Racers from 27 U.S. States, 11 countries part of Thursday’s starting order drawing for upcoming 49th SCORE Baja 1000 – SCORE-International.com

Racers from 27 U.S. States, 11 countries part of Thursday’s starting order drawing for upcoming 49th SCORE Baja 1000

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


October 13, 2016


Nov. 15-20 race week dates

Racers from 27 U.S. States, 11 countries part of Thursday’s

starting order drawing for upcoming 49th SCORE Baja 1000


pre-running opens Saturday, Oct. 22 for the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races;

pre-race festivities include SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 experience, presented by BFGoodrich Tires

Nov. 1-4 at Las Vegas Convention Center; SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck,

Trophy Truck Spec class at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Off-Road Track at 7 p.m., Nov. 1


on-line racer registration continues until Nov. 13 at RegisterHereForRace;


    ENSENADA, Mexico— With pre-running on the rugged race route to open Saturday, Oct. 22, official entries from 27 U.S. States and 11 countries were included in Thursday’s drawing for start positions in various classes for next month’s 49th anniversary of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, the season finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Nearly 250 cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag on Friday, Nov. 18 for this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 15-20 in Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in the seaside port of Ensenada, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.


The drawing for starting positions, by class, for all classes except SCORE Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck Spec, was held Thursday.

A solid total of 183 vehicles are officially entered as of today and nearly 75 additional entries are expected to enter in the five weeks before race day in Ensenada for the legendary race.

So far among the car, truck and UTV classes, SCORE Trophy Truck has the most entries with 28, followed by Trophy Truck Spec with 20, Pro UTV FI with 19, Class 10 with 18, the unlimited Class 1 with 15 and Pro UTV with 12 officially entered to date.

Among the motorcycle classes, the Pro Moto Ironman (solo) rider has the most entries with six today followed by the Pro Moto Unlimited and Pro Moto 40 (m/c riders over 40 years old) classes with five entries each so far.

In the Sportsman classes, leading the way is Sportsman Motorcycle with 11 entries to date.


Online entry registration for the race continues at Register Here for Race.  Late entries received after the drawing will be placed by class in the next available starting position following those that entered in time for the random draw.


This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a loop race and pre-running on the approximately 830-mile course will open on Saturday, Oct. 22 with the start to Ojos Negros only allowed on Wednesday and Thursday of race week (and only in the outbound direction).

The start line and finish line will once again be adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada and the first and last several spectator-friendly miles running up and back down the Ensenada Arroyo.


In addition to the 27 States represented on the entry list to date, racers have officially entered from 10 countries.  In addition to the United States, entries so far have come from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand and the US Territory of Guam.


The SCORE Baja 1000 the oldest continuously-held desert race, the most prestigious, the most well known and has the most rugged race courses in all of desert racing.  This year’s race will start for the 42nd time and finish for the 24th time in Ensenada and remains one of the single most appealing accomplishment to a racer. Since 1967, the race has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula every year except 1974 when the international fuel crisis forced a cancellation.


The race week festivities will cover Nov. 15-20, with the race and all side events starting and finishing in Ensenada.

Pre-race festivities on Thursday (Nov. 17), for the SCORE Baja 1000, including the vastly popular tech and contingency of all vehicles and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.  The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will also be held on Thursday (Nov. 17) 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 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 15), from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday (Nov. 16) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Thursday (Nov. 17). Media registration will be held as well in the Red Room at the Riviera from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday (Nov. 16), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Thursday (Nov. 17) and the BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center will be open on Friday (Nov. 18) at 5:30 a.m. PT until the course closes at approximately 11 p.m. PT (Nov. 19) on Saturday and will re-open on Sunday from 8 a.m. until Noon PT.

Two special Monster Energy parties, open to the public will be held before the race starts. On Wednesday (Nov. 16) starting at 7 p.m. PT at the start/finish line area will be the SCORE Baja 1000 Goes Green Monster Energy Party. On Thursday (Nov. 17), the night before the start of the race, the Monster Energy SCORE Papas & Beer Street Party on Avenida Ruiz in front of Papas & Beer will start at 7 p.m. PT.


As the celebration continues all-night on Friday, all day and evening on Saturday while official finishers cross the line and tales are added to the legacy of the event, the post-race awards fiesta will be held in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera starting at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday (Nov. 20).


Jumpstarting the festivities for the SCORE Baja 1000 for the third straight year will be the massive SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Oct. 31-Nov. 4) and the special SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying for SCORE Trophy Trucks and the Trophy Truck Spec class. With both events presented by BFGoodrich Tires, qualifying will be held at the Off-Road Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7 p.m. PT, Tuesday, Nov. 1).


As it has for over four decades, SCORE has put together another agonizingly memorable race course, this one for a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain that the northern state of the majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer. SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva have designed and finalized this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 race course.

Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course travels in a counter-clockwise direction. It includes the approximate 20 mile stretch to Ojos Negros which is used in both directions. Outgoing, the course heads south from Ojos Negros through Santo Tomas and then runs along the picturesque Pacific Ocean for over 100 miles and then back across to the center of Baja California Norte.

The approximately 830-mile course covers both sides of the peninsula and includes four checkpoints.

The race will have its normal start from Ensenada to Piedras Gordas, then out to highway 3 around Rm 20.7 and will go to Km33 and get back on the dirt. The course will go past Rancho Grijalva to El Mezcal and head to Uruapan using La Lagrima Rd, a different road than in past years.

From Santo Tomas, the course heads to the coast of the Pacific Ocean and runs down to San Quintin, Nuevo Odisea and then to El Rosario. The course will travel up the well known hill La Vivora, el Arenoso, and will loop around from San Juan de Dios at approximate Rm305 to El Metate Rm 340, Los Martires Rm 363 and go back to San Quintin on the east side of the highway and run north to Col. Vicente Guerrero, Jaramillo and Colonet.

The course will travel a new route from Colonet to Llano Colorado and across to Valley de Trinidad. The race course goes along the highway from San Matias to Villa del Sol then crossing the highway at El Chinero, north to Coabuso Junction and then climb up the summit in the opposite direction as previous races from the desert to Nuevo Junction and on to Catarina. From Catarina, it will be back to Ojos Negros and from Ojos Negros back to the finish line.

The four checkpoints will be located at Santo Tomas (CP 1–race-mile 87), El Rosario (CP 2–rm249), Vicente Guerrero (CP 3–rm457) and Nuevo Junction (CP 4–rm730).

Pre-running will open on Saturday, October 22, allowing competitors nearly three weeks of practice time on the official race course.


All races in the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.  The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue as part of each race event broadcast.

Capping off the 2016 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will air as a full two-hour special for the second straight year.


2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)

  • SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, April 17, 9 p.m. ET)
  • SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge (first telecast-Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 p.m. ET)
  • SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, Dec.18, 9 p.m. ET)
  • SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, December 25, 9 p.m. ET)


CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.


From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory will chronicle each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Now, D2G, which began shooting at last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, and is continuing up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races ending with this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000.


The four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship includes four special events and for the first time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 30th SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 48th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, Ensenada Mexico
  • Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 14-18, Rosarito, Mexico
  • 49th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-20, Ensenada, Mexico


Official SCORE Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, Muck Daddy-Official Hand Cleaner, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

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

Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Vi Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito, Baja California Secretary of Tourism.

For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship atwww.SCORE-International.com.

49th SCORE Baja 1000

Nov. 16-20, 2016—830.XX miles—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Final Round of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship

Total Entries: 183 (as of 10/13/16) (starting order from start draw, by class)

(from 27 U.S. States, U.S. Territory-Guam, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,

Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand)

Pro Cars & Trucks


(Numerical, Before Qualifying)

1 Carlos Lopez

3 Mark Post

4 Justin Matney

5 Clyde Stacy

6 Steven Eugenio

10 Aaron Ampudia

11 Rob MacCachren

15 Billy Wilson

16 Cameron Steele

17 RPM Racing-Driver TBA

19 Tim Herbst

20 Pat O’Keefe

21 Gus Vildosola Jr

22 Casey Currie

23 Dan McMillin

31 Andy McMillin

39 Ron Whitton

45 Gary Magness

48 Jimmy Nuckles

50 Zak Langley

59 Craig Potts

67 Brian Trapnell

68 Tim Weston

76 Jesse Jones

83 Luke McMillin

91 Troy Herbst

97 B.J. Baldwin

200 Robby Gordon

CLASS 1 (15)

188 Sergio Salgado

125 Scott Rueschenberg

172 Jamie Galles

153 Brad Wilson

147 Pat McCarthy

138 Ronny Wilson

189 Jon Walker

150 Morgan Langley

105 Matt Cullen

127 Cody Parkhouse

100 Shelby Reid

104 Rob Archibald

114 Al Torres

175 Jamie Huerta Jr-RS

106 Derek Fletcher-RS


(Numerical, Before Qualifying)

201 Russell Buehler

202 Chad Broughton

203 Dion Podgumy

211 Pat Sims

216 Heidi Steele

220 Craig Christy

222 Pete Sohren

227 Jonathan Brenthel

232 Chelsea Magness

244 Javier Quiros

250 John Langley

252 Gonzalo Pirron

255 Lee Banning

268 Jeffrey Kozak

271 Carey Chrisman

273 Jordan Brenthel

274 Elias Hanna

288 Mark Luhtala

299 Charles Dorrance

276 Scott Kuhne-RS

CLASS 2 (1)

2001 Jeff Proctor


4451 Melvin Wade

CLASS 10 (18)

1002 Clay Lawrence

1018 Miguel Tornel Sr

1086 Joseph Jepsen

1070 George Marsh

1007 Chris Surville

1058 Mike Lawrence

1062 J.J. Schnarr

1036 Corey Goin

1056 Johnny Buss

1085 Justin Davis

1064 Justin Beckley

1088 Sergio Salgado

1081 Todd Winslow

1000 Cody Reid

1045 Patrick Dailey

1075 Eliseo Garcia

1009 Rafael Navarro IV

1060 Armando Boehme

CLASS 1/2-1600 (5)

1666 Brandon Steele

1603 Oscar Alvarez

1620 John Witchel

1616 Ramon Bio

1605 Miguel Cortez


1229 Raul Rodriguez

1208 Rich Roberts

1201 Mario Alcala

1221 Matt Drever

1218 Miguel Tornel Jr

1240  Miguel Bonilla

1247 Wes McKenzie

1244 Eric Palacios

CLASS 5 (2)

500 Victor Cesena

524 Ben Swift

CLASS 7 (2)

701 Brandon Walsh

725 JT Holmes

Pro UTV FI (19)

2971 Wayne Matlock

2950 Burt Jenner

2904 Cory Sappington

2975 Mike Cafro

2905 Marc Burnett

2916 Cody Rahders

2921 Johnny Angal

2923 Tyler Backus

2913 Branden Sims

2903 Jaime Romero Sr

2920 Scott Bergen

2933 Todd Romano

2977 Justin Ellenburg

2918 Justin Lambert

2947 Levi Gilkison

2974 Sheldon Creed

2919 Brandon Schueler

2917 Derek Murray

2906 Aaron Quesada-RS

Pro UTV (12)

1954 Kristen Matlock

1967 Rhys Millen

1949 Alonso Lopez

1958 George Felix

1991 David Laurence

1929 John Stegerman

1955 Paul Champion

1910 Ryan McIntire

1998 Bill Whittington

1962 Dodge Poelman

1923 Ben Bischoff

1901 Greg Row

CLASS 5-1600 (1)

575 Erich Reisen-RS


BC6 Douglas Saunders

BC2 Bill Weber

BC3 Edward Muncey

BC7 Jim Swartzbaugh

BC4 Mike Brodeur

BC1 Kyle Tucker

BC9 Markus Palttala

BC5 Jeff Stone

BC8 Josh Savage


8101 Rod Hall

8180 Chris Forsberg

8155 Ryan Davis

8170 Roger England

CLASS 11 (2)

1156 Art Penner

1103 Noe Gutierrez



1425 Andrew Entwistle

1491 Paul Nauleau

1452 Gary Leyendecker-RS

Pro Motorcycles


37x Kevin Murphy

1x Colton Udall

45x Francisco Arredondo

10x Skyler Howes

35x Nick Gust

PRO MOTO 30 (1)

321x Benjamin Petter

PRO MOTO 40 (5)

403x Oscar Fazz

422x Chad Thornton

404x Jano Montoya

400x Colie Potter

437x Craig Thompson


101x Mark Winkelman

160x Santiago Creel

106x Garrett Poucher

PRO MOTO 50 (1)

507x Mark Winkelman


716x Ryan Gutile

715x Jeff Benrud

774x Florian Schwarz

714x Lawrence Janesky

775x Tanner Janesky

729x Michael Skurkis



228x Scott McIntosh

267x Akira Kamata

227x Masahide Kawaguchi

230x Kristopher Harvey

215x James Williams

216x Ken Greenfield

263x Sidney Marchand

261x Sean Graves

249x Andrew McConnell

259x Mike Kaplan

209x Hank Salyer-RS


110a Danny Magdaleno