Who won the Class 2 2016 SCORE Baja 500?
If you remember back to last year, our first glimpse at the 2017 Honda Ridgeline came well before its actual world debut when Honda introduced the Baja Race Truck at SEMA 2015. It wasn’t a spitting image of what we would eventually get but it was great to get an early sneak peek, not to mention the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck was pretty awesome to look at. Well we’re pleased to announce that it was more than just a visual, as we just got word that the truck won its class at the 2016 SCORE Baja 500 last weekend.
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“I’m so pumped to get this Honda Ridgeline to the finish of the Baja 500! I can’t thank Robert Zeman enough for navigating a smart race, and Jason LaFortune and Karl for bringing the truck to the finish first in class. Our crew nailed our pit stops and kept this fire-breathing Honda twin-turbo cool, even when we encountered 124-degree temps in some sections of the race!”
– Jeff Proctor, Driver & Owner, Proctor Racing Group
2016 SCORE Baja 500 Details
As Proctor mentioned, it was a hot day for a race. At certain points of the race temperatures raised above 120 degrees, making it hot not just for the drivers but for the truck as well, but Proctor and the team held strong and pulled off the victory. The race course entailed high-speed desert crossings, rocky mountain trails, silt beds, washes, ditches and of course jumps. In the beginning 236 drivers attempted the Baja 500, but only 137 competitors made it over the finish line 477 miles later.
The Proctor Racing Group managed to get high-powered 2017 Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck over the finish line in just 14 hours, 19 minutes and 19 seconds, which might sound obnoxious but that’s pretty good for a race like this. We hope that the Honda lineup of race vehicles continue to do well as the season goes on.