In this private 2012 interview, the legendary leader of SCORE for 40 years Sal Fish discusses his passion for the Baja 1000. He talks about the mindset of the racers, the pageantry of Contingency, the challenges of race course design, and the unpredictability of the weather. Consistently insightful, always fascinating – this is LEGENDS with Sal Fish.
RENO, Nev.—Southern gentleman Clyde Stacy, of Bristol, Va., received the honor of drawing the first starting position for next month’s history-making Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race in his No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck that will race in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks. The drawing was held Tuesday in Reno, Nev. where SCORE’s corporate headquarters is located.
Stacy and his protégé Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez of Tecate, Mexico, finished third in January in the season-opening Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja, Mexico.
SCORE International, for over four decades known as the world’s foremost desert racing organization, is taking another giant step into the future as Round 2 of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will mark the first time in its storied history that SCORE will present a race entirely in Baja California Sur, on the southern end of the Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
Following several years of negotiations and finalization of details with Mexican officials, SCORE, known as trail blazers in the sport of desert racing, will present the inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 on April 15-19. Round 2 of the SCORE World Desert Championship will start at the luxurious tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and finish in the picturesque city of Loreto on the glistening Sea of Cortez on the east side of the peninsula.
SCORE was founded in 1973, SCORE Baja racing began in 1974 and SCORE is celebrating its 42nd year in 2015. With three races held annually for nearly 30 years in Baja, this race is the historical first time a SCORE Baja race will start and finish exclusively in the southern state of Baja California Sur. Previously the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 desert race has finished 20 times in La Paz and twice in Cabo San Lucas.
M/C & CLASS 1
Drawing the first start among the motorcycle class was Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif., who won the season-opener in San Felipe in January on a Honda CRF450X. First of the line in the unlimited Class 1 will be George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif., who finished third in class in San Felipe in a Chevy-powered Racer open-wheel desert race car.
With late entries accepted up to 5 p.m. the evening before the race (April 17), over 100 entries from 15 US States and five countries expected to enter the inaugural race that will feature competition in 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. A total of 65 entries were received in time for the start draw on Tuesday, including 13 each in both SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1.
"This new SCORE Baja race has consumed massive man hours in developing the concept and designing the plan for the event and we salute all those racers who have accepted the challenge to become part of history at this inaugural race,” commented Roger Norman, SCORE CEO and President. “All of us at SCORE and the Baja Sur committees enthusiastically embrace the Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 and we are certain this will add volumes to the legacy of SCORE International. The race course if fast and beautiful and I am certain the racers will get to enjoy its magnificent beauty during pre-running.”
Pre-running on the official race course begins this Friday (March 27) and the GPS coordinates will be posted on the SCORE website this Thursday. The course map can already be found on the SCORE website under the text icon of race info.
A magnificent 424.43-mile course has been plotted with four physical checkpoints along the route from the start in Cabo San Lucas to the finish on the Malecon in Loreto. Much of the race course has never been used before in the 22 times SCORE has finished a race in either La Paz or Cabo San Lucas.
The exciting and challenging course runs northwest along the Pacific Ocean up through Todos Santos before moving northeast and inland at race mile 120. Going near La Paz, the course moves alongside the Sea of Cortez where it heads north to San Evaristo at race mile 220. From there, the course turns sharply southeast, heading back into the center of the peninsula. At Las Golondrinas (rm 260) the course turns back northwest and then north into Loreto passing near Cd. Constitucion and Cd. Insurgentes on the way up through Santo Domingo and San Javier into the finish on the Malecon in Loreto.
The green flag will drop first in the elapsed-time race for motorcycles and quads at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday (April 18). With a minimum of a four-hour gap in between the start of the motorcycles/quads, cars, trucs and UTVs will get the green flag starting at 11:15 a.m. The start line will be in the Cabo San Lucas Wash at the Yenecamu Fields and the finish line will be on the Malecon in Loreto.
The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday (April 17). Contingency will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tech from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Yenecamu Fields in Cabo San Lucas. Racer registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday (April 16) and Friday (April 17) in the Pericues Ballroom at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa, the race headquarters in Cabo San Lucas.
Both held prior to the start of the race, the Monster Energy SCORE Baja Sur 500 Party will be held at The Office on the Beach on Playa El Medano on Wednesday (April 15) from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the pre-race Bud Light SCORE Kick-off Party will be held on Thursday (April 16) from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Casa Dorada.
In Loreto, La Mision Hotel is the race headquarters with the finish line adjacent to the resort on the Malecon on the Sea of Cortez. In the finish line area on Saturday (April 18), the Bud Light Finish Line Party will also be held. The awards celebration will conclude the festivities on the Malecon adjacent to La Mision Hotel on Sunday (April 19) at 10 a.m.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK ENTRIES
Led by Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr, who has 80 season points after winning the SCORE season opener in San Felipe in the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor, will start third in Cabo, behind Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin who finished second in San Felipe in the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, who finished 10th after leading three-fourths of the race in San Felipe, drew the fourth starting position in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, will start fifth in the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado.
Defending SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Steven Eugenio of El Centro, Calif. and new teammate Armin Schwarz of Germany, drew the eighth starting spot in the No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Working diligently with SCORE’s Roger Norman and international liaison Oscar Ramos to make this dream race a reality have been numerous individuals in Baja California Sur, here is the team from Mexico that have been working tirelessly to prepare for this first-time event:
· Marcos Alberto Covarrubias Villasenor, Governor of the State of Baja California Sur
· Gil Cueva Tabardillo, Baja California Sur State Congressman
· Jose S. Jassen, President of the Mexican Motorsports Federation
· Ruben Reachi Lugo, Secretary of Tourism of Baja California Sur
· Jose Antonio Agundez Montano, May of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
· Francisco Monroy Sanchez, Mayor of La Paz, Baja California Sur
· Jorge Aviles Perez, Mayor of Loreto, Baja California Sur
· Venustiano Perez Sanchez, Mayor of Comondu, Baja California Sur
SCORE has also enjoy tremendous cooperation and coordination between Federal, State and Municipal authorities as well as Hotel Associations, Restaurants, Chambers and many other groups involved in the tourist activities. The primary goal from the start of this project has been to provide the racers, teams and spectators with the quality of overall event structure to all them to enjoy the beauty of Baja Sur.
Significant in the preparation for this massive event has also been the congenial participation and involvement of the Mexican Army, Navy, Federal, State and Municipal Police, Red Cross and Civil Protection and the Mayors of Los Cabos, La Paz, Comondu and Loreto.
In its 42nd year as the world's foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 16-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
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