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SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, March 20, 2023 ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Desert Racing Excellence’ March 28-April 2 in San Felipe King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, Fueled by Baja Vida ‘The Luke’ eyeing repeat overall race victory, season title as racers prep for big challenge   Opener of 4-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship on 262.80-mile course, Pre-running continuing; motorcycles, quads have two separate course sections Fish Grand Marshal for 2023 season--Cornwell, Butler--2023 SCORE San Felipe 250                                         NOTE: Current unofficial numerical entry list, by class, at bottom of text   ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Desert Racing Excellence’ this year, pre-running continues on the unique 262.80-mile race course and ‘The Luke’ McMillin is hungry for a repeat in next week’s King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, fueled by Baja Vida. Round 1 of the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held next Tuesday through Sunday on a 262.80-mile race course in and around the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. FAST FACTS Pre-race Contingency and Tech Inspection and the start/finish line compound will be located on the picturesque El Malecon in San Felipe along the inspiring azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula. All four 2023 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the eighth consecutive year. SCORE, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, is celebrating its 50th season in 2023. BY THE NUMBERS      With over 300 entries anticipated at the start line to launch the 50th season of SCORE desert racing, 260 total entries have been received so far for the popular ‘Spring Break’ event, with racers representing 28 U.S. States, and 13 countries. The countries with at least one racer so far are United States, host country Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, and Peru. To date, there are 203 cars/trucks/utvs entered and 57 motorcycles/quads. DOUBLE DIGITS With double-digit entries to date are the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck (high-tech, unlimited, 1000-horsepower, custom trucks) with 32, Trophy Truck Spec (SCORE Trophy Trucks with spec engines) with 43, Class 10 (20), Pro UTV Open (18), Pro UTV FI (26), Pro UTV Stock (13) and Pro Moto Ironman (solo riders) with 16. ‘THE LUKE’ WITH A COOL HAND While the odds are certainly not in his favor for a variety of solid reasons, no one can tell ‘The Luke’ McMillin that he won’t repeat as the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck winner in this popular season-opener South of the Border. And rightly so.  San Diego’s McMillin, 30, is not only the defending race champion (he finished second in 2021) and he is the reigning SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion. And ‘The Luke’ has won the season crown in the marquee racing division for high-tech, 1000-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks two of the last three years. Emerging as the ‘Face of SCORE’ with a look of a movie star and the heart of a lion, San Diego’s third-generation desert racer ‘The Luke’ roared his way to the top of the point leaderboard in the SCORE Trophy Truck division and eventually the top of the SCORE Overall point leaderboard as well in 2022. Driving solo the first three races of the year, Luke McMillin finished first in the SCORE San Felipe 250, sixth place in the SCORE Baja 500, second-place in the SCORE Baja 400 and capped the season with the help of the G.O.A.T. (Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren who drove the first 394 miles) by winning the season-ending SCORE Baja 1000 to complete his championship 2022 season in the SCORE World Desert Championship. The youngest of the current active McMillin racers, Luke McMillin won the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division and the SCORE Overall and SCORE Truck title in his McMillin Racing No. 1 McMillin Racing All Wheel Drive Chevy 1500 built by Mason Motorsports. Luke McMillin now has four career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins and earned a threepeat in in the 2022 BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, splitting the driving with Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren as his second driver. McMillin won the 2021 SCORE Baja 1000 as the second driver for MacCachren and in 2020 he won the iconic race with Larry Roeseler as his additional driver. In the SCORE San Felipe 250, “The Luke” won Class 1 in 2012 before last year’s SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE Overall race win. PRE-RUNNING Pre-running on the official 262.80-mile race course opens at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday (March 18). Pre-running starts at race-mile .63 and it is a shared course outbound/inbound to rm2.07. This year’s race course runs in a counter-clockwise direction with one physical checkpoint at the Morelia Junction Road crossing. Motorcycle and quad classes have two deviations to the overall race course, but all vehicles will run the exact same total mileage. THREE DECADES-PLUS Celebrating the 36th anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘Baby Baja’, details are available under Race Info at for the race with classes for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. QUALIFYING For just the fourth time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Wednesday, March 29 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec classes. The starting order for qualifying in each class will be the order in which they entered the race. Entries received in the qualifying classes received after Friday, March 24 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes. Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that they are received. Qualifying will be held on a 5.10-mile course not used before by SCORE. Qualifying is not open to the public and will be held on an approximately five-mile course that is not part of the official race course. Qualifying will be part of the SCORE Live streaming of the event accessed through the SCORE website. FIRST MOTO START Adrian Ortiz, has drawn the first motorcycle start for this year’s race in what will be his first SCORE race as the Rider of Record. Ortiz, 22, Dulzura, Calif., will lead his five-rider team on his No. 13x KTM 350XCF in the Pro Moto Unlimited class that has eight entries in it so far. Signed up to share the riding duties with Adrian Ortiz are his younger brother Albaro Ortiz, 17, San Diego, Cody Rangel, 25, San Diego, Gustavo Gonzales, 22, Valle de las Palmas, Mexico, and Danny Mendoza, Tecate, Mexico. OTHER FIRST STARTS Among the other racers drawing first starts in their respective classes in last Friday’s start draw were a few SCORE rookies and a few SCORE veterans. Drawing the first start in the unlimited Class 1 which has nine entries so far was Joe David, 37, Ridgecrest, Calif., in his No. 152 Jimco-Chevy while first start in Class 10 will be Chase Warren, 33, Scottsdale, Ariz., in his No. 1088 Alumi Craft-Chevy (20 entries to date), in Pro UTV Open (18 entries) is Justin Lambert, 47, Bakersfield, Calif., in his No. 1869 Polaris RZR Pro R 4. Also drawing first starts were Matt Monteith, 38, Okotoks, Canada, in his No. 2995 Polaris RZR XP1000 Turbo in Pro UTV FI (26 entries), Randy Emberton, 64, Prescott, Ariz., in his Polaris RZR Turbo S Pro UTV Stock (13 entries so far), and Jose Lozada, 44, College Station, Texas, in his No. 747x Husqvarna FX340 in Pro Moto Ironman (16 entries to date). David and Monteith while be making their respective first starts as DOR in a SCORE race. SCORE veteran champions Warren and Lambert won their respective classes in the SCORE San Felipe 250 in 2022 while Emberton was third in his class and Lozada was seventh last year out of 10 starters in his class. RACER REGISTRATION With online racer registration closed, late entries may register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Friday, March 24. Those entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered. Starting positions for the all-other classes (that are not qualifying) were determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration. Results of the start draw are posted on the SCORE website. On-site, late racer registration will be held Tuesday through Friday (March 28-March 31) in San Felipe. Registration will be held in the Centro Comercial Plaza Armex No. 1 (Avenida Mar de Cortez Sur No. 39) in San Felipe from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday for qualifying teams, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Friday. Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered. Questions should be directed to Shannon Lund, SCORE Registration and Membership Director at 775.852.8907 or ANOTHER AMAZING COURSE     With pre-running opening Saturday for the King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Baja Vida, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva and Co-Race Director Rodolfo Fernandez have put together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers. “This year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 race course will be another memorable one that will challenge even the veteran SCORE Baja racers,” commented Grijalva. “There is a little bit of everything including the tire-crunching Mini Summit and the unforgiving metal-bending five Baja washes that will help make this year’s race one on of the toughest ever. We are very pleased with the two special separate sections we have identified for the motorcycle and quad classes that will give them a beautiful race without having to look behind to see if a car or truck is catching them. This race and this race course will be a wonderful way to launch the 50th year of SCORE International.” Starting and finishing back on the picturesque El Malecon, the race is 262.80 miles, running in a counter-clockwise direction and features one physical full stop checkpoint (Morelia Road Crossing) at Race Mile 165.      For just the second time and for safety reasons, SCORE has developed two separate sections within the overall race course for motorcycles and quads only, but all classes will still cover 277.00 total miles of magnificent Baja terrain. There are 113 virtual checkpoints for cars/trucks/UTVs, 139 for motos/quads. The course has seven speed zones for a total of 2.62 miles. The course heads North to the Zoo Road crossing up to the El Chinero area North for a large loop through Laguna Salada, South to Borrego, down through Laguna Diablo, over the Mini Summit to the Morelia Junction road crossing before winding West and South through four of the gloriously infamous Baja washes in this order: Amarillas Wash, Chanate Wash, Huatamote Wash and Azufre Wash, the Boulder Canyon (before Azufre) before heading North to the finish line. The moto/quad first deviation of the course is a RM 52.76 north of El Chinero and rejoins the overall course at RM 107. The second deviation starts at RM 235.52 at the East end of Azufre Wash where those classes will take a longer course through Matomi Wash, then run North parallel to the car/truck/utv course before joining back up at rm 258.41, for the four miles to the finish line on El Malecon. All Sportsman four-wheel classes, Class 7SX and Class 11 will run a reduced course of 237.74 miles.      The official course map, GPS files, course notes and Racer’s Brief are all available on the SCORE website. They are located under race info for the SCORE San Felipe 250. SCORE LIVE During qualifying on Wednesday, contingency on Thursday and Friday and the race on Saturday until the course closes on Sunday early morning, SCORE Live streaming will be broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews as well as live action from Drones, ground cameras and in-car cameras from around the race course. There will also be live Zoom interviews for individuals around the race course as part of SCORE Live for this race. Popular Rat Sult, who is starting his eighth season as the voice of SCORE, will once again serve as host and lead announcer of the expansive SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult will be veteran voice Dave Arnold. Sult and Arnold will be announcing from the SCORE start/finish ramp while the show will also include SCORE studio announcers in El Cajon, Calif., providing live info and updates throughout the race. SCORE live is being produced again by SCORE Media House, Aaron Laub, producer, Alberto Luna, on-site director. Coverage will also include hourly updates throughout the race from Austin Farner of Fishgistics. SCORE live may be launched from the home page of the SCORE website or from the SCORE App. GREEN FLAG The King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Baja Vida, will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday, April 1 will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 6 a.m. (PT) and 9 a.m. (PT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around four and one-half hours, all vehicles will have a 14-hour time limit in the 262.80-mile race to become official finishers in the iconic race. GRANDEST MARSHAL FOR GOLDEN YEAR Sal Fish, admired as the iconic ‘godfather’ of SCORE desert racing, has agreed to be the Grand Marshal of the Year for the entire four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship as SCORE is ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Desert Racing Excellence.’ Revered all over Baja California, Fish, who will turn 84 on May 2, is a former publisher of Hot Rod Magazine and a 2006 inductee into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. He led SCORE for 38 years, from 1974 until he sold the organization on Dec. 20, 2012. His footprint left an indelible mark on all of desert racing as he was an extraordinary innovator and visionary for SCORE and the entire world of desert racing. SAN FELIPE GRAND MARSHALS      SCORE has announced that Dan Cornwell and Pat Butler will join Sal Fish as the co-Grand Marshals for this year’s King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Baja Vida. Cornwell, a long-time SCORE racer who raced in multiple classes, won the overall in the Inaugural SCORE San Felipe 250 back in 1982. Cornwell drove the No. 103 Chenowth-VW to victory in that first SCORE race in San Felipe. For nearly a decade now, Cornwell has been the SCORE Tech Director so he will be even busier at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. Butler, a prominent U.S. developer, opened the prominent El Dorado Ranch in 1989. Spending most of his time in San Felipe, Butler has been a staunch supporter of SCORE and the entire San Felipe municipality for over three decades. Butler is a former International Vice-President of the Marriott Corporation. SCOREscope 2023 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY SCHEDULE Here are the dates for the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship Golden Anniversary season, ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Desert Racing Excellence’, which will be held totally in Baja California, Mexico for the eighth consecutive year:

  • King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, fueled by Baja Vida—
March 28-April 2, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
  • BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 500—
May 31-June 4, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 12-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000—
November 13-18, La Paz, Baja California Sur to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico SCORE SPONSORS… Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, , Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Baja Vida-Official Snacks and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Rugged Radios-Official Radios, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino. SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada and Cruz Roja Mexicana. For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Desert Racing Excellence’ King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, Fueled by Baja Vida Opener of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship March 28-April 2 – 262.80 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Total Entries: 260 (as of 3/20/23) (from 28 U.S. States, host Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Indonesia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Peru) (Numerical order, by class) Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (32*) (QUALIFYING ORDER) 82 Sam Baldi 26 Dave Taylor 46 Paul Weel 6 Dan Myers 69 Andrew Myers 89 Mike Walser 10 Alan Ampudia 7 Bryce Menzies 1 Luke McMillin 23 Dan McMillin 85 Mikey Lawrence 11 Rob MacCachren 58 Tracy Graf 43 Larry Roeseler 70 Kevin Thompson 21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola 19 Tim Herbst 38 Eric Hustead 87 Dallas Luttrell 92 Paul Nauleau 24 Adam Householder 42 Juan Guillen 45 Gary Magness 33 Roberto Romo Jr 60 Cole Potts 16 Cameron Steele *37L Rolf Helland *85L Clay Lawrence *79L Russell Buehler *61L David Payne *1L Gustavo Vildosola Sr *55L Jose de Jesus Flores *SCORE TT LEGEND CLASS 1 (9) 152 Joe David 127 Brian Parkhouse 153 Brad Wilson 100 Kyle Quinn 162 Brendan Gaughan 101 Al Torres 102 Adam Castaneda 168 Cody Reid 121 Damen Jefferies-1st RS TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (43) (QUALIFYING ORDER) 277 Travis Williams 294 Vincent Munoz 207 Mason Cullen 205 Joe Delucie 270 Jimmy Diaz 292 Jason Coleman 238 Elijah Kiger 228 Ryan Hancock 249 Dustin Swanson 289 Tanner Rust 204 Christopher Polvoorde 240 Chris Miller 260 Santiago Creel 275 Juan Sanchotena 246 Ethan Hagle 299 Charles Dorrance 285 Justin Davis 278 Carlos Ibarra 244 Oliver Flemate 219 Thor Herbst 263 EJ Herbst 225 Scott McNeil 234 Jason McNeil 212 Jim Anderson 236 Michael Marsal 253 Ray Griffith 211 Pat Sims 226 Juan C. Lopez 200 Jorge Sampietro 252 Oscar Arambula 217 Joe Belt 243 James Scully 282 Brent Fox 231 Carlos Ramos 264 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr 214 David Binns 291 Nicolas Ibarra 247 Scott Shields 255 Brad Vicic 223 Kyle Murray 266 David Ziegler 284 Jose Contreras 267 Jose L. Leon-1st RS CLASS 10 (20) 1088 Chase Warren 1064 Justin Buckley 1000 J. David Ruvalcaba 1019 Alberto Mendez 1077 Dale Ebberts 1087 Ivan Tagle 1006 Stan Potter 1016 Hiram Duran 1027 Arturo V. Malo 1091 Francisco Vera 1014 Bruce Yee 1040 Kevin Derby 1010 Moises Cueves 1004 Cade Garcia 1050 Martin Christenson 1011 Cesar Cuevas 1079 Manlio F. Diaz 1054 Bryan Goetsch 1020 Carlos Guillen-2nd RS 1023 Britney Myers-1st RS PRO UTV OPEN (18) 1869 Justin Lambert 1872 Justin Smith 1840 Richard Fant 1885 Tyler Backus 1821 Cayden MacCachren 1827 Austin Weiland 1888 Roger Norman 1895 Kaden Wells 1850 Paul Barnhart Jr 1867 Mike Pratt 1833 Bret Ward 1896 Brock Heger 1831 Craig Scanlon 1886 Branden Sims 1868 Bernie Gomez-4th RS 1876 Mike Cafro-3rd RS 1871 Wayne Matlock-2nd RS 1854 Kristen Matlock-1st RS PRO UTV FI (26) 2995 Matt Monteith 2958 Conner Willet 2930 Sean Cook 2941 Steven Poole 2997 Dave Jablonsky 2999 Tim Sullivan 2928 Carlos Quezeda 2948 Matt Burroughs 2979 Cameron Ornelas 2988 Adrian Garcia 2976 Jesus Mendez Jr 2932 Adam Lovell 2949 Alonso Lopez 2998 PJ Jones 2942 Michael Shell 2936 Mark Shell 2935 Tomas Cantor 2987 Edgar Garcia Leon 2956 Adrian Escandon 2996 Jessica Lopez 2978 Jose Juarez 2920 Roberto Ruiz 2905 Marc Burnett-4th RS 2986 Adrian Orellana-3rd RS 2940 Erick Kozin-2nd RS 2915 Rickey Arslanian-1st RS CLASS 7 (3) 720 Randy Bluth 703 Scott Brady 700 Daniel Chamlee SCORE LITES (3) 1211 Oscar R. Alvarez 1221 Scott Wisdom 1200 Miguel Cortez PRO UTV NA (5) 1929 Gabe Matthews 1909 Quirino Gutierrez 1978 T. Bradley Millner 1914 Lawrence Janesky 1911 Carlos Waumann-1st RS CLASS 1/2-1600 (3) 1625 Eric Pavolka 1611 Francisco Escareno 1606 Matt Willert-1st RS PRO UTV STOCK (13) 3933 Randy Emberton 3913 Carolina Sanchez 3911 Victor Esparza 3959 Antonio Mendez 3908 Scott Bergen 3930 Douglas Cornwell 3936 Jorge Cano 3967 Manuel Norzagaray 3943 Dennis Romero 3909 Angel Mercado 3928 Endy Chavez 3900 Anibal Lopez 3939 Brett Franson-1st RS CLASS 8 (1) 852 Spencer Morgan CLASS 5 (5) 508 Mike Sullivan 511 Eli Yee-4th RS 525 Martin Anguiano-3rd RS 510 Gerardo Ibarra-2nd RS 545 Billy Gereghty-1st RS CLASS 3 (1) 300 Cesar Gutierrez CLASS 5-1600 (1) 579 Edgar Ruiz BAJA CHALLENGE (3) BC4 Edward Muncey BC3 Bud Pecoy-2nd RS BC1 Preston Brown-1st RS CLASS 7F (5) 700F Gerardo Novelo 714F Justin Park 701F Brandon Walsh 704F Aaron Celiceo 715F Daniel Reyes Jr-1st RS TROPHY LITE (1) 6049 Chase Swanson CLASS 11 (7) 1150 Geovany Alucano 1145 Esteban Ruiz 1105 Oliver Flemate 1143 Eric Brandt 1111 Eric Solorzano 1156 Arthur Penner 1121 Dennis Hollenbeck-1st RS Sportsman SPT TRUCK (1) 1474 Garrett Wolford SPT OPEN WHEEL (2) 1556 Alejandro Arroyo 1522 Christopher Augenti SPT UTV (1) 1810 Edgar Felix  

Pro Motorcycles


13x Adrian Ortiz

18x Aaron Volle

8x Ryan Liebelt

15x Eric Holt

33x Justin Carnes

3x Ciaran Naran

1x Juan Carlos Salvatierra

23x Derek Ausserbauer

PRO MOTO 30 (2)

300x Jano Montoya

319x David Smith


102x Steven Abrams

176x Austin Cummings

114x Ely Ramirez

162x Robert Rodriguez

137x Erick Ramirez Jr

103x Giovanni Aviles

100x Fernando Beltran

PRO MOTO 50 (1)

501x Robert Creemers

PRO MOTO 40 (1)

441x Alirio Amado


747x Jose Lozada

766x Dustin Vazquez

793x Juan Zunino

704x Juan Pablo Valenzuela

775x Tanner Janesky

785x Fabricio Fuentes

723x Edgar Cota

709x Christopher Gil

700x Brandon Wright

721x Kelana Humphrey

718x Kurt Steever

765x Mark Bechtold

789x Christian Cuevas

758x Justin Cloutier

757x Brandon Lebrun

711x Dustin Davis

PRO MOTO 60 (3)

628x Scott McIntosh

611x Robbie Sjoberg

644x Kevin Ward

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (4)

21a Jose Castro

11a Fidel Gonzalez

10a Dario Rabago

4a Juan Gonzalez

Pro Quad Ironman (2)

83a Faelly Lopez

91a Jorge I. Lopez


SPT M/C (9)

241x Cheo Tessaro

255x Isaac Amaya

259x Jhoan Sanchez

214x Lawrence Janesky

249x Armando Ortiz

290x Gerardo Rubio

208x Miguel Luna

201x Nate Anderson

229x Joel Megallanes


139a Sergio Jimenez

105a Francisco Valle

138a Jose Hernandez

123a Eva Hernandez