Team TROPHYLITE takes on the Baja 1000
Team TROPHYLITE is in final preparation to run a factory effort at this years Baja 1000. A last minute deal was formed to have a team run one of the General Tire TROPHYLITE house trucks at the Baja 1000, lead by TROPHYLITE president and owner Greg Foutz. Series Sponsor KC HiLiTES stepped up to be the race title sponsor on the truck for the special Baja 1000 event. Donning the bright yellow colors of the KC HiLiTES brand, one of the newest TROPHYLITE trucks in the stable will be showcased and driven through the roughest terrain known to off-road racing. Utilizing the spec tire used by all TROPHYLITE trucks, the General Grabber AT2, the team will battle the rugged and rocky terrain of the Baja peninsula.
"We got this deal put together very late for the 1000 this year. I really don't like to do the last minute deals like this but we will pull it off. I think its very important to show how tough the TROPHYLITE trucks are. A finish at the Baja 1000 will show everyone what they can do. This is the first time the TROPHYLITE trucks have been entered in the Baja 1000. Even though the series started nearly 2 years ago this will be the first effort put together to run the biggest of all off-road races. We will bring our best effort and support just like we did last year for the Ford Raptor project we did. Look for a great finish from our group. I am excited for the effort and want to thank all of our series sponsors, General Tire, KC HiLiTES, MasterCraft Safety, Currie Enterprises, FOX Shox, and KMC wheels. Since this isn't a normal TROPHYLITE points race, our series sponsors really stepped up to help. Especially Michael DeHaas from KC... "we are lucky to have the support we have from great people like Michael." Commented Foutz about the effort
Driving responsibilities will be handled by 3 driving teams. Leading the way from the start line and driving to the Borego pit at mile 205 will be Mike West from BBQ Island www.bbqislandinc.com . Greg Foutz TROPHYLITE president will step in for the roughest section of the race and run the 200 miles from Borego down to Matomi wash and back to Borego through San Felipe. Greg will be joined by General Tire's own Tony Talbert in the right seat to test the durability of the General Grabber AT2 tires in person. For the last leg Richard Cassey will take the wheel again, after his great finish at the last TROPHYLITE race in the TORC series, and do the final section all the way back to Ensenada.
You can follow the team on race day on the Internet at www.racetheworld.net . Look for us in the class 7.2 listing and look for driver of record Richard Cassey.
2010 looks promising for TROPHYLITE and team owners with a full desert racing schedule here in the United States, and a full short course race schedule. Full General Tire TROPHYLITE race schedule will be announced soon. In addition TROPHYLITE recently made its way down under for a 2010 full race schedule in Australia.
The 2010 Australian Schedule looks like this:
Donald 500, Victoria, Easter weekend, Loop Race Finke Desert Race Northern Territory, 12/13 June Point to point race Griffith, New South Wales, 24/25 July, Point to point race Pines Enduro, South Australia, 4/5 September, Loop Race Goondiwindi 400, Queensland, 16/17 October, Loop race