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scaled e1269011855 MasterCraft Racing Puts Three Trucks in Top 10 at MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250It is hard to deny the existence of the Buddhist philosophy of karma after the recent MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. In addition to being the title sponsor of the race, Robbie Pierce and MasterCraft Safety offered up $10,000 in contingency money for the race. For all of Pierce’s generosity, combined with a healthy dose of hard work, the MasterCraft Racing team was rewarded with three trucks in the top ten of SCORE’s premiere Trophy-Truck class. Will Staats finished in 9th place, Rob MacCachren finished in 8th, and MasterCraft Safety CEO Robbie Pierce placed fourth in San Felipe, his highest finish ever in SCORE’s preeminent class. Read More→

Joe Bacal Seals Victory in San Felipe 250

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

2010 03 SanFelipe879 150x150 Joe Bacal Seals Victory in San Felipe 250

SAN FELIPE, Mexico, March 16, 2010 – The seemingly unbreakable combination of Joe Bacal and his Cancer Treatment Centers of America Lexus LX 570 took its second Stock Full class victory* in as many races on Sunday at the 24th Annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in Mexico.  Despite drawing the last starting time in the Stock Full class, Bacal caught 2009 class champion Justin Matney early in the race, dicing with him for about 15 miles before taking the lead to the finish. Read More→

2010 03 MaCachren Rockstar 150x150 Rob MacCachren Teams With Rockstar Energy and MasterCraft Safety For 2010 SCORE International SeasonWith a career filled with 167 event victories and 19 series championships piloting everything from limited class buggies and stock Ford pickups to Trophy Trucks and the Pro 2 Unlimited trucks, Rob MacCachren is able to pick and choose exactly who he works with.  In a tough economy where every racer is fighting for sponsorship dollars, it is an enviable position to say the least.  So who exactly does the off-road racing legend choose to endorse?  “The choice to align myself with MasterCraft Safety and Rockstar Energy was an easy one,” explains the multiple Baja 1000 and Borg Warner Cup champion.  “These companies share my commitment to winning, regardless of whether the venue is desert or short course racing.”    Read More→

Bacal and Lexus Take a Beating but Never Falter in Fast-Paced Race

LAUGHLIN, Nevada, January 18, 2009 – In a heart-stopping beginning to his second year in off-road racing, Joe Bacal put his Lexus LX 570 ahead of his closest class rival as they raced flat out to the first corner at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge 2010 season opener on Saturday, only to feel the full force of competition slam into him as he headed for the apex.  Rival competitor Justin Matney left a major wound in Bacal’s Lexus as he pushed his way through, but the adrenaline-fired Bacal re-passed Matney shortly after and was never headed again en route to another Stock Full-class victory this past weekend.

2010 01 JTGrey 300x199 Joe Bacal Survives First Corner Hit to Win Laughlin Desert Challenge This is not to say Bacal never looked back.  “This is one of the most difficult races I’ve done,” said Bacal.  “The longer races like Baja require a more conservative approach to make sure you finish.  But this was a sprint race and pretty much flat out—I didn’t even have time to wipe my visor.  It was crazy but the Lexus is a rocket ship.”

And like Bacal, apparently hard to break.  Despite considerable damage sustained in the crash, Bacal, co-driver Bob Ditner and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Lexus continued unabated after the first-corner dust-up—important because the other competitors weren’t letting up.  After their Saturday triumph, Bacal and Ditner duplicated the feat on Sunday in the second and final round of the Laughlin event.

The two-race format gives competitors a chance to race on Saturday and repair/refresh their vehicles for the second round on Sunday.  The event is the first on the 2010 SCORE calendar and Bacal’s back-to-back victories give him a large lead in the Stock Full class championship after just one race weekend.  “It’s the best possible way to begin the new season,” noted Bacal.  “I have to thank Bob (Ditner) and my team for such a great start.”

Significantly, Bacal and his BF Goodrich-shod Lexus also extended their perfect finishing record.  This was their fourth event since the JTGrey team began its off-road racing campaign with a surprise win at the Baja 500 last year.  The LX 570 has been severely thrashed on the tough desert courses but has finished every time, remarkably with zero flat tires in over 1500 miles of hard desert racing.  Bacal has driven every mile.

Joe Bacal and his JTGrey team race next at the Mastercraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, March 12-14.

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

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

  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America (primary sponsor)
  • Lexus (LX 570, original parts)
  • BF Goodrich (tires)
  • Toyota Racing Development (wheels, performance parts)
  • King Shocks (suspension components)
  • KC HiLiTES (lighting)
  • Head First Design (graphics and marketing support)
  • ARB and Old Man Emu (off road accessories)
  • Débaufré Swiss Watches
  • Sparco (seats, safety equipment)
  • Mechanix Wear
  • Geiser Brothers Racing (vehicle build and prep)
  • Powertank (CO2)
  • Tomo Therapy (Joe’s radiation treatment)

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.

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.