2014-SCORE-Baja-1000-LogoENSENADA, Mexico — While deservedly grabbing the majority of the headlines will be the five-way race for the season title in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for 850-horsepower high-tech, unlimited production trucks, this week’s iconic 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will also include everyman racers from across the U.S. and around the world along with nearly three dozen cross-over racers from other motorsports disciplines as well as business leaders and entertainers.

This year’s legendary desert classic, the final event of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, is being held in Mexico on a brutally-rugged race-record 1,275-mile SCORE signature desert race course.

When the green flag drops Thursday for nearly 250 entries at 6 a.m. (PT) for motorcycles and ATVs and 12:30 p.m. (PT) for cars and trucks, the growing starting grid for the 47th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 includes 104 racers who have combined for 318 class wins in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.

Robby was the fastest qualifier last night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo: Val Douglas/GETSOMEphoto.com

Robby was the fastest qualifier last night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo: Val Douglas/GETSOMEphoto.com

Former Indycar driver, NASCAR driver/team owner, short-course race series promoter and desert racing superstar Robby Gordon set the fastest qualifying time in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division during the special qualifying session held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in conjunction with SEMA week Tuesday night. Gordon will start in the number one spot for next week’s 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

Go-Baja-Riding-logo-10-21-14Go Baja Riding has announced that it will provide racers, or those looking to compete in their first hard-core race, an opportunity of a lifetime to race the SCORE Baja 1000 this year. Go Baja provides an all-inclusive race program for the Baja 1000. We cover logistics, food, lodging, transportation, bikes for pre run, pitting, and a professionally built 450x with a full-time chase crew (altogether it’s a nine-day program including race day).

Go Baja Riding Tours proudly announced last week that we are now a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. All proceeds generated will go directly to the WWP. Our donation page is available at support: support.woundedwarriorproject.org/group-fundraising/gobajariding. Go Baja Riding says it is excited to give back to the soldiers that have kept us safe. Two of the team’s riders are combat wounded veterans, so all of us at Go Baja Riding are racing for a larger cause.

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— Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr combined a second place finish with Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren’s uncharacteristic mishap at the recent Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge to catapult himself into first place in the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point lead after four rounds of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship.

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Rob MacCachren is one of 19 racers still in the hunt for SCORE’s Milestone Award.

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.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN 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.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN 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.

Schaffer-Motorsports-Baja-1000-11-25-13Ensenada, 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.

Coastal-Racing-THUMB-Baja-1000-11-21-13Minneapolis – 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.

Kurt Caselli was leading the race at the time of his crash. Although booby trap rumors spread throughout the Internet, the KTM team believes he may have hit a small animal. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

Kurt Caselli was leading the race at the time of his crash. Although booby trap rumors spread throughout the Internet, the KTM team believes he may have hit a small animal. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

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.