WHERE: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (80 miles south of U.S./Mexico Border at San Diego)
WHO: Nearly 350 entries, 32 States, 14 countries (USA, Mexico, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Spain)
COURSE: TOTAL MILEAGE: 542.12 miles (4 physical checkpoints, approximately 125 virtual checkpoints, 16 speed zone sections for a total of 70.80 miles). The race starts and finishes in Ensenada and has four full-stop physical check points and nearly 125 virtual check points. It travels clockwise through or near Ensenada Arroyo, Ojos Negro, the Goat Trail, Valle de Trinidad, El Chinero, Diablo Dry Lake Bed, Las Cuevitas Wash, San Matias, Mike’s Sky Rancho, Rancho El Coyote, Rancho Meling, Vicente Guerrero, Camalu, Colonet, Colonet Wash, Erendira and Santo Tomas. Checkpoints: CK1-El Chinero, rm174.20; CK2-San Matias, rm260.72; CK3-Vicente Guerrero, rm368.15;CK4-Santo Tomas, rm466.83.
(TT one vehsicle every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start one every 30 seconds)
NOTE: All SPT classes, Vintage classes, Class 11 will run an abbreviated course of approx. 480 miles.
TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 22-hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts
5pm-12am Posting of Unofficial Finishers Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
Sunday, June 3, 2018
10am-Noon SCORE Media Center Open Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
11am Posting of unofficial results Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
Noon Awards Celebration Finish Line ramp adjacent to the Riviera Del Pacifico CC
SANCTION: Sanctioned/produced by SCORE International SRL: President—Roger Norman; Race Director– Jose Grijalva; Tech Director—Dan Cornwell; Assistant Race Director—Marco Durazo; SCORE Special Advisor—Juan Tintos; Logistics Coordinator—David Duenas; Course Worker Coordinator—Hector Ponce
MARKETING: Marketing by Promote Mexico LLC: President–Roger Norman; Vice President–Elise Norman; Director of Sales and Marketing–Jim Ryan; Registration Director—Audreonna Cuarez; Media Operations Director—Dominic Clark; Attorney–John Alessio; Digital Media Advisor—Edward Muncey; Administrator—
Mandy Dunn; Jacqueline Rocha, Vendor Coordinator
STREAMING: Pre-race and race days coverage will be streamed live. There will also be vehicle tracking on
TELECAST: Produced by BCIITV–one-hour special to air domestically. Producer: Bud Brutsman. Will
air worldwide via international distribution. Announcers: Cameron Steele, Aaron Ampudia
BLACK BOXES: SCORE International Tracking provides the required data recording and Anube
tracking/data Stella III tracking devices are used on all entries in SCORE World Desert Championship events
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, 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, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
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, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
TOP RACERS—SCORE Trophy Truck: 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 11 Rob MacCachren, 15 Billy Wilson, 97 B.J. Baldwin, 77 Robby Gordon, 19 Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, 31 Andy McMillin, 23 Dan McMillin/Larry Roeseler, 54 Troy Herbst/Christian Sourapas, 83 Luke McMillin, 7 Bryce Menzies/Cyril Despres, 16 Cameron Steele, 4 Justin Matney, 18 Juan C. Lopez, 50 Zak Langley, 45 Gary Magness, 40 Chris Miller/Jimmy Nuckles, 30 Robbie Pierce/Matt Loiodice, 6 Larry Connor/Ricky Johnson, 85 Mike Lawrence, 50 Zak Langley/Luke Johnson, 32 Ryan Arciero, 27 Jonathan Brenthel, 12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr/Scott Bailey, 5L Clyde Stacy/Armin Schwarz; Class 1: 168 Shelby Reid, 153 Brad Wilson, 100 Brian Wilson, 185 Justin Davis, 150 Morgan Langley, Trophy Truck Spec: 200 Elias Hanna, 295 William Hedrick Jr/William Hedrick Sr, 227Jordan Brenthel, 250 John Langley/Steve Hengeveld, 276 Gerardo Iribe; Class 10: 1023 Broc Dickerson, 1068 Cody Reid, 1081 Todd Winslow/Matt Winslow, 1049 Ty Godde, 1016 Hiram Duran; Class 1/2-1600: 1609 J. David Ruvalcaba, 1644 Cesar Fiscal, 1614 Bruce Yee; HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD: 4422 Casey Currie; SCORE Lites: 1210 Luis Barragan, 1258 Jeremy Davis/Vic Bruckmann, 1206 Freddie Willert; Class 7: 700 Dan Chamlee; Pro UTV FI: 2900 Marc Burnett, 2904 Cory Sappington/Scott Sappington, 2971 Wayne Matlock, 2949 Alonso Lopez, 2919 Brandon Schueler, 2975 Mike Cafro, 2966 Rhys Millen; Pro UTV: 1954 Kristen Matlock, 1998 Don Whittington,1955 Paul Champion, 1968 Greg Row; Class 5-1600:557 Mario Ledezma; CLASS 11: 1100 Dennis Hollenbeck, 1111 Eric Solorzano, 1156 Art Penner, 1104 Viry Felix; Pro Moto Unlimited: 1x Shane Esposito, 66x and 4x Santiago Creel, 7x Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels; PRO MOTO 40: 400x Jano Montoya; PRO MOTO 30: 300X Ryan Liebelt, 333x Chad Thornton, 360x Santiago Creel; PRO MOTO 50: 510x Giovanni Spinali, Pro Moto Limited:100x Santiago Creel; Pro Moto Ironman: 721x Jose Carrasco, 706x Kevin Daniels, 730x Francisco Septien, 722x Liz Karcz; Pro Quad: 1a Said Sanchez.
SCORE World Desert Championship Class Descriptions/Numbers
The 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship series features 43 Pro and 8 Sportsman Classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Class winners are determined along with the overall race winner in Pro Cars/Trucks, Pro Motorcycles and Pro UTVs. General Class descriptions and numbers:
In the field are 86 racers who have 250 combined class wins in this race. Leading this prestigious group of
returning multiple class winners are Jim O’Neal with 20 class wins and Larry Roeseler with 17. The other
racers with the most multiple class wins in this race who are back to attempt to add to their winning totals are:
Lou Franco and Steve Hengeveld (8 each), Troy Herbst, Jeff Kaplan, Arnoldo Ramirez and Eric Solorzano (7
each), Mike Cafro, Scott McMillin and Scott Myers (6 each), Pancho Bio, Dan Chamlee, Shane Esposito,
Robby Gordon, Eiazuburo Karasawa, Rob MacCachren, Wayne Matlock, J. David Ruvalcaba and Clyde Stacy
(5 each), Cisco Bio, Vic Bruckmann, Elias Hanna, Adam Pfankuch, Greg Row, Francisco Septien and Fred
Willert (4 each) and Marc Burnett, Gerardo Iribe, Chelsea Magness, Mike Majesky, Bryce Menzies, Justin
Matney, Andy McMillin, Wes Miller, Jano Montoya, Josh Row and Jason Trubey (3 each).
CLASS WINNERS RETURN:
A total of 19 racers who combined for 18 Pro class wins last year are entered this year with several in different classes. Returning 2017 class winners are Andy McMillin, San Diego (SCORE Trophy Truck, Ford F-150), Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif. (SCORE TT Legend, Chevy Silverado), Brian Wilson, Lakewood, Calif. (Class 1, Jimco-Chevy), Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec, Chevy 1500), Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif. (Class 10, Alumi Craft-Chevy), Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600, Romo-VW), Matt Ferrato, Simi Valley, Calif. (SCORE Lites, Custom-VW), Dallas Luttrell, Las Vegas (Class 7, Chevy S-10), Justin Lambert, Bakersfield, Calif. (Pro UTV FI, Polaris RZR XP1000), Marco Gonzales, Glendora, Calif. (Baja Challenge, BTC-Subaru), Shane Esposito, Temecula, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited, , Honda CRF450X), Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited, Honda CRF450X), Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Pro Moto Limited), Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Peru) (Class 40, KTM 450XCW), Jose Carrasco, Rosarito Beach, Calif. (Pro Moto Ironman, Suzuki RMZ450X), Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, Honda CRF450X) and Said Sanchez, Tijuana Mexico (Pro Quad, Honda TRX450R).
OVERALL WINNERS RETURN:
Among the overall race winners returning are 16 racers who have combined to win 37 overall 4-wheel and 2-wheel titles including drivers from eight of the last 10 years of 4-wheel overalls. Leading the way with multiple overall wins in this race are Larry Roeseler with 11 overall victories (including nine on a motorcycle), Robby Gordon with four, Troy Herbst, Scott McMillin and Bryce Menzies with three, Andy McMillin with two, B.J. Baldwin, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and Rob MacCachren, with one each in 4-Wheel and in 2-wheel, Roeseler’s nine, Steve Hengeveld with seven, Justin Morgan with two and Mike Childress, Shane Esposito and Mark Samuels with one each.
HISTORY OF START/FINISH:
In the 50-year history of the SCORE Baja 500, this will be the 45th time the race has started in Ensenada and the 41st time it has finished in Ensenada.
This race has also started three times in Ojos Negros, one time Barstow, Calif. (USA) and once in San Felipe.
This race has also finished five times in Santo Tomas, twice in Ojos Negros, one time in Barstow, Calif. and once in San Felipe.
The 1989 race that started and finished in San Felipe is the only year that there were no classes for motorcycles.
In 4-wheel vehicle competition, Ford motors have produced 14 overall winners, VW motors are second with 13 overall winners, Chevy motors have with 12 overall winners, followed Toyota with seven, Porsche with 5, Jeep with one and Oldsmobile with 1.
Among 4-wheel vehicles, Funco and Chenowth have each produced the chassis for 7 overall winners while Jimco and Smithbuilt have each produced the chassis for 3 overall winners, followed by Sandmaster with 2, and Baja Boot, Chaparral and Tatum with 1 each.
In motorcycle competition, Honda leads with 19 overall victories, followed by Husqvarna with 12, Kawasaki with 11, Yamaha with 4 and Beta, Ducati and Harley-Davidson with 1 overall motorcycle win each.
CAR & TRUCK TIRE WINNERS:
Tire manufacturers in the car and truck classes, BFGoodrich Tires leads with 31 overall winners, followed by Western Auto with 5, Toyo Tires-3 and Firestone Tires, Goodyear Tires and Yokohama Tires with two each.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires is celebrating over four decades as a major player in SCORE Baja racing. In addition to
being the official tire of SCORE International for over four decades, BFGoodrich Tires has produced the tire of
choice for 31 of the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the SCORE Baja 500. In total, BFGoodrich Tires has
now be the tire of choice for the overall 4-wheel vehicle winner in 88 SCORE Baja races including 29 in the
SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires also provides unmatched pit support for racers using their tires with four
full service pit areas and over 150 support crew personnel spread along the race course and complete radio
relay the entire race course.BFGoodrich Tires will also award $25,000 contingency money to the overall winners of this year’s 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 running exclusively on their tires.
Among crossover/celebrity racers entered in the Golden Anniversary BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 are:
-Larry Roeseler, AMA Hall of Famer/ORMHOF Hall of Famer, 10 golds in ISDE (No. 23, SCORE Trophy Truck)
-Robby Gordon, former NASCAR Cup Series Team Owner/Driver (No. 77, SCORE Trophy Truck)