Overall point leader Andy McMillin looking for more at iconic BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 1000
Race week-Nov. 19-24; Pre-running opens Saturday—800.5-mile course in BC; Start/Finish adjacent to Ensenada’s Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center for epic season-finale of four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Confidence and respect are key ingredients in the success of someone in any field and SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point leader Andy McMillin exudes both traits to overflowing as he prepares for November’s iconic internationally-televised season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—the Granddaddy of All Desert Races. PRE-RUNNING OPENS SATURDAY
Pre-running on the official race course will open on Saturday. After the two-way section out to the Ojos Negros area, the course will run in a counter-clockwise direction down to along the Pacific Ocean and around Mike’s Sky Rancho down through Laguna Del Diablo, Morelia Junction, Matomi Wash and Amarillas Wash before heading North near San Felipe and back up through Laguna Salada, and then back down South by Santa Catarina to Ojos Negros and West on to the finish in Ensenada.
Pre-running will start at race-mile 39.1 and finish at rm765.9.
Outbound only, the first section of the race course will be open for pre-running only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of race week (Nov. 19-21).
This year’s revised course map is available on the SCORE website under race info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page at www.SCORE-International.com. McMILLIN MAGIC
Following his voracious victories in the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250 and the 51st SCORE Baja 500 along with his second place finish in a brand new race truck at the Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, San Diego’s ‘youthful’ veteran champion desert racer Andy McMillin continues to lead the SCORE Overall and the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck season point standings after three events in the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship.
With five career overall victories in this legendary race, McMillin, a third-generation desert racer at 32, said, “It’s been a great year for our team so far. I wish we could be going into the SCORE Baja 1000 with three wins in a row, but we came up a little bit short at the SCORE Baja 400 in September. We have a lot of confidence going into the biggest race of the year, the SCORE Baja 1000, and that’s always a key ingredient to success going into this race.”
Andy McMillin finished second behind Ryan Arciero in the SCORE Baja 400 in a field of 189 starters for the first-time race including 36 in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks. McMillin, who has 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, drives the No. 31 McMillin Racing Mason Motorsports-built all-wheel drive Chevy Silverado and has a dominating 330 season point total after his twin wins and one second place. 52nd SCORE BAJA MIL
The SCORE Baja 1000 endures at the pinnacle of motorsports as the most iconic, oldest, prestigious, toughest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.
This year’s epic BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, will start and finish in the heart of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico with race-week festivities and the race itself being held Nov. 19-24.
Still early in the online registration process, entries to date have come from 29 U.S. States and 15 countries.
Many of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s massive BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4Wheel Parts. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on ABC TV’s World of X Games programming.
Ensenada, “The Off-Road Capital of the World” is a coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos area of the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
Over 250 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from over 30 U.S. States and as many as 20 countries anticipated. Long-time SCORE sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has also posted a US$40,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel winner to help commemorate the renewal of this legendary SCORE race.
This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a loop race of 800.5 miles in the northern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
It will start for the 45th time and finish for the 26th time in Ensenada and the race is annually the finale of the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past four years on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.
The race and its festivities will be held primarily in and around the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada and the start and finish of the legendary race will be adjacent to the Riviera.
With a total time limit of 34 hours in the elapsed-time race, the motorcycle and quad classes will start at 3 a.m. (PT) on Friday, Nov. 22 and the car, truck and UTV classes will follow with their start on at 10:30 a.m. (PT). While the fastest vehicles are expected to cover the course in approximately 16 hours, all vehicles will have 34 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher. STATES, COUNTRIES
Included in the first 130 official entries of the more than 250 anticipated for this year’s renewal of the world’s most iconic desert race are competitors from 29 U.S. States and 15 countries.
U.S. States represented in the field of competitors to date are from Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington.
Besides the United States and host Mexico, countries represented to date in the total entry field are from Australia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, France, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru and Spain. NOTE: Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the current number/name entry list, numerical by class. GREAT EXPECTATIONS
“The course looks fantastic,” SCORE Overall point leader Andy McMillin went on to say. “It is everything we expect in a SCORE Baja 1000. It’s going to be a great, great race. The entire course is inspirational. This is game 7 of the World Series or The Super Bowl. Everyone wants to win this race and we are going to give it everything we’ve got to win another SCORE Baja 1000.” RACER REGISTRATION
Online racer registration continues at www.SCORE-International.com under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Audreonna Garcia at 775. 852.8907. PRE-RUN PLANS
“My dad (Scott McMillin-a two-time SCORE Baja 1000 overall winner) and I pre-run together most of the time,” McMillin added. “It’s what has worked for us in the past and we’ve been pretty successful doing it that way. I break up my pre-runs into sections.”
Of Andy McMillin’s 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, three had his father Scott as the second driver. COURSE THOUGHTS
Getting more specific regarding the course, Andy McMillin said, “Some sections of this course I’ve never seen before, some I’ve been running my whole life.”
Breaking down the course, McMillin commented… Fast parts—“The beach, down from Mike’s Sky Rancho, all through the deserts around the San Felipe area and all the way through Laguna Salada.” Slow parts—“Ojos Negros to Uruapan, the Mike’s Loop, and the new section after Laguna Salada.” Technical parts—“Basically the Mike’s Loop is the most technical part of the race. The new section after Laguna Salada back to Ojos Negros will also be very challenging.” PRE-GREEN
The 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 race and race week festivities will cover Nov. 19-24.
Pre-race festivities include two days of Contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway (Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Thursday, Nov. 21) on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Contingency will run each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pre-race tech will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. On Wednesday (Nov. 20), Contingency will be held for all motorcycles, quads and UTV classes along with several car/truck classes. On Thursday (Nov. 21), Contingency will be held for the balance of the car and truck classes including the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, unlimited Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec and Class 10.
The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held on Wednesday (Nov. 20) at 7 p.m. PT at the Hotel Lucerna Ensenada.
Racer registration will be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. Racer registration will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 19), and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT on both Wednesday (Nov. 20) and Thursday (Nov. 21).
Media registration will be held in the Red Room as well at the Riviera from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 19), and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on both Wednesday (Nov. 20) and Thursday (Nov. 21)
The BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center will be open on Friday (Nov. 22) starting at 2:30 a.m. PT through the close of the race course. It will also be open on Sunday (Nov. 23) from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT. The SCORE Media Center will have WiFi available as well as live streaming from the start/finish line and live tracking of the vehicles in the race
SCORE sponsor Monster Energy will host the Monster Energy Papas y Beer SCORE Street Party on Avenida Ruiz in downtown Ensenada from 6 p.m. to midnight PT on Thursday, Nov. 21. POST GREEN
As the celebration continues Friday (Nov. 22) night to all day and evening and Saturday until shortly before midnight while official finishers cross the line and tales and epic accomplishments are added to the legacy of the event.
The post-race awards fiesta will be held at the Hotel Lucerna Ensenada starting at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday (Nov. 23). OH, WHAT A COURSE!
As it has for over four and one-half decades, SCORE has put together another memorable race course for the 52nd anniversary, this one a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain and inspiring beauty that the northern state of the majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer.
SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has designed and finalized this year’s race course of 800.5 miles. The course will have three physical checkpoints and approximately 270 virtual checkpoints along the way to the finish line. There will also be approximately 16 speed zones for a total of about 85 race miles.
Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada adjacent to the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course travels East to Ojos Negros and then runs counter-clockwise in a weaving route around both the West and then the East side of the northern part of the peninsula.
The course will run in a counter-clockwise direction after the two-way section to the Ojos Negros area and down along the Pacific Ocean through Uruapan, Santo Tomas, Erendira, Santo Domingo Wash and San Quintin.
From there it will travel Northeast going by Rancho El Coyote, across and around Mike’s Sky Rancho, down by Simpson’s Ranch. The route then continues up to a speed zone on Highway 3 before going down over Laguna Del Diablo through Morelia Junction down and back up past San Felipe before heading back up through Laguna Salada, then South back through Santa Catarina to Ojos Negros and the finish on the two-way section back into Ensenada.
The course will include going through two of Baja California’s infamous washes on the east side of the course—Matomi Wash and Amarillas Wash.
The three physical checkpoints will be located starting with Checkpoint 1 which will be near Vicente Guerrero (race mile 224.25), Checkpoint 2 will be at the El Chinero Highway 3 Road Crossing (rm535.94) and Checkpoint 3 will be near Santa Catarina (rm 708.47).
Because of two extremely challenging areas on the course, Class 7SX, Baja Challenge, Class 9, Class 11, Vintage Classes and all Sportsman classes will be running a reduced course of 701.48 total miles. SCOREscope 2019 REMAINING SCHEDULE
Here is the four-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fifth consecutive year all races will be held in Baja California, Mexico:
34th SCORE San Felipe 250, March 25-29, San Felipe, Mexico
BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, June 3-7, Ensenada, Mexico
2nd SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 16-20, Ensenada, Mexico
BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-21, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur
ABC TV IN 2019
The 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship is being 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.
The inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 held in September will air as a one-hour special on ESPN2 TV, also on the World of X Games programming. It will first air on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 12 noon. (PT) and 3 p.m (ET).
All of the SCORE race coverage shows will continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. 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 Presenting Partner, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino. SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, The Satellite Phone Store. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts
Final round of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship Nov. 19-24, 2019—799.1 miles–Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Total Entries: 130 (as of 10/24/19) (from 29 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, France, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Spain)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (22)
4 Justin Matney
9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
10 Alan Ampudia
11 Rob MacCachren
14 Bobby Pecoy
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr
26 Dave Taylor
27 Jonathan Brenthel
30 Robbie Pierce
31 Andy McMillin
40 Chris Miller
42 Casey Mears
44 Jayson Strachan
45 Gary Magness
50 Zak Langley
70 Kevin Thompson
77 Robby Gordon
83 Luke McMillin
85 Mike Lawrence
89 Mike Walser
90 Raul Gomez
97 Robert ‘BJ’ Baldwin SCORE TT LEGEND (4)
1L Scott Bailey
5L Clyde Stacy
37L Rolf Helland
72L Rob Reinertson CLASS 1 (12)
100 Brad Wilson
106 Derek Fletcher
107 John Currier
129 Brandon Bailey
130 Jim Anderson
138 Brian Wilson
150 Morgan Langley
162 Brendan Gaughan
167 Rhys Millen
168 Shelby Reid
188 Sergio Salgado
198 Michael Mclean TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (12)
204 Sara Price
208 Andrew Entwistle
210 Ted Moncure
230 Chad Hall
232 Chelsea Magness
237 Robert Malone
240 Bobby Patton
250 John Langley
260 Luis Javier Pelayo
276 Gerardo Iribe
279 Austin ‘A.J.’ Jones
299 Charles Dorrance HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (2)
4402 Casey Currie
4421 Mike Hales-RS CLASS 10 (9)
1002 Clay Lawrence
1033 Stefano Palacios
1036 Corey Goin
1048 Kevin Price
1058 Jeremy Davis
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1068 Cody Reid
1069 Daniel Berg
1075 Eliseo Garcia CLASS 7 (2)
709 Jeff Proctor
710 Mike Shaffer CLASS 5 (2)
507 Greg Sullivan
524 Ben Swift PRO UTV FI (11)
2902 Jason Stewart
2921 Brett Comiskey
2927 Justin Smith
2930 Sean Cook
2931 Craig Scanlon
2948 Matt Burroughs
2971 Wayne Matlock
2978 Jose Juarez
2979 Julio Garza
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
2995 Daniel Parker SCORE LITES (4)
1205 Miguel Cortez
1234 Steve Jones
1247 Wes McKenzie
1266 James Butler PRO UTV NA (6)
1908 John Andrew Entwistle
1944 Christopher Boyle
1954 Kristen Matlock-RS
1978 T. Bradley Millner
1995 Kaden Wells
1996 Jim Daniels CLASS 1/2-1600 (2)
1609 J. David Ruvalcaba-RS
1616 Angel Barajas-RS PRO UTV UNLIMITED (0) PRO UTV STOCK (1)
3930 Douglas Cornwell CLASS 8 (0) CLASS 3 (0) BAJA CHALLENGE (0) CLASS 5-1600 (3)
585 Matt Barnes
569 Ruben Garcia
588 Erich Reisen CLASS 7F (0) CLASS 7SX (0) CLASS 11 (2)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1156 Arthur Penner
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (4)
1x Justin Morgan
24x Mike Frick
35x Nick Gust
66x Santiago Creel PRO MOTO LIMITED (3)
100x Santiago Creel
120x Marco Pena
123x Jason Ennis PRO MOTO 40 (3)
424x William St. Laurent
437x Mauricio Santana
444x Jason Trubey PRO MOTO 30 (4)
308x Ryan Liebelt
344x David Von Schmidt
360x Santiago Creel
366x Alejandro Del Mazo PRO MOTO IRONMAN (7)
707x Matthew Lund
735x Dustin Ashe-Everest
753x Garrett VanDerSys
757x Rick Thornton
774x Florian Schwarcz
777x Dave Dunn
792x Justin Wilber PRO MOTO 50 (0)
Pro Quad (0)
SPT QUAD (0) SPT M/C (11)
211x Patrick Culligan
212x Carlos Silva
219x Hisashi Kitamura
237x Indrajeet Sen
242x John Meek
266x Anthony Matter
277x Stephen Gholson
284x Shane Schorno
285x Aaron McDowell
294x Christopher Colmenero
297x Adrian Montecino