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    May 31, 2016

    32 SCORE Trophy Trucks ready
    91 racers with 245 combined class wins among nearly
    250 entries for this week’s 48th annual SCORE Baja 500

    Round 2 of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship;
    477.52-mile race to be held this week in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico;
    2-hour internationally-televised show to air in U.S. on CBS Sports Network;
    Riviera del Pacific Cultural Center in Ensenada hosting several race activities

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

    ENSENADA, Mexico—Leading the field into this week’s internationally-televised 48th annual SCORE Baja 500 will be former overall winners Rob MacCachren, brothers Ed, Tim and Troy Herbst, Andy McMillin, Mark Post, B.J. Baldwin, Bryce Menzies, Larry Roeseler and Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna. SCORE’s proverbial ‘Dirty Dozen’ all race in SCORE Trophy Truck, the sport’s marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.
    With festivities starting on Thursday, Round 2 of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held this week in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
    The race will be televised on the CBS Sports Network with the premier showing at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 24. The show, produced with SCORE by award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles, will be a two-hour special, marking the first time this popular SCORE race has been broadcast in a presentation longer than one hour.
    THE FIELD/START
    Nearly 250 entries from 22 U.S. States and 10 countries are expected at the start line of the 477.52-mile race. Through Monday there were 223 official entries with as many as 30 late registrants during on-site racer registration on Thursday and Friday.
    It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. and approximately 10 a.m. for the cars, trucks and UTVs. There is a 21-hour time limit in the elapsed-time race to become an official finisher.
    The field features 91 racers who have 245 combined class wins in this race, including14 drivers who have combined to win 24 overall car/truck titles and six riders who have combined to win 19 overall motorcycle titles.
    GRAN HISTORIA
    Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 48th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 500, the first Baja desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
    The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization.
    Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500. This year marks the 43rd time it has started and 39th time it has finished in Ensenada in its 48-year history.
    OVERALL WINNERS
    There are drivers who won 10 of the last 13 4-wheel overalls (including the last eight straight) as well as riders from the last three 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), Robby Gordon with four, Troy Herbst, Scott McMillin and Bryce Menzies with three, B.J. Baldwin, Kory Halopoff, Curt LeDuc, Harley Letner, Carlos Lopez, Rob MacCachren and Andy McMillin with one each in 4-Wheel and in 2-wheel, Roeseler’s nine, Kendall Norman with five, Max Eddy Jr with two and Justin Morgan, Colton Udall and Ian Young–one each.
    A HAPPENING…
    Colorful race week festivities will start Thursday with qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1. SCORE sponsor partner Monster Energy will host pre-race evening parties both on Thursday and Friday.
    Friday will see the colorful day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada.
    During the race on Saturday the start/finish line compound will include the massive double-sided SCOREvision LED screen broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews along with the Monster Energy VIP area.
    All of the week’s festivities will be aired both live and same-day including race highlights and interviews, 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 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 Cathedral Room at noon on Sunday.
    The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center as well on Blvd. Costero.
    MULTIPLE CLASS WINNERS RETURN:
    Leading this prestigious group of returning multiple class winners in the SCORE Baja 500 are Jim O’Neal with 17 class wins (all on motorcycles) and Larry Roeseler with 16. The other racers with the most multiple class wins in this race who are back to attempt to add to their winning legacies are: Troy Herbst (7) and Mike Cafro, Scott McMillin and Nick Vanderwey (6 each).
    Also back for more are Dan Chamlee, Robby Gordon, Eiazuburo Karasawa, Rob MacCachren, Scott Myers, Kendall Norman and Clyde Stacy (5 class race wins each), Vic Bruckmann, Wayne Matlock, Adam Pfankuch, Kent Pfeifer, Greg Row and J. David Ruvalcaba (4 each) and Marc Burnett, Shane Esposito, Steven Eugenio, Elias Hanna, Chelsea Magness, Justin Matney, Hector Sarabia and Jason Trubey (3 each).
    MAC ATTACKS
    A six-time AARWBA All-America selection, MacCachren, who turned 51 this past March, is the winningest SCORE Trophy Truck driver in history with 13 career race wins in the 22-year history of the featured SCORE class along with season point championships in the class in the inaugural year of 1994 and 2007. He drives the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
    HERBST HAPPENINGS
    Second in career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins with 11, Tim Herbst, 53, won his record four SCORE Trophy Truck season point titles with his older brother Ed Herbst splitting the driving in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. This year, Tim Herbst will be splitting the driving in the No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 with 19-year old second-generation desert racer Brett Sourapas.
    Ed Herbst, 55, who shared the driving with Tim Herbst for 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, will be splitting time this year behind the wheel with Mark Post in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150.
    Troy Herbst, 51, the youngest of the three Herbst brothers will share driving duties again this year with Ryan Arciero, another second-generation desert racer in the No. 91 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150.
    GORDON GALLOPS
    Winning races in his career in multiple racing styles including IndyCar, the NASCAR Cup Series and stages in the Dakar Rally, Gordon, 47, is a former owner/driver in NASCAR and currently owns and drives in his Stadium Trucks Off-Road Series. He is tied for second with Tim Herbst, Ed Herbst and Larry Ragland with 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins and has won two season crowns in SCORE Trophy Truck (1996 and 2009). Gordon drives the No. 77 Speed Energy Team Gordon Chevy Silverado.
    MENZIES’ MAGIC
    In recent years, no one has dominated this race like SCORE young gun Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas. Menzies, 28, who has five career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, has won this race three of the last five years (2011, 2012 and 2014). In 2013 he finished third behind race winner Gordon. Menzies drives the No. 70 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150.
    MOTOS START FIRST
    First off the line Saturday morning will be the motorcycle team of rider of record Guatemala’s Francisco Arredondo, a veteran international motorcycle rally racer who has won his class in SCORE Baja races.
    Competing in the Pro Moto Unlimited class, splitting the riding time on the Chris Haines team with Arredondo on the No. 45x Honda CRF450x will be championship riders Shane Esposito, Ryan Penhall, Roberto Villalobos, Justin Morgan and Kendall Norman. Everyone one the team has at least one class win in a SCORE Baja race.
    1x OX MOTORSPORTS
    Favorite among the nearly 50 motorcycles in various classes entered in the race is the No. 1x team of Colton Udall and Mark Samuels, both of Yucca Valley, Calif. After winning the SCORE Pro Moto Unlimited class last year, the duo opening the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship by winning the overall and their class in the season-opening 30th SCORE San Felipe 250 on their Honda CRF450X.
    QUALIFYING
    On Thursday, qualifying for starting positions will be held for both the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 and will be held over a special course near Ensenada and is not open to the public. The start drawing for these two classes determined their respective qualifying order.
    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 on the SCORE website.
    ENTRY LEADERS
    While SCORE Trophy Truck with 32 has the most entries of any class in the race, other car/truck/UTV classes with double figure entries are Class 10 with 28, Class 1 with 19, Trophy Truck Spec with 16 and SCORE Lites, Pro UTV FI and Pro UTV with 14 each.
    Leading the Pro motorcycle classes is the Pro Moto Unlimited class with eight entries. Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT Moto with 10 entries.
    On-site late registration will close at 5 p.m. on Friday with as many as 20 additional entries expected.
    MAIN COURSE
    The loop race features a 477.52-mile race course developed by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Abelardo Grijalva.
    The historic race course 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 with elevations from sea level to over 4,000 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
    The race starts and finishes in Ensenada and has four physical check points and over 60 virtual check points. It travels out through Ojos Negros to Tres Hermanos, Pino Solo, Catarina, Nuevo Junction (Checkpoint 1), The Summit, Cohabuzo, Laguna Salada, Saldana, Tres Pozos, Borrego (CP 2), Three Poles, Zoo Road, Huatomote Wash, Morelia Junction, Diablo dry lake bed, San Matias pass (CP 3), Mike’s Sky Rancho road, Kiliwas wash, the Goat Trail, Jamau and Km 33 crossing of Highway 3 (CP 4).
    Covering much of the state of Baja California Norte, with some areas seldom used by SCORE, the course has been designed to make it easy to chase for support crews and great for spectators. The course is fun, fast and technical with its rough sections.
    KING SHOCK ZONE
    King Shocks, SCORE’s Official Shock Absorber, is again offering a special contingency cash prize. For this week’s SCORE Baja 500, the fastest vehicle through Check Point 2 (race mile 202.3) to Check Point 3 (rm329.87) on corrected elapsed time will receive the choice of either a $4,000 cash prize or $5,000 in credit for King Shocks parts or service.
    Qualified vehicles must be equipped exclusively with King Race Shocks and contingency decals as required. Winning the first King Shock Zone award at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 was Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr., driver of the No. 21 Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division.
    CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
    All races in the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue as part of each race event broadcast.
    Capping off the 2016 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will air as a full two-hour special for the second straight year.
    ON THE AIR
    2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
    · SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, April 17, 9 p.m. ET)
    · SCORE Baja 500 (two hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET)
    · SCORE Desert Challenge presented by Rosarito Beach (first telecast-Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 p.m. ET)
    · SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, Dec.18, 9 p.m. ET)
    · SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, December 25, 9 p.m. ET)
    CBS SPORTS NETWORK
    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.
    DUST2GLORY
    From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory will chronicle each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Now, D2G, which began shooting at last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, continued at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 will be up close and personal in capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races.
    SCOREscope
    The four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will include four special events and for the first time all four will be held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
    · 30th SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28, San Felipe, Mexico
    · 48th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, Ensenada Mexico
    · 20th SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by Rosarito Beach, Sept. 14-18, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
    · 49th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-20, Ensenada, Mexico
    SCORE SPONSORS…
    Official SCORE Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, Muck Daddy-Official Hand Cleaner, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
    Official SCORE Partners: 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, The Satellite Phone Store, PCI Race Radios.
    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, 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.

    SCORE Baja 500 – Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
    All-Time Overall 4wheel & 2wheel champions (1969 through 2015
    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/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
    2015—Carlos Lopez, Chevy
    Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr/Justin Morgan/Ian Young, Kawasaki

    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
    Curt LeDuc
    Harley Letner
    Bob Lofton
    Carlos Lopez
    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
    Ricky Brabec
    Quinn Cody
    Max Eddy Jr
    Gene Fetty
    Jack Johnson
    Chuck Miller
    David Pearson
    Kurt Pfeiffer
    Bill Silverthorn
    Craig Smith
    1
    Torsten Borstrom
    Mike Childress
    Cameron Corfman
    Ty Davis
    Doug Douglas
    Danny Hamel
    David Kamo
    Jim McClurg
    Danny LaPorte
    Mitch Mayes
    Mouse McCoy
    Justin Morgan
    Mickey Quade
    J.N. Roberts
    Garth Sweetland
    Colton Udall
    Howard Utsey
    Brent Wallingsford
    Tim Weigand
    Ian Young

    Manufacturers
    Overall 4wheel Vehicle Trucks/SUVs*
    10
    Ford
    8
    Chevy
    7
    Toyota
    1
    Jeep
    *Includes 1993-97 (51 Total)
    Cars
    7
    Funco
    Chenowth
    3
    Jimco
    Smithbuilt
    2
    Sandmaster
    1
    Baja Boot
    Chaparral
    Tatum
    *Includes 1993-97 (51 Total)

    Overall Engine Winners
    Cars & Trucks
    13
    Volkswagen
    12
    Chevy
    Ford
    7
    Toyota
    5
    Porsche
    1
    Jeep
    Oldsmobile
    *Includes 1993-97 (51 total)

    Motorcycles
    17
    Honda
    12
    Husqvarna
    11
    Kawasaki
    4
    Yamaha
    1
    Beta
    Ducati
    Harley-Davidson

    Tires
    4wheel vehicles
    (missing 4 years)
    31
    BFGoodrich Tires

    5
    Western Auto Tires
    2
    Firestone Tires
    Goodyear Tires
    Yokohama Tires
    1
    Toyo Tires