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BACK TO ENSENADA | May 2024 Issue

The 2024 Season of the SCORE World Desert Championship started with breaking records at the King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250. Now racers and fans return to Ensenada, Mexico for the BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500. Entries for this race continue to climb with approximately 260 teams representing the top racers in off-road motorsports who are expected to compete. Read More


GRAND MARSHAL RODRIGO AMPUDIA SR | May 2024 Issue

One of the most recognizable and admired figures in all of Baja California, entrepreneur, racer, and race team owner Rodrigo Ampudia Sr. has agreed to be the Grand Marshal for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500. Read More


1974 THE FIRST SCORE BAJA 500 RACE | May 2024 Issue

The first Baja 500 race actually started in 1969 by NORRA. Then in 1972, it was organized by a Mexico tourism group called the Baja Sports Committee, before it was handed over to SCORE International to organize it for the first time in 1974. Legal issues, however, prevented SCORE from calling it the “Baja 500” until 1991. Read More



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Menzies will be out to defend his SCORE Trophy Truck crown

BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500

By Gabriel Garcia, SCORE Media Operations Director, Gabriel@SCORE-international.com
Dominic Clark, SCORE Historian, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
Photo by GetSomePhoto

Bryce Menzies is on fire. He is the current champion of the SCORE Trophy Truck, also the winner of the last SCORE Baja 500 in the premier class of desert racing, making him the rival to beat next week in the BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500 against 33 superb rivals.

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Menzies will be out to defend his SCORE Trophy Truck crown

Menzies will be out to defend his SCORE Trophy Truck crown

BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500

By Gabriel Garcia, SCORE Media Operations Director, Gabriel@SCORE-international.com
Dominic Clark, SCORE Historian, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
Photo by GetSomePhoto

Bryce Menzies is on fire. He is the current champion of the SCORE Trophy Truck, also the winner of the last SCORE Baja 500 in the premier class of desert racing, making him the rival to beat next week in the BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500 against 33 superb rivals.

Read More

Menzies will be out to defend his SCORE Trophy Truck crown

BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500

By Gabriel Garcia, SCORE Media Operations Director, Gabriel@SCORE-international.com
Dominic Clark, SCORE Historian, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
Photo by GetSomePhoto

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Bryce Menzies is on fire. He is the current champion of the SCORE Trophy Truck, also the winner of the last SCORE Baja 500 in the premier class of desert racing, making him the rival to beat next week in the BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500 against 33 superb rivals.

     Since its creation in 1994 by the mind of the “Off-Road Godfather”, Sal Fish, the SCORE Trophy Truck has revolutionized the sport in Mexico and the United States, with a total of 150 official races to date, 147 in desert, 3 in short track or stadium events, with a high percentage of those events held in the Baja California peninsula.

     A total of 18 racers entered in the SCORE Trophy Truck for this Baja 500, combined to win 87 races out of the total 150 races organized by SCORE in the 30-year history of this class.

     Of those racers, five have captured the SCORE Trophy Truck championship in 15 of the 30 seasons in the class, with Tim Herbst and Rob MacCachren leading the way with four crowns, while Bryce Menzies and Luke McMillin have two titles.

MENZIES, THE NEW KING OF THE 500

     Bryce Menzies, 36, Las Vegas, is one of the drivers registered in the SCORE Trophy Truck for this SCORE Baja 500, who has more victories in this race with 4, within "The Monsters of the Desert".

Menzies, who won the SCORE Baja 500 in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2023, will be looking for his fifth title in this race in his No. 1 Mason-built all-wheel drive Ford Raptor, with Oren Anderson as his stellar navigator.

     In 2011 and 2023, Bryce Menzies won the SCORE Trophy Truck championship and will be looking to improve on his fourth-place finish in the King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 next week to improve on his current position in the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship.

THE G.O.A.T., THE GREATEST IN THE DESERT

     Rob MacCachren, 59, Las Vegas, is the greatest winner in the 30-year history of the SCORE Trophy Trucks with 20 career race victories. The G.O.A.T., who has over 300 career race wins in his off-road history, has beaten the best desert racers in the sport, like Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Walker Evans, Larry “Lightning” Ragland, Robby Gordon, Dan Smith, and Larry Roeseler.

     Big Mac has triumphed in his class in the SCORE Baja 500 seven times, with three of those in the SCORE Trophy Truck (1996, 2018, and 2022). The Mac Attack is now sporting the Fastball Racing team colors aboard the No. 11 AWD Chevrolet Silverado built by Jimco.

     MacCachren is considered as the Michael Jordan of Off-Road, for his victories and championships, overcoming different eras and always adapting to new eras.

AMPUDIA, THE NEW AZTEC SENSATION

     Alan Ampudia, 31, Ensenada, Baja California, is the current leader of the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship in the SCORE Trophy Truck, after winning the King Shocks 37th San Felipe 250, with which he is now looking for a new encounter with history in this SCOREBaja 500.

     Ampudia, of Team Papas, is in search of a victory that has not reached his trophy cabinet, but has been cherished in recent years, so he will have the support of thousands of Mexican fans along the 483.06-miles race course, who will try to keep the No. 10 Mason-built all-wheel drive Ford Raptor at the top of the podium.

THE WIN "THE LUKE" IS MISSING

     Luke McMillin, 31, San Diego, has never been able to win the SCORE Baja 500 in the SCORE Trophy Truck, of the few successes he has yet to achieve in the sport, emulating the exploits in the deserts of Baja California of his grandfather Corky McMillin, his father Mark McMillin and his uncle Scott McMillin, who created a unique dynasty in desert racing.

     With a pair of SCORE Trophy Truck championships under his belt in 2020 and 2022, "The Luke" already has five wins in the stellar off-road class, so it's time to put his No. 83 Mason-built all-wheel drive Chevy 1500 in the winner's circle at the Baja 500 to capture his first win this season after finishing second in the SCORE San Felipe 250.

TIME TO GET BACK TO TOP FOR TAVO

     Gustavo Vildosola Jr, 42, Mexicali, Baja California, won the SCORE Baja 500 in 2016, his only success in this race within the SCORE Trophy Truck, so next week he will try to celebrate again with his people in Mexico on Ensenada's Boulevard Costero.

     Tavo will be at the wheel of his No. 21 Mason-built all-wheel drive Ford Raptor, thinking of capturing his eighth success in this class, to reaffirm his status as the Mexican driver with the most wins in "The Monsters of the Desert" and also looking for his first victory of this 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship, after finishing third in the SCORE San Felipe 250.

VILDOSOLA AND JOHNSON, RIVALS TO BEAT

     In the SCORE TT Legend class, for SCORE Trophy Truck drivers 50 years of age and older, the Vildósola Racing team is the big favorite, thanks to its drivers, Gustavo Vildósola Sr, 70, Mexicali, Baja California, and Ricky Johnson, 59, El Cajon, Calif., who have a magical streak of 10 wins in a row.

     Vildósola Sr and Johnson have won it all aboard the No. 1L AWD Vildosola Racing Ford Raptor (built by Mason Motorsports) in the deserts, mountains, and beaches of the Baja California peninsula, and have won the last two SCORE Baja 500s in the SCORE TT Legend class, as well as the last two annual championships in this class.

ROESELER, THE ACE UP LAWRENCE'S SLEEVE

     Larry "Mr. Baja" Roeseler, 66, Boulevard, Calif, is one of the sport's all-time winningest motorcycle and car racers, and for this 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship, he has become the Hall of Fame second driver for 61-year-old Clay Lawrence of Banning, Calif.

     Lawrence and Roeseler will be sharing the wheel of the 1 Nine Industries No. 85L Lawrence Motorsports Ford Raptor, aiming for the top of the podium in this SCORE Baja 500, something they nearly accomplished at the SCORE San Felipe 250 in March when they finished second in the class.

METHOD RACE WHEELS QUALIFYING

     SCORE Trophy Trucks, SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec classes will hold the Method Race Wheels Qualifying session on Thursday, May 30. Starting with at 7 a.m. PT at a private venue, this event is closed to the public.

     The Method Race Wheels Qualifying will determine the starting order in those three classes for the race, as this is the first time in history that all SCORE four races will hold a qualifying session.

     SCORE Live will air the Method Race Wheels Qualifying through the SCORE website.

     Start order for all of the other classes in this race were determined by a random draw for positions within each class.

BFGOODRICH TIRES, THE LAW IN BAJA

     BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 48 years, was honored after the 2023 season as the SCORE Pit Support Company of the year for the 33rd time.

     BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 35 of the 56 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 33 of the 56 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both iconic races again in 2024.

BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 30 of the 37 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and one of the three overall winners in the SCORE Baja 400.

     BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this year’s race of US$10,000.

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2024 SCORE SCHEDULE

     Here are the dates for the three remaining 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship which are being held in Baja California, Mexico for the ninth consecutive year:

BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500—

May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

5th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 11-15, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

BFGoodrich Tires 57th SCORE Baja 1000—

November 11-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

  Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Battery, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communication, Sylvania Off-Road-Official Light, Method Race Wheels-Official Wheel and Race Qualifying sponsor, Lasernut-Official Custom Metal Fabricator, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

  SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance.

  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.


 

PRÓXIMA SEMANA EN ENSENADA

Saldrá Menzies a defender su corona 

en los SCORE Trophy Truck


 

El actual monarca de “Los Monstruos del desierto”, es el rival a vencer

en la edición 56 de la BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500


 

     ENSENADA, Baja California, México—Bryce Menzies es un fuera de serie, no por nada es el actual campeón de los SCORE Trophy Trucks, pero también el ganador de la última SCORE Baja 500 en la clase reina del Off-Road, con lo que es el rival a vencer la próxima semana en la edición 56 de la BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 ante 33 rivales de lujo.

Desde su creación en 1994 por la mente del padrino del Off-Road, Sal Fish, los SCORE Trophy Trucks han revolucionado este deporte en México y los Estados Unidos, contando hasta el momento con un total de 150 carreras oficiales, 147 en desierto, 3 en eventos de pista corta o estadio, con un alto porcentaje de esos eventos celebrados en la península de Baja California.

18 corredores inscritos en los SCORE Trophy Trucks para esta Baja 500, se combinaron para ganar 87 carreras del total de 150 organizadas por SCORE en los 30 años de historia de esta clase.

De esos corredores, 5 han capturado el campeonato de los SCORE Trophy Trucks en 15 de las 30 temporadas que van en la clase, destacando Tim Herbst y Rob MacCachren con 4 coronas, mientras que Bryce Menzies y Luke McMillin llevan 2 títulos.


 

MENZIES, EL NUEVO REY DE LA 500

Bryce Menzies, de 36 años de edad y de Las Vegas, Nevada, es de los pilotos inscritos en los SCORE Trophy Trucks para esta SCORE Baja 500, quien tiene más victorias en esta carrera con 4, dentro de “Los Monstruos del desierto”.

Menzies, ganó la SCORE Baja 500 en 2011, 2012, 2014 y 2023, con lo que buscará su quinto título en esta carrera de la mano de su Ford Raptor Mason número 1 del equipo Menzies Motorsports, y contando con Oren Anderson como su estelar copiloto.

En 2011 y 2023, Bryce Menzies logró el campeonato en los SCORE Trophy Trucks, con lo que buscará la próxima semana mejorar el cuarto sitio conseguido en la edición 37 de la King Shocks SCORE San Felipe 250 para mejorar su actual puesto en el Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE.


 

EL “BIG MAC”, EL MÁS GRANDE AL VOLANTE

Rob MacCachren, de 59 años de edad y de Las Vegas, Nevada, es el máximo ganador en la historia de 30 años de los SCORE Trophy Trucks con 20 victorias, quien ha vencido a los mejores pilotos de este deporte, como Iván “Hombre de acero” Stewart, Walker Evans, Larry Ragland, Robby “La Bala” Gordon, Dan Smith y Larry Roeseler.

El “Big Mac” ha triunfado en la SCORE Baja 500 en 7 ocasiones, pero 3 de ellos han sido en los SCORE Trophy Trucks, 1996, 2018 y 2022, quien ahora está portando los colores del equipo Fastball Racing a bordo del Chevrolet Silverado Jimco número 11.

Apodado también como “La Cabra”, MacCachren puede ser considerado como el Michael Jordan del Off-Road, por sus victorias y campeonatos, superando diferentes épocas y adaptándose siempre a las nuevas eras.


 

AMPUDIA, LA NUEVA SENSACIÓN AZTECA

Alan Ampudia, de 31 años de edad y de Ensenada, Baja California, es el actual líder del Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE en los SCORE Trophy Trucks, tras ganar la edición 37 de la King Shocks San Felipe 250, con lo que ahora busca un nuevo encuentro con la historia en esta Baja 500.

Ampudia del Team Papas and Beer, está en la búsqueda de una victoria que no ha llegado a su vitrina de trofeos, pero que ha acariciado en años recientes, por lo que contará con el apoyo de miles de fans mexicanos a lo largo de la ruta de 483.06 millas, quien tratará de mantener el Ford Raptor Mason número 10 en lo más alto del podio.


 

LA VICTORIA QUE LE FALTA A “EL LUKE”

Luke McMillin, de 31 años de edad y de San Diego, California, nunca ha podido ganar la SCORE Baja 500 en los SCORE Trophy Trucks, de los pocos éxitos que le faltan por conseguir en este deporte, emulando las hazañas en los desiertos de Baja California de su abuelo Corky McMillin, su padre Mark McMillin y su tío Scott McMillin, quienes crearon una dinastía única en el Off-Road.

Con un par de campeonatos en los SCORE Trophy Trucks en sus hombros, 2020 y 2022, “El Luke”, tiene ya 5 éxitos en la clase estelar del Off-Road, con lo que es tiempo de poner su Chevrolet 1500 Mason en el círculo de los ganadores en la Baja 500, para capturar su primer éxito de esta temporada, tras finalizar segundo en la SCORE San Felipe 250.


 

ES TIEMPO DE VOLVER A LA CIMA PARA TAVO

Gustavo Vildósola Junior, de 42 años de edad y de Mexicali, Baja California, ganó la SCORE Baja 500 en 2016, su único éxito en esta carrera dentro de los SCORE Trophy Trucks, con lo que la siguiente semana intentará celebrar de nuevo con su gente de México en el Bulevar Costero de Ensenada.

“Tavo” estará al volante de su Ford Raptor Mason número 21, pensando en capturar su octavo éxito en esta clase, para reafirmar su status como el piloto mexicano con más triunfos en “Los Monstruos del desierto” y también buscando su primera victoria de este Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE, tras finalizar tercero en la SCORE San Felipe 250.


 

VILDÓSOLA Y JOHNSON, RIVALES A VENCER

En la clase SCORE Trophy Trucks Legend, para pilotos de 50 años o más, el equipo Vildósola Racing es el gran favorito, de la mano de sus pilotos, Gustavo Vildósola Señor, de 70 años de edad y de Mexicali, Baja California, y Ricky Johnson, de 59 años de edad y de El Cajón, California, quienes cuentan con una racha mágica de 9 triunfos en fila.

Vildósola Señor y Johnson lo han ganado todo a bordo del Ford Raptor Mason número 1L en los desiertos, montañas y playas de la península de Baja California, sumado a que han ganado las dos últimas ediciones de la SCORE Baja 500 en los SCORE Trophy Trucks Legend, al igual que los últimos dos campeonatos anuales en esta clase.


 

ROESELER, EL AS BAJO LA MANGA DE LAWRENCE

Larry “Mr. Baja” Roeseler de 66 años de edad y de Boulevard, California, es un fuera de serie de este deporte, no por nada es uno de los más ganadores en la historia, tanto en motocicletas, como en carros, quien en este Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE se ha vuelto en el relevo de lujo de Clay Lawrence, de 61 años de edad y de Banning, California.

Lawrence y Roeseler estarán compartiendo el volante del SCORE Trophy Truck Legend número 85L de la marca 1 Nine Industries, pensando en estar dentro de lo más alto del podio en esta SCORE Baja 500, algo que casi logran en la SCORE San Felipe 250 de marzo, al finalizar segundos en esta clase.


 

VAN POR LA “POLE”

El jueves 30 de mayo se realizará la calificación Method Race Wheels para los SCORE Trophy Trucks, SCORE Trophy Trucks Legend y Trophy Truck Spec, iniciando con prácticas desde las 7 de la mañana en una sede privada, recordando que en este evento no se permitirá el acceso a espectadores.

De esa manera se definirá el orden de arranque en esas 3 clases para la carrera, siendo esta la primera vez en la historia que todas las fechas de SCORE contarán con esta actividad, con lo que se busca generar mayor derrama económica en las sedes de los eventos, como San Felipe y Ensenada.

La calificación Method Race Wheels será transmitida en vivo por las cuentas oficiales de SCORE en Facebook y YouTube, con la opinión de Austin “Fish” Farner y Nick Isenhouer desde los estudios de SCORE en El Cajón, California.


 

MANDA BFGOODRICH EN SCORE

BFGoodrich Tires, la llanta oficial de SCORE durante 48 años, ha sido galardonada tras la temporada 2023 como la empresa de asistencia en pits de SCORE del año, logro que ha alcanzado ya en 33 ocasiones.

BFGoodrich Tires ha sido la elección de 35 de los 56 ganadores de la popular SCORE Baja 500 y 33 de los 56 ganadores de la legendaria SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires también es el patrocinador principal de ambas carreras icónicas de nuevo en este 2024.

BFGoodrich Tires también ha sido la elección de 30 de los 37 ganadores absolutos de la SCORE San Felipe 250, de las tres carreras del Desafío del Desierto SCORE, de la única edición del SCORE Desafío de Campeones en San Felipe, de la única SCORE Baja Sur 500 y de uno de los tres ganadores absolutos de la SCORE Baja 400.

BFGoodrich Tires ha fijado una bonificación de contingencia para el ganador absoluto de la carrera de este año de 10 mil dólares.


 

BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500

Rd 2 of 4-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

May 29-June 2–483.06 miles–

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 247 (as of 5/25/24)

(from 26 U.S. States, host Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile,

Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Peru)

(Numerical order, by class, in class start order)

Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs

(Number, driver/rider of record/additional drivers and/or Navigators/riders, vehicle, engine)

  SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (25) (Unlimited Custom Trucks including Builder)--

1 Bryce Menzies, 36, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Mason)

9 Ethan Ebert, 18, Marana, Ariz./Richard Glasczak, 48, Oceanside, Calif., Honda Ridgeline (TSCO)

10 Alan Ampudia, 33, Ensenada, Mexico/Aaron Ampudia, 31, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Mason)

11 Rob MacCachren, 59, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (Jimco)

16 Cameron Steele, 55, San Clemente, Calif./Josh Daniel, 48, Bonsall, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser)

19 Tim Herbst, 61, Las Vegas/James Dean, 28, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (1 Nine Industries)

21 Gustavo Vildosola Jr, 42, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Vildosola Racing)

23 Dan McMillin, 36, San Diego/Andy McMillin, 36, San Diego, Chevy 1500 (Mason) 

27 Jonathan Brenthel, 44, La Cresta, Calif./Jordan Brenthel, 37, Temecula, Calif./Paul Nauleau, San Francisco (France), Chevy Silverado (Brenthel)

28 Ryan Daniel, 40, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Jimco)

33 Roberto Romo Jr, 18, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Racer)

41 Justin Lofton, 38, Lockney, Texas (Brawley, Calif.), Chevy 1500 (Mason)

45 Gary Magness, 70, Denver/Jeff Blackwell, Oklahoma City/Armando Bravo, 57, Indio, Calif., Ford F-150 (1 Nine Industries)

46 Toby Price, 36, Australia/Paul Weel, 45, Australia, Chevy Silverado (Mason)

58 Tracy Graf, 60, Canada/Justin B. Smith, 38, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (Racer)

63 Ruben Torres, 26, San Luis Potosi, Mexico/Enrique Avalos, 33, Ensenada, Mexico, Nissan Titan (Mason)

70 Kevin Thompson, 50, New Braunfels, Texas/Harley Letner, 40, Corona, Calif., Ford Raptor (Mason)

72 Aaron Celiceo, 51, San Diego/Seven Celiceo, 18, San Diego, Toyota Tundra (Racing 905)

78 Tracy Poole, 53, Bozeman, Mont./RJ Stidham, 21, Bozeman, Mont., Chevy Silverado (Geiser)

82 Sam Baldi, 59, Beaumont, Calif./Jake Johnson, 46, Yucaipa, Calif./Michael Baldi, 33, Yucaipa, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Baldi)

83 Luke McMillin, 31, San Diego, Chevy 1500 (Mason)

85 Mikey Lawrence, 36, Banning, Calif., Ford Raptor (1 Nine Industries)

87 Dallas Lutrell, 42, Las Vegas/Billy Goerke, 49, Las Vegas, Dodge Ram

89 Mike Walser, 57, Comfort, Texas/Rod Walser, 45, Canadian, Texas/Ray Griffith, 35, Downey, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason)

94 Christopher Poolvoorde, 23, Hemet, Calif., Ford Raptor (Mason)

  SCORE TT LEGEND (8) (Unlimited Custom Trucks, including builder, Drivers over 50 years old)--

1L Gustavo Vildosola Sr, 70, Mexicali, Mexico/Ricky Johnson, 59, El Cajon, Calif., Ford Raptor (Mason)

25L Mark Winkelman, 65, Cedar Hill, Texas/Rudy Iribe, 53, San Diego/Flipper Manchester, 53, Lake Tahoe, Nev./Ted Moncure, 50, Long Beach, Calif., Ford Raptor (XSR1)

37L Rolf Helland, 64, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 56, Barstow, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason)

61L David Payne, 63, St. Luis, Mo./Damon Bradshaw, 51, McCall, Idaho/Cam McQueen, 45, Canada, Chevy Silverado (Brenthel)

65L Greg Adler, 55, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Thomas Fichter, 57, Spring, Texas, Ford Raptor (TSCO)

67L Paul Kraus, 52, Chatsworth, Calif./Jason Farrell, 41, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (Brenthel)

85L Clay Lawrence, 62, Banning, Calif./Larry Roeseler, 66, Boulevard, Calif./Steve Lawler, 65, Upland, Calif., Ford Raptor (1 Nine Industries)

99L Shawn Runyon, 58, Hilliard, Ohio/Brian Hartman, 32, Highland, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Brenthel)

SCORE Baja 500 All-Time 

SCORE Trophy Truck Class Winners

(1994 thru 2023) Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

SCORE Trophy Truck

1994—Ivan Stewart

1995—Curt LeDuc

1996—Rob MacCachren

1997—Ivan Stewart

1998—Ivan Stewart

1999—Ivan Stewart

2000—Larry Ragland

2001—David Ashley/Dan Smith

2002—Mark Miller/Larry Ragland

2003—Mark Miller/Ryan Arciero

2004—Alan Pflueger

2005—Robby Gordon

2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland

2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins

2008—B.J. Baldwin

2009—Rick D. Johnson

2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin

2011—Bryce Menzies

2012—Bryce Menzies

2013—Robby Gordon

2014—Bryce Menzies

2015—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez

2016—Gus Vildosola Jr

2017—Andy McMillin

2018—Rob MacCachren

2019—Andy McMillin

2020—Daniel McMillin/Justin B. Smith

2021—Larry Roeseler

2022—Rob MacCachren

2023—Bryce Menzies

SCORE TT Legend

2017—Larry Roeseler

2018—Gus Vildosola Sr/Scott Bailey

2019—Clyde Stacy/Nick Vanderwey

2020—Clyde Stacy/Nick Vanderwey

2021—Rolf Helland/Rick D. Johnson

2022—Gustavo Vildosola Sr/Ricky Johnson

2023—Gustavo Vildosola Sr/Ricky Johnson

SCORE Trophy Truck®

(debuted in 1994, for 1000 horsepower, unlimited custom trucks-150 total Desert races, 3 Stadium-short course)

All-Time SCORE Trophy Truck Race Winners (1994 through 2024 SCORE San Felipe 250)

Wins   Driver(s), Years

20 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1994, 1996 (2), 2003 (w/ G. Vildosola), 2007(3) (w/M. Post), 2011 (2), 2012(2), 2014 (w/A.McMillin/J.Voss), 2015 (w/A. McMillin), 2016 (w/J. Voss), 2017, 2018 (2), 2021 (w/L. McMillin), 2022 (2)(one w/L. McMillin)

12 Andy McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2006 (w/R. Gordon), 2009 (w/S. McMillin), 2010 (2) (one w/S. McMillin), 2011

(w/S. McMillin), 2014 (2) (1 w/MacCachren), 2015 (w/MacCachren), 2017, 2019(2), 2023 (w/Menzies)

11 Ed/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1997, 1998, 1999(3), 2000(2), 2001, 2002, 2003(2)

Larry Ragland, Phoenix, Chevy, 1995(2), 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 (w/ Mark Miller), 2005-2006-2007 (w/B.Collins)

10 Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C., Ford F-150, 1996(4), Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006*(2)(one w/A. McMillin), 2009(2), 2013

Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 2011 (2), 2012, 2014, 2021 (2), 2022, 2023(3)

9 Dan Smith/David Ashley, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150, 1998(2), 2000, 2001(3), 2002(3)

Ivan Stewart, Alpine, Calif., Toyota SR5, 1994(3), 1995(2), 1997, 1998(2), 1999

7 Mark Post, Laguna Beach,CA, Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/J. Whelchel), 2007(3) (w/R. MacCachren)

Gustavo Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 2010, 2013 (w/ Gus Vildosola Sr.), 2014, 2015 (2), 2016, 2023 (w/ Menzies)

6 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012(2), 2013

Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2001, 2005-2006-2007 (w/L. Ragland), 2008, 2009

5 Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Chevy K1500/Toyota Tundra, 1999, 2008 (2) (w/R. Norman), 2020 (w/L. McMillin), 2021

Luke McMillin, San Diego, Ford F-150, 2020 (w/Roeseler), Chevy 1500, 2021 (w/MacCachren), 2022(2)(one 

w/MacCachren), 2023

4 Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 2003(2), 2004 (w/ M. Miller), 2019

Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee, 1995, 1997(3)

Mark Miller, Cave Creek, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2002 (w/ Larry Ragland), 2003(2), 2004 (w/ R. Arciero)

Paul/Dave Simon, Fallbrook, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994(2), 1995(2)

Jerry Whelchel, Portola Hills, Calif., Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/M. Post)

3 Scott McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2009 (w/A. McMillin), 2010 (w/A. McMillin), 2011 (w/A. McMillin)

Gustavo Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 2003 (w/ Rob MacCachren), 2010, 2013 (w/ Gus Vildosola Jr.)

2 Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 2019, 2023

Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2006, 2007

Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2010 (2)

Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 2015, 2017(w/Juan C. Lopez)

Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 2016, 2017 (w/Apdaly)

Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-150, 2008 (2) (w/L. Roeseler)

Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado, 2004(2)

Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006

Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Raptor, 2018(2) (one with Dean)

Jason Voss, Gilroy, Calif., Ford F-150, 2014 (w/MacCachren, A. McMillin), 2016 (w/MacCachren)

1 Aaron Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 2019

Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005

Brian Coats, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy C1500, 1997

Marty Coyne, El Centro, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005*

Josh Daniel, Vista, Calif., Chevy R-6, 2017

Pat Dean, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor, 2018 (w/Steele)

Gary Dircks, Anthem, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2004

Dale Dondel, Hemet, Calif, Chevy Silverado, 2005

Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 2014

Juan C. Ibarra, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy C1500, 1998

Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150, 2009

Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 2015

Dan McMillin, San Diego, Chevy C 1500, 2020 (w/J. Smith)

Carl Renezeder, Lake Forest, Calif., Ford F-150, 2007

Rich Ronco, Peoria, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2008

Jim Smith, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994

Justin B. Smith, Las Vegas, Chevy C1500, 2020 (w/D. McMillin)

Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado, 2016

  *non-points stadium-short course race

30 Years of SCORE Trophy Truck Season Point Champions

1994--Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

1995--Ivan Stewart, Alpine, Calif., Toyota SR5

1996--Robby Gordon, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150

1997--Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee

1998--David Ashley/Dan Smith, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150

1999--Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

2000--Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

2001--David Ashley/Dan Smith, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150

2002--Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

2003--Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

2004--Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150

2005--Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy CK1500

2006--B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado

2007--Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

2008--B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado

2009--Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500

2010--Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150

2011--Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

2012--B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado

2013--B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado

2014--Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif., Chevy Silverado

2015--Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Silverado

2016--Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Silverado

2017--Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Silverado

2018--Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

2019--Andy McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado

2020--Luke McMillin, San Diego, Ford F-150

2021--Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150(3 races)/Chevy 1500(1 race)

2022--Luke McMillin, San Diego, Chevy 1500

2023—Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor

     MULTIPLE SCORE TROPHY TRUCK SEASON POINT CHAMPS: 4—Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003), B.J. Baldwin (2006, 2008, 2012, 2013) and Rob MacCachren (1994, 2007, 2018, 2021); 3—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez (2015, 2016, 2017); 2—Dave Ashley/Dan Smith (1998, 2001), Robby Gordon (1996, 2009), Luke McMillin (2020, 2022), Bryce Menzies (2011, 2023).

SCORE TT Legend Season Point Champions

(SCORE Trophy Truck drivers 50 years and older)

2017--Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Armin Schwarz, Germany, Chevy Silverado

2018--Gus Vildosola Sr, Mexicali, Mexico/Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif., Ford Raptor

2019--Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado

2020--Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado

2021--Rolf Helland, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford Raptor

2022--Gus Vildosola Sr, Mexicali, Mexico/Ricky Johnson, El Cajon, Calif., Ford Raptor

2023--Gus Vildosola Sr, Mexicali, Mexico/Ricky Johnson, El Cajon, Calif., Ford Raptor


 

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BFGoodrich 2024 SCORE Baja 500 Schedule

Date: May 29 - June 2, 2024 | Location: Ensenada, B.C., Mexico

5pm May 10: Submit notarized waivers for band mailing or pickup at onsite registration.

9pm May 17: Last opportunity to register online or in person at the Ensenada office.

Qualifying for Trophy Truck, TT Legends, and TT Spec classes: Requires prior completion of race registration and all fees paid by May 17, 9pm.

Event Schedule

1pm-7pm: Racer Registration - Mandatory for Qualifying Teams
1pm-5pm: Media Registration and Chassis Inspections
7pm: Moto and Quad Rider Meeting

7am: Qualifying for Trophy Truck, TT Legends, TT Spec Classes
9am-5pm: Chassis Inspections, Stella Bracket Purchases, Checks & Installations

8am-4pm: Racer Registration
8am-6pm: Contingency Row, Technical Inspection, Transponder Checks

2:00am: Staging Begins for Motos and Quads
6:15am: 4-Wheel Ceremonial Start
3:00pm – 11:00pm: Posting of Unofficial Finishers

Sunday, June 2: Official results and awards celebration will be posted and held in the Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Center.

2024 SCORE Trophy Truck Points Leaders

Alan Ampudia

1. Alan Ampudia

120 Points
Luke McMillin

2. Luke McMillin

114 Points
Tavo Vildosola

3. Tavo Vildosola

110 Points
Bryce Menzies

4. Bryce Menzies

107 Points
Cameron Steele

5. Cameron Steele

105 Points
Dan McMillin

6. Dan McMillin

104 Points

2024 SCORE Pro Moto Unlimited Points Leaders

Arturo Salas

1. Arturo Salas

103 Points
Austin Eddy

2. Austin Eddy

97 Points
Fernando Beltran

3. Fernando Beltran

93 Points
Tucker Hopkins

4. Tucker Hopkins

90 Points
Bryce Stavron

5. Bryce Stavron

88 Points
Eric Holt

6. Eric Holt

87 Points

2024 SCORE Trophy Truck Legends Points Leaders

Gustavo Vildosola Sr.

1. Gustavo Vildosola Sr.

96 Points
Clay Lawrence

2. Clay Lawrence

90 Points
Greg Adler

3. Greg Adler

86 Points
Rolf Helland

4. Rolf Helland

83 Points
David Payne

5. David Payne

81 Points
Wade Porter

6. Wade Porter

35 Points

The Latest News from Score International

Expanded Entry List

Entering three days of on-site racer registration this week in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 247 total vehicles so far have officially entered Saturday’s BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500. ... Read More

Menzies will be out to defend his SCORE Trophy Truck crown

Bryce Menzies is on fire. He is the current champion of the SCORE Trophy Truck, also the winner of the last SCORE Baja 500 in the premier class of desert racing, making him the rival to beat next week in ... Read More

‘Los Terribles’ looking to end their ‘jinx’

Since 1996, Las Vegas’ Terrible Herbst Motorsports have successfully raced in the SCORE Trophy Truck division, but have fallen short of winning either the SCORE Baja 1000 or the SCORE Baja 500 in the marquee racing division in the sport. ... Read More

The Rugged Radio Showroom is an open area with products and cool vehicles on display

After starting out in a small garage, Rugged Radios founder and president Greg Cottrell grew his radio and communication equipment business into a giant in the industry. We recently visited the company’s latest complex in Arroyo Grande, California, a small town neighboring Pismo Beach, which showcases the company’s passion for communication technology as well as vintage cars, motorcycles, race vehicles, and more.

RUGGED RADIOS

The Rugged Radio Showroom is an open area with products and cool vehicles on display

Communication support and race support vehicles are ready to help racers and enthusiasts at every SCORE race

Communication support and race support vehicles are ready to help racers and enthusiasts at every SCORE race

Rugged Radios is the Official Communications of SCORE International
The Garage is an area where vehicles are worked on and new products are prototyped

Rugged Radios is the Official Communications of SCORE International

In his personal shop and collection, Cottrell has an area replicating his dad’s original motorcycle repair shop

In his personal shop and collection, Cottrell has an area replicating his dad’s original motorcycle repair shop

RUGGED RADIOS

A NEW COMPLEX SHOWCASES A PASSION FOR COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

By Dan Sanchez

After starting out in a small garage, Rugged Radios founder and president Greg Cottrell grew his radio and communication equipment business into a giant in the industry. We recently visited the company’s latest complex in Arroyo Grande, California, a small town neighboring Pismo Beach, which showcases the company’s passion for communication technology as well as vintage cars, motorcycles, race vehicles, and more.

“Our home is here in Arroyo Grande,” said Cottrell. “My dad had a motorcycle repair shop in Covina, California, and I began getting involved in it with him when he began racing in SCORE in the 70s.” Cottrell learned early on that communication is critical for safety during racing or other off-road adventures. Cottrell later moved to Arroyo Grande and began working on improving the communication systems that were available at the time, and he soon became a leader in the marketplace.

“I’ve been in the business of communication technology for 32 years and started Rugged Radios over 18 years ago,” said Cottrell. “I started out in my garage, and now we have a state-of-the-art complex designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.” 

The Rugged Radios facility isn’t just a large, bland building in the middle of town. The beautiful exterior and interior are inviting to everyone interested in cars, motorcycles, off-road, Overlanding, and anything else on two or four wheels. “For us, it’s all about energy,” said Cottrell. “When you walk in, you feel the company– who we are– become immersed in the activity here, and you begin to realize you’re in the communications superstore.”

With more than 50 employees, the showroom is open and allows customers to see everything from order-taking, R&D, production, shipping, and more. You will also be surrounded by multiple vintage motorcycles, buggies, race vehicles, and hot-rods, all on display with the company’s products in them. From headsets for helmets to the latest GMRS communication units, samples are available for customers to pick up, feel, and ask questions.

The employees also show pride in working there, and although the main building and showroom are impressive, there’s much more to the Rugged Radios complex. Alongside the main building is the company’s new taco stand, a small building with a full kitchen that is still being prepared to make, sell, and distribute Baja-style tacos. 

“The taco stand is being set up for when we have events such as car shows here at Rugged,” said Steve Gonzalez, Rugged warehouse manager. “We have events here that bring in hundreds of vehicles, and people want to eat, so we took our love of tacos from Baja and brought it to our facility.”

The Rugged complex also houses the company’s “garage,” where new products are prototyped and tested and where team members can work on their vehicles. Everything from welding tools to a CNC laser cutter is in this area to maximize creativity and design. Behind the Garage is another building where all of Cottrell’s personal toys are housed and showcased. Vintage motorcycles, Baja Bugs, Jeeps, a vintage trailer, collectible bicycles, and a replica of his dad’s motorcycle repair shop are all displayed in a tribute to the passions Cottrell shares.

Between the main building and the Garage are numerous Rugged Radio vehicles, including show support and product trailers, along with four-wheel show and pre-runner trucks. 

“This year, we partnered with SCORE International as the Official Radio Communications company,” said Cottrell. “It’s been a dream of mine to become involved with SCORE in an official capacity, as we support SCORE and SCORE supports us. Most importantly, we support the racers at every event and teach them how to install, check, and recheck their equipment before a race. This partnership with SCORE is only the beginning, and I can’t wait for the many more years to come.”

For more information on the Rugged Radios location or any of the Rugged Radio products, visit them at www.ruggedradios.com.

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Introducing SCORE Baja 1000 Tequila

As a homage to Mexican culture and the vibrant tradition of BAJA 1000 racing celebrations, SCORE International takes pride in crafting a tequila that embodies its rich history and cultural heritage. Here's to raising a glass to one of the world's premier motorsports events.

SCORE BAJA 1000 Tequila is more than just a beverage; it's a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence and the celebration of adventure. Our premium Tequila celebrates 50 years off-road racing in Baja and delivers a unique and memorable drinking experience. Proudly distilled in Tequila, Mexico, we invite you to enjoy on the rocks, or in cocktails with friends and share the adventure!

‘Los Terribles’ looking to end their ‘jinx’

Since 1996, Las Vegas’ Terrible Herbst Motorsports have successfully raced in the SCORE Trophy Truck division, but have fallen short of winning either the SCORE Baja 1000 or the SCORE Baja 500 in the marquee racing division in the sport.

‘Los Terribles’ looking to end their ‘jinx’

By Gabriel Garcia, SCORE Media Operations Director, Gabriel@SCORE-international.com
Dominic Clark, SCORE Historian, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
Photo by GetSomePhoto

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Since 1996, Las Vegas’ Terrible Herbst Motorsports have successfully raced in the SCORE Trophy Truck division, but have fallen short of winning either the SCORE Baja 1000 or the SCORE Baja 500 in the marquee racing division in the sport.

     One of the winningest families with the greatest love for desert racing since family patriarch, the late Jerry Herbst, enjoyed the deserts of Baja California, as well as those of the United States, second-gen Herbst racer Tim Herbst, 61, hopes to end the skid in next week’s BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Baja California.

AN EVENT OF INTERNATIONAL STATURE

     Race festivities in Ensenada will be held May 29 to June 2 for the second round of the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship.

     With over 260 entries expected at the start line, 246 entries to date include racers entered to make the trip to Mexican soil from 25 U.S. States, host country Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, and Peru.

     Among the U.S. States represented are California, New York, Washington, Florida, Hawaii, Ilinois and Nevada.

     In the most recent entry list, the classes with the most entries so far are SCORE Trophy Truck with 34, followed by Trophy Truck Spec with 33, Pro UTV Open (23), Pro UTV FI (19), Class 10 (16), and Pro UTV Stock (15).

     Among the motorcycle classes with the most entries so far are Pro Moto Ironman (solo riders) with 13 and Pro Moto Unlimited with 10.

‘LOS TERRIBLES’

     Next Saturday’s BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500 will be another perfect opportunity for Tim Herbst, to earn one of the few victories he is missing in this sport.  He almost achieved the win in this race in June 2001, when problems in the transmission of his old Ford F-150 Smith built 4x4, forced him to cross the finish line driving the last several miles in reverse, being overtaken in just before the finish of that SCORE Baja 500 by Dan Smith/Dave Ashley of the Enduro Racing team.

     That was perhaps the closest opportunity to win the SCORE Baja 500 for Tim Herbst and his older brother Ed Herbst, as Tim Herbst run this race as the DOR without his older brother.

     Second driver this year in the No. 19 1 Nine Industries Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck will be Las Vegas’ James Dean, 27, from Las Vegas, who will be replacing his father Pat Dean who will be absent as a driver in the race due to a medical issue.

     It has been 28 years since Terrible Herbst Motorsports won the checkered flag in the SCORE Baja 500 in SCORE Trophy Truck, by the team won in the overall and unlimited Class 1 titles in both 2002 and 2003 with the youngest of the three brothers, Troy Herbst, and Larry "Mr. Baja" Roeseler aboard the spectacular Smith-built Truggy Smith open-wheel unlimited desert race car.

NEW BLOOD OF LOS TERRIBLES

     More 1 Nine Industries Trucks will carry the Terrible Herbst Motorsport colors, with Tim Herbst's sons Thor Herbst, 24, of Las Vegas, and Pierce Herbst, 20, of Las Vegas, in Trophy Truck Spec No. 219, and his cousin E.J. Herbst, 23, of Las Vegas, son of Ed Herbst, will be behind the wheel of Trophy Truck Spec No. 263.

     E.J. Herbst, will have 38-year-old Ryan Millen from New Zealand as his second driver on the second round of the SCORE World Desert Championship 2024, trying to win his first race in the Trophy Truck Spec class, no easy feat against more than 30 class opponents.

DOUBLE DOWN FOR FLEMATE

     Mexico’s Oliver Flemate, 46, from Ensenada, will compete in the BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500 in two different classes, Trophy Truck Spec and Class 11, so it will be a busy race for him and his team of mechanics through the mysterious terrains of Baja California.

     Flemate will drive his TSCO Racing Trophy Truck Spec, but under the No. 260 truck of 37-year-old Santiago Creel, from Mexico City, to try to fight for the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship  after Creel's third place finish in the King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, in another TSCO Racing Truck.

     And in Class 11, Oliver Flemate will join forces with his talented second driver Antonio Espinoza, 30 years old and from Ensenada, who have a streak of 6 consecutive victories in SCORE with his Flemate Racing Stock VW Sedan.

BAJA WITH A NASCAR FLAVOR

     Justin Lofton, 38, of Lockney, Texas, and Brendan Gaughan, 48, of Las Vegas, were both part of the NASCAR Series for several years, having enjoyed desert racing for their fathers in the United States and Mexico, especially in the deserts of Nevada, Baja California, Arizona and California.

     Now Lofton, who has participated in 94 races in the NASCAR Trucks Series, will be behind the wheel of his No. 41 SCORE Trophy Truck built by Mason Motorsports, trying to get his first class victory in SCORE and in SCORE Trophy Truck.

    Gaughan raced in the three featured NASCAR Series over 14 years (67 NASCAR Cup races, 219 in NASCAR Infinity Series and 217 in the NASCAR Truck Series.

     Gaughan, now a SCORE regular again, will drive his HMS-Chevy buggy in Class 1, with 45-year-old Buddy Feldkamp, of Redlands, Calif., as second driver on the 483.06-mile race course.

RACE WEEK FESTIVITES

     The colorful contingency row and tech inspection of all the participating vehicles will be held on Friday, May 31 on Ensenada's Boulevard Costero from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. With the Manufacturer’s Midway and multiple local vendors, the pre-race pageantry draws upwards 50,000 people for the event that is free to the public.

     On Saturday, June 1, the green flag will drop on the Boulevard Costero, with the first motorcycle departing at 2:30 a.m. PT, while the first 4-wheeler will depart at 6:15 a.m. PT, having to overcome a 486-mile race course.  While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in approximately 10 hours, all vehicles Will have a 20-hour time limit to become official finishers in the elapsed-time race.

     The awards celebration will be held on Sunday, June 2 at the Cathedral Hall of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center at 12:30 p.m. 

     Qualifying, contingency and the race days will be part of SCORE Live with Rat Sult on SCORE's official YouTube channel and also its official Facebook account. Tracking of the race vehicles will be available during the race through the SCORE website.

METHOD RACE WHEELS QUALIFYING

     SCORE Trophy Trucks, SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec classes will hold the Method Race Wheels Qualifying session on Thursday, May 30. Starting with at 7 a.m. PT at a private venue, this event is closed to the public.

     The Method Race Wheels Qualifying will determine the starting order in those three classes for the race, as this is the first time in history that all SCORE four races will hold a qualifying session.

SCORE Live will air the Method Race Wheels Qualifying through the SCORE website.

     Start order for all of the other classes in this race will be determined by a random draw for positions within each class.

GRAN HISTORIA

     This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500.

     The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. After NORRA was removed from Baja after the 1972 race, the local Baja Sports Committee produced the 1973 event. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event starting in 1974. 

     Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE in December of 2012.

     The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 in Ensenada as the first of nearly 170 SCORE Baja races.

     This year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start for the 50th time in Ensenada and finish for the 46th time in Ensenada.

TRAILS TO GLORY

     SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva and SCORE Co-Race Director Rodo Fernandez, have put together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers. The final distance is 483.06 miles.

     The course runs in a clockwise direction out of and back to the start/finish line compound in Ensenada, traveling through such noted areas as Ojos Negros, Tres Hermanos, El Alamo, Santa Catarina, the Summit (4,140 feet above sea level), Cohabuzo Junction, Saldana, La Ventana access, El Arrajal wash, San Matias Pass, Mike’s Sky Rancho, Simpson’s Road to Valle de Trinidad, West to Llano Colorado, San Vicente Wash, Erendira, Santo Tomas, Uruapan, Rancho El Mezcal, Ojos Negros, and back to the finish line in Ensenada.

     The course has two complete stop physical checkpoints, 240 total virtual checkpoints and 13 speed zones for a total of 40.78 miles.

     Physical Checkpoint 1 is located at race mile 245.64 (near Eolic Field) and Checkpoint 2 is at rm354.71 (Llano Colorado).

     Among the other infamous Baja washes that the course will go through are: El Mezcal Wash, La Rajadura Wash, El Tule Wash, Alamito Wash (before the Summit), En Medio Wash (between the Summit and Cohabuzo), San Matias Wash, Los Encinos Wash, and El Salado Wash.

     All Sportsman classes, Class 11, 5/1600, Baja Challenge and Class 7SX will run a reduced course of a total of 456.91 miles.

     Pre-running starts at race mile 36.95 and finishes at rm446.11. The section from rm9.30 to rm33.12 may be run outbound only on Friday, May 31.

VERY SPECIAL GRAND MARSHAL

     One of the most recognizable and admired figures in all of Baja California, entrepreneur, racer, and race team owner, Rodrigo Ampudia Sr has agreed to be the Grand Mashal for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500.

     Ampudia, 67, of Ensenada, Mexico, co-founder of the popular Papas & Beer night clubs in Ensenada and Rosarito Beach, a multi-time SCORE Baja racer winner, and he is the owner and leader of Team Papas, one of the premier desert racing teams in the SCORE World Desert Championship.

     Ampudia Sr has earned seven class wins in his SCORE racing career, but will quickly tell you that he is proudest of his three sons and what they continue to accomplish in desert racing.

     In his racing career, Rodrigo Ampudia Sr had three wins in the SCORE Baja 500 (1992, 1994, and 2009), one in the SCORE San Felipe 250 (2009), and three in the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 (1990, 1994, and 2017).

     In his 2017 class victory, Ampudia Sr was the second driver for fellow Mexican patriarch racer Gustavo Vildosola Sr, in the SCORE TT Legend class (SCORE Trophy Truck Drivers over 50 years old), the peninsula race from Ensenada to La Paz that was part of the 50th SCORE Baja 1000 celebration.

BFGOODRICH TIRES: RULE THE BAJA

     BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 48 years, was honored after the 2023 season as the SCORE Pit Support Company of the year for the 33rd time.

     BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 35 of the 56 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 33 of the 56 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both iconic races again in 2024.

     BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 30 of the 37 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and one of the three overall winners in the SCORE Baja 400.

BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this year’s race of US$10,000.

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2024 SCORE SCHEDULE

Here are the dates for the three remaining 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship which are being held in Baja California, Mexico for the ninth consecutive year:

BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500—

May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

5th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 11-15, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

BFGoodrich Tires 57th SCORE Baja 1000—

November 11-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

  Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Battery, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communication, SYLVANIA Off Road-Official Light, Method Race Wheels-Official Wheel and Race Qualifying sponsor, Lasernut-Official Custom Metal Fabricator, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

  SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance.

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.


 

EN LOS SCORE TROPHY TRUCKS

Buscan terminar los Terribles con su “maleficio”


 

Tim Herbst buscará ganar la edición 56 de la BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500


 

     ENSENADA, Baja California, México—Desde 1996, los Terribles Herbst han participado en los SCORE Trophy Trucks, una de las familias más ganadoras y con mayor amor por el Off-Road, desde que el patriarca de ellos, el fallecido Jerry Herbst gozaba de los desiertos de Baja California, al igual que los de Estados Unidos, pero que se ha quedado corto de ganar la SCORE Baja 1000 y SCORE Baja 500 en “Los Monstruos del desierto”.

La edición 56 de la BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 es la oportunidad perfecta para que Tim Herbst, de 60 años de edad y de Las Vegas, Nevada, pueda alcanzar una de las pocas victorias que le faltan a él en este deporte, una que casi logra en junio de 2001, cuando problemas en la transmisión de su antiguo Ford F-150 Smith, lo orillaron a cruzar la meta en sentido contrario, al solo funcionar la reversa en su Truck, siendo superado en las últimas millas de esa SCORE Baja 500 por Dan Smith y Dave Ashley del equipo Enduro Racing.

Esa fue quizás la oportunidad más cercana de conquistar la SCORE Baja 500 para Tim Herbst y su hermano mayor Ed Herbst, equipo que contará para esta carrera con James Dean, de 27 años de edad y de Las Vegas, Nevada, sustituto al volante de su padre Pat en el SCORE Trophy Truck número 19 del equipo Terrible Herbst Motorsports, quien estará ausente como piloto en la carrera por un tema médico.

Ya son 28 años sin que los Terribles Herbst puedan quedarse con la bandera a cuadros en la SCORE Baja 500 dentro de los Score Trophy Trucks, a diferencia del overall, mismo que ganaron en 2002 y 2003 de la mano de Troy Herbst y Larry “Mr. Baja” Roeseler a bordo del espectacular Truggy Smith. 

Un total de 246 equipos de los continentes de América, Asia, Europa y Oceanía, fueron parte del sorteo de posiciones, destacando que se cuenta con al menos un corredor de países como Argentina, Australia, Canadá, Estados Unidos, Chile, Ecuador, Francia, Indonesia, Japón, Nueva Zelanda, Perú y el anfitrión México.

LA “SANGRE NUEVA” DE LOS TERRIBLES

Más Trucks de la marca 1 Nine Industries portarán los colores de los Terribles Herbst, con los hijos de Tim Herbst, Thor Herbst, de 24 años de edad y de Las Vegas, Nevada, y Pierce Herbst, de 20 años de edad y de Las Vegas, Nevada, en el Trophy Truck Spec número 219, y su primo E.J. Herbst de 23 años de edad y de Las Vegas, Nevada, hijo de Ed Herbst, estará al volante del Trophy Truck Spec número 263.

E.J., contará con Ryan Millen de 38 años de edad y de Nueva Zelanda como su segundo piloto en la segunda fecha del Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE, tratando de ganar su primera carrera en la clase Trophy Truck Spec, misión nada sencilla al tener que enfrentarse a más de 30 rivales en su clase.

DOBLE DESAFÍO PARA FLEMATE

Oliver Flemate, de 46 años de edad y de Ensenada, Baja California, participará en la edición 56 de la BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 en 2 clases diferentes, Trophy Truck Spec y Clase 11, por lo que será una carrera muy ocupada para él, al igual que su equipo de mecánicos por los terrenos misteriosos de Baja California.

Flemate manejará su Trophy Truck Spec TSCO Racing, pero bajo el número 260 de Santiago Creel, de 37 años de edad y de la Ciudad de México, para intentar pelear por el Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE, tras el tercer sitio conseguido por Creel en la edición 37 de la King Shocks San Felipe 250, en otro Truck de la marca TSCO Racing.

Y en la Clase 11, Oliver Flemate unirá fuerzas con su relevo de lujo al volante, Antonio Espinoza, de 30 años de edad y de Ensenada, Baja California, quienes cuentan con una racha de 6 victorias en forma consecutiva dentro de SCORE con su vochito stock de la marca Volkswagen Flemate Racing.

UNA BAJA CON SABOR A NASCAR

Justin Lofton, de 38 años de edad y de Lockney, Texas, así como Brendan Gaughan, de 48 años de edad y de Las Vegas, Nevada, fueron por varios años parte de la Serie Nascar, quienes desde niños gozaron por sus padres del Off-Road en los Estados Unidos y México, especialmente en los desiertos de Nevada, Baja California, Arizona y California.

Ahora Lofton, quien participó en 94 carreras de la serie Nascar Trucks, estará al volante de su SCORE Trophy Truck Mason número 41, tratando de conseguir su primera victoria overall en SCORE y en Baja California.

Gaughan, quien estuvo en diferentes carreras de la Serie Nascar, manejará su buggy HMS-Chevy dentro de la Clase 1, contando con Buddy Feldkamp, de 45 años de edad y de Redlands, California, como segundo piloto en la ruta de 483.06 millas, y pensando en capturar su primera bandera a cuadros de este Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE.

AMPUDIA, EL GRAN MARISCAL

Rodrigo Ampudia Señor, de 67 años de edad y Ensenada, Baja California, será el Gran Mariscal de la edición 56 de la BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, quien es el dueño del Team Papas and Beer, por lo que atenderá en eventos oficiales de la carrera a los medios de comunicación, al igual que será el responsable de dar el banderazo de salida a los participantes.

Ampudia Señor, es ganador en 3 ocasiones de la SCORE Baja 500, al llevarse las ediciones de 1992, 1994 y 2009, además de otras victorias en la Baja 1000 y San Felipe 250, pero enfocado actualmente en seguir los pasos de sus hijos Rodrigo Junior, Alan y Aarón en los eventos de SCORE.

VAN POR LA “POLE”

El jueves 30 de mayo se realizará la calificación Method Race Wheels para los SCORE Trophy Trucks, SCORE Trophy Trucks Legend y Trophy Truck Spec, iniciando con prácticas desde las 7 de la mañana en una sede privada, recordando que en este evento no se permitirá el acceso a espectadores.

De esa manera se definirá el orden de arranque en esas 3 clases para la carrera, siendo esta la primera vez en la historia que todas las fechas de SCORE contarán con esta actividad, con lo que se busca generar mayor derrama económica en las sedes de los eventos, como San Felipe y Ensenada.

La calificación Method Race Wheels será transmitida en vivo por las cuentas oficiales de SCORE en Facebook y YouTube, con la opinión de expertos del Off-Road desde los estudios de SCORE en El Cajón, California.

UN DESAFÍO ESTELAR

El presidente de SCORE y director de carrera, José Abelardo Grijalva y el asistente del director de carrera, Rodolfo Fernández, le dieron vida en este año a una ruta con lo mejor de Baja California en cuanto a terrenos, que incluye desierto, playas y montañas. La distancia final es de 483.06 millas.

Comenzará y terminará de nuevo en el Bulevar Costero, adyacente al icónico Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera en el corazón de Ensenada. La inspección técnica y de revisión mecánica previa a la carrera también se llevará a cabo en el Bulevar Costero, el viernes 31 de mayo de 8 de la mañana a 5 de la tarde, tiempo del Pacífico.

El recorrido se realizará en el sentido de las manecillas del reloj, saliendo y regresando al Bulevar Costero en Ensenada, pasando por zonas tan conocidas como Ojos Negros, Tres Hermanos, El Álamo, Santa Catarina, La Cumbre, Cohabuzo Junction, ejido Saldaña, acceso a La Ventana, arroyo El Arrajal, San Matías, el rancho Mike's Sky, bajarán el Simpson, Valle de Trinidad, Llano Colorado, arroyo San Vicente, ejido Eréndira, la delegación de Santo Tomás, ejido Uruapan, Rancho El Mezcal, Ojos Negros, y de regreso a la meta en Ensenada.

El recorrido tiene dos checkpoints o puntos de control físicos, 240 puntos de control virtuales en total y 13 zonas de velocidad para un total de 40.78 millas.

En esta ocasión, el primer checkpoint se ubicará en la milla 245.64 (cerca de los abánicos eólicos de San Matías) y el punto de control 2 estará en la milla 354.71 (Llano Colorado).

Entre los otros desafiantes arroyos de Baja California que atravesarán la ruta, se encuentran: El Mezcal, La Rajadura, El Tule, Alamito (antes del Summit), En Medio (entre el Summit y Cohabuzo), San Matías, Los Encinos, y El Salado.

Todas las clases Sportsman, Clase 11, 5/1600, Baja Challenge y Clase 7SX cubrirán solamente 456.91 millas, ya que contarán con dos “cortes” en la ruta para que puedan llegar en tiempo y forma a la meta.

ENSENADA, EPICENTRO DE LA BAJA 500

La revisión mecánica de la SCORE Baja 500 será el viernes 31 de mayo en el Bulevar Costero de Ensenada, de las 8 de la mañana a las 5 de la tarde, actividad que espera reunir a 50 mil personas a lo largo de ese día.

El sábado 1 de junio caerá la bandera verde en el Bulevar Costero, con la primera motocicleta partiendo a las 2:30 de la mañana, mientras que el primer vehículo de 4 ruedas, partirá a las 6:15 de la mañana, teniendo que vencer una ruta de 483.06 millas, y con un tiempo límite para cruzar la meta en Ensenada, de 20 horas.

La ceremonia de premiación se realizará el domingo 2 de junio en el Salón Catedral del Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera de Ensenada, a las 12:30 de la tarde, recordando que la SCORE Baja 500 será transmitida en vivo por el canal oficial de SCORE en YouTube y también su cuenta oficial de Facebook, con los comentarios del popular Rat Sult desde la rampa de salida y meta.

MANDA BFGOODRICH EN SCORE

BFGoodrich Tires, la llanta oficial de SCORE durante 48 años, ha sido galardonada tras la temporada 2023 como la empresa de asistencia en pits de SCORE del año, logro que ha alcanzado ya en 33 ocasiones.

BFGoodrich Tires ha sido la elección de 35 de los 56 ganadores de la popular SCORE Baja 500 y 33 de los 56 ganadores de la legendaria SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires también es el patrocinador principal de ambas carreras icónicas de nuevo en este 2024.

BFGoodrich Tires también ha sido la elección de 30 de los 37 ganadores absolutos de la SCORE San Felipe 250, de las tres carreras del Desafío del Desierto SCORE, de la única edición del SCORE Desafío de Campeones en San Felipe, de la única SCORE Baja Sur 500 y de uno de los tres ganadores absolutos de la SCORE Baja 400.

BFGoodrich Tires ha fijado una bonificación de contingencia para el ganador absoluto de la carrera de este año de 10 mil dólares.

BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500

Round 2 of four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

May 29-June 2–483.06 miles–Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 248 (as of 5/23/24)

(from 26 U.S. States, host Mexico, Argentina, Australia,

Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Peru) 
 

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

(Starting order, by class)

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (33*)

(Qualifying Order)

1 Bryce Menzies

16 Cameron Steele

87 Dallas Lutrell

70 Kevin Thompson

58 Tracy Graf

89 Mike Walser

94 Christopher Polvoorde

33 Roberto Romo Jr

21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr

78 Tracy Poole

85 Mikey Lawrence

46 Toby Price

45 Gary Magness

82 Sam Baldi

83 Luke McMillin

23 Dan McMillin

10 Alan Ampudia

19 Tim Herbst

41 Justin Lofton

11 Rob MacCachren

63 Ruben Torres

9 Ethan Ebert

28 Ryan Daniel

72 Aaron Celiceo

27 Jonathan Brenthel

*SCORE TT LEGEND (*8)

(Qualifying Order)

*37L Rolf Helland

*1L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

*61L David Payne

*85L Clay Lawrence

*65L Greg Adler

*99L Shawn Runyon

*67L Paul Kraus

*25L Mark Winkelman

CLASS 1 (7)

153 Brad Wilson

168 Cody Reid

138 Kyle Quinn

127 Cody Parkhouse

133 Alberto Varela

162 Brendan Gaughan

165 Dave Mason Jr

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (33)

(Qualifying Order)

258 Mavrick Gaunt

245 Ethan Hagle

294 Vincent Munoz

236 Michael Marsal

261 Mick Magher

242 Connor McNeil (DOR-Bryce Swaim)

299 Charles Dorrance

207 Mason Cullen

228 Ryan Hancock

260 Santiago Creel

200 Jason McNeil

297 Jorge Sampietro

289 Tanner Rust

205 Joe Delucie

203 Mitch McNeil

238 Elijah Kiger

285 Justin Davis

266 David Ziegler

263 EJ Herbst

219 Thor Herbst

224 Miles Wyatt

241 Stephen Beal

259 Matt Winslow

213 Josh Beyer

282 Brent Fox

290 Isidro Ochoa

273 Jordan Brenthel

209 J. David Ruvalcaba

277 Travis Williams

274 Shane Lewis

232 Chelsea Magness

262 Linc Day

237 Adam Castaneda

CLASS 10 (17)

1006 Freddie Willert

1000 Francisco Vera

1044 Jason Shipman

1077 Dale Ebberts

1002 Matias Arjona IV

1013 Harley Meservey

1020 Carlos Guillen

1067 Tim Pangborn

1019 Alberto Mendez

1047 Zack McLaren

1079 Manlio F. Diaz

1075 Eliseo Garcia

1070 Diego Diaz

1001 Shane Lowry-4th RS

1014 Bruce Yee-3rd RS

1023 Tamara Myers-2nd RS

1060 Ted Baker-1st RS

PRO UTV OPEN (23)

1821 Cayden MacCachren

1896 Brock Heger

1886 Branden Sims

1854 Kristen Matlock

1841 Max Eddy Jr

1825 Vito Ranuio

1831 Craig Scanlon

1824 Oscar R. Alvarez

1871 Wayne Matlock

1869 Justin Lambert

1850 Paul Barnhart Jr

1870 Brandon Walsh

1847 Jesus Mendez Jr

1880 Gabe Matthews

1867 Mike Pratt

1876  Mike Cafro

1866 Harrison Weiss

1829 Sierra Romo

1872 Justin Smith

1888 Roger Norman

1889 Paul Munoz Jr

1837 Ronnie Anderson

1861 Mitchell Alsup

PRO UTV FI (40)

2905 Marc Burnett

2944 Phil Blurton

2987 Edgar Garcia

2948 Matt Burroughs

2915 Rickey Arslanian

2956 Bogart Escandon

2906 Zach Selby

2925 Bernardo Perez

2955 Miguel Cortez

2960 Miguel Barraza

2928 Carlos Quezada

2920 Roberto Ruiz

2936 Michael Shell

2992 Sophie Austin

2966 Shane Allen

2951 Herman Johnson

2943 Steve Allen

2962 Jarod Minghini

2923 Fernanda Montiel

2980 Bradley Salazar-1st RS

CLASS 7 (4)

703 Scott Brady

711 Richard Fant

718 Luis Vazquez Jr

700 Daniel Chamlee

SCORE LITES (1)

1201 David Caspino-1st RS

PRO UTV NA (8)

1974 Ethan Groom

1919 Eva Malabanan

1984 David Pedder

1957 Joe Bolton

1925 Michael McFayden

1926 Robert Aguirre

1951 Mike Podratz

1911 Carlos Waumann-1st RS

CLASS 5 (3)

503 Jon Manikateri

510 Gerardo Ibarra-2nd RS

500 Eli Yee-1st RS

PRO UTV STOCK (16)

3907 Jeremy Davis

3928 Endy Chavez

3955 Scott Sappington

3926 Yoshua Morquecho

3916 Jeff Embree

3900 Jorge Cano

3919 Anibal Lopez

3930 Douglas Cornwell

3943 Dennis Romero

3905 Mike Hutton

3906 Mark Levrett

3921 Francisco Beltran

3959 Antonio Mendez

3925 Kaden Wells-3rd RS

3914 Carlos Alonso-2nd RS 

3957 Bruce Jett-1st RS

CLASS 1/2-1600 (6)

1606 Daniel Goodrich

1644 Roman Pereyra

1662 Julie Boyer

1671 David Valenzuela B.

1675 Emilio Salcido

1656 Raul Ojeda-1st RS

CLASS 8 (1)

809 Josh Klenske

CLASS 3 (1)

390 Ikuo Hanawa

CLASS 5/1600 (1)

561 Zackery Woodruff

CLASS 7F (2)

719F Cesar Gutierrez

700F Justin Park

CLASS 7SX (2)

740 Armando Duron

747 Jim Horne-1st RS

STOCK FULL (1)

8103 John Marshall

CLASS 11 (2)

1100 Oliver Flemate

1111 Eric Solorzano

Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (9)

11x Arturo Salas Jr

9x Austin Eddy

8x Fernando Beltran

25x Bryce Stavron

15x Eric Holt

7x Justin Morgan

13x Adrian Ortiz

64x Grant Kawell

44x Austin Farley

PRO MOTO 30 (5)

317x Ethan Wheeler

311x Juan Valenzuela

354x Felipe Barron

377x Sam Hardy

388x Donald McKenzie-2nd RS

PRO MOTO LIMITED (7)

110x Armando Ortiz

150x Neithan Davis

151x Brayan Verduzco

133x Julio de Pena Rodriguez

193x Adam Joslin

128x Gustavo Gonzalez-2nd RS

107x Bryan Arias-1st RS

PRO MOTO 50 (2)

547x Mike Prunty

513x Joseph Amey

PRO MOTO 40 (4)

411x Francisco Septien

452x Travis Flateau

400x Alirio Amado

402x Gary Sparks

PRO MOTO IRONMAN (13)

719x Kadin Guard

745x Patricio Cabrera

788x Brian Roberts

780x Jeff Miller

781x Miguel Luna

724x William Gross

786x Michael Lange

782x Blake Dominguez

748x Will Geyer

756x Francisco Heredia

778x Aaron McDowell

792x Daniel Mastrude

713x Francisco Teran-1st RS

PRO MOTO 60 (5)

628x Mike Kay

616x Harrold Harris

643x Steven McQuery

648x Oscar Hale-2nd RS

649x Donald Lewis-1st RS

PRO MOTO ADVENTURE (3)

834x Scott Purcell

827x Gerardo Rubio-2nd RS

805x Dustin Davis-1st RS

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (3)

31a Estevan Ramirez Jr

11a Daniel Magdaleno

10a Dionicio Zavala

Sportsman

SPT M/C (9)

205x Francisco Rosas

236x Andy Valencia

283x Chad Waite

266x Tyler Harvey

233x Eluminio Berrelleza

250x Ernesto Sosa

209x Stephen McLean

259x Jhoan Sanchez

275x Daniel Felix

SPT QUAD (7)

138a Gabriel Vazquez

124a Erick Talamantes

137a Jose Miramontes

127a Martin de la Torre

130a Hugo Barreda

157a Nakul Hernandez

114a Sergio Lopez


 

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Hook/Norman duo set for SCORE Baja 500

PALM BEACH, Fla.—Going from the majestic deserts in Baja California, Mexico to the glamorous waters off South Florida, USA, World Champion off-shore powerboat racer Nigel Hook is teaming up with desert-racing champion Roger Norman to run a desert race and a powerboat race in back-to-back weekends in June.

Hook/Norman duo set for SCORE Baja 500

By Gabriel Garcia, SCORE Media Operations Director, Gabriel@SCORE-international.com
Dominic Clark, SCORE Historian, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

PALM BEACH, Fla.—Going from the majestic deserts in Baja California, Mexico to the glamorous waters off South Florida, USA, World Champion off-shore powerboat racer Nigel Hook is teaming up with desert-racing champion Roger Norman to run a desert race and a powerboat race in back-to-back weekends in June.

     Next week in Ensenada, Mexico, Hook will be the additional driver for Norman in the Pro UTV Open class at the 56th SCORE Baja 500, Round 2 of the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship. The following week in Palm Beach, Fla., Hook and Norman will be teaming up for the 2024 Ocean Cup Gateway Marathon from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama and returning to Palm Beach.

     In Baja, the dynamic duo will drive Norman’s Polaris RZR Pro R UTV on June 1 in the SCORE Baja 500 then head to Florida, where Hook will be managing the throttles and Roger will pilot in the 52’ Mystic Cat powerboat on the following Saturday, June 8.

     After flying through the dusty desert, the team will shift gears to embark on a world record attempt on the Atlantic Ocean in the Ocean Cup.

SCORE BAJA 500

     Held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, the SCORE Baja 500 celebrates the first SCORE Baja race which was held on July 26, 1974. SCORE is considered the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.

     More than 260 vehicles competing in 45 different classes for Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles, and Quads are expected this year. Entries so far have come from 25 U.S. States and 12 countries.

OCEAN CUP

     Since 2013 Ocean Cup has embraced the heritage of powerboat racing providing athletic and sports event services by conducting point to point powerboat competitions in association with Powerboat P1.  APBA is the United States sanctioning authority for the Union Internationale Motonautique, (UIM) the world governing body for powerboat racing.

     Learn more about Ocean Cup at www.OceanCup.com.

CAPTAIN HOOK

    Hook, has been racing offshore powerboats for more than 30 years and is a multi-time World Champion and a Guinness World Record holder for the fastest time ever from Key West to Cuba in 2017.

     Hook and his team set a Guinness World Record from Key West to Cuba in 1 hour, 18 minutes, three seconds on August 17, 2017.

     Originally from England, Hook now lives in Del Mar, Calif., Hook's attraction to powerboat racing came at an early age, following his mentor and uncle, the late Roger Hook, (British National Champion '68, '69) to hundreds of circuit and offshore races, including the legendary Cowes-Torquay-Cowes.

     In addition to a coveted Guinness World Record for his 2017 World Record effort from Key West to Cuba, Hook and his team not only established several APBA and UIM World Records, they were also the first team to ever race to Havana and make it back to Key West on the same day under their own power.

STORMIN’ NORMAN

     When deciding on a partner to race the Gateway Marathon, Hook enlisted veteran desert racing champion and promotor of the SCORE World Desert Championship, Roger Norman.  Celebrated in the history books for his overall win of the 2008 SCORE Baja 1000, Norman is no stranger to speed and adrenaline.

     With a long history of wins in the point-to-point or large loop races in the SCORE World Desert Championship, Norman has proven his focus, drive, and determination.  Son of Fran Muncey, inductee into the American Motorsports Hall of Fame, Norman spent much of his childhood on the Thunderboat circuit following his step-father, and unlimited Hydroplane racing Legend, Bill Muncey.

     “I have always wanted to race in an off-shore race and am looking forward to this opportunity to compete with Nigel and have him compete with me in a major desert race”, commented Norman.

SCORE BAJA 500 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 – Registration begins for racers and media at Riviera Convention Center.

Thursday, May 30th, 2023 – Qualifying for select classes, registration for racers and media continues.

Qualifying is NOT OPEN to the public but available to view on Live Stream at www.score-international.com or the SCORE International App.

Friday, May 31st, 2024 – Contingency Row Festivities in front of Riviera del Pacifico Center for public to enjoy.  Registrations continue and Drivers Meetings will be held at 7pm at Riviera del Pacifico Center.

Saturday, June 1st, 2024 – Motocycles and quads ceremonial start at 2:30AM and 4-Wheel Ceremonial Start at 6:15am.

Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 – Awards Celebration with Champions at Riviera del Pacifico Center in Cathedral Room.

OCEAN CUP SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, June 6th, 2024 - The festivities will kick off with registration.

Friday, June 7th, 2024 - Dry pits public viewing of the boats will be from 10am-4pm at The Ben Hotel on the lawn.  Following the viewing, between 4-5pm, the boats will launch at Currie Park Boat Ramp, 2400 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, and head for the Wet Pits at Sailfish Marina, 98 Lake Dr, Palm Beach Shores.

Between 6-8pm there will be a Meet & Greet at the Tiki Hut on Docks a & B at the Sailfish Marina.

Saturday, June 8th, 2024 – RACE DAY with Sea Cadet Color Guard starting at 8:30am, Boats will be departing Docks at 8:45am and the start for the first boat is scheduled for 9am from Ocean Pointe to tackle the 128-mile course, a non-stop round-trip from Palm Beach’s Lake Worth Inlet to the 79th Meriden at West End, Bahamas and back!

Boats are anticipated back at the docks of the Sailfish Marina between 10:30am – 1pm, with an awards ceremony at 5pm at The Ben Hotel, 251 N. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach.

The Sailfish Marina Resort’s courtesy trolley will be running from 8am-2pm on Singer Island between aux parking & Sailfish & Ocean Pointe.

SCORE BAJA 500 & OCEAN CUP LIVE STREAM

     Both events will be covered via live streaming. The SCORE Baja 500 will air on www.score-international.com.

     A live stream powered by Star Stream and Satcom Direct will be available on race day for all to follow at www.oceancup.com.

“I have always wanted to race in an off-shore race and am looking forward to this opportunity to compete with Nigel and have him compete with me in a major desert race”, commented Norman.