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.
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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. PRE-RUNNING 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). THE FIELD/START 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. ENTRY LEADERS 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. TEAMMATES 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. QUALIFYING 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. MAIN COURSE & SAFETY 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. A HAPPENING… 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. AT THE RIVIERA… 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. ENTRY FEES REDUCED/INSURANCE COVERAGE INCREASED 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. GRAN HISTORIA 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. CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE 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. ON THE AIR 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 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. DUST2GLORY 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. SCOREscope 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 SCORE SPONSORS… 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 SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (30) (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 TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (12) 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 SCORE LITES (10) 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 TROPHY LITE (1) 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 PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (8) 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 PRO MOTO IRONMAN (7) 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 PRO MOTO LIMITED (4) 103x Connor Panratz 150x Jim Owens 101x Mark Winkelman 106x Garrett Poucher Pro Quads Pro Quad (2) 1a Javier Robles Jr 12a Oscar Ruiz Sportsman SPT UNLTD TRUCK (4) 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 SPT QUAD (2) 104a Roberto Martinez 110a Danny Magdaleno