When mere yards separate the distance between finishing the Baja 1000 and your rolled-over truck, which you’ve just busted your ass in for hours over terrain that is punishing at it’s best and downright dangerous at it’s worst, what would you do? Sit down and puke at the thought? Lose your mind and decide that now is as good a time as any to fully unload your stress and anger at the situation? You couldn’t exactly be blamed if you did, but seriously….there’s the finish line…right there. It’s staring at you. Mocking you. So close, man…tough break.
For Dan McMillen, that was the scene during at the end of the Baja 1000. With the trophy truck on it’s side, there was only one answer that made sense: rope in help from the locals, get the truck back onto all fours, and limp the battered beast across the line. You came this far, you don’t give up now. We get the feeling that if the engine didn’t fire off, that they would’ve pushed the big bastard to the line.