Last month the annual SCORE San Felipe 250 went down in Baja and we were there to capture some of the action. Being one of the little brother races leading to the Baja 1000, there was a plethora of vehicle classes from dirt bikes to SCORE Trophy Trucks. We took to the pits, the starting line, and everywhere in between to shoot some photos of the trucks in action and document the exciting goings-on of a true Baja race.
The podium was stacked with some familiar faces from the Trophy Truck world. First Place went to Rob MacCachren, who has won over 200 off-road races, including four editions of the Baja 1000 and upwards of 20 championships. Rob finished the race with an impressive time of 05:20:16.664. Three minutes later at 05:23:50.296 came Second Place winner, Monster Energy team racer Cameron Steele in his 442ci 860hp–motivated #16 Desert Assassin Trophy Truck. Taking up the rear with a finish time of 05:25:10.321 was California native Luke McMillin, whose brother Andy McMillin finished fourth just a minute behind. Se the http://score-international.com/raceinfo/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-SCORE-32nd-San-Felipe-250-Overall-Finish-Order-11.pdf.
Being at a Baja race is unlike anything you can experience in the U.S., mainly because the course is essentially unrestricted. You can pull up and hang in the pits, set your camp up right alongside the course, or shoot photos from afar if you please, but Baja races offer a unique and intimate look into the world of off-road racing that’s unparalleled in America.
It’s not every day that you get to watch 100-mph straights while hanging next to automotive legend and NASCAR champion Robby Gordon as his Trophy Truck receives some much needed maintenance, but in Baja it’s just another day at the races.