RENO, Nev. — Pre-race activities for next month’s legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 officially launch this weekend at the special SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo. SCORE’s enhanced area in Building 5 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. on Saturday and Sunday will include a live start draw for the majority of the classes in this year’s race and the unveiling of this year’s official course map for the granddaddy of all desert races. The Off-Road Expo is a public exposition that will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
SCORE’s enhanced area in Building 5 at the Off-Road Expo will offer desert-racing fans the opportunity to interact with the top desert racing teams in the world while viewing the most radical motorsports vehicles ever developed. SCORE Baja racing legends will also be on hand to enhance the race fan experience.
Over 250 entries, from 25 countries and 40 U.S. States are expected to compete in this year’s 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. SCORE is celebrating its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2014. This year’s race, to be held Nov. 11-15, will be a peninsula run of nearly 1,200 miles down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
SCORE BAJA 1000 DRAWING/MAP UNVEILING
In addition to showcasing current SCORE desert racing vehicles, drivers and sponsors, the official Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 course map for the race will also be unveiled by SCORE officials on Saturday at 3 p.m. (PT) along with the annual class starting positions draw for all classes except SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1. SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 will have special qualifying for the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early November.
SCORE LEGENDS MEET & GREET
Crowd favorite autograph sessions will also be taking place both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. (PT) with many of the stars of the sport, both past and present who have built their legacy in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Among the SCORE Baja legends scheduled to be part of the autograph sessions/photo ops on both Saturday and Sunday are current SCORE owner, SCORE Baja 1000 overall race winner Roger Norman, former SCORE owner Sal Fish, Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, B.J. Baldwin, Rob MacCachren, Gus Vildosola Jr., Steven Eugenio, Colton Udall, Robby Bell, Jonathan Brenthel, Jordan Brenthel, Justin Davis, Justin Lofton, Matt Parks, Ricky Brabec, Nick Hamm, Jessie Williamson, Brian Shaleen and Robert Acer. SCORE expects some other ‘surprise’ SCORE Baja racing legends as well for the two autograph sessions.
SCORE VEHICLE DISPLAY
While many SCORE race vehicles will be spread out at the Off-Road Expo in various sponsor exhibits, scheduled to be part of the SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit the No. 7 Galindo Motor Sports SCORE Trophy Truck (driven by Steven Eugenio), the Brenthel Racing Class 6100 truck (Jonathan Brenthel/Jordan Brenthel, the Green Army Class 10 open wheel race car (Justin Davis), the Fusion Off-Road Trophy Truck Spec vehicle (Brian Shaleen), the JaggedX Polaris UTV (Matt Parks), the No. 4x THR Motorsports Kawasaki open motorcycle (Ricky Brabec/Robby Bell), the Warrior Built Honda sportsman motorcycle (Nick Hamm/Jessie Williamson). This special feature will also celebrate SCORE’s heritage with the legendary BFGoodrich Tires Blazer that took Frank “Scoop” Vessels to a class victory in the 1980 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
SCORE MONSTER ENERGY CINEMA
Additional highlight of the SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit will be the SCORE Monster Energy Cinema, featuring SCOREvision, massive multiple LED screens showing race telecasts that have aired on the CBS Sports Network as well as historical race videos that are part of the legendary legacy of SCORE Baja racing. Monster Energy hostesses will be on hand throughout the weekend welcoming guests to the SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit.
MORE EXPO INFO
The 2014 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo is the greatest collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear, and experts assembled in America. From off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, motorcycles to ATV’s and camping to adventure travel, the event provides the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the most knowledgeable people in the off-road industry.
With a full weekend of excitement, other event features include over 300 industry-specific vendors, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Demo at the MAV TV Proving Grounds, Rubicon Trail – Off Road Vehicle Ride Along, KYMCO ATV/UTV ride and drive, DragonFire Racing ride along, the Miss Off-Road Expo Contest and live music all weekend at the Bud Light Stage. For more info on the Expo, visit www.offexpo.com.