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    September 17, 2020

    Presented by 4 Wheel Parts

    Samuels draws first M/C start, entries from 18 States, 7 countries
    in start draw for BFGoodrich Tires 52nd annual SCORE Baja 500

     

    493.00-mile race being held next week in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico;
    Opener of two-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship;
    televised on ABC World of X Games;

    Saturday. Sept. 26–motorcycles/quads start-3 a.m. (PT), cars/trucks/utvs-7 a.m. (PT)

    Mark Samuels will lead the 1X Pro Moto Unlimited team with Justin Morgan (left) and Justin Jones at the 52nd BFGoodrich…

    Posted by SCORE International on Thursday, September 17, 2020

    #scorebaja500; NOTE: Race week schedule of events at bottom of text

    ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – While qualifying for starting positions will be held during race week for four of the top 4-wheel vehicle classes, SCORE champion racer Mark Samuels has drawn the first motorcycle starting position this week for next week’s internationally-televised BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
    As pre-running on the challenging 493.00-mile course continues through next Friday, online entries from 18 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and New Zealand are preparing for the legendary opener of the two-race internationally-televised 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. The event will be held March 29-April 2 in San Felipe, the quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
    Qualifying for the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, SCORE TT Legend (drivers over 50 years old), unlimited Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec will be held next Wednesday in San Felipe.
    Samuels, 31, Yucca Valley, Calif., is a veteran champion SCORE racer who will be the rider of record on the No. 1x SLR Honda CRF450X. Samuels teammates and co-riders are Justin Morgan, 30, El Cajon, Calif., and Justin Jones, 29, Murrieta, Calif. Samuels has three overall motorcycle wins in this race, Morgan, who was rider of record the past two years, has four overalls and Jones has two overalls.
    BACK TO BAJA
    Prior to late, on-site racer registration next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in San Felipe, 129 official entries have been processed from 18 U.S. States along with host country Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and New Zealand. The first of two races on the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule will be held Wednesday through Sunday in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
    San Felipe is the peaceful village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. Both 2020 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the fifth consecutive year.
    THE SCOOP
    Competition will include classes for cars, trucks UTVs, motorcycles and quads for the internationally-televised BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
    Many of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on the ABC Network World of X Games programming and syndicated internationally to as many as 25 countries. The shows are produced by SCORE in association with prominent SoCal company BCII TV. Lead announcer for the show will be veteran Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHoF) inductee (2018), SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer and action sports TV announcer Cameron Steele.
    It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (Sept. 26) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 3 a.m. PT and approximately 7 a.m. PT for the cars, trucks and UTVs.
    While 130 entries are entered to date, nearly 150 vehicles are expected at the start line. Long-time SCORE sponsor and race title sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has also posted a US$25,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel winner to help commemorate this year’s race.
    MORE FIRST STARTS
    Among the many classes where starting positions were drawn, starting on the pole in their respective classes will be Sean Cook (Pro UTV FI) where there were 17 vehicles in the draw.
    Also drawing first starts were Harvey Meservey (Class 10, Mario Alcala (SCORE Lite), Travis Wells (Pro UTV NA), Eliott Watson (Pro UTV Unlimited) and Giovanni Spinali (Pro Moto 50).
    EL DORADO RANCH S/F
    Following planning with and approval from city and state governments, SCORE International has announced that all the official pre-race activities and the start/finish line compound for this year’s SCORE Baja 500 will be held in a restricted area at the prominent El Dorado Ranch resort with no spectators allowed.
    Spectators following health and safety protocols will be allowed in the open areas around the 493.00-mile race course.
    MAIN COURSE
    The race features a course, as finalized and plotted by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva of 493.00 miles. It runs both North and South of San Felipe in a counterclockwise direction on the East side of the Baja California peninsula.
    The historic race course is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, dry lake beds, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the ocean with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
    There are three physical full-stop checkpoints and 198 virtual checkpoints. Checkpoint 1 is at race mile 155.63 (Laguna Salada), CP2 is at rm278.11 (Laguna Amarga) and CP3 is at rm459.11 (Camino altura Percebu). There are just six speed zones for a total of only 8.65 miles.
         Much of the course runs through Laguna Salada as well as going through parts of four of Baja California’s infamously magnificent washes: Amarillas, Chanate, Huatamote and Azufre.
    All Sportsman classes along with Pro classes 7SX, 11 and 9 will run an abbreviated course of 433.34 miles.
    COURSE MAP, ETC.
    Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 493.00-mile race course for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts continues until Friday starting at race mile 0.11 and finishing at race mile 492.89.
    The official SCORE Racer Brief, course map and GPS files are available under racer info on the SCORE website.
    QUALIFYING
    SCORE will hold a qualifying session for this race starting at 7 a.m. PT on Wednesday (Sept. 23) to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec divisions. Entries in these classes had be completed by last Friday to be eligible to qualifying. Start order for qualifying will be based solely on entry order into race, by class.
    Qualifying will be held on a 3.47-mile course South of San Felipe near the local airport.
    HEALTH & SAFETY
    Because of the significant health and safety Biosecurity protocols developed by SCORE in conjunction with and the approval of state and local health authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all race-week festivities and the start/finish line compound will be restricted access only and closed to the general public.
    LIVE STREAMING
    On the two days of contingency Wednesday and Thursday and during the race on Saturday, Sept. 26 until the course closes on Sunday morning, Sept. 27, there will be extensive live streaming from the start/finish line compound broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews.
    Popular Rat Sult will again serve as primary host of the SCORE live streaming.
    With no spectators allowed in the start/finish line compound, all of the week’s activities will be streamed both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website and social media platforms.
    DETAILS
    As required by the health and safety Biosecurity protocols required to conduct this race, race week activities will have restricted access at the Eldorado Ranch with no spectators allowed for contingency, tech inspection and the start/finish compound.
    On-site Racer Registration and Media Registration, again with restricted access, will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 22-25) at the Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch.
    Racer registration will be held for racers who are qualifying from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 22). Racer registration for the balance of the entries will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 23) from Noon to 7 p.m. PDT, on Thursday (Sept. 24) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 25) with no new entries accepted after 3 p.m. PDT on that final day of registration.
    SCORE Media registration will be held in the Pavilion at El Dorado Ranch from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 22) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Wednesday (Sept. 23) and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday and Friday (Sept. 24-25).
    GRAN HISTORIA
    The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization.
    With tremendous assistance from Ensenada tourism advocate Nico Saad, Mickey Thompson and his fledgling SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event starting in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE in December of 2012.
    Prior to this year, only four times has the race not been held in Ensenada at all. Because of continuing friction between the government and land owners, Sal Fish moved the 1984 race to the desert near Barstow, Calif., USA and again in 1989 for the same reason Fish moved the race to San Felipe.
    With no spectators allowed because of the Biosecurity Protocols, this year’s race will start and finish at the El Dorado Ranch resort in San Felipe.
    While this will be just the second time for the SCORE Baja 500 to be held in San Felipe, the SCORE San Felipe 250, which was not held in 2020 because of the pandemic, has been held in San Felipe for 32 of its 33-year history.
    SCOREscope
    2020 SCORE SKED

    • BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

    September 22-27, San Felipe, Mexico

    • BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

    November 17-22, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
    ABC TV AGAIN IN 2020
    For the second straight year, the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship will air on the ABC family of networks. The two-races will air as specials on ABC TV’s World of X Games program with replays 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 journalist Sam Posey.
    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.
    SCORE SPONSORS…
    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 www.SCOREInternational.com.#scorebaja500.

    BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500,
    presented by 4 Wheel Parts

    Round 1 of the two-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship
    Sept. 22-27, 2020—493.00 miles –San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
    Total Entries: 129 (as of 9/17/20)
    (from 18 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada,
    Denmark, Netherlands and New Zealand)

    (Start order within class)

    Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

    SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (20)
    (Qualifying Order)
    26 Dave Taylor
    85 Mike Lawrence
    23 Dan McMillin
    83 Luke McMillin
    77 Robby Gordon
    17 Josh de Jong
    10 Alan Ampudia
    1 Andy McMillin
    17 Josh De Jong
    11 Rob MacCachren
    40 Chris Miller
    41 Justin Lofton
    43 Larry Roeseler
    19 Tim Herbst
    35 Carlos Penunuri Ibarra
    38 Eric Hustead
    *5L Clyde Stacy
    *20L Bobby Patton
    *55L Jose de Jesus Flores
    *25L Mark Winkelman-2nd RS
    *47L Jim Bult-1st RS
    *SCORE TT LEGEND
    CLASS 1 (8)
    (Qualifying Order)
    114 Al Torres
    123 Broc Dickerson
    162 Brendan Gaughan
    127 Cody Parkhouse
    103 Gabriel Torres
    163 Ruben Torres
    121 Rodimiro Amaya-2nd RS
    179 Mario Fuentes-1st RS
    TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (10)
    (Qualifying Order)
    260 Santiago Creel
    285 Clay Lawrence
    211 Pat Sims
    210 Ted Moncure
    294 Vincent Munoz
    264 Pierce Herbst
    295 William Hedrick Jr
    241 Chase Laven
    225 John McNeil
    274 Elias Hanna
    CLASS 10 (8)
    1013 Harley Meservey
    1001 Oliver Flemate
    1006 Freddie Willert
    1088 Chase Warren
    1078 Augie Cortez
    1087 Ivan Tagle
    1051 Adam Gonzalez
    1000 Hiram Duran-1st RS
    PRO UTV FI (17)
    2930 Sean Cook
    2914 Martin Christensen
    2931 Craig Scanlon
    2977 Justin Elenberg
    2978 Jose Juarez
    2999 Bob Jablonsky
    2948 Matthew Burroughs
    2920 Roberto Ruiz
    2917 Jason Murray
    2927 Justin Smith
    2989 Wes Miller
    2918 Justin Lambert
    2974 Jorge Cano
    2910 Scott Trafton-4th RS
    2940 Erick Korzin-3rd RS
    2975 Mike Cafro-2nd RS
    2971 Wayne Matlock-1st RS
    SCORE LITES (6)
    1201 Mario Alcala
    1205 Miguel Cortez
    1211 Oscar R. Alvarez
    1229 Douglas Satterfield
    1218 Gustavo Pinuelas
    1247 Wes McKenzie
    PRO UTV NA (6)
    1995 Travis Wells (DOR-Kaden Wells)
    1957 Joe Bolton
    1938 Kolton Hustead
    1911 Scott Bergen-3rd RS
    1954 Kristen Matlock-2nd RS
    1912 Rickey Arslanian-1st RS
    CLASS 1/2-1600 (3)
    1662 Julie Boyer
    1696 Chris Racan
    1616 Eli Yee-1st RS
    PRO UTV STOCK (4)
    3957 Torey Rush
    3955 Mike Cafro
    3930 Douglas Cornwell
    3933 Randy Emberton
    CLASS 8 (1)
    828 Jesus Beltrones
    CLASS 7 (3)
    700 Daniel Chamlee
    713 Mario Murillo Jr
    709 Jeff Proctor
    CLASS 1700 (1)
    1755 Bruce Geveden
    HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)
    4421 Mike Hales-1st RS
    PRO UTV UNLIMITED (6)
    1893 Eliott Watson
    1855 Blade Hildebrand
    1894 Christopher Polvoorde
    1850 Jesus Mendez Jr
    1851 Herman Johnson
    1869 Mike Lesle-1st RS
    CLASS 5 (1)
    500 Gerardo Ibarra
    CLASS 3 (1)
    313 David Orzolek
    CLASS 5-1600 (1)
    553 Cesar Iniguez
    BAJA CHALLENGE (1)
    BC4 Edward Muncey
    CLASS 7F (2)
    720F Doug Siewert
    714F Justin Park
    CLASS 7SX (1)
    742 Brandt Anderson-1st RS
    CLASS 11 (2)
    1108 Luis F. Garcia
    1147 Francisco Valdez

    Sportsman

    SPT UNLTD TRUCK (1)
    1404 Jessalyn Sells
    SPT OPEN-WHEEL (1)
    1501 Christian Courtney

    Pro Motorcycles

    PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (3)
    1x Mark Samuels
    66x Santiago Creel
    5x Colton Udall
    PRO MOTO 30 (1)
    370x Francisco Septien
    PRO MOTO LIMITED (2)
    121x Ana Rivas
    180x Fernando Beltran
    PRO MOTO 50 (3)
    500x Giovanni Spinali
    514x Lawrence Janesky
    522x Vance Kennedy
    PRO MOTO 40 (0)
    PRO MOTO IRONMAN (1)
    725x Juan Carlos Salvatierra

    Pro Quads

    Pro Quad (2)
    1a Adolfo Arellano
    37a Ricardo Villafana

    Sportsman

    SPT M/C (5)
    203x Giovanni Aviles
    200x Carlos Silva
    299x Shane Redline
    213x Bradley Loveday
    201x Scott Borden
    SPT QUAD (7)
    105a Francisco Valle
    123a Hector Camacho
    106a Imanol Gormez Fierro
    119a Estevan Ramirez
    129a Sergio Gutierrez
    112a Daniel Gaytan
    114a Luis Ortega