JIMCO Racing Kicks Off 2015 Season with Class 1 Win at the SCORE International San Felipe 250
Primed for Two Vehicle Debuts at Best in the Desert’s Parker 425
After a momentous year in 2014, JIMCO Racing celebrates its 40th year of off-road race car building with Rob Archibald’s win in Class 1 at SCORE International’s San Felipe 250. An impressive field showed up for the 259-mile sprint in San Felipe, which is home to the wide variety of terrain first to shake down vehicles after a couple months resting in the shop. After the brutal race San Felipe is known for, JIMCO Racing’s Rob Archibald was first to cross the line in Class 1, earning his first win in Class 1 in the SCORE-International Series.
When it’s your day, it’s your day. Rob arrived in San Felipe a day before the race with no chance at pre-running. Thirteen other Class 1 teams showed up to San Felipe but for Archibald, a crew of two guys in a single truck was enough to earn his first victory in the series.
The #104 JIMCO was flawless through the extremely rough sections and powerful through the rocky areas. Archibald gauged the Class 1 field for the first half of the race but pushed the limits of his JIMCO built Class 1 and went all out for the remaining 100 miles. Archibald finished with a time of 04:53:48.349, nearly seven minutes faster than next Class 1 finisher.
“This is my first win in Class 1 in the Bud Light SCORE series and I’m ecstatic to be here on the podium. This car handled everything San Felipe threw at me like a champ,” commented Archibald.
Victor Barreda was JIMCO’s second Class 1 car entered in the race but did not finish the race.
Three JIMCO Trophy Trucks made the trip to San Felipe and #85 Justin Davis was JIMCO’s best showing. Davis finished twenty minutes off Tavo Vildosola’s winning pace, granting him a fourth place overall finish. Davis started second to last off the line and immediately had to battle through dust from the beginning.
“Almost every truck that we caught we had to bump because the dust was so horrible. The wind was blowing the dust towards us, which made even it worse. San Felipe isn’t very forgivable when you pull off. There’s lots of rocks and boulders so I don’t take the chance of going out I just make them move since they can see where they’re going,” commented Davis.
#45 Gary Magness finished around twenty minutes behind Davis, putting a second JIMCO in the top 10, while #88 Sergio Salgado did not finish.
2011 SCORE Lites Champion, Rafael Navarro III dominated the three-vehicle bout in the SCORE Lites Class. Navarro’s JIMCO was first to the finish line over an hour and twenty minutes faster than the other two vehicles. Navarrro couldn’t ask for a more promising start to the 2015 season.
#852 Russ Beuhler made his SCORE-International debut in the Trophy Truck SPEC class. Beuhler was a nearly an hour off the lead pace set by Larry Connor but beat the four other TT SPEC racers in class for a second place finish.
Since October 2014, JIMCO has had two new cars hit the track, including the Cops Racing Class 10 and Buehler Motorsports’ 6100.
JIMCO just finished a new class 1 car for Sam Berri and Justin Lofton’s new Trophy Truck #41 named “Bad Company”. Bad Company marks Lofton’s jump from Class 1 to elite class. Both Berri and Lofton’s new vehicles are tested and dialed in for Best in the Desert’s Parker 425 this weekend.
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