Led by veteran champion off-road truck racer Dave Westhem, the winning relationship between Westhem Racing and BFGoodrich Tires has spanned a remarkable 29 years and numerous desert race wins and series championships. Next week, that long-standing partnership will be celebrated at the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000; a vintage-flavored, four-day competition that takes place from April 23 – 27 in Baja, Mexico.
Arroyo Grande, California – Rugged Radios is excited to announce the new purpose-built Rugged Relay Vehicle. The Rugged Radios Relay Vehicle is designed to provide the best race communication relay services to teams and drivers competing in the Best In The Desert off road racing series.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): NORRA is more than just adventure wrapped up in a race down the peninsula. For many who enter the Mexican 1000, it’s time spent with family and friends enjoying the diverse challenges unique to Baja.
Rob and Kyle Usnick are a father and son team who are no strangers to off-road racing. In fact, they enjoy every brutal minute of it. Having started in 2009, Rob has competed in numerous King of the Hammers, the Mint 400, several other SCORE, BITD, BRT and of course the NORRA Mexican 1000 in 2013 and 2015. With a diverse resume, Rob has raced JeepSpeed, rockcrawlers, motorcycles, and UTV’s.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): There are always great stories that come to light during the NORRA, Mexican 1000. With such a diverse group of vintage cars, modern race vehicles, UTVs, motorcycles and prerunners competing this year, the rally has become compelling before the it even begins. Vehicles in the race range from PJ Jones’ Polaris XP1000 to Larry Trim’s 1968 SC/Rambler sedan. Trim raced in 2013 and made plans to return with a vintage racer. His S/C Rambler is a recreation of a car once driven by James Garner. “We had help from a member of the original 1969 build team,” says Trim, “We have made the car as authentic to the original as possible, right down to the airbags in the front coils, and the bias ply super traxion tires. I’ll be trading driving duties with my co driver and business partner Brent Yeadon.”
Compton, California – Greg Adler and Team 4 Wheel Parts will be looking to build on the momentum that brought him his first trip to the podium of the 2016 short course off-road season as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returns home this weekend. Having collected a third place trophy in the opening weekend of action in Chandler, Arizona, Adler will be among the sport’s elite seeking to advance in the standings as Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park welcomes the series April 23 – 24.
MESA, AZ: After a social media Vote of Confidence process, the 30 ladies with the highest amount of likes and comments were selected to be the finalists for the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge. In addition to the top 30 girls, 3 “wild card” spots were chosen at random from the rest of the 61 entries. All ladies are working to earn a co-driver spot with Charlene Bower at three separate off-road events happening this year with BFGoodrich® Tires. The 30 semi-finalists were announced via a Facebook Live Stream, then Charlene randomly selected the 3 additional spots live. All finalists are listed below.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): Race for Cash is back. For all competitors who are up for a friendly wager at the NORRA Mexican 1000, the Race for Cash requires a $2000 dollar buy-in and pays the entire pot to the racer with the lowest elapsed time, after penalties, at the finish line in San Jose del Cabo.
UNION, S.C. – The Coastal Racing ATV and Side-by-Side team had a successful day of racing on Saturday at Round 4 of the 2016 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in Union, South Carolina. The ATV efforts were led by Brycen Neal, who scored 2nd overall en route to his 4th consecutive podium appearance this season. In Side-by-Side action, Coastal Racing Team Drivers Bill Patterson, Sean Bogdan and John Henry each captured a top-ten overall in the highly competitive SXS category, with Henry earning the XC2 Pro Sport victory.
The XC1 Pro ATV holeshot was a chaotic one as two of the top riders collided off the start, causing a pileup around the first corner. Neal was able to stay clear of the carnage and put his Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis/Waynesburg Yamaha into a favorable second-place position on the opening lap. Neal soon made the pass on Chris Borich to overtake the lead on lap two and the Ohio native pushed hard to create a 30-second gap over the battle for 2nd place.
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sheldon Creed captured the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS race No. 2 at the Grand Prix of Long Beach Sunday in an amazing duel with Robby Gordon that had the thousands of fans that lined the 11 turn 1.968-mile street circuit on their feet the entire race in pure amazement how thrilling these SST races truly are.
Immediately from the start of the race this became a race for the ages, as Orange, Calif. driver Robby Gordon would jump out to an early lead on Lap-2 from his sixth starting position, as Alpine, Calif. driver Sheldon Creed would navigate through the traffic jam with perfection to place his TRAXXAS truck right on the rear bumper of Gordon from twelfth. The only two SST Champions in it’s four year history where prepared to put on a show for the capacity crowd that stuck around after the IndyCar event to witness the high-flying, tire squealing chaos we call Stadium SUPER Trucks.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): Bob “The Weatherman” Steinberger will be Grand Marshal of the 2016 NORRA, Mexican 1000. The voice on the other end of the radio for many years, Bob has been a part of off-road racing since chasing for Bill Stroppe at the Baja 1000 back in 1972. He spent days waiting in the desert without any word from the team until the truck arrived. It motivated him to adapt two-way communications for desert racing.