Team Toyo’s driver Gustavo (Tavo) Vildósola, Jr. and Toyo Tires emerged as the winner of the 48th Annual SCORE Baja 500 this past weekend, coming first in the Four Wheel Vehicles category as well as the Trophy Truck class. It was no easy victory as Vildósola had to tackle extreme temperatures in order to race across the 477.52-mile long course in the desert in just 8 hours and 20 minutes. His #21 Vildósola Racing / Toyo Tires trophy truck was fitted with 40-inch Toyo Open Country R/T-R tires and this contributed to his victory over the challenging desert terrain.
Commenting on his victory, Vildósola said that winning a race in Baja is no easy task as it requires perfection. His team spent a great deal of time testing the tires in the period leading up to the SCORE Baja 500, as they knew that the conditions were going to be extreme. The entire course was not only technical and rough, the weather also played the villain with temperatures crossing 120 degrees Fahrenheit. He went on to attribute his victory to the assistance he received from his team and Toyo Tires. He also said that the victory in this event will inspire him to tackle the SCORE Baja 1000 and other future races with greater dedication.
This victory is Vildósola’s first overall SCORE Baja 500 win and second class win, who has won the two SCORE Baja 1000 overall title twice so far. He joined Team Toyo in December last year.
“The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the toughest desert races in the world and to be first is a testament to Tavo’s talent and dedication. We are proud to make tires that can match his toughness and tenacity, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories together,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.
Another notable victory recently was that of the Ampudia Brothers who emerged as the winners of the Class 8 category driving their #836 Team Papas and Beer race truck that was fitted with Toyo Open Country M/T tires.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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