SAN DIEGO — Next month’s Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo and the Granddaddy of all desert races have joined forces to again present “SCOREville” – an exciting expansive exhibit Oct. 5-6 in Building 5 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., dedicated to saluting the legends of SCORE Baja racing in honor of the 46th Anniversary of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
In addition to static displays of vintage and current desert racing vehicles along with autograph sessions with many of the stars of the sport, both past and present, a live drawing for starting positions for the Nov. 13–17 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be held at the Off-Road Expo on Saturday, Oct. 5 starting at 3pm.
The official course map for the race will also be unveiled on Oct. 5 by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman to begin the drawing event.
On both Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6, autograph sessions will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at SCOREville with many of the top SCORE desert racers from today and yesterday.
With more racers being added daily, industry giants expected on hand for autographs and photos include Roger Norman, Sal Fish, Ivan Stewart, Larry Roeseler, Rod Hall, Rob MacCachren, B.J. Baldwin, Walker Evans, Elias Hanna, Justin Davis, Andrew Myers and John Langley.
The live drawing for starting positions, by class, as well as the unveiling of the official course map for the November race that will cover much of Mexico’s majestic Baja California Norte portion of the peninsula will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California. Over 300 entries, from nearly 20 countries and 40 U.S. States, competing in 41 Pro and 8 Sportsman classes for cars, truck, motorcycles and ATVs are expected to compete in this year’s international challenge.
SCORE is celebrating its 40th year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2013.
“With the support and assistance from the Off-Road Expo and Monster Energy along with BFGoodrich Tires, and Tecate, the new SCORE is honored to present SCOREville at the Expo in a such a huge way, more enhanced than what was done in 2007 and last year to celebrate the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000,” said Norman, the former champion SCORE Trophy Truck racer who purchased SCORE International on Dec. 12, 2012 from one of the most iconic figures in the sport-Sal Fish, who was part of SCORE since soon after it was launched in 1973.
“We have begun a new era in SCORE’s history and SCOREville will be a great platform to introduce the next generation of the world’s foremost desert racing organization to a huge audience at the Expo.”
SCOREvision in SCOREville at the Expo
SCOREville at the Expo will include live internet coverage both days on Dirt LiveHD with interviews with the SCORE Baja legends as well as the live internet coverage of the start drawing and course map unveiling. SCORE will also debut the official commemorative merchandise of the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Monster Energy girls will be on hand both days and SCOREville will also feature the SCOREvision theatre massive LED screen showing numerous SCORE Baja 1000 race videos including the iconic 2004 film “Dusty to Glory”.
SCORE BAJA, OF COURSE
SCORE has also announced that this year’s race will have the longest course in history for the years when it is a loop race. This year’s single-loop course will be approximately 922 miles, starting and finishing in the heart Ensenada and covering both sides of the Baja California peninsula in the Baja Notre state from Ensenada on the Pacific Ocean over to San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez and back.
The longest previous course distance in the 26 previous years it has been a loop race was 822 miles in 1985. The longest loop course since 2000 was 808 miles in 2003. The longest distance the course traveled in the history of this race was the once-in-lifetime 2000 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 which covered a total of 1,679.54 miles from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate the new millennium.
More details regarding the race will be announced over the next several weeks on the SCORE website at www.score-international.com.
Las Vegas’ rising star of the desert Bryce Menzies is the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point leader in the 2013 SCORE Desert Series heading into the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. With a second place finish at the season opener at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and a third place at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Menzies is in position to win his second SCORE season championship in the last three years.
Two years removed from his double-championship rookie season of SCORE racing in 2011, Menzies will lead the thundering herd of SCORE Trophy Trucks, the high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks back to Mexico. Over 40 SCORE Trophy Trucks are expected at the start line in Ensenada, Baja California for this year’s iconic race.
Menzies, who drives solo in the No. 70 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck, has racked up 196 points during the first two SCORE Baja races of 2013, but the star-studded class has his eight closest challengers only a total of 25 points behind him.
Striving to become the first Mexican national team to win the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship, the father/son team of Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr, are just a miniscule six points behind Menzies heading into the finale. This season, the Vildsola team won the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and they were 12th out of 37 starters in SCORE Trophy Truck at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
With 35 starters in San Felipe and 37 in Ensenada, SCORE Trophy Truck has eight racers in the top 10 in SCORE points.
While SCORE racers come from all over the world with a heavy concentration of racers from Southern California, Las Vegas racers currently have four of the top overall point positions in the SCORE Overall and the SCORE Trophy Truck point standings.
While the Vildosola’s are second behind Las Vegas’ Menzies, the three other Southern Nevada who complete the top five in points are desert racing superstars Rob MacCachren, B.J. Baldwin and Tim Herbst.
SCORE points are based on starting, finishing, placement and number of official starters within each class.
MacCachren, a two-time SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion who drives the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150, is third with 185 points, five behind the Vildosolas, while Baldwin, a three-time and reigning SCORE Trophy Truck season champ who drives the No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado, is just one behind MacCachren with 184 points. Tim Herbst, the all-time winningest SCORE Trophy Truck racer with four season crowns and 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins in the No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Mostorsports, is just one point behind Baldwin with 183.
Sixth in overall and SCORE Trophy Truck points with 181 is Mexico’s Juan C. Lopez, driver of the No. 18 Speed Energy RPM Racing Chevy Silverado.
By winning Class 10 in Ensenada over a solid field of 22 starters, SCORE rookie Mike Johnson, Santa Monica, Calif., is leading his class and is eighth overall with 173 points in a Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car.
Establishing himself last season as a great second-generation desert racer, continuing to move out from the shadow of his father and his uncle’s experienced tracks, Southern California desert racer Cody Parkhouse continues to lead the unlimited Class 1 in a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car after opening the season with a Class 1 victory and a fourth place in Ensenada. Cody Parkhouse is 16th in overall points and leads Class 1 with 160 points, just three more than Tecate SCORE Baja 500 winner Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., who drives a RPM racing Geiser-Chevy.
MOTORCYCLES & ATVs
After two of the three SCORE Baja races, the 2013 overall Pro motorcycle and open Class 22 point leader is the JCR Honda team of Tim Weigand, Valencia, Calif./Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho. The team has won both SCORE Baja races this year and has earned 156 points on the No. 1x Honda CRF450X
Class 30 (riders over 30 years old) point leader is the team led by Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas, who has 153 championship points with his San Felipe win and his second in Ensenada. Johnson has won his class season point championship in the SCORE Desert Series for the last four straight years on a Honda CRF450X.
Tied for the Overall ATV and Class 24 point winner in a class field of 12 racers in Ensenada are the teams led by Mexico’s Said Sanchez and Thomas Wright, Tabernacle, N.J. who both ride on a Honda TRX450R and are tied with 155 season points.
For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.