Honda Decimates Ford At The Baja 1000

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This is the Ridgeline Off-Road Race Truck's fourth consecutive class win this year.

The Baja 1000 is without a doubt one of the toughest off-road races in the world. Competitors race across more than 1,000 miles of treacherous terrain across the unforgiving California desert. Only the toughest trucks can survive this demanding off-road race, as Ford found out when it entered the new Bronco R a couple of years ago.

In 2019, the Bronco R failed to finish, but Ford redeemed itself last year when the new off-roader completed the grueling desert race. Honda, on the other hand, continues to dominate the Class 7 Baja 1000 for unlimited V6-powered race trucks. Last weekend, the automaker celebrated another Class 7 victory at the Baja 1000 off-road race with its heavily modified Honda Ridgeline racing truck.

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Impressively, this was the fourth consecutive class win for the Ridgeline Off-Road Race Truck this season following victories at the San Felipe 250, Baja 500, and Vegas to Reno off-road races, as well as the fifth time the Ridgeline has won at Baja. However, this was the first time the Ridgeline has won a point-to-point Baja 1000 from the coastal city of Ensenada to La Paz, covering 1,226 miles.

Behind the wheel was team owner Jeff Proctor, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, Richard Glaszczak, and Baja champion Steve Hengeveld, with the help of navigator Evan Weller. For the first 300 miles, Honda faced stiff competition from Ford's Dan Chamlee before taking the lead and dominating the class for the duration of the race.

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Overall, the Ridgeline conquered the Baja 1000 in 23 hours, four minutes, and 59 seconds, winning Class 7 by just over three hours.

This latest victory also means Alexander Rossi is now the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500, Rolex 24 at Daytona, and Baja 1000. "What a wild ride this race, this event, is," said Rossi. "I can't even begin to explain what it's like. It's equally chaotic, awesome and terrifying! To drive this truck through the desert, and the mountains, in the middle of the night, through fog that's rolling in from the ocean - with hundreds of other cars and their dust - is unlike anything else I've ever experienced."

Initially built to preview the second-generation Ridgeline, the Honda Off-Road Ridgeline is powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 as the production truck modified to produce 550 horsepower instead of 280 hp.

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