ENSENADA, Mexico — Sal Fish, the iconic desert racing promoter who owned SCORE International for 38 years, has accepted an invitation from new owner Roger Norman to be the Grand Marshal for November’s 50th annual SCORE Baja 1000, the legendary Granddaddy of all Desert Races. Held annually in Baja California, Mexico, the 50th anniversary race will be held Nov. 14-18. It will be a peninsula run, starting in Ensenada and finishing in La Paz.
LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA — Sal Fish, the visionary, pioneering former owner of the SCORE International desert racing organization that he was part of for four decades, is resting comfortably according to family members following extensive open-heart surgery on Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
SAN DIEGO—Roger Norman, the businessman, racer and now owner of SCORE Intnernational, officially begins his reign as the head of the most-prized and eternally-cherished desert racing organization in the world by announcing today the new Roger Norman’s Dirt Live weekly desert racing internet broadcast will air each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at www.score-international.com.
The one-hour weekly Roger Norman’s Dirt Live show will be broadcast live on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The show content will be centered around the two desert racing series he owns, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. Broadcast studios will be at Norman’s race shop in San Diego.
LOS ANGELES—Ever the trailblazer, even in his final hour upon the desert racing stage, Sal Fish has announced that Saturday’s historic 2012 SCORE Awards Night will be webcast live via the internet on both score-international.com and DIRTnewz.com.
Fish, the godfather of desert racing who last month sold his iconic original SCORE International racing organization to former racer Roger Norman, will oversee a crowd of several hundred expected on Saturday to salute the champions of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series, a limited number of tickets remain available for the 2012 SCORE Awards Night, honoring the world’s foremost desert racing series. Back in Southern California for the third consecutive year the event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif.
LOS ANGELES—SCORE International confirmed today that the next race of five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series will be the new Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions to be held Sept. 9-11 in San Felipe, Baja, California, Mexico. The race replaces the Primm 300 race that was cancelled this year because of insurmountable insurance issues.
The new race, for 17 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks, will run over the same course that was recently used for this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March of approximately 250 miles.
After executing the event agreement today in Baja California with SCORE President/CEO Sal Fish, Francisco Perez Tejada Padilla, Mayor of Mexicali stated that, “The cities of Mexicali and San Felipe are pleased to announce that SCORE has decided to continue supporting Baja California by adding another race to their calendar in Mexico. This shows the great communication achieved by the Federal, State and Municipal authorities with Sal Fish. We are pleased that SCORE recognizes our previous hard work and continues to have confidence in our support. This new race will become the epicenter of desert racing during the month of September.”
Fish stated that, “While SCORE regrets ending a 16 year relationship with the Primm Valley Resorts and Las Vegas Events, we are pleased to open a new door with Mexicali and San Felipe and provide our participants with an exciting Baja racing challenge in the friendly, relaxing and scenic city of San Felipe.”
Elaborating on the cancellation of this year’s Primm 300, Fish confirmed that, “The sole reason for the decision was due to insurance requirements and cost. The Primm entities dramatically increased the liability insurance requirements for the event, which made conducting the event cost prohibitive.”
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
LOS ANGELES—SCORE International, the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body and race organizer, lost one of its founding members recently when former Vice-President for business affairs, Ted Johnson, passed away on June 18, 2011.
Born January 23, 1919 in North Freedom, Wisc., Johnson, 92 passed away near his long-time California home in Woodland Hills, Calif. from the lingering affects of the serious stroke he suffered over one year ago.
“Ted was the financial administration backbone of SCORE International from the days Mickey Thompson founded the company in 1973 until the last few years when he stepped back from an active role in the company, but he has been and will always be with us in spirit,” remembered Sal Fish, SCORE CEO/President recently. “Ted was a dear, dear friend and a true financial genius when it came to handling the financial end of SCORE International and several other companies that he was involved with over the many decades of his professional career. While we certainly have missed his wisdom and business acumen since he stepped down from the company a few years ago, we will miss even more his friendship and the amazing counsel he so graciously gave to me for nearly 40 years.”
Final preparations for 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 are well underway. Only one day remains before the start this year’s Baja 500, and race crews and drivers worked on vehicle setups, pre-running sections of the course, and finishing up pit strategy for Saturday’s race.
We did some pre-running on the course today and crossed paths with a number of racers, including Robby Gordon and the Speed Energy Team, Armin Schwarz of All German Motorsports, Lexus racer Joe Bacal (who was probably the only racer pre-running in a Lexus LX 570), dirt bike and ATV racers and more.
Although the racers are making their way down the Baja Peninsula to complete the 1061.69-mile course for the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the finish line in La Paz is still taking shape.
The dirt bikes were the first off the line this morning at 6:30 a.m., and it is expected they will cross the finish line close to 18 hours later. SCORE expects them to come in sometime between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday morning … but the race could slow down considerably once the sun goes down.
With the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000 just around the corner, a new video chronicling the career of iconic dirt bike racer Johnny Campbell is being released. The documentary film entitled True Champion: The Johnny Campbell Movie, is directed by Ryan Ray and narrated by Troy Adamitis telling the story of how Johnny Campbell evolved from a young rider into a multi-time desert racing champion.
The movie by Seven Films talks with family, friends and competitors about Campbell’s career, but it also features other well-respected dirt bike and truck racers Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Johnson, as well as some conversations with the late, great Bruce Ogilvie. The video features plenty of racing action that ranges from remote deserts and beaches in Baja to the scorching heat of the Nevada desert, showing just how much stamina and courage is required to pilot a race bike at speeds over 100 mph.
Back at the start of August, we posted coverage of the 2010 WE Rock Western Nationals off-road rock-crawling competition from Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Since then, the WE Rock series wrapped up with the Grand National Championship, which was also at Miller Motorsports Park at the start of October. Check out coverage of that event here.
We recently revamped our YouTube page for Off-Road.com, which currently features a great video from the WE Rock Western Nationals shot by contributor Stephen Clark. There’s also a bunch of other great off-road videos there as well, including an interview we did with Sal Fish about the upcoming 2010 SCORE Tecate Baja 1000.