Serious sandstorm forces officials to use data tracking devices to help complete timing and scoring of SCORE’s first race in SoCal’s Imperial Valley in its 41-year history
RENO, Nev.—Following extraordinarily-tough, detailed and time-consuming review and re-review of data tracking devices used by all participating vehicles as well as the extenuating circumstances that developed because of the driving sandstorm that pummeled the race, SCORE released Friday morning the official final results of last Saturday’s Inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250.
Round 2 of five-race SCORE World Desert Championship was held as a 249.3-mile race of three laps over a 83.1-mile desert race course on Bureau of Land Management OHV use land near Plaster City, Calif., 17 miles west of El Centro, Calif. It was the first time in the 41-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization that SCORE has staged a race in the area.
With partial results released Sunday morning for the top overall and podium class finishers in nearly all classes, the laborious final review of timing and data tracking information involved several unique situations that led to SCORE reducing its penalty format for the high number of virtual checkpoints required as a stipulation of the BLM permit to conduct the desert race.
There were 131 official starters competing in 24 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles, UTVs and ATVs as entries came from 17 U.S. States along with Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany and Mexico. After complete timing and data tracking review, there were 91 official finishers for a finishing rate of just 69.5 percent. The race was taped for airing as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network with the first of multiple showings slated for 6 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, June 15.
Driving as a pinch-hitter in Rob MacCachren’s No. 11 Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck, San Diego’s Andy McMillin was the overall winner in the race, picking up his sixth career SCORE Trophy Truck race win in the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.
“First of all, the event was a tremendous success overall and the impact on the economy and exposure for the Imperial Valley was extremely positive,” said Roger Norman, SCORE CEO/President. “From the BLM, the County of Imperial, the City of El Centro, the El Centro Chamber of Commerce, the local police agencies involved and the local race committee, the preliminary reports have been as favorable as we could have ever imagined.”
“Because of some timing and scoring issues as well as more than four times the number of virtual checkpoints than we have for our SCORE Baja races that were all severely impacted by the near gale-force winds and blowing desert sand that caused many extended periods of near-zero visibility, we made the decision to re-work our penalty platform for this race and these final results reflect just that.”
“There were, like always, a number of penalties issued for various infractions, but in fairness to everyone concerned under the extreme weather conditions that inundated the race course, we modified our penalty program for this race. We have spent countless hours since Saturday reviewing, evaluating and finalizing the results. Like all SCORE races, participants have full access to their individual tracking and penalty reports by contacting the SCORE offices in Reno. We penalized infractions but the big thing is that the racers did a tremendous job following the race course and I commend them for doing such a superb job.”
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