Lucas Baja Racing name change

LUCAS BAJA RACING TO RUN IN MINT 400 UNDER NEW NAME March 11, 2008 - After a top ten finish in the Parker 425, TEAM 71 Racing prepares for the Mint 400 on March 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new year began with an impressive start...

LUCAS BAJA RACING TO RUN IN MINT 400 UNDER NEW NAME

March 11, 2008 - After a top ten finish in the Parker 425, TEAM 71 Racing prepares for the Mint 400 on March 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The new year began with an impressive start for the team with a tenth place Trophy Truck finish in the Parker 425 on February 2, in Parker, Arizona.

"It was great to start the year off with an impressive performance. There were over 100 Trick Trucks and Class 1 buggies that could contend for the top spot. I'm happy with the top ten, but I know that the team is hungry for much more," said Team Owner, Eric Place.

Going into the '08 Season as always with long time sponsor CASTROL, the team is also happy to welcome a new marketing partnership with General Tire this year.

"Castrol is a top notch organization that provides us with the most amazing lubricants to last through the most hellish desert conditions with races such as The Baja 1000, lasting in excess of 24 hours. We are fortunate to be able to augment our stable of corporate partners with General Tire. We know from a great deal of testing how well their tires perform," said Place. "Castrol and General have performed flawlessly for us. Now its time for us to make it happen. This is when it counts."

Lucas Baja Racing is also announcing that going forward it will now be known as TEAM 71 Racing. The new www.team71racing.com website will launch on April 2.

Place said, "The desert is such a humbling place that can take you out at any moment. It is much bigger than any individual, it takes a TEAM effort to get our #71 Trophy Truck across the finish line at each race. Therefore, we came to a consensus that we will be known as TEAM 71 Racing."

Next up for TEAM 71 Racing is "The Great American Desert Race," the Mint 400. The historic race began in 1968 and saw such celebrity participants as SCORE founder Mickey Thompson, Indy 500 Champs Bob and Al Unser and TV stars James Garner and Lee Majors.

After a 20 year hiatus the Mint 400 is back. Driver Rick Johnson has formerly competed in the race.

"I can't wait. It is a big thrill to be part of such a legendary event. I never thought that the day would come where I would be competing in this event. We are not leaving anything on the table for this one," said Place.

-credit: team 71

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