SCORE-Logo-12-5-11RENO, Nev. — Following the second of four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, 57 of toughest racers in the world remain in the hunt to earn 2016 Red Kap SCORE Milestone Awards. In early June in Baja California, Mexico, Round 2 was held at the SCORE Baja 500 that was run on a brutally rugged 477.52-mile course that started and finished in Ensenada on June 4-5.

SCORE MILESTONE AWARDS
SCORE is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 31st consecutive year. The Red Kap SCORE Milestone awards will be presented to the car, truck, UTV drivers and motorcycle, quad riders who finish every required mile in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.):
The Bilstein Madonna trophy is recognized around the world as one of the most prestigious awards a racer can achieve. When Bilstein announced they would be presenting a Madonna and two sets of shocks at the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000, many racers took note. The Mexican 1000 is a unique blend of high-performance driving, incredible scenery and world-class adventure in a tough, multi-stage race that honors the roots of Baja racing. Part of the criteria for earning the Madonna award was competing in an authentic vintage vehicle.

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“The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States” is on track for its scheduled running in mid-August, as the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race returns. Contrary to some misinformation you may have read or heard, the Vegas to Reno great race and tradition will be held as originally planned. Our awesome, 20th Anniversary, two-day staged event will go on as scheduled August 17th to 20th, 2016!

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11RENO, Nev., USA—After the first half of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, Southern California racers Ronny Wilson and Rafael Navarro IV find themselves not only leading the point standings in their respective classes, but they are also tied for the top spot in the SCORE Overall point standings.

Each with 176 championship points after the first two races of the season, Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., drives the No. 138 Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car in the unlimited Class 1 while Navarro IV, a third generation racer from Temecula, Calif., drives the No. 1009 Alumi Craft-Chevy in Class 10 for 1650cc open-wheel desert race cars.

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Mad Media and UTVUnderground.com recently announced in a press release the premiere date for their two-hour documentary style TV show covering The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship, powered by Monster Energy. The show will make its debut on NBC Sports Wednesday, June 29th at 3pm EST / Noon PST.

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Minneapolis
– This past weekend, Polaris Factory Racers would endure the heat and a brutal 477-mile Baja 500 course and go one, two in the Pro UTV FI and take a third in the Pro UTV classes.

Gustavo "Tavo" Vildosola won the SCORE Baja 500 today.

Gustavo “Tavo” Vildosola won the SCORE Baja 500 this past weekend.

Toyo Tires has a few new faces on its team for 2016. Returning to the brand are off-road veterans Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin, but Gustavo Vildosola, or “Tavo,” is one of the team’s newest players, while Andy McMillin also joined the team after taking a break from racing a full season in 2015.

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– Five hundred miles of Baja terrain is always a huge test. At the 48th annual SCORE Baja 500, Mother Nature threw another hurdle into the mix. Not only would competitors travel up and over the summit, run the San Felipe loop, then race back to Ensenada, but they would have to do it in blistering, triple digit temperatures. The heat presented a very serious condition that nobody took lightly. Mechanical parts failed, helicopters broke down, many racers were sidelined with heat stroke; one unfortunately lost his life. The Honda Ridgeline team had to manage the temperature of their race truck, and their bodies.

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– Team Toyo driver Gustavo (Tavo) Vildósola, Jr. and Toyo Tires won the 48th Annual SCORE Baja 500 this past weekend, finishing first overall for Four Wheel Vehicles and first in the Trophy Truck class.  Mexican-born Vildósola endured extreme temperatures to conquer the 477.52-mile desert course in a time of 08:20:52.105.  His #21 Vildósola Racing / Toyo Tires trophy truck relies on 40-inch Toyo Open Country R/T-R tires to get through the tough desert terrain.

BFGoodrich-6-1-11Greenville, S.C., June 6, 2016 –  It has been more than two years since BFGoodrich Tires has not claimed the overall win in a SCORE International desert race. While that streak ended, the tire company did help their drivers to eight class wins. Additionally, eight of the top 10 overall finishers raced on BFGoodrich Tires at the 48th SCORE Baja 500.

For the first time in 11 total races in the series, a driver not running BFGoodrich Tires claimed the overall win in a SCORE race as Gus Vildosola, Jr took the prize by three minutes.