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March 2010 RPM - Off Road News

Hummer H3
Sean P. Holman | Writer
Posted March 1, 2010
Photographers: Brenda Priddy & Co.

Hummer Takes Baja

Hummer Takes Baja
In a fierce showing on the Mexican peninsula, Team Hummer, lead by legendary racer Rod Hall, drove both of their H3 race vehicles to first place finishes in the 672.85-mile 42nd running of the Baja 1000. The V8-powered #860 H3 Alpha, driven by Chad Hall, captured the Stock Full class victory, while the I-5-powered #761 H3, piloted by Rod Hall with driving partners Mike Winkel and Emily Miller, took the checkered flags in the Stock Mini class.

Chad Hall ran a nearly perfect race and finished in 22:48:40, averaging 29.50 mph, while battling the Mopar Dodge Ram nearly the entire way until the Ram suffered a broken front axle 30 miles from the finish. The victory marked the third consecutive Baja 1000 in which the H3 Alpha was the first stock-class vehicle to finish the race and marked Chad's eighth Baja 1000 class win.

After a broken steering rack seal took #761 out of the race at mile 40, the Rod Hall team rallied back from a nearly 100-mile deficit and passed the race-leading Toyota 4Runner, driven by Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, 30 miles from the finish to post a winning time of 28:53:30.

One of the Halls-Rod, Josh, or Chad-has been the driver of record on a class-winning team in the SCORE Baja 1000 for nine straight years, and 13 times in the 16-year history of the stock racing classes. Rod Hall holds the record for Baja 1000 class wins, now at 21, and is the only racer to have competed in all 42 Baja 1000s. The Halls continue to be the winningest family in the history of the race.

2011 Chevy Silverado HD Captured!
What you see here is a showroom-ready 2011 Silverado 3500. While it doesn't look much different than the outgoing model, rest assured this truck is new under the skin. With a reportedly redesigned chassis and powertrain options, including the highly upgraded 6.6L Duramax LML with over 700 lb-ft of torque, our expectation is that GM's new heavy-duty trucks will be highly competitive. They will likely continue on as the only HD truck to have an independent front suspension.

BFG Earns Number 23
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of the SCORE Desert Racing Series, won the overall four-wheel victory at the 42nd Annual SCORE Baja 1000 and claimed eight of the 10 overall spots. Earning his second overall four-wheel Baja 1000 victory, 22-year-old BFGoodrich Tires driver Andy McMillin, along with his father Scott McMillin, completed the 672.85-mile loop that began in Ensenada in the time of 14 hours, 19 minutes, 50 seconds, logging an average speed of 46.95 miles per hour. The victory signified Scott McMillin's third class win and first overall crown. BFGoodrich has won the overall four-wheel title at the SCORE Baja 1000 23 times over the last 24 years. Only 185 of the 328 starters completed the race.

The following is a complete list of BFGoodrich Tires/2009 SCORE Baja 1000 class winners: SCORE Trophy Truck Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin

Class 1: Jerry Penhall/Dan Martin

Class 3: Darren Skilton/Jon Krellwitz/Clive Skilton

Class 5: Kevin Carr/Perry McNeil

Class 7: Dan Chamlee/Tom Chamlee

Stock Full: Chad Hall/Rod Hall

Stock Mini: Rod Hall/Emily Miller/Mike Winkel

Baja Challenge: Nick Baldwin/Brian Nix/MattCruson/Nick Johnson/Tom Cook

6.4L Hemi Confirmed
A 6.4L version of Chrysler's popular Hemi V-8 has been confirmed. Although we haven't been able to confirm which model year (our guess is 2012), the more powerful 6.4L Hemi is slated for the Ram Heavy Duty pickups. Buyers can expect approximately 450 horspower from the new engine.

Quick Hits
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that the Titan will continue on with a next-generation 1/2-ton successor.

Ford says the next-generation global Ranger will not be coming to America. However, the door has been left open for a sub-F-150 pickup.

The next-generation Infiniti QX is thought to be based on the excellent overseas Nissan Patrol platform.

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