Bilstein-TRD-Pro-Tundra-11-20-14The suspension specialists at ThyssenKrupp BILSTEIN and the team from Toyota Racing Development (TRD) triumphed at one of the world’s most prestigious off-road races, taking first place in the Full Size Stock Class at the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

The victorious 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series was modified specifically to compete in the Baja 1000, a race renowned for showing no mercy to man or machine. When Toyota’s race team set out to push the limits of the new Tundra in the harsh terrain of the Mexican desert, they understood that winning the race would require careful consideration of component partners.

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After nearly 25 years, “Showtime” is coming back to Kawasaki.  Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced today that Jeremy McGrath has entered into a role as brand ambassador. The seven-time Monster Energy Supercross champion returns to Kawasaki Team Green and will promote Kawasaki’s complete product line, including the KX, Mule, Ninja, Jetski and Teryx brands.

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Can-Am Maverick side-by-side racers competed at the 2014 Tecate SCORE International Baja 1000 race on the Baja Peninsula, tallying one Class 19 podium and the overall season championship. Racing solo, Marc Burnett (Burnett Motorsports / Can-Am) finished the endurance race in sixth to secure BRP / Can-Am its the first ever SCORE Baja 1000 season class side-by-side title. The Desert Toyz / Can-Am team of Cory Sappington also had a solid race, earning a third-place podium finish at this year’s gruelling 1,275-mile race held in Mexico.

Chevrolet unveiled its Colorado ZR2 Concept at the LA Auto Show today, featuring the 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel.

Chevrolet unveiled its Colorado ZR2 Concept at the LA Auto Show today, featuring the 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel.

LOS ANGELES – Chevrolet today introduced the Colorado ZR2 concept – a vision of how Chevrolet could take the all-new midsize truck’s off-road capability to the next level. It also showcases the new 2.8L Duramax diesel engine that will arrive in the Colorado lineup later next year.

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At the 2014 LA Auto Show today, Ford unveiled its new 2016 Ford Explorer. The new Explorer, which Ford has sold more than 7 million units of to date, will be offered as a global vehicle in its 25th year in 2016, as it will be built out of North American Chicago Assembly Plant, as well as in Venezuela and now, Russia. Ford says it will be sold in more than 100 markets across the globe.

Baja 1000 November 13-15th, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif.
— The 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck not only raced for over 1,200 miles to a first place finish at the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, it was also driven an additional 1,000 miles back to the start line of the race.  The Toyota team was first to the finish line in its “Full Stock” class, led by team coach and legendary Toyota off-road racer Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, and piloted by Toyota engineers and Toyota athletes.

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Colorado Springs
– We have had several class wins in the Baja but the race is not something you ever really conquer. No matter how many times I race there, it never fails to drop my jaw. It has little to do with a typical American desert race, it is the Baja 1000. The only thing you can prepare for is for everything to go awry. At times the race is peaceful, other times intense with screaming crowds, often terrifying with unseen hazards hiding in a sinister haze.

WE TAKE AN EARLY LEAD
I had the privilege of driving the start of the race this year for the BFGoodrich Tires BC-1 car. The start definitely falls in the “intense” category and I loved every minute of it. The excitement and hazard of the fans lining the course has no equivalent. Fans try to touch the car as it goes by and dumbest of all – even lie in the road on the far side of jumps. While a wild ride, we made it through with nothing but positive experiences and put 35 miles on the 2nd place car in the first 308 miles.

Now in the dark I navigated for my partner Brian Finch. We pounded through silt with near continuous waves pouring over the hood and blinding us. The Baja night is like no other, completely surreal and foreign. The surroundings and actions of the race can only belong in a dream. The only existence in the gloom is your small sphere of excitement. After the worst of the silt the engine lost power and we sputtered down course to a highway crossing where the Wide Open crew was waiting. I don’t know how, but we got a piece of debris in the timing belt and it skipped the timing by 3 teeth. After the agonizing wait, we chased down BC-3 to retake the lead and handed the car off to the next crew.

EVERYTHING GOES AWRY
John Williams and Roger Lovell got in at 3:25am and headed south increasing our 10 minute lead on BC-3. On one of 10,000 left hand turns they were unable to avoid a large rock that was kicked out in the road. It impacted and shattered the rear wheel. 10 miles later, a fatigued bolt broke in the front suspension. John and Roger are definitely the most resourceful guys on the team and found a way to patch it enough to reach the BFG pit. This repair took hours and to make things worse, only a handful of miles later, the transmission failed. Now in the chase truck I came in for this repair but the other chase truck with the spare transmission got lost and / or stuck for over 2 hours. Another 4 hours down, Roger and John departed in daylight. Our focus became finishing the race within the time limit

It started to get dark on the guys again after about 14 hours in the car which lead to disaster. What was apparently avoidable in daylight was now a “stuck party” for the whole race. A sprawling tidal flat that looked dry on top concealed quicksand beneath. Fooled by the dark, a dozen race cars were stuck over a couple miles and the BC-1 car was 700 yards from dry ground. Some guys radioed for help, others gave up until help got there, but our guys didn’t want to let the team down. Already exhausted, they dug and jacked the car for hours. Traction and tire performance is fun to talk about but it means a hell of a lot more to a guy in a survival situation like this and I could see it in my brother’s eyes as he told the story. Finally they broke free and passed the car off to Bud and Kyle.

WINNING A HARD FOUGHT BATTLE
Bud Brutsman and Kyle Tucker were tasked with the anchor leg. We watched as they passed an access point near race mile 916. That’s about the last thing I remember before succumbing to exhaustion. Having lost my sense of time all I recall is that it was dark when I fell asleep. I heard reports that the car had been stuck for a short time in a silt bed but generally moving well. We stopped at a crowded access road and were informed that there was yet another silt bed out there that had stopped several cars for the majority of the night – great… Without radio contact with our car we tensely waited. Apparently they blasted right through because we heard after a while via satellite relay that they were down course from us.

The only thing left for us to do was to head to the finish line. and with great pride we watched BC-1 take the checkered flag. Our result of 3rd in the BC class is not what we hoped for but what is worth bragging about is finishing the Baja 1000, the second longest in history at 1275 miles. Some Baja 1000′s are tough and some are really tough. Our team had the perseverance to stick with it and win the battle to finish. It took us almost 44 hours and we spent most of fighting tooth and nail.

My brother and I are proud to be part of this team and thankful to BFGoodrich Tires, BCII, and AMSOIL for giving us the opportunity to be part of such an amazing race. Its sounds cliche but if you want a taste of Baja racing and a truly authentic off-road adventure get a tour with Wide Open in one of these cars. You’ll never forget it.

Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Sr. earned the 2014 UTV King of the Hammers victory. Photo: Josh Burns

Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Sr. earned the 2014 UTV King of the Hammers victory. Photo: Josh Burns

Temecula, CA (November 18, 2014) – PRP Seats is excited to announce the addition of 5-time King of the Hammers (KOH) UTV champion Mitch Guthrie Sr. to their race team.

“We’re really happy to have Mitch driving in PRP’s now,” said PRP Seats’ Marketing Director, Jason DeArmond. “We’ve designed our seats to be for all day riding and King of the Hammers is a perfect venue. Mitch has been unbeatable the last five years and we’re confident the comfort and safety of our seats and harnesses will keep him there.”

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MESA, Arizona
– The newly formed United States Rally Association (USRA) has enlisted the expertise of motorsports content powerhouse Mad Media to create, manage and distribute content. The relationship will raise the profile of rallying in America giving more people access to information and content on rally racing.

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LA PAZ, MEXICO (Nov. 18, 2014) – Through nearly 24 hours and 1,275 miles of enduring among the most brutal terrain in racing, BFGoodrich Tires proved its toughness and made it a clean sweep of the SCORE desert racing series this season by capturing its 26th overall Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 title.

Thanks to an epic run by BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren and his co-drivers Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, the win marks the 81st overall win in the Baja peninsula for BFGoodrich Tires, by far the most by any tire manufacturer. With the win, racers on BFGoodrich Tires swept the entire 2014 SCORE International desert racing schedule.