2010 Toyota Milestone awards

Thirteen sturdy 2010 SCORE Toyota Milestone Award winners To be honored Saturday at SCORE Awards Night at Atrium Hotel LOS ANGELES--After 2,122.90 dusty and rugged desert racing miles, 13 of the world's best desert racers have survived the ...

Thirteen sturdy 2010 SCORE Toyota Milestone Award winners To be honored Saturday at SCORE Awards Night at Atrium Hotel

LOS ANGELES--After 2,122.90 dusty and rugged desert racing miles, 13 of the world's best desert racers have survived the challenge of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series to earn coveted 2010 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards. The 13 drivers, competing in eight different classes, earned their prestigious honors by finishing every required mile in the World's foremost Desert Racing Series.

All 13 drivers will receive their special awards Saturday at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine, Calif., adjacent to John Wayne airport, during the annual SCORE Awards Night celebration of 37 years of SCORE desert racing honoring the 2010 SCORE Desert Series point champions and the winners of the 2010 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards.

Leading the way are three racers in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division, three in SCORE Lite and two in Class 1-2/1600 for 1600cc VW-powered open-wheelers.

The three SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers who have completed every race mile season are: Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz. (No. 76, Ford F-150), Andy McMillin, National City, Calif. (No. 31, Ford F-150) and Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix (No. 84, Chevy Silverado). The talented trio also finished as the top three in the 2010 SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point standings.

Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world's toughest desert racers for the 25th consecutive year. The Toyota Milestone awards will go to those pro car and truck drivers who finish every required mile in the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, the World's Foremost Desert Racing Series. "Toyota is proud to honor the world's best desert racing drivers," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "For a quarter of a century, Toyota has had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet."

Vanderwey will be receiving his second Toyota Milestone award and the other four who will be receiving their second one as well are Arturo Velazco (Class 1-2/1600), David Caspino (Class 6). Heidi Steele (Class 6) and Samuel Araiza (SCORE Lite). Steele is one of only two female racers who have earned this award. The other female driver is three-time winner Bekki Freeman-Wik (1998, 1999 and 2000).

The remainder of this year's honorees will be receiving SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards for the first time.

The challenging 2010 season began with the 16th annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January and ended with the 43rd annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in November. The season-ending granddaddy of all desert races went down Mexico's Baja California peninsula from Ensenada to La Paz, featuring a season-high 292 starters competing in 34 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.

2010 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards

13 Racers completed every required mile of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series)

Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

Andy McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

Kory Halopoff, Orange, Calif., Alpha-Chevy (Class 1)

Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW (Class 1-2/1600)

Arturo Velazco, Banning, Calif., Porter-VW (Class 1-2/1600)

David Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 6)

Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 6)

Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger (Class 7SX/7)

Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Seagrove-VW (SCORE Lite)

Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz., Foddrill-VW (SCORE Lite)

Samuel Araiza, La Paz, Mexico, Curry-VW (SCORE Lite)

Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., Lexus LX570 (Stock Full)

-source: score

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