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 www.SCOREInternational.com. 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. PTtomorrow (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.
WHERE THEY’RE FROM
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.
ENTRIES ADDED FROM COPS, RPM, MENZIES, MCMILLIN
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.
LA RUTA NUEVA
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. PTon 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
RACE DAYS SKED
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.
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 http://elreynetwork.com.
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 www.SCOREInternational.com.
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: 138 (as of 9/11/18)
(from 22 U.S. States, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru)