Shaffer-Motorsports to race SCORE class 4 for 2012 Season

After several post season discussions, Team Shaffer Motorsports has opted for racing to win the season championship with SCORE in 2012. We will complement the SCORE season schedule with race with BITD, MORE and possibly other.

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Shaffer-Mortorsports on BITD podium after Henderson 250

OAKLAND, CA    DECEMBER 5, 2011  Shaffer-Motorsports team raced car #1066 at the TransWest Ford Henderson 250 this week end, thereby securing third place in “Best In The Desert” for the season!

This was a very important race to many competitors battling for those final points to take home a Class Championship for the “Best In The Desert” (BITD) 2011 season. The racing was incredible due to the number of vehicles so close in the points race for the Continue reading

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Shaffer-Motorsports Finishes 2nd in 2011 Baja 1000

OAKLAND, CA     NOVEMBER 29, 2011   Torchmate Racing Shaffer-Motorsports team car #401 finished second in class, for their first apprearance at the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, after completing 705 miles through the most grueling terrain in Baja with only 10 minutes separating them from the leader.

Beside Daniel’s driver seat report below, complete race reports Continue reading

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2011 Baja 1000 from the driver’s seat.

by Daniel Aeberli

My Baja adventure started two weeks before the race when I flew into Oakland, CA to help with final car prep. A week before the race, we drove down to Ensenada and discovered the wash filled bank to bank with water! We hoped it would drain, worse case we though the start/finish would be relocated.

We spent the next three days pre-running the course. The lesson learned was that good offroad vehicles, even with 37′s, do not necessarily make for good pre-runners. The vehicles were great, but with the extra gear and people it made for slow progress. Having said that, I had a blast pre-running, here we were out in the middle of nowhere wheeling with some friends through beautiful and challenging terrain…it doesn’t get much better that that.

On race day I was assigned to Start duties with John, Adam and Hugo. We waited through the re-start of the Trophy Trucks, watched Mike in the Torchmate 401 take off and then Continue reading

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2011 Baja 1000


Oakland, CA – Three time SCORE JeepSpeed class 1700 Baja 1000 champion, Mike Shaffer and his teammates Shawn Twitchell and Daniel Aeberli are headed to Baja Mexico with the TORCHMATE class 4 buggy to compete in next week’s 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Off Road race. They are part of an elite group of racers in the oldest and most well known of all desert races The TECATE BAJA 1000.

This year is Mike Shaffer’s first season in SCORE class 4 competition, as was the case with his 3 JeepSpeed Class Championships, on BF Goodrich tires, the official tire of SCORE International.

This year’s 705 mile course begins in Ensenada on Friday, November 17th and finishes in Ensenada, passing through 6 mandatory checkpoints. Continue reading

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2011 Class 10 BITD season to be decided at Henderson.

After a heated race at BITD’s Blue Water Desert Challenge held in Parker, Arizona last weekend, the BITD class 10, 2011 series championship remains to be decided at the Trans West Ford 250, held in Henderson, Nevada, on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. With less than 30 points separating the top 3 teams, Shaffer-Motorsport and two other teams will battle for the series championship at the last 2011 BITD race. The double point race at Henderson offers the opportunity for a season championship to any of the three teams.

With 105F temperatures, the heat in Parker took it’s toll not just on drivers Continue reading

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Shaffer-Motorsports returns to Parker.

October 14th will mark the second appearance in Parker Arizona for the class 10 Torchmate 1066 car to battle the harsh terrain of the desolate desert in search of victory.

As is usual for this Desert challenge race, Casey has scheduled a two day event with both days having the racers make three 20ish mile loop along the banks of the Colorado River though landmarks named The Matterhorn, John Wayne’s Gorge, the Haunted House, Course Cutter Wash and the Snake Pit. Continue reading

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Shaffer-Motorsports 2nd in BITD total points standing after V2R

Best In The Desert’s TSCO Vegas to Reno at over 550 miles, the longest desert race in the US, proved to be a good test of chase teams and pit crew. The Shaffer-Motorsports team encountered some challenges that put their teamwork, coordination, and field repair skills to good use and made for an excellent shake down for the upcoming prestigious Baja 1000.

Just fifteen miles off the start, driver Shawn Twitchell called in Continue reading

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Vegas 2 Reno

For the first year stepping into this class, the Torchmate Shaffer Motorsports Team is doing really well…sitting in third place in class! We wish them luck this weekend! Thanks for sharing! Charlene

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Torchmate Racing Mike Shaffer Chases Season Title at BITD Vegas to Reno

RENO, NV AUGUST 17, 2011 Mike Shaffer and the Shaffer-Motorsports Team will run the longest offroad race in the US on Friday August 19th; the TSCO Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race. The team is currently in third place, only 10 points out of first Continue reading

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Shaffer-motorsport adds TransferCases Express as a new sponsor

Before we head off to V2R, we would like to thank and introduce our newest sponsor
TransferCases Express
2969 East 7th Street
Oakland, Ca. 94601
(510) 533-2273
They specialize in American transfer cases: New Process, Dana, and Borg Warner and have have two remanufacturing centers. The other facility is located at:
600 Bruckner Rd.
Spartanburg, SC.
Please join us in welcoming them to our team!
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