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.”
Paso Robles, Calif. – Lazer Star Lights – a global manufacturer for off-road LED light bars and performance lighting accessories – recently announced a new sponsorship agreement with Can-Am Factory ATV Race Teams for the 2013 season.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Can-Am’s Factory teams and riders,” says Lazer Star Lights, “It’s a testament to both the quality of our lights, and Can-Am’s trust in our products to help win championships.”
Can-Am Factory Teams compete across multiple series and races including, AMA ATV Motocross Championship, AMSOIL GNCC, WORCS, SCORE, and Best In The Desert.
Lazer Star Lights will equip the Factory Can-Am Teams with a variety of LX LED light bars for their race and support vehicles. Lazer Star will have presence on racer jersey’s, in the pits on Can-Am Factory trailers, and on banner displays.
SAN DIEGO — The two youngest members of San Diego’s prominent McMillin family of racers, third-generation desert racing brothers Dan and Luke McMillin will be the featured guests Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Roger Norman’s Dirt Live weekly internet broadcast. Airing on www.score-international.com, the show is broadcast from the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego.
Roger Norman’s Dirt Live one-hour show is broadcast live weekly 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. Broadcast studios are located at the Norman Motorsports race shop in San Diego. All live events, this will be the seventh Dirt Live show to air.
The season opener of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series will be held March 8-10 in Mexico’s picturesque fishing village of San Felipe, located 120 miles south of the U.S. border on the East side of the Baja California peninsula along the azure waters of the tranquil Sea of Cortez. The race will herald the new chapter in SCORE history, starting the tenure of Roger Norman as the owner of the world’s foremost desert racing organization.
SAN DIEGO—Colorful SoCal desert racer/TV action sports commentator Cameron Steele and champion motorcycle racer Kurt Caselli will be the featured guests Tuesday at 7 p.m. during the new Roger Norman’s Dirt Live weekly desert racing internet broadcast on www.score-international.com.
Roger Norman’s Dirt Live one-hour show is broadcast live weekly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The show content is centered around his 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. Broadcast studios are located at the Norman Motorsports race shop in San Diego. All live events, this will be the fifth Dirt Live show to air.
The seven-rider team will feature reigning AMA National Enduro Champion Steward Baylor; former GNCC XC1 and National Enduro Champion Charlie Mullins; 2-time GNCC XC2 Lites Champion Kailub Russell; reigning AMA National Hare & Hound Champion Kurt Caselli; reigning WORCS Pro 2 Champion Ivan Ramirez; former 125cc Motocross National and WORCS Champion and reigning X-Games EnduroX Gold Medalist Mike Brown; and multi-time GNCC Women’s Champion and X-Games Women’s Gold Medalist Maria Forsberg.
Baylor, a former GNCC XC2 Champion, will debut aboard his KTM 250 XC two-stroke machine in his first full season in the GNCC XC1 class. He will contest the title against his teammates Charlie Mullins, Kailub Russell and the rest of the talented field. Baylor will also return to the AMA National Enduro Series to defend his 2012 title which he earned in his first-ever full-time season in the series.