11/20/2012—We’ll say it again. Joe Bacal and his heavily modified 2013 LX 570 are the very definition of “premium grit.” Just a few days ago, they scored another major off-road racing victory by winning the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
For those who haven’t been following Joe Bacal’s Lexus-sponsored driving adventures, his JTGrey Racing team and F SPORT-equipped Lexus LX have become highly respected contenders—and often winners—on the off-road racing circuit.
This time, the LX 570, driven by Bacal and accompanied by co-drivers Brian “Woody” Swearingen, Paul Williamsen, and Joe Nolan, dominated the Stock Fullsize class all the way to the finish line.
This year’s course covered more than 1,100 miles down the peninsula, which presented some distinct challenges, including the logistics of supporting a team for two days and two nights over punishing terrain. Typically, about half of the race’s starting vehicles don’t make it to the finish line.
The course was unusually challenging due to storm damage from Hurricane Irene. A number of competitors dropped out in washout areas or crossings where bridges were missing—so not only did the Lexus LX make it through these harrowing conditions, it came out on top.
—BRIAN GILL, MANAGING EDITOR
 LX model shown is a special modified Baja race project for racing purposes by professional drivers only.
 Vehicle shown is a special project car, modified with non-Genuine Lexus parts and accessories. Modification with these non-Genuine Lexus parts or accessories will void the Lexus warranty, may negatively impact vehicle performance and safety, and may not be street legal.