SCORE Journal Issue 2 - 2016

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STOCK TRUCKS AND SUV'S RUN ALL-OUT IN BAJA SCORE 101 T hroughout much of the history of desert racing, SCORE's class Stock Full has offered racers and automotive manufacturers a convenient research and development platform to test and improve the toughness of their trucks. Running a full race season, or even one SCORE Baja 1000 in a relatively factory stock vehicle, is definitely a testament to its reliability and engineering. Aside from surviving one of the toughest races in all off- road, it's also a great marketing tool car makers can use to sell trucks like Toyota's TRD Tundra and Ford's F-150 Raptor. Even though Stock Full is a class automotive manufacturers occasionally use to showcase and prove their vehicles, it has also been a great introduction for drivers and teams to get into off-road racing. Because the class uses a stock vehicle with minor modifications, it provides a very practical approach for new teams to race in Baja and gain experience. As with any race class, however, there are different schools of thought and criteria a team will use in choosing which vehicle to compete in. Each vehicle manufacturer, and the different model year vehicles, cam provide a variety of advantages and disadvantages in the overall toughness and reliability it can deliver. Half-ton trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, Toyota Tundra, and Dodge Ram have been the foundations from which many teams have started from. As an example, Darren Webster and the Canguro Racing team run their Stock Full #8155 Toyota Land Cruiser. Chad Hall races his #8101 Hummer H1, and SCORE's 2015 Stock Full points champion John Gonzales races his #8125 Ford F-150 Raptor. Obviously, these racers have done their research and picked an appropriate vehicle for them, that they feel gives their team a better chance of finishing and winning in Baja. "There are two ways to approach Stock Full," say's, Chad Hall. "If you have always wanted to race the SCORE Baja 1000, and you don't have a lot of money, you can build a four-wheel drive, SCORE101 STOCK FULL BY RICK SHANDLEY GETSOMEPHOTO.COM 080 SCORE JOURNAL

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