LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA—As a colorful prelude to the iconic 50th annual BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, 35 of the world’s top racers are heading to Las Vegas for the SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, on the Off-Road Track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
With the qualifying at the LVMS Off-Road Track, free tickets are available for the event on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. Advance free tickets (with a maximum of four per person) are available while supplies last at the popular 4 Wheel Parts store, located on 3901 West Russell Road in Las Vegas. SEMA Show badge holders will also be admitted free at the gate.
A total of 32 of the 39 SCORE Trophy Trucks entered in the race and both SCORE TT Legend race trucks have confirmed participation in the optional qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes, which are combined for starting positions. It will be televised on a delayed basis on a date to-be-announced as a one-hour special on the El Rey Network with later syndication internationally.
SCORE Trophy Truck, created by SCORE in 1994, is the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 900 horsepower unlimited production trucks and SCORE TT Legend, which debuted this season, is SCORE Trophy Trucks with drivers at least 50 years old.
Dana will present the Ultimate Dana Fast Qualifier award and Dana will also present live streaming from the entire qualifying session on the SCORE website.
SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires, is part of the massive celebratory SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience, also presented by BFGoodrich Tires, that for the fourth straight year will be a spotlight attraction Oct. 31-Nov. 3 during the massive annual SEMA Show trade gathering at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Prior to qualifying on Tuesday (Oct. 31) there will be an autograph session from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 (PT) followed by a media conference at 2:30 p.m. (PT). After a briefing with Las Vegas Metro Police at 3 p.m. (PT), all 36 of the qualifying trucks will start their engines in unison at 3:30 p.m. (PT) at the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience to begin their travel on the streets of Las Vegas in a police-escorted procession of the high-flying racing machines to the LVMS Off-Road Track.
GOLDEN BAJA MIL
Nearly 350 entries, from 40 U.S. States and 30 countries are expected to compete in this year’s 50th anniversary celebration of the BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000. There are multiple Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
Advance on-line racer-registration continues until 5 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday (Nov. 8) at www.score-international.com for this year’s golden anniversary competition. The event and race-week festivities will be held Nov. 12-18 in Baja California, Mexico.
The world’s most iconic, oldest, prestigious and longest continuously held desert race, this year’s 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 will be held over a 1,134.40-mile race course down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting in Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
The race is annually the finale of the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship, held exclusively for the past two years in Baja California.
With a total time limit of 48 hours in the elapsed-time race, the motorcycle and quad classes will start at 12 midnight (PT) on Wednesday, Nov. 15 and the car, truck and UTV classes will follow with start on Thursday (Nov. 16) at 10 a.m. (PT).
“We can’t thank SEMA enough for again providing SCORE with this incredible opportunity to once again showcase SCORE and the world’s greatest desert racers,” said Roger Norman, CEO/President of SCORE. “And the special SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a great opportunity for many industry leaders and race fans to get a glimpse of these amazing race trucks and talented teams.”
SEMA SCORE BAJA 1000 EXPERIENCE
For the fourth straight year, the SEMA Show SCORE Baja 1000 Experience will include a 70,000-square foot desert racing exhibit in the Silver Lot 3 outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall alongside Paradise Road.
On display will be 34 SCORE Trophy Truck and two SCORE TT Legend race trucks, exhibits from leading off-road and desert racing companies, the SCORE transporter, a presentation stage, a massive SCOREvision LED screen showing SCORE race videos, press conference, autograph session and an interactive BFGoodrich Tires display which will include a public pit-crew challenge.
At 7 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, Nov. 1 there will also be a VIP screening of the ‘Dust 2 Glory’ one hour, 50 minute motorsports action documentary movie on the SCORE World Desert Championship. The screening will be open to all individuals with a SEMA Show badge.
For all the classes except SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE TT Legend, the drawing for starting positions within each class will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Entries must be received by 11 p.m. (PT) on Friday Oct. 27 to be included in the start draw. Late entries received after the drawing will be placed by class in the next available starting position following those that entered in time for the random draw.
For racers who competed in September’s Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge, based on their results, those racers will be placed in order of how they placed in Tijuana and a drawing will be held for all of the additional entries in each class to determine the final start order for the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000.
To date, there are 327 total entries from 42 U.S. States, two U.S. Territories and 24 countries officially signed up to compete. In addition to the United States, the U.S. Territories of Guam and Puerto Rico and host country Mexico, the other countries with racers entered to date are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Spain.
Including SCORE Trophy Truck (41), 10 total classes already have double figures in terms of entries so far. While several other classes have nearly reached at least 10 entries, the other classes with double figure entries to date are: Class 10 (26), Trophy Truck Spec (21), Pro UTV FI (20), unlimited Class 1 (19), Pro Moto Ironman (15), Pro UTV (13), Class 1/2-1600 (11), Baja Challenge (11) and leading the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with 24 entries so far.
With a second-driver often running the trucks for qualifying, the previous fastest SCORE Trophy Truck qualifiers in the three previous years of this special Las Vegas qualifying event have been Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C. in 2014, Ricky Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (Driver of Record-Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn.) in 2015 and Kyle LeDuc, Temecula, Calif. (DOR-Mark Post, Las Vegas) in 2016.
SCORE rules require that whoever drives for qualifying must also start the race.
WHO ELSE BUT SAL!
Sal Fish, 78, the iconic desert racing promoter who owned SCORE International for 38 years, will be the Grand Marshal for November’s 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000.
Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Fish, who lives in Malibu, Calif., has earned more awards in his life than most racers have won races and was the face of SCORE from 1974 until he sold the company to Roger and Elise Norman on Dec. 20, 2012.
A graduate from the University of San Francisco, Fish had risen to the top as the Publisher of Hot Rod Magazine when Mickey Thompson, who founded SCORE in 1973, recruited Fish to be the President of SCORE.
DUST 2 GLORY
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, ‘Dust 2 Glory,’ scheduled to premiere nationwide on Dec. 6, chronicled each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Brown’s original Dusty to Glory, released in 2005, became an iconic classic showcasing the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. D2G, which began shooting at the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000, continued up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races. Executive Producer is BCII’s Bud Brutsman.
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and the SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas are all airing on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication. The season-ending 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 will have a two-hour show produced while the other race shows are each one-hour telecasts.
El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit http://elreynetwork.com.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire & Official Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Tijuana Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying
Presented by BFGoodrich Tires
Oct. 31, 2017—6 p.m. (PT) Las Vegas Motor Speedway Off-Road Track
Race Dates: Nov. 13-18, Season Finale of the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship
Race Distance/Location: 1,134.40-mile point to point race down Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula
Race Start: Ensenada, Baja California
Race Finish: La Paz, Baja California Sur
Race Participants: Nearly 350 total entries are expected from 40 U.S. States, two U.S. Territories and 20 countries with competition in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads
(NOTE: Following is the list of those entries who will be displaying their exotic 900-horsepower SCORE Trophy Truck racing machines at the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience in Las Vegas Oct. 31-Nov. 3 and participating in qualifying for the marquee racing division in the race. As of 10.26.17)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks) (41-total entries, 33 in Las Vegas)
(Numerical list, before drawing for Qualifying Order)
11 Rob MacCachren, 52, Las Vegas/Jason Voss, 30, Cupertino, Calif., Ford F-150
14 Cameron Steele, 49, San Clemente, Calif./Bobby Pecoy, 53, Anaheim, Calif./Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Mike Craft/Cody Stuart, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Pat Dean, Las Vegas/Rene Brugger, San Diego, Chevy Silverado
15 Billy Wilson, 32, Corpus Christi, Texas/Chad Bunch, 41, Glendale, Ariz., Ford Raptor
16 Cameron Steele, 49, San Clemente, Calif./Pat Dean, Las Vegas/Cody Stuart, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Shane Robinson/Mike Craft/Bobby Pecoy, 53, Anaheim, Calif./Rene Brugger, San Diego, Chevy Silverado
19 Tim Herbst, 54, Las Vegas/P.J. Jones, 47, Scottsdale, Ariz., Ford F-150
20 Pat O’Keefe, 41, Martinez, Calif./Jason Scherer/Mark McMillin, Bonita, Calif., Ford Raptor