TrophyLite Race Blog - 2015 Season Archive -
Two TrophyLites take on San Felipe '250'January 27, 2015
San Felipe, Baja, MX - One of the roughest races in Baja took its toll on the Trophylites over the weekend. COPS Racing Teams was driving one of the House Rentals for the race and was ready to take on the course just after 10:30am Saturday Morning. Staging with them was 2014 Baja 1000 class winner Ben Phllips in his Baja proven TrophyLite. However it would be a tough day for the 3043 Trophylite where they would loose the engine after about 85 miles which would end their day early. COPS Racing Team Trophylite has a rough day as well, rolling the truck on 2 occasions but were able to persevere to the finish and ended up 3rd in class! Congratulations to COPS Racing, and we know Ben Phillips and crew will be back to battle Baja.
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KC Hilites Light Testing & SeminarFebruary 2, 2015
Barstow, CA - KC Hilites gave Trophylite teams the opprtunity to testing and tune their light setup, and get answers for questions and try out some new KC equipment. 4 or 5 teams made the trip to the Barstow OHV area at Outlet Center Dr. Jason Cobb and the KC Crew were mounting up a bunch of HID POD's, Flex Series LED's on these trucks. Follow them @kchilites or facebook.com/kchilites for the next Light Test Session and be sure to check out their website to find out how you can get KC Equipped!
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Brutal Parker 425 Course Greets New TeamsFebruary 12, 2015
Parker, Az - New teams or old, everyone got an equal pummeling in Parker, Arizona. As each lap of the Best in the Desert Parker 425 went by, the course got progressively worse. Despite the punishing terrain, Trophylite teams ran a relentless pace for the entire 425 miles. Unwilling to yield, some even ran door to door despite huge rocks and endless square edged bumps. Half way through the race there were 4 or 5 trucks that were in the hunt for the win.
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Mint 400 Golden For Trophylite’s PJ GuglielmoMarch 18, 2015
Las Vegas, Nv - “The Mint 400 is a big race,” said PJ Guglielmo, “We wanted our truck to be loud; maybe a little obnoxious.” Guglielmo was referring to the gold foil vehicle wrap that made his Trophylite look as if it was made of polished gold. It’s not easy to stand out at the Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire. Even the drawn out name has been snatched up by Polaris and General Tire who, like everyone else, wants to be a part of the largest off-road racing happening of the season.
Las Vegas, Nv - We passed Jackson in the pits and then Mendoza while he was upside down. I knew PJ and Proctor were right behind but I had clean air; I made sure to stay in front. We were missing a few teeth from the ring and pinion and then about ten miles from the finish I smacked a big rock in the silt. I figured the tire was flat but we were so close I kept going. We were running the new General Tire MT. They performed incredibly all day. The new Mud Terrain MT tire held up to get us to the finish line for the win.
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Baja Addict races the 500 in House RentalJune 7, 2015
Trophylite's very own Baja Addict aka Russ Phillips took on this years Baja 500 in one of our House Rentals. After coming to the realization that he wasn't going to race his own truck, Russ thought he would grab a couple of buddies and head to Baja. Hoping to help out some teams, eat some great food, throw back some tequila with friends. On his way southbound, Russ was wondering if Rick L. Johnson would one of those friends he would be able to catch up with for some good times. So, on the phone with Rick, he says he has is not planning on going, but Russ can tell in his voice he really wants to go. Rick throws out a rental offer that was too good to turn down.
PJ Guglielmo Wins Back to Back at Wild Vegas to Reno Race August 18, 2015
The dust was blinding and we were fighting amongst a couple of classes all day. There were trucks and cars limping around the course and if you pulled out to pass you risked a flat tire. We could catch Jeff Proctor but could not get around him for 80 miles, including two pit stops. We finally passed him when they flipped on their roof. After that, we started checking out, but it was super rough. There were g-outs all over the course. We hit one that dazed me for a second. After 400 miles it started to hurt, but we kept putting time on them. We also hit some deep water out on a normally dry lakebed, sending a wave over the hood.
Chris Hall Runs Chassis #1 to a 1st Place Finish! October 14, 2015
“We were having a blast, it was a great race,” said Hall, “Everyone in Trophylite has been very nice. We started in eighth place and just chased the lights ahead in the dust. Once we would catch the truck in front, we would take after the next one. We finished 34 seconds behind Todd on day one. He came over and shook my hand afterward and told me it’s not easy to track him down like that. It was the same thing on day two, Todd and I had a gap on the rest of the field. The dust was really bad, we were driving by GPS some of the time. When we came around a corner and saw him stopped, we knew we had a chance at the overall win.
Trophylites Go Flat Out At Wild Season Finale December 8, 2015
All bets were off at the final race in the General Tire Trophylite racing series; the Best In The Desert, Henderson 250 in Henderson, Nevada. The season long points chase appeared to be locked up by Andrew McLeod who was leading PJ Guglielmo by a tight but seemingly unsurmountable points tally. Guglielmo would need a perfect storm in Henderson to overtake McLeod. He would have to win the race and McLeod would have to dnf, (did not finish). After a 9th place draw for starting position, it seemed an impossible mountain for Guglielmo to climb however, nothing is a given in the super competitive Trophylite series.