TEAM HUMMER TO COMPETE IN `BAJA 500'' AFTER TEN YEAR ABSENCE
Reno, NV - May.25, 2006: Team HUMMER heads to Ensenada, Mexico, June 2-4 to race in the Tecate/SCORE `Baja 500'. This will be the first time Team HUMMER has participated in the `Baja 500' since 1995 and everyone on the crew is excited to be returning to this major SCORE event after such a lengthy absence. The team will be bringing two trucks to this internationally recognized off-road race, which boasts a record 420 entries this year. Josh Hall will be at the wheel of the #861 Full-Stock H2 SUV and although this will be his first start in the `Baja 500', he won the `Baja 1000' last November on a course featuring much of the same terrain. Rod Hall, on the other hand, has quite a history in the `Baja 500' having won this race a dozen times between 1970 - 1995. Rod will be starting in the #779 Team HUMMER H3 Mini-Stock SUV, also a class winner in the 2005 `Baja 1000'. Alternating with Rod in the driver's seat will be his youngest son, Chad, six-time `Baja 1000' winner, and Car & Driver journalist, Larry Webster.
Since the `Terrible's Town 250', in April, Chief Mechanic, Sam Cothrun has been busy outfitting the front of the Team HUMMER H2 SUV with new Fox Shox® to match those already installed on the rear prior to the last race. Installing the new shocks required extensive reworking of the front shock mounts but we are expecting a significant improvement in handling with "Foxes" at all four corners. Aside from the replacement of a few maintenance items, the H2 seems to have emerged from it's win at Terrible's Town requiring very little work other than the usual race prep to prepare for the `Baja 500".
The Team HUMMER H3 SUV comes into the `Baja 500' in search of it's fourth consecutive win in the Mini-Stock truck class. With a trouble-free win at Terrible's Town, the H3 was returned to the GM Proving Gound, in Mesa, Arizona, where it required only a minimum of prep to get it in race-ready condition for the Tecate/SCORE `Baja 500'.
Both Team HUMMER entries will be equipped with IriTrack® during the race, a sophisticated tracking technology best described as being like OnStar® for race vehicles. The IriTrack® system tracks the progress of our vehicles every 2 minutes and reports that information to the IriTrack® website at www.racetheworld.net where anyone can watch the HUMMERs and other IriTrack® equipped race vehicles on the internet from their home computer. Additionally, as a safety device, the tracking system can tell if the trucks have stopped or have suffered an significant impact or rollover during the race and contact the IriTrack® control center immediately, which is in communication with the race vehicles via satellite phone. We encourage everyone interested in live coverage of the `Baja 500' to visit the IriTrack® website on raceday, Saturday June 3rd to watch the progress of both Team HUMMER trucks. Just go to www.racetheworld.net and follow the on- line instructions to log onto the coverage of the `Baja 500'.
Team HUMMER expects to pick up where we left off ten years ago, in the winner's circle!
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