349.91-mile season opener of 4-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship;
SCORE Trophy Truck field has 16 drivers—89 of 128 wins including A. McMillin, ‘Tavo’;
Start Draw deadline—Tuesday (March 26); airing on ABC World of X Games
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Led by eight racers who have combined to win 17 of the 25 season point championships in class history, SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks, has a SCORE-record 44 trucks (including seven in SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50) in the lineup for next week’s 33rd annual SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico.
The season-opening event of the four-race internationally-televised 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held next Wednesday through Sunday (April 3-7) in San Felipe, the picturesque, peaceful fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 120 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
Launching its 46th season as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, pre-running continues on the rugged, race-record long 349.91-mile course. All four 2019 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the fourth consecutive year.
While the names of the drivers who will pilot the SCORE-record 44 SCORE Trophy Trucks next Saturday read like a veritable who’s who in the world of desert racing, clearly standing at the top are the eight racers who between them have won the season point championship in 17 of the 25-year history of the featured racing class in the sport. Interestingly six of the ‘Elite Eight’ all live in Las Vegas.
The ‘Elite Eight’ and their championship seasons are: Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas (1999, 200, 2002, 2003), B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (2006, 2008, 2012, 2013), Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico (2015, 2016, 2017, Rob McCachren, Las Vegas (1994, 2007, 2018), Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C. (1996, 2009), Mark Post, Las Vegas (2007) and Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas (2011).
Celebrating the 33rd anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at www.SCOREInternational.com.
DRAW DEADLINE TUESDAY
The deadline to enter online and in time to be in the drawing for starting positions within each class is 8 p.m. PT Tuesday (March 26).
Most of the sport’s top stars are among the 213 official entries as of today from 29 U.S. States, host country Mexico along with the additional countries of Australia, Canada, Finland, Italy, New Zealand and Peru. Featuring Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, the race will air domestically on the ABC Network’s World of X Games show.
DOUBLE DIGIT ENTRIES
Besides SCORE Trophy Truck with 44, the other classes with double figure entries to date and their totals are Trophy Truck Spec (27), Class 1 (18), Class 10 (17) and Pro UTV FI (16).
16 FOR 89
Including the ‘Elite Eight’, there are a total of 16 SCORE Trophy drivers in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 who have combined to win 89 of the 128 total races in the 25-year history of the class.
From the ‘Elite Eight’, Hall of Famer MacCachren leads the way with a SCORE-record 17 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins while tied for second are Ed/Tim Herbst and Gordon who each have 11 race wins, Post has seven career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, Baldwin has six, Menzies five and Apdaly has two.
The other SCORE Trophy Truck drivers entered with at least one career SCORE Trophy Truck race win are: Andy McMillin, San Diego (9), Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico (6), Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif. (5), Larry Roeseler, Imperial, Calif. (3), Gus Vildosola Sr (3), Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico (2), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (2), Dale Dondel, Murrieta, Calif. (1) and Rick D. Johnson (1).
8 FOR 16 SAN FELIPE WINNERS
Once again, MacCachren is at the top of the list of eight racers who have won 16 of the 25 total SCORE Trophy Truck races in San Felipe with six career San Felipe SCORE Trophy race wins (2003-with Vildosola Sr, 2007-with Post and 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018).
Brothers Ed/Tim Herbst have won in San Felipe three times (1999, 2000, 2001) as has Vildosola Jr (2013-with his father Gustavo Sr, 2014, 2015). Winning this race twice was Post (2004 with Jerry Whelchel, 2007 with MacCachren), Gus Vildosola Sr (2003 with MacCachren, 2013 with his son Vildosola Jr), and Gordon (1996).
Both winners of the SCORE TT Legend class (a new class within a class for drivers 50 years old and over) are entered in Gus Vildosola Sr (2017) and Russell Buehler, Kansas City, Mo. (2018).
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK/SCORE TT LEGEND CONTENDERS
Nearly 30 contenders are ready to battle in SCORE Trophy Truck against the legends of the desert. Among them are Luke McMillin, 26, San Diego (No. 83 Ford F-150), Ricky Johnson, Trabucco Canyon, Calif. (No. 6 Chevy Silverado), Dan McMillin, San Diego (No. 23 Ford F-150), Robbie Pierce, Alpine, Calif./Matt Loiodice, Descanso, Calif. (No. 30 Ford Raptor), Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn. (No. 4 Chevy Rally Truck), Justin Loftin, Brawley, Calif. (Ford Raptor), Zak Langley, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (No. 50 Ford F-150), Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif. (No. 85, Ford F-150), Chris Miller, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (No. 40 Toyota Tundra), Gary Magness, Denver (No. 45 Ford F-150), Luke Johnson, Trabucco Canyon, Calif. (No. 46 Chevy Silverado), Adam Householder, Anaheim, Calif. (No. 24 Ford F-150), Jonathan Brenthel, La Cresta, Calif. (No. 27 Chevy Silverado), Todd Tuls, Columbus, Neb. (No. 33, Ford Raptor) and Dave Taylor, Page, Ariz. (No. 26, Chevy Silverado).
In SCORE TT Legend for drivers 50 years and older, contenders the James Bailey, Riverside, Calif./Vildosola Sr, tandem and Buehler include Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (No. 5L Chevy Rally Truck), Rob Reinertson, Woodside, Calif. (No. 72L Ford F-150), Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas (No. 25L Chevy Silverado), Rolf Helland, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif. (No. 37L Ford Raptor) and Jose De Jesus Flores, Culiacan, Mexico (No. 55 Chevy Silverado).
MOTO MORGAN RETURNS
Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. a late entry this year, returns to lead the motorcycle field after winning the two-wheel portion of all four races in 2018 to earn last year’s overall moto season point championship. Morgan earned the No. 1x plate on his Honda CRF450X with his returning teammates Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. and Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif.
Pre-race festivities will be held in San Felipe next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday April 3, 4 and 5 with race days on April 6-7 concluding with the post-race awards fiesta at Noon PT on Sunday, April 7.
The colorful pre-race contingency and Manufacturer’s Midway, the starting line and the finish line will be on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe for the third straight year. Contingency will be held on two days for the first time in the history of this race with classes split with some going through the line on Wednesday (April 4) and the balance, including the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, going through on Thursday (April 5). The post-race awards celebration will be held on the start/finish line ramp on the Malecon.
17 FROM ’18
A total of 17 class winners from last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 have already entered this year.
Leading the way is last year’s overall race winner Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (SCORE Trophy Truck, No. 11 Ford F-150). Other car/truck/utv class winners from last year entered so far are Russell Buehler, Liberty, Mo. (SCORE TT Legend, No. 79L Ford Raptor), Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif. (Class 1, No. 185 Jimco-Chevy), William Hedrick Jr, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec, No. 295 ID-Chevy), Chase Warren, Phoenix (Class 10, No. 1008 Alumi Craft-Chevy), Vincent Munoz, Yucaipa, Calif. (Class 8, No. 894 Ford Ranger), Mike Coleman, La Jolla, Calif. (Class 7, No. 721 Ford Raptor), Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV FI, No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo), Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV NA, No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000) and Art Penner, Lynden, Wash. (Canada) (Class 11, No. 1156 VW Sedan).
The motorcycle/quad class winners entered this year to date are Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited, No. 1x Honda CRF450X), Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico (Pro Moto Limited, No. 100x KTM 350EXCF), Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Peru) (Pro Moto 40, KTM 450XCW), Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico (Pro Moto 30, No. 360x KTM 500EXCF), Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, No. 500x Honda CRF450X), Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 730x KTM 450EXCF) and Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif. (SPT Quad, No. 110a Honda TRX450R).
For this year’s race, Munoz has moved Trophy Truck Spec (No. 294), Jano will be racing in Pro Moto 30 (325x) and Septien will be racing in Pro Moto 30 (No. 370x).
An international motorcycle rally racer, Creel is entered in four classes– Pro Moto Unlimited (4x), Pro Moto Limited (100x), Pro Moto 30 (360x) and second driver in Trophy Truck Spec (No. 260x)
SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has worked diligently with the government officials and ejidos of the Mexicali and San Felipe areas to develop a memorable SCORE San Felipe 250 race course of 349.91 miles, the longest in the history of this popular ‘spring break’ desert race.
This year’s grueling race course will be another beauty to behold but a tough challenge to race on. It runs in a clockwise direction running over high-speed dry lake beds, through low-speed winding, rock-strewn, twisting canyons and trails, along quick-paced dirt roads and through three of Baja’s most infamous washes in Azufre, Matomi, and Coabuso.
The 33rd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 course map and GPS files are available on the SCORE website on the race page under the Race Info tab.
MUY GRANDE IMPACTO
For over three decades, the annual motorsports festival that has brought the largest economic impact of any single event held annually in this lightly-populated portion of the rugged, rough and bountifully beautiful Baja peninsula has been the SCORE San Felipe 250.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires is celebrating over four decades as a major player in SCORE Baja racing. In addition to being the official tire of SCORE International for over four decades, BFGoodrich Tires has now produced the tire of choice for 30 of the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the SCORE Baja 1000, including 30 of the last 33 years along with a record-run of 20 straight from 1986 through 2005. In total, BFGoodrich Tires has now be the tire of choice for the overall 4-wheel vehicle winner in 91 SCORE Baja races including 32 in the SCORE Baja 500.
BFGoodrich Tires will also award $10,000 contingency bonus money to the overall winner of this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 who runs exclusively on BFGoodrich Tires.
Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fourth consecutive year all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE has confirmed that the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will be televised on the ABC TV family of networks, marking the first time back on the ABC network since the 1967 and 1968 coverage of the Baja 1000 on ABC’s old Wide World of Sports show.
The one-hour shows on the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, 51st SCORE Baja 500 and the 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 will be televised as part of ABC’s World of X Games year-long programming. Presented by SCORE sponsors Monster Energy and BFGoodrich Tires, the ABC World of X Games series profiles iconic action sports figures and also highlights athletes, artists, event previews and recaps.
SCORE also announced that the inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 next September will air as a one-hour special on ESPN TV.
Hall of Fame racer Cameron Steele’s popular ‘Trail of Missions’ show has been shown as part of ABC’s World of X Games series for the past several years.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows will continue to air internationally in over 20 countries in Europe, Asia and South America via syndication and ESPN International.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, 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.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250
April 3-7, 2019—349.91 miles–San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 213 (as of 3/25/19)
(from 29 U.S. States, Host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Italy, Finland, New Zealand, Peru)
(numerical order, within class, by class start order)
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
(Number, driver/rider of record/additional drivers/riders, vehicle, builder)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited CustomTrucks)–
1L Scott Bailey, 58, Riverside, Calif./GustavoVildosola, 65, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (builder-ID)
2 Cameron Steele, 50, San Clemente, Calif./Pat Dean, 50, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Geiser)
MULTIPLE SCORE TROPHY TRUCK SEASON POINT CHAMPS: 4—Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003) and B.J. Baldwin (2006, 2008, 2012, 2013); 3— Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez (2015, 2016, 2017) and Rob MacCachren (1994, 2007, 2018); 2—Dave Ashley/Dan Smith (1998, 2001) and Robby Gordon (1996, 2009)