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The name Lexus is most certainly not synonymous with off-roading, but last year, Joe Bacal entered a specially prepped LX in the Stock Full class of the SCORE series; surprising the establishment with a largely trouble free run and a class win to boot.
Since then Bacal has gone from strength to strength – ultimately garnering his first off-road championship, thanks to a string of podium finishes and a win at the SCORE/Terrible sponsored Prim 300 in Las Vegas.
Making the championship victory even more remarkable is that Bacal is a Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor; has driven every mile of every race he’s competed in and won the 300 despite a serious knee injury which required 25 stitches prior to the start of the race. With the class championship secured; Bacal and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Lexus team look forward to this year’s Baja 1000, which begins on November 17.
[Source: Toyota Motorsports]
Cancer survivor Joe Bascal drives his Cancer Treatment Centers of America LX570 to victory.
Cancer Survivor Joe Bacal and navigator Paul Williamsen may just have set a record this weekend, taking first place in their class at the grueling Baja 500 race. It was the first win for Bascal, the JTGrey Racing Team, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America LX570 and for Lexus in professional off-road racing.
More amazing still Bascal piloted the Lexus solo during the entire 16 hours it took to complete the 41st annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in the Stock Full class.
“This is truly a dream come true,” said Bacal. “The LX 570 was bulletproof and we went the entire distance without a tire change. I was tired at the end but not exhausted, which is something that two years ago was hard to imagine after my cancer ordeal.”
Bascal and his Cancer Treatment Centers of America TJGrey Racing Lexus LX570 will race again in August at the Vegas to Reno 1000 in the Best of the Desert series.
GALLERY: JTGrey Racing Lexus LX570
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