Cameron Steele Brings Home Emotional First Trophy Truck Victory at 2018 Baja 1000Posted in News on November 17, 2018
Winning the Baja 1000 is a feeling like no other. For Cameron Steele and his Desert Assassins race team, it is a dream come true, years in the making. The team has struggled to join the elite club of winners, vowing to come back year after year to grab the win in the Trophy Truck class. Steele was emotional at the finish line after realizing he had just won the race. For him, the win is bittersweet. His dad, Mark Steele, a Baja legend passed away over the summer. Just a few days later Cameron learned he was chosen to be inducted into the Off-Road Hall of Fame. Steele put the names of his dad, other Baja legends and friends that have passed away around the number plate on his Trophy Truck.
Rob MacCachren was the first truck across the line. MacCachren who started in 8th position made up time passing trucks one by one. Team C racing drivers Larry Connor, Ricky Johnson and Luke Johnson had the lead most of the day. Their hopes of winning would quickly fade away in the last 100 miles of the race with a broken spindle. Rob MacCachren took advantage and moved to the lead but was penalized at the finish line for driving infractions on the course. Video posted to social media shows MacCachren racing another truck on a highway section. SCORE has not yet commented on the penalties.
While the story is ending for the Trophy Trucks, several hundred other entries in the race are trying to win their class, as well as finish one of the toughest off-road races on the planet. Every team that gets the checkered flag has a story to tell. For some it was easy, while others struggled. The Baja is punishing. Some will go home with broken racecars, vowing to return to conquer Baja and beat the odds just like Cameron Steele. Check back here for full race results.