Desert racing is a really tough experience for both drivers and co-pilots, but it goes far beyond the obvious physical stress of bouncing along at break neck speeds. There is so much more going on here, and the Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge captures a lot of it. Because this race is done on a course that consists of a 34 mile loop that is completed several times, there is a lot more chance of running into traffic on the race course. That traffic can be scary, challenging, frustrating, and exciting all in the same lap. So what do you do when you come upon a slower vehicle? Or what if one is stopped on course? The answer depends on the circumstances, but if you watch this video of Elias Hanna tearing up the course you will certainly see a different side of desert racing.
This video shows him pushing a stopped buggy off the track while the co pilot tries to climb back in! And other slow cars are pushed out of the way, or “bumped” to let them know you are behind them in order to get them to move out of the way. But remember, everyone is racing the clock so nobody wants to pull over and stop. Keeping going is key and is a big difference between winners and losers. Watch, and see just what kind of cajones it takes to do this.