Johnny Campbell Racing gave American Honda the top two overall motorcycle finishing positions and their 15th straight Baja 500 title as Kendall Norman and Quinn Cody take the win and Honda’s 16th overall motorcycle victory in the very demanding 452.84 mile SCORE Baja 500 with a winning time of 8:47:07 at 51.76 mph on a Honda CRF450X. Their times were the fastest of all vehicles on the course. This race marks the second straight overall SCORE Baja 500 race win for Norman and Cody. Norman now has five career race wins in this event in the last six years. It was the second triumph for Cody. Udall was teamed with Kamo for the first time as Johnny Campbell Racing dedicated the race to the memory of Udall’s former teammate Jeff “OX” Kargola, who passed away recently following a motorcycle riding accident in Baja. During Saturday’s race, the two JCR/Honda vehicles actually crossed the finish line together in what was one of the closest races in the history of the Baja 500. Early reports had the win going to the 0x bike ridden by Colton Udall and JCR/Honda newcomer David Kamo however after final data review the win was awarded to Norman/Cody. Both teams were racing identical Eric Siraton prepped Honda CRF450X’s.

JCR/Honda congratulates the following teams, winning their respective motorcycle and ATV classes, all relying on the popular JCR/Honda race support pit service: Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., (Class 25, Honda TRX700XX), Brandon Brown, Umatilla Ore. (Class 24, Honda TRX450R), Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 30, Honda CRF450X), Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif. (Class 21, Honda CRF450X), Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X).

The Glen Helen round of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series is always one to get excited about, with much of the industry and many of the key sponsors in the series either wholly based or having a very strong presence in Southern California, and the vast majority of the drivers as well.

This weekend’s racing will mark rounds five and six of the series, which is seeing unprecedented success in 2011, and even though this is true, no one is sitting on their laurels. It’s the second time for the series to visit Glen Helen, and improvements for this year’s event include doubling the seating capacity and streamlining parking to create a better flow for spectators, so they can spend more time watching the racing and visiting with their favorite drivers and vendors.

This weekend’s event will not only include the usual suspects of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, such as Brian Deegan, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Carl Renezeder, Rob MacCachren, Curt Leduc, Rick Huseman, Jeremy McGrath, Jason Ellis, Cameron Steele and more, but also NASCAR star and six-time off-road champ Robby Gordon will be hoping to make his presence known in Pro 2 Unlimited.


According to a post on the Metal Mulisha site, Jeff “Ox” Kargola passed away today while riding his dirt bike with friends and family outside of San Felipe in the 2011 Rip to the Tip ride. According to the post on MetalMulisha.com, Kargola was attended to by medical personnel on site and was transported via helicopter to the San Felipe hospital where he passed away due to his injuries.

He passed early this afternoon with his best friends Cameron Steele, Ryan Hagy, Chad Peebles, Ryan Cropley, Rich Niggemann, Mark Moss and Trigger Gumm.

Kargola was a two-time winner of the SCORE San Felipe 250 (most recently this year at the 2011 race with teammate Colton Udall), winner of an AMA District 37 night race last year, competitor in the 2010 X Games (where he competed  in Step Up) and recent winner of Round 2 of the Super Lite class on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

“Words can’t express the emotions I am feeling. I love Jeff like a son and he was riding with all of his best friends he grew up with in San Clemente,” said Cameron Steele.

The Metal Mulisha site noted that more information will be released soon on arrangements for Jeff “Ox” Kargola. Kargola was 27 years old and lived in San Clemente, California.

Source: Metal Mulisha

Chandler, Ariz. -  Team General Tire’s Jeff ‘Ox’ Kargola tore up the course Sunday, taking home his first-ever victory in Superlite and earning second position overall in the class.

As the sun beamed over the legendary Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., March 20, the crowd at Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series anxiously awaited the sure-to-be action-packed Superlite race.  Ox, a freestyle MX rider and Baja MX racer and a relatively new driver to the off-road scene, was ready to take on the rigorous course.

Though the cards were stacked against him, racing alongside several Superlite veterans, Ox and his new Superlite truck fitted with General Tire Grabber street  tires fought hard for the lead, muscling his way to the front and leaving the competition in the dust.

“This win is a huge career victory for me,” said Ox after taking the podium in Chandler.  “I’ve fought hard for a win since I started racing in Superlite, and to place so early in the series is exactly what I was fighting for.  I’m pumped for what’s to come next with Team GT and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.”