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December 12, 2015

 

BFGoodrich Tires, ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Geiser Bros.

All major winners at 2015 SCORE Awards Night

 

Jimco repeats in Original Chassis Manufacturer points; Dougans wins Engine Builder points

Honda Motorcycle Manufacturer point champion; Polaris UTV Manufacturer point champion;

9 Red Kap SCORE Milestone award winners honored

 

SAN DIEGO, USA—BFGoodrich Tires, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and brothers Jeff and Rick Geiser were among the major winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2015 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala at the SCORE Tech facility in El Cajon, Calif., approximately 15 miles east of San Diego.

SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 14 categories along with the nine winners of the Red Kap SCORE Milestone Awards and the class and overall point champions of Roger Norman’s five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship.

In front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 300 and a worldwide audience via the live webcast of the festivities, the evening was also a celebration of 42 years of SCORE championship desert racing.  Following the lengthy salute to the stars of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship, SCORE owner Roger Norman summarized his second year as SCORE’s CEO and President.

“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 Milestone Award is an achievement of the highest degree in our beloved sport.”

The late Oscar Ramos J, who passed away in July after working diligently as the SCORE Mexico liaison for 20 years, was selected posthumously as the 2015 SCORE Person of the Year. Accepting the award was his widow, Maritza Ramos.

BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 40 years, received two awards. The BFGoodrich Tires company was honored as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 24th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 26th time.

The SCORE Off-Roadsman awards were determined by online vote of the 2015 participating teams in the SCORE World Desert Championship. Among the other honorees were the top point leaders from the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.

With very tight voting in most categories, Mexico’s Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, was selected as the 2015 SCORE Rookie of the Year after his sterling season in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division. Lopez, just 20 years old of Tecate, won his class in the SCORE Baja 500 and finished second in the SCORE Baja 1000 to win the class point championship and the 2015 SCORE Overall point championship in the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally truck built by Geiser Brothers.

Jeff Geiser, co-owner of Geiser Brothers of Phoenix with his brother Rick, was voted as the SCORE Mechanic of the Year for his work with RPM Racing, of Bristol, Tenn., which fields five vehicles in the SCORE World Desert Championship.

Rick Geiser was voted the SCORE Team Manager of the Year for his work helping coordinate the racing efforts of RPM Racing. This was the first year for this award.

“The year of 2015 was another memorable year in the history of SCORE International,” Norman added. “We witnessed a total of over 2,000 different drivers/co-drivers and riders/co-riders that participated in our five spectacular races in SCORE World Desert Championship. For my wife Elise and I, this was our just our third year as the caretakers of this amazing international treasure we all know as SCORE International. We are even more 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 has been a SCORE regular co-driver in both SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, saw his Jimco Racing Products open-wheel desert race cars win the 2015 SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer point championship for the 22nd time and 21st straight.

After a banner year in the SCORE World Desert Championship in 2015, Ray Field’s Dougans Racing Engines of Riverside, Calif. captured the 2015 Engine Builder point championship for the first time.

In the second year decided by points, Honda won the SCORE Motorcyle Manufacturer of the Year SCORE Off-Roadsman award, Polaris won the SCORE UTV Manufacturer of the Year points and Geiser Brothers also won the new SCORE Original Truck Chassis Manufacturer point title.

Another element of the diverse program was the presentation of the Red Kap SCORE Milestone Awards.  As it has for 30 years, the coveted SCORE Milestone Awards were presented to those drivers in who finished all required miles of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship. A total of nine racers completed all 2,303.81 required miles in the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship. It was the second time in SCORE history that all car, truck, UTV, motorcycle and Quad classes, pro and sportsman were eligible for the award.

The evening included a colorful video tribute to the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship produced by SCORE’s award-winning television producer BCII TV.

The entire evening was streamed live on the SCORE Live HD platform on the SCORE website, produced by Tecnovision.

Matt Kartozian of Durka Durka Photo, who is a major contributor to the new SCORE Journal digital magazine, was honored for the second time in as the SCORE Journalist of the Year, while GetSome Photo (Art Eugenio) earned the SCORE Photographer of the Year honors for the second straight year. Winning the SCORE Videographer of the Year award for the first time was Baja Films.

Leading the parade of 2015 SCORE Desert Series point champions were the three overall titlists—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico. (Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck), Colie Potter, Las Vegas (Overall motorcycle and Class 40 on a Honda CRF450X) and Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico (Overall ATV and Pro ATV on a Honda TRX450R).

It was the first time for Lopez and Potter to earn SCORE Overall point titles in their respective divisions and second straight year for Robles Jr and his team.

Emcees for the evening were action sports TV announcers Dave Arnold and Dianna Dahlgren.

MOVING FORWARD

The five-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, with all five races in Baja, Mexico for the first time opens with the 30th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico, Feb. 25-28.

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 Roger Norman on Dec. 20, 2012. SCORE continues as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature competition in  Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico.

CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE

All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.  New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.

Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.

2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)

Remaining Shows:

  • Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, December 20, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, December 27, 9 p.m. ET)

Completed Broadcasts:

  • Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250 presented by the City of El Centro (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

SCOREscope

The five-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will include five special events and for the first time all five will be in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 30th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 2nd Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 14-17, La Paz, Mexico
  • 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, Ensenada Mexico
  • Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by Rosarito Beach, Sept. 14-18, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
  • 49th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-20, Ensenada, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights/Official Race Sponsor, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.

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, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

 

2015 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Award Winners

SCORE Mechanic of the Year—Jeff Geiser, Geiser Brothers

SCORE Team Manager of the Year—Rick Geiser, RPM Racing

SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year—BFGoodrich Tires

SCORE Journalist of the Year—Durka Durka Photo, Matt Kartozian

SCORE Photographer of the Year—GetSome Photo (Art Eugenio)

SCORE Videographer of the Year—Baja Films Media

SCORE Rookie of the Year—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, RPM Racing

SCORE Person of the Year—Oscar Ramos J. (posthumously)

*SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer—Jimco (Mike Julson)

*SCORE Engine Builder—Dougans Race Engines (Ray Fields)

*SCORE Original Truck Chassis Manufacturer—Geiser Brothers

*SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year—Honda Motorcycles

*SCORE UTV Manufacturer of the Year—Polaris Industries

**SCORE Contingency Company of the Year—BFGoodrich Tires

 

*Determined by points; others-online voting; **Determined by most payouts

 

All-time SCORE Off-Roadsman Award Winners

Current Awards (1974 thru 2010-voted by SCORE membership; 2011-14 public, online voting, 2015 team 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

2014—King Shocks

(By Payouts since 2015)

2015—BFGoodrich Tires

 

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

2014—Steve Covey

2015—Jeff Geiser

 

SCORE TEAM MANAGER

2015—Rick Geiser

 

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

2014—Baja Pits

2015—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

2014—Tony Gera

2015—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez

 

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)

2014—Gus Vildosola

2015—Oscar Ramos J. (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

2014—Judy Smith

2015—Matt Kartozian

 

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

2014—GetSome Photo

2015—GetSome Photo

 

SCORE Videographer

2011—Cactus Films

2012—Cactus Films

2013—Tempt Media

2014—Cactus Films

2015—Baja Films

 

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

2014—Jimco

2015—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

2014—Kroyer Racing Engines

2015—Dougans Racing Engines

 

SCORE ORIGINAL TRUCK CHASSIS MANUFACTURER

(By Points since 2015)

2015—Geiser Brothers

 

SCORE UTV MANUFACTURER

(By Points since 2015)

2015—Polaris

 

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

(By Points since 2014)

2014—Kawasaki

2015—American Honda

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