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Racer Registration Open for 55th SCORE Baja 500

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark,   April 19, 2023   ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Desert Racing Excellence’ Race week—May 31-June 4 BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 500, Racer registration now open, event schedule online 300+ entries expected from 30 States, 20 countries   Round 2 of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship in Off-Road Capital of the World—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Racer registration, event info available at     NOTE: Event week schedule, All-Time Overall winners at bottom of text   ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Desert Racing Excellence’ this year, entries from all across the United States and around the world are expected as online registration has officially opened for the upcoming BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 500. Round 2 of the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held May 31-June 4 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ensenada, ‘The Off-Road Capital of the World’, is located 80 miles South of the U.S. Border near San Diego. DETAILS With over 300 entries expected from 30 U.S. States and 20 countries, 45 competition classes are offered for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Most 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. SCORE Live will be streaming throughout race week on the SCORE website. Colorful Rat Sult is in his eighth season as the host and lead announcer of SCORE Live. Assisting him again at this race will be veteran voice Dave Arnold. All four 2023 SCORE races are being 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. ONLINE RACER ENTRY APPLICATIONS Racer entry applications are now available at under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 500 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Shannon Lund at 775.852.8907 or Online racer entry applications will be accepted through Friday, May 19. START ORDER/DRAW DEADLINE The starting order within each class for this race is being determined by the individual finishes at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, if the individual entry is received and all fees paid in full by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19. All entries received and paid in full by May 19 who didn’t race in San Felipe, will be part of a drawing to determine the remainder of the start order within each class. The draw results will be posted on the SCORE website at 6 p.m. PT on Friday, May 26. Up until and 5 p.m. PT on May 24, entries will be continue accepted in person only at the SCORE Ensenada office but those entries received after May 19 will not be in the start draw. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (May 31-June 2). All entries received after 5 p.m. PT on Friday, May 19, including on-site, late entries, will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes. ON-SITE RACER REGISTRATION Being held in the Salon Rojo at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada, regular on-site and late racer registration will be held on Wednesday (May 31) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT, on Thursday (June 1) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT and on Friday (June 2) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No new entries will be accepted after 7 p.m. on Wednesday (May 31), 4 p.m. PT on Thursday (June 1) and 4 p.m. PT on Friday (June 2). PRE-RUNNING Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 487.52-mile race course for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 500, will begin at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 20 starting at race mile 33.78. The section to rm33.38 section will be open only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. only on Friday (June 2). Outbound pre-running on Friday (June 2) will start at rm4.90 to rm33.38. No inbound pre-running of this section. The official SCORE Racer Brief, Penalty brief, course map and GPS files will be available by 6 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 18 on the SCORE website under race info/SCORE Baja 500. COURSE PREVIEW      With pre-running opening on Saturday, May 20 for the BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 500, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva is putting together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers. The distance will be 487.52. It will start and finish once again on Blvd. Costero adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada. Colorful Contingency and Tech Inspection will also be held on Blvd. Costero on Friday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. GRAN HISTORIA This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500. The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. After NORRA was removed from Baja after the 1972 race, the local Baja Sports Committee produced the 1973 event. Mickey Thompson and his 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. The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 in Ensenada as the first of nearly 165 SCORE Baja races. This year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start for the 49th time in Ensenada and finish for the 45th time in Ensenada. BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 47 years, was honored after the 2022 season as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 32nd time. BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 35 of the 54 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 33 of the 55 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both iconic races again in 2023. BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 30 of the 36 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and one of the three overall winners in the SCORE Baja 400. This year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 overall victory by San Diego’s Luke McMillin marked the 104th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja overall race win. BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this race of US$10,000. SCOREscope 2023 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY SCHEDULE Here are the dates for the remaining three races in the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship Golden Anniversary season, ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Desert Racing Excellence’, which are being held totally in Baja California, Mexico for the eighth consecutive year:

  • 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 Radio Communications, 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’ BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 500 Round 2 of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship May 31-June 4—487.52 miles—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • Schedule of Events• (As of 4.19.2023)
(All times are Pacific Time) Wednesday, May 31, 2023 1pm-5pm      Media Registration                       Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center 2pm-8pm      Racer Registration--                     Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center No New Entries after 7pm Thursday, June 1, 2023 8am-5pm      Racer Registration--                     Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center No New Entries after 4pm 9am-5pm      Chassis Inspections                              S/F compound, adjacent to Riviera del Pacifico CC 9am-5pm      Pre-Tech Insp/Stella Install           S/F compound, adjacent to Riviera del Pacifico CC 9am-5pm      Media Registration                       Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center Friday, June 2, 2023 8am-5pm      Racer Registration--                     Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center No New entries after 4pm 8am-5pm      Contingency Row                        Blvd. Costero adjacent to Riviera Del Pacifico CC 8am-7pm      Tech/Stella III Installs                   End of Contingency Row 9am-5pm      Media Registration                       Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center 11:30am       SCORE Media Conference           Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center 6pm              Mandatory Aircraft Pilot Meeting   Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center 7pm              Racer Meeting                              Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center Saturday, June 3, 2023 3:30a-12am   SCORE Media Center                  Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center START/FINISH: 487.52-mile course                Adjacent Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center (Class starting order subject to change) 3:30am CEREMONIAL START: MOTORCYCLES/QUADS (Adjacent to the Riviera CC) 4am    RACE START: MOTORCYCLES/QUADS-rm4.90 (subject to change) Pro Moto Unltd, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto Ltd, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, Pro Quad Ironman, Pro Baja-e Moto/Quad, SPT Moto, SPT Quad (Start Intervals: Pro Moto Unlimited-60 second split, all other classes start one every 30 seconds) GAP –a minimum of 4 1/2 hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck/utv start 7:30am         Opening Ceremonies                   Near start/finish line area 8:15am CEREMONIAL START: CARS/TRUCKS/UTVS (Adjacent to the Riviera CC) 9am    RACE START: CARS/TRUCKS/UTVS-rm4.90 (subject to change) TT/TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 10, Pro UTV Open, Pro UTV FI, 7, SL, Pro UTV NA, 1/2-1600, Pro UTV Stock, 8, Heavy Metal, Hammer Truck, 5, 3, 5-1600, BC, Stock Mid-Size, 7F, 7SX, SF, TL, Baja-e Truck, Baja-e Car, Baja-e UTV, 2, 11, SPT Truck, SPT Open-Wheel, SPT UTV (TT, TT Legend, one every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start 30-second splits) TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 20-hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts 4pm-12am    Posting of Unofficial Finishers      Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center Sunday, June 4, 2023 8am              Posting of Unofficial Results         Online and SCORE Ensenada Office 9-10:30am    Official racer results inquiry time   SCORE Ensenada Office 10am-2pm    SCORE Media Center                  Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center 11:30am       Posting of official results              Online & at Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico CC 12pm            Awards Celebration                      Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center SCORE Baja 500 Ensenada, Baja California Mexico All-Time Overall champions (1969 thru 2022)   Year—DRIVERS/RIDERS, VEHICLE 1969—Bud Ekins/Guy Jones, Baja Boot-Olds Doug Douglas/Jim McClurg, Ducati 1970—Parnelli Jones, Ford Bill Silverthorn/Gene Fetty, Husqvarna 1971—Bobby Ferro, Funco-VW Malcolm Smith/J.N. Roberts, Husqvarna 1972—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW Gene Fetty/Bill Silverthorn, Honda 1973—Parnelli Jones, Ford Howard Utsey/Mickey Quade, Husqvarna 1974—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW Mitch Mayes/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna 1975—Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Harley-Davidson 1976—Bobby Ferro/Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW Larry Roeseler/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna 1977—Ivan Stewart, Chenowth-VW Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson, Husqvarna 1978—Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith, Funco-VW Brent Wallingsford/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1979—Malcolm Smith/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW Jack Johnson, Husqvarna 1980—Bob Gordon, Chenowth-Chevy Bruce Ogilvie/Chuck Miller, Yamaha 1981—Malcolm Smith/Bill Newbury, Chenowth-Chevy Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Yamaha 1982—Larry Ragland, Funco-VW Larry Roeseler/Chuck Miller, Yamaha 1983—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-VW Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna 1984—Larry Ragland, Chaparral-VW Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna 1985—Ron Gardner/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW Kurt Pfeiffer/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1986—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche Garth Sweetland/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1987—Bob Gordon/Tim Crabtree, Chenowth-Porsche Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1988—Mark McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche Dan Ashcraft/Kurt Pfeiffer, Yamaha 1989—Robby Gordon, Ford (no motorcycles) 1990—Robby Gordon, Ford Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte, Kawasaki 1991—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Garth Sweetland/Paul Krause, Kawasaki 1992—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr/Paul Krause, Kawasaki 1993—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Danny Hamel/Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1994—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck) Dave Ashley/Dan Smith, Ford Paul Krause/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1995—Curt LeDuc, Jeep (SCORE Trophy Truck) Mike Julson/Bob Lofton, Jimco-VW Paul Krause/Craig Smith, Kawasaki 1996—Rob MacCachren, Ford (SCORE Trophy Truck) Troy Herbst, Smithbuilt, Smithbuilt-Porsche Paul Krause/Ty Davis, Kawasaki 1997—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck) Mark McMillin, Jimco-Porsche Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda 1998—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda 1999—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Jonah Street/Torsten Borstrom, Honda 2000—Larry Ragland, Chevy Jonah Street/Steve Hengeveld, Honda 2001—Mark McMillin, Jimco-Chevy Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda 2002—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2003—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2004—Alan Pflueger, Chevy Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2005—Robby Gordon, Chevy Mike Childress/Mouse McCoy, Honda 2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland, Chevy Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda 2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins, Chevy Robby Bell/Kendall Norman/Steve Hengeveld, Honda 2008—B.J. Baldwin, Chevy Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda 2009—Harley Letner/Kory Halopoff, Tatum-Chevy Bill Boyer/Donnie De Arman/Nicholas Blais/Rudy Iribe, Honda 2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Ford Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda 2011—Bryce Menzies, Ford Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda 2012—Bryce Menzies, Ford Robby Bell/David Pearson/Steve Hengeveld, Kawasaki 2013—Robby Gordon, Chevy Timmy Weigand/Colton Udall/David Kamo, Honda 2014—Bryce Menzies, Ford Ricky Brabec/David Pearson/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki 2015—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Chevy Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr/Justin Morgan/Ian Young, Kawasaki 2016—Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, Ford Colton Udall, Mark Samuels, Honda 2017—Andy McMillin, Ford Francisco Arredondo/Shane Esposito/Justin Morgan/Roberto Villalobos, Honda 2018—Rob MacCachren, Ford Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda 2019—Andy McMillin, Chevy Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Max Eddy Jr, Honda 2020—Daniel McMillin/Justin B. Smith, Chevy Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda 2021—Larry Roeseler, Toyota Jason Alosi/Wyatt Brittner/Ross Neely, Husqvarna 2022—Rob MacCachren, Ford Juan Carlos Salvatierra/Arturo Salas Jr/Shane Logan/Diego Llanos, KTM   -NOTE: From 1994 through 1997 SCORE Trophy Truck ran as its own series SCORE Baja 500 Overall Champions Racers Cars & Trucks 12 *Larry Roeseler 10 Ivan Stewart 5 Larry Ragland 4 Bobby Ferro Robby Gordon **Malcolm Smith 3 Bud Feldkamp Troy Herbst Rob MacCachren Andy McMillin Mark McMillin Scott McMillin Bryce Menzies 2 Brian Collins Bob Gordon Parnelli Jones Corky McMillin **Dan Smith 1 Dave Ashley B.J. Baldwin Bud Ekins Ron Gardner Kory Halopoff Guy Jones Mike Julson Curt LeDuc Harley Letner Bob Lofton Carlos Lopez Daniel McMillin Alan Pflueger Justin B. Smith Gus Vildosola Jr   *9 on motorcycle **1 on motorcycle   Motorcycles 7 Steve Hengeveld 5 Johnny Campbell Paul Krause Justin Morgan Bruce Ogilvie Kendall Norman   4 Robby Bell Ted Hunnicutt Jr Mark Samuels 3 Scot Harden Jonah Street 2 Dan Ashcraft A.C. Bakken Ricky Brabec Quinn Cody Max Eddy Jr Gene Fetty Jack Johnson Justin Jones Chuck Miller David Pearson Kurt Pfeiffer Bill Silverthorn Craig Smith Colton Udall 1 Jason Alosi Francisco Arredondo Torsten Borstrom Mike Childress Cameron Corfman Ty Davis Doug Douglas Shane Esposito Danny Hamel David Kamo Jim McClurg Danny LaPorte Diego Llanos Shane Logan Mitch Mayes Mouse McCoy Mickey Quade J.N. Roberts Arturo Salas Jr Juan Carlos Salvatierra Garth Sweetland Howard Utsey Roberto Villalobos Brent Wallingsford Tim Weigand Ian Young Manufacturers Overall 4wheel Vehicle Trucks/SUVs* 14 Ford 10 Chevy 8 Toyota 1 Jeep Cars 7 Funco Chenowth 3 Jimco Smithbuilt 2 Sandmaster 1 Baja Boot Chaparral Tatum *Includes 1994-97 (58 Total)   Overall Engine Winners Cars & Trucks* 16 Ford 14 Chevy Volkswagen 8 Toyota 5 Porsche 1 Jeep Oldsmobile *Includes 1994-97 (58 total) Motorcycles 22 Honda 13 Husqvarna 11 Kawasaki 4 Yamaha 1 Beta Ducati Harley-Davidson KTM Tires 4wheel vehicles (missing 4 early years) 35 BFGoodrich Tires 5 Western Auto Tires 4 Toyo Tires 2 Firestone Tires Goodyear Tires Yokohama Tires