McMILLIN FAMILY TRADITION DOMINATES SCORE BAJA 1000! Luke and Jessica WIN SCORE Baja 1000 & EARN SCORE Season Championships!
Andy/Scott WIN SCORE Baja 1000 4-Wheel OVERALL! Mark and Daniel 4th Trophy Truck!
San Diego, CA (November 24, 2011) For nearly four decades the familiar McMillin blue has migrated across the US/Mexican border to fulfill a passion started in the mid-1970’s by family patriarch, Corky McMillin.
When you talk to any one of the McMillin family members, they all describe the deep passion racing in Mexico means to all of them. As much as it is part of off road racing history, it is also a sincere aspect of the McMillin family tradition passed down from generation to generation.
Recently, while prerunning for the 2011 SCORE Baja 1000, family members stopped in the middle of a quaint Mexican village and passed out a plethora of McMillin Racing stickers to the village children. The kids ran to the prerunner trucks from blocks away laughing and all in big hurry not to be left out. Not one single child was left without the familiar McMillin Racing logo emblazoned on a small sticker. The village elders smiled while sitting on the porch a distance away. Chatting with them about the McMillin family, they told me they remember the great McMillin’s for more than 30 years. Something’s just never change. The names and faces grow older, but the traditions go on.
Following in the footsteps of their father, Corky McMillin, Scott and Mark McMillin continue with their historic ritual of racing in Baja. The 2011 SCORE Baja 1000 adventure for the McMillin family of racers was no different.
Scott summed it up, “Racing in Baja has been part of my life for decades and for my children, it’s just a way of life. It’s in our blood and part of our family tradition and history. I love to see the local kids and the families from all over the Baja Peninsula smile when we pull up. Many times we are in the most remote locations when I see one of our McMillin Racing stickers and I think to myself how proud I am of our race teams and for family to continue this tradition.”
Off road racing is a time-honored tradition started by McMillin family patriarch, Corky McMillin. For the McMillin Racing family, the SCORE Baja 1000 race is the ultimate challenge and test of racers. 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 SCORE Baja 1000 reigned McMillin blue as the McMillin Racing family dominated the race in three different classes of vehicles. As the checkered flag was waived and the SCORE Baja 1000 completed its 44th edition of the famed race, the McMillin family let it all sink in after an incredible performance by all the big blue M racers.
Scott and Andy McMillin drove the #31 McMillin Realty Trophy Truck to victory after an incredible battle that lasted to the final seconds of the race. Mark and Daniel McMillin, along with veteran Baja racer, Chuck Hoevy, charged the #23 McMillin Homes Trophy Truck to the finish just minutes later and earned a solid 4th place among the SCORE Trophy Truck division.
Driving an incredible 401-miles from the Ensenada start line to the San Felipe Arches, the youngest McMillin Racing family member, Luke McMillin, rallied his 1600 car to victory with Justin Smith, who charged to the finish line where the racing duo clinched the 2011 SCORE 1600 Championship.
The 2011 SCORE Desert Series crowned its first ever lady champion in the Pro Truck class after San Diego’s Jessica McMillin drove her #1331 McMillin Realty race truck to victory at the SCORE Baja 1000.
The third generation McMillin Racing driver raced strategically in this year’s challenging race, which covered 705 of the toughest miles the Baja Peninsula has to offer. The only racing female in the McMillin Racing family, Jessica outlasted the entire field of racers, marking yet another chapter in McMillin Racing’s motorsports history. Jessica becomes the 3rd female racer in history of the sport to earn the coveted Toyota Milestone award for finishing every single mile of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series this year. A total of 1,762.02 dusty and rugged desert racing miles was survived by Jessica and the McMillin Racing team.
Following in the footsteps of her grandfather Corky, her father Scott, her uncle Mark, her brother, Andy and cousins, Daniel and Luke, Jessica raced to victory at the Baja 1000 for the first time, as well as earning a SCORE Championship and the prestigious Toyota Milestone Award.
Jessica McMillin is a SCORE Triple Crown Winner in her first full season of racing.
McMillin Racing returns to Mexico in 2012 for the two most famous races in desert racing, the SCORE Baja 500 in June and 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.
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.
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