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    April 19, 2017


    Race to air on El Rey Network

    Racer registration now open online for 49th SCORE Baja 500,

    Round 2 of four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship

    internationally-televised race to be held May 31-June 4 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico;

    more info at http://score-international.com/raceinfo/2017-baja-500/;


    ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Entries from all across the United States and around the world are expected as online registration has opened for the upcoming internationally-televised 49th annual SCORE Baja 500. Round 2 of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held May 31-June 4 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.

    Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 49th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.

    It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 3) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 9 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs.

    Nearly 300 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from 30 U.S. States and 20 countries anticipated.


    Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. SCORE continues to make updates to the website to help make it easier to navigate for the racers and 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/2017-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 10 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, May 25. Late entries after that date and all on-site late entries will be assessed a $100 late fee to enter the race.


    The deadline to enter the race in order to be included in the drawing for starting positions is 10 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, May 17.  The drawing, to determine the start order within each class, will be held on Thursday, May 18.


    The 2017 season also marks the golden 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races to be held November 14-18. The SCORE Baja 1000 is the oldest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.


    Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race course for this year’s SCORE Baja 500 will begin on Saturday, May 20.


    On Thursday, June 1 qualifying for starting positions will be held for the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, SCORE TT Legend, the unlimited Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec. Qualifying will be held over a special course near Ensenada and is not open to the public. The start drawing for these classes will determine their respective qualifying order.

    While the majority of the entries in these top classes are expected to qualify, those who elect not to will be given the remaining start positions in the elapsed-time race based on the original drawing or entry into the race within their respective classes.

    Qualifying is closed to the public because of safety concerns, but taped highlights of qualifying will be shown starting Thursday evening (June 1) on the SCORE website.


    The race will feature a course, when finalized over the next couple of weeks by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman along with Race Director Jose A. Grijalva of approximately 492 miles.

    When completed, the historic 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 4,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.


    Colorful race week festivities will start Thursday (June 1) with qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec. SCORE sponsor partner Monster Energy will present the Monster Energy SCORE Kick-off Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the VIP area at the start/finish line in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.

    Friday, June 2 will see the day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada.

    During the race on Saturday, June 3 the start/finish line compound will include the massive double-sided SCOREvision LED screen broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews.

    All of the week’s festivities will be aired both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website.


    The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the SCORE Baja 500. Racer registration will be held in the Red Room on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (May 31, June 1-2). Media registration will be also held in the Red Room at the Riviera on Thursday and Friday (June 1-2) and the SCORE Media Center will be in the Red Room during the race (June 3-4) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.

    In the Cathedral Room at the Riviera will be pre-race media conference as well as the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting on Friday (June 2). The post-race awards celebration will also be in the Cathedral Room at noon on Sunday (June 4).

    The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero.


    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 asked by 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.

    Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race will start for the 44th time and finish for the 40th time in Ensenada.


    The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

    • 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 29-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
    • 49th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-4, Ensenada Mexico
    • Rosarito Beach 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 14-17, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
    • 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico


    The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas will all air on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication. The season-ending 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will have a two-hour show produced while the other race shows will each be one-hour telecasts.

    El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.

    Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.

    El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

    El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit http://elreynetwork.com.


    Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Raceline Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

    SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, 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.

    Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito.

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


    SCORE Baja 500 – Ensenada, Baja California Mexico

    All-Time Overall 4wheel & 2wheel champions (1969 through 2016)


    1969—Bud Ekins/Guy Jones, Baja Boot-Olds

    Doug Douglas/Jim McClurg, Ducati

    1970—Parnelli Jones, Ford

    Bill Silverthorn/Gene Fetty, Husqvarna

    1971—Bobby Ferro, Funco-VW

    Malcolm Smith/J.N. Roberts, Husqvarna

    1972—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW

    Gene Fetty/Bill Silverthorn, Honda

    1973—Parnelli Jones, Ford

    Howard Utsey/Mickey Quade, Husqvarna

    1974—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW

    Mitch Mayes/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna

    1975—Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW

    Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Harley-Davidson

    1976—Bobby Ferro/Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW

    Larry Roeseler/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna

    1977—Ivan Stewart, Chenowth-VW

    Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson, Husqvarna

    1978—Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith, Funco-VW

    Brent Wallingsford/Scot Harden, Husqvarna

    1979—Malcolm Smith/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW

    Jack Johnson, Husqvarna

    1980—Bob Gordon, Chenowth-Chevy

    Bruce Ogilvie/Chuck Miller, Yamaha

    1981—Malcolm Smith/Bill Newbury, Chenowth-Chevy

    Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Yamaha

    1982—Larry Ragland, Funco-VW

    Larry Roeseler/Chuck Miller, Yamaha

    1983—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-VW

    Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna

    1984—Larry Ragland, Chaparral-VW

    Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna

    1985—Ron Gardner/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW

    Kurt Pfeiffer/Scot Harden, Husqvarna

    1986—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche

    Garth Sweetland/Scot Harden, Husqvarna

    1987—Bob Gordon/Tim Crabtree, Chenowth-Porsche

    Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki

    1988—Mark McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche

    Dan Ashcraft/Kurt Pfeiffer, Yamaha

    1989—Robby Gordon, Ford

    (no motorcycles)

    1990—Robby Gordon, Ford

    Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte, Kawasaki

    1991—Ivan Stewart, Toyota

    Garth Sweetland/Paul Krause, Kawasaki

    1992—Ivan Stewart, Toyota

    Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr/Paul Krause, Kawasaki

    1993—Ivan Stewart, Toyota

    Danny Hamel/Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki

    1994—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck)

    Dave Ashley/Dan Smith, Ford

    Paul Krause/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki

    1995—Curt LeDuc, Jeep (SCORE Trophy Truck)

    Mike Julson/Bob Lofton, Jimco-VW

    Paul Krause/Craig Smith, Kawasaki

    1996—Rob MacCachren, Ford (SCORE Trophy Truck)

    Troy Herbst, Smithbuilt, Smithbuilt-Porsche

    Paul Krause/Ty Davis, Kawasaki

    1997—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck)

    Mark McMillin, Jimco-Porsche

    Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda

    1998—Ivan Stewart, Toyota

    Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda

    1999—Ivan Stewart, Toyota

    Jonah Street/Torsten Borstrom, Honda

    2000—Larry Ragland, Chevy

    Jonah Street/Steve Hengeveld, Honda

    2001—Mark McMillin, Jimco-Chevy

    Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda

    2002—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford

    Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda

    2003—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford

    Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda

    2004—Alan Pflueger, Chevy

    Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda

    2005—Robby Gordon, Chevy

    Mike Childress/Mouse McCoy, Honda

    2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland, Chevy

    Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda

    2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins, Chevy

    Robby Bell/Kendall Norman/Steve Hengeveld, Honda

    2008—B.J. Baldwin, Chevy

    Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda

    2009—Harley Letner/Kory Halopoff, Tatum-Chevy

    Bill Boyer/Donnie De Arman/Nicholas Blais/Rudy Iribe, Honda

    2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Ford

    Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda

    2011—Bryce Menzies, Ford

    Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda

    2012—Bryce Menzies, Ford

    Robby Bell/David Pearson/Steve Hengeveld, Kawasaki

    2013—Robby Gordon, Chevy

    Timmy Weigand/Colton Udall/David Kamo, Honda

    2014—Bryce Menzies, Ford

    Ricky Brabec/David Pearson/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki

    2015—Carlos Lopez, Chevy

    Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr/Justin Morgan/Ian Young, Kawasaki

    2016—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford

    Colton Udall/Mark Samuels, Honda


    SCORE Baja 500 Overall Champions


    Cars & Trucks


    *Larry Roeseler


    Ivan Stewart


    Larry Ragland


    Bobby Ferro

    Robby Gordon

    **Malcolm Smith


    Bud Feldkamp

    Troy Herbst

    Mark McMillin

    Scott McMillin

    Bryce Menzies


    Brian Collins

    Bob Gordon

    Parnelli Jones

    Corky McMillin

    **Dan Smith


    Dave Ashley

    B.J. Baldwin

    Bud Ekins

    Ron Gardner

    Kory Halopoff

    Guy Jones

    Mike Julson

    Curt LeDuc

    Harley Letner

    Bob Lofton

    Carlos Lopez

    Rob MacCachren

    Andy McMillin

    Alan Pflueger

    Gus Vildosola Jr


    *9 on motorcycle

    **1 on motorcycle




    Steve Hengeveld


    Johnny Campbell


    Paul Krause

    Bruce Ogilvie

    Johnny Campbell

    Kendall Norman


    Robby Bell

    Ted Hunnicutt Jr


    Scot Harden

    Jonah Street


    Dan Ashcraft

    A.C. Bakken

    Ricky Brabec

    Quinn Cody

    Max Eddy Jr

    Gene Fetty

    Jack Johnson

    Chuck Miller

    David Pearson

    Kurt Pfeiffer

    Bill Silverthorn

    Craig Smith

    Colton Udall


    Torsten Borstrom

    Mike Childress

    Cameron Corfman

    Ty Davis

    Doug Douglas

    Danny Hamel

    David Kamo

    Jim McClurg

    Danny LaPorte

    Mitch Mayes

    Mouse McCoy

    Justin Morgan

    Mickey Quade

    J.N. Roberts

    Mark Samuels

    Garth Sweetland

    Howard Utsey

    Brent Wallingsford

    Tim Weigand

    Ian Young



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