SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
October 28, 2021
Race week Nov. 15-20
BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000 presented by 4 Wheel Parts Led by LR–147 racers with combined 466 class wins Return for yet another adventure in Baja California
peninsula run for famous finale of 4-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship; Starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur
BioSecurity protocols require location change for Contingency, race start More information under race info tab on www.score-international.com
NOTE: Multiple class winners list entered this year at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Drawn yet again by the lure of the most iconic desert race in the world, Hall of Famer Larry Roeseler leads 147 racers who have combined for 466 class victories among 300 expected starters who have been drawn to once again blaze another dusty trail. This year, the call of the desert has come in the form of next month’s BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
With entries so far from 35 U.S. States, the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico and 17 countries, this year’s Granddaddy of All Desert Races will be a peninsula run of 1226.35 masterful miles down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Starting and finishing under strict BioSecurity health and safety protocols in Baja California, Mexico, the final round of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship race-week festivities and the Granddaddy of All Desert Races itself will be held Nov. 15-20. BIO SECURITY UPDATE
Closed to the public because of the BioSecurity health protocols in Baja California, pre-race Contingency/Tech will be held (Nov. 16 and 17) along with the start of the race (Nov. 18) in the SCORE compound located in a new site alongside the Marina in Ensenada, just west of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. SCORE Racer and SCORE Media Registration will be held Nov. 15-17 in the Red Room at the Riviera.
SCORE International is well known around the globe as the ‘World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.’ Celebrating its 48th season in 2021, this race is the flagship event of the SCORE World Desert Championship.
SCORE International is well known around the globe as the ‘World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.’ Celebrating its 48th season in 2021, this race is the flagship event of the SCORE World Desert Championship. AMAZING RACE
The SCORE Baja 1000 is at the pinnacle of motorsports as the most iconic, oldest, prestigious, toughest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.
While every year for the Granddaddy of All Desert Races is mesmerizing, a peninsula run down Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula is, for lack of a better term, hypnotizing.
This year’s race will be a peninsula run of 1226.35 miles down majestic Baja California, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. BAJA MIL
Most of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s massive BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. The 2021 season-finale will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on ESPN2’s World of X Games programming.
Race week activities will be held Nov. 15-20.
Nearly 300 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from nearly 40 U.S. States and as many as 20 countries anticipated. Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads will be competing in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.
Ensenada, “The Off-Road Capital of the World” is a coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos area of the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, is the gateway to the Sea of Cortez and 1,000 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.
This iconic race will start for the 47th time in Ensenada, finish for the 22nd time in La Paz, 24th time overall to run down the peninsula as 2000 and 2007 finished in Cabo San Lucas. It will be the first peninsula run since the 50th SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017.
This race is annually the grand finale of the SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past six years in Baja California. LR TOPS MULTI LEADERS
At the top of the SCORE Baja 1000 all-time Pro Multi-Class winners entered this year is the legendary Larry ‘Mr. Baja’ Roeseler with 18 class wins in this race. Roeseler, 64, of Imperial, Calif., has a race-record 14 overall victories in this race, including 10 on a motorcycle. He is the only racer in history of this race to win an overall on a motorcycle, a SCORE Trophy Truck and an open-wheel desert race car.
For the record, Roeseler’s class win total in the SCORE Baja 1000 is second only to the late, great Rod Hall who earned 25 career class wins while driving in the first 50 races.
Roeseler’s first class win in this iconic race was in 1976 in the open motorcycle class riding with Mitch Mayes and his most recent was in 2020 when he was the second driver for Luke McMillin in SCORE Trophy Truck.
‘Mr. Baja’, a member of both the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and Off-Road Motorsports (ORMHOF) Halls of Fame, enters this year’s peninsula run as the current point leader in the SCORE Trophy Truck class where he won this year’s SCORE Baja 500 in his No. 43 Baja Jerky Toyota Tundra. His plan is to drive solo, hoping to add even more to his amazing SCORE Baja legacy. AGE GROUPERS
The next eight racers entered on the all-time class win list are all motorcycle racers and seven ride in age group classes.
Tied for third overall with 16 race wins each are Craig Adams, 66, Upland, Calif., and Richard Jackson, 75, Bakersfield, Calif., who are both racing again this year but on different teams in the Pro Moto 60 class for riders over 60 years old.
Tied for fifth overall with 15 class wins is Jeff Kaplan, 62, Thousand Oaks, Calif. who is racing in Pro Moto 60.
Ninth overall with 14 class wins is the extreme veteran champion Jim O’Neal, 75, Santa Barbara, Calif. O’Neal, known worldwide for his O’Neal USA racing apparel, is racing in Pro Moto 60 this time around.
Racing on teams in Pro Moto 60 this year with 12 class wins each are noted Hollywood stuntman Lou Franco and Bob Johnson.
The one non-age group moto racer in the group, Steve Hengeveld, also has 12 class wins including 2017 in Trophy Truck Spec and he is scheduled to be an additional driver in Class 7 this year with Jeff Proctor and IndyCar champion racer Alexander Rossi. MORE MULTI-TIMERS
With 11 class wins (all in the last 13 years) all in Class 7 is Daniel Chamlee while entered with nine class victories each are Rob MacCachren, SCORE Trophy Truck and Eric Solorzano in Class 11.
Entered with eight class wins are Shane Esposito, Pro Moto 40 and Darren Skilton, Class 1.
With seven class wins in this legendary race is Wayne Matlock (Pro UTV Open)
There are six racers entered so far with six class wins each: Mike Cafro (Pro UTV Stock), Lance Clifford (Baja Challenge), Kendall Norman (Pro Moto Unlimited), J. David Ruvalcaba (Class 10), Mark Samuels (Pro Moto Unlimited) and Clyde Stacy (SCORE TT Legend). ENTRIES TO DATE
With nearly 300 entries anticipated at the start line, through the close of online registration, 271 total entries have been received for the Granddaddy of All Desert Races, with racers representing 35 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico and 17 countries.
The countries are United States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host country Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, India, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain and Sweden. DOUBLE DIGITS
Of the first 271 entries to date, in the iconic race, 205 are cars, trucks or UTVs and 66 are motorcycles or quads.
Led by the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division with 31 entries (including seven in SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50 years old), 10 classes already have double-figure entry totals.
Among 4-wheel classes, besides SCORE Trophy Truck the classes with double-figure entries so far are Trophy Truck Spec (26), Class 10 (17), Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) (26), Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) (11), Class 1/2-1600 (11), Pro UTV Stock (12) and the venerable Class 11 for stock VW sedans (12).
Among the 2-wheel classes, Pro Moto Ironman has 13 official entries and Sportsman Motorcycle has 12. LA RUTA
The race features a course, designed and plotted by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 1226.35 miles of raucously rugged Baja California terrain.
The challenging race course is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, beautiful Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the ocean and 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.
It runs east from Ensenada to Ojos Negros, south to Valle de Trinidad, back southwest to Colonet, south to San Quintin. The course starts heading inland to Catavina then south to Coco’s Corner to Bahia de Los Angeles. From there it heads inland to San Ignacio and back to the Pacific Ocean at race mile 750.
At about race mile 825 it heads east to the Sea of Cortez at race mile 880 and down along the Sea of Cortez past Loreto. After Loreto it runs southwest and back along the Pacific past Villa Insurgentes and Ciudad Constitucion until race mile 1180 were it turns southeast and finally into the finish in La Paz.
The historic race course features three physical checkpoints, 236 virtual checkpoints, including 23 speed zones (37 or 60 miles per hour) for a total of 196.18 miles.
The three physical (full stop) checkpoints will be Checkpoint No. 1 at Chapala (race mile 421.30), Checkpoint No. 2 at the Vizcaino road crossing (race mile 633.31) and at Insurgentes (race mile 999.91).
All Sportsman classes, Class 3, Class 7SX, Class 11, Vintage Trailblazer and Baja Challenge will run reduced course of 1,214.01 miles.
The official course map, course notes, racer brief, penalty bulletin and GPS files are posted on the SCORE website under race info for the SCORE Baja 1000. SCORE LIVE
During contingency on Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 16-17) and the race on Thursday (Nov. 18) until the course closes on Saturday (Nov. 20) late afternoon, live streaming will be broadcasting race activities and start activities, finish line interviews and live racing action along the race course.
With increased live race coverage from along the race route, popular Rat Sult, who has been the voice of SCORE over the last six seasons, will once again serve as emcee and lead announcer of the SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult will be veteran Dave Arnold along with Matt Moghaddam and Morgan McBride.
SCORE live is being produced again by SCORE Media House, Aaron Laub, producer, Alberto Luna-director.
SCORE live may be launched from the home page of the SCORE website. GREEN FLAG
The SCORE Baja 1000 will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Thursday, Nov. 18 will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 2 a.m. (PT) and 10 a.m. (PT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around 22 hours, all vehicles will have a 50-hour time limit to become official finishers in the elapsed-time race. BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 45 years, received two awards for the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored after the 2020 season as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 30th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 32nd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 33 of the 53 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 31 of the 53 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2021.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 28 of the 34 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 the first SCORE Baja 400. BFG BIG BONUS
SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$40,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate the Granddaddy of All Desert Races. PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd 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 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 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. 2022 SCHEDULE
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico 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, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, 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 Sustainable Economy and Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Ensenada Tourism Marketing Committee, Cruz Roja Mexicana, San Quintin Municipal Council, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism and Sustainable Economy, Municipal Government of Mulege, Municipal Government of Loreto, Municipal Government of Comondu and Municipal Government of La Paz, B.C.S.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
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