January 17, 2014
Feb. 27-March 2 in Baja California
Season opener of six-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship
RENO, Nev.—SCORE International announced today that it has signed a new three-year contract with the Mexican government officials to bring the ever-popular Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 back to the picturesque fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
Round 1 of the six-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series will be held in San Felipe Feb. 27-March 2 with the 28th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. In 2014, three SCORE races will be held in the United States and three in Mexico with competition offered in 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
“It’s wonderful for SCORE and our sport to continue having this type of pro-active support and sponsorship from the Mexican government which does so much to enhance the quality of our events in Baja California,” commented Roger Norman, SCORE CEO and President. “With a new government in place this year we have been able to finalize an agreement which is very positive for both SCORE and our racers and we look forward to the next three years of this popular springtime event in San Felipe. SCORE is very grateful for the continuing support we receive from the Municipal, State and Federal Governments in Mexico to showcase the world’s foremost desert racing series in this magnificent country.”
Following extensive negotiations, the new three-year agreement for the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 was fully executed recently by Oscar Escobedo, Secretary of Tourism of the State of Baja California; Jaime Diaz, Mayor of Mexicali; Ricardo Flores, General Manager of the Conventions and Tourism Committee of Mexicali (COTUCO) and SCORE International.
The SCORE World Desert Championship series will be visiting Mexico for the first of three annual SCORE Baja races in 2014.
The start draw for the season opener of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship 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 SCORE classes now have pre-assigned vehicle numbers that are renewed annually. SCORE is accepting racer registration exclusively online through the SCORE website.
“On behalf of the people and Government officials of the State of Baja California, we are very happy to have executed this agreement with SCORE International to continue to have the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race in the city of San Felipe for the next three years,” said Oscar Escobedo, Secretary of Tourism of the State of Baja California.
“The County of Mexicali will again benefit significantly from the strong economic impact of this event and the great exposure that the beauty of the area and the nice resorts will receive through the global media coverage SCORE races receive and from the memorable experiences the racers and their race crews have during their visit to the area. All of us will make a major effort to make everyone’s stay in Baja a pleasant one while enjoying the best terrain anywhere for running a desert race.”
START DRAW, COURSE MAP, PRERUNNING
This year’s live drawing for starting positions in each class along with the unveiling of the official course map, GPS files and course notes will be broadcast live on the Dirt LiveHD internet show on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. (PST) from the SCORE tech shop in El Cajon, Calif.
Pre-running will be allowed on the actual race course starting Friday, Feb. 14 through Friday, Feb. 28. The course for Pro classes will be one loop of approximately 272 miles and the Sportsman classes will race one loop of approximately 250 miles.
The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday (February 28). 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 Noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 27) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 28) at the San Felipe Marina Resort, a few miles south of downtown San Felipe.
The season-opener of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, the 28th Tecate 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 US and Baja races. It has been held consecutively each year since 1990.
In its first 27 years, the race has been held in San Felipe all but 2007 when political issues forced a last minute move by SCORE, starting it 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.
ON THE SCOREscope
In its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2014, the six-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, with three special events held in Baja California, Mexico, and three in the United States, starts with the 28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. Starting and finishing in Ensenada, the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will be held June 5-8 and the third SCORE Baja race, starting in Ensenada and finishing in La Paz, the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be held Nov. 12-16.
The three U.S. races on 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship calendar will be the 2nd SCORE Imperial Valley 250 in Plaster City, Calif. (April 25-27), the 3rd Eldorado SCORE Reno 50 at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex in Reno, Nev. (July 24-27) and the two-day, single-race Inaugural SCORE Desert Challenge, location TBA in SoCal (Sept. 25-28).
Dirt LiveHD, Roger Norman’s weekly Tuesday night internet studio show from El Cajon, Calif., also goes on-site live with expanded event coverage during SCORE events. Live event coverage in 2014 will include week-long live coverage of the entire six-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series of three races in the United States and three in Baja California, Mexico. The first event of the inaugural SCORE World Desert Championship series will be the 28th annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.
DIRT LIVEHD CREW
Desert racing public address announcer and former racer George Antill is the executive producer and co-host of all Dirt LiveHD programming along with co-host Dianna Dahlgren, a Monster Energy Supercross TV commentator, fitness competitor, body builder and Ms. Monster Energy Supercross. 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.
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.
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, 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, SatellitePhoneStore.com, 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, 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 www.score-international.com
Tecate 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 Trophy 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 F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Sportsman Cars and Trucks
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)
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)
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)
Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 All-Time Starters/Finishers by Year
Total Starters: 232 Total Finishers: 133
Total Starters: 194 Total Finishers: 107
Total Starters: 200 Total Finishers: 113
Total Starters: 264 Total Finishers: 164
Total Starters: 214 Total Finishers: 136
Total Starters: 192 Total Finishers: 117
Total Starters: 82 Total Finishers: 56
Total Starters: 180 Total Finishers: 120
Total Starters: 231 Total Finishers: 130
Total Starters: 200 Total Finishers: 122
Total Starters: 194 Total Finishers: 106
Total Starters: 227 Total Finishers: 143
Total Starters: 234 Total Finishers: 149
Total Starters: 227 Total Finishers: 148
Total Starters: 208 Total Finishers: 135
Total Starters: 235 Total Finishers: 147
Total Starters: 249 Total Finishers: 164
Total Starters: 249 Total Finishers: 149
Total Starters: 269 Total Finishers: 159
Total Starters: 341 Total Finishers: 220
Ensenada to Santo Tomas
Total Starters: 394 Total Finishers: 288
Total Starters: 263 Total Finishers: 181
Total Starters: 226 Total Finishers: 161
Total Starters: 257 Total Finishers: 158
Total Starters: 220 Total Finishers: 145
Total Starters: 207 Total Finishers: 150
Total Starters: 250 Total Finishers: 178
Top Total Starters
Year, Number (Finishers)
2007—394 Starters (288 Finishers)
2006—341 Starters (220 Finishers)
2005—269 Starters (159 Finishers)
1990—264 Starters (164 Finishers)
2008—263 Starters (181 Finishers)
2010—257 Starters (158 Finishers)
2013—250 Starters (178 Finishers)
2003—249 Starters (164 Finishers)
2004—249 Starters (149 Finishers)
2002—235 Starters (147 Finishers)
1999—234 Starters (149 Finishers
Top Total Finishers
Year, Number (Starters)
2007—288 Finishers (394 Starters)
2006—220 Finishers (341 Starters)
2008—181 Finishers (263 Starters)
2013—178 Finishers (250 Starters)
1990—164 Finishers (264 Starters)
2003—164 Finishers (249 Starters)
2009—161 Finishers (226 Starters)
2005—159 Finishers (269 Starters)
2010—158 Finishers (257 Starters)
2012—150 Finishers (207 Starters)
1999—149 Finishers (234 Starters)
2004—149 Finishers (249 Starters)
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