RENO, NV –  Roger Norman and the 2011 Baja team is gathering at Norman Motorsports in El Cajon, CA for final preparations and training maneuvers before heading across the border to pre-run for the 2011 SCORE Baja 500.  This years team will consist of Roger Norman driving the entire 500 miles with Lance Clifford as the co-driver for the first 300 miles and then Tim Nugent will co-driver to the finish line in celebration of his full recovery.  “Tim Nugent is the only thing tougher than my BFGoodrich Tires in Baja!  He is the motorcycle rider hit at last years Baja 500, who over the last 11 months has successfully recovered from 23 broken bones,” said Roger Norman.  “When Tim told me he still wanted to conquer the Baja 500 I asked him to be a part of our team.  Not only will he conquer it, but he will be in the truck with me at the finish line to celebrate a win and his full recovery!”

A year after one of the most horrific moments in Roger Norman’s racing career, the anniversary couldn’t be brighter.  “Roger is a great person.  Throughout the whole ordeal at the hospital he would come to visit,” said Tim Nugent.  “We are taking something tragic and making something better out of it.  We’re both healing.  It’s a celebration, it’s not a closure, it’s another door opening.”

RENO, NV  - Roger Norman is gunning to repeat the success from last years Mint 400.  The Norman Motorsports #8 Crystal Bay Casino truck qualified and finished first last year putting Roger Norman on the podium with an amazing finish. “Winning overall coupled with taking the pole position in qualifying makes this an epic event for us,” said Norman after last years finish.

Roger Norman spent Saturday assisting other racers and the SNORE team mark course for the race.  “We placed down arrows, turn arrows, all of them, ensuring that it is ready for this weekends race,” said Norman.  “The track seems a little rougher but we are still going to use the same strategy that we did last year: No mistakes or issues, and we will be keeping a close eye on where we are in the race.”  Eric Branstrom, who co-drove with Norman for last years win, will co-drive again this year.

The #8 Trophy Truck has been at Norman Motorsports shop in El Cajon, CA getting a new mounting system for the shock reservoirs.  “We have also been working on upgrading the drivetrain.  We just continue to add quality reinforcements after reinforcement to all the components in the truck as the courses get rougher and rougher,” said Norman.

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Qualifying for starting position will be on Thursday March 24th at 1:30.  Norman will be available at Tech and Contingency on Friday.  The Mint 400 Race will start at 7am Saturday March 26th.  Norman Motorsports Communication Team will have live commentary on the Norman Motorsports Channel: www.justin.tv/rogernorman8 (Register now to know every time the channel goes Live)

Roger Norman Website: www.RogerNormanRacing.com

Video from 2010 Qualifying Run: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_0wzhEyuJ8

Next Race:

March 25-27                        SNORE                                  Mint 400                                               Las Vegas, NV

April 1-3                                W.E. Rock                             West Rock Crawling                           Tucson, AZ

Norman Motorsports Partners: Crystal Bay Casino, BFGoodrich, KMC, Vision X, K&N Filters, Mastercraft, Fire ETC, NEO, CMI, Big Ass Fans, Safety Kleen, Eibach Springs, Cruz Roja, Baja Fools, Rod End Supply, High Angle Drivelines, Trail Glow, Galley at the Marina

Photos Credit:  Mike Wilson

Roger Norman’s Crystal Bay Casino #8 Trophy Truck finished in third overall at the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in the Trophy Truck class. After teaming up with long-time Baja racer Larry Roesler in recent years (and Roeseler was offered a great deal to team up with the Herbst team again), Norman decided he would tackle this race alone.

The team released a  half-hour documentary chronicling the preparation and the action during the race.

“Completing the Baja 1000 is always an amazing experience,” Norman said. “We are very proud to be able to share our story with everyone.” The team of Norman and co-driver Lance Clifford completed the 1061 miles in 19:56:27, a very impressive time averaging 53.24 mph.