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    Round 3 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship being held in Ensenada, Mexico
    Entries from 26 U.S. states, 10 countries celebrating SCORE’s 42nd anniversary;
    Riviera del Pacific Cultural Center in Ensenada hosting several race activities

    Tecnovision producing LIVE streaming & vehicle tracking at www.score-international.com;

    ENSENADA, Mexico—Fully engaged and well aware of the challenge that awaits, Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies and SoCal’s Team Brabec are full of confidence and enthusiasm as Menzies defends his overall race and SCORE Trophy Truck title and Team Brabec attempts to repeat as overall motorcycle winner at this week’s 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Round 3 of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship is being held this week in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 85 miles south of San Diego.
    It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday drops first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. and approximately 10 a.m. for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to complete the brutally rugged 510.58-mile course in nearly 11 hours, all vehicles will have a 22-hour time limit to become an official finisher in the grueling race.
    With late entries accepted on-site until the close of registration on Friday, nearly 250 entries are expected at the start line with entries from 26 U.S. States and 10 countries already in the field. Besides the USA and host country Mexico, other countries represented on the starting grid so far are Austria, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala and Japan.
    Among the entries are 72 races who have combined for 196 class wins in this historic race.
    MENZIES’ MULTIPLES
    While repeats are fickle in desert racing they aren’t impossible as SCORE young gun Menzies, 27, can clearly attest to after having won this amazing race three times in the last four years in the No. 70 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 that he races in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks. In 2013, Menzies finished third behind race winner Robby Gordon and in addition to Menzies and Gordon, this year’s race has six of the last seven overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the field.
    BRABEC’S CHARM
    Ricky Brabec, 24, Hesperia, Calif. gave Kawasaki its second overall motorcycle win in the last three years and its 10th overall win last year in the history of the race. Returning from their journey to the 2014 class season point championship last year to ride again in 2015 with Brabec is Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., and joining them this year is Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. on the No. 1x Monster Energy THR Motorsports Kawasaki KX450F
    SCORE BAJA FIESTA
    SCORE is celebrating its 42nd year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization in 2015 and this race is traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule.
    This year is the 47th anniversary of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
    Colorful race week festivities will start with qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1 followed by the Monster Energy SCORE Kick Off Party on Thursday from 7 p.m. until Midnight at the start/finish line area in the heart of Ensenada. With donations for La Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexico’s Red Cross), the event will be include a racer’s autograph party and vehicle display.
    Friday will see the day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada.
    On Friday evening, the Monster Energy Papas Y Beer SCORE Street Party will be held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Avenida Ruiz in downtown Ensenada.
    During the race on Saturday the Monster Energy SCORE VIP hospitality area, will be part of the start/finish line compound. The area will also include the massive Tecnovision LED screens broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews.
    All of the week’s festivities will be aired both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website.
    AT THE RIVIERA
    The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. Racer registration and Media registration will be held in the Red room at the Riviera on Thursday and Friday  and the SCORE Media Center will be in the Red room during the race  with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
    In the Cathedral Room at the Riviera will be pre-race media conference as well as the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting on Friday. The post-race awards celebration will be in the outdoor Riviera amphitheater at noon on Sunday.
    The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero.
    QUALIFYING
    On Thursday, qualifying for starting positions will be held. Qualifying will be for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars and will be held over a special course near Ensenada and will not be open to the public. The start drawing for these two classes determined their respective qualifying orders.
    While most entries in these two top classes are expected to qualify, those who elect not to will be given the remaining start positions in the elapsed-time race based on the original drawing or entry into the race.
    Qualifying is closed to the public because of safety concerns, but taped highlights of qualifying will be shown starting Thursday evening (June 4) on the SCORE website.
    GRANDEST ‘IRON’ MARSHAL
    SCORE is honored to have the legendary desert racer Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, who turns 70 on Thursday as the Grand Marshal of this year’s race.  Racing since 1973, Stewart joined the Toyota factory team in 1983 for Cal Wells at Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI). He won a total of 82 victories with PPI.
    Stewart won a record 17 races in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group’s (MTEG) stadium series, a record 17 SCORE Baja 500s (including 10 SCORE Baja 500 overall wins), three SCORE Baja 1000s, and five SCORE season class point titles, including SCORE overall point championships in 1990 and 1993. He also won four SCORE World Championships and three MTEG stadium racing titles.
    Stewart was a 2006 inductee in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. In 2009, Stewart was also inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame.
    MAIN COURSE
    The historic race features a 510.58-mile course that runs in a clockwise direction going north out of the Ojos Negros area up to and along the U.S. border west of Mexicali over the infamous La Rumorosa grade. The race route is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 4,000 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark and magnificent beauty of Baja California.
    ENTRY LEADERS
    While SCORE Trophy Truck has the most entries of any class in the race with 31, other car/truck/UTV classes with double figure entries so far are Class 19 with 21, Class 1 and Class 10 with 20 each, Trophy Truck Spec with 14 and Class 1/2-1600 with 11 entries to date.
    Leading the Pro motorcycle classes is the Unlimited M/C class with 12 entries as of today.
    Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with nine entries so far.
    MORE OVERALL WINNERS:
    In addition to Menzies, Gordon and Brabec, among the overall race winners returning are nine drivers who have combined to win 17 overall car/truck titles and four riders who have combined to win 12 overall motorcycle titles, including drivers and riders from six of the last six 4-wheel overalls and the last two motorcycle overall winners. Leading the way with multiple overall wins in this race are Larry Roeseler with 11 overall victories (including nine on a motorcycle), Gordon with four, Menzies with three,Troy Herbst with two and B.J. Baldwin, Kory Halopoff, Harley Letner, Curt LeDuc and Rob MacCachren with one each in 4-Wheel, and in 2-wheel, Roeseler has nine and Brabec, Max Eddy Jr and Colton Udall with one each.
    CLASS CHAMPS RETURN:
    A total of 16 of the 23 defending class winners (seven classes had no finishers) from last year are entered this year, although several of them have switched classes. Returning 2014 class winners are Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas (SCORE Trophy Truck, Ford F-150), Cody Parkhouse/Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1, Jimco-Chevy), J. David Ruvalcaba/Leon Ruvalcaba, Esteban Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 1-2/1600 VBR-VW), Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif. (Class 3, Ford Bronco), Luis Martinez/Jose Robles, Mexicali, Mexico. (SCORE Lites, Foddrill-VW), Gustavo Avina, Ensenada, Mexico. (Class 5-1600, VW Baja Bug), Chelsea Magness, Desert Hot Springs, Calif. (Protruck, Ford F-150), Jonathan Brenthal, Newport Beach, Calif. (Trophy Truck Spec, Chevy Silverado), Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif. (Class 19, Can-Am Maverick), Ricky Brabec, Hesperia, Calif. (Class 22, Kawasaki KX450F), Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala (Class 30, Honda CRF450X), Giovanni Spinali, Lake Forest, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X), Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Quad, Honda TRX450R) and Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico (SPT M/C, KTM 450EXC).
    PRE-RUNNING
    While pre-running began on May 15, the first 35 miles of the race course to Ojos Negros (which is used both directions) will be open for outbound pre-running only and only this Thursday and Friday. The updated official course map, the updated GPS files and revised course notes are available online on the SCORE website.
    GRAN HISTORIA
    The Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
    Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500.  This year marks the 42nd time it has started and 38th time it will finish in Ensenada.
    SCORE JOURNAL
    Issue No. 5 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital/
    The new digital magazine, which includes numerous attached video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
    DAKAR CHALLENGE 2015
    This year’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 has been identified as a qualifying race for special entry packages into the 2016 Dakar Rally in South America. The winner in car and truck classes will come from SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1 and Class 10 (all calculated with time adjustments). Complete regulations and other information on Dakar Challenge 2015 are available at http://score-international.com/dakar-challenge/.
    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 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) (Trailer — https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=601704029970642)
    •    Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
    •    SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
    •    Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
    •    Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 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.
    SCOREscope
    In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
    •    29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
    •    Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
    •    47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
    •    3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
    •    48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
    SCORE SPONSORS…
    SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev. and the SCORE Tech Shop is in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
    Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
    Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
    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.
    For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

    Bud Light SCORE Baja 500
    Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
    All-Time Overall 4wheel & 2wheel champions (1969 through 2014)

    Year—DRIVERS/RIDERS, VEHICLE
    1969—Bud Ekins/Guy Jones, Baja Boot-Olds
    Doug Douglas/Jim McClurg, Ducati
    1970—Parnelli Jones, Ford
    Bill Silverthorn/Gene Fetty, Husqvarna
    1971—Bobby Ferro, Funco-VW
    Malcolm Smith/J.N. Roberts, Husqvarna
    1972—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW
    Gene Fetty/Bill Silverthorn, Honda
    1973—Parnelli Jones, Ford
    Howard Utsey/Mickey Quade, Husqvarna
    1974—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW
    Mitch Mayes/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna
    1975—Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW
    Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Harley-Davidson
    1976—Bobby Ferro/Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW
    Larry Roeseler/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna
    1977—Ivan Stewart, Chenowth-VW
    Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson, Husqvarna
    1978—Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith, Funco-VW
    Brent Wallingsford/Scot Harden, Husqvarna
    1979—Malcolm Smith/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW
    Jack Johnson, Husqvarna
    1980—Bob Gordon, Chenowth-Chevy
    Bruce Ogilvie/Chuck Miller, Yamaha
    1981—Malcolm Smith/Bill Newbury, Chenowth-Chevy
    Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Yamaha
    1982—Larry Ragland, Funco-VW
    Larry Roeseler/Chuck Miller, Yamaha
    1983—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-VW
    Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna
    1984—Larry Ragland, Chaparral-VW
    Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna
    1985—Ron Gardner/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW
    Kurt Pfeiffer/Scot Harden, Husqvarna
    1986—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche
    Garth Sweetland/Scot Harden, Husqvarna
    1987—Bob Gordon/Tim Crabtree, Chenowth-Porsche
    Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki
    1988—Mark McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche
    Dan Ashcraft/Kurt Pfeiffer, Yamaha
    1989—Robby Gordon, Ford
    (no motorcycles)
    1990—Robby Gordon, Ford
    Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte, Kawasaki
    1991—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
    Garth Sweetland/Paul Krause, Kawasaki
    1992—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
    Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr/Paul Krause, Kawasaki
    1993—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
    Danny Hamel/Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki
    1994—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck)
    Dave Ashley/Dan Smith, Ford
    Paul Krause/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki
    1995—Curt LeDuc, Jeep (SCORE Trophy Truck)
    Mike Julson/Bob Lofton, Jimco-VW
    Paul Krause/Craig Smith, Kawasaki
    1996—Rob MacCachren (SCORE Trophy Truck)
    Troy Herbst, Smithbuilt, Smithbuilt-Porsche
    Paul Krause/Ty Davis, Kawasaki
    1997—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck)
    Mark McMillin, Jimco-Porsche
    Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda
    1998—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
    Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda
    1999—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
    Jonah Street/Torsten Borstrom, Honda
    2000—Larry Ragland, Chevy
    Jonah Street/Steve Hengeveld, Honda
    2001—Mark McMillin, Jimco-Chevy
    Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda
    2002—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford
    Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda
    2003—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford
    Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda
    2004—Alan Pflueger, Chevy
    Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda
    2005—Robby Gordon, Chevy
    Mike Childress/Mouse McCoy, Honda
    2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland, Chevy
    Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda
    2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins, Chevy
    Robby Bell/Kendall Norman/Steve Hengeveld, Honda
    2008—B.J. Baldwin, Chevy
    Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda
    2009—Harley Letner/Kory Halopoff, Tatum-Chevy
    Bill Boyer/Donnie De Arman/Nicholas Blais/Rudy Iribe, Honda
    2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Ford
    Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda
    2011—Bryce Menzies, Ford
    Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda
    2012—Bryce Menzies, Ford
    Robby Bell/David Pearson/Steve Hengeveld, Kawasaki
    2013—Robby Gordon, Chevy
    Timmy Weigand/Colton Udall/David Kamo, Honda
    2014—Bryce Menzies, Ford
    Ricky Brabec/David Pearson/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki

     

    Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 Overall Champions

    Racers
    Cars & Trucks
    11
    *Larry Roeseler
    10
    Ivan Stewart
    5
    Larry Ragland
    4
    Bobby Ferro
    Robby Gordon
    **Malcolm Smith
    3
    Bud Feldkamp
    Troy Herbst
    Mark McMillin
    Scott McMillin
    Bryce Menzies
    2
    Brian Collins
    Bob Gordon
    Parnelli Jones
    Corky McMillin
    **Dan Smith
    1
    Dave Ashley
    B.J. Baldwin
    Bud Ekins
    Ron Gardner
    Kory Halopoff
    Guy Jones
    Mike Julson
    Harley Letner
    Bob Lofton
    Curt LeDuc
    Rob MacCachren
    Andy McMillin
    Alan Pflueger
    *9 on motorcycle
    **1 on motorcycle

    Motorcycles
    7
    Steve Hengeveld
    6
    Johnny Campbell
    5
    Paul Krause
    Bruce Ogilvie
    Johnny Campbell
    Kendall Norman
    4
    Robby Bell
    Ted Hunnicutt Jr
    3
    Scot Harden
    Jonah Street
    2
    Dan Ashcraft
    A.C. Bakken
    Quinn Cody
    Gene Fetty
    Jack Johnson
    Chuck Miller
    David Pearson
    Kurt Pfeiffer
    Bill Silverthorn
    Craig Smith
    1
    Torsten Borstrom
    Ricky Brabec
    Mike Childress
    Cameron Corfman
    Ty Davis
    Doug Douglas
    Max Eddy Jr
    Danny Hamel
    David Kamo
    Jim McClurg
    Danny LaPorte
    Mitch Mayes
    Mouse McCoy
    Mickey Quade
    J.N. Roberts
    Garth Sweetland
    Colton Udall
    Howard Utsey
    Brent Wallingsford
    Tim Weigand

    Manufacturers
    Overall 4wheel Vehicle Winners
    Trucks/SUVs
    10
    Ford
    7
    Chevy
    Toyota
    1
    Jeep
    Cars
    8
    Chenowth
    7
    Funco
    3
    Jimco
    2
    Sandmaster
    Smithbuilt
    1
    Baja Boot
    Chaparral
    Tatum

    Overall Engine Winners
    Cars & Trucks
    13
    Volkswagen
    12
    Ford
    10
    Chevy
    Ford
    7
    Toyota
    5
    Porsche
    1
    Jeep
    Oldsmobile

    Motorcycles
    17
    Honda
    12
    Husqvarna
    10
    Kawasaki
    4
    Yamaha
    1
    Beta
    Ducati
    Harley-Davidson

    Tires
    4wheel vehicles
    (missing 4 years)
    30
    BFGoodrich Tires
    5
    Western Auto Tires
    2
    Firestone Tires
    Goodyear Tires
    Yokohama Tires
    1
    Toyo TiresBBAJA