Alumi Craft Racers Sweep The Podium At SCORE Baja 500
June 8, 2017
Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
Alumi Craft racers swept the podium at the SCORE Baja 500. When the considerable dust settled, Alumi Craft racers took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th places in class 10. It was a close race between the Alumi Craft cars with the winner determined in the final stages of the 513 mile course.
Every competitor has their own story about the race but none is more compelling than that of race winner Broc Dickerson. You might recall that Dickerson won the San Felipe 250; the first race of the SCORE series in 2017. It was Dickerson’s first desert race ever. Now Dickerson is 2 for 2 after backing up his San Felipe win with another victory at the Baja 500. Winning back to back against the best desert racers in the world is incredible as is, but the details of his race make it even more impressive. Not only did he come back from an early rollover, but showed incredible sportsmanship to his fellow competitor.
“We started deep (13th) in a competitive group of 10 cars and knew that we had our work cut out for us,” says Dickerson, “Off the start, I was pushing a little extreme and ended up rolling the car at mile marker 15. After about 10 minutes we had gathered some loyal fans, we got the car back on the wheels and going. We were back in the middle of the 1600 cars, so I had to make my way through them before I could start racing with the 10 cars. By mile marker 30 we had gotten by the 16 cars and were now starting to pick off the slower 10 cars. At mile marker 80 we were the 7th 10 car on the road. We slowly picked off the other cars before entering the rocky section of the course at mile marker 170; where we knew we could make up time. We charged hard through the rocks and came into mile marker 250 running second physically and 17 minutes behind the leader.
I kept pushing the car to its limits through the San Felipe section and was slowly closing the gap between Cody Reid and myself. When we got on the highway at mile marker 395 we were 5 minutes behind Cody, which gave us the lead on corrected time because we started 6:30 behind him. We had come so far at this point; we wanted to get that number 1 physical position on the road. I was pushing to catch Cody, and around mile marker 450 I came around a corner and saw his car high centered on a rock. I slammed on the brakes, and went back to give Cody a quick tug to keep him in the race. After that point, I drove smart and conservative just to get the car to the finish. We gave a huge sigh of relief when we crossed the finish line in first place. On Sunday it was confirmed that we won by 20 minutes. I couldn’t do it without my co-rider Cameron Corfman who was calling everything I needed, and also my whole team who devoted so much hard work and dedication to make sure we had the best equipment for the race.”
Cody Reid came in behind Broc Dickerson to finish second. He was sharing the driving with Adam Pfankuch who owns the car. “Adam gave us a strong car after driving the first half of the race to mile 257,” said Reid, “It was my first time in the Alumi Craft and I was really surprised how well it works. Through the whoops in San Felipe, I was able to set a good pace. We had some unlimited class 1 cars behind us, and were able to stay in front of them. We were down for a couple minutes in San Matias to diagnose a battery charging issue; we knew Dickerson was coming, and did not want to give up the lead. We gambled on fuel choosing not to make our final stop to save time. I was driving flat out when I went wide and got high centered on a rock. I was very surprised when Broc came back to pull us off. If I ever see him needing help I will be sure to stop. We are very happy with the results and will be back racing in Adam’s car at the Rosarito Beach race.”
Rounding out the podium was the defending class 10 and 2017 SCORE series overall points champion Raphael Navarro IV, (R4). He shared the driving with his Father Raphael Navarro III, (R3). There is a ton of racing history in the Navarro family. Their winning the overall points championship over the unlimited cars and trucks last season was an incredible accomplishment. “In the first 80 miles of the course we were hitting all our marks perfectly,” said R4, “We started 14th and were running in 5th with a 7 minute gap to the leader. After Santo Thomas we were held up in traffic. We got stuck in a ditch until the locals helped us to get out. We were 20 minutes behind the leader and had to play catch up. We were in bad dust all day, Baja was not helping out; there was no wind. We tapped the car ahead of us 4 or 5 times and he would jack-rabbit and not let us pass. We had to wait until he stopped for fuel. At the driver’s change my Dad got in to do the San Felipe loop. He drove from race mile 255 to 395. It’s always fun racing with my Dad and he had a blast running on familiar ground through San Felipe. We were unable to make up the time we lost; finishing at the same gap we had, about 20 minutes. It’s so competitive in class 10 that you can’t afford to lose any time if you want to win.”
Finishing behind R4 was Alumi Craft racer Chip Prescott, and Alumi Craft racer Steve Baron was 6th.
Winning races or championships; no matter how tough the challenge, Alumi Craft racers have proven again and again the superior performance provided by their meticulously crafted cars. The Baja 500 win by Broc Dickerson was the 7th straight class 10 victory by Alumi Craft racers. Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with excellent service and a competitive, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. They offer many types of cars for competition or pleasure and a long list of services and support.
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