San Felipe: Riviera Racing preview

Riviera Racing Embraces San Felipe for the 22nd Running of the SCORE San Felipe 250 Riviera Racing Rookie -- Max Post To Debut New Pro Truck in Baja March 1, 2008 -- Going into the sands of San Felipe, Baja California, Riviera Racing's Mark...

Riviera Racing Embraces San Felipe for the 22nd Running of the SCORE San Felipe 250
Riviera Racing Rookie -- Max Post To Debut New Pro Truck in Baja

March 1, 2008 -- Going into the sands of San Felipe, Baja California, Riviera Racing's Mark Post knows how to win in Baja. Over the past decade, the accomplishments achieved by Riviera Racing are distinguished. Beginning in 1997, Mark Post has been a dominant force in the exciting SCORE San Felipe 250 where he finished in the top five in Class 1. Post had proven his race skills in the 1998 SCORE San Felipe 250 where he won the overall championship. After his dominating performances in Class 1, Post moved into the SCORE Trophy Truck division where he had several top finishes before scoring victory early on.

Riviera Racing's 2004 run for the checkers was extremely special as it signified Post's initial SCORE Trophy Truck win in Baja, California, while at the same time he captured the overall win. This conquest silenced the competition and set in motion what Riviera Racing has become today, the reigning SCORE Trophy Truck Champions.

In early 2007, Rob MacCachren joined Riviera Racing and the dynamic duo of drivers set a single-season record for Trophy Truck wins ultimately capturing the 40th Anniversary of the SCORE Baja 1000 in the longest Baja 1000 racer ever. Post and MacCachren not only won the elite Trophy Truck class, but they were crowned the overall winners of the 1296-mile marathon adventure.

Rob MacCachren was crowned the SCORE San Felipe Trophy Truck champion while racing in the #4 SCORE Trophy Truck in 2003. Between Post and MacCachren, they have amassed three trophy truck wins at the SCORE Baja 250 in the 13 years since the birth of the class. Combined, their record includes an incredible four SCORE overall victories on the shores of San Felipe, Baja, California.

Returning to shores of San Felipe and kicking off the first of the three Baja California races is special for Riviera Racing as they return to defend their SCORE Baja 250 win from 2007. Last season this same race began in Ensenada along the Pacific Ocean and ended in Santo Tomas, a short distance from downtown Ensenada.

Riviera Racing's Crew Chief Jim Blackmore explained, "We've really had some great races in San Felipe. Mark and Rob have both won in San Felipe before they were teammates and we won the Baja 250 last season after the race was moved to Ensenada. We have already planned our prerunning and everyone is excited to get back to Mexico where we excel. The team is looking forward to the San Felipe experience, we'll be there pushing the #1 Ford as hard as we can for the entire 232-miles."

Debuting on the sunny beaches of the 2008 SCORE San Felipe 250 for the first time, will be Riviera Racing's newest sponsors, Rockstar Energy Drink and Makita Industrial Power Tools. In fact, the two new sponsors will roll through a Baja race contingency emblazoned on the sides of the #1 SCORE Trophy Truck among the tens of thousands of fans who flock to San Felipe for to enjoy the American college tradition of Spring Break, as well as participate in one of the best desert races of the season.

Mark Post said it best, "Off road racing is like nothing else in life. Sometimes facing incredibly difficult challenges that test you physically and mentally and put you on the edge...there is nothing better. Arriving to San Felipe with the opportunity to put the #1 SCORE Trophy Truck in victory circle is always exciting. Of course, this one of my favorite races of all time and we've been very good here in the past. Racing in Baja is something very special to Riviera Racing and this year I am very proud to introduce the third generation of Riviera Racing drivers. My son, Max, will debut his Riviera Racing Pro Truck for the first time in race trim and we are excited to turn him loose."

While growing up under the wings of his championship winning father, Max has spent many hours behind the wheel of many different race vehicles. Throughout 2007 while prerunning in Baja, Max was tutored by one of the most accomplished racers in the history of desert racing, Riviera Racing's Rob MacCachren.

Rob commented, "Max is not afraid to go fast and he's demonstrated that he can drive. It's time for Max to get into the race atmosphere and I'm confident he'll perform well."

Riviera Racing invites all their friends, fans and sponsors to enjoy the warm weather of the San Felipe beaches and cheer on Mark, Max and Rob in their quest for another Baja victory!

-credit: rr

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