Round 4 of five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship split into two days of racing; Classes to run in groups as multi-lap race over an 8-mile course at Coyne Powersports Motorplex in Imperial Valley, Calif.; SCORE also adding one special Pro UTV and one special Sportsman UTV class exclusively for this event
RENO, Nev.—Round 4 of the 2014 five-race SCORE World Desert Championship will have the event split into multiple days with classes split into groups as is typical with a SCORE Desert Challenge. Each class will run multi-lap races each day over an eight-mile course at the Coyne Powersports Motorplex near Plaster City, Calif. in Imperial Valley.
The Motorplex is owned by El Centro, Calif., businessman Marty Coyne, a former SCORE Trophy Truck racer who won the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup. The one-square mile land area is inside of the massive 41,000-acre Superstition Mountain/Plaster City OHV area.
Coyne’s private land has an eight-mile course already developed that was part of the 82-mile loop used by SCORE on April 26, for which racers were required to cover three laps, for the Inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 desert race.
Held from 1995 through 2012 in Laughlin, Nev., the Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge will be held for the first time in the Imperial Valley with the same format as the original SCORE Desert Challenge events from past years. The SCORE World Desert Championship will include competition in 26 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs.
SCORE CEO Roger Norman is elated to be returning to the Imperial Valley for the second time this year. Roger Norman (a celebrated racer with multiple U.S. and Mexican race victories including being an overall winner of the prestigious Baja 1000) commented, “After our highly successful debut race in the Imperial Valley in April, I knew we would be back because it is conveniently located for so many racers and the Imperial Valley community is so supportive of SCORE International. Together with Marty we have developed a great working relationship with the various entities in the El Centro area and we know this will be tremendous weekend of short-course desert racing in Imperial Valley.”
“Currently the plan is to have racing on Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday night and Sunday morning with the awards ceremony at the finish of the final heat for each class onsite at Monster Energy hospitality. This race is unique in that everybody has a choice to stay at a hotel or camp near the race site. Fans and racers can bring their off-road toys and enjoy the Superstition Mountain/Plaster City OHV area in between races. We are very excited about expanding the legacy of the SCORE Desert Challenge which was a very popular event in Laughlin for 18 years. Our goal is to create a new, improved version of the same great race in a different venue.”
BIG AIR CHALLENGE & MONSTER ENERGY SCORE PARTY’
Plans are also being finalized for the Big Air Challenge to be held on Thursday (Sept. 25) prior to the race for SCORE Trophy Trucks and other participating classes similar to the old Laughlin Leap competition held in conjunction with the first 18 Desert Challenge events. With sponsors and the purse to be announced in the near future, the Big Air Challenge will start at 8 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 25) during the Monster Energy SCORE Party at the Coyne Powersports Motorplex.
SCORE is developing plans with the staff of Coyne Powersports Motorplex to create fan-friendly spectator areas around the entire perimeter of the racecourse as well as the start/finish line area off of Wheeler Road north of Plaster City.
Surrounding the entire Coyne Powersports Motorplex is Southern California’s massive Superstition Mountain/Plaster City OHV use area. This OHV recreational area will provide event spectators the opportunity to enjoy the entire race weekend with overnight camping and off-road vehicle use (allowed under normal BLM restrictions in the OHV recreation use area.)
2 SPECIAL UTV CLASSES
Responding to the growing interest in these unique, entry-level vehicles, SCORE has also announced that it has added two special UTV classes exclusively for the Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge. The two special classes for this race are the Pro UTV Single-Seat and Sportsman UTV Stock.
The Pro UTV Single-Seat class is for modified UTVs up to 1000cc engine displacement with stock chassis and stock appearance. The Sportsman UTV Stock class is a stock UTV class for production UTVs, manufactured by registered companies with vehicle VIN numbers.
Detailed information regarding these classes will be available under Tech Notes on the SCORE website at http://score-international.com/tech-notes/ or by calling the SCORE Tech Office in El Cajon, Calif., at 619.938.2135.
2014 SCORE WORLD DESERT CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES EVENTS
28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 was held on March 1.
Inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 was held on April 26.
46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was held June 6.
19th Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge Sept. 25-28.
1st SEMA Takeover and Las Vegas Motor Speedway Qualifying Nov. 4-7
47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Nov. 12-16.
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ON CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR
The Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge will premiere in early November on CBS Sports. Every race in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship and the special SEMA Show exhibition and qualifying for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 are televised on a delayed basis in the USA and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The shows, produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, air a minimum of twice on the CBS Sports Spectacular show.
CBS SPORTS PREMIER AIR DATES
Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 has 17 hours of coverage to date across the US, Canada and US Territories and is now showing world wide in more than 100 countries.
SCORE Imperial Valley 250 has 5 hours of coverage to date across the US, Canada and US Territories and is now showing world wide in more than 100 countries.
Tecate SCORE Baja 500 debut on CBS Sports Sunday July 20, 2014.
Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge debut on CBS Sports Sunday November 9, 2014
SEMA Show and Baja 1000 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Qualifying Sunday December 21, 2014
Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 debut on CBS Sports Sunday December 28, 2014
CBS SPORTS NETWORK
Is available across the country through local cable, video, and telco providers and via satellite on DirectTV 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. CBS Sports Network will run a one-hour special on all five 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship races as well as a sixth show on the special qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck for the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 that will be held Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas during the annual SEMA automotive industry trade show where the massive SEMA Show SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit will be showcased. All shows are scheduled to air in the next month following the event.
SCORE DIRT LIVE HD GLOBAL
With viewers in over 100 countries, the SCORE Dirt Live HD platform will present Live internet streaming from the event from pre-green to post-checker. Coverage will include live start and finish line interviews as well as live coverage from the many ancillary events tied to the race. Everything will be broadcast through the SCORE International website at www.SCORE-International.com.
DAKAR CHALLENGE 2014
This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was identified as a Dakar Challenge for special entry packages into the 2015 Dakar Rally in South America. The winner from car and truck classes came from SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1, and Class 10 along with another winning entry from Pro motorcycles (all with time adjustments). After complete data-tracking review, winning the car/truck category of the 2014 Dakar Challenge was Class 10 race winner Mike Johnson of Santa Monica, Calif., while the motorcycle winner was SCORE Ironman Champion Tony Gera from Santa Cruz, Calif.
Official Sponsors: Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company.
Associate Sponsors: SatellitePhoneStore.com and Symons Ambulance Company.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship series at www.score-international.com.