Lexus has certainly proven its racing prowess in the Grand Am Series powering Chip Ganassi’s team to victory in the 2011 24 Hours of Daytona in January. Now the auto manufacturer announced that it will be the primary sponsor for an off-road racing team that campaigns one of its LX 570 utility vehicles in the 2011 SCORE Stock Full category.
“The JTGrey Racing team demonstrates just how capable, reliable and durable the Lexus LX 570 is,” said David Nordstrom, vice president of marketing, Lexus division. “It’s exciting to see the LX 570 conquer the rugged and extreme desert terrains with the same nimbleness and dexterity it has when it navigates city streets.”
In his second season last year, off-road racer Joe Bacal and his JTGrey Racing team took 2010 SCORE Stock Full Championship in an LX 570. Along the way, the team grabbed checkered flags in the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, Terrible’s Las Vegas Primm 300, the MasterCraft Safety Tecate San Felipe 250, and Tecate Baja 1000 races. The team placed second in the Tecate Baja 500.
“Last year the JTGrey team had an unbelievable racing season,” said Bacal. “We are prepared for the new challenges this season will bring. We’ll be racing harder and faster with Lexus this year and expect some great finishes in the LX 570.”
Highlights of the vehicle include 37-inch BF Goodrich Baja TA project race tires, custom King Racing shocks, Sparco race seats, and nine KC Hilites HID’s. Top Trophy Truck builder Geiser Bros. Design and Development made modifications for the build out and will be on site for race support.
Additional sponsors include Hino Trucks, BFGoodrich Tires, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Geiser Bros. Design and Development, King Racing Shocks, ARB 4x4 accessories, KC Hilites, Head First Design, F Sport, Sparco, Hammer Nutrition, Oakley and Mechanix Wear.
The JTGrey team and the LX 570 will race at the following events:
• Mastercraft Safety SCORE San Felipe 250 Race, March 11-13
• 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500, June 3-5
• 16th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300, August 26-28
• 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, November 17-20