BJ Baldwin is entering the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000 as the reigning champion, and he hopes to defend his title at this year’s race. But it’s clear Baldwin is not as prepared as he’d like to be. He’s the first to tell you it’s been a rough few months leading up to the race in his personal life, as he lost his beloved dog Xena whom he truly considered part of the family. It was a devastating blow and one he’s still recovering from.
87. Eight-seven. 80-7. However you flip it, 87 is a big number, especially when you consider that when the flag drops for the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000 it will be Rob MacCachren’s 87th race of the year. A true professional in every sense of the word, MacCachren is always on the hunt for the ever-elusive Baja 1000 victory, but considering he’s sitting third in overall points, a win can potentially wrap up the Trophy Truck Championship for him as well.
Considering the longer-than-usual distance of this year’s Baja 1000 loop race, and the fact that most racers feel it will be a brutal one, MacCachren enlisted the help of some top-flight talent in the form of former Baja 1000 winner Andy McMillin. The two will share driving duties throughout the 883.1 miles, with Rob taking the truck off the line, Andy tackling the middle section, and Rob hopping back in for the finish.
Vildosola Racing didn’t have a great SCORE Baja 500 by their standards. Gustavo Vildosola Jr., known by many as “Tavo,” spun out during his qualifying lap, putting the team much further back in the pack than they had hoped for at SCORE’s first-ever qualifying session. The team then suffered mechanical issues during the race that led to an early exit in the 500.
For this year’s Baja 1000, Tavo qualified third in Trophy Trucks and will head off the line near the front of the pack. Although this year’s race is shorter in mileage at 883.1 compared to last year’s “peninsula run” of 1121.55 miles, it will be the longest loop race ever for the 1000, and most racers expect it to be one of the toughest.
For SCORE CEO Roger Norman, most of the hard work done for the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The 883.1-mile race, which promises to be a thrilling event, kicks off this evening when the motorcycle and ATV classes leave the starting line at 11 p.m. Talk has centered around the sheer brutality of this year’s course, we took the opportunity to chat with Norman about the race and the state of SCORE as its first season under his guidance enters the final countdown.
A lot of racers have chimed in on how difficult this year’s Baja 1000 course is going to be.
Well, as you know for the first two races of the year, we made the San Felipe 250 a true 250-mile race, and we made the Baja 500 over 500 miles. All the races that we’ve done were different, and we’ve had some new course, which keeps it exciting. It’s just a lot of things that I’ve wanted to do. It’s a lot of work, and it is more than what anyone could imagine. And it’s not just me. It is a lot of other people. There is no way that I could do it without the help of a lot of great people that love this sport as much as I do.
In the video below, Mopar Vice President for Sales and Product Development Pat Dougherty talks about the Mopar wheels on display at the 2013 SEMA show. There’s quite a few on display, which Mopar refers to as the “wall of awesome.” Check out the video:
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CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew were crowned the 2013 Rally America National Champions, with a spectacular victory at the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR); the final round of the 2013 Rally America Championship. Higgins entered LSPR locked in an epic season-long battle with rival Ken Block. Block needed a win at LSPR to steal the championship away from Higgins, who had led in points nearly all season. Higgins and Block both drove flat-out at LSPR, with Higgins edging ahead of Block near the mid-point of the rally. After sustaining heavy damage by rolling his car, Block retired, handing Higgins the rally win and more importantly the Championship, his third Rally America Driver’s Title in a row.
“It was the fastest that we have ever gone,” exclaimed Higgins at the podium. “Our Subaru has just been brilliant again. We’ve enjoyed this weekend and that was really the biggest, most important factor. Sure there was a lot of pressure, but we really went out there to have fun. Rally is a team sport and I’m so proud of the one we have behind us in Vermont SportsCar and Subaru of America. I’m so happy Craig (Drew) and I could step up our game to deliver for the team.”
Foothill Ranch, Calif. – After more than two years of creation, filming and overcoming several near-terminal setbacks, the production team and off-road pioneers behind the film Baja Social Club presented by General Tire enjoyed a highly successful weekend at the recent Off-Road Expo in Pomona, California.
Taking place at the historic Fairplex facility that also hosts two major NHRA race weekends, the Off-Road Expo drew a crowd of nearly 50,000 enthusiastic fans over two days, as well as a large contingent of off-road industry professionals and VIPS. The weekend included a display of historic Baja race cars as part of the Oakley/Arciero Sports sales trailer and an autograph signing for the public in the Expo’s main hall.
Following several film and live demonstration by DragonFire, Despain kicked off the film “sneak peek” portion of the evening with opening remarks followed by a short Q & A session with Executive Producer and Baja historian Marty Fiolka. This was proceeded by more questions for Wilson, Meyers and Evans, who joined Despain on stage. Film sponsor Oakley then surprised Wilson, Meyers and Evans with specially-made Baja Social Club watches presented by Despain and Oakley’s Chris Petrillo.
The Dodge brand and Paramount Pictures have teamed up in a groundbreaking co-branded marketing collaboration that casts legendary news anchor “Ron Burgundy” as the new face of the new 2014 Dodge Durango as the automotive brand launches a multifaceted advertising and marketing campaign in advance of the holiday release of the upcoming film “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
Will Ferrell reprises his comedic role as Ron Burgundy, the boastful news anchorman, in a robust campaign which debuted from Dodge on Saturday, October 5. The integrated cross-promotion marketing campaign marks the first time a movie studio and brand tie-in has utilized starring talent, in character, to create original long and short form content. The co-branded promotional advertising campaign will span television, print, digital and social media. It debuted across television and online on Saturday, October 5. The new 2014 Dodge Durango arrives in dealerships in North America this month. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” releases nationally in theaters December 20, 2013.
With the off-road industry all gathering in Southern California at the 2013 Off-Road Expo, there were a number of great events and announcements during the weekend. SCORE released the map for the 2013 Baja 1000 and held the start drawing, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inducted five new members, BJ Baldwin announced his 2014 Dakar plans (more details to follow), and plenty of vendors had new products and show vehicles on display for off-road fans to drool over.
It’s no surprise there were also some good-looking ladies in attendance. Off-Road Expo gathered some of these women for a little bikini contest to determine the 2013 Miss Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo.
The 2013 season is quickly coming to an end and the final night race of the summer took place under the lights of Las Vegas. Team JCRI and Kyle LeDuc arrived in Vegas to set up and it wasn’t long before the #98 Monster Energy/JCRI Pro2 was out on the course and getting some seat time. This is the second time this season that the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has come to the track at the Las Vegas Motor speedway. LeDuc had great results his first time on this track in the JCRI built Pro2, with a 5th place finish. However rounds 13 & 14 wouldn’t see the same outcome for the team.
Thursdays practice would put LeDuc in the middle of the pack and qualifying didn’t go as planned when LeDuc pulled off the course on the first lap with issues plaguing the truck. The team would not be able to get the truck up and running in time for the two back to back qualifying session’s and LeDuc would have to start the races in the back. The disappointed team did not let this hinder their drive to get onto the podium and come race time as the light of the sun faded behind the mountains and the track lights brightened up the course, LeDuc staged for Friday nights race.
The green flag was let loose and the 17 Pro2 trucks were set free and off into turn one. As the #70 of Menzies would spin out and numerous trucks piled up, LeDuc avoided the chaos and went on the outside of turn one and made up valuable positions. LeDuc was now on the rear bumper of Beat and attempted to pass just when a flat tire cursed the driver and he had to pull into the hot pit. LeDuc came out of the pit a lap down but still continued to put the pressure on those in front of him. Despite being a lap down, LeDuc finished round 13 in seventh place.