RENO, Nev. — After 2,315.8 dusty and grueling desert racing miles, 12 of the world’s best desert racers have survived the challenge of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship to earn coveted 2014 SCORE Milestone Awards. The 12 drivers, competing in seven different Pro classes for cars and trucks, earned their prestigious honors by finishing every required mile in the World’s foremost Desert Racing Series. The 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship ended recently with the 47th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 peninsula run from Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico.
RENO, Nev. — This week’s massive SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the Las Vegas Convention Center and tonight’s SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will both shine brightly in the SCORE spotlight today and tonight in a special edition of the weekly SCORE DirtLive HD Internet show. Both are a prelude to next week’s 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
The granddaddy of all desert races is the season finale of the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship. This year’s iconic adventure, next Tuesday through Saturday, will be a race of approximately 1,280 miles down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting in Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
RENO, Nev.—SCORE International, the global desert racing organization that has held events for over four decades on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, has joined the massive relief efforts to assist the thousands of people impacted by last Sunday’s devastating Category 3 Hurricane Odile. While the hurricane pummeled the entire peninsula, especially hard hit was the southern State of Baja California Sur.
In the midst of final preparations for November’s 47th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 that will start in Ensenada and finish in La Paz, SCORE has been working with Cruz Roja Mexicana (the Mexican Red Cross) since this terrible event to facilitate movement of supplies down the length of the peninsula.
RENO, Nev. — Mexico’s Gustavo Vildosola Jr. has drawn the first starting positions for the upcoming 19th annual Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by the City of Imperial, Calif. A live drawing was broadcast Tuesday night on the SCORE DirtLive HD Internet Show.
Round 4 of the 2014 five-race SCORE World Desert Championship will have the event split into multiple days with classes divided into groups as is typical with a SCORE Desert Challenge. Each class will run two, eight-lap segments over an eight-mile course at the Coyne Powersports Motorplex near Plaster City, Calif. in Imperial Valley. The race festivities will be held Sept. 25-28 with racing on Friday night, all day and into Saturday evening and Sunday morning and afternoon. The race venue is located approximately 100 miles east of San Diego.
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.
SAN DIEGO — Following Tuesday’s night live drawing for starting positions, Southern California’s Ricky Brabec, will be the first motorcycle off the starting line in the upcoming 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Entries from around the world continue to arrive for Round 3 of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, to be held June 5-8 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
With SCORE Trophy Trucks and unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars qualifying for starting positions, Brabec is certain of his starting position on race day. The start draw was broadcast live worldwide during a special edition of the SCORE Dirt LiveHD Internet show.
SCORE is celebrating its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2014 and this race is traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule. Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 46th anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
SAN DIEGO — Merging the two desert racing organizations that he owns, Roger Norman has announced the groundbreaking SCORE World Desert Championship, commencing in 2014 with a six-race series that will include all of the car, truck, motorcycle and ATV classes in Mexico and the United States. Citing a desire to simplify the two series and make the overall championship series more appealing to national and international television and traditional media, merged into SCORE International will be Norman’s two-year old High Desert Racing Association (HDRA).
Preparing to celebrate its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, SCORE International today officially announced its 2014 schedule, which will consist of the three major desert races held on Mexico’s majestic Baja Peninsula along with three additional races being held in the USA. All classes will race in all races and five of the six best finishes will count towards SCORE World Desert Championship point titles.
Once a year the sleepy beach town of San Felipe is awoken by the sounds of chase crews, pre-runner vehicles and race machines tearing around the streets and nearby desert in preparation for the season opener of the SCORE Baja series. The town may be a destination for those seeking relaxation and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the American way of life, but the race itself offers nothing of the sort. The terrain is brutal. The course features more whoops than most racers would care to hit in a lifetime and embedded rocks blending in so well with the dirt that it makes racing feel a bit like a game of Russian roulette. Maintaining focus over such unreadable terrain is of the utmost importance as the slightest mistake could end your race. Couple the mental test with the physicality of the course and the speeds required to compete and it can be argued that the San Felipe 250 is one of the toughest off road races in the world.
Caselli, who has been a member of the KTM Factory team for the past 11 seasons, is excited to stay with his orange family for an additional three years while also adding new events to his schedule.
The 29 year-old rider raced his first Dakar Rally in January 2013 where he impressively won two stages of the event. His speed, eagerness to learn and ability to quickly adapt to the surroundings caught the eye of KTM’s Director of Racing, Pit Beirer. Together, Beirer and Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager Antti Kallonen, reached an agreement that would allow Caselli to represent the Red Bull KTM Factory World Rally Team for the next three years while also continuing his US based SCORE/Baja racing efforts as a member of the Factory FMF/KTM Team.
Murrieta, CA – Factory FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM rider Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez will return to San Felipe, Mexico to defend their SCORE/Baja San Felipe 250 title this coming weekend aboard their number 2X KTM race machine.
The two riders won the event last year aboard the carbureted version of the KTM 450 SX-F. Caselli and Ramirez have both been in Mexico for the last week alongside fellow KTM riders Mike Brown and Toby Price. Brown and Price will race on an identically prepared KTM 450 SX-F with the number 3X. All four riders have been pre-riding the course since the course opened to competitors last week.
“So far our riders have reported that the course is slightly different than last year but that they are happy with the changes,’ commented Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “We are looking forward to getting out front early and hopefully having a repeat of last year’s win.”