ENSENADA, Mexico—Methodically mastering a radically rugged course and a celestial field of challengers, Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren rolled like a Rockstar, with an assist from co-driver Jason Voss, driving to the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory Saturday at the internationally-televised 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000. The victory in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races gave the veteran MacCachren a three-peat in the world’s toughest, roughest, longest and most prestigious continuously-held desert race.
When the results became official after review of the data loggers in each finishing vehicle by SCORE race officials on Sunday morning, the MacCachren/Voss duo had rocketed to a memorable race around the northern part of Mexico’s mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula. The daring duo finished the mentally-draining, physically grueling, vehicle-destroying 854.50-mile race that started and finished in Ensenada in 17 hours, 12 minutes and 58 seconds while averaging a solid 49.63 miles per hour in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
In winning the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races for the third straight year, they defeated a field of 270 starters in cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. The starting grid included 31 starters in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
Season finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, this year’s competition was a loop race, starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.
Racers from Mexico and Las Vegas finished second and third overall behind USA’s MacCachren/Voss duo. For the second straight year, Mexico’s Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez of Tecate, just 21 who won last year’s SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship, finished second in the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck splitting driving with his father Juan C. Lopez in a time of 17:39:45 with an average speed of 48.38 mph. Third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck in the new No. 91 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorspors Ford F-150 was Las Vegas Troy Herbst and Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif. in 17:42:10 at 48.27 mph.
UDALL’S MOTORCYCLE MAGIC
What originally was planned as a solo ride in the Pro Moto Unlimited class, went to a two-rider effort on Monday, ended up with a five-team effort to help the injured rider of record Colton Udall, Yucca Valley, Calif. finish the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship undefeated with four straight victories.
With a whole lot of help from his friends after he was injured while pre-running on Tuesday night, taking the overall and unlimited class win for the fourth time in the last five years in this race was the Ox Motorsports team led by Colton Udall, Yucca Valley, Calif.
Suffering a severely broken left collar bone while pre-running near Borrego Tuesday evening, Udall quickly adjusted his rider list for his 1x Honda CRF450X, moving one rider from his Ox Motorsports 3x motorcycle and quickly recruited two additional riders to pick up the slack for his 1x team.
Regular teammate Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., added additional miles to his racing sections, Australia’s Daymon Stokie was moved from the 3x team to the 1x and Udall recruited two addition riders who weren’t planning on racing this year in Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif. and David Kamo, Boise, Idaho.
SCORE rules call for a rider of record to either start or finish a race, Udall wanted to win the race and the season point championship so he returned to Ensenada after surgery in San Diego to start the race and ride to the first turn some 100 yards from the start to fulfill that requirement.
Udall’s championship winning team rode their Honda over the rugged course to a winning time of 18:16:43 and an average speed of 46.75 mph.
In splitting up the race, Udall gave the motorcycle to Kamo who rode to race mile 90. Jones took over at that point, went to race mile 300 where Samuels got on for the first time and rode to race mile 520. Stokie then took it to race mile 780 where Samuels got back on for the final victory ride to the finish. The win gave Honda its 26th overall win in the SCORE Baja 1000.
While Udall has now earned four overall race wins in the SCORE Baja 1000, Samuels and Kamo have won three each and this was Jones’ second straight.
After his team’s fourth win of the season, Udall commented, “These guys did an awesome job. I really see a difference in how people treat me. They say “What’s your team going to do without you?” We are going to win. We have a great team and it’s not just me. I took myself out of this race unfortunately. Mark, David, Daymon and Justin all rode an amazing race. These guys battled really hard against the 45x (Francisco Arrendondo) and unfortunately they (Arrendondo) had a mechanical issue but our guys rode really well and brought it home. That’s what it takes when it comes to the SCORE Baja 1000. You have to have a bike that is good and you have to have your riders all come together.”
“They didn’t need me. When I was pre-running down in Borrego I made a bad decision and had to pass a guy in the dust. I took myself where I shouldn’t have gone and ended up over the handlebars and stuck my shoulder into the ground and it broke. Fortunately I had people like Robby Gordon pulling me out of the desert and helping me out.
“I crashed on Tuesday night, had surgery on Wednesday afternoon and I was back down here on Thursday. About three and a half hours after I crashed we were already thinking about what our strategy was going to be for the race. We moved Daymon Stokie up from the 3x bike to the 1x bike and fortunately David Kamo was down here and came out of retirement. He is a three-time SCORE Baja 1000 champion and we earned those championships together. He raced about 90 miles and it took some of the work away from Mark and we got it done. We moved some things around and our team is solid. The way I helped on race day was by making sure every I was dotted and every T crossed.”
In earning the overall victory of the SCORE Baja 1000, MacCachren recorded his record 14th career SCORE Trophy Truck race win and Voss picked up his second career SCORE Trophy Truck race win.
MacCachren started his tri-fecta run in the SCORE Baja 1000 in 2014 with Andy McMillin and Jason Voss as additional drivers and last year won his second straight with A. McMillin. MacCachren, a six-time motorsports All-America driver who now has nine SCORE Baja 1000 class wins including four overalls, started the race and drove the first 498 miles and turned over the wheel physically in the talented Voss to drive the rest of the way to the finish line.
ROB MAC QUOTES
Said MacCachren after the race, “It is a good feeling. My first overall SCORE Baja 1000 win was in 2007 to Cabo and the feeling I got winning that race was second to none. We had a flawless day with 854.50 miles of the most brutal desert in Baja. We had over 80 people down here helping us with this race. We had 11 chase trucks and four fuel stops and lots of people at home rooting us on. It was a really good day.”
“We qualified fifth and hung out with everybody in the race and it slowly materialized. When we were first on the road we had an alternator wire that had broken off so we had to get that fixed. That put us down for about nine minutes. After that we were fourth on the road and we started working our way back up. Around mile 475 the Riviera truck (No. 3 Mark Post) and one of the Herbst trucks (No. 91 Troy Herbst) was still in front of us but they pulled over to pit so we went on by.”
“I gave the truck to Jason at mile 498. He was first on the road from there and just nailed it. He went across the cross-over road and gained five minutes on everybody. Waiting at the finish line we felt really good but nervous wondering if the truck was going to make it. The competition is so tough that you’ve got to push the truck and cross your fingers that it is going to make it. Larry Ragland won the overall in SCORE three races in a row and he was always somebody I looked up to and respected. I saw him this morning and I shook his hand and said “I’ve been thinking about you all day because of three-peat and I hope I can do that.” I’ve wanted to do that for a long time and we got it done. The course here is brutal.
“For the SCORE Baja 1000 you really have to be on your A game. You have to have all of your logistics and people put together and it was great putting two teams together to get enough resources to be able to do this race and be competitive. We had to have seven chase trucks on one side just to stay with the truck because the truck is moving along faster than the chase trucks and we don’t want to push them. The loops in the bowtie area were incredibly rocky and some other teams had flats and we capitalized on that.”
“It makes me hungry to win another one now. As every win happens you want another and next year being the 50th anniversary, winning that one would be special. My first SCORE Baja 1000 win was in 2007 and that was the 40th anniversary. Strategy starts 365 days before the race but I can say that before this race even started I was working on my 2017 plans. We have our motel rooms done here (Ensenada) and in La Paz. I’ve already spoken with Jason about helping in 2017 so hopefully that happens.”
PRO UTV OVERALL WINNER
Winning the overall Pro UTV race was Drifting champion/Hollywood stuntman/Pike’s Peak Hill Climb record holder Rhys Millen of New Zealand. Racing in the Pro UTV (naturally aspirated) class, Millen split the driving with France’s Stephan Verdier, a Global Rally Cross/X-Games/Drifting star racer. They recorded a winning time of 22:06:46, averaging 38.64 mph in a Polaris RZR XP1000.
The impressive duo defeated not only 16 starters in their class for naturally aspirated UTVs, but also 21 starters in the faster Pro UTV FI (forced induction) class to earn their overall Pro UTV victory as well.
Winning the overall quad title for the third straight year was the veteran team led by Mexico’s Javier Robles Jr of Guadalupe Victoria. The Robles Jr team covered the course on a Honda TRX450R in 20:49:12, averaging 41.04 mph. Co-riders with Robles Jr on this difficult challenge were Josh Row, El Cajon, Calif./Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Jose Meza Velez, San Felipe, Mexico on a Honda TRX450R.
TOP FIVE OVERALL
Completing the overall podium and the top five fastest times were all SCORE Trophy Truck racers. Finishing third in SCORE Trophy Truck was the team of Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., in a time of 17:42:10 in the new No. 91 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Ford F-150. Fourth overall was Mexico’s Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola in 18:02:30 in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford Raptor and fifth overall in 18:09:42 was the team of Mark Post, Las Vegas/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas/Kyle LeDuc, Temecula, Calif. in the No. 3 Ford F-150.
The four class point leaders who enter this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 undefeated in their respective classes in four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship were Colton Udall, Yucca Valley, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited, No. 1x Honda CRF450X), Javier Robles Jr, Calexico, Calif. (Pro Quad, No. 1a Honda TRX450R), Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Class 5, No. 500 unlimited VW Baja Bug) and Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas (Pro Moto 50, No. 507x Honda CRF450X).
In addition to his team’s win in Pro Moto 50 to give him a perfect 4-0 record in 2016, Winkelman also won the Pro Moto Limited class with another capable team. Racing to victory with him in the limited class were O’Neal/Austin Miller, Austin, Texas/Grant Statley, La Jolla, Calif./Schuyler Shoonmaker, Alpine, Calif./Mark Bradford, Santa Clarita, Calif.
MORE CLASS WINNERS
Among the other racers winning a class for the first time in 2016 were Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1, Jimco-Chevy), Rod Lewis, San Antonio, Texas (Trophy Truck Spec, Jimco-Chevy), Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif. (Class 10, Custom-Chevy), Branden Sims, Pescott Valley, Ariz. (Pro UTV FI, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo), Gustavo Avina, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 5-1600, VW Baja Bug), Rich Roberts, Prescott, Ariz.(SCORE Lites, Foddrill-VW), Jeff Proctor, San Dimas, Calif. (Class 2, Honda Ridgeline).
Rick Sanchez, San Vicente, Mexico (Class 8, Chevy Silverado), Bill Weber, Las Vegas (Baja Challenge, BTC-Subaru), Aaron Celiceo, San Diego (Class 7, Toyota Tacoma), J. David Ruvalcaba, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600, VBR-VW), Noe Gutierrez, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 11, VW Sedan), Shannon Campbell, Gilbert, Ariz. (Hammer Truck Unlimited, Custom-Chevy) Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Pro Moto Ironman, Honda CRF450X) and Mark Hawley, Anaheim, Calif. (Pro Moto 60, Honda CRF450X).
HALL-MARKS ALL OVER BAJA
This year’s race commemorated the achievements of legendary desert racers like Rod Hall. Hall, who turns 79 on Nov. 22, won Stock Full in the Rod Hall Racing Hummer H1 Alpha. Hall now has a race record 24 class wins (including one overall win in 1972) and he is is the only racer who has competed in all 49 SCORE Baja 1000 races.
Helping Hall, of Reno, Nev. reach another milestone in his illustrious career were his son Chad Hall, Reno, Nev., who now has 10 class wins, motorsports executive Frank DeAngelo, Greenville, S.C. and Shelby Hall, Rod’s granddaughter. Hall was diagnosed last December with Parkinson’s disease but has confirmed that he will go for his 25th class win in next November’s epic 50th SCORE Baja 1000 which will start in Ensenada and finish in La Paz.
SCORE BAJA 1000 MULTI CLASS WINNERS
Among the racers adding to their SCORE Baja 1000 legacy of multiple class wins with their class victories this year and their new totals were: Rod Hall (24 total class wins, Stock Full), Jim O’Neal (14, Pro Moto Limited and Pro Moto 50), Jeff Kapland (13, Pro Moto Limited and Pro Moto 50), Chad Hall (10, Stock Full), Rob MacCachren (9, SCORE Trophy Truck) and J. David Ruvalcaba (6, Class 1/2-1600), Lou Franco (6, Pro Moto Limited and Pro Moto 50), Justin Davis (4, Class 10) and Colton Udall (4, Pro Moto Unlimited).
Both driving solo in the two Pro UTV classes, Wayne Matlock and his wife Kristin Matlock of Alpine, Calif. both finished second in their respective classes after each started first. Wayne drove a Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo in the Pro UTV FI class while Kristin was behind the wheel of a Polaris RZR XP41000 in Pro UTV.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires is celebrating over four decades as a major player in SCORE Baja racing. In addition to being the official tire of SCORE International for four decades, BFGoodrich Tires has produced the tire of choice for 28 of the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the SCORE Baja 1000, including 28 of the last 31 years that featured a record-run of 20 straight from 1986 through 2005.
In total, BFGoodrich Tires has now be the tire of choice for the overall 4-wheel vehicle winner in 87 SCORE Baja races including 31 in the SCORE Baja 500.
BFGoodrich Tires also provides unmatched pit support for pre-registered racers using their tires with five full-service pit areas along the race course out of and back into Ensenada along with complete radio relay the entire 854.50 miles.
BFGoodrich Tires also awarded $10,000 contingency bonus to this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 overall winners MacCachren and Voss who raced exclusively on their durable tires.
In addition to the 33 States represented on the entry list, racers came from 18 countries. In addition to the United States, entries came from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand, Venezuela and the US Territory of Guam.
SCORE COURSE ‘SUPREMO’
As it has for over four decades, SCORE put together another agonizingly memorable race course, this one for a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain that the northern state of the majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer. SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva designed and finalized this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 race course.
Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course traveled in a counter-clockwise direction. It included the approximate 30 mile stretch to Ojos Negros which is used in both directions. Outgoing, the course went south from Ojos Negros through Santo Tomas and then ran along the picturesque Pacific Ocean for over 100 miles and then back across to the center of Baja California Norte.
The 854.50-mile course covered both sides of the peninsula and included four checkpoints and 122 viritual checkpoints. There were also a total of 14 speed zone restriction areas for a total of approximately 115 race miles.
The race had its traditional start from Ensenada to Piedras Gordas, then out to highway 3 around Rm 20.7 and went to Km33 and get back on the dirt. The course went past Rancho Grijalva to El Mezcal (Rm 39.6) and headed to Uruapan using La Lagrima Rd, a different road than in past years.
From Santo Tomas, the course went to the coast of the Pacific Ocean at La Calabera and ran down nearly 100 miles to San Quintin, Nuevo Odisea and then to El Rosario. The course traveled zig zag up the well known hill La Vivora, el Arenoso, and looped around from San Juan de Dios at approximate Rm305 to El Metate Rm 340, Los Martires Rm 363 and back to San Quintin on the east side of the highway and ran north to Col. Vicente Guerrero, Jaramillo and Colonet.
The course traveled a new route from Colonet to Llano Colorado and across to Valley de Trinidad. The race course went along the highway from San Matias to Villa del Sol then crossed the highway at El Chinero, north to Coabuso Junction and then out to Borrego, up Highway 1 and up the goat trail to checkpoint 4 Nuevo Junction. From there it went on to Catarina then back to Ojos Negros and from Ojos Negros back to the finish line.
The four checkpoints were located at Santo Tomas (CP 1–race-mile 88.15), El Rosario (CP 2–rm249.92), Vicente Guerrero (CP 3–rm469.15) and Nuevo Junction (CP 4–rm751.04).
After review of the data logging devices used by each vehicle in the race and with time penalties assessed accordingly for course deviations and/or speeding on short pavement sections used as part of the official race course, the results were declared official by SCORE International officials early Sunday morning.
As the finish line in Ensenada closed Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6:37 p.m. PT for motorcycles/quads and closed early Sunday at 1:02 a.m. PT for cars. trucks and UTVs, there were XXX official finishers in the 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, it was obvious that another memorable and colorful chapter has been added to the legacy of this popular desert race in the magnificent Baja peninsula. The total number of finishers (162) was 60.0 percent of the total starters giving testimony to the extreme ruggedness of this year’s race course.
A total of 270 starters left Ensenada in two major groups—motorcycles and quads on Friday morning starting at 6 a.m. (PT) and cars and trucks starting at 10:30 a.m. (PT) Friday.
All vehicles had a 36-hour time limit from the time each left the start line in the elapsed-time race.
BEGINNING TO END
This year’s race started for the 42nd time and finished for the 24th time in Ensenada. The start line and finish line was once again be adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada with the first and last several spectator-friendly miles running up and back down the Ensenada Arroyo.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue as part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2016 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will air as a full two-hour special for the second straight year.
ON THE AIR
2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, April 17, 9 p.m. ET)
SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory will chronicle each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Now, D2G, which began shooting at last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, and is continuing up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races ending with this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. It is scheduled for theatrical release in mid-2017.
The four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship includes four special events and for the first time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
30th SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28, San Felipe, Mexico
Official SCORE Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, Muck Daddy-Official Hand Cleaner, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Official SCORE Partners: 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, The Satellite Phone Store, PCI Race Radios.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Vi Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito, Baja California Secretary of Tourism.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
SCORE Baja 1000 Overall Champions
(1967 through 2016)
YEAR DRIVERS/RIDERS VEHICLE TIME
1967 Vic Wilson/Ted Mangels Meyers Manx VW 27:38
J.N. Roberts/Malcolm Smith Husqvarna 28:48
1968 Larry Berquist/Gary Preston Honda 20:38:28
Larry Minor/Jack Bayer Ford Bronco 21:11:32
1969 Larry Minor/Rod Hall Ford Bronco 20:48:10
Gunnar Nilsson/J.N. Roberts Husqvarna 21:35:52
1970 Drino Miller/Vic Wilson Miller VW 16:07
Mike Patrick/Bill Bowers Yamaha 18:31
1971 Parnelli Jones/Bill Stroppe Ford Bronco 14:59
Malcolm Smith/Gunnar Nilsson Husqvarna 16:51
1972 Parnelli Jones/Bill Stroppe Ford Bronco 16:47
101x Mark Winkelman, 58, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, 70, Simi Valley, Calif./ Austin Miller, Austin, Texas/Grant Statley, La Jolla, Calif./Schuyler Shoonmaker, Alpine, Calif./Mark Bradford, Santa Clarita, Calif., Husqvarna 350, 20:55:34 (40.83 mph) (Pro Moto Limited)
1a Javier Robles Jr, 26, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Josh Row, El Cajon, Calif./Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Jose Meza Velez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 20;49;12 (41.04 mph) (Pro Quads)
ROB MacCACHREN, No. 11 (First in class and first overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. MacCachren started and drove to race mile 498. Jason Voss drove to the finish.) — It is a good feeling. My first overall SCORE Baja 1000 win was in 2007 to Cabo and the feeling I got winning that race was second to none. We had a flawless day with 854 miles of the most brutal desert in Baja. We had over 80 people down here helping us with this race. We had 11 chase trucks and four fuel stops and lots of people at home rooting us on. It was a really good day. We qualified fifth, hung out with everybody in the race and it slowly materialized. When we were first on the road we had an alternator wire that had broken off so we had to get that fixed. That put us down for about nine minutes. After that we were fourth on the road and we started working our way back up. Around mile 475, the Riviera truck and one of the Herbst trucks was still in front of us but they pulled over to pit so we went on by. I gave the truck to Jason at mile 498. He was first on the road from there and just nailed it. He went across the crossover road and gained five minutes on everybody. We felt really good but nervous wondering if the truck was going to make it. The competition is so tough that you’ve got to push the truck and cross your fingers that it is going to make it. Larry Ragland won three SCORE Trophy Truck races in a row and he was always somebody I looked up to and respected. I saw him this morning and I shook his hand and said “I’ve been thinking about you all day because of the three-peat and I hope I can do that.” I’ve wanted to do that for a long time and we got it done. The course here is brutal. For the SCORE Baja 1000, you really have to be on your A game. You have to have all of your logistics and people put together. It was great putting two teams together to get enough resources to be able to do this race and be competitive. We had to have seven chase trucks on one side just to stay with the truck because the truck is moving along faster than the chase trucks and we don’t want to push them. The loops in the bow tie area were incredibly rocky and some other teams had flats and we capitalized on that. It makes me hungry to win another one now. As every win happens you want another and next year being the 50th anniversary, winning that one would be special. My first Baja 1000 win was in 2007 and that was the 40th anniversary. Strategy starts 365 days before the race but I can say that before this race even started I was working on my 2017 plans. We already have our motel rooms done here and in La Paz. I’ve already spoken with Jason about helping in 2017 so hopefully that happens. CO-DRIVER JASON VOSS said: Rob gave me the truck with a five-minute lead. He gave me a great truck so all we had to do was take care of it. We wanted to get a little more time and a little more cushion. It was a pretty flawless run but we started losing the brakes about 20 miles from the finish. That was making me a little nervous and I barely stopped on the ramp. There’s nothing left. It is three wins in a row for Rob and it was awesome when Rob, Andy (McMillin) and I did it in 2014 because it was my first SCORE Baja 1000 overall win but to sit back and watch Rob and Andy win together again last year I was happy for them. When Rob called me and asked me to race again this year I thought it would be awesome to try and get him a third one in a row. We lost a pin out of our light bar and the light bar was laying on the hood and we called our relay and our guys were just four miles ahead so we got it taken care of.
CARLOS LOPEZ, No. 1 (Second in class and second overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — The race was very hard with a lot of rugged sections. We passed ten trucks by race mile 100. After that we took care of the truck so we could make it to the finish. The toughest part of the race was from mile 320 to 360 because it was very rocky section and not a place to make a mistake.
TROY HERBST, No. 91 (Third in class and third overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — We put up a heck of a battle halfway through the race. We got stuck behind some silt and I didn’t drive as well as I had planned. You’ve got to bring your A-game to Baja when you’re driving against the best of the best. We are moving forward and very happy with what is going on. Running from Mike’s Loop all the way down Borrego and back up to San Matias the truck is just a rocket ship and ran great. We are excited about building these trucks for the public and it is a switch from what we’ve done in the past but we’ve got to help and grow the sport as much as we can. CO-DRIVER RYAN ARCIERO said: Everything went to plan. I had Rob MacCachren start right in front of me and I just wanted to keep him within eye distance. We stayed in the tail end of his dust for the first 200 and some miles. He ended up having an alternator issue so we got by him in one of the pits. We had Ricky Johnson (4) and Kyle LeDuc (3) in front of us at that point and we started reeling in Kyle and at mile 295 I caught up right behind him. We both pitted and he got out a little quicker than I did. I followed him for the next 275 miles. We were about a mile off each other the entire time. Ricky had an alternator problem in Matney’s truck and we saw him pulled over to the side. I just needed to make sure that we weren’t going to stub our toe. We had a longer driver change than we would have liked and that’s when MacCachren got around us. We built this truck in 50 days to run the SCORE Baja 500 and now we are here for the best of them all. We still need some more testing but I’m very excited about the potential of this thing for the future.
GUS VILDOSOLA JR., No. 21 (Fourth in class and fourth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Vildosola drove the entire race.) — We started 19th and we knew that to have an opportunity we would have to have a perfect day. In the first 175 miles we had two flats. It was two mistakes I made that put us back and cost us about six spots. Having to battle back in 150 miles of dust made it seem like 700 miles. It was just constant. We thought we would average 52 miles-per-hour but it was more like 47. We knew it was going to be tough coming from the back and we didn’t have the day we needed to win. What makes it good is seeing all the fans with the Mexican flags supporting you and cheering you on. Here at the finish line it is 4:30 a.m. and there are a lot of people here watching. The fans in Baja are unequalled. This was probably the toughest Baja 1000 in the 17 years I’ve been racing. I’m proud to be here.
MARK POST, No. 3 (Fifth in class and fifth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Kyle LeDuc started and drove to race mile 470. Ed Herbst drove to race mile 630. Mark Post drove to the finish.) — We are happy to be here and it was fun. To finish the SCORE Baja 1000 is very special. We lost the front brakes at mile 150 and until we got into the technical stuff it worked. Kyle did a great job this morning and Ed did a great job in the middle and we are here. That was a rough course. CO-DRIVER ED HERBST said: Kyle started the truck and lost the front brakes at 150 miles so we drove the rest of the race without front brakes. It made it hard to set the truck up deep into the turns on the graded roads. CO-DRIVER Kyle LeDuc said: We had a lot of issues today. A lot of good and a lot of bad. We had a brake bias bar break on us so all we had were rear brakes. We were on the coast at race mile 155 and I pushed on the brakes and felt a big pop. I did it several times until I could figure out what was going on and then I was able to adjust the brakes.
LUKE McMILLIN, No. 83 (Sixth in class and sixth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. McMillin started and drove to race mile 180. Justin Smith drove to race mile 470. McMillin drove to the finish.) — We had a good day for the most part but at race mile 120 I was coming up a silty hill and the truck wasn’t being agile and I clobbered a rock and took out a wheel and brake caliper. That cost us about 15 minutes and then we got caught behind some slow traffic and dust. Dust was big issue.
ANDY McMILLIN, No. 31 (Seventh in class and seventh overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. McMillin started and drove to race mile 438. Larry Roeseler drove to the finish.) — At race mile 122 in the wash area, I took the wrong line where I hadn’t pre-run and I hit a big rock and tore out the drive shaft. I ended up putting a hole in the bottom of the transmission oil pan. We had to bring in a transmission and we got moving again after about an hour. CO-DRIVER LARRY ROESELER said: Finishing the SCORE Baja 1000 is a huge accomplishment for everybody. You never really conquer Baja. You maybe win a few and maybe finish a few but it is a tough race. We were battling the dust and after the sun went down there wasn’t any wind so that made it really tough trying to come through the traffic. When you come off the hills and see the lights of Ensenada it is a great feeling.
BILLY WILSON, No. 15 (Ninth in class and ninth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Wilson started and drove to race mile 590. Chad Bunch drove to the finish.) — It was a super technical course right off the bat. We got high centered on a rock at race mile 60 and we were there for about 20 minutes until getting pulled out by some locals. You cannot get off course or you’ll get stuck. We had radio problems all day and had no idea where we were on time.
EDUARDO LAGUNA, No. 17 (Tenth in class and tenth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — It was a long day but I’m very happy with what the team did. Stuff happens and it’s Baja but at the end we are here and happy. It’s another day in paradise. CO-DRIVER JOSH DANIELS said: We had a bunch of issues with wheel studs stripping out. Lalo had a flat and had a jack break on him but he did a great job. We had small issues plague us all day. A light bar didn’t work and the GPS was freaking out. It was grueling and the dust was hanging in the hills.
ARMIN SCHWARZ, No. 48 (Eleventh in class.) — Overall is was a really tough course. There was no time to relax. There was a lot of silt and the dust was bad in many places. We didn’t have any GPS this morning so we didn’t have any notes on the course. That made it really difficult so when we went into a silt section we backed off just to get some visibility.
CAMERON STEELE, No. 16 (Twelfth in class.) — We ran in the front pack most of the day. We had a couple of issues early and we had to replace the brake line. We stopped to see if the Ampudia (10) guys were all right because they had a big tumble down a hill. We were within striking distance of being in the top three had we not lost a gear. It was disappointing but the Lord kept us safe and not having incidents is the way we like to see it. This is the toughest course that I’ve raced on and the course was really chewed up. It was tight and technical. I thought there would be a bigger attrition rate and we would see more cars parked. It’s a testament to how good the SCORE Trophy Trucks are now. SCORE came up with the idea in the 90s and now a couple of decades later they almost seem invincible unless you throw them off the side of a hill.
TIM HERBST, No. 19 (Thirteenth in class. Brett Sourapas started and drove to race mile 470. Herbst drove to the finish.) — The dust is hanging out there and it is tough to get through. The truck has a lot of traction and is a lot lighter than what we’ve been driving so we are excited about it. It was a typical Baja course with a little more dust this year.
RONNY WILSON, No. 138 (First in class. Brian Wilson started and drove to race mile 360. Ronny drove to race mile 570. Randy Wilson drove to race mile 725. Ronny drove to the finish.) — We didn’t touch the car all day but to put a quart of oil in it. It was a great day. The middle sections from about race mile 390 to 420 was just brutal. The dust was hanging in the valleys. You would think you were catching somebody and there wasn’t anybody there. We’ve won every big race except this one. As a team we’ve won it but I’ve never been in the driver’s seat.
JAIME HUERTA JR., No. 175 (Second in class. Jaime Jr. started and drove to race mile 417. Jaime Sr. drove to the finish.) — There was a bottleneck around mile 50 so the cars got stacked up. I don’t know if any of the Class 1 cars got through it but we were the last car in line. There was a lot of dust with 15 cars lined up. We were trying to give the guy in front a little space. We passed easily after that. We had some throttle issues around race mile 120. We also had a hydraulic leak so we had to wait and change the line. It took 25 to 30 minutes to change that.
MORGAN LANGLEY, No. 150 (Third in class. Morgan Langley started and drove to race mile 240. Paul Keller drove to race mile 520. Kory Halopoff drove to the finish.) — CO-DRIVER KORY HALOPOFF said: Everything went good. I had one flat all day and that was our only issue. It is a brand new car and the first race. We didn’t even drive it until the race. Just jumped in.
BRAD WILSON, No. 153 (Fourth in class. Kyle Quinn started and drove to race mile 417. Brad Wilson drove to the finish.) — We had our issues and we always want to make sure that one car is having a good day. It was a dusty start to the race and we got caught in the dust of a SCORE Trophy Truck, hit a rock and lost a lower arm. We really tested the limits out here in Baja and they really laid out a good course for us today. We were ready to get out of the car toward the end but we are here so it worked out great.
AL TORRES, No. 114 (Fifth in class. Torres started and drove to race mile 210. Alfredo Torres drove to race mile 310. Torres drove to the finish.) It was pretty tough. We had a lot of issues and it was stressful. We had big issues with the motor. The belt came off from the dry sump and the motor overheated and we lost the water. In the beginning there was a Trophy Truck stuck in the middle of the course and we had eight Class 1 cars stuck behind it. We had good momentum but after that it seemed like everything was pretty tough.
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ROD LEWIS, No. 277 (First in class. Lewis started and drove to race mile 210. Clint LaRue drove to the finish.) — This is a brand new truck that we tested for about an hour. I’ve been air racing since 1986 and been desert racing for two and a half years.
CHAD BROUGHTON, No. 202 (Second in class. Broughton started and drove to race mile 415. Paul Broughton drove to race mile 600. Jason McNeil drove to the finish.) — The course was definitely rough and we had a huge get-off around race mile 170 and went end over end two or three times. The pit crew was close and we were in an area where they could get to us. We had to replace the rear upper link. We just had the top lights after that but we were able to graft some new ones on the front. We were down two or three hours. From mile 60 we were on limp mode because we lost a cylinder. Even when we crashed we weren’t going fast.
JONATHAN BRENTHEL, No. 227 (Third in class. Brian Goldstein started and drove to race mile 240. Brenthel drove to race mile 835. Goldstein drove to the finish.) — There was lots of silt and we got stuck on a rock on the beach and somebody passed us. Fortunately we had some family members nearby to shove us out. Other than that it was an easy day with no major problems. We had some oil pressure issues over the last 20 miles.
GONZALO PIRRON, No. 252 (Fourth in class. Pirron shared driving duties with Rudy Iribe and Carlos Ibarra.) — The race was very difficult. We got stuck in the silt and had to change the accelerator but everything else was good.
CHELSEA MAGNESS, No. 232 (Fifth in class.) — I enjoyed myself. This is a new truck for us and it’s the first time running it. CO-DRIVER STEVE KNUDSON said: It was a long race and toward the end it was very long. We blew up a steering box and so we were out there a couple of hours fixing that. The was lots of silt, tight turns and bumps. It was lots of fun.
CRAIG CHRISTY, No. 220 (Sixth in class. Christy shared driving duties with Neal Manion.) — I’ve never seen so much silt. We got stuck three separate times in the silt. We were stuck at race mile 837 for an hour. We were going to go hard and gun for first but as we pre-ran we knew it was going to be one of those courses where you just have to survive.
RUSSELL BUEHLER, No. 201 (Seventh in class. Neil Buehler started the race and Russell Buehler Finished.) — We stayed up late on Thursday night making sure everything was right so I didn’t get much sleep. We had a throttle problem but that was all.
JEFF PROCTOR, No. 2002 (First in class. Proctor shared driving duties with Jeff Mortise and Jason LaFortune.) — We are happy to be here. We ran strong all day but unfortunately we had a radiator go bad down near Borrego. We got that swapped out and it put us a little behind on time. Baja is always tough and you can never plan for what is going to happen out there.
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SHANNON CAMPBELL, No. 4405 (First in class. Wayland Campbell started and drove to race mile 415. Shannon Campbell drove to the finish.) – CO-DRIVER WAYLAND CAMPBELL said: My dad had a pretty strong first half of the race. I didn’t have any flats and the motor was running pretty good. We had a couple of mistakes here and there. I went off the road at Mike’s Sky Ranch and took a digger off a 30-foot cliff. It hurt. I’m hoping that next year we can figure some stuff out and go for the overall. The course was brutal especially after being hurt going off the course. The last 40 miles were so rough and the longest of my life. I couldn’t sit in the seat any longer.
JUSTIN DAVIS, No. 1085 (First in class.) — It was a clean day. The whole game plan was to just keep the car moving and let the race come to us. I think we tightened a skid plate and that was about it. The course was gnarly and it seemed like the back section never ended. We picked out way through back and forth. Overall it was a brutal track but they put on another great event. We ran into fog along the coast and it was just hanging in the whoops really low. We just had to be patient.
RAFAEL NAVARRO IV, No. 1009 (Second in class. Rafael Navarro IV started. Rafael Navarro III drove to race mile 560. Vic Bruckmann drove to the finish.) — We had to battle from the back. I don’t know what it is but we’ve been jinxed this whole year. We ran straight seconds all year losing first by literally seconds. We are happy to be here and to bring home a championship. We are a team of family and friends and we can’t do it without them. We think we lost second gear around race mile 320. We had to be quick on the fly and work through shifting it from first to third. We got a rhythm and that’s how we ran. We made up time and kept the car together. Baja is where you meet and you face and you conquer your demons. You have to stay on top of it and you can’t get out of your head. It is a true test of man and machine. There’s nothing like this anywhere in the world.
PATRICK DAILEY, No. 1045 (Third in class. Travis Clark started and drove to race mile 438. Dailey drove to the finish.) — We had a couple of minor issues and a couple little silt issues. We had a major pit malfunction that put us down for a little bit. I’ve raced quite a few SCORE Baja 1000s and this probably the roughest course I’ve ever raced on. It was brutal. We were in the car for 10 hours and there weren’t many breaks out there. I was praying for the highway at some points just to get a break.
ELISEO GARCIA, No. 1075 (Fourth in class.) — We really loved this race. It was a big challenge but we managed to finish and I think we did well.
SERGIO SALGADO, No. 1088. (Fifth in class. Ricardo Malo started and drove to race mile 320. Gustavo Pinuelas drove to race mile 610. Salgado drove to the finish.) — It was a really tough course. We had one flat and a sensor damaged so we lost a lot of time there.
TODD WINSLOW, No. 1081 (Sixth in class.) — We had alternator and starter issues.
ARMANDO BOEHME, No. 1060 (Seventh in class. Boehme started to race mile 300. German Encinas and Kai Boehme also drove.) — We started 17th and I got the car into third place. We had tire problems later in the race but we had a blast and feel comfortable with the results.
CLAY LAWRENCE, No. 1002 (Ninth in class. Lawrence started and drove to race mile 180. Mike Lawrence drove to race mile 300. Mark Dobson drove to race mile 570. Jeff Hain drove to Mike’s Sky Ranch. Steve Lawlor drove to the finish.) — It was a typical SCORE Baja 1000. A lot of stuff happened but we are thankful for the team. We can’t wait for next year. We had GPS problems so we were mentally drained. We pulled resources together and made it happen.
RICK SANCHEZ, No. 808 (First in class.) — We are so happy to win the SCORE Baja 1000. This is the second time in a row because we won last year. I’m happy with the team and all of the guys did a great job. Winning the Baja 1000 was one of those dreams I had when I started racing off road. It was my ultimate goal. We had some issues with the alternator and had to change it three times. We lost about 45 minutes each time we changed it.
DAVID RUVALCABA, No. 1609 (First in class. Ruvalcaba started and drove to race mile 415. Marcos Nunez drove to race mile 600. Esteban Cruz drove to the finish.) — I didn’t have any issues on my section. There was a pile of cars toward the end and we had to wait for about 15 minutes.
RUEBEN SANUDO, No. 1606 (Third in class.) — We ran a conservative race so we could finish. We had problems with the transmission and had to change it.
RICH ROBERTS, No. 1208 (First in class. Kirk Kontilis started and drove to race mile 292. Rob Martensen drove to race mile 505. Roberts drove to the finish.) — Sixteen miles from the finish we threw the car off the side of the road. We had to dig it out and jack it up and the 1022 (Rafael Aguirre) pulled us out. If it wasn’t for him we would probably still be sitting there. I’ve been coming here since 1984 and this is the first SCORE Baja 1000 loop race that I’ve finished. It is a brand new car and we got it six weeks before the race and here we are.
MICHAEL CRICHTON, No. 1200 (Second in class. Crichton shared driving duties with Guillermo Guerrero, Alejandro Lozano and Carlos Loustaunau.) — I had trouble in the first 80 miles. I usually get out there and can set my pace and don’t see anybody. This time there were cars flipped over and stuck. I took three hours more than I expected but the other drivers made up for that. We didn’t have any major issues. It was a good race.
MARIO ALCALA, No. 1201 (Third in class.) — It was a hard race and I’m tired. We had to change a bad bearing and we finished the race with a flat tire.
VICTOR CESENA, No. 500 (First in class. Cesena started to race mile 438. Gerardo Iribe drove it to the finish.) — We had a great time. It was a long ride but we enjoyed it. We had a slight issue with a CV joint boot but everything else was flawless.
IVAN RIVERA, No. 8013 (First in class.) — I’m happy to be back. It was a nice race. It has been a long day and a long night but it was worth it.
AARON CILICEO, No. 704 (First in class.) — It was chaos at the start. We couldn’t see for the dust. We had some brake problems as well. In the last 25 miles we were still going through silt beds. They were trying to kill you all the way to the end. That’s what makes it fun and puts a smile on everybody’s face. We all had a plan and we stuck to it.
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BRANDEN SIMS, No. 2913 (First in class. Jacob Carver started the race and drove to race mile 415. Sims drove to the finish.) — This machine just killed it today. We didn’t get out of the car once and just did scheduled maintenance. The car kept going and never skipped a beat. CO-DRIVER JACOB CARVER said: We thought from the start that we had it and I drove as fast as I could without hurting the car. I knew Branden would bring home the win.
WAYNE MATLOCK, No. 2971 (Second in class. Matlock drove the entire race.) — We didn’t hit anything but a wheel just broke so I didn’t have a right front wheel for the last 15 miles. People came out of their houses and they were cheering us on. I’ve finished a lot of these in first but I never finished one on the back of a car. It was a much warmer welcome with all the little kids chasing us and giving us a thumbs up. It makes you realize the spirit of Baja.
CORY SAPPINGTON, No. 2904 (Third in class. Sappington started and drove to race mile 220. Scott Sappington drove to race mile 415. Cory drove to race mile 630. Scott drove to the finish.) — This is probably the dustiest Baja 1000 that I can remember. Navigating the silt and soft sand in the dust was difficult. We stuck to our game plan but we had to be comfortable driving with our eyes closed because that’s what it was like in the silt and dust.
BRANDON SCHUELER, No. 2919 (Fourth in class.) — This year was brutal. There were some silt beds that were out of control. We couldn’t see anything for miles. It was rocky and we had two flats over 850 miles. We had a good time and kept the car together. We ran into someone at mile 30 and that messed up our lights which screwed us up a little bit at night.
JUSTIN LAMBERT, No. 2918 (Fifth in class. Lambert started and drove to race mile 184. Mitchell Alsup drove to race mile 510. Lambert drove to the finish.) It was brutal and probably the roughest one I’ve ever seen. We got rear ended and run off the road by a 1600 car. That cost us an hour or more. They turned their pass alert on, we acknowledged, and they came through the dust and creamed us.
RHYS MILLEN, No. 1967 (First in class. Rhys Millen started and drove to race mile 505. Stephan Verdier drove to the finish.) We came here dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s to really make sure that we had a meticulous effort not only for prep on the car but a strategy for driver changes. Every member of the crew was on point and it has proven itself in the result. The cars are incredible. People may call them golf carts but this golf cart just beat a lot of vehicles.
KRISTEN MATLOCK, No. 1954 — (Second in class. Matlock drove the entire race.) — I had a great day and a half. I’m excited to have finished and I did well to boot. I just started racing UTVs this year after racing quads for about 10 years. I know how to read the terrain so that is half the battle. When the sun came up I felt like it was a whole new day and I got a second wind.
DODGE POELMAN, No. 1962 (Third in class. Poelman started and drove to race mile 211. Nate Hunter drove to race mile 320. Jim Hunter drove to race mile 420. Nate drove to race mile 520. Poelman drove to the finish.) — We didn’t have some parts that we needed. We ended up bending a front arm and had to run it over with the pre-runner to straighten it out. That arm lasted the whole race from race mile 15.
ALONZO LOPEZ, No. 1949 (Fourth in class. Lopez shared driving duties with Hector Jimenez and Mario Amezcua.) — We got hit, rolled and ended up in a ditch. We lost a ton of time and getting out of the car was a challenge. After that another car came along and rolled into us. All we needed to do today was finish so we could close out the year with a championship. We are so proud. We are a small team and we prepped the car by ourselves.
DANIEL PARKER, No. 1907 (Fifth in class. Daniel Parker started and drove to race mile 80. Reed Ribotta drove to race mile 280. Parker drove to 580. Ribotta drove to 720 and Parker drove to the finish.) — I got really sick yesterday morning and could only drive 80 miles. Our navigation cut out and we got lost 80 miles off of the track. We got back on course, got back up to second but then got lost again. It wasn’t meant to be.
GUSTAVO AVINA, No. 578 (First in class. Avina started and drove to race mile 200. Erik Rivera drove to race mile 300. Avina drove to the finish.) — The whole race was very difficult.
BILL WEBER, No. BC2 (First in class. Bill Weber drove the first third, Mike Johnson drove the second third and Rich Minga drove the last third.) — We had a firm plan going in but everybody on our team got the flu. We had the usual traffic jams and running out of fuel. We were too far ahead of our support so we had to wait for them to catch up.
KYLE TUCKER, No. BC1 (Second in class.) – We were running with BC1 and they helped us because we ran out of fuel and I sat there in the desert for a couple of hours. They pulled us up a big hill and got us to a pit. We had a great run. CO-DRIVER BRIAN FINCH said: We had to make some modifications to the car when our steering wheel came off at about race mile 810. We grabbed the Vise Grips out of the center console and snapped them on. I unhooked my belts to get them so I had another challenge trying to get buckled back in while driving down the road with the Vise Grips on.
ROD HALL, No. 8101 (First in class.) — This isn’t my first knuckle biter at the end of a SCORE Baja 1000. I lost a couple of them by less than a minute. I was getting nervous at the end. You can lose by a hair and win by a hair. It is exciting for me to be here and watch my team work their hearts out. I’m looking forward to one more Baja 1000 and that will make 50. CO-DRIVER CHAD HALL said: We had a great run. The truck ran flawlessly most of the day. About 150 miles before the finish it just quit running so it would only go about 20 miles per hour in the soft stuff and we could go about 55 miles per hour on the highway. We decided to keep on going but finally it got so bad we had to work on it. We couldn’t figure out what it was so we limped it in. Nobody gave up and that’s what makes you win in Baja.
MARC VAN TASSELL, No. 8155 (Second in class.) — CO-DRIVER KURT WILLIAMS said: We broke down and lost about four hours and that is when the Hall team got past us. We did a lot of catching up. CO-DRIVER RYAN DAVIS said: We had great time but it was an absolutely brutal section of course and that’s where we broke a control arm. We really thought we were going to be cooked but the team rallied and got the part in. It was cold enough up top that we had to build a campfire and huddle up.
NOE GUTIERREZ, No. 1103 (First in class. Gutierrez shared driving duties with Sergio Fabela, Oscar Beltran and Jorge Maldonado.) — We didn’t have any problems with the car but the biggest challenge was the time limit. We only have 36 hours to finish so it’s difficult if you break a transmission. You need hours of mechanical repair. The course was really difficult.
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COLTON UDALL, No. 1x (First in class and first overall motorcycle to finish. Colton started off the line. David Kamo rode from the start to race mile 90. Justin Jones rode to race mile 300. Mark Samuels rode to race mile 520. Daymon Stokie rode to race mile 770. Samuels rode to the finish.) — These guys did an awesome job. I really see a difference in how people treat me. They say “What’s your team going to do without you?” We are going to win. We have a great team and it’s not just me. I took myself out of this race unfortunately. Mark, David, Daymon and Justin all rode an amazing race. These guys battled really hard against the 45x (Francisco Arrendondo) and unfortunately they (Arrendondo) had a mechanical issue but they rode really well and brought it home. That’s what it takes when it comes to the SCORE Baja 1000. You have to have a bike that is good and you have to have your riders all come together. They didn’t need me. When I was pre-running down in Borrego I made a bad decision and had to pass a guy in the dust. I took myself where I shouldn’t have gone and ended up over the handlebars and stuck my shoulder into the ground and it broke. Fortunately I had people like Robby Gordon pulling me out of the desert and helping me out. I crashed on Tuesday night, had surgery on Wednesday afternoon and I was back down here on Thursday. About three and a half hours after I crashed we were already thinking about what our strategy was going to be for the race. We moved Daymon Stokie up from the 3x bike to the 1x bike and fortunately David Kamo was down here and came out of retirement. He is a three-time Baja champion and we earned those championships together. He raced about 90 miles and it took some of the work away from Mark and we got it done. We moved some things around and our team is solid. The way I helped on race day was by making sure every I was dotted and every T crossed. CO-RIDER MARK SAMUELS said: Me and Colton winning every race in the SCORE series this year and then winning the Baja 1000 with everything that happened to us was quite a relief. It was quite a bit of pressure. We have a great team and all of our pit crews that came down. It takes all of us to make it happen. CO-RIDER DAYMON STOKIE said: I want to thank everybody on the team for the opportunity and we had a really good day. It is a great to be a part of it especially on my birthday.
RAY DAL SOGLIO, No. 3x (Second in class and second overall motorcycle to finish. Dal Soglio started and rode to race mile 80. Austin Meyers to race mile 165. Ryan Penhall rode to race mile 295. Nic Garvin rode to race mile 525. Penhall rode to race mile 565. Ian Young rode to race mile 620. Penhall rode to race mile 770. Del Soglio rode to the finish.) — The race went really well for us. I really had a smooth ride. We started sixth off the line so we had to get around a few guys. We kept the bike together and didn’t have any mechanical problems. The usually leads to pretty good results. This was a team race so if it wasn’t for my teammates we wouldn’t be here. Everyone rode amazing and I’m stoked to be here. During the first half of the race the top four bikes were within striking distance of each other but first you’ve got to beat Baja to finish. Two of the other bikes had mechanical problems and we were fortunate to have a good bike that made it to the finish. Ox Motorsports is a premier program down here in Baja and it is cool to be on their second bike. It is kind of the learning bike where we get the same treatment that the guys winning the race get. I’ve been fortunate to be part of the program and have learned a lot from Colton (Udall) and Mark (Samuels) and Justin (Jones) and I’m glad to be able to ride with these guys and call them my friends. CO-RIDER IAN YOUNG said: I got the easy part because all the other guys were down here for two weeks putting in the effort. I’ve got to give them all the credit. I got to come off the couch on Tuesday night and put in a couple of miles. These guys rode the majority of the race and I got to come in after the race was semi-established. I’ve told a couple of people this but there aren’t too many people like Colton who breaks a shoulder on a Tuesday night, comes home and asks baby brother to ride, get surgery on Wednesday and comes back down to Baja on Thursday and gears up for the Baja 1000. To sit up here number one and two with my buddies and best friends are the moments I’ll remember for the rest of my life. We are in Baja and having a fun time and there is nowhere else I would rather be. CO-RIDER NIC GARVIN said: The section I had was pretty gnarly. I rode all of the rocky stuff. I hit some sort of tree and pushed the hand guard into the front brake. The brake locked up and I lost it. I got underneath the bike and I was trying to wiggle my way out. Fortunately Morgan Crawford on the 37x bike stopped and got me going again. I got back around them later. For my first Baja 1000 this was an awesome experience. CO-RIDER AUSTIN MEYERS said: This is my first time down here and it doesn’t get much better than taking second place my first time.
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BENJAMIN PETTER, No. 321x (First in class. Petter shared riding duties with Reid Edwards and Kyle James.) — CO-RIDER KYLE JAMES said: This was our first off-road race. Right at the beginning we broke the stator cover but a little bit of JB Weld fixed that up for us. We broke handguards, levers and went through everything we had. We went through two batteries but at the end of it all we got home.
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JANO MONTOYA, No. 404x (First in class and fourth overall motorcycle to finish. Montoya shared riding duties with Francisco Septien, Gerardo Rojas, Vincente Guerrero and Kirk Russell.) — The course was really tough. The most exciting thing was that we were fighting the other bikes the entire way. The SCORE Baja 1000 has all kinds of challenges to overcome. We lost some time and the challenge was to make it up and be smart. It was pretty awesome.
MIKE JOHNSON, No. 455x (Second in class. Johnson shared riding duties with Jason Trubey, Rex Cameron, Chuck Dempsey and Kevin Johnson.) — Our suspension was a little stiff at the beginning and I kind of jacked up my back going on the rocks along the beach. I didn’t ride again until this evening so I iced my back all day and was taking a bunch of Ibuprofen so I was able to get back on. CO-RIDER KEVIN JOHNSON said: There was a lot of traffic and a lot of silt. It was a little confusing and busy with all of the race traffic. The course was challenging and you needed to be on par with logistics. We had a clean day and stuck to our plan.
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MARK WINKELMAN, No. 101x (First in class and fifth overall motorcycle to finish. Grant Stately started and rode to race mile 120. Austin Miller rode to race mile 220. Schuyler Shoonmaker rode to race mile 415. Miller rode to race mile 500. Ricky de la Pena rode to race mile 520. Mark Bradford rode to race mile 630. Stately rode to the finish) — It was tough out there all the way. The silt was tough and the rocks were tough.
GARRETT POUCHER, No. 106x (Second in class. Garrett Poucher started the race for a few blocks. Michel Valenzuela rode to race mile 80. Braxton Gallian rode to race mile 220. Jeremy Newton to race mile 415. Gallian rode to race mile 520. Salvador Hernandez rode to race mile 590. Valenzuela rode to race mile 740. Hernandez rode to race mile 815. Gallian rode to the finish.) — We ran a really good race. I’ve really got to give it to Michel because he put forth the effort and made it up because unfortunately I’m injured and could really only go a couple of blocks. About 20 miles into Michel’s section his Stella mount broke and he had to pull over and strap it together and we lost about 10 minutes. Jeremy Newton rode some of the gnarliest sections out there full of silt and big rocks. Jeremy pushed and made up about seven minutes on our competition. He got up in the silt and backed it down to keep it on two wheels. At race mile 415, we had a nasty oil leak so we were sweating.
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MARK WINKELMAN, No. 507x (First in class) CO-RIDER LOUIE FRANCO said: I passed a guy right away and I’m thinking this is stupid and why don’t we team up and use both our lights. I waved him back to me and he’s looking at me like I’m crazy and I said stay beside me. We rode 100 miles side by side and used our lights together to light up the whole desert. It was unbelievable. We not only able to go faster but we were safer.
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TONY GERA, No. 702x (First in class.) — It was pretty good but definitely got cold towards the end of the race. We had a couple of rear flats and lost the rear brakes. We lost lights but other than that we were pretty good. The dust was bad in a couple of parts but then it would be a few hours before I would see anybody else.
JEFF BENRUD, No. 715 (Second in class.) — It was tough. About 200 miles ago I knocked my head pretty good and started making bad decisions and crashed about eight times. It was a tough course as usual. It was a long time being on a bike. The class this year was tough with two of us back and forth several times. Last year I said I would never do it again but that seems to change when I feel better.
DEREK AUSSERBAUER, No. 733x (Fourth in class.) — We started with some issues. The Stella tracker was a new thing for me and I decided to go to Home Depot to make a bracket and it was a little too thin so within 150 miles the whole think was broken in half. With about 19 zip ties and some bailing wire we fixed it. Once the sun went down the lights weren’t working. The silt swallowed me a lot and that stuff was deep. It is scary on a bike because there is no way to balance. I started fading pretty hard at about 3 a.m.
TANNER JANESKY, No. 775x (Sixth in class.) — I’m feeling really tired but really good. I had a lot of issues. The bite valve on my Camelback fell off so I was unable to get anything to drink. My headlight went out in the middle of the night. I had to rewire the bike to make it work. I had three crashes but I’ll be all right.
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MARK HAWLEY, No. 625x (First in class. Hawley shared riding duties with Robert Koch, Dennis Greene, Dennis McLaughlin, John Marshall and Robert Hansen.) — Next year I’m going point to point. I’m looking forward to it. My nemesis is silt and I had a tough time in it.
JAVIER ROBLES JR., No. 1a (Robles Jr. shared riding duties with Josh Row, Felipe Velez and Jose Meza Velez.) — The toughest part of the race was between race mile 300 and 415 because it was really technical and very rocky. I had to be careful and take care of the bike.