Based in San Juan Capistrano, California, Steele and his Desert Assassin team earned the win after race organizer SCORE International levied time penalties to the No.11 Rockstar Trophy-Truck entered by Rob MacCachren (whose truck crossed the Ensenada finish line first), for on-course driving infractions. At the time of this writing, the ruling is being appealed by MacCachren and will be under review by SCORE International.
Inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) only weeks ago, Steele’s unofficial victory is an emotional one as he recently lost his father and desert racing mentor Mark “Big Daddy” Steele. The longtime Baja advocate is also famous for hosting extreme sports broadcasts like the X Games and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, as well as motorcycle and four-wheel tours throughout the rugged Mexican peninsula.
After years of effort, Steele only recently earned his first SCORE Trophy-Truck and overall victory at September’s Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge.
In the two-wheel ranks, the No.7X Honda CRF450X motorcycle ridden by Justin Morgan, Mark Samuels and Justin Jones completed their dominating Baja 1000 performance against a large field of competitors from around the globe.
Stay tuned to RACER.com for complete official results and a post-race report as details become available later this weekend.