Symons Ambulance made motorsports history on November 18, 2010 by racing the first ever ambulance in the Baja 1000. Symons converted an old 4x4 ambulance into a fully SCORE legal race vehicle with the addition of a full roll cage, fuel cell, race seats, racing harnesses, off-road lights, etc.
A total of ten drivers and co-drivers were scheduled to participate. All of the participants were either EMT's, paramedics, nurses or emergency physicians.While prerunning the day prior to the race, the front shock mounts were both broken in difficult terrain. Luckily our local mechanics from Ensenada were able to work all night and get the front suspension fixed
Starting the race were Jeff Grange (driver) and Steve Corbett (co-driver). Unfortunately, after racing out of Ensenada the transmission started to lose fluid and eventually quit working. Withing several hours we had taken the transmission out (in the middle of the race course) and replaced the main seal. The race then continued another 20 miles when the transmission went out completely bringing an early end to the Symons Ambulance first ever Baja 1000 attempt. Symons Ambulance will be researching transmission coolers and plans to return for the Baja 500 in June to complete the full course.