Building A Baja Chase Truck

by AJ Deysel
KC Motorsports F250 Chase Truck

The Baja 1000 race in Mexico, remains one of the largest, and most competitive single stage off-road races in the world. With a variety of classes from full custom, professional racing vehicles, to almost stock amateur vehicles.

One thing most if not all of them have in common, is the need for one or a number of chase vehicles. These chase vehicles are required to carry the support crew, spares, fuel, spare drivers, mechanics and any other possible crew or requirements to the various pits and stops so that they are close by should the main race vehicle need anything.

Building a Baja Chase vehicle, one of the first things to consider, is what is going to be carried in or on it. If only crew, mechanics and drivers, then a SUV would suffice, but if spares, fuel, tools and other gear are to be carried also, then a truck would be the only option.

Spare tires and wheels need to be quickly and easily accessible as the times when they are required often do not allow for pre-setup and are sometimes emergencies flats.
A flat bed is also versatile as it allows many configurations.
Some Side x Side team even carry a spare complete vehicle on their chase trucks.
Chevrolet Silverado chase truck with spare Side by side Polaris RZR on the back.
Essentials Fuel and Spare Tyres
Bed sides, which used to be empty spaces, are transformed to small compartments for tools and spares.

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