Steele takes second at SCORE Baja 500
Yokohama Tire-sponsored off-road champion Heidi Steele battled the toughest SCORE Baja 500 course in her career yet still managed to claim second place. The 42nd running of the event was held in Ensenada, Mexico, on June 5.
"This year’s Baja 500 was one of the toughest courses I have experienced in my six years of racing," said Steele, the defending SCORE Class 6 champion, who completed the course on off-the-shelf Yokohama Geolandar M/T+ tires. "We battled and finished with a solid second place finish just over 12 minutes out of first. Third place was well over six hours behind us."
Steele, in her customary Ford Ranger, raced the first half of the course (from Ensenada to Borrego) and her co-driver and Desert Assassins teammate Rene Brugger finished the race. Last year the two teamed-up for a second place finish as well.
"Thanks to the Geolandar tires, our Yokohama-Lucas Oil-Monster Energy race truck conquered the gnarly 5,000-foot Summit, which is known for its giant boulders and rocky hill climb," said Steele. "With the recent storms, the entire course had challenging obstacles, including exposed boulders, treacherous rain ruts, which could swallow a vehicle, and huge wash outs. This made it the most difficult course in recent history. Our Yokohama tires proved to be awesome with no flat tires over the 438 miles of wicked terrain.