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April 26, 2017


Significant Updates

2017 SCORE World Desert Championship rule book available

at http://score-international.com/raceinfo/rule-book/introduction/


Online 2017 SCORE rule book viewing procedure reworked, viewing accessibility enhanced;


49th SCORE Baja 500 next in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico–May 31-June 4


    ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—SCORE International has updated and posted online its 2017 Rule Book for the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. Available at http://score-international.com/raceinfo/rule-book/introduction/, the 2017 SCORE electronic rule book may be viewed by computer, iPhone and iPad.


Updates include an introduction to help make navigation more user-friendly, expanded class descriptions and the general and competition rules that apply to all classes. Further, individual class rules are now grouped by type of vehicle (cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads).


“While there are not significant rule changes in this edition of the SCORE rule book, it was a painstaking project to make the electronic version considerably easier to navigate,” commented Art Savedra, SCORE Tech Director. “We had made some changes regarding safety regulations and are mandating a variety of things that have been optional in the past. This rule book input from a number of individuals and it was a team effort to complete it and then adapt it for electronic use on the SCORE website.”


The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship is being held entirely in Baja California and next up on the 2017 schedule is the 49th annual SCORE Baja 500 to be held May 31-June 4 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. With nearly 300 entries for 30 U.S. States and 20 countries expected to participate in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, racer registration is underway at http://score-international.com/raceinfo/2017-baja-500/.


The 2017 season also marks the golden 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races to be held November 14-18. The SCORE Baja 1000 is the oldest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.


The current electronic SCORE rule book is much easier to locate subjects such as general regulations, competition regulations and individual class rules. This version includes a tutorial page to explain navigating the new electronic book.  Class descriptions and class number ranges have also been updated and all sections and individual classes are downloadable and printable.

Among the major safety changes, effective on May 1, head and neck restraints will be mandatory for all four-wheel vehicle participants and all devices must meet SFI Foundation Specification 38.1 (standard-Competition Regulations, page 1). Use of off-road lights is no longer allowed on highways or when entering physical checkpoint zones, only DOT approved highway lighting will be used in these areas.

Further, fire resistant apparel is now mandatory for all fueling personnel on teams using pressure or elevated tank systems. Minimum required quantity of fire extinguishers and personnel placement for all pits is also specified in this section.

Among the other changes and updates are pitting is now allowed only on the right side of pave highways, no pits allowed that require crossing oncoming traffic.


The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 29-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 49th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-4, Ensenada Mexico
  • Rosarito Beach 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 14-17, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
  • 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico


The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas will all air on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication. The season-ending 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will have a two-hour show produced while the other race shows will each be one-hour telecasts.

El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.

Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.

El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit http://elreynetwork.com.


Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.

Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito.

For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship atwww.SCOREInternational.com.

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