Baja Racing of Texas is the number one Texas-based organization promoting safe, off-road racing. BRT is focused on providing competitive, safe, and fun events for the entire family.
Dallas, Texas, May 12, 2013: Spring may have officially begun a month ago, but for the average desert racer the spring racing season started getting underway right after Christmas. From California to Nevada, Mexico to Texas, teams are gearing up for another outstanding year of Baja-style racing. The BITD Mint 400 and NORRA Mexican 1000 are behind us already and racers are prepping for upcoming signature off-road races, such as the SCORE Baja 500 at the end of the month and the LORS Glen Helen in June.
Baja Racing of Texas was formed in 2011 to promote desert racing in the Lone Star State as the sport grows beyond its initial boundaries and moves not only to the Midwest but also the East Coast. “I see a lot of people looking for an extreme sport that takes them beyond the predictable atmosphere of the mainline stadium racing events,” said BRT President Chris Leitner. “Racing hundreds of miles through the desert is the ultimate test of man and machine – that is why we are seeing such growth in Baja racing.”
BRT was originally looking at a large property north of Amarillo as a location to expand into for 2013 and provide a larger racing venue. “Moving to a new venue involves a significant level of details falling into place, and this has not happened on our original timeline,” said BRT Operations Manager Shannon Boothe. “Unfortunately the remaining BRT races will be canceled this season. As the doors have closed on this property, we are seeing several others open with property owners in the region. Our focus for this year will be building a new course and starting strong in 2014 with a full season of desert racing.”
Texas offers model conditions for Baja racing, and BRT officials made the decision to expand to the Amarillo area partly due to the increased accessibility the area offers to the core racing community. Just off of I-40, it is far more accessible to teams coming from the West Coast. The Texas Panhandle is very centrally located – racers from Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona can be there in a day’s drive.
“Texas is an ideal place where desert racing can truly expand,” Leitner continues. “Our first seasons of BRT racing have been exciting, dramatic and continually growing. This season – 2013 – is proving to be a big challenge. We have an excellent team at BRT, and I’m convinced we will see the key components come together for 2014 racing, while at the same time creating a strong framework for years of desert racing in Texas. Every one of our sponsors along with every business with whom I have met in Amarillo is very excited and very supportive of the move to Amarillo for our race venue. Transition and growth are never easy – our team is fully committed to finding a winning combination for racing in the Texas Panhandle.”
BRT was formed to continue the growth of off-road racing in Texas and to provide additional safe and fun racing venues for the entire off-road community. Baja Racing of Texas completed the 2012 racing season with three points races, sponsorship of the Jake Youngblood Fun Run, the Texas Raptor Run and the Ultra4 2012 Championship in conjunction with Hammerking Productions, the force behind what many consider the toughest one-day off-road race on the planet: King of The Hammers.
Contact Baja Racing of Texas:
Chris Leitner, President
Shannon Boothe, Operations Manager