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    September 11, 2018


    Next week in Baja Mexico

    Advance online racer registration ends Wednesday for upcoming

    Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge

    Pre-running this Friday & Saturday for cars/trucks/UTVs, Sunday for motorcycles and quads;

    Round 3 of 4-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship is two-day, four-lap SCORE Baja race;

    colorful pre-race Contingency Friday (Sept. 21)–Avenida Paseo de los Heroes in Zona Rio area of Tijuana;


    motos, quads, some 4-wheel classes race in Group 1; cars, some trucks, pro UTVs in Group 2, SCORE Trophy Truck,

    SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec-Group 3–2 laps each day–33.7-mile loop course for 134.8 total race miles;


    start/finish line at Rancho Casian in Southeast Tijuana, more info at


        ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico — Advance racer registration concludes on Wednesday for entries into this month’s special format Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge.  Pre-running for 4-wheel classes will be held this Friday and Saturday and for 2-wheel and quad classes this Sunday.

          With classes for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, utvs, motorcycles and quads, registration and info regarding Round 3 of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship is available on the SCORE website at Dates for the festivities and the race areSept. 20-23.


         With no qualifying for any classes in this race, the drawing for starting positions within each class will be announced this Friday, Sept. 14. To be included in the start draw, online racer registration will close at 8 p.m. PT tomorrow (Wednesday). Late, on-site racer registration will be held at Hotel Lucerna Tijuana on Thursday and Friday (Sept. 20 and 21).


         Pre-running on the official race course, exclusively for all car, truck and UTV classes will be held this Friday (Sept. 14) and Saturday (Sept. 15) and pre-running exclusively for motorcycle and quad classes will be held on Sunday (Sept. 16). There will be no pre-running on the race course allowed during race week (Sept. 17-21) prior to the two days of racing.

         For each of the three days, pre-running will be allowed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.


         Moving to the largest city on the Baja California peninsula last year, this race will again utilize a special split format two-day event with one lap each day as the Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge.

        Hotel Lucerna Tijuana on Avenida Paseo de los Heroes in the Zona Rio area of Tijuana is the official event hotel and the hospitality group (Lucerna Hotels & Resorts) is the SCORE Official Hotel for the SCORE World Desert Championship.


         With 138 official entries to date, there are racers from 22 U.S. States and eight countries. Nations are USA, host country Mexico, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Peru. States with racers so far are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.


         Prominent SCORE desert racing teams COPS Racing, Santa Monica, Calif. and RPM Racing of Bristol, Tenn. have each entered three high-powered vehicles in this year’s SCORE Desert Challenge. Also among the recent entries is Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas champion racer and third-generation SoCal champion racer Luke McMillin.

          SoCal’s COPS Racing is a family of drivers led by patriarch John Langley and includes his sons Zak Langley and Morgan Langley. The largest team in the SCORE World Desert Championship, RMP Racing has entered three trucks so far in this race.

         John Langley, 75, drives the No. 250 COPS Racing Mason-Chevy in Trophy Truck Spec, Zak Langley, 43, is driver of record in the No. 50 COPS Racing ESM-Ford F-150 in SCORE Trophy Truck and Morgan Langley, 44, drives the No. 150 COPS Racing ESM-Chevy open-wheel desert race car in the unlimited Class 1.

         RPM Racing has one entry in SCORE Trophy Truck, one entered in SCORE TT Legend along with another truck in the Trophy Truck Spec class.

         Leading the RPM stable of thoroughbreds is Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 23 of Tecate, Mexico and the three-time defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion in the No. 1 RPM Racing Geiser-built Chevy Rally Truck. In the last two years of this race Apdaly has finished third and second.

         Clyde Stacy, 73, Bristol, Va., who is co-owner of RPM, is the driver of record in the No. 5L RPM Racing Geiser Chevy Rally Truck and his second driver is WRC veteran Armin Schwarz, 54, who is from Germany but lives in Austria.

         Sara Price, 25, Lake Elsinore, Calif., is the newest member of the RPM team as she is driving solo this year in the Trophy Truck Spec class the No. 204 RPM Racing Geiser-Chevy.

         Bryce Menzies, 31, Las Vegas and Jesse Jones, 52, Litchfield Park, Ariz., have entered the No. 7 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford Raptor in the SCORE Trophy Truck division. Menzies was the 2011 SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point champion as well as the 2011 SCORE Rookie of the Year.

         Menzies has five career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins while Jones, the 2010 SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point champion, has two career race wins in SCORE Trophy Truck.

         Also among the latest entries is San Diego’s third-generation desert racer Luke McMillin, 25. Luke McMillin drives the No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150 built by Racer Engineering in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division. Currently second is season points, the youngest of the racing McMillins, Luke McMillin is second in season points in SCORE Trophy Truck behind undefeated Rob MacCachren with a pair of podium finishes—third in San Felipe in April and second in Ensenada in June.


         The unique-format race will be held in an area with a spectator-friendly start/finish line area located on the southeast outskirts of Tijuana at the popular Rancho Casian off of Boulevard 2000 (Highway No. 201) at Km 22.


         Starting and finishing adjacent to Rancho Casian in Southeast Tijuana, the partially new race route will still travel in a counterclockwise direction. The revised 33.7 tough terrain miles were designed and put together by SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva. It covers much of the land used in last year’s 23.4-mile loop, especially in the Rancho San Vicente area (where the race started last year), considered the roughest section of the course.

         There will be two full-stop checkpoints on the course. Checkpoint No. 1 will be at race-mile 16.1 and Checkpoint 2 will be at race-mile 25.8.

         The hot pit area for competitors will be in the area around race-mile 3.6.

         Heading back to Rancho Casian, the race course goes by the popular Rumorosita, a very popular area that is very rocky and rough.

         The final sprint of several miles back into Rancho Casian at the end of each lap is expected to be the fastest section of the race course each day.


         Race headquarters will be the Hotel Lucerna in the heart of the Rio Zona area of Tijuana on Avenida Paseo de los Heroes. Racer registration will be held in the hotel on Thursday, Sept. 20 (2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT) and Friday, Sept. 21 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT).

         Media registration will be held at the Hotel Lucerna on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT and on Friday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.

         Contingency will be held in directly in front of the headquarters hotel on the historic Avenida Paseo de los Heroes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Friday (Sept. 21) with tech inspection lasting one hour longer until 6 p.m.

         Both being held at the Hotel Lucerna on Friday (Sept. 21), the mandatory aircraft pilot safety meeting will be held at 6 p.m. PT followed by the mandatory racer meeting will be held at 7 p.m. PT


         The event features two days of racing scored as one race. SCORE Race Director Jose Grijalva has been forced to change the race route to a 33.7-mile loop course through the challenging hills in the area that each class will run two laps each day for four total laps and 134.8 total race miles. The classes will be split into three groups and will run one session each day to determine the final results.

         The elapsed-time race with a two-hour-fifty minute time limit each day for Groups 1 and 2 and 2:20 for Group 3 will start at 6:30 a.m. PT each day. Group 1 will have motorcycles, quads and a few car classes, Group 2 will have the bulk for the car and truck classes and will start their two-lap run at11 a.m. PT each day..

         Group 3 with the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE TT Legend divisions along with Trophy Truck Spec and Hammer Trucks will run the first half of their race (two laps) on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 22) and final half (two laps) on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 23).

         Racing for those classes will start each day at 3:30 p.m. PT and racing will finish each day at approximately 6 p.m.

         Celebrating its 25th year as the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950 horsepower unlimited trucks, SCORE Trophy Trucks, the post-race awards celebration will be held in the start/finish line area on Sunday (Sept. 23), at 5:30 p.m. PT for Group 1 and Group 2 and at 7:30 p.m. PT.


         Prior to last year’s SCORE Desert Challenge, only two races in SCORE history had started in Tijuana. The first was the inaugural SCORE Baja 1000 (then called Mexican 1000) in 1967 and then again in 1995.  In both of those years the SCORE Baja 1000 finished in La Paz.



    • Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 19-23, Tijuana, Mexico
    • 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico

    2019 SCHEDULE

         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
    • Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 18-22, Ensenada, Mexico
    • 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.19-24, Ensenada, Mexico


         SCORE races are airing this year on the El Rey Network. The El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network and 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


         Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, 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.

         Lucerna Hotels & Resorts 22nd Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Lucerna Hotels and Resorts, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.

         For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at

    Lucerna Hotels and Resorts Tijuana

    22nd SCORE Desert Challenge

    Sept. 22-23, 2018—134.8 total miles (4 laps, 33.7-mile loop course, two laps per day)

    Round 3 of four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship

    Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico (Rancho Casian)

    Total Entries: 13(as of 9/11/18)

    (from 22 U.S. States, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru)

    (numerical order by class—prior to start draw)

     Pro Cars & Trucks


    1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez

    *5L Clyde Stacy

    7 Bryce Menzies

    10 Alan Ampudia

    11 Rob MacCachren

    *12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

    15 Billy Wilson

    16 Cameron Steele

    28 Corey Keysar

    40 Chris Miller

    50 Zak Langley

    83 Luke McMillin


    CLASS 1 (6)

    100 Brian Wilson

    129 Brandon Bailey

    150 Morgan Langley

    153 Brad Wilson

    168 Shelby Reid

    185 Justin Davis


    200 Elias Hanna

    204 Sara Price

    208 Andrew Entwistle

    225 Brian Trotter

    242 Austin Jones (DOR-Bruce Swaim)

    245 Mark Winkelman

    250 John Langley

    252 Gonzalo Pirron

    266 Scott Biernot

    267 Hammond Meredith

    276 Gerardo Iribe

    295 William Hedrick Jr

    299 Charles Dorrance


    4400 Joshua Bertschy

    4422 Casey Currie

    CLASS 10 (11)

    1002 Clay Lawrence

    1016 Hiram Duran

    1018 Miguel Tornel Z-A

    1022 Rafael Aguirre

    1023 Broc Dickerson

    1030 Vic Bruckmann (DOR-Jim Anderson)

    1049 Ty Godde

    1062 J.J. Schnarr

    1063 Ruben Torres

    1068 Cody Reid

    1081 Matt Winslow (DOR-Todd Winslow)

    CLASS 8 (2)

    849 Gabriel Arce

    894 Vincent Munoz

    CLASS 1/2-1600 (4)

    1603 Oscar Alvarez

    1613 Dana Jussila

    1614 Bruce Yee

    1644 Cesar  Fiscal


    1210 Luis Barragan

    1218 Gustavo Pinuelas

    1240 Miguel Bonilla

    1255 Darren Walsh

    1258 Jeremy Davis

    1269 Robert Archibald

    CLASS 5 (1)

    501 Mark McNeil

    Pro UTV FI (18)

    2900 Marc Burnett

    2903 Juan Martinez

    2904 Cory Sappington

    2912 Tony Riggs

    2916 Cody Rahders

    2919 Brandon Schueler

    2920 Dan Eckardt

    2922 Aldo Salazar

    2937 Alex Nicholas

    2940 Erik Kozin

    2946 Jose Juarez

    2949 Alonso Lopez

    2966 Rhys Millen

    2975 Mike Cafro

    2968 Paul Kraus (DOR-Christine Giampaoli Zonca)

    2971 Wayne Matlock

    2978 Luis Fontanel

    2989 Wes Miller

    Pro UTV (5)

    1954 Kristen Matlock

    1955 Paul Champion

    1956 Joe Bolton

    1985 Adrian Arellano

    1995 Kaden Wells

    CLASS 7 (2)

    700 Dan Chamlee

    711 Carlos Diaz

    CLASS 5-1600 (4)

    553 Cesar Iniguez

    577 Luis Herrera

    580 Luis Macias

    596 Mark Winston

    CLASS 11 (4)

    1100 Dennis Hollenbeck

    1104 Viry Felix

    1111 Eric Solorzano

    1113 Mario Vazquez



    208 Andrew Entwisle

    SPT CAR (2)

    1502 Clay Lawrence

    1577 Diane Gianelli


    1818 Jessalyn Sells


    3975 Torrey Rush

    Pro Motorcycles


    1x Shane Esposito

    4x Santiago Creel

    5x Colton Udall

    6x Brandon Prieto

    7x Justin Morgan

    25x Massimo Mangini

    30x Nic Garvin

    33x Garrett Poucher

    37x Roberto Villalobos

    66x Santiago Creel


    100x Santiago Creel

    117x Fernando Beltran

    151x Edgar Cota (ROR-Juan Lopez)

    171x Luis Flores

    PRO MOTO 30 (5)

    300x Ryan Liebelt

    303x Edgar Espinoza (ROR-Luis Gomez)

    304x Michael Garger (ROR-Chris Racan)

    310x Enrique Fuhrken

    360x Santiago Creel

    365x Nick Lanning

    PRO MOTO 40 (2)

    400x Jano Montoya

    427x Salvador Sainz

    PRO MOTO 50 (1)

    510x Giovanni Spinali


    714x Lawrence Janesky

    721x Jose Carrasco

    722x Liz Karcz

    730x Francisco Septien

    PRO MOTO 60 (1)

    649x Guy Laycraft

    Pro Quads

    Pro Quad (1)

    1a Said Sanchez


    SPT QUAD (4)

    105a Cristian Esparza

    110a Danny Magdaleno

    123a Ismael Hernandez

    125a Cristobal Quezada

    SPT M/C (10)

    200x Miguel Pena

    201x R. Hank Salyer

    211x Luis Esquivel

    212x Carlos Silva

    213x Bradley Loveday

    216x Luke Berlet

    238x Rolando Cabrera

    247x Michael Boge

    284x Schane Schorno

    291x Tyler Cash