SAN DIEGO — Roger Norman’s newest Internet creation–SCORE Throwback Thursday will present another memorable race tomorrow—the 2001 Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Norman’s newest program showcases classic SCORE race footage primarily produced as television shows.
Thursday’s night’s episode at 7 p.m. (PT) will be the telecast of the 2001 Tecate SCORE Baja 500, one in a series of 45 races that are among the most popular in all of motorsports.
Norman’s new Internet show is another part of the inventory of his new Dirt Live productions which produces the weekly Dirt LiveHD studio show each Tuesday as well as the expanded race-week coverage for his SCORE and HDRA racing organizations.
“A key part of SCORE is its history and we are very happy to be able to make these historic programs available like this worldwide through our Dirt Live platform,” commented Norman, in his first year as CEO/President of the legendary SCORE International desert racing organization. “We are really moving at warp speed in so many different directions and SCORE Throwback Thursday will not only help us veterans of the sport sit back and remember the rich history of SCORE, but it will also help introduce an entire new audience to the magnificent legacy of SCORE.”
“These shows will also remind some and introduce others to the retired legends of SCORE racing like Ivan Stewart, Walker Evans, Roger Mears, Larry Ragland, Johnny Campbell, Steve Hengeveld and Mark McMillin. We like remembering our past as we sustain our legacy as the world’s foremost desert racing organization. We are really pleased to be able to preserve the rich history that his made SCORE the iconic international symbol that it has been for 40 years.”
With plans to create an internet video library of SCORE’s iconic history, much of the inventory of shows and footage for SCORE Throwback Thursday is material originally produced by award-winning motorsports videographer Don Shoemaker.
SCORE production manager Andrew Grimshaw helped conceive the idea for this new programming platform as SCORE continues to develop increasing ways to expand the reach of not only SCORE but the entire sport of desert racing.
Tonight’s show will highlight the sterling accomplishments of overall 2-wheel and overall 4-wheel winners of the 2001 Tecate SCORE Baja 500—Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell and Mark McMillin. Hengeveld/Campbell teamed on a Honda XR650R while McMillin won the 4-wheel portion of the race in Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. For Hengeveld, it was the second of a race-record seven overall motorcycle wins in the race, the third of six for Campbell and the last of three overalls for McMillin.
Hengeveld has had eight class wins in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 including five straight motorcycle overalls (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) while Campbell’s six class wins (all overalls) came in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. McMillin, one of the pillars of the three-generations of McMillin family racers, has five class wins spread out over five decades (1979, 1987, 1988, 1997, 2001) in the popular summertime race and his three overalls came in 1988, 1997 and 2001. Hengeveld, Campbell and McMillin are still racing today, although Campbell now runs his own JCR Honda team and is listed in SCORE Baja races as a back-up rider, if needed.
Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the 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. All live events, this will be the 22nd weekly Dirt LiveHD episode to air.
Dirt LiveHD also goes on-site live with expanded event coverage during SCORE and HDRA race weekends and will next be covering the Moapa HDRA Big Horn 300, Sept. 27-29 on the Moapa Indian Reservation north of Las Vegas.
Here is the list of class winners from that vintage race, numerous of whom are still racing today:
Tecate SCORE Baja 500
Total Starters: 249 Total Finishers: 146
TROPHY TRUCK–David Ashley/Dan Smith
CLASS 1–Mark McMillin
CLASS 1/2-1600–Kash Vessels
CLASS 3–Ed Griffin
CLASS 5–Mike James
CLASS 5-1600–Marco Nunez
CLASS 7–Ernesto Cervantes
CLASS 7S–Dan Street
CLASS 8–Nick Vanderwey
CLASS 9–Cisco Bio/Pancho Bio
CLASS 10–Rick Ellison
SCORE LITES–Tom Ridings
CLASS 11–Miguel Rosales
STOCK MINI–Dr. Macrae Glass
STOCK FULL–Marc Stein
CLASS 21–J. David Ruvalcaba
CLASS 22–Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street
CLASS 30–Fred Willert
CLASS 40–Jim O’Neal
CLASS 50–Richard Jackson
CLASS 24–Jerry Larimore
CLASS 25–John Gregory/Arnoldo Ramirez
For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.