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2010 11 JoeBacal Lexus Baja1000 300x221 Joe Bacal and Lexus Persevere for Maiden Victory in Baja 1000Never-Say-Die Effort Caps First Championship Season for Driver, Team, and Luxury Automaker

LA PAZ, Mexico, November 21, 2010 – After suffering the longest night of his young off-road racing career, Joe Bacal and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America-sponsored Lexus LX 570 stormed past the finish line at 7:54 a.m. Saturday morning in a triumphant conclusion to the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

After weeks of careful preparation and the 2010 SCORE Stock Full championship already behind them, cancer survivor Bacal and first-leg co-driver Chris Cocores departed Ensenada at 12:57 p.m. on Thursday with a comprehensive race plan and a quick LX 570, backed by a second driving team and a race-tested  support crew.  Their plan was to turn the rig over to Bob Ditner and Paul Williamsen early Friday morning at mile 546 but things did not quite go as planned. Read More→

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2010 11 Pirate4x4 300x186 Pirate4x4.com Hosts Coverage of the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000GEORGETOWN, CA – NOVEMBER 17, 2010:  Pirate4x4.com will be hosting coverage of the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  The coverage team will bring you the lifestyle of pre-running, contingency day interviews, and interactive race day coverage as we start in Ensanada and run to La Paz, over 1060 race miles to the finish line.

Coverage pages will be updated daily starting Saturday November 13 at http://www.pirate4x4.com/trailreports/baja-1000-2010.  Race Day coverage will begin Thursday morning and will include a live chat where we will be uploading pictures and information instantly from the course, at the pits, and on the road. Read More→

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2010 10  BajaSupportRun 199x300 Magnaflow Exhaust, 4Wheel Parts and AOK Aide in Wahoo’s Baja Support Run IV Setting Donation Record Charity Effort Blends Corporate and Private Giving For Baja Orphanage

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – With the annual Wahoo’s Baja Support Run scheduled for Tuesday, November 16th, event organizers today announced that this year’s effort has set a new record for corporate and private donations. The unique effort which donates much-needed food, supplies and support to the very deserving children’s orphanage of Rancho El Milagro (www.ranchomilagro.org) near Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, has collectively raised more than $16,000 in support for this week’s support run, which takes place in conjunction with the legendary 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Read More→

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Unique Program Combines Corporate Focus to Aid Needy Mexican Children’s Orphanage at SCORE Baja 1000 Off-Road Race

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – For the fourth year in a row, a team of charity-minded businesses and off-road racers have joined forces to create the “Wahoo’s Baja Support Run IV” at next week’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

The unique effort donates much-needed food, supplies and support to the very deserving children’s orphanage. The orphanage is located just outside of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, the seaside town located just a short drive south of downtown San Diego that has also served as the starting point for the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and Baja 500 off-road races since 1967. The effort is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 16th beginning in downtown Ensenada followed by a special police escort and parade through the streets up to the orphanage itself. Read More→

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2010 11 Normal Clifford Baja1000 300x198 Roger Norman Will Iron Man 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 After Completing Full Solo PreRunRENO, NV     NOVEMBER 11, 2010  – Roger Norman’s Crystal Bay Casino #8 Trophy Truck will start first off the line in the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  Roger Norman will remain the driver the entire 1050 miles, with co-driver Lance Clifford.  “I feel that this is the best opportunity that I would have in my life to Iron Man a race and win.  You just can’t turn down an opportunity like that,” states Roger Norman who will be first off the line with an incredible truck, a co-driver who has invested as much effort into pre-running the race as Norman and an extremely supportive team. Read More→

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2010 10 RogerNorman 300x199 Roger Norman Draws First Position and Plans to Ironman 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000RENO, NV     OCTOBER 10, 2010  – Roger Norman’s Crystal Bay Casino #8 Trophy Truck will take the very first Green Flag on November 18, 2010 at approximately 11:45am and catapult down the Baja coast in the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  Roger Norman will Ironman the entire race with co-driver Lance Clifford by his side.

The drawing for starting position was on Saturday where the computerized system drew Roger Normans name first as the #1 person to leave the line at the 43rd Baja 1000.  “I am so stoked, I can’t believe it.  It is the coolest thing,” exclaimed Roger Norman.  “No stress, no dust, it couldn’t be more perfect.”  This puts them into an excellent starting position to repeat the Norman Motorsports 2008 Baja 1000 win. Read More→

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Cancer Survivor Goes the Distance Solo in Punishing Race2009 11 JTGrey 2 300x186 Joe Bacal Captures Second with Marathon Drive in Baja 1000

ENSENADA, Mexico, November 23, 2009 – After taking an “out of nowhere” victory at the Baja 500 earlier this season, cancer survivor and off-road rookie sensation Joe Bacal nearly stole the show again with an epic 27-hour drive in the Cancer Treatment Centers of America JTGrey Lexus LX 570 to finish runner-up in the 42nd running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 last Friday and Saturday.

“It’s tough to narrowly miss the big prize, but just crossing the finish line in the biggest off-road race—and doing it after battling cancer—is a victory, both professionally and personally,” said Bacal. “Even after driving straight through the night, I felt good at the finish. I was dialed in and so was my Lexus—this was fun!”

Bacal and navigator Gerald “Smitty” King stormed out of Ensenada at 11:59 Friday morning in the LX 570 and quickly settled into a comfortably quick pace, making good time early on. “King Shocks’ new suspension setup made the LX fast and easy to control,” observed Bacal. But the infamous Baja 1000 lived up to its reputation. Many competitors noted that it was one of the toughest in memory, with dust and visibility a near constant challenge that made passing a precarious process at best. “There were a number of times that I came up to pass slower cars and had to wait a long time because the dust was so heavy and going off course (to pass) was very risky.”

Driving through the dark desert night without the dust presents its own set of visibility problems but Bacal credits the banks of KC HiLiTES on his Lexus for helping him through. “The big KCs really light up the desert,” he noted.

Aside from scheduled stops for fuel, there were few other surprises as Bacal used his considerable off-road skills to keep the big Lexus out of trouble for most of the race. As in his previous races, the BF Goodrich tires never failed, but Bacal did have one mechanical issue that required two stops to finally sort as the pounding desert landscape took its toll. Another unscheduled stop to free the rig after getting stuck briefly and Bacal and King never looked back, arriving back in Ensenada in just over 27 hours.

Their extraordinary effort was only the third race for Bacal and his Cancer Treatment Centers of America-sponsored team, but his consistently high finishes also earned him a remarkable second place in SCORE International’s driver points for the Stock Full class. “I think we surprised a lot of people with our racing program this year,” noted Bacal. “My team, sponsors and family also made huge contributions. Another special mention goes to Long Beach Racers for their excellent race support.”

NBC Sports will provide delayed coverage of this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, currently scheduled to air on December 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

For more information and updates on Joe Bacal, visit www.controlamidchaos.com.

Bacal and the JTGrey team acknowledge the following companies for their outstanding products, services and support:

  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America (sponsor)
  • Lexus (LX 570)
  • BF Goodrich (tires)
  • Toyota Racing Development (wheels, performance parts)
  • King Shocks (suspension components)
  • KC HiLiTES (lighting)
  • Long Beach Racers (race support)
  • Head First Design (graphics and marketing support)
  • Old Man Emu (off road accessories)
  • Débaufré Swiss Watches
  • Sparco (seats, safety equipment)
  • Mechanix Wear
  • Chet Huffman Motorsports (expertise)
  • Geiser Brothers Racing (vehicle build and prep)
  • Powertank (CO2)
  • Zeal Optics (sunglasses)
  • IonEarth (global race positioning)

About JTGrey:

JTGrey Performance Driving, LLC was created in 2007 by Joe and Teresa Bacal to provide expert high-performance driving services (on and off-road) to the auto industry and related companies such as parts suppliers, print advertising and marketing agencies and the commercial and feature film industries, among others. The company is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

JTGrey Racing was created by Joe and Teresa Bacal in 2008 to support Joe’s off-road racing efforts and is also based in Phoenix.

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New Developments Position Team to Capture Off-Road’s Top Prize

PHOENIX, November 16, 2009 – It’s said that preparation can make all the difference in challenging endeavors, and Joe Bacal and his JTGrey Racing Team have taken the idea straight to heart for the 42nd running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000—the toughest and most prestigious off-road race in the U.S.—set to start this Friday morning.

2009 11 JTGrey 300x199 Cancer Survivor Joe Bacal to Drive Full Distance in Off Road Racing’s Ultimate Test:  The Baja 1000Sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Bacal began his rookie off-road racing season in June of this year with a remarkable victory in the Baja 500. He followed with a solid second-place finish at the Primm 300 in the new-to-racing Lexus LX 570 that, much like Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor Bacal, has proven durable and unrelenting. But Bacal knew there was more potential in the Stock Full-class Lexus to make it quicker and easier to drive in rough terrain, so the team spent useful time between races testing and developing various components with their eye on conquering Baja.

“The Lexus has been tough as nails but we knew it had more to give,” said Bacal. “The new setup has transformed the performance and now I can’t wait to put it to the test.”

Bacal also wanted an experienced Baja co-pilot at his side and so hired expert navigator Gerald (Smitty) King to guide him on the notorious race course. King is a veteran in the ultra-quick trophy trucks and is often requested by top desert racers.

Physical and mental preparation is also critical for the grueling desert contest which, like previous events, Bacal plans to drive without relief; King will do the same. “Taking control is something I know well from my cancer experience,” noted Bacal. “You have to take charge and surround yourself with a great team to give yourself the best chance to win.”

By virtue of his Baja 500 victory and Primm 300 podium, Bacal heads into the Baja 1000 second in points in SCORE’s Stock Full class with a legitimate shot at winning the 2009 championship. Bacal has also earned a “Rookie of the Year” nomination on SCORE’s “2009 Off-Roadsman of the Year” ballot.

This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will start at 6:30 a.m. EST on Friday, November 20 from Ensenada. NBC Sports will cover the event, currently scheduled to air on December 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

For more information and updates on Joe Bacal, visit www.controlamidchaos.com.

Bacal and the JTGrey team acknowledge the following companies for their outstanding products, services and support:

  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Lexus (LX 570)
  • BF Goodrich (tires)
  • Toyota Racing Development (wheels, performance parts)
  • King Shocks (suspension components)
  • KC HiLiTES (lighting)
  • Old Man Emu (off road accessories)
  • Débaufré Swiss Watches
  • Sparco (seats, safety equipment)
  • Mechanix Wear
  • Chet Huffman Motorsports (expertise)
  • Geiser Brothers Racing (vehicle build and prep)
  • Powertank (nitrogen)

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About JTGrey:

JTGrey Performance Driving, LLC was created in 2007 by Joe and Teresa Bacal to provide expert high-performance driving services (on and off-road) to the auto industry and related companies such as parts suppliers, print advertising and marketing agencies and the commercial and feature film industries, among others. The company is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

JTGrey Racing was created by Joe and Teresa Bacal in 2008 to support Joe’s off-road racing efforts and is also based in Phoenix.