SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominic@SCORE-International.com
March 25, 2021
April 14-18 race presented by Ford
Online racer registration closes at 8 p.m. Friday, for BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250
Pre-running opens on Saturday, April 3; Start/Finish at El Dorado Ranch; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; Qualifying on Thursday April 15 for SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec; latest new entries include Chamlee, Sampietro, Willert, C. Sanchez, R. Ampudia, Salvatierra, Fuentes, Ambrosio, Lund;
NOTE: numerical entry list, by class (as of 3/22), at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Online racer registration closes at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, March 26) as entries continue to climb for next month’s season-opening BFGoodrich Tires 34th Annual SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford. Among the most recent new entries in the race are Daniel Chamlee, Jorge Sampietro, Freddie Willert, Carolina Sanchez, Rodrigo Ampudia, Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Fabricio Fuentes, Carlinhos Ambrosio and Mike Lund. DETAILS
Returning after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, online racer registration continues for the Round 1 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held April 14-18 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
With 51 classes offered for Pro and Sportsman Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads, 215 entries to date have come from 26 U.S. States, along with host Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Netherlands and New Zealand.
This season-opening race will be held under the same Bio-Security protocols as last year’s abbreviated season of two races that includes no spectators at contingency, the start or the finish but fans will be allowed again to watch out around the race course, following normal health and safety protocols.
Contingency, and the start/finish compound will all be located on the secured grounds of the luxurious El Dorado Ranch just north of town.
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 2020 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
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. THREE DECADES-PLUS
Celebrating the 34th anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at www.SCOREInternational.com for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. ONLINE RACER REGISTRATION
The deadline to enter online and to be included in the drawing for starting positions within each class is 8 p.m. PT tomorrow (Friday, March 26). Starting positions for the other classes will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration with the exception of entries that register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 7. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.
Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered. LATEST ENTRIES
–As entries climb past the 200 mark, leading the group of latest new entries is veteran SCORE champion Daniel Chamlee, 58, of Montecito, Calif. Racing in Class 7 in his No. 700 The Factory Racing Ford Ranger, Chamlee has driven consistently to earne 16 SCORE Class 7 season point championships in the last 17 years. In the SCORE San Felipe 250 Chamlee has two Class 7 victories (2010, 2011). He has also earned seven Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards, presented by VP Racing Fuels, for racers who complete every required mile for that season.
–Returning to defend their 2020 Trophy Truck Spec season point championship are Jorge Sampietro, 30, Ensenada, Mexico and Santiago Creel, 34, Mexico City in their No. 200 Mason-Chevy. Sampietro has three class wins in San Felipe and Creel two.
–Veteran ‘Tres Amigos’ SCORE racers Freddie Willert, 52, El Cajon, Calif./Stan Potter, 56, San Marcos, Calif./Dan Worley, 58, Encinitas, Calif., return in Class 10 in their No. 1006 Alumi Craft-Chevy all with season point titles and individual race wins including the most recent in 2019 in the SCORE Lites class point crown.
–Following up on her stunning class win in last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, Carolina Sanchez, 34, Calexico, Calif., returns in the Pro UTV Stock class in the No. 3913 Can-Am XR3. She is one of a race-record 10 female drivers/riders of record in this race.
–Part of one of the most prominent families in all of Baja California, second-generation SCORE Baja racer Rodrigo Ampudia, 36, Ensenada, Mexico, is returning to his desert racing roots in San Felipe. Racing for several years in the now defunct Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, Ampudia is a former class winner in San Felipe.
In SCORE Baja racing, he has also been a navigator for his two younger brothers Alan and Aaron Ampudia in SCORE Trophy Truck where the Ampudias teamed to win the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000.
In 2008 in San Felipe, he teamed with his father Rodrigo Ampudia Sr to win Class 8.
Ampudia Jr will be driving this year for the first time in San Felipe in Pro UTV FI in the No. 2910 Can-Am Maverick X3 XRC Turbo RR.
–The Bolivians are back. After a successful SCORE debut last season, a pair of Dakar Rally veterans and two of the most popular athletes in their home country will both be racing again in the Pro Moto Ironman class.
Defending Pro Moto Ironman season point champion in his SCORE rookie season Juan Carlos Salvatierra, 39, Santa Cruz, Bolivia in his No. 725x KTM 450XC-F. Salvatierria won both SCORE Baja races in the pandemic abbreviated 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Salvatierra’s home country teammate Fabricio Fuentes, 44 of Villamontes, Bolivia, rturns in the No. 785x KTM 500EXC-F. In last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, Fuentes finished second in Pro Moto Ironman to Salvatierra.
–Making his debut in San Felipe will be Brazil’s veteran rally racer Carlinhos Ambrosio, 55. With Sylvio De Barros and Gustavo Gugelmin as his teammate, Amborsio will be driver of record in Trophy Truck Spec in the No. 281 Brenthel-Chevy.
–Returning after an absence of over 20 years as driver of record is SCORE veteran racer Mike Lund, 69 of Todo Santos, Mexico. Lund will be the DOR in Class 1 in the No. 190 Chenowth-Ford.
Lund won Class 1 in the 1983 SCORE Baja 1000 and teamed with Ryan Thomas to win Class 10 in the 1993 SCORE Baja 1000. DOUBLE DIGITS
The race includes 36 entries in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division (Including six SCORE TT Legend vehicles for SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers over 50 years old). Created in 1994 by then SCORE owner Sal Fish, SCORE Trophy Truck is starting its 28th season as the marquee racing division in the sport for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
The second-highest total of entries so far is Trophy Truck Spec with has 31 entries. The other classes with double figure entries so far are the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class which has 28 entries and Class 10 with 19. COURSE SNAPSHOT
With pre-running opening Saturday, April 3 for the 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has put together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers.
Starting and finishing without spectators in the s/f compound because of Health and Safety protocols on the grounds of the El Dorado Ranch the race is 280.2 miles, will run in a clockwise direction and feature two physical full stop checkpoints and 82 virtual checkpoints and just four speed zones for a total of 9.3 miles.
It also runs through five of the glorious infamous Baja washes in this order: Azufre, Huatamote, Chanate, Amarillas and Las Cuevitas.
With several new sections, the entire race course will be south of Highway 3 for the first time in the history of this race.
All Sportsman classes and Class 11 will race on a reduced course of 242.88 miles.
The course map is available on the SCORE website. The racer’s brief and GPS files will become available at 6 p.m. PT (Thursday, April 1) on the SCORE website under race info for the SCORE San Felipe 250. ON-SITE RACER REGISTRATION
Being held in the Pavilion at Eldorado Ranch, a special on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday (April 14) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT for the racers who will be part of qualifying.
Regular on-site and late racer registration will start at 11 a.m. PT on Thursday (April 15) in the Pavilion. It will be held Thursday (April 15) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT as well as Friday (April 16) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. No new entries will be accepted after 6 p.m. PT on Thursday and 3 p.m. PT on Friday. GREEN FLAG SATURDAY
The motorcycle and quad classes will start at 6 a.m. PT Saturday (April 17) while the car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey starting at 9 a.m. PT (April 17). SCORE Trophy Truck 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 five hours, all vehicles will have 14 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher in the historic race. QUALIFYING
For just the second time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 15 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes. Entries in these four classes must also be fully registered by Friday, March 26 to be eligible to qualify.
Entries received in the qualifying classes received after March 26 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.
Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that the entries are received.
The only other time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division. All are entered in this year’s race as well.
Qualifying will again be held on a four-mile loop south of the airport, which is located on the south end of San Felipe. 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 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 33 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 San Felipe 250. 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 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 is Ford, the official vehicle and SUV of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. $2,222.22 WINNER ‘PISTOLA’ CLASS 5 BONUS
The late SCORE champion racer Pete Sohren is being posthumously honored as the Grand Marshal of this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. The colorful Sohren often said that San Felipe was the race he loved the most.
In conjunction with this honor, a special $2,222.22 bonus purse has been offered by Pistol Pete’s family and his Forever Pit Crew for the winner of Class 5 at the SCORE San Felipe 250.
Member’s of Pete’s family will represent him at the race and SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer Cameron Steele is using Sohren’s No. 2 and Sohren’s paint scheme on Steele’s Ford Raptor in honor of the racer who died tragically in a non-race accident in the sand dunes of San Felipe in January of 2019.
In the SCORE San Felipe 250 Sohren had three career class wins (1997 in Class 5, 2001 in Class 5 and 2016 in Class 7). SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the dates for the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford—
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.
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 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford
Round 1 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship April 14-18, 2021—280.2 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Total Entries: 190 (as of 3/22/21) (from 26 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Netherlands, New Zealand) (numerical order, by class) Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (35*)
1 Luke McMillin
2 Cameron Steele
4 Justin Matney
*5L Clyde Stacy
7 Bryce Menzies
9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
10 Alan Ampudia
11 Rob MacCachren
17 Josh De Jong
19 Tim Herbst
*20L Robbie Pierce
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
*21L Gustavo Vidosola Sr
22 Jax Redline
23 Dan McMillin
24 Adam Householder
26 Dave Taylor
27 Jonathan Brenthel
31 Andy McMillin
35 Carlos Penunuri
*37L Rolf Helland
40 Chris Miller
41 Justin Lofton
43 Larry Roeseler
51 Steve Olliges
*55L Jose de Jesus Flores
65 Dan Myers
73 John T. Lennon
76 A.J. Jones
77 Robby Gordon
*79L Russell Buehler
82 Sam Baldi
89 Mike Walser
85 Mike Lawrence
92 Paul Nauleau *SCORE TT LEGEND CLASS 1 (8)
100 Cody Parkhouse
105 Mason Cullen
123 Broc Dickerson
151 Brandon Dawson
160 Mike Lund
168 Shelby Reid
179 Mario Fuentes
183 Frank Russell TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (29)
200 Jorge Sampietro
202 Chad Broughton
205 Jose Delucie
209 Rafael Navarro IV
211 Pat Sims
213 Josh Beyer (DOR-Karl Ebdrup)
216 Valerie Clark
218 Chad Dohrman
221 Michael Pyle
225 John W. McNeil
226 Alexis Lopez
227 Kyle Jergensen
228 Ryan Hancock
233 Thomas Degen
234 Jason McNeil
238 Elijah Kiger
244 Brad Lovell
247 Scott Shields
255 Brad Vicic
261 Jeff Bader
264 Pierce Herbst
277 Travis Williams
278 Carlos Ibarra
281 Carlinhos Ambrosio
284 Jose Contreras
285 Clay Lawrence
294 Vincent Munoz
296 Andrew Myers
297 Bill McBeath CLASS 10 (18)
1001 Oliver Flemate
1006 Freddie Willert
1010 Moises Cuevas
1013 Harley Meservey
1014 Bruce Yee
1016 Hiram Duran
1019 Alberto Mendez
1023 Tamara Myers
1024 Wheeler Morgan
1045 Matt Rusich
1046 Ethan Hagle
1048 Kevin Price
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1078 Augie Cortez
1081 Matt Winslow
1085 Jeremy Davis
1087 Ivan Tagle
1088 Chase Warren CLASS 7 (5)
700 Daniel Chamlee
703 Scott Brady
709 Jeff Proctor
710 Mike Shaffer
727 Meredith Hammond PRO UTV FI (23)
2910 Rodrigo Ampudia
2915 Jessica Lopez
2916 Brian Mallenix
2918 Justin Lambert
2920 Roberto Ruiz
2924 Luis Leal
2930 Sean Cook
2931 Craig Scanlon
2940 Erick Kozin
2941 Steven Poole
2948 Matt Burroughs
2949 Alonso Lopez
2951 Herman Johnson
2959 Rafael Navarro III
2970 Francisco Beltran
2974 Jorge Cano
2967 Mike Pratt
2975 Mike Cafro
2977 Justin Elenburg
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
2985 Jason Willett
2998 P.J. Jones
2999 Bob Jablonsky SCORE LITES (6)
1202 Matias Arjona IV
1205 Miguel Cortez
1216 Matt Ferrato
1221 Scott Wisdom
1228 Jorge Cardona
1249 Hector Garcia Jr PRO UTV NA (8)
1910 Jose Angulo
1912 Rickey Arslanian
1920 Elias Hanna
1925 Zach Sizemore
1954 Kristen Matlock
1962 Dodge Poelman
1978 T. Bradley Millner
1995 Kaden Wells CLASS 1/2-1600 (3)
1610 Jordan Price
1621 Kevin A. Sanchez
1662 Julie Boyer PRO UTV STOCK (6)
3911 Victor Esparza
3913 Carolina Sanchez
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3933 Randy Emberton
3950 Scott Trafton
3953 Nick Bruce CLASS 8 (0) HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)
4421 Mike Hales PRO UTV OPEN (4)
1871 Wayne Matlock
1877 Josh Herzing
1879 Michelle Barraza
1898 Cameron Ornelas CLASS 5 (4)
500 Gerardo Ibarra- RS
507 Greg Sullivan- RS
508 Miguel Pabloff
526 Jerry Longo CLASS 3 (1)
313 David Orzolek CLASS 5-1600 (1)
571 David Heredia- RS BAJA CHALLENGE (4)
BC2 Tim Spurquen
BC3 Bud Pecoy
BC4 Edward Muncey
BC5 William Jordan CLASS 7F (2)
701F Brandon Walsh
714F Justin Park CLASS 7SX (0) CLASS 3000 (1)
6006 Michael Marrow Baja-e (1)
E414 Matthew Blanchard CLASS 11 (2)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1196 Alex Gonzales
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (1)
22x Shane Redline PRO MOTO 30 (3)
308x Greg Bardonnex
320x Jorge Garcia
365x Nick Lanning PRO MOTO LIMITED (2)
100x Fernando Beltran
109x Christopher Gil PRO MOTO 40 (4)
408x Ryan Liebelt
424x William St. Laurent
441x Alirio Amado
496x T.J. Juon PRO MOTO 50 (1)
510x Giovanni Spinali PRO MOTO IRONMAN (5)
713x Bradley Loveday
726x Joseph Berlet
734x Bob Kimber
735x Dustin Ashe-Everest
736x John Bennett PRO MOTO 60 (0)
Pro Quad (1)
37a Ricardo Villafana Pro Quad Ironman (0)
SPT M/C (6)
201x Hank Salyer (ROR–Scott Borden)
203x Giovanni Aviles
224x Edgar Najar
226x Raul Serrato
245x Filiberto Garcia
249x Jack Lundin SPT QUAD (5)
110a Danny Magdaleno
112a Daniel Gaytan
114a Luis Ortega
123a Ismael Hernandez
125a Lilia H. Rodriguez