SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
October 9, 2021
Race week Nov. 15-20
BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000,
presented by 4 Wheel Parts Official race course of a majestically rugged 1,227 miles To again challenge desert racers from around the world
Pre-running opens Oct. 23 on monstrous 1,227.00-mile course down Baja California peninsula for iconic finale of 4-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship; Start next to Ensenada’s Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center and finish in La PazMore information under race info tab on www.score-international.com
NOTE: SCORE Baja 1000 distances on peninsula runs at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—SCORE International is well known around the globe as the ‘World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.’ Celebrating its 48th season in 2021, the flagship event for the SCORE World Desert Championship is November’s season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
While ever year for the Granddaddy of All Desert Races is mesmerizing, a peninsula run down Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula is, for lack of a better term, hypnotizing. This year’s race course promises to easily live up to the lasting legacy of races past as SCORE has released the official map for the gargantuan 1,227-mile race course for this year’s renewal of a pilgrimage for the ages. The SCORE Baja 1000 is at the pinnacle of motorsports as the most iconic, oldest, prestigious, toughest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.
Starting and finishing under Mexico’s strict BioSecurity health and safety protocols, race-week festivities and the race itself will be held Nov. 15-20.
This year’s race will be a peninsula run of 1,227 miles down majestic Baja California, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. 54th SCORE BAJA 1000
Most of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s massive BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. The 2021 season-finale will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on ESPN2’s World of X Games programming.
Race week activities will be held Nov. 15-20.
Nearly 300 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from nearly 40 U.S. States and as many as 20 countries anticipated. Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads will be competing in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.
This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a point-to-point race of a spectacular 1,224 miles starting in Ensenada in the northern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
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.
La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, is the gateway to the Sea of Cortez and 1,000 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.
It will start for the 47th time in Ensenada, finish for the 21st time in La Paz, 23rd time overall to run down the peninsula as 2000 and 2007 finished in Cabo San Lucas. This race is annually the finale of the SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past six years in Baja California.
It will be the first peninsula run since the 50th SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017. EARLY ENTRIES
With nearly 300 entries anticipated at the start line, as of today 79 total early entries have been received for the Granddaddy of All Desert Races, with racers representing 25 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico and nine countries. The countries are United States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host country Mexico, Argentina, Canada, Guatemala, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain and Sweden. ONLINE RACER ENTRY APPLICATIONS
Racer entry applications are now available 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. Online racer entry applications will be accepted through Friday, October. 22.
The SCORE Ensenada office will accept walk-in entries up to Friday, Oct. 29. LA RUTA
The race will feature a course, when fully plotted and then marked over the next few weeks by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 1,227.00 miles of rugged Baja California terrain.
The challenging race course will be another memorable example of all that Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, beautiful Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the ocean and the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
It will run east from Ensenada to Ojos Negros, south to Valle de Trinidad, back southwest to Colonet, south to San Quintin. The course will start heading inland to Catavina then south to Coco’s Corner to Bahia de Los Angeles. From there it heads inland to San Ignacio and back to the Pacific Ocean at race mile 750. At about race mile 825 it heads east to the Sea of Cortez at race mile 880 and down along the Sea of Cortez past Loreto. After Loreto it runs southwest and back along the Pacific past Villa Insurgentes and Ciudad Constitucion until race mile 1,180 were it turns southeast and finally into the finish in La Paz.
The official course map is now posted on the SCORE website. Posting Preliminary course notes, racer brief, penalty bulletin and GPS files will be posted on the SCORE website under Race Info after 6 p.m. PT on Thursday, Oct. 21. PRE-RUNNING
Pre-running on the official race course of approximately 1,227 miles will open at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 23.
The first section of the course to race mile 33.77 will not be available for pre-running from the start until Monday of race week when it will be open only for vehicles traveling outbound. SCORE LIVE
During contingency on Tuesday and Wednesday and the race on Thursday until the course closes on Saturday late afternoon, live streaming will be broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews. Popular Rat Sult, who has been the voice of SCORE over the last six seasons, will once again serve as host of the SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult will be veteran Dave Arnold.
SCORE live may be launched from the home page of the SCORE website. STARTING POSITIONS
For this year’s SCORE Baja 1000, starting positions for all entries that raced in September’s SCORE Baja 400, finishing positions determined their respective starting positions if they have fully entered by the close of online racer registration on Oct. 22.
All entries that arrive by Oct. 22 online or by Oct. 29 in person, will be placed in a drawing for start positions with the results being posted on the SCORE website on Friday, Nov. 5.
After that date, late, on-site racer registration will be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada for three days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 15-17). All late, on-site entries will receive the next available starting position within their respective classes. GREEN FLAG
The SCORE Baja 1000 will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Thursday, Nov. 18 will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 2 a.m. (PT) and 10 a.m. (PT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around 22 hours, all vehicles will have a 50-hour time limit to become official finishers in the elapsed-time race. 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 33 of the 53 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 34 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 first SCORE Baja 400. BFG BIG BONUS
SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$40,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate the Granddaddy of All Desert Races. PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500 is 4 Wheel Parts, the official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here is the remaining event in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which are being held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
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. 2022 SCORE SKED
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico 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 and PCI Race Radios. SCORE Official Partners: 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, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Ensenada Tourism Marketing Committee, Cruz Roja Mexicana, San Quintin Muncipal Council, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism and Sustainable Economy, Municipal Government of Mulege, Muncipal Government of Loreto, Muncipal Government of Comondu and Municipal Government of La Paz, B.C.S.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
SCORE Baja 1000 Peninsula Run Course Mileage through 2017
(mileage breakdown for all 24 peninsula runs 21 of which finished in La Paz)
1967 Tijuana to La Paz, 849 miles 1968 Ensenada to La Paz 832 miles 1969 Ensenada to La Paz 832 miles 1970 Ensenada to La Paz 832 miles 1971 Ensenada to La Paz 832 miles 1972 Mexicali to La Paz 912 miles 1973 Ensenada to La Paz 875 miles 1979 Ensenada to La Paz 986.2 miles 1982 Ensenada to La Paz 983.52 miles 1986 Ensenada to La Paz 822 miles 1989 Ensenada to La Paz 1,057.7 miles 1992 Ensenada to La Paz 1,032.7 miles 1995 Tijuana to La Paz 1,146.3 miles 1998 Santo Tomas to La Paz 1,070 miles 2000 Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas 1,679.54 miles 2002 Ensenada to La Paz 1,017.31 miles 2004 Ensenada to La Paz 1,013.57 miles 2006 Ensenada to La Paz 1,047.8 miles 2007 Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas 1,296.39 miles 2010 Ensenada to La Paz 1,061.69 miles 2012 Ensenada to La Paz 1,121.55 miles 2014 Ensenada to La Paz 1,275.00 miles 2017 Ensenada to La Paz 1,134.40 miles