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Toyota True Grit contenders face Baja 2000

TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 7, 2000) - After completing the Las Vegas Primm 300, 19 drivers from nine classes remain eligible for the 2000 Toyota Milestone Award, an honor given to off-road racers who complete every mile of every race in the 2000 ...

Toyota True Grit contenders face Baja 2000

TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 7, 2000) - After completing the Las Vegas Primm 300, 19 drivers from nine classes remain eligible for the 2000 Toyota Milestone Award, an honor given to off-road racers who complete every mile of every race in the 2000 SCORE Duralast Desert Series. After four of five events, only the grueling Tecate Baja 2000 remains as the last hurdle in winning the Milestone Award.

Among the 19 survivors, 11 racers in the four non-factory endorsed classes remain eligible for the 2000 Toyota True Grit Award. This award is presented annually to the driver with the highest-cumulative-point total for all five races in Class 1/2-1600, Class 5, Class 10 and SCORE Lite. A $12,000-prize fund will be split between the four potential Toyota True Grit class winners.

"Toyota has been pleased to present the Toyota Milestone and True Grit awards for the last 15 years," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "It is a prodigious accomplishment to finish every mile in the SCORE desert series, and it will be even more amazing this year with the Baja 2000."

<pre> In order to remain eligible for the Toyota Milestone Award, the following drivers must finish the Tecate SCORE Baja 2000 (Nov. 10-17): [TG denotes classes eligible for Toyota True Grit Awards]

Trophy-Truck: Tim Herbst

Class 1: Ron Brant Gary Weyhrich Randy Wilson

Class1/2-1600 (TG): Sammy Ehrenberg Bekki Freeman Joe Jeffery

Class 5(TG): Michael James George Seeley Jr.

Class 5-1600: Dave Gasper Victor Orellana

Class 7s: Doug Stewert

Class 8: Billy Goerke

Class 10(TG): Whit Courtenay Mark Hutchins

SCORE Lites (TG): Ron Dalke Ty Godde Steve Greinke Jerry Penhall

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