Alameda, CA – After wrapping up the SCORE Desert Series class 4 title last season Mike Shaffer and the Shaffer Motorsports team want more. They figured class 4 would draw more competitors last season when they decided to go for the title but the class did not take off as they hoped. For this season, they are racing a class 10 field that is loaded with talent.
“It’s never easy winning a championship,” says Mike Shaffer, “You have to get results on the track and execute the logistics of a successful race team to put together a title run. We are proud of our accomplishments but we thrive on competition. We would rather fight it out with the best drivers out there. That’s why we are racing in class 10 this season” They will start second off the line on raceday putting them in front of 16 other class 10 cars when the flag drops at the Mastercraft Safety SCORE Tecate San Felipe 250 on March 10.
This year’s course is different from the usual endless whoops that pound cars into the ground. “Our car really handles well in the whoops,” said Mike Shaffer, “It beats up the driver but the car loves it. We have an advantage in the rougher and longer races. The course changes don’t work in our favor but Daniel is very good in the technical stuff. He will give us an edge through the washes and in the tight twisty sections. John Bowers and I will start the race and at mile 145 or so Daniel Aeberli and John Cantrell will get in and take it to the finish.”
The team seeks to build their points tally towards the World Championship of Desert Racing that consists of three rounds of racing in the US, at HDRA events and three rounds in Mexico racing the SCORE Desert series. They already put points in the bank at the HDRA South Point Vegas 250 race towards the World Championship crown. They hope to follow it up with a strong finish in San Felipe.
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About Shaffer Motorsports
Mike Shaffer / Driver & Crew Chief
Mike Shaffer has been racing for 28 years, starting with BMX and then age 16 in drag racing and his first desert race was fifteen years ago. Shaffer was driver of record for the 2011 SCORE Tecate BAJA 1000, finishing 2nd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 4. Shaffer was also driver of record for 2011 BITD Championship, finishing 3rd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 10. Shaffer was also driver of record for 3 Baja 1000 wins, 3 SCORE Championships and one BITD Championship in Class 1700, along with rock crawling National Championship and ARCA Championship. Mike Shaffer is the owner of Shaffer’s Offroad that helps customers build the vehicle of their choice, from bolt on accessories to custom one off vehicles.
Shawn Twitchell / Driver & Team Manager
Shawn Twitchell started desert racing motorcycles in 1972, went to drag racing in the 1980′s, circle track in the 1990′s and is now back in the desert driving with Shaffer-Motorsports. Twitchell was a driver in the 2011 SCORE Tecate BAJA 1000, finishing 2nd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 4. Twirchell was also driver for 2011 BITD Championship, finishing 3rd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 10. He has been a member of Shaffer-motorsports team since 2008 helping win three SCORE 1700 Championships. Twitchell is the Business Unit Manager for FMC Technologies’ Technisys Group. Desert racing is in their family encompassing four generations including his son Ian, who will co-drive for Shawn. Two of seven grand-kids are already earning their stripes in the pits and at the shop.
Daniel Aeberli / Driver
Daniel Aeberli has raced with the Shaffer-motorsport team since 2010. He was a driver in the 2011 SCORE Tecate BAJA 1000, finishing 2nd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 4. Aeberli was also driver for 2011 BITD Championship finishing, 3rd in class for the team’s first participation in Class 10. He also drove the first section of the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000. Aeberli was with the team in 2010, helping them win SCORE Primm and Class championship in Class 1700. Daniel Aeberli is the CTO of MediTron S.A. a Swiss medical distribution company that he co-founded over 20 years ago in Switzerland and President of M.D. Visuals a medical consulting company in Stateline, Nevada.
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