Toyota signs champion off-road racer
[dropcap style=”style1″]D=S[/dropcap]ince Ivan ‘The Ironman’ Stewart retired from racing in 2000, the off-road world has had a big hole in it where the Toyota team once dominated.
But, they are back in a big way.
On May 7, 2016 Toyota announced to a cheering crowd of AMA Supercross fans in Las Vegas, Nevada, that they will be returning to the world of desert racing and have signed champion racer and Recoil video star, BJ Baldwin, for a multi-year contract to race a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Trophy Truck in the SCORE International and Best In the Desert series.
“Joining the Toyota Racing family in an all new Tundra is really an honor,” said Baldwin. “As a kid I’d watch Toyota trucks dominate the field with one of my all time heroes, Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to continuing the winning tradition and returning Toyota to the top of the winners circle.”
It’s no secret that Baldwin is a huge fan of Stewart and has even followed in his idols footsteps. In 20 years of racing, Baldwin has won the Baja 1000 twice without the assistance of another driver, along with five US National off-road racing titles, three SCORE International championships, one Baja 500 first place finish, and a class championship in the famous Dakar Rally.
“BJ’s successful racing record, his adventurous attitude, and his ceaseless dedication to honing himself and his craft speaks volumes to Toyota’s core ‘Let’s Go Places’ and kaizen philosophies,” said Cooper Ericksen, Vice President of Toyotas vehicle Marketing and Communications. “We look forward to having BJ and his Tundra involved in this next chapter of Toyota’s desert racing story that so far includes 11 Baja 500 and two Baja 1000 wins.”