Shaffer Motorsports has been busy since the Baja 500 in June. They’ve used the time to yank out the Ecotech engine in the Transfer Case Express car and replace it with a Honda power plant. Shaffer’s Offroad, Mike Shaffer’s day job, specializes in offroad parts sales, installation and fabrication including complete ground-up builds. For them, the engine swap was business as usual.
On race morning Mike Shaffer and navigator Andy Ferris will take the Transfer Case Express car to race mile 350. John Bowers and navigator Bob Roggy will then continue to race mile 567. John Cantrell and navigator Berne Strom will take the longest stint from 567 to the finish line. “We will have ten trucks but that still doesn’t feel like enough,” said Mike Shaffer, “Thanks to our sponsors Instone Inc. and Rocky Mountain Baldor we will be using BFG pits as well for fuel and tires. Our Honda engine swap was helped by K-Tuned products and Hondata Tuning. Both of them are real excited about competing in the Baja 1000.”
The Baja 1000 is a huge undertaking and without the support from crew members Andy Farris – Amber Strom - Andy Stone – Dan Bergin – Ray Swanson – Big Rich – Shelly Krehbiel – Josh England – Hunter Cantrell – Hector Miguel Maymes Candolfi – Edwardo Maymes Candolfi – Randal Morrison and Kim Morisson the race would not be possible. With great support and more horsepower from the Honda motor the team is hoping to achieve another Baja 1000 victory.
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About Shaffer Motorsports
Mike Shaffer / Driver & Crew Chief
Mike Shaffer has been racing for 28 years, starting with BMX and then age 16 in drag racing and his first desert race was fifteen years ago. Shaffer was driver of record for the 2011 SCORE Tecate BAJA 1000, finishing 2nd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 4. Shaffer was also driver of record for 2011 BITD Championship, finishing 3rd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 10. Shaffer was also driver of record for 3 Baja 1000 wins, 3 SCORE Championships and one BITD Championship in Class 1700, along with rock crawling National Championship and ARCA Championship. Mike Shaffer is the owner of Shaffer’s Offroad that helps customers build the vehicle of their choice, from bolt on accessories to custom one off vehicles.
John Bowers / Driver
John Bowers has not been with the Shaffer Motorsports Team very long but has already found himself in the driver’s seat. He started as a co-rider and proved his worth to the team so much that he was trusted to pilot the car. He realized a longtime dream when he crossed the finish line at the Baja 500 behind the wheel of the Transfer Case Express Car.
Daniel Aeberli / Driver
Daniel Aeberli has raced with the Shaffer-motorsport team since 2010. He was a driver in the 2011 SCORE Tecate BAJA 1000, finishing 2nd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 4. Aeberli was also driver for 2011 BITD Championship finishing, 3rd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 10. He also drove the first section of the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000. Aeberli was with the team in 2010, helping them win SCORE Primm and Class championship in Class 1700. Daniel Aeberli is the CTO of MediTron S.A. a Swiss medical distribution company that he co-founded over 20 years ago in Switzerland and President of M.D. Visuals a medical consulting company in Stateline, Nevada.
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