ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—After a dazzling debut in 2019, and no race in 2020 because of the world health pandemic, online racer registration is now open for the 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels, until August 27, on the SCORE website. WHEN
The youngest race in the long and storied nearly 50-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization will be held Sept. 14-19 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. WHO…WHAT
Online racer registration along with a detailed schedule of events both are now available on the SCORE website for Round 3 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. Entries from all across the United States and around the world competing in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads are anticipated for the upcoming internationally-televised desert race in Mexico’s Baja California. WHERE
The race and pre-race festivities are scheduled to be held in and around the heart of Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego. The race will be conducted under the strict guidelines and BioSecurity protocols required by the Mexican Health Department at the time of the event. GREEN FLAG
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (Sept. 18) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 6 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 10 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around eight hours, all vehicles will have a 20-hour time limit to become official finishers in the race. THE FIELD
Nearly 200 vehicles are expected at the start line for this second-time SCORE race with racers from as many as 20 U.S. States and 10 countries anticipated. SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$5,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate this newest race on the SCORE schedule. TV
The race will air domestically on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on the World of X Games program on ESPN2 and will be syndicated internationally to nearly 25 countries in Europe, Latin America, South America and Asia. Co-producing the shows with SCORE is the award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles led by producer Bud Brutsman. ONLINE RACER REGISTRATION
Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. Information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.
For more info, visit https://score-international.com/raceinfo/2021-baja-400-sept-14-19-2021/. START GRID-SCORE BAJA 1000
The results of the SCORE Baja 400 also will determine the start order within each class for November’s iconic season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. DRAW DEADLINE
The starting order within each class for this race (except for the classes that are qualifying), will be determined by a random drawing for those entries received online and paid in full by 8 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, August 27.
No additional entries will be accepted after 8 p.m. PDT on Friday, August 27. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Sept. 15, 16, 17). PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 407.40-miles race course for this year’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400 will open at 8 a.m. PDT on Saturday, Sept. 4. Pre-running will start at race mile 40.00 and finish at race mile 367.40. The first 40.0 miles, which will be used in both directions during the race, will be available for pre-running only on Thursday (Sept. 16) and Friday (Sept. 17) and only in the outbound direction. QUALIFYING
Qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 16}, starting at 8 a.m. PDT. Classes that will be qualifying for the SCORE Baja 400 are SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, the unlimited Class 1 and the Trophy Truck Spec class. MAIN COURSE
The race will feature a course, when fully plotted and then marked over the next several weeks by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 407.40 miles of rugged Baja California terrain.
The challenging race course will be another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California. A HAPPENING…
With all activities subject to the current Mexican Health Department BioSecurity protocols, SCORE has announced a race-week schedule similar to pre-pandemic times.
Colorful race week festivities will start on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to help celebrate this newest SCORE Baja race. They will be held in or adjacent to the landmark Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.
Chassis inspections and pre-tech/Stella devise check and installation will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 14) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT by appointment and on Thursday (Sept. 15) chassis inspection/pre-tech/Stella bracket check and installation will be held at a location to be determined.
Friday (Sept. 17) will see the colorful day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT each day contingency row will be held for all classes. Tech inspection/Transponder checks/Stella/SPICA device pickup will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT on Friday as well at the end of the manufacturer’s row.
During the race on Saturday, Sept. 18 until the course closes on Sunday morning, Sept. 19, the start/finish line compound will include the massive double-sided SCOREvision LED screen broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews. Popular Rat Sult will once again serve as host of the SCORE Live streaming.
All of the week’s festivities will be streamed both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website. AT THE RIVIERA…
The historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. Racer registration and media registration will both be held in the Red Room on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Sept. 15-17).
Racer registration will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 15) from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. PDT along with 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday (Sept. 16) and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Friday (Sept. 17).
On Wednesday, no new entries will be accepted after 7 p.m. PDT, on Thursday after 4 p.m. PDT and on Friday, no new entries will be accepted after 3 p.m. PDT
Media registration the Red Room will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 15) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday (Sept. 16) and Friday (Sept. 17).
The SCORE Media Center will be in the Red Room during the race (Sept. 18-19) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero. AT THE LUCERNA…
On Friday (Sept. 17) at the Torre Lucerna Hotel in Ensenada will be the mandatory aircraft and Drone pilots meeting at 6 pm. PDT, the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting at 7 p.m. PDT. The post-race awards celebration will also be at the Torre Lucerna Hotel at 2 p.m. PDT on Sunday (Sept. 19). GRAN HISTORIA
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races to date.
Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja races. Ensenada has hosted the start line 47 times and the finish line 43 times for the SCORE Baja 500. For the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada will be hosting the start line this November for the 47th time and the finish line will be in La Paz, Baja California Sur for the 22nd time. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the remaining two events in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
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.
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 and PCI Race Radios. SCORE Official Partners: 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.
2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico •Schedule of Events• (As of 7/27/21)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
1pm-5pm Media Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
2pm-8pm Racer Registration Qualifying Classes only—Red Room, Riviera CC Wednesday, September 15, 2021
8am Qualifying SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec
9am-5pm Chassis Inspection/Stella device check & install—By Appointment
Noon-8pm Racer Registration Red Room, Riviera Cultural Center No new entries after 7 p.m.
1pm-5pm Media Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center Thursday, September 16, 2021
9am-5pm Chassis Inspection/Stella Bracket Check & Install—Location TBA
9am-5pm Racer Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center No new entries after 4 p.m.
9am-5pm Media Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center Friday, September 17, 2021
8am-4pm Racer Registration – Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center No New Entries after 3 p.m.
8am-5pm Contingency Row Blvd. Costero, next to Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Ctr.
8am-6pm Tech/Transponder Check/Stella/SPICA device pick up—end of contingency row
9am-5pm Media Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
6pm Mandatory Aircraft Pilot & Drone Meeting—Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada
7pm Mandatory Racer Meeting Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada Saturday, September 18, 2021
5:30am-Midnight SCORE Media Center Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center START/FINISH: 407.40-mile course (Class starting order subject to change) 6am RACE START: MOTORCYCLES/QUADS (subject to change)— Pro Moto Unltd, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto Ltd, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, Pro Quad Ironman, SPT Moto, SPT Quad
(Start Intervals: Pro Moto Unlimited-60 second split, all other classes start one every 30 seconds) GAP –a minimum of 3 1/2 hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck/utv start 10am RACE START CARS/TRUCKS/UTVS (subject to change)— TT, TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 10, 7, Pro UTV FI, SL, Pro UTV NA, 1/2-1600, PT, Pro UTV Stock, 8, HM, 4700, 3700, 1700, 2700, Hammer Unltd, Hammer Ltd, Pro UTV Open, 5, PT, 3, 5-1600, BC, 7F, 7SX, SF, 3000, Baja-e, 2, VT, VI, 9, 11, SPT Unltd Truck, SPT Ltd Truck, SPT Open-Wheel, SPT UTV Unltd, SPT UTV Stock
(TT, TT Legend one vehicle every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start one every 30 seconds) TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 20-hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts
4pm-11am Posting of Unofficial Finishers Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center Sunday, September 19, 2021
10:30am Posting of unofficial results Online and Torre Hotel – Ensenada
11:30am-1pm Result inquiry period Torre Hotel – Ensenada
11am-2pm SCORE Media Center Open Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
1pm Media Posting of official results Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
2pm-3:30pm Awards Celebration Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada