One is a legend for over 30 years, the other is a youthful rising star but by teaming together Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren and San Diego’s Luke McMillin could easily be the ‘odds-on’ favorite to win November’s BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. Concern is, however, that another super team has officially emerged with Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies and San Diego’s Andy McMillin having teamed up as well for this iconic race down the Baja California peninsula.
Racing in Luke McMillin’s All Wheel Drive Chevy Silverado built by Mason Motorsports with the No. 11 on the SCORE Trophy Truck, MacCachren is the driver of record and with a victory in this iconic race, MacCachren would also capture another SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship.
“I’ve looked up to and raced against Rob for a long time, even back when I was racing 1600 cars against him,” Luke McMillin said. “Not only I do believe our dedication and will to win is unmatched, but I also believe our racing approach is similar. We are not racers who just show up and drive. Instead, we are involved with every aspect with our trucks and teams making sure no detail is missed.”
“Picking a SCORE Baja 1000 partner is always a tough decision because you want that person to match your dedication and passion to win. Rob was an obvious pick, and it helps that I truly believe Rob is the greatest off-road racer of all time.”
“Luke reminds me a lot of myself in his passion for continually striving to be the best,” MacCachren said. “I’m honored to be part of the McMillin Racing Team for the 2021 SCORE Baja 1000, and I know that we are going to make every effort possible to be the fastest SCORE Trophy-Truck to La Paz.”
Racing in Menzies’ No. 7 AWD Ford Raptor also built by Mason Motorsports, Menzies and Andy McMillin (Luke’s cousin), both 34 years old, teamed up in last year’s SCORE Baja 1000 as well in Menzies’ AWD Ford Raptor SCORE Trophy Truck. Last year they overcame an early rollover and still ended up finishing on the podium in third place.
Menzies has five career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, including three in the SCORE Baja 500 (2011, 2012 and 2014) and he was voted the 2011 SCORE Rookie of the Year on his way to capturing the 2011 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion. In this year’s SCORE World Desert Championship Menzies has been the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck winner of both the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250 and the most recent SCORE Baja 400 and had a did not finish in the SCORE Baja 500.
He has won two major U.S desert events this year including the King of the Hammers. Menzies has also earned one season SCORE Trophy Truck title in 2011 when he was also voted the SCORE Rookie of the year.
Andy McMillin has five career overall race wins in the SCORE Baja 1000 (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015). All totaled, the legendary McMillin family has 12 overall victories in the Granddaddy of all Desert Races. His first win in this race was as an 18-year old in 2006 as the second driver for Robby Gordon in a peninsula run from Ensenada to La Paz.
Andy McMillin finished third in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, second in the SCORE Baja 500 and he was a DNF in the SCORE Baja 400. Andy McMillin enters this race with 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins. He is tied for second all-time with Robby Gordon, Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst and Larry Ragland. The group trails Las Vegas’ Hall of Famer MacCachren who has 17 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins.
Andy McMillin was also honored as the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion. He was also voted the 2004 SCORE Rookie of the Year.
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