MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 drawing live tonight on Roger Norman’s ‘Dirt Live’ special internet broadcast
Special 7 p.m. PST show tonight at www.score-international.com
SAN DIEGO—Following at successful first remote location broadcast Tuesday night, Roger Norman’s Dirt Live weekly desert racing internet broadcast returns to the SCORE-San Diego headquarters for a special edition of the show. Tonight at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on www.score-international.com, the drawing for starting positions, by class, will be held for next month’s season-opening 27th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race.
With SCORE starting its 40th season in 2013 and first under the ownership of Roger Norman, entries from across the globe, including many of the world’s top desert racers are entering in time for Wednesday’s start draw. The race itself will be held March 8-10 along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
With entries accepted up to race morning, nearly 225 entries from over 15 US States and 10 countries expected to enter the race and competition will be held in 40 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs in the popular ‘spring break’ race.
The SCORE Desert Series will be visiting Mexico for the first of three annual SCORE Baja races in 2013.
The start draw for the season opener of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series will determine the starting order within each of the various classes in the elapsed-time race.
While SCORE Trophy Trucks, the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks have had assigned numbers since SCORE founded the unique class in 1994, all classes in the new SCORE will have annual assigned numbers. Also for the first time in its history, SCORE is accepting racer registration exclusively online, also through the SCORE website.
TOP 12 DRAWING…
A unique part of Wednesday’s drawing will be the special drawing for the top 12 finishers from the nearest previous SCORE Baja race entered in the current race in both SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1. For this race it will be the top 12 finishers in each class from last November’s 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. After those groups are drawn, the remainder of the entries in each class will be selected for their respective starting positions after the first group in each class.
Norman, 49, a Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 overall winner himself, acquired ownership of the world-renown SCORE International on Dec. 20, 2012 from Sal Fish, 73, the iconic godfather of desert racing who ran SCORE for 39 years.
As a hotel/casino owner in northern Nevada, business developer and a champion racer himself, Norman re-started the High Desert Racing Association, (HDRA) in 2011. HDRA was highly regarded when it was active originally in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Norman is a regular on his weekly Dirt Live internet webcast with his ‘Pit Stop with Roger’ segment, aired live each Tuesday at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time).
SCORE RACER REGISTRATION
Starting with the upcoming 2013 SCORE Desert Series season opener, all advance SCORE racer registration is being process online through the SCORE website at www.score-internaitonal.com. Elise Norman is overseeing SCORE racer registration and she is being assisted by Jessica Armstrong, a new member of the SCORE staff. For questions, racers may contact Mrs. Norman at 775.690.2306 and Armstrong is available at 760.608.3919.
DIRT LIVE GUESTS…
With the show on the air for six weeks, special guests so far have included R.J. Anderson, Ryan Arciero, B.J. Baldwin, Johnny Campbell, Kurt Caselli, Justin Davis, T.J. Flores, Mike Julson, Robby Gordon, Brad Lovell, Luke McMillin, Cameron Steele, Gus Vildosola Sr/Gus Vildosola Jr and Colton Udall.
DIRT LIVE CREW
Desert racing public address announcer George Antill is the host of Norman’s Dirt Live program. While being refined weekly, one of the regular elements of the show will be a SCORE social media interchange, allowing fans and racers to comment and ask questions through the SCORE Facebook and SCORE Twitter platforms. Another special segment each week is Tech Tips with SCORE Tech co-director Jake Velasco.
Andrew Grimshaw, SCORE Media Production Manager, is the coordinating producer of the show. The program is hosted on ustream.com, the world’s largest streaming internet site.
ON THE BAJAscope
In its 40th year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2013, the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series, with all three massive special events held in Baja California, Mexico, starts with the 27th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 (March 8-10). Both starting and finishing in Ensenada, the other two events will be the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 (May 31-June 2) and the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Nov. 14-17).
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF DESERT RACING
The 2013 SCORE Desert Series will also be part of the quickly-evolving World Championship of Desert Racing, which will combine points accumulated in the three SCORE Baja races along with points earned from three of the four-race 2013 HDRA Series, all held in the United States. Both the SCORE and HDRA series will crown their own individual class and overall point champions as well with a bonus purse for those racers who qualify for the World Championship of Desert Racing points bonus purse program to earn a desert racing World Champion title.
With a growing total, for the inaugural World Championship of Desert Racing bonus purse, an official total of $45,000 has been posted to date from new SCORE sponsors Amber Racing Services ($25,000), King Shocks ($10,000) and Rigid Industries ($10,000). For classes with at least five starters in each
qualifying race in 2013, the World Champion titles will be decided on combined points from the three SCORE races and the three HDRA races with the bonus purse paid using the same formula based on total purse and number of starters in each class as is used currently for each SCORE race.
In addition to season class point championships and World Championship titles, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. There are also annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Awards including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Award that also receives a $2,000 cash bonus and custom-made driver’s race suit.
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are: Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Amber Racing Services-Official Race Fuels, Rigid Industries-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Wide Open Excursions-Official Tour Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, MasterCraft Safety-Official Safety Seats, Fox Car Rental-Official Rent-A-Car, Graham Watchmakers-Official Timekeeper, SatellitePhoneStore.com-Official Satellite Phone Rental Company, Slime-Official Tire Sealant, Symons Ambulance Company-Official Ambulance, Azunia Tequila-Official Tequila.
Additional SCORE Sponsors are – Visit Baja California Sur, Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Blue C Advertising, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.