First of all, Laughlin went well. We were the only Stock Mini truck that showed up, but we finished both days, which is more than 25% of the other trucks did.
Tonight we will be working at the shop to get the truck ready for its debut at the Dodger Stadium Supercross event this weekend. Andy will be doing donuts in the infield during intermission. We need to fix an oil leak on the differential, install the rear fender flares, and bend the uprights to keep them off the tires.
Chris Livingston will be making his world famous chipotle burgers, so come early because they always go fast.
New Year, new truck, and new season of the SCORE off road racing series. Long Beach Racers armed with a 2012 Toyota Tacoma TX Baja Series crossed the desert to compete in the first race of the season, the Laughlin Desert Challenge. This is a two day event on a closed 6.25 mile loop. The stock mini class in which LBR competes had 85 minutes to complete 5 laps on each of the two days.
On day one Ted Moncure and Marco Dos Santos took the helm with two major objectives, to finish and place first in our class and second was to deliver a running truck for Andy Bell and Chris Livingston to pilot the next day. Moncure and Dos Santos made easy work of the 6 miles posting up very consistent lap times. The LBR Tacoma handled the brutally rough course with precision and grace, finishing up in 1:09:20.
On day two Bell and Livingston were ready to go. The truck seemed to be in good running shape from the day before and LBR was looking for another finish. The truck got off to a great start, but then two miles into the race the center support bearing failed. With such a short race Bell stayed in it, and Livingston got on the radio to alert the crew that we were coming in to the hot pit and needed a drive shaft swap. As always the professional LBR crew was ready to go as soon as the truck pulled in. They made quick work of the drive shaft and getting the swap done in just 12 minutes. Bell and Livingston rocketed back on to the course on a mission for victory. The rest of the run went exactly to plan and the driving team scored another finish taking only 1:06:42 to complete the race and winning all the points for the weekend because no other Stock Minis came out to play.
Long Beach Racers would like to thank the LBR crew for all the time and effort that went into making this possible. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors: Turn 14 Distribution, K&N, Blue C, Bilstein, BFG Tires, Mastercraft seats,Defined Engineering, PCI race radios, Nitro Gear, MBRP exhaust,
Toyota, TRD, spin imaging, skullcandy, Hella and CMI skidplates.
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For Immediate Release:
Long Beach Racers Take The SCORE Stock Mini Class Championship.
Long Beach CA.
Long Beach Racers, after a fantastic season of racing in the SCORE International Off Road Racing series, take the Stock Mini class Championship with their 2012 Toyota TX Baja Series Tacoma. Starting the season off strong, Long Beach Racers with celebrity driver Andy Bell, placed first in both days of the Laughlin Desert Challenge. With this great momentum the team prepped the truck and headed down to San Felipe for the first of three races south of the border.
San Felipe proved to be a challenge. The team got off to a great start, but was stopped by some wiring issues early in the race. After a field diagnosis and repair the truck was back on its way. LBR made great time until an aftermarket U-bolt on the rear axle failed, ending their day just short of the finish line. Learning from this the team headed back to Long Beach with the intention of going through the entire vehicle and getting it ready for the Baja 500.
Ready for greatness, the team started the Baja 500 with checkered flags in their eyes. Knowing that it was a long race and one of attrition, the drivers planned to take it easy to maintain a finishing pace and save the truck. Sometimes things don’t go as planned, and Andy Bell set a blistering pace, passing all of the Stock Full trucks before the first pit. In the end, the little Tacoma that could took first in class in the 500 as well as beating all other stock class vehicles in the race. Crossing that finish line was a true high point in the season for LBR as they looked forward to the big daddy of them all, the Baja 1000.
The 2012 Baja 1000 was truly a tough course. As it is every two years, the race headed east to San Felipe before making a southerly turn for the peninsula run to La Paz and all of the 1000+ miles in between. The truck had a few minor problems early on and required repairs before making it to the east coast of the peninsula. As the team made the turn into San Felipe the truck had what seemed to be a race ending failure of the front shock mount/ engine cage. The hard working support crew worked tirelessly through the night and got the truck fixed with the help of BFG Pits. The truck was back on its way south and making good time and gaining on the race leader when the shock mount failure came back to haunt them 300 miles later. This time both sides broke and ended the race for LBR around race mile 531.
Earning 3 wins in 5 races as well as starting points for San Felipe and the Baja 1000 enabled Andy Bell to vie for rookie of the year status, and Long Beach Racers to claim their second class championship.
Long Beach Racers would like to thank all of the sponsors that made this season possible. Toyota, TRD wheels, MBRP Exhaust, Skullcandy, BF Goodrich Tires, Bilstein Shocks, Hella lights, Mastercraft Safety, CMI skidplates, PCI Race Radios, Nitro Gear, Auburn Differentials, and ProComp. The team will be back with a vengeance – and possibly a new race vehicle!