Pre-running opens Saturday for 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 –

Pre-running opens Saturday for 34th SCORE San Felipe 250


April 2, 2021

April 14-18 race presented by Ford

Pre-running opens Saturday on 280.2-mile course
for BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250


254 Entries so far from 26 States, 10 Countries; Start/Finish at El Dorado Ranch;
Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; special Qualifying on Thursday April 15
for SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec;

NOTE: entry list after start draw, by class (as of 4/02), at bottom of text

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Racers from 26 U.S. States and 10 countries are heading to Baja California, Mexico to begin pre-running Saturday for this month’s season-opening BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford. The drawing has been held for all of the classes that won’t be qualifying for the starting positions in the elapsed-time race. Race week activities will be held April 14-18 in San Felipe, Baja California.
With pre-running opening tomorrow (Saturday, April 3) for the 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has put together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers.
“This course will be faster and way more fun than many years,” commented Grijalva, starting his ninth season in the SCORE administration. “We have some new sections and some road maintenance that we are doing to help make San Felipe fun again. But, don’t worry, there are still lots of rocks, silt and washes to navigate.
Starting and finishing without spectators in the s/f compound because of Health and Safety protocols on the grounds of the El Dorado Ranch the race is 280.2 miles, will run in a clockwise direction and feature two physical full stop checkpoints and 82 virtual checkpoints and just four speed zones for a total of 9.3 miles.
Checkpoint 1 will be at race mile 105.5 (Old Puertecitos Road at the Pump Station) and checkpoint 2 will be in the Borrego area at race mile 228.7.
Starting with this race, SCORE is putting up course markers for virtual checkpoints in addition to the normal mileage markers.
This course also runs through five of the glorious infamous Baja washes in this order: Azufre, Huatamote, Chanate, Amarillas and Las Cuevitas.
The course goes south from El Dorado Rancho to the Sulfur Mine and Azufre wash all the way to Agua Caliente. After the wash, the course heads back east through Huatamote wash to Old Puertecitos Road and checkpoint No. 1. From there the course goes through Chanate wash up to Amarillas wash to run the new section to Morelia Road.
The course then goes North to Cuevitas wash and about in the middle of that wash to a new section that exits the wash and takes racers over to the Villa del Sol area.
At that point, race mile 191.1, is where the Sportsman classes, Class 11, Class 7SX and the Baja-e class take a reduced route.
The pro course then goes West and South to enter the Diablo dry lake bed and run through the middle of it to Villa del Sol, El Chinero, Three Poles and work its way back South to El Dorado Ranch using a few new trails.
The entire race course is running south of Highway 3 for the first time in several years.
All Sportsman classes, Class 11, Class 7SX and Baja-e will race on a reduced course of 242.88 miles.
The course map, course notes, racer’s brief and GPS files are available on the SCORE website under race info for the SCORE San Felipe 250.
Returning after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, online racer registration continues for the Round 1 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held April 14-18 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
With 51 classes offered for Pro and Sportsman Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads, 254 entries to date have come from 26 U.S. States, along with host Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Peru.
This season-opening race will be held under the same Bio-Security protocols as last year’s abbreviated season of 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 secured grounds of the luxurious El Dorado Ranch just north of town.
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.
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on the ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles.
Celebrating the 34th anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, event information is on the SCORE website under Race Info at for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
With 254 entries entering late, on-site racer registration during race week, the race includes 37 entries in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division (Including six SCORE TT Legend vehicles for SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers over 50 years old). Created in 1994 by then SCORE owner Sal Fish, SCORE Trophy Truck is starting its 28th season as the marquee racing division in the sport for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
The second-highest total of entries so far is Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class which has a SCORE-record 36 entries. Trophy Truck Spec with has as SCORE-record 34 entries and the other classes with double figure entries so far are Class 10 with 20 and Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) with 10 entries. Among the Sportsman classes SPT Motorcycle has 10 entries.
While SCORE Trophy Truck (including SCORE TT Legend), Trophy Truck Spec and Class 1 will have a race-week qualifying session to determine the start order within each of those classes, the start draw has been held that determined the starting positions within each class for the remaining classes in the competition.
Officially starting the elapsed-time race first and first in the Pro Moto Unlimited class at 6 a.m. PT on Saturday, April 17 will be Shane Redline of Amarillo, Texas who will lead a team of seven racers into the Baja desert on the No. 22x Honda CRF450X. Redline’s son Jax will be racing in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division later on that Saturday morning.
With a SCORE-record of 36 entries to date in the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class, leading that group onto the course will be Justin Lambert, 45, Bakersfield, Calif., in his No. 2918 Polaris XP4 Turbo UTV.
Racing with him will be Jesus Navarro, 35, Bakersfield, Calif. and Victor Herrera, 49, Menifee, Calif.
Class 10 has 20 entries so far and drawing the first start was Bruce Yee, 21, of Chula Vista, Calif. in his No. 10.14 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car. Sharing driving duties with Yee will be Ramon Bio, 22, Spring Valley, Calif.
Another class with double-digit entries heading into race-week late, on-site racer registration is the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class with 10 entries as of now.
Starting first in this class will be Quirino Rene Gutierrez, 37 of San Diego in the No. 1909 Polaris RZR XP1000. Sharing driving duties will be Sergio Agun, 32, Tijuana, Mexico and Marco Valenzuela, 33, Ensenada, Mexico.
Leading the field of eight entries to date in SCORE Lites will be a father and son team from Ensenada, Mexico. Driver of record in the No. 1202 Mirage-VW will be Matias Arjona IV, 21 and his additional drivers are his father Matias Arjona III, 56 and Francisco Pena, 39, Ensenada.
In the growing Pro UTV Stock class, starting first of nine entries as of now will be Nick Bruce, 55, Queen Creek, Ariz., teamed with Cam Muldner, 50, Surprise, Ariz. In the No. 3953 Can-Am X
At the front of five entries to date in the Pro UTV Open class will be Josh Herzing, 34, Cypress, Texas in the No. 1877 Polaris RZR XP1000. Sharing the vehicle with him will be Travis Herzing, 28, Cypress, Texas, Ryan Blagrave, 19, Cypress, Texas, Anthony Decrosta, 30, Cypress, Texas and Lacrecia Beurrier, 51, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Class 11 for the historic stock VW Sedans has four entries right now and first off in that class will be the No. 1100 of defending season class point champion Luis Fernando Garcia, 38 of Mexicali, Mexico. Joining him in this adventure through the Baja desert will be Luis Francisco Garcia, 42, Mexicali, Mexico, Omar Beltran, 30, Mexicali, Mexico and Ramses Garcia, 37, San Felipe, Mexico.
Pro Moto Ironman for solo riders has a race-record nine entries as of today and starting first in this daring group will be Edgar Cota, 23 of San Diego in his No. 723x Spanish motorcycle—Gas Gas EX450.
Leading the Sportsman entries is the SPT Moto class with 10 entries with more expected at late racer registration. Starting first in the class will be Las Vegas’ Raul Serrato, 22 with his co-rider being his father Raul Serrato Sr, 42 of Tecate, Mexico. They will share riding duties on the No. 226x KTM SFX motorcycle.
Being held in the Pavilion at Eldorado Ranch, a special on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday (April 14) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT for the racers who will be part of qualifying.
Regular on-site and late racer registration will start at 9 a.m. PT on Thursday (April 15) in the Pavilion.  It will be held Thursday (April 15) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT as well as Friday (April 16) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. No new entries will be accepted after 6 p.m. PT on Thursday and 3 p.m. PT on Friday.
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 the entries are received.
The only other 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. All are entered in this year’s race as well.
Qualifying will again be held on a four-mile loop south of the airport, which is located on the south end of San Felipe.
The motorcycle and quad classes will start at 6 a.m. PT Saturday (April 17) while the car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey starting at 9 a.m. PT (April 17). SCORE Trophy Truck and the Pro Moto Unlimited classes will start one vehicle every 60 seconds race while all other classes will start one every 30 seconds.
While the fastest vehicles in the elapsed-time race are expected to finish in approximately five hours, all vehicles will have 14 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher in the historic race.
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 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone 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. BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this race of US$5,000.
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.
The late SCORE champion racer Pete Sohren is being posthumously honored as the Grand Marshal of this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. The colorful Sohren often said that San Felipe was the race he loved the most.
In conjunction with this honor, a special $2,222.22 bonus purse has been offered by Pistol Pete’s family and his Forever Pit Crew for the winner of Class 5 at the SCORE San Felipe 250.
Member’s of Pete’s family will represent him at the race and SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer Cameron Steele is using Sohren’s No. 2 and Sohren’s paint scheme on Steele’s Ford Raptor in honor of the racer who died tragically in a non-race accident in the sand dunes of San Felipe in January of 2019.
In the SCORE San Felipe 250 Sohren had three career class wins (1997 in Class 5, 2001 in Class 5 and 2016 in Class 7).
Helping to honor his memory even more, Sohren’s four children will race in Class 3000 in the No. 3022 Pistola TrophyLite-Chevy that he built several years ago. All from Glendale, Ariz., Farah Sohren, 18 is the driver of record. Also driving will be the other children, Van Sohren, 21, Blair Sohren, 20 and Paige Sohren, 25.
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—

April 14-18, San Felipe, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

June 9-13, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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.
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

BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford

Round 1 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
April 14-18, 2021—280.2 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 254 (as of 4/02/21)
(from 26 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica,
Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru)

(START ORDER, by class)
Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

19 Tim Herbst
10 Alan Ampudia
41 Justin Lofton
7 Bryce Menzies
26 Dave Taylor
65 Dan Myers
1 Luke McMillin
23 Dan McMillin
51 Steve Olliges
82 Sam Baldi
22 Jax Redline
2 Cameron Steele
17 Josh De Jong
31 Andy McMillin
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
40 Chris Miller
43 Larry Roeseler
27 Jonathan Brenthel
9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
11 Rob MacCachren
85 Mike Lawrence
89 Mike Walser
35 Carlos Penunuri
77 Robby Gordon
24 Adam Householder
4 Justin Matney
73 John T. Lennon
79 Eric Hardin
38 Eric Hustead
67 Jose L. Leon
*37L Rolf Helland
*21L Gustavo Vidosola Sr
*79L Russell Buehler
*20L Robbie Pierce
*5L Clyde Stacy
*55L Jose de Jesus Flores
92 Paul Nauleau-1st RS
CLASS 1 (8)
123 Broc Dickerson
105 Mason Cullen
179 Mario Fuentes
183 Frank Russell
100 Cody Parkhouse
151 Brandon Dawson
168 Shelby Reid
132 Alberto Varela-1st RS
264 Pierce Herbst
205 Jose Delucie
214 Valerie Clark
211 Pat Sims
277 Travis Williams
234 Jason McNeil
244 Brad Lovell
297 Bill McBeath
238 Elijah Kiger
294 Vincent Munoz
296 Andrew Myers
228 Ryan Hancock
233 Thomas Degen
261 Jeff Bader
227 Kyle Jergensen
226 Alexis Lopez
285 Clay Lawrence
278 Carlos Ibarra
202 Chad Broughton
255 Brad Vicic
200 Jorge Sampietro
218 Chad Dohrman
213 Josh Beyer (DOR-Karl Ebdrup)
209 Rafael Navarro IV
281 Carlinhos Ambrosio
225 John W. McNeil
221 Michael Pyle
284 Jose Contreras
247 Scott Shields
295 William Hedrick Jr
293 Ryan Peacock
258 Justin Davis
292 Jason Coleman
215 Marcelo Gastaldi
CLASS 10 (20)
1014 Bruce Yee
1045 Matt Rusich
1016 Hiram Duran
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1087 Ivan Tagle
1024 Wheeler Morgan
1001 Oliver Flemate
1006 Freddie Willert
1048 Kevin Price
1019 Alberto Mendez
1046 Ethan Hagle
1088 Chase Warren
1013 Harley Meservey
1005 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr
1010 Moises Cuevas
1081 Matt Winslow
1012 Luis Barragan
1078 Augie Cortez
1027 Arturo V. Malo-2nd RS
1023 Tamara Myers-1st RS
CLASS 7 (5)
709 Jeff Proctor
710 Mike Shaffer
700 Daniel Chamlee
703 Scott Brady
727 Meredith Hammond-1st RS
2918 Justin Lambert
2913 Eyam Joyner
2948 Matt Burroughs
2999 Bob Jablonsky
2944 Phil Blurton
2976 Jesus Mendez Jr
2985 Jason Willett
2931 Craig Scanlon
2977 Justin Elenburg
2954 Austin Weiland
2938 Kolton Husted
2910 Rodrigo Ampudia
2923 Charles Manchester
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
2959 Rafael Navarro III
2920 Roberto Ruiz
2904 Cory Sappington
2905 Marc Burnett
2940 Erick Kozin
2989 Wes Miller
2930 Sean Cook
2978 Jose Juarez
2916 Brian Mallenix
2951 Herman Johnson
2974 Jorge Cano
2941 Steven Poole
2970 Francisco Beltran
2919 Brandon Schueler
2949 Alonso Lopez
2943 Steve Allen
2998 P.J. Jones
2973 Jorge Vela
2915 Jessica Lopez
2975 Mike Cafro-2nd RS
2924 Luis Leal-1st RS
1202 Matias Arjona IV
1221 Scott Wisdom
1205 Miguel Cortez
1216 Matt Ferrato
1201 Mario Alcala
1228 Jorge Cardona
1211 Oscar Alvarez
1249 Hector Garcia Jr-1st RS
1909 Quirino Rene Gutierrez
1957 Joe Bolton
1978 T. Bradley Millner
1995 Kaden Wells
1910 Jose Angulo
1962 Dodge Poelman
1920 Elias Hanna
1925 Zach Sizemore
1912 Rickey Arslanian-2nd RS
1954 Kristen Matlock-1st RS
CLASS 1/2-1600 (6)
1617 Arturo Honold
1662 Julie Boyer
1680 Carlos Jimenez Guana
1621 Kevin A. Sanchez
1610 Jordan Price
1616 Eli Yee-1st RS
3953 Nick Bruce
3939 Brett Franson
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3951 Manuel Reyes
3913 Carolina Sanchez
3950 Scott Trafton
3933 Randy Emberton
3955 Mike Cafro
3911 Victor Esparza-1st RS
CLASS 8 (1)
828 Jesus Beltrones
4421 Mike Hales-1st RS
1877 Josh Herzing
1871 Wayne Matlock
1898 Cameron Ornelas
1869 Mike Lesle-2nd RS
1879 Michelle Barraza-1st RS
CLASS 5 (4)
510 Gerardo Ibarra-
526 Jerry Longo
507 Miguel Pabloff
508 Greg Sullivan-1st RS
CLASS 3 (2)
322 Crystian Garcia
313 David Orzolek-1st RS
CLASS 5-1600 (4)
557 Larry Negrete Jr
550 Cesar Omar Iniguez
598 Jorge Gutierrez-2nd RS
571 David Heredia-1st RS
BC4 Edward Muncey
BC3 Bud Pecoy
BC2 Tim Spurgoen
BC5 William Jordan
CLASS 7F (3)
726F Arturo Montano
701F Brandon Walsh
714F Justin Park
744 Dario Serrano
758 Armando Duron
CLASS 3000 (2)
6006 Michael Marrow
3022 Farah Sohren
Baja-e (1)
E414 Matthew Blanchard
CLASS 11 (4)
1100 Luis Fernando Garcia
1111 Eric Solorzano
1147 Francisco Valdez
1196 Alex Gonzales


1804 Adrian Juaquin Garcia

Pro Motorcycles

22x Shane Redline
17x Brian Wipperman
5x Derek Ausserbauer
PRO MOTO 30 (4)
320x Jorge Garcia
365x Nick Lanning
308x Greg Bardonnex
325x Jano Montoya
101x Ulises Fierro
109x Christopher Gil
117x Hector Garcia
100x Fernando Beltran
121x Ana Rivas
PRO MOTO 40 (4)
408x Ryan Liebelt
496x T.J. Juon
441x Alirio Amado
424x William St. Laurent
PRO MOTO 50 (2)
500x Vance Kennedy
510x Giovanni Spinali
723x Edgar Cota
713x Bradley Loveday
735x Dustin Ashe-Everest
734x Bob Kimber
736x John Bennett
771x Risto Niemi
725x Juan Carlos Salvatierra
785x Fabricio Fuentes
726x Joseph Berlet-1st RS
PRO MOTO 60 (1)
628x Scott McIntosh

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (1)
37a Ricardo Villafana


SPT M/C (10)
226x Raul Serrato
295x Samantha Contreras
296x Esteban Lujan
201x Hank Salyer (ROR–Scott Borden)
249x Jack Lundin
245x Filiberto Garcia
203x Giovanni Aviles
224x Edgar Najar
215x Carlos Guereca
229x Joel Magallanes
115a Norberto Arce
177a David Nunez Ortega
112a Daniel Gaytan
125a Lilia H. Rodriguez
110a Danny Magdaleno
123a Ismael Hernandez
100a Nicolas Ibarra
114a Luis Ortega-1st RS