RENO, NV MARCH 23, 2011 Mike Shaffer will compete in Class 10 at the SNORE Mint 400 this weekend. Representing Torchmate Racing, Shaffer will start 15th in Class 10 in car number 1066. “With this not being a points race for us, we have one objective and that is to not hold back, but be on the throttle from the start line,” said driver of record Mike Shaffer. “We know with this size of a field that the winner will be the one that runs wide open with no issues to the finish, we just hope to be that team!”
The Class 10 #1066 team is composed of Mike Shaffer of Shaffer Offroad with co-driver Orlando “Bondo” Giannecchini of Any Seven Offroad. Daniel Aeberli from Switzerland will drive with Bernie Strom in the second leg, and the third leg will be Shawn Twitchell with son Ian Twitchell.
This will be the second race with the Torchmate Class 10 car. After their premier appearance at the BITD Parker 425 race they took it to Turnkey Engine Supply who claimed, after some tuning, to see the most horsepower out of a stock Class 10 EcoTech motor. The team will meet with Fox Shox to dial in the suspension this week pre-race.
The Team will be available at Tech and Contingency on Friday March 25th. The Race will start Saturday March 26th at 7am. Follow the Shaffer-Motosports Torchmate team this weekend:
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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.
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