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Brenthel Industries Wins Evolution Unlimited At NORRA Mexican 1000
Brenthel Industries San José Del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico Dubbed the “Happiest Race On Earth” the NORRA Mexican 1000 is filled with fun, but is still a tough test of endurance. Days one and two alone travel over 400 miles each day in special sections, which are on the clock, and road or transit stages that get them to the next special. In all, 1400 miles of the Baja Peninsula pass under every competitor’s tires; if they make it to the finish. The terrain provides the test, the spectacular Baja scenery and great times had along the way are the payoff. Entered on a whim, the Brenthel Brothers, Jonathan and Jordan, loaded up a car they had in the shop and finagled their way into the field at the last minute; they were the final competitor to enter.

“We kept hearing from everyone that it was going to be fun,” said Jonathan, “We had our old 7200 Championship winning truck, now with a buggy body mounted on it, sitting in the shop. There was zero prep on it, but we were going for the fun of it, we didn’t expect to win. We had only two crew guys, the newest guy at the shop Hunter, and our friend Rene who knows Baja like the back of his hand. It was Hunter’s first trip to Baja. We had a great result on day one, finishing in the top ten overall, racing with V8 powered unlimited cars and Trophy Trucks in our little V6 powered buggy. We never got out of the car; we were surprised how well we did. We really didn’t know how hard to push, Jordan and I had a slogan; we’re going to Cabo. Brenthel Industries Every time I got out of shape or started to go too fast, Jordan would say, we’re going to Cabo. This was the first time we would trade off driving, and my first time navigating for him. At first, I just followed the GPS, but we came upon some huge rollers at speed that caught us by surprise. We learned that the road book was important so I followed it closely; it took a lot of concentration.”

Jonathan continued, “Day two was fast! We learned that the car was not ducting enough air to keep it cool on such long sections at full speed. We had to slow down when it got hot but saw several others on the side of the course with blown engines so we made the right call. I really liked the rally format and we plan to come back next year with our Dakar Rally vehicle to do some testing. On the final day, Jordan drove. He scared the hell out of me. We figured out we were in second place and had a shot to win the Evolution class. He was pushing very hard; doing a great job but I think I have a control issue when I’m not driving. I was thinking we were going to die but I couldn’t freak out and lock up because then we would die. (He said while laughing). I called out the corners and reminded him it was my son Colton’s birthday and he was his Uncle and asked him if he wanted to see Colton again. We finished early every day, before dark, it was really cool; we are pretty pumped on the win!”Brenthel Industries

“We’ve never done anything like this so last minute, it was crazy,” said Jordan, “The little V6 car is fun to drive. Our advantage was the ability to go fast in the tight stuff. Our strength was found in the canyons and technical sections. The course and the rally format made it different than any SCORE or Best In The Desert race; it’s unique to all of off-road racing. Running at top speed and high RPM’s for so long is a different kind of challenge. Next time we will have a better idea how to run and will do more prep before we get there. The Grand Mayan resort was impressive; it was really cool being up on stage and receiving the winner’s trophy.” Brenthel’s success at the Mexican 1000 is not surprising. Everything they build is created using state of the art CAD programs and then proven on the race course; Brenthel Industries leads the way by design. Their depth of knowledge and nimble manufacturing process allows them to work outside the box when it creates a better fit for the customer. Any job you have, big or small can benefit from Brenthel’s meticulous engineering and careful craftsmanship. Go to http://brenthelindustries.com or http://www.bajakits.com to find out more about the many services, highly developed suspension systems and race-proven products available from Brenthel Industries. Photography By: Bink Designs & GetSome Photo




Brenthel Earns Podium Finish At Hard Fought Henderson 250 Brenthel Industries
The old saying goes “third times a charm” and that was the case for Jonathan Brenthel at the final race in the Best In The Desert series; the Henderson 250 in Henderson, Nevada. Brenthel Industries builds a wide range of competition vehicles and in order to test the limits of the trucks and cars they build, Brenthel competes in multiple race series. They push their vehicles harder than anyone in the toughest conditions possible to find the limits of performance. Only one week after fielding two trucks at the SCORE Baja 1000, they were at the Henderson 250 with the Falken Tire 6100 truck for another race.

Jonathan, with Brother Jordan navigating, was on the pipe from the drop of the green flag. He railed the first turn after the start and planned to do the same in turn two of the twisty starting section that resembles a slot car track. He went even deeper into turn two, but it was much softer; the truck tipped over on the side. As they sat, still strapped in on the side of the track, their race strategy was changed to plan B. Instead of gapping the field in clean air out front, they would have to climb up through the field in the choking dust and merciless rocks on the Henderson course.
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Once back on four wheels, they were dead last in their class. They picked off six trucks in 50 miles but as you move up through the field, the competition gets much tougher. There was little breeze out on the course so the dust was sitting in place like a bank of fog. Pulling out to pass was risky but sometimes the only option. As they dropped into a sandy wash, the dirt changed to sand and they got a brief glimpse of, well, anything. They jumped out to pass and were met with a three foot tall boulder. The truck slammed into it, launching into the air. It’s incredible that their Method Race Wheel was not destroyed on impact or the front suspension ripped off, but they were slowly losing air from the Falken Wildpeak Tire. They stopped to change it out, dropping them back behind the trucks they had just passed. They would have to make their way to the front one more time.

Despite the impact with the rock, the Brenthel Industries 6100 truck was still going strong. They had a brief moment when their damaged hood flew up, blocking Jonathan’s view at 115 miles per hour, but it shifted out of the way until the crew later removed it. “On lap three, we were running in third,” said Jonathan, “We had to make some risky moves to get there but we were able to settle down and run a measured pace. We have been practicing pit stops at the shop after hours and it really showed. The crew got us in and out of the pits all day. They got us past other trucks with their quick pit stops. We tried some new shock setting for this race and it really paid off. We told Iribe at King Shocks that we were going to try something different and he really nailed it with the shock set-up. Our suspension allowed us to overtake other trucks in whoop sections. They slowed down; we sped up. We will use any shocks that the customer wants, but we recommend Kings and run them on all our personal race trucks.”
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After taking the worst that the Henderson course could dish out, and climbing through the field twice, they brought the Falken Tire 6100 truck home on the podium in third place. It was another successful test with valuable information gained that they can pass on to their customers. At Brenthel Industries, customer service is a major priority. Everything they build is created using state of the art CAD programs and then proven on the race course; Brenthel Industries leads the way by design. Their depth of knowledge and nimble manufacturing process allows them to work outside the box when it creates a better fit for the customer. Any job you have, big or small can benefit from Brenthel’s meticulous engineering and careful craftsmanship. Go to http://brenthelindustries.com or http://www.bajakits.com to find out more about the many services, highly developed suspension systems and race-proven products available from Brenthel Industries.
Photography By: Bink Designs

Brenthel Earns Podium Finish At Hard Fought Henderson 250 Brenthel Industries
The old saying goes “third times a charm” and that was the case for Jonathan Brenthel at the final race in the Best In The Desert series; the Henderson 250 in Henderson, Nevada. Brenthel Industries builds a wide range of competition vehicles and in order to test the limits of the trucks and cars they build, Brenthel competes in multiple race series. They push their vehicles harder than anyone in the toughest conditions possible to find the limits of performance. Only one week after fielding two trucks at the SCORE Baja 1000, they were at the Henderson 250 with the Falken Tire 6100 truck for another race.

Jonathan, with Brother Jordan navigating, was on the pipe from the drop of the green flag. He railed the first turn after the start and planned to do the same in turn two of the twisty starting section that resembles a slot car track. He went even deeper into turn two, but it was much softer; the truck tipped over on the side. As they sat, still strapped in on the side of the track, their race strategy was changed to plan B. Instead of gapping the field in clean air out front, they would have to climb up through the field in the choking dust and merciless rocks on the Henderson course.
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Once back on four wheels, they were dead last in their class. They picked off six trucks in 50 miles but as you move up through the field, the competition gets much tougher. There was little breeze out on the course so the dust was sitting in place like a bank of fog. Pulling out to pass was risky but sometimes the only option. As they dropped into a sandy wash, the dirt changed to sand and they got a brief glimpse of, well, anything. They jumped out to pass and were met with a three foot tall boulder. The truck slammed into it, launching into the air. It’s incredible that their Method Race Wheel was not destroyed on impact or the front suspension ripped off, but they were slowly losing air from the Falken Wildpeak Tire. They stopped to change it out, dropping them back behind the trucks they had just passed. They would have to make their way to the front one more time.

Despite the impact with the rock, the Brenthel Industries 6100 truck was still going strong. They had a brief moment when their damaged hood flew up, blocking Jonathan’s view at 115 miles per hour, but it shifted out of the way until the crew later removed it. “On lap three, we were running in third,” said Jonathan, “We had to make some risky moves to get there but we were able to settle down and run a measured pace. We have been practicing pit stops at the shop after hours and it really showed. The crew got us in and out of the pits all day. They got us past other trucks with their quick pit stops. We tried some new shock setting for this race and it really paid off. We told Iribe at King Shocks that we were going to try something different and he really nailed it with the shock set-up. Our suspension allowed us to overtake other trucks in whoop sections. They slowed down; we sped up. We will use any shocks that the customer wants, but we recommend Kings and run them on all our personal race trucks.”
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After taking the worst that the Henderson course could dish out, and climbing through the field twice, they brought the Falken Tire 6100 truck home on the podium in third place. It was another successful test with valuable information gained that they can pass on to their customers. At Brenthel Industries, customer service is a major priority. Everything they build is created using state of the art CAD programs and then proven on the race course; Brenthel Industries leads the way by design. Their depth of knowledge and nimble manufacturing process allows them to work outside the box when it creates a better fit for the customer. Any job you have, big or small can benefit from Brenthel’s meticulous engineering and careful craftsmanship. Go to http://brenthelindustries.com or http://www.bajakits.com to find out more about the many services, highly developed suspension systems and race-proven products available from Brenthel Industries.
Photography By: Bink Designs

Villopoto Gets A Taste Of Baja In The 873 While Brenthel and Galles Got The Whole Enchilada In 872 baja truck jump
Brenthel Industries took on the 48th SCORE Baja 1000 (B1K) with a two-truck assault in the Trophy Truck Spec class. Driving the Falken Tire #872 was Jordan Brenthel and Jamie Galles who quickly jumped out to the lead. The Monster Energy #873 was piloted by Jonathan Brenthel and 4x Supercross champion Ryan Villopoto who also made their way up to the lead pack. Running up front was the payoff for countless hours of preparation.

A brutal race like the Baja 1000 takes a huge amount of time, effort, and resources just to get to the starting line. In addition to miscellaneous spare parts that include steering racks and transmissions, 400 gallons of fuel and 42 Falken Wildpeak tires are distributed to six chase trucks on race day. Crew members, supplies, and spare parts are spread across hundreds of miles of remote Baja desert.

This year’s B1K was an 840 mile loop race. It travelled south along the Pacific coast, turned east past Punta Blanco towards highway one, then headed north along the gulf coast to San Felipe before returning to Ensenada. After miles of unforgiving silt, racers still had to get through the whooped out sand around San Felipe. It was like running the Baja 500 and the San Felipe 250 in one shot.
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The Brenthel Brothers, Jonathan and Jordan, and teammate Jamie Galles, have run many miles of Baja trails. For Ryan Villopoto, it was all new. More accustomed to heat races on man-made tracks, the distances, remoteness, and ruggedness of the terrain, was a whole new experience for Villopoto. The plan was to have Jonathan start and make his way outside Ensenada. Ryan would then take over driving and head down the coast while the sun was still out. As most Baja races go, plan A didn’t work out despite Jonathan starting 10th and handing the truck off in 6th. Ryan got in the car and was doing well, but the steering rack sheared the mounting bolts which cost more time and the repair was not 100%.

For a highly successful, multi-time champion like Ryan, it made no sense to keep going in a truck with a temporary repair and no chance to win. If they were racing towards a championship, they would have to continue but knowing what a huge eye-opener it already was for Ryan, Jonathan decided it was better to let him experience the cheering crowds and spare him from a possible cold, hungry night in the middle of nowhere due to a broken truck. They decided it was better to save the truck for another day. Giving Ryan his first taste of Baja was a good time for all and Ryan is excited to do it again.
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For Jordan Brenthel and Jamie Galles, they were in the hunt for a championship. They took control of the race early by getting out front and staying there. The truck was running strong as they clicked off mile after mile. As they rounded a blind corner, they had to brake hard to avoid hitting a Trophy Truck stuck in the silt. The sudden stop trapped them too in the bottomless pit of powdered dirt. It took hours, but they dug themselves out and clawed their way back up again; finishing in fifth place. Fifty percent of the field was beaten by Baja. Out of 16 starters, only 8 finished.

“I put in a lot of time prerunning the course and keeping good notes on the course,” said Jordan, “We pre-ran the course fast, we did it slow, we spent long weekends getting it right; we were real confident going in that we had a chance for a solid finish. My co-driver Trey Palreiro started the race. In the early going, I got ahead of myself and blew a corner. It turned out to be a good thing because I relaxed and got my head on straight. It sounds strange but the goal was to run conservative but quick. All the prerunning we did paid off. I was able to stay out of the dust and choose when to make my passes. We got around several trucks without having to nerf or drive blind off course.”
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“We stopped for a splash of fuel at Santo Thomas in the lead. We pulled out of our pit and had a truck right on our bumper through the speed zone. As soon as we could, I opened it up, and they disappeared in the rear view mirror. It was after dark when we came around a tight corner and found a Trophy Truck buried in the silt. There was no way to avoid him; we were stuck too. He got pulled out by another competitor but they left us there. We spent hours digging out and seized the jack because of the silt. As we worked, we noticed some cars were coming back and searching for an alternate route. There must have been a huge bottleneck ahead. We eventually got pulled free and found our own way around but hurt the transmission in the process; that put a lot of pressure on us. We had only second gear, no first gear, and no reverse. It left us no room for error with 600 miles to go. We ran it that way for 250 miles until we could meet the crew. They changed it and Jamie took over driving; I had been going for 18 hours. He did a great job taking the truck to the finish with no issues.”
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Ryan Villopoto Joins Brenthel Industries At Baja 1000 Ryan Villopoto
Four-time AMA World Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, (RV2) will be driving a stint at the SCORE Baja 1000, (B1K) in the #873 Brenthel Industries race truck driven by Jonathan Brenthel. Villopoto will be starting at the top by competing in his first desert race ever at the legendary Baja 1000.

The top is a place where he is very comfortable. A Motocross of Nations Champion, Monster Energy Cup Champion and two time AMA Motocross Champion, he won four straight AMA Supercross titles from 2011 to 2014.

“I’m so grateful to Monster Energy and Brenthel Industries for making this happen,” said Villopoto, “I was able to drive Johnny Greaves’ Monster Energy Pro-4 on the track at Lake Elsinore once but this is my first time racing a truck in the desert; it’s the first time I’ve been to Mexico. We are heading out to prerun the course today.”

“We have been working on putting this together for a while,” said Jonathan Brenthel of Brenthel Industries, “Ryan will drive the coast section of the race. We are making a run in the Recon Prerunner with Ryan riding in the back seat so he can get a feel for the speeds. Then he will take the wheel on the second run. I will walk him through it while he gets used to the course. We will return to the U.S. where he will get in the race truck for a final shakedown and then head back to Baja for the race.”
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Ryan Villopoto will be getting a great introduction to the sport of off-road racing with a proven, championship winning race team behind him. Brenthel Industries will in turn get Ryan’s unique perspective on the Recon Prerunner and the Spec Trophy Truck during race conditions. Brenthel Industries has had many skilled racers take a turn behind the wheel in their continuous process of vehicle refinement.

“Our goal is to get every last bit of performance out of our vehicles,” said Jonathan Brenthel, “We have tons of test data and feedback from drivers who have been behind the wheel. The result has been a performance vehicle that feels lighter, has better traction off the line, stops quicker, turns faster and jumps nicer than anything out there.”
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The underlying goal of Brenthel is to keep setting goals. Keep pushing the boundaries and keep setting the bar for others to follow. Everything they build is created using state of the art CAD programs and then proven on the race course; Brenthel Industries leads the way by design. Their depth of knowledge and nimble manufacturing process allows them to work outside the box when it creates a better fit for the customer. Any job you have, big or small can benefit from Brenthel’s meticulous engineering and careful craftsmanship. Go to

http://brenthelindustries.com or http://www.bajakits.com to find out more about the many services, highly developed suspension systems and race-proven products available from Brenthel Industries.

Photography Courtesy: Brenthel Industries, Monster Energy & Kawasaki
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May 12, 2015
Brenthel Ups Their Game At Silver State 300; Two podiums In Two Weeks
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In off-road racing, success does not come easy. There are many ways to lose a race; poor preparation, bad strategy, the desert, the competition. Sometimes it's just bad luck. Other times, you can beat yourself. There isn't a racer out there who did not ask themselves "why did I do that?" at one point in their career. The truth is, a winning driver has to live at the limit. There have been drivers who play it safe. They plod along waiting for everyone to break but there's no fun and little glory in that. If you look at the most successful drivers in the sport, they are all aggressive. At the Best In The Desert Silver State 300, Brenthel Industries grabbed a second straight podium finish; two podiums in just two weeks' time.

With a string of championships to their credit, Brenthel's racing success is not in question. Despite their accomplishments, they recognized they were beating themselves at times. The issue was being too aggressive. At their last race, the Baja Sur 500, both vehicles entered, suffered a crash. Jonathan Brenthel's class one car was disabled after hitting a square edged ditch at 60 mph. Despite Co-driver Josh Rigsby barrel rolling 5 times, Jordan Brenthel's truck was able to continue; finishing on the podium in third. Anytime you land on the podium it's good but the crash might have cost them a win.Brenthel Industries Baja Truck

When the Silver State 300 came along co-driver Jamie Galles came up with a challenge. Jonathan Brenthel was driving the first half of the race with Brother Jordan navigating. At the halfway point, Jamie Galles would take the wheel with Lence Jorgensen calling out the turns. The pre-race challenge was that whoever caused downtime during the race would pay the other driver cash. Not an exorbitant amount but enough to make it a real wager.

"I really wanted us to get to the end with all four corners on the truck," said Jamie Galles, "The Silver State course is not like any other desert course I've ever raced; it's smooth. You are running flat out the whole way. If you go off course, you can end your race right there. It was fun sliding the truck around but I like it a little rougher. We had a slow driver change that cost us some track position and a fuel pickup problem that made us put in an extra stop for fuel. We had no flats to our Falken Wildpeak tires; it was a good run that will give us a good foundation for the Baja 500."Brenthel Industries Baja Truck

"I was conservative during qualifying," said Jonathan Brenthel, "Our times would be used for the Silver State race and Vegas to Reno. I just wanted a good solid starting position; I didn't want to be last." Jonathan qualified 4th. "Jamie told me before the race that we would have a wager. I didn't want to do it at first but Jordan said we would. It worked; I caught the guy in front of me at mile 4. Instead of a risky pass in the dust I backed off a little and got him later when it was easy. 90% of our crashes happen passing in the dust. I could not put the truck up on two wheels or throw it into the corners; we were having a fuel pick-up problem. The pit crew was fast all day, we were getting record fast stops for fuel. We had a scary moment when I caught air off some whoops. The front end went up high and the wind caught us. I told Jordan if we were going any faster we would have blown over. Just then I caught Lofton's Trick Truck wreckage on the side of the course. There were parts everywhere. He was probably going 120, we were going 90. We had a great finish with no big issues. The course was real quick with a couple of technical sections. I would not want to start in the back, it was tough to pass."

It's easy to be aggressive when you have a bullet proof vehicle under you. No other car builder submits their vehicles to the kind of punishment Brenthel does. Regardless if you are competing in the toughest races in the United States, Baja Mexico or the Dakar Rally; Brenthel has been there and put all the knowledge gained right back into their designs. Created in CAD and then proven on the race course, Brenthel Industries leads the way by design. Any job you have, big or small can benefit from Brenthel's meticulous engineering and precise craftsmanship.
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