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Shaffer-Motorsports Set to Start First in Class at 2011 Baja 1000

OAKLAND, CA     NOVEMBER 14, 2011   The Shaffer-Motorsports team car #401 is ready to start first in class at this Friday November 18, 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  “This will be the first race of the year where we will not be holding back, its first or nothing.  All the other races have been raced strategically for points,” said team manager Mike Shaffer.  “We would really like to thank all of the sponsors that have helped us all year and for making this race experience come true once again this year!”

Race day, #401 will start 1st in Class 4.  Mike Shaffer will drive from the start to Borrego where Shawn Twitchell will drive the San Felipe loop back to Borrego.  Daniel Aeberli will drive the third and final leg from Borrego to the finish line for the win.  They have been pre-running over the last couple days and are looking forward to the perfect and moist conditions of the race.

The 44th Running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will start at 6:30am Friday November 18th with the Motorcycle and ATV Classes, and 11:30 with the car and trucks. Competitors will have 32 hours to complete the 692 mile course. Three websites will have extensive coverage of the racing, including real time video and audio streaming from the start/finish line area including www.dirtnewz.com, www.race-dezert.com and www.racetheworld.net.

Special thanks to all the sponsors that helped with the Shaffer-Motorsports 2011 Season including Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, BFGoodrich Tires, Transfer Case Express, Rigid Industries, PSC Steering, RuffStuff Specialties, Weddle Industries, Yukon Gear & Axle, Shaffers Offroad and Pirate4x4.com.  The final Best in the Desert Series race is the TransWest Ford Henderson 250 on December 2-4, 2011.

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: Torchmate, BFGoodrich, Rigid Industries, PSC Steering, RuffStuff Specialties, Transfer Case Express, Weddle Industries, Yukon Gear & Axle, Shaffers Offroad, Pirate4x4.com

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