SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — Merging the two desert racing organizations that he owns, Roger Norman has announced the groundbreaking SCORE World Desert Championship, commencing in 2014 with a six-race series that will include all of the car, truck, motorcycle and ATV classes in Mexico and the United States. Citing a desire to simplify the two series and make the overall championship series more appealing to national and international television and traditional media, merged into SCORE International will be Norman’s two-year old High Desert Racing Association (HDRA).

Preparing to celebrate its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, SCORE International today officially announced its 2014 schedule, which will consist of the three major desert races held on Mexico’s majestic Baja Peninsula along with three additional races being held in the USA. All classes will race in all races and five of the six best finishes will count towards SCORE World Desert Championship point titles.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — Next month’s Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo and the Granddaddy of all desert races have joined forces to again present “SCOREville” – an exciting expansive exhibit Oct. 5-6 in Building 5 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., dedicated to saluting the legends of SCORE Baja racing in honor of the 46th Anniversary of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

In addition to static displays of vintage and current desert racing vehicles along with autograph sessions with many of the stars of the sport, both past and present, a live drawing for starting positions for the Nov. 13–17 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be held at the Off-Road Expo on Saturday, Oct. 5 starting at 3pm.

The official course map for the race will also be unveiled on Oct. 5 by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman to begin the drawing event.

On both Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6, autograph sessions will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at SCOREville with many of the top SCORE desert racers from today and yesterday.

SCORE-Logo-8-3-11RENO, Nev. — It’s all about Reno again this week as Reno desert racer Jim Anderson, Reno’s Eldorado Hotel Casino, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in Reno and next week’s Dirt Live Off-Road Expo in Reno will all be featured during Tuesday’s airing of Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD weekly Internet broadcast at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Airing in High Definition on www.score-international.com, the show is in its second of three weeks airing from Reno, Nev., before returning to its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego starting Tuesday, July 16.

Anderson is a veteran SCORE desert racer while representing the Eldorado resort will be Rick Murdock, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing while spokesperson for ORMHOF will be museum administrator Shelby Hall.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11RENO, Nev.—On the short list of everyone’s all-time best desert racers would certainly be the venerable Rod Hall and the legendary racer from Reno will be the featured guest during this week’s airing of Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD weekly Internet broadcast Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pacific Time Airing in High Definition on www.score-international.com, the show has moved to Reno, Nev., to air its next three shows before returning to its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego starting Tuesday, July 16.

The sports all-time ambassador of goodwill, the legendary Hall, 73, is the only driver who has raced in all 45 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert races where he holds the all-time race record with 22 class wins, including last year’s Mexican peninsula run from Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur.

Hall, who has been the lead driver for factory desert racing teams from Dodge and Hummer in his career, he has also been a special instructor for BFGoodrich Tires, and is currently also the chairman of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame that is located in the famed Harrah’s National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno.

Bryce-Menzies-X-Games-6-26-12SAN DIEGO—While winning is very important in motorsports, consistency is equally as important for those desiring to win season championships and with a pair of podium finishes, Las Vegas’ rising star of the desert Bryce Menzies has emerged as the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point leader in the 2013 SCORE Desert Series.  With a second place finish at the season opener at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and a third place at the recent Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Menzies is on the verge of winning his second SCORE season championship in the last three years.

Two years removed from his double-championship rookie season of SCORE racing in 2011, Menzies will lead the thundering herd of SCORE Trophy Trucks, the high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks back to Mexico for November’s season-ending 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the legendary granddaddy of all desert races. Over 40 SCORE Trophy Trucks are expected at the start line in Ensenada, Baja California for this year’s iconic race which will see race-week activities running from Nov. 13-17.

Menzies, who drives solo in the No. 21 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck, has racked up 196 points during the first two SCORE Baja races of 2013, but the star-studded class has his eight closest challengers only a total of 25 points behind him.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO—A car/truck racer and a motorcycle/ATV racer from two upcoming major desert races in the U.S. and Mexico will earn free entries by way of the Dakar Challenge 2013 into the 2014 Dakar Rally, it was announced officially today by Roger Norman, owner of both the SCORE International and the High Desert Racing Association desert racing organizations.

The fastest qualified driver and rider in the Dakar Challenge 2013 will receive the corresponding free entry into next year’s Dakar Rally from combined finishes at the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico (May 30-June 2) and the 2nd annual Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 (July 12-14).

Torchmate team racer Brad Lovell was named Dirt Sports Racer of the Year at an awards presentation at the Oakley world headquarters in Foothill Ranch, Calif. on Feb. 13, capping off a remarkably successful year of off-road competition for one of the most versatile drivers in off-road racing.

Lovell is coming off of the racing season of his life. He won the TORC Pro-Light series championship, the Ultra-4 Pro series championship and the Baja 1,000. He said the Dirt Sports award was the pinnacle of his racing career.

“I really do feel it is the highest award that our team could get,” said Lovell. “It’s a benchmark in my career.”

Sparks, NV – Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) unveiled its 2013 race series today, with a new date for the popular USA 500 and additional short course races at Prairie City outside Sacramento.

VORRA, celebrating its 38th year of racing, is one of the only off road series in the U.S. offering a mix of short course and desert races. Always looking to innovate, VORRA ran a 24 hour endurance race in 2011, introduced short course double-headers in 2012 and now is adding two more short course dates for 2013.

“We listened to our racers who said they wanted more short course racing and have added two dates – one in the spring and one in the fall,” said race series owner Wes Harbor. “We’ve also switched the USA 500 to Labor Day Weekend to accommodate teams with other commitments.”

When the 2012 Best In The Desert race season got underway at the Parker “425”, twenty of the world’s top Trick Truck drivers had signed up for the second annual Trick Truck Challenge. Each participating team kicked in a $6,000 fee towards bonus prize money to be paid out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Trick Truck finishers in each of the six Best In The Desert races, plus a year-end bonus.

For 2012, Steve Sourapas walked away with the lion’s share of Trick Truck Challenge bonus money along with the beautiful trophy that goes to the overall winner. Going into the last race of the year, the Sourapas entry, driven by Rob MacCachren, sat eleven points behind the truck of Mark Weyhrich. In order to win the Trick Truck Championship and claim the top spot among the participating Trick Truck Challenge drivers, MacCachren had to finish first and have Weyhrich come in no higher than third place. When the checker flag fell at the end of the Henderson “250”, that’s exactly how they finished; Rob MacCachren first, Mark Weyhrich third. So when the total bonus money was added up, Steve Sourapas ended up the big winner, taking home $54,500 over the course of the year. Mark Weyhrich was second with $32,000. Other drivers that took home Trick Truck Challenge bonus money over the year included BJ Baldwin with $16,000, Juan Carlos Lopez with $7,000, and Adam Householder, Jason Voss, Rick D Johnson, and Steve Olliges each with $6,000.

With the start flag drop on the Henderson “250” just hours away, here’s an update on the Trick Truck Challenge Cup. Best In The Desert is proud to announce that the Trick Truck Challenge has been a huge success for the 2012 racing season.  Twenty (20) of the best off-road competitors in the world put in an additional $5,000 for prize money to be paid out to the 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place Trick Truck winners in each of the six Best In The Desert races. Beginning with the 2012 Parker “425”.

The prize money added up to $100,000 to be paid out and even more will be paid out as a Year-End Bonus to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place year-end winners.  Now that is some serious money to take home by racing Best In The Desert; plus the Best In The Desert payback class money, any way you look at it the Trick Truck 1st Place winner is going home with a lot of money!