Advance racer-registration closes November 7, pre-running accelerating for next week’s iconic 51st SCORE Baja 1000 –

Advance racer-registration closes November 7, pre-running accelerating for next week’s iconic 51st SCORE Baja 1000



November 3, 2018


Nov. 12-18 race week

Advance racer-registration closes November 7, pre-running

accelerating for next week’s iconic 51st SCORE Baja 1000


To date, 250 total entries from 38 U.S. States, 1 U.S. Territory and 18 countries part of field;

finale of 4-race 806.76-mile race in Mexico’s Baja California Norte;

online racer registration ends Wednesday at 8 p.m. PT at;


Granddaddy of All Desert Races to be televised as two-hour special on El Rey Network


     ENSENADA, Mexico—They come from all walks of life, both male and female, range in age from 16 to 76, journey from all parts of the globe to Mexico, but they share a common dream that binds them into a unique brotherhood/sisterhood. They are all preparing to compete in and finish next month’s 51st annual SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of All Desert Races.

Racers continue pre-running on their never-ending quest over the rugged race course over the northern part of Mexico’s majestically magnificent Baja California Peninsula.

Advance on-line racer-registration continues until 8 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday (Nov. 7) at for this year’s legendary competition.

The event and race-week festivities for the season-finale of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championships will be held Nov. 12-18, starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.


Over 300 entries, from 36 U.S. States and 20 countries are expected to compete in this year’s 51st anniversary celebration of the SCORE Baja 1000 which is revered worldwide as the Granddaddy of all Desert Races. Race week festivities and the race will be held Nov. 12-18 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

The world’s most iconic, oldest, prestigious and longest continuously held desert race, this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a loop race of 806.76 miles in the northern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.

With a total time limit of 36 hours in the elapsed-time race, the motorcycle and quad classes will start at 4 a.m. (PT) on Friday, Nov. 16 and the car, truck and UTV classes will follow with their start on at 10:30 a.m. (PT) on Friday, Nov. 16. The fastest finishers are expected to complete the race in approximately 16 hours.

This year’s course map, course notes and GPS files are available on the SCORE website under race info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page at


To date for next week’s 51st SCORE Baja 1000, there are 250 total entries with racers from 38 U.S. States and 18 countries officially signed up to compete. In addition to the United States, the U.S. Territory of Guam and host country Mexico, the other countries with racers entered are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain and Sweden.


Including SCORE Trophy Truck (37), seven total classes already have double figures in terms of entries so far. While several other classes have nearly reached at least 10 entries, the other classes with double figure entries to date are: Trophy Truck Spec (28), Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) (27), Class 10 (17), unlimited Class 1 (14), Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) (13) and leading the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with 16 entries so far.


For all the classes except SCORE Trophy Truck, the drawing for starting positions within each class will all entries registered online by by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7.  Late entries after the drawing cut-off will have to register on-site next Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Entries received after the drawing will be placed by class in the next available starting position following those that entered in time for the random draw.

For racers who competed in September’s Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge, based on their results, those racers will be placed in order of how they placed in Tijuana and a drawing will be held for all of the additional entries in each class to determine the final start order for the 51st SCORE Baja 1000. It will be held after the close of online racer registration on Wednesday (Nov. 7) and published on Friday (Nov. 9).


This year’s race will start for the 44th time and finish for the 25th time in Ensenada, Baja California. The start/finish line compound will once again be adjacent to the picturesque Bahia de Todos Santos one side and to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero in the heart of Ensenada with the first several spectator-friendly miles running up and back through the Ensenada Arroyo.


Pre-race festivities include two days of Contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway (Wednesday, Nov. 14 & Thursday, Nov. 15) on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Contingency will run each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pre-race tech will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. On Wednesday (Nov. 14), Contingency will be held for all motorcycles, quads and UTV classes along with several car/truck classes. On Thursday (Nov. 15), Contingency will be held for the balance of the car and truck classes including the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, unlimited Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec and Class 10.

The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held on Thursday (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m. PT at the Torre Lucerna Ensenada Hotel & Resort.

Racer registration will be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. Racer registration will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 13), and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on both Wednesday (Nov. 15) and Thursday (Nov. 15).

Media registration will be held as well in the Red Room at the Riviera from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 13), and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on both Wednesday (Nov. 14) and Thursday (Nov. 15) and the BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center will be open on Friday (Nov. 16) starting at 3:30 a.m. PT through the close of the race course. It will also be open on Sunday (Nov. 18) from 8 a.m. to Noon PT.

SCORE sponsor Monster Energy will host the Monster Energy Papas y Beer SCORE Street Party on Avenida Ruiz in downtown Ensenada from 6 p.m. to midnight PT on Thursday, Nov. 15.


As the celebration continues Friday (Nov. 16) night to all day and evening on Friday and Saturday until the early hours of Sunday morning (Nov. 18) while official finishers cross the line and tales and epic accomplishments are added to the legacy of the event. The post-race awards fiesta will be held on the start/finish line ramp adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center starting at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday (Nov. 18).


As it has for over four and a half decades, SCORE has put together another memorable race course for the 51st anniversary, this one a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain that the northern state of the majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer. SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has designed and finalized this year’s race course of 806.76 miles. The course has five checkpoints along the way to the finish and 192 virtual checkpoints.

Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course travels in a clockwise direction east to Ojos Negros before launching its weaving route around both the east and then the west side of the northern part of the peninsula.

The five checkpoints are located at north of San Felipe (race mile 177.34), before Highway 1 on Chapala Road (rm 378.27), Highway 1 in San Quintin (rm 597.81), end of Vicente Guerrero Wash (rm 633.85) and in Santo Tomas before Highway 1 (rm 733.02).

Because of the horrendous silt beds, Class 11 (stock VW sedans) and all Sportsman 4-wheel vehicles classes will be allowed to eliminate the Cataviña loop, taking pavement from rm 379.22 to rm 478.38.


For this year’s 51st SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE International has selected Mexico’s beloved tourism official Nico Saad, the only person who has been behind the scenes at all 50 of the previous races, as the Grand Marshal for this year’s anniversary of the world’s most iconic desert race.

Honorably humble, unusually unassuming, famously friendly by nature while constantly and consistently working diligently behind the scenes by choice on behalf of SCORE Baja racing for nearly 45 years, Saad is the revered owner of the San Nicolas Resort and extremely cherished and prolifically productive President of Proturismo de Ensenada. Saad is the only person who has been part of all 50 Baja 1000 events, obviously including the 44 produced and sanctioned by SCORE International.


  • 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.12-18, Ensenada, Mexico


Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fourth consecutive year all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:

  • 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
  • Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 19-23, Ensenada, Mexico
  • 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.12-17, Ensenada, Mexico


SCORE races are airing domestically on the El Rey Network and outside of the U.S. on ESPN International as well as syndication. The SCORE Baja 1000 race coverage show will be a two-hour special.

El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network and 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


Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte.

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

Lucerna Hotels & Resorts 22nd Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Lucerna Hotels and Resorts, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.

For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at

51st annual SCORE Baja 1000

Nov. 12-18, 2018—806.76 miles–Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 249 (as of 11/3/18)

(from 38 U.S. States, U.S. Territory-Guam, Host Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,

Chile, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Sweden)

(Numerical order, by class)

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs


1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez

4 Justin Matney

*5L Clyde Stacy

6 Larry Connor

7 Bryce Menzies

10 Alan Ampudia

11 Rob MacCachren

*12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

15 Billy Wilson

16 Cameron Steele

19 Tim Herbst

20 Robbie Pierce

23 Dan McMillin

26 Dave Taylor

31 Andy McMillin

32 Ryan Arciero

33 Todd Tuls

*37L Rolf Helland

40 Chris Miller

45 Gary Magness

50 Zak Langley

54 Troy Herbst

57 Mike Palmer

60 Cole Potts

61 Richard Armstrong

62 Mike Cook

66 Harry Hepler

70 Kevin Thompson

72 Aaron Ciliceo

*72L Rob Reinertson

77 Robby Gordon

*81L David Westhem

83 Luke McMillin

85 Mike Lawrence

86 Joe Bacal

88 Mike Walser

97 B.J. Baldwin


CLASS 1 (14)

100 Brian Wilson

101 Wayne Schlosser

105 Mason Cullen

106 Derek Fletcher

129 Brandon Bailey

139 Jeff Sanca

149 Sam Berri

150 Morgan Langley

151 John Ramirez

153 Brad Wilson

168 Shelby Reid

185 Justin Davis

188 Sergio Salgado

189 Jon Walker


200 Elias Hanna

202 Chad Broughton

204 Sara Price

207 Steve Kovach

208 Andrew Entwistle

210 Ted Moncure

211 Pat Sims

218 Chad Dohrman

221 Michael Pyle

225 Brian Trotter

230 Chad Hall

232 Chelsea Magness

233 Karl Williams

235 Derek Hunter

240 Robert Patton

242 Bryce Swaim

250 John Langley

251 Joe Lombardo

252 Gonzalo Pirron

257 Shane Redline

265 Craig McCarthy

266 Scott Biernot

267 Hammond Meredith

273 Jordan Brenthel

276 Gerardo Iribe

277 Rod Lewis

295 William Hedrick Jr

299 Charles Dorrance

CLASS 10 (17)

1002 Clay Lawrence

1013 Harley Meservey

1016 Hiram Duran

1018 Miguel Tornel Z-A

1020 Carlos Albanez

1023 Broc Dickerson

1030 Jim Anderson

1048 Kevin Price

1049 Ty Godde

1059 Brady Richard

1062 J.J. Schnarr

1063 Ruben Torres

1068 Cody Reid

1070 John Gilleland

1072 Karl Ebdrup

1075 Eliseo Garcia

1081 Todd Winslow


4405 Shannon Campbell

4422 Casey Currie

CLASS 8 (1)

827 Roger Malcolm

CLASS 1/2-1600 (6)

1603 Oscar Alvarez

1605 Miguel Cortez

1613 Dana Jussila

1614 Bruce Yee

1621 Christopher Sanchez- RS

1678 Gustavo Avina-RS


1206 Freddie Willert

1208 Rich Roberts

1210 Luis Barragan

1240 Miguel Bonilla

1247 Wes McKenzie

1250 Cesar Vela

1255 Darren Walsh

1258 Jeremy Davis

CLASS 7 (3)

700 Dan Chamlee

709 Jeff Proctor

711 Carlos Diaz

CLASS 5 (2)

524 Ben Swift

507 Greg Sullivan-RS


869 Juan Carlos Calderon

894 Vince Munoz


2902 Jason Stewart

2904 Cory Sappington

2907 Robby Gordon

2910 Scott Trafton

2912 Tony Riggs

2917 Derek Murray

2918 Justin Lambert

2919 Brandon Schueler

2921 Brett Comiskey

2927 Justin Smith

2930 Sean Cook

2931 Craig Scanlon

2939 Jason LaFortune

2937 Alex Nicholas

2940 Erick Kozin

2948 Matthew Burroughs

2949 Alonso Lopez

2966 Rhys Millen

2968 Christine Giampaoli Zonca

2971 Wayne Matlock

2977 Justin Elenburg

2981 Jesse Combs

2984 Kristopher McCoy

2987 Edgar Garcia

2989 Wes Miller

2995 Daniel Parker

2900 Marc Burnett-RS

PRO UTV (13)

1902 Tyler Backus

1913 Dean Acton

1914 Nick Schuft

1924 Miguel Garcia-Galeana

1944 Christopher Boyle

1950 J.T. Holmes

1954 Kristen Matlock

1955 Paul Champion

1959 James Posegate

1995 Kaden Wells

1977 Todd Romano

1979 Todd Katanchik

1994 Ryan Peacock


1857 Al McBeth

1888 Earl Berg

1899 Kris Werth

CLASS 5-1600 (4)

553 Cesar Iniguez

569 Ruben Garcia

577 Luis Herrera

595 Matt Barnes-RS

CLASS 3000

3022 Pete Sohren

BAJA-e (1)

E402 Raul Rodriguez Jr


BC1 Larry McRae

BC2 Mary Scheible

BC3 Will Turner

BC4 Roger Norman

BC5 David Payne

BC6 Bud Pecoy

BC7 Richard Spillman

BC8 Stephen Goodrick

CLASS 3 (1)

302 Donald Moss


1350 Cody Swanty


8155 Mark Van Tassell


745 Jason Babcock

750 Sean Whalen

740 Gerardo Novelo-RS


VXX Craig Christy

CLASS 11 (7)

1100 Dennis Hollenbeck

1104 Viry Felix

1106 Michael Kay

1111 Eric Solorzano

1113 Mario Vazquez

1156 Art Penner

1149 Victor Esparza-RS


1512 Henry Simpson

1577 Diane Giannelli


1818 Jessalyn Sells


3975 Torey Rush

Pro Motorcycles


1x Shane Esposito

4x Santiago Creel

7x Justin Morgan

9x Eddie Brown

12x Webster Whinery Jr

25x Massimo Mangini

55x Steve Hatch

66x Santiago Creel


100x Santiago Creel

125x Fernando Beltran

PRO MOTO 30 (8)

300x Ryan Liebelt

303x Luis M. Gomez

305x William St. Laurent

310x Enrique Fuhrken

323x Mike Mettler

333x Chad Thornton

360x Santiago Creel

365x Nick Lanning

PRO MOTO 40 (4)

400x Jano Montoya

408x Stephen Berger

427x Salvador Sainz

437x Mauricio Santana

PRO MOTO 50 (2)

510x Giovanni Spinali

524x Mike Frick


714x Lawrence Janesky

722x Liz Karcz

726x Ernie Vigil

730x Francisco Septien

739x Aaron Richardson

744x Tony Luksa

747x Lloyd Andrew

756x John Hodel

757x Rick Thornton

PRO MOTO 60 (1)

649x Guy Laycraft

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (2)

1a Said Sanchez

2a Don Higbee


102a Kristin Dietrich

126a Manuel Mayoral

148a Alejandro Amador

SPT M/C (16)

200x Miguel Pena

201x R. Hank Salyer

202x Javier Perez

213x Bradley Loveday

216x Luke Berlet

224x Fabrice Le Det

228x Scott McIntosh

238x Rolando Cabrera

245x George Radysh

247x Michael Boge

252x Matt Woody

254x Tyler Harvey

259x Mike Kaplan

260x Mark Lucke

277x Stephen Gholson

284x Shane Schorno