It’s often said that the greatest challenge in Baja is not other racers but the course itself. That is definitely true of the San Felipe 250 course, which is littered with countless huge off-road whoop sections. Check out this racetruck taking them on at speed!
Toyo Tires has a few new faces on its team for 2016. Returning to the brand are off-road veterans Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin, but Gustavo Vildosola, or “Tavo,” is one of the team’s newest players, while Andy McMillin also joined the team after taking a break from racing a full season in 2015.
SAN DIEGO — Rapidly improving SCORE Trophy Truck racer Jason Voss and veteran fabricator Craig Stewart will enjoy Tuesday’s Dirt LiveHD SCORE spotlight shining on them as the featured guests at 7 p.m. (PT) on the increasingly-popular internet show. Airing in High Definition on www.score-international.com, the show will air from its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
Voss, 26, Cupertino, Calif., drives the No. 35 Voss Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck while Stewart, son of the legendary desert racer Ivan Stewart, owns and operates Stewart’s Raceworks in Santee, Calif.
The 2013 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris, is now available to rent or purchase through Apple iTunes. The special two-hour digital version of the primetime television show captures the most dynamic and thrilling off-road racing on the planet – at the most prestigious and challenging off-road race in America.
Directed by The Martelli Brothers, and produced by Mad Media, The Mint 400 has become THE premiere off-road racing television and film event of the year. The legendary race is shot in stunning 4K resolution and produced annually by Mad Media at their San Diego headquarters. The show is broadcast on SPEED Channel to over 78 million homes, simulcast online to millions more, then made available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, and the PlayStation network. Coverage of the annual historic race is sold on DVD as well, making The Mint 400 the most watched off-road race program in North America.
Reno, NV – Get prepared for the greatest motorsports event of the summer when the HDRA Eldorado Reno 500 returns to the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex, (TRM) July 7-12. Starting on Sunday July 7, the 500 mile course will be available for course prerunning to HDRA Eldorado Reno 500 race teams.
Prerunning, unique in the United States, is just another example of HDRA’s “For Racers… By Racers” philosophy. This includes drivers, co-drivers and bona fide team personnel that are current HDRA members. You Must Register at Wide Open office (see location below) prior to beginning your first pre-run session. Pre-running is FREE to team personnel who are HDRA members! To get to Tahoe-Reno Motorplex (TRM) from Reno, take Interstate 80 East to USA Parkway off-ramp Exit 32. At the end of the off-ramp turn right on USA Parkway and proceed to the Wide Open office at 420 USA Parkway. The office will be on your right.
SAN DIEGO—While winning is very important in motorsports, consistency is equally as important for those desiring to win season championships and with a pair of podium finishes, Las Vegas’ rising star of the desert Bryce Menzies has emerged as the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point leader in the 2013 SCORE Desert Series. With a second place finish at the season opener at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and a third place at the recent Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Menzies is on the verge of winning his second SCORE season championship in the last three years.
Two years removed from his double-championship rookie season of SCORE racing in 2011, Menzies will lead the thundering herd of SCORE Trophy Trucks, the high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks back to Mexico for November’s season-ending 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the legendary granddaddy of all desert races. Over 40 SCORE Trophy Trucks are expected at the start line in Ensenada, Baja California for this year’s iconic race which will see race-week activities running from Nov. 13-17.
Menzies, who drives solo in the No. 21 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck, has racked up 196 points during the first two SCORE Baja races of 2013, but the star-studded class has his eight closest challengers only a total of 25 points behind him.
This event is being held in honor of young Parker Shaw, a 6 year-old boy living in San Diego, Ca who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Parker Palooza will be an event focused on family fun while raising enough money to send Parker to the best treatment facility available. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Parker.
Parker Palooza will start at 12:00 PM and will include musical performances by: Perro Bravo, Sprung Monkey and C-Money & the Players. There will also be celebrity appearances by “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin and many other action sports stars as well as a large display area including motorcycles, Trophy Trucks and The World’s Largest Skateboard.
The 2013 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris – will premiere on SPEED Channel, Saturday June 8th at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. This special two-hour primetime television show captures the most dynamic and thrilling off-road racing on the planet – at the most prestigious and challenging off-road race in America.
This year, over 250 race teams battled the brutal four-hundred mile Mint 400 desert racecourse. The competition was fierce and full of drama, suspense, and back and forth clashes in all twenty classes of vehicles – from the fast growing Pro UTV Class, all the way up to the million dollar Unlimited Trophy Trucks. The overall lead changed seven times, and less than half of the competitors finished the destructive and punishing race.
Ensenada, B.C., Mexico – As near perfect weather conditions blanketed the Baja California desert, 32 trophy trucks gathered in Ensenada for the running of the prestigious 45th Annual Tecate Baja 500. This event saw Robby Gordon of Orange, Calif., back behind the wheel of his familiar SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI No. 77 Chevrolet Trophy Truck for the first time since dominating the Parker 425 in February.
During qualifying Thursday afternoon, Gordon raced around the 5-mile qualifying course the quickest, putting him on the overall pole to start Saturday’s 500-mile race. Shortly after taking the green flag, Gordon’s hopes of a flawless race where extinguished, when he had to ultimately test his driving skills by saving the No. 77 trophy truck from crashing violently in the wash. The SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI Chevrolet Trophy Truck would find itself hydroplaning and spinning around after hitting flooded water at nearly 90 MPH.
After all, as a Trophy Truck competitor, Norman’s much-publicized collision with a backmarker motorcycle competitor during the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 500, and his outspoken commentary regarding motorcycle and ATV safety afterward, have left many bike teams concerned over the future of these classes now that he has acquired the legendary sanctioning body, one which owes a great deal of its history and success to these classes.
Yet Norman’s presence on the starting line to see off every motorcycle and ATV entry in this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 field at least gave the impression that he doesn’t simply consider them as mere obstacles to the all-powerful Trophy Trucks and buggies that serve as Baja racing’s biggest draw. He is concerned about their future, and he wants to see the classes grow.
To that end, Norman has implemented changes to some of the bike and ATV classes, most notably in the Sportsman ranks, for this year’s 500, and if he is able to implement his plans fully, even more are in store for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in November.
“I think where we are right now is that we are on the ground floor,” Norman said. “There are a lot of things that we can do to increase the bike counts. One of the things is to make it a bigger event for the bikes and give it its own television show.”