Lexus LX 570 Wins San Felipe 250 Race


Lexus LX 570 Wins San Felipe 250 Race

Continuing his success at off-road race events, LX 570 owner Joe Bacal has scored another victory in Mexico this past weekend at the 24th Annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, where he won the Stock Full class. Here’s a description of how the LX 570 performed:

As with all of the races Bacal has run thus far, the San Felipe 250 course was rough and challenging. Deep sand and silt beds can consume otherwise tough off-road racers but it was relatively easy going for Bacal’s Lexus which ran trouble free for the entire event. Bacal and co-driver Bob Ditner even stopped to help a stuck Class 7 racer at about ¾ race distance. “The guy was in sand up to his axles, so Bob and I yanked him out quick with a tow strap. I think he went on to finish second in his class.”

Bacal credits his early 2010 season success with on-going development, careful vehicle preparation and the durability of his Lexus. “The LX is getting faster and easier to drive with every race which gives me confidence to push harder,” noted Bacal. “I’ve also done a lot of prep work recently and it has a similar effect on confidence. The Long Beach Racers deserve credit, too, for their outstanding race support work.”

The full Lexus press release after the jump.

Joe Bacal Seals Victory in San Felipe 250

Bacal and Lexus Continue Perfect Season, Extend Finishing Record

SAN FELIPE, Mexico, March 16, 2010 – The seemingly unbreakable combination of Joe Bacal and his Cancer Treatment Centers of America Lexus LX 570 took its second Stock Full class victory* in as many races on Sunday at the 24th Annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in Mexico. Despite drawing the last starting time in the Stock Full class, Bacal caught 2009 class champion Justin Matney early in the race, dicing with him for about 15 miles before taking the lead to the finish.

“Justin and I had a great back-and-forth run for several miles before I took over at about mile 55, but I didn’t see him again after that,” said Bacal, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor who also uses his racing to inspire other cancer patients.

As with all of the races Bacal has run thus far, the San Felipe 250 course was rough and challenging. Deep sand and silt beds can consume otherwise tough off-road racers but it was relatively easy going for Bacal’s Lexus which ran trouble free for the entire event. Bacal and co-driver Bob Ditner even stopped to help a stuck Class 7 racer at about ¾ race distance. “The guy was in sand up to his axles, so Bob and I yanked him out quick with a tow strap. I think he went on to finish second in his class.”

Bacal credits his early 2010 season success with on-going development, careful vehicle preparation and the durability of his Lexus. “The LX is getting faster and easier to drive with every race which gives me confidence to push harder,” noted Bacal. “I’ve also done a lot of prep work recently and it has a similar effect on confidence. The Long Beach Racers deserve credit, too, for their outstanding race support work.”

Bacal’s approach to preparation is paying off. His win in San Felipe keeps his 100-percent finishing record intact, marking his fifth complete race since his start in the SCORE off-road racing series last year. The team has won three of five races entered since surprising the racing community with a rookie victory at the 2009 Baja 500. And Bacal continues do drive every mile of every race, giving him an edge in the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards points chase.

Joe Bacal and his JTGrey team look forward to their next race at the SCORE Baja 500 on June 4-6 when they return to defend their 2009 title.

*NOTE: SCORE International has indicated that all results are provisional until final posting later this week.

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Comments


  1. Now,that’s a macho Lexus! smile

  2. I WANT THAT!

    I still don’t get why Lexus never considered considered HID high beams next to the foglights if they’re (the government included) so worried about blinding traffic.

    I understand the concern though. HIDs high beams are pretty annoying from either trailing or incoming traffic, but still… anyways, with HIDs next to foglights, I wonder what Lexus can do about the design of the regular headlight cluster with LEDs. The foglights should also be LEDs to balance the appearance.

    When will LEDs finally become commercially available as high beams?

  3. Testament to Lexus/Toyota reliability. I wonder how well it will work in Arctic terrain.

    Time for the Toyota Hillux used in Top Gear Arctic vs. Lexus LX570 with some Arctic mods smile

  4. @jesseps: Too bad that the LX 570 that Top Gear Australia drove had dust problems. They didn’t mention what the cause could’ve been, but in my LX 470, I can see the front axles and the ground through the gap surrounding the steering column.

  5. WorldofLuxury:@jesseps: In my LX 470, I can see the front axles and the ground through the gap surrounding the steering column.

    That sounds like excellent build quality.

  6. @WorldofLuxury: Ok, I want to see this. That doesn’t even sound possible.

  7. Another win for Lexus.

    The LX is the best luxury and off-road SUV out there.

  8. Eljay:Now,that's a macho Lexus! smile

    Those KC lights and skidplate make the truck look so tough.  This story is just amazing.  The man stopped to pull another driver out of the sand and still won!  Are you kidding me?!  This guy’s like the Superman of desert racing.  Way to go Joe.

  9. Hey I love reading your comments…...Thanks for building my confidence and yes this Lexus is amazing! I was pinned wide open at 110mph for 5 miles straight through the dry lake bed. Lexus knows how to do it right! Check out Controlamidchaos.com and follow us for the remaining season. Baja 500 is next…wish us luck

    Driver Joe Bacal

  10. @Joe: I WANT TO DO THAT!

    btw, my comment on my LX in which I can see the front axle and the ground outside through the gap between the steering column and dashboard… it’s actually my LS that has that awkward feature.

    Mr. Bacal, sir, by any chance there are other videos to share?

  11. @Joe: Welcome Joe, and thanks for posting!  Best wishes for the Baja 500!

  12. @Joe: Thanks for stopping by, Joe—and like Dan says, good luck in the Baja 500! cool

  13. @krew: OH! Didn’t notice your reply over there! Don’t think I’m making it up wink And as I corrected myself, the problem is in my LS. The LX has rubber in the gap, so I wouldn’t know for sure. I’ll send you a picture as soon as possible!

  14. WorldofLuxury:@krew: OH! Didn't notice your reply over there! Don't think I'm making it up wink And as I corrected myself, the problem is in my LS. The LX has rubber in the gap, so I wouldn't know for sure. I'll send you a picture as soon as possible!

    Okay… funny story… I can’t find what I’m looking for. I’ll get back with you another day raspberry