Today, Toyo Tire U.S.A Corp. formally announced that Gustavo (Tavo) Vildósola, Jr. is joining the Team Toyo Off-Road team. If you caught our BITD Henderson 250 coverage this weekend, we noted Tavo was on Toyos when he earned the overall win, but today’s news makes the partnership official.
San 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 Officials announces today a shakeup in the overall finishers at the 2013 Mastercraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. After receiving a penalty for veering too far off the course (a 500-foot rule was instituted by SCORE’s Roger Norman), Bryce Menzies moved backed to second place which meant Gustavo Vildosola moved into the first-place spot for the overall victory. Finishing after Menzies in third place was last year’s winner Rob MacCachren, who moved up a spot after Juan Carlos Lopez was assessed a penalty.
In the Pro Motorcycle class, KTM-mounted Kurt Caselli was unofficially named the winner but later penalized for straying too far off course, giving the win to JCR Honda’s Timmy Weigand. Caselli moved back into second place, while Kendall Norman (who solo-ed the race) moved up into the final podium spot.
The protest alleges that the #21 race vehicle performed a pit service on the highway in violation of SCORE rules within Speed Zone 4 on Highway 5 south of Puertecitos.
A video indicates that a black pickup truck with two male occupants moved directly in front of the #21 race vehicle on the highway and one of the occupants crawled out the sliding rear window and into the open bed. This person reached out and made physical contact with the #21 race vehicle in order to manipulate the front lightbar by using both hands with the intention of adjusting it upward into the correct position. This person then attempted to adjust the lightbar upward with a metal leverage tool.
After roughly eight hours of racing, the lead Trophy Trucks are at about race mile 500. BJ Baldwin is currently in the lead, with Bryce Menzies, Gustavo Vildosola, Rob MacCachren and Dan McMillin trailing him, respectively.
The AGM Trophy Truck team is about 40 miles off the pace as physically the 11th Trophy Truck – a pretty good start considering we were told they had two flats at the start of the race and came off the line 31st. We’re waiting at San Ignacio at race mile 615, as Martin Christensen will take over for Armin Schwarz in the #15 TT and race the final 500-or-so miles to the finish.
ENSENADA, MEXICO — BFGoodrich Tires continued to prove its toughness in the desert in 2011 by winning the overall four-wheel title in each of the four SCORE International off-road races to date. BFGoodrich Tires will be vying to make it five for five with a victory at the 44th Annual SCORE Baja 1000, which starts and finishes in Ensenada, Mexico, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. A BFGoodrich Tires victory would mark its 25th title in 26 years, including a stretch of 20 consecutive wins.
Team BFGoodrich members Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies split the four previous overall victories, both on BFGoodrich® Baja T/A®KR tires. MacCachren dominated the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions. Menzies had a breakout year with victories in the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge and SCORE Baja 500.
“We’re very proud of the year we’ve had in desert competition,” said Silvia Mammone, motorsports marketing manager for BFGoodrich Tires. “An overall win for the 25th time at the SCORE Baja 1000 would be remarkable and a true testament to the toughness of BFGoodrich’s off-road tire lineup. We wish the best of luck to all the drivers who choose to run on BFGoodrich Tires.”
BFGoodrich teams compete on a variety of tires in the desert, including the BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A®KO tire, BFGoodrich® Mud-Terrain T/A®KM2 tire, BFGoodrich® Baja T/A® tire and BFGoodrich® Baja T/AKR tire. In 2010, drivers who chose BFGoodrich tires earned victories in 17 competing classes, as well as seven of the top 10 overall four-wheel spots, including the overall title by Gus Vildosola Sr. and Gus Vildosola Jr. in a SCORE Trophy-Truck.
Leading the way are eight racers in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division, six in the Class 1 for unlimited open-wheelers and four racers in SCORE Lite.
The eight SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers who have completed every race mile so far this season are: Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas (No. 70, Ford F-150), Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (No. 20, Ford F-150), Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico (No. 21, Ford F-150), Pete Sohren, Phoenix (No. 2, Ford F-150), Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore. (No. 98, Ford F-150), Adam Householder, Orange, Calif. (No. 24, Chevy Silverado), Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif. (No. 78, Ford F-150) and Ken Losch, Tempe Ariz. (No. 10, Chevy Silverado).
Nearly 125 entries are expected to compete in 17 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the upcoming inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions. Round four of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series will be held Sept. 9-11 in Mexico. It will start and finish adjacent to the landmark San Felipe Arches in San Felipe, Baja California, using the exact same 252.09-mile race course used in March for the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. This race was moved from Primm, Nev., in early July because of new, cost-prohibitive liability insurance requirements placed on SCORE by the new owners of the Primm resorts.
Pre-race festivities will be held in San Felipe on Sept. 9, and the elapsed-time race will start at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 with an 11-hour time limit. The awards celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe.
Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 26th consecutive year. The Toyota Milestone awards will go to those pro car and truck drivers who finish every required mile in the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.
“Toyota is proud to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers,” said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “For over a quarter of a century, Toyota has had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet.”
2011 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards
(32 Racers have completed every required mile after three rounds in the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series)
Gus Vildosola Jr.
Rafael Navarro IV
Wes Bevly IV
Tooele County, Utah (July 28, 2011) – Scott Michaels, co-founder of Mi7 Events, announced in a press conference on July 26 that a major off-road race will take place at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, September 29 – October 2.
The inaugural Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Desert Challenge is a joint effort among NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, Mi7 Events and Blessing Bridge International that will be staged on a 900-acre parcel of private property located on the east side of N. Sheep Lane in Tooele, across from Miller Motorsports Park.
An international cast of world-class off-road racers and extreme-sports athletes will participate in the event, which will be open to a variety of vehicles that normally compete in long-distance desert racing events such as the Baja 1000.
Boasting a series of star-studded concerts and a freestyle motocross exhibition showcasing the world’s best, this weekend promises to be nothing short of spectacular!
Although the event will utilize certain elements of Miller Motorsports Park’s existing facility and staff, the event will be wholly operated and promoted by Mi7 Events, a Las Vegas-based event-management company.
The race will take place on a 7-mile desert-racing course constructed specifically for this event and will provide spectators with an excellent view of all the action and access to the drivers for autographs.
Joining Robby Gordon in the Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Desert Challenge will be other top racing greats, including: “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin (Monster Energy); Bryce Menzies and Gus Vildosola (Team Red Bull); “Pistol” Pete Sohren; and Joe Willardsen (Team Nitro Circus), plus top off-road teams from as far away as Canada and Mexico to showcase Trophy Trucks for the first time ever in Utah, In addition, Class 1, Class 10, Class 12, Class 16 and Class 72 vehicles will be eligible to compete.
The Freestyle Motocross exhibition will feature Mike Metzger, “the Godfather of Freestyle Motocross,” along with FMX superstars from around the globe including Brody Wilson, Libor Podmol (Czech Republic), Allistair “Jackalas” Sayer (South Africa), Rob Adleberg (Australia) and many others. These incredible athletes have competed in venues including The Dew Tour, X Games, IFMA, AFMXA, Rockstar Mayhem Festival Tour, Journey’s Backyard BBQ Tour, Gravity Games and Red Bull X-Fighters.
A portion of net proceeds from the Robby Gordon Speed Energy Desert Challenge will be dedicated to benefit various children’s charities in the United States, through Blessing Bridge International.
More information is available at www.Mi7Events.com.
Due to an overwhelming demand, this event will be staged at the $110 Million Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah upon 900 acres of private property, to guarantee spectators an unobstructed view of all the action and will be filmed for HDTV!
Joining Robby Gordon will be other top racing greats including: “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin-Monster Energy, Bryce Menzies & Gus Vildosola-Team RedBull, “Pistol” Pete Sohren, Joe Willardsen-Team Nitro Circus from as far away as Canada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to showcase for the first time ever in Utah, Trophy Trucks, Class 1’s, Class 10’s, Class 12’s Class 16’s, & Class 72’s.
Fox Racing Shox put together a press release to celebrate its success in the SCORE series over the past few years. For the eighth time in a row at a SCORE desert race, FOX Racing Shox earned the top spot among the elite SCORE Trophy Truck class.
With victory at the 2011 San Felipe 250, Rob MacCachren continued the winning ways of SCORE Trophy Trucks equipped with FOX Racing Shox. Baja 1000 Champion, Andy McMillin started the FOX winning streak at the 2009 SCORE Baja 1000. Joining McMillin and MacCachren in the winner’s circle over the past two years are Jesse Jones, Gustavo Vildosola, and Bryce Menzies.
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