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51st SCORE Baja 1000 About to Get Underway in Ensenada

Posted in News on November 15, 2018
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Race week is here for the 51st SCORE Baja 1000. Hundreds of racers, chase teams and fans descended on the town of Ensenada. Contingency and Technical inspection is always a madhouse for the event. Vehicles line the street with teams throwing out stickers, t-shirts and other team swag to race fans. The Baja 1000 in this town is much like a national holiday and fiesta all rolled into one. Kids look for autographs from their favorite driver. Hundreds of photos are snapped. Street vendors sell everything from wallets to sunglasses to straw hats. Don’t forget the tacos and cervezas.

There are over 300 entries ready to take the green flag and rocket off the start line for the Baja 1000. Those entries come from 41 US states and 18 different countries. The 806-mile course is going to be a challenge for the racers. The area south of San Felipe saw a hurricane over a month ago. Roads were washed out which will make it difficult for chase teams to access. Racers will need to be careful in the area as well. The course is rougher than normal and a mistake can cost their race. Once the course winds back onto the pacific side of the peninsula there are nasty silt beds and plenty of rough terrain.

The premiere class in SCORE off-road racing is the Trophy Truck, and there are plenty of them. At last count there are 38 Trophy Trucks. All of the superstars are here including Robby Gordon, Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies to name a few. All are vying for a Baja 1000 win. Carlos Apdaly Lopez will be first off the line in the RPM Geiser-built Trophy Truck. He will have an entire field of 900-horsepower trucks chasing him down. Winning the Baja is about strategy, doing your homework and using your head. Stay tuned to FourWheeler.com for more race coverage and results.

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