Our Baja 1000 Racing Truck Sponsorship
On November 29, 2011, Transfer Case Express was proud to sponsor racing truck #401 in the Baja 1000 race involving
a grueling 24+ hour long competition over very challenging terrain.
The Torchmate Racing Shaffer-Motorsports team car #401 finished second in class at the 2011 Tecate SCORE
Baja 1000 after completing 705 miles with an official time of 24 hours and 40 minutes
through harsh terrain in Baja. With only 10 minutes separating them from the leader, the third leg driver Daniel
Aeberli said, "We gave it everything. It was a great race at the end and the Torchmate car really gave us what we
needed to finish."
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Mike Shaffer took the green flag start around 1:40pm on Friday afternoon after the first ever restart in SCORE Baja
history. This year they changed much of the course. The team had a solid 10 hour effort for the driver change at BFGoodrich
Checkpoint 2 where Shawn Twitchell would take the car down into the San Felipe loop.
Click on video links to
Live action video of the race
Commentary on the race by Mike Shaffer (Pre-Race)
Commentary on the race by Mike Shaffer (Driver Change 1)
Commentary on the race by Shawn Twitchell (Driver Change 2)
Commentary on the race by Daniel Aeberli (At The Finish Line)
One of a few issues with the car was the main power shut off switch that had been kicked during the driver change. It
pulled all the power from the alternator causing it to fail around 6:10am on Saturday morning at RM427. A new alternator
and a couple of stuck in the silt moments and the race was back on. The alternator issue caused some down time.
The truck got stuck in one silt bed that was so deep they had to have the chase crew come and pull the truck out!
Twitchell brought the truck back to BFGoodrich Checkpoint 4 at the top of the San Felipe loop
and by 8:00am Daniel Aeberli was on the throttle. He made up good time and had no issues. Their competitor #402
had been in sight and had some issues, but now it was time to win or take second. Aeberli pushed the cars limits and drove
with expertise in this rally race.
It would have taken too much time to switch drivers back to Mike Shaffer and so Aeberli ended up finishing.
The team is currently headed to the final Best in the Desert Race where Class 1000 #1066 is in points contention
for the lead.
Sponsors of truck #401 Shaffer-Motorsports 2011 include: Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems,
BFGoodrich Tires, Transfer Case Express, Rigid Industries,
PSC Steering, RuffStuff Specialties, Weddle Industries, Yukon Gear & Axle,
Shaffers Offroad, and Pirate4x4.com.