Baja Designs Racers Stun the Competition at the Baja 1000


Baja Designs Racers Stun the Competition at the Baja 1000

La Paz, Baja California Sur Mexico

This year’s 1000 marked a milestone in offroad racing. It was the 50th anniversary for the race and the course travelled a staggering 1,134 miles through the toughest terrain Baja has to offer. At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, the bikes and quads took to the course. Heading east towards San Felipe, they would race their fellow competitors, and the sun. Those with Baja Designs lighting would be taking advantage of their superior lighting to separate themselves in the darkness. As the sun rose on the horizon, the lighting task would change from illuminating the darkness to increased daytime safety and cutting through the dust. With bike specific lighting solutions, Baja Designs lighting has become the lighting of choice for those with the most on the line.

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At 10:00 am on Thursday, the 4 wheeled vehicles would get their chance to hit the course. They would start out during the day, and race through the night. Every mile of the course was challenging, but none was worse than the miles of deep silt they encountered in total darkness. Deep silt and thick dust transforms the night into a surreal experience that can seem like you are under water. The endless waves of silt that flow over the hood are bad enough, but when you mix in some low laying fog, it turns into a nightmare. Just having light is not enough. You need the quality of light that only the Scientists of Lighting at Baja Designs can provide. While others struggled, those who made the strategic choice to go with Baja Designs prospered.  

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Baja Designs racer Cameron Steele had a great run through the night to finish second place overall. Other stand-outs were class 10 winners Cody Reid and Hammer Truck Unlimited winner Casey Currie. Cody Reid and his all-star line-up drivers crushed the competition. They built a lead ahead of the second place Class 10 car that spanned 100 miles. He also caught and passed the entire Unlimited Class One field, beating the Class One winner to the finish by 45 minutes. 

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“We got past the final Class One car and passed a Trophy Truck before we made the finish,” said Reid, “We earned the respect of a lot of the Unlimited guys. The Trophy Truck teams were very surprised to see us finish with them. We stopped every 300 miles just to look at the car, dump some fuel and to put on rear tires. We had a flawless race. We had no flats, we didn’t get stuck, we had no problems at all.” You can imagine the amount of dust they had to contend with while catching and passing all those cars.

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Casey Currie had his own set of challenges during the race on his way to the win. The Hammer Truck Unlimited class would be the 6th class to take the green flag. Starting behind the Unlimited Trucks, Class One, Class Ten, the Unlimited Truck Spec Class, and Class Two, he had to negotiate the unfortunate souls who ran into problems on the course. His 4 wheel drive Jeep had an advantage in the silt, but with 114 vehicles starting ahead, it was inevitable that there would be countless stuck vehicles along the way. His Baja Designs lighting would be crucial in identifying objects coming into his view. The Scientists of Lighting® understand how a driver’s vision works with the brain to identify shapes, contours, and contrast. The sooner your brain can decipher the information supplied to your brain, the faster you can react. 

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“My Baja Designs lights made driving fast at night a lot easier,” said Casey Currie, “The dark roads in Baja are the best place to put time on your competition. Driving at 100% without ‘out-driving’ your lights is important to a winning effort. The new LP9 lights put out a pure light that cannot be matched.”

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Perhaps one of the most exciting details that has not been mentioned in broader coverage of the race, is what BD had up their sleeves for the future of forward projection lighting and off road racing. Baja Designs founder and lead engineer, Alan Roach, spent a 6-hour night shift in a Class 7 truck testing the new laser light technology from Baja Designs. This was the first major field test of the innovative technology and feedback from Alan after the race was more than promising. “Even in the early stages of development, using prototype laser chips, the light is reaching greater distances than anything we have manufactured in the past. There is a drastic benefit in high speed terrain recognition when running the laser light.” The current output of the laser light is reaching roughly 3 times farther than the current industry leading Racer Edition optics. 

 

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CLASS RACER PLACE
UNLIMITED TRUCK Cameron Steele
Dan McMillin
Chris Miller
Luke McMillin
Bryce Menzies
Cameron Steele
Gary Magness
2nd
3rd
5th
7th
8th
9th
10th
UNLIMITED TRUCK LEGENDS Gustavo Vildosola
Russell Buehler
1st
2nd
UNLIMITED SPEC TRUCK John Langley
Bryce Swaim
1st
2nd
CLASS 1 Jon Walker
Al Torres
1st
2nd
CLASS 10 Cody Reid (Win By Over 3 Hours, Beating All Class 1 Cars)
Broc Dickerson (Points Champion)
1st
HAMMER TRUCK UNLIMITED Casey Currie 1st
CLASS 7 Al Hogan 1st
SCORE LITES Freddie Willert 1st
PRO UTV FORCED INDUCTION Justin Elenburg
Mike Cafro
2nd
3rd
PRO UTV Dan Fresh
Dodge Poelman
Don Whittington
1st
2nd
3rd
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED Francisco Arredondo
Mark Samuels
Ray Dal Soglio
1st
2nd
3rd

  
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