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Race week is here…BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

November 14, 2021

Ensenada to La Paz

BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000
presented by 4 Wheel Parts
2021 SCORE World Desert Championship titles on line
At this week’s 1226.35-mile Baja California adventure

on-site racer registration Monday-Wednesday in Ensenada for peninsula run;
Pre-running continues on rugged 1226.35-mile course down Baja California;
epic season-finale of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship;

Internationally televised race to air on ESPN2’s World of X Games;
SCORE Live, vehicle tracking at

   www.score-international.com, Rat Sult host

NOTE: Race week schedule of events at bottom of text

     ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico— For many, this coming week on Mexico’s rugged, mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula is a sentimental journey down the proverbial ‘memory lane’. For some it will be a first-time odyssey of a lifetime. For the majority however, this week will decide coveted season point championships in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. To all, this magnificent, magical one and only motorsports extravaganza is the ‘Granddaddy of All Desert Races’.
This is the week that many wait for all year long and others wait nearly their entire lives to be a part of….it’s the BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
The SCORE Baja 1000 is at the pinnacle of motorsports as the oldest, most iconic, most prestigious, toughest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.
For all, this week will be a heart-warming, memory-building, risk-taking, energy-draining, emotion-charged very real nostalgic celebration of the world’s most epic desert race.
SCORE International is well known around the globe as the ‘World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.’ Celebrating its 48th season in 2021, this race is the flagship event of the SCORE World Desert Championship.
This year’s Granddaddy of All Desert Races will be a peninsula run of 1226.35 masterful miles down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
    Starting and finishing under strict BioSecurity health and safety protocols in Baja California, Mexico, the final round of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship race-week festivities and the race itself will be held today through Saturday.
During contingency on Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 16-17) and the race on Thursday (Nov. 18) until the course closes on Saturday (Nov. 20) late afternoon, live streaming will be broadcasting race activities and start activities, finish line interviews and live racing action along the race course.
With increased live race coverage from along the race route, popular Rat Sult, who has been the voice of SCORE over the last six seasons, will once again serve as emcee and lead announcer of the SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult will be veteran Dave Arnold along with Matt Moghaddam and Morgan McBride.
SCORE live is being produced again by SCORE Media House, Aaron Laub, producer, Alberto Luna-director.
SCORE live may be launched from the home page of the SCORE website or on the SCORE App.
The SCORE Baja 1000 will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Thursday (Nov. 18) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 2 a.m. (PT) and 9 a.m. (PT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles in the non-stop race are expected to finish in around 22 1/2 hours, all vehicles will have a 50-hour time limit to become official finishers in the elapsed-time race.
Closed to the public because of the BioSecurity health protocols in Baja California, pre-race Contingency/Tech will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 16 and 17) along with the start of the race Thursday (Nov. 18) in the SCORE compound located in a new site alongside the Marina in Ensenada, just across from the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. SCORE Racer and SCORE Media Registration will be held Monday through Wednesday (Nov. 15-17) in the Red Room at the Riviera.
With the exception of the SCORE compounds in Ensenada and La Paz, spectators, following health protocols, will be able to watch the race from a safe distance away from the race course all the way down the awe-inspiring Baja California peninsula.
While every year for the Granddaddy of All Desert Races is mesmerizing, a peninsula run down Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula is, for lack of a better term, hypnotizing.
Most of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s massive BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. The 2021 season-finale will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on ESPN2’s World of X Games programming.
Nearly 300 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from nearly 40 U.S. States and as many as 20 countries anticipated. Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads will be competing in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.
Ensenada, “The Off-Road Capital of the World” is a coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos area of the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, is the gateway to the Sea of Cortez and 1,000 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.
This iconic race will start for the 47th time in Ensenada, finish for the 22nd time in La Paz, 24th time overall to run down the peninsula as 2000 and 2007 finished in Cabo San Lucas. It will be the first peninsula run since the 50th SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017.
This race is annually the grand finale of the SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past six years in Baja California.
While many of the entries aren’t in the hunt for a class championship but to be enraptured by the pure joy of competing in this legendary race, most of the racers are diligently trying to earn a SCORE season class point title at the SCORE Baja 1000.
With back-to-back class wins and one sixth place to start the season, SoCal’s veteran Jason McNeil leads not only his Trophy Truck Spec class, but he is also the SCORE Overall point leaders after three rounds of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship.
With just 37 points separating the top 11 overall point leaders after the SCORE Baja 400, second behind McNeil in SCORE Overall points with 368 (just two behind McNeil) and leading the Pro UTV Forced Induction (FI) class is Austin Weiland, El Cajon, Calif. in his No. 2954 Can-Am X3.
Third in SCORE overall points and second in Pro UTV FI points with 365 is the team of Phil Blurton, Auburn, Calif. and Beau Judge, Rockland, Calif. A new team in SCORE racing this season, the Blurton/Judge team is a champion UTV duo in the U.S. in their No. 2944 Can-Am X3.
Fourth overall and third in the Pro UTV FI class is the team of Brandon Schueler, Phoenix and Cayden MacCachren, Las Vegas, who have racked up 364 points including one race win in their No. 2919 Polaris RZR XP4. The veteran/rookie team also have class finishes of third and sixth so far this season. Pro UTV FI has had the most class starters this season with 33, 30 and 27.
With 347 points, fifth overall and leading the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division heading into the SCORE Baja 1000 is legendary Larry ‘Mr. Baja’ Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif.
A SCORE Baja racing legend, Roeseler, 64, finished 11th in class in the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250 and was the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck class winner at the SCORE Baja 500 in the No. 43 Baja Jerky Cantina Racing Toyota Tundra. For ‘Mr. Baja’ it was his 12th overall win in the SCORE Baja 500 (nine on a motorcycles, two in a desert race car and one in SCORE Trophy Truck) and his fifth career SCORE Trophy Truck class victory. Roeseler finished eighth out of 30 starters in his class in the recent SCORE Baja 400.
With 345 points (just two behind Roeseler sixth overall and second in the SCORE Trophy Truck division is Las Vegas’ Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren in his No. 11 BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150.
Seventh in overall points and fourth in Pro UTV FI is Erick Kozin, Yorba Linda, Calif., with 342 points in his No. 2940 Can-Am X3.
Eighth overall and third in SCORE Trophy Truck with 338 points is Mexico’s legendary Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, of Mexicali, who has 338 season points in his No. 21 Ford Raptor.
Three racers are tied for ninth overall in points and fifth in Pro UTV FI. With 333 points each are Wes Miller, 51, Las Vegas in his No. 2989 Polaris RZR XP4Turbo, Edgar Garcia Leon, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., in his No. 2987 Can-Am X3 and Francisco Beltran, La Paz, Mexico, in his No. 2970 Can-Am X3 XRS.
Each undefeated with three class wins each to lead their respective classes, tied for the overall motorcycle point lead with 315 points each are Ryan Liebelt. Giovanni Spinali and Scott McIntosh.
Liebelt, 41, Reedley, Calif., leads the Pro Moto 40 (riders over 40 years of age) class on his No. 408x Yamaha WR450F. Sharing riding duties with Liebelt have been James Justin Shultz, Lake Forest, Calif./Steve Tichner, Reno, Nev./Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev./Brandon Wright, Hesperia, Calif.
Spinali, 55, El Cajon, Calif., is tops in Pro Moto 50 (riders over 50 years of age) class on his No. 510x Yamaha YZ450X. His primary co-rider this season has been John Griffin, 51, Julian, Calif.
McIntosh, 60, Davie, Fla., leads Pro Moto 60 (riders over 60 years of age) class on his No. 628x Honda CRF450X. Joining him this season as co-riders have been Don Whittington, 75, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Jon Johnson, 60, Lompoc, Calif./Jim O’Neal, 74, Simi Valley, Calif.
After a stunning overall motorcycle victory in the SCORE Baja 400 on the Redline Racing No. 22x Honda CRF450x is the six-rider team led by Shane Redline, 45, of Amarillo, Texas.
Redline also drives in SCORE Trophy Truck as does his 16-year old son Jax Redline who is fourth in points.
While the elder Redline only rode several hundred yards of the start on the 22x, his five other riders for the SCORE Baja 400 were Chris Phillips, 22, Tucson, Ariz., Phillip Herrera, 23, Tijuana, Mexico, Larry Serna, 25, San Diego, Carlos Pardini, 27, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Brandon Prieto, 30, San Diego.
Heading into the season finale, three racers leading the Overall UTV standings are separated by just four points and are all from Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction). Leading is Austin Weiland, El Cajon, Calif. with 370 points in his No. 2954 Can-Am X3, second is Phil Blurton, Auburn, Calif with 368 points in his No. 2944 Can-Am X3 and third is the team of Brandon Schueler, Phoenix/Cayden MacCachren, Las Vegas with 364 points in their No. 2919 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo.
     Included in the first 281 official entry applications of the nearly 300 anticipated for this year’s renewal of the world’s most iconic desert race are racers from 35 U.S. States and 18 countries.
U.S. States represented in the field of competitors to date are from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.
The countries are United States, U.S. Territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, host country Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, India, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain and Sweden.
While there are numerous female co-drivers/co-riders, among the female racers entered as driver of record are…
–Shelby Reid, No. 168, Class 1. Her son Cody Reid is driving with her as well
–Kristen Matlock—No. 1954, Pro UTV NA. Husband Wayne Matlock driving No. 1871, Pro UTV Open
–Chelsea Magness—No. 232, Trophy Truck Spec, Her father Gary Magness is driving the No. 45 SCORE Trophy Truck
–Britney Myers—No. 1023, Class 10. Racing with her sister Tamara Myers, her father Steve Myers and Uncles Dan Myers and Andrew Myers are racing together in the No. 65 SCORE Trophy Truck
–Jordan Price—No. 1610, Class 1/2-1600. Her father Kevin Price is one of her additional drivers.
–Julie Boyer—No. 1662, Class 1/2-1600
–Annie Seel—No. 1188, Class 11
–Carolina Sanchez—No. 3913, Pro UTV Stock
–Sara Price—additional driver, No. 26, SCORE Trophy Truck
–Viry Felix—additional driver, No. 122, Class 1
–Tamara Myers—additional driver, No. 1023, Class 10
–Katie Vernola–additional driver, No. 2922, Pro UTV FI
–Emme Hall—additional driver, No. 1662, Class 1/2-1600
Of the first 281 entries to date, in the iconic race, 213 are cars, trucks or UTVs and 68 are motorcycles or quads.
Led by the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division with 29 entries (including seven in SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50 years old), 11 classes have double-figure entry totals.
Among 4-wheel classes, besides SCORE Trophy Truck the classes with double-figure entries so far are Trophy Truck Spec (27), Class 10 (18), Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) (29), Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) (12), Class 1/2-1600 (13), Pro UTV Stock (12) and the venerable Class 11 for stock VW sedans (12).
Among the 2-wheel classes, Pro Moto Ironman has 13 official entries and Sportsman Motorcycle also has 13.
With three wins to start their 2021 SCORE World Championship season and leading their respective classes heading into the season finale are six rugged SCORE racers: Rolf Helland, 61, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 55, Barstow, Calif. (SCORE TT Legend, No. 37L Ford Raptor), Mike Cafro, 51, Fallbrook, Calif. (Pro UTV Stock, No. 3956 Polaris RZR Turbo S), Justin Elenburg, Mesa, Ariz. (Pro UTV Open, No. 1870 Can-Am X3), Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif. (Pro Moto 40, No. 408x, Yamaha WR450F), Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, No. 510x Yamaha YZ450FX) and Scott McInosh, Davie, Fla. ( Pro Moto 60, No. 628x Honda CRF450X).
Besides Menzies, McNeil, Wells and Weiland, winning for the second time in three 2021 SCORE Baja races to lead their respective class points are Greg Sullivan, Helena, Mont. (Class 5, No. 508 Penhall-Chevy), Alex Gonzales, Palm Desert, Calif. (Class 11, No. 1196, VW Sedan), Greg Bardonnex, Vista, Calif. (Pro Moto 30, No. 308x, Yamaha WR450F), Juan Carlos Salvatiera, Bolivia (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 725x KTM 450XC-F) and Jose Luis Valez, San Felipe, Mexico (Pro Quad, No. 1a Honda TRX450F).
The race features a course, designed and plotted by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 1226.35 miles of raucously rugged Baja California terrain.
The challenging race course is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, beautiful Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the ocean and the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
It runs east from Ensenada to Ojos Negros, south to Valle de Trinidad, back southwest to Colonet, south to San Quintin. The course starts heading inland to Catavina then south to Coco’s Corner to Bahia de Los Angeles. From there it heads inland to San Ignacio and back to the Pacific Ocean at race mile 750.
At about race mile 825 it heads east to the Sea of Cortez at race mile 880 and down along the Sea of Cortez past Loreto. After Loreto it runs southwest and back along the Pacific past Villa Insurgentes and Ciudad Constitucion until race mile 1180 were it turns southeast and finally into the finish in La Paz.
The historic race course features three physical checkpoints, 236 virtual checkpoints, including 23 speed zones (37 or 60 miles per hour) for a total of 196.18 miles.
The three physical (full stop) checkpoints will be Checkpoint No. 1 at Chapala (race mile 421.30), Checkpoint No. 2 at the Vizcaino road crossing (race mile 633.31) and at Insurgentes (race mile 999.91).
All Sportsman classes, Class 3, Class 7SX, Class 11, Vintage Trailblazer and Baja Challenge will run reduced course of 1,214.01 miles.
The official course map, course notes, racer brief, penalty bulletin and GPS files are posted on the SCORE website under race info for the SCORE Baja 1000.
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 45 years, received two awards for the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored after the 2020 season 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 33 of the 53 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 34 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 first SCORE Baja 400.
SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$40,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500 is 4 Wheel Parts, the official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship.
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.
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:

  • 35th SCORE San Felipe 250—

March 29-April 3, San Felipe, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

June 1-5, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • 3rd SCORE Baja 400—

September 13-18, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
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, Cruz Roja Mexicana, San Quintin Municipal Council, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism and Sustainable Economy, Municipal Government of Mulege, Municipal Government of Loreto, Municipal Government of Comondu and Municipal Government of La Paz, B.C.S.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

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

Nov. 14-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Schedule of Events (All times Pacific Time)
ENSENADA (Under strict BioSecurity Protocols)

Monday, November 15, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
8am-6pm                 Chassis Inspections           Side Street between Corona Hotel and SCORE office
8am-6pm                 Stella install/Device pickup Side Street between Corona Hotel & SCORE office
Noon-8pm               Racer Registration             Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
1pm-5pm                 Media Registration             Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
8am-6pm                 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
9am-5pm—Contingency Row-Motos/Quads/UTVs SCORE Compound alongside Ensenada Marina
9am-6pm—Tech Inspection-Motos/Quads/UTVs    SCORE Compound alongside Ensenada Marina
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
8am-5pm                 Racer Registration             Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
No new entries after 3 p.m.
9am-5pm                 Media Registration             Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
9am-5pm                 Contingency Row              SCORE Compound alongside Ensenada Marina
9am-6pm                 Tech Inspection                 SCORE Compound alongside Ensenada Marina
6pm                        Mandatory Pilot Meeting    Torre Lucerna Hotel, Ensenada
Thursday, November 18, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
ENSENADA: (All times Pacific Time)
START LINE-SCORE Compound (Closed to the Public)
FINISH LINE-next to Grand Plaza Hotel at Fidepaz Marina—1,226.35 miles (open to the public)
START – Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2021—2am Motorcycles, Quads (Pro Moto Unlimited two-minute intervals. All other moto, quad classes–one-minute intervals).
Order Subject to Change—Pro Moto Unlimited, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto Limited, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto Rally, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, SPT Moto, SPT Quad
1am to 3pm             SCORE Media Center        Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
9am to 1pm             SCORE Media Center        Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
9am                        Opening Ceremony          start line area
START – Thursday, November 18, 2021—10am Cars, Trucks, UTVS (TT, 1, TT Spec, 10-one minute intervals–five-minute gap between those classes. Other classes-30 second intervals).
Order Subject to Change— TT/TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 10, 7, Pro UTV FI, SL, Pro UTV NA, 1/2-1600, Pro UTV Stock, 8, HM, 4700, 3700, 1700, 2700, Hammer Unltd, Hammer Ltd, Pro UTV Open, 5, PT, PT, 3, 5-1600, BC, 7F, 7SX, SF, TL/3000, Baja-e, 2, VT, VI, 9, 11, SPT Unltd Truck, SPT Ltd Truck, SPT Open-Wheel, SPT UTV Unltd, SPT UTV Stock
     TIME LIMIT: 50-hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts to complete the course

LA PAZ(All times La Paz Time) (Under BioSecurity Protocols)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
11am-5pm–BFGoodrich Tires/BCS Sec. of Tourism SCORE Media Center—Grand Plaza Hotel
Thursday, Nov. 18—Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021
10am Thursday, Nov. 17 to 4pm Saturday, Nov. 20–BFGoodrich Tires/BCS Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center—Grand Plaza Hotel, Emperor’s Ballroom
Saturday, November 20, 2021
6pm                        Unofficial Results Posted   SCORE Website, SCORE Media Center
6:30pm-7:30pm       Racer Inquiry period          Emperor’s Ballroom, Grand Plaza Hotel
8:30pm                    Official results posted        Ballroom, Grand Plaza Hotel, SCORE Website
9:00pm                    Awards Celebration            Fidepaz Marina, next to Grand Plaza Hotel