SAN DIEGO — After 1,638.1 dusty and grueling desert racing miles, 30 of the world’s best desert racers have survived the challenge of the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series to earn coveted 2013 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards. The 30 drivers, competing in 11 different classes, earned their prestigious honors by finishing every required mile in the World’s foremost Desert Racing Series. The 2013 SCORE Desert Series ended recently with the 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
All 30 drivers of record will receive their special awards Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in San Diego during the annual SCORE Awards Night celebration of 40 years of SCORE desert racing honoring the 2013 SCORE Desert Series point champions and the winners of the 2013 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards.
Leading the way with 2013 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards are seven racers in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, three in Class 1 for unlimited open-wheel desert-race cars, five in Class 10 for 1650cc open-wheelers and five in Class 1/2-1600 for single or two-seat open wheelers powered by 1600cc VW engines. The total of 30 winners is the most in the 28-year history of the iconic award, eclipsing the previous high total of 22 winners in the 2007 SCORE Desert Series.
The seven drivers in SCORE Trophy Truck, the featured racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks who completed all 1,638.1 required race miles of the 2013 season are: B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (No. 1 Chevy Silverado), Troy Herbst, Las Vegas (No. 91 Ford F-150), Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico (No. 18 Ford Raptor), Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (No. 11 Ford F-150), Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas (No. 70 Ford F-150), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (No.16 Chevy Silverado) and Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (No. 14 Chevy Silverado).
Cameron and Heidi Steele are the first married couple to win a SCORE Toyota Milestone Award.
Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 28th consecutive year. The SCORE Toyota Milestone awards are going to those pro car and truck drivers who finished every required mile in the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.
“Toyota is proud to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers,” said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “For nearly three decades, Toyota has had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet.”
For the veteran MacCachren, a six-time member of the AARWBA All-America motorsports team, this is a record seventh SCORE Toyota Milestone and third straight (1992, 1993, 2001, 2004, 2011, 2012, 2013) while it is the sixth for Troy Herbst (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2013), fifth for Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif. (Class 3, Ford Bronco—2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013), fourth for Baldwin (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013), Heidi Steele (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013), Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (Class 5-1600-VW Baja Bug, Trophy Truck Spec-Chevy Colorado—2009, 2011, 2013-2 milestones) and David Carr, San Diego (Class 5, VW Baja Bug—2008, 2011, 2012, 2013).
It is also third for Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger—2009, 2012, 2013) and Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif. (Class 7-Ford Ranger—2009, 2011, 2013) and the second for Lopez (2012, 2013), Menzies (2011, 2013), Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1-Jimco-Chevy–2012, 2013), Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 10-Jimco-Chevy–2011, 2013) and Ronny Wilson Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1-Jimco Chevy—2007, 2013).
The remainder of this year’s honorees will be receiving SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards for the first time.
Heidi Steele is one of four female drivers along with three-time winner Bekki Freeman-Wik, Las Vegas (1998, 1999, 2000) and single-time winners Jessica McMillin, San Diego (2011) and Monica Greenhill, Crowley, Texas (2012) to earn a prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Award.
RPM Racing of Bristol, Tenn. saw four of its drivers win SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards this season. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, finished third in the SCORE Trophy Truck points, Matney finished tied for second in Class 1 and Stacy won the season point title in both Trophy Truc Spec and Class 5-1600. In all RPM Racing also won four SCORE season class point titles in 2013.
Marking the start of a new era in SCORE desert racing under the direction of new owner Roger Norman, the 2013 season included the three SCORE Baja races—the 27th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Competition was offered in 2013 for 42 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
2013 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards
(30 Racers completed all 1,638.1 required miles in the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series)
SCORE Trophy Truck
B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas
Troy Herbst, Las Vegas
Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico
Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas
Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas
Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif.
Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif.
Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn.
Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif.
Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif.
Ernesto Arambula, Ensenada, Mexico
Christian Celaya, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Eliseo Garcia, Ensenada, Mexico
Roberto Rabago, Tijuana, Mexico
Jesus Velez, Mexicali, Mexico
Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif.
Kevin Carr, San Diego
Jose Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico
Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va.
Miguel Rosales, Ensenada, Mexico
Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif.
Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico
Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn.
Andrew Myers, San Marcos, Calif.
J.J. Schnarr, Incline Village, Nev.
Mike Shaffer, Alameda, Calif.
Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif.
Leonardo Rayos, Mexicali, Mexico
Trophy Truck Spec
Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va.
Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif.