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BJ Baldwin and co-driver Johnny Nelson earned the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000 victory and the season championship.

Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Chevrolet driver BJ Baldwin crossed the finish line first in Ensenanda, Baja California, to earn his second consecutive SCORE Baja 1000 in the early morning hours of November 16. Baldwin faced a tough battle from the team of Rob MacCachren and Andy McMillin down the stretch, but he was able to muster up the energy to fend them off in spite of soloing the entire 883.1 miles of race course for the 2013 1000.

Baldwin came into the race heavy-hearted after an accident in Baja while preparing for the race cost him his beloved dog Xena. It was a long month of personal issues leading up the race and Baldwin said he was not as prepared as he’d like to be, but in spite of that he was able to put all of those issues behind him to earn the win.

Voss-BFGoodrich-8-23-13Jason Voss piloted his trick truck to the overall win at the Best In The Desert “Vegas To Reno” race to capture his second desert race of 2013 and give BFGoodrich Tires its fourth Best In The Desert win of the season.

BFGoodrich Tires brought home all top 10 Trick Truck finishers and 11 of the top 12 overall finishers for another dominating run in desert racing. This season, BFGoodrich has claimed seven total desert race wins.

Voss started 12th after serving a penalty from qualifying and overcame the field of more than 50 unlimited vehicles and the grueling 550 miles in a final time of 9:13:10, more than six minutes ahead of the next finisher. His other win came earlier this year in the Best In The Desert Parker425.

Mark-McMillin-NORRA-4-24-13Legendary Baja racing champion and San Diego-based homebuilder Mark McMillin has been named by the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) as the honorary Grand Marshal for this year’s upcoming General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.  The unique fourth annual on and off-road rally is set to kick off this Saturday, April 27th in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico and will conclude at lands-end in San Jose Del Cabo on May 1.

Mark McMillin’s Grand Marshal role places him in an elite group of previous icons of the sport and industry who have enjoyed the honor. Two-time overall champion of the original NORRA Mexican 1000 rally (1971 and 1972) and Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones served as Grand Marshal in 2010, while original four-wheel Baja recor d holder and inventor of the fiberglass dune buggy Bruce Meyers was honored the following year. Highly popular motorsports television host and Baja enthusiast Dave Despain enjoyed his time as the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Grand Marshal last year.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – BFGoodrich Tires recently announced its 20-member lineup for its 2013 Team BFGoodrich roster.

Created in 2008, Team BFGoodrich comprises an elite group of motorsports superstars, key industry partners, market influencers and enthusiasts who all share the BFGoodrich Tires passion for driving and for everything on four wheels.

This diverse group of auto enthusiasts represents various aspects of the automotive industry, including on- and off-road racing, rock crawling, custom car building and engineering. Working together, Team BFGoodrich members will bring their experience and enthusiasm to the brand while BFGoodrich Tires continues to advance its product line to help further improve their driving performance.

SCORE International releases an updated entry list, showing 254 official entries from 34 U.S. States and 15 countries, for this weekend’s 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race in Ensenada, Mexico. Late entries are accepted up until race morning so as many as 40 more are anticipated before Saturday’s start of the race, Round 4 of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series.  The race has classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. For more information, visit www.score-international.com.

44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500
Round 4 of five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series
May 31-June 3—Ensenada, Baja Califonria, Mexico  450 miles
254–Official Entries (34 U.S. States, 15 countries)
(By Class Starting Order-as of 5/28/12)
Pro Cars & Trucks

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)–
18 Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Silverado
30 Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150
97 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
20 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
94 Steven Strobel, Clarks, Neb./Dale Ebberts, Wilton, Calif., Ford F-150

Luck may have allowed Rob MacCachren the top starting position for this past weekend’s 26th annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, but it was Rob’s impressive driving skills and the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety team that put him at the finish line first.  Any advantage that MacCachren was hoping to capitalize on by starting out front was taken away by Race Mile 4 when a spectator constructed booby trap resulted in a flat tire that let six competitors pass while MacCachren’s co-driver, Cisco Bio, was performing the tire swap.  So much for clean air! It took 50 miles for the patient veteran to regain five of those positions in his No. 20 Jimco-built Trophy Truck campaigned under the MasterCraft Racing banner with the support of Rockstar Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires and Fox Racing Shox.

“By the time I saw the booby trap I knew it was unavoidable and I just hit it causing the left front to go flat,” remarked MacCachren after the race. “The first 20 or so miles of San Felipe are just brutal on the truck’s suspension, I knew I had to push harder than normal earlier in the race to make up for the downtime during the flat. I couldn’t have done that through the whoops if it wasn’t for the Fox Racing Shox Cactus Coolers.  We tried out the coolers last year here in September and they worked great.  I wish I could say they are my secret weapon, but unfortunately for me anyone can buy them these days!”

Held along the Sea of Cortez in picturesque Baja California, Mexico, the 2012 MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 was the third of SCORE International’s five race desert series. The course traversed 248 miles of sandy washes, deep silt beds, and incredibly rough rocky terrain that caused the steering on the No. 20 truck to lock up around RM100, but Rob and Cisco kept their cool and were able to recover with minimal downtime.  At that time only one truck, driven by 2011 Baja 1000 winner Andy McMillin, was in front of Rob Mac.  At RM 178 MacCachren took the physical lead back and held it all the way to the finish line, where he beat the next fastest vehicle by over four minutes for a time of 4:25:03 and an average speed of 56.29 miles per hour, besting even the top two-wheeled finisher.

“I guess that good things come in threes,” MacCachren joked after the race, referring to his third straight victory in San Felipe.  Last season he won the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in 4:17:45 and the SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions in 4:12:21.  The veteran off-road racer has also previously won three Borg Warner Cup short course races in a row and three straight short course championships from 2008 to 2010, and now three straight desert races in San Felipe.  MacCachren earned his 48th career SCORE class win, his 11th career SCORE Trophy Truck race win along with his eighth class win including fourth SCORE Trophy Truck and overall race victory in the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Feli pe 250. MacCachren is now tied with Las Vegas brothers Ed and Tim Herbst with the most race wins in the 18-plus year history of SCORE’s premier class.

MacCachren’s MasterCraft Racing teammate Robbie Pierce finished tenth out of 23 Trophy Trucks in SCORE International’s premier class and 14th overall.  Pierce started 15th off the line and was running strong until his No. 30 Impact by MasterCraft Safety Jimco Trophy Truck lost the rear brakes, costing the team 20 minutes in the main pit at RM 124.  After resolving the brake situation Pierce had to weave his way through race traffic for the second half of the race, but he still had a few issues.  “We saw Andy McMillin in Azufre Wash and waved as we went by, but the off-road gods must not have thought it was very funny… both rear tires got flats in the next mile!” Pierce jokingly recounted at the finish line.

MacCachren is now first in season points heading into the Tecate SCORE International Baja 500 on June 1-3 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. For more information regarding this and other SCORE events visit www.score-international.com. MacCachren also starts the short course season this month with the first Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) event at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix on March 31st and April 1st and the TRAXXAS The Off Road Championship (TORC) series on April 20th and 21st at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Be sure to follow all of the team’s latest developments throughout the 2012 racing season in the desert and short course via social media by “liking” Rob MacCachren at www.facebook.com/21RobMac and sending a friend request to Robbie Pierce at http://www.facebook.com/robbieTT30. For the latest is cutting edge safety products follow Impact and MasterCraft Safety on their Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/impactsafety and
www.facebook.com/mastercraftsafety.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Today BFGoodrich Tires announced the 20-member roster for 2012 Team BFGoodrich. Created in 2008, Team BFGoodrich comprises an elite group of motorsports superstars, key industry partners, market influencers and enthusiasts who all share the BFGoodrich Tires passion for driving and for everything on four wheels.

This diverse group of auto enthusiasts represents various aspects of the automotive industry, including on- and off-road racing, rock crawling, custom car building and engineering. Working together, Team BFGoodrich members will bring their experience and enthusiasm to the brand while BFGoodrich Tires continues to advance its product line to help further improve their driving performance.

“BFGoodrich Tires is thrilled and honored to be working with our 2012 Team BFGoodrich members, who are a richly diverse group of individuals,” said Duane Thomas, marketing communications manager at BFGoodrich Tires. “We are excited to welcome back some of our previous members and welcome new faces to Team BFGoodrich and to the BFGoodrich Tires family. The members share many of the same values as our brand, and we look forward to the great things we can accomplish together in 2012.”

ENSENADA, MEXICO – BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of the SCORE Desert Racing Series, won its 25th overall SCORE Baja 1000 title, with Team BFGoodrich member Andy McMillin and his father Scott McMillin taking turns at the wheel. The McMillins finished the race in 14 hours and 51 minutes, averaging 47.12 miles per hour throughout the course. Their victory on BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR tires marks BFGoodrich Tires’ 25th win in the last 26 years. BFGoodrich Tires also claimed eight of the top 10 overall spots.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better finish to the 2011 SCORE Baja 1000 or a better weekend overall,” said Silvia Mammone, motorsports marketing manager, BFGoodrich Tires. “We are thrilled with the McMillins’ overall win, Bryce Menzies’ SCORE Trophy Truck championship and Nick Vanderwey’s second place podium finish, running for the first time on the 42-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires. Congratulations to the drivers who finished what looked to be one of the toughest Baja races in history.  We are not only celebrating their individual accomplishments but also the 25th win for BFGoodrich Tires.”

The finish to the 44th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 was one of the closest in recent memory. Throughout the last 300 miles, Andy McMillin (#31 Ford Raptor), Nick Vanderwey (#84 Chevy Silverado) and Bryce Menzies (#70 Ford F-150) were trading places and rubbing bumpers. Vanderwey was first to the finish line, but McMillin came in less than two minutes behind and earned the victory with the corrected times. Menzies was third to the finish line, two minutes behind McMillin.

“That was the most intense race I’ve ever been a part of. I was 30 seconds to them, and Bryce was 30 seconds to me on the beach. It was a freight-train free-for-all. It was such a blast. It was so much fun. I’m glad to win my second Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 with my dad. It means a lot,” said Team BFGoodrich member Andy McMillin.

Vanderwey was the only truck in the race to run on the 42-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/AKR tires. Moments after Scott McMillin thanked BFGoodrich Tires at the post-race press conference, Vanderwey said, “Well, I had the awesomest tires — I had the 42-inch BFGs on 20-inch TrailReady wheels. What a race — holy moly! It was intense racing.  We just hit so many rocks.  It was unbelievable what these tires will take.”

Bryce Menzies earned the SCORE Trophy Truck championship with his third place finish, capping off an incredible year for the SCORE rookie. Menzies started strong with a win in January at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge and won his first ever SCORE Baja 500 in June.

Don Moss and his Class 3 team, other winners running on BFGoodrich tires, marked their 36th SCORE race win, third race win this season and eighth Class 3 win in this race. For Dan Chamlee, this race also marked his fifth Class 7 victory in this race and third race win in his class this season. Finishing a career-best fifth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck, Clyde Stacy and Juan Carlos Lopez (#18 RPM Off-Road Chevy Silverado) finished in 15:40:38.

The Team BFGoodrich Wide Open Excursions race buggy piloted by Joel Weinberger, Super Touring U (STU)-class Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Runoffs champion; Brad and Roger Lovell, six-time rock-crawling champions; Andrew Comrie-Picard, X Games SuperRally bronze medalist and 2009 North American rally champion; Kyle Tucker, custom car designer; and Bud Brutsman, Hollywood producer, faced an epic battle throughout the race. After mechanical problems at RM 168, the team was able to make a comeback thanks to an amazing chase crew and finish sixth in Class 10.

A Family Race – Six Members of the McMillin Family Ran Baja This Year on BFGoodrich Tires
This year’s race also capped off the most spectacular SCORE race in the McMillin family’s 36-year history of SCORE desert racing. Mark’s youngest son Luke McMillin, with driving assistance from Justin Smith, won Class 1/2-1600 for the second time this season and the first time in this race to secure the season point championship in his class for the second straight year in an AlumiCraft-VW. Scott McMillin’s daughter, Jessica McMillin, 26, (#1331 McMillin Realty Ford F-150) overcame an early rollover near Ojos Negros to finish the season undefeated with five wins with her victory Saturday in the Pro Truck class. She was the only SCORE racer this season to win her class in all five SCORE Desert Series races. Jessica, Andy, Daniel and Luke McMillin are all third-generation SCORE desert racers, continuing the lasting legacy left by family patriarch Corky McMillin, who passed away in 2006. Jessica McMillin also earned the SCORE Pro Truck class championship for the season.

An Unexpected Delay
The start of the 44th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 was delayed about an hour due to a semi-truck that broke down on the race course at race mile four. By the time the semi truck was spotted, 13 Trophy Trucks had already left the start line. Once the semi-truck was moved from the race course, the remaining Trophy Trucks were paraded out to race mile four and restarted. The finishing percentage this year was a strong 55.76 percent considering the intense degree of difficulty of the bone-crushingly rocky terrain and the unique ruggedness of the course.

SCORE Tally
The following is a complete list of BFGoodrich Tires 2011 SCORE Baja 1000 class winners:
* SCORE Trophy Truck – #31 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin
* Class 1/2-1600 – #1600 Luke McMillin/Justin Smith
* Class 3 – #300 Donald Moss/Ken Moss
* Class 5 – #518 Jim Anderson/Rick Boyer/Mike Belk
* Class 5-1600 – #551 Jeffery Smith/Justin Herrmann/Eric Sheets
* Class 6 – #617 Josh Quintero/Chris Taylor
* Class 7 – #700 Dan Chamlee/Tom Chamlee/Daniel Chamlee
* Class 10 – #1008 Christian Hall/Jerry Penhall/Mark Talla
* SCORE Lite – #1248 Lee Banning/Lee Banning Jr./ Rick Graf
* Class 11 – #1149 Justin Matney/Jerome Miltier/Ramon Fernandez
* Stock Full – 861Wes Bevly III/Bryan Groesbeck/Chad Bunch
* Pro Truck – #1331 Jessica McMillin/ Hector Cuadras/Chris Andrews
* Class 7-2 – #720 Reid Rutherford/Danny Thompson/Benn Vernadakis
* Class 4 – #402 Tony Miglini/Jason Hart/Mike Shatynski

BFGoodrich Tires drivers earned eight of the top 10 overall four-wheel spots:
1. SCORE Trophy-Truck – #31 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin
2. SCORE Trophy-Truck – #84 Nick Vanderwey/Curt LeDuc/Larry Vanderwey
3. SCORE Trophy-Truck – #70 Bryce Menzies/Ricky Johnson
4. SCORE Trophy-Truck – #23 Mark McMillin/Daniel McMillin/Chuck Hovey
5. SCORE Trophy-Truck – #18 Clyde Stacy/Juan Carlos Lopez/Justin Matney
7. SCORE Trophy-Truck – #54 Jesse James
8. Class 1 – #111 Ronny Wilson/John Herder
9. SCORE Trophy-Truck – #10 Ken Losch/Greg Nunley

There are just days remaining until the green flag drops on two full days of non-stop racing action at the exciting Blue Water Desert Challenge. As the event program went to press, there were already 128 entries. With additional entries taken up to the end of registration on Friday, over 150 competitors in 18 Best In The Desert classes are expected to take on the specially designed 26-mile course. Last year, at the end of the race, less than a minute separated Steve Sourapas & Andy McMillin from B.J. Baldwin in a two-day battle for supremacy in the coveted Trick Truck class, won by Sourapas & McMillin. And in the 1500 class, four minutes separated Loren Brown, the eventual winner, from the top 4 finishers. Will this year be as tight – or even tighter?

This race also marks the fourth event for the 2011 Best In The Desert Trick Truck Challenge Cup. To date, $63,900 has been paid out in Truck Challenge Cup bonus cash with three different drivers claiming first place in the three previous races. With two races remaining, that still leaves the ultimate battle for the year-end Cup wide open.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 22, 2011) – Today BFGoodrich® Tires named the 23 members of the 2011 Team BFGoodrich roster. Since 2010, Team BFGoodrich has included a variety of top motorsports superstars, key industry partners, market influencers and enthusiasts who share the BFGoodrich Tires passion for driving – from motorsports and car building to engineering and everything in between.

Fans can participate in Team BFGoodrich activities by voting for their favorite team members on the BFGoodrich Tires Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bfgoodrichtires). The winning Team BFGoodrich members may attend the SCORE Baja 1000 race in November or have an opportunity to participate in the Skip Barber Racing School. Voting starts today and will close on Aug. 31, 2011.

“Both Team BFGoodrich members and fans of the brand are critical to the BFGoodrich Tires family,” said Duane Thomas, BFGoodrich’s marketing communications manager. “They’re enthusiasts like us, and we want their input when developing new tires or expanding programs. This Facebook vote is a fun way for BFGoodrich Tires fans to interact with their favorite motorsports personalities and decide which Team BFGoodrich member will race in Baja and attend the Skip Barber Racing School.”

Six drivers will pilot the BFGoodrich Tires’ Wide Open Excursion vehicle in the Baja Challenge (BC) Class in the 44th Annual SCORE Baja 1000. Four of these drivers will be Team BFGoodrich members who were chosen by their fans, and the two remaining seats will go to the 2011 SCCA National Runoff’s Champions. Team BFGoodrich members already participating in the SCORE Baja 1000 will also be a part of the vote with the chance to win a trip to Skip Barber Racing School.

Members of 2011 Team BFGoodrich:
• Andrew Comrie-Picard
• Andy McMillin
• Brad Lovell
• Bryce Menzies
• Bud Brutsman
• Dan McKeever
• Daniel McMillin
• Dean Bulloch
• Emily Miller
• Jason Childress
• Jason Scherer
• Kevin King
• Kyle Tucker
• Lars Wolfe
• Rich Minga
• Rob MacCachren
• Rod Hall
• Rodrigo Ampudia
• Roger Lovell
• Samuel Hubinette
• Terry Earwood
• Tracy Jordan
• Troy Trepanier

Team BFGoodrich members and BFGoodrich Tires support each other through a variety of initiatives including media outreach, advertising and event presence. For an updated list of the motorsport events where Team BFGoodrich members will be participating, visit BFGoodrich Tires’ newly upgraded website at www.bfgoodrichtires.com.

The Team BFGoodrich Baja 1000 program began in 2010. Brutsman, Scherer, Tucker, Wolfe and Casey Currie drove in the 43rd Annual SCORE Baja 1000, placing second overall in the BC Class.

“Having the chance to race the SCORE Baja 1000 was a dream come true,” said Scherer, Team BFGoodrich member and 2009 King of the Hammers winner. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to share the experience with. Our second-place finish in the BC Class was quite an accomplishment, especially when you consider that most of us had never raced the Baja 1000 before. I’d love to come home with a first place win this year!”

More information about Wide Open Excursions and Skip Barber Racing School can be found at www.wideopenexcursions.com and www.skipbarber.com.