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Vildosola Racing

Vildosola Racing is the professional SCORE Trophy Truck #21 (originally #4, changed to #21 on 2010) off-road racing team based in San Diego, California.
It is owned and operated by Gus and Tavo Vildósola. The team races in numerous off-road circuits, including SCORE/Tecate Baja series and Best In The Desert (BITD).
Gus Vildósola and Vildosola Racing have being in off-road racing since 1968.
He started racing in local races in the Mexicali area. In 1984, Gus Vildósola began racing in the Baja 1000 when one of his cousins invite him to race along with him in a 5-1600. In 1995 he decided to built his own 5-1600 with Vildosola Racing. He quickly jumped into larger engine vehicles. In 1996 Ivan Stewart built a ProTruck for Vildosola Racing which Vildósola raced in the 1997 season achieving a second place championship in the SCORE International series.
In 1998 Vildosola Racing made the switch to the SCORE Class 1 buggy which they raced until 2001.
 
In 2002 Vildosola Racing decided to race a SCORE Trophy Truck the highest category in Off-Road racing.
Vildosola Racing won its first overall during the San Felipe 250 in 2003 with Gus Vildósola and Rob MacCachren sharing driving duties, becoming the first Mexican national team to win a SCORE International race. In the Baja 1000 of that same year Vildósola and MacCachren shared the wheel again finishing 3rd in the trophy truck class.
In the 2004 Baja 1000 Vildósola finished 6th in the trophy truck class timing 17:56.13 (56.65 mph).
From 2005 to 2007 the team raced two vehicles, their #4 Trophy Truck and a Ivan Stewart built Toyota Tundra ProTruck which Tavo Vildósola raced for 3 years. He won championships in the 2006 and the 2007 campaigns. Tavo Vildósola jumped in the Trophy Truck driver's seat in the Baja 1000 of 2007, the 40th edition of the race. They had a second place finish making it, at the time, the best finish position ever achieved by a Mexican national team in the Baja 1000, this achievement was only surpassed by Vildosola Racing itself on 2010 winning the overall on the 43rd edition of the premiere desert off-road race.
The team changed the colors and image of their Trophy Truck before the 2010 San Felipe 250, right after they renewed contract with Red Bull. At that time they decided to change the number on the truck from #4 to #21 to make it a complete image change.
Vildosola Racing managed to finish second during the 2010 Baja 500 after battling with Andy McMillin for the lead. Tavo Vildósola led a good portion of the race but finish second after having problems a few miles of the finish line in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.



Vildosola Racing earned the best finish position of all time in the Baja 500 for any Mexican national team on the elite class, the Trophy Truck. Vildosola Racing is the first Mexican national team to ever win overall a Baja 1000 breaking all records of time and speed on a peninsula run.
The team stopped the clocks on 19:00.04 at 55.88 miles per hour (89.93 km/h), making it the first time since 1973 that a trophy truck won the overall best time over a motorcycle at the Baja 1000.
This happen during the 43rd edition of the race in 2010, on Trophy Truck #21 driven by Gus Vildósola and Tavo Vildósola. The 2011 season started with Vildosola Racing taking 3rd place overall on the 2011 SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge with a final time of 1:56:37 (51.45 mph). After a good start on the San Felipe 250 Tavo was leading the race until on race mile 90 the trophy truck had a broken transmission which took the team nearly an hour to replace.



The team finished 13th with a time of 5:03.57. Tavo raced at the inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions in September 2011, started 4th and led a big portion of the race after having mechanical problems at mile 190.
He finished 9th with a time of 7:33:21.

Year Series Race Finish Class Driver(s)
1996 SCORE International San Felipe 250 1st ProTruck Gus Vildósola
2000 SCORE International Baja 2000 5th Class 1 Gus Vildósola
2002 SCORE International Baja 1000 4th SCORE Class 1/2-1600 Tavo Vildósola
2003 SCORE International San Felipe 250 1st SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Rob MacCachren
2003 SCORE International Baja 1000 3rd SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Rob MacCachren
2004 SCORE International Baja 1000 6th SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Rob MacCachren
2006 SCORE International SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge 1st ProTruck Tavo Vildósola, Bryan Freeman
2006 Best In The Desert Parker 425 1st ProTruck Tavo Vildósola, Bryan Freeman
2006 Best In The Desert Parker 425 4th SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2006 SCORE International San Felipe 250 1st ProTruck Tavo Vildósola, Bryan Freeman
2006 Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno 1st ProTruck Tavo Vildósola, Bryan Freeman
2006 Best In The Desert Vegas 300 1st SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2006 CODE Off-Road Mexicana Logistics 300 1st SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2007 SCORE International Baja 500 1st ProTruck Tavo Vildósola, Bryan Freeman
2007 SCORE International Baja 500 9th SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2007 SCORE International Baja 1000 2nd SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2009 CODE Off-Road Race Ready 275 1st SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2009 SCORE International Baja 1000 4th SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2010 SCORE International Baja 500 2nd SCORE Trophy Truck Tavo Vildósola
2010 Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno 3rd SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2010 CODE Off-Road Mexicana Logistics 300 1st SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2010 SCORE International Baja 1000 1st SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola
2011 SCORE International SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge 3rd SCORE Trophy Truck Gus Vildósola, Tavo Vildósola