2007 Media Coverage

1146 makes a brief appearance in a VW commercial
December 2007

Desert Dingo Racing featured in NBC Sports coverage of the Baja 1000
December 30, 2007

Desert Dingo Racing featured in two clips from “Baja Unlimited”
December 27, 2007


KPIX Channel 5 coverage of Desert Dingo Racing

November 13-14, 2007



Kitted-out VW preps for Baja racez
CNET UK, November 13, 2007

The Baja 1000 route, as depicted on a Google Earth map. The off-road race began on 10 November in Ensenada, Mexico, and traverses about 2,100 kilometres.

dsSummary: Update From Desert Dingo Race Team in Baja
November 12th, 2007 by Kevin
Go cgmscentral.com!!! Not sure about the story behind the bad kitty though?

The Love Bug
Wylie Wong’s blog, November 10, 2007

Check out this beauty. Inspired by a racing documentary, my buddy Jim bought a junky, engine-less 1969 VW bug from a guy who was about to tow the car to a junkyard. He showed the documentary to a few friends, discovered that they, too, had always fantasized about exploring their inner NASCAR driver. So they signed up to race the Baja 1000, a grueling 1,300-mile race through the Baja California desert in Mexico.

Tricked-out VW revs up for Baja 1000 – photo spread
CNET News.com, November 9, 2007

The Baja 1000 route, as depicted on a Google Earth map. The off-road race begins November 10 in Ensenada, Mexico, and traverses 1,300 miles. Teams have 53 hours to complete the course. They cannot go more than 60 mph on the highway, and GPS tracks the teams to ensure compliance.

Taming the Baja 1000 in a tech-ed out 1969 VW Beetle
CNET News.com, November 9, 2007

If you were to see the 1969 Volkswagen Beetle I’m looking at, missing a couple of tires, its engine compartment and hood open, and its interior feeling very much like a work in progress, you’d probably mistake it for one of the countless automotive projects currently underway in American garages and driveways. You certainly wouldn’t think any special was afoot.

Desert Dingo Racing Welcomes GlucoMON®  As a Diabetes Device Sponsor for the 2007 Baja 1000 Race
November 5, 2007

Desert Dingo Racing announced today that GlucoMON has signed on as a sponsor of the team’s Baja 1000 race and for the 2008 race season. Desert Dingo Racing is campaigning the official World Diabetes Day car in the Baja 1000.

“We’re excited to add the GlucoMON to our growing list of sponsors for the Official World Diabetes Day race car,” said Desert Dingo Racing co-owner Jim Graham. “It shows what a great opportunity this race is for showcasing new diabetes devices at an international event such as the Baja 1000. The environment is harsh and any device that can take on the Baja can surely be counted on to function reliably in the classroom connecting kids with diabetes with their parents wherever they may be.”

Desert Dingo Racing Announces Diabetes Awareness Program With HomeCheck-A1c™ for the Baja 1000 and Beyond
October 31, 2007

Desert Dingo Racing announced today that HomeCheck-A1c™ will be a primary sponsor of the team’s Baja 1000 race and for the 2008 race season. Desert Dingo Racing is campaigning the official World Diabetes Day car in the Baja 1000.

Something every 40 something male dreams about: Sponsoring a Race Car!!!
Challenge Diabetes, October 30, 2007

As posted here previously, Jim Graham of Desert Dingo Racing contacted me looking for some help in getting the word out about their partnership with the International Diabetes Federation and their entry in this year’s Baja 1000 race across the desert. Well, we got to talking and here we are.

Burners running Baja 1000 in November
Tribe, October 28, 2007

Skid, ronjon, sCary, Seth, Crusty, Carrie and Scott have been working on their Class 11 entry in this November’s Baja 1000. Subscribe to the Twitter stream twitter.com/desertdingo to follow our team as they race the full length of the Baja peninsula in a 1969 VW bug. And visit the website desertdingo.com to see them transform their street legal beetle to a mean racing machine.

Desert Dingo Racing conquer the desert and diabetes!
Diabetic Life South Africa, October 27, 2007

“We’re racing in a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle,” said Desert Dingo Racing co-owner Mike Aquino. “We’ll average about 25 miles an hour if we’re lucky.

Baja Chalupa? Er… 1000?
Unbalanced Diabetic, October 26, 2007

While I was in Puerto Rico, I got an e-mail from a Baja1000 team asking me to help spread the word about their team, Desert Dingo Racing. These guys are running the official World Diabetes Day car, a 1969 VW Beetle. The race itself coincides with World Diabetes Day, so the timing is perfect.

Deserts, dingoes and diabetes
Honey Sweet, October 25, 2007 by Khürt Williams

Desert Dingo Racing LogoI was recently contacted by Jim Graham, co-owner of Desert Dingo Racing . His team is racing a 1969 VW Beetle in the Baja 1000 in Mexico. This year the Baja 1000 event occurs on the same day as World Diabetes Day sponsored by the Internation Diabetes Foundation.

Desert Dingo?
Scott’s Diabetes Journal, October 24, 2007

What do the terms “Desert Dingo”, “Class 11″, and “Baja 1000″ have to do with diabetes? That is a very good question.

The Baja 1000: Local Team Will Drive 1300 Miles of Desert for Diabetes
The Valley Post, October 23, 2007 – By Michael Thomas

For most of us, driving a 30-year-old Volkswagen from Felton to Scotts Valley without breaking down could be a challenge. But driving that same car for 1,000 miles over Baja deserts, along crumbling roads, through dry ravines and slippery creek beds? It sounds impossible, but that’s exactly what a group of locals plans to do in November.

The Fantastically-Excited-It’s-Friday! Five
Lemonade Life, October 19, 2007

Is it Friday? Really? Please don’t tell me it’s a lie because I’ve been waiting all week for this! … Earlier this week I received an email from Jim Graham, the co-owner of Desert Dingo Racing and a participant in this year’s Baja 1000. His team will be driving a near-stock 1969 VW Beetle in the Baja 1000, which is a 1300 mile course will take them from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of Baja California. Why am I telling you about Jim and his team? Because two of his team members, Mike Aquino and Richard Palasik, have type 2 diabetes and other members of the team have diabetes in their family.

German car powered by American drivers racing in the Mexican desert for an international cause
Tales of My Thirties, October 14, 2007

Vintage Volkswagen Beetles racing in the desert of Baja California. An interesting concept, no?

Even better, Desert Dingo Racing has partnered with the International Diabetes Foundation to raise funds for that organization with its 1969 VW Beetle. The drive-a-thon will take place during the 40th annual Baja 1000 desert race from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas. Oh, and yeah, the race just happens to fall the week of World Diabetes Day.

Baja Champion Baja Safari Team Solorzano Helps Desert Dingo Racing for Baja 1000
Baja Racing News Live!, August 12, 2007

A local Santa Cruz, California team, rebuilt Volkswagen headed for Baja 1,000-mile off-road race in Baja, Mexico. With the help of World Famous Baja Champion Baja Safari Class 11 Team Solorzano.

Baja 1000 off-road race
World Diabetes Day website

In the USA, Desert Dingo Racing, a team of high-tech professionals based in Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz, California, will be raising awareness of diabetes and World Diabetes Day by competing in one of the most challenging off-road races in the world – the Baja 1000.

Desert Dingo Racing team revives vintage VW Beetle
Volkswagen Blog, July 26, 2007

The Desert Dingo Racing team has approximately less than four months left to revitalize the old and beaten Volkswagen Beetle in time for the annual fast and furious war called Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road this November.

Felton racing team seeks car artist
SLV Press-Banner, August 1, 2007

A local team that calls itself Desert Dingo Racing is holding a contest to find an artist to paint its two Volkswagen Beetles for entry in the 1,300-mile Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race in November.

A 1969 VW Beetle Will Race in Baja 1000… Cool
VoxBlog, July 27, 2007

A racing team composed of 10 members from Felton, Scotts Valley, Boulder Creek, San Jose and Washington, D.C. called the Desert Dingo Racing are now preparing themselves and they racing machine to compete in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race that will take place at the Mexican peninsula of Baja California this coming November. The Desert Dingo Racing will enter their 1969 Volkswagen Beetle model and aims to win the race.

BAJA BOUND: Local team, rebuilt Volkswagen headed for 1,000-mile off-road race
Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 25, 2007

The 1969 Volkswagen Beetle is in a million pieces in a San Jose backyard right now. By November, though, it’ll be ready to rev, rattle, clatter and roll 1,300 miles through the gnarled and rutted Mexican desert, the dust and the heat in a race that’s been described as “a 24-hour plane crash.”

Video Update: Locals to ride in Baja 1000
Santa Cruz Sentinel Multimedia, July 24, 2007

The Santa Cruz Sentinel gives advance warning of a piece on Desert Dingo Racing.

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