Justin Lofton Baja Bound!
DENVER, N.C. (November 20, 2008) -- Justin Lofton returns to his desert racing roots this weekend behind the wheel of the Lofton Cattle Chevy Trophy Truck in the 2008 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
"We had a great pre-run last weekend" said Lofton. "The truck handles amazing. A lot of the course that is run this year hasn't been run since the mid-90's so most of the field will be running it for the first time. I'm really looking forward to running this thing. It has been a lot of fun practicing and preparing for the race."
The Baja 1000 is an endurance event; 629.74-miles split between a team of two drivers. In Lofton's first ever Baja 1000, his teammate is his father, Bob Lofton. The elder Lofton has been competing in desert racing for over 22 years and has claimed victory in his division in three Baja events. In 1993, Bob Lofton and JIMCO Racing CEO-Mike Julson won their first SCORE 1600 Championship and in 1995 the pair claimed the SCORE Class 1 Championship. Justin was named the 2004 Best in the Desert (BITD) Rookie of the Year. With Matt Loiodice as his teammate, Lofton claimed the BITD Class 1000 Championship that same year, winning the Parker 400, Vegas 200, and Henderson 300.
Justin Lofton will pilot the Lofton Cattle Trophy Truck for the first 400 miles with friend and former teammate, Loiodice, as his navigator. Bob Lofton will take over at mile marker 400 with Rusty Szymanski riding as his navigator. The Lofton men will race against the clock under sun and stars. You can track the Lofton Cattle truck's position on the course on www.ionearth.com. Click on "Strobel Motorsports" for the tracking beacon.
"I'm really excited to race again with my dad," added the younger Lofton. "He has been a huge supporter of mine and has been my sounding board throughout my career and especially this year. I think we have a good shot at winning this race and sharing the podium with him would be such an honor."