SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominic@SCORE-International.com
April 12, 2021
Race presented by Ford
O’Neal tops 77 racers with 198 combined wins for this week’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250
253 entries so far from 26 States, 10 Countries; Start/Finish at El Dorado Ranch; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; Qualifying Thursday—SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec;
SCORE Live –Contingency, Start Line, Finish Line–Rat Sult host; Vehicle Tracking throughout the race atwww.score-international.com Saturday—Motorcycles/quads start at 6 a.m. (PT), cars/trucks/utvs at 9 a.m.(PT)
NOTE: Race schedule of events, All-Time Overall winners at bottom of text
SAN FELIPE, Baja California, Mexico – Looking to add to his record-setting class win total, SoCal’s veteran age-group motorcycle racer Jim O’Neal will help lead 77 racers who have combined for 198 class wins among nearly 270 racers expected to start Saturday’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford. O’Neal, 74, the noted apparel manufacturer from Simi Valley, Calif., has 18 class wins in San Felipe and will be a co-rider for the Giovanni Spinali team in the Pro Moto 50 class for riders over 50 years old.
The popular ‘Spring Break’ season-opener of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held through Sunday in San Felipe, the peaceful village on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
This season-opening race will be held under the same Bio-Security protocols as last year’s abbreviated season of two races that includes no spectators at contingency, the start or the finish but fans will be allowed again to watch out around the race course, following normal health and safety protocols.
Contingency, and the start/finish compound, with no spectators allowed, will all be located on the secured grounds of the luxurious El Dorado Ranch just north of town. GREEN FLAG SATURDAY
The motorcycle and quad classes will start at 6 a.m. PT Saturday while the car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey starting at 9 a.m. PT. SCORE Trophy Truck and the Pro Moto Unlimited classes will start one vehicle every 60 seconds race while all other classes will start one every 30 seconds.
While the fastest vehicles in the elapsed-time race are expected to finish in approximately five hours, all vehicles will have 14 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher in the historic race. ON-SITE RACER REGISTRATION
Being held in the Pavilion at Eldorado Ranch, a special on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT for the racers who will be part of qualifying.
Regular on-site and late racer registration will start at 9 a.m. PT on Thursday in the Pavilion. It will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT as well as Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. No new entries will be accepted after 6 p.m. PT on Thursday and 3 p.m. PT on Friday. MORE DETAILS
Returning after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 51 classes are offered for Pro and Sportsman Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads. A total 253 entries to date have come from 26 U.S. States, along with host Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Peru.
Helping mark the launch of 48th year of SCORE International, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, will be the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division with a total of 35 of these ‘Monsters of the Desert’ officially entered. Created by SCORE and started in 1994 by then SCORE-owner Sal Fish, SCORE Trophy Truck is the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on the ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles.
All four 2021 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
SCORE Live will be streaming throughout race week on the SCORE website. Colorful Rat Sult is returning for his sixth season as the host of SCORE Live. OTRO MAS, POR FAVOR….
Leading the gregarious group of 77 racers with at least one class win in this race entered this year is Jim O’Neal (Pro Moto 50) with a SCORE race-high 18 class wins (age group motorcycle) wins–all in the last 22 years. O’Neal also has 38 starts out of 52 years in the SCORE Baja 500 and 39 starts out of 53 years in the SCORE Baja 1000.
Overcoming numerous broken bones over his long tenure in the Baja desert, O’Neal says about the race he knows so well, “The SCORE San Felipe 250 is by far the toughest race per mile in the SCORE World Desert Championship. It is the shortest race in the series, but has endless, bottomless sand with plenty of rocks thrown in all along the way.”
“I will ride the upper loop and hope to run the last 25 miles or so to the finish as well. Giovanni has some veteran racers on his team who are a great group of guys to ride with in the Baja desert. This is my third race with Giovanni, but my first SCORE San Felipe 250 with his team.”
O’Neal in the only person who has raced in all 33 previous SCORE San Felipe 250 races and he has a SCORE-record 22 season class point titles in his lengthy career.
Second in class wins is Eric Solorzano with 11 wins in Class 11 in this San Felipe race.
Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren, 56, has 10 class wins including a SCORE-record six overall wins in San Felipe (SCORE Trophy Truck) and with seven class wins in San Felipe is Wayne Matlock (Pro UTV Open).
With six class victories each are Larry Roeseler, 64, (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, 39, (SCORE Trophy Truck) and with five class wins, all in motorcycle classes is Earl Roberts (Pro Moto 50) and Francisco Septien (Pro Moto 30).
With four career class wins each in San Felipe are Tim Herbst (SCORE Trophy Truck), Chad Broughton (Trophy Truck Spec), Ricardo Malo (Class 10), Dan Worley (Class 10), Elias Hanna (Pro UTV NA), Mike Johnson (Pro Moto 50), and Giovanni Spinali (Pro Moto 50). DOUBLE DIGITS
With 253 entries to date entering late on-site racer registration this week, the race includes 35 entries in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division (Including four SCORE TT Legend vehicles for SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers over 50 years old). Created in 1994 by then SCORE owner Sal Fish, SCORE Trophy Truck is starting its 28th season as the marquee racing division in the sport for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class which has a SCORE-record 35 entries for the class. Trophy Truck Spec has as SCORE-record 32 entries and the other classes with double figure entries so far are Class 10 with 21, Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) with 10 entries and Pro Moto Ironman with a race-record 11. Among the Sportsman classes SPT Motorcycle has 11 entries. SCORE AN EV FIRST
Known worldwide as the pacesetter, SCORE will see the first-ever electric truck in the SCORE San Felipe 250. USA’s Lordstown Motors of Lordstown, Ohio has built the special Lordstown Endurance Electric Truck to race in the Baja-e class in this week’s race.
Driver of record is listed as Matthew Blanchard, 44, of Salem, Ohio with help from a lot of friends, many of whom are company engineers, as the manufacturer attempts to be the first all-electric truck to become an official finisher in a desert race. The vehicle is officially listed as the No. E414 Lordstown Endurance.
Assisting Lordstown on this special development project has been prominent off-road chassis builder Brenthel Industries of Southern California. OVERALL WINNERS RETURN –ROB MAC, ROESELER, TIM HERBST, TAVO, GUS SR, ROBBY, ANDY ALL BACK
All looking to make more SCORE Baja racing history, six drivers who have combined for 15 all-time overall 4-wheel vehicle wins in this race and one rider who has two all-time overall motorcycle victories in San Felipe are entered this year. Included in these totals are the SCORE Trophy Truck/Overall winners in eight of the last nine years.
At the top of this austere group is MacCachren who has six overall 4-wheel wins among his 10 total class wins in this race.
Racing inside of a roll cage for several years now, Roeseler is driving the No. 43 Cantina Racing Baja Jerky Toyota Tundra, built by ID Designs. He is a former motorcycle overall winner in the SCORE San Felipe 250 with two titles (1991, 1992).
Tim Herbst (SCORE Trophy Truck) has three overall wins (1999, 2000, 2001) in this race.
Also with three wins in this race entered again this year is Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr who won in SCORE Trophy Truck in three consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015).
Gus Vildsola Sr (SCORE TT Legend) is back with a pair of SCORE Trophy Truck/overall wins in this race. In 2003, he teamed with MacCachren and in 2013 he split the driving with his son Tavo.
Also returning with two overall wins is Andy McMillin (2005 in Class 1, 2019 in SCORE Trophy Truck).
With one overall win in this year’s SCORE Trophy Truck lineup is Robby Gordon (1996 in SCORE Trophy Truck). QUALIFYING
For just the second time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes.
Entries received in the qualifying classes received after March 26 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.
Start order for qualifying was determined by the date and time that each entry was received.
The only other time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division. All are entered in this year’s race as well.
Qualifying will again be held on a four-mile loop south of the airport, which is located on the south end of San Felipe. $2,222.22 ‘PISTOLA’ CLASS 5 WINNER BONUS
The late SCORE champion racer Pete Sohren is being posthumously honored as the Grand Marshal of this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. The colorful Sohren often said that San Felipe was the race he loved the most.
In conjunction with this honor, a special $2,222.22 bonus purse has been offered by Pistol Pete’s family and his Forever Pit Crew for the winner of Class 5 at the SCORE San Felipe 250.
Members of Pete’s family will represent him at the race and SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer Cameron Steele is using Sohren’s No. 2 and Sohren’s paint scheme on Steele’s Ford Raptor in honor of the racer who died tragically in a non-race accident in the sand dunes of San Felipe in January of 2019.
In the SCORE San Felipe 250 Sohren had three career class wins (1997 in Class 5, 2001 in Class 5 and 2016 in Class 7).
Helping to honor his memory even more, Sohren’s four children will race in Class 3000 in the No. 3022 Pistola TrophyLite-Chevy that he built several years ago. All from Glendale, Ariz., Farah Sohren, 18 is the driver of record. Also driving will be the other children, Van Sohren, 21, Blair Sohren, 20 and Paige Sohren, 25. BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 45 years, received two awards for the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored after the 2020 season as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 30th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 32nd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 32 of the 52 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 31 of the 53 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2021.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 28 of the 33 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and the inaugural SCORE Baja 400.
BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this race of US$5,000. PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 is Ford, the official vehicle and SUV of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. COURSE SNAPSHOT
With pre-running continuing until Friday for the BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has put together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers.
Starting and finishing without spectators in the s/f compound because of Health and Safety protocols on the grounds of the El Dorado Ranch the race is 280.2 miles, running in a clockwise direction with two physical full stop checkpoints, 82 virtual checkpoints and just four speed zones for a total of 9.3 miles.
Checkpoint 1 will be at race mile 105.5 (Old Puertecitos Road at the Pump Station) and checkpoint 2 will be in the Borrego area at race mile 228.7.
This course also runs through five of the glorious infamous Baja washes in this order: Azufre, Huatamote, Chanate, Amarillas and Las Cuevitas.
With several new sections, the entire race course is running south of Highway 3 for the first time in several years.
All Sportsman classes, Class 7SX, Class 11 and the Baja-e will race on a reduced course of 242.88 miles.
The course map, course notes, racer’s brief and GPS files are available on the SCORE website under race info for the SCORE San Felipe 250. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the dates for the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford—
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. 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. SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 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, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford Round 1 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
April 14-18, 2021—280.2 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Schedule of Events (All Times are Pacific Time)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 (Times are PDT)
By Appt. – Chassis Inspection, Pre-Tech/Stella kits, call 619.572.8245
2pm-6pm – Media Registration, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
3pm-8pm – Qualifying Teams Registration, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch Thursday, April 15, 2021 (Times are PDT)
7am – Qualifying-SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec
9am-5pm – Chassis Insp/Tech Insp/Trans Ck/Stella Install, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
9am-7pm – Racer Registration (no new entries after 6pm), Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
1pm-5pm – Media Registration, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch Friday, April, 16, 2021 (Times are PDT)
8am-4pm – Racer Registration (no new entries after 3pm), Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
9am-5pm – Media Registration, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
9am-5pm – Contingency Row, El Dorado Ranch (closed to public)
9am-6pm – Tech Insp/Transponder Ck/Stella Install, El Dorado Ranch (closed to public)
6pm – Mandatory Aircraft Pilot Safety Meeting, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch-aircraft, drones Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Times are PDT)
5:30am-11pm – SCORE Media Center Open, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch START/FINISH LINE- El Dorado Ranch (closed to public) – 280.2-mile race course 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 2 1/2 hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck/utv start 9am approx 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, 1, TT Spec one every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start 30-second splits)
(TT one vehicle every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start one every 30 seconds) TIME LIMIT: All classes have 14 hours from time each vehicle starts to complete the course Sunday, April 18, 2021 (PDT)
6 am – Posting of unofficial finishers, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
7am-8:30am – Results inquiry/protest period, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
8am-11 – SCORE Media Center, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
9:30am – Posting of results, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
10am-Noon – Racer Trophy pick, Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
SCORE San Felipe 250 All-Time Overall Champions (1982 through 2020)
NOTE: This race was not held during the first five years of the combined HDRA/SCORE Desert Series (1985-1989).
Racers Pro Cars & Trucks 6
Rob MacCachren 3
Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola 2
Gustavo Vildosola Sr
Jerry Whelchel 1
Billy Wilson *2 on motorcycle **1 on motorcycle Pro Motorcycles 7
Johnny Campbell 5
Colton Udall 4
Mark Samuels 3
Tim Staab 2
Ted Hunnicut Jr
Tim Weigand 1
Max Eddy Jr
Jonah Street Manufacturers Overall Pro 4wheel Vehicle Trucks/SUVs 17
Toyota Cars 4
Riviera Overall Engine Winners Cars & Trucks 17
Toyota Pro Motorcycles 22
Husqvarna Tires Pro 4wheel vehicles (Missing 1 year) 28
BFGoodrich Tires 2
Callahan Tires 1