Armin Schwarz newsletter 2007-10-16

All German Motorsports: our team Jon Naugle Jon has been with AGM for seven years now. He is an engineer, and as our inventory manager he strictly keeps the chaos out and our stocks, parts and everything in order. We all rely on the right part...

All German Motorsports: our team
Jon Naugle

Jon has been with AGM for seven years now. He is an engineer, and as our inventory manager he strictly keeps the chaos out and our stocks, parts and everything in order. We all rely on the right part to be there in the right moment at the right place (and somebody who knows where all that stuff is). Jon makes sure we don't have to worry about this.

Calm before the storm: planning the Baja 1000

From the outside everything looks quiet at All German Motorsports. But under the surface everybody‘s working like crazy for the upcoming Tecate Baja 1000. During the race 60 team members will be going flat-out to support us over the 1296 mile sprint. We will have a bigger squad at the start in Ensenada and at the finish in Cabo San Lucas plus ten pick-ups at service points along the track. All their actions and movements are precisely co-ordinated in a rather voluminous "race plan" and a "movement schedule".

From 4 to 7 November I'll do my pre-run of the first stint from Ensenada around 500 miles to the south. I'll do the entire distance in one go, which will take around ten to twelve hours. Then our guys will load the Buggy on a lorry, bring it to the start again in six hours, and we'll do the whole thing again. Days are very long, very dusty and very exhausting during the pre-running - and they are simply great! I wouldn't like to miss one minute of them!

After I have finished my pre-running the Buggy will be transported to the start ing point of the last stint, so that Matthias can practice from the 9th to the 12th November. Martin will have done his pre-running long before us, he does the middle stint from 19 the 21 October.

While Matthias is still practising, the last preparations before the start take place at Ensenada from November 10 to 12. Around 20 team members will be working on the Buggy. They will push the car in the parade to the Technical Inspection on the 12th.

13th November is the big day. From 6.30 hrs in the morning they will send the ATVs and motorcycles into the desert. Three hours after the last ATV the all-wheel-drive vehicles are sent off. My starting time will be around ten. And then it's flat-out through the desert for ten, twelve hours. Our only chance to catch a breath, drink and eat a little bit is on the short highway sections, where the surface is smooth and where we have a speed limit ot 60 mph.

I will be in the dark for the last hours, before I hand the car over to Martin. Martin's stint is around ten, twelve hours, too. We calculate that Matthias's final spurt will be around six to eight hours long.

We will have a pick-up with five people, wheels, fuel, parts and tools every 100 miles. Some of these pick-ups will have to go to two service points. So these guys are definitely under time pressure and will have to drive a race of their own. Well, they're all very experienced. I've seen them working ultra-fast and with utmost precision, but I've never seen real hectic at AGM.

This year our boys have an additional task: A TV helicopter will accompany us during the entire Baja. It has to be refuelled at our service points. Isn't it good that our Buggy runs on aviation gas?

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