FULLERTON, CA. – (Nov. 13, 2012) – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored off-roaders Cameron and Heidi Steele are heading to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to compete in the storied SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, November 14-17. The Steeles, along with their Desert Assassins teammates, will race on various Geolandar® tires along the demanding course. The 45th running of the race goes from Ensenada to La Paz and is the SCORE racing series season finale.

Two-time SCORE Person of the Year Cameron Steele has two 800-horsepower Trophy Trucks in the race. Each features newly developed 40-inch Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S® R tires specially engineered for extreme off-road conditions. Trophy Trucks, like Steele’s No. 16 Monster Energy/Yokohama Tire and No. 14 Yokohama Tire vehicles, have 26 inches of front-wheel travel and 36 inches of rear-wheel travel, and can hit a top speed of 135 mph.

The Monster Energy Off-Road team is set to tackle the 45th annual SCORE Baja 1000. With a massive team of five trophy trucks, One 6-truck, and one bike team The Monster Energy Off-Road team will be in the hunt for the overall win as well as multiple class wins.

The 1,121 mile battle down the treacherous Baja peninsula will begin at 6:30am Thursday morning November 16th in Ensenada, Baja, CA with the start of the bikes. The 4-wheel vehicles will start 5 hours later at 11:30am. The race will continue non-stop through the night ending just outside of La Paz, Baja Sur, CA. The bikes are expected to make it to the finish some 19 hours later near 1:30am if they can maintain a 60-mph average. The four wheel vehicles will are expected to arrive a few hours later near 6:30am.

LOS ANGELES—With 37 of the world’s best desert racers entered in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck starting grid, dust will fly next month but none higher than the point championship duel between second-generation desert racer Rob MacCachren and Mexico’s Juan C. Lopez at the 45th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. This year’s iconic desert classic, the final event of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series, will be held Nov. 14-17 on a the brutally-rugged 1,121.55-mile Sal Fish signature desert race course.

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With over 300 expected entries for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs competing in 35 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes in the internationally televised race, entries have already come from 32 U.S. states and 19 countries.  In addition to the 32 U.S. States, racers have entered from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway and the US Territory of Guam. With 30 days before the green flag drops on Thursday, Nov. 15, late entries will be accepted up to race morning.

PARKER, ARIZONA – Robby Gordon and Toyo Tires® swept the BlueWater Desert Challenge in Parker, Arizona this past weekend.  Driving the #1537 SPEED Energy/RPM Offroad/Toyo Tires/4 Wheel Parts open wheel ‘truggy’ equipped with Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires; Gordon dominated the three day event which consisted of Friday qualifying and two segments of racing.

During Friday’s qualifying, Gordon topped the charts with a time of 3:02.466 for an average speed of 59.19-mph.  Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires were also on the truck of the second fastest qualifier, BJ Baldwin.  Baldwin drove the #1 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Chevy Silverado class 1400 Trick Truck to a time of 3:03.353 at 58.90-mph.

During Saturday and Sunday’s three-lap, 26-mile per lap races; Gordon won overall each day with more than a two-minute margin of victory.  His cumulative time for the race was a 2:42:52, beating the second overall finisher by more than 4.5 minutes.  BJ Baldwin finished second in class 1400 and fifth overall with a cumulative time of 02:52:02.

Fort Mill, SC – August 15, 2012.  It’s dry, hot, rocky and at times treacherous.  It’s the Nevada desert and it will become the playground for over 300 participants in this weekend’s General Tire Vegas to Reno off-road race.  The Best In The Desert (BITD) Series returns to competition this Friday with Team GT leading the charge to the top of the podium.  And at the front of the Team GT line is Camburg Racing with driver’s Jerry Zaiden and Jerry Whelchel.  Zaiden and Whelchel will tag team behind the wheel of their Class 6100 truck for the 535-mile journey that is noted as the longest race in the US.  The duo could taste victory last year but a mistake in the closing miles cost them the overall win.  This year they’re looking stronger than ever with a new truck, a take no prisoners attitude, and over 30 years of experience behind them.  We chatted with Zaiden to get his perspective on the General Tire Vegas to Reno race and here’s what he had to say:

Q: You have built a new vehicle and are moving from Trophy Trucks to the 6100 Class.  Why make the move now and what do you see for the future of the 6100 class?

Matt Cullen and Chuck Sacks drove their Alumi Craft / F&L Racing Fuel class 10 car to an impressive victory at the SCORE, Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico. The Baja 500 course makes a huge loop that covers just about every type of terrain that Baja has to offer. There are miles of sandy whoops, deep silt beds, rocky trails, narrow mountain roads with sheer cliffs and dry lakebeds that dare drivers to bury the throttle. In order to run fast and stay out front, you need skilled drivers and a car that excels in any terrain; like Matt’s Alumi Craft.

Matt and co-driver Mike Lombardi started fourth off the line but quickly moved up through the other Class 10 cars running first on the road before they reached Ojos Negros. Their Major Performance built, Honda power plant was churning out serious horsepower and their Fox Shox were soaking up everything in their path. They had a great run to mile 209 where they handed the car off to driver Chuck Sacks and his co-driver Layton Bowles.

Chuck and Layton continued to build a solid lead. Poised to embarrass many of the faster vehicles, an errant rock forced them to make a lengthy pit stop. The rock nicked the power steering filter, causing it to leak profusely. After repairs, they quickly got back up to speed; extending their lead over the rest of the class 10 field. They crossed the line 20 minutes ahead of 2nd place Mikey Lawrence.

“We had a great day,” said Matt, “The car was flawless. At one point, we were running ahead of several unlimited cars and Trophy Trucks in 8th place overall. Dave Willey performed an awesome prep job and our BFG tires from Parkhouse tire were perfect.”

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FULLERTON, CA. – In her first race of the season, Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored off-roader Heidi Steele returned in style, taking second place at June 1-3 SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.  Steele and co-driver/Desert Assassins teammate Rene Brugger battled the treacherous Baja terrain in a Ford Ranger equipped with off-the-shelf Geolandar M/T+ tires.

“It felt great to be racing again,” said Steele, the defending Class 6 SCORE (Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts) champion who missed the first part of the off-road season to give birth to her first child. “Jumping back into major competition like the Baja 500 was a lot of fun. Baja is a challenge, but we always know our team and our Yokohama tires are going to get us to the finish.”

Steele is the wife of Trophy Truck veteran and two-time SCORE Person of the Year, Cameron Steele, who entered two 800-horsepower Geiser Brothers Trophy Trucks in the Baja 500. Each were shod with newly developed 40-inch Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S® R tires specially engineered for extreme off-road conditions. Both trucks suffered major mechanical issues that slowed them down, but they fought back to complete the race and finish inside the top 20.

“Taking second place in the legendary Baja 500 is a major accomplishment,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama’s director of product planning and motorsports. “It was great to see Heidi racing again…and nearly winning.”

The Desert Assassins’ Brent Parkhouse and co-driver Brian Burgess claimed victory in the Class 12 (SCORE Lite) division, piloting their winning buggy on Yokohama tires.

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the all-new AVID Ascend® –  the first mass-market tire using Yokohama’s breakthrough orange oil technology – as  well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

Foothill Ranch, Calif. – Set against the uniquely sculptured and dramatic backdrop of Oakley’s world headquarters, the finest off-road motorsports performances of last season were toasted at the annual Dirt Sports magazine “Driver of the Year Honors” celebration hosted by Amsoil, KMC Wheel, Oakley, Red Bull and Ryan Communications Group (RCG).

In the most difficult and closely contested Driver of the Year voting since the awards were established in 2005 (for the 2004 season), Dirt Sports gave top 2011 honors to Bryce Menzies. Menzies, a 24-year old racer from Las Vegas, managed the nearly incomprehensible feat of claiming two very distinctive championships; the Traxxas TORC Pro 2 unlimited short course title and the SCORE desert series Trophy-Truck crown. Both categories are considered the pinnacle in their respective forms of off-road motorsports.

The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge wrapped up its two-race event on Sunday. Instead of being a two-day event that combined both day’s results into one race, this year SCORE created two separate races each day, making the weekend important to the top classes in terms of the overall points championship.

BJ Baldwin led from wire to wire on Saturday in the Trophy Truck class after qualifying first, while Rob MacCachren recovered from a ninth-place finish on Saturday to finish first on Sunday. Juan Carlos Lopez took home two second-place finishes both days of racing.

In Class 1, Adam Pfankuch earned the win on Saturday while Cody Parkhouse followed up his second-place finish on Saturday with the win on Sunday.

Check out this highlight video of action from the weekend. Below are SCORE’s official results from Sunday’s race.


Two-time season point champion BJ Baldwin earned the pole position for the start of the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, Nevada. He drove his #97 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado to a fast lap of 6 minutes, 23.99 seconds during qualifying, averaging 58.59 mph on the 6.25-mile race loop.

SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge Photo Highlights

“We improved our lap time by nearly nine seconds over last year, so we are very stoked,” said Baldwin, who won this race in both 2006 and 2007 and was second in qualifying last year in Laughlin. “This was our first time running with Toyo Tires and they were hooked up just perfect on this rugged little race course. Our Chevy Silverado is ready to roar on the river and I have to be calm enough to keep from pushing it over the edge.”


Qualifying second was Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren (above), who ran a qualifying lap of 6:33.00 at an average of 57.25 mph in the #20 MasterCraft Racing Ford F-150. SCORE notes the four trucks that elected not to qualify on Friday will start Saturday’s race behind the other 20 Trophy Trucks.

This year, SCORE changed the format for the Laughlin Desert Challenge. Instead of having two days of racing and combining the results from both days, each day of racing will be a separate race. Baldwin will lead the 24-truck field in the Trophy Truck class for Saturday’s race, with SCORE noting there are 100 official entries for this weekend’s racing. The start/finish line area and main pits are located at the Laughlin Events Park just off of Casino Drive in Laughlin. Races begin each day at 7 a.m.

General admission tickets are available at the event, with three spectator areas at the start/finish line area at the Laughlin Events Park, the SCORE Hill overlooking the infield area of the start/finish line area, and the ‘Cougar Corral’ located adjacent to the west end of the course by Laughlin High School. General admission, per person, per day, is $10 for the start/finish and infield area, $5 for the SCORE Hill and $5 for the ‘Cougar Corral.’

Check back with Off-Road.com for more on the weekend’s races.