For even casual off-road racing fans, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart needs no introduction. His name rests in the most elite pantheon of competitors who have braved the Baja Peninsula in a quest for glory. With three Baja 1000 wins and an amazing 17 Baja 500 wins, Stewart has more than made his mark in Baja racing’s fabled lore.
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.
ENSENADA, Mexico — History will be made in Mexico as a week of firsts will honor the legacy, tradition and charisma of the world’s most legendary desert race as the iconic 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race is held in Ensenada, Baja California.
When qualifying and all the other colorful pre-race festivities end, the green flag drops Thursday night at 11 p.m. PT for motorcycles and ATVs and Friday morning at 9 a.m. PT for cars and trucks, the growing starting grid for the upcoming 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will include 93 racers who have combined for 319 class wins in the granddaddy of all desert races. They part of a field of nearly 300 expected starters from 34 U.S. States, the U.S. Territory of Guam and 22 total countries.
This year’s legendary desert classic, the final event of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, will be held this week in Mexico on a brutally-rugged 883.00-mile SCORE signature desert race course. With the rugged course traveling on both sides of the peninsula, the world’s most famous desert race will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California Norte. It is the longest course in race history for a loop race, starting and finish in the same location.
Darren Skilton and the Baja Automotive team will bring the single seat Honda V6 powered Pilot out one more time to the grueling 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The unique Pilot, built by Darren and the Fab School’s Troy Johnson was built for double-duty. It was designed to race to the clouds in the Pikes Peak hill climb and to compete in Class 7200 in the SCORE Desert Series.
Class 7200 rules are simple. The vehicle must resemble a production vehicle, have a track width not to exceed 87 inches and be powered by an engine with no more than six cylinders. Most of the trucks competing in the class are heavier with the engine in front and a solid axle in the rear. Darren’s Honda is a lightweight mid-engine design with independent rear suspension. The independent rear suspension provides substantial ground clearance and the Powerful HPD (Honda Performance Development) modified 3.5 liter V6 production based engine gives the truck an incredible power to weight ratio. With top quality components from Honda, General Tire, Baja Designs, King Shocks, Method Race Wheels, Sunoco Race Fuels and TCS the combination has been proven successful with a win at the Baja 500 in 2012 and a fourth place finish in last year’s peninsula run at the Baja 1000.
SAN DIEGO — As pre-running the rugged 883-mile race course from Ensenada across the Baja California peninsula and back to Ensenada continues this week at an accelerated pace with just over two weeks before the green flag drops, the growing starting grid for the upcoming 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 already includes 87 racers who have combined for 288 class wins in the granddaddy of all desert races.
This year’s legendary desert classic, the final event of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, will be held Nov. 13-17 in Mexico on a brutally-rugged 883.00-mile SCORE signature desert race course.
ERENDIRA, BAJA CA, MEXICO – Bajarallymoto.com has announced that PCI Radio has teamed up to support the radio communications for the Inaugural BAJA RALLY this October 4-6 in Northern Baja, California.
“Were definitely going to support the bike guys”, explained PCI’s Scott Steinberger, “This is a brand new event for Baja and something PCI wants to be part of.”
Signal Hill CA based PCI Radio has long been the mainstay for communications in the off road industry with over 25 years of leadership backed by handfuls of class championships and 5 BAJA 1000 wins. PCI will provide radio equipment and expert service to the BAJA RALLY official team. While participant riders are not permitted to use radio communications, rally officials will depend on PCI’s proven systems to secure the stage routes and implement safety measures.
The program has become an essential component of Honda-mounted competitors because the speed and efficiency of a pit stop can make or break your race. A Baja 1000 can require up to 22 pit stops, roughly 60 miles apart. Each pit provides services to an average of 50 teams over the course of a race, and the pits contain an assortment of spare parts and maintenance items, as well as fuel.
This weekend, Round 9 of the FMF/GPR AMA National Hare & Hound Championship Series takes place in eastern Nevada and is hosted by the Silver State Trailblazers. This is the second running of the MULEY RUN in Panaca, NV, and has quickly become a favorite among the racers!
The 100-mile point-to-point event will start at the local fairgrounds in Panaca with the racers finishing in Caliente. The host club has a lot of festivities planned for this weekend, starting on Friday evening. This event is very unique in that not only will you receive your National points, but you can receive either D37 or MRAN points as well.
The AMA Youth National Series will take place on Saturday morning starting at 7:00am with a 12-mile loop for the minis and a 1-mile loop for the pee wees.
Since the mid-1970s, the name of Bilstein has been synonymous with high-performance shock absorbers that are engineered for the demanding environment of desert off-road racing. Now Bilstein has joined forces with the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) in its mission to “Honor the Past” and “Forging the Future” by being named as the “official shock absorber” of the California-based organization.
Today’s announcement comes in preparation of NORRA”s second off-road rally of 2013– the upcoming NORRA Mexican 500 “La Carrera Del Norte” (The Race of the North). Scheduled for Sept. 27 – 30th, the new three-day Mexican 500 rally will take competitors from the historic off-road racing home of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico to Mexicali, San Felipe and back to Ensenada over three fun and adventure-filled days of competition and camaraderie.
ERENDIRA, BC – BajaRallyMoto.com announced today that 11-time BAJA 1000 champion and DAKAR veteran Johnny Campbell of HONDA fame will compete in the inaugural BAJA RALLY this October 4-6 in Northern BAJA. Campbell’s name rounds of a fine list of Champions vying for top honors at this event including Larry Roeseler and Ricky Johnson.
“I’m really excited to help bring rally racing to Baja”, Campbell explained today, “I love to navigate for the challenge and added elements that come along with that. I’m sure with all the rally rookies, there will be some great memories that develop from this inaugural BAJA RALLY.”
Campbell is a living legend with an unheralded legacy of BAJA wins under his Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) program that extends the multi-decade HONDA dynasty of the late Bruce Ogilvie. Moreover, Campbell’s rally record is as robust as any American with 3 DAKAR finishes and back-to-back podiums in the Nevada Rally capped by a win. His first DAKAR appearance in 2001 was the best result by an American rookie at the time.