No. 12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr draws first SCORE TT Legend start for Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge |
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    September 14, 2018


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    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

    2019 SCHEDULE

         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

    SPT CAR (2)

    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


    SPT QUAD (4)

    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