COPS Racing at the San Felipe 250

The Baja 250 was run at the end of January — these pictures just got back from processing at Photomat.

COPS Racing entered three cars in the 250 mile race: the Trophy Truck and two Class 10s. The course consisted of a loop, starting and finishing at the Arches in San Felipe. Spoiler alert: Gus Vildosola driving Trophy Truck #21 won the race overall in time of 04:03:41.195.

On my drive to San Felipe, south of Mexicali, I passed a truck on its side on the highway - a reminder to be attentive while driving.

On my drive to San Felipe, south of Mexicali, I passed a truck on its side on the highway – a reminder to be attentive while driving.

Among other things, I took down three, 42" BGF Baja TA Trophy Truck tires to the race -- each wheel set clocks in at 160 pounds which makes it a challenge to lift.

Among other things, I took down three, 42″ BGF Baja TA Trophy Truck tires to the race — each wheel set clocks in at 160 pounds which makes it a challenge to lift.

A spectacular San Felipe sunrise seen from the sixth floor of the Playas del Paraiso Resort.

A spectacular San Felipe sunrise seen from the sixth floor of the Playas del Paraiso Resort.

Contingency is held the day before the race on the Malecón - a place where local race fans can get close to the race cars and meet the drivers.

Contingency is held the day before the race on the Malecón – a place where local race fans can get close to the race cars and meet the drivers.

Zak gets some new sunglasses while passing thru Contingency - gotta look good while piloting the Trophy Truck.

Zak gets some new sunglasses while passing thru Contingency – gotta look good while piloting the Trophy Truck.

Handing out hats (or other free stuff) creates a frenzied excitement among spectators.

Handing out hats (or other free stuff) creates a frenzied excitement among spectators.

John Langley, COPS Racing Team Owner, with the world-famous Baja Kat.

John Langley, COPS Racing Team Owner, with the world-famous Baja Kat.

Pre-dinner chips and salsa and beer. Note to people in the mid-west: this is what chips are supposed to look like.

Pre-dinner chips and salsa and beer. Note to people in the mid-west: this is what chips are supposed to look like.

Staging along the course, race crews and spectators wait for the race to get to them - we won't see race cars until 90 minutes after the they start in San Felipe.

Staging along the course, race crews and spectators wait for the race to get to them – we won’t see race cars until 90 minutes after the they start in San Felipe.

Clyde Stacy’s #5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck was first on the course at RM85 with a several-minute lead on the number two position. He ultimately finished third.

Clyde Stacy’s #5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck was first on the course at RM85 with a several-minute lead on the number two position. He ultimately finished third.

Zak Langley is in the hunt for the win in Trophy Truck #50. Zak came up thru the pack and finished 17th in class.

Zak Langley is in the hunt for the win in Trophy Truck #50. Zak came up thru the pack and finished 17th in class.

Harley Letner drove one of the Team's Class 10s for the first half of the race before handing it over to John Langley for the race to the finish. Morgan Langley drove the other Class 10.

Harley Letner drove one of the Team’s Class 10s for the first half of the race before handing it over to John Langley for the race to the finish. Morgan Langley drove the other Class 10.

Día del pato muerto - our Baja traveling companion.

Día del pato muerto – our Baja traveling companion.

One of the Class 10 wheels underwent a transformation during the race.

One of the Class 10 wheels underwent a transformation during the race.

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