Menzies, Ausserbauer have first starts for SCORE Baja 500 | SCORE-International.com

Menzies, Ausserbauer have first starts for SCORE Baja 500

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominic@SCORE-International.com

May 29, 2021

Race week June 10-13

BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500,
presented by 4 Wheel Parts
Menzies in 4 wheel, Ausserbauer in 2 wheel have
1st starts; 223 entries so far-24 states, 7 countries

 

Round 2 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games;

Event info at www.SCORE-International.com; #SCOREBaja500

 

NOTE: Current number/name entry list, in start order by class at bottom of text

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – With as many as 30 additional late entries expected before the green flag drops on Saturday, June 12, 223 entries to date from 24 U.S. States and seven countries have entered next month’s internationally-televised BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
By virtue of winning their divisions at April’s season-opener at the BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 in April, Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies will start first among the four-wheel vehicles and SoCal’s Derek Ausserbauer will lead the motorcycles and quads to the green flag.
THE SCOOP
Round 2 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held June 10-13 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world. SCORE is celebrating its 48th year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.
DETAILS
With over 250 entries expected from 30 U.S. States and 15 countries, 51 competition classes are offered for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Among the 223 total entries to date are racers from 24 U.S. States, host country Mexico, along with Bolivia, Canada, New Zealand, France and Peru.
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles.
All four 2021 SCORE races are being held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
SCORE Live will be streaming throughout contingency and race days on the SCORE website and on the new SCORE TV app. Colorful Rat Sult is back for his sixth season as the host of SCORE Live.
ON-SITE RACER REGISTRATION
Being held in the SCORE start/finish line compound on the East end of Avenida Ruiz, regular on-site and late racer registration will be held on Thursday (June 10) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT and on Friday (June 11) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No new entries will be accepted after 6 p.m. PT on Thursday (June 10) and 3 p.m. PT on Friday (June 11).
MENZIES MASTERY
Menzies, 33, drove his No. 7 Mason-built all-wheel drive Ford Raptor to lead the third-largest number of entries in race history (269) to his sixth career SCORE Trophy Truck race win and earn the first starting position for four-wheel vehicles in the upcoming SCORE Baja 500.
AUSSERBAUER BAGS 1st MOTO
Riding solo on the fastest motorcycle class in the race, Ausserbauer, 27, of Santa Ynez, Calif. became just the fourth motorcycle rider in race history to win the overall m/c title in San Felipe.
Ausserbauer, a veteran rider who has been on other prominent teams over the years as a co-rider, pulled off the victory in a SCORE race for the first time as a rider of record on his No. 5x Honda CRF450X. He will start first among the motorcycles in the SCORE Baja 500.
SECOND, THIRD STARTERS
Chasing Menzies’ dust closely to the finish line in San Felipe to earn the second and third four-wheel vehicle starts in the SCORE Baja 500 were San Diego cousins Luke McMillin and Andy McMillin. Luke McMillin, 28, finished just 15.54 seconds behind Menzies in the season opener in his McMilin Racing Racer-built Ford F-150 while Andy McMillin, 33, finished third in his No. 31 McMillin Racing Mason-built AWD Chevy 1500.
PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 466.00-mile race course started last Saturday and continues for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts continues, starting at race mile 32.9 and finishing at race mile 433.1. The rm0.0 to rm32.9 section will be open only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (June 10-11). Only outbound running to rm32.9 except on race day.
The official SCORE Racer Brief, course map and GPS files are available on the SCORE website under race info/SCORE Baja 500.
MORE FIRST STARTS
Among the other 4-wheel vehicle class first starters in this year’s SCORE Baja 500 will be Shelby Reid/Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif. (Class 1, No. 168 Alumi Craft-Chevy), Rolf Helland, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif. (SCORE TT Legend-Drivers over 50, No. 37L Ford Raptor), Jason Coleman, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Trophy Truck Spec, No. 292 Herbst/Smith-Chevy) and Chase Warren, Phoenix (Class 10, No. 292 Alumi Craft-Chevy).
Other 4-Wheel first starts include Brandon Schueler, Phoenix/Cayden MacCachren, Las Vegas (Pro UTV FI, No. 2919 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo), Kristen Matlock, 40, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV NA, No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000), Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif. (Pro UTV Stock, No. 3955 Polaris Turbo S), Jeff Proctor, Glendora, Calif. (Class 7, No. 709 Honda Ridgeline), Scott Wisdom, Lake Forest, Calif. (SCORE Lites, No. 1221 Raceco-VW and Greg Sullivan, Helena, Mont. (Class 5, No. 508 Penhall-Chevy).
Among the other motorcycle first starts in their respective classes besides Ausserbauer is San Diego’s Edgar Cota (Pro Moto Ironman (solo riders) (No. 723x Gas Gas EX450).
Other moto class first starts include three former SCORE class point champions, Giovanni Spinali, Jano Montoya and Ryan Liebelt. Spinali, El Cajon, Calif., leads his Pro Moto 50 team on his No. 510x Yamaha KYZ450FX.
Montoya, who lives in Winter Garden, Fla. but is originally from Peru, leads his Class 30 team on his No. 325x KTM 450EXCF while Liebelt, Reedley, Calif., leads his Class 40 team on the No. 408x Yamaha WR450F.
DOUBLE DIGITS
Led by SCORE Trophy Truck with 34 entries to date (including five in SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50 years old), seven classes have 10 or more entries entering late, on-site racer registration in Ensenada June 10-11.
After SCORE Trophy Truck, Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) has 28 entries followed by Trophy Truck Spec (26), Class 10 (21), Class 1 (11) and Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) with 11. Among motorcycle and quad classes, SPT Quad has 10 entries so far.
COURSE PREVIEW
SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has identified, plotted and marked another 466-mile spectacular race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers.
Running in a clockwise direction, the race will start and finish without spectators in the SCORE compound. The SCORE start/finish compound will be located Northeast of downtown Ensenada one mile beyond the end of the extension of Avenida Ruiz.
The race is an impressive course of 466.00 miles. It runs in a clockwise direction west to Ojos Negro then south down the middle and then up the Pacific Coast side of Baja California.
There are two physical checkpoints, 233 virtual checkpoints and two narrow virtual checkpoints for this race course. It also has 14 speed zones for a total of 74.9 miles.
The two physical, full-stop checkpoints—Checkpoint 1 will be located at race mile 170.8 at San Telmo Road and Checkpoint 2 will be at rm 305 at Vicente Guerrero.
The course goes east through Ojos Negros and then begins its Southern journey through El Alamo, the Goat Trail and Valle de Trinidad.
From there it heads back west towards the Pacific Ocean going by and through Mike’s Sky Rancho, El Coyote Ranch and Rancho Meling. It then goes through Santo Domingo Wash, San Simon Wash. The course than parallels and draws 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.
All Sportsman classes, Class 7SX, Baja Challenge, Class 11 and the Baja-e will race on a reduced course of 389.56 miles.
CLOSED START/FINISH
Because of the significant health and safety protocols developed by SCORE in conjunction with and the approval of state and local health authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all race-week festivities and the start/finish line compound will be restricted access only and closed to the general public. The SCORE race start/finish compound will be located Northeast of downtown Ensenada, one-mile east of the end of the extension of Avenida Ruiz.
Use the following link for the map to the SCORE start/finish compound:
https://score-international.com/raceinfo/map-to-compound/.
Spectators, adhering to the protocols, will be allowed to watch the race from around the race course.
GREEN FLAG—JUNE 12
The motorcycle and quad classes will start at 6 a.m. PT Saturday (June 12) while the car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey starting at 10 a.m. PT. SCORE Trophy Truck, TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec and the Pro Moto Unlimited classes will start one vehicle every 60 seconds race while all other classes will start one every 30 seconds.
While the fastest vehicles in the elapsed-time race are expected to finish in approximately eight hours, all vehicles will have 20 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher in the historic race.
GRAN HISTORIA
This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship is another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500.
The 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 invited by the Mexican government to take over the event starting in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE in December of 2012.
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 in Ensenada as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races.
After being held last year because of the health pandemic in San Felipe for just the second time in race history, this year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start for the 47th time in Ensenada and finish for the 43rd time in Ensenada.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 45 years, received two awards for the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored after the 2020 season as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 30th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 32nd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 33 of the 52 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 31 of the 53 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2021.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 28 of the 34 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and the inaugural SCORE Baja 400.
BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor for this year’s SCORE Baja 500. BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this race of US$25,000.
PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500 is 4 Wheel Parts, the official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship.
GRAND MARSHAL: JIM O’NEAL
Jim O’Neal, 74, the noted apparel/performance products manufacturer (O’Neal USA) from Simi Valley, Calif., and super-vet multi-time SCORE champion age-group motorcycle racer has been selected to be the Grand Marshal for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
O’Neal has a race-record 21 class wins in the SCORE Baja 500. He has 38 starts out of 52 years in the SCORE Baja 500 and 39 starts out of 53 years in the SCORE Baja 1000 and he has raced in all 34 SCORE San Felipe 250 races. He has a SCORE-record 22 season point titles in his lengthy career.
This year’s SCORE Baja 500 will be his fourth SCORE race as a co-rider for the Giovanni Spinali team in the Pro Moto 50 class for riders over 50 years old on the No. 510x Yamaha YZ450FX.
SCOREscope
2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the remaining three 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:

  • BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

June 9-13, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

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. The season-opening BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford, is scheduled to air on May 30. Check local listings for exact time.
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.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 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.

BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts
Round 2 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
June 10-13, 2021—466.00 miles – Ensenada, Mexico

Total Entries: 223 (as of 5/29/21)
(from 24 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Peru)

 

(Starting order, by class)
Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (34*)
7 Bryce Menzies
1 Luke McMillin
31 Andy McMillin
10 Alan Ampudia
22 Jax Redline
11 Rob MacCachren
19 Tim Herbst
73 John T. Lennon
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
43 Larry Roeseler
77 Robby Gordon
16 Cameron Steele
85 Mike Lawrence
*37L Rolf Helland
41 Justin Lofton
40 Chris Miller
38 Eric Hustead
*5L Clyde Stacy
96 Enrique Murillo
65 Dan Myers
27 Jonathan Brenthel
89 Mike Walser
23 Dan McMillin
35 Carlos Penunuri
9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
14 Bobby Pecoy
4 Justin Matney
52 Rick Sanchez
90 Raul Gomez
*13L Robert Malone
*20L Robbie Pierce
*25L Mark Winkelman
74 Eduardo Escobedo-2nd RS
92 Paul Nauleau-1st RS
*SCORE TT LEGEND
CLASS 1 (11)
168 Shelby Reid
105 Mason Cullen
179 Mario Fuentes
100 Cody Parkhouse
123 Broc Dickerson
153 Brad Wilson
173 Richard Glaszczak
103 Gabriel Torres
163 Ruben Torres
138 Brian Wilson
1088 Sergio Salgado

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (26)
292 Jason Coleman
228 Ryan Hancock
227 Kyle Jergensen
264 Pierce Herbst
234 Jason McNeil
238 Elijah Kiger
285 Clay Lawrence
294 Vincent Munoz
200 Jorge Sampietro
205 Jose Delucie
261 Jeff Bader
213 Karl Ebdrup
258 Justin Davis
284 Jose Contreras
214 Valerie Clark
211 Pat Sims
295 William Hedrick Jr
275 Juan Sanchotena
278 Carlos Ibarra
293 Ryan Peacock
230 Chad Hall
286 Rod Lewis
218 Chad Dohrman
299 Charles Dorrance
232 Chelsea Magness
287 Ryan Lewis

CLASS 10 (21)
1088 Chase Warren
1016 Hiram Duran
1019 Alberto Mendez
1081 Matt Winslow
1006 Freddie Willert
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1027 Arturo V. Malo
1001 Oliver Flemate
1024 Wheeler Morgan
1046 Ethan Hagle
1013 Harley Meservey
1078 Augie Cortez
1014 Bruce Yee
1010 Moises Cuevas
1049 Ty Godde
1047 Zack McLaren
1029 Andres Macias Alvarez
1045 Matt Rusich
1009 J. David Ruvalcaba
1075 Eliseo Garcia
1023 Tamara Myers-1st RS

CLASS 7 (5)
709 Jeff Proctor
700 Daniel Chamlee
703 Scott Brady
727 Meredith Hammond-2nd RS
710 Mike Shaffer-1sr RS

PRO UTV FI (28)
2919 Brandon Schueler
2954 Austin Weiland
2989 Wes Miller
2944 Phil Blurton
2975 Mike Cafro
2940 Erick Kozin
2938 Kolton Husted
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
2974 Jorge Cano
2948 Matt Burroughs
2967 Mike Pratt
2930 Sean Cook
2931 Craig Scanlon
2970 Francisco Beltran
2904 Cory Sappington
2976 Jesus Mendez Jr
2905 Marc Burnett
2949 Alonso Lopez
2918 Justin Lambert
2916 Brian Muzllenix
2998 P.J. Jones
2910 Rodrigo Ampudia
2978 Jose Juarez
2959 Rafael Navarro III
2927 Justin Smith
2932 Clinton Schue
2969 Branden Sims
2946 Jose Juarez

SCORE LITES (8)
1221 Scott Wisdom
1216 Matt Ferrato
1209 Marco Acosta
1205 Miguel Cortez
1202 Matias Arjona IV
1244 Eric Palacios
1208 Rich Roberts
1274 Mike Aguilar

PRO UTV NA (11)
1962 Dodge Poelman
1995 Kaden Wells
1957 Joe Bolton
1909 Q. Rene Gutierrez
1925 Zach Sizemore
1920 Elias Hanna
1919 Paul Barnhart Jr
1960 Allen Alexander
1935 Jimmy Rodriguez
1954 Kristen Matlock-2nd RS
1985 Adrian Orellana-1st RS

CLASS 1/2-1600 (6)
1680 Carlos Jimenez Guana
1610 Jordan Price
1642 Ernesto Martinez Ojeda
1679 Enrique Zazueta Jr
1621 Kevin A. Sanchez-2nd RS
1616 Eli Yee-1st RS

PRO UTV STOCK (4)
3955 Mike Cafro
3953 Nick Bruce
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3909 James Hill

CLASS 8 (0)

HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)
4421 Mike Hales

PRO UTV OPEN (7)
1870 Justin Elenburg
1877 Josh Herzing
1898 Cameron Ornelas
1871 Wayne Matlock
1881 Norman Turley-3rd RS
1879 Michelle Barraza-2nd RS
1855 Mitch Guthrie Jr-1st RS

CLASS 5 (3)
503 Barnaldez Inzunza Marco
510 Gerardo Ibarra-2nd RS
508 Greg Sullivan-1st RS

CLASS 3 (0)

CLASS 5-1600 (4)
557 Larry Negrete Jr
571 David Heredia
559 Alejandro Medina
598 Jorge Gutierrez-1st RS

BAJA CHALLENGE (2)
BC4 Edward Muncey
BC1 Jay Jakupca

CLASS 7F (3)
726F Arturo Montano
701F Brandon Walsh
714F Justin Park

CLASS 7SX (2)
758 Armando Duron
744 Dario Serrano

CLASS 3000 (0)

Baja-e (0)

CLASS 11 (6)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1196 Alex Gonzales
1133 Mike Steel
1131 Adriel Jordan
1145 Hector M. Sarabia
1169 Rafael Figueroa-1st RS

Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (5)
5x Derek Ausserbauer
22x Shane Redline
77x Hosea Struiskma
97x Jason Alosi
11x Carlos Silva

PRO MOTO 30 (3)
325x Jano Montoya
308x James Justin Shultz (ROR-Greg Bardonnex)
320x Jorge Garcia

PRO MOTO LIMITED (4)
100x Fernando Beltran
109x Christopher Gil
101x Ulises Fierro
117x Hector Garcia

PRO MOTO 40 (3)
408x Ryan Liebelt
424x William St. Laurent
441x Alirio Amado

PRO MOTO 50 (2)
510x Giovanni Spinali
500x Vance Kennedy

PRO MOTO IRONMAN (3)
723x Edgar Cota
725x Juan Carlos Salvatierra
785x Fabricio Fuentes

PRO MOTO 60 (1)
628x Scott McIntosh

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (3)
37a Ricardo Villafana
5a Steven Lopez
1a Jose Luis Velez

Sportsman

SPT M/C (7)
201x Scott Borden
215x Carlos Guereca
203x Giovanni Aviles
245x Filiberto Garcia
202x Jesse Smith
227x Esteban Rodriguez
220x Stefano Migotto

SPT QUAD (10)
177a David Nunez Ortega
114a Luis Ortega
112a Daniel Gaytan
129a Sergio Gutierrez Jr
148a Alejandro Amador
152a Edgar Barazza
118a Humberto Valenzuela
131a Julio C. Miranda
124a Ruben Ramos
113a Victor Higuera