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Papas and Beer Ford F-150 Victory in the 42nd Annual Tecate Score Baja 1000

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Papas and Beer racer Rodrigo Ampudia will next race in the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in California
Papas and Beer racer Rodrigo Ampudia will next race in the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in California

Papas and Beer Ford F-150 drove his Ford F-150 at the starting line of the Baja 1000
Papas and Beer Ford F-150 drove his Ford F-150 at the starting line of the Baja 1000
The best desert racers in the world came together on the Baja California Peninsula for the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Competitors from fourteen countries and 39 U.S. states took part in 29 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs in the finale of the five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series.

Papas and Beer Racer Rodrigo Ampudia took second place in the Baja 1000 in his Ford F-150 Class 8 truck with K&N air and oil filters
Papas and Beer Racer Rodrigo Ampudia took second place in the Baja 1000 in his Ford F-150 Class 8 truck with K&N air and oil filters
The 672.85 mile race started and finished in Ensenada, Mexico. Rodrigo Ampudia of Papas and Beer Racing drove his Ford F-150 Class 8 truck with Greg Adler. "Greg drove the first part of the race," said Ampudia. "I took over at mile 200 and took the Ford to the end for a second place win."

Nine racers started in Class 8, but only 5 finished. The rugged course travels from Ensenada to Ojos Negros, to Laguna Salada then San Felipe. It continues through the infamous Matomi Wash, around Mike's Sky Ranch and goes down the La Rumarosa Grade. The La Rumarosa Grade is a 3400 vertical foot drop to the floor of the lower Mexican desert. Drivers also take their vehicles back to the Pacific Coast below San Vincente and up through Santo Tomas. The teams cover a good portion of the Baja California peninsula to and from Ensenada.

Ampudia won the Baja 500 in 2009 and was hoping to close out the Baja 1000 with a win. "I really wanted a first place win," he said. "But we got stuck in a tough silt bed. We had a winch but we had to rock ourselves back and forth to get out. The first place winner beat us by two hours and we beat the third place racer by two hours. Our K&N air and oil filters provided our truck with the power and protection it needed. The bottom line is, K&N worked after being stuck in the silt for hours and throughout the demanding race."

Ampudia will next race in the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, December 11-12 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in Lake Elsinore, California. In 2010 he plans to compete in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series and the SCORE Baja Desert Series.

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