Jimco repeats in Original Chassis Manufacturer points; Dougans wins Engine Builder points
Honda Motorcycle Manufacturer point champion; Polaris UTV Manufacturer point champion;
9 Red Kap SCORE Milestone award winners honored
SAN DIEGO, USA—BFGoodrich Tires, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and brothers Jeff and Rick Geiser were among the major winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2015 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala at the SCORE Tech facility in El Cajon, Calif., approximately 15 miles east of San Diego.
SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 14 categories along with the nine winners of the Red Kap SCORE Milestone Awards and the class and overall point champions of Roger Norman’s five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 300 and a worldwide audience via the live webcast of the festivities, the evening was also a celebration of 42 years of SCORE championship desert racing. Following the lengthy salute to the stars of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship, SCORE owner Roger Norman summarized his second year as SCORE’s CEO and President.
“We want to sincerely acknowledge the support, assistance and sacrifices made by family members, friends and sponsors–because without their support, the accomplishments of our racers in the series would not have been possible,” commented Norman. “Becoming a SCORE overall or class champion, or winning a coveted SCORE Off-Roadsman Award or SCORE Milestone Award is an achievement of the highest degree in our beloved sport.”
The late Oscar Ramos J, who passed away in July after working diligently as the SCORE Mexico liaison for 20 years, was selected posthumously as the 2015 SCORE Person of the Year. Accepting the award was his widow, Maritza Ramos.
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 40 years, received two awards. The BFGoodrich Tires company was honored as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 24th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 26th time.
The SCORE Off-Roadsman awards were determined by online vote of the 2015 participating teams in the SCORE World Desert Championship. Among the other honorees were the top point leaders from the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.
With very tight voting in most categories, Mexico’s Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, was selected as the 2015 SCORE Rookie of the Year after his sterling season in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division. Lopez, just 20 years old of Tecate, won his class in the SCORE Baja 500 and finished second in the SCORE Baja 1000 to win the class point championship and the 2015 SCORE Overall point championship in the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally truck built by Geiser Brothers.
Jeff Geiser, co-owner of Geiser Brothers of Phoenix with his brother Rick, was voted as the SCORE Mechanic of the Year for his work with RPM Racing, of Bristol, Tenn., which fields five vehicles in the SCORE World Desert Championship.
Rick Geiser was voted the SCORE Team Manager of the Year for his work helping coordinate the racing efforts of RPM Racing. This was the first year for this award.
“The year of 2015 was another memorable year in the history of SCORE International,” Norman added. “We witnessed a total of over 2,000 different drivers/co-drivers and riders/co-riders that participated in our five spectacular races in SCORE World Desert Championship. For my wife Elise and I, this was our just our third year as the caretakers of this amazing international treasure we all know as SCORE International. We are even more committed to work with our racers to expand the reach of SCORE even further than it has achieved so far.”
Mike Julson, of Santee, Calif., who has been a SCORE regular co-driver in both SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, saw his Jimco Racing Products open-wheel desert race cars win the 2015 SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer point championship for the 22nd time and 21st straight.
After a banner year in the SCORE World Desert Championship in 2015, Ray Field’s Dougans Racing Engines of Riverside, Calif. captured the 2015 Engine Builder point championship for the first time.
In the second year decided by points, Honda won the SCORE Motorcyle Manufacturer of the Year SCORE Off-Roadsman award, Polaris won the SCORE UTV Manufacturer of the Year points and Geiser Brothers also won the new SCORE Original Truck Chassis Manufacturer point title.
Another element of the diverse program was the presentation of the Red Kap SCORE Milestone Awards. As it has for 30 years, the coveted SCORE Milestone Awards were presented to those drivers in who finished all required miles of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship. A total of nine racers completed all 2,303.81 required miles in the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship. It was the second time in SCORE history that all car, truck, UTV, motorcycle and Quad classes, pro and sportsman were eligible for the award.
The evening included a colorful video tribute to the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship produced by SCORE’s award-winning television producer BCII TV.
The entire evening was streamed live on the SCORE Live HD platform on the SCORE website, produced by Tecnovision.
Matt Kartozian of Durka Durka Photo, who is a major contributor to the new SCORE Journal digital magazine, was honored for the second time in as the SCORE Journalist of the Year, while GetSome Photo (Art Eugenio) earned the SCORE Photographer of the Year honors for the second straight year. Winning the SCORE Videographer of the Year award for the first time was Baja Films.
Leading the parade of 2015 SCORE Desert Series point champions were the three overall titlists—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico. (Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck), Colie Potter, Las Vegas (Overall motorcycle and Class 40 on a Honda CRF450X) and Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico (Overall ATV and Pro ATV on a Honda TRX450R).
It was the first time for Lopez and Potter to earn SCORE Overall point titles in their respective divisions and second straight year for Robles Jr and his team.
Emcees for the evening were action sports TV announcers Dave Arnold and Dianna Dahlgren.
The five-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, with all five races in Baja, Mexico for the first time opens with the 30th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico, Feb. 25-28.
The original SCORE International founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish from 1974 until Fish transferred ownership of SCORE International to Roger Norman on Dec. 20, 2012. SCORE continues as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature competition in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, December 20, 9 p.m. ET)
Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET)
Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250 presented by the City of El Centro (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
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.
The five-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will include five special events and for the first time all five will be in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
30th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28, San Felipe, Mexico
2nd Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 14-17, La Paz, Mexico
48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, Ensenada Mexico
Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by Rosarito Beach, Sept. 14-18, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
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, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.