Wednesday, November 23, 2011
21 SCORE Racers Earn SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards for Completing Every Mile of 2011 SCORE Desert Series
by Dominic Clark
LOS ANGELES -- After 1,762.02 dusty and rugged desert racing miles, 21 of the world’s best desert racers have survived the challenge of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series to earn coveted 2011 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards. The 21 drivers, competing in 10 different classes, earned their prestigious honors by finishing every required mile in the World’s foremost Desert Racing Series. The 2011 SCORE Desert Series ended last weekend with the 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
All 21 drivers will receive their special awards Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine, Calif., adjacent to John Wayne airport, during the annual SCORE Awards Night celebration of 38 years of SCORE desert racing honoring the 2011 SCORE Desert Series point champions and the winners of the 2011 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards.
Leading the way are six racers in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division and three in Class 1/2-1600 for 1600cc VW-powered open-wheelers.
The six SCORE Trophy Truck drivers who completed every race mile this season are: Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas (No. 70, Ford F-150), Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (No. 20, Ford F-150), Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore. (No. 98, Ford F-150), Adam Householder, Orange, Calif. (No. 24, Chevy Silverado), Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif. (No. 78, Ford F-150) and Ken Losch, Tempe Ariz. (No. 10, Chevy Silverado).
Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 26th consecutive year. The Toyota Milestone awards are going to those pro car and truck drivers who finished all 1,762.02 required miles in the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.
“Toyota is proud to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers,” said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “For over a quarter of a century, Toyota has had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet.”
For MacCachren, a six-time member of the AARWBA All-America motorsports team, this is a record fifth SCORE Toyota Milestone while it is the third for Steele and second each for Luke McMillin, Justin Davis and Clyde Stacy.
Jessica McMillin becomes just the third female along with Steele and Bekki Freeman-Wik to earn a SCORE Toyota Milestone Award.
The remainder of this year’s honorees will be receiving SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards for the first time.
The challenging 2011 season began with the 17th annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January and ended with the 44th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Nov. 17-20. The season-ending granddaddy of all desert races started and finished in Ensenada to La Paz, featuring a season-high 292 starters competing in 34 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
2011 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards
(21 Racers have completed every required mile-1,762.02-in the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series)
SCORE Trophy Truck
Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas
Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas
Adam Householder, Orange, Calif.
Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore.
Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif.
Ken Losch, Chandler, Ariz.
Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif.
Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif.
Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif.
Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif.
Arturo Velazco, Banning, Calif.
Kevin Carr, San Diego
Cody Kellogg, Cypress, Calif.
Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif.
Marc Burnett, Chula Vista, Calif.
Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif.
Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico
Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif.
Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif.
Jessica McMillin, National City, Calif.
Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Tenn.