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The SCORE Baja 1000 is one of the toughest races on the planet, which tests man and machine to the absolute limit. Despite its tough nature, this race still attracts many teams and drivers. Team BFGoodrich for instance has 23 drivers wanting to have a go in this race, but only six can compete.
While two of the six will be automatically crowned champions at the SCCA National Runoffs. The other four will have to depend the whims of voters. In a format similar to reality TV shows, Team BFGoodrich will ask you to vote for your favorites from the 21 remaining drivers.
The competition will be set-up like a Race of Champions gathering, with drivers competing with each other to win points and fan votes. The four highest scorers will join the previously selected two drivers and compete in the Baja 1000.
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Last year was a good season for Lexus in the SCORE off-road racing series. Joe Bacall, and the JTGrey team, running their LX550, finished first in the stock class championship thanks to racking up wins at a number of races, including the Laughlin Desert Challenge, Terribles Las Vegas Prim 300 and the infamous Baja 1000.
Now, the team is back, hoping to repeat their success for a second year in a row. In fact, Bacall himself recently said in a press statement that “we are prepared for the new challenges this season will bring. We’ll be racing harder and faster with Lexus this year and expect some great finishes in the LX570.”
The updated JTGrey truck that Bacall will be driving this year is a serious piece of kit. It sports, among other things, 37-inch BF Goodrich Baja TA project race tires, custom King Racing shocks, Sparco race seats, and nine KC Hilites High Intensity Discharge lights. Top Trophy Truck builder Geiser Brothers’ Design and Development made modifications to the truck and will provide on site support during each race in 2011.
The next event on the calendar in the SCORE series, is the San Felipe 250, scheduled for March 11-13; the Baja 500 will follow on June 3-5, the 2011 Las Vegas Primm 300 on August 26-28 and finally the grueling Baja 1000 will be run on November 17-20. Not surprisingly, with so much at stake after last year’s success, Bacall and the JTGrey team will be looking to do well in each of these events.
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]
BFGoodrich Tires has long had a passion for racing, both on the tarmac and in the dirt. In a unique move linking their on-road and off-road interests, BFG has just announced an expanded contingency program for five classes in the 2010 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Championship Runoffs. This program offers SCCA competitors the chance to race in the BFGoodrich Tires / Wide Open Excursions “Baja Challenge” (BC) race car for the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in November.
Seats in the Wide Open Excursions BC race car, equipped with BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires, will be awarded to drivers who win their class using BFGoodrich tires at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs in September. This is in addition to BFG’s existing contingency program that offers SCCA Club Racing National drivers two BFGoodrich g-Force R1 tires for first place and one tire for second place. Eligible classes include AS, T2, T3, SSB and SSC.
“Because of our legendary success both on- and off-road, BFGoodrich Tires is uniquely qualified to offer a program like this to our racers,” said Roberts Kukainis, motorsports manager, BFGoodrich Tires. “One thing we know at BFGoodrich Tires is that those who race on our tires are all about fierce competition, and we expect this contingency program to become a race in itself among our SCCA racers.”
The 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs will take place Sept. 20-26 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. More than 600 drivers will participate in the event, making it the country’s largest amateur championship. Those who bolt on a set of BFGoodrich tires and display the required decals will be eligible for the contingency.
“BFGoodrich Tires has definitely sweetened the pot for the track guys this season,” said Joel Lipperini, 2009 SCCA SSC class winner. “We are very passionate about racing and winning – we aren’t out here to get rich, we do it all for the excitement on the track. The chance to win championships on the track and in the desert, in the same season, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’ve never raced in Baja, but you better believe that I’ll be at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs pushing my car, my tires and myself to the limit.”
The complete Press Release after the jump.
[Source: BFGoodrich Tires]