Gustavo "Tavo" Vildosola won the SCORE Baja 500 today.

Gustavo “Tavo” Vildosola won the SCORE Baja 500 today.

Gustavo “Tavo” Vildosola was the first Mexican-born racer to earn the overall victory at the Baja 1000, and the win cemented his legacy as one of the most beloved Mexican off-road racers in the sport. Although Vildosola earned a Baja 500 victory in the Pro Truck class in 2007, he has not stood atop of the podium at the Baja 500 in the Trophy Truck class.

Until today.

Editor’s Note: Below is a press release for BFGoodrich Tires regarding the opening round of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series this past weekend.

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The 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing season got off to a fast start for racers on BFGoodrich Tires in Rounds 1 and 2 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz. BFGoodrich Tires claimed six wins and 12 total podium finishes at the opening weekend which featured near record high temperatures and tough competition on the 1.1 mile circuit featuring 11 jumps over a mostly clay surface.

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BFGoodrich Tires and its stable of short course off road racers are poised to continue on the success of last year’s championships in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The season begins this weekend at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz.

Vision-Off-Road-Logo-2-9-16DECATUR, AL – Vision Wheel today announced a partnership with American off-road racing legend Rob MacCachren that will make Vision’s bead lock race wheels a component of MacCachren desert and short-course racing trucks.

Founded in 1976, Vision Wheel is one of the nation’s leading providers of custom wheels for cars and trucks and one of the first manufacturers of custom wheels. In early 2015, the company expanded its presence in the off-road racing market by announcing a partnership with SCORE International, the world-renowned sanctioning body for the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship that includes the SCORE Baja 1000.

Gustavo Vildosola earned the win at Henderson. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

Gustavo Vildosola earned the win at Henderson. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

With many Class Championships still on the line and waiting to be decided, a record turnout of 220 teams showed up to race the last running of Best In The Desert’s Henderson “250” presented by Supercross.com.

Deciding just a few days before the race, Tavo Vildosola entered the “Henderson 250” to wanting test a few things out on his Ford Trick Truck. He ended up qualifying 11th in Time Trials then went on to win the race. Vildosola finished a mere 58 seconds ahead of Tracy Graf after pole winner Josh Daniel dropped out of the race with rear end failure only six miles from the finish line.

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– Despite the silt beds, dense fog and treacherous terrain that claimed the day for many racers, BFGoodrich Tires claimed is 27th overall SCORE Baja 1000 race win and swept the season of the SCORE International Desert race schedule for the second consecutive year.

BFGoodrich placed the top 11 overall finishers at this iconic off-road race, including the top 10 Trophy Truck finishers, the top seven Class 10 finishers and secured 10 class titles. As the final race of the SCORE season, the Baja 1000 determined many classes’ season championships, including the overall Desert World Championship crown.

Carlos Apdaly Lopez crossed the finish physically in the first position, but penalties looked to have cost him the victory.

Carlos Apdaly Lopez crossed the finish physically in the first position, but penalties looked to have cost him the victory. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

SCORE addressed the penalties of the overall first Trophy Truck finisher at the 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, as Mexico’s Carlos Apdaly Lopez received time penalties from SCORE race officials Saturday morning for two course violations. The penalties cost Lopez the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck race victory.

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Rob MacCachren and Andy McMillin appear to have defended their Baja 1000 victory. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

In off-road racing, nothing is official until it’s official, but it appears as though Rob MacCachren and teammate Andy McMillin defended their 2014 SCORE Baja 1000 victory with a win this morning in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

That win, however, may not have been exactly how the team drew it up.

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Tomorrow morning, 242 race teams will embark on an epic off-road journey for the 2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. Covering more than 820 miles of treacherous terrain in Baja California, Mexico, the racers will begin and end their day at the start/finish line in Ensenada. Motorcycles and ATVs will begin the race at 6 a.m. with racers leaving in 30-second intervals, while the trucks, buggies and UTVs will leave five hours later at 11 a.m.

The unlimited Trophy Truck class will be first off the line at 11, and aside from the fame and the glory of taking home a SCORE Baja 1000 victory, there’s also a tight battle on the line for the class championship. Last year’s winner, Steven Eugenio, sits in fifth place in points but is essentially out of the running to defend his title this year, but he knows there’s still plenty on the line in tomorrow’s race.

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~ Parnelli Jones and Rob MacCachren, two of off-road racing’s most legendary names, will be celebrated next month for the 2015 Baja Legacy celebration at Ensenada’s Horsepower Ranch. Produced by historian Marty Fiolka and off-road entrepreneur Todd Clement since 2003, the Baja Legacy events celebrate the rich tradition of Mexican off-road racing, which officially began with the 1967 NORRA Mexican 1000. Many of the sport’s biggest names (see below) have been inducted into ranch’s Hall of Fame, with the event hosting over 1,000 guests.