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That was the most intense day of racing I’ve ever had. We rolled the truck about halfway through the race, but we landed on our wheels and kept pushing.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO – Andy McMillin and Toyo Tires have won the 33rd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race overall. The San Felipe race is known for having the most pounding ‘whoops’ in all of Baja, while racers must also survive obstacles such as climbing the legendary Matomi Wash where many vehicles are known to get stuck in its deep sand and rocks causing a major bottleneck.
This year’s race was especially tough as it covered more than 349-miles. McMillin’s #31 Red Bull / Toyo Tires / KMC Wheels / Rigid / Fox SCORE Trophy Truck finished in a time of 06:04:26.308, beating out 238 competitors with a massive field of 44 Trophy Trucks qualifying for the upcoming SCORE Baja 500. The tires that led him to the overall victory and SCORE Trophy Truck class win… Toyo Open Country M/T-R.
“That was the most intense day of racing I’ve ever had. We rolled the truck about halfway through the race, but we landed on our wheels and kept pushing,” said McMillin. “To get the win means the world to me. We all put so much effort into these races and to have it all pay off with a win is truly a dream come true!”
In addition to McMillin winning the 2019 SCORE San Felipe 250 overall, the team of Stronghold/Vildosóla captured the win in the SCORE TT Legends class driving the #1L Stronghold Motorsports / Vildosóla Racing / Toyo Tires Ford Trophy Truck. The #1L truck finished with a time of 06:47:00.536 while placing 14th overall on his Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.
“We congratulate Andy McMillin on winning the SCORE San Felipe 250 overall and team Stronghold/Vildosóla for their TT Legends class win,” said Stan Chen, senior manager of events and sponsorships, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “This year’s San Felipe 250 was considered the toughest ever, and we are proud to capture the overall win with our Open Country M/T-R tires.”
For 2019, the finishing position at the SCORE San Felipe 250 represents the qualifying order for starting the upcoming SCORE Baja 500. McMillin will be the first to start the 51st Annual SCORE Baja 500 which runs May 29 – June 2. In 2017, he won the 49th Annual SCORE Baja 500 overall for Toyo Tires. McMillin has also won the Best In The Desert Series Vegas-to-Reno in 2016; and the Parker ‘425’ in both 2017 and 2018.
The #1L SCORE TT Legends truck from the team of Stronghold/Vildosóla will start 14th at the upcoming SCORE Baja 500.
Be sure to watch all of Team Toyo’s trophy truck drivers competing in the SCORE Baja 500, including McMillin, Robby Gordon, BJ Baldwin, Tavo Vildosóla and newest member Bryce Menzies. For more information and to learn about the full line of passenger car and light truck tires to suite your lifestyle, go to ToyoTires.com.
About Toyo Tires®
Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for more than 70 years. The company offers a full line of premium tires for nearly every vehicle including light trucks, SUVs, crossovers, sports cars, luxury cars and hybrids as well as commercial trucks. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in Georgia. To find the right tire for your vehicle as well as an authorized dealer, visit www.toyotires.com. You can also join the Toyo Tires community on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.