BJ Baldwin has never made it a secret that one of his idols is the “Ironman” himself, Ivan Stewart. Baldwin has done his best to emulate Stewart’s Ironman approach to off-road racing, as he’s gone on to earn one Baja 500 win and two Baja 1000 victories much like his idol – without a second driver helping shoulder the load.
Baldwin will be formally unveiled at the AMA Supercross finale in Las Vegas this Saturday as the new “Ironman” for Toyota, which has just signed Baldwin to a multi-year sponsorship. Baldwin will field a Tundra TRD Pro Trophy Truck this year in both SCORE International and Best in the Desert races.
“Joining the Toyota Racing family in an all-new Tundra is really an honor,” Baldwin said in a press release from Toyota. “As a kid I’d watch Toyota trucks dominate the field with one of my all-time heroes, Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to continuing the winning tradition and returning Toyota to the top of the winner’s circle!”
It’s hard to believe that Baldwin, who’s family has a long history in the sport of off-road racing that includes his father Bobby (who was also the youngest winner of the World Series of Poker back in 1978), has already been in the sport 20 years. Aside from his Baja 500 and 1000 victories, Baldwin has also earned five US national off-road titles, three SCORE Championship titles, and a class championship in the Dakar Rally.
“BJ’s successful racing record, his adventurous attitude, and his ceaseless dedication to honing himself and his craft speaks volumes to Toyota’s core ‘Let’s Go Places’ and kaizen philosophies,” said Cooper Ericksen, Toyota vice president, vehicle marketing and communications. “We look forward to having BJ and his Tundra involved in this next chapter of Toyota’s desert racing story that so far includes 11 Baja 500 and two Baja 1000 wins.”
Baldwin will begin competing in his Tundra TRD Pro Trophy Truck later this year, but be sure to check back with Off-Road.com for an interview with Baldwin about the new deal. To check out more information on BJ Baldwin, check out his Twitter feed or Instagram.
For more information on the Toyota Racing program, head over to www.ToyotaRacing.com.