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Colorado Springs
– We have had several class wins in the Baja but the race is not something you ever really conquer. No matter how many times I race there, it never fails to drop my jaw. It has little to do with a typical American desert race, it is the Baja 1000. The only thing you can prepare for is for everything to go awry. At times the race is peaceful, other times intense with screaming crowds, often terrifying with unseen hazards hiding in a sinister haze.

WE TAKE AN EARLY LEAD
I had the privilege of driving the start of the race this year for the BFGoodrich Tires BC-1 car. The start definitely falls in the “intense” category and I loved every minute of it. The excitement and hazard of the fans lining the course has no equivalent. Fans try to touch the car as it goes by and dumbest of all – even lie in the road on the far side of jumps. While a wild ride, we made it through with nothing but positive experiences and put 35 miles on the 2nd place car in the first 308 miles.

Now in the dark I navigated for my partner Brian Finch. We pounded through silt with near continuous waves pouring over the hood and blinding us. The Baja night is like no other, completely surreal and foreign. The surroundings and actions of the race can only belong in a dream. The only existence in the gloom is your small sphere of excitement. After the worst of the silt the engine lost power and we sputtered down course to a highway crossing where the Wide Open crew was waiting. I don’t know how, but we got a piece of debris in the timing belt and it skipped the timing by 3 teeth. After the agonizing wait, we chased down BC-3 to retake the lead and handed the car off to the next crew.

EVERYTHING GOES AWRY
John Williams and Roger Lovell got in at 3:25am and headed south increasing our 10 minute lead on BC-3. On one of 10,000 left hand turns they were unable to avoid a large rock that was kicked out in the road. It impacted and shattered the rear wheel. 10 miles later, a fatigued bolt broke in the front suspension. John and Roger are definitely the most resourceful guys on the team and found a way to patch it enough to reach the BFG pit. This repair took hours and to make things worse, only a handful of miles later, the transmission failed. Now in the chase truck I came in for this repair but the other chase truck with the spare transmission got lost and / or stuck for over 2 hours. Another 4 hours down, Roger and John departed in daylight. Our focus became finishing the race within the time limit

It started to get dark on the guys again after about 14 hours in the car which lead to disaster. What was apparently avoidable in daylight was now a “stuck party” for the whole race. A sprawling tidal flat that looked dry on top concealed quicksand beneath. Fooled by the dark, a dozen race cars were stuck over a couple miles and the BC-1 car was 700 yards from dry ground. Some guys radioed for help, others gave up until help got there, but our guys didn’t want to let the team down. Already exhausted, they dug and jacked the car for hours. Traction and tire performance is fun to talk about but it means a hell of a lot more to a guy in a survival situation like this and I could see it in my brother’s eyes as he told the story. Finally they broke free and passed the car off to Bud and Kyle.

WINNING A HARD FOUGHT BATTLE
Bud Brutsman and Kyle Tucker were tasked with the anchor leg. We watched as they passed an access point near race mile 916. That’s about the last thing I remember before succumbing to exhaustion. Having lost my sense of time all I recall is that it was dark when I fell asleep. I heard reports that the car had been stuck for a short time in a silt bed but generally moving well. We stopped at a crowded access road and were informed that there was yet another silt bed out there that had stopped several cars for the majority of the night – great… Without radio contact with our car we tensely waited. Apparently they blasted right through because we heard after a while via satellite relay that they were down course from us.

The only thing left for us to do was to head to the finish line. and with great pride we watched BC-1 take the checkered flag. Our result of 3rd in the BC class is not what we hoped for but what is worth bragging about is finishing the Baja 1000, the second longest in history at 1275 miles. Some Baja 1000′s are tough and some are really tough. Our team had the perseverance to stick with it and win the battle to finish. It took us almost 44 hours and we spent most of fighting tooth and nail.

My brother and I are proud to be part of this team and thankful to BFGoodrich Tires, BCII, and AMSOIL for giving us the opportunity to be part of such an amazing race. Its sounds cliche but if you want a taste of Baja racing and a truly authentic off-road adventure get a tour with Wide Open in one of these cars. You’ll never forget it.

Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin and Jason Voss earned the Trophy Truck and overall victory at the 2014 SCORE Baja 1000. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin and Jason Voss earned the Trophy Truck and overall victory at the 2014 SCORE Baja 1000. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

After official review of tracking data, SCORE International released the official results of the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 this morning. Taking the victory in Trophy Truck is Rob MacCachren, followed by Luke McMillin and Cameron Steele in second and third, respectively. Justin Davis earned the win in Class 1, holding off Justin Matney and Damen Jefferies.

Although results are still unofficial, it appears Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin and Jason Voss have won the 2014 SCORE Baja 1000. Val Douglas/GETSOMEphoto.com

Although results are still unofficial, it appears Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin and Jason Voss have won the 2014 SCORE Baja 1000. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

According to SCORE International, the dream team of Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin and Jason Voss have won the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, though results are still unofficial pending SCORE review. After qualifying as the second fastest Trophy Truck last week in Las Vegas, MacCachren and team used the clean air to their advantage to win the 1,275-mile race in the No. 11 Ford F-150 Trophy Truck.

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Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
– The SCORE International Baja 1000 (B1K), is known as the granddaddy of off-road racing. It started as a mere challenge to see who could get to La Paz in the shortest possible time and has turned into one of the most grueling and competitive races on earth. Several drivers have won multiple times; a few have done it back to back. No single driver has won three straight. That is the challenge that lies ahead for BJ Baldwin. BJ has won back to back in his Monster Energy, Toyo Tires, Hoonigan, Method Race Wheels, King Shocks, Rigid Industries and Red Kap Work Clothes Trophy Truck; driving the entire race without relief. At the 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, he will be out to make history with his third straight win.

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The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, (B1K) is one of the greatest contests in motorsports. The course is run as a loop or point to point. This year’s race, the 47th, is a point to point peninsula run. It starts in Ensenada and travels a staggering 1,275 miles south to La Paz. Shaffer Motorsports will be putting in overtime driving the Transfer Case Express class 10 car nearly 300 miles farther than the touted 1000 miles.

Stronghold-Motorsports-Baja-1000-11-14-14RIVERSIDE, California - Stronghold Motorsports will close the 2014 off road racing season this week by making its first appearance in the legendary SCORE Baja 1000.

Scott Bailey, Brandon Bailey and Larry Job will divide the driving duties in the MAVTV/Toyo Tires/SolarWorld AlumiCraft Chevrolet Class 1 car for a desert marathon of approximately 1,275 miles down and across the Baja California peninsula from Ensenada in the north to La Paz in the south.

Job last week turned in the fastest lap in the class at a qualifying session in Las Vegas and Stronghold will be the first Class 1 car to take the green flag when the four-wheel entries get under way beginning at 12:30 p.m. on November 13th. (The motorcycle classes will get under way at 6:30 a.m.)

2014-SCORE-Baja-1000-LogoENSENADA, Mexico — Pre-running, planning and all preparations are completed as 240 official entries from 34 U.S. States and 17 countries are ready for the green flag to drop Thursday for the 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race.

This year’s legendary desert classic, the final event of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, is being held in Mexico on a brutally-rugged race-record 1,275-mile SCORE signature desert race course.

Motorcycles and ATVs will begin their journey starting at 6 a.m. (PT) Thursday and after a break of five and one-half hours, the cars and trucks will start receiving the green flag at 12:30 p.m. (PT).47th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 includes 104 racers who have combined for 318 class wins in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.

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ENSENADA, MEXICO
– The 47th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 marks the longest desert race of the season and the opportunity for BFGoodrich Tires to extend its legacy in the Baja peninsula. As BFGoodrich Tires runs for its 26th overall SCORE Baja 1000 victory, the tire manufacturer looks to continue its 2014 dominance in desert racing, having the top overall finisher at every stop on the SCORE International desert race schedule.

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Corona, CA
– The SCORE World Desert Championship title is going to be a showdown south of the border as the Bonanza Plumbing / Monster Energy / THR Motorsports / Kawasaki team, presented by Hoosier Precision Machining, heads into the season-ending 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

2014-SCORE-Baja-1000-LogoENSENADA, Mexico — While deservedly grabbing the majority of the headlines will be the five-way race for the season title in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for 850-horsepower high-tech, unlimited production trucks, this week’s iconic 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will also include everyman racers from across the U.S. and around the world along with nearly three dozen cross-over racers from other motorsports disciplines as well as business leaders and entertainers.

This year’s legendary desert classic, the final event of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, is being held in Mexico on a brutally-rugged race-record 1,275-mile SCORE signature desert race course.

When the green flag drops Thursday for nearly 250 entries at 6 a.m. (PT) for motorcycles and ATVs and 12:30 p.m. (PT) for cars and trucks, the growing starting grid for the 47th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 includes 104 racers who have combined for 318 class wins in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.