Strong Finish at Score TECATE Baja 500 for Castrol Team June 6, 2007 - The Lucas Baja Racing Team finished 13th in the Trophy Truck class at the 39th Annual Score TECATE Baja 500 on June 1-3 in Ensenada, Mexico. Almost 200,000 fans were on...
Strong Finish at Score TECATE Baja 500 for Castrol Team
June 6, 2007 - The Lucas Baja Racing Team finished 13th in the Trophy Truck class at the 39th Annual Score TECATE Baja 500 on June 1-3 in Ensenada, Mexico.
Almost 200,000 fans were on hand for one of the most prestigious events in desert racing. The Castrol team had an excellent run and finished strong amongst nearly 500 competitors. In addition, the Castrol Pro Truck finished an impressive 4th to complete a successful weekend for the team.
"It was great to see both of our trucks run well and cross the finish line at an event that is extremely difficult," said driver Chris Lucas. "It is a race that means a great deal to the sport."
Lucas was alongside co-driver Eric Place in the Trophy Truck, the other half of the race Rick Johnson drove alongside co-driver Brian Sallee. Rob Reinertson drove the Castrol Pro Truck. This was the third Trophy Truck race for Lucas Baja Racing, and the team continues to acclimate itself to the highest class of racing in the sport.
"Our strong performance is part of the natural progression," said co-driver Place. "Every race we are making strides and getting closer to the winners circle."
The SCORE Baja 500 has a diverse and difficult course that the Castrol Trophy Truck handled very well.
"It was incredible how the truck held-up through so many different terrains," said co-driver Sallee. "It is remarkable that it made it through the race with no flats and no problems at all."
The course changes every year for this race, and this year there were unique challenges as always.
"About 50 miles of the course had never been raced on before," commented driver Johnson. "With no previous tracks it became very technical, dusty and slow. It required a good pace and a lot of patience."
The SCORE Baja 500 is the second oldest desert race in the world and this year set the all-time record for entries in the history of the SCORE desert racing organization.
"It is like a holiday down there, absolutely amazing," said Sallee. "People are watching all hours of the night doing everything from cheering to pointing vehicles in the right direction."
The Lucas Baja Racing Team hopes to build off of their performance in this historic race.
"This success is something to grow on," said Sallee. "Everything is coming together for this team right now."
The race will be televised on both The Outdoor Channel and ESPN International.