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No. 12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr draws first SCORE TT Legend start for Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge


September 14, 2018


Next week in Baja

No. 12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr draws first SCORE TT Legend start

for Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge

Pre-running Today & Saturday for cars/trucks/UTVs, Sunday for motorcycles and quads;

Round 3 of 4-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship is two-day, two-lap SCORE Baja race;

colorful pre-race Contingency Friday (Sept. 21)–Avenida Paseo de los Heroes in Zona Rio area of Tijuana,


moto, quad classes race in Group 1; cars, some truck, UTV classes in Group 2, SCORE Trophy Truck,

SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec-Group 3–2 laps each day–33.7-mile loop course for 134.8 total race miles;


start/finish line at Rancho Casian in Southeast Tijuana, more info at


    ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico — Mexico’s veteran champion racer Gustavo Vildosola Sr has drawn the first starting position for the SCORE TT Legend class that starts along with the  marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for next week’s special format Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge.

     Round 3 of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held next Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 22-23) with pre-race festivities in Tijuana’s Zona Rio area next Thursday and Friday (Sept. 20-21).

        Here is the link for the map of the race route on the SCORE website –

     Moving to the largest city on the Baja California peninsula last year, this race will again utilize a special split format two-day event with two laps each day over a 33.7-mile loop course (134.8 total race miles) as the Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge.

    Hotel Lucerna Tijuana on Avenida Paseo de los Heroes in the Zona Rio area of Tijuana is the official event hotel and the hospitality group (Lucerna Hotels & Resorts) is the SCORE Official Hotel for the SCORE World Desert Championship.


     Considered legendary among the SCORE faithful followers in Baja, Vildosola, 65, is a successful businessman from Mexicali who is CEO, founder and owner of the prominent Mexicana Logistics trucking company.

     In his long career in SCORE racing, he has three career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins as well as three more in the new SCORE TT Legend class for drivers 50 years and older. He also won the SCORE Class 5-1600 season point championship in 1995.

     Starting with last year’s SCORE TT Legend class win in the BFGoodrich Tires 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Vildosola Sr is teaming with USA’s Scott Bailey, 58, of Riverside, Calif. The pair also won this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 50th SCORE Baja 500 as well and finished second in class in the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250 in April. The pair drives the No.12L Chevy Silverado built by ID Designs.

     Vildosola Sr made racing history in 2010 when he and his son Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola became the first Mexican nationals to win the overall title in the SCORE Baja 1000, winning in a peninsula run from Ensenada to La Paz.

     Vildosola Sr/S. Bailey will lead a field of 14 starters off the line in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks. The field includes two trucks in the SCORE TT Legend.


     With no qualifying for any classes in this race, the drawing determined starting positions within each class.

     Among the other racers who drew first starts along with the number of entries to date in their respective classes are: Trophy Truck Spec – No. 276 Gerardo Iribe, Miami, Fla. (Rosarito Beach, Mexico), Curry/ISRT-Chevy 1500, (14 entries to date); Pro UTV FI – No. 2971 Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo (race-high 18 entries); Class 1 – No. 129 Brandon Bailey, Riverside, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy (six entries); Class 10 – No. 1062 J.J. Schnarr, Reno, Nev., Alumi Craft-Chevy (14 entries); SCORE Lites – No. 1258 Jeremy Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Porter-VW (seven entries) and Pro UTV NA – No. 1985 Adrian Arellano, Jamul, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000 (six entries).

     Leading the motorcycles onto the course will be the No. 1x of Shane Esposito, Temecula, Calif., Honda CRF450X (nine entries) in the Pro Moto Unlimited Class. Starting first in the Sportsman Moto class will be the No. 200x of Miguel Pena, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450EXC (10 entries).


     Pre-running on the official race course, exclusively for all car, truck and UTV classes is being held today and Saturday and pre-running exclusively for motorcycle and quad classes will be held on Sunday. There will be no pre-running on the race course allowed on next Monday through Friday (Sept. 17-21).


     Race headquarters will be the Hotel Lucerna in the heart of the Rio Zona area of Tijuana on Avenida Paseo de los Heroes. Racer registration will be held in the hotel on Thursday, Sept. 20 (2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT) and Friday, Sept. 21 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT).

     Media registration will be held at the Hotel Lucerna on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT and on Friday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.

     Contingency will be held in directly in front of the headquarters hotel on the historic Avenida Paseo de los Heroes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Friday (Sept. 21) with tech inspection lasting one hour longer until 6 p.m.

     Both being held at the Hotel Lucerna on Friday (Sept. 21), the mandatory aircraft pilot safety meeting will be held at 6 p.m. PT followed by the mandatory racer meeting will be held at 7 p.m. PT


     With 152 official entries to date, there are racers from 22 U.S. States and eight countries. Nations are USA, host country Mexico, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Peru. States with racers so far are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.


     The unique-format race will be held in an area with a spectator-friendly start/finish line compound located on the southeast outskirts of Tijuana at the popular Rancho Casian off of Boulevard 2000 (Highway No. 201) at Km 22.


     Starting and finishing adjacent to Rancho Casian in Southeast Tijuana, the partially new race route travels in a counterclockwise direction. The revised 33.7 tough terrain miles were designed and put together by SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva. It covers much of the land used in last year’s 23.4-mile loop, especially from Rancho San Vicente (where the race started last year), considered the roughest section of the course.

     There will be two full-stop checkpoints on the course. Checkpoint No. 1 will be at race-mile 16.1 and Checkpoint 2 will be at race-mile 25.8.

     The hot pit area for competitors will be in the area around race-mile 3.6.

     Heading back to Rancho Casian, the race course goes by the popular Rumorosita, a very popular area that is very rocky and rough.

     The final sprint of several miles back into Rancho Casian at the end of each lap is expected to be the fastest section of the race course each day.


     The event features two days of racing scored as one race. SCORE Race Director Jose Grijalva has been forced to change the race route to a 33.7-mile loop course through the challenging hills in the area that each class will run two laps each day for four total laps and 134.8 total race miles. The classes will be split into three groups and will run one session each day to determine the final results.

     The elapsed-time race with a two-hour-fifty minute time limit each day for Groups 1 and 2 and 2:20 for Group 3 will start at 6:30 a.m. PT each day. Group 1 will have motorcycle and quad classes, Group 2 will have the bulk for the car and truck and all UTV classes and will start their two-lap run at 11 a.m. PT each day..

     Group 3 with the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE TT Legend divisions along with the Unlimited Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec and Hammer Trucks will run the first half of their race (two laps) on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 22) and final half (two laps) on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 23).

     Racing for Group 3 featuring the SCORE Trophy Trucks will start each day at 3:30 p.m. PT and racing will finish each day at approximately 6 p.m.

     Celebrating its 25th year as the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950 horsepower unlimited trucks, SCORE Trophy Trucks, the post-race awards celebration will be held in the start/finish line area at Rancho Casian on Sunday (Sept. 23), at 5:30 p.m. PT for Group 1 and Group 2 and at 7:30 p.m. PT.


     “SCORE welcomes spectators to go to all of its races but consistently encourages safety and caution”, said Juan Tintos Funcke, SCORE Advisor.
“The colorful Contigency day and Manufacturer’s Midway from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday (Sept. 21) in front of Hotel Lucerna on Avenida Paseo de los Herores in the Zona Rio area of Tijuana, will provide a great pre-race family atmosphere to see the incredible desert racing cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycle and quads and meet many of the famous racers”.
“On race days, spectators are advised that the Boulevard 2000 has heavy traffic at certain times of the day, but that is the principal road in order to reach Rancho Casian from Tijuana or Rosarito Beach. The course map is available on the SCORE website.”
Tintos added that there will be several access points to the race course all of which will have Police presence including the Start/Finish line at Rancho Casian. There will be parking, food vendors and restrooms at that area.
“Extreme caution and awareness is always needed by spectators” Tintos continued. “Any spectators wanting to go inland on the route either from the Start/Finish area, from anywhere on the Boulevard 2000, from the Tecate-Ensenada road or the toll-free highway from Puerto Nuevo-Rosarito Beach, must do so before 6:00 am, because the road will be closed once the racing begins.”
“We can’t emphasize caution enough” said Tintos “All we ask is that spectators respect the danger and view the race from a hill or a distance of 30 meters. Having a large vehicle or hill to use as cover is a very good idea. Never drive or walk on the race course as this puts the spectators and racers in extreme danger and never stand or camp anywhere near the outside of turns or a curve.”


     While this is the second time in Tijuana, the SCORE Desert Challenge has been held 21 previous times since it first began in 1995. It was held in Laughlin, Nev., USA, from 1995 through 2012, in Plaster City, Calif., USA, in 2014, in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico in 2016 and in Tijuana in 2017.


     Prior to last year’s SCORE Desert Challenge, only two races in SCORE history had started in Tijuana. The first was the inaugural SCORE Baja 1000 (then called Mexican 1000) in 1967 and then again in 1995.  In both of those years the SCORE Baja 1000 finished in La Paz.



  • Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 19-23, Tijuana, Mexico
  • 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico


     Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fourth consecutive year all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:

  • 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
  • Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 18-22, Ensenada, Mexico
  • 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.19-24, Ensenada, Mexico


     Next on the broadcast airwaves for SCORE, the BFGoodrich Tires 50th SCORE Baja 500 race coverage show is scheduled to debut on the El Rey Network at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, Sept. 9.

     El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network and is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit


     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, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

     Lucerna Hotels & Resorts 22nd 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, Lucerna Hotels and Resorts, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.

     For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship

Lucerna Hotels and Resorts Tijuana

22nd SCORE Desert Challenge

Sept. 22-23, 2018—136 total miles (2 laps, 68.0-mile loop course)

Round 3 of four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico (Rancho Casian)

Total Entries: 152 (as of 9/14/18)

(from 22 U.S. States, Host Mexico, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru)

(start order by class—following start draw)

 Pro Cars & Trucks


*12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

32 Adam Householder (DOR-Ryan Arciero)

7 Bryce Menzies

16 Cameron Steele

19 Tim Herbst

11 Rob MacCachren

28 Corey Keysar

*5L Clyde Stacy

1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez

10 Alan Ampudia

15 Billy Wilson

50 Zak Langley

40 Chris Miller

83 Luke McMillin-1st RS


CLASS 1 (6)

129 Brandon Bailey

100 Brian Wilson

153 Brad Wilson

185 Justin Davis

150 Morgan Langley

168 Shelby Reid


276 Gerardo Iribe

299 Charles Dorrance

208 Andrew Entwistle

266 Scott Biernot

252 Gonzalo Pirron

250 John Langley

295 William Hedrick Jr

267 Hammond Meredith

200 Elias Hanna

242 Austin Jones (DOR-Bruce Swaim)

225 Brian Trotter

245 Mark Winkelman

204 Sara Price

226 Neal Drickey


4422 Casey Currie

4400 Joshua Bertschy

CLASS 10 (14)

1062 J.J. Schnarr

1049 Ty Godde

1013 Chris Boyer (DOR-Harley Meservey)

1030 Vic Bruckmann (DOR-Jim Anderson)

1068 Cody Reid

1018 Miguel Tornel Z-A

1002 Clay Lawrence

1008 Chase Warren

1063 Ruben Torres

1081 Matt Winslow (DOR-Todd Winslow)

1048 Kevin Price

1016 Hiram Duran

1022 Rafael Aguirre

1023 Broc Dickerson

CLASS 8 (2)

894 Vincent Munoz

849 Gabriel Arce

CLASS 1/2-1600 (4)

1603 Oscar Alvarez

1614 Bruce Yee

1644 Cesar  Fiscal

1613 Rick Boyer (DOR-Dana Jussila)


1258 Jeremy Davis

1240 Miguel Bonilla

1269 Robert Archibald

1218 Gustavo Pinuelas

1255 Darren Walsh

1236 Guillermo Arteaga

1210 Luis Barragan

BAJA-e (1)

402e Raul Rodriguez Jr

CLASS 7F (1)

701F  Brandon Walsh

CLASS 5 (1)

501 Mark McNeil

Pro UTV FI (18)

2971 Wayne Matlock

2903 Juan Martinez

2949 Alonso Lopez

2916 Cody Rahders

2966 Rhys Millen

2910 Scott Trafton

2975 Mike Cafro

2922 Aldo Salazar

2946 Jose Juarez

2900 Marc Burnett

2904 Cory Sappington

2978 Luis Fontanel

2912 Tony Riggs

2989 Wes Miller

2937 Alex Nicholas

2919 Brandon Schueler

2940 Erik Kozin

2968 Paul Kraus (DOR-Christine Giampaoli Zonca)

Pro UTV (6)

1985 Adrian Arellano

1956 Joe Bolton

1955 Paul Champion

1995 Kaden Wells

1920 Roberto Ruiz

1954 Kristen Matlock

CLASS 7 (2)

700 Dan Chamlee

711 Carlos Diaz

CLASS 5-1600 (5)

580 Luis Macias

596 Mark Winston

562 Pedro Avalos (DOR-David Heredia)

577 Luis Herrera

553 Cesar Iniguez

CLASS 11 (4)

1113 Mario Vazquez

1100 Dennis Hollenbeck

1104 Viry Felix

1111 Eric Solorzano



208 Andrew Entwisle


1577 Diane Gianelli

1502 Clay Lawrence


1818 Jessalyn Sells


3975 Torrey Rush

Pro Motorcycles


1x Shane Esposito

66x Santiago Creel

6x Brandon Prieto

4x Santiago Creel

7x Justin Morgan

25x Massimo Mangini

37x Roberto Villalobos

30x Nic Garvin

3x Garrett Poucher


171x Luis Flores

106x Philip Jaramillo

100x Santiago Creel

125x Fernando Beltran

121x Ana Rivas

117x Fernando Beltran

151x Edgar Cota (ROR-Juan Lopez)

PRO MOTO 30 (6)

310x Enrique Fuhrken

365x Nick Lanning

303x Edgar Espinoza (ROR-Luis Gomez)

304x Michael Garger (ROR-Chris Racan)

360x Santiago Creel

300x Ryan Liebelt

PRO MOTO 40 (2)

400x Jano Montoya

427x Salvador Sainz

PRO MOTO 50 (1)

510x Giovanni Spinali


714x Lawrence Janesky

722x Liz Karcz

730x Francisco Septien

721x Jose Carrasco

PRO MOTO 60 (1)

649x Guy Laycraft

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (2)

1a Said Sanchez

15a Juan Sanchez



110a Danny Magdaleno

125a Cristobal Quezada

105a Cristian Esparza

123a Ismael Hernandez

SPT M/C (10)

200x Miguel Pena

212x Carlos Silva

216x Luke Berlet

291x Tyler Cash

247x Michael Boge

238x Rolando Cabrera

213x Bradley Loveday

201x R. Hank Salyer

284x Schane Schorno

211x Luis Esquivel-1st RS