RENO, Nev., USA — Twenty-year old Carlos Lopez of Tecate, Mexico, who blazed past a field that included the world’s best desert racers to capture the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory at the 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 desert race, will be spotlighted during Sunday’s premier telecast of the race on the CBS Sports Network. The debut of the one-hour special will air on the CBS Sports Spectacular show at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, followed eight additional scheduled airings of the popular programming through Sunday, Aug. 2.
Well that was fun! I have been dreaming of racing Baja in a car for a long time. I know some of you are thinking, you dreamed of racing a UTV and not a class 1 car or a trophy truck? But yeah I actually love driving the UTV and have been working hard to make it happen for some time now. In order to keep this somewhat short enough to keep the attention span of most of my friends (myself included) I will leave out my pre-running story and go straight to the race.
Apdaly Lopez earned his first career win in the SCORE-International Series and the elite Trophy Truck class this weekend at the 2015 SCORE-International Baja 500. Powered by Dougans Racing Engines, Lopez averaged a blistering speed of 57.95 mph to take the overall win amongst a field of thirty Trophy Trucks. Lopez’ win marks the second consecutive win and third straight race with a podium for Dougans Racing Engines in the SCORE-International Series. The 20-year old arrived in Ensenada third in points behind 2015 Baja Sur 500 winner Eduardo Laguna and 2015 San Felipe 250 winner Tavo Vildosola. All ten vehicles outfitted with Dougans Racing Engines finished the grueling 510 mile course, with six finishing in the top eleven. Dougans racers now own five of the top six spots in the 2015 overall SCORE points standings.
Cody Parkhouse went to Ensenada with one goal in mind – to defend his 2014 Class 1 Baja 500 victory. Having spent many days pre-running and preparing for the grueling race, the #127 JIMCO buggy proved most prepared for the Baja 500 course that went to areas untouched in many years, winning 2015 SCORE-International Baja 500 in Class 1. Nineteen Class 1 vehicles took the green flag but only ten finished. The top four spots belonged to JIMCO, with #160 Victor Barreda, #128 Brent Parkhouse and #104 Rob Archibald all finishing over an hour after the father/son duo of Brian/Cody Parkhouse. The win marks their second consecutive Baja 500 win in dominating fashion.
Garden Grove, CA – King Shocks takes the overall win in the 47th SCORE Baja 500 with Apdaly Lopez. The win earns King Shocks its third straight overall victory in the SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series. The SCORE season kicked off with Tavo Vildosola taking the overall win at the San Felipe 250. The Baja Sur 500 saw Apdaly’s RPM Racing and King Shocks teammate Lalo Laguna as the fastest overall driver on the 500-mile course. At the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, it was Apdaly’s turn to outrun the field in a 500-mile Baja torture test. You might have seen the young Lopez taking a gold medal at the X-games behind the wheel of his Formula Off-Road Stadium Super Truck in 2014.
His X-games gold medal performance made him the youngest driver in X Games history to win a gold medal in a car or truck. He also became the first Mexican National to earn an X Games gold medal. Now he has a prestigious Baja 500 victory to add to his credentials.
Ensenada, Mexico – In one of the closest finishes in recent memory, Mexican native Carlos Apdaly Lopez claimed the overall win at the 47th running of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 by just 50 seconds over BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren.
The win marks the 31st overall SCORE Baja 500 win and the 84th overall win on the Baja peninsula for BFGoodrich Tires. BFGoodrich Tires not only took the overall win, but its race tires ran on the top 11 overall finishers and included 11 class wins.
SCORE International released the final entry list for tomorrow’s 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. There are currently 216 entries for the third round of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship
After sweeping the SCORE International Desert Racing series last year and helping put champion racers back on the podium, BFGoodrich® Tires is poised to continue its string of seven consecutive overall SCORE desert race wins at the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico, starting Saturday, June 6.
The outstanding run of successes last year included overall wins at the SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000, and coincided with the introduction of the latest in desert race tire technology with the BFGoodrich Tires Baja T/A® KR2. The tire has been adopted by race teams in various classes and now has amassed 11 overall desert race wins.
Menzies Looks To Make History
BFGoodrich Performance Team member Bryce Menzies captured last year’s SCORE Baja 500 after missing an opportunity to claim three in a row in 2013. Nonetheless, Menzies, who will drive the No. 77 Red Bull Ford F-150, has claimed the overall win in three of the last four years in this race and looks to join an elite group of just five racers who have four overall SCORE Baja 500 wins.
After clinching a solid second-place finish at the inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500, the reigning SCORE champion Steven Eugenio and driving partner Armin Schwarz now look forward to a real classic: This coming weekend (June 4-7 ), is the 47th edition of the Baja 500. This race marks the third round of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship. With the start and finish as always in Ensenada on the Pacific, Eugenio and Schwarz will race over 510 miles through northern Baja California at the wheel of their Galindo Motorsports #1 Trophy Truck. Schwarz and his navigator Bryan Lyttle tackle the first stint, with Eugenio and his co-pilot climbing aboard at race mile 260 to bring the Trophy Truck home.
ENSENADA, Mexico — Fully engaged and well aware of the challenge that awaits, Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies and SoCal’s Ricky Brabec are full of confidence and enthusiasm as Menzies defends his overall race and SCORE Trophy Truck title and Brabec attempts to repeat as overall motorcycle winner at this week’s 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Round 3 of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship is being held this week in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 85 miles south of San Diego.
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday drops first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. and approximately 10 a.m. for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to complete the brutally rugged 510.58-mile course in nearly 11 hours, all vehicles will have a 22-hour time limit to become an official finisher in the grueling race.