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2013 Baja 1000 with Team Brenthel

I was invited to chase with the Brenthel team for this years Baja 1000. They we’re racing in the 7200 class, which consisted of two rules for the class. 85″ wide and under 4L engine. We headed down on Thursday morning for contingency while the rest of the team was prerunning. Below are my pictures.

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Sunrise headed south.

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Traffic in Ensanada.

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Tacos were priority number one.

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You can’t operate on an empty stomach.

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Filling up the dump cans. 110 gallons of Pemex for the race truck.

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$513 usd in gas.

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“What do you mean the credit card was declined?” We had to gather all of our cash to pay for the bill.

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Port of Ensanada

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Mexican special edition.

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Contingency/Tech

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Jordan got stuck with driving the truck through contingency. I don’t think he minded.

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Team meeting and our last chance to organize the chase trucks.

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The first bike left the line at 11pm. Which meant I actually got to watch the bikes start, a first for me.

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Our hotel was on turn two of the Baja 1000, so we walked back and crashed to the sound of dirt bikes.

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The first trophy truck left the line at 9:00 am.

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No safety barriers, no pace car, no caution period this is off-road racing.

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Last minute prep before the start.

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The plan was for us to head to the furthest south point in the race course and support the race truck for the last 500 miles. But before we headed south we got reports, that turned out to be false, that the race car had five flats by race mile 50.  So we headed back to Ensenada for spare tires on the prerunner.

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Once we had confirmed the race car had only had one flat at race mile 40, we headed south to our first pit at El Crucero.

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Baja Sunset. We got to El Rosario and were told that the race had suffered from a broken gearbox. So we turned around and headed north.

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We found an awesome seafood place in San Quintin. I ordered the Molcajete and the boys ordered fish tacos.

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Jordan was pretty stoked to be chasing someone finally!