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    Cool Multiplatform Minority Racers join forces to race the SCORE BAJA 250

    “Mexican American underdog racers unite to take on the SCORE Baja 2013 Season and represent the folks of Michoacan & Guanajuato Mexico, Norway and Laredo, Texas.” -

    Click here to read PRESS RELEASE ON 4x4 OFFROADS





    Life is all about making the right choices, the Minority Racers chose to partner with the following best partners! Gracias for your support.

    Good luck to everyone racing.


    Click here to visit Raceline Wheels


    Click here to visit Casanova Motorsports


    Click here to check out the Veho Action Cameras


    Click here to visit Scorpion Mezcal



    Click here to visit PRP Seats


    Click here to visit FOA Shocks


    Click here to visit KC HiLites


    Click here to visit the Moods of Norway


    Click here to visit Dynomax

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    Default Dirt Live coverage of the SCORE Baja 250 San Felipe 2013

    Complete aftermath race report coming soon meanwhile enjoy some Bongo showtime on the Dirt Live Show hosted by George Antill at the SCORE Baja 250 in San Felipe, Baja California Mexico!


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    Default Pirate Viking at the Score Baja 250

    Back in vikingland and working on the race report and adventure story...stay tuned

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    Default Score Baja 250 Race Minority Report - God makes racers and then unites them...

    Well as the press release says Ponce was introduced to Arturo Benavides, the 2011 SNORE VORE Class Champ, last year thru a drag racing buddy while Ponce and Casanova were drag racing a Limo in Laredo Texas. They finally got a chance to meet and wheel together and in Feb 2013 they formed a partnership and decided to go race the Baja 2013 season. "God makes racers and then unites them later" in life could be the perfect saying for these 2 Mexican American racers. It was pretty much as last minute deal since the Arturo's old school Class 8 truck had been sitting for almost a year. So last minute prepping began with a new fresh motor, carburetor, and seam welding where needed.




    Arturo and Ponce got a chance to run a couple of miles on the truck and noticed a cooling problem, which was fixed. The truck seemed to be running ok especially the suspension. Ponce did feel the steering a bit off, but there was no time to fix that since it was time to ship the truck off to San Felipe. It was showtime and the team that consisted of 2 semi pro racers and 3 ranchers were off to experience the Score Baja.


    Private transport and accommodations were all handled by Laredo Choppers and ANB Cattle. This really helped out since we were there in no time.












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    Default Minority Racers moving on up and learning fast

    The team arrived in San Felipe, Baja California and felt welcomed. Ponce hooked up some free Tecate Beer from his old school partner, Tecate. Coming from Central Mexico and Laredo, the team thought they were in off road heaven with all the off road vehicles driving around. You would never see that in Central Mexico or Laredo with all the kidnappings and violence going on. Plus Ponce was happy to be back in Mexico with some sun.








    The team met up with other pro teams at the lodging, which included Mike Palmer, el JT Taylor, el Randy Ellis and the Ashcraft Team. It was great to be around these guys and learned a few things from them. Randy Ellis helped out by doing a quick run thru the Class 8 Truck to point out some possible gremlins. They also ran into amigos like Rich Klein and his wife Shelly, Andy Stone, Carlos Orosco of Baja Pits, Steve Myers and Oscar and Aaron of IRC, el Pedro Pistola, and got to meet new faces like Gus Vildosola, George Antill, Roger Norman, Jake Velasco, Cheddar, Spencer, El Cara de Higado (Liverface), and many others.

    The pre run was great and both Arturo and Ponce thought of it more like the actual race. The Score Baja 250 course was marked very well, and there were many lines to take. Ponce hates using GPS and never uses it unless he has to look for an address on the street. These guys never even turned it for the pre run in the Wide Open pre runner car. Ponce prefers to race an old school style with no cel or sat phone, no gps, no map, no support crews...and so does Arturo so the 2 made a great combo. Ponce said that some sections reminded him of WRC Mexico and the whoops gave him memories of the King of the Hammers. The San Felipe is said to have the toughest whoops and more rocky sections. The team managed to pre run the whole 250 in less than 7.5 hours. They even managed to lose the wide open guides, when they took a rock crawling line and ended up passing them up by taking an alternate route without the guides noticing. That was one of the best things that both of them liked that you had so many lines to take, offering many options. Arturo pre ran the first section which was full of whoops and loose sand, and Ponce took over on 148 which had more fast rally style turns, wide open lake beds, and rocky sections. The only carnage during the pre run was a broken rear right coil and a flat and bent bead lock wheel. Which by the way the team thanx Mike Johnson and Daniel for the help on the pre run. The Team also highly recommends if you need to pre run do it with Wide Open crew. Those guys are pros (Miguel Sandoval and Victor DeThomas for Wide Open Tours) and the vehicles are bullet proof and easy to drive.



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    Default The Baja Bongo Team is born...

    After the pre run fun, the team headed back to meet the with some TCM Motorsports out of Ensendada, to do a crash course on chasing with the ranchers and do a strategic plan where Arturo and Pablo Torres would start the race and Ponce would take over at mile 148. Ponce contacted Pablo Torres thru his Mexican connections and felt very confident since Pablo knew what lines to take to be able to finish the race in the allotted time.
    And after some Tecates and carne asada and mariscada another partnership was made and the Bongo team for the rest of the Baja season was born.
    Drivers
    Arturo Benavides
    Jose Manuel Ponce
    Miguel Sandoval
    Co drivers
    Pablo Torres
    Carlos Durazo
    Chase Teams
    Jose Arzate - Chase Crew Cheif 1
    Memo Gomez - Chase Pit Crew 1
    Gabriel Hernandez - Chase Pit Crew 1
    Carlos Banos - Chase Crew Chief # 2
    Luis Sotello - Chase Pit Crew # 2
    Juan Uvalle - Chase Pit Crew # 2
    Victor DeThomas - Chase Pit Crew # 3
    Fred Riojas - Chase Pit Crew #3
    Carlos Casanova - Chase Pit Crew #3






    As far as the team's racing adventure is concerned, they did not finish due to some carburetor and electrical gremlins on the ten year old Class 8 Truck, but they did very well during the pre run in the wide open cars and got a chance to meet new people who joined their team for the Baja 500 and 1000. Only 1 Class 8 truck finished out of 4 starters. As a plus we made some great noise for our minority team once again. Ponce and Arturo looked at this as a learning experience and had a blast pre running which was what they wanted to really do at this event to get a taste of what the terrain in Baja California offers. They plan on doing their homework and return to the Baja 500 with more Bongo and try and finish and put on a good show. The 500 will be another chance to get more drive time and preparation for the 1000 in November.









    Mike Sanchez
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    Default Special Thanx

    The team would like to congratulate all the finishers and say special thanx to the winning team Vildosola who helped them out on the rescue mission during the race. Congrats to Roger Norman for putting on a great event and special thanx to Jake Velasco for the tech guidance. Also a special thanx to Dustin Webster for shipping the Scorpion Mezcal.



    The Bongo has returned back to Norway and Arturo will and the ranchers will be working on getting the gremlins out of the Mean Machine for the Baja 500.








    Mike Sanchez
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    Guanajuato, GTO Mexico

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    Default Photo Gallery of the SCORE BAJA 250 San Felipe, Baja California 2013

    Some more pictures of the Bongo BAJA 250 adventure.






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    Default Photos of the SCORE BAJA 250 San Felipe, Baja California 2013







    Next stop is the Baja 500


    Mike Sanchez
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    Last edited by ROCK RACER; 03-19-2013 at 01:22.

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