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The Can-Am / Murray Racing desert racing team of Derek and Jason Murray earned their first SCORE International side-by-side vehicle class championship November 20 in Baja California, Mexico. The brothers, who have raced consistently all year long, came into the round third in the class point standings. Another solid finish meant a shot at winning the Pro UTV Forced Induction (Turbo) title. The brothers, along with fellow driver Logan Gastel, earned their first SCORE International championship with their sixth-place finish at the 49th annual Baja 1000.

Rafael Navarro won the Class 10 and overall championship this year. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com.

Rafael Navarro won the Class 10 and overall championship this year. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com.

ENSENADA, Mexico — With the tenacity of a tiger, coupled with the dogged determination and diligent discipline he used to earn his bachelor’s degree last year at Clemson University while continuing a strong presence in the desert, SoCal’s Rafael Navarro IV has won the overall and Class 10 point championship of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

A third-generation desert racer from Temecula, Calif., Navarro IV, just 23, drove the No. 1009 Chevy-power Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car to second place finishes in all four races to earn 376 championship points to become the just the fourth racer from Class 10 (1655cc engines) and first in 20 years to earn the overall title for SCORE International, which is celebrating its 43rd year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.

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Vision Wheel dominated the 2016 Baja 1000, as Vision Wheel sponsored racer Rob MacCachren ran away from the field to win this years race by over 27 minutes!  This is the third straight win for Rob Mac but his first on the new Vision Manx Forged Race Wheel. The grueling 854.5 mile race course was conquered in 17 hours, 12 minutes, and 58 seconds, as Rob Mac and co-driver Jason Voss kept the pressure on the entire race. Starting in fifth, after qualifying Rob Mac took the physical lead by race-mile 475, and handed the truck off to Jason Voss at race-mile 498. From there, Voss drove through the night to secure the victory.

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Rob MacCachren earns his third straight victory at the SCORE Baja 1000. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

The 49th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 completed this past weekend, with Rob MacCachren earning his third straight overall and Trophy Truck victory at the race. MacCachren partnered with Jason Voss to secure the victory on the 854.5-mile course that began and ended in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — While deservedly grabbing the majority of the headlines will be the battle in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for 850-horsepower high-tech, unlimited production trucks, this week’s internationally-televised iconic 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will also include everyman racers from across the U.S. and around the world along with nearly two dozen cross-over racers from other motorsports disciplines as well as business leaders and entertainers.

Season finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, this year’s competition will be a loop race, starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.

BFGoodrich-All-Terrain-40-Years-11-14-16Greenville, S.C., Nov. 14, 2016 – BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE International, is proud to mark 40 years of competing in Baja desert racing this year. What began as an entry for testing purpose in 1976, on an Oldsmobile Starfire with Fritz Kroyer has exploded into one of the great success stories in off-road racing.

Over 40 years, BFGoodrich has 86 overall wins in SCORE Baja racing, more than all other tire manufacturers combined. Those early racing successes also launched a revolutionary new tire category that contributed to the growth of the entire light-truck and four-wheel-drive industry.

Too Close
One of the great things about SEMA is that it gives automotive enthusiasts an opportunity to get close to all the action. In the case of the people in this video… REAL close! The action involving Trophy Truck demos at the show were to highlight short-course off-road racing and demos for the SCORE Baja 1000 festivities at the show leading up to qualifying for this year’s race (see results here). Props to Patrick Clark for cutting it close but still keeping his Trophy Truck / Pro 2 race truck under control.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — Capturing three straight wins in any sport is a challenge, but to earn a three-peat in the motorsports world in the same race is nearly unheard of, especially in desert racing. In next week’s legendary 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, two former teammates will be looking to capture the proverbial three-peat by earning the overall victory in the toughest desert race in the world. After finishing second in 2013, winning the last two years of this iconic race as teammates were Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren and San Diego’s Andy McMillin.

This year both will be attempting to etch his name in indelible bronze next week with a third straight victory in the SCORE Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Race week festivities start next Wednesday with the green flag dropping next Friday morning.

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Ford announced this morning its plans to return to the SCORE Baja 1000. This year, Ford will take on the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 in the new 2017 F-150 Raptor in stock full class competition in mid-November. The Raptor race truck will also be on display this week at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — As a prelude to the iconic 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, 34 of the world’s top racers are heading to Las Vegas for the SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, on the Off-Road Track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A total of 26 of the 30 SCORE Trophy Trucks entered in the race and eight of the 20 Trophy Truck Spec race trucks have confirmed participation in the optional qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes. The race, which will have an approximate 854-mile course, will traverse Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in Ensenada, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The race and surrounding festivities of the final round of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held Nov. 15-20.