Laughlin: Vildosola Racing summary

High's n Low's at season opener After a sensational Saturday, Vildosola Racing was forced out on Sunday After one of the most remarkable days in team history, a small part failure stopped Mexico's Tavo Vildosola from capturing his first ...

High's n Low's at season opener
After a sensational Saturday, Vildosola Racing was forced out on Sunday

After one of the most remarkable days in team history, a small part failure stopped Mexico's Tavo Vildosola from capturing his first Trophy Truck victory in only four starts. Only months after a historic run at the 40th anniversary of the Baja 1000, the red army set out on a mission of intense preparation for the SCORE series opener at Laughlin with intentions of capturing their first Trophy Truck victory in four years and setting the standard for the championship.

New for this year's format was qualifying in the Trophy Truck class where every one of the twenty-four trucks who entered the race were allowed to run one lap around the 6-mile course to determine Saturday's start order. The Mexicana Logitics #4 Trophy Truck drew the last qualifying position in the field; though a couple of late entries pushed them up two spots. Shortly after four o'clock on Friday afternoon Tavo and ace mechanic Javi "Showtime" Valenzuela took the green flag. Soon after the Vildosola Racing Trophy Truck came to the "table top" on their way out of the infield, they flew it sideways, overshot the landing ramp and rolled it three times ending up on their side.

A few tense moments ensued where controlled chaos reined over the Mexicana Logistics Trophy Truck #4; both Tavo and Javi were taken to the hospital for more accurate evaluations and precautionary measures. Javi suffered a concussion which would sideline him from the weekends racing, Tavo only suffered some bruised muscles and both checked out of the hospital before 8 p.m. Trophy Truck #4 suffered a different fate, once damage asessement was complete, the red army along with the help of volunteers and other crew members started working on chopping, welding, replacing and overall repairing the #4 back to some similitude of its old self.

Just in time for Saturday's race, the team sent Tavo out within minutes of the green flag. Due to the qualifying accident Tavo was forced to start in the back of the pack, 20th to be exact, and try to make his way back up to a respectable position. Slowly but surely the Mexicana Logistics Trophy Truck #4 started to climb up the leader board lap after lap, at the midway point of the race No. 4 was sitting in fourth place and claimed first on corrected time during the sixth lap. When the dust settled on Saturday, Vildosola lead the premier class of Trophy Trucks by 45 seconds over second place and over 2 minutes over third.

On Sunday the red army came back with a mission, 'stay in front of the pack and finish the race'. As opposed to yesterday Tavo and the Mexicana Logistics Trophy Truck #4 lined up in the first row next to Rich Ronco ready to battle for his first Trophy Truck victory. Just after 1 p.m. on Sunday the green flag dropped and the powerful Trophy Trucks took on the Laughlin desert challenge for the second day of competition, Tavo got the hole shot on Rich Ronco and planned to never look back. After three laps, the Mexicana Logistics #4 was leading the field by 50 seconds. As the fourth lap started the problems started to arise for the red army.

Half way through the fourth lap the oil pressure sensor set off an alarm inside the cab of Trophy Truck #4, Vildosola pulled over and found out that there had been an oil pump failure which sidelined him for the rest of the day and stripping any chances of winning the 2008 Laughlin Desert Challenge.

Tavo added: "this weekend has been the ultimate rollercoaster ride I have ever had to endure, the low points have been horrible and the high points have been ecstatic, the red army has pulled through a lot of difficult situations as a team before and this one will be no different. In the end we have to remember that this is just racing, it's what we do for fun, great teams know how to forget about the past and move forward to their next challenge, for us that will be the San Felipe 250 in March."

-credit: vr

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