Granddaddy of All Desert Races to be televised as two-hour special on El Rey Network
ENSENADA, Mexico—As the field of competitors soars to near-record levels and late, on-site racer registration opens Sunday in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, here is nothing but the facts and more facts as SCORE celebrates the golden anniversary next week of the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races—the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000.
Below is the FACT SHEET for the oldest, longest, most continuously held desert race in the world…
WHERE: START: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico—FINISH: La Paz-Baja California Sur
WHO: Over 400 entries from 44 U.S. States & the District of Columbia, two U.S. Territories and 27 countries, participating in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and Quads
BIG NUMBERS: This year’s race will be have the third most starters in the 50-year history of the event and the second-most in the 21 years it has finished in La Paz.
COUNTRIES: United States, U.S. Territories Guam and Puerto Rico, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong/China, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Spain
COURSE: TOTAL MILEAGE: 1,134.40 miles (5 physical checkpoints, 147 visual checkpoints plus the finish line. Start on Blvd. Costero, adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. Finish line will be adjacent to Grand Plaza Hotel on the outskirts of La Paz.) SCORE has put together an amazing race course for the 50th anniversary, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain the majestic, mysterious Baja California peninsula has to offer. Leaving east through the spectator-packed Ensenada Arroyo, the course travels south, in an easterly, then westerly, then back easterly direction. It includes the approximate 20 mile stretch to Ojos Negros.
This year’s race course has 20 speed zones (37 mph or 60 mph) for a total of 162.87 race miles on pavement.
This year’s race course features 5 physical checkpoints where each vehicle is required to quickly stop before continuing on.
The checkpoints will be located as follows: Checkpoint No. 1—Coco’s Corner (race mile 312.30), No. 2—Mujica Baja Sur (rm 524.22), No. 3—near Loreto (rm 784.11), No. 4—Lopez Mateos High road crossing (rm 930.58) and No. 5—Loma Amarilla (rm 1,033.65).
SCHEDULE OF KEY RACE-EVENTS: (All time Pacific Time)
ENSENADA—Sunday, November 12, 2017
Noon-5pm Racer Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
ENSENADA—Monday, November 13, 2017
1pm-5pm Media Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
10am-8pm Racer Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
President–Roger Norman; Vice President–Elise Norman; Director of Sales and Marketing–Jim Ryan; Registration Director—Audreonna Cuarez; Tech Director—Dan Cornwell; Logistics Coordinator–Carlos Coral; Attorney–John Alessio; Digital Media Advisor—Edward Muncey; Media Operations Director—Dominic Clark; Mandy Dunn, Administrator, Jacky Rocha, Vendor Coordinator
BLACK BOXES: SCORE requires that special ‘black boxes’ ARE mandatory on all entries. As well as Stella3 tracking devices
TV: Will be televised as a two-hour special on the El Rey Network followed by international distribution via syndication. Air date to be announced.
TV ANNOUNCERS: Mike Escamilla, Cherry Martini, Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr
TV PRODUCER: Bud Brutsman, BCII TV
SCORE LIVE: Live pre-race and race days internet coverage produced by the SCORE Live team will be airing on www.score-international.com. SCORE’s tracking system may be accessed through the SCORE website as well. On-site in the start and finish line areas, the live coverage of the race will be displayed on SCOREvision, SCORE’s huge LED screens.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire & Official Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, 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 Secretary of Tourism, Tijuana Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
TOP RACERS:SCORE Trophy Truck: 11 Rob MacCachren/Jason Voss/Justin Smith, 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez/Juan C. Lopez, 77 Robby Gordon/Damen Jefferies, Andy McMillin/Tavo Vildosola/Brandon Arthur, 97 B.J. Baldwin/Rodimiro Amaya, 15 Billy Wilson/Chad Bunch, 4 Justin Matney/Josh Daniel, 23 Dan McMillin/Gary Weyhrich, 19 Tim Herbst/P.J. Jones, 7 Bryce Menzies, 83 Luke McMillin/Larry Roeseler, 91 Troy Herbst/Brett Sourapas, 3 Mark Post/Ed Herbst/Kyle LeDuc, 9 Armin Schwarz/Eduardo Laguna, 16 Cameron Steele/Pat Dean, Cody Stuart, Mike Craft, Bobby Pecoy, 14 Cameron Steele/Bobby Pecoy, Heidi Steele, Mike Craft, Cody Stuart, Pat Dean, 41 Justin Lofton/Matt Loiodice, 76 Jesse Jones/Austin Jones/Toby Price, 30 Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, 20 Pat O’Keefe/Mark McMillin, 5L Clyde Stacy/Jeff Geiser (SCORE TT Legend class) and. 21L Gus Vildosola Sr/Rodrigo Ampudia Sr/Scott Bailey (SCORE TT Legend) Class 1: 168 Shelby Reid, 153 Brad Wilson, 138 Brian Wilson, 114 Al Torres,150 Morgan Langley; Trophy Truck Spec: 274 Elias Hanna, 200 Chad Broughton, 250 John Langley, 220 Craig Christy, 229 Brian Goldstein, 232 Chelsea Magness; Class 10: 1023 Broc Dickerson, 1000 Rafael Navarro IV, 1068 Cody Reid, 1085 Justin Davis, 1092 Reinaldo Varela, 1032 Chip Prescott; Class 1/2-1600: 1601 Roberto Romo, 1662 Rick Boyer, 1603 Oscar Alvarez, 1609 J. David Ruvalcaba; SCORE Lites: 1208 Rich Roberts, 1202 Matias Arjona IV, 1205 Javier Buelna, 1222 Rafael Aguirre; Class 8: 844 Noah Ostanik; Class 7: 700 Dan Chamlee, 709 Jeff Proctor; Pro UTV FI: 2905 Marc Burnett, 2917 Derek Murray/Jason Murray, 2904 Cory Sappington, 2971 Wayne Matlock, 2949 Alonso Lopez, 2919 Brandon Schueler, 2975 Mike Cafro; Pro UTV: 1998 Don Whitington, 1950 JT Holmes, 1954 Kristen Matlock, 1955 Paul Champion; Class 5-1600: 555 Thomas A. Fernandez, 550 Hector Hurtado; BAJA CHALLENGE: BC3 Marco Gonzales; CLASS 11: 1121 Dennis Hollenbeck, 1111 Eric Solorzano; Pro Moto Unlimited: 45x Francisco Arredondo, 1x Mark Samuels, 3x Ray Dal Soglio, 66x Santiago Creel, 33x Garrett Poucher; Pro Moto Limited: 100x Jim O’Neal, 125x Fernando Beltran, 160x Santiago Creel, Pro Moto 30: 300x Ryan Liebelt, 303x Luis Gomez, 371x Rogelio Buelna; Pro Moto 40: 400x Jano Montoya, 411x Colie Potter; Pro Moto 50: 510x Giovanni Spinali, 549x Robert Gates, 500x Marty Gomez; Pro Moto Ironman: 721x Jose Carrasco, 740x Boe Huckins; Pro Moto 60: 600x Mark Hawley, 609x Donald Lewis; Pro Quad: 13a Said Sanchez, 2a Donald Higbee
HISTORY OF START/FINISH:
In the 50-year history of the SCORE Baja 1000, this will be the 43rd time the race has started in Ensenada and the 21st time it has finished in La Paz. The last time this race ended in La Paz was in 2014.
In 4-wheel vehicle competition, Ford motors have produced 18 overall winners, Chevy motors are second with 13 overall winners, VW motors have with 12 overall winners, followed Porsche with 3, Toyota with 2, and Dodge with 1.
Among 4-wheel vehicles, Ford has produced the chassis for 16 overall winners while Chenowth has produced the chassis for 10 overall winners, followed by Chevy with 9, Toyota, Funco, Raceco, Jimco and Smithbuilt with 2 each and Miller, Hi-Jumper, Dodge, and Meyers Manx with 1 each.
In motorcycle competition, Honda leads with 26 overall victories, followed by Husqvarna with 11, Kawasaki with 10 and Yamaha with 2.
CAR & TRUCK TIRE WINNERS:
Among tire manufacturers in the car and truck classes, BFGoodrich Tires leads with 28 overall winners, followed by Western Auto with six, Firestone with four, Calahan cap and Toyo with three each and Armstrong, Gates, Goodyear, Mickey Thompson and Tectira with one each.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires is celebrating four decades as a major player in SCORE Baja racing. In addition to being the official tire of SCORE International for nearly four decades, BFGoodrich Tires has produced the tire of choice for 28 of the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the SCORE Baja 1000, including 28 of the last 31 years along with a record-run of 20 straight from 1986 through 2005. In total, BFGoodrich Tires has now be the tire of choice for the overall 4-wheel vehicle winner in 86 SCORE Baja races including 31 in the SCORE Baja 500.
BFGoodrich Tires also provides unmatched pit support for racers using their tires with eight full service pit areas and more than 200 support crew personnel spread along the race course and complete radio relay the entire race course.BFGoodrich Tires will also award $50,000 contingency money to the overall winners of this year’s 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 running exclusively on their tires.
Entries in the internationally-showcased race have come from 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, two U.S. Territories and 27 countries. In addition to the 44 U.S. States, racers have entered from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong/China, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Spain and the US Territories of Guam and Puerto Rico.
OVERALL POINTS SHOWDOWNS
Like every year, points are close in the overall season point battles in the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. In the motorcycle category, Colton Udall leads the Pro Moto Unlimited class as well as the overall motorcycle points with 221 while Pro Moto 40 (riders over 50 years old) class point leader Mark Winkelman is second with 215 points. Pro Moto 40 (riders over 40 years old) class point leader Jano Montoya is third with 208 points, fourth is Mike Johnson with 204 points (second in Pro Motor 40) and fifth is Francisco Arredondo with 203 points (Pro Moto Unlimited).
Among the car and truck classes, just 22 points separate the top five who are from four different classes. Leading the overall point standings and the Trophy Truck Spec leader is Elias Hanna with 245 points. Second overall and leading SCORE Trophy Truck is Justin Matney with 241 points, third is Class 10 point leader Broc Dickerson with 240 points, fourth overall and second in SCORE Trophy Truck is two-time defending season point champion Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez with 229 and in fifth is Pro UTV FI point leader Marc Burnett with 223 points heading into the season finale.
REVVING THE RPMs
RPM Racing, based in Bristol, Tenn., has five entries again in this year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
With team principals Justin Matney and Clyde Stacy, who have captured 11 SCORE season class point titles between them as key drivers, RPM Racing has three entries in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division along with one in unlimited Class 1 and one in Sportsman Unlimited Truck.
Entered in SCORE Trophy Truck are two-time defending season point champion Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez in the No. 1 Chevy Rally Truck, Matney in the four-wheel drive No.4 Chevy Silverado and Armin Schwarz in the No. 9 Chevy Silverado. Stacy is entered in SCORE TT Legend in the No. 5L Chevy Rally Truck and Derek Fletcher is racing in Class 1 in the No. 106 RPM-Chevy.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK QUALIFYING
Former NASCAR Cup team owner/driver and SCORE Baja racing legend Robby Gordon earned the first starting position in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division in Las Vegas on Oct. 31.
The special BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires, was held under the lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Off-Road Track. The qualifying event was held in conjunction with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience being held through Friday (Nov. 3) at the SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The qualifying course was three laps over the .6 mile LVMS Off-Road Track for 1.8 total miles. Gordon was quickest among the 29 trucks out of the 41 entered in the race that elected to participate in the optional qualifying event to earn the Ultimate Dana Top Qualifier Award.
Gordon finished just .47 hundredth of a second faster than the runner-up qualifier as 12 of the SCORE Trophy Truck qualifiers finished the course in less than three minutes.
Gordon, originally from Orange, Calif. but who resides in Mooresville, N.C. won the top qualifying spot for the second time in the four years this specially qualifying event has been held in Las Vegas.
Second was Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren in the No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150. MacCachren, the off-road Hall of Famer who has five overall victories in the SCORE Baja 1000 has won the last three consecutive SCORE Baja 1000 races.
Completing the podium as third quickest was SCORE rookie Brandon Arthur, of San Diego, who subbed for driver of record Andy McMillin, National City, Calif., in the No. 31 TSCO Racing Ford F-150.
Rounding out the top five SCORE Trophy Truck qualifiers were Ricky Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (DOR—Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio), who was fourth in the No. 6 Team C Racing Chevy Silverado and fifth was Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies in the No. 7 Menzies Motorsports Red Bull Ford Raptor.
MORE TIGHT POINTS
Several classes enter the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 with very tight title point’s races for the SCORE season championship in each class. Classes that seem to have the closest battles for the 2017 championships are SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1, Class 7, Pro UTV FI, Pro UTV, Pro Moto Unlimited, Pro Moto Limited, Pro Moto 40 and Pro Moto 50.
Justin Matney has a 12-point edge over two-time defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and 29 points over Cameron Steele. In Class 1, Brian Wilson, Lakewood, Calif. (211 points, No. 138 Jimco-Chevy) leads Al Torres, El Centro, Calif. (194, No.114 Jimco-Chevy) by 17 points.
In Class 7, Dan Chamlee, Santa Barbara, Calif. (169, No. 700 Ford Ranger) leads Mark Johnson, Riverside, Calif. (157, No. 709 Honda Ridgeline) by just 14 points while in Pro UTV FI Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif. leads (223, No. 2905 Can-Am Maverick X3) with Brandon Schueler second (203, No. 2929 Polaris RZR RZR XP4 Turbo) and Cory Sappington, Peoria, Ariz. third (202, No. 2904 Can-Am Maverick Max Turbo).
In Pro UTV, Don Whittington, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (171, No. 1998 Polaris XP1000) has a 19-point lead over Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (152 No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000) and in Class 5-1600 for 1600cc VW Baja Bugs, Tomas Fernandez, Laredo Texas leads with 203 points in the No. 555 VW Baja Bug followed closely by Hector Hurtado, Tijuana, Mexico who has 193 points in his No. 550 VW Baja Bug.
The closest point’s race in the motorcycle classes is in Pro Moto 30 for riders over 30 years old. Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif. leads with 196 points (No. 300x Yamaha WR50), five points over Luis Gomez, Obregon, Mexico (191 No. 303x Honda CRF450X). In Pro Moto 40, Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (209 No. 400x KTM 450XCW) leads Colie Potter, Las Vegas (193 No. 411x Honda CRF450X) by16 points and Pro Moto Limited, Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (203 No. 100x Husqvarna 350) has a nine point lead over Fernando Beltran, Ensenada, Mexico (194 No. 125x Yamaha YZ250F.
In Pro Moto 50, Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. leads with three motorcycles within 10 points of the leader. Spinali (209 No. 510x Honda CRF450X) leads Robert Gates, Victorville, Calif. (201 No. 549x Kawasaki KX450 and third is Marty Gomez, Long Beach, Calif. (199 No. 500x Honda CRF560X).
Pro Moto Unlimited has a tight battle as well with 10 points separating the top two teams. Guatemala’s Francisco Arredondo leads with 218 points (No. 45x Honda CRF450X) while second is Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. 208 points (No. 1x Honda CRF450X.
This year’s race will also commemorate the achievements of legendary desert racers like Rod Hall, Ron Bishop, Johnny Johnson, and Larry Roeseler. Hall, who will turn 80 on Nov. 22, has a record 24 class wins (including one overall win in 1972), and is the only racer who has competed in all 49 SCORE Baja 1000 races. Bishop, who died in 2014, is the only racer who competed in the first 40 SCORE Baja 1000 races.
Hall will be racing this year in the Stock Full class where he will split the driving with his son Chad Hall. Johnson, now retired, had 15 class wins, amazingly in eight different classes. Roeseler, has 17 class wins in this race, including a record 13 overall wins (10 on a motorcycle). Roeseler will share driving duties this year in SCORE Trophy Truck with Luke McMillin in the No. 83 McMillin Racing Ford F-150.
BACK FOR MORE
Another testament to how much this race means to the sport of desert racing, winners of 21 of the 27 Pro classes that had finishers last year are back in the starting field for this year’s race.
CROSSOVERS/CELEBRITY RACERS:Among the crossover/celebrity racers officially entered in this year’s race are (as of 11/9/17):
–Robby Gordon, former NASCAR Team Owner/Driver, owner of stadium off-road truck series, three-time SCORE Baja 1000 Overall Winner, No. 200 SCORE Trophy Truck (vehicle number in memory of his late father ‘Baja’ Bob Gordon, a five-time class winner in the SCORE Baja 1000)
–Cameron Steele, action sports TV announcer, No. 16 SCORE Trophy Truck AND No. 14 SCORE Trophy Truck
–Armin Schwarz, of Germany who lives in Austria, seven-time World Rally Championship race winner, No. 48, SCORE Trophy Truck
–Francisco Arredondo, a champion motorcycle international rally racer from Guatemala, No. 45x, Pro Moto Unlimited
–Ikuo Hanawa, Pike’s Peak Hill Climb record-setting champion in electric race car, No. 701, Class 7
–Brad Lovell, six-time rock-crawling season championships, and 2012 TORC short course class title, BC1, Baja Challenge
-Shannon Campbell, Hall of Fame rock crawling racer, No. 4405, Hammer Truck Unlimited
-Carlin Dunne, three-time Pike’s Peak Hill Climb motorcycle champion, No. 55x, Pro Moto Unlimited
-Tyler McQuarrie, Formula Drift racing star, veteran of numerous racing disciplines, driving instructor, No. 6066, TrophyLite
-J.T. Holmes, Pro skier, skydiver, base jumping Hollywood stuntman, extreme athlete, No. 1950, Pro UTV
-Jessi Combs, TV Motorsports personality, driving solo to become an Iron[WO]man in SCORE Trophy Truck, No. 80
-Santiago Creel, Mexico City, international motorcycle rally racer, rider of record in four moto classes, No. 66x, 160x, 166x and 360x
-Christine Giampaoli Zonca, Italian international rally racer lives in Spain and Las Vegas, No. 2968, Pro UTV FI
Back for this year’s Golden experience, entered in are 25 racers who have combined for 84 overall wins in either the 4-wheel or motorycle divisions. The leaders are: Larry Roeseler, race-record 13, (10 on a motorcycles, two years in a car, one in a truck), with five each are Mark McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck), Andy McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Larry Ragland (Pro UTV), with four each are Rob MacCachren (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Colton Udall (Pro Moto Unlimited), with three each are Robby Gordon (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Doug Fortin (SCORE Trophy Truck).
With two each are Troy Herbst (Class 1), B.J. Baldwin (SCORE Trophy Truck), Dr. Bud Feldkamp (Vintage Innovator), Scott McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck), Mark Samuels (Pro Moto Unlimited), Mark Stahl (Class 1) and Jason Voss (SCORE Trophy Truck). With one overall win each are Bobby Ferro (Class 1), Rod Hall (Class 4), Roger Norman (SCORE Trophy Truck), Mark Post (SCORE Trophy Truck), Ryan Thomas, Gus Vildosola Sr (SCORE TT Legend), Gus Vildosola Jr, and Max Eddy Jr (Pro Moto Unlimited). Also entered this year as co-drivers in 4-wheel vehicle classes are Johnny Campbell with 11 overalls (Pro Moto Unlimited) and Steve Hengeveld with eight overalls (Pro Moto Unlimited).
Entered in this year’s event are 152 racers who have combined for an absolutely amazing 501 class wins in this year’s 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000. The leaders in multiple class wins entered this year are: Rod Hall with 24 (first overall), Larry Roeseler with 17 (second overall), Richard Jackson with 15, Jim O’Neal with 14, Jeff Kaplan with 12, Donald Moss with 12, Johnny Campbell with 11, Steve Hengeveld with 11, Lou Franco with 10, Chad Hall with 10, Rob MacCachren with nine, Eric Solorzano with nine, Dan Chamlee with eight, Mark McMillin with eighth and Francisco Septien with eight.
Desert racing has always been about family teams and this year’s SCORE Baja1000 is a prime example of that fact. This year’s starting grid currently includes 89 brothers racing together and 38 racing separately. The race also has 32 fathers racing with their sons and seven fathers whose sons are racing in separate vehicles. There are also three fathers and three daughters racing separately, at least four husband/wife combos racing together and three racing separately and one mother and son racing in separate vehicles.
Among the third generation racers are Andy McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck), Daniel McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck), Rafael Navarro IV (Class 10), Broc Dickerson (Class 10), Luke McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck), Ramon Bio (Class 1), Andy DeVercelly IV (Class 1-2-1600) and Jessica McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck).
Among the brothers racing together are: Nick, Mike and Larry Vanderwey (SCORE Trophy Truck), Ronny and Randy Wilson (Class 1), Donald and Kenneth Moss (Class 3), Derek and Jason Murray (Pro UTV FI), Pat and Kolt Bell (Class 1) and Don and Bill Whitington (Pro UTV).
Among the father and sons racing together are Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and his father Juan Carlos Lopez (SCORE Trophy Truck), Rafael Navarro IV and his father Rafael III (Class 10), Jesse Jones and his son Austin Jones (SCORE Trophy Truck), Matias Arjona III and his son Matias Arjona IV (SCORE Lites), Chad Broughton and his father Paul Broughton (Trophy Truck Spec), Buddy Feldkamp and his father Dr. Bud Feldkamp (Vintage Innovator), Javier Buelna Jr with his father Javier Sr (SCORE Lites), Rod Hall and his son Chad Hall (Stock Full), Miguel Tornel A-Z and his father Miguel Tornel Sr (Class 10) and Joshua Cobb and his father Jason Cobb (Trophy Lite).
Among the father-sons who will race in separate vehicles are John Langley (Trophy Truck Spec) and his sons Zak Langley (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Morgan Langley (Class 1), Gus Vildsosola (SCORE TT Legend) and his son Gus ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr. (SCORE Trophy Truck), Curt LeDuc (SCORE Trophy Truck) and his son Todd LeDuc (SCORE Trophy Truck), Ricky Johnson (SCORE Trophy Truck) and his son Luke Johnson (SCORE Trophy Truck), Greg Row (Pro UTV) and his son Josh Row (Pro Quad) along with Lawrence Janesky (Pro Moto Ironman) and his son Tanner Janesky (Pro Moto Ironman).
While there are many co-drivers/co-riders, among the female racers entered as driver of record are…
–Shelby Reid—No. 168, Class 1. Son Cody Reid driving No. 1068, Class 10
–Chelsea Magness—No. 232, Trophy Truck Spec. Father Gary Magness driving No. 45, SCORE Trophy Truck
–Kristen Matlock—No. 1954, Pro UTV. Husband Wayne Matlock driving No. 2971, Pro UTV FI
–Jessi Combs, No 80 SCORE Trophy Truck driving solo (attempting to become the third Iron Woman among 4-wheel vehicles. Previous Iron Women in this race were Judy Smith (1972, Class 1) and Kristen Matlock (2016, Pro UTV)
–Very Felix, No. 1645, Class 1/2-1600
–Christine Giampaoli Zonca, No. 2968, Pro UTV FI
–Lacrecia Beurrier, No. 2924, Pro UTV FI
—of note: Heidi Steele—No. 14, SCORE Trophy Truck, second-driver for husband Cameron Steele who is also driver of record in No. 16, SCORE Trophy Truck
In addition to season class point championships and SCORE World Desert Championship overall point titles, the racers are also competing for part of $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings. There are also the numerous annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Awards. Drivers are also attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Milestone Awards given to all racers who complete every required mile of the race season. With 40 racers still in the hunt, these awards are being presented by SCORE for the 32nd consecutive year.
MEDIA CENTER: Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center–Ensenada; Emperor’s Ballroom, Grand Plaza Hotel–La Paz
SCORE Media Operations Team: Dominic Clark, John Gonzales, Marsh Starks, Tom Blattler, PJ Gallagher, Paul Hanson guests-San Nicolas Hotel in Ensenada; Grand Plaza Hotel in La Paz
SCORE International Class Descriptions/Numbers:
The 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship features 37 Pro and 6 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:
Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE Trophy Truck (Unlimited Production Trucks) 1-99
SCORE TT Legend (Drivers over 50, Unlimited Production Trucks) 1L-99L
Class 1 (Unlimited single or two-seat open-wheel race cars) 100-199
Class 10 (Limited, sealed engine, single or two-seat desert race cars) 1000-1099
6. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif./Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:08:10 (41.14 mph) (Class 30)
7. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Nicholas Burson, Ridgecrest, Calif./Justin Morrow, Pinon Hills, Calif./Ryan Dudek, Long Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:13:24 (40.93 mph) (Class 22)
8. Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Ron Wilson, Encinitas, Calif./Jeff Sheets, Henderson, Nev./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:47:09 (39.64 mph) (Class 40)
9. Chris Parker, Costa Mesa, Ariz./Austin Miller, Dripping, Texas/James Hall, Malibu, Calif./Graham Gustin, Costa Mesa, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 18:46:52 (37.55 mph) (Class 21)
10. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Andy Kirker, Lake Forest, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./Bob Johnson, Oceanside, Calif./Greg Fountain, Lake Forest, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 19:03:35 (36.99 mph) (Class 50)
1. Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles, Honda TRX700XX, 18:43:21 (37.66 mph) (Class 25)
2. Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Malio Diaz, La Paz, Mexico/Carlos Lopez, San Felipe, Mexico/Maro Gonzalez, La Paz, Mexico/Stefano Caputo, San Felipe, Mexico (Italy), Honda TRX700XX, 24:54:27 (42.63 mph) (Class 25)
3. Wayne Matlock/Harold Goodman, Brownstown, Mich./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif., Honda TRX700XX, 25:10:19 (42.18 mph) (Class 25)
42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Top Overall Finishers
1. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif. Honda CRF450X, 12:29:18 (50.56 mph) (Class 22)
2. Caleb Gosselaar, Juniper Hills, Calif./Timmy Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif./Tim Morton, Escondido, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 12:55:35 (48.84 mph) (Class 22)
3. Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif./Shane Esposito, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, Kawasaki KLX450, 13:06:12 (48.18 mph) (Class 30)
4. Ryan Penhall, Corona, Calif./Brent Harden, Sun City, Calif./Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 13:15:51 (47.60 mph) (Class 22)
5. Jim O’Neal/Jimmy O’Neal Jr., Simi Valley, Calif./Jason Trubey, Mohave Valley, Ariz./Mac Stewart, N. Las Vegas/Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Luke Dodson, Castaic, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 13:20:25 (47.33 mph)