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Old 05-16-2013, 07:29 AM   #1
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Baja 500, who's in?

Once again it's time for the Baja 500, (June 1st), how many of my fellow Adv'ers are making the trip down for some sun, fun, and fish tacos?
Personaly I will be co-driving the #521 Kellogg Motorsports class 5 U entry for the 1st third of the course. I know, not a bike, but I'm still in the show and get to race. Here's a vid from our fun at last years 1000.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCt8gggEVTg
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:00 AM   #2
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I am in !!
I will be Running a few Pits for 4X
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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I am in !!
I will be Running a few Pits for 4X
No wonder your nick is Baja Dad
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:36 PM   #4
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I am in

I snagged a ride with some local Bay Area boys on an XR650R. The bonus is I still have my pit boxes packed from running the NORRA race.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:44 PM   #5
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I'll be there chasing the Team Lucky Sperm class 10 entry driven by Kash Vessels and Andy Grider.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:07 PM   #6
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I'll be taking the family down to the meadows after the start.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:33 PM   #7
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I will be down there to support my son Colton (1x) and prerun baby boy Ian Young. Look for us in town, around Mikes and on the coast. My 450x sports #511.

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Old 05-21-2013, 08:07 AM   #8
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Nicola Dutto will be there

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Old 05-21-2013, 03:35 PM   #9
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Looks like I may be headed down. A 7sx team from Utah needs another codriver. I have no clue what to do as a codriver but what the hell it has to be easier then racing a dirt bike. :p

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Old 05-21-2013, 05:00 PM   #10
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I don't know about 7sx trucks but I've spent a lot of time in a Class 1 cars. Your job as a Co-dawg is to:

  • Keep the driver on course and "Happy-Happy-Happy".
  • Try not to puke while you sit there with absolutely no control of how the truck hits bumps or takes turns while at the same taking care of business in the cab.
  • Watch the gauges and talk to the driver keeping him "Happy-Happy-Happy".
  • Watch the mirrors so you don't get punted for being a traveling road block.
  • You need to call out race miles when you see them so your crews know where you are.
  • Do not shout into the intercom, keep you voice as calm and "professional" as possible, if your driver can't hear can't hear you, turn up the volume on his intercom but don't shout. Keeping your cool keeps the driver cool.
  • I typically say to the driver "gauges are good, no one behind us" letting him know you are still in the game and you haven't turned into "meat in the seat" or you aren't over there blowing bubbles.
  • Did I mention you need to keep the driver "Happy-Happy-Happy"???
  • If at all possible you need to ride in the truck with your driver so you can get a feel as to how he reads the terrain. Do not over react nothing pisses off a driver more than a puzzy co-dawg. Remember he's driving and he's in control, let him do his job.
  • You should call out the dangers marked on the GPS calmly counting down: " danger coming up 500yds, 200yds, coming up.. here it is". Same with turns call out: Hard left 500yds, 200yds, coming up...here it is. Call it even if it is stupid obvious. Call turns as being tight or sweeping and an approximate angle (90, 45, 15 etc.). If you are coming up on a rise, look at the GPS and let him know what to expect after the rise (straight over rise, sweeps right 45 over rise).
  • Keep the driver focused and "Happy-Happy-Happy".
  • Always have a clean rag (preferably a micro fiber) ready to hand to the driver for wiping his face shield. If you find that you just wiped your face shield, offer it to the driver, put it straight out in his line of sight, he will either take it or wave it off. Hold on to that rag, because if you drop it you will NEVER see it again. You are strapped in too tight and your movement is too limited. Stuff a ziploc bag with additional rags next to your right leg or between the seat and the roll cage.
BTW a 7sx truck is a HARSH ride, wear a kidney belt and don't be surprised if you pee blood when you get out.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #11
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Matt, stoked for you. I can't wait to hear about it.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:21 AM   #12
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I don't know about 7sx trucks but I've spent a lot of time in a Class 1 cars. Your job as a Co-dawg is to:

  • Keep the driver on course and "Happy-Happy-Happy".
  • Try not to puke while you sit there with absolutely no control of how the truck hits bumps or takes turns while at the same taking care of business in the cab.
  • Watch the gauges and talk to the driver keeping him "Happy-Happy-Happy".
  • Watch the mirrors so you don't get punted for being a traveling road block.
  • You need to call out race miles when you see them so your crews know where you are.
  • Do not shout into the intercom, keep you voice as calm and "professional" as possible, if your driver can't hear can't hear you, turn up the volume on his intercom but don't shout. Keeping your cool keeps the driver cool.
  • I typically say to the driver "gauges are good, no one behind us" letting him know you are still in the game and you haven't turned into "meat in the seat" or you aren't over there blowing bubbles.
  • Did I mention you need to keep the driver "Happy-Happy-Happy"???
  • If at all possible you need to ride in the truck with your driver so you can get a feel as to how he reads the terrain. Do not over react nothing pisses off a driver more than a puzzy co-dawg. Remember he's driving and he's in control, let him do his job.
  • You should call out the dangers marked on the GPS calmly counting down: " danger coming up 500yds, 200yds, coming up.. here it is". Same with turns call out: Hard left 500yds, 200yds, coming up...here it is. Call it even if it is stupid obvious. Call turns as being tight or sweeping and an approximate angle (90, 45, 15 etc.). If you are coming up on a rise, look at the GPS and let him know what to expect after the rise (straight over rise, sweeps right 45 over rise).
  • Keep the driver focused and "Happy-Happy-Happy".
  • Always have a clean rag (preferably a micro fiber) ready to hand to the driver for wiping his face shield. If you find that you just wiped your face shield, offer it to the driver, put it straight out in his line of sight, he will either take it or wave it off. Hold on to that rag, because if you drop it you will NEVER see it again. You are strapped in too tight and your movement is too limited. Stuff a ziploc bag with additional rags next to your right leg or between the seat and the roll cage.
BTW a 7sx truck is a HARSH ride, wear a kidney belt and don't be surprised if you pee blood when you get out.
That's an awsome description! I would also add; Learn where the tools, jack, and spare are. It will be your job to change flats, get out and push when you get stuck, and find a way back on course when you go off. I try to make my driver's job as easy as possible, he only has to drive, I will do everything else.

BTW, if you think riding in the 4 wheel class's is a smooth ride because of all that suspension, think again. My bike is way smoother than the car I co-drive in. Trophy Trucks will beat you up, you are just going faster while it happens.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:41 AM   #13
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With the amount of suspension the truck has I fully plan on getting the crap kicked out of me. So much for making it till I was Strongbads age to pis blood.

This isn't the best time of year for me as it's our busy season at work. I turned down a chance to race with another adver on a bike but I couldnt pass up the chance to ride in a truck and only have to pay for my food. It's not a done deal as they are still prepping the truck but if they get it done I'm in.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:51 AM   #14
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With the amount of suspension the truck has I fully plan on getting the crap kicked out of me. So much for making it till I was Strongbads age to pis blood.

This isn't the best time of year for me as it's our busy season at work. I turned down a chance to race with another adver on a bike but I couldnt pass up the chance to ride in a truck and only have to pay for my food. It's not a done deal as they are still prepping the truck but if they get it done I'm in.
Hell, I was pissing blood long before I was your age!!! If you can manage, you should help with the prep so you can get to know the truck better. Not much time left.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:21 PM   #15
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