SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — Online racer registration is now officially open for November’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic granddaddy of all desert races that is the season-finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Nearly 250 entries, from 25 countries and 40 U.S. States are expected to compete in this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The race week festivities will cover Nov. 15-20, with the race and all ancillary events starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

It will be a loop race this year of approximately 840 miles with the start line and finish line adjacent to the landmark Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada and the first and last several spectator-friendly miles running up and back down the Ensenada Arroyo.

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Ensenada, Mexico — Silt made this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 one of the toughest to date, but Jon Walker and Albins earned the win in Class 1 regardless of the tough race. Regardless of how much planning is done prior to race, once the green flag drops anything can happen. This year’s brutal 800+ mile loop between start and finish in Ensenada proved just that. In addition to silt, high-speed desert crossings, technical rocky mountain trails, washes, ditches, drop-offs, fog and dust reinforced the Baja 1000’s reputation as the ultimate test for all drivers and vehicles who dare enter. Of the 239 starting vehicles, less than half would complete the race.

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Rob MacCachren and Andy McMillin were winners of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 in 2015. Check out the entire race on Sunday. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

RENO, Nev., USA — Putting an exclamation point on the conclusion of the captivating five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship, the CBS Sports Network will present a weekend of SCORE—re-airing the first four races highlighted by Sunday’s special two-hour premier show of the 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000.

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Carlos “Apdaly” Lopez is the first Mexican racer to win the Trophy Truck Championship.

SAN DIEGO, USA — BFGoodrich Tires, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and brothers Jeff and Rick Geiser were among the major winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2015 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala at the SCORE Tech facility in El Cajon, Calif., approximately 15 miles east of San Diego.

SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 14 categories along with the nine winners of the Red Kap SCORE Milestone Awards and the class and overall point champions of Roger Norman’s five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship.

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Developed by Honda as a preview to the introduction of the new, second-generation Honda Ridgeline, the driving trio of Jeff Proctor, Sage Marie and Jason LaFortune piloted their Ridgeline Baja Race Truck to the Class 2 victory in the 48th running of the SCORE Baja 1000.

Carlos Apdaly Lopez crossed the finish physically in the first position, but penalties looked to have cost him the victory at the Baja 1000. He did, however, earn the season championship and is the first Mexican racer to hold the title. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

Carlos Apdaly Lopez crossed the finish physically in the first position, but penalties looked to have cost him the victory at the Baja 1000. He did, however, earn the season championship and is the first Mexican racer to hold the title. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

RENO, Nev., USA — The first Mexican national racer to claim the title, youth was served in an unprecedented way as RPM Racing’s Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, just 20 of Tecate, Mexico, has won the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point championship of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship.

In an amazing accomplishment, Mexico’s Lopez, a second generation desert racer, drove the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally truck to the top of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship. Not only is Lopez the youngest SCORE overall point champion in the storied history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, he is the first racer from outside of the United States to claim the prestigious title.

Tavo talking to reporters prior to the start of today's race, which could be an historic race for he and the people of Mexico.

Tavo talking to reporters prior to the start of today’s race, which could be an historic race for he and the people of Mexico.

Story and Photos by Scott Rousseau

Just as they did in 2010, Gustavo Vildosola Jr., Gusavo Vildosola Sr., and the Mexicana Logistics Ford Trophy Truck team have a chance to make SCORE Baja 1000 history.

Back then, the Vildosolas became the first Mexican-based team to win the prestigious SCORE Baja 1000 overall. Now, five years later, they have the chance to become the first Mexican team in history to earn the SCORE Desert World Championship. With a 22-point lead in the Desert World Championship series standings and a second-place start in in the 48th running of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 today, the odds are in their favor, although anything can happen. Vildosola Jr. is well aware of that, and just minutes before the start of the race he said that the team’s goal is to play it conservative in the hope locking down the SCORE series title.

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Veteran desert racer Cameron Steele has made the move to BFGoodrich Tires for this year’s 2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. Steele, an off-road champion and television personality, will enter this year’s race with BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 tires equipped on his No. 16 Desert Assassin Trophy Truck, and he plans to continue running BFGoodrich Tires next season for his desert race schedule.

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ENSENADA, Mexico — Following two days of late registration, 242 total entries have been processed as official entries for Friday’s start of the internationally televised 48th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, the final round of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship.

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Three-time SCORE Baja 1000 champion Robby Gordon and veteran navigator Kellon Welch will head off the line in the fifth starting position for today’s 2015 SCORE Baja 1000 race today, which leaves from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.