SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominic@SCORE-International.com
April 27, 2021
Race week June 10-13
BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts Racer registration now open, event schedule online nearly 300 entries expected from 30 States, 20 countries
Round 2 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; Racer registration, event info available at www.SCORE-International.com
NOTE: Event week schedule, All-Time Overall winners at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Entries from all across the United States and around the world are expected as online registration has officially opened for the upcoming internationally-televised BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. 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. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on the ESPN2 World of X Games programming. HEALTH & SAFETY
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. All race-related activities and the race start/finish compound will be located East of downtown Ensenada at the end of the extension of Avenida Ruiz on the highway overpass, the same location as last year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
Spectators, adhering to the protocols, will be allowed to watch the race from around the race course. ONLINE RACER ENTRY APPLICATIONS
Racer entry applications are now available at www.SCORE-International.com under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 500 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Audreonna Garcia at 775. 852.8907. Online racer entry applications will be accepted through Friday, May 21. DETAILS
With nearly 300 entries expected from 30 U.S. States and 20 countries, 51 competition classes are offered for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on the ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles.
All four 2021 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
SCORE Live will be streaming throughout race week on the SCORE website. Colorful Rat Sult is back for his sixth season as the host of SCORE Live. SCORE COMMENT
“Just like last year and the season opener in San Felipe this year, SCORE International will apply official Health Protocols for race logistics and will work in coordination for the application of official Health Protocols by Hotels, Restaurants and other service providers,” stated Jose A. Grijalva, SCORE President/Race Director.
“SCORE International’s focus on the health and safety of racers, sponsors, media, fans and the citizens of Baja California continues to be our number one priority and we appreciate the patience and understanding of everyone involved during these unprecedented times and changing situations.”
“For these reasons, contingency and the start/finish line compound will once again be restricted areas with no spectators allowed. We will have extensive live streaming coverage throughout race week airing on the SCORE website, on the new SCORE TV app and SCORE Social Media platforms.” 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). START ORDER/DRAW DEADLINE
The starting order within each class for this race will be determined by the individual finishes at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, if the individual entry is received and all fees paid in full by 8 p.m. on Friday, May 21.
All entries received and paid in full by May 21 who didn’t race in San Felipe, will be part of a drawing to determine the remainder of the start order within each class. The draw results will be posted on the SCORE website at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28.
Up until and 5 p.m. PT on May 28, entries will be accepted in the SCORE Ensenada office but those entries received after May 21 will not be in the start draw. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Thursday and Friday (June 11 and 12) and will be given the next available start position within their respective classes.
All entries received after 8 p.m. PT on Friday, May 21 will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. 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. PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 461-mile race course for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts will begin at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 22 starting at race mile 33.10 and finishing at race mile 427.90. The rm0.0 to rm33.10 section will be open only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday (June 9-10). No inbound running from rm33.10 to the finish except on race day.
The official SCORE Racer Brief, course map and GPS files will be available by 6 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 20 on the SCORE website under race info/SCORE Baja 500. 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 32 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$5,000. PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500 is 4 Wheel Parts, the official Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. COURSE PREVIEW
With pre-running opening on Saturday, May 22 for the BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva is putting together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers. The finished distance will be approximately 461 miles.
It will start and finish without spectators in the SCORE compound because of Health and Safety protocols located East of downtown Ensenada at the end of the extension of Avenida Ruiz on the highway overpass, the same location as last year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
All Sportsman classes, Class 7SX, Baja Challenge, Class 11 and the Baja-e will race on a reduced course. GRAN HISTORIA
This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes 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. 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:
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, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, 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 9-13, 2021—461 miles – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Schedule of Events (All Times are Pacific Time) (as of 4.27.21) NOTE: Spectators, following health and safety protocols will be allowed around the race course
Thursday, June 10, 2021 (Times are PDT) (Closed to public)
9am-5pm – Chassis Insp/Tech Insp/Trans Ck/Stella Install, SCORE compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz
Noon-5pm – Media Registration, SCORE compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz
2pm-8pm – Racer Registration (no new entries after 7pm), SCORE compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz Friday, June 11, 2021 (Times are PDT) (Closed to public)
8am-4pm – Racer Registration (no new entries after 3pm), SCORE compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz
8am-5pm – Contingency Row, SCORE compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz (closed to public)
8am-6pm – Tech Insp/Transponder Ck/Stella Install, SCORE compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz
9am-5pm – Media Registration, SCORE compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz
6pm – Mandatory Aircraft Pilot Safety Meeting, Location TBA Saturday, June 12, 2021 (Times are PDT) (Closed to public)
5:30am-11pm – SCORE Media Center Open, SCORE compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz START/FINISH LINE- SCORE compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz – 461-mile race course 6am RACE START: MOTORCYCLES/QUADS (subject to change)— Pro Moto Unltd, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto Ltd, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, Pro Quad Ironman, SPT Moto, SPT Quad
(Start Intervals: Pro Moto Unlimited-60 second split, all other classes start one every 30 seconds) GAP –a minimum of 3 1/2 hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck/utv start 10am approx RACE START CARS/TRUCKS/UTVS (subject to change)— TT, TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 10, 7, Pro UTV FI, SL, Pro UTV NA, 1/2-1600, PT, Pro UTV Stock, 8, HM, 4700, 3700, 1700, 2700, Hammer Unltd, Hammer Ltd, Pro UTV Open, 5, PT, 3, 5-1600, BC, 7F, 7SX, SF, 3000, Baja-e, 2, VT, VI, 9, 11, SPT Unltd Truck, SPT Ltd Truck, SPT Open-Wheel, SPT UTV Unltd, SPT UTV Stock
(TT, TT Legend, 1, TT Spec one evey 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start 30-second splits TIME LIMIT: All classes have 20 hours from time each vehicle starts to complete the course
3pm-11pm – Posting of unofficial results, SCORE Compound-East End of Ave. Ruiz Sunday, June 13, 2021 (PDT)
10:30 am – Posting of unofficial results online, location TBA
11am-12:30pm – Results inquiry/protest period, location TBA
10:30am-1:30pm – SCORE Media Center, location TBA
1pm – Posting of results online, location TBA
1:30pm-3pm – Racer Trophy pick, location TBA
SCORE Baja 500 All-Time Overall Champions (1969 through 2020)
Pro Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles
Year—DRIVERS/RIDERS, VEHICLE 1969—Bud Ekins/Guy Jones, Baja Boot-Olds
Doug Douglas/Jim McClurg, Ducati 1970—Parnelli Jones, Ford
Bill Silverthorn/Gene Fetty, Husqvarna 1971—Bobby Ferro, Funco-VW
Malcolm Smith/J.N. Roberts, Husqvarna 1972—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW
Gene Fetty/Bill Silverthorn, Honda 1973—Parnelli Jones, Ford
Howard Utsey/Mickey Quade, Husqvarna 1974—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW
Mitch Mayes/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna 1975—Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW
Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Harley-Davidson 1976—Bobby Ferro/Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW
Larry Roeseler/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna 1977—Ivan Stewart, Chenowth-VW
Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson, Husqvarna 1978—Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith, Funco-VW
Brent Wallingsford/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1979—Malcolm Smith/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW
Jack Johnson, Husqvarna 1980—Bob Gordon, Chenowth-Chevy
Bruce Ogilvie/Chuck Miller, Yamaha 1981—Malcolm Smith/Bill Newbury, Chenowth-Chevy
Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Yamaha 1982—Larry Ragland, Funco-VW
Larry Roeseler/Chuck Miller, Yamaha 1983—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-VW
Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna 1984—Larry Ragland, Chaparral-VW
Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna 1985—Ron Gardner/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW
Kurt Pfeiffer/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1986—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche
Garth Sweetland/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1987—Bob Gordon/Tim Crabtree, Chenowth-Porsche
Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1988—Mark McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche
Dan Ashcraft/Kurt Pfeiffer, Yamaha 1989—Robby Gordon, Ford (no motorcycles) 1990—Robby Gordon, Ford
Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte, Kawasaki 1991—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Garth Sweetland/Paul Krause, Kawasaki 1992—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr/Paul Krause, Kawasaki 1993—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Danny Hamel/Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1994—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Dave Ashley/Dan Smith, Ford
Paul Krause/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1995—Curt LeDuc, Jeep (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Mike Julson/Bob Lofton, Jimco-VW
Paul Krause/Craig Smith, Kawasaki 1996—Rob MacCachren, Ford (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Troy Herbst, Smithbuilt, Smithbuilt-Porsche
Paul Krause/Ty Davis, Kawasaki 1997—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Mark McMillin, Jimco-Porsche
Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda 1998—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda 1999—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Jonah Street/Torsten Borstrom, Honda 2000—Larry Ragland, Chevy
Jonah Street/Steve Hengeveld, Honda 2001—Mark McMillin, Jimco-Chevy
Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda 2002—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2003—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2004—Alan Pflueger, Chevy
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2005—Robby Gordon, Chevy
Mike Childress/Mouse McCoy, Honda 2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland, Chevy
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda 2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins, Chevy
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman/Steve Hengeveld, Honda 2008—B.J. Baldwin, Chevy
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda 2009—Harley Letner/Kory Halopoff, Tatum-Chevy
Bill Boyer/Donnie De Arman/Nicholas Blais/Rudy Iribe, Honda 2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Ford
Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda 2011—Bryce Menzies, Ford
Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda 2012—Bryce Menzies, Ford
Robby Bell/David Pearson/Steve Hengeveld, Kawasaki 2013—Robby Gordon, Chevy
Timmy Weigand/Colton Udall/David Kamo, Honda 2014—Bryce Menzies, Ford
Ricky Brabec/David Pearson/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki 2015—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Chevy
Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr/Justin Morgan/Ian Young, Kawasaki 2016—Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, Ford
Colton Udall, Mark Samuels, Honda 2017—Andy McMillin, Ford
Francisco Arredondo/Shane Esposito/Justin Morgan/Roberto Villalobos, Honda 2018—Rob MacCachren, Ford
Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda 2019—Andy McMillin, Chevy
Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Max Eddy Jr, Honda 2020—Daniel McMillin/Justin B. Smith, Chevy
Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda
NOTE: From 1994 through 1997 SCORE Trophy Truck ran as its own series
SCORE Baja 500 Overall Champions
Racers Cars & Trucks 11
*Larry Roeseler 10
Ivan Stewart 5
Larry Ragland 4
**Malcolm Smith 3
Bryce Menzies 2
**Dan Smith 1
Justin B. Smith
Gus Vildosola Jr
*9 on motorcycle **1 on motorcycle
Steve Hengeveld 5
Ted Hunnicutt Jr
Mark Samuels 3
Jonah Street 2
Max Eddy Jr
Colton Udall 1