The Baja 1000 is the ultimate test for manufacturers of all disciplines in desert off-road racing. Whether it be suspension components, engines, transmissions or full on racecar builders, a win at the legendary Baja 1000 will boast you to the top of the game. In just over twenty-four hours, Justin Davis hammered his #185 JIMCO Truggy through the toughest race, both physically and mentally, in North America from Ensenada to La Paz to take the win in Class 1 (5th Overall).
With the 2014 SNORE Battle at Primm off-road race happening near Stateline, Nevada in just one week, Fast-Aid and Race for the Wounded have teamed up with Green Army Motorsports to honor a Wounded Combat Veteran by having him ride with off-road racing prodigy, Justin Davis. Riding with Justin will be Retired US Army Sergeant Alex Cruz. Alex served as a crew chief in the 101st Airborne Division on Apache Longbow helicopters and was deployed to Afganistan twice during his five years of service. In 2013, Alex was medically discharged due to injuries sustained in combat. Alex is currently pursuing his helicopter pilot license and hopes to fly chase helicopters for race teams in Baja in the future.
Montclair, CA: Heading into November, the Green Army Motorsports team was focused on continuing the hunt for the top spot in the Inaugural World Championship Chase. Countless hours were spent at the Southern California shop preparing the #85 Jimco Trophy Truck to battle the best for the top spot in the 46th Running of the SCORE International Baja 1000. Not only was Justin focused on preparing the truck, he was busy preparing mentally and physically by spending 2 hours a day, 6 days a week at the gym. Having won this race multiple other times in different classes, driver Justin Davis knew the preparation at home would be pointless without spending weeks pre-running the peninsula to see what Baja had in store for race day. The advance team headed off to Baja California shortly after the first of the month to make the peninsula their home until race day.
Challenges pre-running confirmed the rumors that this would one of the most difficult Baja 1000 courses ever laid out. The 2013 Baja 1000 course presented mile after mile of rough sections, technical sections, silt beds and every other type of challenge people associate with a race through this beautiful strip of land. Based on his 2nd place standing in the World Championship Standings, Justin revisited his original strategy to solo the race and made the decision to invite another Baja veteran to drive a stretch of the race. The Green Army Motorsports Team knew that the bonus points involved with this race would likely mean if any of the top 5 in the World Championship standings won the race, they would also take the season points title. Multi-discipline driver Danny Ebberts was called and he was in Baja the next day to begin pre-running his section.
POMONA, Calif. – Celebrating all that is off-road, 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire will host the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Desert Race official live race drawing for starting positions. On Saturday, October 5, at 3 p.m., the crowds will flock to the expansive SCOREville exhibit in the Pomona Fairplex Building 5, to hear the live announcements and be among the first to see the official race course map.
Set to take place Wednesday, November 13, to Sunday, November 17, 2013, this legendary Baja off-road race will cover much of Mexico’s Majestic Baja California Norte region of the peninsula with a loop course that will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California. More than 300 entries of cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATV’s will fill 40 pro and seven sportsman classes.
SAN DIEGO — Next month’s Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo and the Granddaddy of all desert races have joined forces to again present “SCOREville” – an exciting expansive exhibit Oct. 5-6 in Building 5 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., dedicated to saluting the legends of SCORE Baja racing in honor of the 46th Anniversary of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
In addition to static displays of vintage and current desert racing vehicles along with autograph sessions with many of the stars of the sport, both past and present, a live drawing for starting positions for the Nov. 13–17 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be held at the Off-Road Expo on Saturday, Oct. 5 starting at 3pm.
The official course map for the race will also be unveiled on Oct. 5 by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman to begin the drawing event.
On both Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6, autograph sessions will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at SCOREville with many of the top SCORE desert racers from today and yesterday.
Montclair, CA: The Green Army made the march north to Reno recently for the 2nd Annual HDRA Eldorado Reno 500 in the ongoing quest to capture the top spot in the chase for the HDRA and World Championship standings. The tireless efforts of the team to prepare the truck for battle after their top 10 finish at the grueling Baja 500 gave team driver Justin Davis confidence heading north to battle a stacked field of the best Trophy Truck teams in the world. “We have worked really hard in the shop to make sure our Jimco Trophy Truck can go out and consistently run up front to challenge for the win. We showed we can win against the best at Ridgecrest and we went to Reno hoping to do the same thing.”
As with any top contending team, the preparation that began at the shop continued with pre-running. After running a few laps around the course, it became clear that rocks and the ability to make clean passes were going to be an issue and the winning team would go into the race with a solid strategy for surviving race-day. “Our BFGoodrich tires are the best and toughest tires in the world, but the only smooth part on this course is in the air,” said the #85 co-driver, Troy Holes.
SAN DIEGO—With pre-running on the official race course beginning Wednesday, SCORE officials will unveil the course map for the upcoming 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 during Tuesday’s airing of Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD weekly Internet broadcast Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Airing in High Definition on www.score-international.com, the show will air from its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego.
Presenting a detailed description presentation of the rugged race course of just over 500 miles will be SCORE Race Director Jose Grijalva who has just returned from a course-marking expedition with SCORE President Roger Norman.
Also featured on the show will be youthful SCORE Trophy Truck racer Justin Davis along with award-winning Mexican journalist Gabriel Garcia, the motorsports editor of the El Vigia newspaper in Ensenada, Mexico.
Davis, just 19 of Chino Hills, Calif., is a rookie in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee racing division in the entire sport for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks where he drives the No. 85 Green Army Motorsports Ford F-150. Davis, who rapidly ascended to the featured racing class after winning SCORE season point championships in SCORE Lites (2010) and the unlimited Class 1 (2011), is fresh from winning the overall title at the recent King Shocks HDRA 250 in Ridgecrest, Calif.
HDRA hosted the King Shocks 250 in the High Desert of Ridgecrest California. 99 competitors pre entered the second event of the 2013 season and over a hundred teams showed up to gain points on their quest for the Off Road World Championship. As a sweet bonus to the title sponsor, King Off Road Racing Shocks supported drivers took the top overall finishing positions (1st, 2nd & 3rd) sweeping the podium with Trophy Trucks and also collecting 5th overall with the Class 1 win.
King Shocks Marketing Director, Micheal Leighton commented, “We are just thrilled with how this event turned out. Drivers using King Shocks swept the overall podium and also the top 5 qualifying positions. We are very proud to be able to support the racers and HDRA for what they have put together. New races at new venues are attracting a lot of top competitors and the World Championship format is a great thing for the sport.”
Ridgecrest, CA – Rigid Industries racers powered through the dust and rocks at the HDRA King Shocks 250 in Ridgecrest, ca. to take the overall victory, three additional wins and several podium finishes. The overall victory and Trophy Truck class win went to the Green Army truck of Justin Davis. Justin used sound strategy to put him in position to win. He started seventh off the line and put in a blistering first lap when the traffic ahead was light. As the laps wore down, traffic, and the thick dust on course, continued to increase. He made his way to the front running second on the road behind the Terrible Herbst truck. Second on the road but first on corrected time, Justin did not want to risk a pass in the rocky terrain so he followed the Herbst truck to the finish line taking the win.
Montclair, CA: The King Shocks HDRA 250 in Ridgecrest, California featured three vehicles entered in the race that are prepped using the WRP line of premium threadlocker – Justin Davis in the #85 TT, Kory Halopoff/Richard Boyle in the #156 Class 1 car and Erik Harp in the #119 Class 1 car.
Justin Davis qualified 7th against some of the top unlimited teams and drivers in the world on Friday. Justin picked his way through the field Saturday despite the extremely rough and dusty conditions. As he ran the final lap, he was second on the road behind the legendary team of Tim Herbst/Larry Roeseler. In his post-race interview, Justin described the strategy of “latching on to the rear bumper” of these Baja champions to maintain his lead on corrected time. “The WRP Threadlocker worked awesome holding the truck together all day, but it really showed how well it works on the last lap when I gave it everything the truck had to win the race.” This is Justin’s first win in TT in the newly formed SCORE/HDRA World Championship series in his Green Army / WRP Trophy Truck.