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The Dakar Concept is based on the Cherokee Trailhawk but is enhanced for more off-road capability.

The Dakar Concept is based on the Cherokee Trailhawk but is enhanced for more off-road capability.

For quite a few years now, Jeep and Mopar have partnered to create some unique concept vehicles for the Easter Jeep Safari. The vehicles are completed back in Detroit, and then they’re brought out to Moab, Utah, and shown to the off-road media. The vehicles are something we all get to drool over (as the media, I guess we get to drool first), and we in turn then post stories so our readers can drool over them.

Dave-Despain-Show-MavTV-4-3-14Motorsports fans can rejoice with the recent news that former Speed channel show “Wind Tunnel” host Dave Despain is returning to TV later this month, specifically on MAVTV, on an all-new show entitled “The Dave Despain Show.”

“The Dave Despain Show” will premier Friday, April 25 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, with MAVTV featuring 26 successive episodes. The 30-minute format gives the veteran interviewer the opportunity to sit with racing legends, current superstars, and rising young guns from across the spectrum of motorsports competition. The new series allows viewers to gain an “insider’s” look behind the skill, passion, friendships, tragedy, courage and technology breakthroughs that makes motorsports such a thrilling spectacle.

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In off-road racing, one pit stop can be the deciding factor of the outcome of an entire race. The Mint 400 is proud to announce the return of the KMC Wheels Pit Crew Challenge, this year adding presenting sponsor Currie Enterprises. Come watch the top teams in off-road racing battle head to head to determine who has the fastest pit crew in off-road! Each three-man team will compete against the clock and each other, to see who can change two tires the fastest.

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For the second consecutive year, the world’s toughest off-road race vehicles will parade down world famous Las Vegas Blvd during the 4 Wheel Parts Mint 400 Vehicle Parade.  This year, the parade will double in car count and will kick off the 2014 General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris RZR. The massive group of off-road racecars will be led by 1973 Mint 400 Champion and famed American racer, Parnelli Jones.

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King Shocks has been a big part of the rock-crawling desert race King of The Hammers, which is known as being one of the most treacherous and difficult off-road races in the United States. Through the vast stretches of epic desert to the rugged and intense battles of the rock trails, this race truly puts even the best off-road racers to the test. King Shocks was there every second up until race hour to ensure top performance for all of its drivers.

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— To be the best, you have to beat the best! DragonFire is elated to announce we are returning to “America’s Toughest Off-Road Race” — the infamous Mint 400 — with long-time sponsored driver Lacrecia Beurrier. The Mint 400 has held the title of being the toughest, most spectacular off-road race in North America since its first running back in 1967 and this year promises to be even tougher and more spectacular, according to the organizers. This is just the sort of challenge DragonFire and Lacrecia were looking for.

World-of-X-Games-ABC-12-20-13ESPN’s action sports television series World of X-Games will feature a one-hour documentary special on the 46th annual SCORE Baja 1000 on Saturday, December 28th at 4 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on ABC.  There will also be a preview airing on Thursday, December 26th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

Hosted by British motorsports commentator Toby Moody, the one-hour program features the superstars of off-road truck racing and the battle for both the race win and the overall SCORE season points championship. Past Baja champions BJ Baldwin, Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies, Robby Gordon, Vildolsola Racing and many others are featured in this ultimate battle of 800+ horsepower Trophy Trucks as they challenge the toughest point-to-point Baja 1000 loop race course in the event’s 46 year history. World of X-Games: SCORE Baja 1000 is the definitive action sports documentary on the king of all off-road races.

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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.

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Rob MacCachren will share driving duties with Andy McMillin at this year’s Baja 1000.

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.

Tavo qualified in third place for the 2013 Baja 1000 Trophy Truck start. Photo: Scott Rousseau

Tavo qualified in third place for the 2013 Baja 1000 Trophy Truck start. Photo: Scott Rousseau

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.