Hummer H3 Alpha wins 2009 Baja 1000 Stock, Mini Class
Hummer and Hall racing have secured stock full and stock mini class wins for the 2009 Baja 1000. "These production trucks are the right size," said Rod Hall, owner of Hall Racing. "They're fun, take a lot of abuse and just keep running and running."
The 2009 Baja 1000 was a truly historic race for the Hall Racing program. Team owner Rod Hall has now competed in all 42 Baja races and holds the record for 21 class wins for the event. Totaling 33 class wins, the Hall family is the winningest family in the race.
Rod Hall faced an early setback of a broken steering rack seal only 40 miles into the race. "You'd be surprised at how much abuse the H3 can take," Rod Hall said of the Hummer. Managing to pass the leader with less than 30 miles to go, Rod finished the race with a time of 28:53:30.
The 42nd running of the Baja 1000 covered some 672 miles over a two-day period. The H3 Alpha piloted by Chris Hall won its class by more than 4 hours, with an accumulated time of 22:48:40. He averaged just under 30 miles per hour during the grueling two day race.
"Off-road motorsports is an integral part of Hummer's vehicle development process and a cornerstone of the brand's DNA," said James Taylor, Hummer CEO. Running of the Baja 1000 is important for the Hummer brand, as it continues to uphold its off-road credibility.