The 2018 SCORE International Baja 1000 is known as the “Grand Daddy of all Off Road Races”. This year’s route featured 802 Miles of grueling Baja desert, rocky valley passes, and scenic landscapes lining the Pacific Ocean. To conquer the course, Ruben & Gabriel Torres drove their Alumi Craft Race Car to a Class 10 victory and Bruce Yee also piloted an Alumi Craft Buggy for a Class ½ 1600 win.
Alumi Crafts were the preferred car for the Class 10’s Top 5 which included the winner (Torres), #1062 of J.J Schnarr who finished 3rd, and Todd Winslow who finished 5th. This strong finish ultimately awarded Winslow the Class 10 Championship.
Long time Alumi Craft Racers, Todd & Matt Winslow have been chasing a SCORE Championship for several years. With a Top 5 finish at the 2018 Baja 1000 and a consistent run in the 4 race series, the Winslow Father & Son team captured the Class 10 Championship in the #1081 Alumi Craft by 12 points. It was a challenging effort for the family run race team and a well-deserved achievement who cherish the miles of memories driven in their Alumi Craft Buggy.
This marks the third straight title for Alumi Craft Drivers to claim the Class 10 division points championship. Other 2018 notables in Alumi Craft Race Cars are J.J Schnarr ranking 4th in points, Broc Dickerson (2017 Class 10 Champion) earning 6th in points, and Ruben Torres (2018 Baja 1000 Winner) who ended up 7th on the season. Rubén Torres and Gabriel Torres, a Mexican National team conquered the Baja 1000 Class 10, ending a seven year reign of American domination of the category. Alumi Craft was the platform that carried the race winner to the podium. There were 19 starters in the class.
A staple in the Class 10 division, Todd Winslow has come close to winning the championship title once before. During the 2016 season, Todd Winslow and Rafael Navarro IV shared a hotly contested SCORE series, each racing an Alumi Craft Class 10. Winslow was on track for the championship until a purpose built booby trap took him out of contention. Navarro took the Class 10 Championship and SCORE Overall Points Championship and Winslow settled for 2nd in class and 2nd overall. Winslow was close the year prior as well, finishing 5th in the series.
As Driver Of Record, Todd splits driving duties with his Son Matt. “559 Racing competes to win, but the 2018 SCORE Championship was more than we could have hoped for,” Matt Winslow shared. “We seek to be competitive in every race and we desire to win, or at least aim for the podium, but the championship requires total consistency over an entire season. We finished 5th in San Felipe and the team faced a lot of issues in the 500 producing a less than stellar result. The Tijuana Desert Challenge was one I was eager to do and we finished in 2nd Place.”
Winslow went on, “At this point, I really felt comfortable in the new Alumi Craft and recognized many of the other Class 10 racers DNF’d throughout the season. The realization was that we were in a very good spot, second in points going into the Baja 1000. Being the first full season in a new car, we did a significant amount of testing leading up to the race boosting our confidence. “We knew there was a large gap under Broc Dickerson’s points lead, but with the Baja 1000 and 800-plus miles anything can happen,” Matt explained. “Sure enough, early on in the race, we got word that Dickerson had DNF’d and the championship was ours if we finished in decent time. We cruised it out to a 5th place finish and that is how it went down. This 2018 SCORE Series was one that we won’t forget. It was not an easy process, but our team persevered and overcame the adversity before us. We finished the year on a high note and we couldn’t have done it without all the support we received. The Lord has blessed us with the ability to race, and even grew my family in the process. We also want to thank our all our racing partners that maintains the performance and keeps the Alumi Craft going, with special mention to Joe Moore, and our whole team for making this dream a reality.
Chasing dreams may sometimes require years of effort to finally achieve. For Todd and Matt Winslow the dream of winning a SCORE Championship came about after a solid 2018 season and was filled with many smiles per mile with lots of family time driving and racing their Alumi Craft.
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