Mag-7 will be providing Desert Dingo’s 1969 VW Beetle with pit service support during the 840-mile, 34-hour race which begins Nov. 20 in Ensenada on the Baja Peninsula.
“Pit crews – almost all of whom are volunteers – are the unsung heroes of off road racing and particularly the Baja 1000, said Desert Dingo Racing co-founder Jim Graham. “We’ve been woking with the Mag-7 team for a couple of years and their folks have gotten us out of countless jams that we probably couldn’t have solved ourselves. I’m looking forward to working with them to showcase their talent and dedication and get more teams interested in making use of their pit services.”
The Baja 1000 draws more than 100,000 spectators to Ensenada for Race Week, which culminates with the 300+ teams pushing their race rigs through downtown streets for a daylong tech and contingency parade. This year’s course is an 840-mile loop that starts and finishes in Ensenada.
“Mag-7 volunteers have been supporting Baja racers since 1969” said Mag-7 Race Director Paul Schaffer. “VW racing is old school and we love seeing the Dingoes put as much effort into racing as the trophy truck teams. Almost all of our members are racers and this is their way of giving back to the sport they love so much.”
Desert Dingo Racing campaigns a 1969 VW Beetle in off road arcing in the U.S. and Mexico. The team is the official off road race team of the International Diabetes Federation and works to raise awareness of the risks of Type 2 diabetes. The team makes the car available for public events and distributes thousands of hero cards annually with the warning signs of diabetes printed on them in English and Spanish.
Mag-7 started in 1969 when a pit crew, the original “Magnificent 7”, had their car drop out of the race and decided to stay in place and provide support to whomever needed it. This sparked a tradition of volunteerism and adventure that remains today and has included hundreds of racers, volunteers and dozens of veteran pit “captains”. Racers in Baja are used to seeing the familiar and welcoming Mag7 orange in all sort of locations and conditions on the race course. Where racers need us the most, they’ll see orange! For more information, visit http://www.mag7pits.com .
About Desert Dingo Racing
Desert Dingo Racing is a Northern California-based race team campaigning a 1969 VW Beetle in off road races in the U.S. and Mexico. They are the official World Diabetes Day off road race team and raise awareness of the risks of Type 2 diabetes with their race program. For more information, visit www.desertdingo.com .