One hour special to highlight key elements of this year’s 46th granddaddy of all desert races
SAN DIEGO—Returning to network television for the first time in several years, this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will air as a one-hour special twice this holiday week, once on ESPN2 and once on the ABC Television Network on the new World of X-Games show. Thursday’s premier will be at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on ESPN2 and again on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST on ABC TV.
SCORE CEO and President Roger Norman has said since he purchased SCORE last Dec. 20 that getting SCORE races on national and international TV where of paramount importance to the future of the sport and of SCORE International.
“For SCORE to move forward in the direction we have programmed, this show is a major step on that road,” said Norman. “We can’t wait to enjoy it with not only our racers, crews, family and friends, but the entire new world of viewers who will be exposed to what is truly the original form of extreme motorsports.
“This is where we’re headed and we encourage all of our SCORE racing fans to tune in and experience this new level of broadcast coverage of SCORE desert racing. This is the first of what we hope will become many national network broadcasts of SCORE races. We intend to use the success of this broadcast as a springboard to launch a full six-race national broadcast schedule for our 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series.”
Here is a link to the trailer for this episode of the World of X-Games exclusively devoted to the iconic point-to-point race, the granddaddy of all desert races… http://xgames.espn.go.com/video/10146292/baja-1000
Driving patiently over a tight and technical course which is not his style at all, Las Vegas’ Monster masher B.J. Baldwin pulled off a rare back-to-back victory Nov. 16 in the 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race in Ensenada, Mexico. For the second straight year Baldwin drove his No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado to the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck race win in the granddaddy of all desert races.
While speed was his ally during last year’s race down the Baja California peninsula, this year was a tight, twisty, silt-ladden, rocky and old-fashioned brutal as the 883.1-mile longest loop race in the history of this iconic race said to be the roughest in race history, it was maturity and reserve that brought Baldwin’s sturdy steed to the finish line in 18 hours, 36 minutes 10 seconds, averaging 47.47 miles per hour. Giving Las Vegas racers a sweep of the podium, with second and third overall 4-wheel vehicle finishes were Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren/Andy McMillin, San Diego, second in his No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 and third was the team of Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., in the No. 91 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford-F150. MacCachren finished in 18:43:29 and Herbst completed the course in 19:15:34. MOTORCYCLE FASTEST
Baldwin was the fastest four-wheel vehicle in the race while the overall fastest vehicle in the race and first-place among motorcycles was the Class 22 Johnny Campbell Racing Honda team led by Tim Weigand, Valencia, Calif. Splitting the riding with teammates Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif., David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho and Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. on the No. 1x Honda CRF450X of JCR Honda were they pushed their way across the northern part of the Baja peninsula to a winning time of 18:29:14 while averaging an unusually low 47.77 mph.
The victory earned American Honda its 24th all-time overall motorcycle win in the legendary race and the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 title for the 17th consecutive year. DONE DEAL
After complete review of the data logging devices used by each vehicle in the race and with time penalties assessed accordingly for course deviations and/or speeding on short pavement sections used as part of the official race course, the results were declared official by SCORE International officials the morning of Nov. 17.
As the finish line in Ensenada closed Saturday morning, Nov. 16 at 11:15 a.m. PT for motorcycles/ATVs and closed Saturday night at 11 p.m. PT for cars and trucks, there were just 125 official finishers in the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, it was obvious that another memorable and colorful chapter has been added to the legacy of this popular desert race in the magnificent Baja peninsula. The total number of finishers (117) was just 46.6 percent giving testimony to the extreme ruggedness of this year’s race course.
A total of 251 starters left Ensenada in two major groups—motorcycles and ATVs on Thursday night (Nov. 14) at 11 p.m. PT for motorcycles/ATVs and Friday morning at 9 a.m. PT for cars/trucks. Competitors from 36 states, the U.S. Territory of Guam and 23 countries battled the rugged terrain in 42 Pro and seven Sportsman classes.
Motorcycles/ATVs had a 34-hour time limit to complete the course and the car/truck classes had 36 hours from the time each left the start line in the elapsed-time race. ATV WINNER & QUICK FACTS
Winning the overall ATV and Class 25 titles was the veteran team led by Mexico’s Adolfo Arellano of Tijuana. The Arellano team covered the course on a Honda TRX450R in 21:55:24, averaging 42.49mph. Arellano’s co-riders on this difficult challenge were Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif., Wes Miller, Las Vegas and Roberto Villalobos, Dulzura, Calif.
The Baldwin victory also gave Toyo Tires is third overall victory in this race and second straight. BFGoodrich Tires, celebrating its 38th year of SCORE Baja racing in 2013, still leads overall with 25 overall 4-wheel victory in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in the last 28 years, including one stretch of 20 straight. This year, seven of the top 10 SCORE Trophy Truck finishers including second, third and fourth place, all race on BFGoodrich Tires.
Weigand earned his third Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race win this, while it was also the second for Udall and Kamo and the first for Samuels.
In the battle of car and truck manufacturers, Chevy has tied Ford with nine chassis win and now has 13 engine wins in this race.
Six of the top 10 overall 4-wheel finishers in Ensenada were from the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks. MOVING FORWARD
The six-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series opens with the 28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico, Feb. 27-March 2.
The original SCORE International founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish from 1974 until Fish transferred ownership of SCORE International to Norman on Dec. 20, 2012. SCORE continues as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature 42 Pro and seven Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico. Fish transferred ownership of SCORE International to Norman on Dec. 20, 2012. SCORE SPONSORS…
Official Sponsors: Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Amber Racing Services-Official Race Fuels, Rigid Industries-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.
Associate Sponsors: Graham Watchmakers, SatellitePhoneStore.com, Symons Ambulance Company.
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, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE World Desert Championship at www.score-international.com.
46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Final round of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series Nov. 12-17 – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (883.1 miles) Total Starters: 251 Total Finishers: 117 (46.6 percent) (36 U.S. States, U.S. Territory of Guam, 23 countries) TOP OVERALL FINISHERS Pro Cars & Trucks
1. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 18:36:10, (47.5 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Andy McMillin, San Diego, Ford F-150, 18:43:28 (47.2 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
3. Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Ford F-150, 19:15:3 (45.9 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
4. Juan C. Lopez/Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 19:37:56; (45.0 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
5. Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif./Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Ford F-150, 19:54:23; (44.4 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
6. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy Silverado, 20:19:51; (43.5 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
7. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif./Luis Ramirez Jr., Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy, 20:27:55 (43.2 mph)
8. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Randy Wilson, Lakeside, Calif./John Herder, Tucson, Ariz., Jimco-Chevy, 20:35:11 (42.9 mph) (Class 1)
9. Cody Parkhouse/Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 21:01:04 (42.0 mph) (Class 1)
10. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn./Ricky Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Geiser-Chevy, 22:04:17 (40.0 mph) (Class 1)
11. Ron Whitton/Chas Dana, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 22:30:12 (39.2 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
12. Jon Walker, Guam/Brian Steele, Hesperia, Calif., Kreger-Chevy. 22:33:57 (39.2 mph) (Class 1)
13. Mark Post/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas/Jimmy Smith, Ford F-150, 23:02:47 (38.3 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
14. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico/Rodolfo Iribe, Tijuana, Mexico, Chevy Colorado, 23:33:19 (37.5 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
15. Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas/Jesse Jones, Phoenix, Ford F-150. 23:39:48 (37.3 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
16. Brad Wilson/Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Kyle Quinn, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 24:21:52 (36.3 mph) (Class 10)
17. Ernesto Arambula/Edmundo Fernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, Romo, 24:36:04 (35.9 mph) (Class 1/2-1600)
18. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Cody Stuart, Capistrano Beach, Calif./Josh Daniel, Vista, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 24:40:36 (35.8 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
19. Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif./Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif./Patrick Long, Playa del Rey, Calif., Jimco, 25:01:24 (35.3 mph) (SCORE Lites)
20. Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn./Steven Hajas, Delano, Minn./Kevin Sechow, Lester Praire, Minn., Kreger-Chevy, 25:02:19 (35.3 mph) (Class 10)
1. Timmy Weigand, Valencia, Calif./Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho/Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. , Honda CRF450X, 18:29.14 (47.8 mph) (Class 22)
2. Robby Bell, Glendora, Calif./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev./Taylor Robert, Scottsdale, Ariz./Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F, 20:21:19 (43.4 mph) (Class 22)
3. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Ryan Dudek/Shane Esposito, Menifee, Calif./Scott Myers/Brian Pinard, Temecula, Calif./Chris Haines, Honda CRF450X, 20:57:09 (42.5 mph) (Class 30)
4. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Jason Trubey, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 22:14:10 (39.7 mph) (Class 30)
5. Dustin Paloposki/Klade Glasgow/Geoffe Nelson/Tyler Murray, Canada, KTM, 23:34:18 (37.8 mph) (Class 22)
6. Ryan Gutile, Madera, Calif./Kyle Abney/Paul Luce, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha WR450F, 24:34:15 (35.9 mph) (Class 30)
7. Jeff Benrud, Raeford, N.C./Clint LaRue, Virginia Beach, Va., Honda CRF450X, 24:59:52 (35.3 mph) (Class 30)
8. Cody Schafer, Wheatridge, Colo./Olaf Satre, Steamboat Springs, Colo./Matt Kukendall, Las Vegas, Kawasaki KX450F, 25:01:22 (35.3 mph) (Class 21)
9. Brian Garrahan, Boulder Creek, Calif./Arik Swan, Santa Cruz, Calif./Bobby Bartholomew, Boulder Creek, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F, 25:32:36 (34.6 mph) (Class 22)
10. Scott Yenzer, Golden, Colo./Bill Gilbert, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Marin Camp, South Africa/Shihab Alireza, Saudi Arabia, Honda CRF450X, 25:36:27 (34.5 mph) (Class 40)