NOTE: Updated Schedule of Events located at the bottom of the text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—In coordination with Municipal, State and Federal Mexican authorities, SCORE International announced today that the start/finish line for next month’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels, will be held in the outskirts of Ensenada with no spectators allowed in the SCORE Compound.
These activities along with Contingency were schedule to take place in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. WHEN
The youngest race in the long and storied nearly 50-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization will be held Sept. 14-19 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. CLOSED START/FINISH
Because of the significant health and safety protocols developed by SCORE in conjunction with and the approval of Mexican state and local health authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all race-week festivities and the start/finish line compound will be restricted access only and closed to the general public.
The SCORE Baja 400 race start/finish compound will be located Northeast of downtown Ensenada, one-mile east of the end of the extension of Avenida Ruiz on Libramiento Ensenada which can also be accessed off of Highway 3 (Ensenada-Tecate).
Use the following link for the map to the SCORE start/finish compound: https://score-international.com/raceinfo/map-to-compound/.
Spectators, adhering to the protocols, will be allowed to watch the race from around the 400-mile race course. SCORE COMMENTS
“In the best interest of everyone concerned we have made the decision along with the Mexican authorities to move the start/finish line compound for the SCORE Baja 400 back out to the compound we used for this year’s SCORE Baja 500 and last year’s SCORE Baja 1000,” stated Jose A. Grijalva, SCORE President and Race Director.
“We will always follow the strict health guidelines of the Baja California Secretary of Health and Ensenada government requirements. The health and safety of our racers, staff, media, sponsors as well as our spectators are always our two greatest concerns in producing these SCORE Baja races.” WHO…WHAT
Online racer registration along with a detailed schedule of events both are available on the SCORE website for Round 3 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. Entries from all across the United States and around the world competing in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads are anticipated for the upcoming internationally-televised desert race in Mexico’s Baja California. WHERE
The pre-race activities and start/finish line, without spectators, will be held northeast of downtown Ensenada, one mile east of the end of Avenida Ruiz on Libramiento Ensenada which can also be accessed on Highway 3 (Ensenada-Tecate). EARLY ENTRIES
Of the 111 entries from online racer registration so far show 14 U.S. States are represented plus racers from host Mexico, Canada, France and New Zealand.
Leading the way are SCORE Trophy Truck (including three in SCORE TT Legend) has 35 entries so far and the Trophy Truck Spec class which has 22 entries to date. ONLINE RACER REGISTRATION
Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. Information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.
For more info, visit https://score-international.com/raceinfo/2021-baja-400-sept-14-19-2021/. GREEN FLAG
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (Sept. 18) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 6 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 10 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around eight and one-half hours, all vehicles will have a 20-hour time limit to become official finishers in the race. THE FIELD
Nearly 200 vehicles are expected at the start line for this second-time SCORE race with racers from as many as 20 U.S. States and 10 countries anticipated. SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$5,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate this newest race on the SCORE schedule. START GRID-SCORE BAJA 1000
The results of the SCORE Baja 400 also will determine the start order within each class for November’s iconic season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. DRAW DEADLINE
The starting order within each class for this race (except for the classes that are qualifying), will be determined by a random drawing for those entries received online and paid in full by 8 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, August 27 when online racer registration officially closes.
No additional entries will be accepted after 8 p.m. PDT on Friday, August 27. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Sept. 15, 16, 17). PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 400-mile race course for this year’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400 will open at 8 a.m. PDT on Saturday, Sept. 4. Pre-running will start at race mile 33.50 and finish at race mile 366.50. The first 33.50 miles, which will be used in both directions during the race, will be available for pre-running only on Thursday (Sept. 16) and Friday (Sept. 17) and only in the outbound direction. QUALIFYING
Qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 16}, starting at 8 a.m. PDT. Classes that will be qualifying for the SCORE Baja 400 are SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, the unlimited Class 1 and the Trophy Truck Spec class. MAIN COURSE
The race will feature a course, when fully plotted and then marked over the next several weeks by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 400 miles of rugged Baja California terrain.
The challenging race course will be another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California. REGISTRATION/CONTINGENCY
In accordance with the current requirements of the Baja California Secretary of Health BioSecurity protocols, all pre-race activities and the start/finish line SCORE compound will be closed to the public.
During the race on Saturday, Sept. 18 until the course closes on Sunday morning, Sept. 19, the start/finish line compound will include the massive double-sided SCOREvision LED screen broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews. Popular Rat Sult will once again serve as host of the SCORE Live streaming.
All of the week’s festivities, including contingency and qualifyuing, will be streamed both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website. SCORE REGISTRATION TENT
The SCORE Registration tent at the start of the SCORE compound will be the site of many of the activities surrounding the 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. Racer registration and media registration will both be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Sept. 15-17).
Racer registration will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 15) from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. PDT along with 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday (Sept. 16) and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Friday (Sept. 17).
On Wednesday, no new entries will be accepted after 7 p.m. PDT, on Thursday after 4 p.m. PDT and on Friday, no new entries will be accepted after 3 p.m. PDT
Media registration the SCORE Registration tent will be held on Tuesday (Sept. 14) and Wednesday (Sept. 15) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday (Sept. 16) and Friday (Sept. 17).
The SCORE Media Center will be in the SCORE Registration tent during the race (Sept. 18-19) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times. GRAN HISTORIA
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races to date.
Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja races. Ensenada has hosted the start line 47 times and the finish line 43 times for the SCORE Baja 500. For the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada will be hosting the start line this November for the 47th time and the finish line will be in La Paz, Baja California Sur for the 22nd time. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the remaining two events in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2021
For the third straight year, the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship races are airing on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program on ESPN2.
ABC first covered the 1967 and 1968 Baja 1000 races on the old ABC Wide World of Sports show with Jim McKay and again in the late 1980s with veteran motorsports journalists Sam Posey and Jack Arute.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows also continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. The shows are co-produced by SCORE International and SoCal’s award-winning BCII TV. 2022 SCHEDULE
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which is being held in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico SCORE SPONSORS… Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, 4 Wheel Parts-Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino and PCI Race Radios. SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Ensenada Tourism Marketing Committee and Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico •Schedule of Events• Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
1pm-5pm Media Registration SCORE Compound- Past Northeast End of Ave. Ruiz
2pm-8pm Racer Registration Qualifying Classes only—SCORE Compound
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
8am Qualifying SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec
9am-5pm Chassis Inspection/Stella device check & install—By Appointment
Noon-8pm Racer Registration SCORE Compound No new entries after 7 p.m.
1pm-5pm Media Registration SCORE Compound
Thursday, September 16, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
9am-5pm Chassis Inspection/Stella Bracket Check & Install—SCORE Compound
9am-5pm Racer Registration SCORE Compound No new entries after 4 p.m.
9am-5pm Media Registration SCORE Compound
Friday, September 17, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
8am-4pm Racer Registration – SCORE Compound No New Entries after 3 p.m.
8am-5pm Contingency Row SCORE Compound
8am-6pm Tech/Transponder Check/Stella/SPICA device p/u—end of contingency row
9am-5pm Media Registration SCORE Compound
6pm Mandatory Aircraft Pilot & Drone Meeting—Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada
Saturday, September 18, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
5:30am-11pm SCORE Media Center SCORE Compound START/FINISH: 400-mile course (Class starting order subject to change) 6am RACE START: MOTORCYCLES/QUADS (subject to change)— Pro Moto Unltd, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto Ltd, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, Pro Quad Ironman, SPT Moto, SPT Quad
(Start Intervals: Pro Moto Unlimited-60 second split, all other classes start one every 30 seconds) GAP –a minimum of 3 1/2 hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck/utv start 10am RACE START CARS/TRUCKS/UTVS (subject to change)— TT, TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 10, 7, Pro UTV FI, SL, Pro UTV NA, 1/2-1600, PT, Pro UTV Stock, 8, HM, 4700, 3700, 1700, 2700, Hammer Unltd, Hammer Ltd, Pro UTV Open, 5, PT, 3, 5-1600, BC, 7F, 7SX, SF, 3000, Baja-e, 2, VT, VI, 9, 11, SPT Unltd Truck, SPT Ltd Truck, SPT Open-Wheel, SPT UTV Unltd, SPT UTV Stock
(TT, TT Legend one vehicle every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start one every 30 seconds) TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 20-hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts
4pm-11am Posting of Unofficial Finishers SCORE Registration Tent–SCORE Compound
Sunday, September 19, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
10:30am Posting of unofficial results Online and Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada
11:30am-1pm Result inquiry period Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada
11am-2pm SCORE Media Center Open Conference Room, San Nicolas Hotel
1pm Media Posting of official results Online and Conference Room, San Nicolas
2pm-3:30pm Trophy Pickup Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada