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January 20, 2015

This week in Mexico

Entries from 18 states, six countries for 257.2-mile course as SCORE celebrates

42nd anniversary season with five-race SCORE World Desert Championship
257.2-mile race to be televised on CBS Sports Network;

Entered with most class wins: O’Neal-14, Moss-9, MacCachren-8
Rojas-6, Carr-5, C. LeDuc-5, Lewis-4, Robinson-4, Romo-4, Vildosola Jr-4
Special four-day coverage starts Thursday at SCOREinternational.com;

    SAN FELIPE, Mexico—Looking to add to his record-setting class win total, SoCal’s veteran age-group motorcycle racer Jim O’Neal will lead 52 racers who have combined for 133 class wins among over 150 racers expected to start Saturday’s 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race.  O’Neal, 68, the noted apparel manufacturer from Simi Valley, Calif., will be an additional rider in Class 30 in the season-opener of the internationally-televised five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship.
The race will once again start and finish adjacent to the famed San Felipe Arches on the outskirts of the quaint Mexican fishing village located 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. in Baja California. In 2015, four rounds of the SCORE World Desert Championship will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula and one in the United States.
With late entries accepted up to 5 p.m. on Friday, the 257.2-mile race has attracted over 150 entries from 20 U.S. States and eight countries ready to compete in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs in the popular race. The starting grid includes 24 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 6:23 a.m. in the elapsed-time race. The car, truck and UTV classes will begin starting at approximately 10:30 a.m. with at least a three-and one-half hour gap after the last Sportsman quad leaves the start line.
All classes will have an 11-hour time limit to become an official finisher in the elapsed time race. The fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately four hours, 14 minutes.
The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday. Contingency will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tech from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other. Racer registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday  at the San Felipe Marina Resort, a few miles south of downtown San Felipe. The Monster Energy SCORE Kick-off Party will be held adjacent to the start/finish line area at the landmark San Felipe Arches just outside of town Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Pre-running will be allowed on the actual race course through Friday. The race course is a single loop, run counter-clockwise of 257.2 miles. The official course map and GPS files are available on the SCORE website. This year’s race course has four physical check points, 57 virtual checkpoints and includes part of the infamous Laguna Salada Dry Lake the Diablo Dry Lake and three of the notorious Baja California washes—Huatamote, Chanate and Amarillas.
The field includes racers from four of the last five overall motorcycle winners as well as the last five overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in San Felipe. Also entered are 15 class winners from last year’s race and 14 of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship class point champions.
SCORE Trophy Trucks have won 18 overalls in San Felipe in the 21-year history of the class. Southern California’s Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel in 1997, San Diego’s son/father team of Andy and Scott McMillin (2005) and Armin Schwarz (Germany)/Martin Christensen (Denmark) (2010) have the only three Class 1 wins since SCORE created the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division in 1994.
In the first 28 years of this race, Honda has earned 17 overall motorcycle victories (including 15 of the last 18 years), Kawasaki has seven, KTM has three and Husqvarna has one.
Leading the gregarious group of 23 racers with at least two class wins in this race entered this year are: Jim O’Neal (Class 30) with a SCORE race-high14 class wins (age group motorcycle) wins–all in the last 14 years, Donald Moss (Class 3) with nine, Rob MacCachren (SCORE Trophy Truck) with eight career class wins in this San Felipe race. Gerardo Rojas (Class 40) has six class wins while with five class wins each in this San Felipe race are Curt LeDuc (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Kevin Carr (Class 5). O’Neal has raced in all 28 previous SCORE San Felipe 250 races and he has a SCORE-record 16 career season class point titles, including last season in Class 30 as a co-rider on the over-30 years-old motorcycle team led by Mark Winkelman.
Also entered this year are four racers who each have four class wins here: Donald Lewis (SCORE Ironman), Cody Robinson (Class 10), Roberto Romo (Class 10) and Gus Vildosola Jr (SCORE Trophy Truck).
Last year’s overall 4-wheel and 2-wheel champions are also part of the field. Vildosola Jr was the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck champion in 2014 while the returning 2-wheel and Open M/C champion is the Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif. and his co-rider Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif.
Besides Vildosola Jr and Brabec, a total of the 16 defending SCORE San Felipe 250 class winners have entered so far this year including Aaron Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600), Donald Moss, Sacremento, Calif. (Class 3), Jose Lopez (Class 5), Pat Sims (Class 7), James Burman (Class 7SX), Cody Robinson (Class 10), Miguel Tornel (SCORE Lites), Larry Connor (Trophy Truck Spec), Marc Burnett (Class 19), Gerardo Rojas (Class 30), Giovanni Spinali (Class 40), Tony Gera (SCORE Ironman), Adolfo Arellano (Pro Quad), Raul Hernandez (SPT M/C) and Oscar Ruiz (SPT Quad).
Burman (Class 8), Tornel (Class 10), Rojas (Class 40), Hernandez (Open M/C) and Ruiz (Pro Quad) are all entered in different classes this year.
Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr will be going for a three-peat as he attempts to win the Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck title and become the first driver in race history to win the popular race three consecutive years. Nearly 25 competitors in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division are among the field of challengers attempting to stop the talented Vildosola Jr, who was born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico.
Among the top challengers to Vildosola Jr, who drives the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor, will be fellow SCORE Trophy Truck racers Rob MacCachren, B.J. Baldwin and Steven Eugenio.
Las Vegas’ MacCachren, who drives the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150, won this race overall both in 2011 and 2012 while Las Vegas’ Baldwin, a four-time SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship who most recently won the title in 2012 and 2013 in the No 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado and Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif., the defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champ who finished third in San Felipe last year in the No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Following his championship rookie season in SCORE Trophy Truck in 2014, Eugenio, 34, who is originally from El Centro, Calif., has added more firepower to his racing effort with the addition this year of Germany’s Armin Schwarz, a veteran of 101 World Rally Championship races, who has raced for several years in SCORE desert races.
Schwarz most recently drove the last four years with Martin Christensen in the No. 15 SCORE Trophy Truck and that duo captured the unlimited Class 1 and overall win in the 2010 SCORE San Felipe 250. SCORE Trophy Trucks have won this race overall for the last four years and eight out of the last nine years.
SCORE is honored to have the legendary inventor and designer Lynn Chenowth, known throughout the off-road world for his Chenowth open-wheel desert race cars serve as Grand Marshal for this race. Chenowth, Lakeside, Calif., developed several top racing vehicles at Chenowth Racing Products with long-time partner Mike Thomas including the Chenowth Magnum and the Chenowth Mini Mag.
Chenowth products became a staple of off-road recreation, with noted drivers such as Robby Gordon, Ivan Stewart, Rick and Roger Mears along with Corky, Mark and Scott McMillin racing his vehicles.
Chenowth also designed race cars for Nissan Motors, Yamaha and the U.S. Military (including Fast Attack Vehicles that were the first into Kuwait during the Gulf War)
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 CBSN Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
•    Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, March 15, 9 p.m. ET)
•    Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET)
•    Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET)
•    SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET)
•    Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January10, 9 p.m. ET)
•    Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (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.
The season-opener of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, the 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 annually provides a greater economic impact to San Felipe than the popular six-week-long ‘Spring Break’.
The race began in 1982 and was not held between 1985 and 1989, the first five years of the seven-year combined High Desert Racing Association-HDRA/SCORE Desert Series of U.S. and Baja races. It has been held consecutively each year since 1990.
In its first 28 years, the race has been held in San Felipe all but 2007 when political issues forced a last minute move by SCORE, starting the race in Ensenada and finishing it in Santo Tomas. Ironically, 2007 saw a race-record 394 starters and a race-record 288 finishers even though the race was moved and the course changed just 10 days before the event.  The records when the race actually started and finished in San Felipe are 341 for starters in 2006 and 220 for finishers, also in 2006.
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series will include 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, Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
•    Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 16-19, 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
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, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Volaris Airlines, Coyne Powersports, 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.

29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250
All-Time Overall Champions
Pro Cars & Trucks

Year–Driver(s), Vehicle (Class)
1982–Dan Cornwell, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1983–Corky McMillin/Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1984–Scott McMillin/Corky McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1990–Brian Collins/Jack Johnson, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1991–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (Class 8)
1992–Bob Richey/Boyd Cox, Raceco-Porsche (Class 1)
1993–Scott Douglas, Ford Ranger (Class 7)
1994–Ivan Stewart, Toyota SR5 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1995–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1996–Robby Gordon, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1997–Curt LeDuc, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1998–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Riviera-Chevy (Class 1)
1999–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2000–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2001–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2002–Dan Smith/David Ashley, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2003–Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2004–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2005–Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
2006–Garron Cadiente, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2007–Mark Post/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Truck Truck)
2008–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2009–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2010—Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, Jimco-BMW (Class 1)
2011—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2012—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2013—Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE TruckTruck)
2014—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Pro Motorcycles
Year–Rider(s), Vehicle
1982–Bob Balentine, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1983–Jack Johnson, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1984–Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna CR500 (Class 22)
1990–Dan Smith/Danny Hamel, KTM (Class 22)
1991–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1992–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1993–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500(Class 22)
1994–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1995–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1996–Paul Krause, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1997–Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1998–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1999–Johnny Campbell/Cole Marshall, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2000–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2001–Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2002–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2003–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2004–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2005–Chris Blais/Andy Grider/Quinn Cody, KTM MXC525 (Class 22)
2006–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2007–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2008–Robby Bell/Johnny Campbell, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2009–Kendall Norman/Tim Weigand, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2010—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2011—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2012—Kurt Caselli/Ivan Ramirez, KTM 450SX-F (Class 22)
2013—Tim Weigand/Colton Udall, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2014–Ricky Brabec/Shane Esposito/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki KX450F
Sportsman Cars and Trucks
Year–Driver(s), Vehicle
2008–Peter Lang, Homebuilt-Chevy (SPT Car)
2009–Peter Lang, Homebuilt-Chevy (SPT Car)
2010—Wendell Mortensen, Raceco-VW (SPT Car)
2011—Nick Tonelli, Ford Ranger (SPT Truck)
2012—Randy Swink, Ford Ranger (SPT Truck)
2013—Vincent Munoz, Ford Ranger (SPT UNL Truck)
2014—Martin Huffman, Brenthel-Chevy (SPT Bugg)
Sportsman Motorcycles
Year–Rider(s), Vehicle
2008–Bill Gilbert, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C>250cc)
2009—Jeff Leonard, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C>250cc)
2010—Ron Tolman, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C<250cc)
2011—Issac Cisneros, Yamaha YZF450 (SPTM/C<450cc)
2012—Mark Winkelman, Honda CRF450X (SPTMC<450cc)
2013—Mark Winkelman, Honda CRF450X (SPTMC<450cc)
2014—Raul Hernandez, KTM450EXC (SPTMC)

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