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Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened Shine Bright in the 2013 Baja 500


Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened Shine Bright in the 2013 Baja 500
San Marcos, CA – June 12th, 2013 - Congratulations to all participants in this year’s 2013 Tecate Score Baja 500 and a special thank you to Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened. Notably one of the toughest off-road races in the world, this year’s Baja 500 was an invigorating new format that stirred up the race right from the start.
Parkhouse Motorsports 2013 Baja 500

New course sections, new series owner and new rules made for an especially exciting race. The 500 course was very technical, compared to recent years, which meant most race teams had no choice but to turn on their lights and drive through the night.

Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened earned a total of 19 podium finishes in 16 classes.

Trophy Truck

Menzies Motorsports – 3rd
Terrible Herbst – 4th
Galindo Motorsports – 6th
RPM OFFROAD – 8th
Terrible Herbst – 10th
McMillin Racing – 11th
Vildosola Racing – 12th
Greg Nunley – 17th
Mastercraft – 18th
All German Motorsports – 19th

Class 1

RPM OFFROAD – 1st
Corey Keysar – 2nd
Parkhouse Racing – 4th
Lyle Bask – 6th
Edge Motorsports – 7th

Trophy Truck Special

RPM OFFROAD – 1st
Mills Motorsports – 2nd

Class 10

Mike Johnson – 1st

Class 8

RPM OFFROAD – 1st
Rick Sanchez – 2nd

12 SCORE Lites

Rafael Navarro IV – 1st

Class 1/2 1600

Jose Ruvalcaba – 4th
Jorge Sampietro – 5th

Class 5 UnLtd

Cody Kellogg – 1st
Jose Lopez – 3rd

Class 5-1600 LTD

RPM OFFROAD – 1st

Class 7sx

Elias Hanna – 1st

Class 30

Team Arredondo – 1st

Class 22

Kurt Caselli – 2nd

Class 21

Adam Neuwirth – 1st

Class 20

Mark Bradford – 2nd

Sportsman 1500 UnLtd Buggy

Jorge Valdes – 1st

M-A 25 ATV

Adolfo Arellano – 2nd

Red Bull Trophy Truck racer Bryce Menzies qualified 3rd and finished 3rd in class, only minutes behind the first place team. Bryce’s co-driver Pete Mortensen had this to say, “This was our first race with an all LED setup. We had them at the Mint 400, but we didn’t get a chance to use them for more than 20 minutes. Bryce and I were very satisfied with how they performed and I like the fact that they are easy to package on the truck.”

Mills Motorsports 2013 Baja 500

Last year’s release of the Baja Designs OnX LED light bar brought a new technology and experience to off road night racing, allowing for high speed night driving with only LEDs.

Alan Roach, founder and head engineer of Baja Designs raced with Mills Racing in a Spec Trophy Truck finishing 2nd in class. “I drove the entire night section – I saw the sun go down and come up again from the driver’s seat. The LED setup is so much easier on the eye and with the projection of the OnX, I barely noticed it was night time.”

Cody Parkhouse, 4th place finisher in Class 1, said, “The Baja Designs OnX is by far the best light we have ever used on a race car. We came back into Ensenada after more than 120 miles at night with the OnX, not once were we concerned.”

Thank you again to all of our supporters and Team Enlightened for another amazing display of skill, sportsmanship and athleticism at this year’s Tecate Score Baja 500. The Scientists of Lighting are here for all of your lighting needs – no matter what vehicle you choose – ensuring that bright ideas are always made better.

Media Contact:
Trent Kirby – Marketing Director
Baja Designs, Inc.

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Baja Designs is attending Stadium Super Trucks!

 

 

Baja Designs is attending

Stadium Super Trucks!

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The Scientists’ of Lighting at Baja Designs would like to invite you to join them at an awesome new event series, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks. Baja Designs is very excited to be a part of the event; located in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, as a vendor they are happy to represent quality U.S.A. made LED lighting at this promising new race series.

“Stadium racing helped Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and myself launch our careers,” said Robby Gordon, President of SST. “Bringing off-road racing back to the stadium like Mickey Thompson did has been something that I have wanted to do for a long time, and I am proud to say that we have finally accomplished it. SST offers attractive racing venues, remarkable track designs, substantial purse, and opportunity for network TV a lot like NASCAR because you can visualize the whole track.”

Baja Designs will be equipped with a variation of products and the Scientists will be more than happy to answer any and all lighting questions. Come stop by our booth in the PIT section of the stadium for exciting discounts and prizes, just look for the labcoats! For more information on Stadium Super Trucks, events, and racers please follow this link.

SII colored lenses now available in amber, blue, green and red.


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Team Enlightened Sweeps the Mint 400


Team Enlightened Sweeps the Mint 400

Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened takes the overall and first in class in all five of the unlimited classes at the Mint 400. When lighting performance really counts, top racers choose Baja Designs lighting to get them to the podium.

At the Mint 400, the unlimited vehicles start in the afternoon, and the 400 mile race runs until well after dark. This year, every one of the unlimited classes was won by racers using Baja Designs lights.

Class 1400 – Trophy Truck – Bryce Menzies – 1st overall and first Trophy Truck

Class 1500 – Class 1 Unlimited Buggy – Chuck Hovey – 1st in Class

Class 1000 – Class 10 Buggy (Unlimited Suspension-Spec Motor Buggy) – Chip Prescott – 1st in Class

Class 6100 – Spec Trophy Truck (Unlimited Suspension-Spec Motor Truck) – Jason Ruane – 1st in Class

Class 7200 – 6 cyl Unlimited Truck (Max Track Width- 85”) – Al Hogan – 1st in Class

 

The Mint 400 has long been known as one of the toughest desert races in the US. The brutal 100-mile Mint 400 loop course was devastating this year. Of the 255 starters, only 132 finished within the time limit-making the attrition at 48%, the toughest in recent Mint 400 history.

RPM OFFROAD joins Baja Designs Team Enlightened

The Scientists of Lighting are proud to announce that RPM OFFROAD has chosen to become members of Baja Designs Team Enlightened. Their drivers and co-drivers will be valuable race lighting analysts for Baja Designs and BD looks forward to collaborating with their long list of winning racers.
RPM OFFROAD Team Manager had this to say; “over the last few years we bought a lot of offroad vehicles and raced in almost every major class. As a result, we have had the opportunity to test numerous lighting packages and we have noticed a distinct competitive advantage while running Baja Designs lights. Not only are their lights insanely bright and durable but the lighting knowledge and race experience of head engineer Alan Roach is invaluable when it comes to helping us aim lights as well as choose setups and patterns specific to each vehicle.

For more information on RPM OFFROAD and their current Baja Designs lighting set-up, please visit www.bajadesigns.com or the featured lights sidebar.


Squadron Wide Cornering LED Light

- 3600 Lumes

- 3″ x 3″ Dimensions

- 42 watts

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OnX LED Light Bar

- 3600 Lumes

- 8″ 15″ 22″ 30″ 37″ 44″ 51″ sizes avail.

- 42 watts

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BD Sponsored Driver Wins 2013 KOH!

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The Scientists of Lighting at Baja Designs would like to thank all of their sponsored KOH race teams and congratulate Bomber Fabrication’s Randy Slawson for an amazing victory at this year’s 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers race.  A long week of preparation and pre-running culminated in a very exciting race on Friday.  This year’s KOH was witnessed by a record crowd out at Hammertown and an even larger following via the live internet broadcast.  Staying true to its name, King of the Hammers was more relentless and unforgiving than ever before, allowing just 27 finishers out of 129 racers.

Baja Designs, Bomber fabrication

Bomber Fabrication’s Randy Slawson had this to say, “We chose to outfit our Bomber Fabrication race car #4448 with two Squadron Wide-Corning lights and one 8″ OnX LED Light bar (with all spot reflectors).  This combination allowed us to tune our suspension well into the night in preparation for our bid at the 2013 King of the Hammers.  End result, on February 8, 2013 we were crowned “King” of the 2013 King of the Hammers. We highly recommend Baja Designs lighting systems for race applications, recreation off-roading and expedition excursions.”

Join BD at the 2013 King of the Hammers

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The Scientists of Lighting – at Baja Designs are thrilled to be part of the 2013 King of the Hammers spectacle.  Ultra 4 racing has become well known as one of the toughest race series in the United States and King of the Hammers is the granddaddy of them all.  The scientists of Baja Designs will have a booth setup so everyone can see their lights, including the new OnX LED that provides the distance of an HID with the smoothness of an LED.  BD scientist will also be on hand to help aim your lights and recommend the ultimate lighting setup for your vehicle.  Bluetorch Fabworks owner and racer, Jason Carner says, “We are all really excited for this year’s KOH, and even though we hope we won’t have to use our BD lights for this race, we always know we have the best in the business.”

Lucas Oil Off Road EXPO

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NEW PRODUCTS AND SHOW SPECIALS!!!!

Baja Designs will be celebrating 20years of innovation and racer proven off-road lights at the 2012 LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD EXPO.  Many of you have been hearing “buzz” about BDs new OnX LED light bars and they are now officially available!  These are the light bars that Baja Designs racers have been excitedly testing and they are all saying the same thing: “this LED light bar really gets out there and it’s small enough to significantly reduce wind drag!”.

Sand Sport Super Show Success!

NEW PRODUCTS AND SHOW SPECIALS!!!!

At the 14th annual Sand Sports Super Show Baja Designs celebrated 20years of innovation and racer proven off-road lights with a bang.  Many of you have been hearing “buzz” about BDs new OnX LED light bars.  These are the light bars that Baja Designs racers have been excitedly testing and they are all saying the same thing: “this LED light bar really gets out there and it’s small enough to significantly reduce wind drag!”.

Vegas to Reno – BITD

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Hey Everyone, we at Baja Designs wanted to share some information regarding Vegas to Reno directly from the BITD website. This includes links to important event information, race schedules, and much more. Stay up to date with all the great racer stats and race information on our blog. We will be posting more on the race as well as the our sponsored racers in the coming weeks. Thanks for the support!

Baja Designs LED Light Bar Survives 96 mph Crash