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October 3, 2015
SCORE announces all 5 races in Baja, Mexico
for 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship
Five-race series for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles, quads will feature all SCORE Baja races;
2016 SCORE World Desert Championship finalizing CBS Sports Network coverage, global syndication;
SCORE announces Dust2Glory documentary film, SCORE channel on Carbon TV in 2016
RENO, Nev.—SCORE International announced today its official five-race schedule for the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship featuring all five races in Baja California, Mexico for the first time in the storied history of the internationally-televised desert racing series. The announcement was made at the SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo being held through Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
The biggest change for the 2016 race season will be the new Bud Light SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by Rosarito Beach, in September. Being held in Rosarito, classes will be split into groups, each class will run the race split into equal parts run on two days with racing on Friday night, Saturday morning and evening and Sunday morning on Sept. 16-18.
“We are constantly pursuing our vision with the SCORE World Desert Championship and the 2016 schedule reflects our commitment to grow SCORE beyond its own limits to a new level of impact in the motorsports world,” said Roger Norman, CEO and President of SCORE International. “Mexican races are the cornerstone of SCORE and to have all five races South of the border for the first time in SCORE history is an honor and a privilege that will add immeasurably to the SCORE Baja racing legacy.”
SCORE has also announced that final negotiations are being completed to again televise the entire SCORE World Desert Championship series nationally on the CBS Sports Network and internationally through syndication.
Norman continued, “With the diligence and creativity of award-winning BCII TV, SCORE has had a continuing viable domestic television package with the CBS Sports Network as our partner as well as with our expanding international syndication platform. When we finalize our 2016 television package it will continue to move SCORE up the visibility ladder with viable and sustainable programming.”
SCORE International will be celebrating 2016 with a five-race series that features competition for Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
Launching the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship series schedule will be the first of the three original SCORE Baja races:
Round 1 will be the 30th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
Round 2 will be the 2nd Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 on April 14-17. Marking the second time a SCORE Baja race has been held entirely in Baja California Sur, it will start and finish in 2016 in La Paz, near the southern tip of Baja on the east side of the peninsula along the Sea of Cortez.
Round 3 will be the 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Round 4 will be the Bud Light SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by Rosarito Beach, Sept. 14-18 in Rosarito Beach, Baja California Norte. It will be the first SCORE race in Rosarito with classes split into groups running multiple laps on a 15-16—mile course, split into two parts. Racing will be held under the lights on Friday, morning and evening on Saturday and morning on Sunday, with each class running its race split evenly over two days.
Round 5 will be the 49th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov. 16-20. The most recognized name of all desert races, it will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
2016 POINT TITLES
In order to earn a 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship class point title, SCORE has announced that racers will have to start a minimum of four of the five races. Further one of the four races is the 49th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. A racer’s best four finishes will be used to tabulate the final class point standings.
More 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship news
2016 DUST 2 GLORY
A major announcement made Saturday at the Off-Road Expo by SCORE was that noted Hollywood director Dana Brown will return to the desert to film Dust2Glory.
Dust2Glory will cover the entire 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, documenting the journey taken by many SCORE racers and SCORE teams on the road to the SCORE Baja 1000. The new film will be released in 2017 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 1000.
2016 CARBON TV
SCORE also announced that it has reached an agreement with the Carbon Media Group to distribute all of the SCORE television race broadcasts, short form video series and archival race programs on a dedicated SCORE channel on Carbon TV beginning in 2016.
Carbon Media Group is one of the 15 largest digital sports properties in North America, and the largest distributor of outdoor and adventure sports and lifestyle programming in the country.
All of SCORE’s television race broadcasts that currently air on the CBS Sports Network in the U.S. and ESPN internationally will now have a second window of exposure 60-days after the TV premiers on the SCORE channel on Carbon TV.
This will allow SCORE’s global fan base to watch the SCORE World Desert Championship online at no cost. Additionally, all of the SCORE original web series along with SCORE race highlight videos and features will also be available on Carbon TV.
2015 RACE WRAP
The remaining race on the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series schedule is:
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250 presented by the City of El Centro (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 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.
Issue No. 8 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital.
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous linked video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-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, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
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, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
2016 SCORE World Desert Championship
Schedule of Events
Feb. 25-28 30th Bud Light SCORE SAN FELIPE 250
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
(one loop, Approx. 250 miles)
April 14-17 2nd Bud Light SCORE BAJA SUR 500
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
(one loop, Approx. 500 total miles)
June 1-5 48th Bud Light SCORE BAJA 500
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
(one loop, Approx. 500 miles)
Sept. 14-18 Bud Light SCORE DESERT CHALLENGE,
presented by Rosarito Beach
Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico
(15-16–mile loop, multi-lap, two-day race)
Nov. 16-20 49th Bud Light SCORE BAJA 1000
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
(One Loop, Approx. 800 miles)