2009 BITD Trick Truck Champions - Andy/Scott McMillin
San Diego, California (December 11, 2009) - Just off a winning performance at the biggest off road race of the season, the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, Andy McMillin was prepared like he's never been before, for the final race of the season. McMillin Racing Crew Chief, Greg Williams, worked relentlessly after the SCORE Baja 1000 and prepped the Geiser-built Ford truck in a very short time between the two races. In fact, after returning from Mexico, McMillin Racing only had a mere 14-days in between the two championship races.
Greg commented, "With Andy leading the points in the chase for the BITD Series Championship, we had a strategic plan for prepping the truck after the Baja 1000. Everything fell into place and it went just as planned. Kevin Kroyer and his crew build an incredible power train and winning the Baja 1000 and coming to the Henderson Desert Classic in the hunt for the season championship, we felt like we were in good shape. In the end it all worked out!"
Victory at the BITD Henderson Desert Classic marked the first ever season championship for Andy McMillin in the elite Trick Truck class. "We are very excited to have won the season championship. This season has been incredible with winning five overalls throughout the year. A huge thanks goes out to our crew and team of volunteers. Special thanks to my Mom and Dad and to all of our sponsors," said a smiling Andy McMillin.
Racing at speed across the torturous desert, Andy McMillin teamed with his father, Scott McMillin, for the entire 2009 Best in the Desert Series and captivated the fans of desert racing by dominating the competition in the McMillin Realty sponsored race truck. Andy began the season with a brave performance at the Parker 425 race, where racers faced not only the desert, but a massive storm front that tested the mettle of man and machine. In the end, McMillin Racing overcame all obstacles earning the overall victory among a huge field of race teams.
The father/son dynamic duo prepared their strategy for the three-day endurance test over 1000-miles of Nevada's roughest desert terrain at the Vegas to Reno race. Both Scott and Andy endured and overcame the trials and tribulations of the first two days of racing and by day three, Andy was given the green light to charge for the win. Indeed, the young San Diego off road racer beat the competition by a mere 3-minutes. After 1000 miles of off road racing, the young McMillin racer drove across the finish line with a cumulative time of 17 hours, 47 minutes and 52 seconds earning the overall victory.
In the final race of the BITD season and coming off the big victory in Baja. Andy climbed into his office chair behind the wheel of the 800 + horsepower Geiser-built Kroyer-powered Trick Truck for the final race of the year. Andy started off with a great pace and by the halfway point of the race he was leading physically and on corrected time.
At the finish line Andy commented, "The truck ran great all day long. We couldn't be any happier with the performance. Wow, what a great season. Winning the championship is something special and we couldn't do it without all of our sponsors, friends and family. Thanks to everyone involved."
The 2009 McMillin Racing season featured seven races in which the #31 McMillin Realty sponsored race truck earned the "OVERALL" five times. Epic performances by the entire McMillin Racing team at each of the races allowed the team to clinch the Best in the Desert Championship trophy.
Team owner/driver Scott McMillin commented, "It really has been a great year. Racing at this level is certainly not easy, but we've surrounded ourselves with the best in the business and we produced fantastic results. It's not without extreme passion by all of those involved with our team to perform at the top level. We really have great sponsors and it is wonderful to be associated with such companies."