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    December 14, 2013

    Jimco repeats in Original Chassis Manufacturer points; Kroyer repeats in Engine Builder points

        SAN DIEGO—BFGoodrich Tires, KTM, champion motorcycle racer Kurt Caselli (posthumously) racer Rene Rodriguez, and mechanic Johnny Nelson were among the big winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2013 SCORE Desert Series with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala in SoCal at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in San Diego.
         SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 11 categories along with the 30 winners of the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards and the class and overall point champions of Roger Norman’s three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series.
        In front of an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 400 and a worldwide audience via the live webcast of the festivities, the evening was also a celebration of 40 years of SCORE championship desert racing.  Following the lengthy salute to the stars of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, new SCORE owner Roger Norman summarized his first year as SCORE’s CEO and President.
         BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 38 years was honored as the 2013 SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year. With veteran BFGoodrich Tires representative Frank DeAngelo accepting, it was the 25th time that BFGoodrich Tires has been voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year.
         The SCORE Off-Roadsman awards were determined for the third straight year by a public, online vote. Among the other honorees were the top point leaders from the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series. Several thousand votes were cast during the voting window following the season-ending 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race this past November in Mexico.
         KTM Motorcycles, which fielded a factory team in the 2013 SCORE Desert Series led by rider of record Kurt Caselli that finished third in Class 22 points, was honored for the second time (and consecutively as the SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year. Caselli, who died as results of injuries sustained during a racing accident during this year’s season-ending Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 was also voted posthumously as the 2013 SCORE Person of the Year. The evening included a memorial video tribute to Caselli.
         “We want to sincerely acknowledge the support, assistance and sacrifices made by family members, friends and sponsors–because without their support, the accomplishments of our racers in the series would not have been possible,” commented Norman. “Becoming a SCORE overall or class champion, or winning a coveted SCORE Off-Roadsman Award or SCORE Toyota Milestone Award is an achievement of the highest degree.”
         Earning its first SCORE Off-Roadsman award, Rigid Industries, the prominent LED lighting manufacturer was voted as the SCORE Congingency company of the year.
         With very tight voting in most categories, Mexico’s Rene Rodriguez, was selected as the 2013 SCORE Rookie of the Year after his sterling season in Class 11 for the iconic stock VW sedans. Rodriguez won his class in two of the three races to earn the Class 11 season point championship.
         Nelson, the crew chief and co-rider for 2013 SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE Overall season point champion B.J. Baldwin and Baldwin Motorsports of Las Vegas, was voted the SCORE Mechanic of the Year for the first time. 
         “The year of 2013 was another memorable year in the history of SCORE International,” Norman added. “We enjoyed a total of nearly 500 different drivers/riders of record that competed in our three spectacular SCORE Baja events. For my wife Elise and I, this was our first year as the caretakers of this amazing treasure we all know as SCORE International. We are committed to work with our racers to expand the reach of SCORE even further than it has achieved so far.”
         Mike Julson, of Santee, Calif., who is a SCORE regular co-driver in both SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, saw his Jimco open-wheel desert race cars win the 2013 SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer point championship for the 20th time and 19th straight.
         Kroyer Racing Engines of Las Vegas captured the 2013 Engine Builder point championship for the fourth straight year.
         Another element of the diverse program will be the presentation of the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards.  As it has for 28 years, the coveted Toyota Milestone Awards are presented to those drivers in four-wheel vehicle classes who finish every required mile of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series. A total of 30 racers completed all 1,638.1 required miles in the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series.
         The evening will include a colorful video/photographic tribute to the 2013 SCORE Desert Series produced by Dirt LiveHD and GetSomePhoto.
         The entire evening will be streamed live by Dirt LiveHD on the SCORE website.
         Mexican journalist Gabriel Garcia of Ensenada’s El Vigia newspaper, was honored for the second time in the last three years as the SCORE Journalist of the Year, while HighRev Photo (Jason Zindroski) earned the SCORE Photographer of the Year honors for the fourth time. Winning the SCORE Videographer of the Year award for the first time was Tempt Media (Eric Stolz).
         Leading the parade of 2013 SCORE Desert Series point champions were the three overall titlists—Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin. (Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado), Tim Weigand, Valencia, Calif. (Overall motorcycle and Class 22 on a Honda CRF450X) and Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico (Overall ATV and Class 25 on a Honda TRX450R).
         For Baldwin, who won the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and was second in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, it was his second straight SCORE Overall and fourth total SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship.
         For Weigand, who won Class 22 in all three SCORE Baja races, it was his second SCORE Overall Motorcycle and and first SCORE Overall ATV and first class season win for Arellano, who had two race victories in 2013 in Class 25.
         Emcees for the evening were prominent racer/action sports TV announcer Cameron Steele and legendary champion motorcycle racer and team owner Johnny Cambell.
    MOVING FORWARD
         The six-race 2014 SCORE Desert Series opens with the 28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico, Feb. 27-March 2.
         The original SCORE International founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish from 1974 until Fish transferred ownership of SCORE International to Norman on Dec. 20, 2012. SCORE continues as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature 42 Pro and seven Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico. Fish transferred ownership of SCORE International to Norman on Dec. 20, 2012.
    SCORE SPONSORS…
         Official Sponsors: Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Amber Racing Services-Official Race Fuels, Rigid Industries-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.
         Associate Sponsors: Graham Watchmakers, SatellitePhoneStore.com, Symons Ambulance Company.
         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, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
         For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
    2013 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Award Winners
    SCORE Contingency Company of the Year—Rigid Industries
    SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year—KTM Motorcycles
    SCORE Mechanic of the Year—Johnny Nelson, Baldwin Motorsports
    SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year—BFGoodrich Tires
    SCORE Journalist of the Year—Gabriel Garcia, El Vigia Newspaper
    SCORE Photographer of the Year—HighRev Photo (Jason Zindroski)
    SCORE Videographer of the Year—Tempt Media (Eric Stolz)
    SCORE Rookie of the Year—Rene Rodriguez, Class 11
    SCORE Person of the Year—Kurt Caselli (posthumously)
    *SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer—Jimco (Mike Julson)
    *SCORE Engine Builder—Kroyer Racing Engines (Kevin Kroyer)

    *Determined by points; others-public, online voting

    All-time SCORE Off-Roadsman Award Winners
    Current Awards (1974 thru 2010-voted by SCORE membership; since 2011 public, online voting)
    SCORE CONTINGENCY COMPANY
    1977—NGK Spark Plugs
    1978—Pennzoil
    1979—BFGoodrich Tires
    1980—Rough Country
    1981—Bridgestone
    1982—BFGoodrich Tires
    1983—BFGoodrich Tires
    1984—BFGoodrich Tires
    1985—TIE-BFGoodrich Tires
     & Yokohama Tires
    1986—Yokohama Tires
    1987—BFGoodrich Tires
    1988—Yokohama Tires
    1989—Yokohama Tires
    1990—Yokohama Tires
    1991—Yokohama Tires
    1992—Yokohama Tires
    1993—BFGoodrich Tires
    1994—BFGoodrich Tires
    1995—BFGoodrich Tires
    1996—BFGoodrich Tires
    1997—BFGoodrich Tires
    1998—Duralast Batteries
    1999—BFGoodrich Tires
    2000—BFGoodrich Tires
    2001—BFGoodrich Tires
    2002—BFGoodrich Tires
    2003—BFGoodrich Tires
    2004—BFGoodrich Tires
    2005—BFGoodrich Tires
    2006—BFGoodrich Tires
    2007—BFGoodrich Tires
    2008—Volkswagen of America
    2009—BFGoodrich Tires
    2010—Sunoco
    2011—BFGoodrich Tires
    2012—BFGoodrich Tires
    2013—Rigid Industries

    SCORE MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURER
    1974—Husqvarna
    1975—American Honda
    1976—Husqvarna
    1977—Husqvarna
    1978—Husqvarna
    1979—Husqvarna
    1980—Yamaha
    1981—American Honda
    1982—American Honda
    1983—American Honda
    1984—American Honda
    1985—American Honda
    1986—American Honda
    1987—American Honda
    1988—American Honda
    1989—Kawasaki
    1990—Kawasaki
    1991—Kawasaki
    1992—Kawasaki
    1993—Kawasaki
    1994—Kawasaki
    1995—Kawasaki
    1996—Kawasaki
    1997—American Honda
    1998—American Honda
    1999—American Honda
    2000—American Honda
    2001—American Honda
    2002—American Honda
    2003—American Honda
    2004—American Honda
    2005—American Honda
    2006—American Honda
    2007—American Honda
    2008—American Honda
    2009—American Honda
    2010—American Honda
    2011—American Honda
    2012—KTM
    2013—KTM

    SCORE MECHANIC
    1974—Scott McKenzie
    1975—Dick Russell
    1976—Jim Fueling
    1977—Scott McKenzie
    1978—Scott McKenzie
    1979—Scott McKenzie
    1980—Bill Stroppe
    1981—Tom Strong
    1982—Bill Stroppe
    1983—Bill Stroppe
    1984—Bill Stroppe
    1985—Bill Stroppe
    1986—Randy Anderson
    1987—NONE SELECTED
    1988—Jon Nelson
    1989—Russ Wernimont
    1990—Call Wells III
    1991—Ivan Scoppertone
    1992—Russ Wernimont
    1993—Russ Wernimont
    1994—Russ Wernimont
    1995—Curt LeDuc
    1996—Steve Silverthorn
    1997—NONE SELECTED
    1998—Mike Smith
    1999—Mike Smith
    2000—Mike Smith
    2001—Mike Stapleton
    2002—Barry Beacham
    2003—Mike Smith
    2004—John Hoffman
    2005—Mark Cowan
    2006—Rick Geiser
    2007—Jim Blackmore
    2008—Andy McGaw
    2009—Mike Stapleton
    2010—Rick Geiser
    2011—Jeff Geiser
    2012—Mike Stapleton
    2013—Johnny Nelson

    SCORE PIT SUPPORT TEAM
    (PIT CREW CHIEF—1974-76)
    1974—Bill Mears
    1975—Jack Miller
    1976—Steve Kassanyi
    1977—Checkers
    1978—F.A.I.R.
    1979—Checkers
    1980—Budweiser
    1981—Budweiser
    1982—BFGoodrich Tires
    1983—Checkers
    1984—BFGoodrich Tires
    1985—TIE-Checkers & F.A.I.R.
    1986—Spirit Racing
    1987—BFGoodrich Tires
    1988—BFGoodrich Tires
    1989—BFGoodrich Tires
    1990—Sage Council
    1991—BFGoodrich Tires
    1992—BFGoodrich Tires
    1993—Checkers
    1994—BFGoodrich Tires
    1995—BFGoodrich Tires
    1996—BFGoodrich Tires
    1997—BFGoodrich Tires
    1998—BFGoodrich Tires
    1999—BFGoodrich Tires
    2000—BFGoodrich Tires
    2001—BFGoodrich Tires
    2002—BFGoodrich Tires
    2003—BFGoodrich Tires
    2004—BFGoodrich Tires
    2005—BFGoodrich Tires
    2006—BFGoodrich Tires
    2007—BFGoodrich Tires
    2008—BFGoodrich Tires
    2009—Baja Pits
    2010—BFGoodrich Tires
    2011—Baja Pits
    2012—BFGoodrich Tires
    2013—BFGoodrich Tires

    SCORE ROOKIE
    1974—Frank Vessels
    1975—Carroll Ditson
    1976—Jackie Thomison
    1977—Jerry Boone
    1978—Jim Jacobus
    1979—Dixie Hawkins
    1980—Ray Encabo
    1981—Malcolm Vinje
    1982—Roger Mortenson
    1983—Mike Falkosky
    1984—John Clark Gable
    1985—Rob Tolleson
    1986—Brian Stewart
    1987—Robby Gordon
    1988—Doug Fortin
    1989—Scott Reams
    1990—Charlie Townsley
    1991—Dan Smith
    1992—Brian Goodrich
    1993—Ricky Johnson
    1994—Tom Rusich
    1995—Jimmie Johnson
    1996—TIE-Chuck Harris
     & Tom Dittfield
    1997—John Herder
    1998—Bekki Freeman
    1999—Jared Hardin
    2000—Jeremy Spirkoff
    2001—Jason Hunter
    2002—Alan Pflueger
    2003—Brian Ickler
    2004—Andy McMillin
    2005—Caleb Gaddis
    2006—Garron Cadiente
    2007—Eric Chase
    2008—Lee Banning
    2009—Brian Wilson
    2010—Luke McMillin
    2011—Bryce Menzies
    2012—Steven Strobel
    2013—Rene Rodriguez

    SCORE PERSON
    1974—Walt Lott
    1975—Doc Sauers
    1976—Ivan Stewart
    1977—Jim McCullick
    1978—Quico Santana
    1979—Hal Harris
    1980—Malcolm Smith
    1981—Joe MacPherson
    1982—Athene Karis
    1983—Walker Evans
    1984—Ivan Stewart
    1985—Frank DeAngelo
    1986—Walker Evans
    1987—Bob Steinberger
    1988—Walt Lott
    1989—Evan Evans
    1990—Michael Gaughan
    1991—Peri Comb
    1992—Dan Newsome
    1993—Michael Gaughan
    1994—Jimmy Smith
    1995—Danny Hamel
    1996—Dan Newsome
    1997—Joe MacPherson
    1998—Dan Newsome
    1999—Larry Roeseler
    2000—Bob Steinberger
    2001—Debbie Dickerhoof
    2002—Jeff Quinn
    2003—TIE-Mike Julson
     & Corky McMillin
    2004—Ed Herbst
    2005—Corky McMillin (posthumously)
    2006—Cameron Steele
    2007—Cameron Steele
    2008—Rob MacCachren
    2009—Robby Gordon
    2010—Robbie Pierce
    2011—Johnny Campbell
    2012—Jeff Cummings
    2013—Kurt Caselli (posthumously)

    SCORE JOURNALIST
    1975—Jean Calvin
    1976—Sam Wilshire
    1977—Sam Wilshire
    1978—Judy Smith
    1979—Steve Kassanyi
    1980—Judy Smith
    1981—Jean Calvin
    1982—Judy Smith
    1983—Jean Calvin
    1984—Jean Calvin
    1985—Jean Calvin
    1986—Jean Calvin
    1987—Jim Short
    1988—Jean Calvin
    1989—Jean Calvin
    1990—Jean Calvin
    1991—Judy Smith
    1992—Judy Smith
    1993—Tony Tellier
    1994—Jean Calvin
    1995—NONE SELECTED
    1996—Judy Smith
    1997—Jean Calvin
    1998—Judy Smith
    1999—Judy Smith
    2000—Judy Smith
    2001—Judy Smith
    2002—Judy Smith
    2003—Judy Smith
    2004—Judy Smith
    2005—Judy Smith
    2006—Marty Fiolka
    2007—Judy Smith
    2008—John Calvin
    2009—Tim Sanchez
    2010—Tim Sanchez
    2011—Gabriel Garcia
    2012—Jim Ryan
    2013—Gabriel Garcia

    SCORE PHOTOGRAPHER
    1975—Dave Cody
    1976—Trackside
    1977—Ariz. Comp. Photos
    1978—Trackside
    1979—Trackside
    1980—Trackside
    1981—Action Photo
    1982—Trackside
    1983—Trackside
    1984—Trackside
    1985—Trackside
    1986—Trackside
    1987—ESPN
    1988—Trackside
    1989—Trackside
    1990—Carrera
    1991—Carrera
    1992—Carrera
    1993—Carrera
    1994—Carrera
    1995—NONE SELECTED
    1996—Carrera
    1997—Carrera
    1998—Carrera
    1999—Carrera
    2000—Trackside
    2001—Carrera
    2002—Trackside
    2003—Trackside
    2004—Trackside
    2005—Trackside
    2006—HighRev Photography
    2007—Trackside Photo
    2008—Durka Durka Photo
    2009—HighRev Photography
    2010—HighRev Photography
    2011—My Baja Photo
    2012—My Baja Photo
    2013—HighRev Photography

    SCORE Videographer
    2011—Cactus Films
    2012—Cactus Films
    2013—Tempt Media

    SCORE ORIGINAL BUGGY
    CHASSIS MANUFACTURER
    1974—Funco
    1975—Hi-Jumper
    1976—Chenowth
    1977—Chenowth
    1978—Chenowth
    1979—Funco
    1980—Funco
    1981—Funco
    1982—Raceco
    1983—TIE-Chenowth & Raceco
    1984—Raceco
    1985—Raceco
    1986—Raceco
    1987—Raceco
    1988—Chenowth
    1989—Chenowth
    1990—Chenowth
    1991—Chenowth
    1992—Jimco
    1993—Mirage
    1994—Chenowth
    1995—Jimco
    1996—Jimco
    1997—Jimco
    1998—Jimco
    1999—Jimco
    2000—Jimco
    2001—Jimco
    2002—Jimco
    (By Points since 2003)
    2003—Jimco
    2004—Jimco
    2005—Jimco
    2006—Jimco
    2007—Jimco
    2008—Jimco
    2009—Jimco
    2010—Jimco
    2011—Jimco
    2012—Jimco
    2013—Jimco

    SCORE ENGINE BUILDER
    1974—Lee Leighton
    1975—Brian Skipper
    1976—Lee Leighton
    1985—FAT Performance
    1986—Keith Black
    1987—Louis Unser
    1988—Mike Evans
    1989—Mike Evans
    1990—FAT Performance
    1991—FAT Performance
    1992—Major Performance
    1993—FAT Performance
    1994—Wik’s Racing
    1995—FAT Performance
    1996—FAT Performance
    1997—FAT Performance
    1998—Wik’s Racing
    1999—Wik’s Racing
    2000—Wik’s Racing
    2001—Wik’s Racing
    2002—Dave Bonner
    (By Points since 2003)
    2003—Major Performance
    2004—FAT Performance
    2005—FAT Performance
    2006—Major Performance
    2007—Major Performance
    2008—Major Performance
    2009—FAT Performance
    2010—Kroyer Racing Engines
    2011—Kroyer Racing Engines
    2012—Kroyer Racing Engines
    2013—Kroyer Racing Engines

    SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominiccnv@aol.com