Kick’in it at the Baja 500
The highly anticipated Baja 500 is just days away and the 3 Bears Racing Team, led by driver Charles Dorrance in Trophy Truck #299 is ramping up for this year’s wild ride!
This awesome off-road race takes place June 1-4 in Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. The dirt flying, wheel-spinning course has remained relatively the same over the years with the majority of events being a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada. The race course total distance is around 500 miles.
The 2017 round will be the 49th SCORE Baja 500. SCORE is an off-road racing sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing and is famous for the Baja 500, San Felipe 250, the Desert Challenge and the Committee's flagship event; the Baja 1000.
The 2017 SCORE Baja 500 is the second round of the four-race series this year. The San Felipe 250 was held in March 2017.
The Baja 500 includes all types of kick-ass vehicle classes including small and large bore motorcycles, stock Volkswagen's, production vehicles, buggies, trucks, and custom fabricated race vehicles.
How Does The Race Work?
Vehicles are released from the start line individually, in gaps of 60 seconds between Trophy Trucks and Class 1 racers then 30 seconds for all other classes.
Baja races include motorcycles and quad bikes; which start staging at 5:15am and later released around 6am. Four-wheel vehicles start releasing approximately five hours later at around 11am.
Race results are determined by calculating a finish time for each vehicle. The finish time for a vehicle can include time for penalties such as speeding. GPS tracking devices are used to enforce speed regulations and penalties on federal highways and highly congested areas.
Awards are given for the winner of each class (if a vehicle in the class finishes) as well as an overall winner across classes, overall four-wheel and overall motorcycle/ATV.
Points are awarded based on class finishing position. The racer with the most points at the end of the season is the overall class winner.
We’re looking forward to a great time and an awesome win by 3 Bears Racing Team!
See you there!