LOS ANGELES—Preparing to celebrate its 39th year as the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, SCORE International today officially announced the finalized schedule for the five race 2012 SCORE Desert Series.

SCORE’s 2012 season will culminate with the massive 45th anniversary celebration of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  The season will start in Southern Nevada with the 18th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.

With Las Vegas Events this week approving SCORE to produce the 18th annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, SCORE has announced plans to make each day of the two-day Laughlin event separate race events for purposes of championship points, prize money and trophies.  Further, SCORE also announced that after five years of running a shorter course loop, the course for the 2012 Laughlin event will be expanded to the longer route that crosses the Needles Highway.

“SCORE will maintain a five-race series and we want all of our great racers to celebrate with us at the 45th anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  We want to give our racers ample time to prepare for the massive undertaking and unique challenge of a peninsula run format, so eliminating the September race seemed to be the best option.” said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO/President.