• Nov 24, 2009
The 672.85-mile-long Baja 1000 race is over, and 328 starters were boiled down to just a handful of winners in various classes. The premier events were taken by Andy and Scott McMillin in the trophy truck category, in a modded Chevrolet Silverado. Andy won the race three years ago as a year ago as Robby Gordon's co-driver, but this year beat the NASCAR pilot by three places. The motorcycle category went to the three-way team of Kendall Norman, Timmy Weigand, and Quinn Cody, who crossed the line about 45 minutes before the McMillin's did.

Behind them, two legends of the race practically had the Stock Mini class to themselves: 20-time winner Rod Hall, along with Emily Miller, and Mike Winkel in a Hummer H3 took on Robert Ditner, Joe Nolan, Kez Ziesemer, and three-time winner Ivan Stewart in a 2010 Toyota 4Runner. Of three starters in the class, these two vehicles were the only ones to finish, and the issue came down to the last few miles: Hall's Hummer suffered a long repair stop at mile 40 and he only passed Stewart's 4Runner for first place just thirty miles from the finish.

While Stewart settles for second – and Hall gets his record-setting 21st class win – it's a triumph for the truck and drivers to have finished the race at all. Congratulations to all involved

[Source: SCORE]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey leclerc....Yes, the Hummer is a far better vehicle than the soccer mom special 4runner anyday...any Hummer H1, 2 or 3...take your pick. And by the way, I don't drive an H2. I thought it was pretty obvious as to what I drive. Now take your grocery list, get in your prius/smart car or whatever clown car you lease and get your shopping done before your wife gets pissed off at you. Oh, and look out for those Hummer drivers, they just might run over you in your silly little green "save the environment" car. Happy Thanksgiving butthead!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ H1...no green here chucklehead. I will play your silly game though. You are obviously smarter than the rest of us but your ignorant assumptions couldn't be further from the truth. Again, drive your POS Hummer because you probably feel you need to get noticed. Didn't get enough attention as a child? Not that it matters but I do drive a Sport 4Runner that will run long after your Hummer has been traded and crushed. But you go with your ego, it has done wonders for your lack of self-esteem.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Watching the Rod Hall Racing twitter feed live as it was happening was very exciting! For a while there I did not think they were going to beat Toyota! Then as they were closing in it was neck and neck then bam!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Thanks- that was me on @RodHallRacing1 with some tweets coming from Emily Miller herself. It was completely fun and I think (hope) that having someone embedded on a team and covering an event live will become the norm from now on. It really does change the way that fans can participate in the sport!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does something seem a bit odd to anyone else here? The Hummer was set back for a good amount of time really early in the race, and still managed to catch up to and beat the Toyota just 30 miles to finish line. I understand this Hummer has the v8, but that's some amazing speed. There doesn't seem to be any extended stops for Stewart... so it's even a bit more weird.

      Oh well, Hall took first in Stock Full with practically the same truck, so maybe it is that good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This was the Stock MINI class, the H3 was running the 3.7 Inline 5, not the V8.

        The H3 Alpha, which runs the Stock Full, has the V8.

        ... and yes, there's no doubt that the trucks are that good, considering they've dominated, year after year. Funny how only now the mainstream is catching on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ H1, sorry forgot to mention. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, don't crush too many greenies you asshat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, Honda won...check the results. CRF450X FTW!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honda didn't finish at all. Shanklin broke down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps the Toyota's floor mats kept the driver from fully depressing the accelerator pedal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        toyoder will just trim the bottom of those pedals too...they might as well glop on some undercoating to keep the frame from rusting away while it's in the the shop for it's pedal trim...that will save another trip to the shop...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Old news Leno, get some new material.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, I own an H3 and a 4runner. I have been wheeling Toyota's forever and just recently picked up the Hummer.

      It's really all purpose 4X4 against a purpose built 4X4 and the Hummer kicks the Toyota's butt off road. It's purpose built and it shows. I'd have to spend sooooooo much money to get the Toyota to where the Hummer is right off of the showroom floor. (Yes I wheel my new 2009 H3 Adventure)

      As for the breakdown, the Hummer hit something to damage the steering rack. That happens off road. It happens more when racing off road. It's more of a reflection of the road conditions than the vehicle. Something like that can happen to any truck at any time in those conditions.

      The fact that this H3 beat the Toyota after being so far behind is a testament to the truck's durability. They had to beat the snot out of it to catch up and win. Can you imagine the 4runner's drivers getting passed 30 miles from the line after leading all that time? You bet they tried to hold the lead, but couldn't.

      The H3 Alpha beat the Lexus LC570 by 4 HOURS!!!! That's probably how bad the regular H3 would have beaten Ivan and crew if they didn't break their steering rack.

      Sorry, Toyota peeps, part of me wishes it weren't true, but Toyota doesn't run in Hummer's league (or Jeeps for that matter, both with 4:1 low range and dual lockers all from the factory). The better truck won. Toyota makes a solid truck, but when it comes to leaving the pavement, Hummer is more solid (check out the frame on an H2 or H3, like a yota frame on steroids).

      As far as the new owner ship, the H4 will be designed here. Production will stay here until at least 2012, probably longer. Funny how this sale worked, GM sold Hummer for 150 million with the agreement the buyer would pay GM 850 million to develop new products. I bet GM ends up buying Tengzhong in the end.

      Go Hummmer! Toyota step it up! (nothing wrong with some competition creating more options for the consumer!)
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota Trucks FTW.


      Built tough...I wonder if the 4Runner had any TRD parts on it or was it basically stock...if it was near stock this win would be even more impressive.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Sorry didnt notice the 4runner didnt win i read it wrong. My bad.


        Still a very good run for the 4runner where the Hummer has issues and the 4Runner did not. Very good. Proves how strong the 4Runner is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Actually, Honda won. Check the results...CRF450X FTW! I guess the Hummer and the 4 Runner are good for getting your bike to the trail.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        My first clue as to who won was the picture of the Hummer flying over the finish line. The Toyota was slow enough that it still got passed even after the Hummer spotted it a good lead while it was in for service.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        lol Tourian, because in real life we all have repair crews following us around right? The Hummer might very well be more capable than the 4Runner but it's pretty clear that the 4Runner has the right to call itself a real SUV, and some people might appreciate the whole not breaking down thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @leclerc: I'd take a H2 over a Toyota any day of the week.
      • 5 Years Ago
      USA! USA!

      Wait... that's not right anymore. Who owns Hummer now?

      Crap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, I thought everybody said Hummers were only for looks and parking lots.

        Hummers are winning off-road? Madness!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Chinese, but this vehicle was built under GM ownership in Shreveport, Louisiana.
      • 5 Years Ago
      JDM Life should be Toyota Life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What was Toyota saying yesterday about the 4Runner being the last authentic SUV left?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats to Hall. Nice to see that the Hummer is actually more than 22-24" chrome wheels and 1.2gigawatts of amplifiers.

      Too bad for Toyota, but at least it proves the 4Runner has a good durable chassis if it can survive a Baja 1000.
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