After the Baja 1000, Lucas Baja Racing Prepares for Baja Protruck Cup
Dublin, Ohio - Rebounding from a trouble-filled run in the recent Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the Castrol sponsored Lucas Baja Racing team is hoping to change their luck during the Baja Protruck Cup event at Glen Helen Raceway on December 9th.
"The Baja 1000 is such a challenging event. There were 445 race entries in this year's race and nearly half of them did not finish," said team co-driver Eric Place.
Recounting the bad luck experienced at this year's event, Place said, "We were running well and our speed was good, but we managed to find trouble. The dusty conditions created by a truck that we were about to overtake caused us to end up on our side in a large hole. It was like an earthquake. We were stuck on our side for a quite a while until we could dig ourselves out and get pulled out of the crevasse," Place said. "We were forced to start the truck on many attempts to get ourselves out of our predicament. Unfortunately, being on our side "leaned" the carburetor out dramatically and blew the engine."
With the season's toughest event now behind them, the Castrol Ford team hopes to use the event at Glen Helen to turn their luck around. In stark contrast to the wide open spaces of the Baja peninsula, this 2-hour event will take place on a 3-mile off road course in Devore, California. Featuring all of the exciting challenges of off-road racing, this unique event adds a head-to-head challenge in front of an enthusiastic, southern California crowd. Additional information on Glen Helen can be found at www.glenhelen.com.
The 2006 Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will air on NBC Sports this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The 2006 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will air on NBC Sports Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. (EST).
The team is also formally announcing its plans to run the full Best in the Desert schedule in 2007 along with the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and Baja 1000 in the top class of all off road racing, Trophy Trucks.
"Running the Pro Truck this year has been a terrific learning experience for myself and our whole team," said team driver Chris Lucas. "I am really looking forward to the challenges of racing in the Trophy Truck class."