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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.

SCORE CEO Roger Norman (right) listens to 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Grand Marshal and off-road racing legend Ivan "Ironman" Stewart during today's Baja 1000 press conference in Ensenada. The race will complete Norman's first full year as SCORE's owner.

SCORE CEO Roger Norman (right) listens to 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Grand Marshal and off-road racing legend Ivan “Ironman” Stewart during today’s Baja 1000 press conference in Ensenada. The race will complete Norman’s first full year as SCORE’s owner.

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.

Mopar-Logo-5-27-12Mopar always has a big presence at the SEMA Show each year, and 2013 is no exception. With everything from modern musclecars to off-road concept vehicles, Mopar has a lot of unique parts to show off.

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:


Be sure to check out all of Off-Road.com 2013 SEMA Show coverage here.

David-Higgins-Rally-America-Champion-10-25-13CHERRY 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.”

Baja-Social-Club-Expo-10-15-13Foothill 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.

Ron-THUMB-Burgundy-Dodge-10-10-13The 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.