Tavo-THUMB-Vildosola-SCORE-San-Felipe-250-3-10-13SAN DIEGO—Following final additional data tracking review of their two respective classes, race officials have confirmed youthful SoCal desert racers Cody Parkhouse and Mike Lawrence as class winners in last weekend’s 27th Annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race in San Felipe, Mexico.

Following data tracking review and the assessment of penalties for various infractions from missing a virtual check point or a deviation from the prescribed course, Mexico’s vastly popular father/son team of Gustavo Vildosola/Gustavo Vildosola Jr powered past a talented field of 250 starters Saturday to capture the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory.

Driving the No. 21 Red Bull Vildosola Racing Ford Raptor in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, Vildosola, 59, and Vildosola Jr, 30, covered the rugged and technical 253.0-mile course over much of Mexico’s Baja California Norte in four hours, 13 minutes, 39 seconds at an amazing average speed of 59.85 miles per hour.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — Fresh from victory in San Felipe, Mexico’s Gus Vildosola will be the guest host tonight at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Roger Norman’s Dirt Live weekly internet broadcast. Airing on www.score-international.com, the show is broadcast from the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego.

Roger Norman’s Dirt Live one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored around Norman’s two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points championship purse program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. Broadcast studios are located at the SCORE tech shop in San Diego. All live events this will be the ninth Dirt Live show to air.

SAN FELIPE, Mexico — Race weekend activities light up the Mexican night in Baja California’s San Felipe as the Roger Norman era of SCORE International embarks on a new adventure and Norman’s Dirt Live SCORE Race week internet broadcast will be on hand with live coverage tonight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dirt Live is covering the 27th annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, season-opener of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series.

Roger Norman’s Dirt Live one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored around Norman’s two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points championship purse program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. Broadcast studios are located at the SCORE tech shop in San Diego.

Murrieta, CA – Factory FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM rider Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez will return to San Felipe, Mexico to defend their SCORE/Baja San Felipe 250 title this coming weekend aboard their number 2X KTM race machine.

The two riders won the event last year aboard the carbureted version of the KTM 450 SX-F. Caselli and Ramirez have both been in Mexico for the last week alongside fellow KTM riders Mike Brown and Toby Price. Brown and Price will race on an identically prepared KTM 450 SX-F with the number 3X. All four riders have been pre-riding the course since the course opened to competitors last week.

“So far our riders have reported that the course is slightly different than last year but that they are happy with the changes,’ commented Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “We are looking forward to getting out front early and hopefully having a repeat of last year’s win.”

 

San Felipe, Baja California – In case nobody noticed, Rob MacCachren has been dominating the SCORE Desert Series races held in San Felipe, Mexico. He won both the 250 and the Challenge of Champions races in 2011 and then went Back-to-Back winning the Mastercraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 again in 2012. With three overall victories in as many races, it would appear that Rob and his team would be hard to beat when they return March 8-10 for this year’s race but things have changed. Rob is racing his own brand new Geiser SCORE Trophy Truck and this year’s course has a new layout that has fewer miles of punishing, high speed whoops like in years past.

“We are just doing our homework like we always do,” said Rob MacCachren, “We are running a new Geiser Brother’s SCORE Trophy Truck out of our own shop this year. Jim Blackmore is the crew chief; he and I go all the way back to the Mickey Thompson shortcourse days. Our BFG tires are hooking up and the FOX shocks on our new Rockstar Energy Drink, SCORE Trophy Truck are dialed in; we’re ready to go.

SAN DIEGO — Roger Norman is a quick learner, a much-needed quality if you are the new owner of SCORE International, the world’s foremost desert racing organization. A relative newcomer to the sport, Norman, 49, who was the overall winner of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in 2008, is no stranger to the business world as an experienced casino owner, business owner, developer and contractor as he quickly adapts his personal passion, professional skills and business resources to lead SCORE into a new era.

The first chapter in the book of SCORE according to Norman unfolds next week in San Felipe, Mexico as he launches his passionate vision to expand the new SCORE, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2013. Norman, has taken the reigns of SCORE from a true folk-legend in Sal Fish, the 73 year old icon who was the face of SCORE since soon after the organization was founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson.

Norman lives in Reno, Nev. with his wife of 20-plus years, Elise.  They both were born and raised in San Diego and grew up around motorsports. Both his father and later his step father where involved in various types of motorsports and Norman quickly developed a passion for adventure sports and while concentrating the first part of his career on developing his business acumen, he eventually found his way into the desert in the in the late 1990s.

SAN DIEGO—For Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, winning a desert race in San Felipe, Mexico comes down to one thing-homework.  Ever the student of his craft, MacCachren, a four-time winner in this race, leads a race-record 36 SCORE Trophy Trucks into next week’s 27th annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.

While the Roger Norman era of SCORE International officially began last Friday with pre-running over the challenging 254.0-mile course, MacCachren will begin his ‘homework’ in his No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 hoping to win his fourth consecutive race in San Felipe racing in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks introduced in 1994 by SCORE.

FULLERTON, CA – For Yokohama Tire Corporation and the Desert Assassins off-road race team, the journey to winning the new World Championship of Desert Racing continues at the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, March 8-10, in San Felipe, Mexico.

Competing on specially-engineered 40-inch Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S® R tires, the Desert Assassins will have two 800-horsepower Geiser Brothers Trophy Trucks tackling the rough terrain of San Felipe. It will be Steele vs. Steele as Heidi Steele goes against her husband Cameron.  Heidi is racing for the first time in the Trophy Truck Class.

San Felipe, Mexico – The Bonanza Plumbing/FMF/KTM backed team of Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez took home a long awaited victory in the 26th running of the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.

The talented duo raced aboard the KTM 450 SX-F in 248.64 grueling miles of rugged race course to come out on top of the podium. It was the first overall victory for both riders and the third victory for the KTM brand in the history of the event. Ramirez also made history as the first native to win in his home country.

Caselli started for the team and moved into the lead shortly after the first 30 mile check. He had one small crash shortly after but recovered without losing the lead. He passed the bike off to Ramirez who quickly set to work to grow their lead. Meanwhile the second KTM team of Mike Brown and Quinn Cody were off to a decent start sitting in third position.

FULLERTON, CA. – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored off-road racer and Trophy Truck veteran Cameron Steele, along with his Desert Assassins teammates, are gearing up for the 26th Annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, March 10, in San Felipe, Mexico.

Steele will be racing down Mexico’s beautiful Baja, California peninsula in his 800-horsepower truck mounted with newly developed, 40-inch Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S® R tires, specially engineered for extreme off-road conditions – much like San Felipe’s tough terrain.

“The San Felipe course is the roughest race of the year and is perfect for our Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck and 40-inch Yokohama’s,” said Steele. “With this team, the truck and the tires, we’re looking forward to a great race.”

Also competing in the 250-mile loop race – that starts and finishes just outside of San Felipe – will be Desert Assassins teammates Brent Parkhouse and Brian Burgess, who compete in the Class 12 (SCORE Lite) division. Their buggy is fitted with Yokohama’s competition-only Super Digger® tires.

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