Five to Watch at the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000
The 2019 SCORE Baja 1000 is about to get underway in Ensenada and there are already problems before the race even begins. A healthy dumping of rain has created major headaches for SCORE race officials. There are several sections on the course that have washed out due to flooding. An executive decision has been made to delay the start by 24 hours to allow sections to dry out. Meantime there is no shortage of racers to keep an eye on this year. Here is our top five list.
BRONCO R PROTOTYPE
Ford Motorsports is getting back into Baja racing with a new Bronco R Protoype. Ford's effort comes months before the Spring 2020 release of a much talked about production Bronco. A star-studded line-up of drivers have been selected to race the Bronco. That list includes Curt Leduc, Johnny Campbell, Jason Scherer, Cameron Steele and Shelby Hall. The vehicle is part tribute to the late Rod Hall who won the Baja 1000 50 years ago in a Bronco.
The original Baja Boot raced in the 1960's. It was owned by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen. Scuderia Cameron-Glickenhaus is bringing this iconic vehicle back. To prove how tough it is, they are racing it in the Baja 1000. The company will build the vehicles to sell.
Trophy Truck racer Cameron Steele got his first overall Baja 1000 win in 2018. He is also a championship contender. Steele has put in countless hours of homework in Baja and knows every inch of the terrain. He will also pull double duty, helping to pilot the new Bronco R Prototype.
Full time Indy car driver is back for another stint at the Baja 1000. Team Honda is supporting a race version of the Honda Ridgeline truck. Rossi made headlines last year narrowly missing a spectator vehicle that was driving backwards on the race course. The team went on to get a second-place podium finish in their class.
Dakar Rally champion Nassar Al-Attiyah is driving the number 76 Trophy Truck owned by Jesse Jones. The all-wheel drive Trophy truck was recently built by Mason Motorsports. Al-Attiyah will share driving duties with Toby Price who is also a Dakar Champion.