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August 6, 2021
Induction Dinner Oct. 30
Nine SCORE racers among 11 inductees for 2020 and 2021 Classes for Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
Tickets on sale for ORMHOF Induction Dinner at South Point Hotel in Las Vegas; more ORMHOF information and tickets are available at www.ormhof.org; Next up: 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels, in Ensenada, Mexico
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—With two classes being inducted later this year, nine of the 11 new inductees for the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) were all SCORE racers at one time in their illustrious careers. Because the health pandemic forced cancellation of last year’s induction Gala, both the 2020 and 2021 ORMHOF classes will be honored on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Michael Gaughan’s South Point Hotel in Las Vegas.
Announced this week, the 2021 class that will be inducted into the ORMHOF in Las Vegas are Steve Kelley, Spencer Low, John Marking, and Tim Morton.
That group will be joined onstage with the seven members of the ORMHOF class of 2020: Bob Bower, Dean Bulloch, Danny Foddrill, Jack Johnson, Roger Mears, Cal Wells III, and Tom White.
From the Class of 2021, Kelley, Low, Marking and Morton are all former SCORE racing champions.
From the Class of 2020, Bower, Foddrill, Johnson, Mears and Wells are all former SCORE champion racers.
With these 11 to be enshrined in October, it will bring the number of inductees in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame to 110.
Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees represent excellence and achievement in many areas of off-road, including advocacy, journalism, industry, rock sports, desert racing, short course, and rally racing. SCORE Baja 400
With the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship having reached the midpoint of the four-race series, SCORE is current finalizing details for next month’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. Round 3 of the four race 2021 SCORE Baja racing season will be held Sept. 14-19 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
SCORE is celebrating its 48th year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization. CLASS OF 2021 Steve Kelley became hooked on desert racing after he attended the 1969 SCORE Baja 1000 with a friend.
His first race car was a FUNCO 2-seater that he raced in the 1972 Mint 400.
He went on to compete in nearly every class, winning multiple championships and representing some of the top teams and manufacturers in the sport over a career spanning four decades.
ORMHOF inductee Sal Fish, the iconic owner of SCORE from 1974 through 2012, credits Steve Kelley with being one of the racers who helped establish the rules during the early days of SCORE. SCORE rules continue to be the template for all other racing sanctioning bodies.
Always an intense competitor, Kelley won SCORE season class point championships in 1979 (Class 1) and 1985 (Class 8).
In the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, Kelley won his class three times. The first two (1981, 1982) were in the mammoth Class 8 trucks long before the amazing SCORE Trophy Trucks were introduced in 1994. Kelley also won Class 4 in the 1991 Baja Mil. Spencer Low is an Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame 2021 Legacy inductee.
Low launched his off-road racing career in 1966 at the age of 18 on a BSA motorcycle. He is perhaps best known as a pioneer in the mini-truck movement of the 1970s, with his development and sales of the first bolt-on 4WD conversion kits for mini-trucks through his company, Low Manufacturing.
The company was awarded SEMA’s “Best Engineered New Product” in 1982 for Low’s innovative Modular Aluminum Differentials, the basis of the 4WD Conversion.
Low was also a successful racer, with many Class 7 wins during the 1980s, highlighted by a 20-year career as a Nissan factory truck racer. He also earned back-to-back SCORE True Grit Awards in 1985 and 1986 for completing every required mile of every race each of those seasons.
Driving for Nissan in Class 7S for stock minitrucks, Low was a SCORE season point champion in both 1985 and 1986 as well.
Spencer Low passed away in 2019. John Marking joins the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame with a racing background, but he is perhaps best known for his work in the field of shock absorber development and technology.
Bolstered by his love of desert racing, John went to work at Jimco Racing Products in 1988, the same year he enrolled in the Engineering program at San Diego State University. As a side business, John started rebuilding and modifying shock absorbers.
In 1992, Marking began his career at Fox Racing Shox, and for the next 29-plus years has played a significant role in the engineering, design, and manufacturing, of off-road shock absorbers.
Marking holds more than 40 patents in the US and Europe relating to shock technology and design. In 2004, Marking won the SCORE unlimited Class 1 season point championship. Tim Morton began his journey to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame began in 1983 at the SCORE Baja 1000. He was just 16 years old.
His accomplishments include seven SCORE Baja 1000 wins, seven SCORE Baja 500 wins, and five SCORE San Felipe 250 wins.
Morton earned four SCORE motorcycle points championships in his career and a SCORE Overall Pro Motorcycle points championship.
His racing success and attention to detail evolved into mentoring and coaching other Baja racers and helping them achieve their dreams. His ‘arrive and ride’ program for Baja racing has spanned more than 20 years. Tim and his wife Jennifer have mentored over sixty race teams and Ironman racers, with a 100% finish rate, for their fully supported racers through their company, Baja Bound Adventures.
Morton was also awarded with a 2019 ORMHOF Impact Award in the Industry category. CLASS OF 2020 Bob Bower is a former BFGoodrich Tires staffer (started in 1977) who has raced numerous times in SCORE events over the years, as a navigator for some of the sports top drivers and as an additional driver. He was a mentor to many of SCORE’s top racers early in their careers.
Bower also helped start the extensive BFGoodrich Tires pit program that continues to serve the industry with an amazing support to SCORE racers, especially in Baja California, Mexico.
Bower has had a huge impact on the world of desert racing in a variety of roles. Pit volunteer, chase crew, race team manager, pit manager, program manager, winning co-driver, winning driver, ESPN TV color analyst, and teacher. Danny Foddrill has had many roles in the off-road industry. He’s built, designed, driven, owned, prepared, promoted, and supported countless off-road vehicles. He’s also had a big hand in developing many racing careers and racing enthusiasts alike. His history with the sport runs deep and wide.
With a career that spans more than 40 years, Danny Foddrill is a well-respected veteran leader in the desert-racing community. In 1983 Danny opened his own business, Foddrill Fabrication. To this day Danny Foddrill’s shop, Fod Fab, is a hub for racers and off-road enthusiasts.
Seeing the need for a one stop shop for all things off-road in Arizona, Danny expanded with a retail off-road parts store. Danny opened Foddrill Motorsports in 2007 with his business partner Denny Lee. Jack Johnson—versatility, tenacity, commitment, dedication, longevity, dominance: These are just a few of the words that describe the desert racing career of Jack Johnson. A racing career that spanned some 40 years, Jack amassed a staggering (23) SCORE, HDRA, and BiTD event overall wins in a car, truck, or motorcycle.
A tremendous record no doubt, but one that no one is surprised to acknowledge because even at an early age, Jack’s career was marked for greatness. Born in California and raised in the Nevada desert, under the tutelage of his father Bill Johnson, Jack was thrown into the deep end of the racing pool at a very early age.
Johnson was inducted into the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Hall of Fame in 2016 and while he raced in many different series over the years on a motorcycle, many of his greatest victories came in SCORE Baja races. In the SCORE San Felipe 250 he had two class wins, in the SCORE Baja 500 he earned four class wins including winning the overall title in 1979 as the first motorcycle solo rider in the grueling event.
In the SCORE Baja 1000, Johnson recorded 12 class wins all on motorcycles.
During his career that spanned five decades, Johnson also raced unlimited open-wheel desert race cars and was a factory Nissan truck driver for a few years where he won Class 4 SCORE season crowns in 1988 and 1989. He was also the first person to win the overall in the Mint 400 on a motorcycle and in a car. Roger Mears The leader of the iconic ‘Mears Gang’ racing family has a long and storied history in motorsports from Midget Cars, to IndyCar racing to desert racing to stadium off-road racing.
His racing career spanned over three decades and he was honored five times being selected to the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Asociation AARWBA All-America team (1974, 1981, 1985, 1989 and 1991.
Mears won a remarkable 20 SCORE Off-Road World Championships at the historic Riverside International Raceway. He also has four SCORE Baja 1000 wins, five Pikes Peak International Hill Climbs, two HDRA/SCORE series titles and a Mickey Thompson Stadium Series Truck crown.
Roger and his younger brother Rick Mears, who won the Indy 500 four times, started in go-karts and motorcycles, began to establish their racing lore in the tight Ascot Park Sprint Buggy action in the early 1970s and it continued at Riverside, Pikes Peak and in the desert.
The Bakersfield, California brother duo had followed their father, Bill, into racing and also followed him to the winner’s circle. Bill was a very successful stock car racer in Wichita, Kansas.
In addition to his phenomenal off-road racing statistics, Roger Mears also drove in 31 IndyCar Series races including two Indy 500s and recorded 17 Top-10 finishes. Roger also drove stock cars, sprint cars, midgets, and other racing vehicles in various divisions. Cal Wells III—It’s all about winning. For Cal Wells III and his PPI powerhouse, that aspiration became a reality in 1983 thanks to a relationship with Toyota that still exists today. Their all-conquering desert racing campaigns lasted until the historic 2000 SCORE Baja 1000, but still represents the strongest partnership the sport has ever seen.
That’s not empty hyperbole, but an enviable fact based on world-class execution, a dynamic evolution toward technology, and, most importantly, getting a Toyota truck to the finish line before anyone else. Unfortunately for their competition, they did it better and for longer than everybody else.
Wells III developed a passion of motorsports at a young age and in the early 1970s he and his father Cal Wells Jr drove a Ford Bronco they had built in the SCORE Baja 500. Wells III was injured in a street car accident and turned his passion into building vehicles and managing race teams.
By November of 1979, Wells officially opened a small race shop in Westminster, Calif. It was still more of a hobby shop, but one of Cal’s first customers was off-road legend Joe MacPherson.
Eventually Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI) moved to a huge, state-of-the-art complex in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, and Cal Wells and company eventually expanded their reach to include winning Toyota’s Indy Car and NASCAR programs, as well as running the Toyota Motorsports garage.
Among his numerous off-road accolades, Wells III and PPI captured 88 total major off-road race victories, including 33 SCORE desert racing wins peaked by 11 SCORE Baja 500 race triumphs for his team. In the Mickey Thompson Stadium series, his teams captured 50 MTEG race wins and nine MTEG driver’s championships. ORMHOF
Founded in 1978, the ORMHOF museum is located inside the Terrible’s Hotel Casino in Jean, Nev.
For more information on the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, visit www.ormhof.org. SCORE ONLINE RACER REGISTRATION
Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. Information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab. Online racer registration closes on Friday, Aug. 27.
For more info, visit https://score-international.com/raceinfo/2021-baja-400-sept-14-19-2021/. GREEN FLAG
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (Sept. 18) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 6 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 10 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around eight hours, all vehicles will have a 20-hour time limit to become official finishers in the race. THE FIELD
Nearly 200 vehicles are expected at the start line for this second-time SCORE race with racers from as many as 20 U.S. States and 10 countries anticipated. SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$5,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate this newest race on the SCORE schedule. START GRID-SCORE BAJA 1000
The results of the SCORE Baja 400 also will determine the start order within each class for November’s iconic season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 407.40-miles race course for this year’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400 will open at 8 a.m. PDT on Saturday, Sept. 4. Pre-running will start at race mile 40.00 and finish at race mile 367.40. The first 40.0 miles, which will be used in both directions during the race, will be available for pre-running only on Thursday (Sept. 16) and Friday (Sept. 17) and only in the outbound direction. QUALIFYING
Qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 16}, starting at 8 a.m. PDT. Classes that will be qualifying for the SCORE Baja 400 are SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, the unlimited Class 1 and the Trophy Truck Spec class. MAIN COURSE
The race will feature a course, when fully plotted and then marked over the next several weeks by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 407.40 miles of rugged Baja California terrain.
The challenging race course will be 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, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the remaining two events in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2021
For the third straight year, the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship races are airing on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races 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. 2022 SCHEDULE
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which is being held in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year: