Arciero/Miller Baja 1000 summary

Ryan Arciero and Mark Miller Win 36th Running of the Baja 1000. FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (Nov. 22, 2003) -- After 16 hours and 23 minutes of battling some of Baja's roughest terrain, Ryan Arciero along with teammate Mark Miller won the prestigious ...

Ryan Arciero and Mark Miller Win 36th Running of the Baja 1000.

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (Nov. 22, 2003) -- After 16 hours and 23 minutes of battling some of Baja's roughest terrain, Ryan Arciero along with teammate Mark Miller won the prestigious Trophy Truck division at the 36th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 on November 21-22.

Arciero and Miller's Baja 1000 victory in the #81 UMI Racing BFGoodrich Chevrolet Silverado completes a trifecta for the duo, including victories at the Parker 425, Baja 500, and now the Baja 1000.

"The course this year was the most challenging that I can ever remember," explained Arciero. "Even though we are down about 200 hp from the other Trophy Truck teams, our UMI #81 truck ran incredibly."

"We had a small power steering problem at the start of the race when a fitting came loose which cost us some time, but our team was able to fix that at our first pit stop. Other than that, we haven't had a single problem with the truck the whole season. It is a testament to what a great job our team does in prepping the vehicle, and how well Mark and I work as a team to push the vehicle to its limits without breaking it."

In addition, the win is Arciero's second Baja 1000 victory. The first coming at the 1998 point-to-point Baja 1000 when he teamed with Bob Gordon (father to Winston Cup driver Robby Gordon), to win the Class 1 championship. It also marks the end to Arciero's stellar season on and off-road. On paved ovals, Arciero earned six pole positions, six wins, nine top-fives and ten top-ten's in the 2003 Ultra Wheels Super Truck Series.

The 36th running of the Baja 1000 started and finished in the seaside town of Ensenada, Mexico. This year, the course traversed south down the peninsula, turning north of Bay of LA. then heading toward the sleepy fishing village of San Felipe before heading north again back to Ensenada.

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