Radar Tires primed for Baja 1000 and Class 10 Championship
Radar Tires enters the 47th Annual Tecate SCORE International Baja 1000 with some unfinished business and two goals in mind – win the race and the Class 10 Championship title.
One year ago, Mike Johnson and Mike Majesky – co-drivers of the No. 1031 Radar Tires Buggy – entered the Baja 1000 with the Class 10 points lead and a championship title within reach. In the middle of the night and with Majesky at the helm, the engine sputtered and failed with a 20-minute lead on the competition. The Bronson Motorsports team watched its race and points lead fly by them in the desert.
Heading into this weekend’s season finale Baja 1000, the team is third in Class 10 points, only 32 points behind the leader and mathematically eligible for the Class 10 title.
So far this season, the Bronson Motorsports team has earned three podium finishes in four races. The engine gremlins of 2013 haunted the team at the season-opening San Felipe 250, forcing an early retirement from the race. During the Imperial Valley 250 in April, Johnson and Majesky rebounded into a runner-up finish. The dynamic duo earned Radar Tires’ second consecutive Baja 500 win in May, followed by another runner-up finish at the Desert Challenge race in September.
Bronson Motorsports continues to use special non-DOT size 33X10.50R15 Radar Renegade R5 race tires for this weekend’s Baja 1000.
The Radar Tires-sponsored team has ramped up for this weekend’s Baja 1000. Brent Fletcher joins the driving team alongside Johnson and Majeksy. The trio drew the 10th starting position of 14 entrants in Class 10. Majeksy will start for the team, Fletcher will drive second and Bronson Motorsports owner/driver Johnson will finish the event.
This year’s Baja 1000 starts in Ensenada, Baja California Norte, and traverses nearly 1,300 miles south to La Paz, Baja California Sur, and should take the Bronson Motorsports team approximately 24 hours to complete.
In the last several months, three hurricanes have ripped through Baja Mexico causing massive amounts of damage with parts of the course running through some of those areas. Already a grueling race through the Mexican desert, the Bronson Motorsports team will attack the unknowns of the hurricane-damaged area with the same vigor as the rest of the course.
“Mike Johnson and the Bronson Motorsports team have been preparing for this Baja 1000 since the engine issue last year,” said Gary Blalock, motorsports manager, Radar Tires. “The Baja 1000 is a challenging race. With the extended distance to nearly 1,300 miles and the added challenge of racing through the desert that was hit by three hurricanes, that ‘anything can happen’ risk just increased ten-fold. Either way, the team is ready to go this weekend. The buggy is prepped, the drivers are rested and we know the Radar Tires can withstand the desert terrain.”
To prepare for the race, Johnson, Majesky and Fletcher will pre-run the course with the Bronson Motorsports team early in the week. The drivers and team will inspect the terrain, set the race strategy and pit stop locations to ensure they are set and prepared for the main event on Thursday.
Ensenada resident Ernesto Arambula, driver of the No. 1096 Class 10 buggy, is making his Radar Tires racing debut this weekend at the Baja 1000.