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.

Shaffer-Baja-500-5-30-13Ensenada, Baja California – The Shaffer Motorsports team heads south to the Baja Peninsula for the 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 May 31-June 2. The team will rely on strategy as opposed to pure speed as the draw for starting order has placed them 19th off the line out of 22 cars.

Starting in the back takes a few options off the table but for the Shaffer Motorsports team, it plays into their championship plans. The team is currently in the number two spot for the World Championship of Desert Racing in their Transfer Case Express class 10. Their emphasis all season has been to get to the finish and build consistent points towards the championship. If they find themselves racing for the win they will take it but their plan is to go as hard as they can without using up the car. When it comes to championships, consistency is vital.

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.

Armed with a now-proven track record of creating, promoting and hosting the latest form of desert off-road racing, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today officially announced it will stage a second vintage-themed rally this year from September 25th to September 28th beginning and ending in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico. The yet-to-be named event will be held the same weekend as the more traditionally formatted 10th annual “Mexicana Logistics 300” race of the CODE Off Road Series, and will offer competitors a second calendar date to NORRA’s General Tire Mexican 1000 rally, which this year takes place from April 27-May 1.

In a unique partnership, NORRA will work on this event with CODE, a well-established Mexican sanctioning body that attracts a very large and enthusiastic group of local racers. CODE has been instrumental in helping NORRA with the complex logistics needed to hold the annual NORRA General Tire Mexican 1000 adventure.

The 45th annual SCORE, Tecate Baja 1000 was an epic undertaking. The race traveled an amazing 1,121.55 miles down the Baja Peninsula. Shaffer Motorsports used teamwork, ingenuity and true grit to complete the entire course in 33 hours and 17 minutes; taking second place and a possible championship. At the time of this writing, the final championship points tally is still underway.

It didn’t look promising for Mike Shaffer before the race. He would drive the first leg and had been ill for days. “I felt good on raceday, at least in the beginning,” Said Mike, “We started behind the 1600 cars and they kick up a lot of mud. We were getting roosted bad as we caught and passed many of them.

Valcourt, Québec, November 26, 2012 – After a 27-hour battle with the most brutal racing terrain the Baja Peninsula of Mexico has to offer, the Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 team of Josh Frederick, Jeremie Warnia, Collins Webster and Jarrod McClure crossed the finish line ahead of 297 other starters and 1121 miles away from the start line of the Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Mexico. Once across the line, the team was officially declared the Pro ATV-class winner of the 45th running of the Baja 1000.

“This team was prepared to deliver BRP its first Pro ATV-class victory in over a decade and the first for the DS 450 ATV,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Can-Am off-road race manager. “The dedication by the entire Motoworks team was evident from pre-running to the finish; I am proud that they are an important partner with BRP.”

Banning Motorsports came away with a big win at the 45th annual Baja 1000. The team took the victory in class 10 and finished an impressive 16th overall; well ahead of many unlimited trucks and buggies. The Baja 1000, considered to be the most grueling off-road race in the world, travelled down the Baja Peninsula 1,121.55 miles from Ensenada on the Pacific Ocean south to La Paz on the sea of Cortez.

The team spent weeks in Mexico prerunning the course, preparing logistics for the race and spreading smiles wherever they went. One special stop for the team was at El Oasis Orphanage in Valle De Trinidad. They handed out a huge amount of food, personal hygiene items, clothing, bicycles and race team shirts for all 50 kids. Banning Motorsports visits the orphanage every year when they head south to challenge the Baja 1000. “We look forward to seeing the kids each year when we visit,” said Lee Banning, “It’s great seeing the smiles on their faces and how much they’ve grown.” The giving continued at contingency before the race when the team handed out over 10 cases of Troop Fuel Energy Drink, team hero cards and T-shirts to a huge crowd of fans.

FULLERTON, CA. – (Nov. 13, 2012) – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored off-roaders Cameron and Heidi Steele are heading to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to compete in the storied SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, November 14-17. The Steeles, along with their Desert Assassins teammates, will race on various Geolandar® tires along the demanding course. The 45th running of the race goes from Ensenada to La Paz and is the SCORE racing series season finale.

Two-time SCORE Person of the Year Cameron Steele has two 800-horsepower Trophy Trucks in the race. Each features newly developed 40-inch Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S® R tires specially engineered for extreme off-road conditions. Trophy Trucks, like Steele’s No. 16 Monster Energy/Yokohama Tire and No. 14 Yokohama Tire vehicles, have 26 inches of front-wheel travel and 36 inches of rear-wheel travel, and can hit a top speed of 135 mph.

The Monster Energy Off-Road team is set to tackle the 45th annual SCORE Baja 1000. With a massive team of five trophy trucks, One 6-truck, and one bike team The Monster Energy Off-Road team will be in the hunt for the overall win as well as multiple class wins.

The 1,121 mile battle down the treacherous Baja peninsula will begin at 6:30am Thursday morning November 16th in Ensenada, Baja, CA with the start of the bikes. The 4-wheel vehicles will start 5 hours later at 11:30am. The race will continue non-stop through the night ending just outside of La Paz, Baja Sur, CA. The bikes are expected to make it to the finish some 19 hours later near 1:30am if they can maintain a 60-mph average. The four wheel vehicles will are expected to arrive a few hours later near 6:30am.

LOS ANGELES—Preparing to celebrate its 40th year as the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, SCORE International today officially announced the 2013 SCORE Desert Championship Series schedule, which will consist of the three traditional major desert races held on Mexico’s majestic Baja Peninsula.

“We are excited to offer the racing community a three-race SCORE Desert Championship Series in 2013 that involves only our legendary Baja races. These three races have always been the cornerstones of SCORE.” said Sal Fish, CEO/President of SCORE International.

Fish continued, “I want to focus my attention on the heart and soul of SCORE, which is in Baja. We have thoroughly enjoyed nearly 20 years of racing in Nevada, but for a variety of significant reasons, these races are no longer viable events for SCORE.”