SAN DIEGO — Just as he said he would, Roger Norman continues to make changes to his new SCORE International desert racing organization and today announced his first of several anticipated first-time sponsors for the world’s foremost desert racing organization as Southern California’s King Shocks has been selected as the official shock absorber for SCORE.

Relatively new to the industry, King Shocks, founded in 1996 and based in Garden Grove, Calif., has rapidly risen to become a significant force in the sport of desert racing with a wide variety of products for all types of professional racing use. Leading the King family of racers is Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin, the 2012 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion.

Jean, NV – The much-anticipated 2013 HDRA race season got underway with a thriller at the South Point Vegas 250 outside Las Vegas, Nevada. The frigid air on race morning did nothing to cool off the heated racing that took place out on the 62 mile long course. The course covered sandy washes, high-speed open desert and rocky mountain passes. The challenging layout had a little bit of everything to test drivers across the spectrum from the UTV’s to the blazing fast Trophy Trucks and unlimited Class one cars.

The fastest truck at the finish was Cameron Steele who took his Yokohama, Monster Energy, Lucas Oil Trophy Truck to the overall race victory. “My co-driver Tom Geviss and I knew we were going to be running a crazy fast pace,” said Cameron Steele, “We started on the first row next to the reigning HDRA Trophy Truck champ Ruben Ledezema and had BJ Baldwin and Brandon Arthur right behind in row two. We got out front on lap one and kept it on the pipe as the crew gave us constant updates, we knew BJ and the rest would be charging. We had a truck capable of running a torrid pace all day but when we were told BJ had mechanical problems, we backed off a little on the last lap. It was a great day in the desert for our team.

Fort Mill, SC - General Tire’s off-road contingency of drivers descended on the Nevada desert to tackle the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300. This year’s course was fast and dusty and the competition was fierce. Just eight minutes separated the top 10 entries for the overall win with Team GT occupying three of those 10 spots. Cupertino, California-resident Jason Voss led the way for Team GT finishing fifth overall and third in class 1400. A huge victory for the stand-out driver who’s hit a patch of bad luck as of late.

“We had a good strong day of racing for the No. 35 Voss Motorsports, General Tire Trophy Truck,” said Voss following the weekend’s race. “However, so did our competition. The wind was blowing the dust off course, which created a very competitive race. We gave it all we had and came up a few minutes short for the win. The course was much faster than we anticipated and we didn’t have enough gearing to reach the top speeds that we needed.”

As for the next off-road race, Voss is confident he can continue his momentum stating, “We learned what we need to improve and took home a lot of valuable information from this race. We will be better prepared to put the No. 35 truck on top of the podium at the next race because of it. Overall it was great day of racing.”

Fort Mill, SC – General Tire’s Justin Davis is a busy man this year. With a full off-road schedule, Davis has also opted to race in the 2012 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) under the Green Army Motorsports umbrella. Last month at Firebird International Raceway, Davis had a rough go of it fighting handling issues most of the weekend. However, the team has worked hard over the last few weeks and the 18-year-old is ready to tackle rounds three and four at the challenging .9-mile dirt short course.

This weekend marks the return of LOORRS racing to the all new Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park. The newly designed track is demanding and is sure to highlight a driver’s ability to control their vehicle. From low-speed hairpin turns to the back-straight where speeds will approach 100 mph, Davis is sure to put his General Grabbers to good use as he looks to stand atop the podium when he attacks the track in his No. 85 Green Army Motorsports Pro-2 truck. We sat down with Davis to find out how he’s prepared for the race and what fans can expect this weekend. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: In rounds one and two you referenced “gremlins” that led to a pretty disappointing weekend. How do you overcome these and what changes have you made heading into rounds three and four at Lake Elsinore?
A: Lots and lots of testing will be done before the race. We learned from rounds one and two and will definitely improve heading into Lake Elsinore.

Fort Mill, SC – The 2011 off-road season boasted some incredible racing and General Tire’s Justin Davis certainly contributed to those moments. Davis’ stand-out performances in the SCORE series have garnered him the distinction of being named Dirt Sports Rookie of the Year for 2011. The 18-year-old Davis was also nominated for the Dirt Sports Driver of the Year award. The youngster joins General Tire’s Carl Renezeder as a recipient of the annual Dirt Sports awards.

“Our hats are off to Justin Davis for his superb 2011 season and well-deserved Rookie of the Year award,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “We’re extremely proud that Justin had zero flats on his General Tire’s in 2011. We look forward to supporting Justin as his career grows and we will continue to provide quality products that will enable him to win many more races, championships and awards.”

“It’s really cool to win the Dirt Sports Rookie of the Year award,” said Davis. “I can’t thank General Tire enough for their support last year. We’re here to win and that’s what we are focused on going into 2012. With sponsors like General Tire supporting us, we should have a good chance at having another great year.”

Baja California, Mexico – In a grueling battle to the end, General Tire’s Team GT member Justin Davis won the Class 1 division of the 44th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. At just 18 years of age Davis becomes the youngest driver in history to win the Baja 1000. Without hesitations Davis completed the entire 692.82-mile course by himself chalking up win number three in Class 1 of his 2011 SCORE season. The Baja win also garnered him the title of 2011 SCORE Class 1 champion. “This is so exciting for General Tire,” said Travis Roffler, marketing director, General Tire. “Justin was an iron man out there and we couldn’t be more proud of him. To be the youngest Baja 1000 winner and the youngest SCORE championship winner is just amazing.”


“I’m speechless right now,” said the young Davis immediately following the race. “This is definitely the hardest thing I’ve done but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my family and this great team. My General Tires were awesome out there and everything went as smoothly as it could have. I want to thank all the sponsors that have supported me this year. It feels good to win both the Baja 1000 and the SCORE championship.”

If you can’t be there to see all the action first-hand, you can get up-to-the-minute information on all the races atwww.twitter.com/teamgt

 

The 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is nearly in the record books. SCORE officials say 278 racers took the starting line for the 44th running of the 1000. Although race results are unofficial pending SCORE data tracking review, racers for many of the premiere classes have already crossed the finish line.

Andy and Scott McMillin earned the overall four-wheel win and Trophy Truck victory with a time of 14:51:36 (hours, minutes, seconds), holding off the first Trophy Truck team of Nick Vanderwey, Larry Vanderwey and Curt LeDuc off on corrected time by 1 minute, 35 seconds in second place. Finishing in third place, and earning the SCORE Trophy Truck Championship for the 2011 season, is Bryce Menzies, who drove with Ricky Johnson for the race. Menzies and Johnson finished 2 minutes, 27 seconds behind Vanderwey.

Finishing first in Class 1 and earning the SCORE season championship at the same time was the 149 Green Army Motorsports buggy of Justin Davis, who finished 10th overall with a time of 16:17:55. Ronny Wilson earned second place finishing just under 10 minutes behind Davis at 16:27:31. Third place in class went o Brian Parkhouse with a time of 17:16:13.

LOS ANGELES—Las Vegas desert racers Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies along with youthful Southern California racer Justin Davis are in a tight battle for the 2011 SCORE overall point championship heading into this weekend’s inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions.  Round 4 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series will be held Saturday in San Felipe, Baja, California, Mexico. This race is a late replacement the Primm 300 race that was cancelled this year because of insurmountable insurance issues.

With late entries accepted up to race morning, over 100 entries are expected for the new race, for 17 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks, that will run over the same course that was recently used for this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March of just over 250 miles.

The race will start at 7 a.m. (PDT) Saturday and the start/finish line area will be located adjacent to the iconic San Felipe arches entering town. Vehicles will leave the start line one every 60 seconds in the elapsed time race. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish the 250-plus mile course in approximately four hours, 15 minutes, and all vehicles will have an 11-hour time limit from the time each starts to become an official finisher of the race.

Pre-race festivities will be held on Friday on the picturesque malecon boardwalk along the Sea of Cortez in the heart of San Felipe. The colorful SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held on the malecon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) and pre-race safety inspection will be held on the malecon from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Driver and media registration will be held at the Hacienda Don Jesus hotel two blocks off the Malecon from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (PDT) on Friday as well.  The post race awards celebration will be held at 10 a.m. (PDT) on Sunday in the plaza in the heart of the malecon.

Drawing the first start for this race was the veteran MacCachren, 46, a six-time all-America motorsports driver including three first team awards, has earned eight SCORE class season point championships in his sterling career and he was the overall winner in this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March on the same race course to be used Saturday.  He drives the No. 20 MasterCraft Safety Racing Ford F-150 in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division for high-tech, 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks.  Including this year’s first San Felipe race win, MacCachren has eight career SCORE Trophy-Truck race wins. MacCachren is in rehab treatment for the broken left collarbone he sustained will racing in a short course race in Southern California.

Among the others who drew first starts are Justin Davis (Unlimited Class 1), twin brothers Arturo and Abel Velazco (Class 1-2/1600), Sergio Salgado (Class 10) and Rafael Navarro IV (SCORE Lite).

Winning two of the first three series races overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division, Las Vegas’ SCORE rookie driver Menzies leads the points in the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series.

Menzies, who opened the season by winning the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January, drove to a penalty-free victory as well in June’s 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 to assume a commanding lead in the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point standings in the No. 70 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150.  Sandwiched between his first two career SCORE race wins in the marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, Menzies finished sixth in SCORE Trophy-Truck at the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March.

SCORE points are based on starting, finishing, placement and number of official starters within each class, Menzies, 23, who had only raced the 2010 SCORE Baja 500 where he finished seventh in his first start in SCORE Trophy-Truck before this year, has 243 championship points following Round 3 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series.

With two wins and a second so far this year, second in overall points and leading the unlimited class 1 is Justin Davis, 18 of Chino Hills, Calif., just three points behind Menzies with 240 so far. Davis, last year’s SCORE Lite point champion, won Class 1 in Laughlin and San Felipe and was a close second in Ensenada driving the Green Army Motorsports Chevy-powered ESM open-wheel desert race car.

MacCachren is third in overall and second in SCORE Trophy-Truck points so far after finishing fourth in Laughlin and ninth in Ensenada with 227 points.

Following consistent seventh, fifth and fourth-place finishes in the season’s first three events, Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., is fourth in overall points and third in SCORE Trophy-Truck with 214 in the No. 98 TSCO Motorsports Ford F-150.

Tied for fifth in overall points with 205 is Mexico’s preeminent son-father team Gus Vildosola Jr. and Sr., in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 (fourth in SCORE Trophy-Truck) and Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley Calif. in the Jefferies-Chevy (second in Class 1).

SCORE Trophy-Truck has the most entries to date with 15, followed by Class 1 with 12.
The RPM Offroad team of Bristol, Tenn., has a SCORE-record seven entries in this weekend’s new race. RPM Offroad has its five regular entries in the new Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions–SCORE Trophy-Truck (Clyde Stacy), Class 4 (Clyde Stacy), Class 8 (Justin Matney), Class 11 (Justin Matney) and Stock Full (John Matney). They added two additional entries in the last few weeks in Stock Mini with Justin Matney as driver of record and Class 17 with Stacy as the driver of record. The team obviously has several co-drivers to assist the drivers of record but SCORE rules do require that in order to receive points for the race, the driver of record must either start or finish the race which will be a unique challenge in itself for the formidable RPM Offroad team.

“We have worked out the logistics for it, but there isn’t much room to wiggle with our driver changes,” said Justin Matney, 25. “But we really love SCORE Baja racing and these races are a test market for all of the products we carry in our retail outlet back home so our goals may be different than some teams but we do enjoy winning and now are chances have gone up even more to have multiple class wins.

In three races so far this season, RPM Offroad has recorded eight class wins in four different classes and currently leads the class point standings in three classes–Class 8, Class 11 and Class 4. Additionally, the team is currently 13th in SCORE Trophy-Truck points and second in Stock Full.

In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $300,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season.  Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 26th consecutive year, a total of 32 drivers remain eligible after Round 3 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Symons Ambulance-official ambulance and Slime-official tire sealant. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
While Tecate is title sponsor of the inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions, additional race sponsor is the Tourism and Convention Bureau of Mexicali/San Felipe and Cotuco.

For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com

If the grandstands full of off-road race fans at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge is any indicator, off-road racing appears to be alive and well in 2011. Despite recent years where rain and ugly weather plagued this race, sunny skies and a steady desert breeze greeted racers and fans at the Laughlin Event Park.

Although this race doesn’t have the most jam-packed field since it’s so early in the season (SCORE officials told us 123 racers entered), many big-name racers looking to stay in the points battle for the year-end championship were definitely on hand. The race format is unique compared to the longer endurance races SCORE puts on south of the border. The Laughlin Desert Challenge is held on a 6.25-mile loop course just away from the main strip of casinos on the riverbank. The overall time of both Saturday and Sunday’s laps combine to determine the overall winner for each class.