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October 17, 2018

Nov. 12-18 race dates

Pre-running opens this Saturday on challenging 806.76-mile race course;

early entries from 31 U.S. States, 13 countries for 51st SCORE Baja 1000


pre-race festivities for final round of four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship includes

SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience, presented by BFGoodrich Tires Oct. 29-Nov. 2

at Las Vegas Convention Center; SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck,

at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Off-Road Track at 6 p.m., Oct. 30


    ENSENADA, Mexico— Desert racing is the original extreme sport and racers from around the world begin pre-running on Saturday for next month’s 51sth annual SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of All Desert Races that started it all. Drivers and riders will begin practicing for their quest to beat the Baja in the ultimate test of men, women and machines.

     Registration continues at www.score-international.com for the legendary competition. The event and pre-race festivities and race itself will be held Nov. 12-18. The race will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.


     Teams will be allowed to begin pre-running or practicing on the race course starting at 8 a.m. (PT) on Saturday, starting from north of Ojos Negros as the section from the start to Ojos Negros will be restricted. Pre-running will start at race mile 38.40 at Rancho El Mezcal which is 5.6 miles southeast of Ojos Negros. On the return, pre-running will end at race mile 767.26. The official course map and GPS files may be found under the SCORE Baja 1000 logo on the Race Info page on www.SCORE-International.com.


     As it has for over four and  a half decades, SCORE has put together another memorable race course for the 51st anniversary, this one a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain that the northern state of the majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer. SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has designed and finalized this year’s race course of 806.76 miles. The course will have five checkpoints along the way to the finish and 192 virtual checkpoints.

     Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course travels in a clockwise direction east to Ojos Negros before launching its weaving route around both the east and then the west side of the northern part of the peninsula.

     Pre-running (Oct. 20) will start 5.6 south of Ojos Negros at Rm 38.4 and the course heads out to Jamau. After Jamau before the ‘Goat Trail’ there is a new short section that has never been raced on.
Course will go to Kiliwas and out to Hwy 3 to San Matias, over to the desert in San Felipe. South of San Felipe it loops around Amarillas Wash and comes back to Old Puertecitos Road on Huatamote Wash, head south to the Sulphur mines and turn right and will loop back using Matomi Wash to Old Puertecitos Highway.
South from Puertocitos to Gonzaga Bay and before Coco’ s Corner it turns south and takes a new trail that will take racers back to the main road out to Chapala.
At Chapala the course goes across Hwy 1 and does a loop behind Cataviña where there is tons of silt and nasty hill climbs.
North of Cataviña the course goes back across the peninsula on the east side of Hwy 1 and heads north to Rancho Victoria and more silt before and after this ranch in the Rm 490 to Rm 510 area.
It then drops down to El Rosario Wash and goes north to San Quintin on a fast smooth road that has never been raced on.
In San Quintin the course runs north and hits the coast to Santo Tomas, taking pavement to Uruapan and back to Ojos Negros and to the finish in Ensenada.

     The five checkpoints will be located at north of San Felipe (race mile 177.34), before Highway 1 on Chapala Road (rm 378.27), Highway 1 in San Quintin (rm 597.81), end of Vicente Guerrero Wash (rm 633.85) and in Santo Tomas before Highway 1 (rm 733.02).

     Because of the horrendous silt beds, Class 11 (stock VW sedans) and all Sportsman 4-wheel vehicles classes will be allowed to eliminate the Cataviña loop, taking pavement from rm 379.22 to rm 478.38.


      Over 300 entries, from 35 U.S. States and 20 countries are expected to compete in this year’s 51st anniversary celebration of the SCORE Baja 1000 which is revered worldwide as the Granddaddy of all Desert Races.

     The world’s most iconic, oldest, prestigious and longest continuously held desert race, this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a loop race of 806.76 miles in the northern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula. It will start for the 44th time and finish for the 25th time in Ensenada. The race is annually the finale of the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past three years in Baja California. The start/finish line compound will once again be adjacent to the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.

     With a total time limit of 36 hours in the elapsed-time race, the motorcycle and quad classes will start at 4 a.m. (PT) on Friday, Nov. 16 and the car, truck and UTV classes will follow with their start on at 10:30 a.m. (PT) on Friday, Nov. 16. The fastest finishers are expected to complete the race in approximately 16 hours.

     This year’s course map is available on the SCORE website under race info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page at www.SCORE-International.com.


     To date after under two weeks of online registration for November’s 51st SCORE Baja 1000, there are 103 total early entries with racers from 31 U.S. States and 13 countries officially signed up to compete. In addition to the United States, the U.S. Territory of Guam and host country Mexico, the other countries with racers entered are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru and Sweden.


     The royalty of desert racing will be in this year’s field and leading the way will once again be the marquee SCORE Trophy Trucks. The SCORE-created class for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks is celebrating its 25th season as the featured racing division in the sport.

     There are 29 SCORE Trophy Trucks entered so far in this year’s celebratory race.

     Among the entries in SCORE Trophy Truck are No. 11 Rob MacCachren/Jason Voss, No. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez/Juan C. Lopez, No. 77 Robby Gordon/Cole Potts, No. 31 Andy McMillin/Tavo Vildosola, No. No. 16 Cameron Steele/Pat Dean, 97 B.J. Baldwin/Willie Valdez Jr, No. 15 Billy Wilson/Chad Bunch, No. 4 Justin Matney/Josh Daniel, No. 23 Dan McMillin/Gary Weyhrich, No. 19 Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst/Ryan Millen, No. 7 Bryce Menzies/Toby Price, No. 83 Luke McMillin/Larry Roeseler, No. 54 Troy Herbst/Christian Sourapas/Brett Sourapas, No. 32 Ryan Arciero/Adam Householder, No. 20 Robbie Pierce/Matt Loiodice, No. 10 Alan Ampudia/Aaron Ampudia/Rodrigo Ampudia, No. 6 Larry Connor/Ricky Johnson/Luke Johnson, No. 50 Zak Langley/Kyle Jergensen, No. 86 Joe Bacal/Jeff Geiser, No. 5L Clyde Stacy/Armin Schwarz (SCORE TT Legend class) and No. 21L Gus Vildosola Sr/Scott Bailey/Mike Coleman (SCORE TT Legend).

     Larry Roeseler has 17 class wins in the SCORE Baja 1000, including a race-record 13 overall wins (10 on a motorcycle, two in a desert race car and one in a SCORE Trophy Truck). For the second straight year he will be the second driver for third-generation desert racer Luke McMillin in the No. 83 Ford F-150 in SCORE Trophy Truck.


     SCORE Trophy Truck (including the SCORE TT Legend class), the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks class will have a special qualifying session for start positions on Tuesday, Oct. 30 on the Off-Road Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The marquee SCORE racing division will be showcased that week (Oct. 29-Nov. 2) at the massive SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Both events are presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

     The starting order for all other classes was determined primarily by the finishing and placement results at last week’s Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge.


      For the third straight year, international drivetrain manufacturer Dana Incorporated is presenting the Ultimate Dana Fast Qualifier award.

     Dana is also presenting live streaming of the entire qualifying session from LVMS on the SCORE website. Winning the Ultimate Dana Fast Qualifier award in 2016 was Las Vegas’ Mark Post and fastest last year was Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C.


     The 51st SCORE Baja 1000 race week festivities will cover Nov. 12-18.

     Pre-race festivities include two days of Contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway (Wednesday, Nov. 14 & Thursday, Nov. 15) on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Contingency will run each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pre-race tech will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. On Wednesday (Nov. 14), Contingency will be held for all motorcycles, quads and UTV classes along with several  car/truck classes. On Thursday (Nov. 15), Contingency will be held for the balance of the car and truck classes including the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, unlimited Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec and Class 10.

     The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held on Thursday (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m. PT in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

     Racer registration will be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. Racer registration will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 13), and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on both Wednesday (Nov. 15) and Thursday (Nov. 15).

     Media registration will be held as well in the Red Room at the Riviera from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 13), and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on both Wednesday (Nov. 14) and Thursday (Nov. 15) and the BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center will be open on Friday (Nov. 16) starting at 3:30 a.m. PT through the close of the race course. It will also be open on Sunday (Nov. 18) from 8 a.m. to Noon PT.

     SCORE sponsor Monster Energy will host the Monster Energy Papas y Beer SCORE Street Party on Avenida Ruiz in downtown Ensenada from 6 p.m. to midnight PT on Thursday, Nov. 15.


     As the celebration continues Friday (Nov. 16) night to all day and evening on Friday and Saturday until the early hours of Sunday morning (Nov. 18) while official finishers cross the line and tales and epic accomplishments are added to the legacy of the event. The post-race awards fiesta will be held on the start/finish line ramp adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center starting at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday (Nov. 18).


     Racer Registration continues at www.SCORE-International.com under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page. Any questions, contact SCORE Registration Director Audreonna Cuarez at 775. 852.8907.


     In a special voting held in 2016 and 2017, the invincible SCORE Baja 1000 was selected as the No. 1 motorsports event in the world both years in a reader’s choice voting conducted by the USA Today newspaper, defeating such events as the Indy 500 and the Knoxville Nationals.



  • 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.13-18, Ensenada, Mexico


     Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fourth consecutive year all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:

  • 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
  • Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 19-23, Ensenada, Mexico
  • 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.12-17, Ensenada, Mexico


     SCORE races are airing domestically on the El Rey Network and outside of the U.S. on ESPN International as well as syndication. The SCORE Baja 1000 race coverage show will be a two-hour special.

     El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network and is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit http://elreynetwork.com.


     Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

     SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte.

     Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

     Lucerna Hotels & Resorts 22nd Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Lucerna Hotels and Resorts, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.

     For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.

51st Annual SCORE Baja 1000

Schedule of Events (as of 10/17/18)


MONDAY, Nov. 12–(All times PST)

Noon – 5 p.m. – SCORE Chassis Inspections-Playa Hermosa Beach 1.1 miles south of Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

Noon – 5 p.m. – Pre-Tech Inspections/Stella Bracket Checks & Installations-Playa Hermosa Beach

TUESDAY, Nov. 13–(All times PST)

9a.m. – 5 p.m. – SCORE Chassis Inspections-Playa Hermosa Beach 1.1 miles south of Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

9a.m. – 5 p.m. – Pre-Tech Inspections/Stella Bracket Checks & Installations-Playa Hermosa Beach

1 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Racer Registration, Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center (adjacent to S/F)

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Media Registration, Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14–(All times PST)

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Racer Registration (No new walk-in entries after 3 p.m.), Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico CC (next to S/F)

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Media Registration, Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

9 a.m. — 5 p.m. – Contingency Row-All motos, quads, UTVs, some car/truck, Boulevard Costero, Next to Riviera CC

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Technical Inspection for above classes, End of Contingency Row

THURSDAY, Nov. 15–(All Times PST)

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Racer Registration (No new walk-in entries after 3 p.m.), Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Media Registration, Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Volunteer Registration, location TBA

9 a.m. — 5 p.m. – Contingency Row-Remaining car/truck classes including SCORE Trophy Truck, Blvd. Costero

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Technical Inspection for above classes, End of Contingency Row

11:30 a.m. – SCORE Baja 1000 Media Conference, Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada

6 p.m. – Mandatory Aircraft Pilot Meeting, Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada

7 p.m. – Mandatory Racer Meeting, Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada

8 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Monster Energy SCORE Papas & Beer Street Party, Avenida Ruiz (adjacent to Papas Y Beer)

FRIDAY, Nov. 16–(All Times PST)

3:30 a.m. – Midnight –  BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism/SCORE Media Center—Red Room, Riviera


4a.m. – RACE START – Pro Motorcycles, Pro Quads, Sportsman Motorcycles, Sportsman Quads

STARTING ORDER (Subject to change): (One vehicle every 30 seconds)

Pro Moto Unlimited, Pro Moto Limited, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, SPT Quad, SPT M/C

8 a.m. – Special Hoisting of the Monumental Mexican Flag-Ventana al Mar Plaza

9:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony, Honor Guard, Salute to the Flag, Start/finish line area, Blvd. Costero


10:30 a.m. RACE START – Cars/Trucks/UTVs (Approximate 5 1/2 hour first and second group)

STARTING ORDER (Subject to change): (One vehicle every 60 seconds in SCORE TT and Class 1 with a five-minute gap between those two classes, one vehicle every 30 seconds for remaining classes)

TT/TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 10, 2, Hammer Unltd, Hammer Ltd, 8, 1/2-1600, SL, 7, 7F, 5, HM, Pro UTV FI, Pro UTV, Pro UTV Unltd, 5-1600, 3000, TL, Baja-e, BC, 3, PT, SF, 7SX, 3700, 2700, 1700, SM, VT, VI, 9, 11, SPT Unltd Truck, SPT Buggy, SPT Ltd Truck, SPT UTV, SPT Stock UTV FI, SPT Stock UTV NA

TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 36-hour time limit from the time each starts.

Race in Progress – Posting of Unofficial Results — SCORE Media Center, Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

SATURDAY, Nov. 17–(All Times PST)

12 a.m. – course close – BFG Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism/SCORE Media Center—Red Room, Riviera CC

Race in Progress — Posting of Unofficial Results — SCORE Media Center, Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

SUNDAY, Nov.  18–(all times PST)

8 a.m. – Noon — BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism/SCORE Media Center—Red Room, Riviera CC

9 a.m. – Posting of FINAL UNOFFICIAL Results—Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

10 a.m. – Awards Celebration-Start/Finish line Ramp in front of Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

51st annual SCORE Baja 1000

Nov. 12-18, 2018—806.76 miles–Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 103 (as of 10/17/18)

(from 31 U.S. States, U.S. Territory-Guam, Host Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada

England, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Sweden)


(Numerical order, by class) 

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs



1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez

4 Justin Matney

*5L Clyde Stacy

6 Larry Connor

7 Bryce Menzies

10 Alan Ampudia

11 Rob MacCachren

*12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

15 Billy Wilson

16 Cameron Steele

19 Tim Herbst

20 Robbie Pierce

23 Dan McMillin

26 Dave Taylor

31 Andy McMillin

32 Ryan Arciero

33 Todd Tuls

40 Chris Miller

50 Zak Langley

54 Troy Herbst

60 Cole Potts

62 Ryan Poelman

70 Kevin Thompson

77 Robby Gordon

83 Luke McMillin

85 Mike Lawrence

86 Joe Bacal

88 Mike Walser

97 B.J. Baldwin


CLASS 1 (8)

101 Wayne Schlosser

106 Derek Fletcher

129 Brandon Bailey

139 Jeff Sanca

149 Sam Berri

150 Morgan Langley

151 John Ramirez

189 Jon Walker


204 Sara Price

207 Steve Kovach

208 Andrew Entwistle

210 Ted Moncure

211 Pat Sims

218 Chad Dohrman

230 Chad Hall

233 Karl Williams

250 John Langley

265 Craig McCarthy

266 Scott Biernot

267 Hammond Meredith

276 Gerardo Iribe

277 Rod Lewis

295 William Hedrick Jr

299 Charles Dorrance

CLASS 10 (8)

1002 Clay Lawrence

1018 Miguel Tornel Z-A

1030 Jim Anderson

1049 Ty Godde

1059 Brady Richard

1062 J.J. Schnarr

1072 Karl Ebdrup

1081 Todd Winslow


4422 Casey Currie

CLASS 1/2-1600 (1)

1613 Dana Jussila


1240 Miguel Bonilla

CLASS 7 (2)

700 Dan Chamlee

709 Jeff Proctor

CLASS 5 (1)

507 Greg Sullivan-RS

Pro UTV FI (9)

2907 Robby Gordon

2912 Tony Riggs

2927 Justin Smith

2930 Sean Cook

2966 Rhys Millen

2981 Jesse Combs

2984 Kristopher McCoy

2987 Edgar Garcia

2900 Marc Burnett-RS

Pro UTV (3)

1944 Christopher Boyle

1995 Kaden Wells

1977 Todd Romano

Pro UTV UNL (2)

1888 Earl Berg

1899 Kris Werth

CLASS 5-1600 (1)

595 Matt Barnes-RS


1350 Cody Swanty

CLASS 11 (2)

1106 Michael Kay

1111 Eric Solorzano



1521 Pat Bell


1500 Ricardo Rodriguez

1516 Juan Naranjo



1818 Jessalyn Farrington



3929 Shane Redline

3937 Brad Lovell



3975 Torrey Rush

Pro Motorcycles


9x Eddie Brown

12x Webster Whinery Jr

PRO MOTO 30 (2)

305x William St. Laurent

323x Mike Mettler

PRO MOTO 40 (1)

408x Stephen Berger

PRO MOTO 50 (1)

524x Mike Frick


714x Lawrence Janesky

722x Liz Karcz

726x Ernie Vigil

744x Tony Luksa

747x Lloyd Andrew

756x John Hodel

757x Rick Thornton


SPT M/C (4)

245x George Radysh

247x Michael Boge

260x Mark Lucke

284x Shane Schorno


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