2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Wins Class at Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

November 18, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., November 18, 2014 — The 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck not only raced for over 1,200 miles to a first place finish at the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, it was also driven an additional 1,000 miles back to the start line of the race.  The Toyota team was first to the finish line in its “Full Stock” class, led by team coach and legendary Toyota off-road racer Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, and piloted by Toyota engineers and Toyota athletes. 

“The Baja 1000 is another test to ensure that Toyota trucks continue to exceed the expectations of our customers,” said Toyota Pickup Trucks Chief Engineer Mike Sweers. “The combination of excellent teamwork and Toyota’s quality, dependability and reliability not only got us to the finish line, but it got us there first.”

Toyota has a storied off-road racing heritage dating back to the 1980s, racking up 304 off-road wins.  Toyota has earned 27 manufacturer's championships and 28 off-road driver's championships. For more than three decades, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has been an integral component of Toyota’s success in motorsports victories as well as in designing high-quality performance parts and accessories.

The TRD Pro Series is the most advanced, to date, in a long line of TRD trim levels for Toyota trucks. It consists of TRD-tuned suspension and aggressive accessories purpose-built for the rigors of off-roading. The TRD Pro parts and accessories line give Toyota owners a race-proven option for customizing their trucks.

“Winning the Full Size Stock class helps us demonstrate just how robust the new 2015 TRD Pro Series trucks are,” said Andrew Franceschini, Toyota truck marketing and communications national manager.

A trio of chase vehicles including a 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra made the trip down to Baja and provided the race truck with fuel, tires and crew support.
 
TRD Pro Desert Race Team

Team Coach:
Ivan “Ironman” Stewart – Legendary Toyota Off-Road Racer, Off-Road Hall of Fame Member/22-time SCORE Baja 500 and 1000 Champion/San Diego, CA

Navigators:
Mike Sweers – Chief Engineer of Toyota Trucks/Ann Arbor, MI

Samantha Stone – Toyota Production Engineer

Drivers:
Ted Moncure – Toyota Racing Development Design Engineer/SCORE Baja 1000 and 500 class-champion/Long Beach, CA

Andy Bell – Toyota Athlete/SCORE Baja 500 Champion/Guinness World Record holder/Long Beach, CA

Jamie Bestwick – Toyota Athlete/Professional BMX Vert Rider/9-time X-Games winner/Port Matilda, PA

Ryan Millen – SCORE Baja 1000 and 500 Competitor/Son of off-road and rally legend    Rod Millen/San Juan Capistrano, CA

Riding Mechanics: 
Zach Zwillinger – TRD Design Engineer

Matt Weal   TRD Design Engineer

Mike Jarboe – Toyota Quality Engineer

Mark Sasaki – Toyota Quality Engineer
 
TRD Pro Series Trucks
The TRD Pro Series is the most advanced yet, to date, in a long line of TRD model trim levels for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first Off-Road Package was introduced for Tacoma. Already favorites among serious off-roaders, the 2015 Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner will get even more capable with these new, aggressive off-road models designed
by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD). For more details on TRD Pro, visit: http://www.toyota.com/upcoming-vehicles/trdpro.html
 
High-resolution images of the Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck and the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 are available at www.toyotanewsroom.com.

 
TRD Pro Desert Race Truck Specs
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax 4x4 5.7L V8
 
 
Item Manufacturer Details
Front Shocks Bilstein TRD-tuned Black Hawk Bypass
Rear Shocks Bilstein TRD-tuned Black Hawk Bypass
Front Springs Eibach Coil
Rear Springs Deaver Leaf
Tires BFG 37” Baja T/A KR
Wheels TRD 17” forged
Brakes Toyota TRD performance brake pads
Tube Roll Cage Herbst Smith Fabrication 2” .120-wall chromoly
Oil Accumulator Accu-Sump 3-qt. capacity
TRD Pro Front Grille Toyota TRD Pro component
TRD Pro Embossed Bed Toyota TRD Pro component
TRD Shift Knob Toyota TRD component
Fuel Cell Fuel Safe Custom
Batteries Optima Bluetop
Race Seats (Qty. 3) Mastercraft 3G
Seat Harnesses & Window Nets Mastercraft  
Front Lights Hella HID
A-Pillar Lights Hella LED Rallye 4000
Intake TRD Custom Cold Air
Exhaust TRD Custom Cat-back Exhaust
Control Arms Toyota OEM Component
Uprights Toyota OEM Component
Tie Rods Toyota OEM Component
Wheel Bearings Toyota OEM Component
Hubs Toyota OEM Component
Driver GPS/Nav Lowrance 6”
Navigator GPS/Nav Lowrance 10”
Race Radio Kenwood TK-790H 110 Watts
Intercom PCI Comlink 10 Elite
Gears Nitro Gears 4.88:1 Ring & Pinon
ABOUT TOYOTA
Toyota, the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people.  Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.  For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com/usa.
 
Media Contacts
Craig Taguchi            
310.468.3282
Craig_Taguchi@toyota.com
 
 
Media Website: http://www.toyotanewsroom.com
Public Website: http://www.toyota.com
 
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