ANDY/SCOTT McMillin UNLEASHED!
FATHER/SON RACE to SCORE BAJA 1000 4 Wheel OVERALL VICTORY!
Jessica McMillin RALLIES Pro Truck to Baja 1000 VICTORY & SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP!
San Diego, CA (November 22, 2011) Off the rugged coast of Mexico’s majestic Baja Peninsula, the 44th running of the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all off road racing events in the world, set in motion the best off road racing seen in decades as the titans of the SCORE Trophy Truck class raced over a 705-mile torturous race course, testing the best of man and machine.
After 14 hours, 55 minutes and 40 seconds, the race was won by San Diego real estate executive, Andy McMillin. Trading in his day job at McMillin Realty for what turned out to be a wild day of racing, Andy, and his father Scott, joined together behind the wheel of the #31 McMillin Realty Trophy Truck winning at the most challenging desert race of the season. The duo averaged 47.12 miles per hour in their quest for victory.
The 24-year old San Diego racer started the race in his freshly designed Ford Raptor SCORE Trophy Truck and handed the truck off to his dad, Scott, for the treacherous San Felipe loop. Scott raced through the toughest bumps of San Felipe before turning the truck back over to Andy, who unleashed the Kroyer Racing Engines power, before crossing the checkers in Ensenada, Mexico earning his third career SCORE Baja 1000 win.
For the second time in three years, the well-known father/son team earned victory at the world’s most legendary desert race marking yet another chapter in McMillin Racing’s motorsports history.
Racing against a full field of 29 SCORE Trophy Truck starters, the McMillin Racing duo continues the tradition started by McMillin family patriarch, Corky McMillin. For the McMillin Racing family, the SCORE Baja 1000 race is a time-honored tradition started by off road racing icon, Corky McMillin. It was the early 1970’s when Corky and his friends introduced the McMillin Racing family to a motorsport they have excelled in for nearly 40 years.
This year’s race saw all three top podium finishers cross the checkered flag physically within one minute of each other. However, when the overall race times were calculated, it was Andy and Scott McMillin who earned the top spot on the podium.
The race started as it normally does, but for the first time in race history, the SCORE Trophy Trucks were re-started at race mile five after a tractor-trailer crashed completely blocking the race course and stopping the race.
This year’s victory marks Scott McMillin’s fourth class win in this race and second overall title, while Andy McMillin captured his third overall and third class win among the Unlimited SCORE Trophy Truck division.
Afterwards Andy said, “We started 10th. At the Baja 500, Bryce Menzies started in front of me and put a spanking on me, so I didn't want to let that happen in this race. I got a pretty quick pace off the start and splashed fuel at K77. By the time we got to the summit, I nerfed Larry Roeseler, got around Rob MacCachren, passed Curt LeDuc and Jesse Ashcraft. MacCachren got me back later in the summit and we were battling back and forth off his bumper until he pitted for fuel. Menzies was out front and I got by Kory Scheeler on the silt bed and I just started putting my pedal forward. I knew we were going to change drivers at Borrego and put my dad in so I wanted to get a couple of minutes on everyone just in case. Unfortunately, we had a three-and-a-half minute pit stop, we took off out of there in third and my dad had a flat tire. My dad did a great job on the San Felipe loop. We kept our pace and kept our position. Bryce was doing work out front and was running away with it. Luckily, he had a little issue and we were able to make up time. I got back in the truck and Bryce pulled over for fuel and we got around them. That was the most intense race I've ever been a part of. I was 30 seconds to them and Bryce was 30 seconds to me on the beach. It was a freight-train free-for-all. It was such a blast! It was so much fun. I'm glad to win my second Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 with my dad. It means a lot.”
McMillin Racing works closely with many partners involved in their racing program. Crew Chief Greg Williams explained, “We work side by side with many of our race team partners each and everyday including BFGoodrich Tires, FOX Racing Shox, Kroyer Racing Engines, Geiser Brothers, Baja Designs, and KMC Wheels. They have all joined our program providing us with the best components in professional motorsports. We couldn’t ask for a better team of sponsors and our results demonstrate that their products are Baja proven.”
Winning the 2011 SCORE Baja 1000 adds to the lifelong legacy of McMillin Racing.
It’s a racing heritage that is steep with family tradition. A heritage that has been passed down from Corky to his sons, Scott and Mark, and now to their sons and daughter, Andy, Daniel, Luke and Jessica. It’s a tradition and lifestyle that has created a positive influence on the sport, the fans and the McMillin Racing family for four decades.
Standing at the finish line among thousands of cheering fans, Scott reflected on this year’s race. “Andy gave me the roughest part of the race course to drive. It kicked my butt. It's amazing that after 700 miles, three teams are so close in time and any one of us could have won. My hat is off to the other teams. They did a great job and made us a better competitor. Sal continues to make this race tougher and harder than ever before and I was challenged all the way around the 250 miles of San Felipe. For our family, the Baja 1000 has been a tradition. This is the 35th year our family has been racing this race and as we stand here I know my brother, Mark is coming in to the finish line very shortly. I've got my daughter out there still racing her Pro Truck, as well as Mark's son, Luke. My dad is looking down on us and taking care of us.”
In 1976, Corky McMillin and his friends entered their first SCORE Baja race.
This past Saturday his grandchildren, Andy and Jessica McMillin, joined by their race-winning father, Scott McMillin, add three more trophies to the famed McMillin Racing legacy.
Mark’s son, Luke McMillin, also won the ultra competitive ½ 1600 class capturing the season championship as well, while Mark joined his son Daniel in the #23 SCORE Trophy Truck and finished a respectable 4th in class.
McMillin Racing returns to Mexico in 2012 for the famed SCORE Baja 1000 Peninsula run, which kicks off on November 15, 2012 in Ensenada, Baja California and finishes in the seaside city of La Paz along the coast of the Sea of Cortez.
McMillin Realty Racing is supported by the best in the business including McMillin Realty, BFGoodrich Tires, FOX Racing Shox, KMC Wheels, Ford, Baja Designs, Kroyer Racing Engines, Hostyle, Eibach Springs, Maxima Racing Oils and DirtNewz.com.
About McMillin Racing
With over three decades of racing experience, the McMillin family represents three generations of accomplished championship racers. Founded by the late off-road racing legend, Corky McMillin, McMillin Racing continues to be respected as a one of the most successful desert racing teams of all time. They are supported by a long list of dedicated family, friends and employees of McMillin Companies, all who make up an incredibly talented group of steadfast supporters. Since 1976, they have raced at the highest level of competition in the deserts of North America. Together as a family, they have multiple series championships, along with significant race victories in both the United States and Baja California.
McMillin Racing symbolizes the ultimate passion in off road racing.
Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Overall Champions
(1967 through 2011)
YEAR DRIVERS/RIDERS VEHICLE TIME
1967 Vic Wilson/Ted Mangels Meyers Manx VW 27:38
1968 Larry Minor/Jack Bayer Ford Bronco 21:11:32
1969 Larry Minor/Rod Hall Ford Bronco 20:48:10
1970 Drino Miller/Vic Wilson Miller VW 16:07
1971 Parnelli Jones/Bill Stroppe Ford Bronco 14:59
1972 Parnelli Jones/Bill Stroppe Ford Bronco 16:47
1973 Bobby Ferro/Johnny Johnson Funco VW 16:50:25
1974 NO RACE
1975 Malcolm Smith/Dr. Bud Feldkamp Hi-Jumper VW 18:55:49
1976 Ivan Stewart Chenowth VW 12:17:28
1977 Malcolm Smith/Dr. Bud Feldkamp Funco VW 15:10:42
1978 Mark Stahl Chenowth VW 12:55:42
1979 Walker Evans/Bruce Florio Dodge pickup 20:48:27
1980 Mark Stahl Chenowth VW 13:33:55
1981 Mark McMillin/Thomas Hoke Chenowth VW 20:29:14
1982 Mickey Thompson/Terry Smith Raceco VW 19:40:23
1983 Mark McMillin/Ralph Paxton Chenowth VW 20:29:14
1984 Mark McMillin/Ralph Paxton Chenowth VW 16:27:09
1985 Steve Sourapas/Dave Richardson Raceco VW 17:54:55
1986 Mark McMillin/Ralph Paxton Chenowth Porsche 18:26:28
1987 Bob Gordon/Malcolm Smith Chenowth Porsche 13:15:04
1988 Mark McMillin Chenowth Porsche 13:07:09
1989 Robby Gordon Ford Pickup 18:04:07
1990 Bob Gordon/Robyn Gordon/Robby Gordon Chenowth Chevy 12:30:45
1991 Larry Ragland Chevrolet pickup 16:37:35
1992 Paul & Dave Simon Ford Ranger 16:53:02
1993 Ivan Stewart Toyota SR5 13:29:11
1994 Jim Smith (Trophy-Truck) Ford 10:28:56
1995 Larry Ragland (Trophy-Truck) Chevrolet 20:14:12
1996 Larry Ragland (Trophy-Truck) Chevrolet 14:38:59
1997 Larry Ragland (Trophy-Truck) Chevrolet 13:53:46
1998 Ivan Stewart Toyota 19:08:20
1999 Larry Ragland Chevy 14:26:36
2000 Dan Smith/Dave Ashley Ford 32:15:39
2001 Doug Fortin/Charlie Townsley Jimco Chevy 14:35:42
2002 Dan Smith/Dave Ashley, Ford 16:19:03
2003 Doug Fortin/Charlie Townsley Jimco Chevy 16:24:02
2004 Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford 16:18:14
2005 Larry Roeseler/Troy Herbst, Smithbuilt-Ford 15:06:19
2006 Andy McMillin/Robby Gordon, Chevy C1500 19:15:17
2007 Mark Post/Rob MacCachren/Carl Renezeder, Ford 25:21:25
2008 Larry Roeseler/Roger Norman, Ford F-150 12:40:33
2009 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Chevy Silverado 14:19:50
2010 Gus Vildosola Jr./Gus Vildosola Sr., Ford F-150, 19:00:04
2011 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Ford F-150, 14:51:36