Photos by: Joey DiGiovanni & Rusty Baptist // UTVUnderground.com
The 45th Baja 500 is in full swing here in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The locals as well as the racers and their teams came out in full force. The entire town is ROCKING this week and the party will carry on well into the weekend.
Word is we will end with around 11 Pro UTV’s taking the green flag tomorrow around noon. The first 4 wheel vehicle (Trophy Trucks) are scheduled to leave the line at 10:30am PST which means we should see UTV’s go around 12:30pm. With some luck we will see a UTV finish around midnight so it will without a doubt be a LONG day!
The racers are primed and there is some existing as well as some new competitors here in the UTV class in Baja. San Felipe 250 winner Matt Parks in the 1932 Jagged X Polaris is here and along with his co-driver Brandon Schueler, who will drive the first half of the race, is ready to go for a back to back win.
The Murray’s are here representing Can-Am along with Corry Sappington and newcomer to the class Marc Burnett. Burnett is no stranger to the deserts of Baja having multiple truck wins under his belt here south of the border. This will be Marc’s first time in a UTV so we will see how well he and his brand new Maverick hold up.
Todd Romano, Hans Waage and the Baja famous Larry Roeseler are ready to tackle the grueling 500 mile course in their Arctic Cat Wildcat-X which has undergone a major transformation since its unveiling at Feburary’s San Felipe 250. The Wildcat is sporting a massive Long Travel system that has taken the wheelbase to over 100 long long and has widened the chassis almost 8 additional inches! They are coming to win, and their confidence is high.
UTVUnderground.com has teams positioned all over the race course and with some luck we will be able to get some updates out throughout tomorrows race in our forum at this link: CLICK HERE and on our Facebook page here: CLICK HERE
Stay tuned, its gonna be a BATTLE!!