Nearly 250 entries expected
Round 3 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship to be held June 4-7
in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; telecast on CBS Sports Network;
more info at www.score-international.com;
Entries from 26 U.S. states, 10 countries to celebrate SCORE’s 42nd anniversary;
Riviera del Pacific Cultural Center in Ensenada hosting several race activities
RENO, Nev., USA—Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren and Tim Herbst along with Robby Gordon of Charlotte, N.C., three of the all-time winningest racers in desert racing history are leading a field of 30 vehicles currently entered in the SCORE Trophy Truck class in next week’s 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. Between the three drivers they have won 34 individual races and eight season championships in the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
Round 3 of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held next week in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 85 miles south of San Diego.
SCORE is celebrating its 42nd year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization in 2015 and this race is traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule.
This year is the 47th anniversary of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 6) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. and approximately 10 a.m. for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to complete the brutally rugged 510.58-mile course in nearly 11 hours, all vehicles will have a 22-hour time limit to become an official finisher in the grueling race.
Nearly 250 entries are expected at the start line with entries from 26 U.S. States and 10 countries already in the field. Besides the USA and host country Mexico, other countries represented on the starting grid so far are Austria, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala and Japan.
In all, the field includes 16 drivers who have combined to win 59 of the 115 SCORE Trophy Truck races in the 21-year history of the showcase racing class.
A six-time AARWBA All-America selection, MacCachren, who turned 50 this past March, is the winningest SCORE Trophy Truck driver in history with 12 career race wins in the 21-year history of the featured SCORE class along with season point championships in the class in the inaugural year of 1994 and 2007. He drives the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
Second in career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins with 11, Tim Herbst, 52, won his record four SCORE Trophy Truck season point titles with his older brother Ed Herbst splitting the driving in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. He splits driving the past several seasons with Larry Roeseler, 58, of Boulevard, Calif., in the No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150.
Winning races in his career in multiple racing styles including IndyCar, the NASCAR Cup Series and stages in the Dakar Rally, Gordon, 46, is a former owner/driver in NASCAR and currently owns and drives in his Formula Off-Road Stadium Series. He is tied for second with Tim Herbst with 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins and has won two season crowns in SCORE Trophy Truck (1996 and 2009). Gordon drives the No. 77 Speed Energy Team Gordon Chevy Silverado.
In recent years, no one has dominated this race like SCORE young gun Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas. Menzies, 27, who has five career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, has won this race three of the last four years (2011, 2012 and 2014). In 2013 he finished third behind race winner Gordon. Menzies drives the No. 70 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK SUPREMES
Including Tim Herbst, MacCachren, Gordon and Menzies this year’s race includes 16 of the 21 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champions including the last nine straight. While Herbst has four titles, MacCachren and Gordon two each and Menzies one, other former SCORE Trophy Truck season point champions entered this year are Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif. (1996), three-time season point champion B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (2008, 2012, 2013), Jesse Jones, Phoenix (2010) and Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif. (2014).
The field also includes the SCORE Trophy Truck winners from six of the last seven years in the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500—Baldwin (2008), Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif. (2009), three-time race winner Menzies and Gordon.
While SCORE Trophy Truck has the most entries of any class in the race with 30, other car/truck/UTV classes with double figure entries so far are Class 19 with 21, Class 10 with 20, Class 1 with 19, Trophy Truck Spec with 14 and Class 1/2-1600 with 10 entries to date.
Leading the Pro motorcycle classes is the Unlimited M/C class with 11 entries as of today.
Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with eight entries so far.
While pre-running began on May 15, the first 35 miles of the race course to Ojos Negros (which is used both directions) will be open for outbound pre-running only and only on Thursday and Friday of race week (June 4-5). The official course map, the GPS files and course notes are available online on the SCORE website.
On Thursday, June 4 qualifying for starting positions will be held. Qualifying will be for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars and will be held over a special course near Ensenada and will not be open to the public. The start drawing for these two classes determined their respective qualifying orders.
While most entries in these two top classes are expected to qualify, those who elect not to will be given the remaining start positions in the elapsed-time race based on the original drawing or entry into the race.
Qualifying is closed to the public because of safety concerns, but taped highlights of qualifying will be shown starting Thursday evening (June 4) on the SCORE website.
The race features a 510.58-mile course, designed by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman along with co-race directors Abelardo Grijalva and Dick Gray.
The historic race course runs in a clockwise direction going north out of the Ojos Negros area along up to the U.S. border west of Mexicali over the infamous La Rumorosa grade. The race route is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 4,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark and magnificent beauty of Baja California.
SCORE is honored to have the legendary desert racer Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, who turns 70 on Thursday (June 4) as the Grand Marshal of this year’s race. Racing since 1973, Stewart joined the Toyota factory team in 1983 for Cal Wells at Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI). He won a total of 82 victories with PPI.
Stewart won a record 17 races in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group’s (MTEG) stadium series, a record 17 SCORE Baja 500s (including 10 SCORE Baja 500 overall wins), three SCORE Baja 1000s, and five SCORE season class point titles, including SCORE overall point championships in 1990 and 1993. He also won four SCORE World Championships and three MTEG stadium racing titles.
Stewart was a 2006 inductee in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. In 2009, Stewart was also inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame.
SCORE BAJA FIESTA
Colorful race week festivities will start with qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1 followed by the Monster Energy SCORE Kick Off Party on Thursday, June 4 from 7 p.m. until Midnight at the start/finish line area in the heart of Ensenada. With donations for La Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexico’s Red Cross), the event will be include a racer’s autograph party and vehicle display.
Friday, June 5 will see the day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada.
On Friday evening (June 5), the Monster Energy Papas Y Beer SCORE Street Party will be held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Avenida Ruiz in downtown Ensenada.
During the race on Saturday, June 6 the Monster Energy SCORE VIP hospitality area, will be part of the start/finish line compound. The area will also include the massive Tecnovision LED screens broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews.
All of the week’s festivities will be aired both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website.
AT THE RIVIERA
The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. Racer registration and Media registration will be held in the Red room at the Riviera on Thursday and Friday (June 4-5) and the SCORE Media Center will be in the Red room during the race (June 6-7) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
In the Cathedral Room at the Riviera will be pre-race media conference as well as the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting on Friday (June 5). The post-race awards celebration will be in the outdoor Riviera amphitheater at noon on Sunday (June 7).
The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero.
The Bud Light 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 asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. This year marks the 42nd time it has started and 38th time it will finish in Ensenada.
Issue No. 4 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital/
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous attached video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
DAKAR CHALLENGE 2015
This year’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 has been identified as a qualifying race for special entry packages into the 2016 Dakar Rally in South America. The winner in car and truck classes will come from SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1 and Class 10 (all calculated with time adjustments). Complete regulations and other information on Dakar Challenge 2015 are available at http://score-international.com/dakar-challenge/.
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes 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, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
• Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, 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
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 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
• Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET) (Trailer — https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=601704029970642)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
• SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (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.
SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev. and the SCORE Tech Shop is in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
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 R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, 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.
47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500
Round 3 of five-race 2015 SCORE Baja 500
June 4-7, 2015—510.58 miles * Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)
(Numerical, before Qualifying)
(No., Driver of Record/Additional Driver(s), Hometown, Vehicle)
1 Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy C1500
2 Jason McNeil, El Cajon, Calif./Kevin Butts, El Cajon, Chevy Silverado
5 Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico/Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck
9 Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150
11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
17 Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado
19 Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150
21 Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico/Gus Vildosola Sr, Mexicali, Ford Raptor
22 Casey Currie, Norco, Calif./John Currie, Norco, Jeep-Custom
23 Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Ford F-150
35 Jason Voss, Cupertino, Calif./Rich Voss, Cupertino, Ford F-150
36 Glen Greer, Green Valley, Ariz./Chad Hancock, Green Valley/Thom Greer, Tucson, Ariz., Dodge Ram1500
40 Chris Miller, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150
44 Kyle Jergensen, Oak Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado
45 Gary Magness, Desert Hot Springs, Calif./Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Ford F-150
47 James Bult, Monee, Illinois/Jacob Bult, Sandpoint, Idaho, Ford F-150
50 Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150
58 Tracy Graf, Canada/Justin Smith, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
70 Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
75 Mike Cook, Orem, Utah/Todd Pedersen, Orem, Chevy Silverado
76 Jesse Jones, Phoenix, Ford F-150
77 Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy Silverado
83 Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Ford F-150
84 Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Kyle LeDuc, Beaumont, Calif./Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado
85 Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado
88 Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico/Joel Serna/Mexicali, Chevy Silverado
91 Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Ford F-150
97 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
99 Lyle Bask, Canada/Ken Evans, Canada, Ford F-150
Bud Light SCORE Baja 500
All-Time SCORE Trophy Truck race Winners
SCORE Trophy Truck
2001—David Ashley/Dan Smith
2002—Mark Miller/Larry Ragland
2003—Mark Miller/Ryan Arciero
2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland
2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins
2009—Rick D. Johnson
2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin
SCORE Trophy Truck®
(debuted in 1994, for 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks-112 total Desert races, 3 Stadium-short course)
All-Time SCORE Trophy Truck Race Winners (1994 through Round 2, 2015)
Wins Driver(s), Years
Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1994, 1996(2), 2003 (w/ G. Vildosola), 2007(3) (w/M. Post), 2011 (2), 2012 (2), 2014
Ed/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1997, 1998, 1999(3), 2000(2), 2001, 2002, 2003(2)
Larry Ragland, Phoenix, Chevy, 1995(2), 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 (w/ Mark Miller), 2005-2006-2007 (w/B.Collins)
Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C., Ford F-150, 1996(4), Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006* (2) (one w/A. McMillin), 2009 (2), 2013
Dan Smith/David Ashley, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150, 1998(2), 2000, 2001(3), 2002(3)
Ivan Stewart, Alpine, Calif., Toyota SR5, 1994(3), 1995(2), 1997, 1998(2), 1999
Andy McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2006 (w/R. Gordon), 2009 (w/S. McMillin), 2010 (2) (one w/S. McMillin), 2011 (w/S. McMillin), 2014 (2) (1 w/MacCachren)
Mark Post, Laguna Beach,CA, Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/J. Whelchel), 2007(3) (w/R. MacCachren)
Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2001, 2005-2006-2007 (w/L. Ragland), 2008, 2009
B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012(2), 2013
Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 2011 (2), 2012, 2013, 2014
Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee, 1995, 1997(3)
Mark Miller, Cave Creek, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2002 (w/ Larry Ragland), 2003(2), 2004 (w/ R. Arciero)
Paul/Dave Simon, Fallbrook, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994(2), 1995(2)
Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, 2010, 2013 (w/ Gus Vildosola Sr.), 2014, 2015
Jerry Whelchel, Portola Hills, Calif., Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/M. Post)
Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 2003(2), 2004 (w/ M. Miller)
Scott McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2009 (w/A. McMillin), 2010 (w/A. McMillin), 2011 (w/A. McMillin)
Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Chevy K1500, 1999, 2008 (2) (w/R. Norman)
Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, 2003 (w/ Rob MacCachren), 2010, 2013 (w/ Gus Vildosola Jr.)
Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2006, 2007
Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2010 (2)
Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-150, 2008 (2) (W/L. Roeseler)
Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado, 2004(2)
Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006
Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005
Brian Coats, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy C1500, 1997
Marty Coyne, El Centro, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005*
Gary Dircks, Anthem, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2004
Dale Dondel, Hemet, Calif, Chevy Silverado, 2005
Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 2014
Juan C. Ibarra, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy C1500, 1998
Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150, 2009
Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 2015
Rich Ronco, Peoria, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2008
Jim Smith, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994
Jason Voss, Gilroy, Calif., Ford F-160, 2014 (w/ MacCachren)
*non-points stadium-short course race
21 Years of SCORE Trophy Truck Season Champions
1994–Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
1995–Ivan Stewart, Alpine, Calif., Toyota SR5
1996–Robby Gordon, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150
1997–Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee
1998–David Ashley/Dan Smith, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150
1999–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2000–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2001–David Ashley/Dan Smith, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150
2002–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2003–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2004–Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150
2005–Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy CK1500
2006–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2007–Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2008–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2009–Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500
2010–Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150
2011–Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2012–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2013–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2014—Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif., Chevy Silverado
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