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Baja 1000 Results 2018: Race Winners, Video Highlights and More

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2018

USยด Scott Myers steers his Trophy Truck during the 2008 Tecate Score Baja 1000 off-road race in the outskirts of Ensenada, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
Guillermo Arias/Associated Press

After finishing second in last year's race, Cameron Steele was named the official winner of the 2018 Baja 1000 on Sunday.

Steele, who qualified in 13th,ย was second to cross the line in the Trophy Truck category behind four-time Baja 1000 winner Rob MacCachren but claimed the crown after MacCachren was hit by time penalties for speeding and an unsafe, illegal pass on a highway.

Steele was initially named as the unofficial winnerย of the race while his rival appealed the sanctions, but upon review,ย Score International upheld them to give Steele his first Baja 1000 victory in what was the 51st edition of the prestigious race.

Steele was also hit with a penalty for speeding of three minutes, 27 seconds, but he still finished ahead of Andy McMillin and MacCachren with a final time of 16:24:02, per Score International's official website.

Race spring manufacturer Eibach congratulated him and his team:

Eibach @eibach_racing

Huge congrats to @eibach_racing family racer Cameron Steele & the entire @desertassassins team on winning the 51st Baja 1000 ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ https://t.co/PRSdNrEFvY

At the halfway point, Larry Connor's team held the lead ahead of MacCachren. The vehicles of Bryce Menzies, McMillin and Robby Gordon separated the latter from Steele, who was sixth at the time.

A broken spindle in the final 100 miles put paid to Connor's hopes, however, while Menzies and McMillin also encountered some issues that paved the way for MacCachren and Steele to cross the line in first and second, respectively.

Steele, who was inducted into theย Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in July, only earned his first overall victory in September, when he won theย Tijuana Score Desert Challenge.

Meanwhile, Alexander Rossiโ€”who won the Indy 500 in 2016โ€”secured a podium finish in the Class 7 category.

Racing driver Tim Coronel shared a near-miss the American had with an oncoming SUV during the race:

Tim Coronel @TimCoronel

๐Ÿ™ˆWow close one for @AlexanderRossi #Baja1000 ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿผ https://t.co/1i5TsDNSoS

The incident took place just 33 miles in near Ojos Negros.

The 807-mile race, which started and ended in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, was entered by 296 vehicles driven by teams from 41 U.S. states and 18 countries.