Toyota announces Baja 1000 and True Grit award winners

Nine racers finish the Baja 1000 to win Toyota Milestone awards; three split True Grit Award. TORRANCE, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2003) - The nine toughest competitors in off-road racing survived the 36th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Nov. 21-22, to win...

Nine racers finish the Baja 1000 to win Toyota Milestone awards; three split True Grit Award.

TORRANCE, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2003) - The nine toughest competitors in off-road racing survived the 36th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Nov. 21-22, to win 2003 Toyota Milestone Awards. In addition, three of the racers will split the Toyota True Grit Award this year. Nearly half of those eligible for Toyota Milestone Awards prior to the internationally famous Baja 1000 were eliminated when they failed to finish the 808-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 2003 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 nine drivers who earned Milestone Awards in 2003 are Tim Herbst (Trophy-Truck), Ron Brant (Class 1), Toyota-powered racer Dale Ebberts (Class 1), Eric Allen (1/2-1600), James Golden (1/2-1600), Brian Jeffrey (1/2-1600), George Seeley Jr. (Class 5), Brian Ickler (SCORE Lites), and Alan Pflueger (Protruck).

Non-factory-backed competitors in classes 1/2-1600, 5, 10 and SCORE Lites who finish 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 Award prize fund. Eric Allen (1/2-1600), George Seeley Jr. (Class 5), and Brian Ickler (SCORE Lites) will each earn $4,000. There were no Class 10 competitors who qualified this year.

The Toyota True Grit and Toyota Milestone Awards will be presented at the year-end SCORE Awards Night, to be held at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, on Dec. 13. SCORE will also be celebrating 30 years of off-road desert racing.

The following off-road racers earned 2003 Toyota Milestone Awards (True Grit winners):

Trophy-Truck:
Tim Herbst

Class 1:
Ron Brant
Dale Ebberts

Class1/2-1600:
Eric Allen (True Grit)
James Golden
Brian Jeffrey

Class 5:
George Seeley Jr. (True Grit)

SCORE Lites:
Brian Ickler (True Grit)

Protruck:
Alan Pflueger

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