Luhtech motorsports began racing desert trucks in 2012, competing in the Texas Desert Association Chupacabra 300. A class win only served to build the excitement which led to plans to race in the 2013 Baja 1000. The 2013 event was a great first showing for the team but after 600 miles of the most grueling Baja 1000 ever, mechanical issues forced the team to pull from the race. Preparations and improvements followed and the following year at the 2014 Baja 1000 the truck performed beautifully but the desert once again took it's toll with bottomless silt and massive ruts causing huge delays. After over 24 hours on the course #2001 was forced to withdraw from the race due to missed time cuts.
Careful evaluation followed as everyone on the team wanted one thing, which was to finish the Baja 1000. The decision was made to retire the #2001 truck and turn our efforts to building an entirely new vehicle for the 2015 Baja 1000. Thanks to the generosity of our title sponsor, Luhtech Aviation, the decision was made to build a Spec Trophy Truck. These trucks are equivalent to the world famous Trophy Trucks in all ways save for a limitation on motor size. This means a quantum leap in the speed, performance and capabilities of the new Luhtech Racing truck, #888.
The team may be fairly new to desert racing but there is no shortage of racing experience in the team. With a combined 30 years of motorcycle racing experience both on and off road, co-drivers Mark Luhtala and Jay Edinger are no strangers to racing. Lead navigator Nicholas Laub is new to racing but brings a desire and passion second to none. His technical knowledge keeps the team on the path to victory. Other members handle support, logistics, planning, chase and fabrication duties. A big thanks to everyone who makes the dream a reality.