Roger-Full-Norman-SCORE-Baja-500-6-1-13The recent acquisition of SCORE by Roger Norman has been met with some apprehension by the motorcycle and ATV camps, and that’s understandable to a degree.

After all, as a Trophy Truck competitor, Norman’s much-publicized collision with a backmarker motorcycle competitor during the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 500, and his outspoken commentary regarding motorcycle and ATV safety afterward, have left many bike teams concerned over the future of these classes now that he has acquired the legendary sanctioning body, one which owes a great deal of its history and success to these classes.

Yet Norman’s presence on the starting line to see off every motorcycle and ATV entry in this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 field at least gave the impression that he doesn’t simply consider them as mere obstacles to the all-powerful Trophy Trucks and buggies that serve as Baja racing’s biggest draw. He is concerned about their future, and he wants to see the classes grow.

To that end, Norman has implemented changes to some of the bike and ATV classes, most notably in the Sportsman ranks, for this year’s 500, and if he is able to implement his plans fully, even more are in store for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in November.

“I think where we are right now is that we are on the ground floor,” Norman said. “There are a lot of things that we can do to increase the bike counts. One of the things is to make it a bigger event for the bikes and give it its own television show.”

Jesse-Jones-San-Felipe-3-20-13One hundred and twenty five miles south of the U.S. border sits an isolated community, on the shores of the Sea of Cortez. But it isn’t the scenic views, the sport fishing or the Florida like temperatures that draw over thousands of visitors in the Month of March to San Felipe. It all comes down to one reason, off-road racing!

The 27th annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 raced the desert of San Felipe on March 9th.  Over 250 entries were signed up for the year’s first big off-road race. It would be this race that would set the pace for most, for the rest of the season. With only 3 SCORE races taking place this season, it is important to first finish, but to also finish in a top drawing spot for the next race.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — New to the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, SoCal racers Steven Eugenio and teammate Adam Pfankuch and lead rider Tim Weigand of the powerful JCR Honda motorcycle team will be the featured guests tonight 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 and the 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 SCORE tech shop in San Diego. All live events this will be the 10th weekly Dirt Live show to air.

Polaris-RZR-SCORE-San-Felipe-3-12-13Minneapolis, March 11, 2013 – Thirteen side-by-sides, including Jagged X’s Matt Parks and Jason Spiess in their 1932 Jagged X/Polaris RZR XP 4 900, lined up for the first SCORE race of the season, the San Felipe 250. The race was the inaugural race for the “Pro UTV” class in the series and when the dust settled, Parks and Spiess would take the checkered flag and be one of only two side-by-sides to finish from the class.

The San Felipe 250 is notorious for being the roughest race in North America with endless whoops, deep silt and rocky sand washes. But after Parks did his pre-run, he knew that this would be a race of survival.

Corona, CA – Robby Bell, Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson are ready to carry the momentum of recent wins south of the border next week at the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. They’ll split seat time as usual aboard their THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F, meticulously prepared by Bob Bell of Precision Concepts, in the first of three SCORE races.

While this will be the first race SCORE has produced under the helm of new owner Roger Norman, the THR trio expects no surprises in the one-loop, 254-mile course that employs a mix of new and old tracks.

While the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 was only 692 miles long this year, none of those miles came easy for any team.  “In Baja you don’t necessarily race against each other,” explained five time Baja 1000 winner Rob MacCachren, “you race against Baja itself.”  After conquering San Felipe to win both SCORE races there earlier this season, the notorious whoops finally got their revenge when the No. 20 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / MasterCraft Safety / BFGoodrich Tires Trophy Truck experienced suspension component failure that additionally took out the power steering at Race Mile 458.  At that time Rob Mac was fourth physically on course and chasing his first SCORE season championship as driver of record after assisting so many other teams in the past as a hired gun.

Team owner Robbie Pierce and co-driver Justin Fantz took over for MacCachren and co-driver Cisco Bio at RM458 with assistance from Jimco and Steve Appleton’s pit crew.  Appleton’s Unlimited Car effort had ended at this point and the team offered to help with the camaraderie that desert racing is famous for.  Appleton was not alone; nearly half of the field did not complete the grueling race.  Robbie Pierce was able to bring the truck home to finish eleventh in class and thirteenth overall, but the downtime replacing the shock cost the team over two hours of time, allowing the SCORE season championship to slip through their grasp.  Finishing in the top half of the 29 Trophy Trucks at the race allowed MacCachren to finish second in SCORE Trophy Truck points for the season.

Rob MacCachren’s last race of the year is the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) short course race in Phoenix on December 10th and the big money ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Lucas Oil Challenge Cup race the following day that pits Pro2 and Pro4 trucks against each other on the same track.  Follow all of the team’s latest developments in the off season via social media by “liking” Rob MacCachren at http://www.facebook.com/21RobMac and MasterCraft Safety at http://www.facebook.com/mastercraftsafety or by sending Robbie Pierce a friend request at http://www.facebook.com/robbieTT30.