Thursday, July 21, 2011

All German Motorsports Starts with all new San Diego JIMCO BMW X6 Trophy Truck

Baja Racing News: Schwarz to start with all-new AGM-Jimco BMW X6 Trophy Truck

For months now the offroad scene has eagerly awaited the premiere of the AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck. Now it’s all go: In late September the new desert monster will be presented in Germany, with which rally ace Armin Schwarz and the All German Motorsports team tackle the US SCORE Championship. Here are the first impressions and technical description of the vehicle for those who simply can’t wait any longer.

Team boss Martin Christensen and his crew are working flat out round the clock on the new vehicle. All German Motorsports assemble the Trophy Truck in the USA in close collaboration with Jimco, the most experienced and best chassis manufacturer in the international offroad scene. Jimco is responsible for the chassis and the construction of the vehicle. TriStar Metals, a US subsidiary of Stammcut, supply premium quality material for the new frame under the X6 silhouette.

The design of the new Trophy Truck was developed in close cooperation with the creative team of Achim Storz. DESIGN STORZ based in Zell am See (Austria) developed the silhouette of the Trophy Truck with the body of the BMW X6 as an inspiration. The team found the greatest challenges in realising the idea of this special shape while incorporating the technical features of a Trophy Truck.

Another partner is Meziere Enterprises, a long-standing supporter of AGM that specialises in machined and lathed parts for racing. Team boss Christensen spent many nights with engineers from Meziere, developing calculations, drawings and CAD data.

"There is an incredible amount of machined parts on this Trophy Truck. We rely on the lightweight construction - whether it’s aluminium, magnesium or titanium - that Meziere has made for us," says Armin Schwarz. All carbon-fibre components on the vehicle, for instance the internal parts that are exposed to strong vibrations, are supplied by partner Lynx Composites.

With the suspension, All German Motorsports places it trust in partners Eibach and Fox. They equip the Trophy Truck not only with springs and shock absorbers, but also contribute to the planning. In conjunction with Eibach and Fox, team boss Christensen calculated what the suspension must withstand and provide taking the weight of the vehicle into consideration.

Powering the AGM-Jimco X6 Trophy Truck is a 725 hp V8 Denzio BMW engine. The filter system and the air ducting were set-up by K&N in Riverside, California. Partner Remus built an ultra-lightweight exhaust with a multi-flow 4-in-1 exhaust system. "This provides the unmistakeable sound of the Trophy Truck. That’s exactly what our fans love to hear," said Schwarz. Liqui Moly is the supplier of all lubricants which have been specifically developed for the hot, sandy and difficult conditions of offroad racing in the desert.

Fortin delivers the gearbox: A sequential shift automatic gearbox. "At the rear axle we work with Drexler Motorsport for the first time. They are experts in the field of differentials. We selected a differential which gives us considerably better vehicle handling on the twisty and rolling tracks than a rigid drive," explains Schwarz. "And as far as tyres are concerned, we are sticking with our good and reliable partner, BF Goodrich. Their rubber is a must."

All German Motorsports get all the safety systems, like the Recaro seats, the Schroth harness system, race wear, helmets and the Stand21 HANS system, as well as all the small parts like switches and so forth, from their partner Off Road Warehouse ORW.

But it’s not just about hardware in the AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck, it’s also about the software. In conjunction with B&M Tricon, the team launched a development project. IT solutions were found that are intended to contribute to simplifying and optimising the set-up of the vehicle in the future.

For August, All German Motorsports plan comparison tests with the new vehicle, which stands out from other Trophy Trucks through its low weight and substantially better aerodynamics. In September, the AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck will celebrate its public launch in Germany. As part of the presentation, new partners will be announced.

"Our first race with the AGM-Jimco Trophy Truck will be in November at the Baja 1000," says Schwarz. "We’re regarding the Baja 1000 more as a test run and as a good preparation for the 2012 season in the US SCORE Offroad Championship. That’s when we want to secure our first wins."

Technical Data AGM-Jimco X6 Trophy Truck

Chassis: Tubular frame, AGM-Jimco design
Body: AGM/ BMW - X6 carbon body
Total weight: 2,200 kg (without fuel)
Engine: V8 Denzio - BMW engine, 7.0-litres, 725 hp, 780 Nm torque
Engine mounting: Meziere special engine bulkhead with peripheral aggregates like lightflow-water and oil pumps
Exhaust: Remus multi-flow 4-in-1 sound system
Electronics: Motec engine and control electronics
Gearbox: Fortin 4-speed sequential automatic 
Rear axle: Drexler Motorsport variable limited split differential
Wheelbase: 314 cm
Wheel travel front: 80cm
Wheel travel rear: 100 cm
Shock absorbers: 3.5 inch FOX Bypass - TT Shocks
Springs: Eibach special offroad springs linear
Anti-roll bars: AGM special anti-roll bars
Brakes: Alcon 355mm inner-vented discs/ 6 piston callipers
Rims: Method Offroad Racing rims, 17 inch, 6.5 x 17"
Tyres: BFGoodrich KRT 37/13.50x17"
Suspension: Meziere special offroad, upright, suspension & hub
Seats: Recaro Profi SPA
Safety: Stand21, HANS, Schroth harness, ORW Racing equipment
Special: AGM hydraulic jack, Soltec lights 

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Winning two of the first three series races overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division, Las Vegas rookie driver Bryce Menzies finds himself at the top of the point leaderboard of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. SCORE has released the updated season point standings following final data-tracking review and release of the final revised results from the Tecate SCORE Baja 500.

Menzies, who opened the season by winning the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January, drove to a penalty-free victory as well in June’s 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 to assume a commanding lead in the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point standings in the No. 70 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150. Sandwiched between his first two career SCORE race wins in the marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, Menzies finished sixth in SCORE Trophy-Truck at the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March.

Round 4 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series will be the inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions, Sept. 9-11, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. The computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, will be held Saturday, August 6 at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles. The event will feature 17 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks and the race route for this new event will be the same approximately 250 mile course used at this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March.

SCORE points are based on starting, finishing, placement and number of official starters within each class, Menzies, 23, who had only raced the 2010 SCORE Baja 500 where he finished seventh in his first start in SCORE Trophy-Truck, has 243 championship points following Round 3 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. SCORE Trophy-Truck has had the largest starting field for all three races with 32 in Laughlin, 24 in San Felipe and 28 in Ensenada.

"Somebody needs to pinch me and tell me I'm not just dreaming all this," said Menzies recently. "We have such a great team and our vehicle is prepped so magnificently but with the world's best racers in SCORE Trophy-Truck, I am stunned that we are on top of the board right now. I couldn't do any of this without the unconditional support from my dad (team owner Steve Menzies) and I continue to learn so much from him every day, that I just hope I can keep learning, stay patient and don't do anything stupid in the last two races to diminish the great success we have had so far this season. It's unbelievable. I'm from Las Vegas and honestly what would the odds be for a rookie to be doing this well in the sport's marquee racing division in the world's best desert racing series."

With two wins and a second so far this year, second in overall points and leading the unlimited class 1 is Justin Davis, 18 of Chino Hills, Calif., just three points behind Menzies with 240 so far. Davis, last year’s SCORE Lite point champion, won Class 1 in Laughlin and San Felipe and was a close second in Ensenada driving the Green Army Motorsports Chevy-powered ESM open-wheel desert race car.

Picking up his eighth career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win in San Felipe, Las Vegas Rob MacCachren, an eight-time SCORE season point champion, is third in overall and second in SCORE Trophy-Truck points so far after finishing fourth in Laughlin and ninth in Ensenada with 227 points.

Following consistent seventh, fifth and fourth-place finishes in the season’s first three events, Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., is fourth in overall points and third in SCORE Trophy-Truck with 214 in the No. 98 TSCO Motorsports Ford F-150.

Tied for fifth in overall points with 205 is Mexico’s preeminent son-father team Gus Vildosola Jr. and Sr., in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 (fourth in SCORE Trophy-Truck) and Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley Calif. in the Jefferies-Chevy (second in Class 1).

With extremely tight competition, just 62 points separate the top 25 overall point leaders following the first three rounds of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. And SCORE Trophy-Trucks are holding down six of the top 10 spots in overall points.

While 38 points separate the top six drivers in the SCORE overall point standings, just 10 points separate the next 12 overall leaders.

Seventh in overall points and fifth in SCORE Trophy-Truck with 200 is Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., who drives the No. 24 Blitzkreig Motorsports Chevy Silverado.

Third in Class 1 and eighth overall is Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., with 199 points in a Jimco-Chevy.

Ninth in overall points and sixth in SCORE Trophy-Truck is Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif. with 196 points in the No. 78 Ford F-150.
After winning his class at the recent Tecate SCORE Baja 500, Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., is leading Class 1-2/1600 and is 10th in overall points with 194 in the 1600cc McMillin Racing AlumiCraft-VW.

San Diego’s McMillin family actually has three third-generation desert racers in the top 16 overall point standings after three races of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. Besides Luke McMillin, his brother Daniel McMillin is tied for 11th in overall points and fourth in Class 1 while their cousin Jessica McMillin leads the Protruck class with three straight wins this season and is tied for 16th in overall points with 190.

The McMillins also have two SCORE Trophy-Truck entries in most races, one driven by Mark McMillin, Luke and Daniel’s father, and the other shared by Jessica McMillin’s brother and father, Andy McMillin and Scott McMillin. Andy did not race in Laughlin, but finished third and second respectively in San Felipe and Ensenada while Mark did not race in Ensenada, but finished eighth in Laughlin and ninth in San Felipe.

Besides Jessica McMillin, the other racers have won all three races to start the year and lead their respective classes are Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger) and Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (Class 4, PSD-Chevy).

Racers who have won their class in two of three races so far this season to lead their respective class point standings are Donald Moss, Sacramento Calif. (Class 3, Ford Bronco), Kevin Carr, San Diego (Class 5, unlimited VW Baja Bug), Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn. (Class 8, Chevy Silverado and Class 11, Stock VW Sedan) and West Bevly IV, Corpus Christi, Texas (Class 7-2, BajaLite-Chevy).

Out of Bristol, Tenn., the RPM Offroad team continues to record impressive results with four entries in Laughlin with three class wins, five entries in San Felipe with two more class wins and five entries in Ensenada with three additional class wins.

With two lead drivers, Justin Matney, of Bristol, Tenn., leads both Class 8 in a Chevy Silverado and Class 11 in a Stock VW Sedan while teammate Clyde Stacy, of Bristol, Va., leads Class 4 in a PSD-Chevy and he also is a rookie in SCORE Trophy-Truck. Matney’s father John Matney won the Stock Full class in San Felipe to go with Stacy’s Class 4 win. In Ensenada, Matney won both Class 8 and Class 11 while Stacy won again in Class 4.
Jessica McMillin is one of two female drivers leading a class so far this season as Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., leads Class 6 in a Ford Ranger following a class win in San Felipe and a third in Ensenada.

Among the other 2011 SCORE point leaders in car and truck classes after three races are Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif. (SCORE Lite, Jimco-VW), Wes Bevly III, Corpus Christi, Texas (Stock Full, Ford F-150), Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 10, Jimco-Honda).

With motorcycles and ATVs racing in the three traditional SCORE Baja races, the overall motorcycle and Class 30 (riders over 30 years old) leader with 154 points after victories in San Felipe and Ensenada is the team led by Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas on a Honda CRF450X.

Leading the open Class 22 and tied for second overall is the JCR/Honda team led by Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif., on a Honda CRF450X.

Following their Class 24 ATV class win in San Felipe over a field of 17 starters and Ensenada over a field of 11 starters, leading the overall and Class 24 ATV point standings with 168 points is the team led by Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore. on a Honda TRX450R. Brown’s co-riders in San Felipe were Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash., Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash., and Robbie Mitchell, Price Utah. Added for Ensenada was Christopher Kristensen, Vancouver, Wash.

Among the other motorcycle class point leaders after two of three SCORE Baja races for their classes are the teams led by Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles, Calif. (Class 21, Jpmda CRF450X), Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X) and Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X).

Leading Class 25 for open ATVs is the team led by Wayne Matlock, Calif., on a Honda TRX700XX.

After his San Felipe win and second in Ensenada, leading Class 26 (utility ATVs) on a Can Am Outlander 800 is the team led by Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif.

In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are attempting 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. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 26th consecutive year, a total of 31 drivers remain eligible after Round 3 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series.

Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.

While Tecate is title sponsor of the inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions, additional race sponsor is the Tourism and Convention Bureau of Mexicali/San Felipe and Cotuco.

2011 SCORE Desert Series Point Leaders
(after 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500-June 2-5, Ensenada, Mexico; Remaining Races—-Inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions-Sept. 9-11, San Felipe, Mexico; 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000-Nov. 17-20, Ensenada, Mexico)
Top 25 Overall Cars and Trucks
(Position, Drivers, Vehicle-Engine, Class, Points)
1. Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 243
2. Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., ESM-Chevy (Class 1), 240
3. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 227
4. Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 214
5. Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 205
5. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy (Class 1), 205
7. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 200
8. Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 199
9. Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 196
10. Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 194
11. Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 193
11. Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 193
13. Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif., Jimco-VW (SCORE Lite), 192
13. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 192
15. Steve Appleton, Boise, Idaho, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 191
16. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., PSD-Chevy (Class 4), 190
16. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger (Class 7SX), 190
16. Jessica McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150 (Protruck), 190
19. Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif., Lothringer-VW (SCORE Lite), 185
19. Ken Losch, Tempe, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 185
19. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Silverado (Class 8), 185
22. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (Class 5), 184
22. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 7), 184
22. Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Honda (Class 10), 184
25. Wes Bevly IV, Corpus Christi, Texas, BajaLite-Chevy (Class 7-2), 181

2011 SCORE Desert Series
Pro Class Point Leaders
(NOTE: Motorcycles, ATVs and SPT UTVs race in the SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000)
(With Class wins in parenthesis)
Pro Cars and Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK—1. Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (2), 243; 2. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (1), 227; 3. Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150, 214; 4. Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 205; 5. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 200; 6. Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif., Ford F-150, 196; 7. Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150, 193; 8. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado, 192; 9. Ken Losch, Tempe, Ariz./Greg Nunley, Tulare, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 185; 10. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150, 176.
CLASS 1—1. Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., ESM-Chevy (w), 240; 2. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 205; 3. Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 199; 4. Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 193; 5. Steve Appleton, Boise, Idaho, Jimco-Chevy, 191; 6. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 173; 7. Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 163; 8. David Greenhill, Crowley, Texas, Jimco-Chevy, 149; 9. Josh Rigsby, Santa Fe, N.M., Penhall-Chevy, 137; 10. Armin Schwarz/Armin Kremer, Germany, Jimco-Chevy, 135; 11. Steven Eugenio, Alpine, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Oceanside, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 107.
CLASS 1-2/1600—1. Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW (1), 194; 2. Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Penhall-VW, 173; 3. Arturo Velazco/Abel Velazco, Banning, Calif., Porter-VW, 165; 4. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Kreger-VW, 162; 5. Cody Robinson, El Cenro, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo-VW (1), 117.
CLASS 3—1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco (2), 126.
CLASS 5—1. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (2), 184; 2. Cody Kellog, Cypress, Calif., VW Baja Bug (1), 174.
CLASS 5/1600—1. Emilio Salcido, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (1), 144; 2. Carlos Rivas, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (1), 85.
CLASS 6—1. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rene Brugger, San Diego, Ford Ranger (1), 175; 2. Marc Burnett, Chula Vista, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 172; 3. Javier Manzo, Tijuana, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 135.
CLASS 7—1. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (2), 184; 2. Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 153.
CLASS 7SX—1. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger (3), 185; 2. Rich Severson, Tucson, Ariz., Ford Ranger, 59.
CLASS 8—1. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Silverado (2), 185; 2. Noah Ostanik, Encinitas, Calif., Ford F-150 (1), 179.
CLASS 9—1. Luke Babb, Monrovia, Calif., Jimco-VW, 35.
CLASS 10—1. Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Honda (1), 184; 2. Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn., Kreger-Chevy, 136; 3. Alex Mendez, Tijuana, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 128; 4. (tie) John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Racer-Chevy and Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW (1), 113.
SCORE LITE—1. Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif., Jimco-VW (1), 192; 2. Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 185; 3. Zak Langley, El Segundo, Calif., SmithFab-VW, 175; 4. Samuel Araiza, La Paz, Mexico, Curry-VW, 169; 5. Steven Lisa, Paradise Valley, Calif., Foddrill-VW, 142.
CLASS 11—1. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., VW Sedan (2), 151; 2. Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif., VW Sedan, 136.
STOCK FULL—1. Wes Bevly III, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford F-150 (1), 130; 2. John Matney, Bristol, Va., Dodge Ram2500 (1), 104; 3. Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., LX570, 82.
PROTRUCK—1. Jessica McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150 (3), 190.
CLASS 7-2—1. Wes Bevly IV, Corpus Christi, Texas, BajaLite-Chevy (2), 181; 2. Bruce Finchum, Mesa, Ariz., TrophyLite-Chevy (1), 145; 3. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo. Mason-Chevy, 109.
CLASS 4—1. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., PSD-Chevy (3), 190.
CLASS 2-D—1. Rob Rill, Gainesville, Fla., Rallyraid-BMW, 45.

Pro Motorcycles
CLASS 22—1. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho, Honda CRF450X (1), 151; 2. Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X, 129; 3. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Bryce Stavron, Palmdale, Calif./Donald Stanley, San Clemente, Calif./Kyle Corfman, El Centro, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 129; 4. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 110.

CLASS 21—1. Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Salvador Hernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 141; 2. Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy/Max Eddy Jr., Barstow, Calif./Bill Gilbert, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 140; 3. David Kleiman, Carlsbad, Calif./Mike Gress, Anaheim Hills, Calif./Chad Earl, Huntington Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 130.

CLASS 30—1. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 154; 2. Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev./Noe Ibarra, Banning, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 142; 3. Tim Abshire, Dana Point, Calif./Scott Clemens, Laguna Niguel, Calif./John Burke-Zuber, Victorville, Calif./Craig McCall, Riverside, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 129.

CLASS 40—1. Mike Prunty/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Collie Potter, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 144; 2. Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Jeff Sheets, Henderson, Nev./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif., Honda CRF450X, (1), 140; 3. Oscar Fazz, Yuma, Ariz./Randy Harmon, Peoria, Ariz./Derek Ball, Yuma, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450F, 89.

CLASS 50—1. Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Eric McKenna, Loomis, Calif./Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./Paul Doebereiner, La Quinta, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 151; 2. Ken Kosiorek, San Diego, Honda XR650R, 131; 3. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./ Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Lee Scheffers, Riverside, Calif./Marc Prince, Malibu, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 89.

CLASS 60—1. Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn./Sam Dempsey, Lake Balboa, Calif./Bob Gates, Hesperia, Calif./Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Will Rogers, Escondido, Calif./Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 150.

Pro ATVs
CLASS 25—1. Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles, Honda TRX700XX (1), 141; 2. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Playa del Rey, Calif./Garren Fuller, Santee, Calif., Honda TRX700XX, 138; 3. Rafael Torres/Juan Naranjo/Damaria Maduena/Jouquin Maduena/Carlos Cansteneda, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 136; 4. Roberto Ruiz, El Centro, Calif./Rodolfo Navarro, Mexicali, Mexico/Carlos Apdali/Ivan Mejorado, Tecate, Calif., Honda TRX450R (1), 102.

CLASS 24—1. Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash./Robbie Mitchell, Price, Utah/Christopher Kristensen, Vancouver, Wash., Honda TRX450R (2), 168; 2. Juan Sanchez/Raul Cano/Angel Sanchez/Danny Salazar, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 152; 3. Heriberto Marquez/Julio Gomez/Adrian Lopez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 145; 4. Jorge Brambila, Imperial Beach, Calif./Julio Cornejo, San Diego/David Nunez, Imperial Beach, Calif./Manuel Jimenez, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 140; 5. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif./Nick DeStout, Oceanside, Calif./Frank Batista, Riverdale, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 139.

CLASS 26—1. Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif./Tim Winiarski, Carson, Calif., Can Am Outlander800 (1), 144; 2. Carl Vela, Ardsley, N.Y./Mike Penland, Rabun Gap, Ga./Raymond Regis, Huntington, N.Y., Can-Am Outlander800 (1), 85.

SPT TRUCK—1. Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 129.
SPT CAR—1. Peter Lang, Santa Rosa, Calif., Homebuilt-Buck (2), 150.
SPT UTV—1. Bill Morris, Bakersfield, Calif., Polaris RZR4 (1), 105.
SPT M/C 450cc<—1. Marco Meave, Chula Vista, Calif., Yamaha WR450R (1), 151. SPT M/C 450cc>—1. Ulises Fierro, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X (2), 175.
SPT ATV—1. Juan P. Gonzalez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R (1), 15

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Brian Ickler, desert racer from Plaster City CA, on the edge of NASCAR regulars

At the start of last season, Brian Ickler was one of the hottest young drivers in NASCAR.
He was racing NASCAR trucks as Kyle Busch’s stand-in when Roush Fenway Racing offered him a long-term contract as a development driver.
The future seemed bright for the Poway driver, who went south with his own stock car in 2008 to run NASCAR’s Camping World East Series. Against NASCAR’s top young drivers, Ickler won three races and two poles and topped all drivers in laps led.
“At the start of 2010, it looked like I was on a fast track,” said Ickler. “Now I’m on hold.”
Driving recently for Busch in a Camping World Trucks race at Texas, Ickler finished fourth. But that was his first race in almost nine months.
Certainly, Ickler hasn’t gotten slower at the age of 25. And he remains as personable and upbeat as ever.
What has happened?
Ickler is one of the many victims of the economy. Sponsorship money has dried up in NASCAR. Such veteran drivers as Todd Bodine, Mike Skinner and Ron Hornaday Jr. have been scrambling from race to race to find funding.
Jack Roush was planning to have Ickler run his fourth car on the Nationwide Series this season. But there is no fourth car. Roush’s second car has only a half sponsorship and the third car is running unsponsored.
Even Kyle Busch has had problems finding a sponsor for a truck that runs in front of the pack each week.
“Kyle jokes with me about my predicament,” Ickler said this week from Mooresville, N.C., where he works in Busch’s shop and waits for the next call to drive.
“I’ve been doing a lot of testing for Roush,” said Ickler. “I was fourth fastest in a recent session while testing Carl Edwards (Sprint Cup) car. Everyone tells me they like what I do. There are just very few opportunities right now.
“Fields are being filled with guys who are their own sponsors. Down the road, it will get sorted out. I’ll stay in the game. But it is a humbling sport.”
Ickler has also spent part of this season spotting from the top of the grandstands for Kyle Busch when he is racing trucks.
“I’ve learned a ton this season,” said Ickler. “But nothing beats seat time.”
Ickler has been told there could be more opportunities coming his way over the second half of the season. And the former SCORE off-road champion has received feelers from several top teams looking for TrophyTruck drivers in November’s Baja 1000.
“Next year does look good,” said Ickler, who remains close with Busch and is actually contracted to Roush for another 11 years.
“Jack told me he’d let me out of the contract if something better came along,” said Ickler. “I’d love for it to happen with the arrangements I have now. I’m concerned and I’m not. There’s a fine line. I understand what has happened this year.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Emily Miller Talks Baja Racing and Off-Road Events

Courtesy Examiner: Emily Miller is a team driver for Rod Hall Racing. Trained by off-road racing legend, Rod Hall, Miller debuted as a team driver at the 2006 Baja 1000. She has been racing for eight years and has multiple podium finishes and wins as both driver and navigator. She holds the distinction of being the only woman to “ironman” the longest off-road race in the US taking third in the Stock Full Class.

Examiner: You are a team driver for Rod Hall, off road racing. What’s it like to be a female race car driver. Are there many females in your sport division?

EM: There are not many women. In fact, in one race last year, I was the only female out of well over 100 racers. It is great to be a woman race driver. I feel very fortunate and from a personal perspective it just doesn’t matter whether you are male or female when you put your helmet on.

Examiner: What are the challenges and joys of racing cars?

EM: Challenges – money, time, lack of interest and understanding of off-road racing and its forms in the US. Joys - Working as a team, personal satisfaction, the terrain/race courses are incredibly beautiful, the challenge of keeping focused for such long periods of time, the competition itself

Examiner: In what ways if any does gender influence decision making behind the wheel? In what ways is it an advantage being a female driver? What are the disadvantages?

EM: I believe it can be an advantage being a woman for the type of racing I do. I do longer endurance type racing, so being able to make smart decisions over a long period is very important. Finishing often means leaving the ego and testosterone at the door. I also believe women listen and don’t think they have all the answers. Being able to be coached and listening to your coach is key.

In driving, men and women compete directly against each other, which is fairly unique. As a woman, you are under the microscope in ways men just aren’t. And you are dissected in a way that men just aren’t. Driving and any sport can be a real poker game. The challenges of being a woman means that you often have to take all the speculation and talk behind your back and let it roll off of you. If you let it get to you, it will bite you and you will make mistakes by not having your head where you need it to be.

Examiner: George Phillips who writes a blog titled “Oil Pressure” recently blogged about Switzerland’s Simona de Silvestro, who was named the 2010 Indy 500 rookie of the year. De Silvestro, has been written about recently for three crashes she has had this year. What are some of the mental challenges de Silvestro faces not only her own as a race car driver but in satisfying sponsors, other drivers and fans that she is back on track?

EM: I really liked that article and it was very well written and fair. I thought Phillips summary didn’t take a subconscious or conscious approach about where she is mentally because she is female. He gave a lot of credit to her drive and talent and really brought up how important the entire team is in performance and the head space of the driver.

Every driver understands the risk when getting into the car. Since I don’t know de Silvestro, personally I can’t speak to what she faces mentally because I don’t know how she processes her racing experiences – positives and negatives. Plus, the racing she does is different and a lot more high-speed than what I do.

However, I can say there is a fine dance between patience and the short term. Drivers can be impatient, wanting results immediately. This year is part of her track record and moving beyond the frustration, the concern, the wrecks could take time. But the good thing about the old cliché is true – “time heals.” The tough thing is the sponsorship and funding game. She has a track record for results, is a great rising star and seems to have what it takes to move beyond the accidents.

Examiner: In your experience when a female race car driver of any of the types of racing has a dramatic crash does the media tend to focus the coverage angle on the driver’s level of confidence and whether she belongs in the sport? Does the media approach this angle if it’s a male driver?

EM: Well, we don’t have a lot of women racing let alone having big dramatic crashes for the world to respond to. However, when drivers’ abilities and confidence are questioned, it is tough to hear speculation by people who have never taken the responsibility of sitting in the driver’s seat and make comments as an armchair race driver. But that is just part of the program.

In terms of the question regarding women, I don’t hear “confidence” levels in male drivers questioned.

Examiner: Is the sport of car racing in it’s different formats experiencing an increase of female drivers?

EM: From what I can tell, yes. When I was growing up, women only did certain sports. Today, girls get to try many sports (at least in the US and other various countries) and have plenty of female athlete roll models. I also think parents and fathers are doing great jobs giving their daughters opportunities. I think women in car racing will continue to see great growth over coming years and it’s very exciting.

Examiner: What are the roads to entry into this sport for female drivers? Once a female driver establishes herself as a capable competitor what are the perks of involvement in this profession?

There are so many forms of racing that it is tough to say. Each discipline is so different. There are some fundamentals though – money, time, practice, great coaching, well-prepped equipment. From a physical and mental perspective, sheer mental toughness and solid physical fitness. I can speak from the off-road racing side. You can start when you are older, and it helps to have general life experience. I think life experience translates directly to decision making in off-road racing. We don’t get to learn courses, practice and memorize corners. It isn’t glamorous, it is hard work just to reach the finish line. If a woman wants to get into off-road racing, the best thing is to first go to the races and volunteer for a team to ensure this is what she wants to do.

The perks of involvement for me are being part of a team, personal satisfaction out of sheer love of driving off-road, but very importantly, getting to see parts of the world from a very unique perspective.

Examiner: What is up next on your racing calendar? How can fans follow you?
24 Hours of Paris (first week of September)