SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, email@example.com
February 11, 2016
Season Opener Feb. 24-28
Registration online for season opener in Baja California, Mexico; pre-running open on 249.5-mile course
to be televised internationally on the CBS Sports Network; entries expected from 25 States, 10 countries
RENO, NEV., USA – Preparing to launch the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, to be held for the first time in the storied history of SCORE all on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Chris Miller received the first overall starting position Thursday and Kevin Murphy received the first motorcycle starting position in the drawing held Thursday for this month’s season-opening 30th Annual SCORE San Felipe 250.
The internationally-televised race will be held Feb. 24-28 in San Felipe, the picturesque fishing village on the tranquil Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
Miller, of Santee, Calif., drives in the maruqee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks while Murphy rides in the Pro Motorcycle Unlimited class.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the youngest of the three traditional SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website (www.SCORE-International.com) for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
Racing over a rugged 249.5-mile course that includes four of Baja’s infamous washes, the elapsed time race will have a 17-hour time limit. Motorcycles and quads will start, beginning at 6 a.m. and the car, truck and UTV classes will leave at approximately 10:30 a.m. with at least a three and one-half hour split between the first group of vehicles.
Pre-race festivities will be held in San Felipe on Feb. 24, Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 with race day on Saturday, Feb. 27 concluding with the post-race awards fiesta at Noon PT on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Rockodile night club in the center of the picturesque Malecon.
ARCOS MUY FAMOSO
To help celebrate three decades of this popular ‘spring break’ fiesta, the race will start and finish where it has for over 20 years, in the shadow of the famed San Felipe Arches on the outskirts of town.
Drawing the first starting slot for the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars was Stephen Squires, Austin, Texas. Riding the first quad off the line will be team led by two-time defending SCORE Pro Quad season point champion Javier Robles Jr of Calexico, Calif.
Unlimited Class 1 and Class 10 each had the most entries in the drawing with seven each followed by SCORE Tropy Truck with 14 entries and Trophy Truck Spec with 13 entries.
Leading the motorcycle entries in the drawing was the Pro Moto Ironman class with eight entries followed by Pro Moto Unlimited and Pro Moto 40 (riders at least 40 years old) with six each.
The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday (Feb. 26). Contingency will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) and tech/transponder checkfrom 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PT) on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other.
Racer registration will be held at the Rockodile night club from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday (Feb. 24), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) on Thursday (Feb. 25) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PT) on Friday (Feb. 26).
Double-Fiestas will be held on Thursday (Feb. 25) from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Rockodile night club as the Monster Energy SCORE Kick-off Party will be held on the upper deck and the Bud Light Party on the lower deck. Both parties are open to the public and donations will be taken for Cruz Roja de Mexico (Red Cross).
Winning the last three SCORE San Felipe races overall, Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr will be looking to break a three-way tie with three Las Vegas racers to become the first racer to win the SCORE overall title in race history four times and the first to pull off four consecutive victories.
A second generation Mexican desert racer, Vildosola Jr of Mexicali has five class wins in this race including a record-tying three straight overall and SCORE Trophy Truck wins in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Branix Ford Raptor.
Vildosola Jr, with help from his father Gus Sr in 2013 won his first overall. He drove solo the next two years to tie the record in 2015 of three straight overall wins set by Las Vegas racing brothers Ed Herbst and Tim Herbst who won three straight in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Two other Southern Nevada drivers have three overall car and truck wins in San Felipe but not three straight.
One is Las Vegas’ Brian Collins, who won his first in 1990 in Class 1 while splitting driving time with SCORE Baja motorcycle racing legend Jack Johnson, also of Las Vegas. Collins also captured two straight in SCORE Trophy Truck in 2008 and 2009.
The other three-timer in overall victories is Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, who has eight class wins in San Felipe and won his three overalls in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division. MacCachren’s first was in 2007 when his split the driving with Mark Post and his most recent overalls in San Felipe were solo wins in 2011 and 2012. MacCachren, who has won two straight in the SCORE Baja 1000, drives the No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Rockstar Ford F-150.
Pre-running will be allowed on the actual race course through Friday (Feb. 26). The race course is a single loop, run counter-clockwise of 249.5 miles. Starting and finishing at the San Felipe Arches monument, the course is considered to possibly be the toughest in the history of this popular race.
Fairly similar to the course run in 2010, it does not cross Highway 3 which goes to Ensenada. Instead it runs up to it along Highway 5 and then turns northwest just before Highway 3 and parallels it for about 10 miles before turning further south all the way down to the legendary Matomi Wash. Working its way back north, it heads southwest and then north and north west before turning north back to the finish line.
In addition to Matomi, the course also includes three other major Baja washes– Huatomote, Chanate and Amarillas. The course will have three physical checkpoints at race mile 24.7, rm 148.5 and rm 244.7. There will also be approximately 45 virtual checkpoints along the race course.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the five-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 are 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 10, 9 p.m.)
· SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 29, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Baja 500 (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.
SCORE OFF-ROAD RACING NETWORK—CARBONTV.COM
Continuing to expand the scope, reach and exposure value of its brand, races and racers, SCORE also recently entered into an agreement with Carbon Media Group to launch the new SCORE International Off-Road Racing Network on CarbonTV. Content to be included on the premier online video destination include all telecasts of the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship as well as all of SCORE’s online web series available 24/7 and at no cost. It can be accessed at www.carbontv.com/networks/score-international.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
SCORE also announced that it will continue the production of its vastly popular four online multiple-segment video series of Conquest, Legends, Roost and Guerrero. The online video series are part of the new website design that include elements also aired through the SCORE Journal digital magazine in addition to the new 24/7 CarbonTV channel.
The five-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will include five special events and for the first time all five will be 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
· 2nd SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 14-17, La Paz, 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
Official 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.
Associate Sponsors: Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
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, PCI Race Radios, 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.
30th SCORE San Felipe 250
Feb. 24-28, 2016—449.5 miles
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
DRAWING–Total Entries: 126 (as of 2/11/16)
(from 16 U.S. States, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico)
(starting order from start draw, by class) Pro Cars & Trucks SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (14)
40 Chris Miller
** Cory Keysar
97 B.J. Baldwin
16 Cameron Steele
13 Damen Jefferies
21 Gus Vildosola Jr
48 Jimmy Nuckles
2 Jason McNeil
1 Carlos Lopez
47 James Bult
15 Billy Wilson
4 Justin Matney
50 Zak Langley
45 Gary Magness
CLASS 1 (17)
117 Stephen Squires
123 Monica Greenhill
111 Paul Keller
110 Eric Chase
118 Ricardo Malo
138 Brad Wilson
100 Shelby Reid
106 Derek Fletcher
153 Ronny Wilson
102 Clyde Stacy
150 Morgan Langley
156 Tom Kirkmeyer
172 Jamie Galles
131 George Peters
104 Rob Archibald
185 Justin Davis
175 Jaime Huerta Jr-1st RS
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (13)
252 Gonzalo Pirron
206 Pat O’Keefe
202 Chad Broughton
221 Johnny Angal
227 Jonathan Brenthel
200 Larry Connor
246 Jose Gomez
250 John Langley
273 Jordan Brenthel
254 Andres Ruffo
252 Russell Buehler
211 Pat Sims
220 Craig Christy-1st RS
CLASS 10 (17)
1069 Juan Guillen
1058 Clay Lawrence
1018 Miguel Tornel Jr
1095 Alberto Ritchie
1000 Cody Reid
1040 Cody Robinson
1050 Joe Lombardo
1088 Luis Salgado
1048 Kevin Price
1034 Cliff Cole
1043 Scott Youngren
1005 Eliat Cabrales
1002 Mike Lawrence
1075 Eliseo Garcia
1081 Todd Winslow
1021 Talya Martin-2nd RS
1060 Armando Boehme 1st RS
SCORE LITES (3)
1218 Miguel Tornel Sr
1201 Mike Kuligowski
1229 Raul Rodriguez
CLASS 8 (1)
810 Enrique Lara
CLASS 1/2-1600 (8)
1615 Jesus Velez
1605 Miguel Cortez
16XX Angel Perez
1609 Jose Robles
1606 Ruben Sanudo
16XX Fernando Orozco
1601 Horacio Fernandez
1697 Jorge Sampietro
CLASS 7 (3)
726 Greydon Fauvre
701 Brandon Walsh
725 JT Holmes-1st RS