The SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series, San Felipe 250, is known for wreaking havoc on anyone who dares to enter. The course has a few rocky sections like the boulder strewn, Matomi Wash, but is most famous for miles of punishing, sandy whoops. The whoops are un-evenly spaced bumps that form in the sand. In San Felipe, they are treacherous and punishing. The goal for drivers is to “get on top,” where your suspension is dropping the tires into the valleys and the car is skipping across the peaks. It takes a committed driver and a car that can handle the abuse. In class 10, the race became a battle for the win between a pair of Alumi Crafts.
“We were real glad to be back at 100 percent,” said winner Todd Winslow, “We took the win at the Imperial 250 and finished 2nd overall. We wanted to let everyone know it wasn’t just a fluke, but at the next race, the Baja 1000, we hit a booby trap and rolled. The whole team is motivated to run for a championship now after winning in San Felipe and finishing 6th place overall; it was a great start to the season. I started the car in 14th and my son Matt got in at mile 150. We battled with Navarro the whole race. He was faster than me in the whoops, I was still a little apprehensive after the crash at the 1000. Matt is much faster, he got in and was able to open up a slight lead. It was tight all day, we loved the competition.”
“We have this car dialed in to my driving style,” said Raphael Navarro IV, “I like the car a little different than most. I started racing go-karts and have done a lot of pavement racing and in the Pro Lite trucks; I like the car’s suspension stiffer than most. It was a good car when we got it, but now it’s even better. We passed a Spec TT on Puertecitos road doing 85 mph through the whoops. We started back in 21st spot but by mile 24, we were in 8th. I clipped a rock in the dust and got a flat, but we were able to limp to the next pit where the crew changed it. The hit also did some damage. We had to go the rest of the way with no rear brakes. That made it challenging in the twisty sand washes. We were happy to be running in 4th but as the race went on, we continued to move up in the field. With only a few miles to go, the fuse for the ignition was coming loose; the Motec display was going off and on. I had to press the fuse in tight with one hand and drive with the other, but we finished on the podium in second. My co-driver Vic Bruckmann and the whole team are very happy with our Alumi Craft. It was a fun race with awesome competition.”
Congratulations also go out to Alumi Craft racers Cliff Cole, Todd Starks, and Joe Hauler who brought their car home in 5th place at San Felipe. “This was the toughest course I’ve ridden on in San Felipe since 1998,” said Joe “Hauler” Desrosiers, “We got passed by Navarro and another 10 car early, but never saw anyone else until mile 185. An unlimited class one car caught us in a narrow section and hit us before we could move out of the way. We lost the intercom, so we were using hand signals to communicate in the car. We were knocked off course, hit some rocks and a tree, but managed to save the car. A few miles later, we passed them back while they sat on the side of the course overheating. Matomi Wash was a real squeeze. There were spotters to guide us over the rock crawl and a Jeep with a winch standing by, but we made it through the huge boulders with no problem. The combination of our Alumi Craft chassis, BFGoodrich 35 inch tall tires, and FOX shocks worked very well for the conditions. Cliff Cole and I kept it floored as best we could, but the car has much more in it, and I’m convinced it can take even more punishment.”
Alumi Craft racers have the confidence to push their cars and trucks, even when the conditions are at their worst. Every car they build benefits from years of refinement and the proper application of technology and materials. Alumi Craft has an impressive record in competition, but they also build the most reliable and best performing pre-runners and sand cars available. Regardless if you are doing course reconnaissance, racing for a trophy, or just having a blast with your friends, Alumi Craft is dedicated to providing you with a fun, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 or go to: http://alumicraft.info/ to find out more about our race products and services.
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About Alumi Craft
Alumi Craft is the premier race car chassis manufacturer in the off road industry. Crafting cars from lengths of 4130 Chromoly tubing is our specialty. We offer a variety of vehicles to accommodate the professional off road racer to the recreational driver. Since 2004, Alumi Craft racers have earned countless wins, four prestigious Lucas Oil Challenge Cup champions and twenty-four points championships; nine short course and fifteen in desert. Darryl Smith 4X, Rob MacCachren 2X, Luke McMillin 2X, CJ Greaves 2X, Gunnar Peterson 2X, Luke Johnson, Andrew McClelland, Andrew Meyers, Roger Starkey, Mitchell DeJong, Mike Porter, Randy Minnier, Cameron Steele, Matt Cullen, Chuck Cheek, Darren Hardesty and owner John Cooley have all won championships behind the wheel of an Alumi Craft race car.