This weekend in Laughlin, Nevada, Joe Bacal and his all-new JT Grey Lexus LX 570 kicked off the 2012 SCORE Championship season with a pair of podium finishes in the Stock Full class, coming in second on Saturday and first in Sunday’s race.
In an incredible turn of events, I was invited to be part of the team as a co-driver, and was strapped into the passenger seat of the LX as Joe battled through for his first place finish earlier today — even hours later, I’m still riding the aftershocks of my hour-long off-road experience.
It was the debut weekend for Joe’s new LX race truck, and some last minute issues filled the weekend with deep adversity and good fortune — here’s what Joe had to say right after the race:
[The LX] is pretty fast. This thing is pretty fast. We are getting closer and I tweaked the shocks a little bit. I bent my rear trailing link and it looked like a U-shape yesterday and I know I bent this one. I had to go as fast as I could go. It was a very clean race and that’s what you ask for and hope for…It’s this stock class; you never know what is going to happen. [JT Grey] did not have a very good year last year and we’re hoping to redeem ourselves this year.
Once I have time to collect my thoughts, I’ll have the full story for you from start to finish, including plenty of photos and even some video from inside the LX — but until then, here a couple photos in desktop wallpaper size:
(Special thanks to Joe & Teresa Bacal, the entire JT Grey team, Lexus, & Brian Gill for making this possible.)