Armin Schwarz pre Baja 1000 newsletter 2009-11-04

Grand Finale is approaching - We're ready Our tent at the track: Looks pretty tranquil from outside ... Dear Friends, Partners and Sponsors, The magic date is approaching: On November 20th from 10.30 a.m. local time the first cars will be...

Grand Finale is approaching - We're ready

Our tent at the track: Looks pretty tranquil from outside ...

Dear Friends, Partners and Sponsors,

The magic date is approaching: On November 20th from 10.30 a.m. local time the first cars will be sent into the desert from Ensenada on the Pacific coast of Mexico to tackle 670 miles of this year's Baja 1000. We're ready. On 11 November I'll travel to our team headquarters in Escondido near San Diego. In California we'll have two days of very interesting meetings concerning next year's activities.

Once the talking is done, Martin Christensen, Armin Kremer, Andreas Aigner and I will rush to our Buggys, climb aboard and conduct some final testing for the upcoming big one. With Bilstein and Eibach we have configured a new suspension set-up that gives us more traction and reduces the rolling of the chassis. And we are also particularly proud of the hydraulic clutch that Martin and his partners developed inhouse at All German Motorsports AGM. We will not use a torque limiter any more, and we are confident that Martin's new solution will provide our transmission with reliable protection. Moreover, we've worked on the cooling.

... but inside it's precision work almost around the clockJ As far as our partners are concerned, we are absolutely on the safe side. The BF Goodrich tyres have never let us down and constantly impress under the most gruelling conditions. The motto at BF Goodrich is true: no flats -- no change -- no time loss! We haven't had Liqui Moly alongside us for long, but their lubrication solutions have already proven an excellent choice.

And then we take this jewel out for 700 highspeed-miles through the desert!

I wrote about the route in the last newsletter. I'm familiar with about 70 percent of it -- but that still leaves over 200 miles that I will just briefly see during our pre-run. Hey friends, that's more than a F1 Grand Prix distance with lots of surprises, that's for sure! And another thing is certain for every single mile: There are innumerable humps, bumps, holes, stones and sand. And silt passages where the Buggy can sink up to its axles in the blink of an eye. And dust, dust, dust. I just can't wait!

We are the first Class 1 Buggy to take off, but will still have to eat the dust from the Trophy Trucks that start in front of us. I'm driving the first stint to the first half of the race distance, then Martin takes over. Armin Kremer mans the second Buggy for the first 300 miles or so before handing the cockpit over to Andy Aigner.

I hope we will have a nice and hearty fight, after all: the Baja will bring the championship decision. Currently we rank second in the drivers' classification, just behind Hurley Letner. In the race Hurley starts right behind us. Ronnie Wilson, who ranks third at present, takes off from the fifth starting place and he's keen to catch us. But first he has to get past Armin Kremer who starts ahead of him. Things look good for an exciting race.

It would be fantastic if you could all cross your fingers (and toes) for us!

I'll get back to you in two weeks with news from the pre-run and testing.

Until then,
All the best
    Armin

-credit: armin-schwarz.com

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