Once a year the sleepy beach town of San Felipe is awoken by the sounds of chase crews, pre-runner vehicles and race machines tearing around the streets and nearby desert in preparation for the season opener of the SCORE Baja series. The town may be a destination for those seeking relaxation and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the American way of life, but the race itself offers nothing of the sort. The terrain is brutal. The course features more whoops than most racers would care to hit in a lifetime and embedded rocks blending in so well with the dirt that it makes racing feel a bit like a game of Russian roulette. Maintaining focus over such unreadable terrain is of the utmost importance as the slightest mistake could end your race. Couple the mental test with the physicality of the course and the speeds required to compete and it can be argued that the San Felipe 250 is one of the toughest off road races in the world.
WASHOUGAL, Wash. – The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its annual stop in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, hosting the eighth round of the season from Washougal MX Park. For the sixth consecutive race, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., claimed the overall win, but not without some pressure from his closest title contender – MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Monroe. N.Y., raced to his second victory of the 2012 season, following a strong and consistence outing.
Alessi grabbed the holeshot in the opening moto of the 450 Class and set a fast pace early on, with Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki’s Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, in tow. Following a fourth-place start, Dungey quickly began to move his way forward and positioned himself behind Alessi on the second lap.
KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak took the win ahead of a fierce battle for the other two podium positions. Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert worked his way up to second after a last place start and GEICO Honda’s Kevin Rookstool held on for third despite a few crashes.
GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by Lucas Oil Sacramento Expert Results:
Taddy Blazusiak KTM
Taylor Robert Kawasaki
Kevin Rookstool Honda
Cory Graffunder Husqvarna
Mike Brown KTM
Bobby Garrison Kawasaki
Cody Webb Beta
Gary Sutherlin Kawasaki
Destry Abbott Kawasaki
Colton Haaker Kawasaki
Geoff Aaron Honda
LOS ANGELES—Moving out from the shadow of his father and his uncle’s experienced tracks, Southern California desert racer Cody Parkhouse has assumed the SCORE overall and unlimited Class 1 point lead after the first two rounds of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series. With the season’s last three races all to be run in Baja, Mexico, Cody Parkhouse, 24 of Long Beach, Calif., opened the season at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in mid-January by finishing second in the first round and winning the second in a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheeled desert race car the following day.
A second-generation desert racer and the youngest of the three Parkhouse racers, Cody Parkhouse has 103 season points to help launch the 39th season of Sal Fish’s SCORE Desert Series, the world’s foremost desert racing series.
With Mexico’s Juan C. Lopez finishing second in both Laughlin races in the No. 18 RPM Off-Road Chevy Silverado to lead the featuring SCORE Trophy Truck division points, RPM leads the point standings in seven classes after the first two races of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series. Lopez, of Tecate, Mexico, is also second overall in points with 101 heading into the upcoming 26th Annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, to be held in San Felipe, Mexico, March 9-11.
The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge wrapped up its two-race event on Sunday. Instead of being a two-day event that combined both day’s results into one race, this year SCORE created two separate races each day, making the weekend important to the top classes in terms of the overall points championship.
BJ Baldwin led from wire to wire on Saturday in the Trophy Truck class after qualifying first, while Rob MacCachren recovered from a ninth-place finish on Saturday to finish first on Sunday. Juan Carlos Lopez took home two second-place finishes both days of racing.
In Class 1, Adam Pfankuch earned the win on Saturday while Cody Parkhouse followed up his second-place finish on Saturday with the win on Sunday.
Check out this highlight video of action from the weekend. Below are SCORE’s official results from Sunday’s race.
Kane Fraser, a paraplegic, decided to take on the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in a Polaris RZR XP 900 after watching Dust to Glory multiple times and being inspired by the Man in Motion, Rick Hansen. “This was our first Baja 1000, our first time racing, and for me my first time racing in any sport ever,” said Kane Fraser. The team would add over 100 miles to their total mileage after a wrong turn, and in turn would add hundreds of followers as they headed towards their ceremonial finish at 2am Sunday morning, 36 hours after the start Friday afternoon. “We wanted to finish, we didn’t care, nothing would stop us. We kept going and did finish! We were a little bug eyed, but we finished,” said Heino Seibert from Spectra Power Sports, Kane Frasers Co-Driver. Kane Fraser went into this adventure with three goals, “In terms of what I wanted to accomplish, for me number one was to raise $25,000 for the Rick Hansen Foundation. Second, is to create awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities. And third, to inspire one disabled person to really move ahead with their goals and strive to achieve their goals, because as long as you try and try you will succeed, you just have to keep moving forward.”
Over the Holidays of 2010 Fraser was watching Dust to Glory when he told his wife Cara that this is what he wanted to do next. She was less than enthused, but he was reminded what his friend Dennis Beebe had often said, “It is not about the disability, it is about the possibilities.” He enlisted the help of his friends, and with never even being in the desert, much less racing, they set off on this awesome journey. “We were super naive, but we learned a lot along the way, and got laughed at a lot which was fun,” Kane said with a smile. “In the eleven months prior to the race, a lot of people helped 1802 work towards the goal, even up to the day before in Ensenada when we were working on the RZR. Without all the help from these people the team would have been less prepared and may not have completed the race. I would just like to thank everyone on the team for the contributions, it took all of us to make this happen!”
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.
In only his second season racing in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ (LOORRS) highly contested Pro Lite Unlimited class, No. 19 Corey Sisler has quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. Already earning five (that’s right, FIVE) podium finishes this season, fans aren’t the only ones taking note of Sisler’s skills on the track. Corey recently landed a deal with AEM, manufacturers of high quality air intake systems and innovative vehicle electronics. “Corey is exactly what the future of off-road racing is all about. He is young, talented, and dynamic driver,” explained Kirk Miller, AEM’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “The fans love to watch him race and we are extremely happy to have him as a part of the AEM family of professional racers. We have supported a lot of racers and help ed them launch their careers; Corey clearly has a bright future in short course off-road.”
Hailing from Temecula, CA, Corey started off racing in the ultra-competitive world of shifter carts and racked up lots of local wins. He quickly moved to asphalt oval racing, then dirt oval racing, to motocross, and now short course racing. The 23 year old is currently seventh in season points, sitting between Casey Currie and Kyle LeDuc; impressive in only his second season of racing.
Las Vegas, Nevada – Off-road racing fans and adrenaline junkies alike don’t have to wait till Sept. 18 to catch a glimpse of the 2011 General Tire Mint 400 madness. General Tire is releasing a heart-pounding teaser on YouTube that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Directed by the Martelli Brothers and produced by Mad Media with executive producer Dana Zamalloa at the wheel, the less than two-minute clip will give you just a taste of this year’s grueling desert race. But it’s bound to leave you hungry for more
Don’t miss a minute of the action. Tune in to Fuel TV to see the race from beginning to end on Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. ET; Sept. 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET; Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET; and Sept. 29 at 4:30 a.m. ET. October and November airing schedules will be announced at a later date.
This year, Team General Tire crushed the competition, sweeping the podium in Las Vegas March 26 – the first sweep at the Mint 400 since the ’80s. ‘Ballistic’ BJ Baldwin unleashed his fury, taking first overall and first in Unlimited Truck. He was followed by father Bobby Baldwin in second overall and second in Unlimited Truck, and by Mikey Childress and Rob Sims, crossing the line at third overall and first in Class 1.