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SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark,   September 9, 2023   ‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’ K&N 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels Starting Draw results, qualifying order all confirmed; Pre-running extremely busy for next week’s big race   Round 3 of 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship on 384.66-mile course, Late, on-site racer registration Wednesday-Friday at Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center; In the Off-Road Racing Capital of the World—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; SCORE LIVE—Contingency, Start, tracking, course action, studio updates, finish— Rat Sult in eighth season as lead announcer, host; Dave Arnold veteran voice assisting   #SCORE Baja 400 NOTE: Current name/number entry list—qualifying or start order, by class, at bottom of text        ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’ this year, everything has gotten a whole lot busier in preparation for next week’s K&N 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. SoCal’s SCORE newcomer Dayton Meyer, has drawn the first start among the motorcycles and quads, the qualifying order (for three qualifying classes) has been announced and pre-running opened this past Saturday on the rugged 384.66-mile race course for Round 3 of the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship. With 196 pre-registered entries, Late, on-site registration will be held next Wednesday through Friday (Sept. 13-15) in Ensenada. Racing in the Pro Moto Unlimited class, Meyer, 30, of Newhall, Calif., is the rider or record and will have four additional riders on his No. 27x KTM450XCF motorcycle for this race. His co-riders are Zack Brawner, 29, Phoenix, Drey Lacroix, 29, Phoenix, Danny Fiel, 29, Phoenix, KTM 450XCF. This is the first time that Meyer has drawn the first start in a SCORE race. DIRT FAX The youngest race in the long and storied 50-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, Round 3 of the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held Wednesday through Sunday (Sept. 13-17), in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ensenada, ‘The Off-Road Racing Capital of the World,’ is a Pacific Ocean port located 80 miles South of the U.S. Border near San Diego. Pre-race Contingency and Tech Inspection and the start/finish line compound will be located on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada. 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. LATE RACER REGISTRATION Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Sept. 13-15) in Salon Rojo in Ensenada’s iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. On Wednesday (Sept. 13) racer registration will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT. On Thursday (Sept. 14) it will run from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT, and on Friday (Sept. 15) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, no new entries will be accepted after 7 p.m. PDT, and on Thursday and Friday after 4 p.m. PDT. SCORE LIVE During qualifying on Thursday, contingency on Friday and the race on Saturday, until the course closes on Sunday morning, live streaming will be broadcasting race activities, start and finish line interviews as well as live drone and land coverage from around the race course. There will also be live updates from the SCORE Studio in El Cajon, Calif., throughout the race. Popular Rat Sult, who has been the voice of SCORE over the last eight seasons, will once again serve as host of the SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult once again will be veteran voice Dave Arnold. SCORE live may be launched from the home page of the SCORE website or from the SCORE App. GREEN FLAG The SCORE Baja 400 will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. (PDT) and 8:15 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around seven hours, all vehicles will have a 16-hour time limit to become official finishers in the race. QUALIFYING      Qualifying (closed to the public) for starting positions will be held on an undisclosed 5.29-mile course on Thursday (Sept. 14), starting at 7 a.m. PDT. Classes that will be qualifying for start positions within their respective classes for the SCORE Baja 400 are SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, and the Trophy Truck Spec classes. DOUBLE DIGITS Leading the list of entries with double-digit lineups so far are SCORE Trophy Truck with 38 entries (including seven in SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50 years old), Trophy Truck Spec with 36 entries, Pro UTV Open with 15 entries, Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) with 12 entries, Class 10 with 10 entries, and Pro UTV Stock with 10 entries to date. Among 2-wheel vehicles, Pro Moto Ironman (for solo riders) has seven entries. PRE-RUNNING Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 384.66-mile race course for this year’s 4th K&N SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels, opened on Sept. 2. Pre-running begins at race mile 33.98, ending at race-mile 343.70. The first section from race mile 4.89 up to race mile 33.98, which will be used in both directions during the race, will be available for pre-running only on Friday (Sept. 15) and only in the outbound direction. The official SCORE Racer Brief, Penalty brief, course map and GPS files are available on the SCORE website under race info/SCORE Baja 400. MORE DIRT FAX      With over 225 entries anticipated at the start line, 196 total entries have been received so far for this growing event, with racers representing 27 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, and 10 countries. The countries with at least one racer so far are United States, host country Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, France, Israel, New Zealand, and Peru. MORE FIRST STARTS Among the other first starts in their respective classes are Carlos Guillen, San Diego (Class 10, No. 1020), Mike Cafro, Temecula, Calif. (Pro UTV Open, No. 1876), Matt Burroughs, Norco, Calif. (Pro UTV FI, No. 2948), Mike Podratz, Winchester, Calif.. (Pro UTV NA, No. 1951), Dennis Romero, Charlotte, N.C. (Pro UTV Stock, No. 3943), and Eric Brandt, Brawley, Calif. (Class 11, No. 1143). Besides Meyer in Pro Moto Unlimited, among the other motorcycle first starts in their respective classes are David Smith, Escondido, Calif. (Pro Moto 30, No. 319x), Steve Abrams, Meridian, Idaho (Pro Moto Limited, No. 102x), Alirio Amado, The Woodlands, Texas. (Pro Moto 40, No. 441x), Bob Creemer, Aukland, New Zealand (Pro Moto 50, No. 501x) and Brad Wright, Oak Hills, Calif. (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 700x). FIRST FIVE Set by the order that they entered the race, the first five to run their qualifying lap for starting positions out of 38 entries in SCORE Trophy Truck will be No. 7 Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, No. 91 Christopher Polvoorde, Hemet, Calif., No. 69 Andrew Myers, San Marcos, Calif., No. 26 Dave Taylor, Page, Ariz., and No. 6 Dan Myers, Newport Beach, Calif.. BRIEF HISTORY Inaugurated in 2019, the SCORE Baja 400 was not held in 2020 because of the international health pandemic, in 2021 started and finished without spectators Northeast of the central city and returned to the heart of the city in 2022. BOMBASTIC BAJA The race features a remarkable course, designed, plotted, and fully marked by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, SCORE Assistant Race Director Rodolfo Fernandez and their staff, of 384.66 miles of rugged Baja California terrain in the Northern part of the State. The race course runs a clockwise direction in Baja California, staying almost entirely on the West side of Highway 3. The farthest South that it goes is just past Mike’s Sky Rancho (rm149.90) and includes the magnificently beautiful stretch of more than 10 miles along the coast of the Pacific Ocean past Erendira. The course has one physical checkpoint at race-mile 222.00 at Llano Colorado, 185 total virtual checkpoints and a total of 10 speed zones for a total of 54.47 miles. The highest point on the course is at race mile 152.05 at Cerro Blanco with an altitude of 4,741 feet. The first 33.98 miles of the route East and West to and from the Ojos Negros area will be raced in both directions. Heading South from Ojos, the course winds slowly east until it hits Highway 3 for a brief speed zone section before traveling near Santa Catarina (rm 89.23), Jamau (108.16) before going downhill on the infamous Goat Trail. After a short section on Highway 3, the course moves Southwest up to Mike’s Sky Rancho (rm 149.90) before taking the downhill at Simpson Ranch heading North. The race course turns west towards the Pacific Ocean Southeast of Valle de la Trinidad then West to the only physical checkpoint at rm 220 (Llano Colorado). The course turns north to run up the coastline near Colonet (rm243.75). At La Calavera (rm 281.30), the course leaves the Pacific Ocean and winds slowly inland up to Santo Tomas (rm302.06) then just south of Uruapan (rm307.96) and east and then north up to Rancho El Mezcal (rm343.70) and the final section to the finish, running just west of Ojos Negros and past Ejido Piedras Gordas to the finish line in Ensenada. Overall, the challenging 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, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to 4,741 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark and eternal beauty of Baja California. START GRID-SCORE BAJA 1000 The results of the SCORE Baja 400 also will determine the start order within each class for November’s iconic season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000. 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 55 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 34 of the 56 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 103rd SCORE Baja overall race win for BFGoodrich Tires. SCOREscope 2023 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY SCHEDULE Here are the dates for the remaining two races in the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship Golden Anniversary season, ‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’, which are being held totally in Baja California, Mexico for the eighth consecutive year:

  • K&N 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 13-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by K&N—

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 SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’ K&N 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels Round 3 of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship Sept. 13-17 – 384.66 miles – Ensenada, Baja California Total Entries: 196 (as of 9/08/23) (from 27 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, France, Israel, New Zealand, Peru) Start order, by class) Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (38*) (Qualifying Order) 7 Bryce Menzies 91 Christopher Polvoorde 69 Andrew Myers 26 Dave Taylor 6 Dan Myers 19 Tim Herbst 31 Andy McMillin 58 Tracy Graf 10 Alan Ampudia 43 Larry Roeseler 82 Sam Baldi 70 Kevin Thompson 71 Harley Letner 89 Mike Walser 11 Rob MacCachren 46 Paul Weel 92 Paul Nauleau 1 Luke McMillin 23 Dan McMillin 85 Mikey Lawrence 28 Ryan Daniel 21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola 33 Roberto Romo Jr 16 Cameron Steele 87 Dallas Lutrell 38 Eric Hustead 96 Enrique Murillo 27 Jonathan Brenthel 68 Roberto Ruiz *61L David Payne *1L Gustavo Vildosola Sr *85L Clay Lawrence *37L Rolf Helland *79L Russell Buehler *55L Jose Flores *5L Clyde Stacy *53L Wade Porter *3L Ed Herbst (DOR-Mark Post) *SCORE TT LEGEND   CLASS 1 (6) 153 Brad Wilson 127 Cody Parkhouse 168 Cody Reid 100 Kyle Quinn 101 Al Torres 121 Damen Jefferies-1st RS   TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (36) (Qualifying Order) 225 Scott McNeil 238 Elijah Kiger 249 Dustin Swanson 219 Thor Herbst 277 Travis Williams 263 EJ Herbst 236 Michael Marsal 299 Charles Dorrance 298 Jordan Dean (DOR-Riley Herbst) 240 Chris Miller 282 Brent Fox 207 Mason Cullen 200 Jorge Sampietro 234 Jason McNeil 289 Tanner Rust 294 Vincent Munoz 228 Ryan Hancock 205 Joe Delucie 247 Scott Shields 295 William Hedrick Jr 206 Joshua Cobb 260 Santiago Creel 280 Bryan Scheible 231 Carlos Ramos 272 Jack Grabowski 273 Jordan Brenthel 281 Damon Lewis 211 Pat Sims 246 Ethan Hagle 244 Oliver Flemate 241 Stephen Beal 283 Garth Owens 268 Paul Kraus 266 David Ziegler 210 Kolton Hustead 235 Zach Lumsden-1st RS   CLASS 10 (10) 1020 Carlos Guillen 1011 Cesar Cuevas 1061 Arturo Garza 1064 Justin Buckley 1091 Francisco Vera 1047 Zack McLaren 1006 Stan Potter 1079 Manlio F. Diaz 1000 J. David Ruvalcaba-2nd RS 1023 Britney Myers-1st RS   PRO UTV OPEN (15) 1876 Mike Cafro 1827 Austin Weiland 1871 Wayne Matlock 1823 Ricardo Malo Jr 1821 Cayden MacCachren 1854 Kristen Matlock 1886 Branden Sims 1867 Mike Pratt 1895 Kaden Wells 1888 Roger Norman 1831 Craig Scanlon 1869 Justin Lambert 1896 Brock Heger 1829 Sierra Romo 1868 Bernie Gomez-1st RS   PRO UTV FI (12) 2948 Matt Burroughs 2905 Marc Burnett 2987 Edgar Garcia 2928 Carlos Quezeda 2976 Jesus Mendez Jr 2915 Rickey Arslanian 2970 Francisco Beltran 2981 Fernando Kabande 2962 Clinton Shue 2940 Erick Kozin 2947 Francisco Espinoza 2917 Jason Murray   CLASS 7 (1) 700 Daniel Chamlee   SCORE LITES (1) 1211 Oscar R. Alvarez   PRO UTV NA (6) 1951 Mike Podratz 1980 Gabe Matthews 1914 Lawrence Janesky 1984 David Pedder 1957 Joe Bolton 1911 Carlos Waumann-1st RS   CLASS 1/2-1600 (3) 1685 Pablo Jauregui 1625 Eric Pavolka 1606 Matt Willert-1st RS   PRO UTV STOCK (10) 3943 Dennis Romero 3928 Endy Chavez 3916 Jeffrey Embree 3959 Antonio Mendez 3930 Douglas Cornwell 3900 Anibal Lopez 3936 Jorge Cano 3967 Manuel Norzagaray 3933 Randy Emberton 3924 Ricardo Zaragoza   CLASS 8 (1) 852 Spencer Morgan   CLASS 5 (1) 511 Eli Yee-1st RS   BAJA CHALLENGE (4) BC3 Jason Rich BC4 Edward Muncey BC1 John Gill-2nd RS BC2 Dave Miller-1st RS   CLASS 7F (2) 714F Justin Park 704F Aaron Celiceo   TROPHY LITE (1) 6049 Chase Swanson   CLASS 11 (4) 1143 Eric Brandt 1145 Esteban Ruiz 1105 Oliver Flemate 1111 Eric Solorzano Pro Motorcycles PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (6) 27x Dayton Meyer 3x Ciaran Naran 11x Arturo Salas Jr 1x Juan Carlos Salvatierra 15x Eric Holt 13x Adrian Ortiz   PRO MOTO 30 (3) 319x David Smith 300x Jano Montoya 377x Joseph Putrino   PRO MOTO LIMITED (5) 102x Steven Abrams 114x Ely Ramirez 137x Erick Ramirez 119x Oscar Garcia Jr 100x Fernando Beltran   PRO MOTO 50 (1) 501x Robert Creemers   PRO MOTO 40 (3) 441x Alirio Amado 435x Adrian Indusco 400x Ryan Liebelt   PRO MOTO IRONMAN (7) 700x Brandon Wright 704x Juan Pablo Valenzuela 723x Edgar Cota 718x Kurt Steever 731x Charles Whistler 753x Jose Hannan-2nd RS 737x Virgilio Lozano-1st RS   PRO MOTO 60 (1) 644x Kevin Ward   Pro Quads Pro Quad (3) 1a Nicolas Velez 18a Roberto Villalobos 21a Jose Castro   Pro Quad Ironman (1) 83a Faelly Lopez   Sportsman SPT M/C (9) 259x Jhoan Sanchez 272x Quetzal Estrada 233x Juan Montano (ROR-Eluminio Berrelleza) 210x Brayan Verduzco 215x Gabi Abayov 291x Andy Cervantes 235x Hugo Veilleux 249x Armando Ortiz 257x Luis Rivera   SPT QUAD (6) 139a Sergio Jimenez 105a Francisco Valle 138a Jose Hernandez 101a Jerry Ruiz 123a Eva Hernandez 187a Jose Gonzalez