MESA, Arizona, November 25, 2009 – DragonFire Racing, the leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket racing and performance parts for ATVs and UTVs, today announced its Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki-sponsored Teryx won the Sportsman UTV Division at the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The 2009 Baja 1000 – which started and finished in Ensenada, and drew more than 250,000 spectators – covered 672 miles of rugged desert terrain, which the DragonFire Racing/Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki vehicle finished in a winning time of 24 hours, 32 minutes, and 37 seconds (24:32:37).
This year’s win in the Baja 1000 marks the second major title of the year for DragonFire Racing/Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki. Earlier this year, the same vehicle won the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, while DragonFire Racing ended the year by taking home a points championship in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series sponsored by Geico Powersports. DragonFire Racing/Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki’s winning Baja 1000 vehicle was driven by Reid Nordin of Lake Elsinore, Calif., Hans Waage of Scottsdale, Ariz., Todd Romano of Park City, Utah, and Larry Roeseler of Boulevard, Calif., who managed to race in two separate vehicles – placing second in the Norman Motorsports Trophy truck, and then completing the last 150 miles for DragonFire Racing, making this year’s Baja 1000 crown his 18th Baja victory.
“It takes a team to win the Baja 1000, and this year – as well as for years to come, I believe – we are the team to beat,” said Todd Romano, President, DragonFire Racing and one of the winning drivers. “With the support of Team Green Kawasaki and our DragonFire “Nessie” Teryx, we proved that we’re not just another car on the race course but one of the fastest cars in Baja, winning or taking the podium in all but two 4-wheel vehicle classes.”
Nearly 350 teams from more than a dozen countries compete in 29 pro and six sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs at the Baja 1000, which is hands-down the oldest and most well respected of all desert races. Since 1967, the race has been run over the Baja California peninsula every year except 1974, when the international fuel crisis forced its cancellation.
“The performance, durability and fun factor of getting to drive Nessie in the Baja 1000 was an experience I’ll never forget, said Reid Nordin, team driver and manager of Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green. “When Kawasaki chose to work with Dragonfire it was based on their past performances, and in 2009 their race results raised the bar another notch.”
“One of the toughest Baja 1000 ever, after 20 hours of flawless running I jumped in with 130 miles to go, The DragonFire Teryx was perfect, actually amazing. The last part was a War zone, incredible hills and silt with rocks. It was amazing how easy it made it.
15 years ago was the last time I conquered Baja with Kawasaki, 2009 was very memorable and such an honor to be part of the DragonFire/ Kawasaki Teryx winning effort.”
Larry Roeseler, 13 overall Baja 1000 wins, plus 5 other class wins
The 2009 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be televised by NBC at 2:00 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, December 19, 2009, and is scheduled to air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International.
About DragonFire Racing (DFR)
Based in Mesa Arizona, DragonFire Racing – part of the Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG) family of companies – is the leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket racing and performance parts for ATVs and UTVs. A passion in off-road racing and superiority in design and manufacturing has led to partnerships with the biggest manufacturers in the powersports industry. You can find DragonFire Racing products in more than 3,800 stores of Kawasaki, Polaris, Arctic Cat, and Yamaha dealers worldwide and on the fastest vehicles at the races every weekend. For more information, visit www.dragonfireracing.com.