No. 45 Gary Magness draws first SCORE Trophy Truck start for upcoming Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge |
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    September 8, 2016

    Next week in Mexico
    No. 45 Gary Magness draws first SCORE Trophy Truck start
    for upcoming Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge

    Challenging 32.2-mile loop race course in Baja foothills near Pacific Ocean;
    reduced entry fees for Round 3 of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship
    airing on CBS Sports Network; race to be held in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico;
    more info at

    ROSARITO BEACH, Mexico—Enjoying rare respites from his consuming life as an accomplished Americna businessman and film producer, Gary Magness has drawn the first starting position in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for next week’s internationally-televised Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge.
    Born in Bozeman, Mont., raised in Texas, Magness, who lives and conducts much of his business out of Denver, drives his No. 45 Mango Racing Ford F-150 in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks. At the midway point in the SCORE season, Magness is third in the season point standings in SCORE Trophy Truck.
    With a special race format, Round 3 of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, the race will be held next Thursday through Sunday in Mexico’s Baja California. Starting and finishing just south of Rosarito Beach, the colorful resort area on the Pacific Ocean located just 19 miles from the U.S. Border south of San Diego, it marks the first time in its storied history that SCORE International has held a race in the Rosarito Beach area. The actual start/finish area, hot pits and primary spectator area will be at Los Manantiales.
    With competition in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, the only two days of pre-running for all classes will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT each day. An additional practice session will be held for motorcycle and quad classes only prior to the start of their race next Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. PT.
    Official entries received after the drawing will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. Online entries will be accepted until 10 p.m. PT this Sunday. Late entries after that date must all be completed at registration in Rosarito Beach.

    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. 200 Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif., Mason-Chevy, (seven entries to date); Class 1 – No. 169 Otoniel Huerta, San Luis Rio Colorado Mexico, Jimco-Chevy (nine entries); Class 10 – No. 1002 Clay Lawrence, Murrieta, Calif., LMS-Chevy (10 entries); Class 1/2-1600 – No. 1997 Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico, Romo-VW (10 entries) and SCORE Lites – No. 1204 Gustavo Pinuelas, Calexico, Calif., Jimco-VW (eight entries).
    Leading the motorcycles onto the course will be the No. 1x of Colton Udall, Yucca Valley, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X (five entries) in the Pro Moto Unlimited Class.
    With 112 entries to date, nearly 150 total entries are expected at the start line with entries from 17 U.S. States and five countries anticipated. Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race course will be held only for official entries with fully-paid entry fees. The pre-running will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT each of those two days. An additional special pre-running session will be held just for motorcycles and quads entered in the race from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. PT next Sunday (Sept. 18) prior to their race.
    Food and beverage vendors will be open adjacent to the start/finish line area during pre-running this Saturday and Sunday and on Sunday, Sept. 18 during the special additional pre-run session for motorcycles and quads.
    Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. SCORE has announced that entry fees for this year’s race have been reduced to the lowest amount in 20 years. The SCORE website has information on all SCORE races which can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.
    For more info, visit
    Colorful race week festivities will start next Thursday with the day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and Contingency festival starting on Blvd. Benito Juarez and will travel along the beach in front of the massive famed Papas & Beer Beach Club and finishing back on Blvd. Benito Juarez almost in front of the legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel. SCOREvision will stream contingency activities and racer interviews from the beach in front of Papas & Beer.
    The Monster Energy SCORE Kick-off Party will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. PT next Thursday in the Monster Energy VIP area at Papas & Beer.
    After staging at Papas & Beer, the three groups each day will parade with a police and SCORE escort to the start line 9.5 miles south of town.
    At 8:30 p.m. PT next Saturday at Papas & Beer, the awards celebration will be held for the car/truck/UTV classes and at 6 p.m. PT next Sunday for the motorcycle/quad classes.
    All of the week’s festivities will air live, including the three race days, via the internet on the SCORE website and the new SCORE App.
    Unique for SCORE, the race format will have all classes racing a total of four laps over a surprisingly rugged 32.2-mile race course (128.8 total miles) split into two, two-lap sessions.
    For cars, trucks and UTVs, they will be divided into four groups, running their first two laps next Friday and their final two laps next Saturday.
    The motorcycle and quad classes will run as one large group, running all of their laps on Sunday, their first two in the morning and the final two in the afternoon following a break.
    It is an elapsed-time race with vehicles in each group starting in 30-second intervals.
    Racing for the cars, trucks and UTVs will start at 6:20 a.m. PT next Friday and Saturday and the course will close each day at 6 p.m. PT. The featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks will start their laps along with the Trophy Truck spec class each day at 12:40 p.m. PT followed by the group including the unlimited Class 1, Class 10 and SCORE Lites and 3:20 p.m. PT as the final race of each day.
    Next Sunday, motorcycles and quads will start their first two laps at 10:30 a.m. PT and their final two laps starting at 2 p.m. PT with their course closing at 3:55 p.m.
    The start order for the second session for all classes will be an invert of the start order from the first session.
    The race features a colorful course, finalized by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman along with Race Director Jose A. Grijalva of 32.2 miles through the foothills and around a mountain to the south and east of central Rosarito Beach. It will start and finish at the Los Manantiales area.
    This landmark race course is another memorable example of Baja California diversity in terrain starting near sea-level and climbing up twice to around 2,000 feet. The course will be another unique jewel reflecting the majestic beauty of Baja California going through more ranches than most SCORE race courses.
    Traveling in a clockwise direction, the race course weaves its way through washes, on existing trails, up and over a ridgeline trail at the top of two hills and back down into the start/finish line area off of the old Highway 1 south of Rosarito Beach at Los Manantiales.
    Filled with farms and ranches, the race course goes through areas like Piedra Azul, Panchos, Loma Del Gato and Loma Bonita while racing around the famous El Cerro del Coronel mountain in areas where SCORE has never before held a race.
    The race course will include three physical, full-stop checkpoints, checkpoint No. 1 at race-mile 9.7, CP No. 2 at race-mile 18.9 and CP No. 3 at race-mile 27.1.
    The iconic Rosarito Beach Hotel, in the heart of Rosarito, will be the site of many of the activities surrounding the Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge. Racer registration and Media registration will be held at the hotel from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT next Thursday the pre-race driver’s meeting for the car, truck and UTV classes will be at the hotel at 7 p.m. PT Thursday as well.
    Rider registration for motorcycle and quad classes will be part of regular racer registration next Thursday at the Rosarito Beach Hotel as well as a special rider registration, tech and SPOT tracking installation for moto and quad classes only will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT next Saturday also at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
    Local organizations sponsoring and supporting the Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge are developing a unique and slightly-elevated spectator area at Los Manantiales with line-of-sight viewing of the start line, finish line, hot pits and first and last portions of the race course. The spectator area will also include food and beverage stands and novelty vendors. The spectator area will also have its own access road with ample directional signage to the area.
    The rest of the course will include limited access to spectators in specific locations that will be under police supervision as much of the challenging course winds through several private ranches in the area that are entirely fenced in.
    Race headquarters will be the iconic Rosarito Beach Hotel, the historical landmark in the heart of Rosarito that opened in 1925. The SCORE World Desert Championship will be visiting the popular Playas de Rosarito for the first time in its long and storied history.
    Located 19 miles south of the border near San Diego, this scenic location between the alluring beaches of the Pacific Ocean and majestic coastal foothills of Baja California Norte helps to make Rosarito one of the leading resort towns in all of Mexico.
    The main urban district of Rosarito Beach is a four mile stretch along the beach on Blvd. Benito Juarez that is filled with hotels, condominiums, restaurants, night clubs and gift shops.
    While this will be the first time in Rosarito, the SCORE Desert Challenge has been held 19 previous times since it first began in 1995. It was held in Laughlin, Nev., USA, from 1995 through 2012 and in Plaster City, Calif., USA, in 2014.
    All races in the four-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 as 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.
    2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
    · SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, April 17, 9 p.m. ET)
    · SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET)
    · Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge (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 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
    The four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship includes four special events and for the first time all four are being held 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
    · 48th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, Ensenada Mexico
    · Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 14-18, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
    · 49th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-20, Ensenada, Mexico
    Official SCORE 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.
    Official SCORE Partners: 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, The Satellite Phone Store, PCI Race Radios.
    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, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
    Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Vi Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito, Baja California Secretary of Tourism.
    For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at

    Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge
    Sept. 16-18, 2016—128.8 miles (4 laps, 32.2-mile loop course)
    Round 3 of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship
    Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
    Total Entries: 112 (as of 9/8/16)
    (from 17 U.S. States, Guatemala, Mexico)
    (By start order in class)
    Pro Cars & Trucks
    45 Gary Magness
    18 Juan C. Lopez
    38 Eric Hustead
    15 Billy Wilson
    6 Steven Eugenio
    1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
    CLASS 1 (9)
    169 Otoniel Huerta
    172 Jamie Galles
    125 Scott Rueschenberg
    138 Ronny Wilson
    106 Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna
    -DOR-Derek Fletcher
    114 Al Torres
    153 Brad Wilson
    175 Jamie Huerta Jr
    104 Robert Archibald
    200 Larry Connor
    274 Elias Hanna
    227 Jonathan Brenthel
    202 Chad Broughton
    201 Russell Buehler
    211 Joe Delucie
    -DOR-Pat Sims
    273 Jordan Brenthel
    CLASS 10 (10)
    1002 Clay Lawrence
    1018 Miguel Tornel Sr
    1091 David Jones
    1005 Eliat Cabrales
    1081 Todd Winslow
    1058 Mike Lawrence
    1060 Armando Boehme
    1088 Sergio Salgado
    1009 Rafael Navarro IV-2nd RS
    1098 David Sanchez Jr-1st RS
    CLASS 8 (1)
    836 Aaron Ampudia
    CLASS 1/2-1600 (10)
    1697 Jorge Sampietro
    1604 Rob Archibald
    1644 Cesar Fiscal
    1603 Oscar Alvarez
    1606 Ruben Sanudo
    1689 Marco Venegas
    1632 Fernie Padilla
    1616 Ramon Bio
    1605 Miguel Cortez
    1607 Horacio Lora Fernandez
    1204 Gustavo Pinuelas
    1240 Miguel Bonilla
    1218 Miguel Tornel Jr
    1229 Raul Rodriguez
    1274 Mike Aguilar
    1212 Martin Lizarraga
    1202 Matias Arjona IV
    1203 Oliver Flemate
    CLASS 5 (4)
    500 Victor Cesena
    509 Jose Lopez
    524 Ben Swift
    549 Ruben Hernandez-1st RS
    CLASS 7 (5)
    706 Brandon Walsh
    700 Dan Chamlee
    725 JT Holmes
    727 James Ryan-2nd RS
    701 Brandon Walsh-1st RS
    Pro UTV FI (8)
    2921 Johnny Angal
    2904 Cory Sappington
    2905 Marc Burnett
    2910 Scott Trafton
    2975 Mike Cafro
    2916 Cody Rahders
    2917 Derek Murray
    2919 Brandon Schueler
    Pro UTV (4)
    1949 Alonso Lopez
    1901 Greg Row
    1915 Thomas Graves
    1909 Roberto Balderama

    CLASS 5-1600 (5)
    557 Mario Ledezma
    569 Donald Harper
    577 Ernie Negrete
    599 Hector Hurtado
    595 Stu Hersey
    CLASS 7SX (1)
    747 Nathan Edelstein
    CLASS 11 (4)
    1121 Dennis Hollenbeck
    1103 Noe Gutierrez
    1149 Victor Esparza
    1109 Mauro Diaz-lst RS
    Pro Motorcycles
    1x Colton Udall
    3x Ray Dal Soglio
    37x Kevin Murphy
    45x Shane Esposito-
    -ROR-Francisco Arredondo
    47x Troy Vanscourt
    PRO MOTO 30 (1)
    301x Christopher Schultz
    PRO MOTO 40 (4)
    437x Craig Thompson
    400x Colie Potter
    404x Jano Montoya
    403x Oscar Fazz-1st RS
    PRO MOTO 50 (2)
    507x Mark Winkelman
    540x Michael Garvin
    729x Michael Skurkis
    716x Ryan Gutile
    PRO MOTO 60 (1)
    625x Mark Hawley
    101x Mark Winkelman
    100x Emanuel Verdugo-
    -ROR-Fernando Beltran
    115x Mo Martinez
    106x Garrett Poucher
    Pro Quads
    PRO QUAD (3)
    1a Javier Robles Jr
    18a Andres Amaya
    7a Said Sanchez
    SPT BUGGY (1)
    1581 Zach Summers
    SPT MOTO (4)
    230x Kristopher Harvey
    203x Mario Castro
    235x Fernando Barbosa
    277x Stephen Gholson
    SPT QUAD (3)
    169a Lupita Ramirez
    110a Danny Magdaleno
    122a Lelya Odisea-1st RS