With the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 now in the books, we wanted to take a look back at some of the class winners of the 502-mile off road race that was held last weekend in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
There were 276 vehicles that left the starting line of the 2013 Baja 500, with 162 of those reaching the finish time in the allotted time (a finishing percentage of 58.71 for the field). Racers from 25 different U.S. States and 15 different counties participated in this year’s race.
As is often the case, there are hundreds of unique stories that come out of every off-road race – especially those held in Baja. Here’s a brief look at some of the class winners from the race along with some comments from them after crossing the finish line.
Trophy Truck Winner Robby Gordon #77
Robby Gordon earned the 2013 Baja 500 victory after qualifying first on the Thursday before the race, the first time SCORE held qualifying south of the border. Gordon held off charges from BJ Baldwin, who finished second, and back-to-back winner Bryce Menzies, who finished third.
“It was a good day for us. You can’t do it without a good race truck and the guys working back at the shop did a wonderful job,” Gordon said after earning his second Baja 500 victory. “We stayed on the course the whole day. We didn’t have a helicopter but it was a good day. The pit stops were awesome. On the last stop we pulled out right in front of B.J. and that’s exactly what we needed to do. We needed to be the first truck on the road for the last 150 miles. We put the whip to her and let her run.”
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