Jonathan Jessy
304x Markus Saarinen
305x Ace Nilson
306x Francisco Septien

CLASS 40 (7)
401x Tom Vogt
402x Lloyd Andrew
403x Boo Custer
404x Louie Franco
405x Mike Prunty
406x Andrew Wilkins
449x Terry Peregoodoff-S

CLASS 50 (2)
501x Jim Dizney
500x Jim O’Neal

CLASS 60 (2)
600x Donald E. Lewis
619x Bill Nichols

CLASS 25 (4)
2a Felipe Velez
3a Scott Chandler
1a Wayne Matlock
5a Josh Edwards

CLASS 24 (4)
101a Shawn Robins
102a Brandon Brown
103a Tom Wright
104a Natanael Morron

CLASS 26 (1)
201a Reid Rutherford

1401 Dan Kolenich
1400 Peter Lang

1501 Randy Swink
1502 Bill Wolford

1800 Thomas Graves
1801 Kevin Fuller
1802 Chris Koch

SPT M/C 250&~~SPECIAL_REMOVE!#~~lt; (5)
201x Edd Price
202x Michele Bergman
203x Matt Ladendorf
204x Greg Willitts
205x Fred Sobke

SPT M/C 250&~~SPECIAL_REMOVE!#~~gt; (32)
251x Tom Lajoie
252x Don Gentry
253x Mike Frick
254x Mike Mensinger
255x Barry Van Fossan
256x Oscar Fazz
257x Donald Hatton
258x Lance Kane-S
259x Carl Westphal
260x John Legate
261x David Smoljan-S
262x Craig Anstine
263x Yoshiyuki Imai
264x Peter Hardy-S
265x Chuck Shortt
266x Tibi Imbuzan-S
267x Tom Buikema
268x Nobuyuki Oguri
269x Go Onodera
270x Makoto Mitsuki
271x Anthony Nicodemo
272x Paul Lopez
273x Ulises Fierro
274x Salvador Sainz
275x Michael Korenwinder
276x Sanjay Shanbhag
277x James Avery
278x Tomoki Hayashi
279x Timothy Schimke
280x Andrew Tweedle
281x Keith Ciampa
282x Thierry Mas-S

99a Gustavo Ameca
S-Indicates Solo Rider

2010 Baja 1000 Desert Race entries story.

Veteran desert racer Roger Norman has received the first starting position during Saturday’s computerized drawing for November’s 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race. While the 2008 race winner will pilot his No. 8 Norman Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck, starting first among the motorcycle and ATV classes will be Gabriel Williams, of Provo, Utah, on a Honda CRF450X motorcycle.
A solid total of 207 vehicles officially entered in time for Saturday’s computerized drawing held at SCORE International’s headquarters in Los Angeles. With nearly 300 entries expected before the green flag drops, entries will be accepted up to race morning.
This year’s legendary desert classic, the final event of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, will be held Nov. 16-20 in Mexico. The final course distance will be more than 1050 miles.

Norman, who won the 2008 SCORE Baja 1000 overall and in SCORE Trophy-Truck with Larry Roeseler as his second-driver, plans to drive solo in this year’s race down the peninsula. Williams has also confirmed that he will attempt to ride solo in the race on a motorcycle.
Among the stars in the talented 35-truck field in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division include, by starting order: Mexico's Gus Vildosola Jr./Gus Vildosola Sr. (No. 21 Ford F-150), B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (No. 97Chevy Silverado), Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif. (No. 31 Ford F-150), Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif. (No. 84 Chevy Silverado), Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif./Bob Shepard, Phoenix (No. 7a Ford F-150), Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore. (No. 9 Ford F-150), Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif. (No. 23 Ford F-150), Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., (No. 1 Chevy CK1500), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Cody Stuart/Justin Smith, Capo Beach, Calif./Pat Dean, Las Vegas (No. 16 GMC Sierra), Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif. (No. 3-Ford F-150), Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif. (No. 22 Chevy Silverado), Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif. (13-Ford F-150), Josh Hall/Chad Hall/Rod Hall, Reno, Nev. (No. 61 Chevy Silverado), Troy Herbst/Brian Collins, Las Vegas (No. 49 Dodge Ram1500), Jerry Whelchel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Brian Hess, San Diego (No. 88 Chevy C1500), Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Huntington Beach, Calif. (No. 19 Ford F-150), Jesse James, Austin, Texas (No. 54 Chevy Silverado), Mike Jenkins, Trego, Wisc./Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif. (No. 86 Ford F-150), Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Will Staats, Valencia, Calif. (No. 20, Ford F-150), Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz./Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., (No. 76 Ford F-150) and Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, Santee, Calif. (30-Chevy Silverado).
The car and truck classes with the most entries to date are Trophy-Truck (35), Class 1 (17) and SCORE Lite (10).
Among the motorcycle and ATV classes, Class 22 for open motorcycles has the most entries to date with eight.
Leading the six Sportsman classes in the race is Sportsman Motorcycle over 250cc which had 32 entries in the drawing.
Drawing first start in Class 1 was SCORE Baja 500 class winner Steve Appleton, Boise Idaho, in a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car, while first off in SCORE Lite will be the team of Justin Davis, Chino, Calif./Daniel Folts in a Seagrove-VW.
Allowing a larger window of time than ever before, SCORE, completing its 37th year as the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, started official pre-running of the course last Friday, from San Felipe all the way to La Paz. Practice on the race course from Ojos Negros to La Paz will begin Wednesday, Oct. 27 and pre-running from the start line in Ensenada to Ojos Negros will be allowed only on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 16 and 17.
The challenging race course for this year is very similar to 2006, the last time the race finished in La Paz, although the terrain has obviously changed significantly because of weather conditions and natural use.
With 10 mandatory checkpoints spread down the peninsula, the course starts on the Pacific Ocean-side of Baja California in Ensenada and heads southeast to San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez before heading south through Coco’s Corner, Bahia de Los Angeles, San Ignacio, back to the Pacific at San Juanico, then back to the Sea of Cortez at Loreto, back to the Pacific at Ciudad Insurgentes heading down along the Pacific through Santa Rita before turning back east and down into La Paz for the finish.
All entries are provided with GPS programs defining the course and all are required to utilize special data recording devices that plot the actual route and speeds each vehicle takes during the mammoth race.
This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special for the seventh consecutive year, airing on Dec. 19 on the NBC Television Network. It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International. It is being produced again by Aura360, SCORE’s electronic media partner, in association with SCORE.
As a special incentive to help bolster entries for the relatively new Class 4, Langley Productions owner and SCORE racer John Langley has posted a Special winner-take-all $10,000 SCORE/COPS Racing/BFG Tires bonus for the first-place finisher in the class for unlimited open-wheel, single or two seat desert race cars with a limited 2.2-liter sealed engine. COPS Racing, named for the popular television series produced by Langley Productions, has three vehicles entered in this year’s race in three different classes.

BAJA 1000 Pre-Run Resources

Baja 1000 2010 Race Course Mile Details:

107 Valle de Trinidad
122 San Matais
178 San Felipe
235 Puertecitos
298 Coco's
327 El Crucero
376 Bay of LA
512 On the pavement south of Vizcano
550 San Ignacio
660 San Juanico
780 Loreto
851 Santo Domingo just north of Insurgentes
958 Santa Rita
1,073 La Paz

UPDATED! October 12, 2010

Norman Wins National Hare & Hound at Lucerne Valley

A few weeks after wrapping up his first AMA District 37 desertracing championship, Johnny Campbell Racing Honda’s Kendall Norman achieved 2010 goal number two by winning the So Cal Motorcycle Club’s Johnson Valley National, clinching the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series title in the process.

The sole competitor with a chance to prevent Norman from his title quest was David Kamo of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team, but he crashed heavily while chasing the fleeing Honda and DNFed, battered and bruised but escaping major injury.

In his place, teammate David Pearson ended up claiming second on the day, the 2007 series champ enjoying a clean ride and avoiding the bad luck that’s plagued him several times this year. It also helped strengthen his hold on third in points over Kawasaki of Simi Valley’s Jacob Argubright, who rode to a distant third for the day, the second round in a row he’s finished on the podium.

Norman’s JCR Honda teammate Quinn Cody worked his way through the pack to a season-best fourth place ahead of Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna teammates Nick Burson and Bobby Garrison. Ryan Kudla, Brett Saunders, Jeff Truelove and Robert Longnecker rounded out the top 10.

The JCR Honda Team after Norman's win. Photo by Ryan Sanders
The JCR Honda Team after Norman's win. Photo by Ryan Sanders

Though Norman’s series points lead over Kamo now stands at 209-158 thanks to five victories, a runner-up, a fourth and a fifth, he probably aims to pad that lead and will get the chance in two weeks at the series finale. As it is, he’s already made history as the first Honda rider to win the championship, his first AMA National crown and the first for JCR Honda. After the hare & hound series, his focus will be on defending his SCORE championship and winning the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 next month.

October 11, 2010


UPDATED! From Parker Arizona:
Rather than merely subjecting the 2011 F-150's new EcoBoost V-6 to towing and mileage runs, the Blue Oval was eager to send its engine out to the desert for a quick racing shakedown. Unfortunately, the results were reportedly less than impressive.

Competing at the Best in the Desert's Desert Blue Water Desert Challenge in Parker, Arizona, the direct-injected, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 was sent out in the body of the former Ford Raptor R race truck that competed in the 2008 Baja 1000. With new mill, fresh revisions, and driver Mike McCarthy at the wheel, the truck did a single lap of the 32-mile loop course before the truck was parked for the rest of the weekend. Most competitors are signed up to run six laps over two days and the area was filled with large silt-covered holes and deep sand, according to race reports.

"We just don't have a race motor," said McCarthy. "I race 100 percent; I am out there to win and I had absolutely no chance. Rather than damage the truck with the amount of time between now and the 1000, I just parked it. I am not in the points chase because I missed 'Vegas to Reno,' and it just didn't make any sense to push it around the course and have an incident with the trick trucks."
Ford isn't done yet, however, and is ultimately aiming to send the six-cylinder back out again during this year's Baja 1000 from November 17-21, likely with a rebuild and any spec changes as determined by the engine's powertrain team.

Ford's EcoBoost V-6 Gets Ready to Jump into Desert Racing
In less than a week, off-road desert racing could change forever. At the Blue Water Desert Challenge in Arizona, Randy Merritt and the Mongo Racing team plan to become the first team in the Best in the Desert race series to run a gasoline turbocharged six-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine. It’s a move that’s generating attention — and some controversy.
Until now, BITD racers like Merritt have been allowed to compete only with naturally aspirated V-8 gas engines or turbo diesels under the hoods of their full-size race trucks. But for the new season BITD changed its rulebook to allow the all-new turbo six to compete in stock classes 8000 and 8100.
Classes 8000 and 8100 cover race trucks built from full-size pickups and SUVs with production volumes of more than 4,000 units sold within a three-year period. Class 8000 trucks are the open stock racers. Custom rear suspension components and mount points, engine bores and strokes different from factory specs and any transmission are allowed from the truck’s manufacturer. Class 8100 trucks are closer to the original vehicles’ specs. They have to keep their front and rear suspension configurations and mount points, engine displacement and the original transmission.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is the first application of Ford’s gasoline direct-injection twin-turbo technology in a half-ton pickup. It’s Ford’s effort to shrink engine displacement for improved fuel economy while delivering tons of low-end power. In the 2011 Ford F-150, the 3.5 V-6 is rated a strong 365 horsepower (at 5,000 rpm) and 420 pounds-feet of torque (at 2,500 rpm) with a flat, diesel-like torque curve. Ninety percent of peak power is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm.
Mr-3-560 Ford's all-new EcoBoost V-6 sits in the engine bay of Mongo Racing's new F-150 desert racer. A custom intake system was fabricated by UMP because the upper shock mounts for the Sway-A-Way coil over dampers intruded into the stock intake's space. Note the red trimmed oil reservoirs for the front shocks mounted above the engine.
As with many major technology shifts, the advanced EcoBoost V-6 has stirred strong debate between forward-looking light-duty pickup buyers looking for increased fuel efficiency without sacrificing power and traditional truck buyers who firmly believe a large-displacement V-8 engine is the only choice for towing and hauling.
To try to get ahead of the debate, Ford has created a marketing campaign that seeks to show the EcoBoost V-6 is as durable and tough as a V-8. That includes installing an EcoBoost V-6 in desert racer Mike McCarthy’s F-150 rig to race in the Baja 1000.
Merritt’s Class 8100 F-150 isn’t the same truck as McCarthy’s Class 8000 Ford half-ton.
While McCarthy’s larger SuperCab truck – formerly known as the Raptor R – has gotten the lion’s share of attention from the media, the Mongo Racing team has been quietly working since May to get its EcoBoost engine ready to power a two-door F-150.
Mr-1-560 Behind the massive 37-inch General Tire rolling stock and to the right of the coil over shock, you can see one of the EcoBoost V-6's turbos.
As word spread about Merritt’s efforts, the Mongo Racing team has run into the same kind of controversy in the desert racing community that Ford is seeking to head off in the larger community of truck buyers, but for a different reason: A boosted six could threaten the large investments that some have made tuning their naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engines for maximum power.
“There are a lot of people that are excited about it, but then there’s a lot of people that are totally anti [a turbo V-6 truck racing in BITD],” Merritt said. “It’s pretty exciting to do something new like this. Something that nobody else has done before. There are a lot of haters, though. People are scared of technology. A lot of other guys spend $50,000, $60,000 on an engine where now you can get something like this.”
Ford has priced the new EcoBoost $1,750 more than the base 3.7-liter V-6 in the 2011 F-150.
Merritt expects the EcoBoost V-6 to have one major advantage over the 5.4-liter V-8 in his last truck.
“Hopefully [the EcoBoost V-6] has good low-end power,” Merritt said. “The 5.4 that I’m racing now is like a two-stroke. You have to keep it wound up. Once you let off the gas, you have to start over. If you make a mistake going up a wash, you have to start through the gears again, and it takes awhile to get on top of it and keep the power band going. But if this [EcoBoost V-6] is going to have [low-end] torque like that, it’s going to make a big difference going zero to 50 [mph].”
Mr-5-560 The rear of the Merritt's race truck is close to stock, including using Ford's factory leaf springs.
Merritt started his career in 1993, behind the wheel of a 1979 Ford pickup. After a hard-fought decade competing across many of the toughest trails in the U.S. Southwest and Baja California, Merritt clinched a sponsorship deal with Ford that provided him with a 2004 F-150 and a seat in Ford’s full-size truck engineering feedback team. Merritt went on to become BITD’s stock full-size class champion in 2006. Afterward, Merritt and other Ford-sponsored desert racers helped the Blue Oval’s Special Vehicle Team develop the amazing 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, the first long-travel suspension off-road pickup available from a major truck manufacturer. In 2008, Merritt drove the Ford Raptor Rracetruck to the finish line during the last leg of the grueling SCORE Baja 1000.
It’s taken nearly five months to get Mongo Racing’s EcoBoost F-150 ready for the Blue Water race in Parker, Ariz., even though the team has yet to fire up the EcoBoost engine, Merritt says.
“Test day might be on race day,” Merritt said. “We’ll see how it goes. We’ve been working every single day for months.”
The EcoBoost V-6 isn’t the complicating factor. Merritt says the engine and its 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission are virtually stock except for a fabricated air intake system (made by Unique Metal Products) because the front suspension’s upper shock mounts interfered with the stock intake’s dimensions.
Another unique challenge was protecting the turbos’ intercooler, which is mounted low behind the front bumper and below the transmission. Rock damage or mud blocking the intercooler could damage the turbos, which run at temperatures up to 1,600 degrees. For protection and cooling, Merritt’s team installed a large skid plate with holes for air, a screen to block debris and a fan to increase airflow volume.
Mr-7-560 A close look at the turbo intercooler with its fan for improved air flow and perforated skid plate.
There haven’t been any changes to the powertrain’s calibrations because the team (and the desert racing aftermarket) hasn’t yet developed the knowledge necessary to tweak it, and Ford’s support since shipping the engine has been minimal.
“[Ford has] been doing a lot of work with Mike McCarthy, and he’s given me feedback,” Merritt said. “They’re ahead because they already had a racetruck that was running. It’s a good thing because if we were all in the same boat, it might be months away. With McCarthy having a jump-start, [it] really helped us a lot.”
The truck’s console-mounted shift lever is the same as you’ll find in a 2011 F-150. It’s not even gated, like Merritt’s old 2004 F-150 racetruck’s shifter, to keep it locked in place while bouncing around the racecourse. The driver will have to shift gears with the gearbox’s manual mode, which allows the driver to shift the automatic transmission up and down like a manual gearbox using +/- buttons mounted on the lever. Most of the race prep has been spent transforming the F-150 into a hardened desert racer.
Mr-4-560 The transmission in the race truck is completely stock, right down to its non-gated shifter, which has +/- buttons to manually change gears.
Merritt’s team did most of the modifications in their garage, adding bigger bolts for the front and rear shocks, bolstering the rear end, welding on extra braces and brackets and fabricating stamped steel upper and lower A-arms for the front suspension. Tracy Rubio at TNC Machine in Kingman, Ariz., created the truck’s roll cage and bumpers and mounted the giant Sway-A-Way front and rear dampers. After completing that work, Merritt’s team continued working on installing all of the wiring, steering mounting, hoses, fluid reservoirs and radiator.
“The crunch time is the wiring,” said Merritt. “There are no specs to go from. We’re figuring it out ourselves.”
The front suspension uses two sets of dampers on each side of the truck. The primary shocks are Sway-A-Way 3-inch-diameter coil-overs with remote reservoirs, plus separate helper shocks mounted on the upper control arms. The rear shocks are Sway-A-Ways paired with stock Ford leaf springs.
“We have to run leafs in the rear,” Merritt said. “We always run with Ford leafs. Ford steel is the best steel. We add and take away [springs] and shorten some of the springs up to get the right ride height and stiffness.”
There are 11 inches of suspension travel up front and 15 inches at the back wheels. Other changes include installing a UMP power-steering system, KC Hilites for night racing, Mastercraft race seats and replacing Ford’s factory oil in the EcoBoost V-6 with Royal Purple oil.
If Merritt and Mongo Racing’s squad of mechanics can finish in time, this Saturday we’ll see the silver EcoBoost F-150 start the Blue Water Desert Challenge during the second race of the day flying No. 8182. The race consists of three 27-mile laps over two days.
McCarthy and the open stock Ford EcoBoost Baja 1000 F-150 will also make their racing debut in the same race, starting in the fifth heat of the day on Saturday.
However, both are keeping their eyes firmly on the Baja 1000, where the big fame and attention lies. Interestingly, SCORE, the Baja 1000’s officiating body, still hasn’t officially announced it will accept gasoline turbo stock trucks.
“We’ll do [the Baja 1000] in the new F-150 truck if SCORE allows it to race with turbos,” Merritt said. “The whole purpose of building this truck is to go to Baja, but we haven’t booked our rooms there yet.”
And beyond the Baja 1000?
“I think this is the future,” Merritt said. “With turbos, there are a lot of companies out there. Maybe this will bring more sponsors and money to the sport of off-road racing. It’s time the racing organizations move forward.”
October 9, 2010

Bonanza Plumbing KTM Racing

Baja 1000 Efforts

KTM Motorsports is proud to announce Bonanza Plumbing, Inc. as the title sponsor of the 2010 FMF/KTM Baja Team effort appropriately titled the Bonanza Plumbing/FMF/KTM Off-Road Racing Team which will field a five member team at the 43rd Annual running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 November 17-20, 2010.
The Baja 1000 event is dubbed the ‘Peninsula Run' as riders race from Ensenada to La Paz tracking roughly 1,000 miles. This year's Bonanza Plumbing/FMF/KTM Off-Road Racing Team members are FMF/KTM factory rider and the 2007 Hare & Hound National Champion David Pearson, multi-time Baja Champions Steve Hengeveld, Mike Childress and Shane Esposito along with the youngest member of this ‘dream team' Ivan Ramirez.
The caliper of riders that comprise this team is just one of the reasons Dean Potts, owner and President of Bonanza Plumbing, Inc. stands behind this team and decided to come on as title sponsor. "After meeting with many of the team members both one-on-one and in a group setting I have never been so pleased to sponsor a project. Collectively this group has the positive attitude and passion for winning the Baja 1000 that make you smile ear to ear as a fan and title team sponsor," remarked Potts.
Potts became a KTM supporter and fan back in 2004 after taking his Honda on a long dual sport ride only to witness his friends and fellow riders having a more enjoyable time on their electric start dual sport KTM machines. "From that moment on, I knew my next bike would be orange and I haven't gone back since," Potts commented. Potts volunteered to help out with the 2007 KTM Factory Baja effort as a pit crew member. "It was a wonderful experience working with the KTM Team and led to my friendship with David Pearson who assisted me in putting the 2010 team together."
The downward spiral of the economy over the past few seasons has led to many race teams, including KTM, to cut budgets and withdrawal from certain race series due to lack of monetary funding. Potts was eager to step in and help change the past. "Not only did I want to help give back to a brand I am a loyal supporter of, but I want Bonanza Plumbing to be remembered as the title sponsor of the winning team as they compete against the top teams at this year's Baja event."
In addition to the Bonanza Plumbing sponsorship, the KTM Baja team will be co-sponsored by THR Motorsports and Hoosier, Inc. THR Motorsports has a deep history of winning and has always kept that as the main focus of the team. During the past 2 years, the team has collectively stood on the podium over 50 times and is looking forward to the new 2010-11 team line-ups continuing that tradition. Hoosier, Inc. has been in business for 32 years and works with large medical, aerospace, defense and OEM companies.
FMF/KTM Off-Road Team Manager, Antti Kallonen, is excited about the newly formed partnership with Bonanza Plumbing and THR Motorsports. "As a Team Manager it is important to have a good relationship with your supporting sponsors and we couldn't have found a better fit for the title sponsor of our Baja effort. Dean (Potts) is first and foremost a fan of the sport and a loyal KTM enthusiast. He has the passion and desire to help this team win. His confidence in the team and enthusiasm for the upcoming race is inspiring to all team members. We can't wait to put the Bonanza Plumbing/FMF/KTM Team on the top of the podium!"

October 8, 2010


BAJA 1000 Pre-Run Resources

October 6, 2010

2010 Baja 1000 OCTOBER 6, 2010 PRESS RELEASE
With entries already received from 34 US States and 13 countries, the computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, will be held Saturday for next month's 43rd annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races.
Early pre-running of the course will start Friday for the bottom two-thirds of the point-to-point course giving adventurers from around the globe added practice time on the challenging course.
This year's legendary desert classic, the 2010 BAJA 1000 of the Baja Racing BAJA Series, will be held Nov. 16-20 in Mexico.
The world's most famous desert race will start in Ensenada, Baja California and the rugged course will run on both sides of the majestic peninsula all the way down to La Paz in Baja California Sur. The final distance will be more than 1050 miles.
It's the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a driver.
Since 1967, the mother of all desert races has been run over the mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula.
The computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, for the nearly 300 expected entries for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs competing in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes in the internationally televised race, will be held Saturday at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles.
In addition to the 34 States, racers have already officially entered from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the US Territory of Guam.
Allowing a larger window of time than ever before, completing its 37th year as the world's foremost desert racing sanctioning body, has also announced that pre-running of the course will officially start this Friday, from San Felipe all the way to La Paz.
Practice on the race course from Ojos Negros to La Paz will begin Wednesday, Oct. 27 and pre-running from the start line in Ensenada to Ojos Negros will be allowed only on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 16 and 17.
A unique part of Saturday's drawing will be the special drawing for the top 10 finishers from the nearest previous SCORE Baja race entered in the current race in both SCORE Trophy-Truck and the unlimited Class 1.
For this race it will be the top 10 finishers from this year's 42nd Baja 500 held June 6.
The top 10 finishers in the Trophy-Truck from the 2010 Baja 500 were: Andy McMillin, Gus Vildosola Jr, B.J. Baldwin, Roger Norman, Nick Vanderwey, Rick D. Johnson, Bryce Menzies, Gary Weyhrich, Mark McMillin and Chet Huffman.
In the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars, the top 10 finishers from the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 500 were: Steve Appleton, Ronny Wilson, Kory Halopoff, Jose Arzate, Dennis Boyle, Daniel McMillin, Josh Rigsby, Adam Ashcraft, Steve Garcia and Sean Meacham.
The challenging race course for this year is very similar to 2006, the last time the race finished in La Paz, although the terrain has obviously changed significantly because of weather conditions and natural use.
With 10 mandatory checkpoints spread down the peninsula, the course starts on the Pacific Ocean-side of Baja California in Ensenada and heads southeast to San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez before heading south through Coco's Corner, Bahia de Los Angeles, San Ignacio, back to the Pacific at San Juanico, then back to the Sea of Cortez at Loreto, back to the Pacific at Ciudad Insurgentes heading down along the Pacific through Santa Rita before turning back east and down into La Paz for the finish.
All entries are provided with GPS programs defining the course and all are required to utilize special data recording devices that plot the actual route and speeds each vehicle takes during the mammoth race.
This year will be the 36th time in the first 43 years of the storied race that it has started in Ensenada and it will be the 18th time in has finished in La Paz.
With two wins in the first three races this season, Andy McMillin jumped to a significant lead in the Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point standings in the No. 31 McMillin Realty Ford F-150, but a combination of mechanical problems for McMillin and Jesse Jones' second Trophy-Truck race win of the year at the 15th SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Primm 300 on Sept. 11 and only six points separate the two frontrunners heading into the massive season finale in Mexico.
Starting the 2010 Desert Racing Series season off with an impressive victory in Laughlin in January and then winning to the Baja 500, McMillin, of National City, Calif., he now has four career race wins in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck class for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.
After winning in Laughlin driving solo, in Round 2 in San Felipe on March 13, he split the driving with his father Scott McMillin and they survived mechanical issues to finish sixth in class and then split the driving again in Ensenada on June 6 with his father.
Mechanical issues pushed him back to an eighth-place finish out of 30 starters in Primm, keeping his Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point lead with 321 championship points.
Andy McMillin won this race in 2006,the last time it finished in La Paz, driving the second half of the race for NASCAR's Robby Gordon, who will drive solo this year in his No. 1 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500. Andy and Scott McMillin teamed up to win last year's race that started and finished in Ensenada.
Second in overall points and in the marquee Trophy-Truck standings is Jones, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., who won the San Felipe and then the Primm races. The owner of an aerospace technology company and the 2001 Class 8 season point champion is just six points behind Andy McMillin with 315 points in his No. 76 Ford F-150.
Third in overall points and in Trophy-Truck following a third in Laughlin and a 16th in San Felipe, a fifth in class at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and 11th in Primm is Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix with 283 points in his No. 84 Vanderwey Racing Chevy Silverado.
This year's Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special for the seventh consecutive year, airing on Dec. 19 on the NBC Television Network.
It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International. It is being produced again by Aura360, SCORE's electronic media partner, in association with SCORE International.
As a special incentive to help bolster entries for the relatively new Class 4 in this race, Langley Productions owner and SCORE racer John Langley has posted a Special winner-take-all $10,000 SCORE/COPS Racing/BFG Tires bonus for the first-place finisher in the class for unlimited open-wheel, single or two seat desert race cars with a limited 2.2-liter sealed engine.
COPS Racing, named for the popular television series produced by Langley Productions, has three vehicles entered in this year's race in three different classes.
In addition to season point class point championships, drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also racing to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season.

More News:
We predicted on August 27, Roger Norman would race.
Now, here's the confirmation.

Roger Norman re-enters the Baja 1000 Fray:

""Roger Norman has confirmed on his personal Facebook page that he will INDEED be racing this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. It was only a few months ago that Norman vowed not to return to race the SCORE Desert Series until SCORE Officials made significant changes to eliminate the possibility of SCORE Trophy Trucks and motorcycles mixing during race events.

SCORE recently published that there will be a mandated four-hour differential between the final motorcycle/ATV and the start of the SCORE Trophy Truck class in this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

In June 2010, at the SCORE Baja 500, Roger Norman, driver of the #8 Trophy Truck and first time SCORE Baja motorcycle racer, Tim Nugent, Cartersville, Georgia, were involved in an accident that occurred in heavy dust on the Mike’s Sky Ranch road. Nugent was grazed by the right front tire of the #8 Trophy Truck and crashed from his motorcycle where he suffered moderate injuries. Norman stopped after the crash and assisted the rider along with locals who were at the scene including a doctor. However, Norman waited until his crew arrived on scene. One of the Norman Motorsports crew members’ is a paramedic and assisted in providing emergency assistance.

Norman was convinced to continue racing and eventually he crossed the checkered flag earning a 4th place finish. In the days after the race, Norman announced he would not again race in the SCORE Desert Series until changes had been made.

Afterwards he wrote in a widely distributed email, “The accident with the Sportsman motorcycle rider in the dust has shook me to the core. I have been devastated and demoralized about off-road racing since Saturday’s race,” commented Roger Norman in an email to his fellow Trophy Truck competitors. “We have all had our close calls and I can tell you that until you run someone over in the dust of another trophy truck at over 100 mph you will not understand the devastating feeling that is created even if they come out with non life threatening injuries.

He further explained in his email, “It is a miracle that Tim Nugent survived this accident. The next guy will not be so lucky and I want to avoid any one of you from having this pain and fear I have felt. The incident could have happened to any one of us and unless we do something to force the issue nothing will be done.”

In the weeks after the race Roger Norman was resolute that the 2010 SCORE Baja 500 was to be his last SCORE Race if the safety concerns involving the trucks and motorcycles were not addressed by SCORE Officials.

The outcome is that instead of 3 hours between the motorcycles and SCORE Trophy Trucks they have added one additional hour to the previously 3 hour buffer zone.

Apparently, the additional hour added is enough for Roger Norman to feel that the safety concerns are no longer an issue and he’s entered in this year’s biggest race of the season.

For 43 years, motorcycles and race trucks/cars have raced alongside each other during the most difficult point-to-point race in the world. Danger is part of off road racing and segregating the two important racing classes would be near impossible in a 1000-mile point-to-point race.

After the SCORE Baja 500 race, Norman Motorsports championship racing icon – Larry Roeseler, unexpectedly left the race team returning to Terrible Herbst Motorsports.

On Wednesday, September 29, Roger Norman announced he was going to SOLO this year’s SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 in the #8 Norman Motorsports Trophy Truck.

Ironmanning a race of over 1000-miles is a herculean effort that has been accomplished by a handful of the world’s top adventurers. Roger Norman definitely fits into that category. Norman is an avid action-athlete and continuously trains his body for these types of feats, but the facts are that since Larry Ragland won the 1999 SCORE Baja 1000, no one has won this epic race by racing alone in the elite SCORE Trophy Truck class.

Norman will venture south of the U.S / Mexico border hoping to become the first trophy truck driver since 1999 to capture the victory by driving alone.

The 43rd edition of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will kick off on Thursday, November 18, 2010. SCORE Officials recently announced they anticipate the starting time for the SCORE Trophy Trucks to be approximately 11:45 a.m.

Motorcycles will leave the line as the sunrises over the Pacific Ocean seaside town of Ensenada, Baja California. 4 hours after the last motorcycle/ATV leaves the line the first SCORE Trophy Truck will take the green flag and charge over 1000-miles to the capital city of La Paz, Mexico.

The computerized drawing for starting positions will be held on October 9, 2010 at the SCORE Headquarters in Los Angeles.

This year’s race is expected to be a very difficult race as the starting time near noon means the first four-wheel vehicles will reach San Felipe about the time its getting dark expected to be approximately 4:30 p.m.

Darkness will reign havoc over the Baja Peninsula for the next 14 hours essentially marking this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 as a night race.

Teams can expect to have 4 hours of daylight on each side of the 14 hours of darkness and that will no doubt create a difficult challenge for the world’s top teams, let alone Roger Norman who will attempt to solo this year’s race.""

October 4, 2010

ANDY MCMILLIN VS ROBBY GORDON 2010 from Baja Racing on 2010.
The 2010 Baja Racing Season is Robby Gordon VS Andy McMillin!

"Following the fourth of five races in the 2010 SCORE Desert Series, 17 of SCORE’s toughest drivers remain in the hunt to earn 2010 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards.
Leading the way are three racers in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division and four in Class 1-2/1600 for 1600cc VW-powered open-wheelers and along with five racers in SCORE Lite.
The three SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers who have completed every race mile so far this season are: Andy McMillin, National City, Calif. (No. 31, Ford F-150), Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz. (No. 76, Ford F-150), and Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix (No. 84, Chevy Silverado). The talented trio are also the top three in the current SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point standings.
Nearly 300 entries are expected to compete in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the upcoming 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The season finale of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series will be held Nov. 16-20 in Mexico. It will start in Ensenada, Baja California and finish over 1000 miles later in La Paz, Baja California Sur, near the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Pre-race festivities will be held in Ensenada on Nov. 16 and 17, the race will start on Thursday, Nov. 18 and the awards celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on the Malecon in downtown La Paz on Saturday, Nov. 20.
The computerized drawing for start positions, by class, will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles.
Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 25th consecutive year. The Toyota Milestone awards will go to those pro car and truck drivers who finish every required mile in the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.
“Toyota is proud to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers,” said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “For a quarter of a century, Toyota has had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet.”

Some Pre-Running Notes reported in from the racers:

*Lots of hwy construction on Hwy 3 between Ojos Negros and Independencia.
The whoops/rocks on the old puerticitos road, it is very bad.
There is 26 miles of pavement where you get on te hwy after old puerticitos road.
The pavement mentioned stops at El Huffertino below puerticitos, then 3 miles of nice graded road. About 18 miles of dirt to gonzaga and its torn up.
The calamuje wash is really different with the normal sections blown out by water damage. Lots of twists and turns. There is a new 5 mile section before the Bay of Los Angeles Road, go left just before the whooped out wash.

*On the rock section coming into Loreto, volcanic, and nasty through sticky brush that you cant believe that theres an actual trail through it.

The riverbed going out of loreto is smooth hardpack with gravel and rocks, leading you to the paved section on up towards san javier. Its been closed, on and off during re-consdtruction after the rains.

Be careful in Ciudad Constitution. Police are out of control looking to scam tourists. Have your papers in order and stop at every intersection, have your seat belts on and go slow. Do not move through town, other than to move swiftly past on the highway. It has been bad there for months now.

*South of San Felipe, the course runs the
paved route past Huerfanito, but there it Y's with course continuing left on old dirt. New is to right & blocked as of 9/21.
From that point South during the Mexican 1000. I thought it was a rough & rocky & nasty! As of last week it's way smoother than April, nothing rough about it.

*From San Ignacio to San Juanico the course will not go like the last couple of runs. Think more like 98.

alle trinidad to BOLA road on race course +- 240 miles....... vineyard to BOLA road race course 245 + the dirt road crossing of 40 miles. With the new asphalt sections south of Puertocitos, about 18 extra miles of 60 MPH.

*The road construction south of Ensenada in Baja Norte is really bad. Plan on some big time delays there. Chasing south of Ensenada will be bad.

*If pre-running early plan for possible re-route (like all the way around) or delay as you climb Loreto to San Javier. The road construction is major and they were shutting down the road at 9am to 6pm. There was no way we could have made it thru on bikes but the tractor guys were super cool and cut a path for us up/down a couple banks.

*So many of the roads are in way too good of condition, too smooth for a CABO 1000 run or this years Baja 1000.
- Puertocitos to Cocos of course has tons of pavement, but the dirt is really easy right now (way smoother than I last rode it in April).
- Very little water in Calamujue Wash.
- The pavement out of San Ignacio, pretty stinkin long now. And after that it looks like the dirt road will deteriorate a lot in some spots and there will become some silt beds on it (never been silt on that before).
- Gravel road past Cadaje-San Juanico-La Purisma seems way smoother than usual.
- San Isidro out to Hwy.1 above Loreto is a freekin' freeway, actually more dangerous now because how fast it is.
- San Javier to Santo Domingo also totally smooth.

*Moto Teams Plans:

3 days to pre run 500 miles is realistic for sure. This 1000 is a little lower impact than some of the others recently.

2 riders of moderate skill can accomplish a lot and I always suggest not burning daylight and getting on it early. Some sections will take a bit longer and there are a couple semi tough sections and areas you may want to think about ahead of time.
Old Puertocitos road south of Felipe (before the pavement is low on the favorite list of dirt bikers), lot's of whoops and rocks

The Comandu Mountains east of La Purisima can seem like an oven when only slightly warm everywhere else. same goes for the area west of San Javier.

Lot's of tech mountain sections just north of Loreto. Looking at the CABO 1000 map and having never been it would seem an hour to tackle it before dark would be enough but it is not.

After crossing the Hwy that connects Constitution and San Carlos be ready for some relentless sand whoops. We ride them every year on the Rip to the Tip and honestly they are pretty CAT-LIKE right now but those jerk Trophy Truck guys will ruin it again. There is ONE tree 3/4's of the way through if you need a rest.

At this point all the silt beds are baby pooh but I suggest, if you can, getting a look as close to race day as possible, good times!
Back to Ensenada in a day from San Ignacio or Vizciano is no problem but trying to do a one day from La Paz is not advised.

Also not mentioned when talking about places to sleep were Catavina or Mulege for chase crews and San Francisquito (one of my favorite spots on the peninsula), San Javier (I think still there) and Constitution for pre runners as well as one other we won't mention.

More Updates:

Here's the Baja 1000 Preparation Schedule:

Early prerunning from San Felipe to La Paz will begin on Friday, October 8. Begin prerunning just west of the San Felipe Arches. A gps file and detailed map from San Felipe to La Paz will be available on Baja Racing The course will not be marked during this period of early prerunning.


The course will be marked and open for prerunning from Ojos Negros to La Paz on Wednesday, October 27. Begin prerunning at the Ojos Negros Highway 3 junction at KM 39.


The LIVE! WEBCAST of the BAJA 1000 will begin on November 10 LIVE! here on Baja Racing

The course will be marked and open for prerunning from the Ensenada Start Line to Ojos Negros on Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17. The 2010 BAJA 1000 starts on November 18.

FORD Sends ECO-Boost To Baja

To prove that its 3.5-litre Ecoboost is more than enough engine in the F-150 truck and that it’s durable, Ford will give the Ecoboost its racing debut at the famous Baja 1000 desert race this November. The twin turbo, direct injection engine will be in stock condition (said to have been selected randomly off the line from Cleveland Engine Plant), and the machine is this cool F-150 you see here.
“The engine going into our race truck for the Baja 1000 is the same engine going into the 2011 Ford F-150 that customers can purchase starting next year,” said chief engineer Eric Kuehn. “No special blocks or structural upgrades. We are fully confident that because of the strict testing the 3.5-litre EcoBoost truck engines underwent before we started manufacturing, it will take anything the desert can dish out.”
Ford will compete in full-size stock class, which includes competitors with unlimited V8 engines. For safety, a full roll cage is added to each truck. Also allowed for competition are modifications to the suspension, tires and wheels.
Baja is part of a “torture test program” by Ford to convince customers that its 365 hp/570 Nm Ecoboost V6 is a class leading engine. FORD, testing an engine enduring thousands of miles on the dynamometer and in the lab to ensure 150,000-mile durability (240,000 km) for the most demanding F-150 customer.
The site will also show a series of web-based documentaries hosted and narrated by Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs. The “jobs” include towing a pair of Sprint Cup Ford Fusions for 24 hours around a 1.5-mile oval track and hauling timber in Oregon.


*KTM Bike Support available for this years Baja 1000. $1,800 gets you the deal. Support at every pit and checkpoint on the course all the way to La Paz. Contact for details.

*Jesse Jones Trophy Truck Team announced this week, rather than teaming up with another race team for logistical support for the vaunted Baja 1000 in November, Jesse has ordered a full blown race support team built to ensure his 2010 Baja 1000 win.

Jones Team was considering working with another team for pits, etc., but after his BIG Primm win, he's all in.

*Robby Gordon moving out of his Orange County off road digs? Yes, says a snarky insider. No Mas Dinero! Just look at his Primm debacle, no tranny to replace his blown one from the race, he DNF'ed Primm.

*SCORE, the race sanctioning body has increased the separation time between the starts of the motos & quads and the four wheel competitors from three to four hours, for this years Baja 1000. With
the sportsman bikes getting a 4 hour head start and averaging 35 mph and the Trophy Trucks averaging 55 mph, they'll catch up to the sportsmen bikes and quads at race mile 385 of a 1000 mile race.

This years BAJA 1000 Race Course Notes


From Loreto south, the 2010 BAJA 1000 course is using the 2007 routing until the turn off for La Paz. The 2006 course is quite different there.

This means that at the junction after San Javier, we go straight instead of making the left turn. This brings us out to cross the pavement north of Insurgentes where we remain west of the highway all the way down.

2006 course Ensenada to Loreto
2007 course Loreto to the turn off for La Paz.
2006 course from the beach into La Paz

Race Course Miles:
107 Valle de Trinidad
122 San Matais
178 San Felipe
235 Puertecitos
298 Coco's
327 El Crucero
376 Bay of LA
512 On the pavement south of Vizcano
550 San Ignacio
660 San Juanico
780 Loreto
851 Santo Domingo just north of Insurgentes
958 Santa Rita
1,073 La Paz

*SEE THE CABO 1000 course HERE. Except for the ejido lands SCORE was kicked out of during the last peninsula run, its the same as the 2006 Baja 1000. What happened? Money due for the ejido from the 2006 race never made it to the hands of the ejido leadership who needed repairs done to the roads on their lands. Much like that of the 2002 race, but, going into Loreto for promotional purposes.

Now, they refuse all races going through, east of Ciudad Constitution. In the 2007 race to Cabo San Lucas, they put their foot down on the Baja Sur state government, refusing SCORE to pass the race on their lands. Now, most events must race west of route 1 and Constitution.

One rumor says money was paid for repairs, but made it as far as the mayor of Loreto and he kept the money. Today in 2010, every city in Baja South is bankrupt.

BAJA RACE CHASE Baja Safari Rocks The Off-Road Industry AGAIN!

Baja Race Chase '10, Baja Safari Rocks Industry!
Baja Safari announced today its biggest, baddest Baja Race Chase for the 2010 event. The semi-annual peninsula long off-road race in the deserts of Baja Mexico. In November of 2010, the RED BULL Baja Safari Mexico Club BAJA RACE CHASE will offer another FREE Race Chase for its Members.
"We will end up at the race related fiestas and celebrations in La Paz in 2010 and we'll enjoy the "Epic Off-road, Fishing and Nightlife" of the Cabo Safari Ranch, to finish the race this year", said the coordinator of the 2010 Race Chase. He continued, "We won't miss any of the race-life for this bigger than life race, historic desert racing event".

During the last peninsula run, in 2007, MONSTER Baja Safari hit all the spots and didn't miss any of the action over the entire course.
In 2006, with NOS High Performance Energy Drink we hit Ensenada, Loreto and La Paz and even Cabo. We bumped into Andy McMillin at the Survivors Event in La Paz, Mouse (Dust To Glory) at the Cameron Steele party, Scott McMillin, the next years Overall Champion McMillan Racing Team and family at the Hotel California and Eric Solorzano at El Coyote Playa.
Among many other desert racing celebrities at the 2006 Baja 1000.

With the Baja 1000 for 2010 going the entire Baja peninsula, Members of the Baja Safari Club have another rare, one-of-a-kind and exclusive chance to live the racing life of the desert off-road racers of Baja California, Mexico!

Contact Baja Safari TODAY and GET SOME!
Baja Safari Mexico Club

*Baja Racing picks our BAJA 1000 Favorites:

1. McMillin Racing, it's their race to lose.

2. Jesse Jones, San Felipe and Primm wins and the Baja 500 run, Hot, Hot, Hot!

3. Vildosola Racing, the Black Horse of this years Baja 1000.

4. Robby Gordon, the King of Baja still has the magic.

5. Perry McNeil, its the only one he hasn't won overall already!

Jesse Jones Wins Big At Primm. the Baja 1000 Primer

JONES DOMINATES Among Field of 30-SCORE Trophy Trucks!
Litchfield Park, Arizona - It's been a banner season for veteran off road racer, Jesse Jones. Two victories in four races and chasing the most coveted prize in off road racing, the SCORE Trophy Truck Championship. Jesse Jones has always been a popular fan favorite among the titans of SCORE Trophy Truck racers and this past Saturday, he delivered a winning performance at the SCORE Primm 300, Southern Nevada's most difficult race course, exciting fans around the globe.
Armed with his weapon of choice, a 850 horsepower GEISER Brothers state-of-the-art Trophy Truck, Jesse Jones let it all hang out as he battled through the field of 30 elite Trophy Trucks capturing his second SCORE Trophy Truck win this year.
Jones earned this tremendous victory averaging 57.44 mph over the 274.4-mile racecourse in the rugged Nevada desert. "We had a real solid run and one single flat tire that was well deserved. The entire Geiser Brothers package performed great and the best tire in the desert survived the brutal punishment I gave it. I couldn't ask for better performance from an off road racing tire," explained Jesse Jones.
Jesse Jones, a longtime off road racing veteran, who has raced his way through the ranks over the past two decades, had to work hard for the Primm 300 victory. As the green flag dropped, Jesse started exactly in the middle of the 30-truck field in the 15th position behind reigning SCORE TT Champion and NASCAR racer, Robby Gordon. Jones took advantage of his not so great starting position utilizing his keen ability to go fast in the heavy dust. As the race reached the 100-mile mark, Jones had already made a move towards the front and set a pace that eventually led not just the Trophy Truck class win, but the OVERALL victory!
Rick Geiser explained, "At the start line this morning, Jesse was relaxed and said he was ready to go out and win the race. He was focused today and it showed all day long. This victory was a great team effort and everything just clicked perfectly this race."
It's no secret that the deserts surrounding Primm, Nevada are the most battered and rocky terrain off road racers see each and every year. This year was no different as Jones railed his Geiser Brothers built trophy truck through the brutal rocks and terrain enroute to a dominating performance.
What was different this season than others was the #76 SCORE Trophy Truck arrived with confidence and poise after winning the San Felipe 250 and racing for the win at the Baja 500 in June. Jones has been in the hunt for the season point's championship since the first race of the season and everyone knew Jesse Jones was a solid pick for the win. Las Vegas odds makers had Jones at 3:1 and he didn't disappoint at the sports books!
Mild weather greeted this year's SCORE Primm 300 racers and by the time Jesse Jones took the green flag 85 degree weather and slight breeze set the background for what turned out to be a near perfect day for Jones Racing.
Charging off the line with a vengeance, Jesse set a fast pace over the first 68.6 miles, one full lap, with a fast lap time of 1:08:11. As the race progressed, Jones waged his own war inside his race truck as his transmission lost a couple gears. Both the second and third laps were 6 minutes slower, but Jesse wicked up his Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck and finished the final lap with a time of 1:10:13 earning the overall victory by a slim margin of 3 minutes, 29 seconds over runner up, Robbie Pierce.
"At this point in the season, our confidence level is about peaked. We've spent a lot of time getting to this level and the team is firing on all cylinders. Joe Weining worked his butt off prepping the truck and everyone on the crew was solid all day long," said the smiling Jesse Jones.
The win was the second of the season for the Arizona based racing veteran. Jones captivated the desert racing world with a flawless run at this year's SCORE San Felipe 250 and vied for the winner's trophy at the SCORE Baja 500, where he battled with off road racing veteran, Scott McMillin.
"We had a very close race at the 500. Scott passed me while we splashed for gas in the last 100 miles of the race at Santo Tomas and we couldn't catch him after that. Racing at this level you have to have a little bit of luck and we ended up second to Scott and Andy. They won the season opener at Laughlin and then I won at San Felipe. They won again at the 500 in the close race and now I won here at Primm. To settle the score this season, it all comes down to the Baja 1000 and I can't wait," explained the grinning Jesse.
"My schedule has me prerunning in Baja during the entire time that SCORE has the racecourse open for prerunning. The world famous Larry Ragland is racing with me and we have planned to get some serious work done before the race. I promise the world that we'll be in a great position to win this year's Baja 1000."
Jones arrived to the SCORE Primm 300 involved in an intense battle for the most prestigious off road racing championship in the world, the SCORE Desert Series Trophy Truck trophy title. Heading into this year's SCORE Primm 300 he trailed Andy McMillin by a margin of 24 points and after Saturday's victory they are separated by a mere 3 points heading into the most difficult race in the universe, the SCORE Baja 1000, a 1000-mile nonstop point-to-point off road race. Racers will buckle up in Ensenada taking the green flag and will race across the most inhospitable terrain in North America ending in the capital city of La Paz.
"Racing for the SCORE Trophy Truck championship is something special and having to prove yourself in the longest point-to-point race in the world and against the toughest racers on the planet, is exactly the position what every racer ever thinks about. It's sort of like bottom of the ninth inning with bases loaded in the World Series and I'm at bat. This is what I've dreamed about since I started racing and I can't wait to put the #76 in the dirt of the Baja Peninsula," said Jesse.
Jones Motorsports would like to thank GEISER Brothers, BFGoodrich, Fox Racing Shox and Vision X for their continued support, as well as Joe Weining for an incredible prep job.

JTGrey Racing Report

2010 Primm 300 Lexus Front View

Joe Bacal, JTGrey Racing Secure Class Championship, Pick Up Lexus Sponsorship Ahead of Baja 1000

Back in the summer of 2009, we brought you the story of cancer-survivor-turned-off-road-racer Joe Bacal who had made the unusual choice of a Lexus LX 570 luxury SUV for his Baja rig. Today, we bring you news that he just finished his first full season by winning the championship.

"It may seem unusual to race a large luxury SUV in the desert, but I've worked quite a bit with
Lexus vehicles and frankly, I think I'll have an advantage," Bacal said back in June 2009. "Lexus SUVs are capable and extremely durable -- both key factors in successful off-road racing."
And he was right. Since his debut on the dirt circuit, Bacal has racked up an unbroken streak of podium finishes as well as several wins. With his win in the Stock Full class at the SCORE Terrible's Las Vegas Primm 300 this past weekend, Bacal clinched the class championship, all in his first season.
"We came into this racing series as off-road racing rookies, but we also came prepared," said Bacal. "We did our homework and were confident the Lexus would be fast and reliable. Of course, it helps to have a great team and sponsors behind you, too. Things have worked out pretty well."
Bacal's JTGrey Racing team is a grassroots effort, making his win all the more impressive. Bacal cut his teeth piloting Nissans, Toyotas and GM vehicles as a test and development driver before switching to off-road racing after beating cancer. After securing training from the legendary Ivan Stewart, Bacal even managed to convince the Cancer Treatment Centers of America to sponsor his team after his extended stay with them.
Now, though, they'll be joined by Lexus as an official sponsor. JTGrey Racing, named for Bacal and his wife, Teresa, is now a factory-backed team after receiving limited support from Lexus in the past. Lexus has signed on just in time to help Bacal out before he heads south for the Baja 1000 in November, and the company has committed to the team through the 2011 season as well.
"It's been an amazing year for us, but the mother of all off-road races is coming around again and we're really like to win it, as well as witn the Toyota Milestone Award," Bacal said, referring to the Baja 1000, which begins November 17. "That would be huge!"

Who's in the Baja Racing Points Chase?



Andy McMillin

Jesse Jones

Nick Vanderwey

Robbie Pierce

B.J. Baldwin

Adam Householder

Gary Weyhrich

Mark McMillin

Ed Stout

Kory Scheeler

Robby Gordon


Primm 300 Results: Baja 1000 Tune-Up Race

TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)--1. Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150, 4:46:39 (57.44 mph); 2. Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, Santee, Calif., Alpine, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:50:08; 3. Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150, 4:59:17; 4. Dave Crinklaw, Reedley, Calif./Mike Thurlow, Kingsburg, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 5:01:51;. 5. Kory Scheeler, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 5:02:12; 6. Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150, 5:07:51; 7. Will Staats, Valencia, Calif./Greg Shapiro, Canyon Country, Calif., Ford F-150, 5:08:44; 8. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150, 5:12:40; 9. Scott Whipple/Scott Gailey, Norco, Calif., Chevy C1500, 5:13:00; 10. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 5:22:18; 11. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Chevy Silverado, 5:37:34; 12. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 5:41:45; 13. James Bult/Jacob Bult, Monee, Ill., Dodge Ram2500, 6:01:38; 14. Ron Whitton/Charles Dana, Mesa, Ariz, Ford F-150, 6:29:38; 15. Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif./Danny Ashcraft, Vista, Calif., Ford F-150, 6:34;20; 16. Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif./Jimmy Stephensen, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 6:41:55; 17. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 6:44:20.(30 Starters, 17 Finishers)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)--1. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), Jimco-BMW, 4:51:30 (56.48 mph); 2. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./John Herder, Tucson, Ariz., Jimco-Chevy, 5:06:40; 3. Josh Daniel, Canyon Lake, Calif./Allen Hickerson, Vista, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 5:06:50; 4. Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Penhall-Chevy,5:07:39; 5. Terry Householder, Orange, Calif./Chris Elmer, Yorba Linda, Calif., Playtech-Chevy, 5:09:51; 6. Cody Parkhouse/Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 5:19:20; 7. Adam Ashcraft, Carlsbad, Calif., Ashcraft-Chevy, 5:20:52; 8. Armin Kremer, Germany/Andreas Aigner, Austria, Jimco-Chevy, 5:28:05; 9. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Jeff Quinn, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 5:35:55; 10. Jason Jernigan/Shawn McCallum, Imperial, Calif., Streamline-Ford, 5:59:32; 11. Kory Halopoff/Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Alpha-Chevy, 6:06:25; 12. Daniel Wingerning, Redondo Beach, Calif./Bill Wingerning, Rolling Hills, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 6:25:45; 13. Mark Hutchins/C.J. Hutchins, Henderson, Nev., Kreger-Chevy, 6:41:20. (19 Starters, 13 Finishers)

SCORE LITE (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)--1. Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif./Alfie Bueno, El Cajon, Calif., Lothringer, 5:24:22 (50.91 mph); 2. Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif./Daniel Folts, La Habra, Calif., Seagrove, 5:30:20; 3. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./L.J. Kennedy, Orange, Calif., Jimco, 5:36:48; 4. Cody Freeman/Kenny Freeman, Henderson, Nev., Fraley, 5:38:43; 5. Danny Savant, Temecula, Calif./Mike Voyles, Murrieta, Calif., Prep by Jake, 5:43:25; 6. John Padgett/Ryan Nikita, Canada, Kreger, 5:55:10; 7. Brent Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif./Brian Burgess, Riverside, Calif., Moulton, 6:04:13; 8. Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz./Lee Banning Jr., Litchfield Park, Ariz., Foddrill, 6:22:02; 9. Samuel Araiza/Ernesto Cervantes, La Paz, Mexico, Curry, 6:28:52; 10. Zak Langley, El Segundo, Calif./Bernie Carr, Solvang, Calif., SmithFab, 6:32:22; 11. Mark Talla, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Josh Meister, California City, Calif., Porter, 6:36:15; 12. Todd Stemmerman, San Diego/Ryan Schank, Apple Valley, Calif., Penhall, 6:46:45. (16 Starters, 12 Finishers)

Baja Summer 2010 News Wrap

Baja Vampire Bats, Gators and Drugs On The Loose!

Vampire Bats and Gators are on the loose in the Mexicali Valley, reported this August with several victims of vampire bites in the valley. The Gators are small, but many speculate some are good sized and on the loose! The mountains of drug seizures continue in Baja Norte.

Red Cross of Baja Mexico Bankrupt!

Reports from Baja Mexico is that the Red Cross of Baja California, Norte and Sur, is that the rescue organization is bankrupt. Dont' count on any kind of rescue in Mexico.

Baja Earthquakes Continue!

Throughout the Mexicali Valley and elsewhere in Baja Norte, earthquakes have continued from the Easter Big One. Sounds of rumblings' often are from the rift valley of Mexicali south to the mouth of the Colorado River at the Sea of Cortez.

The rift zone from San Bernadino in the states all the way south to the Sea of Cortez, is due for a 7+, just a matter of time.

Baja Mexico UFO Photographed at Earthquake Sites!

See for yourself, photos from the Cerro Prieto area, near the big quake site.

BAJA 1000 Starters, Finishers and Race Sites:
Tijuana to La Paz
Total Starters: 68, Total Finishers: 31
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 243, Total Finishers: 106
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 247, Total Finishers: 96
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 261, Total Finishers: 145
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 222, Total Finishers: 116
Mexicali to La Paz
Total Starters: 245, Total Finishers: 98
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 143, Total Finishers: 73
NO RACE (Fuel Crisis)
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 235, Total Finishers: 86
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 218, Total Finishers: 74
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 346, Total Finishers: 123
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 219, Total Finishers: 56
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 244, Total Finishers: 121
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 255, Total Finishers: 104
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 250, Total Finishers: 85
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 135, Total Finishers: 69
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 248, Total Finishers: 76
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 169, Total Finishers: 75
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 211, Total Finishers: 111
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 237, Total Finishers: 147
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 314, Total Finishers: 180
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 329, Total Finishers: 163
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 286, Total Finishers: 176
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 308 Total Finishers: 162
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 271, Total Finishers: 124
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 307, Total Finishers: 189
Mexicali to Mexicali
Total Starters: 260, Total Finishers: 96
Mexicali to Mexicali
Total Starters: 281, Total Finishers: 120
Tijuana to La Paz
Total Starters: 283, Total Finishers: 160
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 220, Total Finishers: 113
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 221, Total Finishers: 130
Santo Tomas to La Paz
Total Starters: 207, Total Finishers: 123
Ojos Negros to Ojos Negros
Total Starters: 238, Total Finishers: 101
Tecate SCORE Baja 2000
Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas
Total Starters: 262, Total Finishers: 184
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 219, Total Finishers: 102
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 234, Total Finishers: 151
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 272, Total Finishers: 153
Ensenada to La Paz
Total Starters: 284, Total Finishers: 198
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 342, Total Finishers: 163
Ensenada to La Paz
*Total Starters: 431, Total Finishers: 234
Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas
Total Starters: 424,
Total Finishers: 237**

Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 347, Total Finishers: 227
Ensenada to Ensenada
Total Starters: 328, Total Finishers: 184

*Event Record-Starters
**Event Record-Finishers

Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 All-Time Start Sites:
1-Ojos Negros
1-Santo Tomas

All-Time Finish Sites:
17-La Paz
2-Cabo San Lucas
1-Ojos Negros

Top Total Finishers:
2007—237 Finishers (424 Starters)
2006—234 Finishers (431 Starters)
2008—227 Finishers (347 Starters)
2004—198 Finishers (284 Starters)
1992—189 Finishers (307 Starters)
2000—184 Finishers (262 Starters)
2009—184 Finishers (328 Starters)
1987—180 Finishers (314 Starters)
1989—176 Finishers (286 Starters)
2005—163 Finishers (342 Starters)
1988—163 Finishers (329 Starters)
1990—162 Finishers (308 Starters)
1995—160 Finishers (283 Starters)
2003—153 Finishers (272 Starters)
2002—151 Finishers (234 Starters)
1986—147 Finishers (237 Starters)

Top Total Starters:
2006—431 Starters (234 Finishers)
2007—424 Starters (237 Finishers)
2008—347 Starters (227 Finishers)
1977—346 Starters (123 Finishers)
2005—342 Starters (163 Finishers)
1988—329 Starters (163 Finishers)
2009—328 Starters (184 Finishers)
1987—314 Starters (180 Finishers)
1990—308 Starters (162 Finishers)
1992—307 Starters (189 Finishers)
1989—286 Starters (176 Finishers)
2004—284 Starters (198 Finishers)
1995—283 Starters (160 Finishers)
1994—281 Starters (120 Finishers)
2003—272 Starters (153 Finishers)
1991—271 Starters (124 Finishers)

Top Total Finishers When finishing in La Paz:
2006—234 Finishers (431 Starters)
2004—198 Finishers (284 Starters)
1992—189 Finishers (307 Starters)
1989—176 Finishers (286 Starters)
1995—160 Finishers (283 Starters)
2002—151 Finishers (234 Starters)
1986—147 Finishers (237 Starters)

Top Total Starters When finishing in La Paz:
2006—431 Starters (234 Finishers)
1992—307 Starters (189 Finishers)
1989—286 Starters (176 Finishers)
2004—284 Starters (198 Finishers)
1995—283 Starters (160 Finishers)
1972—245 Starters (98 Finishers)
1979—244 Starters (121 Finishers)

Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Pro Multi-Class Champion Leaders

ENTERED IN THIS YEAR’S RACE (as of 11.05.10)



Rod Hall--1967, 1969, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009(2)


Larry Roeseler--1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008


Craig Adams—1978, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007(2), 2008(2), 2009(2)


Johnny Campbell--1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008


Steve Hengeveld—1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007


Jim O’Neal—1998, 2004, 2005, 2006(3), 2007, 2008, 2009

Eric Solorzano--1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006


Chad Hall--1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009

Mark McMillin--1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

Dan Smith--1983, 1992 (2), 1993, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002


Richard Jackson--1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009


Troy Herbst—1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Donald Moss—2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Bill Nichols—1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2007, 2009

Marcos Nunez—2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

Arnoldo Ramirez—1996, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008

Darren Skilton--1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2009


Rodney Engen--1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992

Rob MacCachren--1992, 1993, 2001, 2004, 2007

Larry Ragland--1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999


Pancho Bio—1990, 1998, 2008, 2009

Josh Hall—2003, 2005, 2006, 2007

Mike Horner—1985, 2002, 2003, 2007

Scott Myers—2005, 2007, 2008, 2009

Kendall Norman—2004, 2007, 2008, 2009

Gerardo Rojas—2003, 2004, 2006, 2009

Francisco Septien—2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Scott Steinberger—1991, 1992, 1996, 2000


David Calloway—1998, 2002, 2004

Robby Gordon—1989, 1990, 2006

Rick L. Johnson—2004, 2006, 2007

Wayne Matlock—2005, 2008, 2009

Roger Norman—2001, 2004, 2008

Hector Sarabia—1999, 2001, 2005

Mike Shaffer—2006, 2007, 2008

Gavin Skilton—1994, 2001, 2008

Ivan Stewart--1976, 1993, 1998

Sergio Vega—2001, 2003, 2004

*Includes racers who have been driver/rider of record at least once

The Golden Age of Baja Mexico

The Original Story From December 2, 2009 HERE:


Alfredo Tapia, Reporter
From La Paz, Mexico


Drugs & Alcohol
in SCORE Racing Events!

Baja 1000 2010 going to La Paz BCS, to support the State Government

In a deal with the Baja Sur Governor, Sal Fish was reported to take the Baja 1000 to Cabo San Lucas in 2010. But, the politically corrupt Governor of Baja South was busted and forced to take the race to the capital to try to get back some political capital. SCORE was paid over $100,000 for the last run to Baja South.

The personal deal, will demand very high expenses on the part of the teams returning to Baja South.
The Cabo run also attempted to compete with the very popular CABO 500, started in 2005.

On the SCORE website, one message says "Ensenada to La Paz", another says "to be announced later". La Paz will not have any chance of Baja racers maybe until 2013?

Many aspects of the Baja 1000 run to Cabo the last time, attempted to copy the CABO 500 desert off-road race in Baja South. The awards ceremony on the La Paz Malecon in 2006 was a copy and the one on the beach in 2007, in Cabo, were first accomplished by the CABO 500, among others.

The CABO 1000, next October will be a LIVE Pre-Run, one month before the November Baja 1000.

See more details at

Preparing to celebrate its 37th year as the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body,
the Baja 1000 this year, is going to Southern Baja.

The 24th Baja 250 is set for March 12-14 in San Felipe, Baja California, followed by the 42nd anniversary of the vastly popular Baja 500, June 4-6, in Ensenada, Baja California.

Baja racing officials will announce before the end of the year exactly where the 2010 Baja 1000 will start and finish. SCORE International, founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish since 1974, continues today as another sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. Their races feature 18 Pro and three Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the U.S. with 11 additional Pro and three more Sportsman classes for motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico. Baja races average 150 entries, in the United States, while the average in Mexico, with motorcycle and ATV classes running as well as the cars and trucks is 300.

But, SCORE has proven itself to be completely untrustworthy as a source of "truthful" information to International travelers, venturing to Mexico.

Numerous, serious falsehoods have been emitted from SCORE over the past several years. Making any information from them, related to condition reports of racers & travel safety in Baja California Mexico, the biggest f-ing joke on the planet. Many others have also been enlisted in this charade.

And they are doing it, for money.
Baja Racing
is here to get YOU the real deal.

If you think you've heard it all about Baja racing, keep up with us, we have information that will be released in 2010, that will blow the sport wide open.

An inside source at the State Tourism office in La Paz, Carlos Becceril, has provided us with explosive information that could jeopardize the future international off-racing in the state of Baja Sur, Mexico. (Told ya it was EXPOLSIVE!)

Gary Newsome, Editor
Additions to Original story

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