ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico
— SCORE International has updated and posted online its 2017 Rule Book for the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Updates include an introduction to help make navigation more user-friendly, expanded class descriptions and the general and competition rules that apply to all classes. Further, individual class rules are now grouped by type of vehicle (cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads).

The updated SCORE rule book is available here, the 2017 SCORE electronic rule book may be viewed by computer, iPhone and iPad.

“While there are not significant rule changes in this edition of the SCORE rule book, it was a painstaking project to make the electronic version considerably easier to navigate,” commented Art Savedra, SCORE Tech Director. “We had made some changes regarding safety regulations and are mandating a variety of things that have been optional in the past. This rule book input from a number of individuals and it was a team effort to complete it and then adapt it for electronic use on the SCORE website.”

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The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship is being held entirely in Baja California and next up on the 2017 schedule is the 49th annual SCORE Baja 500 to be held May 31-June 4 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. With nearly 300 entries for 30 U.S. States and 20 countries expected to participate in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, racer registration is underway at

The 2017 season also marks the golden 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races to be held November 14-18. The SCORE Baja 1000 is the oldest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.

The current electronic SCORE rule book is much easier to locate subjects such as general regulations, competition regulations and individual class rules. This version includes a tutorial page to explain navigating the new electronic book.  Class descriptions and class number ranges have also been updated and all sections and individual classes are downloadable and printable.

Among the major safety changes, effective on May 1, head and neck restraints will be mandatory for all four-wheel vehicle participants and all devices must meet SFI Foundation Specification 38.1 (standard-Competition Regulations, page 1). Use of off-road lights is no longer allowed on highways or when entering physical checkpoint zones, only DOT approved highway lighting will be used in these areas.

Further, fire resistant apparel is now mandatory for all fueling personnel on teams using pressure or elevated tank systems. Minimum required quantity of fire extinguishers and personnel placement for all pits is also specified in this section.

Among the other changes and updates are pitting is now allowed only on the right side of pave highways, no pits allowed that require crossing oncoming traffic.

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