Baja Designs LED lights were the first thing that crossed the finish line in just about every class at The Mint 400 off-road race in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Trick Truck: 1st Place: Justin Lofton 2nd Place: Andy McMillin 4th Place: Brett Sourapas
Class 1500: 1st Place: Cody Parkhouse
Class 6100/TT Spec: 1st Place: Christian Sourapas
Class 10: 1st Place: Roger Starkey 2nd Place: Milk-N-It Motorsports 3rd Place: Jason Coleman
UTV: 1st Place: Branden Sims
Vintage: 1st Place: Rory Ward
Team BD Trick Truck Race Summary
Justin Lofton took the overall victory and the top spot in the Trick Truck class; making him the second “Team BD” racer to take back to back wins that day. Finishing only 42 seconds behind Lofton was Andy McMillin in his new TSCO Trick Truck. Finishing just off the podium in fourth was “Team BD” racer Brett Sourapas.
“We turned our Baja Designs lights on with about 20 miles to go to the finish. It was hammer down from the start. Our Baja Designs Lights worked great when we needed them the most!” said Justin Lofton.
“We were in the lead pack all day. It was nerve wracking as it started to get dark, we couldn’t tell who was behind us. It was real dusty coming across the dry lake bed. We flashed our lights to let a slower car in front know we were coming. When our lights lit him up, he knew he better get out of the way. We had no time to spare with McMillin only 42 seconds back,” said Lofton.
Cody Parkhouse checked out from the rest of the class 1500 field and crossed the finish line 35 minutes ahead of second place to take the unlimited class win.
Team BD Class 6100/TT Spec Summary
Finishing well after sunset in the 6100/TT Spec class, Christian Sourapas used his Baja Designs lights to pierce through the dust and darkness to take the win.
Team BD Class 10 Summary
Class 10 winner, and now back to back champion of the Mint 400, Roger Starkey, took the top spot after setting a blistering pace. “Team BD” member T.J. Tuls, of Milk-N-It Motorsports was 2nd and Jason Coleman was 10 Seconds behind to put Baja Designs on the podium in 3rd. It was a clean sweep of the highly competitive class 10 podium.
Team BD UTV Summary
Branden Sims, who recently joined Baja Designs, took the overall win in the UTV class. Showing incredible sportsmanship, Sims jumped out of his race car after taking the overall win, and ran back onto the course to help push a fellow competitor with a mechanical issue across the finish line.
“Getting 1st and the overall be an all-time great moment in my life. I am excited to announce I have partnered with the top name in lighting!” – Branden Sims
Branden Sims, who recently joined Team BD, took the overall win in the UTV class. Showing incredible sportsmanship, Sims jumped out of his race car after taking the overall win, and ran back onto the course to help push a fellow competitor with a mechanical issue across the finish line.
Baja Designs Welcomes Cameron Steele & Desert Assassins
The Mint 400 was also a chance to welcome our latest team member to Baja Designs. Trophy Truck driver and icons in the sport of off-road racing Cameron Steele and the Desert Assassins. They debuted their new light setup at The Mint 400 which created quite the buzz. Baja Designs, Cameron Steele and the Desert Assassins will be changing the lighting world as everyone knows it. Stay tuned!
About Baja Designs:
For 20+ years Baja Designs (BD) has engineered revolutionary ways to stay at the forefront of motorcycle and automotive lighting. The first product developed was a Dual Sport kit that made a pure off road motorcycle minimally street legal. This intimate knowledge of motorcycle electrical capabilities led to a natural evolution to engineer the first HID motorcycle race light. Owner/Lead engineer Alan Roach is an avid Baja 1000 racer who has successfully been able to fine tune a motorcycle’s limited light optics to maximize rider comfort, speed and safety. As a result, Baja Designs (BD) has won every professional and amateur motorcycle and ATV Baja 1000 class for over 15 years.
As their engineers and racers advanced to truck and buggy racing, the next evolution began. Baja Designs quickly adapted their race winning HID motorcycle lights to their new race vehicles. With amazing speed, Baja Designs (BD) HID lights were adopted by the vehicle race community and could be found on the majority of Baja 1000 winning vehicles. In the process, Baja Designs (BD) engineers became well known as “The Scientists of Lighting” and were sought out by professional race teams to develop and aim their vehicle lighting.
LED lights were the next natural evolution of lighting and Baja Designs (BD) was the first company to develop a forward projecting LED light bar that was introduced and raced in the 2005 Baja 1000. That original LED light bar has evolved into a line of the highest performing and race winning LED lights on the market. Revolutionizing industry leading lights is not just a job at Baja Designs (BD), but a lifelong passion for both their owners and employees. The Baja Designs (BD) product line is dedicated to being BRIGHTER, BOLDER, and BETTER, which is why they truly are “The Scientists of Lighting”.
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