Tuesday, October 23, 2012

BAJA 1000 2012 Pre-running the Race Course PICS & VIDS













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Monday, October 22, 2012

BAJA 1000 Pre-running Continues throughout the Baja Mexico Peninsula

BajaRacingNews.com LIVE! ONLINE Coverage of the BAJA 1000 2012

UPDATED! October 30

As pre-running the rugged 1,121.55-mile desert off-road race course from Ensenada to La Paz continues this week at an accelerated pace with just over two weeks before the green flag drops, the growing starting grid for the upcoming 45th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 already includes 102 racers who have combined for 306 class wins in the granddaddy of all desert races. 

 The Baja Racing Season-finale concludes with The LIVE! ONLINE Spectacular BajaRacingNews.com  BAJA 1000 LIVE!

The Annual Mexico Desert Racing Event will be held on Mexico’s Magnificently Mysterious MONSTER Mikelishous Baja California peninsula Nov. 14-27.

With the bone-jarring course traveling 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, Baja California Sur. 


 Leading the group of racers with at least one class win in this event are 35 racers, each with at least three class wins in this classic, with 217 combined class wins between them are Rod Hall (21 class wins), Larry Roeseler (17), Johnny Campbell (11) and with 10 each Steve Hengeveld, Jeff Kaplan and Jim O’Neal. 


The motorcycle and ATV classes will start their journey at 6:30 a.m. (Thursday, Nov. 15) with the car and truck classes starting at approximately 11:30 a.m., or four hours after the last ATV leaves the line. The fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately 20 hours. 

The race will start on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the picturesque Bahia Ensenada in front of the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of the City of Ensenada. 

The adventure will finish on the outskirts of the Capital of Southern Baja Mexico, La Paz on Highway 1 near the Grand Plaza Hotel, race headquarters for the southern half of the event. 


With nearly 300 expected entries for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs competing in 35 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes in the internationally-showcased race, entries have come from 32 U.S. states and 20 countries. In addition to the 32 U.S. States, racers have entered from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea and the US Territory of Guam. With 19 days before the green flag drops on Thursday, Nov. 15, late entries will be accepted up to race morning.


Larry Roeseler, 55, El Cajon, Calif., who has earned a race-record 13 overall race wins in this event, including 10 on a motorcycle, is racing with Terrible Herbst Motorsports where he will be the second driver in No. 19 Ford F-150 Trophy Truck of Tim Herbst, Las Vegas. Roeseler also has 11 career  season class point crowns to his credit. 

With a race-record career 11 overall motorcycle race victories in the BAJA 1000, Baja legend Johnny Campbell, 41, San Clemente, Calif. now oversees the operation of his own JCR/Honda Racing factory-supported two-vehicle team and is race-ready and listed as a co-rider, if needed. The JCR/Honda rider of record on a Honda CRF450X bikes is Colton Udall (1x). 

Another of the top SCORE Baja racing motorcycle riders, Steve Hengeveld, 37, Oak Hills, Calif., has seven overall wins in this race and will be riding this year as one of the three co-riders with rider of record Robby Bell, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on the No. 8x THR Motorsports Kawasaki KX450F. Recording his first BAJA 1000 race win in 1979, Jeff Kaplan, 53, Thousand Oaks, Calif., continues today as a top age-group competitor with 10 class wins in this race. He will lead a team in Class 40 for riders over 40 years old, on the No. 400x Honda CRF450X. Kaplan rode on two winning teams in 2009. 

Owner of the noted motorcycle apparel and riding gear company that bears his name, Jim O’Neal, 66, Simi Valley, Calif., continues to put together talented teams and this year will lead a Class 21 team and he will also be one of the riders on the Class 50 team of Mark Winkleman, 54, Cedar Hill, Texas. O’Neal has 14 career class season point championships as well, tying him for first all-time in desert racing history with Dan Smith and Rod Hall.  


 This year will be the 38th time in the first 44 years of the storied race that it has started in Ensenada and it will be the 19th 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 racer. Since 1967, the legendary race has been run over the mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula. 


Pre-race festivities on Wednesday, Nov. 14, for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, including the vastly popular tech and contingency of all vehicles and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Racer registration will be held at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel from Sunday, Nov. 11 through Wednesday, Nov. 14. Media registration will be held at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. 

BajaRacingNews.com POST GREEN 

 As the celebration continues throughout all day on Friday (Nov. 16) and Saturday morning (Nov. 16) while official finishers cross the line and tales are added to the legacy of the event, the post-race awards fiesta will be held on the Malecon in downtown La Paz, starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The entire race will be conducted on Pacific Standard Time. 


 While entries will be accepted up to race morning, late entries will be assigned the next available number and starting position within each class. The car and truck classes with the most entries to date are SCORE Trophy Truck (37), Class 1 (23), and Class 10 (11). Among the motorcycle and ATV classes, Class 22 for open motorcycles has the most entries to date with 11. Leading the entries in the seven Sportsman classes in the race is Sportsman Motorcycle over 450cc which has 35 entries so far. 


Pre-running on the majority of the race course from Ojos Negros to La Paz began Friday (Oct. 26) and pre-running from the start line in Ensenada to Ojos Negros will be allowed only on Tuesday and Wednesday of race week, Nov. 13 and 14. 


This year’s historic 45th anniversary race will run down the length of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula. The challenging race course for this year is somewhat similar to 2010, but longer than the last time the race finished in La Paz, although the terrain has obviously changed significantly because of weather conditions and natural use. 

With eight mandatory checkpoints spread down the peninsula plus the finish line, 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 just above Loreto, back to the Pacific near 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. 


Leading the car and truck classes into the Baja desert will be the featured Desert Racing Trophy Trucks, the high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks that have been the showcase of class winners. 

This class of trucks was created in 1994. To date for this year’s race there are 38 official entries in marquee racing division, including class winners in the BAJA 1000 from eight of the last nine years. Among the entries are 13 of the 18 season point champs in the class.  

SPEED Mex Supports BAJA 1000

SPEED Mex is providing unmatched pit support for this years BAJA 1000. Eight full pit areas along the race course to La Paz and the complete LIVE! ONLINE race radio relay of the entire 1,121.55 miles of desert off-road racing course. 

IronRider AWARDS 

This race also features the prestigious IronRider awards presented to each motorcycle and ATV rider who completes the entire course within the time limit while riding solo. To date, a total of 29 racers, all on motorcycles, have declared the intent to ride the entire race solo in their quests for the IronRider Award.

SCORE Baja 1000 Pro Multi-Class Champion Leaders (1967 thru 2011) 

(Three more more class wins as driver/rider of record; entered in 2012 race as of 10.29.12)


Rod Hall--1967, 1969, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009(2) 17 

Larry Roeseler--1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 11 

Johnny Campbell--1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 10 

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

Jeff Kaplan—1979, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009(2), 2010, 2011 

Jim O’Neal—1998, 2004, 2005, 2006(3), 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 9 

Richard Jackson--1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 

Eric Solorzano--1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 8 

Mark McMillin--1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 Donald Moss—2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 6 

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

Francisco Septien—2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 5 

Dan Chamlee—2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 

Quinn Cody—2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 

John Holmes--1991, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2009 

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

Scott Myers—2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 Al Perrett—1992, 1993, 2009, 2010, 2011 

Brian Pinard—2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011 4 

Rick L. Johnson—2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 

Wayne Matlock—2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 

Scott McMillin—1981, 1985, 2009, 2011 

Gerardo Rojas—2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 

Greg Row--1987, 1991, 1993, 2000 

Gavin Skilton—1994, 2001, 2008, 2010 3 

Ryan Arciero—1998, 2003, 2004 

Robby Gordon—1989, 1990, 2006 

Mike Johnson—2009, 2010, 2011 

Ricky Johnson—1997, 2003, 2010 

Andy McMillin—2006, 2009, 2011 

Wes Miller—2008, 2009, 2011 

Reid Rutherford—2009, 2010, 2011 

Hector Sarabia—1999, 2001, 2005 

Mike Shaffer—2006, 2007, 2008 

*Minimum three class wins for racers who have been driver/rider of record at least once in this race

Baja Racing News LIVE!

BULLETIN!!! HURRICANE PAUL BANGED BAJA MEXICO WILL IMPACT RACE COURSE & TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN SOUTHERN BAJA FOR THE NEXT WEEK...Medium amounts of rain & winds, some roads are mud pits, south of San Ignacio...Baja Weather Service BULLETIN!

Baja Weather Service  Reports

October 22 Baja North sections of race course

Most surface streets in the towns of Tijuana to El Rosario were still wet Sunday afternoon. Much of the region beyond town, in the course sections south of Ensenada to Catavina were still wet, Sunday afternoon.

Some race course sections south of El Rosario received heavy, scattered rain, which caused some vados and arroyos to run.

Another low pressure system, this one from the north, will produce colder air temperatures and more heavy scattered rains into El Rosario, starting Tuesday, October 23.

All condition reports will be posted on the INSIDER BAJA 1000 page after this posting. END.

October 21 Conditions - Travel

***INCREDIBLE, BUT TRUE, Remnants of Paul ramble across northern Baja Mexico through Sunday Night!***




Rain overnight from San Diego into Baja North, as far south as Ensenada to El Rosario.

South of San Ignacio, Baja Sur, Mexico:
via Baja Weather Service

BAJA 1000 BITTEN! State Declares Disaster!    La Paz receives Record Rainfall, Most in 26 Years!

From October 21 Reports from Baja Weather Service

Travel reports, Mulege to Loreto took 3.5 hrs due to road conditions.

La Paz to Loreto took 5 hours, with numerous water crossings and three bad road breaks. Traffic back-ups don't help, but that's what happens when thousands of people need to travel on the heavily damaged single paved road between two points.

Construction repairs, over 90 miles, regular travel time is up an average of 2 hours, including delays at the military stop.

Conditions in town, Mulege:  Electricity is up and running on the south side of river and the water is running as well. Service outages locally where lines are down or broken respectively. 

October 20 Damage Reports

Roads into Lopez Mateos are closed - both from Insurgentes and the back way through Benito Juarez.

Road south of Puerto Escondido/Ligui washed out but was passable this morning. Travelers left Tripui this am for La Paz in a pickup truck. Very rough just south of Ligui and headlight deep water in Insurgentes but they made it!! They will be returning tomorrow and will update the report then.

Road north of Puerto Escondido to Loreto is out. Large sections of road missing between Juncalito/the Mirador and Clam Shack. OK from Nopolo/Loreto Bay to Loreto. State crews are working on it. We have heard estimates from 2-5 days to repair. Will report when it is open.

Power is back on in Mulege Centro, but sketchy, 187 volts on the 240 volt circuits, and power crews working all over. Telephone is out in sections due to poles & lines down; on in town center generally. Water is not on yet. This a.m. crews reinstalled the new 100 hp pump donated by Rotary International recently (they had taken it off the well head), but have other work to restore water service. Should be on in town maybe later today. For other areas will depend on line breaks.


Earlier: The state government of Baja Sur (South), began to respond to the damages and future threats from the effects of Hurricane Paul. The storm, impacted large areas of the state, south of San Ignacio.

Suprisingly, the longest term health threat is mosquitos.
You can die from a bite, due to dengue fever.
October 18: City of La Paz Notice:

The city of La Paz has announced an aggressive spray program in the hopes of averting an outbreak of Dengue fever. Fumigation by malathion will be increased in the evening hours in select neighborhoods. In the past public announcements of neighborhoods to be sprayed has appeared in advance on the radio and newspapers, but this isn't much use to gringos who are espanol illiterate. Following the double hurricane hit in 2003 Dengue reached near epidemic proportions in Baja Sur.

Residents have been urged to clean up standing water in their yards, to make sure their tanacos (water cisterns) are bug proof . In the past the city has handed out little packets of sterilizer for these cisterns, of which nearly every home in La Paz has at least one. A couple of tablespoons of unscented bleach will also sanitize the tanks, but using bottle water following either treatment is recommended.

[Editors Note: Calcium carbonate is used to treat open water sources, to assist in the rapid drying of potential mosquito sources.]

Again, this action is to avert an outbreak of Dengue following the wettest summer in La Paz in 26 years. Although Dengue is not usually fatal, the malaria like symptoms are no fun at all.


Roads throughout the state are problematic. Some larger arroyos and vados are still running with water.

Ice and some other commodities will soon run out in areas cut-off by broken roads. The state announced today actions to rebuild the brken roads and ensure communities don't suffer any longer than two weeks. 

Earlier: Now Tropical Storm Paul's circulation is moving away from the BAJA 1000 2012 race course, its impacts will lessen over time. South of San Ignacio, along the Pacific coast, winds and the impacts of several storm systems over the last several weeks, have continued to make travel on the race course, hazardous. Some sections have received large amounts of rainfall, making the area roads deep with mud and liquified sand.

Care should be taken using area access roads and many of the local heavily traveled 'paved' roads are now broken and some are impassable.


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Brought to you by the Baja Weather Service

Sunday, October 21, 2012

BREAKING NOW! The Desert Racing Electric Class 1 Story***The First BAJA 1000 Electric Power Entry***EXCLUSIVE Baja Racing News.com

UPDATED! November 5!      

NO! This Team Will NOT Show Up in Ensenada!!! Answered on November 8

Question: "I know the original goal was to race the Baja 1000. What is the latest with that and for racing in 2013?"

Answer: SRD,"We were recently told that SRI does not currently have funding for racing, specifically for the Baja 1000. They are exploring different routes to make a 2013 season possible."


Well, the SRD response is less than honest. BRN has been told FOR MONTHS SRD didn't have the funding for racing the BAJA 1000. Then, after desert testing SRD admitted the race rig was NOT ready to race 1000+ miles. Maybe 100 miles.

We have REAL Race Vehicles to Report on for the BAJA 1000  
Will This Team Show Up in Ensenada? Asked on November 5

The principals of this effort have been doing the publicity parade now for months. They still need $200,000+

The EV-1 desert shakedowns have happened and the SRD people said right after the desert testing, the rig should "maybe do a 100 mile event first".

This quote tells us they have some serious questions about their all electric effort in a 1,000+ mile desert off-road race. So, plan on an entry into the race, but lots of cover-ups about why they make only to Race Mile 58. More Later>>>   

Stay Tuned>>>

October 30
The EV-1 practice at its Vista build shop.

October 10  

The EV-1 made it to the Off-Road Expo.

It drove in and out of the event. The inside word on this effort is about money.  

Range for the rig is about 120-150 miles. They must change battery packs ever time about 5 min to change pack. The first test is coming this week. To do a race like the 1000 we would require 4 sets of batteries to be swapped in and out of the race car. Once they come out of the car, they will be charged with 21,000 kW Sensitive Equipment Complaint Diesel Generators in the chase trucks during transport. There is no engine breaking on this car. The motors are "selectable" - they can run together or manually shut-off separately. Everything runs off the main power pack however, there is an Auxillery Power Unit (DC/DC converter) that runs all 12 volt accessories.

The team needs a major sponsor to get to Baja 1000. The team claims they will race in the desert racing season, 2013, next year.

The rig charges with genie in a chase truck . Battery packs weight 900 lbs each and there are 2 ,1 for each motor (SRD). They bought the chassis from Brenthal Ind and modified it at there shop with some help from a company that races an electric M3. 

We saw it drive for the first time a couple weeks ago. It seems like it's going to be extremely fast. The electric M3 is built / raced by EV West.

More Loading>>>

July 24, 2012 

Bill Caswell Chokes on The Electric Dong.
Let's remember Bill isn't a journalist, he's a failed financial adviser, now compensated race hack. His Baja racing experience got him to San Felipe.
(Everbody else in the race made it the ENTIRE length of the event, to Ensenada, Baja Mexico. Yes Bill, rust never sleeps)

""I Drove A Wicked Fast Electric BMW And It Made Me A Believer In EV Racing By: San Felipe Bill

""Whenever I hear someone say "electric cars are the future" I just shake my head and laugh. Sure, all those gas cars, millions of them, along with thousands of gas stations will disappear over night. And all the muffler shops and emission centers, too!
And then I try remember the last time I walked into a Blockbuster Video and it convinces me that the world changes rapidly. I bet steam engines disappeared the same way. Why bother with water and warming up when you have fuel? And to take it to the next level, why bother with fuel when you have electricity?
Whether electric cars are the immediate future or a distant dream seems besides the point now that I've driven a 700-hp electric BMW M3 that kicked the crap out of me in the best way possible.
Fuel is a hell of a lot more portable than electricity. Seven pounds of fuel (roughly one gallon of gas) will take you as far as 50 miles if used properly.  How far can you go on seven pounds of electricity? Pretty damn far. But the thing you store it in weighs a ton. For 50 miles of range you need roughly 350 pounds of battery and assorted electronics (going off the Leaf). And then you have to replenish it, which leads to other problems.

Until the infrastructure is in place for us to do more useful things with electric cars it seems they're better used for racing, where the rules can be made to support the current limitations (and develop better solutions). Think of short, 30-minute bursts of energy. Like the electric R/C cars we played with as kids. They were horrible for distance but for the 30 minute they worked you found yourself laughing and giggling through every turn and flip. 

Or in EV West's case, 10 to 13 minutes. Which is all they need to cover the 12-mile race up Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. I share a shop space with EV West and they let me drive their crazy 700-hp modified electric BMW. So what's it like?
I Drove A Wicked Fast Electric BMW And It Made Me A Believer In EV Racing
Strange. Fast. Smooth. Quiet. It surges. Seriously. The power comes on so much differently than a combustion engine. You get the same torque at any RPM, at any speed, any time you press the throttle.  

That consistency is cool. But it's more how smoothly the power is delivered that most caught my attention. It just flows. A combustion engine feels like 100 elves pounding away with hammers 80 times-per-minute on the crankshaft. I think I can feel the little hammer blows.  

I Drove A Wicked Fast Electric BMW And It Made Me A Believer In EV RacingElectric feels like some strange water drive. As if the power was made with fluid or something soft like a rubber band. Like God reached down, pulled back on the car, and wound it up. You press the gas and the car jumps forward. Throttle response is a thing of the past. Same with the sound of the exhaust opening up as you climb into the RPM sweet spot. That's gone, too.""
But in its place you get 700 electric horses and you get them all the time, every time. Well… until the batteries need to be charged for the toy to work again.  

This too will change. EV West has teamed up with SRD, the guys that helped me make it to San Felipe. (Too bad it was just one-tenth of the race length), to help them run the Baja1000 in the first fully electric desert racer.
I Drove A Wicked Fast Electric BMW And It Made Me A Believer In EV RacingThe idea of 1,000 miles of racing all on electric while miles from civilization in arguably one of the hardest races on the planet is an insane idea.  But I think SRD can do it. And they win most of the time they race, anyway. They won Class 5 in the Baja 1000 last year. Why would this be any different? 

And don't worry, I remind them all the time they are going to ruin motorsports with their quiet little engines, but after driving their M3, I'm not sure I care. I do wonder if we are all going to trade in our nomex for rubber, shock-proof suits some day, but until then racing is racing and no matter what powers it, once you get in the car it's all the same."" 

Baja Racing News.com EXCLUSIVE! By Gary Newsome Original Report: July 16, 2012

Justin Herrmann (Strategic Racing Designs of Vista California) and Michael Bream (EV West of San Diego County) and their respective teams are preparing for the Baja 1000 and their Electric Entry into the vaunted desert off-road racing event in the Fall, November 12-18.

But first, there's the Pikes Peak. Scheduled for August 12. Stay tuned for UPDATES HERE>>>

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