Pre-running opens Saturday over rugged 493.00-mile course for BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500
Opener of two-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship Sept. 22-27; Private start/finish at El Dorado Ranch resort in San Felipe, Baja California; Televised on ABC World of X Games; race info at www.SCORE-International.com NOTE: Current complete number/name entry list at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico –As entries climb well past the century mark in these uncertain times, pre-running opens Saturday at 8 a.m. PT (Sept. 12) on the rugged 493.00-mile race course for this month’s BFGoodrich Tires 52nd Annual SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
To date, 120 official entries have come from 18 U.S. States along with host country Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and New Zealand. The first of two races on the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule will be held Sept. 22-27 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
San Felipe is the peaceful village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. Both 2020 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the fifth consecutive year. ONLINE RACER REGISTRATION
Online registration through the SCORE website closes at 8 p.m. PT tonight (Friday, Sept. 11). Information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.
For more info, visit http://score-international.com/raceinfo/baja-500-2/.
Official entries received after the drawing for starting positions will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. THE SHOW
Competition will include classes for cars, trucks UTVs, motorcycles and quads for the internationally-televised BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
Many of 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 ABC Network World of X Games programming and syndicated internationally to as many as 25 countries. The shows are produced by SCORE in association with prominent SoCal company BCII TV. Lead announcer for the show will be veteran Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHoF) inductee (2018), SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer and action sports TV announcer Cameron Steele. PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 493.00-mile race course for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts will begin at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday, Sept. 12 starting at race mile 0.11 and finishing at race mile 492.89.
The official SCORE Racer Brief, course map and GPS files are now available under race info on the SCORE website. MAIN COURSE
The race will feature a course, as finalized and plotted by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva of 493.00 miles. It will run both North and South of San Felipe in a counterclockwise direction on the East side of the Baja California peninsula.
The historic race course is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the ocean with elevations from sea level to over 2,000 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
There are three physical full-stop checkpoints and 198 virtual checkpoints. Checkpoint 1 is at race mile 155.63 (Laguna Salada), CP2 is at rm278.11 (Laguna Amarga) and CP3 is at rm459.11 (Camino altura Percebu). There are just six speed zones for a total of only 8.65 miles.
Much of the course runs through Laguna Salada as well as going through parts of four of Baja California’s infamously magnificent washes: Amarillas, Chanate, Huatamote and Azufre.
All Sportsman classes along with Pro classes 7SX, 11 and 9 will run an abbreviated course of 433.34 miles. START ORDER/DRAW DEADLINE
For all the non-qualifying classes, the starting order within each class for this race will be determined by a start order drawing, if the individual entry is received and all fees paid in full by 8 p.m. tonight (Friday, Sept. 11).
The results of the drawing, to determine the remainder of the start order within each class, will be posted on the SCORE website at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 18.
Between tonight and 5 p.m. PT on Sept. 18, walk-in entries will be accepted in the SCORE Ensenada office but those entries will not be able to qualify or be in the start draw. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 23, 24, 25) and will be given the next available start position within their respective classes.
All entries received after 8 p.m. PT tonight will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. QUALIFYING
SCORE will hold a qualifying session for this race starting at 7 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Sept 23 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec divisions. Entries in these classes must also be completed by tonight (Friday, Sept. 11) to be eligible to qualifying. Start order for qualifying will be based solely on entry order into race, by class.
Starting positions for the other classes will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration which is at 8 p.m. tonight (Friday, Sept. 11).
Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered.
Qualifying will be held on a 3.47-mile course South of San Felipe near the local airport. SCORE TROPHY TRUCKS & SCORE TT LEGENDS
SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks lead the entry list with 20 trucks (including five SCORE TT Legend entries) in the lineup so far. SCORE Trophy Truck entries to date include defending race and series overall point champion Andy McMillin, 32, San Diego (No. 1 Chevy Silverado), Rob MacCachren, 55, Las Vegas (No. 11 Ford F-150), Tim Herbst, 57, Las Vegas/Troy Herbst, 53, Las Vegas (No. 19 Ford F-150), Robby Gordon, 51, Charlotte, N.C. (No. 77 Chevy Silverado), Larry Roeseler, 63, Boulevard, Calif. (No. 43 Toyota Tundra), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (No. 16, Ford Raptor), Alan Ampudia, 29/Aaron Ampudia, 27, Ensenada, Mexico (No. 10 Ford Raptor), A. McMillin’s cousins Luke McMillin, 27, San Diego (No. 83 Ford F-150) and Dan McMillin, 32, San Diego (No. 23 Chevy 1500), Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif. (No. 85 Ford F-150), Chris Miller, 46, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (No. 40 Chevy Silverado), Dave Taylor, Page, Ariz. (No. 26 Chevy Silverado), Carlos Penunuri Ibarra, 39, Canada (No. 35 Chevy C1500) and Josh De Jong, San Jacinto, Calif. (No. 71 Chevy Silverado).
In SCORE TT Legend for SCORE Trophy Truck drivers 50 years and older, entries so far are Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va (No. 1L Chevy V16), Mark Winkelman, 61, Cedar Hill, Texas (No. 25L Chevy Silverado), Bobby Patton, 57, Fort Worth Texas/Robbie Pierce, 61, Alpine, Calif. (No. 20L Chevy Silverado), Jose De Jesus Flores, 57, La Paz, Mexico (No. 55L Chevy Silverado) and Jim Bult, 59, Monee, Ill. (No. 47L Dodge Ram2500). GREEN FLAG
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (Sept. 26) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 3 a.m. PT and approximately 7 a.m. PT for the cars, trucks and UTVs.
Nearly 150 vehicles are expected at the start line. Long-time SCORE sponsor and race title sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has also posted a US$25,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel winner to help commemorate this year’s race. EL DORADO RANCH S/F
Following planning with and approval from city and state governments, SCORE International has announced that all the official pre-race activities and the start/finish line compound for this year’s SCORE Baja 500 will be held in a restricted area at the prominent El Dorado Ranch resort with no spectators allowed. Spectators following health and safety protocols will be allowed in the open areas around the 493.00-mile race course.
With the Biosecurity Protocols in place, SCORE will produce extensive live streaming of the race and pre-race festivities air on the SCORE website and SCORE social media platforms. HEALTH & SAFETY
Because of the significant health and safety Biosecurity 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 on the grounds of the popular El Dorado Ranch gated resort which is located seven miles North of downtown San Felipe alongside of Mexico Federal Highway 5. DETAILS
As required by the health and safety Biosecurity protocols required to conduct this race, race week activities will have restricted access at the Eldorado Ranch with no spectators allowed for contingency, tech inspection and the start/finish compound.
On-site Racer Registration and Media Registration, again with restricted access, will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 22-25) at the Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch.
Racer registration will be held for racers who are qualifying from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 22). Racer registration for the balance of the entries will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 23) from Noon to 7 p.m. PDT, on Thursday (Sept. 24) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 25) with no new entries accepted after 3 p.m. PDT on that final day of registration.
SCORE Media registration will be held in the Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 22) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Wednesday (Sept. 23) and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday and Friday (Sept. 24-25). LIVE STREAMING
On the two days of contingency (Sept. 24-25) and during the race on Saturday, Sept. 26 until the course closes on Sunday morning, Sept. 27, there will be extensive live streaming from the start/finish line compound broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews.
Popular announcer Rat Sult will again serve as primary host of the SCORE live streaming.
With no spectators allowed in the start/finish line compound, all of the week’s activities will be streamed both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website and social media platforms. LAST YEAR’S CHAMPS
Andy McMillin returns to defend his overall win in last year’s SCORE Baja 500 in his No. 1 McMillin Racing all-wheel drive Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck built by Mason Motorsports. Back to defend in Pro Motorcycles, Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. and his co-riders Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. and Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif. are back to defend their overall motorcycle title on their No. 1x Honda CRF450X, competing once again in the Pro Moto Unlimited motorcycle. Morgan was the rider of record last year. GRAN HISTORIA
This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500 when it is held this year in San Felipe for just the second time in the 52-year history of the race.
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.
This year will be the second time that the race has started and finished in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. The only other time the race was held in San Felipe was 1989 and featured only the four-wheel vehicle classes.
While this will be just the second time for the SCORE Baja 500 to be held in San Felipe, the SCORE San Felipe 250 has been held in San Felipe for 32 of its 33-year history. SCOREscope 2020 SCORE SKED
November 17-22, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico ABC TV AGAIN IN 2020
For the second straight year, the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship will air on the ABC family of networks. The two-races will air as specials on ABC TV’s World of X Games program with replays 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 journalist Sam Posey.
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.SCOREInternational.com.
BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500,
presented by 4 Wheel Parts
Round 1 of the two-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship Sept. 22-27, 2020—486.81 miles –San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Total Entries: 120 (as of 9/11/20) (from 18 U.S. States, host Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and New Zealand)
(Numerical, before Drawing) Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (20)
(Numerical, Before Qualifying)
1 Andy McMillin
*5L Clyde Stacy
10 Alan Ampudia
11 Rob MacCachren
16 Cameron Steele
17 Josh de Jong
19 Tim Herbst
*20L Bobby Patton
23 Dan McMillin
*25L Mark Winkelman
26 Dave Taylor
35 Carlos Penunuri Ibarra
40 Chris Miller
41 Justin Lofton
43 Larry Roeseler
*47L Jim Bult
*55L Jose de Jesus Flores
77 Robby Gordon
83 Luke McMillin
85 Mike Lawrence *SCORE TT LEGEND CLASS 1 (8) (Numerical, Before Qualifying)
103 Gabriel Torres
114 Al Torres
121 Rodimiro Amaya
123 Broc Dickerson
127 Cody Parkhouse
162 Brendan Gaughan
163 Ruben Torres
179 Mario Fuentes TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (8) (Numerical, Before Qualifying)
210 Ted Moncure
211 Pat Sims
241 Chase Laven
260 Santiago Creel
264 Pierce Herbst
285 Clay Lawrence
294 Vincent Munoz
295 William Hedrick Jr CLASS 10 (7)
1001 Oliver Flemate
1006 Freddie Willert
1013 Harley Meservey
1051 Adam Gonzalez
1078 Augie Cortez
1087 Ivan Tagle
1088 Chase Warren PRO UTV FI (17)
2910 Scott Trafton
2914 Martin Christensen
2917 Jason Murray
2918 Justin Lambert
2920 Roberto Ruiz
2927 Justin Smith
2930 Sean Cook
2931 Craig Scanlon
2940 Erick Korzin
2948 Matthew Burroughs
2974 Jorge Cano
2975 Mike Cafro
2977 Justin Elenberg
2978 Jose Juarez
2989 Wes Miller
2999 Bob Jablonsky
2971 Wayne Matlock -RS SCORE LITES (6)
1201 Mario Alcala
1205 Miguel Cortez
1211 Oscar R. Alvarez
1218 Gustavo Pinuelas
1229 Douglas Satterfield -RS
1247 Wes McKenzie PRO UTV NA (4)
1911 Scott Bergen
1912 Rickey Arslanian
1954 Kristen Matlock -RS
1995 Travis Wells CLASS 1/2-1600 (3)
1616 Eli Yee
1662 Julie Boyer
1696 Chris Racan PRO UTV STOCK (4)
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3933 Randy Emberton
3955 Mike Cafro
3957 Torey Rush CLASS 8 (0) CLASS 7 (3)
700 Daniel Chamlee
709 Jeff Proctor
713 Mario Murillo Jr CLASS 3700 (0) CLASS 1700 (1)
1755 Bruce Gevenden HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)
4421 Mike Hales-RS PRO UTV UNLIMITED (6)
1850 Jesus Mendez Jr
1851 Herman Johnson
1855 Blade Hildebrand
1869 Mike Lesle
1893 Eliott Watson
1894 Christopher Polvoorde CLASS 5 (1)
500 Gerardo Ibarra-RS CLASS 3 (1)
313 David Orzolek CLASS 5-1600 (0) BAJA CHALLENGE (1)
BC4 Edward Muncey CLASS 7F (2)
714F Justin Park
720F Doug Siewert CLASS 7SX (2)
742 Brandt Anderson
741 Gerardo Novelo -RS CLASS 2 (0) CLASS 11 (2)
1108 Luis F. Garcia
1147 Francisco Valdez
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (3)
1x Mark Samuels
5x Colton Udall
66x Santiago Creel PRO MOTO 30 (1)
370x Francisco Septien PRO MOTO LIMITED (1)
180x Fernando Beltran PRO MOTO 50 (3)
500x Giovanni Spinali
514x Lawrence Janesky
522x Vance Kennedy PRO MOTO 40 (0) PRO MOTO IRONMAN (0)
Pro Quad (2)
1a Adolfo Arellano
37a Ricardo Villafana
SPT M/C (5)
201x Bradley Loveday
203x Giovanni Aviles
212x Carlos Silva
213x Scott Borden
299x Shane Redline SPT QUAD (7)
1XXa Imanol Gormez Fierro
105a Francisco Valle
112a Daniel Gaytan
114a Luis Ortega
119a Estevan Ramirez
123a Hector Camacho
129a Sergio Gutierrez