johnny-campbell-baja-8-8-13ERENDIRA, 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.

R2C-TORC-Bark-River-6-25-13Vernon Hills, IL – The Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL opened its 2013 Sportsman racing season last week in Bark River, Michigan and R2C Competition Filters dominated the competition in the Super Stock Truck division. The conditions throughout the two days of competition ranged from wet and muddy to dry and dusty as R2C equipped racers found the top spot on the podium during both days of competition.

The TORC Super Stock Truck division features stock chassis light duty trucks with significant modifications. The trucks feature high modified V-8 powerplants and longer travel suspension. The races are only fifteen to twenty minutes long, but the drivers push their trucks to their limits and beyond. It’s almost like racing the Baja 1000 in twenty minutes.

mills_motorsports_baja_500_2013_6-11-13Mills Motorsports sought redemption at the 45th running of the SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Baja California, after disappointing DNF in San Felipe.  Spurred on by last year’s Baja 1000 win and class championship, the team would stop at nothing to get a victory. Nevertheless, the team’s journey from start to finish was full of enough mayhem to satisfy an entire season.  Twenty one hours, twenty six minutes and three seconds later, the Mills Motorsports #842 SPEC Trophy Truck finished the 2013 SCORE Baja 500 in second place and saluted this race to the record books as one of the most brutal battles in Baja the team has ever fought.

Driver Nick Mills and navigator Tony MacNeil started the race for the Mills Motorsports/KORE Team. Grand Marshall and former SCORE-International President, Sal Fish, waved the green flag and Mills rocketed off the line, bombing through the streets of Ensenada and in and out of the infamous Ensenada wash.  The first 70 miles of the race, Mills performed flawlessly, passing all five competitors in the SPEC Trophy Truck Class.  Mills was running his LS3 motor hard and knew that if he could continue this pace, he could hand the truck off to Alan Roach in an ideal position to finish the race in front.

BFGoodrich-6-1-11While Robby Gordon going off first in Saturday’s 45th running of the Tecate Score 2013 Baja 500, the next three drivers on the course and seven of the top 10 will be running on BFGoodrich desert racing tires.

Team BFGoodrich members Bryce Menzies (3rd), Rob MacCachren (14th) and Dan McMillin (21st) lead a contingent of 30 racers on the tires that have won more races in Baja than any other tire – BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR and BFGoodrich T/A KRT.

Braving-Baja-Truck-Peterson-Museum-4-30-13Los Angeles, Calif. (April, 2013) – To prove the durability of its motorcycles, American Honda sent a CL72 Scrambler on a 950 mile trek through rocks, sand washes, dry lake beds, mountain passes and paved roads. Fifty years later, that 1960s run is remembered for  initiating one of the most significant off-road races for both two and four wheeled vehicles in the world—the Baja 1000.

Legendary racers Dave Ekins and Parnelli Jones will help the Petersen Automotive Museum honor Baja with a tribute dinner, one-day off road show, and summer-long exhibition: Braving Baja, 1,000 Miles to Glory, presented by American Honda Motorcycle Division.

Mark-McMillin-NORRA-4-24-13Legendary Baja racing champion and San Diego-based homebuilder Mark McMillin has been named by the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) as the honorary Grand Marshal for this year’s upcoming General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.  The unique fourth annual on and off-road rally is set to kick off this Saturday, April 27th in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico and will conclude at lands-end in San Jose Del Cabo on May 1.

Mark McMillin’s Grand Marshal role places him in an elite group of previous icons of the sport and industry who have enjoyed the honor. Two-time overall champion of the original NORRA Mexican 1000 rally (1971 and 1972) and Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones served as Grand Marshal in 2010, while original four-wheel Baja recor d holder and inventor of the fiberglass dune buggy Bruce Meyers was honored the following year. Highly popular motorsports television host and Baja enthusiast Dave Despain enjoyed his time as the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Grand Marshal last year.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Accomplished racer and Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey will return to off-road racing competition later this month in the General Tire Mint 400, March 20 – 24, where he will drive in the Zero One Odysseys Desert Challenge class.

Dempsey is a veteran of Baja 1000 competition but has spent the last few years in the top levels of sports car road racing in North America and beyond. Last year was a busy race season of competition that saw Dempsey drive a prototype Lola-Judd in the American Le Mans Series, a Mazda RX-8 GT in GRAND-AM as well as a Maserati and Aston Martin. He will make his debut race in a Dempsey Del Piero Racing Porsche GT3 with co-driver and motorsports business partner Joe Foster and new teammate Andy Lally in two weeks at the 12 Hours of Sebring, just one weekend before his return to off-road action in the Mint.

Torchmate team racer Brad Lovell was named Dirt Sports Racer of the Year at an awards presentation at the Oakley world headquarters in Foothill Ranch, Calif. on Feb. 13, capping off a remarkably successful year of off-road competition for one of the most versatile drivers in off-road racing.

Lovell is coming off of the racing season of his life. He won the TORC Pro-Light series championship, the Ultra-4 Pro series championship and the Baja 1,000. He said the Dirt Sports award was the pinnacle of his racing career.

“I really do feel it is the highest award that our team could get,” said Lovell. “It’s a benchmark in my career.”

EL CAJON, Calif. — While no one would ever call off-road desert racing easy, its evolution has seen the races become more challenging and strenuous on both the drivers and the equipment. The long and diverse list of 2012 championship-winning athletes show what it takes to win in some of the most demanding racing styles in the world.

Running everything from 68-horsepower 1/2-1600 cars to 800-horsepower trick trucks, each class of off-road race vehicle has its own unique demands. This year’s desert champions relied on their suspension systems, among other things, to outperform the competition.

Las Vegas, NV – After nearly 40 years of stewardship, SCORE International CEO Sal Fish has turned over control of the premiere desert racing series to businessman, Trophy Truck racer and race promoter Roger Norman.  SCORE International, originally founded by the late Mickey Thompson in 1973, is world renowned for its legendary races like the Baja 1000.

“It has been an incredible experience and lifestyle for all these years,” said Sal Fish, “It’s not often you have a chance to pass on your life’s work to someone who shares the same dedication and passion for the sport. It’s an emotional time for me and I would have never considered this if it were not for Roger, his wife and the team he has around him. I don’t know anyone who is better equipped to take offroad racing to the next level. Roger has some incredible plans; I am very excited for the future of our sport.”

The acquisition by Roger Norman allows the unification of the rules, technical inspection, class formats, car numbering and scoring systems between HDRA and SCORE that many racers have wished about for years. SCORE will operate under Hacienda Baja Racing, a Mexican company. SCORE and HDRA will remain independent but will share the same structure. Any car that passes SCORE technical inspection will also be HDRA legal and vice versa. Popular HDRA Classes like Heavy Metal will be added to the SCORE rulebook and every HDRA member will receive a SCORE rulebook. Co-Technical directors Jake Velasco and Art Savedra will each operate out of their own region; Art in Las Vegas, NV and Jake in San Diego, CA. Having two locations will make it much easier for racers going through the inspection process. “I’m excited to work with Art,” said Jake Velasco, “He took me under his wing when I started with HDRA and shared his many years of experience. By using a single set of rules, inspection will be consistent and much easier for everyone.”