SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
May 9, 2022
Race week—June 1-5
BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts
Polvoorde, Spinali, Lofton, Chamlee, Proctor, Novelo, Mango, Wilson, Grabowski all latest adds to entry list
Round 2 of four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; Racer registration, event info available at www.SCORE-International.com
NOTE: Current Unofficial Driver/Rider of Record entry list, by class, at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Christopher Polvoorde, Giovanni Spinali, Justin Lofton, Daniel Chamlee, Jeff Proctor, Gerardo Novelo and two teams each from Mango Racing, Wilson Motorsports and Grabowski Brothers Racing are all among the latest additions to the entry list for the upcoming BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
To be held June 1-5 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, the race will start/finish and colorful pre-race activities are returning for the first time in four years to the heart of Ensenada at the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center and the adjacent fantastically fan-friendly Boulevard Costero.
Ensenada, ‘The Off-Road Capital of the World’, is located 80 miles South of the U.S. Border near San Diego.
Entries from all across the United States and around the world are expected as online registration continues for Round 2 of the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship. EARLY BIRDS
Leading the latest additions to the entry list are Polvoorde in Trophy Truck Spec, Spinali in Pro Moto 50, Lofton in SCORE Trophy Truck, Chamlee in Class 7, Proctor in Class 7, Novelo in Class 7F, Mango Motorsports teams of Gary Magness in SCORE Trophy Truck and Chelsea Magness in Trophy Truck Spec, Wilson Motorsports unlimited Class 1 teams of Brad Wilson, Kylie Quinn in the unlimited Class 1 and Grabowski Brothers Racing Dustin Grabowski in Trophy Truck Spec and Jack Grabowski in Class 5. DETAILS
With over 250 entries expected from 30 U.S. States and 15 countries, 45 competition classes are offered for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. To date, there are 123 total early entries from 22 U.S. States and 10 countries. Joining the USA in the field so far are racers from host country Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador, England, France, New Zealand and Peru.
Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on the ESPN2 World of X Games programming.
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. Intro announcer for the race show will be Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee and SCORE champion desert racer Cameron Steele who will again pull double duty racing in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck class as well in his No. 16 Desert Assassins Monster Energy Ford Raptor.
SCORE Live will be streaming throughout race week on the SCORE website. Colorful Rat Sult is in his seventh season as the host and lead announcer of SCORE Live. Assisting him again at this race will be veteran voice Dave Arnold.
All four 2022 SCORE races are being held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the seventh consecutive year.
SCORE, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, is celebrating its 49th season in 2022. CPR STARTS ON TOP
Building experience and some years under his belt along the trail upwards, SoCal’s youthful dynamo Christopher Polvoorde leads the SCORE Overall point standings and the massive Trophy Truck Spec class as well following his stunning season-opening class victory at this month’s King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250.
Polvoorde may be ‘only’ 21 years old, but he has already been racing for over eight years and has evolved quickly into a SCORE Baja racing championship contender.
Polvoorde has raced in many different disciplines including Short Course, Desert Racing, Rally Racing, Midget Racing, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Trucks, Kart Racing and the King of the Hammers where he won his class this year.
When he isn’t driving four-wheel race vehicles, he also is an avid mountain bike enthusiast in his limited spare time.
Driving the No. 204 CP Racing Optima Batteries Mason Motorsports-Ford, he has earned 126 points so far in the 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Polvoorde is also a full-time college student attending the University of San Diego on scholarship seeking a double major in finance and real estate through the USD School of Business. SPINALI TEAM
His name sounds like he should be from Italy, but Giovanni Spinali, 55, is from El Cajon, Calif. and is returning with a championship team in the Pro Moto 50 (riders over 50 years old).
Spinali and his talented team will ride the No. 500x Yamaha YZ450FX in Ensenada where he has earned five class wins in this race (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021). For his career, Spinali has won four Pro Moto 50 season class point championships as well (2014, 2018, 2019, 2021).
Helping to anchor his team will be another veteran champion, Jim O’Neal, 75, of Santa Barbara, Calif. O’Neal, founder of the prominent O’Neal Apparel Company in Southern California, has a race-record 23 career age-group motorcycle class wins in the SCORE Baja 500. In his overall career O’Neal has a SCORE-record 23 season class point championships.
The rest of Spinali’s championship team riders are Earl Roberts, 58, La Jolla, Calif., Troy Pearce, 55, Ramona, Calif., and John Griffin, 55, Lake Forrest, Calif.
In San Felipe to open the 2022 season, Spinali and Co. finished second in Pro Moto 50. BACK TO HIS FUTURE
Like so many others, Justin Lofton, 36, is a SCORE second-generation desert racer. After spending several years driving on various NASCAR national circuits, Lofton, who helps run the family Lofton Cattle company in Texas and his hometown of Brawley, Calif., has raced in four NASCAR Xfinity Series races, 84 in the NASCAR Truck Series. In the NASCAR Truck Series, Lofton had 29 top 10 finishes and one race victory.
Lofton also ran several years in the ARCA Series where he earned the 2009 season point championship. During that 2009 ARCA campaign, Lofton has six race wins, 15 top fives and 19 top 10 finishes.
He started racing late model stock cars on local tracks before pursing the NASCAR feeder series.
Lofton also raced several times in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks series and won both the 2015 and 2016 Mint 400 desert race.
With so much NASCAR racing, Lofton hasn’t competed to much in the SCORE Baja 500 and he will be hunt for his first SCORE Trophy Truck win in his No. 41 Lofton Cattle JL Racing Chevy Silverado built by Mason Motorsports. CLASS 7 MASTER
Veteran SCORE champion Daniel Chamlee, 59, of Montecito, Calif. has entered again in Class 7 in his No. 700 The Factory Racing Ford Ranger in this year’s SCORE Baja 500.
Chamlee has driven consistently to earn 17 SCORE Class 7 season point championships in the last 18 years.
In the SCORE Baja 500 Chamlee had five straight Class 7 victories (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
In this year’s season-opener in San Felipe, Chamlee was on the podium again, finishing third in Class 7.
In his career has also earned seven Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards, presented by VP Racing Fuels, for racers who complete every required mile for that season. PROCTOR & HONDA
SoCal’s Jeff Proctor and his Honda Racing Factory Off-Road Team have entered this year’s SCORE Baja 500 with a four-vehicle effort, one Honda Ridgeline in Class 7 and three Honda Talon 100R UTVs in the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class.
Proctor, 43, Glendora, Calif., leads the way with his No. 709 Honda Ridgeline in Class 7.
His other three entries are identically equipped, factory supported Honda Talon 1000R UTVs in the Pro UTV NA class. Driving the three Honda UTVs are Mexico’s veteran champion racer Elias Hanna and SCORE sophomore Zach Sizelove and SCORE rookie Ethan Ebert.
In the SCORE Baja 500, Proctor has five total class wins (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). In 2016 he won in Class 2 while the four consecutive class wins have come in Class 7 in his Honda Ridgeline.
Hanna, 39, of Ensenada, Mexico, drives the No. 1920 Honda Talon while Sizelove, 28, of Hesperia, Calif., is the driver of record for the No. 1925 Honda Talon and young gun Ebert, 16, Marana, Ariz., will drive the No. 1999 Honda Talon.
Hanna has four class wins in the SCORE Baja 500, 2010, 2011 and 2013 in Class 7SX and 2017 in Trophy Truck Spec. Hanna also has six SCORE season point championships in his career (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017).
Sizelove has raced for several years with his family in the SoCal High Desert evening building Class 1/2-1600 cars with his father. In his debut in San Felipe this year, he finished sixth out of 12 starters in his class in his first SCORE Baja race in the Honda Talon. In last year’s SCORE Baja 500 he finished on the podium in second place.
In last year’s SCORE Baja 500, Hanna finished fifth in class and ended the season by winning his class in the SCORE Baja 1000 race down the Baja peninsula.
Ebert, who started Kart racing when he was just nine years old, will debut in his first SCORE desert race as a member of the exclusive Honda Off-Road Driver Development program. SENIOR STATESMAN
Born in Ensenada, Mexico, prominent businessman and long-time government official, Gerardo Novelo, 56, returns again for this year’s SCORE Baja 500.
Long a champion of SCORE Baja racing, Novelo was one of the key individuals that helped establish the SCORE strategic tourism alliance with the Mexican government in 2019.
Novelo and his team will drive the No. 702F Nissan Hardbody King Cab in San Felipe in Class 7F. Team manager James Murphy, 61, of Lomita, Calif., will share driving duties with Novelo.
Novelo is a two-time SCORE season Class point champion, having won titles in back-to-back years in 2017 and 2018.
Part of the family that owns the luxurious Estero Beach Resort south of Ensenada, Gerardo Novelo was selected as the 2019 SCORE Person of the Year for his continuing contributions to the welfare of SCORE International in Mexico. In this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Novelo and his team had a rare did not finish in the race. MANGO RACING
A special father and daughter reunion, Denver’s Gary Magness and his daughter Chelsea will drive in separate race trucks in this year’s race. Both are fierce competitors and Chelsea has won several races in the Protruck class in her SCORE desert racing career.
Each driving a Herbst/Smith Fab-built race truck, Gary Magness, 68, will be behind the wheel of the No. 45 Ford Raptor in SCORE Trophy Truck while Chelsea Magness, 34, will drive the No. 232 Herbst/Smith-Chevy in the Trophy Truck Spec.
While Chelsea had to withdraw from this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 because of business reasons, Gary Magness drove to a ninth-place finish out of 42 starters in that race. WILSON MOTORSPORTS
One of numerous prolific third-generation desert racing teams competing with SCORE, Wilson Motorsports will again field two race cars in the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars. Both race cars are Chevy-powered Jimco vehicles.
Brad Wilson, 32, of Long Beach, Calif., is the driver of record for the No. 138 race car while long-time additional driver Kyle Quinn, 31, Lakewood, Calif. will be the driver of record for this time this year with SCORE in the No. 153 Wilson Motorsports race car. Brad Wilson’s cousin, Brian Wilson, 37, has always been the DOR but Brian Wilson will not be able to make all of the races this year so Quinn will be the official DOR for the team.
In this year’s King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250, Wilson Motorsports claimed two of the podium positions in the unlimted Class 1. Quinn teamed with Brad’s father Ronny Wilson, 60, also of Long Beach, Calif., to win the Class 1 over 10 starters in the class for unlimited open-wheel cars and Brad Wilson finished in third place. GRABOWSKI BROTHERS RACING
Returning to SCORE again for this is Grabowski Brothers Racing (GBR) with two entries for the three brothers to compete in, one in Trophy Truck Spec and one in Class 5.
Second generation SCORE racers from Upland, Calif., GBR brothers in San Felipe will be Dustin Grabowski, 25, Jack Grabowski, 23, and Troy Grabowski, 20.
Fresh from winning the season class point title in a domestic series in the U.S. in 2021, Dustin is the driver of record in the No. 272 Herbst/Smith-Chevy while Jack will be the DOR in the GBR No. 527 custom Subaru Crosstrek with Troy as an additional driver.
The brothers are the son of former SCORE champion racer Neal Grabowski. Dustin teamed with his father to win Class 5 in the 2019 SCORE Baja 500.
Opening the 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship in San Felipe, Dustin finished 26 out of 36 starters in Trophy Truck Spec and Jack and Troy won Class 5 over six starters. ONLINE RACER ENTRY APPLICATIONS
Racer entry applications are now available at www.SCORE-International.com under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 500 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Eduardo Kawanishi at 775.852.8907. Online racer entry applications will be accepted through Friday, May 20. COURSE PREVIEW
With pre-running opening on Saturday, May 21 for the BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva is putting together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers. The finished distance will be 464.1 miles.
It will start and finish for the first time in four years (since 2018) on Blvd. Costero adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada. Contingency will also be held on Blvd. Costero on Friday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. GRAND MARSHAL: ‘IRONMAN’
When it comes to desert racing there is only one ‘Ironman’ standing at the top of the list of solo drivers/riders. San Diego’s iconic Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart has accepted SCORE’s invitation to be the Grand Marshal for the upcoming BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
The legendary ‘Ironman’ will be celebrating his 77th birthday on June 4, the day that this year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start. Being the Grand Marshal is just some more icing on his championship cake.
Racing since 1973, Stewart, who retired in 2000, joined the Toyota factory team in 1983 for Cal Wells at Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI). He had a total of 84 career off-road race victories in stadium, short course and desert. GRAN HISTORIA
This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. After NORRA was removed from Baja after the 1972 race, the local Baja Sports Committee produced the 1973 event. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event starting in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE in December of 2012.
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 in Ensenada as the first of nearly 160 SCORE Baja races.
This year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start for the 48th time in Ensenada and finish for the 44th time in Ensenada. BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 46 years, received two awards for the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored after the 2021 season as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 31st time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 33rd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 34 of the 53 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 32 of the 54 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2022.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 29 of the 35 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and one of the two overall winners in the SCORE Baja 400.
This year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 overall victory by San Diego’s Luke McMillin marked the 100th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja overall race win.
BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this race of US$20,000. PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500 is 4 Wheel Parts, the Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. SCOREscope
Here are the remaining three dates in the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which is being held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2022
For the fourth straight year, the 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship races will air on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program on ESPN2.
ABC first covered the 1967 and 1968 Baja 1000 races on the old ABC Wide World of Sports show with Jim McKay and again in the late 1980s with veteran motorsports journalists Sam Posey and Jack Arute.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows also continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. The shows are co-produced by SCORE International and SoCal’s award-winning BCII TV. SCORE SPONSORS… Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, 4 Wheel Parts-Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino and PCI Race Radios. SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada and Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts Round 2 of four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship
June 1-5—464.1 miles—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 123 (as of 5/09/22) (from 22 U.S. States, host Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada,
Ecuador, England, France, New Zealand, Peru)
(Numerical order, by class) Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (29*)
1 Rob MacCachren
6 Dan Myers
7 Bryce Menzies
10 Alan Ampudia
16 Cameron Steele
18 JP Gomez
19 Tim Herbst
*21L Gustavo Vildosola Sr
23 Dan McMillin
*25L Mark Winkelman
*29L Jim Anderson
31 Andy McMillin
*37L Rolf Helland
41 Justin Lofton
43 Larry Roeseler
45 Gary Magness
*56L Greg Adler
58 Tracy Graf
62 Ryan Poelman
63 Ruben Torres
70 Kevin Thompson
82 Sam Baldi
83 Luke McMillin
85 Mikey Lawrence
*85L Clay Lawrence
87 Dallas Luttrell
89 Mike Walser
92 Paul Nauleau
98 Jose Mendez *SCORE TT LEGEND CLASS 1 (5)
100 Cody Parkhouse
138 Kyle Quinn
153 Brad Wilson
162 Brendan Gaughan
168 Shelby Reid TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (15)
204 Christopher Polvoorde
207 Mason Cullen
213 Karl Ebdrup
217 Joe Belt
219 Christian Sourapas
223 Tony Murray
228 Ryan Hancock
232 Chelsea Magness
240 Chris Miller
249 Dustin Swanson
263 EJ Herbst
264 Pierce Herbst
272 Dustin Grabowski
294 Vincent Munoz
299 Charles Dorrance CLASS 10 (6)
1022 Rafael Aguirre
1023 Britney Myers
1047 Zack McLaren
1049 Ty Godde
1079 Manlio F. Diaz
1082 Carlos Jimenez PRO UTV OPEN (2)
1860 Ryan Laidlaw
1876 Mike Cafro CLASS 7 (3)
700 Daniel Chamlee
703 Scott Brady
709 Jeff Proctor PRO UTV FI (10)
2902 Adam Castaneda
2905 Marc Burnett
2906 Bernard Gomez
2918 Justin Lambert
2920 Roberto Ruiz
2940 Erick Kozin
2941 Steven Poole
2954 Austin Weiland
2974 Jorge Cano
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon PRO UTV NA (6)
1919 Paul Barnhart Jr
1920 Elias Hanna
1925 Zach Sizelove
1985 Adrian Orellana
1995 Kaden Wells
1999 Ethan Ebert CLASS 1/2-1600 (1)
1655 Ted Baker PRO UTV STOCK (5)
3908 Broc Kelly
3910 Brent Stowell
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3953 Nick Bruce
3957 Bruce Jett CLASS 8 (1)
818 Jessalyn Sells HEAVY METAL (1)
8044 Brett Maister CLASS 5 (1)
527 Jack Grabowski CLASS 7F (2)
702F Gerardo Novelo
714F Justin Park CLASS 7SX (1)
740 Armando Duron CLASS 3000/TROPHY LITE (1)
6005 Pete Waldroop CLASS 11 (4)
1106 Mauro Diaz
1111 Eric Solorzano
1188 Mike Kay
1156 Arthur Penner-1st RS
SPT UTV OPEN (1)
1801 Dave Miller
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (3)
10x Juan Carlos Salvatierra
19x Drew Watson
69x Oliver Gamez PRO MOTO 30 (2)
325x Jano Montoya
332x Jack Lundin PRO MOTO LIMITED (2)
103x Giovanni Aviles
122x Ignacio Laviosa PRO MOTO 50 (1)
500x Giovanni Spinali PRO MOTO 40 (4)
400x Ryan Liebelt
401x James Avery
415x Brad Baker (DOR-Quinn Cody)
441x Alirio Amado PRO MOTO IRONMAN (7)
712x Eddie Meek
739x Aaron Richardson
740x Carlos Cardenas
748x Guillermo Hale Bolio
750x Brandon Wright
760x Adam Rachac
785x Fabricio Fuentes
Pro Quad (4)
5a Steven Lopez
7a Luis Ernesto Villafana
11a Danny Magdaleno
27a Carlos Napoles