Baja 1000 is Good Test for Camburg Engineering KINETIK/General Tires Trophy Truck
The Baja 1000 is arguably one of the most brutally demanding and unforgiving off-road races on the planet. It's run each fall on Mexico's, Baja California Peninsula. The first official race began in Tijuana, Baja California, on October 31, 1967, and was named the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally. Every year since then, the event has grown more competitive, not only on the course, but first in the in the garage, where the difference between winning and even finishing, often depends on a single component choice.
Camburg Engineering took 16th place in the Trophy Truck class in 26 hours and 30 minute
Jason Campbell and Camburg Engineering took their new Trophy Truck to the Baja 1000
With little time to spare, Jason Campbell and the Camburg Engineering crew were able to finish their new Trophy Truck and take it out on a maiden voyage only days before the race. They logged 50 miles at night to make sure all systems were operational and to get a quick feel for the truck. All things considered, the entire crew was very pleased with how that test run went.
Jason Campbell along with Jonathon Snelling, were the first team to drive. Unfortunately, Campbell experienced some unexpected physical difficulties and was only able to pilot the number 75 Trophy Truck to race mile 80, the team of Jerry Zaiden (driver) and John Duncan took over from there. The other alternate driver was Steve Myers from Myers Racing. Steve is very familiar with the San Felipe area and was the only Camburg team member to pre-run that section. This proved to be pivotal for the teams overall results.
Camburg Engineering new Trophy Truck was finished only days before the race
The final team of Zaiden and Austin Farner completed the race. Jerry crossed the finish line 16th place in the Trophy Truck class, in 26 hours and 30 minutes. Factoring in an estimated seven or eight total hours of down time, and not having to put a single tool on the new truck the entire race, Team Camburg was extremely happy with their results.
"It's an awesome feeling to finally drive a truck that you've envisioned years ago and put into action, let alone to finish a Baja 1000 out of the box," said Campbell at the finish line.
"We more than met our goal. With only 50 miles of test time on our brand new truck, just finishing this race was our original goal. We had zero issues and never wrenched on the truck, our only down time was getting stuck for about 8 hours behind other people in bottlenecks," explains Zaiden. Zaiden's other duties include marketing, being race director and president of Camburg Racing.
"The AEM filters held up great. We only changed out one filter after the dry lake and silt beds. We did this only because we did not have any test time with this engine/filter combo in the silt. After inspection of the filter, there were zero issues and no signs of clogging, so we would have been fine continuing on for the rest of the race with the original filter."
"We plan on keeping everything the same for next year. The filter we ran worked flawlessly and gave us the advantage we needed over the competition," concludes Zaiden.
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