CORONA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2013) – Toyota has renewed its agreement with Team Lucas to be the presenting sponsor of the CBS Sports Spectacular for 12 one-hour network television broadcasts and have the Toyota Tundra as the Official Truck of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for the 2013 season.

Toyota’s power block on the CBS Sports Spectacular features many of the Team Lucas series racing portfolio: the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series and Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.

Toyota also supplies Toyota Tundra safety vehicles, has two event title rights and an on-board camera program in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and had a strong on-site presence in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by MAVTV, which was held in January in Tulsa, Okla.

Last week Toyota unveiled the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck at a press conference at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. We pulled together the press release and photos of the new truck to check out what’s new for ’14. Check out the release below:

Tundra has been a quality leader with Toyota’s DNA of quality, dependability and reliability.  The industry has recognized Tundra with a myriad of awards over the last 12 years, including winning the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study for seven years running in the Full-Size Pick Up segment. Not resting on its laurels, the 2014 Tundra will be redesigned, inside and out, representing the first major change since the launch of the current generation for the 2007 model year.

Fresno, CA- Trail-Gear, Inc. is now offering their signature armor for FJ Cruisers. Trail-Gear is releasing their complete line of Rock Defense™ trail armor for FJ Cruisers today (Friday, July 13). The line consists of two styles of front bumper with optional skid plate upgrade; as well as a rear bumper with optional additional support tube kit. Consumers may choose to outfit their FJ Cruiser with the full armor pack that includes a choice of standard or low-profile front bumper, with the FJ Cruiser Transfer Case Skid Plate, FJ Cruiser Rock Sliders and FJ Cruiser Rear Bumper.

The Rock Defense™ FJ Cruiser Front Bumper features a stinger and stinger support tubes for full front end protection. The Rock Defense™ FJ Cruiser Low Profile Front Bumper offers a sleeker design without the stinger and stinger supports. The Rock Defense™ FJ Cruiser Rear Bumper, in addition to offering excellent protection from damage, has been tested and meets the tow rating requirements for SAE J684 and V-5 Class 3 (5,000 lbs.) GVWR.

TORRANCE, Calif. — The Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge, having already donated $50,000 to winner Kyle Busch’s charity and another $50,000 split among the other three teams’ charities, has one more big prize to give to a lucky fan: The Toyota Racing Dream Trip Grand Prize. That fan is Christina R. from Buckeye, Arizona, Toyota announced today.

Christina will receive her choice of either a NASCAR or NHRA race event experience, both of which were exclusively tailored for the Dream Build Challenge.  But she leaves little doubt what her likely choice will be.

“We’re huge into Sprint Cup,” said Christina.  “We like all the Toyota drivers [and] we’re huge fans of Kyle Busch.”

Tooele County, Utah — This Saturday, June 23, Miller Motorsports Park is proud to host the Grand Opening of the new Land Cruiser Heritage Museum. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. as part of the annual Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and CruiserFest events.

The museum, located in the West Paddock at Miller Motorsports Park just east of the Off Road Short Course, houses an extensive collection of Toyota Land Cruisers that belong to Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.

The Toyota Land Cruiser began development in 1951 as Toyota’s version of a Jeep-type vehicle and went into production in 1954. It has been produced in convertible, hardtop, station wagon and utility-truck versions and is the longest-running series in Toyota’s history. It is renowned globally as a go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle and enjoys iconic status in the world of off-road travel.

BEREA, Ohio – CORSA Performance Exhausts announces its high-performance cat-back exhaust systems are available for the 2011 Toyota Tundra Double Cab and Crew Max models with 5.7L engines.

The Toyota Tundra exhaust system (part #14916) is a single side exit exhaust manufactured from premium, stainless steel construction and featuring Twin 4-inch Pro-Series tips etched with the CORSA logo.  Its straight-through, nonrestrictive design allows for a 16% increase in exhaust flow and performance improvements of 3 HP and 9 lb.-ft. of torque.

Engineered using CORSA’s patented Reflective Sound Cancellation (RSC) technology, the exhaust system delivers a superior, bold sound when on the throttle with no interior drone.

In addition to the 2011 Toyota Tundra exhaust, CORSA offers its cat-back exhaust systems for the 2007-2010 Tundra.  Visit www.corsaperformance.com to search for part numbers.

Complete installation hardware and instructions are included with the bolt-on Toyota Tundra exhaust system, and a Limited Lifetime Warranty protects the exhaust for the entire life of the vehicle.  The exhaust systems are crafted in the United States from premium stainless steel, and all tips are double wall, highly polished stainless steel laser etched with the CORSA logo.  Contact CORSA or your local performance retailer for details.

CORSA Performance Exhausts, a TMG Performance Products, LLC company headquartered in Berea, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer of premium performance exhaust systems for cars, trucks, SUVs and marine applications.  Through its patented Reflective Sound Cancellation (RSC) technology, CORSA Performance Exhausts provides the industry’s only guaranteed drone-free driving experience backed by premium performance and superior customer service. For more information, call 800.486.0999 or visit www.corsaperformance.com.

iShock is excited to announce the release of the industries most comprehensive Toyota Tacoma Mid-Travel Suspension kit, the “iShock Tacoma i6500 Mid-Travel Complete Suspension System”.  After a decade of hi-performance suspension development, manufacturing and distribution in the Powersports Industry, iShock has jumped into the off-road automotive market with unbridled enthusiasm and a fresh perspective on cost effective performance enhancing suspension systems.  As quoted by iShock founder Darren McGarvie:  “You wont find any “glam lifts” in our catalog!  If your looking to gain suspension performance and enhance both the on and off road ride of your light truck or SUV, you’ve come to the right place…we don’t build “mall trucks” we build performance!  These kits are developed in Suspension Kinematics software to insure optimal geometry, drawn in CAD, tested with state of the art Data Acquisition, and manufactured with the latest in Robotic and CNC technology to bring real life off-road performance to your daily driver at an unprecedented value.”


The ‘05+ 6 lug Toyota Tacoma i6500 Mid-Travel System is the first release of a soon to arrive “complete line “of light truck kits and features:

•    iShock P51 2.0 Extended Travel, nitrogen charged, internal reservoir (IFP), complete coilovers that feature threaded bodies for easy height adjustments and are completely tunable and rebuildable.  Height adjustable from 0” to +3” with a 20% gain in usable wheel travel.
•    iShock T6 2.0 Extended Travel, nitrogen charged, tunable and rebuildable rear shocks with a damping curve matching the front system for a balanced ride.  Fits 0” to +2” lifts.
•    Tig Welded Chromoly Upper Control Arms featuring a 1.25” Teflon lined uniball, upper and lower pivot tube gussets, easy to reach grease fittings, brake line tabs, CNC misalignments with recessed bolt head cavity, a durable powder coat finish and hi-quality pivot bushings and sleeves.  These arms will correct camber and castor changes associated with raising the front ride height.  Castor adjustments range from +0.5 to +4.5 degrees and Camber from -1 to +1 degrees at a +2.5” to 3” lift leaving the center of your adjustment range right at Toyotas stock height specifications with room to adjust to anyone’s personal preference.
•    Rear 1” lift blocks with U-Bolts.
•    Diff Drop Kit for use on 4wd models.
•    Top quality stainless and metric grade 12.9 hardware.
•    Tri-Flow brand dry lubricant for long-term uniball maintenance.
•    Loctite brand 262 thread lock for use during installation.
•    Comprehensive installation instructions for a simple “bolt on kit” backed with knowledgeable phone and Internet technical support.

Long story short, iShock is “Suspension Made Simple” with every nut, bolt and washer required to increase performance, looks and durability…all in one box and all designed by one manufacture to fit and work perfectly together every time…and all for just $1600!

Please feel free to contact iShock for further details at:  866-GO-ISHOCK or visit us on the web at:  www.ishock.com

The 2011 SEMA Show always provides appeal to automotive enthusiasts. Unless you’re in the automotive industry, you’re not getting into the show, which is a shame because there are some of the most amazing – and sometimes ridiculous – project vehicles you’ll ever see.

In the off-road realm, there’s no denying the popularity of the JK Jeep Wrangler that could be found all over the show. But not to be outdone, a great number of trucks were featured as well, and in a wide variety of different applications. Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Toyota and Nissan were all there. Here’s a look at some of truck we caught on camera.

For more on the 2011 SEMA Show, check out this story.

LOS ANGELES—Following the fourth of five races in the 2011 SCORE Desert Series, 27 of SCORE’s toughest drivers remain in the hunt to earn 2011 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards.

Leading the way are eight racers in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division and four in the Class 1 for unlimited open-wheelers.
The eight SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers who have completed every race mile so far this season are: Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas (No. 70, Ford F-150), Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (No. 20, Ford F-150), Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico (No. 21, Ford F-150), Pete Sohren, Phoenix (No. 2, Ford F-150), Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore. (No. 98, Ford F-150), Adam Householder, Orange, Calif. (No. 24, Chevy Silverado), Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif. (No. 78, Ford F-150) and Ken Losch, Tempe Ariz. (No. 10, Chevy Silverado).

Nearly entries are expected to compete in 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the upcoming 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The season finale of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series will be held Nov. 17-20 in Ensenada, Mexico. With late entries accepted up until race morning, entries from nearly 35 US States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag in the 692.82-mile course.

Pre-race festivities will be held in Ensenada on Thursday, Nov. 17, and the elapsed-time race will start at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 with a 32-hour time limit. The awards celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, poolside at the San Nicolas Resort in Ensenada.

Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 26th consecutive year. The Toyota Milestone awards will go to those pro car and truck drivers who finish every required mile in the five-race 2011 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 over a quarter of a century, Toyota has had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet.”

2011 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards.
For more information regarding the SCORE Desert Series, visit www.score-international.com.

2011 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards
(27 Racers have completed every required mile after four rounds in the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series)

SCORE Trophy-Truck
Bryce Menzies
Gus Vildosola Jr.
Rob MacCachren
Pete Sohren
Adam Householder
Gary Weyhrich
Jesse Ashcraft
Ken Losch

Class 1
Justin Davis
Dan Martin
Brian Parkhouse
Daniel McMillin

Class 1-2/1600
Luke McMillin
Brad Wilson
Arturo Velazco

Class 5
Kevin Carr
Cody Kellogg

Class 6
Heidi Steele
Marc Burnett

Class 7
Dan Chamlee

Class 8
Justin Matney

Class 10
Sergio Salgado

SCORE Lite
Rafael Navarro IV
Zak Langley

Protruck
Jessica McMillin

Class 7-2
Wes Bevly IV

Class 4
Clyde Stacy

Multiple news sources are reporting that off-road racer Rick Huseman was in a plane crash yesterday near Barstow, California, that killed he and the two other passengers, among them his brother Jeff.

The small plane was attempting to make an emergency landing at the Barstow/Dagget Airport while returning home on Sunday after attending the Monster Energy Cup on Saturday night.


Huseman began racing in the late ‘90s. In 2009, he earned the Traxxas TORC Series Championship in Pro 4. He backed up that impressive season with the 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Championship in 2010. He was currently in second place in the 2011 Lucas Oil Series. Huseman was also selected as the 2010 Dirt Sports Magazine Driver of the Year.

Huseman was 38 years old.

View a video recapping Rick Huseman’s 2010 season en route to his Dirt Sports award:

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