The Honda Off-Road Racing Team returned to Baja California this weekend, and added another Class 7 victory in the 55th running of the Baja 500 off-road race.
The impressive result was the second consecutive class win for the Ridgeline Off-Road Race Truck this season, following a Class 7 victory, for V6-powered unlimited race trucks, at the Mint 400 in March, and the sixth victory for the Ridgeline in the Baja 500.
Starting and finishing driver Ethan Ebert – along with Richard Glasczak who piloted the middle stint — took an early Class 7 lead and remained in command throughout the 470-mile loop contest that started and ended in Ensenada, Mexico, on the Baja peninsula.
Jeff Proctor (team owner Honda Off-Road Racing Team) won Class 7 for unlimited V6 Trucks: “The race went really, really, well. This Honda Ridgeline is so tough, we had no issues out there all day. It was just a flawless race. Baja is always a test of man and machine, but [starting and finishing driver] Ethan [Ebert] managed the race so well; as did Richard [Glasczak, middle stint driver]. I’m just really happy for this whole Honda Off-Road Racing Team.”
Ethan Ebert (driver Honda Baja Ridgeline Race Truck) Starting and finishing driver:
“We tagged a few bushes on our way [to the win], but it overall it was really good. We got over all the rocks we needed to get over and everything held up, so that was good. Our Baja Ridgeline brought us all the way here with no issues.” [Ebert started and drove to Mile 210, then from Mile 440 to the finish. Richard Glasczak drove from Mile 210-440).
- This is the sixth Baja 500 class victory for the Honda Baja Ridgeline in eight races. Honda has also recorded three class wins in the Baja 1000.
- The Honda Off-Road Racing program began in 2015 with a class win in the Baja 1000. The Honda Baja Ridgeline has gone on to record 16 class victories in 36 races.
The next race for the Honda Off-Road Racing Team will be the Best in the Desert’s August 16-20 Casey Folks Vegas to Reno point-to-point race in Nevada, the longest off-road race held in the USA. The race is expected to see the debut of the new, third-generation Honda Baja Ridgeline Race Truck.
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