TEAM HUMMERÂ® SHOOTS FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE BAJA 1000 VICTORY Reno, Nevada - Nov.15th, 2005: When the green flag drops at the 38th running of the Tecate/SCORE `Baja 1000' on Friday, November 18th in Ensenada, B.C., Mexico, you can expect a ...
TEAM HUMMER® SHOOTS FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE BAJA 1000 VICTORY
Reno, Nevada - Nov.15th, 2005: When the green flag drops at the 38th running of the Tecate/SCORE `Baja 1000' on Friday, November 18th in Ensenada, B.C., Mexico, you can expect a shoot-out in the highly competitive Full Stock Class. Chad Hall will be there in the #863 Team HUMMER H1 pickup looking for his fifth consecutive `Baja 1000' victory. While there will be Fords, Nissans and even a rumored Honda to beat to the finish line, his main competition may well come from his older brother Josh, in the # 861 Team HUMMER H2 SUV. The H2 has not lost a race since finishing fourth in last year's `Baja 1000' when he rolled the truck while in the lead about 600 miles into the race. The H1 & H2 do not normally race in the same class in the Best in the Desert Series but SCORE does not have separate classes for Pickups and SUV's so, at the `Baja 1000', both HUMMERS must run in the Full Stock production class. Josh intends to solo the entire 706 mile race in the H2 and says he will only stop long enough to take on fuel and change co-riders during the event. It is unusual for anyone to drive the entire `Baja 1000' because of the fatigue encountered during such a long and grueling event. Chad, who normally drives all the other races solo, will be sharing driving time in the H1 with Mike Winkel, who will take over the truck at race mile 200. Mike will drive it to race mile 400 where Chad will get back in and drive to the finish. Team owner, Rod Hall, will also share his time behind the wheel of the new #761 Team HUMMER H3 SUV with Winkel. Rod will drive the first 400 miles where Mike Winkel will be waiting for him (if all goes well) and will take the H3 to the finish. Our co-driver will be a busy man.
"This is an outrageously tough course", said Chad Hall laughingly after returning from pre-running the course. "It's so tough out there that we'll be lucky to average 30 M.P.H.. The whoop-de-doos go on for hundreds of miles, not that I'm complaining. The tougher the course the better it is for the H1." Josh Hall agreed that this could be the toughest Baja course on record and Rod Hall, who is pre-running with some crew members as I write, has already had to stop and make repairs to his pre-runner on the road up to Mike's Sky Ranch, which is terrible on it's best day. There's no question that this will be a tough race and the HUMMERs are prepared for the worst possible conditions.
Over the years, Team HUMMER drivers Rod, Josh and Chad Hall have put up with the worst that the `Baja 1000' has to offer. In spite of the adverse conditions in Baja or possibly because of them the Halls have combined to win the Baja 1000 a total of 23 times in production four wheel drive vehicles. Chad has won the past four years for a total of five Baja 1000 wins and Josh has been to the winner's circle twice. In a class by himself, Rod Hall has won this internationally recognized event a record 17 times dating back to the inaugural race in 1967, when it was called the `Mexican 1000'. Additionally, he is one of only two drivers to have competed in all 37 `Baja 1000' events, the other being the legendary motorcycle racer, Ron Bishop.
The `Baja 1000' is not a race for the faint of heart. From year to year you never know what the challenge will be until you get there but you do know it will be tough and you have to be tough to meet that challenge. Any team who finishes this race has earned the right to feel a profound sense of accomplishment. Any team that wins the `Baja 1000' can consider the victory one of the defining moments in their racing career.
There are no sure things in the `Baja 1000" but Team HUMMER certainly comes close!
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