2019 Baja 500

Once again we teamed up with our friends at 3P Off Road to race the Score International Baja 500! This time we took on their number as they are racing for a championship and we are determined to help them get it.

Coming off a win at the San Felipe 250, we were super confident as we headed down to Ensenada, Mexico. Zach, from 3P, was fortunate enough to go a week early and he began pre running. We arrived in Ensenada on Wednesday evening and began to plan our strategy.

Thursday consisted of gathering all our parts, getting fuel and planning our pits. Friday was tech day and Zach and I would go pre run the start as we heard the silt in the first 3 miles was terrible, while the rest of the crew would ready the race car and head to tech. The rumors did not disappoint. The track was terrible! We headed back to town and out to Estero Beach to join the rest of the crew with the race car.

Tech and contingency was being held at the Esetero Beach Resort this year due to an important election being held at the Mission in Ensenada. We had a great time hanging out with race family and handing out steekers to all the kids! Tech went smoothly thanks to my friend and driver of the famous Bochito, Dennis. We were ready to race!

Race day came early and Zach and I were ready! This time we the made the start on time! Because the race was starting at Estero Beach, SCORE incorporated the short course track into the start of the race. We took off by ourselves since we won the last race. Even though we didn’t get to race anyone through it, it was super fun! We had heard the first 2 mile of the track were littered with Trophy Trucks and just as we hit the first corner of silt they re routed us to go around and start under the highway. We were soon in the wash headed out to the desert. We pre ran this so we knew there was little room to pass and a huge water/mud crossing was coming up. We had marked a go around, and just as we got to it, we saw a spectator had parked his truck and easy up right in it! Through the mud we went! At approximately race mile 5 we hit what appeared to be a man made ditch that sent us for a bit of a wild ride, but the car landed softly and we thought nothing of it. About 5 miles later we heard some grinding noises and thought we had a flat tire. About a mile later we lot the passenger rear wheel! We pull off the track to safety and checked out the car. The rear bearing carrier had broken and eventually the wheel came off. Zach went to get the wheel and we brainstormed on what we could do to get close to our crew. Of course, we had no phone or radio signal in the valley we were in and it was deep silt as far as the eye could see. We decided to try to use our TREDS as a skid and used our tow strap to secure it to the trailing arm. It worked! Hoping to get to a road crossing that we knew was only a few miles away, we limped a little farther down the trail. The silt was too deep and we kept loosing the the TREDS off the arm. We got far enough to reach Weatherman and he was able to contact our team! They headed back from Ojos with the chase RZR and parts. Meanwhile, a few local kids on dirt bikes and 1 on a 3 wheeler happened by. They and we knew they couldn’t help so they went on their way to play on the live race course! With theme song from the Lone Ranger going through my head, I saw the chase RZR equiped with BuggyWhips and giant Raceline Flags flying down the track towards us! Eric and Ryan to the rescue. As the car came apart, we all gasped in amazement the shape of the bearing carrier from the heat we subjected it to! As the car was going back together, Eric realized, with a look of complete devastation, that he brought the wrong side. They put it together anyway, using only 2 bolts and we were told to ease our way 3 miles to the road crossing where the car could be put together properly. We headed back out as easy as we could in the silt going up hill. The Polaris RZR plowed through easily and we chugged along. We came to a sharp right hand turn that went up a fairly steep grade. No problem it wasn’t a silt mess, but it was. Just as we came up to the corner, the boy on the 3 wheeler decided that was the perfect time to jump out onto the course in front of us! I didn’t want to hit him of course, So I swerved around, lost momentum and was stuck immediately in the silt. I said a few choice words as Zach helped him get off the track.

We sat there for a while digging the car out and contemplating what on earth we were going to do. I looked to my left and saw that other racers had gone through the deep scrub brush to get around presumably stuck vehicles earlier on. So, Zach and I eased the car backwards down the hill and were able to get the car into the brush. Zach walked ahead to ensure we didn’t fall into a ditch or hit any rocks and we chugged up the hill and out of the silt to top of the hill! With a sigh of relief, we continued on our way to meet the crew. We had been out there approximately 7 hours. As we were just about to the road crossing, the crew radioed in that the lead bike was on his way back to the finish line. (the start and finish were the same 30 miles of track) We immediately pulled over off the track as to not be in his way and waited for him to come by. He gave us a big thumbs up as he was almost to the finish line!

We met the crew and the car was put back together. We knew we now had a long night ahead of us if we were to finish this race! SCORE told us we were not allowed to continue on down the start/finish part of the track as the bikes were now coming in. They instructed us to head down the road to HWY 1 and rejoin the course a little farther down. We knew it was for the bikers safety so we complied. We were driving about 25 MPH through a small farm area and all of a sudden a Jeep Cherokee was right in front of us! We swerved and hit the brakes, but it was not enough. We hit the Jeep full of locals tire to tire. It took the front suspension off the car and broke my wheel. The locals in the Jeep were not injured but had a flat tire. It was tense for a while as the crew caught up to us and broken Spanish and English words were had over who might be at fault. Luckily Zach was friends with a local off road shop and just happened to be wearing one of their shirts. He gave them phone numbers and told them we would help them fix their car through this shop. Everyone seemed happy with this and they finally went on their way. The crew with the trailer showed up and the car was dragged on, strapped down and we headed to where they said we could rejoin the race. We had all the parts to repair the car, but SCORE would not allow us to rejoin the race as there was no way we would finish on time. Dejected, we headed back to Ensenada.

Tears of sorrow were spilled into many beers and tacos and lots of I wish we had done this or that were told. At the end of the day, no one was injured, the car was intact and we had a great time hanging out with our race family in the beautiful Baja desert.

We are still in the points lead as no one from the UTV Unlimited class was able to finish the race. So, Baja 400 we will take you on in September!

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping us show the world how great and tough your products are and all our friends, family and fans that support us!

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2018 Baja 1000

We didn’t think we were going to be able to the race the 2018 Baja 1000 since we were fortunate enough to race it last year, but when the boys from 3P Off Road called and asked us to join them we sure didn’t say no! Who doesn’t want to race the Baja 1000? So, we loaded up the chase truck and the chase RZR and headed across the border. 

We arrived just in time for tech and contingency. What a great time we had there! Hanging out with our race family is one of our favorite things to do.

 

 

The 1877 Polaris breezed through tech and we headed for tacos and last minute prep on the car before bed. It was almost race day!

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Race day came early and we packed our trucks full with snacks, sandwiches and spare parts. Some of the crew headed to the start line while the rest of us headed down the peninsula to wait for the car to reach that side and over to Ojos to catch the car on the other side.
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We reached our spot in time to see some of the big cars and trucks go by and all the side x sides including ours. The car looked great and raced on while we headed to the next road crossing. We chased the car across the desert catching them at every road crossing we could just to ensure they were all good. At race mile 150, Travis Herzing and I would take over driver and co driver duties through the San Felipe whoops down past Porticeto.

We have raced this section of track before and knew we were in for a rough ride! There were 130 miles of whoops, super soft sand and more whoops! We battled a couple of BC cars and a few trucks through the dust. As we were bouncing over the whoops the transmission popped out of gear a few times. We came to the spot where I would get out and Philip would get in and the crew found a major problem with the transmission. We had a spare so they went to work and changed it out. At that time I had put an hour on the 2nd place car behind us but we were losing that quickly as the work was being done.

Philip and Travis took off to try and make up time. We stayed back to ensure the car made it down to the other side of the peninsula where Josh, Parker, Zach, Joe, Kenny and Mike would chase them back up to Ensenada. We sent Russell and Ryan in the chase RZR to follow the race car for about a 100 miles where we knew the roads had recently been washed out.

A  few driver changes, a few broken clutches and flat tire later the boys were heading back to us at Ojos just 30 miles to the finish when disaster struck! Thanks to Racingtrax, we found out that they had broken a radius rod and then a shock. The chase RZR had a shock and we had a radius rod, so we left from opposite sides and met Josh and Zach out on the track to make repairs. As we were getting them up and running the 2nd place car went by! We finished up and sent them on their way to the finish line! We all headed back to Ensenada to meet them and celebrate our 3rd place finish. It was hard fought and well deserved!

We can’t thank 3P Off Road enough for inviting us to be part of this great race!

2018 Laughlin Desert Challenge Night Race

After the mishaps at Vegas to Reno, we decided the team needed a moral booster. We decided to rewap the car for a brand new look hoping to boost everyone’s spirits. We contacted Corbin Wells of Union Graphic Co. and had him get to work. Thanks to AO Coolers for helping us to make it happen.  Corbin did a fantastic job and all of our spirits were renewed!

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This year’s LDC was a night race for the UTVs, so we made sure all our Baja Designs lights were wired up and ready to rock! We made it tech in time to have AIM Sports dial in our race dash and visit with our race family.

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Drivers meeting was up next. I stayed for that and the boys headed back to main pit with race car to do their last minute magic. The NA class raced first so I was able to help in the pits for our friends at 3p Off Road. They had a few issues and the pits were super busy. About an hour before our race, it started to rain. I kept my fingers crossed for it to end. I hate racing in the rain. It stopped and Travis and I headed to the start line. It was 10PM, way past my bed time! I actually fell asleep in the car waiting for the start!

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We finally got the green light! We took off 3 wide and I was lined up with 2 CanAms. They are super fast off the line, but I caught them quickly and was on the siren at the first corner heading back out to the desert and then….. no boost from the turbo. We radioed in to the let crew know that we would be paying them a visit after the first lap. We went around the track about 40 to 45 MPH getting passed by everyone! We pulled into the pits and they went to working checking all the vacuum lines and changing sensors.

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We took off, thinking all was well and about 2 corners in, same thing no boost. The crew told us that it wasn’t hurting anything and if we wanted to finish the race to get out there and get it done! And so we did. Travis and I had a great time in the car just chatting and checking out all the carnage on the track. I almost peed myself laughing at the sharp stutter whoops in the infield. They were so ridiculous! We felt like bobble head dolls!

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The car looked amazing even though we couldn’t really race her! We had been counting laps and thought that we were finally finished at about 2AM, but when we approached the finish line, they sent us out for another lap. They said we had only gone 7. Not wanting to lose any more spots, we sucked it up and went another lap. We were out there pretty much all by our selves. When we finally did cross the finish line and got the checkered flag, the course workers were jumping up and down and clapping of us! Or because they knew they were finally done!

We ended up 25th out of the 44 Turbo UTVs that started. Not too bad for not having a turbo! Thank you to all of that help us and to all of you that follow along. Next up for us is the Pahump 250 in December. See ya all then!

 

It’s the end of the season…

It’s the end of the 2017 desert racing season. This year was full of trials and tribulations for us. It began with a new turbo platform. We were so fast with our NA car winning a championship and then following that up with a 2nd in points. No one beat us off the line in that car! So, we were super excited to be even faster in the new turbo RZR. The build process was easy for the boys and it made it’s debut at the Mint 400. We began having problems on the 2nd lap and ended up with a DNF. Our first in 2 seasons of racing. It was heart breaking, but this team does not give up. Thinking we had it figured out we went to the UTV World Championship with high hopes. Those hopes were soon to be dashed. As soon as I passed Robby Gordon in the Speed Artic Cat, it went into limp mode. And, continued to do so the entire race. I did get a spectacular jump photo on the 1st lap! We finished but we finished with broken hearts yet again. With 3 months to figure it out, we were sure we had it! We went to V2R thinking, this is the one! Shortly after the start, limp mode….. The boys spent a couple hours making repairs and that seemed to fix the limp mode problem. While I was sitting in the pits, I received an ice cold gatoraid from Travis Pastrana, who was having similar problems with the Starcar. Trevor and Travis had a conversation about him being passed by a girl! We put our relief driver, Mark Queen in the car with hopes of making up some time, but the race gods had other plans for us. About midnight and approximately race mile 300, the crew replaced the transmission. We carried on, just wanting a finish at this point. But, it was not meant to be. We found our car at race mile 450 with bad injectors and timed out. Another heart breaking DNF for us. We headed home with our heads hung down. The car came apart and the injectors sent off to be analysed. We were going to have to dig deeper to find what the root of our problems were. Our plans were to skip the next 2 BITD races, since there were no longer hopes of a championship, and save our funds to race the 50th Anniversary Baja 1000.  A friend of ours asked if they paid the entry fee, would we race the Silver State race in September. It was a short 150 mile race and we decided it would be a good shake down, so, off we went to northern Nevada. The first race of the season, I had my first ever motion sickness in the race car. There after I took medicine for it every race. This was a short one, so I thought I wouldn’t need it. Well, I was wrong. For the first time this season, the car ran flawlessly. I, however, forgot about the winding mountain roads of Silver State! I once again became motion sick. Pulling over several times to vomit. But, Barb and I had a great time in the car with no pressure of points and such, and we finally finished a race with no issues! Next came planning for the big one! We had raced Baja with other teams, but this would be the first time with our own car and team. We were more than excited. We teamed up with 3p Off Road and with the help of our generous sponsors and our team chipping in, we managed to put together a great plan. We headed to Baja the Tuesday before the race to a beautiful beach house. Everyone settled in we were confident that with this team and our preparation we would finish this 1134 mile race and maybe finish well. Wednesday was tech day for us. We hung out with Raceline Wheels and had a great time with the team. Race day came and we headed off for the longest race ever for our car. We started off taking it easy finding our groove. At about mile 40 I came into a soft corner too hot and rolled the car over on it’s side. Luckily there were spectators near by that graciously came over and helped us up right the car. Everything was ok and we were off again. Our friends from 3p Off Road and Trevor met us at the many road crossings along the way to race mile 250 which would be our first pit. They made the first 250 miles go by super fast! We lost the alternator sometime during that first 250 miles, so at that first pit, the boys  removed it and replaced it with stock stater cover. From there on we had to play the number game with our fans, lights and fresh air blower. Turn this on, turn that one off and so on… The San Felipe whoops section were no joke. At one point we stopped at friends pit and asked for a once over. They assured us that the car was not breaking in half and we headed on into the next pit at race mile 350 where we handed the car over to the crew chief, Eric. He raced into the dark and would remain in the car until day break. No problems for him except for fog, silt and darkness! We pitted him at race mile 608 and found the front of the car needing to be rebuilt. It took us several hours to replace all the components on the front of the car and we sent the boys from 3p Off Road out into the desert. We made a couple other driver and co driver changes and few more front end part replacements but we made it 1134 miles, 43 hours and 18 minutes! Those finisher medals will forever be a winner medal to us! We finished up the season in Pahrump, Nevada. Wanting to give it all or nothing for the last race of the season, I set my mind on driving hard and fast! Well, Pahrump had other plans. The dust was terrible, the silt was deep and rocks everywhere! My pace slowed, my co driver was ill and I broke a radius rod end that ended our season with DNF 30 miles from the finish line!  Through all the trials and tribulations of the race season, we still had fun. We made new friends. We learned a lot. We couldn’t be happier with our Polariz RZR XPT. It definitely took a beating and just kept on going. We can’t thank all of sponsors enough for their generosity. A new season starts just days away!

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2017 50th Anniversary of the Score International Baja 1000

Preparation of the biggest race of our lives began months before the team headed to Mexico. Gathering parts, upgrading others, and logistics all being worked on to ensure we had the best chance possible to finish this 1134 mile race. The last few weeks were, of course, the most intense. Axles greased, Tire Balls placed in our new 32″ ITP Ultracross Rspec tires. Tires mounted on our new 15″ Raceline Rynos. All while the chassis was inspected, new fabrication done, more Bulldog lights installed and cleaning and painting done.

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Snacks and drinks were stocked up and we were getting close to heading for the boarder! A few last minute crew changes happened and a a couple that had no idea that they would ever get to participate in the Baja 1000 were added to our list. Monday came, and we were not quite ready to leave early as planned. We loaded each truck with parts, tools, food and drinks as Eric finished up some minor details on the race car. Finally we loaded ourselves into the trucks and headed south.

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As we neared the Tecate boarder, chase 3 began dumping antifreeze. Half the crew stayed behind to remove the old water pump, while the rest of headed into the nearest town to get a new part. Chase 3 finally repaired we crossed the boarder into Mexico! After a 40 minute drive from Tecate to Ensenada the first thing oneveryone’s mind was  TACOS!

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We checked into our beautiful beach house and settled down for the night. Tomorrow was tech day!

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This year SCORE divided tech into 2 days making tech day for us a breeze! We spent the day hanging out with our Raceline Wheels family, singing autographs for our fans and swapping stories with our fellow racers. As the day neared end, the race day gitters began.

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Pit boxes made and chase coolers stocked while Chase Texas was at the driver’s meeting.

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Last minute pit strategy and crew assignments were made and we drifted off to sleep with visions of the Baja desert dancing in our heads.

Race day came. My co-driver and I were both becoming anxious. The trucks were loaded up and the race car on the trailer, we headed into Ensenada to the start line!

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Ryan and I left the start line, weaved through town and headed out to the desert. True to my MO, around mile 40 I rolled the car in a corner. Not the plan at all!!! Luckily there was a man on horse ( haha) right next us. He called out and suddenly there were 6 other guys running over to help. They righted the car for us and we continued on our way with a bit of a bruised ego! While we were on our side the entire side x side field sped by, so we had some work to do to try to catch back up. The whoops were giant and silt was deep.  We worked hard passing numerous cars and trucks. Our San Felipe side pit crew met us several times at road crossings just to remind us that we were not alone. I saw the breasts  of Josh and Travis more than I had ever hoped to! I guess that was their way of telling us we were doing a good job! The noises the race car was making through the whoops was unsettling. A good racing friend, Bob Nolan, was a approximately  race mile 190. So, knowing he was there, we radioed him and asked for a once over on the car. He obliged and let us know that everything looked to be in order. It gave us some peace of mind as we carried on.  Our first pit was at mile 250. We noticed that our voltage was not as high as it should be considering we were running an alternator. We pulled into the pit and let the Texas Mafia and Trevor know our issues. They fueled the car and then took a look. The alternator was not spinning. Lucky for us Texas brought a donor RZR along and were able to take the alternator off and replace it with a stock stater cover. Meanwhile, Ryan and I made a sandwich…. The last 100 miles of our race consisted of the infamous San Felipe Whoops. It is the worst piece of desert I have raced on in my 9 years of racing! At the end I have never been so happy to see my crew! Race mile 345, Eric and Anthony climbed in the car and headed out. It was around midnight. We knew we wouldn’t see them til morning. I climbed in Chase 1 and tried to rest but hearing radio traffic and the crew talking about the race car, there was no chance of rest for me. I had to know the car was still moving. (insert Eric’s race report here) We headed to what the crew fondly refers to at the “wet pit”. It was so foggy it looked like it had rained and everything including us was dripping wet. This was a planned fuel stop for Eric, approximately race mile 550. We fueled the car, gave them dry rags to wipe their helmets and sent them off into the darkness. It was still a couple hours til daylight. At Race mile 606 we  brought them in to pit and a driver change. What we thought would be a quick stop turned into 5 hours of rebuilding the front end of the car. All  the upper unibals had pushed through the cups and the a arms were grinding on the spindles. We changed out a arms, spindles and unibals and made sure the car was back to race ready and sent the Texas Mafia on their way  to race mile 802. (insert Josh’s race report here). Since Eric and I had not had a rest during the first 606 miles, we pulled into a parking lot and proceeded to take a much needed nap. We sent Chase 2 and Chase 3 on ahead to get race fuel and get ready to pit the car at race mile 802. Chase 1 napped for approximately 2 hours and headed down the peninsula to meet the rest of the crew. We barely made it before the race car arrived! The crew was unable to get fuel so we made a driver change, Ryan and his wife Shauna climbed in and we gave them the fuel we had which would get them about a 100 miles where would make an unscheduled stop to refuel.  Approximately 50 miles in we heard on the radio the car died and wouldn’t start. My heart sank. Eric immediately went into detective mode and found out that a rear axle had popped out and cut the wire on the crank sensor. Ryan made quick work of splicing it back together and they were back on track! We tried to catch them at race mile 900 but missed them so we raced ahead and met them around race mile 930. We pulled Shauna out of the car in lieu of having a strong mechanic back in the car, since it seem the car was getting tired. We had to make it to the finish! We were almost there! We put Anthony back in the car with Ryan and sent them off into the second night of our race. Once again the fog was so heavy everything was soaked. We made sure they had dry rags. At this point Eric and Trevor were exhausted. We put them in the back seat of Chase 1 and I took over crew chief for the remainder of the race. The fog was miserable and we were driving slow. We certainly didn’t want to have one of our chase trucks in an accident. I was hoping that we could keep up with the race car. It was doubtful at times because we had to move so slowly. We met the race car at race mile 1050 for fuel and heard that they once again needed a unibal changed and that the throttle pedal was not acting normal. We worked as hard as we could in the cold wet night. At this point I was supposed to be getting back in the race car, but a team decision was made to keep Ryan and Anthony in the car just in case there were any serious issues. We were almost there! We sent them off and pulled out of the pit as the sun was rising once again. As soon as the sun peeked over the mountain, the mist was gone. We paced ourselves with the race car just in case there was an issue. I didn’t want to be too far ahead of them in case they needed us. At one point the tracker told us they were stopped. Again my heart sank! But, it happened to be a stop check! I couldn’t believe the tracker happened to catch them at that particular moment! We continued on and raced into La Paz to meet the car at the finish line. It was 43 hours and 18 minutes of blood, sweat, tears and laughs! We made it! We finished the Baja 1000! 1134 miles!!! It was an unbelievable accomplishment for us! I am so proud of my team for sticking it out and pushing through 2 cold wet nights, 2 hard, tired days and never complaining. Oh, and Eric and Trevor woke up just in time to see the car cross the finish line! I can’t thank you all enough for all the support. My friends, family and fans all texting and posting updates and words of encouragement. It really meant the world to us to know you were behind us pushing us to the finish. My sponsors are incredible! We definitely would not have finished without the support of all of you!

Eric, Josh and Ryan may have some race stories to add but until then:

Check out our video created by Emily Dobrzenski (Miss DragonFire) https://www.facebook.com/emily.dobrzenski/videos/1673163356069187/

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Crew:

Lacrecia Beurrier

Eric Beurrier

Trevor Beurrier

Emily Dobrzenski

Robert Dobrzenski

Travis Herzing

Josh Herzing

Anthony DeCrosta

Shauna Heyer

Ryan Heyer

Joe Weber

Darrell Flenner