SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
July 23, 2021
Racing in Ensenada, Mexico
ESPN2 airing one-hour special at 8 p.m. PT Sunday on BFGooodrich Tires 53rd annual SCORE Baja 500
Rd. 2 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California; 466.00-mile race had 240 Pro, SPT cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Coverage of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship continues on ESPN2 this Sunday (July 25) with the premier of multiple airings of the BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
The one-hour special of the popular SCORE race will be broadcast on the World of X Games show on ESPN2 on Sunday (July 25). 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. FASTRAX
This spectacular event, one of the top 10 motorsports events held in the world with over 100,000 spectators spread out along the course, started and finished on the outskirts of Ensenada, Baja California.
A total of 240 starters raced in Pro and Sportsman Motorcycles for cars, trucks, UTVS, motorcycles and quads competing in 51 classes. Entries came from 24 U.S. States along with host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, France, New Zealand and Peru.
Following complete data-tracking review the result were made official.
There were 240 official starters, with 146 official finishers for a surprising 60.83 percent finishing rate considering the difficulty of the course in the elapsed-time race. WIN FOR THE AGES
Iconic ‘Mr Baja’ Larry Roeseler, 64, Boulevard, Calif., was the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck winner of the 53rd SCORE Baja 500. He completed the rugged course in an official time of 10 hours, 16 minutes, two seconds with an average winning speed of 45.39 miles per hour in his No. 43 Baja Jerky Cantina Racing Toyota Tundra.
For Roeseler, the victory was his 12th overall win in this race and his 18th class triumph. He earned his first class win in the SCORE Baja 500 in 1972 and earned his first overall in 1975 riding with the late Bruce Ogilvie on a Harley-Davison motorcycle.
LR, as he is also known, won his first two 4-wheel overalls in this race in 2002 and 2003 as the second driver for Troy Herbst in the legendary Class 1 ‘Land Shark’ open-wheel desert race car.
For Roeseler, a member of both the AMA Hall of Fame and the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, nine of his overalls in the SCORE Baja 500 were on motorcycles, two were in unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars and this was his first in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950 horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
He also now has earned four career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins. His last SCORE Trophy Truck overall was last year as the second driver for Luke McMillin in the 2020 SCORE Baja 1000. Before last year, his previous win in the featured class was in 2008 SCORE Baja 1000 peninsula run from Ensenada to La Paz when he was the second driver for Roger Norman.
For his victory at the SCORE Baja 500, Roeseler also earned the $15,000 contingency bonus that was posted for the overall winner by BFGoodrich Tires. THE PODIUM
Joining Roeseler on the podium were Andy McMillin and Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr. who finished in second and third place.
San Diego’s Andy McMillin, 33, completed the course in a corrected time of 10:19:15 in his Big Blue M McMillin Racing No. 31 Chevy-Silverado.
Driving his No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford Raptor, Vildosola Jr, 39 of Mexicali, finished in a time of 10:18:09, just 15.3 seconds on corrected time behind A. McMillin. SIX SCORE TROPHY TRUCKS IN TOP 10
Including Roeseler, A. McMillin and Vildosola Jr, six SCORE Trophy Trucks were among the top 10 official finishers in this year’s SCORE Baja 500.
Finishing fourth overall and fourth in SCORE Trophy Truck was Daniel McMillin, 33, from San Diego. Andy’s cousin and Luke’s brother, Daniel McMillin completed the course in 10:37:51 (43.8mph) in his AWD No. 23 McMillin Racing Chevy 1500, built by Mason Motorsports. Also driving for McMillin was Justin B. Smith of Las Vegas.
Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren, 56, Las Vegas finished fifth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck with a penalty-free time of 10:47:30 (43.18mph) in his No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 built by Geiser Bros.
Roeseler’s Baja Jerky Cantina Racing teammate Chris Miller, 47, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., finished ninth overall and sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck in his No. 40 AWD Chevy built by Mason Motorsports in a time of 11:07:47 (41.87mph).
Also in the top 10 overall finishers were three trucks from the Trophy Truck Spec class along with the unlimited Class 1 winner.
Finishing sixth overall and winning Trophy Truck Spec was Jason McNeil, 43, El Cajon, Calif. in a time of 11:05:15 (42.03 mph) in his Geiser-Chevy. Eighth overall and second in Trophy Truck Spec was the team of Ryan Hancock, 45, Yuma, Ariz. and Brock Heger, 21, El Centro, Calif. in 11:06:55 in their TSCO-Ford
Finishing 10th overall and third in Trophy Truck Spec was Justin Davis, 28, Chino Hill, Calif. with a time of 11:08:03 (41.85 mph) in his Brenthel-Chevy.
Capturing the Unlimited Class 1 and finishing seventh overall in their No. 123 Jimco-Ford was the son/father team of Broc Dickerson, 20 and his father Jeff Dickerson, 46, both of Brawley, Calif. They were clocked in 11:05:41 (42.00 mph). UTV OVERALL WINNERS
Leading 57 total starters in four UTV classes in the race, Branden Sims, 35, Prescott Valley, Ariz., teamed with Skyler Howell to capture the Overall UTV and Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class.
Sims and Howell earned the victory in their No. 2969 Polaris RZR in a winning time of 12:15:53. MORE UTV RESULTS
Impressive with their class wins in the other three Pro UTV classes were Kaden Wells, 22, Apple Valley, Utah, in Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated), Mike Cafro, 50, Fallbrook, Calif. in Pro UTV Stock and Justin Elenburg, 44, Mesa, Ariz., COURSE SNAPSHOT
Running in a clockwise direction, the SCORE start/finish compound was located Northeast of downtown Ensenada.
The race had an impressive course of 466.00 miles. It ran in a clockwise direction west to Ojos Negro then south down the middle and then up the Pacific Coast side of Baja California.
There were two physical checkpoints, 233 virtual checkpoints and two narrow virtual checkpoints for this race course. It also had 14 speed zones for a total of 74.9 miles.
The course went east through Ojos Negros and then South through El Alamo, the Goat Trail and Valle de Trinidad.
From there it went back west towards the Pacific Ocean going by and through Mike’s Sky Rancho, El Coyote Ranch and Rancho Meling. It then went through Santo Domingo Wash and San Simon Wash. The course then ran close to the Pacific Ocean going through San Quintin, Vicente Guerrero, Camalu, San Vicente, Santo Tomas and Uruapan before heading back northeast up to Ojos Negros and back to the finish line. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the remaining two 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:
2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
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.
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 and PCI Race Radios. SCORE Official Partners: 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.