Racers from 27 U.S. States, 11 countries part of Thursday’s starting order drawing for upcoming 49th SCORE Baja 1000 | SCORE-International.com
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    October 13, 2016


    Nov. 15-20 race week dates

    Racers from 27 U.S. States, 11 countries part of Thursday’s

    starting order drawing for upcoming 49th SCORE Baja 1000


    pre-running opens Saturday, Oct. 22 for the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races;

    pre-race festivities include SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 experience, presented by BFGoodrich Tires

    Nov. 1-4 at Las Vegas Convention Center; SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck,

    Trophy Truck Spec class at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Off-Road Track at 7 p.m., Nov. 1


    on-line racer registration continues until Nov. 13 at RegisterHereForRace;


        ENSENADA, Mexico— With pre-running on the rugged race route to open Saturday, Oct. 22, official entries from 27 U.S. States and 11 countries were included in Thursday’s drawing for start positions in various classes for next month’s 49th anniversary of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, the season finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

    Nearly 250 cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag on Friday, Nov. 18 for this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 15-20 in Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in the seaside port of Ensenada, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.


    The drawing for starting positions, by class, for all classes except SCORE Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck Spec, was held Thursday.

    A solid total of 183 vehicles are officially entered as of today and nearly 75 additional entries are expected to enter in the five weeks before race day in Ensenada for the legendary race.

    So far among the car, truck and UTV classes, SCORE Trophy Truck has the most entries with 28, followed by Trophy Truck Spec with 20, Pro UTV FI with 19, Class 10 with 18, the unlimited Class 1 with 15 and Pro UTV with 12 officially entered to date.

    Among the motorcycle classes, the Pro Moto Ironman (solo) rider has the most entries with six today followed by the Pro Moto Unlimited and Pro Moto 40 (m/c riders over 40 years old) classes with five entries each so far.

    In the Sportsman classes, leading the way is Sportsman Motorcycle with 11 entries to date.


    Online entry registration for the race continues at Register Here for Race.  Late entries received after the drawing will be placed by class in the next available starting position following those that entered in time for the random draw.


    This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a loop race and pre-running on the approximately 830-mile course will open on Saturday, Oct. 22 with the start to Ojos Negros only allowed on Wednesday and Thursday of race week (and only in the outbound direction).

    The start line and finish line will once again be adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada and the first and last several spectator-friendly miles running up and back down the Ensenada Arroyo.


    In addition to the 27 States represented on the entry list to date, racers have officially entered from 10 countries.  In addition to the United States, entries so far have come from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand and the US Territory of Guam.


    The SCORE Baja 1000 the oldest continuously-held desert race, the most prestigious, the most well known and has the most rugged race courses in all of desert racing.  This year’s race will start for the 42nd time and finish for the 24th time in Ensenada and remains one of the single most appealing accomplishment to a racer. Since 1967, the race has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula every year except 1974 when the international fuel crisis forced a cancellation.


    The race week festivities will cover Nov. 15-20, with the race and all side events starting and finishing in Ensenada.

    Pre-race festivities on Thursday (Nov. 17), for the SCORE Baja 1000, including the vastly popular tech and contingency of all vehicles and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.  The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will also be held on Thursday (Nov. 17) at 7 p.m. PT in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.

    Racer registration will be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. Racer registration will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday (Nov. 15), from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday (Nov. 16) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Thursday (Nov. 17). Media registration will be held as well in the Red Room at the Riviera from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday (Nov. 16), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Thursday (Nov. 17) and the BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center will be open on Friday (Nov. 18) at 5:30 a.m. PT until the course closes at approximately 11 p.m. PT (Nov. 19) on Saturday and will re-open on Sunday from 8 a.m. until Noon PT.

    Two special Monster Energy parties, open to the public will be held before the race starts. On Wednesday (Nov. 16) starting at 7 p.m. PT at the start/finish line area will be the SCORE Baja 1000 Goes Green Monster Energy Party. On Thursday (Nov. 17), the night before the start of the race, the Monster Energy SCORE Papas & Beer Street Party on Avenida Ruiz in front of Papas & Beer will start at 7 p.m. PT.


    As the celebration continues all-night on Friday, all day and evening on Saturday while official finishers cross the line and tales are added to the legacy of the event, the post-race awards fiesta will be held in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera starting at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday (Nov. 20).


    Jumpstarting the festivities for the SCORE Baja 1000 for the third straight year will be the massive SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Oct. 31-Nov. 4) and the special SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying for SCORE Trophy Trucks and the Trophy Truck Spec class. With both events presented by BFGoodrich Tires, qualifying will be held at the Off-Road Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7 p.m. PT, Tuesday, Nov. 1).


    As it has for over four decades, SCORE has put together another agonizingly memorable race course, this one for a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain that the northern state of the majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer. SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva have designed and finalized this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 race course.

    Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course travels in a counter-clockwise direction. It includes the approximate 20 mile stretch to Ojos Negros which is used in both directions. Outgoing, the course heads south from Ojos Negros through Santo Tomas and then runs along the picturesque Pacific Ocean for over 100 miles and then back across to the center of Baja California Norte.

    The approximately 830-mile course covers both sides of the peninsula and includes four checkpoints.

    The race will have its normal start from Ensenada to Piedras Gordas, then out to highway 3 around Rm 20.7 and will go to Km33 and get back on the dirt. The course will go past Rancho Grijalva to El Mezcal and head to Uruapan using La Lagrima Rd, a different road than in past years.

    From Santo Tomas, the course heads to the coast of the Pacific Ocean and runs down to San Quintin, Nuevo Odisea and then to El Rosario. The course will travel up the well known hill La Vivora, el Arenoso, and will loop around from San Juan de Dios at approximate Rm305 to El Metate Rm 340, Los Martires Rm 363 and go back to San Quintin on the east side of the highway and run north to Col. Vicente Guerrero, Jaramillo and Colonet.

    The course will travel a new route from Colonet to Llano Colorado and across to Valley de Trinidad. The race course goes along the highway from San Matias to Villa del Sol then crossing the highway at El Chinero, north to Coabuso Junction and then climb up the summit in the opposite direction as previous races from the desert to Nuevo Junction and on to Catarina. From Catarina, it will be back to Ojos Negros and from Ojos Negros back to the finish line.

    The four checkpoints will be located at Santo Tomas (CP 1–race-mile 87), El Rosario (CP 2–rm249), Vicente Guerrero (CP 3–rm457) and Nuevo Junction (CP 4–rm730).

    Pre-running will open on Saturday, October 22, allowing competitors nearly three weeks of practice time on the official race course.


    All races in the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.  The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue as part of each race event broadcast.

    Capping off the 2016 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will air as a full two-hour special for the second straight year.


    2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)

    • SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, April 17, 9 p.m. ET)
    • SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET)
    • Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge (first telecast-Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 p.m. ET)
    • SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, Dec.18, 9 p.m. ET)
    • SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, December 25, 9 p.m. ET)


    CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.


    From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory will chronicle each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Now, D2G, which began shooting at last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, and is continuing up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races ending with this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000.


    The four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship includes four special events and for the first time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

    • 30th SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28, San Felipe, Mexico
    • 48th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, Ensenada Mexico
    • Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 14-18, Rosarito, Mexico
    • 49th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-20, Ensenada, Mexico


    Official SCORE Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, Muck Daddy-Official Hand Cleaner, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

    Official SCORE Partners: 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, The Satellite Phone Store, PCI Race Radios.

    Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

    Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Vi Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito, Baja California Secretary of Tourism.

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

    49th SCORE Baja 1000

    Nov. 16-20, 2016—830.XX miles—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

    Final Round of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship

    Total Entries: 183 (as of 10/13/16) (starting order from start draw, by class)

    (from 27 U.S. States, U.S. Territory-Guam, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,

    Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand)

    Pro Cars & Trucks


    (Numerical, Before Qualifying)

    1 Carlos Lopez

    3 Mark Post

    4 Justin Matney

    5 Clyde Stacy

    6 Steven Eugenio

    10 Aaron Ampudia

    11 Rob MacCachren

    15 Billy Wilson

    16 Cameron Steele

    17 RPM Racing-Driver TBA

    19 Tim Herbst

    20 Pat O’Keefe

    21 Gus Vildosola Jr

    22 Casey Currie

    23 Dan McMillin

    31 Andy McMillin

    39 Ron Whitton

    45 Gary Magness

    48 Jimmy Nuckles

    50 Zak Langley

    59 Craig Potts

    67 Brian Trapnell

    68 Tim Weston

    76 Jesse Jones

    83 Luke McMillin

    91 Troy Herbst

    97 B.J. Baldwin

    200 Robby Gordon

    CLASS 1 (15)

    188 Sergio Salgado

    125 Scott Rueschenberg

    172 Jamie Galles

    153 Brad Wilson

    147 Pat McCarthy

    138 Ronny Wilson

    189 Jon Walker

    150 Morgan Langley

    105 Matt Cullen

    127 Cody Parkhouse

    100 Shelby Reid

    104 Rob Archibald

    114 Al Torres

    175 Jamie Huerta Jr-RS

    106 Derek Fletcher-RS


    (Numerical, Before Qualifying)

    201 Russell Buehler

    202 Chad Broughton

    203 Dion Podgumy

    211 Pat Sims

    216 Heidi Steele

    220 Craig Christy

    222 Pete Sohren

    227 Jonathan Brenthel

    232 Chelsea Magness

    244 Javier Quiros

    250 John Langley

    252 Gonzalo Pirron

    255 Lee Banning

    268 Jeffrey Kozak

    271 Carey Chrisman

    273 Jordan Brenthel

    274 Elias Hanna

    288 Mark Luhtala

    299 Charles Dorrance

    276 Scott Kuhne-RS

    CLASS 2 (1)

    2001 Jeff Proctor


    4451 Melvin Wade

    CLASS 10 (18)

    1002 Clay Lawrence

    1018 Miguel Tornel Sr

    1086 Joseph Jepsen

    1070 George Marsh

    1007 Chris Surville

    1058 Mike Lawrence

    1062 J.J. Schnarr

    1036 Corey Goin

    1056 Johnny Buss

    1085 Justin Davis

    1064 Justin Beckley

    1088 Sergio Salgado

    1081 Todd Winslow

    1000 Cody Reid

    1045 Patrick Dailey

    1075 Eliseo Garcia

    1009 Rafael Navarro IV

    1060 Armando Boehme

    CLASS 1/2-1600 (5)

    1666 Brandon Steele

    1603 Oscar Alvarez

    1620 John Witchel

    1616 Ramon Bio

    1605 Miguel Cortez


    1229 Raul Rodriguez

    1208 Rich Roberts

    1201 Mario Alcala

    1221 Matt Drever

    1218 Miguel Tornel Jr

    1240  Miguel Bonilla

    1247 Wes McKenzie

    1244 Eric Palacios

    CLASS 5 (2)

    500 Victor Cesena

    524 Ben Swift

    CLASS 7 (2)

    701 Brandon Walsh

    725 JT Holmes

    Pro UTV FI (19)

    2971 Wayne Matlock

    2950 Burt Jenner

    2904 Cory Sappington

    2975 Mike Cafro

    2905 Marc Burnett

    2916 Cody Rahders

    2921 Johnny Angal

    2923 Tyler Backus

    2913 Branden Sims

    2903 Jaime Romero Sr

    2920 Scott Bergen

    2933 Todd Romano

    2977 Justin Ellenburg

    2918 Justin Lambert

    2947 Levi Gilkison

    2974 Sheldon Creed

    2919 Brandon Schueler

    2917 Derek Murray

    2906 Aaron Quesada-RS

    Pro UTV (12)

    1954 Kristen Matlock

    1967 Rhys Millen

    1949 Alonso Lopez

    1958 George Felix

    1991 David Laurence

    1929 John Stegerman

    1955 Paul Champion

    1910 Ryan McIntire

    1998 Bill Whittington

    1962 Dodge Poelman

    1923 Ben Bischoff

    1901 Greg Row

    CLASS 5-1600 (1)

    575 Erich Reisen-RS


    BC6 Douglas Saunders

    BC2 Bill Weber

    BC3 Edward Muncey

    BC7 Jim Swartzbaugh

    BC4 Mike Brodeur

    BC1 Kyle Tucker

    BC9 Markus Palttala

    BC5 Jeff Stone

    BC8 Josh Savage

    STOCK FULL (4)

    8101 Rod Hall

    8180 Chris Forsberg

    8155 Ryan Davis

    8170 Roger England

    CLASS 11 (2)

    1156 Art Penner

    1103 Noe Gutierrez



    1425 Andrew Entwistle

    1491 Paul Nauleau

    1452 Gary Leyendecker-RS

    Pro Motorcycles


    37x Kevin Murphy

    1x Colton Udall

    45x Francisco Arredondo

    10x Skyler Howes

    35x Nick Gust

    PRO MOTO 30 (1)

    321x Benjamin Petter

    PRO MOTO 40 (5)

    403x Oscar Fazz

    422x Chad Thornton

    404x Jano Montoya

    400x Colie Potter

    437x Craig Thompson


    101x Mark Winkelman

    160x Santiago Creel

    106x Garrett Poucher

    PRO MOTO 50 (1)

    507x Mark Winkelman


    716x Ryan Gutile

    715x Jeff Benrud

    774x Florian Schwarz

    714x Lawrence Janesky

    775x Tanner Janesky

    729x Michael Skurkis


    SPT MOTO (11)

    228x Scott McIntosh

    267x Akira Kamata

    227x Masahide Kawaguchi

    230x Kristopher Harvey

    215x James Williams

    216x Ken Greenfield

    263x Sidney Marchand

    261x Sean Graves

    249x Andrew McConnell

    259x Mike Kaplan

    209x Hank Salyer-RS

    SPT QUAD (1)

    110a Danny Magdaleno