Final field set for 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship season opener Saturday at 28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 –

Final field set for 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship season opener Saturday at 28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250

February 28, 2014

Race to air on CBS Sports Network
186 entries from 24 states, seven countries prepped for 274-mile race;
Roger Norman era of SCORE International continues with 41st anniversary season
opener of 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series in San Felipe, Mexico;

Special race-day coverage, live tracking on Dirt LiveHD at

     San Felipe, Mexico—With a massive rainstorm blanketing significant parts of the already-rugged 274-mile desert race course making race conditions worsen, the final field has been set for Saturday’s 28th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe desert race, the season-opener of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series.
     The SCORE even is be held in Mexico’s picturesque fishing village of San Felipe, located 125 miles south of the U.S. border on the East side of the Baja California peninsula along the azure waters of the tranquil Sea of Cortez.
     With late entries accepted through Friday, the 274.0-mile race has attracted 186 entries from 24 U.S. States and seven countries ready to compete in 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs in the popular ‘spring break’ race. The starting grid includes 21 entries in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee racing division for hi-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
     Motorcycles and ATVs will begin taking the green flag Saturday morning at 6 a.m. in the elapsed-time race. The car and truck classes will begin starting at approximately 10:30 a.m. with at least a three-hour gap after the last Sportsman ATV leaves the start line.
     All Pro and Sportsman car and truck classes will have an 11 hour, 30 minute time limit and all Pro and Sportsman motorcycle and ATV classes will have a 10 hour, 10 minute time limit in the elapsed time race. The fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately four hours, 45 minutes.
     The race will start another new chapter in SCORE history, beginning the second season of the tenure of Roger Norman, a former SCORE Trophy Truck race winner, as the owner of the world’s foremost desert racing organization. The race will be televised as a one-hour special in late April on the CBS Sports Network, part of the most expansive television package in SCORE history.
     SCORE International, founded in 1973 by the late motorsports innovator Mickey Thompson, is celebrating its 41st anniversary season in 2014.
     Last year’s overall 4-wheel and 2-wheel champions are also part of the field. The Mexico’s father/son team of Gus Vildosola Jr and GusVildosola were the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck champions in 2013 while the returning 2-wheel and Class 22 champion is the Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif., who will be splitting seat time this year with Mark Samuels, Yucaipa, Calif.
     The Vildosolas share the driving duties in the No. 21 Red Bull Vildosola Racing Ford Raptor while Udall/Samuels will split the riding on the No. 1x Honda CRF450x.
     Las Vegas’ multi-time SCORE champion Troy Herbst and SoCal rookie Rodrigo Valenzuela received the pole positions for four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles during a live drawing three weeks ago.
     Troy Herbst races in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck Division while Valenzuela competes in Open Motorcycle class.
     Drawing the first starting slot for the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars was defending class champion Cody Parkhouse. Riding the first ATV off the line will be team led by Michael Zelenka.
     With 23 entries in the marquee SCORE racing division, Troy Herbst, who splits driving time with teammate Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., drives the No. 91 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck.
     Valenzuela, just 17 years old from Calexico, Calif., will ride a KTM 450EXC motorcycle in Pro Open motorcycle class.
     The SCORE World Desert Championship series is visiting Mexico for the first of three annual SCORE Baja races in 2014.  This year’s race is the first as part of a new three-year contract with the Mexican government to hold the ever-popular in San Felipe.
     The spectacular 274.0-mile race course runs in a clockwise direction and starts and finishes at the landmark San Felipe arches. The race course goes north of Highway 3 which it hasn’t done very often in race history, covering over 110 miles up the Goat Trail, the Summit and through the Laguna Salada and down to the finish. Another major change in this year’s course is that for the first time since the inaugural San Felipe race in 1982, the course goes around the back of Mike’s Sky Rancho after going through Morelia Junction and across Diablo Dry Lake. The fast and furious course heads due south leaving San Felipe and west through Chanate Wash, one of the infamous Baja washes before working its way north and northwest to the top part of the course.
     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 CBS Sports Network will run a one-hour special on all five 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship races as well as a sixth show on the special qualifying for select classes for the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 that will be held Nov. 1-4 in Las Vegas during the annual SEMA automotive industry trade show. All shows are scheduled to air in the next month following the event.
     Desert racing public address announcer and former racer George Antill is the executive producer.  Providing bilingual announcing this week will be Mexico’s Karolina Hirales. Another special segment most weeks is SCORE Tech Tips with SCORE Tech co-directors Jake Velasco or Art Savedra or SCORE Trophy Truck racer and prep-shop owner T.J. Flores.
     Shaun Sauer, SCORE Media Production Manager, is the coordinating producer of the show. The program is hosted on, the world’s largest streaming internet site.
     Official Sponsors: Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Amber Racing Services-Official Race Fuels, Rigid Industries-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.
     Associate Sponsors: Graham Watchmakers,, Symons Ambulance Company.
     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 and Advanced Color Graphics.
     For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship series at

28th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250
Feb. 27-March 2, 2014—San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 186 (as of 2/28/14)
(from 24 States, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Mexico)
(By starting order within class)
Pro Cars & Trucks
91 Troy Herbst
1 B.J. Baldwin
18 Juan C. Lopez
11 Rob MacCachren
36 Glen Greer
52 Gonzalo Pirron
44 Todd Jergensen
72 James Lin
34 Ken Losch
78 Danny Ashcaft
47 James Bult
50 Zak Langley
55 Mark Workentine
5 Clyde Stacy
73 Robert Acer
15 Armin Schwarz
7 Steven Eugenio
19 Tim Herbst
45 Gary Magness
21 Gus Vildosola Jr
82 Jessica McMillin-1st RS

CLASS 1 (9)
100 Cody Parkhouse
131 George Peters
121 Damen Jefferies
101 Justin Matney
133 Todd Romano
180 Jim Anderson
163 Paul Keller
199 Mike Thurlow
156 Richard Boyle

CLASS 1/2-1600 (17)
1600 Ernesto Arambula
1630 Kevin Smith
1609 J. David Ruvalcaba
1606 Ruben Sanudo
1697 Jorge Sampietro
1636 Christian Celaya
1615 Jesus Velez
1623 Luis Saenz
1603 Marco Bernaldez
1688 Rodrigo Elorduy
1625 Eric Sheetz
1621 Alfredo Lugo
1610 Kevin Price
1631 Ramiro Escobedo
1604 Roberto Robago
1607 Mario Gastelum-2nd RS
1614 Hiram Duran-1st RS

CLASS 3 (2)
300 Donald Moss
303 Chris Wilson-1st RS

CLASS 5 (2)
509 Jose Lopez
503 Raymond Gray

CLASS 5-1600 (4)
565 Martin Rangel
556 Emilio Salcido
587 Trevor Anderson-2nd RS
554 Dave Simpson-1st RS

CLASS 7 (6)
736 Gregg Hempel
707 Scott Brady
722 Pete Sohren
700 Dan Chamlee
717 Pat Sims
701 Brandon Walsh

741 James Burman
747 Justin Park
745 Roman Paniagua

CLASS 8 (3)
824 Mike Meeks
803 Ben Canela
808 Rick Sanchez

CLASS 9 (1)
910 John Scharf-RS

CLASS 10 (21)
1089 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr
1016 Cody Robinson
1029 Thomas Bjorstrom
1068 Cody Reid
1013 Kevin Carr
1014 Jorge Valdes
1098 Shane Scully
1049 Ty Godde
1002 Mark Lawrence
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1031 Mike Johnson
1018 Ricardo Malo
1080 Peter Hajas
1076 Gerardo Iribe
1009 Rafael Navarro IV
1006 Mike Lawrence
1011 John Langley
1088 Luis Salgado
1028 Alex Mendez
1093 Chris Kemp
1045 Patrick Dailey-1st RS

1206 Chris Burnett
1201 Miguel Tornel
1216 Luis Martinez
1261 Juan Gallo
1288 Caleb Sanden
1249 Hector Garcia
1212 Juan Guillen

CLASS 11 (2)
1149 Alejandro Rivas-2nd RS
1121 Dennis Hollenbeck-1st RS

6036 Kenneth Olson

8161 Kay Awaad

CLASS 3000 (3)
3030 Paul Broughton
3002 Paige Sohren
3003 Reid Rutherford

872 Jonathan Brenthal
871 Larry Connor
843 Billy Bunch
846 Joe Gomez
841 Taylor Mills
842 Nick Mills
845 William Hedrick
878 Carlos Ibarra
848 Billy Wilson

BC1 Randolph Hoover

8036 Carlos Fonseca
8013 Jorge Rivera

CLASS 19 (14)
1937 Marc Behnke
1949 Alonso Lopez
1921 Jaime Kirkpatrick
1932 Matt Parks
1944 Scott Estes
1905 Marc Burnett
1917 Derek Murray
1915 Thomas Graves
1901 Douglas McCrady
1942 Scott McFarland
1904 Cory Sappington
1930 Sean Cook
1933 Todd Romano
1903 Jose Romero -1st RS

Pro Motorcycles
OPEN M/C (4)
19x Rodrigo Valenzuela
1x Colton Udall
4x Ricky Brabec
12x Michel Valenzuela

125x Fernando Beltran

CLASS 30 (6)
310x Mark Winkelman
309x Todd York
306x Fred Sobke
329x Brad Baker
313x Miguel Caro
300x Francisco Septien

CLASS 40 (5)
410x Giovanni Spinali
407x Jack McCormick
440x Joel Leal
403x Oscar Fazz
401x Rob Huggins-1st RS

CLASS 50 (2)
510x Earl Roberts
502x Shawn Douglass

CLASS 60 (3)
611x Jim Dizney
603x Richard Jackson-2nd RS
609x Donald Lewis-1st RS

702x Tony Gera

Pro ATVs
Pro ATV (8)
3a Michael Zelenka
1a Adolfo Arellano
12a Brent Columbo
22a Jose Torres
14a Said Sanchez
10a Javier Robles Jr
19a Jesus Lopez
28a Jesus Selem

1501 Brian Siller
1577 Martin Hoffman
1555 Hamid Hajarian
1515 Derek Fletcher-1st RS

1450 Richard Garcia
1494 Vincent Munoz
1405 Chris Miller
1444 Jim Bunn-1st RS

SPT M/C (12)
293x Kent Choma
204x Sheldon Bradlow
225x Alberto Morales
209x Ted Callagy
222x John Sylvester
294x Todd Powell
298x Gerardo Suarez
247x Raul Hernandez
237x Oscar Esparza
221x Carlos Valdez
287x Wesley Glogner
297x Carlos Sanchez-1st RS

103a Greg Delgado
140a Don Higbee
111a Fidel Gonzalez
106a Sain Yadala
112a Oscar Ruiz
109a Juan Dominguez
158a Adam Parks