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The Baja 500 has been good to Kia--except when I was there. While I was co-driver in Darren Skilton's Sportage, we managed to get stuck in the sand and blew the torque converter at the 50-mile mark. We were stranded on the back side of a blind curve. While Darren looked at the trans, I ran up the course and diverted traffic--right over his helmet sitting on the side of the road. D'oh! Driveline help didn't arrive in time and Kia had a DNF.