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Race week nears–285 entries–51st SCORE Baja 1000 desert race

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominiccnv@aol.com

November 9, 2018

Next week in Ensenada

To date—285 entries from 41 U.S. States, 1 U.S. Territory,

18 countries for iconic 51st SCORE Baja 1000 desert race


finale of 4-race SCORE World Desert Championship–806.76-mile race in Mexico’s Baja California Norte;


Granddaddy of All Desert Races to be televised as two-hour special on El Rey Network


     ENSENADA, Mexico—While SCORE Trophy Truck qualifying determined the starting order for the marquee racing division and the results of the September race in Tijuana determined the starting order for the other classes, the start draw for starting positions for the new entries was held this week for the upcoming 51st annual SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all desert races.

     Racers continue pre-running on their never-ending quest over the rugged race course over the northern part of Mexico’s majestically magnificent Baja California Peninsula.  The event offers Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, utvs, motorcycles and quads.

     The event and race-week festivities for the season-finale of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held next Monday through Sunday, starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

     Entering race-week late, on-site racer registration, 285 entries have been processed with racers coming from 41 U.S. States, one U.S. Territory and 18 total countries. While online racer-registration is now closed, late, on-site racer registration will be held next week in Ensenada where as many as 20 late entries are anticipated.


      Over 300 entries, from 41 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.

     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, course notes and GPS files are available on the SCORE website under race info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page at www.SCOREInternational.com.


     This year’s race will start for the 44th time and finish for the 25th time in Ensenada, Baja California. The start/finish line compound will once again be adjacent to the picturesque Bahia de Todos Santos one side and to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero in the heart of Ensenada with the first several spectator-friendly miles running up and back through the Ensenada Arroyo.


     Entering next week’s late, on-site racer registration for the 51st SCORE Baja 1000, there are 285 total entries with racers from 41 U.S. States and 18 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, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain and Sweden.


     Including SCORE Trophy Truck (38), eight total classes have double figures in terms of entries so far. While several other classes have nearly reached at least 10 entries, the other classes with double figure entries to date are: Trophy Truck Spec (30), Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) (29), Class 10 (19), unlimited Class 1 (14), Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) (14), SCORE Lites (10), and leading the motorcycle classes with nine entries each are Pro Moto Unlimited, Pro Moto 30 and Pro Moto Ironman and at the top of the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with 20 entries.


     While Ricky Johnson will be the first SCORE Trophy Truck off the line after qualifying first in Las Vegas on Oct. 30 in Larry Connor’s No. 6 truck, other first starts in class were determined by their first place finishes in September’s Lucerna Hotel & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge. Other first starts for the 51st SCORE Baja 1000 include: Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1, No. 153 Jimco-Chevy), Gustavo Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico (SCORE TT Legend, No. 12L Ford Raptor),  William Hendrick Jr, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec, No. 295 ID-Chevy), Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif. (Class 10, Alumi Craft-Chevy), Rhys Millen, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./New Zealand (Pro UTV FI, No. 2966 Polaris RZR XP1000 Turbo), Kaden Wells, St. George, Utah (Pro UTV, Polaris RZR), Viry Felix, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 11, No. 1104 VW Sedan), Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited, No. 7x Honda CRF450X) and Jose Carrasco, Rosarito Beach, Mexico (Pro Moto Ironman, KTM 450XCF).


     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 at the Torre Lucerna Ensenada Hotel & Resort.

     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).


     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 has 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.

     The five checkpoints are 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.


     For this year’s 51st SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE International has selected Mexico’s beloved tourism official Nico Saad, the only person who has been behind the scenes at all 50 of the previous races, as the Grand Marshal for this year’s anniversary of the world’s most iconic desert race.

     Honorably humble, unusually unassuming, famously friendly by nature while constantly and consistently working diligently behind the scenes by choice on behalf of SCORE Baja racing for nearly 45 years, Saad is the revered owner of the San Nicolas Resort and extremely cherished and prolifically productive President of Proturismo de Ensenada. Saad is the only person who has been part of all 50 Baja 1000 events, obviously including the 44 produced and sanctioned by SCORE International.


  • 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.12-18, 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

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

Total Entries: 285 (as of 11/9/18)

(from 41 U.S. States, U.S. Territory-Guam, Host Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,

Chile, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Sweden)

(Start order, by class)

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs


(After Qualifying & Start Draw)

6 Larry Connor

83 Luke McMillin

77 Robby Gordon

60 Cole Potts

7 Bryce Menzies

33 Todd Tuls

31 Andy McMillin

11 Rob MacCachren

32 Ryan Arciero

19 Tim Herbst

97 B.J. Baldwin

23 Dan McMillin

16 Cameron Steele

1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez

85 Mike Lawrence

54 Troy Herbst

70 Kevin Thompson

15 Billy Wilson

50 Zak Langley

*5L Clyde Stacy

88 Mike Walser

4 Justin Matney

57 Mike Palmer

20 Robbie Pierce

62 Mike Cook

86 Joe Bacal

*12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

*81L David Westhem

61 Richard Armstrong

10 Alan Ampudia

40 Chris Miller

*37L Rolf Helland

*55L Jose de Jesus Flores

66 Harry Hepler

45 Gary Magness

26 Dave Taylor

*72L Rob Reinertson

72 Aaron Ciliceo



CLASS 1 (14)

153 Brad Wilson

168 Shelby Reid

129 Brandon Bailey

185 Justin Davis

100 Brian Wilson

150 Morgan Langley

101 Wayne Schlosser

149 Sam Berri

188 Sergio Salgado

151 John Ramirez

189 Jon Walker

105 Mason Cullen

106 Derek Fletcher

139 Jeff Sanca-1st RS



295 William Hedrick Jr

204 Sara Price

250 John Langley

225 Brian Trotter

200 Elias Hanna

242 Bryce Swaim

266 Scott Biernot

267 Hammond Meredith

299 Charles Dorrance

208 Andrew Entwistle

252 Gonzalo Pirron

276 Gerardo Iribe

277 Rod Lewis

210 Ted Moncure

233 Karl Williams

218 Chad Dohrman

221 Michael Pyle

240 Robert Patton

230 Chad Hall

232 Chelsea Magness

265 Craig McCarthy

202 Chad Broughton

235 Derek Hunter

257 Shane Redline

234 Jason McNeil

211 Pat Sims

238 Scott Kiger

207 Steve Kovach

273 Jordan Brenthel

251 Joe Lombardo-1st RS

CLASS 10 (19)

1023 Broc Dickerson

1081 Todd Winslow

1062 J.J. Schnarr

1018 Miguel Tornel Z-A

1049 Ty Godde

1068 Cody Reid

1030 Jim Anderson

1002 Clay Lawrence

1048 Kevin Price

1022 Rafael Aguirre

1016 Hiram Duran

1063 Ruben Torres

1013 Harley Meservey

1070 John Gilleland

1065 Gregg Smith

1075 Eliseo Garcia

1072 Karl Ebdrup

1020 Carlos Albanez-2nd RS

1059 Brady Richard-1st RS



4422 Casey Currie

4405 Shannon Campbell


CLASS 8 (2)

827 Roger Malcolm

852 Spencer Morgan


CLASS 1/2-1600 (7)

1603 Oscar Alvarez

1614 Bruce Yee

1618 Ernesto Arambula

1605 Miguel Cortez

1613 Dana Jussila

1678 Gustavo Avina

1621 Christopher Sanchez- RS



1258 Jeremy Davis

1240 Miguel Bonilla

1236 Guillermo Arteaga

1247 Wes McKenzie

1208 Rich Roberts

1255 Darren Walsh

1250 Cesar Vela

1206 Freddie Willert

1210 Luis Barragan

1202 Matias Arjona IV


CLASS 7 (3)

700 Dan Chamlee

711 Carlos Diaz

709 Jeff Proctor


CLASS 7F (1)

701F Brandon Walsh


CLASS 5 (2)

524 Ben Swift

507 Greg Sullivan-1st RS



894 Vince Munoz

869 Juan Carlos Calderon



2966 Rhys Millen

2919 Brandon Schueler

2912 Tony Riggs

2989 Wes Miller

2910 Scott Trafton

2978 Luis Fortanel

2946 Jose Juarez

2968 Christine Giampaoli Zonca

2903 Juan Martinez

2940 Erick Kozin

2975 Mike Cafro

2904 Cory Sappington

2927 Justin Smith

2931 Craig Scanlon

2921 Brett Comiskey

2930 Sean Cook

2902 Jason Stewart

2977 Justin Elenburg

2984 Kristopher McCoy

2917 Derek Murray

2981 Jesse Combs

2987 Edgar Garcia

2907 Robby Gordon

2918 Justin Lambert

2948 Matthew Burroughs

2995 Daniel Parker-4th RS

2964 Derek McGaughy-3rd RS

2971 Wayne Matlock- 2nd RS

2900 Marc Burnett-1st RS


PRO UTV (14)

1995 Kaden Wells

1955 Paul Champion

1959 James Posegate

1977 Todd Romano

1944 Christopher Boyle

1913 Dean Acton

1979 Todd Katanchik

1907 Zach Van Matre

1914 Nick Schuft

1924 Miguel Garcia-Galeana

1994 Ryan Peacock

1902 Tyler Backus

1950 J.T. Holmes

1954 Kristen Matlock-1st RS



1877 Josh Herzing

1872 Jesus Mendez Jr

1857 Al McBeth

1899 Kris Werth

1888 Earl Berg


CLASS 5-1600 (4)

553 Cesar Iniguez

577 Luis Herrera

569 Ruben Garcia

595 Matt Barnes-1st RS


CLASS 3000 (1)

3022 Pete Sohren


BAJA-e (1)

E402 Raul Rodriguez Jr



BC4 Edward Muncey

BC1 Larry McRae

BC3 Will Turner

BC8 Stephen Goodrich

BC6 Bud Pecoy

BC2 Mary Scheible

BC7 Richard Spillman

BC5 David Payne


CLASS 3 (1)

302 Donald Moss



1350 Cody Swanty




8155 Mark Van Tassell



740 Gerardo Novelo

745 Jason Babcock

750 Sean Whalen



V73 Craig Christy

V65 Tom Haliburda

V800 Mario Alesi


CLASS 11 (8)

1104 Viry Felix

1111 Eric Solorzano

1113 Mario Vazquez

1100 Dennis Hollenbeck

1106 Michael Kay

1132 Anthony Pacitto

1156 Art Penner

1149 Victor Esparza-1st RS



1577 Diane Giannelli

1500 Ricardo Rodriguez

1512 Henry Simpson



2003 Glenn Tanizawa



1818 Jessalyn Sells



3975 Torey Rush

Pro Motorcycles


7x Justin Morgan

66x Santiago Creel

25x Massimo Mangini

4x Santiago Creel

3x Garrett Poucher

1x Shane Esposito

12x Webster Whinery Jr

9x Eddie Brown

55x Steve Hatch


106x Philip Jaramillo

100x Santiago Creel

171x Luis Flores

125x Fernando Beltran

151x Juan Lopez

110x Carlos Miranda

PRO MOTO 30 (9)

300x Ryan Liebelt

303x Luis M. Gomez

304x Chris Racan

310x Enrique Fuhrken

365x Nick Lanning

360x Santiago Creel

305x William St. Laurent

333x Chad Thornton

323x Mike Mettler

PRO MOTO 40 (4)

400x Jano Montoya

427x Salvador Sainz

437x Mauricio Santana

408x Stephen Berger

PRO MOTO 50 (3)

510x Giovanni Spinali

550x Bill Sekers

524x Mike Frick


721x Jose Carrasco

730x Francisco Septien

722x Liz Karcz

714x Lawrence Janesky

756x John Hodel

739x Aaron Richardson

744x Tony Luksa

757x Rick Thornton

747x Lloyd Andrew

PRO MOTO 60 (1)

649x Guy Laycraft

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (2)

1a Said Sanchez

2a Don Higbee



110a Danny Magdalena

126a Manuel Mayoral

173a Miguel Arranz

102a Tristan Dietrich

115a Norberto Arce

148a Alejandro Amador

129a Israel Jimenez-1st RS

SPT M/C (20)

200x Miguel Pena

284x Shane Schorno

212x Carlos Silva

238x Rolando Cabrera

201x R. Hank Salyer

216x Luke Berlet

213x Bradley Loveday

254x Tyler Harvey

220x Diego Lopez

232x Richard Valencia

260x Mark Lucke

286x Roy Buelna

259x Mike Kaplan

245x George Radysh

228x Scott McIntosh

252x Matt Woody

277x Stephen Gholson

202x Javier Perez

224x Fabrice Le Det

247x Michael Boge-1st RS