RENO, Nev. — Through the third of five races in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, 19 of SCORE’s toughest drivers remain in the hunt to earn 2014 SCORE Milestone Awards. Two of SCORE races to date were both approximately 250 miles each, one in San Felipe, Mexico and one in Plaster City, Calif., USA while last month’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was nearly 450 miles in Ensenada, Mexico.
SAN DIEGO — As a prelude to this weekend’s live coverage of the 2014 SCORE Awards Night, featured in the SCORE spotlight during Tuesday’s SCORE Dirt LiveHD internet show airing at 7 p.m. (PT) will be champion SCORE desert racers Joe Bacal, Elias Hanna and Matt Parks. The one-hour show will include candid interviews with the three racers who combined to win seven races during the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series.
Bacal races in the Stock Full class, Hanna in Class 7SX and Parks in the new Class 19.
Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD 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. All live events, this will be the 47th weekly Dirt LiveHD episode to air. Replays of previous Dirt LiveHD shows are kept in an electronic library on the dirtlive.com website.
SAN DIEGO — Highlights from extensive week-long coverage of the recent 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 has been packaged into a one-hour special to air tonight on the SCORE Dirt LiveHD internet show airing at 7 p.m. (PT). The granddaddy of all desert race was held Nov. 12-17 in the northern part of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada.
The race featured 251 starters from 34 U.S. States, the U.S. Territory of Guam and 23 total countries competing in 42 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
The 883.1-mile race course was the longest loop race in the history of the iconic race less than 50 percent of the starters made it to the finish line within the 36-hour (cars and trucks) and 34-hour (motorcycles and ATVs) time limits in the elapsed-time race.
Ensenada, Baja California – Shaffer Motorsports knew they would be in for a challenge at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The 883 mile long loop that started and finished in Ensenada, Baja Mexico had some of everything to challenge drivers. It ran through the whooped out sands of San Felipe, the rocky mountain passes that traverse the central mountains and miles of deep Baja silt before heading back to the finish. They came prepared for what the terrain can dish out and the fatigue to drivers and car from hours of running flat out in demanding conditions; they’ve done it many times before in the Transfer Case Express Class 10 car.
What they didn’t foresee was the misstep they experienced when they pitted early in the race. The contracted fuelers who manned the pit location did not open the fuel cap. They put the fuel cans up to the car but no fuel went in. When the cans went down, the car was waved out of the pits without fuel. Unaware of the situation, Mike Shaffer and navigator Andy Ferris took off only to run out of gas further down the course. The mix-up cost them two hours of downtime. That was only the first hurdle the team had to overcome. They lost radio reception, the GPS failed sending them off course, had a flat tire and got stuck in the silt like so many others; all adding to the challenge they faced.
Minneapolis – The Baja 1000 is a true test of a machine and driver and Polaris sent three race teams to the line to conquer the epic race. It would be a true test of the RZRs ability and durability, and, in the end, Coastal Racing, Jagged X and Cognito Racing would be three of the five in the UTV Pro Class to finish the grueling race.
Coastal Racing would take on their first-ever Baja 1000 with drivers Scott Kiger, Mark Holz and RJ Anderson; and co-drivers Rob Utendorfer, Tyler King and Brian McLean. The Coastal Racing No. 1934 RZR would be the first in the UTV Pro Class to cross the finish line. The race would take Coastal Racing 27 hours and almost 17 minutes to complete.
Numerous media outlets have reported Kurt Caselli died last night while racing in the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000, but until recently the details have been unclear. Although all the specifics are still being pieced together, 30-year-old Caselli did pass away during a racing accident last night at approximately race mile 792.
ENSENADA, Mexico—SCORE International, a desert racing sanctioning body based in Reno, Nev., has confirmed that American motorcycle star Kurt Caselli tragically lost his life Friday as a result of injuries sustained during a late-race accident at the SCORE Baja 1000 being held in Mexico’s Baja California.
One of the best-liked and respected personalities in American desert racing, Caselli, 30, of Palmdale, Calif., died of serious trauma incurred when he apparently lost control of his KTM motorcycle in a sandy, high-speed section at approximate race-mile 792 while his team was leading in the late stages of the 883.1-mile international desert race.
Ensenada, B.C., Mexico (November 14, 2013) – Three-time Score Baja 1000 champion Robby Gordon will be joined by co-driver and veteran Score Class 1 Baja competitor Billy Gasper when the 2013 Baja 1000 starts from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Friday morning.
This year’s 46th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 features 26 of the world’s best desert racers in the top Trophy Truck division who will navigate the grueling 883-mile course over the span of nearly 24 hours. Gordon, a seven-time Score International Off-Road Champion and a four-time and most recent Baja 500 winner, will start and finish the No. 77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI Chevrolet trophy truck, while Gasper will drive in the middle section of the course.
87. Eight-seven. 80-7. However you flip it, 87 is a big number, especially when you consider that when the flag drops for the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000 it will be Rob MacCachren’s 87th race of the year. A true professional in every sense of the word, MacCachren is always on the hunt for the ever-elusive Baja 1000 victory, but considering he’s sitting third in overall points, a win can potentially wrap up the Trophy Truck Championship for him as well.
Considering the longer-than-usual distance of this year’s Baja 1000 loop race, and the fact that most racers feel it will be a brutal one, MacCachren enlisted the help of some top-flight talent in the form of former Baja 1000 winner Andy McMillin. The two will share driving duties throughout the 883.1 miles, with Rob taking the truck off the line, Andy tackling the middle section, and Rob hopping back in for the finish.
ENSENADA, Mexico — With all the festive pre-race activities complete, racers from around the world get down to serious business starting tonight as the world’s most legendary desert race,the iconic 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race is held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The green flag drops tonight at 11 p.m. PT for motorcycles and ATVs and Friday morning at 9 a.m. PT for cars and trucks as 254 entries from 36 U.S. States, the U.S. territory of Guam and 23 countries are in Mexico to compete in 42 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes.