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    Most of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 48th anniversary of the SCORE BAJA 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
    The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
    Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race. This year will mark the 43rd time it has started and 39th time it has finished in Ensenada.

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    May 20, 2016

    Race to air on CBS Sports Network
    Arredondo draws first motorcycle start as SCORE Trophy Trucks,
    Class 1 to have qualifying session for 48th annual SCORE Baja 500
    Round 2 of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship had 191 entries in drawing;
    internationally-televised 477.51-mile race to be held June 2-5 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico;
    more info at SCORE-International.com;

    RENO, Nev., USA—SCORE International entries continue to increase over the previous year, starting with the season opener San Felipe 250 and now the SCORE Baja 500 with 40 entries registered over the previous year in Thursday night’s starting position draw. There were 191 official entries in the drawing and as many as 70 additional late entries are expected before the close of race registration on Friday, June 3.
    Guatemala’s Francisco Arredondo will be the first motorcycle off the starting line in the upcoming 48th annual SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Entries from around the world continue to arrive for Round 2 of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, to be held June 2-5 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
    With SCORE Trophy Trucks, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks, and unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars qualifying for starting positions on Thursday of race week (June 2), Arredondo is certain of the starting position for his multi-rider team on race day.
    PRE-RUNNING
    Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race course will begin on this Saturday (May 21). The official map of the 477.51-mile course is available on the SCORE website. While pre-running begins on Saturday, the first 35 miles of the race course to Ojos Negros (which is used both directions) will be open for outbound pre-running only on Thursday and Friday of race week (June 2-3).
    THE FIELD/START
    Over 250 entries are expected at the start line with entries from 25 U.S. States and 10 countries anticipated.
    It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 4) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. and approximately 10 a.m. for the cars, trucks and UTVs. There is a 21-hour time limit in the elapsed-time race to become an official finisher.
    ENTRY LEADERS
    While SCORE Trophy Truck with 30 has the most entries of any class in the race, other car/truck/UTV classes with double figure entries so far are Class 10 with 26, Class 1 with 19, Pro UTV with 13, Pro UTV FI with 12, Trophy Truck Spec with 12 and SCORE Lites with 10 entries in the start draw.
    Leading the Pro motorcycle classes is the Pro Moto Unlimited class with eight entries in the start drawing. Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with eight entries so far.
    TEAMMATES
    Splitting up the riding time on the Chris Haines team with Arredondo on the No. 45x Honda CRF450x will be veteran riders Shane Esposito, Ryan Penhall, Roberto Villalobos, Justin Morgan and Kendall Norman.
    QUALIFYING
    On Thursday, June 2 qualifying for starting positions will be held. Qualifying will be for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 and will be held over a special course near Ensenada and is not open to the public. The start drawing for these two classes will determine their respective qualifying orders.
    While most entries in these two top classes are expected to qualify, those who elect not to will be given the remaining start positions in the elapsed-time race based on the original drawing or entry into the race.
    Qualifying is closed to the public because of safety concerns, but taped highlights of qualifying will be shown starting Thursday evening (June 2) on the SCORE website.
    MAIN COURSE & SAFETY
    The loop race features a 477.51-mile race course developed by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Abelardo Grijalva.
    The historic race course is 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 with elevations from sea level to over 4,000 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
    The race starts and finishes in Ensenada and has four physical check points and over 60 virtual check points. It travels out through Ojos Negros to Tres Hermanos, Pino Solo, Catarina, Nuevo Junction (Checkpoint 1), The Summit, Cohabuzo, Laguna Salada, Saldana, Tres Pozos, Borrego (CP 2), Three Poles, Zoo Road, Huatomote Wash, Morelia Junction, Diablo dry lake bed, San Matias pass (CP 3), Mike’s Sky Rancho road, Kiliwas wash, the Goat Trail, Jamau and Km 33 crossing of Highway 3 (CP 4).
    Covering much of the state of Baja California Norte, with some areas seldom used by SCORE, the course has been designed to make it easy to chase for support crews and great for spectators. The course is fun, fast and technical with its rough sections.
    As an increased safety element, an additional helicopter will now be available for faster time travel to potential incidents and will have the ability to medivac multiple individuals if needed. The current SCORE helicopter will provide primary service to the SCORE Trophy Truck division.
    A HAPPENING…
    Colorful race week festivities will start Thursday (June 2) with qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1. SCORE sponsor partner, Monster Energy, will host pre-race evening parties both on Thursday (June 2) and Friday (June 3).
    Friday, June 3 will see the colorful day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada.
    During the race on Saturday, June 4 the start/finish line compound will include the massive double-sided SCOREvision LED screen broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews.
    All of the week’s festivities will be aired both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website.
    AT THE RIVIERA…
    The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the SCORE Baja 500. Racer registration and Media registration will be held in the Red room at the Riviera on Thursday and Friday (June 2-3) and the SCORE Media Center will be in the Red room during the race (June 4-5) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
    In the Cathedral Room at the Riviera will be pre-race media conference as well as the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting on Friday (June 3). The post-race awards celebration will be in the Cathedral Room at noon on Sunday (June 5).
    The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center as well on Blvd. Costero.
    ENTRY FEES REDUCED/INSURANCE COVERAGE INCREASED
    Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. SCORE has announced that entry fees for this year’s race have been reduced from last year. The SCORE website has made significant changes to assist in making it easier to navigate for the racers and information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.
    In addition to reduced entry fees, SCORE has doubled the amount of additional insurance coverage for the race.
    For more info, visit http://score-international.com/raceinfo/baja-500/.
    Official entries received after the drawing will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. Online entries will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Monday, May 30. Late entries after that date and all on-site late entries will be assessed a $200 late fee to enter the race. On-site race entry registration will remain open until 5 pm on Friday, June 3.
    GRAN HISTORIA
    Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 48th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
    The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
    Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race. This year will mark the 43rd time it has started and 39th time it has finished in Ensenada.
    CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
    All races in the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue as part of each race event broadcast.
    Capping off the 2016 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will air as a full two-hour special for the second straight year.
    ON THE AIR
    2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
    · SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, April 17, 9 p.m. ET)
    · SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET)
    · SCORE Desert Challenge presented by Rosarito Beach (first telecast-Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 p.m. ET)
    · SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, Dec.18, 9 p.m. ET)
    · SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, December 25, 9 p.m. ET)
    CBS SPORTS NETWORK
    CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
    DUST2GLORY
    From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory will chronicle each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Now, D2G, which began shooting at last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, continued at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 will be up close and personal in capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races.
    SCOREscope
    The four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will include four special events and for the first time all four will be held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
    · 30th SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28, San Felipe, Mexico
    · 48th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, Ensenada Mexico
    · 20th SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by Rosarito Beach, Sept. 14-18, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
    · 49th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-20, Ensenada, Mexico
    SCORE SPONSORS…
    Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, Muck Daddy-Official Hand Cleaner, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
    Official Partners: Symons Ambulance Company, Coca Cola, 4Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store.
    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, Corporate Helicopters, HP Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
    For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

    48th SCORE Baja 500
    Round 2 of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship
    June 2-5, 2016—477.51 miles
    Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
    Total Entries: 191 (as of 5/19/16)
    (from 22 U.S. States, Austria, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico)
    (starting order from start draw, by class)

    Pro Cars & Trucks
    SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (30)
    (Numerical, Before Qualifying)
    1 Carlos Lopez
    2 Jason McNeil
    3 Mark Post
    4 Justin Matney
    7 Bryce Menzies
    11 Rob MacCachren
    13 Damen Jefferies
    15 Billy Wilson
    17 Eduardo Laguna
    19 Tim Herbst
    20 Larry Roeseler
    21 Gus Vildosola Jr
    23 Dan McMillin
    30 Robbie Pierce
    31 Andy McMillin
    33 Todd Tuls
    38 Eric Hustead
    44 Kyle Jergensen
    45 Gary Magness
    47 James Bult
    48 Jimmy Nuckles
    50 Zak Langley
    57 Mike Palmer
    58 Tracy Graf
    75 Mike Cook
    77 Robby Gordon
    83 Luke McMillin
    91 Troy Herbst
    93 Chris Kemp
    97 B.J. Baldwin
    CLASS 1 (19)
    (Numerical, Before Qualifying)
    100 Shelby Reid
    104 Rob Archibald
    105 Matt Cullen
    110 Eric Chase
    111 Paul Keller
    125 Scott Rueschenberg
    127 Cody Parkhouse
    128 Brent Parkhouse
    138 Brad Wilson
    142 Steven Sells
    145 Mike Boone
    147 Pat McCarthy
    153 Ronny Wilson
    175 Jamie Huerta Jr
    185 Justin Davis
    187 Ryan Sharman
    195 Travis Chase
    101 David Hunter-RS
    106 Derek Fletcher-RS
    TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (12)
    288 Mark Luhtala
    220 Craig Christy
    273 Jordan Brenthel
    222 Pete Sohren
    211 Pat Sims
    232 Chelsea Magness
    250 John Langley
    271 Carey Chrisman
    274 Elias Hanna
    207 Steven Eugenio
    227 Jonathan Brenthel
    202 Chad Broughton
    CLASS 10 (26)
    1045 Patrick Dailey
    1058 Mike Lawrence
    1002 Clay Lawrence
    1086 Joseph Jepson
    1043 Scott Youngren
    1064 Justin Beckley
    1048 Kevin Price
    1062 J.J. Schnarr
    1090 T.J. Tuls
    1073 Richard Glazczak
    1081 Todd Winslow
    1011 Morgan Langley
    1056 Johnny Buss
    1040 Cody Robinson
    1027 Rick St. John
    1000 Cody Reid
    1031 Brent Peterson
    1032 Chip Prescott
    1060 Armando Boehme
    1017 Jesus Marchena
    1018 Miguel Tornel Jr
    1009 Rafael Navarro Jr
    1078 Agustin Cortez
    1088 Luis Salgado
    1075 Eliseo Garcia-2nd RS
    1099 Adam Pfankuch-1st RS
    CLASS 1/2-1600 (4)
    1607 Horacio Fernandez
    1605 Miguel Cortez
    1666 Tony Vanillo Jr
    1606 Ruben Sanudo
    SCORE LITES (10)
    1274 Mike Aguilar
    1205 Fernando Calzada
    1229 Raul Rodriguez
    1216 Matt Ferrato
    1201 Mario Alcala
    1212 Martin Lizarraga
    1218 Miguel Tornel Sr
    1210 Luis Barragan
    1237 Jesus De La Torre
    1244 Eric Palacios-RS
    CLASS 8 (1)
    802 Tim Gabbert
    CLASS 5 (2)
    524 Ben Swift
    500 Victor Cesena
    CLASS 2 (1)
    201 Jeff Proctor
    CLASS 7 (6)
    733 Hans Brand
    737 Dallas Luttrell
    700 Dan Chamlee
    722 Pete Sohren
    725 JT Holmes
    704 Aaron Celiceo
    TROPHY LITE (1)
    6091 Paul Nauleau
    Pro UTV FI (12)
    2971 Wayne Matlock
    2913 Branden Sims
    2936 Jacob Carver
    2919 Brandon Schueler
    2905 Marc Burnett
    2910 Scott Trafton
    2923 Tyler Backus
    2917 Derek Murray
    2918 Justin Lambert
    2930 Sean Cook
    2921 Johnny Angal
    2916 Cody Rahders
    Pro UTV (13)
    1958 George Felix
    1998 Bill Whittington
    1962 Dodge Poelman
    1983 John Estrada
    1954 Kristen Matlock
    1915 Thomas Graves
    1955 Paul Champion
    1949 Alonso Lopez
    1952 Jonathan McVay
    1985 Adrian Orellana
    1902 Cole Wilson
    1992 David Nance
    1903 Jaime Romero Sr-1st RS
    CLASS 5-1600 (3)
    582 Rodolfo Martinez
    577 Ernie Negrete
    599 Hector Hurtado-1st RS
    CLASS 11 (5)
    1199 Bobby Wolfe
    1121 Dennis Hollenbeck
    1156 Art Penner
    1103 Noe Gutierrez
    1106 Joaquin Garcia
    Pro Motorcycles
    PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (8)
    45x Francisco Arredondo
    15x Larry Serna
    3x Ray Dal Soglio
    6x Jay Rabjohn
    12x Robert Allen
    10x Skyler Howes
    37x Kevin Murphy
    1x Colton Udall
    PRO MOTO 30 (1)
    301x Christopher Schultz
    PRO MOTO 40 (5)
    400x Colie Potter
    406x Michael Holcomb
    413x Bradley Loveday
    437x Craig Thompson
    404x Jano Montoya
    PRO MOTO IRONMAN (7)
    726x Abraham Mena Calderon
    740x Boe Huckins
    733x Derek Ausserbauer
    729x Michael Skurkis
    716x Ryan Gutile
    709x Todd York
    702x Tony Gera
    PRO MOTO 50 (4)
    507x Mark Winkelman
    596x Akihiro Saito
    540x Michael Garvin
    510x Seiji Kubota
    PRO MOTO 60 (1)
    625x Mark Hawley
    PRO MOTO LIMITED (4)
    103x Connor Panratz
    150x Jim Owens
    101x Mark Winkelman
    106x Garrett Poucher
    Pro Quads
    Pro Quad (2)
    1a Javier Robles Jr
    12a Oscar Ruiz
    Sportsman
    SPT UNLTD TRUCK (4)
    1407 Michael Ng
    1409 Long Truong
    1408 Patrick Martin
    1410 Victor Carillo
    SPT M/C (8)
    287x Luis Balaguer
    255x Will Salazar
    225x Alberto Morales
    235x Fernando Barbosa
    230x Kristopher Harvey
    273x Jose Perez
    278x Javier Meija
    262x Nick Acosta-1st RS
    SPT QUAD (2)
    104a Roberto Martinez
    110a Danny Magdaleno