Cameron Steele draws first SCORE Trophy Truck start
position for next week’s 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250
239 total entries to date from 25 States, nine countries for season opener
of four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship; start/finish on Malecon
in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico; race to be televised internationally
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – SoCal’s champion desert racer and TV action sports commentator Cameron Steele has drawn the first starting position for the car/truck/UTV classes and Mexico’s international rally racer Santiago Creel has drawn the first start for the motorcycle/quad classes for next week’s 32nd annual SCORE San Felipe 250.
The season-opener of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held next Wednesday through Sunday (April 4-8) in San Felipe, the peaceful fishing village on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
Featuring the longest course in race history at 319 miles, the race will start and finish for the second straight year and just the second time in race history on the Malecon beach walk along the edge of the water in the heart of town.
Over 250 entries in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads are expected in the race. Many of the sport’s top stars are among the 239 official entries received in time for this week’s start draw from 25 U.S. States along with the additional countries of host Mexico, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Peru.
Online racer registration continues through Sunday on the SCORE website and late, on-site racer registration will be held next Thursday and Friday in San Felipe.
Helping mark the launch of 25th year of the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, a race-record total of 42 of these ‘Monsters of the Desert’ are officially entered to date in next week’s SCORE San Felipe 250.
The year of 2018 also marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 to be held the end of May and beginning of June.
CAM THE MAN
Steele, 50 of San Clemente, Calif., is a veteran of nearly 30 years of SCORE desert racing and is coming off of his second-place finish in last year’s iconic season-ending 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 that ran from Ensenada to La Paz. He has drawn the first start in the large field in his No. 16 Monster Energy Chevy Silverado.
FOUR IS MORE
Creel, 31 of Mexico City, has only been racing with SCORE four a couple of years and last year’s Pro Moto Limited class point champion has entered four KTM motorcycles in three classes with a host of seasoned rally racers as teammates. Having drawn the first start in Pro Moto Limited (No. 100x) as well, Creel will be riding the No. 66 KTM 350EXCF first off the line next Saturday morning in San Felipe.
Creel also has a second entry in the Pro Moto Unlimited class (No. 4x) and the fourth KTM bike in Pro Moto 30 (No. 360x) for riders over 30 years old. MORE FIRST STARTS
Among the classes with double-figure entries, starting on the pole in their respective four-wheel vehicle classes will be Javier Robles Jr (Class 1), Pat Sims (Trophy Truck Spec), Todd Winslow (Class 10) and Aldo Salazar (Pro UTV FI).
Besides Creel, also drawing first starts in motorcycle classes were Chris Kassity (Pro Moto 30), Jano Montoya (Pro Moto 40) and SCORE rookie Liz Karcz in Pro Moto Ironman for solo riders.
In the start drawing, the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division had the most entries in the drawing with 42 (including seven SCORE TT Legend trucks for drivers 50 years and older) followed by Pro UTV FI with 23, Trophy Truck Spec with 17 entries, Class 10 with 17 entries and the unlimited Class 1 with 15 entries.
Leading the motorcycle entries in the drawing was Pro Moto Ironman (solo riders) with 11 entries. The Pro Moto Unlimited has nine entries.
With the most Sportsman class entries is the SPT Motorcycle class with 19 entries so far.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCKS & SCORE TT LEGENDS
SCORE Trophy Truck, the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 900-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, continues to lead the growing entry list for the race with 42 trucks (including seven SCORE TT Legend entries-drivers over 50 years old) in the lineup so far for next week’s SCORE San Felipe 250.
While picking the winner is tougher than completing an accurate bracket for the NCAA Basketball Champion, there are some serious racers of pedigree in SCORE Trophy Truck entered in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.
Leading the way is Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, last year’s overall and SCORE Trophy Truck winner in San Felipe in the No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Rockstar Ford F-150 who has a race-high five overall and SCORE Trophy Truck wins, including last year, and nine total class wins in San Felipe.
The ‘Mac Attack’, who won SCORE Trophy Truck season point titles in the inaugural year of 1994 and 2007 (with Mark Post), tops the all-time race victory list in the legendary class with 15 career race wins in his illustrious career.
In addition to MacCachren, the other seven racers who have won SCORE Trophy Truck season point championships who are racing in San Felipe next week are Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Mark Post, Las Vegas, Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico.
Menzies was injured this week during a commercial video shoot in Glamis, Calif. and Justin Bean Smith will be his designated substitute driver for this race so he will still receive the points per SCORE rules regarding one substitute driver during the year.
19 SEASON CHAMPS ENTERED
A total of 19 the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship season class point champions are entered so far in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. Leading the car, truck and UTV champs already among the field is ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, who has earned three consecutive SCORE Trophy Truck season crowns.
Also entered already are SCORE TT Legend season champ Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Class 1 champion Brian Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec), Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif. (Class 10), Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600), Dan Chamlee, Santa Barbara, Calif. (Class 7), Rafael Aguirre, Monterrey, Mexico (SCOE Lites), Luis Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 5), Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif/Tim Orchard-Sub Driver. (Pro UTV FI), Don Whittington, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Pro UTV), Gerardo Novelo O., Ensenada, Mexico (Class 7SX) and Dennis Hollenbeck, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 11).
Among the motorcycle and quad classes, reigning season point champions already entered are Shane Esposito, Murrieta, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited), Santiago Creel, Mexico City (Pro Moto Limited), Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif. (Pro Moto 30), Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Peru) (Pro Moto 40), Jose Carrasco, Rosarito Beach, Mexico (Pro Moto Ironman) and Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Quad).
Celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Info at www.SCOREInternational.com.
SAN FELIPE SKED
Pre-race festivities will be held in San Felipe on April 4, 5 and 6 with race days on Saturday, April 7-8 concluding with the post-race awards fiesta at 10 a.m. PDT on Sunday, April 8.
Racer registration and media registration will both be held on Thursday and Friday (April 5-6) at the Hotel Costa Azul. Racer registration will be held on Thursday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Media registration will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
The colorful pre-race contingency and vehicle tech inspection will be held on Friday, April 6 starting at 9 a.m., the starting line and the finish line will be on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe for the second straight year.
The RACELINE Wheels SCORE Kick-Off Beach Party will be held on the Malecon on Friday, April 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. PDT
Motorcycles and quads will leave the start line first in the elapsed-time race, starting at 6:20 a.m. PDT on Saturday. The car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey at approximately 9:30 a.m. PDT with a minimum two and one-half hour gap between the last SPT quad and first SCORE Trophy Truck.
While the fastest vehicles are expected to complete the course in just over five hours, all vehicles will have 16 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher.
SCORE President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva have worked with the government officials and ejidos of the Mexicali and San Felipe areas to develop a memorable SCORE San Felipe 250 race course of 319 miles, the longest in the history of this popular desert race.
This year’s grueling race course will be another beauty to behold but a tough challenge to race on. It runs in a counter clockwise direction running over high-speed dry lake beds, through low-speed winding, rock-strewn, twisting canyons and trails, along quick-paced dirt roads and through four of Baja’s most infamous washes in Las Cuevitas, Matomi, Huatamote and Amarillo.
There will be three full stop checkpoints in addition to the start/finish line which will be located for the just the second time in the history of this race on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe. Checkpoint 1 will be located at El Chinero (race mile 74.2), the second at La Providencia (rm 185.5) and the third will be at Old Puertecitos Road (rm 270.33).
The 32nd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 racer brief, course map and GPS files are available on the SCORE website on the race page under the Race Info tab.
For over three decades, the annual motorsports festival that has brought the largest economic impact of any single event held annually in this lightly-populated portion of the rugged, rough and bountifully beautiful Baja peninsula has been the SCORE San Felipe 250.
ANOTHER GOLDEN YEAR
Following last year’s epic celebration of the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, this year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes the special tribute to the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 when it is held this year in Ensenada on May 30-June 3. Like all SCORE races, there will be classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger and Elise Norman in December of 2012.
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races that have been held to date.
Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race. It will start in Ensenada for the 45th time and finish in Ensenada for the 41st time.
BFGoodrich Tires, the SCORE official tire for over 40 years, has posted a $25,000 contingency bonus for the overall winner of the golden anniversary race.
The SCORE Baja 500 is considered one of the top 10 motorsports events held annually in the world.
Below is the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule. For the third consecutive year all four races are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
32nd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 4-April 8, San Felipe, Mexico
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, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, 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, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
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, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
32nd SCORE San Felipe 250
April 4-8, 2018—319 miles –San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 239 (as of 3/28/18)
(from 25 U.S. States, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru)