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August 24, 2016
Historic SCORE Baja 1000 50th Anniversary celebration
highlights the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship
Four-race series for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles, quads will feature all SCORE Baja races;
2017 SCORE World Desert Championship finalizing CBS Sports Network coverage,
global syndication; Dust2Glory documentary film to premier in 2017
ENSENADA, Mexico.—Highlighted by the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE International has announced its official four-race schedule for the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship featuring all four races in Baja, Mexico for the second time in the storied history of the internationally-televised desert racing series.
Recognized around the globe as one of the very top motorsports extravaganzas in the world and the season-finale each year of the SCORE World Desert Championship, the 2017 SCORE Baja 1000 will be a peninsula run, point-to-point race.
Being held Nov. 14-18, the race will start in Ensenada, Baja California and finish in La Paz, Baja California Sur. When finalized, the grueling race course will cover approximately 1,300 miles of the mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula.
This will mark the 43rd time the legendary race will start in Ensenada and the 22nd time it will finish in La Paz. The grueling race itself is scheduled to start on Thursday, Nov. 16 to begin its rugged journey to the southern part of Baja.
“SCORE has been building the operational and marketing assets for the past few years preparing for this historic 2017 global event and season,” said Roger Norman, CEO and President of SCORE International. “Mexican races are the cornerstone of SCORE and to have all four races South of the border is an distinct honor and a wonderful privilege. We welcome the challenge to add to the illustrious SCORE Baja racing legacy.”
SCORE has also announced that final negotiations are being completed to again televise the entire SCORE World Desert Championship series nationally on the CBS Sports Network and internationally through syndication.
“With the diligence and creativity of award-winning BCII TV, SCORE has had a continuing viable domestic television package with the CBS Sports Network as our partner as well as with our expanding international syndication platform,” commented Jim Ryan, SCORE Sales and Marketing Director. “The introduction of the highly successful live-feed programming and SCORE app, social media growth and the SCORE Journal and website’s unprecedented viewer/reader growth has continued to expand the exposure for SCORE races, racers, sponsors to our global fan base.”
SCORE International will be celebrating 2017 with a four-race series that features classes for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
Launching the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship series schedule will be the first of the three original SCORE Baja races:
Round 1 will be the 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 30-April 2 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
Round 2 will be the very popular 49th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Round 3 will be the Rosarito Beach 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 14-17 in Rosarito Beach, Baja California. It will be the second SCORE race held in Rosarito with classes split into groups running multiple laps on a 32.7—mile course, split into two parts. Racing will be held on Friday and Saturday and for cars, trucks and UTVs and Sunday for motorcycles and quads, with each class running its race split evenly into two parts.
Round 4 will be the 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov. 14-18. The most recognized name of all desert races, it will start in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico and finish in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
2017 POINT TITLES
In order to earn a 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship class point title, SCORE has announced that all four races will be counted in the season point standings. While a minimum of three races started is required to qualify for a season point championship, one of the races that must be started is the 50th SCORE Baja 1000.
Shot under the direction of noted Hollywood director Dana Brown during the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000 and the entire 2016 World Desert Championship, Dust2Glory.
The new film will be released in 2017 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 1000.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
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 are part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2016 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on the CBS Sports Network will air as a full two-hour special for the second straight year.
ON THE AIR
2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· 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)
· 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)
CBS SPORTS NETWORK
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.
The SCORE Journal, which launched in 2015, is published as 12 monthly online digital magazines, which includes five print editions that are available as the SCORE race programs at the four events that comprise the SCORE World Desert Championship and another print edition for the annual SCORE Awards Night in December.
The SCORE Journal Monthly Digital Magazine features exclusive editorial, enhanced race action videos, expanded and interactive race coverage, interactive product reviews, insider interviews with drivers, tech stories, driver and team profiles, race narratives and analysis, exclusive long and short form video programming, race results, updated stats, studio photography, class overviews, unmatched access to SCORE’s historical archives and much, much more.
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 Beach, 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, Baja California Sur State Government, 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 and the Baja California Secretary of Tourism.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
2017 SCORE World Desert Championship
Schedule of Events
31st SCORE San Felipe 250
March 30-April 2
March 31-Tech & Contingency
April 1-Start of the SCORE San Felipe 250
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Single Loop Race
49th SCORE BAJA 500
June 2-Tech & Contingency
June 3-Start of the SCORE Baja 500
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Single Loop Race
Rosarito Beach 21st SCORE Desert Challenge
September 14-Tech and Contingency
September 15-17 Heat Races
Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico
Multi-day Heat Races
50th SCORE Baja 1000
November 15-Tech and Contingency
November 16-Start of SCORE Baja 1000
November 18-SCORE Baja 1000 Awards in La Paz
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
1,300 miles+ Mile Point-to-Point Race