ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—What was a forgone conclusion based on his winning the season opener in April, Las Vegas’ Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren will drive the first SCORE Trophy Truck to start the 4-wheel portion and Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif., will ride the first motorcycle to start the first portion of next week’s Golden Anniversary of the legendary BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500.
Pre-running on the rugged, race-record 542.12-mile course continues through Friday (June 1).
Round 2 of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held next Tuesday through Sunday (May 29-June 3). The celebratory internationally-televised race will start and finish in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, located 80 miles south of San Diego.
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 2) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 3:30 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 8 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around 11 hours, all vehicles will have a 22-hour time limit from the time each starts to become an official finisher.
Nearly 350 vehicles, in classes for cars, trucks, utvs, motorcycles and quads, are expected at the start line with racers from as many as 35 U.S. States and 20 countries anticipated.
Race title sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$25,000 contingency bonus to help commemorate this year’s race. King Shocks has posted an US$5,000 contingency bonus, Rancho Drivetrain Engineering is offering a $20,000 transmission as a contingency bonus and Tri-Ace Tires is also offering a US$25,000 contingency bonus.
SCORE announced prior to the start of the 2018 season that the finishing order from April’s 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250 would determine the start order for this race for those that raced in San Felipe and entered this race in time. Separate drawings were held for entries that did not finish in San Felipe and another start draw for all entries that didn’t race in San Felipe.
After winning the season-opener for his 16th career SCORE Trophy Truck win, MacCachren will start first in his No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-250 (builder Geiser Bros). Based on the finishing order in San Felipe, following MacCachren into the Baja desert will be Cameron Steele, second in the No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado (Geiser) and after that three third-generation members of San Diego’s McMillin ‘Dynasty in the Desert’ will start third, fourth and sixth.
Third off the line will be Luke McMillin, 25, of San Diego, in the No. 83 Ford-150 (Racer), fourth will be defending SCORE Baja 500 overall champion Andy McMillin, 31, of San Diego, in the No. 31 Chevy Silverado (Mason) and the sixth starter will be the team of Dan McMillin, 30, of La Mesa, Calif./Larry Roeseler, 61, Boulevard, Calif., in the No. 23 Ford F-150 (Racer).
Starting fifth will be Ryan Arciero, 44, Lake Forest, Calif., in the No. 32 Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith).
For the motorcycles, Morgan and co-riders Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. and Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif., will be the first vehicle off the line in their No. 7x Monster Energy Honda CRF450X.
The total of 305 entries to date heading into this week’s late, on-site registration have come from 32 U.S. States, U.S. Territories-Guam and Puerto Rico along with 14 total countries–host country Mexico, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru and Spain.
States among the field range so far from Alaska, Hawaii, California, Washington and Oregon in the Pacific West, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico in the Mountain West, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut in the Northeast, Illinois, Ohio, South Dakota, Kansas and Texas in the Midwest and Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia in the South.
The marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks has 35 official entries.
Other classes with double-figure entries besides SCORE Trophy Truck with 35 are Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) with 37 entries, Trophy Truck Spec with 25, Class 10 with 22, SCORE Lites with 20, Sportsman Moto with 19, the unlimited Class 1 with 13 Class 5-1600 with 11 and with 10 each are Class 1/2-1600, Class 11 and Pro Moto 30.
While three-time SCORE Baja 500 overall and SCORE Trophy Truck winner Bryce Menzies, 30, of Las Vegas, continues to recover from a broken back, driving the majority if not all of next Saturday’s race will be legendary French Rally Racer Cyril Despres who is a five-time motorcycle overall winner of the Dakar Rally-Raid. Despress, 44, who lives in Andorra, has driven the last three years in the Dakar Rally for the powerful Peugeot factory team, finishing on the podium in third place in 2017.
Menzies and Despres will drive the No. 7 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford Raptor.
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 both be held in the Red Room on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (May 30-31, June 1).
Racer registration will be held on Wednesday (May 30) from Noon to 8 p.m. PDT along with 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday (May 31) andFriday (June 1). On Friday, no new entries will be accepted after 4 p.m.
Media registration the Red Room will be held on Wednesday (May 30) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday(May 31) and Friday (June 1).
The SCORE Media Center will be in the Red Room during the race (June 2-3) 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 at 11:30 a.m. PDT as well as the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting at 7 p.m. PDTon Friday (June 1). The post-race awards celebration will also be in the Cathedral Room at noon PDT on Sunday (June 3).
The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero.
Below is the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule. For the third consecutive year all four races are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
32nd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 4-April 8, San Felipe, Mexico
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, 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 State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500
May 29-June 3, 2018—542.12 miles–Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 305 (as of 5/26/18)
Late, on-site Registration–Wednesday, Thursday, Friday in Ensenada
(from 32 U.S. States, U.S. Territories-Guam & Puerto Rico, Host Mexico, Andorra, Argentina, Austria,
Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Spain)