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By: Robert Janis

Preparation, Experience Help Afraidium Racing Win SCORE Points Championship for 2008

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Running the Races

As previously noted, Lindsay and Holdsworth competed in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 this past season. The 500 was the first race.
Lindsay described the race:

“Moving out of town to start the race was fun. There were a lot of people. Then, once we got out of town a ways, we reached the mountain pass called The Summit. There were a lot of really nasty rocks there. So it was slow moving. You have to pick lines and be extremely careful.

“We made it through The Summit, and then we came upon sandy washes and silt beds of the Delabo Lake Bed. Once we got into the sand washes, I thought that the car was a little off. I wasn’t sure what it was, but I suspected that we had broken a sway bar. So we went in for a pit stop at mile 160, and we discovered that we had broken a lower A-Arm. The crew pulled the A-Arm off, welded and fixed it and put it back on the UTV. We never had another issue for the rest of the race.”

Lindsay drove from the start to mile 260 and Holdsworth took the machine the rest of the way and they won the 500.

Next was the Baja 1000. "No one in a UTV had finished the 1000 before." 

So our priority was just to finish,” said Lindsay. “We learned a lot from the 500, and we had made some suspension changes to the UTV before hand that we thought would help. So, we thought we were in pretty good shape going into the race.

“But we miscalculated our spring rate,” continued Lindsay. “The car was running really, really well until mile 85 when we blew a belt. While the belt was being replaced, we realized that we had a broken A-Arm. We thought that the A-Arm had broken due to a rock. So we changed the A-Arm and took off.

“We immediately went through some nasty silk beds,” continued Lindsay. “And when we got by Romarosa near Mexicale, we encountered some really nasty switch backs that go down into nasty washes. There was a lot of rough terrain. So, when we reached mile 190, we took a pit stop to fuel up; and we noticed that we had broken the A-Arm on the other side. So we swapped the A-Arm out and tried to determine why the A-Arm broke and figured it was the spring rate. So we adjusted the springs and never had another A-Arm issue again.”

Lindsay and Holdsworth finished third.

As mentioned, an A-Arm broke on the UTV in the Baja 500. “The break was where it connected to the frame of the vehicle,” explained Lindsay. “And it was an odd break in a seam in the metal. The A-Arms in the 1000 broke where the welds end and where the shocks go down and join the A-Arm. It snapped right there.”

Lindsay learned from this and had the size of the A-Arms of the RZR beefed up and balanced that out with proper spring rates, valving and shocks. They worked with FST, a fabrication company in Phoenix, Arizona, to make the fix.

They haven’t raced since the 1000 so they have not had an opportunity to test the repairs. “We have a pretty good idea that the fixes will work, but we’re waiting until January to start testing,” said Lindsay.

The win in the Baja 500 and the third place finish in the Baja 1000 gave the team a final point total score of 204. The next closest team in the rankings was 40 points behind.

Lindsay and Holdsworth will be racing the same Polaris RZR in the Baja 500 and 1000 in 2009.

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