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BFGoodrich to celebrate 40 years of Baja racing at Baja 1000

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The 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000 takes place this weekend in Ensenada/Baja, Mexico, and one of the pinnacle races in off-road racing has been a trademark for tire manufacturer BFGoodrich in its history.

BFGoodrich celebrates 40 years of Baja desert racing this week, following what began as an entry for testing purposes in 1976. The genesis of BFG’s Baja success began with an Oldsmobile Starfire driven by Fritz Kroyer, and has since exploded into one of the great success stories in off-road racing.

BFGoodrich has 86 overall wins in SCORE Baja racing, which is more than all other tire manufacturers combined. There’s been 32 overall Baja 500 and 27 overall Baja 1000 wins. A win this year would be BFGoodrich’s third consecutive at the Baja 1000.

In 2014 and 2015, BFGoodrich performance team member Rob MacCachren claimed the overall title and will be seeking his third straight with co-driver Jason Voss.

More details on their success and a full breakdown can be found here, via the BFGoodrich racing website.

Meanwhile, a handy infographic on all the success is linked below:


Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).