Riley Herbst leads crossovers to 56th SCORE Baja 1000
By Dominic Clark / Photo by GetSomePhoto
SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
November 3, 2023
‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’
Presented by K&N
BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000…
Set for this year’s special Granddaddy of all Desert Races
Late, on-site racer registration Nov. 13-15 in La Paz at City Express Hotel;
Pre-running continues on 1310.94-mile course UP Baja California peninsula;
Epic season-finale of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship;
legendary ‘godfather’ Sal Fish, Grand Marshal for 2023 SCORE racing season
SCORE Live, vehicle tracking at www.score-international.com, Rat Sult host
more info at…
NOTE: 2022 and All-time Crossover/Celeb lists at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’
- Herbst, B. Lovell, C. Mears, T. Price among Crossovers
this year, NASCAR Xfinity Series star Riley Herbst, Rock Crawling and short-course superstar Brad Lovell, international motorcycle rally champion Toby Price and former NASCAR racer Casey Mears are all among the large group of crossover/celebrity racers who are leaving their ‘comfort zones’ to challenge Mexico’s Baja California peninsula next week as racers from around the world are in Baja California, Mexico for the season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by K&N
, the season finale of the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship.
LA GRAN CARRERA
The Granddaddy of All Desert Races, the SCORE Baja 1000 is at the pinnacle of motorsports as the most iconic, oldest, prestigious, toughest, and longest, continuously held desert race in the world.
This year, starting for the first time in La Paz, Baja California Sur Mexico, and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, race-week festivities and the race itself will be held Nov. 13-18.
This year’s race, the 25th Peninsula run in race history, will be a point-to-point race of 1310.94 miles UP
Baja California’s majestically masterful, poignantly picturesque peninsula.
With over 325 entries anticipated at the start line, as of today 316 total entries have been received to date for the Granddaddy of All Desert Races, with racers representing 33 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico
, and 16 countries
. The countries with at least one racer so far are United States, host country Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, and Venezuela
56th SCORE BAJA 1000
The world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s massive BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by K&N
. There will be live streaming from two days of pre-race contingency and start-to-finish live coverage on the SCORE website and social media channels.
Race week activities will be held Nov. 13-18.
Over 325 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from nearly 40 U.S. States and as many as 20 countries anticipated. Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads will be competing in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.
This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a point-to-point race of an exhilaratingly exhausting 1310.94 miles starting for the first time in La Paz, Baja California Sur and finishing for the 29th time in Ensenada, Baja California.
La Paz is the Capital of Baja California Sur, located nearly 1000 miles from the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
Ensenada, “The Off-Road Racing Capital of the World” is a coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos area of the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
This race is annually the finale of the SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past eight years in Baja California.
The legendary SCORE Baja 1000 has always attracted crossover/celebrity races to leave the pavement and hit the desert and this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by K&N, is clearly no exception to the historical rule. Nearly 25 of the multi-discipline stars are lining up for this year’s bodacious run up the majestic Baja California peninsula.
Leading the crossover celebs this year is Las Vegas’ Riley Herbst
, 24, is a full-time driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing and a part-time racer in the NASCAR Cup Series, and NASCAR Truck Series.
He has run 139 Xfinity races with 68 top 10 finishes. He earned his first Xfinity race win this year on his home track…Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
He is the son of legendary desert racer Troy Herbst, 58, who left the desert to support his son for the last six years in NASCAR.
Riley Herbst has returned to his family roots again for this race, sharing the driving with his father Troy Herbst for the first time. Their third driver will be Las Vegas’ third generation desert racer Jordan Dean,
Riley Herbst raced this race in 2020 with cousin Pierce Herbst and his other cousin Thor Herbst, finishing second in class and again last year, finishing ninth in class. Last year, Riley Herbst drove a section for driver of record Pierce Herbst to a podium, third-place finish in class.
Well-known brand ambassador, champion racer, Ford engineering consultant, and a 2022 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee Brad Lovell
, 47, Colorado Springs, Colo., and his Lovell Racing team is returning to the SCORE Baja 1000 with a very special new quest as driver of record for a very special No. 766 Ford Bronco Raptor in the Stock Mid-size class.
Lovell has seven class wins in the SCORE Baja 1000, two SCORE Baja 500 class wins, three King of the Hammers class wins, nearly 60 career wins in rock crawling, desert and short course racing. He was honored in 2012 as the Dirt Sports Magazine Driver of the year.
The youngest member of the legendary ‘Mears Gang’ three-generation racing team of Bakersfield, Calif., Casey Mears
, 45, Scottsdale, Ariz., is the son of Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee and former Indy Car racer Roger Mears. Casey Mears has raced in Indy, Car, the three NASCAR Series, including 15 years in the NASCAR Cup Series, Stadium Off-Road Racing, and very limitedly in the SCORE Off-Road World Championship.
He ran 489 NASCAR Cup Series in his 15-year career, with 51 Top 10 finishes and one race win along with 107 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts with 34 Top 10 finishes and one race win.
He made his SCORE debut in 2019, finishing 12th in SCORE Trophy Truck with SCORE Champion Doug Fortin Jr. In 2021, Casey Mears returned as a second driver in SCORE Trophy Truck with SCORE Champion Robby Gordon and that duo finished seventh in class.
In this year’s SCORE Baja 1000, he will be the second driver for Las Vegas’ veteran NASCAR racer Brendan Gaughan, 48, in the unlimited Class 1 in the No. 162 South Point Hotel Racing HMS-Chevy open-wheel desert race car. The team’s third driver is SCORE veteran Buddy Feldkamp, 45, Redlands, Calif.
Coming to Baja from Australia, Toby Price
, 36, arguably is the most-accomplished motorcycle racer of all-time from the Land Down Under.
Price, a two-time Dakar Rally overall motorcycle champion finished second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck in the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000 as the second driver with fellow-Dakar champion four-wheel racer Nasser Al Attiyah of Qatar.
In this year’s race he will be a major part of a three-team of drivers led by Larry Roeseler, 66, Imperial, Calif., along with team owner Paul Weel, 44, also of Australia.
The special team will drive the AWD No. 43 Baja Vida Chevy Silverado, built by Mason Motorsports.
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts with the green flag dropping on Thursday (Nov. 16). Motorcycles and Quads will start at 1 a.m. MT, Cars, Trucks, and UTVs will start at 9 a.m. MT.
While the fastest vehicles in the 1310.94-mile race are expected to finish in about 23 hours, the elapsed-time race will have a 50-hour time limit to become an official finisher.
MORE CROSSOVER CELEBS
Among the other special racers with multiple racing backgrounds entered in this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 are Larry Roeseler, Cameron Steele, Bryce Menzies, Brendan Gaughan, Ricky Johnson, Rhys Millen, Ryan Millen, Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Fabricio Fuentes, Curt LeDuc, Loren Healy, Mia Block, and Faelly Lopez. (see expanded list and info below)
BAJA RUTA MUY ESPECIAL!
The race features a course, fully plotted, and marked by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, and Assistant Race Director Rodolfo Fernandez, of 1,310.94 miles of rugged Baja California terrain.
The challenging, predominantly up-hill rugged 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 over 4,000 feet. The course is another crown jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
The 1310.94-mile race course, the longest ever between La Paz and Ensenada for the BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by K&N
, runs for the first time from La Paz to Ensenada, UP
Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula.
The iconic race will start for the first time on the picturesque El Malecon in La Paz along the Sea of Cortez and finish on Boulevard Costero, adjacent to the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.
The incredibly beautiful, and ridiculously rugged race course has 31 Speed Zones for a total of 201.81 miles, 324 total Virtual Check Points, three physical, full-stop Check Points, and feature nine BFGoodrich Tires Pits.
Physical Check Point No. 1 is at race mile 233.88 (Valle de Santo Domingo), CP 2 is at RM 599.34 (South of Vizcaino) and CP3 is at RM 922.25 (South of Catavina).
After leaving El Malecon in La Paz, the course begins its windy road North from the Mexican State of Baja California Sur to the Mexican State of Baja California. The race course passes near several of the legendary Spanish Missions on its way North.
From RM 50 across Arroyo Seco, the course runs adjacent to the Pacific Ocean for the first time up to RM 220.
At RM 277.46 the course passes by Mission de San Javier on top of the Sierra de La Giganta and at RM 300.05 for the first time in SCORE history, the race course goes through El Malecon in Loreto, again by the Sea of Cortez.
At RM 632.75, the course crosses from Baja California Sur into Baja California for the final half of the race.
At RM 821.35, the course is near the Pacific Ocean for the final time near Bahia Blanco.
While the race course includes numerous Baja washes, at race-mile 1014.24, the course will begin a treacherous trek through six of the gloriously majestic washes around San Felipe: Matomi, Azufre, Boulder Canyon, Huatamote, Chanate, and Amarillas.
At RM 1200.75, the course passes Valle de Trinidad and up the infamous Goat Trail, behind Santa Catarina (RM 1226.36) by Rancho El Mezcal to Ojos Negros (RM 1277.04) and to the finish line in Ensenada.
For safety reasons, all the Sportsman classes along with Class 11 and Class 7SX will run a reduced course of 1197.04 miles.
Two days of the colorful pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, Contingency and Tech inspection will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 14-15) along the captivating El Malecon along the Sea of Cortez in La Paz.
From the new state-of-the art SCORE Studio in El Cajon, Calif., SCORE LIVE
with host Brandon Johnson, will provide exclusive race coverage, along with vehicle tracking, live drone, and in-car camera footage from various locations around the race course.
Legendary SCORE racers will be working with Johnson during the race-days show.
Popular Rat Sult, in his eighth season with SCORE, will be the host announcer on the SCORE ramp during contingency and the race start and finish. Assisting Sult will be veteran voice Dave Arnold, and Mexico’s Gabriel Garcia, who will be assisting with finish-line interviews.
may be viewed on the SCORE website, SCORE APP, SCORE Facebook page and the SCORE International YouTube Channel.
The City Express Hotel on the Northeast end of El Malecon in La Paz, will host racer registration and media registration on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Nov. 13-15).
On Monday (Nov. 13), racer registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. On Tuesday (Nov. 14) it will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, and on Wednesday (Nov. 15) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST.
SCORE Media Registration will be held at the City Express on Monday (Nov. 13) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. MST and from 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 14-15) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST.
The race will start along the picturesque El Malecon in La Paz.
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 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 four 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.
BFG BIG BONUS
SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$25,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate the Granddaddy of all Desert Races.
US$20,000 PRO MOTO UNLTD PURSE
Through the coordination and efforts of SCORE Motorcycle liaison, Andy Kirker, a former SCORE motorcycle racer, four companies have combined to put up a special $20,000 bonus purse exclusively for the Pro Moto Unlimited Class, the fastest class on two wheels.
The four companies posting this unprecedented purse for this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 are: Anube, from Spain, Taco Moto Company from Las Vegas, Baja Bound of Mexico, and AHM Factory Services of Yorba Linda, Calif.
This unique payout will be for first through fifth place on the official results: first-$10,000, second-$5,000, third-$3,000, fourth-$1,500 and fifth-$500.
GRANDEST MARSHAL FOR GOLDEN YEAR
Sal Fish, admired as the iconic ‘godfather’ of SCORE desert racing who is a foundational pillar of the organization, is the Grand Marshal of the Year for the entire four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Revered all over Baja California, Fish, who turned 84 in May of this year, 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.
He expanded TV coverage of SCORE races and in 1994 created the SCORE Trophy Truck class, the marquee racing division in the sport of desert racing.
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, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Baja California Sur State Secretary of Tourism and Economy, Baja California Sur State Tourism Trust (FITUES), Municipal Government of La Paz, Municipal Government of Comondu, Municipal Government of Loreto, and the Municipal Government of Mulege.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com
‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’
BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by K&N
Finale of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship
Nov. 13-18 – 1310.94 miles – La Paz, Baja California Sur to Ensenada, Baja California
Total Entries: 316
(as of 11/03/23)
(from 33 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada,
Chile, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Venezuela)
2023 CROSSOVERS/CELEBRITY RACERS
Among the crossover/celebrity racers officially entered in this year’s race are (as of 11/03/23):
, son of legendary racer Troy Herbst, Riley is a NASCAR Infinity Series driver who will drive with his famous father in No. 298, Trophy Truck Spec
, AMA Hall of Famer/ORMHOF Hall of Famer, 10 golds in ISDE, 14 SCORE Baja 1000 overall wins, No. 43, SCORE Trophy Truck
, Hall of Famer, action sports TV announcer, No. 16 SCORE Trophy Truck
, SCORE Trophy Truck champion, short-course off-road champion, internationally rally racer, No. 7 SCORE Trophy Truck
, former NASCAR Cup racer and second-generation desert racer who won Class 1 in the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000, No. 162, Class 1
, Hall of Fame supercross/motocross motorcycle star, short-course off-road champion, No. 1L, SCORE TT Legend
, son of Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Roger Mears, NASCAR Cup and Indy Car veteran, No. 162, Class 1
, champion factory motorcycle rally racer from Australia, two-time Dakar champion, finished second in 2019 SCORE Baja 1000 in SCORE Trophy Truck, No. 43 SCORE Trophy Truck
, ‘Beast from the East’ Supercross, Motocross and Monster Truck racing legend, 25 combined career Supercross wins (450cc and 250cc), No. 61L SCORE TT Legend
, champion Formula Drift racer from New Zealand, 3-time Pikes Peak Hill Climb Champion, precision-stunt-car driver, No. 1821, Pro UTV Open
, Mexico City, international motorcycle rally racer, No. 260 Trophy Truck Spec
--Juan Carlos Salvatierra
, most recognized athlete from Boliva, nine-time Dakar Rally racer, No. 1x Pro Moto Unlimited
, V8 Supercar and Super Truck driver from Australia, No. 43 SCORE Trophy Truck
, Film Producer and international businessman, No. 45, SCORE Trophy Truck
, six-time rock-crawling season championships, 2012 TORC short course class title, and brand amabassador, No. 766 Stock Mid-size
, former SCORE Trophy Truck champ, short-course star, No. 766 Stock Mid-size
, Back to his off-road roots, competed in 94 NASCAR Truck races, No. 23, SCORE Trophy Truck
, Puerto Rican international rally racer, No. 83a Pro Quad Ironman
, daughter of the late celebrity racer Ken Block, won this year’s 2023 ARA Open 2WD rally championship, second driver for her mother Lucy Block, No. 3943K, Pro UTV Stock
, veteran Dakar Rally race from Bolivia, No. 785x Pro Moto Ironman
International Rally Racer from Spain, he won the Pro Quad Ironman class in the 2021 SCORE Baja 1000, No. 99a
, veteran Dakar Rally racer from Peru, No. 247, Trophy Truck Spec
, multi-time Ultra4 Racing champion, No. 8152 Stock Full
SCORE Baja 1000 Celebrity Watch
Famous Personalities who have raced in the SCORE Baja 1000 include:
ANDREAS AIGNER—Austrian 2008 World Rally Championship Production Car champion
NASSER AL-ATTIYAH—Dakar Rally overall champion from Qatar
STEVE APPLETON—Late CEO and President of Micron Technology, stunt-plane pilot
FRANK ARCIERO JR.—Hall of Fame off-road racer, developer, Winery owner, former CART team owner
FRANCISCO ARREDONDO—International motorcycle rally racer from Guatemala
JACK ARUTE--Sports TV personality
SCOTT ATCHISON—former IndyCar driver
HUBERT AURIOL--multiple winner of the Grenada-to-Dakar Rally
BOBBY BALDWIN—President/CEO of the Mirage Resorts, former World Series of Poker Champion
GAYLE BANKS—Land Speed Record Holder
TILL BECHTOLSHEIMER—IMSA Sports Car racer from Germany
JAMIE BESTWICK—Legendary British BMX racer who won nine straight X Games BMX Vert gold medals
RON BISHOP—Only person who raced in the first 40 SCORE Baja 1000 races a motorcycle
KEN BLOCK—Co-founder of DC Shoes, Pro Rally racer, X Games star
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS—2004 and 2005 Champ Car World Series season champ from France
RICKY BRABEC—2019 Dakar Rally motorcycle champion and SCORE Baja 1000 race winner
DAMEN BRADSHAW—‘Beast from the East’ Supercross, Motocross and Monster Truck racing legend
BUD BRUTSMAN—show creator and TV producer of ‘Rides’ and ‘Overhaulin’
CHRIS BUNCOMBE, former LeMans 24 Hour class winner and global rally racer from England
JENSON BUTTON—2009 Formula-1 champion
JEAN CALVIN--former world class professional figure skater
SHANNON CAMPBELL—Hall of Fame rock Crawling champion
ERIK CARLSSON--world champion rallye driver
PAT MOSS CARLSSON--Erik’s wife/co-driver, sister of race driver Stirling Moss
LANCE CLIFFORD—Rock Crawling champion
ANDREW COMRIE-PICARD—North American Rally racer, 2010 X-games medalist
LARRY CONNOR—prominent Ohio businessman, two-time national sports car racing champion
JESSI COMBS—TV sports personality, moto/car/truck racer
DAN COOK—Professional Fly Fisherman
SANTIAGO CREEL—International motorcycle rally racer from Mexico
ERIN CROCKER—USAC, ARCA and NASCAR Truck racer
TARA DAKIDES—snowboarding legend
WALLY DALLENBACH SR—former open-wheel racer and CART Chief Steward
WALLY DALLENBACH JR—veteran open-wheel, Pike’s Peak Hill Climb, NASCAR racer, TV personality
PATRICK DEMPSEY—Film and TV star (Grey’s Anatomy)
CYRIL DESPRES—2007 Dakar Rally Overall motorcycle champion
BROC DICKERSON—Short course racer turned desert racer
DOMINIC DOBSON—German-born former CART, NASCAR Truck Series and IMSA sports car star
ROMAIN DUMAS—legendary French Rally Racer, Pike’s Peak Hill Climb record holder
CARLIN DUNNE—three-time Pike’s Peak Hill Climb motorcycle champion
KERRY EARNHARDT—NASCAR Racer, Son of the late NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt
TERRY EARWOOD—An instructor with the Skip Barber Racing School who has also won championships in NHRA drag racing and IMSA road racing
FERNANDO FERRAND—Dakar Rally racer from Peru
BOBBY FERRO—Noted Hollywood Stunt driver
BRIAN FINCH—Autocross racer, road racer and TV personality
SAL FISH—legendary owner and visionary of SCORE International for 38 years
TANNER FOUST—Pro Rally racer, X Games Gold medalist, Formula Drifting Champion, Hollywood Stunt driver
CHIP FOOSE—Star of TV’s Overhaulin’
GREG FOSTER—veteran Formula 1 powerboat racer
FABRICIO FUENTES—veteran Dakar Rally racer and national champion in Bolivia
LOU FRANCO—noted Hollywood Stunt driver/rider
GARY GABELICH--Land Speed Record holder
JAMES GARNER--movie/TV star
JOSELE GARZA--Mexico’s only Indianapolis 500 “rookie of the year”
JOHN CLARK GABLE--movie actor and son of famed actor Clark Gable
JAMIE GALLES, former Trans Am and Toyota Atlantic racer whose family was a long-time IndyCar team owner
MICHAEL GAUGHAN—Prominent Las Vegas Hotel/Casino owner
BRENDAN GAUGHAN—former NASCAR Cup Series/Xfinity Series/NASCAR Truck racer whose roots are in desert racing
CHRISTINE GIAMPAOLI ZONA—Italian international rally racer lives in Spain and Los Angeles
CHAD GILSINGER--2010 champion of the SCCA National Runoffs Championship
ROBBY GORDON--former CART and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver/team owner
MIKE GROFF—former IRL driver
ROBBIE GROFF—former IRL driver
ROBERTO GUERRERO—former IndyCar and Formula 1 veteran
GUSTAVO GUGELMIN—Brazilian Rally racer
ROD HALL--25 class victories (one overall)--Only person who has raced in EVERY SCORE Baja 1000
PETE HALSMER--former Indianapolis 500 driver, IMSA GT and Super Vee champion
LAIRD HAMILTON—Surfing legend
IKUO HANAWA—Pike’s Peak Hill Climb record-setting champion in electric race car
VIC HICKEY--land speed racing and off-road racing pioneer
DERRICK HILL—veteran of several open-wheel pavement series, son of the late Formula1 Champion Phil Hill
SAMUEL HUBINETTE—two-time Formula Drift champion from Switzerland, professional stunt driver
RYAN HUNTER-REAY—veteran open-wheel racer and IndyCar champion
BRIAN ICKLER—NASCAR Truck Series driver who returns to his desert racing roots
JESSE JAMES—Reality TV star (Monster Garage, Jesse James is a Dead Man, etc.)
BRUCE JENNER—Reality TV star, 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal winner
RICKY JOHNSON--third all-time winningest Supercross motorcycle racer, founder of TORC short-course series
JIMMIE JOHNSON--former motocross star, seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion
JOHNNY JOHNSON--15 class victories in eight different classes
STEFAN JOHANSSON—IndyCar racer and team owner
AUSTIN A.J. JONES—son of SCORE Trophy Truck champ Jesse Jones, SCORE class champ, Dakar class champ
PARNELLI JONES--1963 Indianapolis 500 winner
P.J. JONES—Parnelli’s son who has raced open-wheel, sprint cars and NASCAR
TRACY JORDAN—Rock Crawling pioneer with championships in three different series
BERNARDO JOURDAIN--Mexican IndyCar driver
MICHEL JOURDAIN Jr.--Mexican IndyCar and NASCAR driver
HISASHI KITAMURA—International Enduro motorcycle racer from Japan
ARMIN KREMER—German Rally champion and veteran World Rally Championship driver
JOHN LANGLEY—award-winning Television producer (COPS), has star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
JOE LOMBARDO—noted Sheriff of Clark County, Nevada who became Nevada Governor
DARREN LAW—GT Prototype racer
CURT LeDUC—former SCORE Trophy Truck champ, short-course off-road champion, father of Kyle
KYLE LeDUC—second generation desert racer, five-time Pro-4 short-course off-road champion
ROD LEWIS—Prominent Texas energy (oil) businessman, prominent international air-racing pilot
FAELLY LOPEZ—Puerto Rican international rally racer, 2022 SCORE Rookie of the Year
KEN LOSCH--Former SCCA Formula Mazda racer and Indy Pro Series owner/driver
BRAD LOVELL—multi-time Rock Crawling champion, short course off-road champion
ROGER LOVELL—Rock Crawling champion, short course off-road racer along with brother Brad
MORGAN LUCAS—NHRA Top Fuel drag racer
JUSTIN LOFTON—2009 ARCA champion, NASCAR Truck Series racer
KYLE LOZA--Freestyle MX, XGames Gold medalist
GARY MAGNESS—Hollywood film producer and international businessman
JEREMY McGRATH—former legendary supercross MX star
HERSHEL McGRIFF--first Carrera Panamericana winner and stock car champion
ROB MacCACHREN—8-time SCORE class champ, Stadium and Short Course racing champion, six-time AARWBA All-America, 315 career race wins in desert, short-course and stadium won three straight SCORE Baja 1000 races (2014, 2015, 2016)
MIKE ‘MOUSE’ MCCOY—SCORE race champion, noted Hollywood stunt driver, star of Dust to Glory, 2005
CHRIS MacCLUGAGE—legendary IJSBA personal watercraft racing world champion
ANTONIO MARMOLEJO, International Rally racer and Dakar Rally racer from Columbia
ANDY McMILLIN—Third generation McMillin Family racer-Corky’s grandson, five-time overall winner of the SCORE Baja 1000
CORKY McMILLIN—Founder-Corky McMillin Cos, patriarch of first SCORE 3-generation team, multiple Baja wins
MARK McMILLIN—Corky’s son, San Diego developer; 8 class wins, including 5 overall in SCORE Baja 1000
TYLER McQUARRIE—Formula Drift racing star, veteran of numerous racing disciplines, driving instructor
CHAD McQUEEN—actor and son of Steve McQueen
STEVE McQUEEN--movie and TV star
CASEY MEARS—former NASCAR Cup racer, now desert racer, son of off-road star Roger Mears
RICK MEARS--4-time Indy 500 winner; younger brother of former off-road star Roger Mears
ROGER MEARS—1991 AARWBA All-America racer, desert racing legend, 2020 ORMHoF Inductee, Indy Car Racer
SHEKHAR MEHTA--4-time winner of East African Safari
BRYCE MENZIES—SCORE Trophy Truck champion, short-course off-road champion, international rally racer
BRUCE MEYERS--originator of the Meyers Manx, world’s first desert race car (dune buggy)
MIKE METZGER—godfather of Freestyle MX
AK MILLER--American hot rodding and off-road racing patriarch
ROD MILLEN—Pikes Peak Hill Climb Record Holder, rally racer, Stadium racing champion
RHYS MILLEN—Rod’s son, Formula D Drifting racing National Champion, precision Hollywood Stunt driver
RYAN MILLEN—Rod’s son, accomplished Formula Drift racer
RICH MINGA—1987 SCORE Overall Point Champion, noted Hollywood stunt driver
LARRY MINOR—former drag racer and team owner
DANNY MODER—noted film cinematographer with over 20 on his filmography
PAULA MURPHY--one-time ‘world’s fastest woman’ racer
MICHAEL NESMITH--TV actor/musician “Monkees”; pioneer producer of CD music
PAUL NEWMAN—Actor, race car driver, philanthropist
GUNNAR NILSSON--Formula 1 driver
SERGIO NOLASCO--owner of Mexico’s finest Formula 3 road racing team
AARON NORRIS--motion picture and TV producer; brother of actor Chuck Norris
ERIC NORRIS—former NASCAR touring series driver, TV stunt coordinator, son of actor Chuck Norris
MARCO NOVELO—former Mayor of Ensenada and National Senator from Baja California, Mexico
TED NUGENT--rock ‘n’ roll singing star
DANNY ONGAIS--motorcycle, drag racing, road racing and Indy 500 racer
PAUL PAGE—Motorsports TV commentator
TED PAPPAS--Indy 500 racer
TRAVIS PASTRANA—Freestyle MX, Supercross star, X Games Superstar
BOBBY PATTON—Part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers
CHRIS PAULSEN—Former Indy Car crew chief, owner of C&R Racing, columnist for National Speed Sport News
ROBBIE PIERCE—late, former owner of MasterCraft, Impact, and Jimco
SAM POSEY--international race driver and motorsports TV commentator
GLEN PLAKE—Two-Time World Champion Hot Dog Skier
SARA PRICE—Motocross, stadium, short-course, SCORE and Formula E desert racer
TOBY PRICE—champion factory motorcycle rally racer, Dakar champion
DON PRUDHOMME--legendary drag racer
GASTON RAHIER--former Paris-to-Dakar rally champion
DARON RAHLVES—legendary three-time U.S. Olympic downhill skier
DYLAN RATIGAN—host of CNBC’s ‘Bullseye’ show
BUDDY RICE—2004 Indianapolis 500 winner
ELLIOTT FORBES-ROBINSON—legendary SCCA sports car racer
LARRY ROESELER--legendary motorcycle racer with an amazing 14 overall wins in SCORE Baja 1000
ALEXANDER ROSSI—2016 Indy 500 champ as a rookie, IndyCar racer, former Formula 1 driver
BORIS SAID—NASCAR driver and Trans Am racing star
JUAN CARLOS SALVATIERRA—most recognized athlete from Bolivia, nine-time Dakar Rally racer
ARMIN SCHWARZ—Seven-time World Rally Championship race winner
ANNIE SEEL—Sweden’s ‘Rally Princess of Dakar’ motorcycle racer, motivational speaker
ORIOL SERVIA—IndyCar star from Spain
BON SINCLAIR--president of Volvo Automobile of America
GAY SMITH--Pike’s Peak Hill Climb champion
MALCOLM SMITH--off-road motorcycle champion and star of movie, “On Any Sunday”
CAMERON STEELE—Motorsports & Action Sports TV commentator
NELSON STEWART—Former Sprint Car racer, father of NASCAR star Tony Stewart
DAYMON STOKIE—Australian motocross champion
DANNY SULLIVAN—1987 Indianapolis 500 champion
ROBERT SUTTON—President/CEO of Centrix Financial
TARA DAKIDES—prominent professional snowboarder
MARK THATCHER--son of England’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher
MAX THIERIOT—second generation desert racer, Hollywood movie and TV actor with 15 films to his credit, currently starring role in CBS TV’s SEAL TEAM
DANNY THOMPSON—Son of SCORE founder Mickey Thompson, former stadium off-road racer
MICKEY THOMPSON--hot rodding and off-road racing pioneer, SCORE founder
ROLF TIBBLIN--world’s only motocross champion in three classes--500, 250 and 125cc
J.R. TODD—NHRA Top Fuel drag racer
JUGATSU TOI--Japanese novelist
KYLE TUCKER-- Autocross champion
JOHNNY UNSER—Indy car racer, first from his racing family to drive in the race
JIMMY VASSER--CART champion driver
STEPHAN VERDIER—Former Pro Skier, Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner, Formula Drift racer, RallyCross Racer
GUS VILDOSOLA JR—Prominent Mexican businessman who with his father Gus Sr became the first Mexican nationals to win the overall title in the race in 2010
BILL WEBBER—legendary long-time motorsports TV announcer
PAUL WEEL—V8 Supercar and Boost Mobile Super Truck racer from Australia
CAL WELLS III—former NASCAR team owner who has also owned off-road and Indy Car teams
BILL WHITTINGTON—former Indy Car racer
DON WHITTINGTON—former Indy Car racer
LARRY WILCOX--TV actor
BEKKI FREEMAN-WIK—Top female racer in SCORE History, 3-time SCORE Baja 1000 champ
JOHN ZINK--creator of Indy’s famed ‘laydown cars’