Toyota Returns to Desert Racing with BJ Baldwin!

toyota-bj-baldwin-tundra-trd-pro-trophy-truck-005Toyota recently announced that they will be returning to desert racing! If you don’t know why this is such a big deal, do you remember Ivan, Ironman, Stewart? Maybe you remember his video game Super Off-Road? You have to remember this truck?

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Toyota signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with two-time Baja 1000 champion B.J. Baldwin who will campaign the newly bodied Tundra TRD Pro Trophy Truck in  Best In The Desert (BITD) and SCORE International off-road racing series.  toyota-bj-baldwin-tundra-trd-pro-trophy-truck-013

“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 winner’s circle!”toyota-bj-baldwin-tundra-trd-pro-trophy-truck-006

“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, Toyota vice president, 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.”toyota-bj-baldwin-tundra-trd-pro-trophy-truck-025

The only part I don’t get is the rear axle. Who chromes their axles? Plus it looks a little small for a Trophy Truck. This must be a show truck for PR purposes.

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Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, Wired.com and Jalopnik.com. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.