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Andy McMillin preparing for 2nd SCORE Baja 400

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

August 16, 2021

Presented by VP Racing Fuels

Andy McMillin, current SCORE Trophy Truck point leader,
2019 TT season champion ready for 2nd SCORE Baja 400

Second-time race to be held September 14-19 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico;
spectacular event is Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
more info at https://score-international.com/raceinfo/2021-baja-400-sept-14-19-2021/

NOTE: Current Unofficial media numerical entry list, by class, at bottom of text

     ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—When it comes to SCORE racing in Baja California, Mexico, no family does it with more experience, more wisdom, more knowledge, more tenacity and more overall 4-wheel victories than San Diego’s legendary McMillin family. Andy McMillin, the oldest of three McMillins is one of over 100 entries (along with his cousins Daniel McMillin and Luke McMillin) so far in next month’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. Online racer registration is open until August 27, on the SCORE website.
At age 33, Andy McMillin, prepares to race again in the Big Blue M No. 31 McMillin Racing Mason-built AWD Chevy Silverado in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950 horse-power unlimited custom trucks. His cousins Daniel, 33-seven months younger than Andy–(No. 23 Mark Racing Mason-built Chevy 1500) and Luke, 28, (No. 1 Mark Racing Mason-built Chevy Silverado) are also entered in SCORE Trophy Truck for the upcoming Mexican adventure.
WHEN
The youngest race in the long and storied nearly 50-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization will be held Sept. 14-19 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
WHO…WHAT
Online racer registration along with a detailed schedule of events both are available on the SCORE website for Round 3 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. Entries from all across the United States and around the world competing in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads are anticipated for the upcoming internationally-televised desert race in Mexico’s Baja California.
WHERE
The race will be conducted under the strict guidelines and BioSecurity protocols required by the Mexican Health Department regarding the health pandemic at the time of the event.
EARLY ENTRIES
Of the 102 early entries after two weeks of online racer registration, 14 U.S. States are represented plus racers from host Mexico, Canada, France and New Zealand.
Leading the way are SCORE Trophy Truck (including two in SCORE TT Legend) with 33 entries so far and the Trophy Truck Spec class which has 22 entries to date.
ONLINE RACER REGISTRATION
Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. It will remain open until Friday, August 27.
Information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.
For more info, visit  https://score-international.com/raceinfo/2021-baja-400-sept-14-19-2021/.
McMILLIN FAMILY LEGACY
No one has a longer and more accomplished family legacy in SCORE Baja racing than the Big Blue M Racing Team of San Diego’s McMillin family.
The McMillin family has had seven members of the Big Blue M machine who have won their respective classes in SCORE races over the years and six of them have all earned at least one overall victory as well.
The late Corky McMillin raised the McMillin banner for the first time in 1976. He was followed to the checkered flag by his sons Mark McMillin and Scott McMillin. The two McMillin brothers have been followed by Mark’s sons Daniel and Luke and Scott’s children Andy and his sister Jessica McMillin. Jessica, however is no longer competing in SCORE races as a driver.
As an example, between seven family members, the three-generation McMillins have 22 class wins including 11 overall victories in the SCORE Baja 500. Clearly the winningest family in the history of that iconic race.
Third-generation San Diego desert racer Andy McMillin, 33, who opted-out of racing his SCORE Trophy Truck last year because of the health pandemic, returns as the third McMillin family member entered this year’s SCORE Baja 400.
Andy McMillin has 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck individual race wins. That total has him tied for second behind Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren’s 17 all-time SCORE Trophy Truck race wins with additional Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame racers Robby Gordon, Ed/Tim Herbst and Larry Ragland.
Andy McMillin finishing second to Ryan Arciero in the inaugural SCORE Baja 400 in 2019 on his way to the 2019 SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship.
McMillin started the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship with a very solid third-place finish in the SCORE San Felipe 250. He backed that up with a second-place finish in the SCORE Baja 500 to give him 240 points for the season to again lead the points in the ultra-competitive SCORE Trophy Truck division.
Testament to his fierce determination, Andy McMillin has two overall victories in the SCORE San Felipe 250, three in the SCORE Baja 500 and five overalls in the SCORE Baja 1000. His wins in those three races have earned him a spot in the revered SCORE Triple Crown of Baja Awards list. The award is given to those racers in the 4-wheel classes who have earned at least one overall victory in each of those traditional SCORE Baja races. McMillin is one of just nine racers on that distinguished list.
Q&A WITH AM
Catching up with the busy Andy McMillin, SCORE had a question-and-answer session with the legendary family racer recently as he continues his preparations for the 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels…

SCORE: Overall, how are things going with your family and your business since the brunt of the pandemic appears to be over? “Things are going well.  I think we are all starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel so that is a positive.”
SCORE: How did opting out (mostly) in 2020 from SCORE Baja racing help your motivation for this 2021 season? “It got the fire burning inside of me, for sure.  It was the least number of races I’ve done in a season since 2015 so it was strange.  I got a lot of quality time in with my family so that was great.”
SCORE: How does it feel to be back on top of the SCORE Trophy Truck point standings, especially without a race win yet this year? Especially knowing that in 2019 you won the first two races of the season. “It feels good, it’s where we belong as a team.  The competition is fierce and everyone is getting the same truck we have now, so it’s becoming who is most prepared and has the cleanest day, because all the fastest trucks are almost identical.”
SCORE: Will you pre-run with your dad for the SCORE Baja 400? When will you start pre-running for the race. “My dad and I always pre-run together and it makes it so much more fun.  We will pre-run for about a week leading up to the race.  There’s only so many roads so I imagine the course will be a lot of what we’ve done in recent memory, if not very similar to some roads we just ran at the SCORE Baja 500.”
SCORE: Are you doing much testing between races? “Not really, just functions testing.  My budget isn’t unlimited and putting extra miles/time on the race truck is very expensive.”
SCORE: When was the last time your dad (Scott McMillin) actually got some time behind the wheel for you during a SCORE race? He is ‘race-ready’ every race though, correct? “He’s definitely race ready.  His last time behind the wheel I believe was the 2014 SCORE Baja 1000 in Heidi Steele’s SCORE Trophy Truck when my sister raced with her. His last time driving with me was the 2012 SCORE Baja 1000.
SCORE: At the midway point in the season, which drivers are the biggest challenge for you in trying to win a race and which ones are the biggest challenge in trying to win the SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship? “Bryce (Menzies) and Luke (McMillin) are my biggest competitors to win races.  We are three of the fastest drivers in the sport and we each have the fastest trucks in the SCORE World Desert Championship right now in the Mason Motorsports AWD truck.  And I haven’t even looked at the points because I don’t race to win championships, I race to win races.  If we end up winning the season points championship without winning a race, then so be it.”
SCORE: What is the most important thing that your grandfather Corky McMillin taught you about desert racing? “To never, ever give up.”
SCORE: What is the most important thing that your dad Scott taught you about desert racing? “My dad taught me everything I know about driving and racing in Baja.  Where to push, where to be patient, how to attack the course, how to deal and manage the competition, pit strategy, etc.”
SCORE: What is the lure for the McMillin family with competing in SCORE Baja races? “We’ve been doing it for 45 years and the big lure is the people and the culture of Baja.  The freedom of driving a truck in the middle of nowhere surrounded by beautiful scenery that so many people never get the chance to see.  We love Baja.”
SCORE: Now that you see first-hand that you can lead the SCORE Trophy Truck point standings without winning a race, how does this change your strategy for the final two races of the year? “It doesn’t.  We will go into the SCORE Baja 400 to win the race, and we will go into the SCORE Baja 1000 to win the race.  Second place is the first loser, and I hate losing.”

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 approximately eight and one-half 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.
DRAW DEADLINE
The starting order within each class for this race (except for the classes that are qualifying), will be determined by a random drawing for those entries received online and paid in full by 8 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, August 27 when online racer registration officially closes.
No additional entries will be accepted after 8 p.m. PDT on Friday, August 27. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Sept. 15, 16, 17).
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.
GRAN HISTORIA
The first SCORE Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races to date.
Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja races. Ensenada has hosted the start line 47 times and the finish line 43 times for the SCORE Baja 500. For the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada will be hosting the start line this November for the 47th time and the finish line is scheduled to be in La Paz, Baja California Sur for the 22nd time.
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

  • BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

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 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 is being held in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:

  • 35th SCORE San Felipe 250—

March 29-April 3, San Felipe, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

June 1-5, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • 3rd SCORE Baja 400—

September 13-18, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

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 and Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

2nd SCORE Baja 400presented by VP Racing Fuels
Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship

September 14-19, 2021—407.40 miles – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 102 (as of 8/16/21)
(from 14 U.S. States, host Mexico, Canada, France, New Zealand


SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (33*)
1 Luke McMillin
7 Bryce Menzies
9 Apdaly Lopez
10 Alan Ampudia
11 Rob MacCachren
14 Bobby Pecoy
16 Cameron Steele
18 JP Gomez
19 Tim Herbst
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
*21L Guastavo Vildosola Sr
22 Jax Redline
23 Dan McMillin
27 Jonathan Brenthel
29 Madix Bailey
31 Andy McMillin
35 Carlos Penunuri
*37L Rolf Helland
40 Chris Miller
41 Justin Lofton
43 Larry Roeseler
45 Gary Magness
60 Kelly McArthur
65 Dan Myers
68 Andrew Entwistle
71 Eric Hardin
73 John T. Lennon
79 AJ Jones
82 Sam Baldi
85 Mike Lawrence
89 Mike Walser
90 Raul Gomez
92 Paul Nauleau
*SCORE TT LEGEND
CLASS 1 (3)
100 Cody Parkhouse
123 Broc Dickerson
168 Shelby Reid
179 Mario Fuentes
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (22)
200 Jorge Sampietro
205 Jose Delucie
211 Pat Sims
213 Karl Ebdrup
214 Valerie Clark
218 Chad Dohrman
227 Kyle Jergensen
228 Ryan Hancock
232 Chelsea Magness
234 Jason McNeil
238 Elijah Kiger
242 Bryce Swaim
244 Brad Lovell
258 Justin Davis
264 Pierce Herbst
269 Guillermo Zamacona
275 Juan Sanchotena
278 Carlos Ibarra
285 Clay Lawrence
294 Vincent Munoz
296 Andrew Myers
299 Charles Dorrance
CLASS 10 (5)
1001 Oliver Flemate
1010 Moises Cuevas
1023 Britney Myers
1062 Roberto Romo
1081 Matt Winslow
CLASS 7 (2)
700 Daniel Chamlee
727 Meredith Hammond
PRO UTV FI (8)
29XX Ryan Laidlaw
2910 Rodrigo Ampudia
2931 Craig Scanlon
2932 Clinton Schue
2967 Mike Pratt
2974 Jorge Cano
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
2999 Bob Jablonsky
SCORE LITES (2)
1202 Matias Arjona IV
1229 Doug Satterfield
PRO UTV NA (4)
1918 Richard Fant
1919 Paul Barnhart Jr
1954 Kristen Matlock
1995 Kaden Wells
CLASS 1/2-1600 (2)
1600 Eli Yee
1621 Kevin A. Sanchez
PRO UTV STOCK (0)
CLASS 8 (0)
HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (0)
PRO UTV OPEN (3)
1870 Justin Elenburg
1871 Wayne Matlock
1879 Michelle Barraza
CLASS 5 (0)
CLASS 3 (0)
CLASS 5-1600 (0)
BAJA CHALLENGE (0)
CLASS 7F (1)
714F Justin Park
CLASS 7SX (0)
CLASS 3000 (0)
Baja-e (0)
CLASS 11 (2)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1196 Alex Gonzales
Sportsman
SPT UNLTD TRUCK (0)
SPT UTV UNLIMITED (2)
1801 Dave Miller
1808 Chad Gould
Pro Motorcycles
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (1)
19x Jacob Nieder
PRO MOTO 30 (0)
PRO MOTO LIMITED (1)
109x Christopher Gil
PRO MOTO 40 (1)
424x William St. Laurent
PRO MOTO 50 (1)
510x Giovanni Spinali
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (0)
PRO MOTO 60 (1)
628x Scott McIntosh
Pro Quads
Pro Quad (2)
7a Carlos Napoles
37a Ricardo Villafana
Pro Quad Ironman (0)
Sportsman
SPT M/C (3)
201x Scott Borden
203x Giovanni Aviles
292x Geovany Rodriguez
SPT QUAD (2)
113a Victor Higuera
126a Miguel Salas