WHERE: Start/Finish: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico(65 miles south–U.S./Mexico Border at San Diego)
WHO: Nearly 300 entries with racers from 38 U.S. States, 18 countries in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
COURSE: TOTAL MILEAGE: 806.76 miles (5 physical checkpoints, 192 virtual checkpoints plus the finish line). Start/Finish on Blvd. Costero, adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. SCORE has put together another memorable race course, this one for a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain the northern state of the mysterious Baja California peninsula has to offer. Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course travels in a counter-clockwise direction. It includes the approximate 30 mile stretch to Ojos Negros which is used in both directions. After Ojos Negros the course heads out to Jamau. After Jamau before the ‘Goat Trail’ there is a new short section that has never been raced on. Course goes to Kiliwas and out to Hwy 3 to San Matias, over to the desert in San Felipe. South of San Felipe it loops around Amarillas Wash and comes back to Old Puertecitos Road on Huatamote Wash, head south to the Sulphur mines and turn right and will loop back using Matomi Wash to Old Puertecitos Highway. South from Puertocitos to Gonzaga Bay and before Coco’ s Corner it turns south and takes a new trail that will take racers back to the main road out to Chapala. At Chapala the course goes across Hwy 1 and does a loop behind Cataviña where there is tons of silt and nasty hill climbs. North of Cataviña the course goes back across the peninsula on the east side of Hwy 1 and heads north to Rancho Victoria and more silt before and after this ranch in the Rm 490 to Rm 510 area. It then drops down to El Rosario Wash and goes north to San Quintin on a fast smooth road that has never been raced on. In San Quintin the course runs north and hits the coast to Santo Tomas, taking pavement to Uruapan and then back through the hills and natural terrain back to Ojos Negros and to the finish in Ensenada.
Because of the horrendous silt beds, Class 11 (stock VW sedans) and all Sportsman 4-wheel vehicles classes will be allowed to eliminate the Cataviña loop, taking pavement from rm 379.22 to rm 478.38.
This year’s race course alo has 22 speed zones.
This year’s race course features 5 outlying checkpoints where each vehicle is required to quickly stop before continuing on. The checkpoints will be located as follows: Checkpoint No. 1—North of San Felipe (race mile 177.34), No. 2—before Hwy 1 on Chapala Road (rm 378.27), No. 3—San Quintin (rm 597.81), No. 4—Vicente Guerrero Wash (rm 633.85), No. 5—Santo Tomas (rm 733.02).
Schedule of Events:
MONDAY, Nov. 12–(All times PST)
Noon – 5 p.m. – SCORE Chassis Inspections-Playa Hermosa Beach 1.1 miles south of Riviera del Pacifico CC
TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 36-hour time limit from the time each starts.
Race in Progress – Posting of Unofficial Results — SCORE Media Center, Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
SATURDAY, Nov. 17–(All Times PST)
12 a.m. – course close – BFG Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism/SCORE Media Center—Red Room, Riviera CC
Race in Progress — Posting of Unofficial Results — SCORE Media Center, Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
SUNDAY, Nov. 18–(all times PST)
6:30 a.m. – Posting of Results—SCORE Semi and online
6:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Race teams must submit results inquiries at SCORE Semi (see Racer Brief)
8 a.m. – Noon — BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism/SCORE Media Center—Red Room, Riviera CC
9 a.m. – Posting of SCORE Baja 1000 Race Results—Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
10 a.m. – Awards Celebration-Start/Finish line Ramp in front of Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
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—
TELECAST: Produced by BCIITV–two-hour special to air domestically on the El Rey Network. 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, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, 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.
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.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK: No. 11 Rob MacCachren/Jason Voss, No. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez/Juan C. Lopez, No. 77 Robby Gordon/Cole Potts, No. 31 Andy McMillin/Tavo Vildosola, No. No. 16 Cameron Steele/Pat Dean, No. 97 B.J. Baldwin/Willie Valdez Jr, No. 15 Billy Wilson/Chad Bunch, No. 4 Justin Matney/Josh Daniel, No. 23 Dan McMillin/Gary Weyhrich, No. 19 Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst/Ryan Millen, No. 7 Bryce Menzies/Toby Price, No. 83 Luke McMillin/Larry Roeseler, No. 54 Troy Herbst/Christian Sourapas/Brett Sourapas, No. 32 Ryan Arciero/Adam Householder, No. 20 Robbie Pierce/Matt Loiodice, No. 10 Alan Ampudia/Aaron Ampudia/Rodrigo Ampudia, No. 6 Larry Connor/Ricky Johnson/Luke Johnson, No. 50 Zak Langley/Kyle Jergensen, No. 86 Joe Bacal/Jeff Geiser, No. 45 Gary Magness/Devin Housh, No. 70 Kevin Thompson/Harley Letner, No. 5L Clyde Stacy/Armin Schwarz (SCORE TT Legend class) and No. 21L Gus Vildosola Sr/Scott Bailey/Mike Coleman (SCORE TT Legend) CLASS 1: 168 Shelby Reid, 153 Brad Wilson, 100 Brian Wilson, 185 Justin Davis, 150 Morgan Langley, 189 Jon Walker, 129 Brandon Bailey; TROPHY TRUCK SPEC:200 Elias Hanna, 295 William Hedrick Jr/William Hedrick Sr, 242 Bryce Swaim, 204 Sara Price, 230 Chad Hall, 277 Rod Lewis, 227Jordan Brenthel, 250 John Langley/Steve Hengeveld, 232 Chelsea Magnass, 276 Gerardo Iribe; CLASS 10: 1023 Broc Dickerson/Jeff Dickerson, 1068 Cody Reid, 1081 Todd Winslow/Matt Winslow, 1049 Ty Godde, 1016 Hiram Duran; HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD: 4422 Casey Currie, 4405 Shannon Campbell; CLASS 1/2-1600: 1603 Oscar Alvarez, 1614 Bruce Yee, 1678 Gustavo Avina; SCORE LITES: 1210 Luis Barragan, 1258 Jeremy Davis/Vic Bruckmann, 1206 Freddie Willert; Class 7: 700 Dan Chamlee, 709 Jeff Proctor/Alexander Rossi/Johnny Campbell; HEAVY METAL: 894 Vincent Munoz; PRO UTV FI: 2971 Wayne Matlock, 2913 Branden Sims, 2900 Marc Burnett, 2919 Brandon Schueler, 2966 Rhys Millen, 2912 Tony Riggs; PRO UTV: 1954 Kristen Matlock, 1995 Kaden Wells, 1955 Paul Champion; PRO UTV UNLIMITED: 1872 Jesus Mendez Jr; CLASS 5-1600: 553 Cesar Iniguez, 577 Luis Herrera; BAJA CHALLENGE: BC1 Larry McRae; CLASS 3: 302 Donald Moss; CLASS 11: 1104 Viry Felix, 1100 Dennis Hollenbeck, 1111 Eric Solorzano, 1156 Art Penner; PRO MOTO UNLIMITED: 1x Shane Esposito/Colton Udall, 4x and 66x 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: 730x Francisco Septien, 722x Liz Karcz; PRO MOTO60: 649x Guy Laycraft; PRO QUAD: 1a Said Sanchez, 2a Don Higbee.
EL GRAN JEFE—GRAND MARSHAL
For this year’s 51st SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE International has selected Mexico’s beloved tourism official Nico Saad, the only person who has been behind the scenes at all 50 of the previous races, as the Grand Marshal for this year’s anniversary of the world’s most iconic desert race.
Honorably humble, unusually unassuming, famously friendly by nature while constantly and consistently working diligently behind the scenes by choice on behalf of SCORE Baja racing for nearly 45 years, Saad is the beloved owner of the San Nicolas Resort and extremely cherished and productive President of Proturismo de Ensenada. Saad is the only person who has been part of all 50 Baja 1000 events, obviously including the 44 produced and sanctioned by SCORE International.
Axalta, known in 130 countries worldwide as a leader in coating systems and recognized easily for its long-lasting involvement with NASCAR Racing including drivers like Jeff Gordon, has entered the world of desert racing with its sponsorship of the No. 86 Dodge Ram, Geiser Bros.-built SCORE Trophy Truck to run in this year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
Champion SCORE racer Joe Bacal, a stunt-car driver and performance driving school owner in Phoenix, is the driver of record with Jeff Geiser as his second driver. Bacal, who is a two-time SCORE Stock Full class season point champion, has three class wins in the SCORE Baja 1000 (2010, 2012, 2013).
The full-branded SCORE Trophy Truck was unveiled at the SCORE Baja 1000 display at the Off-Road Expo in Pomona, Calif. in Sept. The truck sports a ‘desert-style’ version of “Primary Colors”, a recognizable paint scheme frequently seen throughout many of the 14 Axalta-sponsored Motorsports Series around the world. The iconic, flashy neon colors are layered on a Cromax EZ blue basecoat to maximize “sparkle and pop” in the bright sun of the Mexican desert.
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 50-year history of the SCORE Baja 1000, this will be the 44th time the race has started in Ensenada and the 25th time it has finished in Ensenada. The last time this race started and finished in Ensenada was in 2016.
In 4-wheel vehicle competition, Ford motors have produced 17 overall winners, Chevy motors are second with 14 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 10, 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 27 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 29 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 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 20 of the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the SCORE Baja 1000, including 29 of the last 32 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 90 SCORE Baja races including 32 in the SCORE Baja 500.
BFGoodrich Tires also provides unmatched pit support for racers using their tires with five 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 $25,000 contingency money to the overall winners of this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 running exclusively on BFGoodrich Tires.
Entries in the internationally-showcased race have come from 38 U.S. states and 18 countries. In addition to the 38 U.S. States, the U.S. Territory of Guam, racers have entered from host country Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain and Sweden.
OVERALL POINTS SHOWDOWNS
Among the car and truck classes, just 36 points separate the top seven who are from four different classes and there is a rare tie at the top spot. Tied for the SCORE Overall point lead heading into the season finale with 285 points each are SCORE Trophy Truck point leader Rob MacCachren and Pro UTV FI leader Wayne Matlock.
Third overall and leading the Trophy Truck Spec class is William Hedrick Jr with 261 points. With a three-way tie at fourth overall with 255 points each are Class 10 point leader Broc Dickerson, second place SCORE Trophy Truck point leader Cameron Steele and second in Trophy Truck points Bryce Swaim. Seventh overall and second in Pro UTV FI with 251 points is Tony Riggs.
In the motorcycle category, the top five point leaders represent five different classes. Leading the overall motorcycle points and Pro Moto Unlimited with 247 points is Justin Morgan while tied for second with 238 points each are Pro Moto 30 leader Ryan Liebelt and Pro Moto Ironman leader Francisco Septien. Tied for fourth overall with 235 points each are Pro Moto 40 leader Jano Montoya and Pro Moto 60 point leader Guy Laycraft.
In the battle for the SCORE Pro UTV overall season point title chase the top three are all from the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class. Leading in the hunt for the Pro UTV SCORE Pro UTV overall is Wayne Matlock with 285 points, second is Tony Riggs with 251 points and third heading into the season-finale is Brandon Schueler with 250 points.
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 Trophy Truck Spec.
Entered in SCORE Trophy Truck are defending season point champion Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez/Juan C. Lopez in the No. 1 Chevy Rally Truck, Matney in the four-wheel drive No.4 Chevy Silverado and Clyde Stacy/Armin Schwarz in the No. 5L Chevy Rally Truck (SCORE TT Legend class). Derek Fletcher is racing in Class 1 in the No. 106 RPM-Chevy and Sara Price is driving in the Trophy Truck Spec class in the No. 204 Geiser-built Chevy truck.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK QUALIFYING
Helped by a huge assist from Supercross Hall of Fame legendary co-driver Ricky Johnson, Team C Racing’s Larry Connor has earned the first starting position in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for next month’s 51st annual SCORE Baja 1000.
The special SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires was held on Oct. 29 on a purpose built, very technical .6-mile course that started and finished on the Off-Road Track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was the fifth consecutive year that this special qualifying event was held in conjunction with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the annual SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
In front of an appreciative capacity crowd at the LVMS Off-Road Track on Tuesday night, Johnson, who won 38 Supercross races and seven AMA season championships in his Hall of Fame motorcycle career, blistered the dirt and asphalt covering two laps of the .6-mile course in one minute, 51.92 seconds with an average speed of 38.57 miles per hour in Connor’s No. t Team C Racing Chevy Silverado. He ran laps of 58.69 seconds and 53.23 seconds. His second lap was the fastest of the night.
Johnson was quickest among the 30 trucks out of the 37 entered in the race that elected to participate in the optional qualifying event.
The 5,000-pound race trucks are designed for the pounding of open desert racing resulting in average speeds in qualifying 15-20 miles per hour less than they will average during the actual race.
Johnson, driving Connor’s SCORE Trophy Truck, finished 1.14 seconds faster than the runner-up qualifier as all of the top 16 qualifiers finished the course in less than two minutes.
A total of 30 of the 37 SCORE Trophy Trucks entered in the race including three SCORE TT Legend race trucks participated in the optional qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes, which are combined for starting positions but scored separately at the conclusion of the race.
Behind Johnson, second in qualifying was Luke McMillin, San Diego, with a time of 1:53.05 in the No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150 and third was last year’s top qualifier Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., with a time of 1:53.52 in the No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy Silverado.
Completing the top 5 qualifier list was Cole Potts, Scottsdale, Ariz., fourth in a time of 1:53.84 in the No. 60 Chevy Silverado and fifth was Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies with a time of 1:53.97 in his new No. 7 Menzies Motorsports Ford Raptor.
ULTIMATE DANA FAST QUALIFIER AWARD
For the third straight year, international drivetrain manufacturer Dana Incorporated presented the Ultimate Dana Fast Qualifier award.
Dana is also presented live streaming of the entire three-hour qualifying event from LVMS on the SCORE website.
Winning the Ultimate Dana Fast Qualifier award in 2016 was Las Vegas’ Mark Post and fastest last year was Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C. In 2015, Johnson was again the fast qualifier for driver of record Justin Matney.
SCORE TRUCK ANNIVERSARY
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, SCORE Trophy Truck, developed and launched by former SCORE owner Sal Fish in 1994, is the marquee racing division in the sport—for high-tech, 950 horsepower unlimited custom trucks and SCORE TT Legend, which debuted in 2017, is the SCORE Trophy Truck class-within-a-class with drivers at least 50 years old.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK CHAMPS
A total of 13 of the last 14 SCORE Trophy Truck SCORE Baja 1000 race winners are entered in this year’s race, including the last 11 straight. And 18 racers are entered in this race who have combined to earn 80 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins.
Also entered are seven racers who have combined for 16 SCORE Trophy Truck season point championships in the first 24 years of the marquee SCORE racing division.
Leading the way among the former SCORE Trophy Truck season point champs are bothers Ed and Tim Herbst with four titles (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003), four-time champ B.J. Baldwin (2006, 2008, 2012, 2013), three-time consecutive and reigning champ Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez (2015, 2016, 2017), and two-time SCORE Trophy Truck season point champs Robby Gordon (1996, 2009) and Rob MacCachren (1994, 2007)
MORE TIGHT POINTS
Several classes enter the 51st SCORE Baja 1000 with very tight title point’s races for the SCORE season championship in each class. With the most points available at this race than any other, classes that seem to have the closest battles for the 2018 season point championships are Trophy Truck Spec, Class 1/2-1600, SCORE Lites Class 7, Pro Quad and Sportsman Motorcycle.
Points are tied in the SCORE Lites classes with 229 each between veteran Luis Barragan, Mexicali, Mexico (No. 1210 Seagrove-VW) and rookie Jeremy Davis, Chino Hills, Calif. (No. 1258 Porter-VW). The two drivers are also tied for 22nd in the SCORE overall point standings.
Bill Hendrick Jr, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico (261 points, No. 295 ID-Chevy) has a six-point lead over Bryce Swaim, El Cajon, Calif. (255 points, No. 242 TSCO-Chevy).
Six points also separates the top two in Class 1/2-1600. Oscar Alvarez, McAllen, Texas, leads (236 points, No. 1603 Romo-VW) and Gustavo Avina, Ensenada, Mexico (230 points, No. 1678 Dethomas-VW). In Class 7, reigning champion Dan Chamlee, Montecito, Calif. (217 points No. 700 Ford Ranger) is in the top spot by three points over Carlos Diaz, Calexico, Calif. (214 points No. 711 Ford Ranger).
In the Pro Quad class, Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico (229 points, No. 1a Honda TRX450R) has a six-point lead over Juan Sanchez, Chula Vista, Calif. (223 points No. 15a Honda TRX450R).
In the SPT M/C class that has seen 32 total racers this season so far, holding an eight-point lead is Shane Schorno, Discovery Bay, Calif. (250 points, No. 284x KTM 500EXCF) over Miguel Pena, Tijuana, Mexico (242 points, No. 200x KTM 450EXC).
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 81 on Nov. 22, has retired from racing with a record 25 class wins (including one overall win in 1972), and is the only racer who competed in all previous 50 SCORE Baja 1000 races.
Bishop, who died in 2014, is the only racer who competed in the first 40 SCORE Baja 1000 races.
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 again this year in SCORE Trophy Truck with Luke McMillin in the No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150.
BACK FOR MORE
Another testament to how much this race means to the sport of desert racing, winners of 22 of the 28 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 11/5/18):
–Alexander Rossi, 2016 Indy 500 champion, former Formula 1 driver, No. 709, Class 7
–Robby Gordon, former NASCAR Team Owner/Driver, owner/driver of stadium off-road truck series, three-time SCORE Baja 1000 Overall Winner, No. 77 SCORE Trophy Truck
–Tyler McQuarrie, Formula Drift racing star, veteran of numerous racing disciplines, driving instructor, No. 233, Trophy Truck Spec
-Santiago Creel, Mexico City, international motorcycle rally racer, rider of record in five moto classes, No. 4x, No. 66x, 160x, 100x and 360x and is also a co-driver in Trophy Truck Spec No. 252
–Christine Giampaoli Zonca, Italian international rally racer lives in Spain and Las Vegas, No. 2968, Pro UTV FI 2968
–Jorge Pascuel, international motorcycle rally racer from Argentina, No. 12x, Pro Moto Unlimited
–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
–Javier Perez Potzch, international motorcycle rally racer from Chile, No. 202x, Sportsman Motorcycle
Entered in this year’s event are 21 racers who have combined for 28 overall motorcycle wins and 16 4-wheel overall champions. Included are winners of 14 straight 4-wheel overall winners.
The leaders are: LarryRoeseler, 13, (10 on a motorcycles, two years in a car, one in a truck), Johnny Campbell 11 (Pro Moto Unlimited), Steve Hengeveld six (Pro Moto Unlimited), Andy McMillin, five (SCORE Trophy Truck), 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 Mark Samuels (Pro Moto Unlimited). With two each are Gus Vildosola Sr (SCORE Trophy Truck), Troy Herbst (Class 1), B.J. Baldwin (SCORE Trophy Truck), Jason Voss (SCORE Trophy Truck), Mike Childress (Pro Moto Unlimited), Max Eddy Jr (Pro Moto Unlimited) and Justin Jones (Pro Moto Unlimited). With one overall win each are Shane Esposito (Pro Moto Unlimited), Justin Morgan (Pro Moto Unlimited), Gustavo Vildosola (SCORE Trophy Truck), Gus Vildosola Jr (SCORE Trophy Truck), Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez (SCORE Trophy Truck, Juan C. Lopez (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Roger Norman (SCORE Trophy Truck).
Entered in this year’s event are 109 racers who have combined for an amazing 358 class wins in the SCORE Baja 1000. The leaders in multiple class wins entered this year are: Larry Roeseler with 17 (second overall), Craig Adams with 15 (tied for fourth), Jim O’Neal with 14 (tied for seventh), Steve Hengeveld with 12 (tied for ninth, Donald Moss with 12 (tied for ninth), Johnny Campbell with 11 (tied for 12th) and Chad Hall with 11 (tied for 12th).
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 29 brothers racing together and 14 racing separately. The race also has 15 fathers racing with their 17 sons and three fathers whose four sons are racing in separate vehicles. There are also two fathers and two daughters racing separately, at least three husband/wife combos racing together and one mother and son racing in separate vehicles.
Among the third generation racers entered this year are Ryan Arciero (SCORE Trophy Truck), Andy McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck), Daniel McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck), Broc Dickerson (Class 10), Harley Letner (SCORE Trophy Truck), Brian Wilson (Class 1), Brad Wilson (Class 1) and Luke McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck).
While there are numerous female co-drivers/co-riders, among the female racers entered as driver of record are…
–Shelby Reid—No. 100, Class 1. Son Cody Reid driving No. 1068, Class 10
–Kristen Matlock—No. 1954, Pro UTV. Husband Wayne Matlock driving No. 2971, Pro UTV FI
–Chelsea Magness—No. 232, Trophy Truck Spec. Father Gary Magness driving No. 45, SCORE Trophy Truck
–Sara Price—No. 204, Trophy Truck Spec
–Liz Karcz—No. 722x, Pro Moto Ironman
–Very Felix, No. 1104, Class 11
–Christine Giampaoli Zonca, No. 2968, Pro UTV FI
–Mary Scheible, No. BC2, Baja Challenge
–NOTE: Annie Seel, the Swedish Rally Princess and enduro racer is a co-driver in No. 1106, Class 11
Among the brothers racing together are: Ed and Tim Herbst (SCORE Trophy Truck), Donald and Kenneth Moss (Class 3), Aaron, Alan and Rodrigo Ampudia (SCORE Trophy Truck), Hiram, Eric and Evan Duran (Class 10), Casey and Cody Currie (Hammer Truck Unlimited), Cory and Scott Sappington (Pro UTV FI), Derek and Jason Murray (Pro UTV FI), Ted and Nick Moncure (Trophy Truck Spec), Jordan and Jonathan Brenthel (Trophy Truck Spec).
Among the father and sons racing together are Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and his father Juan Carlos Lopez (SCORE Trophy Truck), Ricky Johnson and his son Luke Johnson (SCORE Trophy Truck), Chad Broughton and his father Paul Broughton (Trophy Truck Spec), William Hedrick Jr and his father William Hedrick Sr (Trophy Truck Spec), Todd Winslow and his son Matt Winslow (Class 10) and Miguel Tornel Sr and his son Miguel Tornel Jr (Class 10), Robby Gordon and his son Max Gordon (Pro UTV), Gerardo Iribe and his son Gerardo Iribe Jr (Trophy Truck Spec), Broc Dickerson and his father Jeff Dickerson (Class 10), Mason Cullen and his father Matt Cullen (Class 1), Ramon Bio and his father Cisco Bio (Class 1/2-1600), Kaden Wells and his father Travis Wells (Pro UTV), Greg Sullivan and and his son Mike Sullivan (Class 5), Rod Lewis and his son Ryan Lewis (Trophy Truck Spec), Michael Pyle and his son Connor Pyle (Trophy Truck Spec), Ben Swift and his father Pete Swift (Class 5), Raul Rodriguez Jr and his father Raul Rodriguez (Baja-e).
Among the parent/children who will race in separate vehicles are Gustavo Vildosola Sr (SCORE Trophy Truck) and his son Gustavo Vildosola Jr (SCORE Trophy Truck), John Langley (Trophy Truck Spec) and his sons Zak Langley (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Morgan Langley (Class 1), Shelby Reid (Class 1) and her son Cody Reid (Class 10), Gary Magness (SCORE Trophy Truck) and his daughter Chelsea Magness (Trophy Truck Spec), Scott Bailey (SCORE Trophy Truck) and his son Brandon Bailey (Class 1).
In addition to season class point championships and SCORE World Desert Championship overall point titles, the racers are also competing for part of over $350,000 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 57 racers still in the hunt, these awards are being presented by SCORE for the 33rd consecutive year.
MEDIA CENTER: Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, Ensenada.
101x Mark Winkelman, 58, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, 70, Simi Valley, Calif./ Austin Miller, Austin, Texas/Grant Statley, La Jolla, Calif./Schuyler Shoonmaker, Alpine, Calif./Mark Bradford, Santa Clarita, Calif., Husqvarna 350, 20:55:34 (40.83 mph) (Pro Moto Limited)
48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Final round of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship
Nov. 18-22, 2015— Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico—821.38 miles
Total Starters: 239; Total Finishers 124 (51.18 percent)
TOP OVERALL FINISHERS
Pro Cars and Trucks
1. 11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Andy McMillin, San Diego, Ford F-150, 15:58:33 (51.41 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif./Shane Esposito, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, Kawasaki KLX450, 13:06:12 (48.18 mph) (Class 30)
Ryan Penhall, Corona, Calif./Brent Harden, Sun City, Calif./Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 13:15:51 (47.60 mph) (Class 22)
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)