ALAMEDA, CA April 19, 2012 Shaffer-Motorsports team take the Transfer Case Express car #1066 to a fifth place finish, moving them in second in class for the World Championships.
photo credit: John “WoodyBoinker”
“We had fun even though it was rough and we had to change a flat,” said John Cantrell, “The wheel to wheel action that was also nose to tail made for a very exciting race to Continue reading
The Shaffer Motorsports team was eager to get back to Baja and to test themselves in the Mastercraft Safety SCORE San Felipe 250. The San Felipe race is the shortest of the SCORE races in Mexico but it packs just as much punishment as the Baja 500 or the legendary Baja 1000. A new course layout this year included additional technical sections but there was no relief from the miles of whoops that relentlessly pound competitors for most of the 250 plus miles.
For HDRA’s season opener, a 4 loop 60 mile course in Jean Nevada, Shaffer-Morotsports drove Transfer Case Express limited buggy. With the rule changes at HDRA and SCORE, the team will be racing in class 10, and renewing with their “old” number 1066.
1066 @ HDRA 2013 season opener
(picture: Micheal Anthony Hernogero)
“When we were deciding on our season we agreed that we loved racing in Baja, but with only 3 SCORE races in the series we though we could not justify the cost to our sponsors” said Mike Shaffer. The decision only became more complicated as the World championship saw the light of day. The plan had been to race HDRA plus the Baja1000, but with only a Continue reading
We’re very excited to be welcoming back Transfer Case Express (TCE), as our Primary sponsor since 2011. TCE is an invaluable partner without them our victory in San Felipe and 2012 Score championship would not have happened…THANKS!
We’re also very excited to be welcoming back our long term sponsors, Ruffstuff Specialties, PSC performance Steering, Advanced Air Systems aka POWERTANK and Shaffer’s Offroad.
We look forward to having their invaluable help back within our team and to share in our success.
We wish you all a winning 2013 !
On December 7th 2012, SCORE international published the Class Champions And Final Standings for the 2012 season.
Shaffer-motorsports is officially Class 4 champion!
This is Mike’s fourth season class Crown, congratulations!
Special thanks to our sponsors
Persistence was the key said Mike, we did not let the setbacks experienced thought the seasons stop us. Continue reading
Ensenada, Baja California
The 45th annual SCORE, Tecate Baja 1000 was an epic undertaking. The race traveled an amazing 1,121.55 miles down the Baja Peninsula. Shaffer Motorsports used teamwork, ingenuity and true grit to complete the entire course in 33 hours and 17 minutes; taking second place and a possible championship. At the time of this writing, the final championship points tally is still underway.
It didn’t look promising for Mike Shaffer before the race. He would drive the first leg and had been ill for days. “I felt good on raceday, at least in the beginning,” Said Mike, “We started behind the 1600 cars and they kick up a lot of mud. We were getting roosted bad as we caught and passed many of them.
Ensenada, Baja California
Shaffer Motorsports is putting the final touches on their Class 4 racecar before heading south to compete in the 45th annual SCORE, Tecate Baja 1000. The course changes year to year from a loop race to a full run down the peninsula. This year it will start in Ensenada and zig zag down the peninsula covering 1,121.55 miles of beautiful yet brutal terrain before it reaches the finish line in La Paz. Adding to the already challenging course, Hurricane Paul did severe damage in Baja Sur when it hit landfall only a few weeks ago. The peninsula experienced flooding, washouts and damage due to high winds that has caused some re-routing of the course.
“I just returned from prerunning up to mile 350,” said Mike Shaffer, Continue reading
Ian Twitchel usually co-drives for his father Shawn in the Transfer Case Express class 4 race car, however he was still recovering from surgery, so this trip he had time to get great footage and has put together a fantastic video recap of our Baja 500 adventure!
Shaffer Motorsports was optimistic heading into the Baja 500. Their win in San Felipe had them just six points out of the championship points lead and both the Transfercase Express, Torchmate racecar and the team were working better than ever. The race started off on a bad note when without warning, the gps acted up, it was unable to locate any satellites. It took until mile 89 for the gps to function and to add to the mix their race radio was not receiving. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the crew could hear them but they could not get a response.
Despite the electronic bug-a-boos they were making good time and got out to an early lead Continue reading