2010 Toyota 4Runner to Compete in SCORE Baja 1000

To show off the 2010 4Runner's impressive capabilities, Toyota will enter a very lightly modified version of the car in the SCORE Baja 1000 -- one of the toughest desert races in the world.

The grueling SCORE Baja 1000 covers more than 670 miles of some of Mexico's toughest terrain. Seeing as the race has a time limit of 31 hours, breakdowns aren't an option. The race will be a true test of the 4Runner's mettle, as competing in the stock mini class means the truck is lightly modified. Despite the harsh environment, Toyota is confident the 4Runner will finish respectably.

"Historically, only half of the racers finish this incredible test of man and machine, but we're confident the Fifth Generation 4Runner will be a major contender in the stock mini class and can handle the grueling course," said Les Unger, manager of Toyota's national motorsports.

Taking the wheel for the desert race will be a team of various drivers and co-drivers, including 22-time SCORE Baja race winner Ivan "Ironman" Stewart and co-driver Bob Ditner. The two will take the final leg to the finish line. Other driver/co-driver teams include Ditner and Zach Zwillinger, Ken Ziesemer and Mark Sasaki, and Joe Nolan and Paul Williamsen. The race is scheduled to occur between November 20-21 in Ensenada, Mexico.

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