Heat is on at Baja 1000 - Ice Training at the Polar Circle Stunning action over a thousand miles: that's the Baja 1000 Dear Friends, On 18 November at 11:45 hrs local time the flag drops and the Baja 1000 is on! One thousand miles through the...
Heat is on at Baja 1000 - Ice Training at the Polar Circle
Stunning action over a thousand miles: that's the Baja 1000
On 18 November at 11:45 hrs local time the flag drops and the Baja 1000 is on! One thousand miles through the desert of the Baja California in Mexico. Everybody and everything is at the limit: the drivers, navigators, the mechanics and pit crews -- all 70 members and helpers of our All German Motorsports Team. This year the route leads down from Ensenada to La Paz. So we don't do the big Ensenada-Ensenada loop, but we go south full bore. At the speeds we go no service crew would have a chance to keep up and be at the stops in time. So more or less our entire team must be in position before our two Class One Buggies start.
This year it's the classic route again, down to La Paz
During the race we have to perform a few logistic tricks to be where we have to be in time. I, for example, drive the start and the first 563 miles. Then Martin takes over to bring the Buggy home in his incomparable style: incredibly fast, yet easy on the material. I jump in a car, drive to Mexicali airport, board a plane and fly down to the finish at La Paz. Because we hope we'll have something to celebrate there.
Everything is huge at the Baja 1000, even the enthusiastic crowd at the start in Ensenada
Armin Kremer (till Race Mile 257), Andy Aigner (till Race Mile 563) and Jim Mihal (509 Miles to the finish) make up the strong driver team for our second Buggy. One of our crews will shuttle Armin to Mexicali airport, from where he will fly down to La Paz. And then Armin can do nothing but wait and listen to the radio ...
I'll be on my way to the U.S. at the end of this week, where I'll be involved in the preparation of a BF Goodrich incentive in Las Vegas. The pre-run for the biggest race of the year starts on 10 November.
While the season highlight and finale of the SCORE International quickly approaches we are already in full preparation for the first highlight of 2011: From 20 February to 25 March we'll conduct our annual winter rally driving training for fans and professional drivers in the far North of Finland. We are based just one hour in the plane north of Finland's capital Helsinki in the tiny town of Saariselkae, 20 minutes outside the town of Ivalo. And we'll have some of the best near-standard rally cars of the world at our disposal ...
Nice icy contrast: My rally driver training for fans and professionals in Finland
All in all 14 groups can have heaps of driving pleasure on snow and ice and hone the driving skills on handling tracks, a skid pad and even on a real special stage through the winter forest. It's safe, because there are high snow walls on the sides of the special stage. I promise: Everybody will be sweating, even at outside temperatures of around minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information please visit www.iceaction.de or send an email to email@example.com
But now it's all "Whoops, bumps, dust and fun!" at the SCORE Baja 1000. I can't wait to tackle the toughest race of the year. I'll tell you how it went for All German Motorsports and myself here in my next newsletter.