SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico— Practice, practice and more practice is what desert racers from around the world will be looking to do starting Saturday as pre-running opens for the internationally-televised 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Nearly 250 cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag on Friday, Nov. 18 for this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 15-20 in Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in the seaside port of Ensenada, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — With pre-running on the rugged race route to open Saturday, Oct. 22, official entries from 27 U.S. States and 11 countries were included in Thursday’s drawing for start positions in various classes for next month’s 49th anniversary of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, the season finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Nearly 250 cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag on Friday, Nov. 18 for this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 15-20 in Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in the seaside port of Ensenada, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.

DRAWING RECAP
The drawing for starting positions, by class, for all classes except SCORE Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck Spec, was held Thursday.

A solid total of 183 vehicles are officially entered as of today and nearly 75 additional entries are expected to enter in the five weeks before race day in Ensenada for the legendary race.

So far among the car, truck and UTV classes, SCORE Trophy Truck has the most entries with 28, followed by Trophy Truck Spec with 20, Pro UTV FI with 19, Class 10 with 18, the unlimited Class 1 with 15 and Pro UTV with 12 officially entered to date.

Among the motorcycle classes, the Pro Moto Ironman (solo) rider has the most entries with six today followed by the Pro Moto Unlimited and Pro Moto 40 (m/c riders over 40 years old) classes with five entries each so far.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — As entries continue to arrive from all across the United States and from around the world, the drawing for starting positions will be held on Thursday for next month’s 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The final round of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held Nov. 15-20 in Ensenada, Mexico.

The oldest continuous-running, most prestigious and most rugged desert race in the world, nearly 250 entries, from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to participate in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads in this year’s celebration of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16POMONA, Calif., USA — It is time to drop the green flag for another spectacular Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo at the Fairplex, in Pomona, Calif. and SCORE International will once again be a major part of this weekend’s popular public trade show. The colorful and extensive SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit area in Building 5 will once again offer desert-racing fans the opportunity to interact with the top desert racing teams in the world while viewing the most radical motorsports vehicles ever developed.

Nearly 250 entries, from 25 countries and 40 U.S. States are expected to compete in this year’s 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The race week festivities will cover Nov. 16-20, with the race and all ancillary events starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

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.