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Arredondo draws first M/C start as entries from 24 U. S. States, Seven countries in start draw for 31st SCORE San Felipe 250

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark,   March 16, 2017   Season Opener March 29-April 2 Arredondo draws first M/C start as entries from 24 U. S. States, Seven countries in start draw for 31st SCORE San Felipe 250   Pre-running opens Saturday, qualifying on March 30 for SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec in Baja California for four race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship   ENSENADA, Mexico – While qualifying will be held on race week for three of the top 4-wheel vehicle classes, international rally racer Franciso Arredondo drew the first motorcycle starting position Thursday for this month’s 31st annual SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race in Baja California, Mexico.      Early entries from 24 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany and Guatemala are preparing for the popular season-opener of the four-race internationally-televised 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. The event will be held March 29-April 2 in San Felipe, the quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. Thursday’s start draw determined the qualifying start order for the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, unlimited Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec. This will be the first time qualifying has been held for any classes in the long history of this SCORE Baja race. Guatemala’s Francisco Arredondo is a veteran SCORE racer who will be the rider of record on the No. 45x Chris Haines Racing Honda CRF450X. Arredondo and team owner Chris Haines are finalizing the co-rider list for the team. While online racer registration continues until March 26, pre-running opens on the magnificent 271.9-mile race course on Saturday. Late, on-site registration will be held March 29, March 30 and March 31. GOLDEN SCORE 2017 The 2017 season also marks the golden 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races to be held in mid-November. The SCORE Baja 1000 is the longest  and oldest continuously held desert race in the world. 30-PLUS YEARS Celebrating the 31st anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries continue to be accepted on the SCORE website ( for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Pre-race festivities for this popular ‘Spring Break’ race will be held in San Felipe on March 29, March 30 and March 31 with race day on Saturday, April 1 concluding with the post-race awards fiesta at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, April 2.      The Monster Energy SCORE Kickoff Welcome Party will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. PDT on Thursday (March 30). QUALIFYING FIRST For the first time in the history of this race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session on Thursday, March 30 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes. Qualifying first in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks will be veteran racer/chassis builder Damen Jefferies, Yucca Valley, Calif. Drawing the first qualifying position in the unlimited Class 1 was veteran SCORE female champion racer Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif., whose son Cody Reid is a champion racer in Class 10. First to make a qualifying run in Trophy Truck Spec will be Las Vegas’ Bill McBeath, a prominent casino executive and former SCORE Trophy Truck racer. MORE FIRST STARTS Among the many classes where starting positions were drawn, starting on the pole in their respective classes will be Miguel Tornel Sr (Class 10) and his son Miguel Tornel Z-A drew first start in the SCORE Lites class. Also drawing first starts were Roberto Romo (Class 1/2-1600), Marc Burnett (Pro UTV FI), Giovanni Spinali (Pro Moto 50), Dominic Fagundes (Pro Moto Ironman) and Donald Higbee (Pro Quad). ENTRY LEADERS In the start drawing, the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division had the most entries in the drawing with 25 followed by Trophy Truck Spec with 17 entries, Class 10 with 15 entries, unlimited Class 1 with 14 entries, Pro UTV FI with 13 and SCORE Lites with 10. Leading the motorcycle entries in the drawing was Pro Moto Unlimited with seven entries. REGISTRATION/MANUFACTURER’S MIDWAY Racer registration will be held at the Hotel El Cortez from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday (March 29), from Noon to 8 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday (March 30) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PDT) on Friday (March 31). Media registration will be held at the Hotel El Cortez from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday (March 30) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (PDT) on Friday (March 31). The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday (March 31). Contingency will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) and tech/transponder check from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other. A MASTERFUL COURSE SCORE President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva have worked with the government officials and ejidos of the Mexicali and San Felipe areas to develop a memorable SCORE San Felipe 250 race course of 271.9 miles. This year’s grueling race course will be another beauty to behold but a tough challenge to race on. It runs in a counter clockwise direction running over high-speed dry lake beds, through low-speed winding, rock-strewn, twisting canyons and trails, along quick-paced dirt roads and through three of Baja’s most infamous washes in Chanate, Huatamote and Amarillo. There will be two full stop checkpoints in addition to the start/finish line which will be located for the first time in the history of this race on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe. Checkpoint 1 will be located at El Chinero and the second will be at Morelia Junction. The course will also pass through La Ventana, Saldana and Borrego as well as the Diablo dry lake bed. There will be two road crossings, both on Highway 3. The first will be going north at km 192 after checkpoint 1 and the second one coming south near Borrego, crossing at km 179 on the highway. The start line and celebratory finish area will be on the SCORE ramps in front of the Rockodile night club on the Malecon. SPRING BREAK HAPPENING For over three decades, the annual motorsports festival that has brought the largest economic impact of any single event held annually in this lightly-populated portion of the ruggedly rough and bountifully beautiful Baja peninsula has been the SCORE San Felipe 250. SCOREscope The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 29-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 49th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-4, Ensenada Mexico
  • Rosarito Beach 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 14-17, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
  • 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico
EL REY NETWORK The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas will all air on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication. El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting "Strivers," viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy. Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today's America. El Rey's slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," the one-on-one interview program "El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair," and "Lucha Underground," a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett. El Rey Network's lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc. EL REY NETWORK      El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit SCORE SPONSORS… Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Raceline Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino. SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics. Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito. For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship   31st SCORE San Felipe 250 March 29-April 2, 2017—271.9 miles San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Total Entries: 157 (as of 3/16/17) (from 24 U.S. States, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico) (starting order—from start draw, by class) Pro Cars & Trucks SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (25) (Qualifying order) 13 Damen Jefferies 19 Tim Herbst 3 Mark Post 21 Gustavo Vildosola 9 Armin Schwarz 84 Nick Vanderwey 4 Justin Matney 97 B.J. Baldwin 83 Luke McMillin 11 Rob MacCachren 85 Mike Lawrence 38 Eric Hustead 2 Jason McNeil 30 Robbie Pierce 50 Zak Langley 15 Billy Wilson 1 Carlos Lopez 5 Clyde Stacy 23 Dan McMillin 40 Chris Miller 24 Cory Keysar 18 Juan C. Lopez 6 Larry Connor 45 Gary Magness 47 Jim Bult   CLASS 1 (14) (Qualifying order) 168 Shelby Reid 111 Mike Malloy 103 Luis Saenz 109 Tony Murray 150 Morgan Langley 104 Rob Archibald 118 Ricardo Malo 153 Brad Wilson 105 Matt Cullen 138 Brian Wilson 116 Chris Paxson 114 Al Torres 121 Pat Bell-2nd RS 106 Derek Fletcher-1st RS   TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (17) (Qualifying order) 297 Bill McBeath 250 John Langley 299 Charles Dorrance 274 Elias Hanna 227 Jonathan Brenthel 255 Lee Banning 200 Chad Broughton 224 Paul Nauleau 215 Chad Bunch 222 Pete Sohren 220 Craig Christy 211 Pat Sims 271 Carey Chrisman 203 Dion Podgumy 229 Brian Goldstein 201 Russell Buehler 232 Steve Knudson (DOR-Chelsea Magness)   CLASS 10 (15) 1018 Miguel Tornel Sr 1000 Rafael Navarro IV 1085 Justin Davis 1064 Justin Buckley 1060 Armando Boehme 1002 Clay Lawrence 1081 Todd Winslow 1032 Chip Prescott 1068 Cody Reid 1062 J.J. Schnarr 1004 Steve Grimsley 1048 Kevin Price 1078 Augie Cortez 1042 Lars Ferry 1023 Broc Dickerson   CLASS 8 (4) 852 Spencer Morgan 814 Kelly Ross 804 Jayson Walmsley 844 Noah Ostanik   CLASS 1/2-1600 (6) 1601 Roberto Romo 1606 Ruben Sanudo 1662 Rick Boyer 1609 J. David Ruvalcaba 1603 Oscar Alvarez 1608 Rob Archibald   SCORE LITES (10) 1218 Miguel Tornel Z-A 1237 Jesus De La Torre 1238 Robert Illian 1202 Ricardo Torres 1201 Mario Alcala 1215 Juan Gallo 1299 Vic Bruckmann 1240 Miguel Bonilla 1274 Mike Aguilar 1205 Javier Buelna-RS   CLASS 5 (1) 505 Larry Rust   HEAVY METAL (1) 8094 Vincent Munoz   CLASS 7 (5) 721 Mike Coleman 701 Brandon Walsh 700 Dan Chamlee 719 Mark Johnson-RS 706 Brandon Walsh-RS   Pro UTV FI (13) 2905 Marc Burnett 2919 Brandon Schueler 2975 Mike Cafro 2904 Cory Sappington 2901 Daniel Parker 2930 Sean Cook 2910 Scott Trafton 29XX Don Whittington 2989 Wes Miller 2949 Alonso Lopez 2971 Wayne Matlock 2917 Derek Murray 2950 Rodrigo Elorduy   Pro UTV (5) 1998 Bill Whittington 19XX JT Holmes 1955 Paul Champion 1901 Greg Row 1954 Kristen Matlock   CLASS 5-1600 (2) 555 Tomas Fernandez 5XX Luis Herrera   CLASS 3 (3) 304 Chris Raffo-3rd RS 339 Chris Wilson-2nd RS 349 Ken Leavitt-1st RS   BAJA CHALLENGE (4) BC2 George Gilman V BC3 Tim Spurgeon BC4 Bud Pecoy BC1 Marco Gonzales   CLASS 11 (2) 1156 Art Penner 1121 Dennis Hollenbeck   Pro Motorcycles PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (7) 45x Francisco Arredondo 13x Derek Ausserbauer 46x Max Eddy 3x Ray Dal Soglio 23x Mark Winkelman 33x Garrett Poucher 1x Mark Samuels   PRO MOTO 30 (2) 300x Ryan Liebelt 333x Chad Thornton   PRO MOTO 40 (1) 400x Jano Montoya   PRO MOTO LIMITED (2) 125x Fernando Beltran 160x Santiago Creel   PRO MOTO 50 (3) 510x Giovanni Spinali 503x Brian Carpenter 550x Bill Sekeres   PRO MOTO IRONMAN (4) 732x Dominic Fagundes 799x Dave Phillips 721x Jose Carrasco 702x Tony Gera-1st RS   PRO MOTO 60 (1) 609x Donald Lewis-1st RS   Pro Quads Pro Quad (3) 2a Donald Higbee 22a Edwin Lopez 13a Said Sanchez-1st RS   Sportsman SPT M/C (5) 209x Hank Salyer 207x Sidney Marchand 212x Mike Mettler 252x Hector Gutierrez 262x Tyler Acosta   SPT QUAD (2) 109a Juan Dominguez 129a Israel Jimenez