Mexico Alliance continues–2022 SCORE World Desert Championship –

Mexico Alliance continues–2022 SCORE World Desert Championship


February 3, 2022

March 30-April 3

Four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship
continues SCORE Alliance with Mexico starting
at 35th SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja Caifornia

Online racer registration opens Monday, Feb. 7, closes Friday, March 11
Series airing for fourth straight season on ESPN2 World of X Games;

Qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend,
Class 1 amd Trophy Truck Spec on Thursday, March 31

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Beginning its 49th year in 2022 as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, SCORE International is continuing to develop and expand the very special strategic SCORE Alliance with the tourism branch of the government of Mexico.
Signed in Ensenada in November of 2019, this unique motorsport tourism alliance issued by Mexico includes only Formula 1, NASCAR and SCORE.
The joint agreement launches for this year with the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship being held in Baja California. The season opener will be the 35th SCORE San Felipe 250, March 30-April 3 in San Felipe.
San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2021 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the seventh consecutive year.
“In 2019 SCORE invited by the Mexican Federal Government through the Secretary of Tourism, to sign a Strategic Alliance to promote Mexico and the SCORE Baja races which is a unique and tremendous honor for SCORE International,” commented Juan Tintos Funcke, SCORE General Manager.
“This agreement with the Mexican government brings even greater support and promotion of our SCORE Baja races with mutual dual branding efforts by both SCORE and Mexico. SCORE loves Mexico and Mexico loves SCORE.”
Orchestrating this agreement was Baja California Federal Senator Gerardo Novelo, who himself is a champion SCORE desert racer. Executing the agreement in November of 2019 was Miguel Torruco Marques, Secretary of Tourism of Mexico at a special announcement ceremony in Ensenada’s Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center during race week for that year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
Tintos Funcke continued his comments saying, “Baja California is the ideal place to organize the best desert races in the world because of the unique combination of deserts, mountains, valleys and the coasts of both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, unpredictable weather, significant government and private sector support, as well as amazing fan involvement along with ideal destinations to start and finish races.
“SCORE International is also singular among races promotors in Baja California after a long and distinguished involvement of nearly 50 years which started with two races, then three and finally all four as part of the internationally recognized SCORE World Desert Championship.”
“In addition to the massive economic impact of the races, since 2013 SCORE has been promoting Baja California including the host cities as well as the communities along the race routes and the many and different tourism attractions and services that Baja offers. SCORE does this through articles, spots, videoclips, as well as its cuisine, natural attractions, sport fishing, etc.”
Through the vibrant SCORE Journal monthly digital magazine, SCORE Live at its races, super-sized SCOREvision LED Screens at contingency and the races, YouTube videos, press releases and on TV’s ESPN2 World of X Games show SCORE diligently promotes Mexico as well as the SCORE racers, sponsors and events.”
“No other desert racing organization in Baja California promotes the state and country like SCORE does because we believe that if they come for the four SCORE Baja races they return to visit Mexico all year long.”
Together, the SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000 are the three traditional SCORE Baja races that form the coveted SCORE Triple Crown of Baja award given to racers who have won the overall in each of these massive events.
The nine racers who have won the overall victory in all three of these races are David Ashley, Robby Gordon, Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin, Scott McMillin, Larry Ragland, Dan Smith, Ivan Stewart and Gustavo Vildosola Jr.
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 46 years, received two awards for the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 31st time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 33rd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 33 of the 53 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 32 of the 54 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2022.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 29 of the 34 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 2000, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and once out of the two SCORE Baja 400 races.
The original SCORE International was founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish from 1974 until Fish sold SCORE International on Dec. 20, 2012. SCORE continues as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature classes for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads competing in the internationally-televised four-race SCORE World Desert Championship.
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:

  • 35th SCORE San Felipe 250—

March 29-April 3, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

June 1-5, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • 3rd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 13-18, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
For the fourth straight year, the 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship races will air on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program on ESPN2.
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.
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 and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino and PCI Race Radios.
SCORE Official Partners: 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