Baja 1000: Toyota True Grit awards announced

Seven survivors win Toyota Milestone Awards; Jeffrey the loan receipient of Toyota True Grit prize. TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2002) Following another punishing SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, Nov. 21-22, only seven die-hard competitors survived to win...

Seven survivors win Toyota Milestone Awards; Jeffrey the loan receipient of Toyota True Grit prize.

TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2002) Following another punishing SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, Nov. 21-22, only seven die-hard competitors survived to win 2002 Toyota Milestone Awards; class 1/2-1600 champion Brian Jeffrey will also be the sole recipient of the Toyota True Grit Award this year. More than half of those eligible for Toyota Milestone Awards prior to the internationally famous Baja 1000 were eliminated when they failed to finish the 1,018-mile trek down the Baja, California peninsula. As it has for the last 16 years, Toyota will present the prestigious awards to the off-road racers who finish every mile of every race in the 2002 SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series.

Toyota Milestone Awards are presented to all SCORE off-road competitors in the professional four-wheel classes who complete every required mile in the six-race desert series. The seven drivers who earned Milestone Awards in 2002 are Scott Steinberger (Trophy-Truck), Dale Ebberts (Class 1), Troy Herbst (Class 1), Brian Jeffrey (1/2-1600), Jake Maness (1/2-1600), Dan Fresh (7S), and John Griffin (Stock Full).

Non-factory-backed competitors in classes 1/2-1600, 5, 10 and SCORE Lites who complete every required mile in the six-race series, and have the largest cumulative point total in each class, split the $12,000 Toyota True Grit prize fund. Brian Jeffrey in Class 1/2-1600 will be the sole recipient in 2002 and will take home the entire cash prize.

The Toyota True Grit and Milestone Awards will be presented at the year-end SCORE awards banquet Dec. 7, in Primm, Nev.

-www.toyotamotorsports.com

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