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Barbara Terry's got the Baja 500 on her mind

Published May 5th 2008, 5:35pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Barabara2 America’s favorite auto expert is adding a new challenge to her ‘to-do’ list – Barbara Terry is running the Baja 500.

This is the Baja 500’s 40th anniversary -- the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 is a 500-mile off-road race starting and ending in Ensenada, Mexico. Barbara will be in Ensenada a week before the race to do a pre-run of the course and take part in media interviews, she is also partnered with to showcase and feature her Baja 500 race on their web site.

Barbara is presently in negotiations for her own reality show, BT Garage

What made you want to do the Baja 500?
I chose to get totally enthralled in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 mainly for the simple reason of my love for racing and everything to do with cars!
I am also excited that my racing is aligned and an obvious extension of my other car related projects.

Is this your first time?
I have raced the Baja 1000 before and quickly realized that I had an all new appreciation for a good ole shower, crisp/clean sheets and something called sleep!

What are you hoping to accomplish?
Number one…I want to make my sponsors happy and proud to be on board with Barbara Terry Racing. If I were to win my buggie class that would make it even sweeter.

Considering that approximately 50% of the entered vehicles do not even finish, I will be ecstatic if my buggy rolls across the finish line.
On a conference call with my race team the other day I have given all of them the heads up that even if we have to push the buggie the last 20 miles we will finish!

Barbara For people who dont know what the Baja 500 is, tell us about it?
The Baja races are considered to be the most difficult in the world. They are endurance races so you do not stop until you finish other than of course for fuel, any necessary repairs and a quick pit stop behind a desert bush after drinking all of that water in order to stay hydrated.

Are you still looking for sponsors, can people get involved?
I am excited to announce that NAPA Filters hopped on board as my title sponsor and of course my buggie will be riding on awesome Goodyear Tires provided by Goodyear. I am however always seeking additional sponsors.

Companies can contact me directly for this.

How big of a challenge is this for you?
Every race has an extreme level of challenge, difficulty and competition to it. Being as this is my first official race under my new wing of Barbara Terry Racing I want so badly to do so well.

Any other info you'd like to tell people about?
I am more than thrilled to have partnered with to showcase my Baja race on their site. They will be featuring my race via daily video blogs, live feed the day of the race and showcasing an hour worth of webisodes on their site of my pre-race, actual race and post race starting a week after the race.

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by Linda Przygodski
Contributing Editor

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