OAKLAND, CA JANUARY 11, 2012 Shaffer-Motorsports team car #401 will be competing in the entire SCORE International Racing Series in 2012. With the addition of title sponsor Transfer Case Express, the Shaffer-Motorsports black, red and white car will be focused on the SCORE Class 4 Championship. “When we were deciding on our season we agreed that we loved racing in Baja, so opted to focus all our efforts on the SCORE series in hopes of coming out with a championship,” said Mike Shaffer, driver of record and owner of Shaffer’s Offroad. “This will be our second season with this car and I feel we get more and more confident of its capabilities after each race and all our testing and tuning sessions.”
This weekend the Class 4 car that will be seen with Transfer Case Express and Torchmate Racing graphics will race at the 18th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Group 3 at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday. For the first time in the history of the event, Saturday and Sunday will be separate race events for purposes of championship points, prize money and trophies. Shaffer will start first on Saturday based on the drawing, but starting positions for the second race on Sunday will be based on Saturday’s placement order. The BFGoodrich Tires will turn 7 laps on Saturday with Mike Shaffer driving and 7 laps on Sunday with Shwan Twitchell behind the wheel.
Transfer Case Express (TCE) has been a great addition to the Shaffer-Motorsports Team. Transfer Case Express has been in business since 1998 and specialize in American transfer cases carrying New Process, Dana and Borg Warner brands. TCE has two remanufacturing centers, one in Oakland California and one in Spartanburg South Carolina where new and remanufactured American transfer cases are available.
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More about Mike Shaffer: 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. Shaffer has been racing for 27 years, starting with BMX and then age 16 in drag racing and his first desert race was fourteen years ago. Shaffer was 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.
More about Shawn Twitchell: 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. 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 and has been married for 30 years to Vickie. Desert racing is in their family encompassing four generations including his son Ian, who will co-drive for Shawn. Two of seven grandkids are already earning their stripes in the pits and at the shop.
More about Daniel Aeberli: Daniel Aeberli is the CTO of Meditron, a Swiss medical distribution company that he co-founded 20 years ago in Switzerland. He raced with the Shaffer Motorsport team in 2010 helping them win SCORE Primm in Class 1700. Aeberli drove the first section of the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000 and is looking forward to coming back to the United States to race in BITD including Vegas to Reno and SCORE Baja 1000. Active in many sports, he especially enjoys skiing and hangliding in Switzerland.
Sponsors: Transfer Case Express, Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, BFGoodrich, PowerTank, RuffStuff, PSC Steering, Shaffer’s Offroad