SAN DIEGO — The two youngest members of San Diego’s prominent McMillin family of racers, third-generation desert racing brothers Dan and Luke McMillin will be the featured guests Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Roger Norman’s Dirt Live weekly internet broadcast. Airing on www.score-international.com, the show is broadcast from the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego.
Roger Norman’s Dirt Live one-hour show is broadcast live weekly show is anchored around Norman’s two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points championship purse program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. Broadcast studios are located at the Norman Motorsports race shop in San Diego. All live events, this will be the seventh Dirt Live show to air.
The season opener of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series will be held March 8-10 in Mexico’s picturesque fishing village of San Felipe, located 120 miles south of the U.S. border on the East side of the Baja California peninsula along the azure waters of the tranquil Sea of Cortez. The race will herald the new chapter in SCORE history, starting the tenure of Roger Norman as the owner of the world’s foremost desert racing organization.
With entries accepted up to race morning, over 225 entries are expected to enter the race. Entered in time for the drawing, entries have come from 21 US States and nine countries as competition will be held in 40 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes in the popular race.
Since 1976 when family patriarch Corky McMillin drove for the first time in a SCORE Baja race, the McMillin family has been one of the very top teams in the sport of desert racing and especially in SCORE Baja races where they have compiled more class race wins than any other family team. Corky’s two sons, Mark and Scott, continued the legacy of their father and Mark has handed it off to his sons Dan, 25, and Luke, 20 while Scott continues to teach his son Andy and daughter Jessica even more about the McMillin legacy.
Dan McMillin races in the No. 23 Mark Racing Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck while Luke McMillin is the driver in the unlimited Class 1 of the No. 108 Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. While Dan, a graduate of San Diego State University, and Luke both broke into SCORE desert racing in Class 1/2-1600 for 1600cc cars, Dan quickly moved up to Class 1 and then to SCORE Trophy Truck while the younger Luke stayed long enough in Class1/2-1600 to win both the 2010 and 2011 season point championships in the SCORE Desert Series.
In 2012, the McMillins raced in the three SCORE Baja races with Dan finishing 10th in SCORE Trophy Truck season points with a pair of fourth-place finishes and Luke pulled off an unprecedented triple by winning Class 1 in all three SCORE Baja races to finish fourth in the Class 1 season points. Both McMillin brothers will remain in the same classes they raced in during the 2012 season.
Luke McMillin was honored in 2010 as the SCORE Rookie of the Year and in 2012 as the Dirt Sports Magazine as the Rookie of the Year following his triple win in his first season in Class 1.
Norman, 49, a Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 overall winner himself, acquired ownership of the world-renown SCORE International on Dec. 20, 2012 from Sal Fish, 73, the iconic godfather of desert racing who ran SCORE for 39 years.
As a hotel/casino owner in northern Nevada, business developer and a champion racer himself, Norman re-started the High Desert Racing Association, (HDRA) in 2011. HDRA was highly regarded when it was active originally in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Norman is a regular on his weekly Dirt Live internet webcast with his ‘Pit Stop with Roger’ segment, aired live each Tuesday at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time).
DIRT LIVE GUESTS…
With the show on the air for six weeks, special guests so far have included R.J. Anderson, Ryan Arciero, B.J. Baldwin, Johnny Campbell, Kurt Caselli, Justin Davis, T.J. Flores, Robby Gordon, Mike Julson, Brad Lovell, Luke McMillin, Cameron Steele, Gus Vildosola Sr, Gus Vildosola Jr and Colton Udall.
DIRT LIVE CREW
Desert racing public address announcer George Antill is the host of Norman’s Dirt Live program. While being refined weekly, one of the regular elements of the show will be a SCORE social media interchange, allowing fans and racers to comment and ask questions through the SCORE Facebook and SCORE Twitter platforms. Another special segment each week is Tech Tips with SCORE Tech co-director Jake Velasco.
Andrew Grimshaw, SCORE Media Production Manager, is the coordinating producer of the show. The program is hosted on ustream.com, the world’s largest streaming internet site.
ON THE BAJAscope
In its 40th year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2013, the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series, with all three massive special events held in Baja California, Mexico, starts with the 27th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 (March 8-10). Both starting and finishing in Ensenada, the other two events will be the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 (May 31-June 2) and the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Nov. 14-17).
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF DESERT RACING
The 2013 SCORE Desert Series will also be part of the quickly-evolving World Championship of Desert Racing, which will combine points accumulated in the three SCORE Baja races along with points earned from three of the four-race 2013 HDRA Series, all held in the United States. Both the SCORE and HDRA series will crown their own individual class and overall point champions as well with a bonus purse for those racers who qualify for the World Championship of Desert Racing points bonus purse program to earn a desert racing World Champion title.
With a growing total, for the inaugural World Championship of Desert Racing bonus purse, an official total of $45,000 has been posted to date from new SCORE sponsors Amber Racing Services ($25,000), King Shocks ($10,000) and Rigid Industries ($10,000). For classes with at least five starters in each
qualifying race in 2013, the World Champion titles will be decided on combined points from the three SCORE races and the three HDRA races with the bonus purse paid using the same formula based on total purse and number of starters in each class as is used currently for each SCORE race.
In addition to season class point championships and World Championship titles, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. There are also annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Awards including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Award that also receives a $2,000 cash bonus and custom-made driver’s race suit.
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are: Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Amber Racing Services-Official Race Fuels, Rigid Industries-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Wide Open Excursions-Official Tour Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, MasterCraft Safety-Official Safety Seats, Fox Car Rental-Official Rent-A-Car, Graham Watchmakers-Official Timekeeper, SatellitePhoneStore.com-Official Satellite Phone Rental Company, Slime-Official Tire Sealant, Symons Ambulance Company-Official Ambulance, Azunia Tequila-Official Tequila.
Additional SCORE Sponsors are – Visit Baja California Sur, Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Blue C Advertising, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.