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    May 17, 2018

    Pre-running Opens Saturday

    Overall champions MacCachren, Troy Herbst, Gordon, Baldwin,

    Menzies, ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Andy McMillin all seeking more glory

    during Golden Anniversary of BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500

     

    242 entries to date from 29 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico; host Mexico,

    Argentina, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Spain;

    Rd 2 of 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship May 29-June 3 in Ensenada, Mexico;

    more golden info at http://score-international.com/raceinfo/2018-baja-500/

         ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Past overall race winners Rob MacCachren, Troy Herbst, Robby Gordon, B.J. Baldwin, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and Andy McMillin will be seeking more glory as they are among the entry field to date for the upcoming Golden Anniversary of the legendary BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500. With 15 overall SCORE Baja 500 wins between the seven of them, racers from around the world will converge on Baja California, Mexico when pre-running on the race-record 542.12-mile course opens on Saturday.

        Round 2 of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held May 29-June 3. The celebratory internationally-televised race will start and finish in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.

    PRE-RUNNING

         Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race-record 542.12-mile course for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 will open on Saturday. Pre-running will start at race mile 39.30 at Rancho Mezcal and that section from the start to race mile 39.30 may only be run outbound on Thursday and Friday of race-week. For safety reasons new trails will be used for the race course in the Ojos Negros area.

         GPS files, course notes and preliminary Racer’s Briefing are available on the race page on the SCORE website under race info.

    DETAILS

         Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of the golden anniversary of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world.

         It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 2) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 3:30 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 8 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around 11 hours, all vehicles will have a 22-hour time limit from the time each starts to become an official finisher.

         Over 350 vehicles, in classes for cars, trucks, utvs, motorcycles and quads, are expected at the start line with racers from as many as 30 U.S. States and 20 countries anticipated.

         Race title sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$25,000 contingency bonus to help commemorate this year’s race.

    THE CHAMPS

        With four of the champions all from Las Vegas, and all racing in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division in this year’s race, included on the entry list so far are former SCORE Baja 500 overall winners Rob MacCachren (1996), Troy Herbst (1996, 2002, 2003), Robby Gordon (1989, 1990, 2005 and 2013), B.J. Baldwin (2007), Bryce Menzies (2011, 2012, 2014), Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez (2015) and Andy McMillin (2010 and 2017).

         MacCachren, 53, Las Vegas, who opened the year by winning the SCORE San Felipe 250 and has five class wins in this race as well, drives the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-250 (Geiser builder).

         Troy Herbst, the youngest of the three racing Herbst brother at 53, has seven class wins in the SCORE Baja 500 including his three overall wins. He will drive this year in the No. 54 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith).

         Gordon, 49, the SoCal transplant and former NASCAR and Indy Car racer who lives in Charlotte, N.C., has five class wins in this race, including his four overalls and pilots the No. 77 Speed Engergy Team Gordon Chevy Silverado (Custom).

         Baldwin, 38, also of Las Vegas, has one overall win in this race and will be driving the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Toyota Tundra (ID).

         Mexico’s Lopez, 23, who became the first Mexican national to win this race overall in 2015 and is the reigning three-time SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion, drives the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck (Geiser)

         The fourth Las Vegas racer in the group of former overall champions, Menzies, 30 won three overalls in four years and drives the No. 7 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford Raptor (Geiser).

         Still recovering from a serious back injury in early April, splitting the driving with Menzies will be France’s international rally racer and five-time Dakar Rally-raid motorcycle champion Cyril Despres, 44, who has raced the last three years in Dakar in a Peugeot car.

          San Diego’s Andy McMillin, 30, last year’s overall winner, has three class wins in the SCORE Baja 500 including his two overall wins.  McMillin, a third-generation McMillin family racer is part of a family that has combined for 10 overall wins in this race.

    THE COUNT

         The total of 242 entries to date have come from 29 U.S. States, U.S. Territory-Puerto Rico along with 12 total countries–host country Mexico, Argentina, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru and Spain.

         States among the field range so far from California, Washington and Oregon in the Pacific West, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico in the Mountain West, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut in the Northeast, Illinois, Ohio, South Dakota, Kansas and Texas in the Midwest and Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia in the South.

         Leading the entries so far is the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks with 35 official entries as of today.

         SCORE Trophy Truck, in its 25th year as the featured racing division in the sport, have been the overall winners of the SCORE Baja 500 for the last eight consecutive years and 13 of the last 14.

         Other classes with double-figure entries so far besides SCORE Trophy Truck with 35 are Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) with 28 entries, Trophy Truck Spec with 23, Class 10 with 20, Sportsman Moto with 14, the unlimited Class 1 with 13, SCORE Lites with 13 also, and Class 1/2-1600 with 10.

    ONLINE RACER REGISTRATION

         Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman entries, 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 http://score-international.com/raceinfo/2018-baja-500/.

         Official entries received after the drawing will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. Online entries will be accepted until 8 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, May 23.

    START ORDER/DRAW DEADLINE

         The starting order within each class for this race will start with the finishing order from this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, if the individual entry is received by Monday, May 21 and paid in full by May 23. For racers who were DNFs in San Felipe but enter by the deadline, a special drawing will be held for them prior to the other entries that come in for each class.

         The deadline for those that raced in San Felipe to activate their reserved start position is 8 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 21. Deadline for all additional entries to be included in the drawing for starting positions is on 8 p.m. PDT Wednesday, May 23.  The results of the drawing, to determine the remainder of the start order within each class, will be held announced on Friday, May 25.

         No new entries will be accepted after 8 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 23. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on WednesdayThursday andFriday (May 29-30June 1) in Ensenada.

    RECORD LONG COURSE

         The Golden Anniversary course, designed and finalized by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva is an astounding race-record 542.12 miles. The course will run in a clockwise direction. The first and last 19.5 miles will be shared course outbound and inbound.

         Starting and finishing once again in the heart of Ensenada in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, it will quickly leave the pavement and head up the spectator-friendly Ensenada Arroyo for two miles as it heads out of town. Upwards of 50,000 spectators are expected to watch the race in that area alone.

         The historic race course is 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 mesmerizing, stark beauty of Baja California.

         This year’s anniversary course will have four physical checkpoints—Checkpoint No. 1-El Chinero, (Race Mile 174.20), Checkpoint No. 2-San Matias (RM 260.72), Checkpoint No. 3-Vicente Guerrero (RM 368.15) and Checkpoint No. 4-Santo Tomas (RM 466.83).

         Reflecting on the course, Grijalva commented, “This is going to be the roughest, toughest, longest and most spectacular SCORE Baja 500 race course in its 50 years of existence without exception.”

         Among the other towns, areas and landmarks the course goes through or near are Ensenada Arroyo, Ojos Negros, the Goat Trail, Valle de Trinidad, Diablo Dry Lake Bed, Las Cuevitas Wash, Mike’s Sky Rancho, Rancho El Coyote, Rancho Meling, Camalu, Colonet, Colonet Wash and Erendira .

    COURSE MAP

         The official 542.12-mile course map is available on the SCORE website at the following link…http://score-international.com/raceinfo/2018-baja-500-course-map/.

    GRAN HISTORIA

         Following last year’s epic celebration of the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, this year’s SCORE World Desert Championship spotlights the special tribute to the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500.

         The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger and Elise Norman in December of 2012.

         This year will be the 45th time the race has started and 41st time it will finish in Ensenada, the off-road capital of the world.

    GRANDEST CO-GRAND MARSHALS

         Legendary Hall of Fame former SCORE owner Sal Fish will join Hall of Fame retired racer Ivan Stewart as co-Grand Marshals for the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500.

         Fish, the ‘godfather’ of desert racing who ran SCORE from its Baja start in 1974 for 38 years through the end of the 2012 season joins the iconic ‘Ironman’ Stewart, who has 17 class wins (including 10 overalls) in the SCORE Baja 500, to share duties for the special golden anniversary race that they both have been such a major part of over the years.

         Fish, who turned 79 on May 2 and Stewart will turn 73 on June 4.

    SCOREscope

         Below is the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule. For the third consecutive year all four races are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

    • 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 4-April 8, San Felipe, Mexico
    • 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 3, Ensenada Mexico
    • Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 19-23, Tijuana, Mexico
    • 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico

    SCORE SPONSORS…

         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, 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, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.

         Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

         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, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.

         For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.

    50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500

    May 29-June 3, 2018—542.12 miles–Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

    Total Entries: 242 (as of 5/17/18)

    (from 29 U.S. States, U.S. Territory-Puerto Rico and Argentina, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy,

    Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Spain)

     (numerical order, by class)

    Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

    SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (35)

    1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez

    4 Justin Matney

    *5L Clyde Stacy

    6 Larry Connor

    7 Bryce Menzies

    10 Alan Ampudia

    11 Rob MacCachren

    *12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

    15 Billy Wilson

    16 Cameron Steele

    19 Tim Herbst

    23 Dan McMillin

    26 Dave Taylor

    27 Jonathan Brenthel

    18 Juan C. Lopez

    30 Robbie Pierce

    31 Andy McMillin

    32 Ryan Arciero

    40 Chris Miller

    44 Jayson Strachan

    45 Gary Magness

    50 Zak Langley

    54 Troy Herbst

    56 Ruben Ledezma

    57 Mike Palmer

    60 Cole Potts

    72 Aaron Ciliceo

    *72L Rob Reinertson

    77 Robby Gordon

    *81L David Westhem

    83 Luke McMillin

    85 Mike Lawrence

    87 Dallas Lutrell

    95 Victor Gruber

    97 B.J. Baldwin

    *SCORE TT LEGEND

    CLASS 1 (13)

    100 Brian Wilson

    106 Derek Fletcher

    109 Tony Murray

    114 Al Torres

    127 Brian Parkhouse

    129 Brandon Bailey

    139 Jeff Sanca

    150 Morgan Langley

    153 Brad Wilson

    155 Brad Vicic

    168 Shelby Reid

    185 Justin Davis

    187 Ryan Sharman

    TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (23)

    200 Elias Hanna

    204 Sara Price

    208 Andrew Entwistle

    210 Ted Moncure

    211 Pat Sims

    212 Case Swenson

    225 Brian Trotter

    232 Chelsea Magness

    234 Jason McNeil

    242 Bryce Swaim

    243 Noah Ostanik

    245 Mark Winkelman

    250 John Langley

    252 Gonzalo Pirron

    266 Scott Biernot

    267 Hammond Meredith

    269 John Lehman

    273 Jordan Brenthel

    276 Gerardo Iribe

    277 Rod Lewis

    291 Rafael Navarro IV

    295 William Hedrick Jr

    CLASS 10 (20)

    1002 Clay Lawrence

    1008 Chase Warren

    1011 Cesar Cuevas

    1016 Hiram Duran

    1022 Rafael Aguirre

    1023 Broc Dickerson

    1031 Brent Peterson

    1036 Corey Goin

    1040 Matt Rusich

    1048 Kevin Price

    1049 Ty Godde

    1062 J.J. Schnarr

    1066 Dave Mason Jr

    1068 Cody Reid

    10 71 Mike Lund

    1072 Karl Ebdrup

    1073 Richard Glaszczak

    1078 Augie Cortez

    1081 Todd Winslow

    1088 Adam McCollum

    HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)

    4422 Casey Currie

    CLASS 8 (5)

    802 Jared Adame

    804 Jayson Walmsley

    852 Spencer Morgan

    869 Juan Carlos Calderon

    894 Vincent Munoz

    CLASS 1/2-1600 (10)

    1603 Oscar Alvarez

    1605 Miguel Cortez

    1609 J. David Ruvalcaba

    1613 Dana Jussila

    1614 Bruce Yee

    1621 Christopher Sanchez

    1625 Eric Pavolka

    1637 Daniel Pacheco

    1644 Cesar Fiscal

    1678 Gustavo Avina

    SCORE LITES (13)

    1202 Matias Arjona IV

    1206 Freddie Willert

    1206 Matt Ferrato

    1208 Rich Roberts

    1210 Luis Barragan

    1212 Martin Lazarraga

    1236 Guillermo Arteaga

    1237 Jesus de la Torre

    1238 Robert Illian

    1240 Miguel Bonilla

    1255 Darren Walsh

    1257 Michael Cooper

    1258 Jeremy Davis

    CLASS 7 (2)

    700 Dan Chamlee

    709 Jeff Proctor

    CLASS 5 (5)

    501 Mark McNeil

    507 Greg Sullivan

    524 Ben Swift

    525 Tony Steingraber

    527 Dustin Grabowski

    Pro UTV FI (28)

    2900 Marc Burnett

    2903 Juan Martinez

    2904 Cory Sappington

    2906 Phil Blurton

    2910 Scott Trafton

    2912 Tony Riggs

    2915 Juan Olmos

    2918 Justin Lambert

    2919 Brandon Schueler

    2920 Dan Eckardt

    2922 Aldo Salazar

    2924 Lacrecia Beurrier

    2931 Craig Scanlon

    2936 Jacob Carver

    2937 Alex Nicholas

    2940 Erick Kozin

    2948 Matt Burroughs

    2951 Robert Beuchat

    2966 Rhys Millen

    2967 Anthony Perez

    2968 Christine Giampaoli Zonca

    2971 Wayne Matlock

    2975 Mike Cafro

    2980 Rodney Pyburn

    2981 Jesse Combs

    2988 Jorge Vela

    2989 Wes Miller

    2995 Daniel Parker

    Pro UTV (9)

    1906 Mark Levrett

    1954 Kristen Matlock

    1955 Paul Champion

    1958 George Felix

    1962 Dodge Poelman

    1966 Steve Nottoli

    1985 Adrian Orellana

    1995 Kaden Wells

    1998 Don Whittington

    Pro UTV UNL (2)

    1867 Erik Davis

    1898 Johnny Estes

    CLASS 5-1600 (5)

    557 Mario Ledezma

    562 David Heredia

    577 Luis Herrera

    582 Rodolfo Martinez

    596 Mark Winston

    CLASS 7SX (1)

    750 Sean Whalen

    VINTAGE TRAILBLAZER (3)

    V129 Peter Alesi Jr

    V911 Timothy Vail

    V800 Mario Alesi

    CLASS 11 (7)

    1104 Viry Felix

    1111 Eric Solorzano

    1113 Mario Vazquez

    1149 Victor Esparza

    1156 Art Penner

    1164 John Marshall

    1168 Robert Shanaberger

    Sportsman

    SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK (1)

    1492 Mark Stevens

    SPT BUGGY (1)

    1516 Juan Naranjo

    SPT UTV UNLIMITED (1)

    1818 Jessalyn Farrington

    SPT UTV STOCK FI (3)

    39XX Shane Redline

    3937 Brad Lovell

    3986 Tomas Sallvin

    SPT UTV STOCK NA (1)

    3975 Torrey Rush

    Pro Motorcycles

    PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (8)

    1x Shane Esposito

    4x Santiago Creel

    7x Justin Morgan

    17x Wyatt Brittner

    19x Scott Myers

    66x Santiago Creel

    69x Kenny Wilson

    82x Tanner Dutton

    PRO MOTO 40 (2)

    400x Jano Montoya

    402x Michael Wolff

    PRO MOTO 30 (9)

    300x Ryan Liebelt

    301x Chris Kassity

    303x Luis M. Gomez

    323x Jaime Aguilar

    333x Chad Thornton

    357x Terrence Montelongo

    360x Santiago Creel

    365x Nick Lanning

    377x Justin Hansen

    PRO MOTO 50 (3)

    506x Mark Adams

    510x Giovanni Spinali

    550 Bill Sekers

    PRO MOTO LIMITED (3)

    100x Santiago Creel

    106x Philip Jaramillo

    110x Carlos Miranda

    PRO MOTO IRONMAN (7)

    706x Kevin Daniels

    714x Lawrence Janesky

    721x Jose Carrasco

    722x Liz Karcz

    730x Francisco Septien

    775x Tanner Janesky

    799x Tomer Tal

    PRO MOTO 60 (3)

    602x Oscar Ochoa

    608x Eizaburo Karaswa

    649x Guy Laycraft

    Pro Quads

    Pro Quad (1)

    1a Said Sanchez

    Sportsman

    SPT M/C (14)

    201x R. Hank Salyer

    210x Arturo Parada

    213x Bradley Loveday

    216x Luke Berlet

    226x Jeremy Baker

    232x Giovanni Perez

    235x Brad Baker

    236x Tadao Ezure

    237x Bobby Wilbanks

    238x Rolando Cabrera

    247x Michael Boge

    250x Alimirio Amado

    275x Eric Saltzer

    284x Shane Schorno

    SPT QUAD (3)

    123a Ismael Hernandez

    148a Alejandro Amador

    150a Richard Epperson