SAN DIEGO—Two-time reigning SCORE Overall motorcycle point champion Colton Udall and 19-time SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Builder of the Year Mike Julson will both be featured guests Tuesday at 6 p.m. during the new Roger Norman’s Dirt Live weekly desert racing internet broadcast on www.score-international.com.

The one-hour weekly Roger Norman’s Dirt Live show is broadcast live on Tuesdays at 6 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 program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. Broadcast studios are located at the Norman Motorsports race shop in San Diego.

Udall, San Clemente, Calif., races for Johnny Campbell’s powerful factory-supported JCR Honda Race team, which is also based in that Southern California city. Udall, with help from co-riders David Kamo and Tim Weigand, has now won the SCORE Overall season motorcycle point championship the last two years.  Udall and his co-riders came from behind to win the 2012 SCORE Desert Series championship by ending the season with a brilliant victory in the season-ending Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

LOS ANGELES—Online voting has begun for the 2012 SCORE Off-Roadsman Awards and will continue until midnight on Dec. 25, officials of the SCORE Desert Series announced today.

Having completed 39 years as the world’s foremost desert racing organization, Los Angeles-based SCORE International will have nine annual SCORE Off-Roadsman Award winners selected by online voting at http://tinyurl.com/cp9n3 to which opened today and will close at midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 25.  Two additional SCORE Off-Roadsman categories, Original Chassis Builder and Engine Builder are determined by a special points system.

Winners of the public voting will be honored in January during the SCORE Awards Night which celebrates the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series. This is the second year that SCORE has used online voting to determine the award winners. In past years the winners were selected by way of a vote conducted with SCORE members.


For the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, we were afforded the unique opportunity to chase the race with the All German Motorsports team.  This year’s race will cover over 1,100 miles (1,121.55, to be exact) of rugged Baja terrain, as the racecourse traverses the Baja Peninsula from north (the start at Ensenada) to south (the finish at La Paz).

The AGM team is fielding two cars for the race. The relatively new BMW-inspired #15 Trophy Truck driven by Martin Christensen and Armin Schwarz will head off as the 33rd Trophy Truck off the line. The truck first saw action at last year’s 1000, and it has been tweaked and readjusted after the SCORE Laughlin race, San Felipe 250 and Baja 500. With its unique design blending Class 1 handling characteristics and Trophy Truck speed and ability, the team finally feels the truck’s suspension, handling, power and drivetrain adjustments are in order. Now it comes down to surviving Baja.

Baja 1000 Testing with All German Motorsports

LAUGHLIN, NEVADA – Team Toyo Off-Road’s newest member, “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin, won Saturday’s Round 1 of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series during the 18th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, Nevada.  Baldwin, from Las Vegas, Nevada, finished an impressive first overall and first in class with a one minute, six second margin of victory over the next finisher, Juan Carlos Lopez.

Driving his #97 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Chevy Silverado trophy truck; Baldwin beat 98 other vehicles entered in the eight lap race with a time of 53 minutes, 45 seconds.  This was Baldwin’s first-ever SCORE off-road race competing on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

Baldwin was the number one qualifier for Saturday’s race, posting the fastest time of six minutes, 23.99 seconds during a single 6.25-mile lap sprint on Friday.  During Sunday’s Round 2, Baldwin experienced a mechanical problem during lap two, sidelining his truck before the finish of the race.

“It’s 2012 and the end is near… for the competition!  Our race season is already starting to blossom thanks to Toyo,” said Baldwin.  “We qualified first by a mile and then easily won round one.  Round 2 was going to be victorious as well if not for engine trouble.  This year is going to be awesome for us now that we are running on the best off road tire. The Toyo Open Country M/T-R’s simply perform better!”

“We congratulate BJ Baldwin on his win during Round 1 of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “This was his first time competing as a member of Team Toyo Off-Road, and he won immediately on our Open Country M/T-R tires.  We are looking forward to an exciting desert racing season with BJ.”

To learn more about “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin and the Open Country® line of light truck tires, log onto www.toyotires.com.  Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks.  Connect with the community at www.facebook.com/toyotires and www.twitter.com/toyotires.

The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 brings out fans by the thousands. Americans and Mexicans set up shop at jumps and major road crossings, in the wash near the start of the race and everywhere in between. The locals love the race and the excitement and speed that comes with off-road racing, but sometimes fans take it too far.

We came across a video on Saturday that shows a fan going way too far. If nothing else, it’s an example of what not to do when watching an off-road race. This spectator positioned himself in a large rut hoping to get a cool shot of a buggy jumping over him. One buggy did jump the stupido spectator, and he survived to tell about it, but as the 1204 Class 12 car of Zak Langley comes by, the spectator has nowhere to go. Fortunately Langley avoided him and moved on, but it’s the perfect example of what not to do at an off-road racing. It’s amazing this guy didn’t get hit.

Check out the video below.

WHAT:
44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race
Final event of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series
WHEN:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 16-20, 2011
WHERE:
Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (65 miles south of U.S./Mexico Border)
WHO:
Over 275 entries from 34 U.S. States, and 16 countries, competing in 36 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs
COURSE:
TOTAL MILEAGE: 692.82 miles (6 checkpoints plus the finish line, 64 virtual checkpoints).
Starts and finishes on Blvd. Costero, adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. From the start in Ensenada the course will go east to Ojos Negros for just over 35 miles which will be raced in both directions during the race. From Ojos Negros, the course will travel in a clockwise direction. From Ojos Negros, the course turns South to El Alamo and then east up through the Summit and makes a South turn at Cohabuzo Junction and on to the the infamous Laguna Salada, paralleling Mexican Highway 5.  Next is San Felipe loop where the course will cover some of the rugged MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 course including the magnificent Matomi Wash.
After the San Felipe loop, which travels in a counterclockwise direction from and back to Borrego, the course will head north and northwest, joining Highway 3 for a short distance to the Mike’s Sky Ranch turnoff. Then the course heads to the Pacific Ocean below San Vicente and past Erendira, back inland up through Santo Tomas then turning northeast just past Uruapan winding its way back to Ojos Negros for the final charge back to Ensenada.
This year’s race course will feature 6 outlying checkpoints where each vehicle is required to quickly stop before continuing on.  The checkpoints will be located as follows: Checkpoint No. 1—No. of Santa Catarina (race mile 82.49), No. 2—West of Borrego (rm 213.70), No. 3—South of San Felipe (rm 319.40), No. 4—West of Borrego (rm 464.75), No. 5—South of San Vicente (rm 559.20), No. 6—South of Ojos Negros  (rm 651.92)

Johnny Campbell Racing gave American Honda the top two overall motorcycle finishing positions and their 15th straight Baja 500 title as Kendall Norman and Quinn Cody take the win and Honda’s 16th overall motorcycle victory in the very demanding 452.84 mile SCORE Baja 500 with a winning time of 8:47:07 at 51.76 mph on a Honda CRF450X. Their times were the fastest of all vehicles on the course. This race marks the second straight overall SCORE Baja 500 race win for Norman and Cody. Norman now has five career race wins in this event in the last six years. It was the second triumph for Cody. Udall was teamed with Kamo for the first time as Johnny Campbell Racing dedicated the race to the memory of Udall’s former teammate Jeff “OX” Kargola, who passed away recently following a motorcycle riding accident in Baja. During Saturday’s race, the two JCR/Honda vehicles actually crossed the finish line together in what was one of the closest races in the history of the Baja 500. Early reports had the win going to the 0x bike ridden by Colton Udall and JCR/Honda newcomer David Kamo however after final data review the win was awarded to Norman/Cody. Both teams were racing identical Eric Siraton prepped Honda CRF450X’s.

JCR/Honda congratulates the following teams, winning their respective motorcycle and ATV classes, all relying on the popular JCR/Honda race support pit service: Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., (Class 25, Honda TRX700XX), Brandon Brown, Umatilla Ore. (Class 24, Honda TRX450R), Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 30, Honda CRF450X), Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif. (Class 21, Honda CRF450X), Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X).


If you need some new rubber for your off-road rig, this is your chance to win a new set of BFGoodrich tires from Off-Road.com. To celebrate its long history in off-road racing and to coincide with the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500, BFGoodrich will be giving away a set of five off-road tires to one lucky Off-Road.com reader.

BFGoodrich has been a staple in SCORE off-road racing for decades. Last year at the 2010 Baja 1000, BFGoodrich celebrated its 35th year racing in SCORE, and drivers Gus Vildosola Jr. and Sr. earned BFG its 70th overall four-wheel victory with the win. At this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500, BFGoodrich drivers will be vying for BFG’s 28th overall four-wheel win in the last 31 years.

For the tire giveaway, any BFGoodrich off-road tire can be chosen, including the all-new Rugged Terrain, the All-Terrain T/A KO, the Mud-Terrain T/A KM2, Baja T/A or even the Krawler T/A KX. Any size from 37 inches and under can be selected, so whether you’re looking to upgrade your rock crawler, pre-runner, buggy or tow vehicle, this is your chance to score.

To enter the BFGoodrich Off-Road.com Tire Giveaway, simply head over to Off-Road.com’s Facebook page and Like us (if you’re already a fan of our Facebook page you will automatically be entered). We will select a winner next week after the SCORE Baja 500.

Be sure to check back with Off-Road.com next week for coverage of the 43rd SCORE Baja 500. For more information on BFGoodrich Tires, visit BFGoodrich.com.