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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-24-2009, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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building and racing the baja for the first time

hello folks, I own a fabrication shop in Texas, and we are partnering with a group of individuals in order to compete in the SCORE Baja series. This will be my first race of this particular type, I was wondering if anyone would be able to relay some details about what all goes into a baja desert race.
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Probably the first question to even start with, is what class you are planning on running? Then there are probably guys on here that can give you the right tips.

Note though - SCORE Baja isn't a "series". There are two SCORE races that are run in Baja each year: Baja 500 in June and Baja 1000 in November. The rest of the SCORE desert races are in Nevada, throughout the year.

I would strongly suggest you build your race truck/buggy whatever and cut your team's teeth in the States. Baja has an immensely different set of issues and you don't want to be dealing with figuring out driving tactics and shaking down your vehicle and new equipment at that event. Pre-running, pitting, security, safety, communications - it's all VERY different in Baja. That's why it's the pinnacle of accomplishment, and why so few actually finish.

I'd get some other races under your belt first - or you may find yourself in a lot of trouble, possibly taking someone else out with you.

Does sound like maybe you have raced some, just not desert or maybe not distance. You'll find the desert races are a blast - check the BITD schedule also. Classes & prep are fairly similar for most classes to cross over.



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thank you for your advice. when I said 'series' I was referring to the totality of SCORE races in general, U.S. and baja. loosely, the plan is to start with a shorter race like prim 300, and move on from there with the baja 1000 being the end goal. I have been racing in one form or another since 15, off road, on road, dirt track, drag strip, etc. but this will be the first desert race. that being said I've never done anything well going at it half cocked which is why this post is here. As for class, I'm thinking grab the brass ring and go for the trophy truck.
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Ah, the dream! Sounds like you are on the right track, and doing your homework. Trophy Truck, now man, THAT is where the big boys play. Good luck!

(You probably will find fewer of them willing to share their secrets...)



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oh i'm sure, but it never hurts to try. besides I'm not so much looking for technical advice as I am just the logistics of getting it done.
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