Baja-Designs-parkhouse_baja500-6-14-13San Marcos, CA – Congratulations to all participants in this year’s 2013 Tecate Score Baja 500 and a special thank you to Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened. Notably one of the toughest off-road races in the world, this year’s Baja 500 was an invigorating new format that stirred up the race right from the start.

New course sections, new series owner and new rules made for an especially exciting race. The 500 course was very technical, compared to recent years, which meant most race teams had no choice but to turn on their lights and drive through the night.

Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened earned a total of 19 podium finishes in 16 classes.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — With pre-running on the official race course ongoing since last  Wednesday, SCORE champion racer Steve Hengeveld will be the spotlight guest talking about next week’s 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 during Tonight’s airing of Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD weekly Internet broadcast Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Airing in High Definition on www.score-international.com, the show will air from its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego.

Hengeveld, a six-time SCORE season motorcycle point champion who also has eight career motorcycle class wins in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, is part of the defending champion team in this race. Besides Hengeveld, joining rider of record Robby Bell in this year’s attempt to defend their title will be David Pearson and Taylor Robert as the team rides the No. 4x Monster Energy THR Motorsports Kawasaki KX450F.

Another scheduled guest on tonight’s show is veteran SCORE Trophy Truck racer Gary Williams, a co-driver with Ryan Arciero who teams with Troy Herbst in the No. 91 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150.

Rigid-Industries-Davis-HDRA-4-11-13 Ridgecrest, CA – Rigid Industries racers powered through the dust and rocks at the HDRA King Shocks 250 in Ridgecrest, ca. to take the overall victory, three additional wins and several podium finishes. The overall victory and Trophy Truck class win went to the Green Army truck of Justin Davis. Justin used sound strategy to put him in position to win. He started seventh off the line and put in a blistering first lap when the traffic ahead was light. As the laps wore down, traffic, and the thick dust on course, continued to increase. He made his way to the front running second on the road behind the Terrible Herbst truck. Second on the road but first on corrected time, Justin did not want to risk a pass in the rocky terrain so he followed the Herbst truck to the finish line taking the win.

LOS ANGELES—Following the first three of five races in the 2012 SCORE Desert Series, 30 of SCORE’s toughest drivers remain in the hunt to earn 2011 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards.

Leading the way are six racers in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, three in Class 1 for unlimited open-wheelers and and five in Class 1/2-1600 for single or two-seat open wheelers powered by 1600cc VW engines.

The six SCORE Trophy Truck drivers who have completed every race mile so far this season are: Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (No. 20 Ford F-150), Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico (No. 18 Chevy Silverado), Steven Strobel, Clarks, Neb. (No. 94 Ford F-150), Scott Whipple, Norco, Calif. (No. 95 Ford F-150), Tim Herbst, Las Vegas (No. 19 Ford F-150) and Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif. (No. 49 Ford F-150). Tim Herbst and Arciero, who races with Tim Herbst’s younger brother Troy, are part of the Las Vegas-based Terrible Herbst Motorsports team.

Nearly 280 entries are expected to compete in 36 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the upcoming 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500. Round four of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series will be held June 1-3 in Ensenada, Mexico. With late entries accepted up until race morning, entries from 30 US States and 10 countries are expected to take the green flag in the popular early-summer race.

“When you are racing in Baja anything can happen,” Troy Herbst explained.  “That is part of the appeal, but it sure makes it tough to plan ahead.”  Troy’s No. 49 Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Ford was at the starting line for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 when word came across the radio that a semi truck was blocking the course and the marquee Trophy Truck field would restart at Race Mile 5.  The surprises started early and never stopped for the next sixteen hours of non-stop racing from Ensenada to San Felipe and back again.

Desert racing legend Larry Roesler started 8th in the No. 19 Monster Energy / BFGoodrich Tires Terrible Herbst Motor Sports truck with high expectations.  Roesler and Tim Herbst teamed for three consecutive Baja 1000 titles in 2004-06 and were the third truck physically on course when a head gasket let go after 190 miles.  The Herbst considerable experience in desert racing allowed them to adapt to the situation and Tim joined forces with his brother Troy and Ryan Arciero in the No. 49 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford to run the 700 mile course.  “We had actually discussed a three driver team months ago,” Tim revealed after the race.  “It was not hard for our team to implement.”

Troy drove the first leg of the race from Ensenada over the summit and through Ojos Negros, where a rare mistake caused the veteran driver to put the truck on its side.  “That was one of the roughest Baja 1000 courses I have ever seen; I think that it would be easier to run all the way to La Paz and back!” Troy stated.  “My plan was to run a conservative pace but we had to make up some time after we got back on our wheels.”  The revised plan put Tim behind the wheel for the notorious San Felipe loop; the same course where Tim had a top ten finish at the San Felipe 250 earlier in the season.  Tim ran a blistering pace, but an intermittent charging issue would plague the team all day and cost valuable time in the pits.  “If only we could find wiring that is reliable as our BFGoodrich tires!” Tim joked after the rac e- a reference to the fact that the team did not experience a single flat tire while crossing nearly 700 miles of the most brutal terrain on the planet.

Veteran racer Ryan Arciero got in the No. 49 Terrible Herbst Motor Sports truck at Borrego at Race Mile 490 to take the truck home to Ensenada.  “Dust was not an issue with the recent rains,” Ryan explained.  “The fog was so thick though that I ran much of my leg with my visor up since I could not keep it clean.  The voltage issue required us to run without the light bar much of the time as well.  That is Baja though; you just roll with the punches and keep marching towards the finish.”     Just after 5 AM Ryan rolled across the finish line to finish ninth in class and 11th overall nearly 17 non-stop hours after the team took the green flag.

The Terrible Herbst Motor Sports team will be back representing Monster Energy and BFGoodrich tires in select desert races next season, including Best In The Desert’s Parker 425 and Vegas to Reno events and SCORE International’s San Felipe 250, Baja 500, and Baja 1000.  “SCORE is running all the way from Ensenada down the peninsula to La Paz next year and we want to be there first; we wait all year for the thousand,” Troy Herbst confessed.