SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominic@SCORE-International.com
March 18, 2021
Season Opener April 14-18
SCORE President/Race Director projects plans, announces rule changes for 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
Start/Finish at El Dorado Ranch in San Felipe along Sea of Cortez; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; Online entry deadline March 26 Qualifying–SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec on Thursday, April 15 NOTE: Current entry list numerical, by class at bottom of story
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – With roots as a desert racer and working with SCORE International in various capacities since 2013, Jose A. Grijalva has high hopes for next month’s start of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship at the BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford, in Baja California, Mexico. DETAILS
Returning after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, online racer registration continues for the Round 1 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held April 14-18 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
This season-opening race will be held under the same Bio-Security protocols as last year’s abbreviated season of two races that includes no spectators at contingency, the start or the finish but fans will be allowed again to watch out around the race course, following normal health and safety protocols.
Contingency, and the start/finish compound will all be located on the secured grounds of the luxurious El Dorado Ranch just north of town.
With 51 classes offered for Pro and Sportsman Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads, 170 entries to date have come from 26 U.S. States, along with host Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Netherlands and New Zealand.
San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2020 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on the ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. THREE DECADES-PLUS
Celebrating the 34th anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at www.SCORE-International.com for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. START DRAW
The deadline to enter online and in time to be in the drawing for starting positions within each class is 8 p.m. PT on Friday, March 26. Starting positions for the other classes will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration with the exception of entries that register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 7. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.
Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered. ABLE ABELARDO
As SCORE President and Race Director, Abelardo, or Jose G. as he is known, has overseen the opening, expanding and maintaining of the SCORE Ensenada Race Office in Mexico as well as being instrumental in developing the myriad safety improvements SCORE has implemented while plotting race courses, working with local and state governments, police agencies, Mexican military and the multitude of area Ejidos (Ranchers) who allow SCORE to use their land for its ultra-popular SCORE Baja races.
Grijalva also oversees all of the SCORE course workers and health and safety personnel which can number as many as 400 people depending on the race and the logistics involved with the course.
Adding even more to his busy plate, Grijalva also directs and works closely with the SCORE tracking company as well as overseeing and helping determine penalties and review of protests that may occur in a particular event. And he helps determine rule additions, changes and modifications that are needed to keep the SCORE Rule book as the leading example for the entire sport.
To honor his untiring and dedicated efforts, Grijalva was honored at the 2019 SCORE Staff Person of the Year Award. NEW YEAR
Leading SCORE into a promising new year, Grijalva, 49, of Ensenada, is extremely optimistic regarding SCORE International and the SCORE World Desert Championship moving forward.
“There are obviously factors in play that we cannot control, like the pandemic, weather and the economy, everything that we can do we are doing to help ensure a strong-safe, ever-expanding and always-exciting future for SCORE desert racing,” commented Grijalva.
“Our primary objectives as we begin a new year of SCORE International is to provide the highest level, the safest possible, the most magnificent and creatively challenging courses while continuing to move forward with the latest technology to conduct the races and colorful on-site, innovative live streaming of our events as possible.”
“SCORE has always been on the cutting edge of unprecedented growth, development and innovative technology in our sport. We will strive diligently to maintain that position and take it even further.” SAFETY FIRST
“Safety first is our top priority at SCORE as we continue to provide the quality and quantity of medical equipment, communications and personnel needed to appropriately staff our events,” added Grijalva. “We will continue to have a second medical helicopter this year as well as providing additional rescue vehicles as needed with the ambulances and rescue units we have from Cruz Roja Mexicana and Baja Rescue Logistics.”
“These additions reduce our response time considerably for medical incidents during our races. SCORE considers the medical aspect of our events as the very highest priority and there is no other racing organization the world that can match our medical equipment, communication and personnel for our events.”
“We continue to work diligently with the Mexican government to modify, as needed, our Bio-Security health and safety protocols which worked so well during last year’s abbreviated schedule.” 2021 RULE BOOK
Grijalva also reported that the 2021 SCORE Rule Book is now online on the SCORE website. The link for specific updates is… http://score-international.com/raceinfo/rule-book/addendum/rule-book-addendum/.
“Changes in the rule book for 2021 are relatively minor,” stated Grijalva. “As with all competition Rule Books they are a work in progress but we are overall very pleased with our SCORE Rule book. We changed things that didn’t make sense and added items that we hope will help bring back entries into some classes in SCORE racing. With more challenge courses, we must allow the racers to modify their vehicles to make them more capable of finishing and running faster.”
Grijalva said that among the changes that SCORE is making includes adding virtual checkpoint markers on the race courses that will especially assist the motorcycle and quad classes.
In SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE TT Legend, the two classes will start inter-mixed. They will still be scored as separate classes at the end of each race.
Pro UTV Open class has been renamed from Unlimited to Open to better reflect eligible vehicles.
The totally new class for 2021 will be Pro Quad Ironman for solo riders.
In the motorcycle classes, Pro Moto Unlimited motorcycles must have a minimum engine displacement of 450cc while the Pro Moto Limited vehicles will now have a maximum engine displacement of 450cc. COURSE SNAPSHOT
With pre-running opening Saturday, April 3 for the BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford, Grijalva has put together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers.
Starting and finishing without spectators in the s/f compound because of Health and Safety protocols on the grounds of the El Dorado Ranch the race course is 280.2 miles, will run in a clockwise direction and feature two physical full stop checkpoints and 82 virtual checkpoints and just four speed zones for a total of 9.3 miles.
It also runs through five of the glorious infamous Baja washes in this order: Azufre, Huatamote, Chanate, Amarillas and Las Cuevitas.
With several new sections, the entire race course will be south of Highway 3 for the first time in the history of this race.
All Sportsman classes and Class 11 will race on a reduced course of 242.88 miles.
The course map will be available on March 20 and the Racer’s brief and GPS files will become available Thursday, April 1 on the SCORE website under race info for the SCORE San Felipe 250. QUALIFYING
For just the second time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 15 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes. Entries in these four classes must also be fully registered by Friday, March 26 to be eligible to qualify.
Entries received in the qualifying classes received after March 26 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.
Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that they are received.
The first time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks. All are entered in this year’s race as well.
Qualifying will again be held on a four-mile loop south of the airport, which is located on the south end of San Felipe. RACER REGISTRATION
Being held in the Pavilion at Eldorado Ranch, a special on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday (April 14) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT for the racers who will be part of qualifying. Regular on-site and late racer registration will start at 11 a.m. PT on Thursday (April 15) in the Pavilion. It will be held Thursday (April 15) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT as well as Friday (April 16) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. No new entries will be accepted after 6 p.m. PT on Thursday and 3 p.m. PT on Friday. GREEN FLAG SATURDAY
The motorcycle and quad classes will start at 6 a.m. PT Saturday (April 17) while the car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey starting at 9 a.m. PT (April 17). SCORE Trophy Truck and the Pro Moto Unlimited classes will start one vehicle every 60 seconds race while all other classes will start one every 30 seconds.
While the fastest vehicles in the elapsed-time race are expected to finish in approximately five hours, all vehicles will have 14 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher in the historic race. $2,222.22 WINNER ‘PISTOLA’ CLASS 5 BONUS
The late SCORE champion racer Pete Sohren is being posthumously honored as the Grand Marshal of this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. The colorful Sohren often said that San Felipe was the race he loved the most.
In conjunction with this honor, a special $2,222.22 bonus purse has been offered by Pistol Pete’s family and his Forever Pit Crew for the winner of Class 5 at the SCORE San Felipe 250.
Members of Pete’s family will represent him at the race and SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer Cameron Steele is using Sohren’s No. 2 and Sohren’s paint scheme on Steele’s Ford Raptor in honor of the racer who died tragically in a non-race accident in the sand dunes of San Felipe in January of 2019.
In the SCORE San Felipe 250 Sohren had three career class wins (1997 in Class 5, 2001 in Class 5 and 2016 in Class 7). BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 45 years, received two awards for the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 30th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 32nd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 32 of the 52 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 31 of the 53 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2021.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 28 of the 33 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and the inaugural SCORE Baja 400.
BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this race of US$5,000. PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 is Ford, the official vehicle and SUV of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. SCOREscope
2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the dates for the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford—
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2021
For the third straight year, the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship races are airing on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program 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.SCORE-International.com.
BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford
Round 1 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship April 14-18, 2021—280 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Total Entries: 170 (as of 3/18/21) (from 26 U.S. States, host Mexico, Brazil, Canada,
Costa Rica, Netherlands, New Zealand) (numerical order, by class) Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (36*)
1 Luke McMillin
2 Cameron Steele
4 Justin Matney
*5L Clyde Stacy
7 Bryce Menzies
9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
10 Alan Ampudia
11 Rob MacCachren
17 Josh De Jong
19 Tim Herbst
*20L Robbie Pierce
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
*21L Gustavo Vidosola Sr
22 Jax Redline
23 Dan McMillin
24 Adam Householder
26 Dave Taylor
27 Jonathan Brenthel
29 Madix Bailey
31 Andy McMillin
35 Carlos Penunuri
*37L Rolf Helland
40 Chris Miller
41 Justin Lofton
43 Larry Roeseler
51 Steve Olliges
*55L Jose de Jesus Flores
65 Dan Myers
73 John T. Lennon
76 A.J. Jones
77 Robby Gordon
*79L Russell Buehler
82 Sam Baldi
89 Mike Walser
85 Mike Lawrence
92 Paul Nauleau *SCORE TT LEGEND CLASS 1 (6)
100 Cody Parkhouse
105 Mason Cullen
123 Broc Dickerson
168 Shelby Reid
179 Mario Fuentes
183 Frank Russell TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (27)
200 Jorge Sampietro
202 Chad Broughton
205 Jose Delucie
209 Rafael Navarro IV
211 Pat Sims
213 Josh Beyer (DOR-Karl Ebdrup)
216 Valerie Clark
218 Chad Dohrman
221 Michael Pyle
225 John W. McNeil
226 Alexis Lopez
227 Kyle Jergensen
228 Ryan Hancock
233 Thomas Degen
234 Jason McNeil
238 Elijah Kiger
244 Brad Lovell
255 Brad Vicic
261 Jeff Bader
264 Pierce Herbst
277 Travis Williams
278 Carlos Ibarra
281 Carlinhos Ambrosio
285 Clay Lawrence
294 Vincent Munoz
296 Andrew Myers
297 Bill McBeath CLASS 10 (14)
1001 Oliver Flemate
1014 Bruce Yee
1016 Hiram Duran
1019 Alberto Martinez
1023 Tamara Myers
1024 Wheeler Morgan
1045 Matt Rusich
1046 Ethan Hagle
1048 Kevin Price
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1078 Augie Cortez
1081 Matt Winslow
1085 Jeremy Davis
1087 Ivan Tagle CLASS 7 (4)
700 Daniel Chamlee
709 Jeff Proctor
710 Mike Shaffer
727 Meredith Hammond PRO UTV FI (20)
29XX Rodrigo Ampudia
2915 Jessica Lopez
2916 Brian Mallenix
2918 Justin Lambert
2924 Luis Leal
2931 Craig Scanlon
2940 Erick Kozin
2941 Steven Poole
2948 Matt Burroughs
2949 Alonso Lopez
2951 Herman Johnson
2959 Rafael Navarro III
2974 Jorge Cano
2967 Mike Pratt
2975 Mike Cafro
2977 Justin Elenburg
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
2985 Jason Willett
2998 P.J. Jones
2999 Bob Jablonsky SCORE LITES (6)
1202 Matias Arjona IV
1205 Miguel Cortez
1216 Matt Ferrato
1221 Scott Wisdom
1228 Jorge Cardona
1249 Hector Garcia Jr PRO UTV NA (8)
1910 Jose Angulo
1912 Rickey Arslanian
1920 Elias Hanna
1925 Zach Sizemore
1954 Kristen Matlock
1962 Dodge Poelman
1978 T. Bradley Millner
1995 Kaden Wells CLASS 1/2-1600 (2)
1610 Jordan Price
1621 Kevin A. Sanchez PRO UTV STOCK (5)
3911 Victor Esparza
3913 Carolina Sanchez
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3933 Randy Emberton
3953 Nick Bruce HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)
4421 Mike Hales PRO UTV OPEN (3)
1871 Wayne Matlock
1877 Josh Herzing
1898 Cameron Ornelas CLASS 5 (4)
500 Gerardo Ibarra- RS
507 Greg Sullivan- RS
508 Miguel Pabloff
526 Jerry Longo CLASS 3 (1)
313 David Orzolek CLASS 5-1600 (1)
571 David Heredia- RS BAJA CHALLENGE (4)
BC2 Tim Spurquen
BC3 Bud Pecoy
BC4 Edward Muncey
BC5 William Jordan CLASS 7F (2)
701F Brandon Walsh
714F Justin Park CLASS 3000 (1)
6005 Michael Morrow Baja-e (1)
E414 Matthew Blanchard CLASS 11 (2)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1196 Alex Gonzales
SPT UTV UNLIMITED (1)
1804 Adrian Juaquin Garcia
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (1)
22x Shane Redline PRO MOTO 30 (3)
308x Greg Bardonnex
320x Jorge Garcia
365x Nick Lanning PRO MOTO LIMITED (1)
109x Christopher Gil PRO MOTO 40 (2)
424x William St. Laurent
496x T.J. Juon PRO MOTO IRONMAN (5)
713x Bradley Loveday
726x Joseph Berlet
734x Bob Kimber
735x Dustin Ashe-Everest
736x John Bennett
SPT M/C (6)
2XXx Jack Lundin
201x Scott Borden
203x Giovanni Aviles
224x Edgar Najar
226x Raul Serrato
245x Filiberto Garcia SPT QUAD (3)
114a Luis Ortega
123a Ismael Hernandez
125a Lilia H. Rodriguez