Solar Racing Baja 1000 pre-race notes

BAJA 1000 just 4 weeks away! For the second time in just three years, Mark Handley / Solar Racing head into the season finale leading the points race in the SCORE International Off Road Racing series. With wins in San Felipe, Mexico and Primm,...

BAJA 1000 just 4 weeks away!

For the second time in just three years, Mark Handley / Solar Racing head into the season finale leading the points race in the SCORE International Off Road Racing series.

With wins in San Felipe, Mexico and Primm, Nevada, Mark is leading the points in the Stock-Full Class going into to one of the most legendary races in all of motorsports, the 39th BAJA 1000.

This years BAJA will take over 400 racers from over 31 states and 13 countries along a course of over 1000 miles. The course will run just about the entire Baja Peninsula, zigzagging back and forth down the peninsula from the start in Ensenada next to the Pacific to the ultimate finish line in La Paz on the Sea of Cortez.

In addition to the GPS navigation utilized in the race truck, the team will also be utilizing the state of the art IriTrack Satellite Tracking system to monitor the progress of the truck. Anyone with internet access can go to the IriTrack homepage, and within a couple of mouse clicks, can watch the progress of the Solar Racing F-150. A direct link is also planned on the Solar Racing homepage.

"This technology can really help our family and friends monitor our progress throughout the entire adventure that is Baja. In addition, our sponsors can watch our pace against the competition". Furthermore, the system allows immediate satellite communications with race organizers in the event of emergency. The system can sense if the vehicle has been stopped for more than a predetermined allowance, or even if it senses a high g-load or becomes inverted. The tracking capability provides near pin-point location in the event extraction is required.

Pre-race festivities begin on Wednesday, November 15th, Race day is Thursday the 16th and should finish on Friday the 17th, some 25 to 30 hours later.

-credit: solar racing

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