ENSENADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MX – Team Toyo driver Gustavo (Tavo) Vildósola, Jr. and Toyo Tires won the 48th Annual SCORE Baja 500 this past weekend, finishing first overall for Four Wheel Vehicles and first in the Trophy Truck class. Mexican-born Vildósola endured extreme temperatures to conquer the 477.52-mile desert course in a time of 08:20:52.105. His #21 Vildósola Racing / Toyo Tires trophy truck relies on 40-inch Toyo Open Country R/T-R tires to get through the tough desert terrain.
Greenville, S.C., June 6, 2016 – It has been more than two years since BFGoodrich Tires has not claimed the overall win in a SCORE International desert race. While that streak ended, the tire company did help their drivers to eight class wins. Additionally, eight of the top 10 overall finishers raced on BFGoodrich Tires at the 48th SCORE Baja 500.
For the first time in 11 total races in the series, a driver not running BFGoodrich Tires claimed the overall win in a SCORE race as Gus Vildosola, Jr took the prize by three minutes.
Gustavo “Tavo” Vildosola was the first Mexican-born racer to earn the overall victory at the Baja 1000, and the win cemented his legacy as one of the most beloved Mexican off-road racers in the sport. Although Vildosola earned a Baja 500 victory in the Pro Truck class in 2007, he has not stood atop of the podium at the Baja 500 in the Trophy Truck class.
Ensenada, Mexico – Eleven consecutive races over the last two years. That is the current run of overall race wins for BFGoodrich Tires in SCORE International races. Since the SCORE Baja 1000 in November 2013, racers on BFGoodrich Tires have claimed the overall win in every race held.
BFGoodrich Tires is focused on claiming its third consecutive and 32nd overall SCORE Baja 500 win. The race is held in Ensenada, Mexico starting Saturday, June 4.
Last year, in one of the closest finishes in recent memory, Mexican native Carlos Apdaly Lopez claimed the overall win at the 47th running of the SCORE Baja 500 by just 50 seconds over BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren.
ENSENADA, Mexico — Leading the field into this week’s internationally-televised 48th annual SCORE Baja 500 will be former overall winners Rob MacCachren, brothers Ed, Tim and Troy Herbst, Andy McMillin, Mark Post, B.J. Baldwin, Bryce Menzies, Larry Roeseler and Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna. SCORE’s proverbial ‘Dirty Dozen’ all race in SCORE Trophy Truck, the sport’s marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.
With festivities starting on Thursday, Round 2 of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held this week in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – With late entries accepted during on-site racer registration this week, a total of 223 teams are officially entered for this week’s 48th annual SCORE Baja 500. Round 2 of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship is being held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 85 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.
Through Monday evening, the SCORE Baja 500 has teams entered from 22 U.S. States and 10 countries ready for the green flag to drop as they compete in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads in the 48th anniversary of the popular. The starting grid for the 477.52-mile race includes 32 entries so far in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks, 28 in Class 10, 19 in the unlimited Class 1, 16 in Trophy Truck Spec and 14 each in SCORE Lites, Pro UTV FI and Pro UTV.
RENO, Nev., USA — With pre-race planning and logistic sessions ongoing as well as tweaking of their exotic desert racing machines, the drawing for starting positions is Thursday and pre-running opens Saturday for entries from all across the United States and around the world expected for next month’s internationally-televised 48th annual SCORE Baja 500.
Round 2 of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held June 2- 5 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
DRAW DEADLINE WEDNESDAY
The deadline to enter the race in order to be included in the drawing for starting positions is 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The drawing, to determine the start order within each class, except the featured SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, will be held on Thursday. For SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, the drawing will determine their start order for qualifying on Thurs., June 2.
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race course will begin on Saturday, May 21. The official map of the 477.51-mile course is available on the SCORE website.
RENO, Nev., USA — Entries from all across the United States and around the world are expected as online registration for the upcoming internationally-televised 48th annual SCORE Baja 500 is underway. Round 2 of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held June 2-June 5 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 48th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 4) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. and approximately 10 a.m. for the cars, trucks and UTVs.
RENO, Nev., USA — August 2 will see a very special ‘SCORE Sunday’ on the CBS Sports Network as all three of the opening rounds of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will have repeat airings as one-hour specials on the same day as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular programming. Following the early morning showing of the first three races of the season, the recent Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 show will also have two additional repeat showings on Sunday late afternoon and in prime time in the evening.
All three races were held in Mexico and the repeat broadcasts on Sunday, running in a three-hour time block in chronological order will start at 6 a.m. ET with the 29th annual Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 followed by the Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 and finishing with the 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. Round 1 was held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico in mid-January, Round 2 was held entirely in Baja California Sur, Mexico, starting in Cabo San Lucas and finishing in Loreto and Round 3 started and finished in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.