NOTE: Current UNOFFICIAL numerical order entry list, by class, is at end of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Hall of Famer Larry ‘Mr. Baja’ Roeseler, San Diego’s Andy McMillin, 2019 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion and SCORE Baja 500 winner along with Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies, a three-time SCORE Baja 500 winner and SoCal’s Jason Coleman, who leads the 2021 SCORE Overall point standings, head the most recent group of entries for next month’s internationally-televised BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. Joining Roeseler, A. McMillin, Menzies and Coleman among the latest entries are fellow SCORE champion racers Cody Parkhouse, Shelby Reid, Eric Solorzano, Chad Hall and Matt Winslow.
Round 2 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held June 10-13 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world. CLOSED START/FINISH
Because of the significant health and safety protocols developed by SCORE in conjunction with and the approval of state and local health authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all race-week festivities and the start/finish line compound will be restricted access only and closed to the general public. The SCORE race start/finish compound will be located Northeast of downtown Ensenada at the end of the extension of Avenida Ruiz on the highway overpass, the same location as last year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
Use the following link for the map to the SCORE start/finish compound: https://score-international.com/raceinfo/map-to-compound/.
Spectators, adhering to the protocols, will be allowed to watch the race from around the race course. ONLINE RACER ENTRY APPLICATIONS
Racer entry applications continue to be available at www.SCORE-International.com under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 500 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Audreonna Garcia at 775. 852.8907. Online racer entry applications will be accepted through Friday, May 21. DETAILS
With nearly 300 entries expected from 30 U.S. States and 20 countries, 51 competition classes are offered for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Among the latest group of 68 total entries to date are racers from 11 U.S. States, host country Mexico, along with Bolivia, Canada and France.
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.
All four 2021 SCORE races are being held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
SCORE Live will be streaming throughout contingency and race days on the SCORE website and on the new SCORE TV app. Colorful Rat Sult is back for his sixth season as the host of SCORE Live. LR—‘MR. BAJA’
A racing legend on both sides of the Border, Hall of Famer Larry Roeseler simply goes by ‘Mr. Baja’ in Mexico. Living in Boulevard, Calif., Roeseler, 64, has been racing in SCORE Baja races since the early 1970s with an unrivaled record of excellence both on two wheels as well as four wheels.
In the SCORE Baja 1000, LR, as he is also known by friends and competitors, has a race-record 14 overalls (including 10 on motorcycles) among his 18 career class wins.
In the SCORE Baja 500, Roeseler has 11 overall wins (nine on motorcycles) among his 17 career class wins in this race.
In the SCORE San Felipe 250, Roseler has two overalls (both on motorcycles) and six class wins in four different classes. In motorcycles, Roeseler has a win in both the old Class 21 (Under 250cc) and Class 22 (unlimited), two Class 7 race wins (stock mini trucks) and two in the unlimited Class 1 (open wheel cars).
This year Roeseler is the solo driver in SCORE Trophy Truck for the No. 43 Cantina Racing Baja Jerky Toyota Tundra built by ID Designs.
In his first race with the team in last year’s SCORE Baja 500, held in San Felipe for the second time, he finished fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck.
In the SCORE San Felipe 250 this year, Roeseler finished 11th out of 35 starters.
In last year’s season finale at the SCORE Baja 1000 he drove the first half of the race for the overall winning Luke McMillin.
Roeseler is racing the full 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship for Cantina Racing, under sponsorship with Baja Jerky.
Team owner Chris Miller, 47, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. is the driver of the No. 40 Cantina Racing Baja Jerky Chevy Silverado built by Mason Motorsports. Miller finished 16th in SCORE Trophy Truck in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. ANDY McMILLIN RETURNS
When it comes to the SCORE Baja 500, no family does it any better than San Diego’s McMillin family, well known as the Big Blue M Racing machine. Between seven family members, the three-generation McMillins have 22 class wins including 11 overall victories in the SCORE Baja 500. Clearly the winningest family in the history of this storied race.
Third-generation San Diego desert racer Andy McMillin, 33, who opted-out of racing last year because of the health pandemic, returns as the third McMillin family member entered this year’s SCORE Baja 500.
McMillin won his last SCORE Baja 500 in 2019 on the way to capturing the 2019 SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship.
McMillin has 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck individual race wins. That total has him tied for second behind Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren’s 17 all-time SCORE Trophy Truck race wins with additional Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame racers Robby Gordon, Ed/Tim Herbst and Larry Ragland.
With four class wins and three overall victories in this race, McMillin will drive his No. 31 McMillin Racing Chevy Silverado AWD SCORE Trophy Truck built by Mason Motorsports.
McMillin started the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship with a very solid third-place finish in the SCORE San Felipe 250.
His cousins Daniel McMillin, 33 and Luke McMillin, 28, are the other two McMillin entries in this year’s SCORE Baja 500. All three will be among the favorites to win the race. Luke McMillin finished second in the 2021 season opener, just ahead of Andy McMillin and Daniel McMillin was the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck winner in the 2020 SCORE Baja 500. MENZIES HUNGRY FOR MORE
Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies, the 2011 SCORE Overall Point, 2011 SCORE Trophy Truck class point champion and 2011 SCORE Rookie of the Year, is hungry for more in this year’s SCORE Baja 500.
Winner of the 2021 season opener at the SCORE San Felipe 250, Menzies, 33, returns to the SCORE Baja 500 as a three-time overall and SCORE Trophy Truck race winner, winning three times in four years in the SCORE Baja 500 (2011, 2012, 2014).
Spending a number of years winning races in short course events, rally racing and long jump contests, Menzies now has six career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins after his season-opening win in San Felipe. For several years he raced part-time in the SCORE World Desert Championship. Menzies drives the No. 7 Menzies Motorsports Ford Raptor AWD SCORE Trophy Truck built by Mason Motorsports. FRONTRUNNER COLEMAN
Easing his way into the SCORE World Desert Championship, Jason Coleman, 36, of Huntington Beach, Calif., is the SCORE Overall point leader and at the top of the Trophy Truck Spec class after finishing first in class out of a SCORE-record 34 starters in the season-opening BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford.
President/CEO of prominent Golden Construction, a commercial general contractor company from Huntington Beach, Coleman has been desert racing since 2007, but mostly in Nevada and a few forays into SCORE Baja racing.
This year in San Felipe he won the Trophy Truck Spec class and finished 12th overall out of 269 starters in the No. 292 Chevy truck built by Herbst/Smith Fabrication which is also located in Huntington Beach. Herbst/Smith is the home of the legendary Terrible Herbst Motorsports team of Las Vegas.
In 2012 Coleman won Class 1/2-1600 driving with C.J. Hutchins of Henderson, Nev. in the SCORE Baja 500. PARKHOUSE PAIR
A two-generation race team, veteran defending 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship Class 1 point champs Cody Parkhouse and his father Brian Parkhouse are back in 2021 trying to defend their season crown.
Fresh out of high school at the time, Cody Parkhouse started his official desert racing career in 2006 racing in Class 1/2-1600.
Both from Long Beach, Calif., Cody Parkhouse, 33 and his father Brian Parkhouse, 61, teamed up to win both of the 2020 SCORE Baja races in their No. 100 Parkhouse Motorsports Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.
With driving help from his father, Cody Parkhouse has won three SCORE unlimited Class 1 season point championships. The duo won the SCORE season crowns in 2012, 2013 and 2020.
In San Felipe this year, the Parkhouse team endured a rare disqualification for a course violation.
In the SCORE Baja 500, the son/father tandem has earned three Class 1 race wins (2014, 2015, 2020).
Injured seriously in a race accident in the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000, Parkhouse has clearly returned to his championship form and will be one of the racers to beat in Class 1 in Ensenada. REID DUO
After racing in separate classes for a few years, Shelby Reid has reunited with her son Cody Reid to form a very formidable unlimited Class 1 team. The mother/son team opened the season by winning the Unlimited Class 1 in the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250.
From Apple Valley, Calif., Shelby Reid, 53 and Cody Reid, 29, are both former SCORE class point champions. Shelby won Class 1 season title in 2015 and Cody was the SCORE Class 10 season point champion in both 2014 and 2015.
Shelby Reid is still looking for her first win in the SCORE Baja 500 while her son Cody won Class 10 in 2019.
For this year’s SCORE Baja 500, they will split the driving in their sparkling new AWD No. 168 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car. ALL IN THE NUMBERS—SOLORZANO
Numbers seem to tell a story for veteran SCORE champion Eric Solorzano, a fixture in SCORE racing for nearly three decades.
Racing in the venerable Class 11 for stock VW Sedans, Solorzano has 11 class wins in the SCORE Baja 500 and his vehicle number is, ironically, 1111.
From Tijuana, Mexico, Solorzano, 61, if you couldn’t guess it, he also has 11 SCORE Class 11 season point championships.
It’s obvious you can’t count No. 1111 out in any SCORE Baja race. C. HALL HONORS LATE DAD ROD
Son of the late iconic Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame desert racer Rod Hall, Chad Hall, 58 of Reno, Nev. has entered this year’s race in the Trophy Truck Spec Class.
A veteran champion driver who doesn’t race in his famous father’s tracks, but rather his memory, Chad Hall has 11 class wins in the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 where his famous father set the race record with 25 class wins in the Granddaddy of all Desert Races.
Officially as driver of record, Chad Hall is credited with winning the Stock Full class in the 2008 SCORE Baja 500.
Key executive for Rod Hall Products and Hall Racing in Northern Nevada, Chad Hall will be sharing the driving in this year’s SCORE Baja 500 with his son Austin Hall, 34, Sparks, Nev. They will drive the Hall Racing No. 230 Mobil 1/Chevy Performance Chevy Silverado in Baja.
The last legacy of Rod Hall continues through his children and grandchildren. FAMILY TIME
SCORE racing is all about family and the Winslow family of Clovis, Calif., is another great example of that. Owner of an agricultural commodities company in Clovis, Calif., Todd Winslow has made SCORE desert racing a family adventure.
After finishing fourth out of 23 starters in Class 10 in this year’s season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250 this year, Matt Winslow returns to Ensenada with his father Todd Winslow to enjoy the camaraderie of racers, the beauty of Baja and the challenge of SCORE Baja racing with quality family time.
Matt Winslow, 28, and his father Todd Winslow share the driving in their No. 1081 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car. While son and father split the driving, Todd’s wife and two daughters are all part of the race crew for their Central California desert racing team.
“We really love Mexico and SCORE Baja racing continues to be a significant family pastime,” said Todd Winslow raced in several motorcycle classes in SCORE Baja racing for nearly a decade before moving to Class 10. “You know what they say, ‘with age comes a cage’.”
Their first race win in Class 10 came at the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 in 2015 as they finished fourth in season points. In 2016 the father/son team won two races and finished a very closed season in Class 10 season points. The pair finally broke all they through to the top of the podium in 2018 when the captured the Class 10 season point championship. GRAND MARSHAL: JIM O’NEAL
Jim O’Neal, 74, the noted apparel/performance products manufacturer (O’Neal USA) from Simi Valley, Calif., and super-vet multi-time SCORE champion age-group motorcycle racer has been selected to be the Grand Marshal for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
Enduring many broken bones and hospitalizations in his long and successful career in SCORE Baja racing, O’Neal has a race-record 21 class wins in the SCORE Baja 500.
O’Neal, who began racing in motocross when he was just 15 years old, also has a race-high 19 Class wins (all in the last 23 years) in the SCORE San Felipe 250. He is the only person who has raced in all 34 SCORE San Felipe 250 races.
In the SCORE Baja 1000, O’Neal has 14 age-group motorcycle class wins including three in 2006 and two in 2016.
O’Neal also has 38 starts out of 52 years in the SCORE Baja 500 and 39 starts out of 53 years in the SCORE Baja 1000.
“This is a great honor for me personally to be asked to be a Grand Marshal of a SCORE Baja race,” said O’Neal. “If you are a desert racer, SCORE Baja racing is the only place to be and I will still get to race in Pro Moto 50 for the 39th time in the SCORE Baja 500. I represent all motorcycle racers who have been such a big part of SCORE Baja racing all of these years.”
Over the years he has always put together a very strong group of co-riders and he has earned a SCORE-record 22 season class point titles in his lengthy career.
This year’s SCORE Baja 500 will be his fourth SCORE race as a co-rider for the Giovanni Spinali team in the Pro Moto 50 class for riders over 50 years old. Spinali and team including O’Neal won this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. O’Neal will ride on the No. 510x Yamaha YZ450FX for Spinali’s team. ON-SITE RACER REGISTRATION
Being held in the SCORE start/finish line compound on the East end of Avenida Ruiz, regular on-site and late racer registration will be held on Thursday (June 10) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT and on Friday (June 11) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No new entries will be accepted after 6 p.m. PT on Thursday (June 10) and 3 p.m. PT on Friday (June 11). START ORDER/DRAW DEADLINE
The starting order within each class for this race will be determined by the individual finishes at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, if the individual entry is received and all fees paid in full by 8 p.m. on Friday, May 21.
All entries received and paid in full by May 21 who didn’t race in San Felipe, will be part of a drawing to determine the remainder of the start order within each class. The draw results will be posted on the SCORE website at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28.
Up until and 5 p.m. PT on May 28, entries will be accepted in the SCORE Ensenada office but those entries received after May 21 will not be in the start draw. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Thursday and Friday (June 11 and 12) and will be given the next available start position within their respective classes.
All entries received after 8 p.m. PT on Friday, May 21 will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. GREEN FLAG—JUNE 12
The motorcycle and quad classes will start at 6 a.m. PT Saturday (June 12) while the car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey starting at 10 a.m. PT. SCORE Trophy Truck, TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec 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 eight hours, all vehicles will have 20 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher in the historic race. PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 466-mile race course for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts will begin at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 22 starting at race mile 33.10 and finishing at race mile 427.90. The rm0.0 to rm33.10 section will be open only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday (June 9-10). No inbound running from rm33.10 to the finish except on race day.
The official SCORE Racer Brief, course map and GPS files will be available by 6 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 20 on the SCORE website under race info/SCORE Baja 500. COURSE PREVIEW
With pre-running opening on Saturday, May 22 for the BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva is putting together another memorable 466-mile race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers.
Running in a clockwise direction, the race will start and finish without spectators in the SCORE compound because of Health and Safety protocols.
The SCORE start/finish compound will be located Northeast of downtown Ensenada at the end of the extension of Avenida Ruiz on the highway overpass, the same location as last year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
All Sportsman classes, Class 7SX, Baja Challenge, Class 11 and the Baja-e will race on a reduced course of 389.56 miles. GRAN HISTORIA
This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship is another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event starting in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE in December of 2012.
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 in Ensenada as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races.
After being held last year because of the health pandemic in San Felipe for just the second time in race history, this year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start for the 47th time in Ensenada and finish for the 43rd time in Ensenada. 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 after the 2020 season 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 34 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 Baja 500. BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this race of US$25,000. PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500 is 4 Wheel Parts, the official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the remaining three dates in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
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. The season-opening BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford, is scheduled to air on May 30. Check local listings for exact time.
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 journalists Sam Posey and Jack Arute.
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, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Ensenada Tourism Marketing Committee and 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 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts Round 2 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
June 10-13, 2021—466.00 miles – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Total UNOFFICIAL Entries: 68 (as of 5/11/21) (from 11 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada)
(Numerical order, by class) Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (18*)
1 Luke McMillin
7 Bryce Menzies
11 Rob MacCachren
*13L Robert Malone
14 Bobby Pecoy
16 Cameron Steele
*20L Robbie Pierce
22 Jax Redline
23 Dan McMillin
27 Jonathan Brenthel
31 Andy McMillin
35 Carlos Penunuri
40 Chris Miller
43 Larry Roeseler
65 Dan Myers
85 Mike Lawrence
90 Raul Gomez
92 Paul Nauleau *SCORE TT LEGEND CLASS 1 (3)
100 Cody Parkhouse
168 Shelby Reid
179 Mario Fuentes TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (15)
205 Jose Delucie
213 Karl Ebdrup
214 Valerie Clark
227 Kyle Jergensen
228 Ryan Hancock
230 Chad Hall
232 Chelsea Magness
258 Justin Davis
278 Carlos Ibarra
285 Clay Lawrence
292 Jason Coleman
293 Ryan Peacock
294 Vincent Munoz
296 Andrew Myers
299 Charles Dorrance CLASS 10 (5)
1001 Oliver Flemate
1023 Tamara Myers
1047 Zack McLaren
1075 Eliseo Garcia
1081 Matt Winslow PRO UTV FI (6)
2916 Brian Muzllenix
2918 Justin Lambert
2927 Justin Smith
2931 Craig Scanlon
2969 Branden Sims
2998 P.J. Jones PRO UTV NA (2)
1962 Dodge Poelman
1985 Adrian Orellana CLASS 1/2-1600 (3)
1616 Eli Yee
1621 Kevin A. Sanchez
1680 Carlos Jimenez Guana PRO UTV STOCK (1)
3930 Douglas Cornwell HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)
4421 Mike Hales PRO UTV OPEN (1)
1870 Justin Elenburg CLASS 5 (2)
508 Greg Sullivan
510 Gerardo Ibarra CLASS 5-1600 (1)
557 Larry Negrete Jr CLASS 7SX(1)
744 Dario Serrano CLASS 11 (3)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1133 Mike Steel
1169 Rafael Figueroa
PRO MOTO 40 (1)
424x William St. Laurent PRO MOTO IRONMAN (2)
725x Juan Carlos Salvatierra
785x Fabricio Fuentes
Pro Quad (1)
5a Steven Lopez
SPT M/C (2)
201x Scott Borden
220x Stefano Migotto