SAN DIEGO — Much sought-after desert racing navigator Kellon Walch and rookie Sportsman ATV racer Sain Yadala will be in the SCORE spotlight during Tuesday’s SCORE Dirt LiveHD internet show. Round 2 of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series will be the SCORE Imperial Valley 250, April 24-27 in Plaster City, Calif., 17 miles west of El Centro.
The upcoming race will be taped for airing in the United States and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The first of a minimum of two broadcasts of the race is scheduled to air on Sunday, June 15 at 9 p.m. EDT. Commentators for the national television show will be Cameron Steele and Chris Jacobs. The race will also air internationally to over 100 countries through an international distributor.
During the 13th episode of the 2014 SCORE Dirt LiveHD season at 7 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, one video segment to air will be the trailer for the CBS Sports Network April 20 (6 p.m. PT) telecast of the season-opening Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. There is also expected to be a surprise video of the week during the broadcast.
The official course map for the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 was unveiled by SCORE Race Director Ryan Thomas during last Tuesday night’s show. The race will be a three-lap race over a rugged course of approximately 82 miles. The race will have two designated spectator areas, one adjacent to the nearly eight-mile infield section of the course by the main pits and start/finish line area off of Wheeler Road while the other will be a five-mile section alongside Evan Hewes Highway with viewing of nearly 10 miles on the South End of the race course. More race details are available at www.IVSCORE250.com.
The live drawing for qualifying and start positions will be held during the broadcast of the SCORE Dirt LiveHD show of next Tuesday, April 8. SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars will have a private qualifying session on Thursday of race week on part of the race course. The balance of the 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs will start in the order received in the April 8 drawing. The drawing for SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1 will determine their qualifying order.
With several million viewers in nearly 100 countries in 2013, the SCORE Dirt LiveHD one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored in 2014 around the new SCORE World Desert Championship series which has combined his two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association.
While Walch, 31, of Alamo, Nev., has raced himself numerous times on motorcycles and in cars and trucks, he has found a significant niche for himself as a riding navigator for some of the sports’ top racers including SCORE Trophy champion racer Robby Gordon and unlimited Class 1 star Justin Matney. Not only has Walch raced in SCORE World Desert Championship events as Gordon’s navigator he has also sat shotgun for Gordon several times in the Dakar Rally. A former KTM factory motorcycle racer, Walch became the first American to win a motorcycle stage in the Dakar Rally when he did it in 2005.
Most recently, Walch was the navigator for Matney, Bristol, Tenn., when Matney won the unlimited Class 1 in the 2014 season-opening Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 on March 1. Walch was the navigator for Matney, 28, who won the unlimited Class 1 in the No. 101 Chevy-powered Geiser open-wheel desert race car.
A new team to the SCORE World Desert Championship series, Yadala, 31, who lives in Spring Valley, Calif. and his team, which is based in Tijuana, Mexico, finished second in its first SCORE race in the Sportsman ATV class at the recent Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. His co-riders in San Felipe were Edgar Barraza, Jesus Sainz, Jorge Retegui and Francisco Gonzalez. The team rode in San Felipe on a Yamaha YZF450 ATV.
The 2014 season of Dirt LiveHD includes numerous on-site interviews in addition to the shows that are broadcast from the SCORE broadcast studios in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
In addition to 48 shows in 2013 Dirt LiveHD provided live coverage from the three SCORE Baja race weeks, the massive SCORE exhibit at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo, the 2013 SCORE Awards Night and the three HDRA race weeks.
The high definition shows also includes numerous award-winning video highlight packages, most produced by Mexico’s Cactus Films or San Diego’s Tempt Media.
Dirt LiveHD also goes on-site live with expanded event coverage during SCORE events. Live event coverage in 2014 includes the entire five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series of two races in the United States and three in Baja California, Mexico. The second event of the new SCORE World Desert Championship series will be the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 in Plaster City, Calif., April 24-27.
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Desert racing public address announcer and former racer George Antill is the executive producer and host of the show. One of the regular elements of the show on 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 most weeks is SCORE Tech Tips with SCORE Tech co-directors Jake Velasco or Art Savedra or SCORE Trophy Truck racer and prep-shop owner T.J. Flores.
Shaun Sauer, 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.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship series at www.score-international.com.