SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominic@SCORE-International.com
February 16, 2021
Race presented by Ford
Online racer registration open for April 14-18 BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250
Start/Finish at El Dorado Ranch in San Felipe along Sea of Cortez; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; Online entry deadline—Fri., March 26 Qualifying–SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec-April 15 Four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship all in Baja California, Mexico NOTE: Schedule of events at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Back after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, online racer registration is now open for the BFGoodrich Tires 34th Annual SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford. Round 1 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held April 14-18 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
This season-opening race will be held under the same Bio-Security protocols as last year’s two races that includes no spectators at contingency, the start or the finish but fans will be allowed again to watch out around the race course, following normal health and safety protocols. Contingency, and the start/finish compound will all be located on the grounds of the luxurious El Dorado Ranch just north of town.
Launching another decade of exuberating excellence, seeing if one racer can win the overall title for the seventh time, one racer win for the fifth straight time and another racer win for the second straight time are just three of the story lines awaiting racers from around the world as racer registration has opened for the BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford, in Baja California, Mexico.
San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2020 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year. THREE DECADES-PLUS
Celebrating the 34th anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at www.SCOREInternational.com for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. START DRAW
The deadline to enter online in time to be in the drawing for starting positions within each class is 8 p.m. PT on Friday, March 26. Starting positions for the other classes will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration which is at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 26 with the exception of entries that register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 7. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.
Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered. QUALIFYING
For just the second time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 15 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes. Entries in these four classes must also be fully registered by Friday, March 26 to be eligible to qualify.
Entries received in the qualifying classes received after March 26 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.
Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that they are received.
The first time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks.
Qualifying will again be held on a four-mile loop south of the airport, which is located on the south end of San Felipe. DEFENDING CHAMPS
Expected back to defend their overall race wins in 2019 are San Diego county racers Andy McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Mark Samuels/Justin Morgan (Pro Moto Unlimited).
A. McMillin, San Diego, started his successful march to the 2019 SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point championship with his San Felipe win in his No. 1 Chevy Silverado. He also won the overall and unlimited Class 1 title in this race in 2005 while splitting the driving with his father Scott McMillin.
Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., won for the fourth straight year in 2019 on his No. 1x SLR Honda CRF450X. Last year Samuels split the riding in 2019 with teammates Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif., who now has two SCORE San Felipe 250 race wins and Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif., who also won for the second time in San Felipe. SCORE TRIPLE CROWN OF BAJA
Together, the SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000 are the three traditional SCORE Baja races that form the coveted SCORE Triple Crown of Baja award given to racers who have won the overall in each of these massive events.
The nine racers who have won the overall victory in all three of these races are Dave Ashley, Robby Gordon, Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin, Scott McMillin, Larry Ragland, Dan Smith, Ivan Stewart and Gustavo Vildosola Jr. SIX-TIMER
While three racers have three overall victories in the SCORE San Felipe 250, Las Vegas’ Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Rob MacCachren might have set a standard that will last for awhile, unless he breaks his own record of six overall and SCORE Trophy Truck wins.
MacCachren, who won the overall in San Felipe in 2018 to give him 10 class wins in this race, earned his first SCORE Trophy Truck overall in this race in 2003 when he split the driving with Mexico’s Gustavo Vildosola Sr and his second in 2007 when he split the driving with Mark Post.
MacCachren earned back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012 driving solo and won his fifth in 2017 and his sixth in 2018 driving solo again in his No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150. THREE TIMERS
Three racers have won three overall victories in the SCORE San Felipe 250.
The most recent racer to win overall three times in San Felipe was Mexico’s Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, who won three straight (2013, 2014, 2015). Vildosola Jr is tied with two other Las Vegas racers with three overall wins each in this race.
A second-generation Mexican desert racer, Vildosola Jr of Mexicali has five class wins in this race in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford Raptor SCORE Trophy Truck.
Vildosola Jr, with help from his father Gus Sr in 2013 won his first overall. He drove solo the next two years to tie the record in 2015 of three straight overall wins set by Las Vegas racing brothers Ed Herbst and Tim Herbst who won three straight in 1999, 2000 and 2001 in the No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150.
There is one more Southern Nevada driver with three overall wins in San Felipe but not three straight.
Las Vegas’ Brian Collins won his first San Felipe Overall in 1990 in Class 1 while splitting driving time with SCORE Baja motorcycle racing legend Jack Johnson, also of Las Vegas. Collins also captured two straight driving solo in SCORE Trophy Truck in 2008 and 2009. MOTORCYCLE MAGIC
Among the SCORE Overall motorcycles winners at the SCORE San Felipe 250 no one has done it any better than SCORE Baja legend Johnny Campbell who recorded seven overall motorcycle victories for Honda (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008).
One motorcycle star with five SCORE Overall Motorcycle wins in the SCORE San Felipe 250 is Colton Udall (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016). Two other motorcycle aces with four SCORE Overall Motorcycle wins each are Steve Hengeveld (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) and Mark Samuels (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) while with three SCORE San Felipe 250 Overall wins were Danny Hamel (1994, 1995, 1996) and Robby Bell (2006, 2007, 2008). GLORY TRAILS
History clearly shows that the SCORE San Felipe 250 has been a major building block for many of the world’s all-time greatest desert racers in addition to being the lovable baby brother of the three traditional SCORE Baja races.
Host to the biggest and brightest stars in the history of desert racing, legends like Ivan Stewart, Walker Evans, Roger Mears, Rod Hall, Larry Ragland, Brian Collins, Dan Smith, Curt LeDuc, Danny Hamel, Johnny Campbell, Juan Carlos Ibarra, Steve Hengeveld and Greg Row all are part of the foundation of this rustic race.
Also adding to the fabric of this iconic SCORE Baja racing tapestry have been current racers like Rob MacCachren, Larry Roeseler, Andy McMillin, Daniel McMillin, Luke McMillin, Gus Vildosola Jr, the Herbst Brothers Ed, Tim and Troy, the Wilson family (Randy, Rick, Ronnie, Brad and Brian), Robby Gordon, B.J. Baldwin, Robby Bell, Colton Udall, Justin Morgan, Mark Samuels, Wayne Matlock, Billy Wilson, Adam Pfankuch, Donald Moss, Santiago Creel, Jano Montoya, Giovanni Spinali and Jim O’Neal. HOUR GLASS
This is a tale of a race told in two parts. It was first run in 1982 for three years through 1984.
It wasn’t held during the first five years in the seven-year run of the combined HDRA/SCORE Desert Racing Series as it resumed in 1990. It almost disappeared after the 1993 race when the combined series split and the SCORE San Felipe 250 had just 82 total starters.
It bounced back though, as all good things in Baja do, climbing to 250 or more starters seven times, including twice with over 300 starters.
The largest starting field was 394 in 2007 when then SCORE President Sal Fish had to move the race to Ensenada less than two weeks before the race because of disputes between land owners and government officials. That race started in Ensenada and finished in Santo Tomas, south of Ensenada.
The largest starting field for the race when it was run in San Felipe was 2006 when 341 vehicles left the start line.
The most finishers in this shortest of the three traditional SCORE Baja races were in 2007 when 288 completed it and 2006 when 220 crossed the finish line within the time limit.
Like all of the SCORE Baja race courses, the SCORE San Felipe 250 has always featured some of the most start, dramatic and awe-inspiring terrain and scenery in the world. Infamous for its punishment to racer and vehicle, part of the courses has included a whoop section of over 25 miles virtually like driving over a washboard.
Over the years, this race has seen parts of its courses go through several of the legendary Baja washes like Matomi, Huatomote, Chanate, Azufre, Cuevitas and Amarillas.
For many years, the start and finish line area was beneath the fabled San Felipe Arches landmark on the outskirts of town. From 2016 through 2019, the start/finish line was on the Malecon along the Sea of Cortez in the heart of town and this year the start/finish line area will be on the grounds of the El Dorado Rancho just north of town. MULTI WINNERS
The all-time leader in class wins in the SCORE San Felipe 250 is motorcycle age-group racer Jim O’Neal who has competed in all 33 previous SCORE San Felipe races, winning his class a record 18 times.
Second in class wins is Eric Solorzano who has won 11 times in Class 11 (stock VW Sedan) while third is MacCachren with10 class wins and fourth is Donald Moss who won nine times in 10 years in Class 3 in his sturdy Ford Bronco (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013).
Tied for third in class wins with eight each are SCORE Baja motorcycle racing legend Johnny Campbell and Dan Smith who first won in 1984 on a motorcycle and won his final one in 2002 in SCORE Trophy Truck, teaming with David Ashley. VIVA GANADOR MEXICANO
Juan C. Ibarra became the first Mexican national to win a SCORE Trophy Truck race when he won his class in 1998 while finishing second overall to the Class 1 team of Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel in the SCORE San Felipe 250. EL BANCO
For over three decades, the annual motorsports festival that has brought the largest economic impact of any single event held annually in this lightly-populated portion of the rugged, rough and bountifully beautiful Baja peninsula has been the SCORE San Felipe 250. MANUFACTURER CHAMPS In the battle of manufacturers, several categories are presented.
Leaders in overall truck wins are Ford Truck (17), Chevy Truck (4), Dodge Truck (2) and Jeep and Toyota with one win each
Leaders in overall cars wins are Chenowth (4) Jimco (2) Raceco (1) and Riviera (1).
Leaders in overall Tire manufacturers’ wins for cars/trucks are BFGoodrich Tires (28), Callahan Tires (2), Goodyear Tires (1) and Toyo Tires (1).
The leaders in overall motorcycle wins are Honda (22), Kawasaki (7), KTM (3) and Husqvarna (1).
The leaders in overall engine wins for cars and trucks are Ford (17), Chevy (6), Porsche (3), Dodge (2), Volkswagen (2), BMW (1), Jeep (1) and Toyota (1). 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 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 33 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 2000, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the 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 San Felipe 250. PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 is Ford, the official vehicle and SUV of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. SCOREscope
2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the dates for the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford—
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 journalist Sam Posey.
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, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, 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 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, Presented by Ford
April 14-18, 2021—San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Schedule of Events (a/o 2.16.21—All Times are PT)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 (Times are PDT)
By Appt. Chassis Inspection, Pre-Tech/Stella kits call 619.572.8245
2pm-6pm Media Registration Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
3pm-8pm Qualifying Teams Registration Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
Thursday, April 15, 2021 (Times are PDT)
7am Qualifying-SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec
9am-5pm Chassis Insp/Tech Insp/Trans Ck/Stella Install Pete’s Camp
11am-7pm Racer Registration (no new entries after 6pm) Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
1pm-5pm Media Registration Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
Friday, April, 16, 2021 (Times are PDT)
8am-4pm Racer Registration (no new entries after 3pm) Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
9am-5pm Media Registration Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
9am-5pm Contingency Row El Dorado Ranch (closed to public)
9am-6pm Tech Insp/Transponder Ck/Stella Install El Dorado Ranch (closed to public)
6pm Mandatory Aircraft Pilot Safety Meeting Location TBA
Daily Racer Information www.score-international.com
Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Times are PDT)
5:30am-11pmSCORE Media Center Open Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
START/FINISH LINE- El Dorado Ranch (closed to public) – 280-mile race course
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 2 1/2 hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck/utv start 9am approx 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, 1, TT Spec one every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start 30-second splits)
(TT one vehicle every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start one every 30 seconds) TIME LIMIT: All classes have 14 hours from time each vehicle starts to complete the course
Sunday, April 18, 2021 (PDT)
6 am Posting of unofficial finishers Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
7am-8:30am Results inquiry/protest period Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
8am-11 SCORE Media Center Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
9:30am Posting of results Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch
Noon-3pm Racers pick up trophies Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch