Season Opener in Baja California for five-race series as SCORE celebrates 42nd anniversary year with 257.2-mile race to be televised on CBS Sports Network; Start Draw at SCORE-International Baja Burgers in Chula Vista, Calif.
RENO, Nev.—With pre-running open since last Friday, pre-race activities speed up even more Saturday with the drawing for starting positions for next week’s 29th Annual Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250. Launching the internationally-televised five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship, the Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 will be held on the east coast of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
The race will once again start and finish adjacent to the famed San Felipe Arches on the outskirts of the quaint Mexican fishing village located 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. In 2015, four rounds of the SCORE World Desert Championship will be held in Mexico and one in the United States. START DRAW SATURDAY
The live drawing for starting positions, by class, for the season-opener will be held at 4 p.m. PT Saturday at the SCORE-International Baja Burgers restaurant in Chula Vista, Calif. The drawing will be streamed live on the internet at www.score-international.com. The festivities are open to the public will include a special Baja Pits Taco-fest with food proceeds going to Cruz Roja-Mexico.
With entries accepted up to 5 p.m. the evening before the race, over 150 entries from over 20 US States and 10 countries expected to enter the race that will feature competition in 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. COURSE MAP, GPS Files
Pre-running will be allowed on the actual race course through next Friday (Jan. 23). The race course is a single loop, run counter-clockwise of 257.2 miles. The official course map, GPS files and course notes are available on the SCORE website. This year’s race course will have four physical check points, 57 virtual checkpoints and includes part of the infamous Laguna Salada dry lake bed the Diablo Dry Lake bed and three of the notorious Baja California washes—Huatamote, Chanate and Amarillas. OVERALL WINNER RETURNS
Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr will be going for a three-peat as he attempts to win the Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck title and become the first driver in race history to win the popular race three consecutive years. More than 20 competitors in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks will be among the field of challengers attempting to stop the talented Vildosola Jr, who was born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico.
Among the top challengers to Vildosola Jr, who drives the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor, will be fellow SCORE Trophy Truck racers Rob MacCachren, B.J. Baldwin and Steven Eugenio.
Las Vegas’ MacCachren, who drives the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150, won this race overall both in 2011 and 2012 while Las Vegas’ Baldwin, a four-time SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship who most recently won the title in 2012 and 2013 in the No 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado and Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif., the defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champ who finished third in San Felipe last year in the No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado EUGENIO’S NEW TEAMMATE
Following his championship rookie season in SCORE Trophy Truck in 2014, Eugenio, 34, who is originally from El Centro, Calif., has added more firepower to his racing effort with the addition this year of Germany’s Armin Schwarz, a veteran of 101 World Rally Championship races, who has raced for several years in SCORE desert races.
Schwarz most recently drove the last four years with Martin Christensen in the No. 15 SCORE Trophy Truck and that duo captured the unlimited Class 1 and overall win in the 2010 SCORE San Felipe 250. SCORE Trophy Trucks have won this race overall for the last four years and eight out of the last nine years. PRE-RACE SKED…
The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday (Jan. 23). Contingency will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tech from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other. Racer registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Thursday (Jan. 22) and Friday (Jan. 23) at the San Felipe Marina Resort, a few miles south of downtown San Felipe. The Monster Energy SCORE Kick-off Party will be held adjacent to the start/finish line area at the landmark San Felipe Arches just outside of town next Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 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 CBSN Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
• Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, March 15, 9 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET)
• SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January10, 9 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 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.
The season-opener of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, the 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 annually provides a greater economic impact to San Felipe than the popular six-week-long ‘Spring Break’.
The race began in 1982 and was not held between 1985 and 1989, the first five years of the seven-year combined High Desert Racing Association-HDRA/SCORE Desert Series of U.S. and Baja races. It has been held consecutively each year since 1990.
In its first 28 years, the race has been held in San Felipe all but 2007 when political issues forced a last minute move by SCORE, starting the race in Ensenada and finishing it in Santo Tomas. Ironically, 2007 saw a race-record 394 starters and a race-record 288 finishers even though the race was moved and the course changed just 10 days before the event. The records when the race actually started and finished in San Felipe are 341 for starters in 2006 and 220 for finishers, also in 2006. SCOREscope
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series will include four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
• 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
• Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 16-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
• 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
• 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
• 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, 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, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial Racing-Official RC Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino. Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Volaris Airlines, Coyne Powersports, 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.
29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 Schedule of Events Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (Times are PT)
10am-4pm Chassis Inspections San Felipe Marina Resort
Thursday, January 22, 2015 (Times are PT)
9am-5pm Racer Registration San Felipe Marina Resort
10am-4pm Chassis Inspections San Felipe Marina Resort
1pm-5pm Media Registration San Felipe Marina Resort
7pm-11pm Monster Energy SCORE Kick-off Party San Felipe Arches
Friday, January 23, 2015 (Times are PT)
9am-5pm Racer Registration San Felipe Marina Resort
9am-5pm Media Registration San Felipe Marina Resort
10am-5pm Contingency Row Downtown on the Malecon
10am-5pm Transponder Verification Start of Contingency Row-Malecon
10am-6pm Tech Inspection Malecon-End of Contingency Row
6:30pm Mandatory SPT M/C, Quad Safety Meeting San Felipe Marina Resort pool/beach
7pm Mandatory Racer Meeting San Felipe Marina Resort pool/beach
Saturday, January 24, 2015 (Times are PT)
5:45am-11pm Monster Energy SCORE VIP area San Felipe Arches
5:45am-8:30pm SCORE Media Center Open Los Arcos Motel START/FINISH LINE- west side of Highway 5 (Southbound lanes) at the San Felipe Arches 6:23am RACE START: MOTORCYCLES/ATVs (subject to change)—
OPEN M/C, LTD M/C, 30, 40, 50, 60, IRONMAN, Pro Quad, SPT M/C, SPT Quad
(Start Intervals: all Pro M/C, Pro Quad, SPT M/C, SPT Quad classes start one every 30 seconds) TIME LIMIT: M/C, ATVs have 11 hours from time each vehicle starts to complete the course
GAP –a minimum of three 1/2 hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck start
10:30am approx RACE STARTCARS/TRUCKS, UTVs (subject to change)—
TT, 1, TT Spec, 10, SL, 8, 1/2-1600, HM, PT, 7, 3000, BC, 6, TL, 5, 7SX, 5-1600, 2, 3, 3700, 1700, 4400, SF, SM, 9, 11, 19, SPT UNL TRUCK, SPT BUGGY, SPT LTD TRUCK, SPT UTV
(TT and Class 1 one vehicle every 60 seconds with 5-minute gap between these two classes. All other car/truck classes start one every 30 seconds) TIME LIMIT: CAR/TRUCK/UTV classes have approximately 11 hours from time each vehicle starts to complete the course
Sunday, January 25, 2015 (PT)
9am Posting of official finishers Stage-Central Plaza on the Malecon
10am Awards Celebration Central Plaza on the Malecon
SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org