4 Wheel & Off Road - - DRIVELINES -

• 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.

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