Scott Anderson, driver, mechanic
Scott is a freelance mechanical engineer, prototype machinist and fabricator. Primarily employed in the design of medical devices, motorcycles have been a lifelong hobby. He’s built two bikes of his own design and maintains a stable of about 10 others. He can’t be left unsupervised with anything mechanical, lest he take it apart and put it back together. 40 years of wrenching, 30 years racing dirt bikes and 20 years racing GP road race machines have addled his mind sufficiently for the Baja event to look appealing.
Dave Dougherty, driver, fabricator
Dave is a former professional snowboarder and semi-pro snowmobile racer. He is President and CEO of IndeFab in Scotts Valley. Dave is a born driver, blowing the doors off Class 9s and the UTVs, but he is eclipsed in his awesomeness by Mary, his pit bull who I will one day steal and take home. Srsly.
Danielle “Normal” Farrar, logistician, co-driver, diplomat
With her natural sense of navigation (aided by an abundance of navigational materials and super duper electronics), she handles frontier development, hauling stuff from point A to point 27, and socializing with the locals in what can only be described as “sailor’s Spanish.”
Jen Frederick, co-driver, wrencher
Ph.D candidate Jen Frederick claims to have learned everything she knows (about cars, anyway) from fellow teammate and husband Soon-to-Be Dr. Romy Frederick. A skilled co-driver, she can wrench with the best of them and says “I make these mechanic’s overalls look good.”
Romy Frederick, driver, mechanic
Romy Frederick is getting his Ph.D. in Engine Stuff at U.C. Berkeley. Shanghaied onto the team after answering a Craigslist ad looking for people “who have more money than common sense.” He is one of the few Desert Dingo Racing drivers who haven’t rolled the car. Married to fellow team member Jen Frederick who is much more interesting to talk to.
Jim Graham, PR, marketing, sponsorship
Jim co-founded Desert Dingo Racing with Skid in November 2006 after watching “Dust to Glory.” Genetically incapable of doing anything mechanical, he compensates by watching NASCAR just for the commercials and thinks the final lap of the 2007 Daytona 500 was the coolest thing ever. Jim handles Desert Dingo PR, marketing, sponsorship and parts degreasing.
Roxanne Graham, webmaster, offroad communications control tower
Roxanne works behind the scenes, managing the website, managing communications and doing logistics support. If you’d like to contribute to the Diabetes section of our site, contact Roxanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Hartl, driver, Canadian
Paul brings international flavour (and Canadian spelling) to the team. Born in Czechoslovakia, he rally raced the worst car ever built (the East German Trabant). This prepared him for anything the racing world throws at him. His need for a real automobile (the West German Beetle) might have driven him to immigrate to Canada early in his life. Calling Toronto home, Paul campaigns a 1999 VW Golf in the Canadian Rally Championship. He also races in Ontario’s ice racing series, where, under the duress of harsh Canadian winters, he developed his love for desert racing. He achieved a lifetime dream of racing the Baja 1000, going off the line at the 2011 race as a driver for Garayzar Racing.
Dennis “Crusty” Lange, driver, lead mechanic
Dennis built his first go-kart at 13. In the ‘70s he raced a D Production Austin Healey, winning several SCCA races. He worked as a race car fabricator for five years, building everything from Trans Am cars to Baja racers. When he isn’t wrenching on the car (he’s always wrenching on it) he makes his well-appointed RV the go-to location for team members to hang out.
Shawn Kovach-Long, driver, paint & body work
Shawn was born and raised in San Jose, went to school in Santa Cruz, earned a private pilot’s license at 17 and dreams of beating the Baja 1000. An experienced wrencher, he once owned the fastest car on the team, a stunning blue Corvette, which he claimed he used to practice in preparation for the Baja 1000. “Anyone can drive a car on a drag strip or go fast and turn left. But it takes a special talent to pilot a rocketing stock VW across the Mexican desert at speeds approaching 30 mph.
Bob “Bus Boy” Russell, driver, mechanic, team sommelier
Bus Boy Bob has traveled all over North America in ’77 VW Westfalia Camper Bus he restored. Proud Burning Man VW Bus Camp member with his lovely lady Lynda. Has owned many VW’s, including three Rabbits, a ’69 Bug, a ’73 Super Beetle, a ’69 Bus, an ’82 Vanagon Camper, a ’91 GTI and a ’77 Westy. Fine dining waiter for 20 years but should have been VW mechanic! 20-year semi-pro bicycle racer and mechanic. “I can fix your VW or bicycle and answer any questions you have about the wine.”
Seth “Blue Cross” Schrenzel, driver, chase, medic, logistician
Seth is a San Franciscan specializing in event and trip logistics and a 12-year emergency room nurse. A long-time Burning Man staffer, Seth has been responsible for the logistics of several departments at Burning Man. His Ford F-150 is “Chase One.” He can legally diagnose you if you say “It hurts when I do this.”
Mike “Skid” Aquino, team co-founder, driver, mechanic
Skid was an experienced motorcycle rider and racer with a long history of radically modifying various modes of transportation. An artist and builder, he had a penchant for the dangerous and unusual. He raced everything from go karts to flame throwing golf carts. He was a consistent finalist in the world famous Power Tool Drag Races. He was the first person contacted by Graham to race Class 11. Initially reluctant, he watched“Dust to Glory” and the rest is history. Skid lived with Type 2 diabetes and passed away on December 16, 2011.
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Carrie Molho, co-driver, mechanic
Former rat brain surgeon turned metal artist enjoys riding (and maintaining) street and dirt bikes, breaking / building / repairing / customizing random things, playing with squirrels and hanging out in the desert. Certified wilderness first aid responder and burn barrel expert. Co-owner and racer of first place winner in the 2003 Shipyard Power Tool drag races with Scott-A (yes, Virginia, that was a belt sander). Six years experience as pit crew chief for Hell Kitty racing team (2 wheelers). Appointed exhaust and steering tender for the Desert Dingos, and general wrench monkey.
Charlie Reynolds, driver, mechanic
Charlie grew up in a world of mini bikes, dirt bikes and go kart. He became addicted to Class 11 racing when he and his brother modified a stock 1967 VW bug and raced in M.O.R.E (Mojave Off-Road Racing Enthusiast). A certified Eagle Scout, he is trained in wilderness survival, navigation and first aid. We hope we never need to call upon his “wilderness survival skills.”
A.J. “Ice” Jennings, chase vehicle, videographer, communications nerd
A software engineer by trade, A.J. was shanghaied into Desert Dingo Racing by good friend Seth “Blue Cross” Schrenzel after watching “Dust to Glory.” A.J. drove Chase 2 at the 2008 Baja 1000 and served as team videographer. He fabricated a custom chase, equipment transport and communications vehicle for the team nicknamed “AWACS” and honed his racing skills on the xBox. Also, his name really is “A.J.”
Max “Mad Max” Davis, graphic designer
Max is a sports and outdoor enthusiast as well as a motorhead. Max has operated the Max Davis Company for 19 years. A one-man design firm, he has designed for Nike, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks, San Jose Clash as well as many Harley-Davidson dealerships. He has 5 motorcycles, a 47 Merc, 7 bicycles and a passion for travel. His father lives with Type 2 diabetes.