Tavo talking to reporters prior to the start of today's race, which could be an historic race for he and the people of Mexico.

Tavo talking to reporters prior to the start of today’s race, which could be an historic race for he and the people of Mexico.

Story and Photos by Scott Rousseau

Just as they did in 2010, Gustavo Vildosola Jr., Gusavo Vildosola Sr., and the Mexicana Logistics Ford Trophy Truck team have a chance to make SCORE Baja 1000 history.

Back then, the Vildosolas became the first Mexican-based team to win the prestigious SCORE Baja 1000 overall. Now, five years later, they have the chance to become the first Mexican team in history to earn the SCORE Desert World Championship. With a 22-point lead in the Desert World Championship series standings and a second-place start in in the 48th running of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 today, the odds are in their favor, although anything can happen. Vildosola Jr. is well aware of that, and just minutes before the start of the race he said that the team’s goal is to play it conservative in the hope locking down the SCORE series title.

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Tavo Vildosola was second off the line this morning.

With the motorcycles and ATVs already off the line earlier this morning, it was time for the trucks, buggies and UTVs to take to the 821.38-mile course for this year’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000.

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Tomorrow morning, 242 race teams will embark on an epic off-road journey for the 2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. Covering more than 820 miles of treacherous terrain in Baja California, Mexico, the racers will begin and end their day at the start/finish line in Ensenada. Motorcycles and ATVs will begin the race at 6 a.m. with racers leaving in 30-second intervals, while the trucks, buggies and UTVs will leave five hours later at 11 a.m.

The unlimited Trophy Truck class will be first off the line at 11, and aside from the fame and the glory of taking home a SCORE Baja 1000 victory, there’s also a tight battle on the line for the class championship. Last year’s winner, Steven Eugenio, sits in fifth place in points but is essentially out of the running to defend his title this year, but he knows there’s still plenty on the line in tomorrow’s race.

Director Dana Brown (left) and SCORE President and CEO Roger Norman (right) after today's press conference for the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000.

Director Dana Brown (left) and SCORE President and CEO Roger Norman (right) after today’s press conference for the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000.

Following the great, and surprising to him, success of the first Dust to Glory movie, director Dana Brown has announced his plans to create another feature documentary based on Baja off-road racing in Dust 2 Glory, the current working title of Brown’s latest project. Although the plan has been in the works during the past year, thanks to a working relationship with SCORE, Dust 2 Glory has been green-lighted for production with initial filming scheduled to begin during tomorrow’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000.

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Just last week in preparation for the 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, the Honda Off-Road Team traveled to Barstow, California, to perform a shakedown test of the new Honda Unlimited Ridgeline Race Truck that looks to conquer this week’s race.

From left to right: Lonnie McCurry Sr., Curt LeDuc, Kyle LeDuc, Todd LeDuc and Lonnie McCurry Jr. stand in front of the new Skyjacker Suspensions trophy truck.

From left to right: Lonnie McCurry Sr., Curt LeDuc, Kyle LeDuc, Todd LeDuc and Lonnie McCurry Jr. stand in front of the new Skyjacker Suspensions trophy truck.

Today at the 2015 SEMA Show, Skyjacker announced a new partnership with the LeDuc family, including patriarch Curt and his sons Kyle and Todd. Skyjacker’s Lonnie McCurry Sr. and Jr. were on hand to make the announcement and introduce the racers, citing the company’s involvement with the family and their sponsorship and racing relations in the past.

Ricky Johnson, who qualified for driver of record Justin Matney, earned the SCORE Baja 1000 pole. Photo: Art Eugenio, GETSOMEphoto.com

SCORE International held qualifying last night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 that will take place in just a few weeks in Baja California, Mexico. As part of the 2015 SEMA Show week, racers lined up and paraded out to the speedway from the 2015 SEMA Show, which is currently being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Nissan has been building anticipation for its new Cummins-powered Titan XD, and finally we’ll get a chance next week to drive the truck and actually report on it. But at SEMA, we were afforded a few chances to see the “Truck of Texas” in a few different configurations at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, with none being more intriguing to us that the Nissan and Cummins collaboration to go for the Land Speed Record with its new Titan XD Triple Nickel.

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If you want to get your hands on the new Wrangler Red Rock Concept vehicle, you get better do so quickly. Along with a new Ram Rebel X truck concept, FCA yesterday unveiled a new concept Jeep Wrangler that pays homage to one of the coolest off-road locations in the world – and there will only be 50 of the Wranglers made!

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Toyota’s Tonka 4Runner concept is the definition of extreme SUV. Photo: Joey Augustin

We were fortunate to get a few sneak peeks of some of Toyota’s coolest concept trucks and SUVs leading up to the 2015 SEMA Show, but getting to see the Tonka 4Runner concept vehicle up close was a special treat – this thing is giant!