SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
March 28, 2022
Opener of 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship
O’Neal tops 84 racers with 221 total combined race wins in this week’s King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250
251 entries so far from 28 States, eight Countries; Start/Finish on El Malecon in San Felipe, Baja California; Airing—ESPN2 World of X Games; Qualifying Thursday—SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec;
SCORE Live—Contingency, S/F Line—Host Rat Sult, assisted by Dave Arnold; Vehicle Tracking throughout the race atwww.score-international.com Saturday—Motorcycles/quads start at 6 a.m. (PT), cars/trucks/utvs at 10 a.m. (PT)
NOTE: All-Time Overall winners at bottom of text, #SCORESanFelipe250
SAN FELIPE, Baja California, Mexico – Looking to add another trophy to his record-setting class win total, SoCal’s veteran age-group motorcycle racer Jim O’Neal will help lead 84 racers who have combined for 221 class wins among over 270 racers expected to start Saturday’s King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250. O’Neal, 75, the noted apparel manufacturer from Santa Barbara, Calif., has 19 class wins in San Felipe and will be a co-rider again this year for the defending class champion Giovanni Spinali team in the Pro Moto 50 class for riders over 50 years old.
The popular ‘Spring Break’ season-opener of the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held through Sunday in San Felipe, the peaceful village on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. DIRT FAX
The colorfully challenging 277.00-mile race course will start and finish and pre-race contingency will be held on El Malecon in the SCORE start/finish line compound alongside of the picturesque Sea of Cortez.
Entering late, on-site race week registration, 251 entries to date represent 28 U.S. States, one U.S. Territory and eight countries. In addition to the USA, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host country Mexico, entries so far have also come from Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France and Peru.
With double figure entries so far are SCORE Trophy Truck (42), Trophy Truck Spec (37), Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) with 26, Class 10 with 19 and Class 1 with 10.
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.
The race will be televised as a one-hour special on the World of X Games program on ESPN2. The first air date is scheduled for Sunday, May 15. Champion SCORE Trophy Truck racer Cameron Steele will again pull double-duty as the intro announcer for the telecast.
All four 2022 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the seventh consecutive year.
SCORE, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, is celebrating its 49th season in 2022. SCORE LIVE
Accessed through the SCORE website at www.score-international.com, SCORE Live will be streaming starting with contingency on Friday and going through the close of the race course on Sunday morning. Colorful and gregarious Rat Sult is returning for his seventh season as the voice of SCORE as the host and emcee of SCORE Live. Assisting him for the first time at this race will be veteran announcer Dave Arnold. GREEN FLAG SATURDAY
The motorcycle and quad classes will start at 6 a.m. PT Saturday while the car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey starting at 10 a.m. PT. 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 four and on-half hours, all vehicles will have 15 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher in the historic race. QUALIFYING
For just the third time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, March 31 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes. The starting order for qualifying in each class is the order in which they entered the race.
Being held south of the San Felipe airport, qualifying will be held over a 5.0-mile course that is not part of the official race course. ON-SITE RACER REGISTRATION
Being held in the Centro Comercial Plaza Armex No. 1 (39 Avenida Mar de Cortez Sur), a special on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday 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 Noon PT on Thursday in Armez No. 1. It will be held Thursday from Noon to 7 p.m. PT as well as Friday 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. OTRO MAS, POR FAVOR….
Leading the gregarious group of 84 racers with at least one class win in this race entered this year is Jim O’Neal (Pro Moto 50) with a SCORE race-high 19 class wins (age group motorcycle) wins–all in the last 23 years. O’Neal also has 39 starts out of 53 years in the SCORE Baja 500 and 40 starts out of 54 years in the SCORE Baja 1000.
O’Neal is the only person who has raced in all 34 previous SCORE San Felipe 250 races and he has a SCORE-record 23 season class point titles in his lengthy career.
Second in class wins is Eric Solorzano with 11 wins in Class 11 in this San Felipe race.
Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer and desert racing G.O.A.T. Rob MacCachren, 57, has 10 class wins including a SCORE-record six overall wins in San Felipe (SCORE Trophy Truck) and with seven class wins in San Felipe is Wayne Matlock (Pro UTV Open).
With six class victories each are Larry Roeseler, 65, (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, 40, (SCORE Trophy Truck) and with five class wins, all in motorcycle classes are Earl Roberts (Pro Moto 50) and Giovanni Spinali (Pro Moto 50).
With four career class wins each in San Felipe are Tim Herbst (SCORE Trophy Truck), Ed Herbst (Trophy Truck Spec), Chad Broughton (SCORE Trophy), Mike Cafro (Pro UTV Open), Elias Hanna (Pro UTV FI), Shane Esposito (Pro Ricardo Malo (Class 40) and Jason Trubey (Pro Moto 40).
With three career class wins each in San Felipe entered this year are Marc Burnett (Pro UTV FI), Mike Lawrence (SCORE Trophy Truck), Kristen Matlock (Pro UTV Open), Steve Olliges (SCORE Trophy Truck), Stan Potter (Class 10), Larry Ragland (SCORE Trophy Truck), Roberto Romo (Class 10), Jorge Sampietro (Trophy Truck Spec), Gustavo Vildosola Sr (SCORE TT Legend), Ronny Wilson (Class 1) and Eli Yee (Class 1/2-1600).
Led by Menzies as the defending SCORE Trophy Truck and overall race winner, there are 17 defending SCORE San Felipe 250 class champs who are entered this year. MAGNIFICENT BAJA
With pre-running escalating to a fever pitch as race days (April 2-3) draws closer, 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 back on El Malecon for the first time in three years, the race route is 277.00 miles, running in a counter-clockwise direction and features one physical full stop checkpoint (Morelia Road Crossing).
For the first time and for safety reasons, SCORE has developed two separate sections within the overall race course for motorcycles and quads only, but all classes will still cover 277.00 total miles of magnificent Baja terrain.
There are 108 virtual checkpoints for cars/trucks/UTVs, 142 for motorcycles/quads and just three speed zones for all classes for a total of just 3.7 miles of the total course.
For cars/trucks/UTVs the one physical checkpoint with be at race-mile 126.9 and for motos/quads it will be at race-mile 109.77.
The course heads North to the Zoo Road crossing up to the El Chinero area, West to Borrego, South through Laguna Diablo to Morelia Junction before winding West and South through four of the gloriously infamous Baja washes in this order: Amarillas Wash, Chanate Wash, Azufre Wash and Matomi Wash before heading North to the finish line.
The official course map is available under race info for the King Shocks SCORE San Felipe 250 on the SCORE website as well as the GPS files, Racer’s Brief and Course Notes. TITLE SPONSOR
New title sponsor for this year’s race is long-time SCORE official sponsor King Shocks. King Shocks is in their 10th year as the SCORE official shock absorber. This year is the first of a three-year agreement for King Shocks to be the title sponsor of the SCORE San Felipe 250, a race that is part of the SCORE Triple Crown of Baja along with the other legacy races SCORE Baja 500 and the SCORE Baja 1000.
King Shock Technology Inc., based in Garden Grove, Calif., is a manufacturer and servicer of custom made adjustable and rebuildable automotive shock absorbers and performance racing products for utility vehicles, OEM replacement and professional racing use. SCOREscope 2022 SCHEDULE
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:
King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250—
March 30-April 3, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2022
For the fourth straight year, the 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship races will air 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 and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino and PCI Race Radios. SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada and Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
SCORE San Felipe 250 All-Time Overall Champions
(1982 through 2021) NOTE: This race was not held during the first five years
of the combined HDRA/SCORE Desert Series (1985-1989)