2004 Pro Truck Triple Crowne Champions
SMD Motorsports - Steve/Matt/David Scaroni
Heber, California - Passionate about his desire to stay connected to his growing family, Steve Scaroni, a successful business leader in the Imperial Valley, discovered off road racing as a forging bond between a father and his adult sons. Not only has the Scaroni Family enjoyed the off road passion, but together as a complete family, they have emerged as champions in a sport that challenges every aspect of human life.
"My wife and I are very proud of Matt and David. But as time goes on, Brenda and I are experiencing the "empty nest" syndrome. The boys are very active in their own social life and at the same time they have really become a big part of our family of businesses. Sharing the passion of off road racing is not only infectious with our family and friends, but we've become very close with the entire off road racing community," explained Steve.
The Baja 1000 has long been considered the ultimate challenge in off road racing motor sports. The logistics of providing race support, adequate detail in race vehicle preparation, combined with the mental and physical stamina to forge through remote harsh terrain for hours on end, has been heralded as one of the most difficult racing efforts in all of motor sports.
In 2003, SMD Motor sports., led by Steve and Brenda Scaroni, took on the Baja 1000 after racing the season in the Pro Truck class. Their oldest son, Matt, was the driver of record and he split time with Steve as David handled co-driving duties. In a mere 19 hours, 8 minutes and 45 seconds, SMD Motor sports. captured their first Baja 1000 victory averaging 42.209 miles per hour. The 2003 Baja 1000 was a loop race beginning and ending in Ensenada, Baja California, although drivers, co-drivers and team members braved the freezing cold temperatures that frosted the inhospitable canyons and lake beds of the Baja Peninsula. The team prepared for weeks leading up to the race with tedious pre running of sections and then executed a strategic plan of support to the #227 Pro Truck affording them the opportunity to roll into Ensenada with victory only minutes ahead of Rick L. Johnson.
SMD Motor sports. launched a fierce campaign in 2004 as they competed in the top two off road racing series promoted in the United States. The team saw action in the SCORE Desert Racing Series and the Best In The Desert series.
The entire season was logistically planned out before the first race of either series. Team owner - Steve Scaroni is well-known for his keen logistical efforts. Racing in two separate series is certainly no unordinary feat, however winning the championships in both series had never been done, that is until SMD Motor sports. rewrote history with championship performances in both SCORE and BITD.
By the end of 2004 - SMD Motor sports. captured the"Triple Crown Championship" in the Pro Truck ranks. Winning both the SCORE and BITD series handily, they also were victorious in capturing Ivan Stewart's Pro Truck Series Season Championship after a full year of off road racing.
With top performances from an entire team of dedicated friends and family, the SMD Motor sports. team set in motion the spirit of championship winning ways.
"Our entire team focused on the efforts of the race truck and we not only performed, but we captivated a huge audience over the season that cheered us on from race-to-race. Capturing the Pro Truck Triple Crown Championship was a tremendous challenge and I'm proud of the way the boys and our team overcame the trials and tribulations of off road racing to capture such a prestigious title," said Steve.
After winning it all in 2004 - SMD Motor sports. moved into the elite field of Trophy Trucks in late 2005. Fielding their new #27 Ford Trophy Truck at the SCORE Primm 300 for to the first time ever, they succumbed to a minor mechanical failure in the automatic transmission that sidelined them before David could complete the last 75 miles of the race.
Despite the DNF at the SCORE Primm 300 SMD Motor sports. charged into the 2005 SCORE Baja 1000 without blinking an eye. Facing the most technically challenged Baja 1000 race course in 20 years, simply finishing was going to be a difficult task. "Overcoming such difficult challenges that pop up during a race such as the Baja 1000 is what championship teams are made of. Our teams of support personnel along with drivers/co-drivers all prepared extensively for their particular sections and that's truly what allowed us to see the glorious finish line in downtown Ensenada," commented Steve.
"Certainly, we had to overcome a few situations, but we ran a solid race that put us across the finish line at the Baja 1000."
The 2006 season is set to perhaps be another one for the record books as SMD Motor sports. fiercely campaigns the #27 Ford Trophy Truck in the Best In The Desert Series charging for their first Trophy Truck Championship.