Ensenada, Mexico – BFGoodrich Tires and its arsenal of top off-road drivers will put its desert-conquering tires to the test at this year’s 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico, starting Saturday, June 1. This 45th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will not only be historic for the sport of desert racing, but could also mean an unprecedented 30th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 victory for BFGoodrich Tires in the past 34 years of racing.
A Rugged Course Celebrating Baja’s Heritage
This year’s course stretches just over 501 miles and will challenge drivers with every piece of difficult terrain Baja has to offer including some new and seldom-used areas along the loop from the start/finish line in Ensenada, Mexico. This year’s course will test the mettle of drivers and their equipment with everything from high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrains to scenic Baja washes. The course stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 4,100 feet.
“Our experts have been working closely with SCORE to map out the course this year so we know it is going to be a true challenge for not only the drivers, but our tires as well. We are looking forward to pushing the limits across the demanding Baja terrain at this historic running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500,” said Peter Calhoun, BFGoodrich Tires motorsports manager. “We have had an impressive desert racing year so far in 2013 and a victory here would definitely be a testament to the skill of our drivers and toughness of our tires.”
Menzies Goes for a Three-Peat
BFGoodrich driver Bryce Menzies has been the man to beat at Baja recently. A win this year will be his third consecutive in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500. If he takes the checkered flag in 2013, he will be the first driver to win three consecutive titles since Ivan Stewart from 1997-1999.
Last year, Menzies edged out BJ Baldwin in the second-closest Tecate SCORE Baja 500 finish in history with a time of 9 hours, 13 minutes, 39 seconds and an average speed of 48.77 miles per hour. This year, he hopes his BFGoodrich® Baja T/A® KR tires get him across the finish line with a little more time to spare.
“We had a close finish last year and if it wasn’t for the incredible performance of my equipment, I’m not sure if I could have edged out BJ. Anything can go wrong in the desert but my BFGoodrich Baja T/A™ KR tires stood up to the rigors of the desert and helped us bring home a win,” said Menzies. “This year if we can get that same stellar performance from my tires and other equipment, I think we can have another great finish.”
BFGoodrich’s Desert Dominance
BFGoodrich drivers will make up a field of racers from 35 states and 15 countries in 40 Pro and seven Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs at this year’s race. Currently 10 of the top 15 drivers in the HDRA/SCORE standings in 2013 run on BFGoodrich® Tires.
BFGoodrich has had a firm grasp on the desert racing podium with drivers taking first overall at the King of Hammers (Randy Slawson), Parker 425 (Troy Vest), Mint 400 (Bryce Menzies), King Shocks 250 (Justin Davis) and San Felipe 250 (Gustavo and Tavo Vildosola). In fact, BFGoodrich® Tires has swept the podium this year in the SCORE Series with the Vildosolas, Bryce Menzies and Rob MacCachren sweeping the podium in San Felipe.
Each year, BFGoodrich teams compete on a variety of tires, including the BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A®KO tire, BFGoodrich® Baja T/A® tire and BFGoodrich® Baja T/A®KR tire. BFGoodrich Tires also supports the entire Baja Challenge (BC) Class at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 with
BFGoodrich® Mud-Terrain T/A®KM2 tires.
In addition to supplying tires to a number of Tecate SCORE Baja 500 competitors, BFGoodrich Tires will continue to lend unparalleled pit and communications support to teams through its fleet of off-road motorsports vehicles as well as provide accommodations and supplies at the media center. This immense undertaking involves more than 100 off-road enthusiasts and volunteers who donate their time in order to help make the race an overwhelming success.
BFGoodrich Tires Overall SCORE Baja 500 Winners List
SCORE Baja 500 overall winners from the past 33 years who competed on BFGoodrich tires:
1980 Bob Gordon Chenowth Chevy
1981 Malcolm Smith/Bill Newbury Chenowth Chevy
1982 Larry Ragland Funco VW
1983 Corky McMillin/Scott McMillin Chenowth Chevy
1984 Larry Ragland Chaparral VW
1985 Ron Gardner/Bud Feldkamp Funco VW
1986 Corky McMillin/Scott McMillin Chenowth Porsche
1987 Bob Gordon/Tim Crabtree Chenowth Porsche
1988 Mark McMillin Chenowth Porsche
1989 Robby Gordon Ford
1990 Robby Gordon Ford
1993 Ivan Stewart Toyota
1994 Ivan Stewart Toyota
1996 Rob MacCachren Ford
1997 Ivan Stewart Toyota
1998 Ivan Stewart Toyota
1999 Ivan Stewart Toyota Tundra
2000 Larry Ragland Chevy
2001 Mark McMillin Jimco-Chevy
2002 Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler Smithbuilt Ford
2003 Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler Smithbuilt Ford
2004 Alan Pflueger Chevy
2005 Robby Gordon Chevy
2006 Brian Collins/Larry Ragland Chevy
2007 Larry Ragland/Brian Collins Chevy
2008 B.J. Baldwin Chevy
2010 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin Ford Trophy Truck
2011 Bryce Menzies Ford Trophy Truck
2012 Bryce Menzies Ford Trophy Truck