(Agua Dulce, Calif.): The NORRA Mexican 1000 is an epic race that travels the length of the Baja Peninsula. Known as “The Happiest Race On Earth,” its rally based format is fun for those seeking adventure and challenging for those who relish competition. The event has classes for many different bikes which draws a diverse and talented bunch of riders. There could be no greater demonstration of that point than to look at this year’s top finishers.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): The Bilstein Madonna trophy is recognized around the world as one of the most prestigious awards a racer can achieve. When Bilstein announced they would be presenting a Madonna and two sets of shocks at the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000, many racers took note. The Mexican 1000 is a unique blend of high-performance driving, incredible scenery and world-class adventure in a tough, multi-stage race that honors the roots of Baja racing. Part of the criteria for earning the Madonna award was competing in an authentic vintage vehicle.
Colton Udall and Mark Samuels appear to be well on their way toward celebrating a win at the 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 in Baja California, Mexico.
(Bahía de Los Ángeles, Baja California): The opening stages of the NORRA Mexican 1000 were like beauty and the beast for competitors. Both the bikes, and the four wheeled competitors ran along the Pacific Coast; taking in spectacular scenery. The ocean contributed to the show with huge surf that crashed onto the jagged coastline. Just off shore, whales could be seen breaching out of the water. Much of the coast section runs along towering cliffs that drop to the surf below, but drivers got a chance to dip their treads into the water as they ran right on the sand in some spots. Don’t think that it was all fun in the sun; the beast would be found on the second half of the 456 mile long course. As they turned east and crossed the width of the peninsula on their way to the Bay of LA, there was plenty of silt and whoops to endure.
Presented by Yeti Coolers, Lost and Found: Baja is a new video by Dana Brown that looks to capture the experience of four friends who embark on a trip down the Baja California Peninsula in search of a good time. For this film Brown would track the exploits of his On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter star Carlin Dunne, as Dunne headed to Cabo San Lucas with buddies Marcus Boyle, Mike Claytor and Baja 1000 veteran Mark Daniels. Boyle and Claytor had never ridden Baja prior to the making of the film, so were truly in for a unique adventure.
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Celebrating its 42nd year as the World Foremost Desert Racing Organization by making more motorsports history, racers from 12 U.S. States and five countries are in Baja California Sur for this week’s history-making Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race. The southern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula is hosting the first SCORE race entirely run on the southernmost part of the peninsula. Pre-race festivities start Wednesday for Round 2 of the five-race internationally-televised SCORE World Desert Championship.
GREEN FLAG/CHECKERED FLAG
The green flag will drop first in the elapsed-time race for motorcycles and quads at 6:45 a.m. (MT) on Saturday. With a minimum of a four-hour gap in between the start of the motorcycles/quads, the cars, trucks and UTVs will get the green flag starting at 11:15 a.m. (MT) The start line will be in the Cabo San Lucas Wash at the Yenecamu Fields and the finish line will be on the Malecon in Loreto in front of La Mision Hotel-Loreto, SCORE race headquarters in Loreto. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in less than nine hours, all vehicles will have a 17-hour time limit to be an official finisher.
FINISH LINE CELEBRATION
In Loreto, La Mision Hotel is the race headquarters with the finish line in front of the resort on the Malecon alongside the Sea of Cortez. In the finish line area on Saturday, the Bud Light Finish Line Party will also be held. SCOREvision, the massive LED screens, will also be part of the finish line area in Loreto displaying finish line interviews with the racers. The awards celebration will conclude the festivities on the Malecon in front of La Mision Hotel-Loreto on Sunday at 11 a.m. (MT).
A SPECTACULAR FIRST
Following two years of negotiations and finalization of details by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman with Mexican officials, SCORE, known worldwide as trail blazers in the sport of desert racing, will present the inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 this week. The race will start at the luxurious tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and finish in the picturesque ‘Pueblo Magico’ city of Loreto on the glistening Sea of Cortez on the east side of the peninsula.
SCORE was founded in 1973, SCORE Baja racing began in 1974 and SCORE is celebrating its 42nd year in 2015. With three races held annually for nearly 30 years in Baja, this race is the historical first time a SCORE Baja race will start and finish exclusively in the southern state of Baja California Sur. Previously the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 desert race has finished 20 times in La Paz (most recently in 2014) and twice in Cabo San Lucas (2000 and 2007).
With late entries accepted up to 5 p.m. on Friday, over 100 entries from 15 US States and five countries expected to enter the inaugural race that will features multiple Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
A magnificent 424.52-mile course has been plotted with five physical checkpoints along the route from the start in Cabo San Lucas to the finish on the Malecon in Loreto. Much of the race course has never been used before in the 22 times SCORE has finished a race in either La Paz or Cabo San Lucas.
The exciting and challenging course runs northwest along the Pacific Ocean up through Todos Santos before moving northeast and inland at race mile 120. As the race enters the La Paz area it moves alongside the Sea of Cortez where it heads north to San Evaristo at race mile 220. From there, the course turns sharply southeast, heading back into the center of the peninsula. At Las Golondrinas (rm 260) the course turns back northwest and then north into Loreto passing near Cd. Constitucion and Cd. Insurgentes on the way up through Santo Domingo and San Javier into the finish on the Malecon in Loreto.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK ENTRIES
Southern gentleman Clyde Stacy, of Bristol, Va., has received the honor of drawing the first starting position for the inaugural race in his No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck that will race in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.
Stacy and his protégé Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez of Tecate, Mexico, finished third in January in the season-opening Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja, Mexico.
Led by Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr, who has 80 season points after winning the SCORE season opener in San Felipe in the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor, will start third in Cabo San Lucas, behind Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin who finished second in San Felipe in the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, who finished 10th after leading three-fourths of the race in San Felipe, drew the fourth starting position in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, will start fifth in the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado.
Defending SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Steven Eugenio of El Centro, Calif. and new teammate Armin Schwarz of Germany, drew the eighth starting spot in the No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Also entered in SCORE Trophy Truck is veteran Mark Post of Las Vegas, racing with another former SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion in Jesse Jones, of Phoenix, in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150. Post teamed with MacCachren to win the 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 when the 45th anniversary of the iconic race finished in Cabo San Lucas, in the same spot Saturday’s race is starting.
Following his first pre-run of the course this week, MacCachren said he was inspired by the rugged beauty of the course. MacCachren commented, “This is a very tight and technical course in many areas along with some very high-speed sections as well, but besides being run on land SCORE has never raced on before, the course runs through some of the greenest and most remote and picturesque sections in all of the Baja California Peninsula.”
“Pre-running is a real key for this race because of the difficulty but those that do their homework will do well and will have enough new photos to fill a scrapbook. We go through arroyos, ranches, valleys, hills and even down the ‘mini summit’ that we have run many times during the SCORE Baja 1000. I salute SCORE for putting this event together and Roger Norman for designing a race course that will be one of our most memorable of all time. I am really looking forward to making some history with SCORE.”
M/C & CLASS 1
Drawing the first start among the open motorcycle class was Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif., who won the season-opener in San Felipe in January on a Honda CRF450X. First off the line in the unlimited Class 1 will be George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif., who finished third in class in San Felipe in a Chevy-powered Racer open-wheel desert race car.
The colorful pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday. Contingency will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tech from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Yenecamu Fields in Cabo San Lucas.
Racer registration will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday for late, on-site entries, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday in the Pericues Ballroom at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa, the race headquarters in Cabo San Lucas.
Both held prior to the start of the race, the Monster Energy SCORE Baja Sur 500 Party will be held at the Baja Brewery at the Marina on Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the pre-race Bud Light SCORE Kick-off Party will be held on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the The Office on the Beach on Playa El Medano.
SCORE MEDIA CENTERS
In Cabo San Lucas, the official pre-race SCORE Media Center will be in the Pericues Ballroom at the Villa del Palmar Resort and Spa on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (MT) and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MT).
In Loreto, the SCORE Media Center will be in the event center on the fourth floor at the La Mision Hotel-Loreto in front of the finish line on the Malecon. It will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (MT), Saturday from 10 a.m. to Midnight (MT) and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (MT).
KEY MEXICAN OFFICIALS
Working diligently with SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman and international liaison Oscar Ramos to make this dream race a reality have been numerous individuals in Baja California Sur, here is the team from Mexico that have been working tirelessly to prepare for this historic inaugural event:
Marcos Alberto Covarrubias Villasenor, Governor of the State of Baja California Sur; Gil Cueva Tabardillo, Baja California Sur State Congressman; Jose S. Jassen, President of the Mexican Motorsports Federation; Ruben Reachi Lugo, Secretary of Tourism of Baja California Sur; Jose Antonio Agundez Montano, Mayor of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur; Francisco Monroy Sanchez, Mayor of La Paz, Baja California Sur; Jorge Aviles Perez, Mayor of Loreto, Baja California Sur and Venustiano Perez Sanchez, Mayor of Comondu, Baja California Sur.
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States.
RENO, Nev. — SCORE International, for over four decades known as the world’s foremost desert racing organization, is taking another giant step into the future as Round 2 of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will mark the first time in its storied history that SCORE will present a race entirely in Baja California Sur, on the southern end of the Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
Following several years of negotiations and finalization of details with Mexican officials, SCORE, known as trail blazers in the sport of desert racing, will present the inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 on April 15-19. The race will start at the luxurious tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and finish in the picturesque city of Loreto on the glistening Sea of Cortez on the east side of the peninsula.
Agua Dulce, Calif., – While the fifth annual running of the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 may be more than four months away, interest in the unique vintage-themed, on-and off-road Baja rally is clearly on the rise. NORRA officials today announced that a new single-day record of 73 entrants was processed on the rally’s traditional New Year’s Day registration opening that began on Tuesday, January 1, 2014 at exactly 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time until the same time the following day.
Leading the online registration process was veteran rally racer Dave Sykes, who was 2014’s first official Mexican 1000 entrant with his #46 1972 Ford/ Dodge hybrid race truck fondly referred to as the “SuperFodge.” Sykes is entered in NORRA’s popular Vintage Open Truck/SUV category that already includes competition from South Point Hotel owner and former Mexican 1000 vintage overall winner Michael Gaughan, Las Vegas’ Brian Collins, former Ford factory racer John Swift, rally newcomer Kevin Fitzgerald, NORRA veteran Robert Motheral and returning Mexican racer Andrea Tomba with two entries.
Thirty-two amateur and professional motocross riders known as “The Brotherhood” battle 1500 miles of unforgiving terrain from the US border to the tip of Baja. The “Brothers” are a mixed bag of dirt bike legends, Baja veterans, off-road racers and Rip “fresh fish.”
Go along for the ride with Rip Founder and Host, Cameron Steele, 11-Time Baja 1000 Champ, Johnny Campbell, Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath, X-Games medalist, Jeff “Ox&” Kargola, Off-Road star, Casey Currie, Long Distance Jump record holder, Trigger Gumm, and a motley crew of racers, desert rats and newbies. The Rip is not a race… it’s a battle of attrition, a test of will.
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TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (April 5, 2011) — Miller Motorsports Park is pleased to announce a new partnership that will provide unique and exciting off-road experiences to enthusiasts throughout Utah and the Intermountain West.
Miller Motorsports Park has entered into a long-term relationship with Wide Open Excursions, which offers off-road driving experiences in various locations in Mexico. The new joint venture will be called Wide Open Utah, and will offer unique riding and driving experiences using custom-built Wide Open Excursions Baja Challenge race cars.
Participants will be able to enjoy experiences ranging from a ride-along on Miller Motorsports Park’s new high-speed off-road course with a professional driver to two-day driving excursions utilizing MMP’s onsite off-road courses and trips to outstanding off-road areas throughout Utah.
“This is an exciting new partnership for us,” said Miller Motorsports Park General Manager John Larson. “We know how popular off-road driving is in Utah, and Wide Open Utah will offer enthusiasts thrilling experiences that simply are not available anywhere else in Utah. We believe this will be a very successful relationship, and we look forward to offering yet another way for enthusiasts to satisfy their need for speed at Miller Motorsports Park.”
“This is the perfect alliance for our company,” said Brent Fenimore, Partner and Managing Director for Wide Open Excursions. “We have been looking for ideal locations to duplicate and expand upon our programs in Mexico, and Miller Motorsports Park provides us with a facility and off-road opportunities that are unparalleled.”
The Baja Challenge cars used in Wide Open Utah are purpose-built off-road racing machines that weigh 2,600 lb., powered by a 190-hp Subaru engine with 17 inches of suspension travel. They are capable of speeds approaching 100 mph and can comfortably handle any type of off-road terrain.
For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park and Wide Open Utah, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.
About Wide Open Excursions
Since 1997, WIDE OPEN Excursions has provided more than 16,000 guests and corporate clients with the world’s most unique and adrenaline-filled adventure opportunity. Their vision: To share the joy of high-performance off-road driving and the unspoiled beauty of the Baja peninsula and Nevada’s Great Basin, which were previously accessible only for the adventurous lucky few. In 2011, Wide Open Excursions will expand into three new territories throughout the United States.
Much more than a driving school or follow the leader tour, the WIDE OPEN experience pushes the envelope of an adventure-based vacation. Their Baja Challenge (BC) cars are specifically designed to provide guests with the safety and performance of a desert racer, yet are easy enough for anyone to drive.
Wide Open Racing, the competition division of Wide Open Excursions, provides “arrive and drive” race seats in the same off-road race cars for amateurs and professionals looking to compete in off-road races. The Team Wide Open corporate car finished third in the Class 1 category at the Score Tecate Baja 1000 last month—a remarkable feat considering it was the only four-cylinder powered car in the class. They also finished fourth in Class 1 last June in the famous Baja 500.