Yokohama Tire Corporation-Sponsored Heidi Steele Wins SCORE San Felipe 250
FULLERTON, March 15, 2011: Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored Heidi Steele captured her first race of the season, winning the Class 6 title at the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja, California on March 12.
Driving her customary Ford Ranger, Steele, the former Class 6 (unlimited, production mini trucks) and Class 7 (open, production mini trucks) champion, and her co-driver and Desert Assassins teammate Rene Brugger, finished the demanding course on off-the-shelf Yokohama Geolandar M/T+® tires in 5:50:40.
“This was the roughest course I have seen in the six years I have raced here,” said Steele. “My Yokohama tires performed well; we had one flat tire due to driver error. It’s awesome to add a San Felipe 250 win to our Baja racing history. It’s truly an accomplishment!”
According to Steele, the race was nip and tuck the whole way. “Rene started and I took it to the finish,” she said. “I felt a lot of pressure making the driver change because he was bringing it in first. And when Dave Caspino got by us at the pit, I was like, ‘Now I have to chase him down? Oh, man.’ We caught him at mile 190 or 200 and then somehow he got by us again and we didn’t see him. Then we got back by him at about mile 243 for the win.”