SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
May 28, 2021
Racing in San Felipe, Mexico
ESPN2 airing one-hour special at 8 p.m. PT Sunday on BFGooodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250
Opener of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California; 280.20-mile race had 269 Pro, SPT cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Coverage of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship begins on ESPN2 this Sunday with the premier of multiple airings of the BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 50, presented by Ford.
The one-hour special of the popular SCORE ‘spring break’ race will be broadcast on the World of X Games show on ESPN2 on Sunday (May 30). It is scheduled to air at 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT), but check local listings to confirm the time in your region.
Host of the World of X Games show for this 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship season-opener is action sports TV announcer/Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee/SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer Cameron Steele.
Co-producing the show with SCORE is award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. Bud Brutsman is the executive producer. 34th SCORE SAN FELIPE 250
San Felipe is the peaceful village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico.
Starting in 1982, the SCORE San Felipe 250 is the youngest of the three traditional SCORE Baja races, the sibling of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 and the legendary SCORE Baja 500.
Last year this San Felipe race was cancelled because of the international health-crisis as the series was reduced to the two-race pandemic-abbreviated 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. Starting and finishing under strict BioSecurity health and safety protocols on the grounds of the spectacular El Dorado Ranch gated community in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, race-week activities and the race did not allow spectators in the start/finish line area.
Thousands of spectators, however, adhering to the protocols, watched the race from around the race course. FINAL FLAG
This spectacular event returned after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic with a total of 269 starters racing in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks UTVs, motorcycles and quads in 51 classes. Entries came from 27 U.S. States, along with host Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Peru.
Besides the third-most starters in race-history with 269, there were an amazing 195 official finishers for an astonishing all-time SCORE-record finishing rate of 72.49 percent. The 195 finishers were also the third most in race history. MENZIES MASTERY
Starting first as the fast qualifier for the race, Las Vegas’ champion desert racer Bryce Menzies never looked back as he roared through the Baja desert to defeat a voluminous 269 starters in April’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford.
Menzies, 33, who races around the world in various rally races, powered his No. 7 Mason-built all-wheel drive Ford Raptor to lead the third-largest number of entries in race history to an awesome error-free, penalty-free winning time of four hours, 28 minutes and one second over the sun-drenched, rock-filled, silt-strewn 280.20 miles for an unbelievable 62.73 miles per hour.
Under sunny skies and warm temperatures in the low 80s Fahrenheit, Menzies, had plenty of competition behind him in a field of 35 of the marquee SCORE Trophy Trucks and 269 total starters—tying 2005 as the third-highest overall total of starters in the 34-year history of this race. In front of him was what finishers called “the most brutal course ever” in this race. PODIUM FINISHERS
Chasing Menzies’ dust closely to the finish line were San Diego’s Luke McMillin and his cousin Andy McMillin, also from San Diego.
After roaring and rocking around the desert for over four hours, Luke McMillin, 28, finished second, just 15.54 seconds behind the winning Menzies in 4:28:16, averaging an impressive 62.67 miles per hour in his sturdy No. 1 Big Blue M McMillin Racing Racer-built Ford F-150 that he has driven for just over seven years. Luke McMillin is the defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion.
Finishing third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was Andy McMillin, the 2019 SCORE Trophy Truck season champ who also won the SCORE San Felipe 250 that same year, in his No. 31 Big Blue M McMillin Racing Mason-built all-wheel drive Chevy 1500 in 4:35:17 with an average speed of 61.07mph.
This race had six SCORE Trophy Truck racers with average speeds of over 60mph, the most in race history. UTV OVERALL WINNERS
Combining a former champion with a SCORE rookie, Brandon Schueler and Caden MacCachren beat 63 UTVs in four different classes including a SCORE-record 33 in their Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class.
Schueler, 32, Phoenix and MacCachren, 19, of Las Vegas split the driving in their No. 2919 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo in a winning time of 6:17:46.
Caden MacCachren, who was making his first start in a SCORE race, is the son of legendary Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren who finished sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck in this race. OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNER
Riding solo on the fastest motorcycle class in the race, Derek Ausserbauer, 27, of Santa Ynez, Calif. became just the fourth motorcycle rider in race history to win the top Pro Moto Unlimited class in race history. Ausserbauer, a veteran rider who has been on other prominent teams over the years as a co-rider, pulled off the victory in a SCORE race for the first time as a rider of record.
Ausserbauer blasted his way through the unforgiving desert in a time of 6:06.28 with an average speed of 45.89 miles per hour.
Ausserbauer joins the elite group of solo overall motorcycle winners in this race of Bob Balentine (1982), Jack Johnson (1983) and Tim Staab (1997). MORE UTV RESULTS
Winning the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class that had 12 starters for the third consecutive San Felipe race was the first lady of SCORE racers, Kristin Matlock, 40, of Alpine, Calif. Matlock, whose champion husband Wayne Matlock finished in fourth place out of seven starters in the Pro UTV Open class, won her class driving solo once again in her No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000.
Atop the Pro UTV Stock class was Mike Cafro, 51, of Fallbrook, Calif. in his No. 3955 Polaris Turbo S. Cafro, a veteran SCORE race champion in different classes, actually raced in two classes, finishing fifth out of 33 starters in the mammoth Pro UTV FI class in his No. 2975 Polaris Turbo S sharing driving duties with teammate Jamie Kirkpatrick, 39, Olympia, Wash.
Also driving with Cafro in this race in his winning effort in the Pro UTV Stock class was Adan Ibarra, 40, of Ensenada, Mexico.
Capturing the checkered flag over seven starters in Pro UTV Open was Justin Elenburg, 43, Mesa, Ariz. in his No. 1870 Can-Am X3. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the remaining three dates in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
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. The season-opening BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford, is scheduled to air on May 30. Check local listings for exact time.
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. 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. SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 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.