THIS JUST IN (BAJA 1000)
• THE TEAM OF CARLOS “Apdaly” Lopez and his father, Juan Carlos Lopez, won the 50th anniversary Baja 1000 in November. They covered the 1,134-mile, point-to-point course in 19 hours 53 minutes 36 seconds in their RPM Racing Chevy rally truck for a very quick 57.02-mph average speed.
• APDALY LOPEZ HAD FINished the 1000 in Second Place after Rob MacCachren for the past two years, and MacCachren was gunning for his fourth consecutive 1000 victory, but engine failure at mile 550 put MacCachren out of the race. Other big names in desert racing who “fell to the wiles of the deceiving beauty and majesty of the Baja Peninsula,” as SCORE put it, were Robby Gordon, B.J. Baldwin, Bryce Menzies, Andy McMillin, and Luke McMillin.
• ONE BIG NAME THE BAJA didn’t claim was racing icon (and Hall of Famer) Rod Hall. His Rod Hall Racing Team Hummer H1 Alpha won the Stock Full class, giving the 80-yearold his 25th class win. He is the only racer to have competed in every Baja 1000 race.
• KUDOS TO BFGOODRICH, whose tires have been on 29 overall winners in the past 32 years. BFG presented Lopez with a $50,000 contingency bonus in honor of his 50th anniversary race victory.