McMillin Racing Update: Baja 1000
San Diego, CA (December 2, 2010) Fielding three race cars at the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 was quite an endeavor for Mark McMillin and his McMillin Homes race team. By the time the last of his three race vehicles had reached the finished line of the 1061-mile race, he and his sons, Daniel and Luke, celebrated a season championship and two top ten finishes.
Driving the first half of the race in his #23 McMillin Homes/BFGoodrich Tires race truck, Mark McMillin had a near flawless run to the halfway point at San Ignacio. Arriving to the McMillin Racing pit at San Ignacio, Mark McMillin was in 7th position among the leaders. Crew Chief Cameron Parrish rode in the right seat with Mark and stayed in with driver, Chuck Hovey, until the La Purisma pit. Chuck ran a solid pace and survived 20 minutes in the devilish Baja silt, where four trucks were able to get past him. After a whopping 1000 plus miles of racing, the #23 McMillin Homes truck crossed the checkered flag in 10th position among the elite SCORE Trophy Trucks.
Tickets from SCORE, Special Room packages from Atrium Hotel On sale now for next weekend’s annual SCORE Awards Night
SCORE’s 37st year culminates with SCORE Off-Roadsman awards,
Presentation of 2010 SCORE Desert Series champions
LOS ANGELES—With maximum seating capacity of 400, tickets and special room packages remain available for next weekend’s 2010 SCORE Awards Night, honoring the world’s foremost desert racing series. The colorful event is returning to Southern California for the first time in a decade and will be held next Saturday (Dec. 11) at the boutique-style Atrium Hotel in Irvine, Calif., which is the host venue for the first time.
At the newly renovated Atrium Hotel, located adjacent to the John Wayne Airport, 400 SCORE racers, family, friends, crews, sponsors and media will bask in the Southern California sunshine as the SCORE Awards Night will honor the 37-year history and fame of the name which is the standard for desert racing world-wide.
The agony of not finishing the Baja 1000 is becoming all too familiar. The Torchmate desert team returned to Baja after defeat last year in the early stages of the race. A large rock broke the transmission pan costing us valuable hours before the truck lost power and spent most of the night stuck in a sand wash. Eventually, we were forced to throw in the towel – an act we were determined not to repeat this year.
The 43rd Baja 1000 was truly an epic race. Due to logistics and costs, it is not every year that a peninsula run takes place and the scale of such a race is hard to explain without firsthand experience - 1062 miles of remote and brutal off-road terrain in roughly a straight line from Ensenada to La Paz. Our plan called for four drivers to relay the #601 truck to the finish line within the time limit of 45 hours. I was invited to navigate during the second leg (race mile 242 to 542) with driver Mark Levrett.
General Tire tears up the desert at the 43rd annual Tecate Baja 1000
ENSENADA, Baja, Mexico – (November 22, 2010) – Team General Tire and the General Tire Grabber competition tire took on the desert once more at the 43rd annual Tecate Baja 1000, which stretches from Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico, and results in the longest version of the SCORE Baja 1000 known as the Peninsula Run.
Team General Tire was primed to unleash its fury on the desert’s most fearsome course for its third consecutive season. Finishing at the top, was the unstoppable team of Kent Kroeker, who placed second in Class 8 and “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin who took home fourth place in Trophy Truck.
Traxxas Trophy Truck #86 of Jenkins/Baldwin Crashes Night Before Race
The night before this year's Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 team Traxxas took the #86 Baldwin Motorsports Trophy Truck out onto the race course for a quick light test. Unfortunately the team crashed and wasn't able to make it to the starting line. Mike Jenkins, driver of record with Josh Baldwin taking the second half, were set to head down the peninsula for the 1061 trek to La Paz. Mike Jenkins was excited for his first ever desert race here at the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 but unfortunately he didn't make it. We hope to see him back in the desert soon.
BFGoodrich® Tires Wins 43rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000; 70th Overall Four-Wheel SCORE Desert Race Title
Vildosola Racing becomes first Mexican national team to win overall SCORE Baja 1000 BFGoodrich® Tires Takes Victory in 17 SCORE Baja 1000 Classes
LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, Mexico (Nov. 20, 2010) – For 35 years BFGoodrich® Tires has made history in Baja and one could expect no different in 2010. The father son #21 Trophy-Truck team of Gus Vildosola Jr. and Gus Vildosola Sr. dominated the 43rd SCORE Baja 1000 in 19 hours and four seconds, claiming the overall vehicle title and providing BFGoodrich Tires with its 70th overall four-wheel SCORE Baja race win and its 24th SCORE Baja 1000 overall win. The victory was remarkable not only for its sheer accomplishment but also because it was the first time in the 43 years of the SCORE Baja 1000 that a Mexican national driver and team won the overall race. BFGoodrich Tires claimed victory in 17 of the 23 car/truck/buggy classes that completed the event.
Oshkosh Technologies Tackle 1,000-Mile Off-Road Desert Race Oshkosh Extreme Racing Completes the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Nov. 21, 2010) — Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today its Extreme Racing team has completed the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race course in Mexico. The Oshkosh Extreme Racing team ran its Light Concept Vehicles (LCV) through the rugged 1,061-mile desert course and one crossed the finish line in La Paz today.
“Off-road racing teams compete in the Baja 1000 to push the limits, and we’re absolutely thrilled to see our vehicle overcome the difficult desert terrain,” said Chris Yakes, Oshkosh Corporation vice president of Advanced Products Engineering and Oshkosh Extreme Racing team leader. “Our team’s performance on this world-renowned course speaks to both the quality of our technologies and the expertise of our drivers and technical crew. I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”
Joe Bacal and Lexus Persevere for Maiden Victory in Baja 1000
Never-Say-Die Effort Caps First Championship Season for Driver, Team, and Luxury Automaker
LA PAZ, Mexico, November 21, 2010 – After suffering the longest night of his young off-road racing career, Joe Bacal and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America-sponsored Lexus LX 570 stormed past the finish line at 7:54 a.m. Saturday morning in a triumphant conclusion to the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
After weeks of careful preparation and the 2010 SCORE Stock Full championship already behind them, cancer survivor Bacal and first-leg co-driver Chris Cocores departed Ensenada at 12:57 p.m. on Thursday with a comprehensive race plan and a quick LX 570, backed by a second driving team and a race-tested support crew. Their plan was to turn the rig over to Bob Ditner and Paul Williamsen early Friday morning at mile 546 but things did not quite go as planned.
Mexico’s Vildosola Racing makes magical history--overall victory; Norman/Cody win overall 2-Wheel at 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
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Appleton bros win Class 1, Brandon Brown's team captures Overall ATV victory; Jones finishes 12th in SCORE Trophy-Truck to capture class & 2010 SCORE Overall point title As over 250,000 fanatical fans in Baja California, Mexico on tough 1061.69-mile Baja California course
LA PAZ, Mexico– Etching their names on the granite history of the world’s most legendary desert race, Mexico’s son and father desert racers Gustavo Vildosola Jr. and Sr., along with the team of Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody became part of motorsports history by capturing the overall 2-wheel and 4-wheel victories in the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The 1061.69-mile 43rd edition of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race down Mexico’s mysteriously magical Baja Peninsula ran from Ensenada from La Paz. The season finale of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series ended Saturday.
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