Lexus teams up with JTGrey Racing team to display LX 570’s offroad prowess

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 9, 2011

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.

Press Release

Lexus Races into 2011 with JTGrey Racing Team 2011 Lexus LX570 JTGREY Race Truck

Lexus announced today it will be the primary sponsor for the JTGrey Racing team and its LX 570 flagship luxury utility vehicle in the quest to win the 2011 SCORE Stock Full Championship.

"The JTGrey Racing team demonstrates just how capable, reliable and durable the Lexus LX 570 is," said David Nordstrom, vice president of marketing, Lexus division. "It's exciting to see the LX 570 conquer the rugged and extreme desert terrains with the same nimbleness and dexterity it has when it navigates city streets. Its off-road mastery combined with its powerful 5.7-liter V8 are sure to be a winning combination again this year."

Last season, sophomore off-road racer Joe Bacal and his JTGrey Racing team piloted the LX 570 to victory taking the 2010 SCORE Stock Full Championship. Along the way, the team took 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. The team placed second in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500

"Last year the JTGrey team had an unbelievable racing season," said Bacal. "We are prepared for the new challenges this season will bring. We'll be racing harder and faster with Lexus this year and expect some great finishes in the LX 570."

The JTGrey LX is outfitted with 37-inch BF Goodrich Baja TA project race tires, custom King Racing shocks, Sparco race seats, and nine KC Hilites HID's. Top Trophy Truck builder Geiser Bros. Design and Development made modifications for the build out and will be on site for race support.

Lexus will be cheering for the JTGrey team and the LX 570 at the upcoming races:
• Mastercraft Safety SCORE San Felipe 250 Race, March 11-13
• 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500, June 3-5
• 16th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300, August 26-28
• 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, November 17-20

In addition to Lexus, other sponsors include Hino Trucks, BFGoodrich Tires, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Geiser Bros. Design and Development, King Racing Shocks, ARB 4x4 accessories, KC Hilites, Head First Design, F Sport, Sparco, Hammer Nutrition, Oakley and Mechanix Wear.

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