R-D-Motorsports-5-29-13Nicknamed The War Machine, the Jimco Trophy Truck #26 of Jay Reichert and Charles Dorrance prepare to do battle against 250 of the best off-road racers in the world in a 501-mile loop through the harsh terrain of Baja, California.

Competitors from 15 countries and 22+ different states will gather in Ensenada, Mexico, for what is slated to be one of the toughest races in the series.  The 2013 SCORE series saw a great change with new ownership and outlook on the SCORE Baja series.  These changes have brought significant developments for 2013.  One of the most interesting and perhaps entertaining is the addition of a timed qualifying to determine starting positions.  R&D Motorsports qualifying driver Charles Dorrance will wheel the War Machine at full tilt through the short qualifying course on the outskirts of Ojos Negros.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO—With pre-running on the official race course beginning Wednesday, SCORE officials will unveil the course map for the upcoming 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 during Tuesday’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 will air from its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego.

Presenting a detailed description presentation of the rugged race course of just over 500 miles will be SCORE Race Director Jose Grijalva who has just returned from a course-marking expedition with SCORE President Roger Norman.

Also featured on the show will be youthful SCORE Trophy Truck racer Justin Davis along with award-winning Mexican journalist Gabriel Garcia, the motorsports editor of the El Vigia newspaper in Ensenada, Mexico.

Davis, just 19 of Chino Hills, Calif., is a rookie in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee racing division in the entire sport for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks where he drives the No. 85 Green Army Motorsports Ford F-150. Davis, who rapidly ascended to the featured racing class after winning SCORE season point championships in SCORE Lites (2010) and the unlimited Class 1 (2011), is fresh from winning the overall title at the recent King Shocks HDRA 250 in Ridgecrest, Calif.

ENSENADA, Mexico—Colorful pre-race festivities are continuing in Mexico for the 45th anniversary celebration of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, but when the green flag drops on Thursday morning in Ensenada, Baja California, the race will be as intense as it gets with the 2012 SCORE Desert Series season point championships on the line.
With over 300 expected entries for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs competing in 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes, the granddaddy of all desert races, which is the season-finale of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series will be held on Mexico’s magnificently mysterious Baja California peninsula.

Matt Cullen and Chuck Sacks drove their Alumi Craft / F&L Racing Fuel class 10 car to an impressive victory at the SCORE, Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico. The Baja 500 course makes a huge loop that covers just about every type of terrain that Baja has to offer. There are miles of sandy whoops, deep silt beds, rocky trails, narrow mountain roads with sheer cliffs and dry lakebeds that dare drivers to bury the throttle. In order to run fast and stay out front, you need skilled drivers and a car that excels in any terrain; like Matt’s Alumi Craft.

Matt and co-driver Mike Lombardi started fourth off the line but quickly moved up through the other Class 10 cars running first on the road before they reached Ojos Negros. Their Major Performance built, Honda power plant was churning out serious horsepower and their Fox Shox were soaking up everything in their path. They had a great run to mile 209 where they handed the car off to driver Chuck Sacks and his co-driver Layton Bowles.

Chuck and Layton continued to build a solid lead. Poised to embarrass many of the faster vehicles, an errant rock forced them to make a lengthy pit stop. The rock nicked the power steering filter, causing it to leak profusely. After repairs, they quickly got back up to speed; extending their lead over the rest of the class 10 field. They crossed the line 20 minutes ahead of 2nd place Mikey Lawrence.

“We had a great day,” said Matt, “The car was flawless. At one point, we were running ahead of several unlimited cars and Trophy Trucks in 8th place overall. Dave Willey performed an awesome prep job and our BFG tires from Parkhouse tire were perfect.”

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Fort Mill, S.C. – Nov. 23, 2011. General Tire, Wahoo’s Tacos and Azunia Tequila, delivered an early Thanksgiving to some deserving orphans at the Rancho El Milagro (www.ranchomilagro.org) orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico last Wednesday prior to the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The group was joined by several teams participating in this year’s Baja 1000 at the fifth annual Baja Children’s Support Run. The volunteers collected $3,000 to buy supplies, in addition to building a multi-media center for the more than 34 children and staff of the orphanage. The focus of this year’s event was to install a multi-media center, including new computers and desks, so the kids could discover the world of possibilities that lie ahead for them.

“I want to thank all the team’s that participated and our partner’s, Wahoo’s and Azunia, for helping put together the best event yet,” said Dana Zamalloa, manager of PR and communications, General Tire. “General Tire is proud to support Rancho El Milagro. To see the joy and hope in the eyes of each one of the kids was a very satisfying moment. And knowing that we made a positive change in the world is truly gratifying. We’re looking forward to next year’s trip.”

Following a shopping trip to Costco, the group of volunteers made the journey to Rancho El Milagro and delivered a truck-load of food, cleaning supplies and toiletries. While at the ranch, the volunteers also built-out a multi-media center that included computers to help the kids at Rancho El Milagro learn and explore the world. Of course the trip wouldn’t be complete without a meal fit for a Thanksgiving feast, some autographs, and a little fútbol.

Overall another successful event thanks to a fantastic group of volunteers who donated both their time and money to this worthy cause. Team GT sends a big thank you to

Jim Riley and Rick L. Johnson and the Azunia Team, Wahoo’s, BJ and Bobby Baldwin, and Baldwin Motorsports who donated additional money to expand the facility in order to accommodate the multi-media center. We’d also like to thank Rick D. Johnson and Team 71, Greg Adler from 4 Wheel Parts, Rob Sims from THR, Jessie Jones, PCI, Kevin Davis from Green Army, and Ricco Ferrante from NoHo Drink.

Anyone wishing to donate to Rancho El Milagro, please visit – www.ranchomilagro.org.


Like clockwork, SCORE officials kicked off the 2011 at 6:30 a.m. as advertising from Ensenada, Mexico. SCORE updated the number of total official entries this morning to 285. Due to the heavy rains last weekend, major mud hole sections forced SCORE to add a few miles additional course, increasing the total race course distance to 705 miles (up from 692).

There were 96 bikes and ATVs leaving the start line this morning, with the trucks and buggies scheduled to leave four hours after the last bike (at about 11:30 a.m.). This included 55 professional teams and 41 sportsman entries.

Ensenada, Mexico (November 17, 2011) – Robby Gordon and the No. 77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires team will return to the Baja Peninsula for the 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, November 17-20.  The race marks the fifth and final round of competition in the 2011 Tecate SCORE International Off-Road season.

In a race that is known for its grueling course and tough competition, Gordon will be faced with competition from approximately 275 other racers.  Drivers from 34 U.S. states and 16 countries will gather in Ensenada, Mexico, to compete in the 36 Pro and six Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.  Gordon will compete directly against 33 other competitors in the elite Trophy Truck class, including ten of the 17 previous season point champions.  The Trophy Truck class is the marquee SCORE racing division featuring 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks, and is expected to be the largest class competing in the Baja 1000.

The Baja 1000 will take place over a 692.82-mile course, with the competition both beginning and ending in Ensenada, Mexico.  The trophy truck class is scheduled to roll off at approximately 11:30 a.m. PST on Friday, November 18.  The vehicles will leave the grid in 30-second increments for the timed event, which is expected to take the fastest competitors just 14 hours to complete.

Gordon, a three-time overall Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 champion, finished second in the 2010 edition of the race.  While Gordon is racing his No. 77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck across the Baja Peninsula, Reed Sorenson will be working with the SPEED Energy team to prepare the No. 7 Dodge Charger R/T for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“I’m very excited for the Baja 1000 this weekend,” commented Gordon.  “I love this race.  Growing up in off-road racing has made this particular event extremely important on a personal level.  For that reason, I’ve always made it a priority to race in the Baja 1000 throughout my NASCAR career even if I wasn’t able to compete in the entire SCORE schedule.  This is a very tough and physical event; every year about a third of the guys who enter the race never cross the finish line.  Fortunately, my team has been known for producing quality off-road vehicles that are up for the challenge, and I’m sure that the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck will be no different.  Despite damaging our truck and needing to replace the drive shaft, we finished second last year.  We hope to improve on that this year and bring home the winning trophy.”

ENSENADA, MEXICO — BFGoodrich Tires continued to prove its toughness in the desert in 2011 by winning the overall four-wheel title in each of the four SCORE International off-road races to date. BFGoodrich Tires will be vying to make it five for five with a victory at the 44th Annual SCORE Baja 1000, which starts and finishes in Ensenada, Mexico, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. A BFGoodrich Tires victory would mark its 25th title in 26 years, including a stretch of 20 consecutive wins.

Team BFGoodrich members Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies split the four previous overall victories, both on BFGoodrich® Baja T/A®KR tires. MacCachren dominated the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions.  Menzies had a breakout year with victories in the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge and SCORE Baja 500.

“We’re very proud of the year we’ve had in desert competition,” said Silvia Mammone, motorsports marketing manager for BFGoodrich Tires. “An overall win for the 25th time at the SCORE Baja 1000 would be remarkable and a true testament to the toughness of BFGoodrich’s off-road tire lineup. We wish the best of luck to all the drivers who choose to run on BFGoodrich Tires.”

BFGoodrich teams compete on a variety of tires in the desert, including the BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A®KO tire, BFGoodrich® Mud-Terrain T/A®KM2 tire, BFGoodrich® Baja T/A® tire and BFGoodrich® Baja T/AKR tire. In 2010, drivers who chose BFGoodrich tires earned victories in 17 competing classes, as well as seven of the top 10 overall four-wheel spots, including the overall title by Gus Vildosola Sr. and Gus Vildosola Jr. in a SCORE Trophy-Truck.

Fort Mill, S.C. - As a kickoff to the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race, General Tire (GT), Method Race Wheels and Monster Energy invite fans to join all the race teams for an evening of fun Thursday, November 17 at Papas & Beer (located at Blvd. Lopez Mateos and Calle Ruiz 110 in Ensenada, Mexico) for the first annual Off-Road Street Fiesta. The event gets underway at 3:00 p.m. PST and will include driver autograph sessions from 5:30-6:30 p.m., a large display of race trucks, performance by Takon Machine, flame throwing exhibitions and other activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event will wrap up at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Fans will have the chance to meet Team GT members “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin, Bobby Baldwin, Mikey Childress, Rick D. Johnson, Ken Kroeker, Jim Riley and Colton Udall along with other participants in the 44th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 100.

The general public is invited to celebrate the start of the most grueling race of the year with drivers from 32 states and 15 countries before they attempt to cover the rugged 692.82-mile course that will start and end in Ensenada. It’s a test for both man and machine and one that requires a large dose of good luck. So come out and wish your favorite driver(s) good luck as they embark on their journey through the desert.

Be sure to check back with Off-Road.com for more on the 2011 SCORE Tecate Baja 1000.

LOS ANGELES—Sturdy adventurers and the world’s best desert racers will begin practicing Friday as official pre-running on starts for November’s 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race.

With over 250 entries expected to compete in 36 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, the granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 17-20 in Ensenada, Mexico.

Completing its 38th year as the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, the iconic racing extravaganza event is the finale of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. To date entries have come from 32 U.S. States and 15 countries. This year’s race will be a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

The race itself starts on Friday, Nov. 18 and official entry forms are available online along with all pertinent race information and pre-running rules on the SCORE website at www.score-international.com.

This year’s race will start for the 37th time and finish for the 21st time in Ensenada. The race will start and finish on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the picturesque Bahia de Todos Santos in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.

With late entries accepted up until race morning, the 692.82-mile race course this year is a combination of much of the 2008 and the 2009 courses.

The rugged course travels from Ensenada east through Ojos Negros, down Laguna Salada to San Felipe, down through the three legendary Baja canyon washes of Matomi, Huatomote and Chanate, joining familiar routes to the six-mile turnoff before Mike’s Sky Rancho, heading over to the Pacific Coast crossing Highway 1 near San Vicente and to Erendira, then through Santo Tomas, Uruapan and back to Ojos Negros, covering much of the northern half of the majestic Baja California peninsula to and from Ensenada. Except for the San Felipe loop, the course travels in a clockwise direction. The San Felipe loop will be run counter clockwise.

The race course features six physical checkpoints along with 64 virtual checkpoints.