Champ Car Stars Compete in Baja 1000 INDIANAPOLIS (November 19, 2004) -- The infamous face of actor and team co-owner Paul Newman can be seen rough riding through the desert south of the border with his Newman/Haas Racing driver and 2004...
Champ Car Stars Compete in Baja 1000
INDIANAPOLIS (November 19, 2004) -- The infamous face of actor and team co-owner Paul Newman can be seen rough riding through the desert south of the border with his Newman/Haas Racing driver and 2004 Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais, along with other familiar faces from the Champ Car circuit, in this year's running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
In addition to Newman and Bourdais, current Champ Car drivers Oriol Servia and Michel Jourdain, Jr. are joined with Champ Car veterans Michel Jourdain, Sr., Bernard Jourdain, and Danny Sullivan to challenge in the 37th Annual Tecate SCORED Baja 1000. They are competing against nearly 300 racers from 31 states and 10 countries in 26 Pro and five Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs during the great desert race in Mexico.
The November 16-20 rugged peninsula race of 1,016.3 miles in Mexico from Ensenada in Baja California to La Paz, in Baja California Sur will be the first time that Newman, Bourdais, and Sullivan have participated in this extreme desert event.
The aforementioned drivers join twelve other drivers from various forms of auto racing to form this year's 2004 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Team CENTRIX. Team CENTRIX is returning for the third consecutive year and is fielding five cars that are identically equipped Wide Open Baja touring cars with 2.4-liter motors to compete in the Baja Challenge Class. The team is looking for a three-peat this weekend after winning the previous two Baja 1000 events.
One of those five cars will be filled with the members of the Jourdain family of Mexico City. Michel Jourdain, Jr. will be joined with his father, Jourdain, Sr., and Uncles Bernard and Jean Pierre in a family racing effort.
For the first time in the history of the running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the desert race will be televised on network television in the United States. NBC Sports is producing a one-hour special to air on Saturday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET. This special broadcast will not only to show the race, but get inside the human interest aspect of the many people involved in this race.