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    May 11, 2020

    SCORE Fantastic Flashbacks–
    SCORE Baja 500, Parte Uno

    July 26, 1974 SCORE Baja race—Fabulous Foundation 
    for Lasting Legacy of SCORE International in Mexico

     

    2020 SCORE World Desert Championship set to open July 14-19 in Ensenada, Baja California

     

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    ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – (While the world continues its ferocious fight against the vicious virus called COVID-19, SCORE continues its preparation to launch its 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship with a special series of features called SCORE Fantastic Flashbacks—SCORE Baja 500, Part One).
    To everything there is a beginning and the launch of SCORE International’s remarkable history in Mexico came on July 26, 1974 when what has become the World’s Foremost Desert Racing organization took over and officially produced its first SCORE Baja race – the SCORE Baja Internacional in Ensenada.
    The legendary SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. The Baja 500 was actually started in 1969 by the NORRA organization but because of legal challenges regarding the use of the name after NORRA was removed as the official U.S desert racing promoter in Mexico by the government at the end of 1972, SCORE had to use the name SCORE Baja Internacional for over a decade.
    Eventually then-SCORE owner Sal Fish was able to negotiate the use of the original name of the race and it became duly trademarked as the SCORE Baja 500. In 1973, the Baja 500 was organized and produced by a local tourism group called the Baja Sports Committee.
    The first race in 1969 saw 163 total starters, 73 finishers. Four-wheel vehicle winner was the team of Bud Ekin/Guy Jones in a Oldsmobile-powered Baja Boot open wheeler and topping the two-wheel field was the team of Doug Douglas/Jim McClurg who rode a Ducati motorcycle. It has turned out to be the only wins in this event for both an Olds-powered vehicle and a Ducati bike.
    FAST FORWARD
    With the 2020 season reduced to three races while the battle rages against Coronavirus (COVID-19), desert racers around the world are hoping to start the 2020 SCORE season at the legendary 52nd annual BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4Wheel Parts, in Baja California.
    Launching its 47th season as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the season-opening event of the three-race internationally-televised 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship has been moved to July 14-19 in Ensenada. Ensenada 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.
    Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world. All three 2020 SCORE races will be run on the northern part of Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the fifth consecutive year.
    Ensenada, the off-road racing capital of the world is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race will start for the 47th time there and finish for the 43rd time there.
    JULY 26, 1974
    With tremendous assistance from Ensenada tourism advocate Nico Saad, Mickey Thompson and his fledgling SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the Baja 500 starting in 1974.
    Thus came the birth of the SCORE Baja Internactional (legal issues precluded SCORE from gaining the rights to use the name Baja 500 until 1991). The first SCORE Baja Internacional (produced by Mickey Thompson and Sal Fish) was held on July 26, 1974 in Ensenada with 279 official starters and 173 official finishers.   But fans, media and racers alike have always called it the Baja 500.
    Noted Hollywood stunt driver and Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Ferro won the overall 4-wheel vehicle title for the third of four times in his career in 1974, this time in a VW-Sandmaster open-wheel desert race car. The fastest overall motorcycle in this race was the Husqvarna with Mitch Mayes and A.C. Bakken sharing the riding duties.
    OVERALL CHAMPIONS
    Legends are born at the SCORE Baja 500.  Drivers with the most overall wins in the race, Larry Roeseler is on top with 11 (including nine on a motorcycle and two in an open-wheel desert race car).
    Second is Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart with the most overall 4-wheel victories by far with 10 (and he also has race-record 17 total class wins including the 10 overalls).
    Third in overall wins with five overall 4-wheel wins is ‘Lightning’ Larry Ragland.
    With four overall 4-wheel wins each are Bobby Ferro, Robby Gordon and Malcolm Smith (including one on a motorcycle).
    With three overall 4-wheel wins each are Dr. Bud Feldkamp, Troy Herbst, Mark McMillin, Mark’s brother Scott McMillin, Andy McMillin (Scott’s son) and Bryce Menzies.
    With two overall 4-wheel wins each are Brian Collins, Bob Gordon (Robby’s father), Parnelli Jones, Rob MacCachren,  Corky McMillin (McMillin family patriarch) and Dan Smith (including one on a motorcycle).
    Besides Roeseler with nine, the leaders in overall motorcycle wins are Steve Hengeveld (7), Johnny Campbell, Paul Krause, Bruce Ogilvie and Kendall Norman with five each.
    With four each are Robby Bell, Ted Hunnicutt Jr and Justin Morgan and with three each are Scot Harden, Mark Samuels and Jonah Street.
    Also on the iconic overall winner’s list with one 4-wheel victory each are active racers B.J. Baldwin (2008), Kory Halopoff (2009), Mike Julson (1995), Curt LeDuc (1995), Harley Letner (2009), Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez (2015) and Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr (2016).
    Among active racers, with four motorcycle overall wins is active racers Justin Morgan (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019), with three is Mark Samuels (2016), 2018, 2019) with two motorcycle overall wins each on two-wheels are Max Eddy Jr (2014, 2015), Justin Jones (2018, 2019), Ricky Brabec (2014, 2015) and Colton Udall (2013, 2016).
    With one motorcycle overall win each are active racers Mike Childress (2005), Shane Esposito (2017), David Kamo (2013) and Roberto Villalobos (2017).
    MANUFACTURER CHAMPS
    In the battle of manufacturers, several categories are presented.
    Leaders in overall car/truck wins are Ford Truck (13), Chevy Truck (9), Funco, Chenowth and Toyota trucks with seven each, Jimco and Smithbuilt with three each, Sandmaster with two and with one each are Baja Boot, Chaparral, Jeep and Tatum.
    Leaders in overall Tire manufacturers’ wins for cars/trucks are BFGoodrich Tires (32), Western Auto (5), Toyo Tires (4) and tied with two each are Firestone Tires, Goodyear Tires and Yokohama Tires.
    The leaders in overall motorcycle wins are Honda (21), Husqvarna (12), Kawasaki (11), Yamaha (4) and with one each are Beta, Ducati and Harley-Davidson.
    The leaders in overall engine wins for cars and trucks are Ford (15), Chevy (13), Volkswagen (13), Toyota (7), Porsche (5) and Jeep (1).
    CROSSOVERS
    Among the drivers from other motorsport disciplines who have tested the Baja 500 have been Indy Car racers Rick and Roger Mears, Parnelli Jones, Danny Ongias, Danny Sullivan, Jimmy Vasser, Roberto Guerrero, Michel Jourdain Jr., Johnny Unser and Mike and Robbie Groff, NASCAR’s Robby Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Boris Said and Brendan Gaughan, SCCA legend Elliot Forbes-Robinson, Pike’s Peak Hill Climb record holder Rod Millen, Drifting and Pike’s Peak champion Rhys Millen, World Rally Championship’s Armin Schwarz, Armin Kremer, Andreas Aigner and Harri Pavanpera, world motorcycle champions Malcolm Smith, Larry Roeseler and Destry Abbott, Motocross legends Ricky Johnson and Jeremy McGrath, Dakar Rally Champions Ricky Brabec, Cyril Despres and Marc Coma, XGames star Travis Pastrana, Sports Car champion Larry Connor, drag racers Don Prudhomme and Larry Minor and legendary SCORE founder and motorsports innovator Mickey Thompson.
    BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
    As part of their massive SCORE Contingency program for 2020, long-time SCORE sponsor partner BFGoodrich Tires is offering a large contingency bonus for each overall winner in the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. For the 52nd annual SCORE Baja 500, the contingency bonus is US$25,000. BFGoodrich Tires is entering its 44th year as the Official Tire of SCORE and in 2020 the company will also be the title sponsor of both the 52nd SCORE Baja 500 and the 53rd SCORE Baja 1000.
    Presenting sponsor of both of those iconic races will be 4 Wheel Parts.
    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 now produced the tire of choice for 30 of the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the SCORE Baja 1000, including 30 of the last 34 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 92 SCORE Baja races including 32 in the SCORE Baja 500.
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    2020 SCHEDULE
    Here is the REVISED three-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship (as of April 29, 2020) schedule of events, for the fifth consecutive year all races will be held in Baja California, Mexico:

    • BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts–

    July 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

    • 34th SCORE San Felipe 250–

    Sept. 22-27, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

    • BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts

    Nov.17-22, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
    ABC TV AGAIN IN 2020

    For the second straight year, the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship will air on the ABC family of networks. The three-races air as one-hour specials on ABC TV’s World of X Games program with replays 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 journalist Sam Posey.
    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.
    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.
    SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 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, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, Cruz Roja Mexicana.
    For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.

    SCORE Baja 500 – Ensenada, Baja California Mexico All-Time Overall champions (1969 thru 2019)

    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, Ford (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/Jonah Street, 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
    2015—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Chevy
    Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr/Justin Morgan/Ian Young, Kawasaki
    2016—Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, Ford
    Colton Udall, Mark Samuels, Honda
    2017—Andy McMillin, Ford
    Francisco Arredondo/Shane Esposito/Justin Morgan/Roberto Villalobos, Honda
    2018—Rob MacCachren, Ford
    Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda
    2019—Andy McMillinChevy
    Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda
    NOTE: From 1994 through 1997 SCORE Trophy Truck ran as its own series

    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
    Andy McMillin
    Mark McMillin
    Scott McMillin
    Bryce Menzies
    2
    Brian Collins
    Bob Gordon
    Parnelli Jones
    Rob MacCachren
    Corky McMillin
    **Dan Smith
    1
    Dave Ashley
    B.J. Baldwin
    Bud Ekins
    Ron Gardner
    Kory Halopoff
    Guy Jones
    Mike Julson
    Curt LeDuc
    Harley Letner
    Bob Lofton
    Carlos Lopez
    Alan Pflueger
    Gus Vildosola Jr

    *9 on motorcycle
    **1 on motorcycle
    Motorcycles
    7
    Steve Hengeveld
    5
    Johnny Campbell
    Paul Krause
    Bruce Ogilvie
    Kendall Norman
    4
    Robby Bell
    Ted Hunnicutt Jr
    Justin Morgan
    3
    Scot Harden
    Mark Samuels
    Jonah Street
    2
    Dan Ashcraft
    A.C. Bakken
    Ricky Brabec
    Quinn Cody
    Max Eddy Jr
    Shane Esposito
    Gene Fetty
    Jack Johnson
    Justin Jones
    Chuck Miller
    David Pearson
    Kurt Pfeiffer
    Bill Silverthorn
    Craig Smith
    Colton Udall
    1
    Francisco Arredondo
    Torsten Borstrom
    Mike Childress
    Cameron Corfman
    Ty Davis
    Doug Douglas
    Danny Hamel
    David Kamo
    Jim McClurg
    Danny LaPorte
    Mitch Mayes
    Mouse McCoy
    Mickey Quade
    J.N. Roberts
    Garth Sweetland
    Howard Utsey
    Roberto Villalobos
    Brent Wallingsford
    Tim Weigand
    Ian Young
    Manufacturers
    Overall 4wheel Vehicle Trucks/SUVs*
    13
    Ford
    9
    Chevy
    7
    Toyota
    1
    Jeep
    *Includes 1994-97 (55 Total)
    Cars
    7
    Funco
    Chenowth
    3
    Jimco
    Smithbuilt
    2
    Sandmaster
    1
    Baja Boot
    Chaparral
    Tatum
    *Includes 1994-97 (55 Total)
    Overall Engine Winners
    Cars & Trucks*
    15
    Ford
    13
    Chevy
    Volkswagen
    7
    Toyota
    5
    Porsche
    1
    Jeep
    Oldsmobile
    *Includes 1994-97 (55 total)
    Motorcycles
    21
    Honda
    12
    Husqvarna
    11
    Kawasaki
    4
    Yamaha
    1
    Beta
    Ducati
    Harley-Davidson
    Tires
    4wheel vehicles
    (missing 4 years)
    32
    BFGoodrich Tires
    5
    Western Auto Tires
    4
    Toyo Tires
    2
    Firestone Tires
    Goodyear Tires
    Yokohama Tires