In the past we have used BFG for our main pits. They have tools and basic supplies such as oils, scrap metal and nuts and bolts and all the tools you may need (welders grinders saws, etc.) BFG is a free service as long as you run their tires. You must sign up before the race and spots are limited. You coordinate with your fuel supplier to deliver the amount of fuel you may need at each pit (ie 15 gallons pit 1, 12 gallons pit 2 etc.) BFG then fuels you and you pay for only the fuel you use which BFG tracks. You will pay a delivery fee for the total amount of fuel you tell them to bring down for you(like a buck a gallon or something like that). BFG also provides you with an awesome pit book with access notes for the course and various maps and course notes. Before the race you attend the BFG pit meeting and at this meeting you bring the supplies you want at each pit (tires, lightbars, jackets, etc.) and you drop them off directly with the pit vehicle that will be at that particular pit. BFG will have waters and snacks if memory serves me correctly. Another great feature of the BFG pits is the use of their radio relay. BFG has a great radio network in BAJA and provides a "Weatherman" type service for it's customers.
We would then sign up with BAJA pits for their emergency only plan which is usually between $200-$300. This plan gives you access to all Baja Pits in the event you need them. There are usually more Baja pits then BFG so this plan gave us great coverage during the race. They have basic tools and people to work on your stuff. The welders may be old and possibly stick welders but they will be able to stick some metal together. They will usually have various fluids and general repair supplies. This plan does not involve any fueling.
Baja pits has a full service plan as well which whould involve fueling. Fuel delivery would wrok in a similar fashion to BFG. I have never used this option and know some people have had issues in regards to the fuel service they provide.
I second what Porboy said. We've used Baja Pits full service and the emergency service.
The challenge with any pit service is if you have them do fuel, you have to break it down into dump cans for each location (technically, that's not a problem, just an expense of buying a bunch of dump cans).
We switched to doing our own fueling from our chase trucks in 2009 and will do that again in 2013. We have used Baja Pits emergency service and while their equipment is varied, it always worked for us and the guys at the pits would help us get repairs done. They'd also refill camelbaks and give us energy bars. I could not convince them to give me a neck massage.
As I said for 2013 we'll be using their emergency service (around $300 and do fueling from our trucks. Apparently Baja Pits is taking some heat over on Race Dezert, but I stand by them. Carlos, the guy who runs it, likes us 11s.
I have worked for Baja Pits and used BFG. BFG is the better deal because they are free! But space is limited and BFG tires are required. Baja Pits has almost twice as many pit stops but because they are not subsidized by a major corporation as a write off they don't have as fancy of pits. The ideal set up is BFG as a main pit and the emergency plan from Baja Pits. Carlos at Baja Pits is a strong supporter or Class 11, 5, 9, etc. He has been at it for quite a while for reasons other than the "incredible money and fame" of desert racing. Most all pits at either should have the fuel you paid for and tires or equipment you dropped off at the designated pits. What have people been saying on Race Dezert?
EnseNADAslim replied the topic: Baja Pits/BFG Pits
From what I heard at a BFG pit meeting is that you need to be registered and run with BFG's for a complete year before you can receive free pit service. Being our first year (haha,,the Baja 1000, first race---what are we thinking) we'll be using Baja Pits, and man,,,,7.00x15's BFG Super Trax run at about $200.00+ per tire. And still would remain the question??? Pitting the car, paying for pits and and investment of well over $1000.00 just in front tires.
We'll eventually invest in our own dump cans and do our own fueling as well.
I must say however,,,that book that BFG prepares for it's users is fantastic, detailed, maps, and accurate. A great aid to the chase teams.
I my opinion the chase/race note book is worth it. GPS, plus, by the old sign that was hit last week, left at the burned out truck... It makes it much easier to find things in the dark. We never had to find anyone in the daylight., why is that?
I have worked for many years with Baja Pits, and have pitted with BFG pits. Baja Pits was a better option!
When we used BFG pits, they didn't care about their racers and they even closed down the pit and wouldn't give us our fuel that we had already paid for because we were "too late". Also ther pit much slower because you have to fill then move forward and change so a bit can take over 15 mins, which when you add it up isn't good! Also, BFG does not have many pits and not in remote locations.
Baja pits is much more helpful! they would give you tires of cars that had already passed and fuel you even if you weren't signed up. They would come and tow you out from 20 miles away, and have pits every 40 miles! I would only pit with Baja Pits!