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  • 2016 Monster Energy Trail of Missions Adventure

    The Desert Assassins crew are headed back down to Baja for the annual Trail of Missions adventure tour. This is an amazing trip spanning 9 amazing days of off-road driving, sight seeing, and fun activities for the veteran and less-experienced Baja enthusiast. Take a look at last years tour and start planning for 2017.



  • Heidi Steele and her Desert Assassins team roost to victory at the SCORE San Felipe 250

    Heidi Steele 2011 San Felipe 250 class 6 truck
    Heidi Steele 2011 San Felipe 250 class 6 truck
    The Desert Assassins bring home multiple wins from the MasterCraft Safety San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico which was the SCORE Baja season opener.

    Heidi Steele and racing partner Rene Brugger have teamed for 3 off-road championships over 3 years and last week brought home the Unlimited Mid-Size truck victory in their Lucas Oil/Yokohama Tire/KMC Wheels/Monster Energy Ford Ranger after starting last in class and being the first finisher over the roughest 252 miles in off-road racing. Heidi continues to be the leader for females in motorsports as she was one of only two women competing as driver or rider of record on an entry at this Baja event and she is the only women to ever win truck championships in the SCORE Baja series.

    Also reigning supreme for the second year in a row was the motorcycle team of Colton Udall and Jeff “OX” Kargola winning the Open Pro bike and Overall victory for motorcycles. The Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda team hails from San Clemente as do both Colton and OX who rode their first Baja races with the Desert Assassins and have now moved to the factory Honda effort led by 11-time Baja 1000 winner Johnny Campbell. The DA is based out of San Clemente and “Colty”, “OX” and Heidi all brought victories to their hometown along the Pacific Ocean.

    Heidi Steele - 2011 San Felipe 250 class 6 win
    Heidi Steele - 2011 San Felipe 250 class 6 win
    Heidi and her team started the SCORE season at the Laughlin Desert Challenge with a podium finish and knew coming into San Felipe that the rough course was perfect for their Camburg Suspension and FOX Racing Shox tuned truck. The truck is set up to run hard in the rough terrain and is built FORD tough. It is a converted Ranger pick up with the original frame and cab intact, which is allegedly a disadvantage in the 100% open rule class 6 where the “trucks” only need to have a V-6 engine.

    The way the truck is set up it remains legal for multiple classes in desert racing and recently Heidi teamed with her 25 year veteran desert racing husband to finish as the first 6 cylinder truck in 4th place overall at the SNORE Battle at Primm event in the “1450” class. 80 trucks competed in an open format where the only rule is that a truck cab and doors are required. Heidi and Rene continue their winning ways and with the recent addition of Kroyer Racing Engines and the long term support of Currie Enterprises and Culhane Transmissions the drive train is better than ever. This is of paramount importance when smashing your way to victory through the brutal whoops of San Felipe.

    Cameron Steele driving in the premiere desert racing class known as Trophy Trucks in the Lucas Oil/Yokohama Tire/Monster Energy/KMC Wheels/ReadyLift supported #16 ran very well with no real mechanical issues but a couple stops kept them outside the top five. However the #16 did earn a spot in the coveted front draw for the SCORE Baja 500 with a solid finish in San Felipe.

    Next up for the Desert Assassins is next weekends Lucas Oil Series kick off event where Cameron will drive the #16 Stronghold Motorsports Pro-lite supported by Monster Energy/Ready Lift/Yokohama Tire and the following week the DA team plans to head to the SNORE Mint 400 in Las Vegas for the next desert race on the schedule.

    Special thanks to….. Yokohama Tire / Lucas Oil Products / KMC Wheels / Monster Energy / ReadyLift Suspensions / Currie Enterprises/ FOX Racing Shox / Camburg Engineering KC HiLiTES/ Kroyer Racing Engines / MasterCraft Safety / Motive Gear / Bullet Proof Diesel / Metal Mulisha / Culhane Transmissions / Patricks Graphics / Dailey Engineering / Osiris / VP Racing Fuels / Alpinestars / Ron Davis Radiators / JBA Headers / Chris Allen Motorsports and the DA for Prep

    Photos by Mad Media – Mad Media video coming soon



  • Stronghold Motorsports Signs Cameron Steele

    The 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Buggy Champion, Cameron Steele, has become the newest member of the Stronghold Motorsports off road racing team. Joining a lineup comprised of seven-time Supercross Champion, Jeremy McGrath, Rob Naughton and Brandon Bailey, Steele will represent Stronghold Motorsports in the ProLite (300HP Mini Truck) Class during the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road racing season. As one of the most charismatic figures in the sport, Steele is also one of the faces of short course off road racing, providing commentary on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series television broadcasts.

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  • Heidi Steele Battles Baja 500 for 2nd Place Finish on Yokohama Tires

    Off-road champion finishes punishing 438-mile course on
    off-the-shelf Geolandar M/T+® tires

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Media Contact: Bill Groak, PCGCampbell, 310/224-4940, bgroak@pcgcampbell.com

    FULLERTON, CA. – (June 8, 2010) – Yokohama Tire-sponsored off-road champion Heidi Steele battled the toughest SCORE Baja 500 course in her career yet still managed to claim second place. The 42nd running of the event was held in Ensenada, Mexico on June 5.

    “This year’s Baja 500 was one of the toughest courses I have experienced in my six years of racing,” said Steele, the defending SCORE Class 6 champion, who completed the course on off-the-shelf Yokohama Geolandar M/T+® tires. “We battled and finished with a solid second place finish just over 12 minutes out of first. Third place was well over six hours behind us.”

    Steele, in her customary Ford Ranger, raced the first half of the course (from Ensenada to Borrego) and her co-driver and Desert Assassins teammate Rene Brugger finished the race. Last year the two teamed-up for a second place finish as well.

    “Thanks to the Geolandar tires, our Yokohama-Lucas Oil-Monster Energy race truck conquered the gnarly 5,000-foot Summit, which is known for its giant boulders and rocky hill climb,” said Steele. “With the recent storms, the entire course had challenging obstacles, including exposed boulders, treacherous rain ruts, which could swallow a vehicle, and huge wash outs. This made it the most difficult course in recent history. Our Yokohama tires proved to be awesome with no flat tires over the 438 miles of wicked terrain.”

    Celebrating its 40th anniversary in the United States, Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the dB Super E-spec™ – the world’s first tire to use orange oil to reduce petroleum – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

    Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Details can be found at the “Tire Safety” section at www.yokohamatire.com.