Baja 1000 Preview
Posted November 03, 2004 - 09:45 AM
NBC Sports will air on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
Posted November 03, 2004 - 10:02 AM
November 2, 2004
F A C T S H E E T
2004 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
WHAT: 37th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race
Final event of the five-race 2004 SCORE Desert Series
WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 16-20, 2004
WHERE: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (65 miles south of U.S./Mexico Border) to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
WHO: Nearly 300 entries from 30 U.S. States, and 10 countries, competing in 26 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs
COURSE: TOTAL MILEAGE: 1,016.3 miles (14 checkpoints). Starts in downtown Ensenada adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center, finishing on the outskirts of La Paz adjacent to the tourism office. Starting on the pacific Ocean side of the Baja California peninsula, the course immediately heads southeast to San Felipe (rm 179.83) through Ojos Negros and Alamo where it turns south along the azure Sea of Cortez. Passing through Puertocitos, San Luis Gonzaga, and Bahia de Los Angeles (rm 376.3) before heading about 20 miles further south and then turning southwest through El Arco/San Francisquito junction (rm 445.68) and winding a bit back east to San Ignacio (rm 550.5, KM 73 on Highway 1). The course then heads sharply southwest back to the Pacific Ocean at El Datil (rm 618.31) and down to San Juanico (rm 658.8) before a backwards â€˜Câ€™ loop down past Loreto at San Javier (rm 740.98) to across Hwy 1 just north of Ciudad Insurgentes (rm 794.5). The course then runs south along the Pacific Ocean past Ciudad Constitucion and Santa Rita (rm 901.2) before finally turning slightly northeast (rm 972.34) for the final run to the finish line in La Paz. The 13 checkpoints will be located at the following race miles on the courseâ€”Ck. 1-50.04 (North of Tres Hermanos), Ck. 2-83.32 (Santa Catarina), Ck. 3-136.92 (Diablo Dry Lake), Ck. 4-214.59 (South of San Felipe, Hwy 5, K52.5), Ck. 5-298.95 (Cocoâ€™s Corner), Ck. 6-376.3 (Bahia de Los Angeles), Ck. 7-551.75 (San Ignacio), Ck. 8-618.31 (El Datil Fish Camp), Ck. 9-745.45 (San Javier), Ck. 10-820.69 (Ciudad Insurgentes), Ck. 11-927.83 (Rancho Santa Fe), Ck. 12-976.80 (Abandoned Rancho), Ck 13-1000 (Top of Mini Summit) and finish line-1016.3 (La Paz).
PRE/POST RACE SHEDULE:
TUESDAY, Nov. 16--(All times PST)
Racer Registration, Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Media Registration, Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17--(All Times PST)
Racer Registration, Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Media Registration, Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Contingency Row, across from San Nicolas Hotel, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Technical Inspection, End of Contingency Row, 10 a.m. - 6p.m.
Mandatory Racer Meeting, Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center, 7p.m.
SATURDAY, Nov. 20--(all times PST)
Posting of Unofficial Resultsâ€”Race in Progress, Crowne Plaza Resort-La Paz, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Posting of FINAL UNOFFICIAL Resultsâ€”Crowne Plaza Resort-La Paz, 10 a.m.
Competition Review Boardâ€”Crowne Plaza Resort-La Paz, 11 a.m.
Awards Celebration-Crowne Plaza Resort-La Paz-1 p.m.
START: In front of the Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center in downtown Ensenada
FINISH: Adjacent of the tourism office, outskirts of La Paz
RACE DAYS SCHEDULE THURSDAY/FRIDAY/SATURDAY, Nov. 18-20--(all times PST)
Late Registration & Tech, Rivieria del Pacifico Convention Center, 6 a.m.
RACE STARTS: (Thursday, Nov. 18) Motorcycles, ATVs-6:30 a.m.; Cars, Trucks-9:30 a.m. (Approx.)
STARTING ORDER: (One vehicle every 30 seconds; 60-second interval for TT, 1, 10, 8, PT, SL, 1-2/1600)
Motorcycles/ATVs--22, 30, 40, 21, 50, Sportsman M/C>, Sportsman M/C<, 25, 24, Sportsman ATV
Cars/Trucks--TT, 1, 10, 8, PT, SL, 1-2/1600, 5, 7, BC, 7S, 7SX, 5/1600, SF, SM, 9, 3, 17, 11, Sportsman Car, Sportsman Truck, Sportsman Legend
TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 40-hour time limit from the time they start.
Sanctioned and produced by SCORE International-Los Angeles
CEO/President--Sal Fish; Vice-Presidentâ€”Paul Fish; Oscar Ramosâ€”Attorney; Administration--Sue Johnson 818.225.8402
SPONSORS: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire of SCORE; Southern California Ford Dealers-official vehicle of SCORE; Centrix Financial, CL Bryant-VP Racing Fuel-official fuel of SCORE; Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Herbst Gaming, Kartek Off-Road, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bilstein; Signpros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzieâ€™s, Fideicomiso Publio para la Promocion Turistica de Ensenada, Cotuco and Advanced Color Graphics.
The race will be televised as a one-hour NBC Sports special in December on the NBC Television Network. The show is produced by Aura360. The telecast will air on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Anchor for NBC will be emmy-award winner sportscaster Al Trautwig. A special pre-run preview segment, including NASCARâ€™s Robby Gordon, will air during the Jeep World of Adventure Sports on Saturday, Dec. 4. CNBCâ€™s â€˜Bullseyeâ€™, with host Dylan Ratigan, will also produce segments to air Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. Additionally, The Learning Channelâ€™s Rides weekly program (Tuesdayâ€™s at 10 p.m. EST/PST), produced by Brentwood Communications, will be developing a Terrible Herbst Motorsports show called â€˜Terrible Bajaâ€™ to air in 2005.
TERRIBLEâ€™S BAJA BONUS PURSE:
Through the sponsorship provided by Herbst Gaming of Las Vegas, this yearâ€™s race includes the added $40,000 Terribleâ€™s Bonus Purse. The overall 4-wheel winner will receive $20,000, the first overall motorcycle will earn an additional $2,000 and the first overall ATV will earn an additional $1,000. The winner in all other classes with at least 10 starters will also pick up a $1,000 Terribleâ€™s Bonus.
TOP DRIVERS & RIDERS:
SCORE Trophy-Truck: 1 Ed/Tim Herbst, 4 Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, 8 Dan Smith/David Ashley, 3 Mark Post/Curt LeDuc, 12 Larry Ragland/Brian Collins, 81 Mark Miller/Ryan Arciero, 4 Robby Gordon/Steve Barlow, 28 Alan Pflueger, 66 Jason Baldwin, 16 Cameron Steele/Ed Stout, 2 Pete Sohren/Cameron Steele, 9 Darren Skilton, 45 Ted Hunnicutt/Jeff Lewis/Cory Susag, 7 Jesse Jones/ Scott Steinberger; Class 1: 111 John Marking/Chris Harrold, 124 Doug Fortin/Charlie Townsley, 109 Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, 100 Dale Ebberts/Ernie Castro Jr., 114 Chuck Hovey, 117 Gary/Mark Weyhrich, 110 Mark McMillin/Brian Ewalt, 112 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, 101 Bobby Baldwin, 121 Corky McMillin/Brian Ewalt, 107 Mike Groff/Jimmy Vasser; Class 1-2/1600: 1649 Brian Jeffrey/Adam Pfankuch, 1604 Rob MacCachren/Bruce Fraley, 1615 Cameron Steele; Class 3: 300 Donald Moss; Class 5: 500 George Seeley; Class 5/1600: 550 Marcos Nunez, 553 Dave Collier; Class 7: 700 Craig Turner, 706 Hector Salazar, 705 Dan Chamlee; CLASS 8: 807 Nick Vanderwey, 800 Dave Sykes/Dave Westhem, 801 Tom Bradley, 806 Curt LeDuc; Class 10: 1000 Martin Christensen, 1005 Steve Myers, 1009 Mark Hutchins, 1002 John Cooley; SCORE Lite: 1205 Tom Watson, 1210 Blaise Jackson, 1213 Mark Kyle; Stock Full: 860 John Griffin, 863 Rod Hall/Josh Hall, 878 Mark Handley; Protruck: 227 Matt Scaroni, 226 Al Hogan; Baja Challenge: BC9 Robert Sutton/Rod Millen/Jeff Zwart/Paul Newman, BC 2 David Sutton/Ryan Thomas, BC 4 Michel Jourdain Jr./Michel Jourdain Sr., BC 5 Danny Sullivan/Scott Goodyear/Sebastien Bourdais/Paul Page, BC8 Kate Sutton/Vitor Meira/Rhys Millen; Class 22: 1x Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell; Class 30: 300x Jim Ferguson Class 40: 400x Jim Oâ€™Neal/Tim Withers/Jeff Kaplan, Class 50: 500x Richard Jackson/Bob Wadlow/Mark Force, 548x Chris Haines/Jack Johnson/Malcolm Smith; Class 21: 100x Joe Desrosiers; Class 25: 1a John Gregory, 10a Ruben Martin.
HISTORY OF START/FINISH:
In the 37-year history of the SCORE Baja 1000, this will be the 30th time the race has started in Ensenada and the 16th time it has finished in La Paz. It has also started three times in Mexicali (1972, 1993, 1994), twice in Tijuana (1967, 1995) and once each in Santo Tomas (1998) and Ojos Negro (1999). It has finished in Mexicali twice (1993, 1994), once each in Ojos Negro (1999) and Cabo San Lucas (2000). The last time this race ended in La Paz was 2002.
BFGoodrich Tires, long a staple in desert racing, has been the tire of choice for 18 consecutive overall 4-wheel vehicle winners.
in 4-wheel vehicle competition, VW motors have produced 12 overall winners, followed by Ford and Chevy (tied with 9), Porsche with 3, Toyota with 2, and Dodge with 1.
Among 4-wheel vehicles, Chenowth has produced the chassis for 10 overall winners, followed by Ford with 9, Chevy with 5, Toyota, Funco, Raceco and Jimco with 2 each and Miller, Hi-Jumper, Dodge, and Meyers Manx with 1 each.
In motorcycle competition, Honda leads with 14 overall victories, followed by Husqvarna with 11, Kawasaki with 9 and Yamaha with 2.
SCORE GPS DATA LOGGERS:
Attempting to help increase safety, verify route and speed, SCORE is requiring the mandatory use SCORE GPS data loggers in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Class 1, Class 10 and Protruck. With equipment and monitoring services provided by RallyTrack.com, Lakewood, Calif., SCORE hopes to begin using these special â€˜black boxesâ€™ in all classes during the 2005 SCORE Desert Series schedule.
Parnelli Jones, the legendary Hall of Fame racer whose victories include the 1963 Indy 500 and the 1971 and 1972 SCORE Baja 1000, will be the Grand Marshall for this yearâ€™s race, following in the footsteps of Mario Andretti, who was the first honoree for this award last year. Jones is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
THEY JUST KEEP ON GOING, AND GOING...:
When veterans Rod Hall and Ron Bishop strap on their racing helmets and take the green flag, they will keep their incredible streaks alive of being the only two racers who have competed in all 37 SCORE Baja 1000 races. Hall, who will turn 67 on Nov. 22, will co-drive with his son Josh in Stock Full as well as Terry Henn in Stock Full, doubling his opportunity for another class win. Bishop, 61, is the only individual who has run all 37 races on a motorcycle. This year, Bishop will co-ride with a team led by veteran Gene Dempsey in Class 50 for riders over 50 years young. Hall is the all-time winningest racer in this event with 17 class wins and Bishop is a member of the AMA Hall of Fame.
TIGHT OVERALL POINTS:
SCORE points are determined both on final finishing position and number of vehicles which started the race within the individual class. After four events, the team of Brian Jeffrey/Adam Pfankuch has earned 301 points are the overall point leaders and lead Class 1-2/1600 as well in their Dunrite-VW. In what has developed into one of tightest overall point battles in SCORE history, just 38 points separate the top five heading into the season finale in Mexico, and they are all in Class 1-2/1600. In second in overall points is Las Vegasâ€™ Rob MacCachren (Fraley-VWâ€”291), while third is Leonardo Navarette with 268 in a Jimco-VW. Fourth is Travis Fletcher with 264 in a Baja Shop-VW and fifth is Rick Boyer with 263 in a Lothringer-VW.
The 2004 SCORE Overall Point Champion will also earn the $10,000 Kartek Off-Road bonus.
The race will also determine the winners of this yearâ€™s $12,000 Toyota True Grit and Toyota Milestone Award winners. Presented to every racer who completes every required race mile this season, this is the 18th year of this Toyota Awards program with SCORE.
A SCORE record of nearly 30 SCORE Trophy-Trucks are expected to take the green flag. The marquee SCORE racing division featuring 750-horsepower unlimited production trucks includes cross-over drivers in addition to the talented field of regulars and a very close pointâ€™s race for the season championship. Nine of 10 previous season point champions are entered and 53 of 66 SCORE Trophy-Truck race winners are represented as well along with eight of the previous 10 SCORE Trophy-Truck winners in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Las Vegas brothers Ed and Tim Herbst are the winningest team in the history of the class with 11 race wins in the No. 1 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150, while Dan Smith/David Ashley, Riverside, Calif., are second with nine wins in the No. 8 Enduro Racing Ford F-150. Third is Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., with seven. Ragland is racing this year with veteran Brian Collins of Las Vegas, who has one win in the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
MAN OF TRIPLE-STEELE:
ESPN announcer Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., is a second-generation desert racer who is attempting to drive in three vehicles this year, two in SCORE Trophy-Truck and one in Class 1-2/1600. He is regular in Class 1-2/1600, where he is driver of record in the No. 1615 Prep by Jake-VW. In SCORE Trophy-Truck, Steele debuted his new No. 16 Board Ford Motorsports Ford F-150 in Septemberâ€™s SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300, and has is now also teamed with Pete Sohren in the No. 2 Board Ford Motorsports Ford F-150. On the airwaves, Steele is an ESPN announcer for Supercross, X-Games, and the Indy Racing League. Obviously, Steele doesnâ€™t sleep much.
As always, several crossover racers are entered this year, including NASCARâ€™s Robby Gordon (SCORE Trophy-Truck) along with Champ Carâ€™s Jimmy Vasser with Indy Car veteran Mike Groff (Class 1) and SCCA sports car racing legend Elliott Forbes Robinson (Class 10). Legendary supercross/motocross rider Ricky Johnson will drive with Chad Ragland (SCORE Trophy-Truck). Scheduled to race in the special Centrix Financial Baja Challenge class (Baja touring cars) are Champ Car regulars Sebastien Bourdais, of France (current series point leader) and Michel Jourdain Jr., of Mexico, Indy Racing League regular Vitor Meira, of Brazil (2004 IRL Rising Star Award), 1985 Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan, former Indy Car drivers Scott Goodyear and Roberto Guerrero, Pikes Peak Hill Climb record setters Rod Millen, Rhys Millen and Jeff Zwart. In Class 30 for motorcycle riders over 30, Jimmy Lewis, the editor of Dirt Rider magazine and the 1998 SCORE Baja 1000 overall motorcycle winner with Johnny Campbell, is leading a factory BMW team.
MOVIE TIME-â€˜Dusty to Gloryâ€™ Update
Filmed at last yearâ€™s raceâ€¦From the creators of Step Into Liquid, Dust to Glory is an all out action-adventure documenting the most notorious and dangerous race in the world, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Rivaling the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500, the race across Mexicoâ€™s Baja Peninsula is unpredictable, grueling and raw â€“ much like the uncharted American West of the 1800s. To capture the rich photographic quality of the desert and the intense action of the race, director Dana Brownâ€™s D2G film team utilized 55 cameras, four helicopters, a four-passenger buggy camera car and a crew of over 80. A true event of sheer human determination, the feature-length documentary film is being distributed by IFC Films and is scheduled for its theatrical release in April of 2005.
As noted above, racing in two vehicles in SCORE Trophy-Truck and one Class 1-2/1600 will be ESPN sportscaster Cameron Steele. Riding in the motorcycle Class 30 will be Jimmy Spencer, Editor of Dirt Rider, who also won the overall motorcycle title of this race in 1998 with Johnny Campbell. Driving in the special Centrix Financial Baja Challenge class (Baja touring cars) will be: Centrix CEO Robert Sutton and film legend an accomplished race-car driver and Champ Car team owner Paul Newman, 1996 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 overall 4-wheel vehicle winner and 4-time class winner Ryan Thomas, noted Hollywood stuntman Rich Minga, the 1987 SCORE Overall point champion who has one Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 class win, five seconds and eight thirds, and noted motorsports sportscaster Paul Page, former SCORE racer Brian Coats who has one career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win.
How about 26 Class wins, including nine overall wins for the Class 50 motorcycle team (548x) of Chris Haines (10 class wins), Jack Johnson (9 class wins, 4 overalls) and Malcolm Smith (7 class wins, 5 overalls).
This race always has a few â€˜braveheartsâ€™ who enter in two classes, hoping for double wins. The most notable oneâ€™s this year are: Rod Hall (two in Stock Full), Rob MacCachren (SCORE Trophy-Truck and Class 1-2/1600), Pete Sohren (two in SCORE Trophy-Truck), Curt LeDuc (SCORE Trophy-Truck and Class 8) and Jim Oâ€™Neal (motorcycleâ€”Class 40 and Class 50).
Entered in this yearâ€™s event are 20 racers who have combined for 65 overall wins in either the 4-wheel or motorycle divisions. The leaders are: Larry Roeseler, 10, (all on a motorcycle); Johnny Campbell has won seven straight (all on a motorcycle), Malcolm Smith have five overalls (two in m/c and three in 4-wheel) and with five overall wins each in the 4-wheel division are Mark McMillin and Larry Ragland.
BAJA CHAMPS-BY CLASS:
Entered in this yearâ€™s event are 111 racers who have combined for incredible 289 class wins. The leaders in multiple class wins entered this year are: Rod Hall with 17 (first overall), Larry Roeseler with 12 (third overall), Chris Haines with 10 (fourth overall), David Ashley and Jack Johnson with 9 each, Mark McMillin and Dan Smith with 8 each, Johnny Campbell, Ted Hunnicutt Jr., Malcolm Smith and Eric Solorzano with 7 each.
SCORE Malcolm Smith IronRider:
Several motorcycle riders will attempt to run the race solo, with no co-riders. If they succeed, they will each receive one of the new SOCRE Malcolm Smith IronRider awards. So far, these are the riders who have confirmed they are riding solo: Class 22â€”5x Robert Barnum, 6x Bert Schramm; SPT Motorcycle 250cc>--264x Masanobu Kameda, 296x Jorge Lizarraga, 298x Louie Montano
Desert racing has always been about family teams and this yearâ€™s Tecate SCORE Baja1000 is a prime example of that fact. This yearâ€™s starting grid currently includes 81 brothers racing together and 16 racing separately. The race also has 39 fathers racing with their 48 sons and 12 fathers whose 16 sons are racing in separate vehicles.
One racing family, the McMillins, will have three generations in this yearâ€™s race. Corky McMillin and his sons Mark and Scott will drive three separate vehicles in the unlimited Class 1. Scott drives with his son Andy, who is driver of record.
Among the brothers racing together are: Ed and Tim Herbst (SCORE Trophy-Truck), Donald and Kenneth Moss (Class 3), Kelly and Spencer Beal (Class 3) and Nick and Michael Vanderwey (Class 8).
Among the other father and sons racing together are Curt LeDuc and his sons Mark and Kyle in Class 8, Marty Coyne and his son Travis in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Mark Hutchins and his son C.J. in Class 10, Andy McMillin and his father Scott in Class 1 and Buddy Feldkamp and his father Bud in Class 1.
Besides the McMillins, other father-sons who will race in separate classes include Gus (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK) and his son Gus Vildosola Jr. (Protruck), B.J. Baldwin (SCORE Trophy-Truck) and his father Bobby (Class 1), and Larry Ragland and his son Chad, both in SCORE Trophy-Truck.
RISING SUN RACERS:
This race has always had a number of participants from Japan, but this yearâ€™s race has the most since the late 1980s. So far, SCORE welcomes 10 total entries from the land of the Rising Sun, including one in SCORE Trophy-Truck, one in Class 3, and in the following motorcycle classes: Class 40 (1), Class 21 (1), Sportsman M/C 250cc< (3), Sportsman M/C 250cc> (3).
The 2004 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Desert Race features nearly 300 entries in 26 Pro & 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. Class winners will be decided along with the overall race winner in Pro 4-wheel, Pro Motorcycle and Pro ATV.
Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)
CLASS 1-2/1600 (single or two-seaters to 1600cc)
CLASS 3 (Short wheelbase 4X4)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited Baja Bugs)
CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc Baja Bugs)
CLASS 7 (Open mini trucks)
CLASS 7S (Stock mini trucks)
CLASS 7SX (Modified mini trucks)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)
CLASS 9 (Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)
SCORE LITE (Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)
CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)
STOCK FULL (Stock full-sized trucks)
STOCK MINI (Stock mini trucks)
PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)
BAJA CHALLENGE (Limited, identical Baja touring cars)
CLASS 22 (250cc or more)
CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)
CLASS 25 (251cc or more)
CLASS 24 (250cc or less)
LAST YEARâ€™S TOP FINISHERS
2003 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000â€”Ensenada to Ensenada (808 miles)
272 Total Starters, 153 Total Finishers
Overall 4-Wheelâ€”1. Doug Fortin/Charlie Townsley, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (CLASS 1)
2. Mark Miller, Carefree, Ariz./Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
3. Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
4. Scott McMillin/Andy McMillin, Poway, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (CLASS 1)
5. Gus Vildsola, Mexicali, Mexico/Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
6. Dale Ebberts, Canyon Lake, Calif./Ernie Castro Jr., Newport Beach, Calif., Jimco-Toyota (CLASS 1)
7. Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif./Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (CLASS 1)
8. Dan Smith/Dave Ashley, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
9. B.J. Baldwin/Larry Job, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
10. Kory Holopoff/Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Henry Chassis-Honda (CLASS 10)
Overall Motorcycle--1. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, SanClemente, Calif., Honda XR650R (CLASS 22)
2002 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000â€”Ensenada to La Paz (1,017.31 miles)
234 Total Starters, 151 Total Finishers
Overall 4-Wheel--1. Dan Smith/David Ashley, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150, (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2. Ed & Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
3. Mike Julson, El Cajon, Calif./Bob Lofton, Westmorland, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (CLASS 1)
4. Doug Fortin, El Cajon, Calif./Charlie Townsley, Las Vegas, Jimco-Chevy (CLASS 1)
5. Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Hesperia, Calif., Smithbuilt-Ford (CLASS 1)
6. Scott McMillin/Andy McMillin, Poway, Calif., Porter-Chevy (CLASS 1)
7. Robby Gordon, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
8. Scott Steinberger, Cypress, Calif./Jesse Jones, Phoenix, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
9. Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Jimco-Chevy (CLASS 1)
10. Alan Pflueger, Honolulu/Dan Ragland, Cave Creek, Colo., Chevy Silverado (ProTruck)
Overall Motorcycle--1. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, SanClemente, Calif., Honda XR650R (CLASS 22)
MEDIA CENTER: Nov. 16, 17 and Race morning (Nov 18)--Riviera Convention Center in Ensenada
Starting at 5 p.m. (Nov. 18)â€”Crowne Plaza Resort in La Paz
Dominic Clark, Image Media 702.735.7123
Dominic Clark, Amy Beck, Doug Strauss, guests-
Nov. 15, 16, 17--San Nicolas Hotel in Ensenada, 011.52.646.176.1901
Nov. 18, 19, 20, 21â€”Crowne Plaza Resort in La Paz, 011.52.612.124.0830
Posted November 03, 2004 - 10:38 AM
Seems like good Dakar practice, why are'nt you runnin solo like Barnum?
Posted November 03, 2004 - 10:43 AM
1) A BMW 1200 capable of 130mph is entered with Jimmy Lewis as rider of record--TT regular Tim Morton is on the team!
2) Malcolm Smith is racing on a Honda--(he sells KTM's!)
3) KTM will have a serious factory effort on a 700cc LC4 based bike. (i hope they sell those in the US next year) Go Walch, Grider, Blaise!!!!!!!
4) Paul Newman is racing in a 4 wheeler...
5) Pirelli Jones is the MC.
6) The Honda B team was thrown together 2 weeks ago...Childress will anchor it. They can win it...!
7) Honda A team features Hengeveld, Campbell, and Norton. Curiously Kendall's name is not featured on entrant list--maybe its Honda Marketing, maybe theres a change? Maybe Ogilvie is 'secretly' racing the later stages (like last year!!) typical honda BS. I dont think its a SCORE missprint...and people wonder why A team is so unpopular.
8)TT regular Wardo is teaming up with Mike Langor and others to win the over 40 class on a ESP racing 650R!
9) There are at least two CRF250X's entered in the race...
10) With three teams capable of taking the win...and 100 miles of pavement...we can only hope anyone going over 60mph on the asphalt is instantly disqualified!!
.....this should be the most interesting Baja 1000's in years!
Posted November 03, 2004 - 10:57 AM
I will be racing it on bike 249X - a CRF 250X. Myself, B.C.S. 1X plate holder Sunny Irvine (sunnymex), super fast dude Brian Schmuckle, and Baja vet Greg Guthrie will each do a single section. The 'sponsor' of our team Paul Harmonn will do a short section -- the start to Ojos. He is very slow, so we will have 20 minutes or so to make up on the other 250's--but its a long race--and we have a fast bike-plus we have a 200 mile range with the 4 gallon IMS tank...so significant time saved--only 6 pits!!!
We are entered in the sportsman class to save cash--but that might change--if everyone wants to upgrade to the pro class. Anyway-- we are going for first 250 overall.
Anyone else racin' it? Going down for pits? Just to watch?
Posted November 03, 2004 - 07:51 PM
The BMW is BAD-ASS!!! (am I allowed to say "ass"?)
Fuel injected 100 HP in a 450lb package is pretty interesting. The thing is trick. Not quite as cool as the Factory BMW Dakar bikes Jimmy raced, but still trick.
I'm gonna look pretty funny on that thing.....a 150lb skinny little guy on that huge bike.
Mike - Aren't you being a bit optimistic that you'll only loose 20 minutes from the Start to Ojos?
That 2nd Honda team is more of the XRs Only team - Childress, Dempsey, Mouse McCoy, and Craig Smith. Awesome team. I'd say even odds on those two teams. For sure 1st & 2nd OA.
The crfx250 needs the "60mph on pavement" rule enforced to have any chance against the YZ. But for us we could REALLY use NO enforcement of that rule so tha BMW can make some time. God knows we'll loose plenty of time in the rough first couple hundred miles.
I'm kinda jelous of "cosmo", that's a nice new car they're racing.
Posted November 04, 2004 - 09:02 AM
Fuel injected 100 HP in a 450lb package is pretty interesting.
450 pounds! Holy bat crap! And I thought my XR650 was a PIG!
Posted November 04, 2004 - 09:59 AM
Posted November 04, 2004 - 10:03 AM
Good luck to all. Sounds like fun. We will just be stuck inside looking out at the snow here in New England.
Where are your studs young man??
Posted November 05, 2004 - 08:29 AM
I was going to ironman it
That's a good one Mike......
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