Supporting JTGrey Racing team’s quest for the 2011 SCORE Stock Full Championship is Lexus, which recently announced that it will be the team’s primary sponsor. David Nordstrom, vice president of marketing, Lexus division, said that the JTGrey Racing team will demonstrate the capability, reliability, and durability of the Lexus LX 570 flagship luxury utility vehicle.
He said that it would be exciting to witness the LX 570 “conquer the rugged and extreme desert terrains with the same nimbleness and dexterity it has when it navigates city streets.”
He said that he is confident that the LS 570’s off-road mastery and 5.7-liter V8 would win again this year. It can be recalled that the 2010 SCORE Stock Full Championship was won by sophomore off-road racer Joe Bacal who had driven the LX 570.
The team also won first place in the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, SCORE Terrible’s Las Vegas Primm 300, the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, and Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 races. At the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, it ranked second. Bacal said that the team had an “unbelievable racing season” last year; however, he asserted that they are prepared for the challenges this season.
Ten standard airbags equip the Lexus LX 570. These include the knee airbags for the driver and the passenger in front, the mounted side airbags at the front and second-row outboard seats, and side curtain airbags with roll-sensing features that protect all three rows. Three-point seatbelts are available for all eight seating positions. On the second row, there are pre-tensioners for the outboard seats and the center seat has an Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) seatbelt.
The Lexus LX 570 is the first in its vehicle class to offer a number of improved features. Specifically, it is the first to make use of Active Front Headrests. In the event of low speed collisions at the rear-end of the vehicle, these headrests will move upward and forward when the occupant’s body force is applied to the back of the seat.
It is also the first to make the Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control available as well as offering the optional features of Wide-view Front and Side Cameras. The cameras are placed at the front grille and below the passenger’s outside mirror, which makes it a good fit for tight situations such as parking in small garages.
With this feature, the driver can check areas that are hard to view by pressing a button on the dashboard, which will then display images on the standard navigation system’s screen. Plus, in split-screen mode, both the front and side views can be displayed simultaneously. These optional camera features can function in up to 7.5 mph speeds.