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DragonFire Racing Pits a Pair of Entries Against the Elements of Baja

November 30, 2010

BAJA3This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 race was one of the longest, toughest courses in race history, with recent storms creating muck and mayhem on the course. It didn’t help one bit that an additional 200 or so miles were tacked onto the route, which this year ran all the way down to the tip of the Baja peninsula.

And there, smack dab in the middle of this four-day fray, were two DragonFire Racing-sponsored teams battling dozens of others for top spots in the final round of the Ensenada to La Paz desert series. We were joined by our racing partners from Industrial Tire Products (ITP), Carlisle Tire and Black Rock Wheels.

Team members Todd Romano (president and founder of DragonFire Racing) and Jack McCormick of Tempe, Ariz. — along with Dave Roberts, Bob Viau and John McCarthy — drove our Class 1 DragonFire-built Black Rock Chevy. The pair completed the entire race in their 700hp unlimited class racer, finishing ninth overall in the class with a time of 28 hours, 22 minutes and 42 seconds. Quite an accomplishment when you consider the rough conditions that resulted in many teams reporting in with a “DNF” (Did Not Finish).

Things did not go so well for our DragonFire Nessy UTV, which was south of the border with the intention of setting a new time and speed record in its class. That race team consisted of members Chris Koch, Steve Rone, Nick Summers and Nick Short.

BAJA1The Kawasaki, Teryx-powered racing UTV was entered in the 1800 Class with two other vehicles attempting to set records. But Nessy got off to a bad start. Leading the race at the 180-mile mark, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) belt broke. That, coupled with a broken tooth on the starter gear (which actually broke the morning before the race), pretty much ended the day for the 1800 Class UTV. Nessy cars are so “torqued out” that sometimes a broken tooth is a part of the risk you take with so much horsepower.

The team scrambled to make repairs and barely made it to the starting line. They completed an impressive 100 miles through some of the toughest terrain around, but their efforts proved fruitless when the starter completely broke down and they were unable to continue. A heartfelt attempt with a heartbreaking result.

Once the adrenalin settled down, both teams congratulated each other for their efforts in this year’s Baja 1000. And we join in applauding Black Rock Wheels, ITP, Carlisle Tire and the staff and support team at DragonFire Racing for their efforts, as well.

For complete 2010 Baja 1000 results, visit http://www.score-international.com/488/news/Race_Results_From_Baja_1000.aspx.

And, don’t forget to mark your calendar now for next year’s two big Baja races:

43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500
Ensenada, Baja, Mexico
June 3-5, 2011

44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Ensenada, Baja, Mexico
November 17-20, 2011

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