Toyota Baja 1000 award contenders preview

TORRANCE, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2003) - North America's premier off-road race, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, is the final challenge for the 16 drivers who have finished the season's first five races and remain eligible for the Toyota Milestone Award and...

TORRANCE, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2003) - North America's premier off-road race, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, is the final challenge for the 16 drivers who have finished the season's first five races and remain eligible for the Toyota Milestone Award and the seven drivers who are still eligible for the Toyota True Grit Award. This final race of the 2003 SCORE International Off-Road Racing series will take place Nov. 20-23 over the rugged terrain of Baja California. As it has for the last 17 years, Toyota will present the prestigious awards to the off-road racers who finish every mile of every race in the desert 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 previous race in Primm, Nev., only eliminated four contenders, which leaves 16 of the 133 competitors who started the season's first race in January with a chance to take home the coveted award by successfully completing the celebrated Baja 1000.

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. Seven Toyota True Grit competitors remain eligible for the award.

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 December. The evening will be especially memorable, as SCORE will also be celebrating 30 years of off-road desert racing.

The following off-road racers remain eligible for the 2003 Toyota Milestone Award (TG - denotes classes also eligible for the Toyota True Grit Award):

Trophy-Truck:
Tim Herbst

Class 1:
Ron Brant
Dale Ebberts
Troy Herbst
Mark Weyhrich

Class1/2-1600:TG
Eric Allen
James Golden
Brian Jeffrey

Class 5:TG
George Seeley Jr.

Class 5-1600:
Jason Lakin

Class 10:TG
Steve Meyers

SCORE Lites:TG
Vic Bruckman
Brian Ickler

Class 11:
Fernando Flores

Stock Full:
John Griffin

Protruck:
Alan Pflueger

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Drivers Tim Herbst , Brian Ickler , Troy Herbst