With Top Truck Challenge preparation complete, I decided to head south of the border to Ensanada this week for the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 off-road race. The race starts Saturday morning.
This Baja 500 is a very big deal.
You see, not only is it one of the longest running continuous off-road races in the world, but even with a depressed economy back home, over 300 race teams have entered to compete in the grueling 439 mile course. The big news, however, revolves around the fact that a record-setting 41 SCORE Trophy Trucks will battle it out when the Green flag drops around 10:00AM Saturday June 5th.
Trophy Trucks run anywhere in the neighborhood of $100,000-1.5-million dollars.
With all that high-tech equipment present in Mexico's desert racing epicenter of Ensaneda, I simply couldn't resist the temptation to go see it for myself. Until you have witnessed 40+ 800hp Trophy Trucks fly by you in less than 15 minutes, you will never understand the adrenalin rush I get from it.
This year I'm going to be embedded with Trophy Truck #16 of Cameron Steele and the Desert Assasians crew. Steele leaves the line in the 29th starting position, so he and his co-driver will have to pick off many of the top driver in the field to emerge anywhere close to the top ten.
I've co-driven for Steele in a Trophy Lite race before, and I can say this: Cameron is a balls-to-the-walls, crazy-fast driver. If his tires hold up, we will see a epic showdown of man and machine towards the the last 100 miles of the race.
Stay tuned to our blog section for daily updates as the pre-race festivities begin.
Or to discuss with others what might happen during the epic Trophy Truck battle on Saturday morning, check out our Forum post about the topic here.