There isn’t a racer in history who has crossed the finish line without the help of a solid support team. The adage “there is no ‘I’ in team” couldn’t be truer when it comes to the sport of desert racing. Covering more than 1,000 miles of grueling desert at 100 mph is more than any one man, or truck, can do alone. While some of the average-Joe teams cannot afford expensive chase trucks, the big boys rely on not one, but several stationed around the course to help get their driver to the checkered flag before the next guy.
Chase trucks come in all shapes and sizes, depending on your needs. Sometimes you will spot a mid-’80s Toyota pickup loaded with eight spare tires, five-gallon fuel cans, and a few bags of tools. Others carry huge on-board fuel delivery systems that resemble something you would see in a movie or at a military facility that fuels jets. Whatever your needs may be, having a solid support system affects your end result, guaranteed.
McMillin Racing, based in San Diego, California, builds such impressive support rigs that competing teams actually contract McMillin to build chase trucks for them. McMillin Racing currently is using a number of trucks on its own support team. But, two of them, “Chase 3” and “Chase 4,” really caught our eyes as we helped chase Scott, Andy, and Jessica through the San Felipe deserts while prerunning before the 2011 Baja race. OR
SpecsVehicle: ’06 Ford F-350 4WD Crew Cab Trucks
Owner: Scott and Andy McMillin of McMillin Realty Racing
Chassis: Ford F-350, Royal Utility Bed
Engine: Ford 6.0L diesel with auxiliary 60-gallon custom diesel tank
Drivetrain: Ford with 4.30 gears, Mag-Hytec deep trans pan
Suspension: ICON 4-inch lift coils, Fox 2.5 remote reservoir shocks, Airlift airbag system
Steering: Custom track bar with Heims, Fox steering damper
Brakes: Ford stock
Tires/Wheels: 35-inch Toyo Open Country M/T tires with E rating, Robby Gordon 17-inch wheels
Interior: Custom McMillin dash, Lowrance HD GPS, Kenwood radio, XM radio
Other Parts: 80-gallon race fuel tank, ONAN 7.0 quiet-diesel generator, Miller MID welder, aluminum floor jacks, BFG Baja T/A KR spare tires on KMC Enduro beadlock wheels, custom McMillin front and rear bumpers, Vision-X lighting
Favorite Off-Road Area: SCORE and BITD desert racing