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.
“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 couple extra races there are three championship opportunities. The tough decision was made to race all HDRA and SCORE races, it will be a full season and a stress on the budget. The team is thankful to have it’s main sponsor Transfer Case Express (TCE) ,as well as RuffStuff, Powertank and PSC, for the 2013 season.
The South Point race in Jean started in sub freezing temperature and put Mike’s tenacity to the test. “I’ve never had that much pain in my hands before” said Mike, at times he’d site on one or the other hand to regain some sensation in them. Mike, and his co-driver John Bowers completed the first two laps and were replaced by Daniel Aeberli and John Cantrell who completed the races’ last two laps.
The team chose this race to test the BFG KM2 instead of the usual projects tires, and where soon to regret it. Usually the team talks is years between flats, but this time the race would claim two tires, the first on lap 2 and the second on lap 3. The test clearly showed the value of a stronger sidewall when it comes to desert racing. “We had come to this race for the points and to check the state our material” said Mike, “we found the alternative tire to be unacceptable” he added. “The race also showed the fuel supply issues we experience in 1000 still to be lingering on, at times in the second half of the race it was a fight to keep the car running.” added Daniel. Although the fuel pumps and filters where replaced and the entire fuel system cleaned since the 1000, the fuel pressure still dropped below operational values. “Thankfully we identified the issues and confirmed it during a test run in Bartsow on our return trip from the race” said Mike. “We acheived our goals for this race” added Daniel “we got the points and resolved issues”.
Transfer Case Express (TCE) has been a great addition to the Shaffer-Motorsports Team. TCE has been in business since 1998 and specialize in American transfer cases carrying New Process, Dana and Borg Warner brands. TCE has two remanufacturing centers, one in Oakland California and one in Spartanburg South Carolina where new and remanufactured American transfer cases are available.
Shaffer-Motorsports Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/shaffermotorsports
More about Mike Shaffer: 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. Shaffer has been racing for 27 years, starting with BMX and then age 16 in drag racing and his first desert race was fourteen years ago. Shaffer was 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.
More about Shawn Twitchell: Shawn Twitchell started desert racing motorcycles in 1972, went to drag racing in the 1980′s, circle track in the 1990′s and is now back in the desert driving with Shaffer Motorsports. He has been a member of Shaffer Motorsports team since 2008 helping win three SCORE 1700 Championships. Twitchell is the Business Unit Manager for FMC Technologies’ Technisys Group and has been married for 30 years to Vickie. Desert racing is in their family encompassing four generations including his son Ian, who will co-drive for Shawn. Two of seven grandkids are already earning their stripes in the pits and at the shop.
More about Daniel Aeberli: Daniel Aeberli is the CTO of Meditron, a Swiss medical distribution company that he co-founded 20 years ago in Switzerland. He raced with the Shaffer Motorsport team in 2010 helping them win SCORE Primm in Class 1700. Aeberli drove the first section of the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000 and is looking forward to coming back to the United States to race in BITD including Vegas to Reno and SCORE Baja 1000. Active in many sports, he especially enjoys skiing and hangliding in Switzerland.
Sponsors: Transfer Case Express, PowerTank, RuffStuff, PSC Steering, Shaffer’s Offroad