Team HUMMER Extends Winning Streak In Baja
H2 dominates full stock class; H3 secures mini stock championship title
DETROIT – Team HUMMER once again demonstrated why it's one of the most successful teams in off-road racing, as Team HUMMER driver Josh Hall piloted his H2 to its second consecutive Baja 1000 Stock Full class win at the 39th annual SCORE Tecate Baja 1000. Not to be outdone by his son, team owner Rod Hall, piloted his Team HUMMER H3 to a 3rd place Mini Stock class finish, securing the 2006 SCORE Mini Stock class points championship.
“The H2 demonstrated once again why it is one of the most capable off-road vehicles in the market today,” said Hall. “Not a single stock part on that truck failed, even after 26 hours racing across some of Baja’s most treacherous terrain. It says a lot about the engineering behind the H2 and the detail the Team HUMMER crew put into preparing the truck for this year’s race.”
Josh and co-riders (Sam Cothrun, Reno, Nev./ Thad Stump, Gilbert, Ariz./ Sean Holman, Huntington Beach, Calif.) completed the grueling 1,047.8 miles of this year’s race in 26:30:45 hours, averaging a speed of 39.65 miles per hour. Hall, who drove the entire race himself, finished more than five hours ahead of the nearest stock full class competitor.
Hall’s victory marks his third Baja 1000 class victory and the 11th Baja 1000 class win for Team HUMMER. It also represents the 26th class win for the Hall family, further securing their place as the winningest family in Baja 1000 history.
Team HUMMER owner Rod Hall marked his 39th Baja 1000 with an eventful 3rd place mini stock class finish following a series of unfortunate incidents that began with the vehicle rolling after 12 miles of racing.
“We demonstrated just how tough the H3 truly is at this year’s race,” said Rod. “Even after all we put it through, we finished the race and secured the mini stock class championship.”
Hall, his co-drivers (Emily Miller, Crested Butte, Colo./Mike Winkel, Reno, Nev.), and co-riders (Susan Crandell, Cornwall on Hudson, NY/ Rick Pewe, Thousand Oaks, Calif./ Jake Povey, Reno, Nev.) piloted the H3 across the finish in 36:37:14 hours.
Hall’s 3rd place finish was enough to secure the 2006 SCORE Mini Stock class championship, following his class victories at this year’s SCORE Baja 500 and Primm 300. Hall’s finish also continues his streak as the only person to have raced every Baja 1000 in a four-wheeled vehicle in the 39-year history of the event.
The 2006 Baja 1000 also marked the inaugural Baja race for Team HUMMER’s new H1 Alpha piloted by Rod’s youngest son and five-time Baja 1000 winner Chad Hall. While the H1 ran strong in second place for a majority of the race, a disappointing critical overheating issue put it out of the race after 944 miles.
About Team HUMMER Team HUMMER was founded by legendary off-road racer Rod Hall in 1993. Since then, Rod and his sons Josh and Chad have compiled 11 class wins at the Baja 1000; 45 podium finishes in the Best in the Desert (BitD) Racing Association series; and five BitD class championships. Team HUMMER competes with the H1 Alpha, H2 and H3 in the stock class, which features production-based vehicles with stock frames, stock suspension designs and production-based engines. For more information about Team HUMMER, visit www.rodhallracing.
About HUMMER HUMMER is a division of General Motors Corp. , the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer, which employs about 321,000 people globally. HUMMER is one of the world's fastest growing truck brands, with a product line-up that consists of the H2, H2 SUT, H3 and the H3X. There are 173 HUMMER dealers nationwide.