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Most of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 48th anniversary of the SCORE BAJA 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race. This year will mark the 43rd time it has started and 39th time it has finished in Ensenada.

48th Annual SCORE BAJA 500 - #GETREADY!

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominiccnv@aol.com

May 20, 2016

Race to air on CBS Sports Network
Arredondo draws first motorcycle start as SCORE Trophy Trucks,
Class 1 to have qualifying session for 48th annual SCORE Baja 500
Round 2 of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship had 191 entries in drawing;
internationally-televised 477.51-mile race to be held June 2-5 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico;
more info at SCORE-International.com;

RENO, Nev., USA—SCORE International entries continue to increase over the previous year, starting with the season opener San Felipe 250 and now the SCORE Baja 500 with 40 entries registered over the previous year in Thursday night’s starting position draw. There were 191 official entries in the drawing and as many as 70 additional late entries are expected before the close of race registration on Friday, June 3.
Guatemala’s Francisco Arredondo will be the first motorcycle off the starting line in the upcoming 48th annual SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Entries from around the world continue to arrive for Round 2 of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, to be held June 2-5 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
With SCORE Trophy Trucks, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks, and unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars qualifying for starting positions on Thursday of race week (June 2), Arredondo is certain of the starting position for his multi-rider team on race day.
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race course will begin on this Saturday (May 21). The official map of the 477.51-mile course is available on the SCORE website. While pre-running begins on Saturday, the first 35 miles of the race course to Ojos Negros (which is used both directions) will be open for outbound pre-running only on Thursday and Friday of race week (June 2-3).
Over 250 entries are expected at the start line with entries from 25 U.S. States and 10 countries anticipated.
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 4) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. and approximately 10 a.m. for the cars, trucks and UTVs. There is a 21-hour time limit in the elapsed-time race to become an official finisher.
While SCORE Trophy Truck with 30 has the most entries of any class in the race, other car/truck/UTV classes with double figure entries so far are Class 10 with 26, Class 1 with 19, Pro UTV with 13, Pro UTV FI with 12, Trophy Truck Spec with 12 and SCORE Lites with 10 entries in the start draw.
Leading the Pro motorcycle classes is the Pro Moto Unlimited class with eight entries in the start drawing. Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with eight entries so far.
Splitting up the riding time on the Chris Haines team with Arredondo on the No. 45x Honda CRF450x will be veteran riders Shane Esposito, Ryan Penhall, Roberto Villalobos, Justin Morgan and Kendall Norman.
On Thursday, June 2 qualifying for starting positions will be held. Qualifying will be for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 and will be held over a special course near Ensenada and is not open to the public. The start drawing for these two classes will determine their respective qualifying orders.
While most entries in these two top classes are expected to qualify, those who elect not to will be given the remaining start positions in the elapsed-time race based on the original drawing or entry into the race.
Qualifying is closed to the public because of safety concerns, but taped highlights of qualifying will be shown starting Thursday evening (June 2) on the SCORE website.
The loop race features a 477.51-mile race course developed by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Abelardo Grijalva.
The historic race course is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons with elevations from sea level to over 4,000 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
The race starts and finishes in Ensenada and has four physical check points and over 60 virtual check points. It travels out through Ojos Negros to Tres Hermanos, Pino Solo, Catarina, Nuevo Junction (Checkpoint 1), The Summit, Cohabuzo, Laguna Salada, Saldana, Tres Pozos, Borrego (CP 2), Three Poles, Zoo Road, Huatomote Wash, Morelia Junction, Diablo dry lake bed, San Matias pass (CP 3), Mike’s Sky Rancho road, Kiliwas wash, the Goat Trail, Jamau and Km 33 crossing of Highway 3 (CP 4).
Covering much of the state of Baja California Norte, with some areas seldom used by SCORE, the course has been designed to make it easy to chase for support crews and great for spectators. The course is fun, fast and technical with its rough sections.
As an increased safety element, an additional helicopter will now be available for faster time travel to potential incidents and will have the ability to medivac multiple individuals if needed. The current SCORE helicopter will provide primary service to the SCORE Trophy Truck division.
Colorful race week festivities will start Thursday (June 2) with qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1. SCORE sponsor partner, Monster Energy, will host pre-race evening parties both on Thursday (June 2) and Friday (June 3).
Friday, June 3 will see the colorful day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada.
During the race on Saturday, June 4 the start/finish line compound will include the massive double-sided SCOREvision LED screen broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews.
All of the week’s festivities will be aired both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website.
The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the SCORE Baja 500. Racer registration and Media registration will be held in the Red room at the Riviera on Thursday and Friday (June 2-3) and the SCORE Media Center will be in the Red room during the race (June 4-5) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
In the Cathedral Room at the Riviera will be pre-race media conference as well as the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting on Friday (June 3). The post-race awards celebration will be in the Cathedral Room at noon on Sunday (June 5).
The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center as well on Blvd. Costero.
Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. SCORE has announced that entry fees for this year’s race have been reduced from last year. The SCORE website has made significant changes to assist in making it easier to navigate for the racers and information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.
In addition to reduced entry fees, SCORE has doubled the amount of additional insurance coverage for the race.
For more info, visit http://score-international.com/raceinfo/baja-500/.
Official entries received after the drawing will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. Online entries will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Monday, May 30. Late entries after that date and all on-site late entries will be assessed a $200 late fee to enter the race. On-site race entry registration will remain open until 5 pm on Friday, June 3.
Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 48th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race. This year will mark the 43rd time it has started and 39th time it has finished in Ensenada.
All races in the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue as part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2016 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will air as a full two-hour special for the second straight year.
2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, April 17, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Desert Challenge presented by Rosarito Beach (first telecast-Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, Dec.18, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, December 25, 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.
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory will chronicle each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Now, D2G, which began shooting at last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, continued at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 will be up close and personal in capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races.
The four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will include four special events and for the first time all four will be held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 30th SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28, San Felipe, Mexico
· 48th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, Ensenada Mexico
· 20th SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by Rosarito Beach, Sept. 14-18, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
· 49th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-20, Ensenada, Mexico
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, Muck Daddy-Official Hand Cleaner, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Official Partners: Symons Ambulance Company, Coca Cola, 4Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store.
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, HP Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

48th SCORE Baja 500
Round 2 of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship
June 2-5, 2016—477.51 miles
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 191 (as of 5/19/16)
(from 22 U.S. States, Austria, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico)
(starting order from start draw, by class)

Pro Cars & Trucks
(Numerical, Before Qualifying)
1 Carlos Lopez
2 Jason McNeil
3 Mark Post
4 Justin Matney
7 Bryce Menzies
11 Rob MacCachren
13 Damen Jefferies
15 Billy Wilson
17 Eduardo Laguna
19 Tim Herbst
20 Larry Roeseler
21 Gus Vildosola Jr
23 Dan McMillin
30 Robbie Pierce
31 Andy McMillin
33 Todd Tuls
38 Eric Hustead
44 Kyle Jergensen
45 Gary Magness
47 James Bult
48 Jimmy Nuckles
50 Zak Langley
57 Mike Palmer
58 Tracy Graf
75 Mike Cook
77 Robby Gordon
83 Luke McMillin
91 Troy Herbst
93 Chris Kemp
97 B.J. Baldwin
CLASS 1 (19)
(Numerical, Before Qualifying)
100 Shelby Reid
104 Rob Archibald
105 Matt Cullen
110 Eric Chase
111 Paul Keller
125 Scott Rueschenberg
127 Cody Parkhouse
128 Brent Parkhouse
138 Brad Wilson
142 Steven Sells
145 Mike Boone
147 Pat McCarthy
153 Ronny Wilson
175 Jamie Huerta Jr
185 Justin Davis
187 Ryan Sharman
195 Travis Chase
101 David Hunter-RS
106 Derek Fletcher-RS
288 Mark Luhtala
220 Craig Christy
273 Jordan Brenthel
222 Pete Sohren
211 Pat Sims
232 Chelsea Magness
250 John Langley
271 Carey Chrisman
274 Elias Hanna
207 Steven Eugenio
227 Jonathan Brenthel
202 Chad Broughton
CLASS 10 (26)
1045 Patrick Dailey
1058 Mike Lawrence
1002 Clay Lawrence
1086 Joseph Jepson
1043 Scott Youngren
1064 Justin Beckley
1048 Kevin Price
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1090 T.J. Tuls
1073 Richard Glazczak
1081 Todd Winslow
1011 Morgan Langley
1056 Johnny Buss
1040 Cody Robinson
1027 Rick St. John
1000 Cody Reid
1031 Brent Peterson
1032 Chip Prescott
1060 Armando Boehme
1017 Jesus Marchena
1018 Miguel Tornel Jr
1009 Rafael Navarro Jr
1078 Agustin Cortez
1088 Luis Salgado
1075 Eliseo Garcia-2nd RS
1099 Adam Pfankuch-1st RS
CLASS 1/2-1600 (4)
1607 Horacio Fernandez
1605 Miguel Cortez
1666 Tony Vanillo Jr
1606 Ruben Sanudo
1274 Mike Aguilar
1205 Fernando Calzada
1229 Raul Rodriguez
1216 Matt Ferrato
1201 Mario Alcala
1212 Martin Lizarraga
1218 Miguel Tornel Sr
1210 Luis Barragan
1237 Jesus De La Torre
1244 Eric Palacios-RS
CLASS 8 (1)
802 Tim Gabbert
CLASS 5 (2)
524 Ben Swift
500 Victor Cesena
CLASS 2 (1)
201 Jeff Proctor
CLASS 7 (6)
733 Hans Brand
737 Dallas Luttrell
700 Dan Chamlee
722 Pete Sohren
725 JT Holmes
704 Aaron Celiceo
6091 Paul Nauleau
Pro UTV FI (12)
2971 Wayne Matlock
2913 Branden Sims
2936 Jacob Carver
2919 Brandon Schueler
2905 Marc Burnett
2910 Scott Trafton
2923 Tyler Backus
2917 Derek Murray
2918 Justin Lambert
2930 Sean Cook
2921 Johnny Angal
2916 Cody Rahders
Pro UTV (13)
1958 George Felix
1998 Bill Whittington
1962 Dodge Poelman
1983 John Estrada
1954 Kristen Matlock
1915 Thomas Graves
1955 Paul Champion
1949 Alonso Lopez
1952 Jonathan McVay
1985 Adrian Orellana
1902 Cole Wilson
1992 David Nance
1903 Jaime Romero Sr-1st RS
CLASS 5-1600 (3)
582 Rodolfo Martinez
577 Ernie Negrete
599 Hector Hurtado-1st RS
CLASS 11 (5)
1199 Bobby Wolfe
1121 Dennis Hollenbeck
1156 Art Penner
1103 Noe Gutierrez
1106 Joaquin Garcia
Pro Motorcycles
45x Francisco Arredondo
15x Larry Serna
3x Ray Dal Soglio
6x Jay Rabjohn
12x Robert Allen
10x Skyler Howes
37x Kevin Murphy
1x Colton Udall
PRO MOTO 30 (1)
301x Christopher Schultz
PRO MOTO 40 (5)
400x Colie Potter
406x Michael Holcomb
413x Bradley Loveday
437x Craig Thompson
404x Jano Montoya
726x Abraham Mena Calderon
740x Boe Huckins
733x Derek Ausserbauer
729x Michael Skurkis
716x Ryan Gutile
709x Todd York
702x Tony Gera
PRO MOTO 50 (4)
507x Mark Winkelman
596x Akihiro Saito
540x Michael Garvin
510x Seiji Kubota
PRO MOTO 60 (1)
625x Mark Hawley
103x Connor Panratz
150x Jim Owens
101x Mark Winkelman
106x Garrett Poucher
Pro Quads
Pro Quad (2)
1a Javier Robles Jr
12a Oscar Ruiz
1407 Michael Ng
1409 Long Truong
1408 Patrick Martin
1410 Victor Carillo
SPT M/C (8)
287x Luis Balaguer
255x Will Salazar
225x Alberto Morales
235x Fernando Barbosa
230x Kristopher Harvey
273x Jose Perez
278x Javier Meija
262x Nick Acosta-1st RS
104a Roberto Martinez
110a Danny Magdaleno

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