LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA—Glimmering brightly in the glow of the city of lights in the entertainment capital of the world, 31 of the world’s top desert racers will put on their own special spectacular show under the lights of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Off-Road Track Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT when qualifying is held for the upcoming 51st annual SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic granddaddy of all desert races.
With the qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires, at the LVMS Off-Road Track, free tickets are available for the event on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. Advance free tickets (with a maximum of four per person) are available while supplies last at the popular 4 Wheel Parts store, located on 3901 West Russell Road in Las Vegas. SEMA Show badge holders will also be admitted free at the gate.
A total of 31 of the 36 SCORE Trophy Trucks entered in the race including three SCORE TT Legend race trucks have confirmed participation in the optional qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes, which are combined for starting positions but scored separately at the conclusion of the race.
SCORE Trophy Truck, developed and launched by former SCORE owner Sal Fish in 1994, is the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950 horsepower unlimited custom trucks and SCORE TT Legend, which debuted in 2017, is the SCORE Trophy Truck class-within-a-class with drivers at least 50 years old.
SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires, is part of the massive celebratory SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience, also presented by BFGoodrich Tires, that for the fifth straight year is a spotlight attraction through Friday during the popular annual SEMA Show trade gathering being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Prior to qualifying on Tuesday there will be an autograph session from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 (PT) at the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience. After a briefing with Las Vegas Metro Police at 3 p.m. (PT), the SCORE Trophy Trucks on display will start their engines in unison at 3:30 p.m. (PT) at the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience to begin their travel on the streets of Las Vegas in a police-escorted procession of the high-flying racing machines to the LVMS Off-Road Track.
ULTIMATE DANA FAST QUALIFIER AWARD/LIVE STREAMING
For the third straight year, international drivetrain manufacturer Dana Incorporated is presenting the Ultimate Dana Fast Qualifier award.
Dana is also presenting live streaming of the entire qualifying session from LVMS on the SCORE website.
Winning the Ultimate Dana Fast Qualifier award in 2016 was Las Vegas’ Mark Post and fastest last year was Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C.
SCORE RACERS BEING INDUCTED INTO ORMHOF
Six new inductees tonight (Monday) into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame join 87 current members and five of the six of this year’s honorees have significant ties to SCORE International. New inductees Johnny Campbell, Mark McMillin, Robbie Pierce and Cameron Steele are all SCORE desert racers and Ed Robinson, former owner of the VORRA desert racing group of Northern California, was a long-time valued course worker for SCORE when Sal Fish was the owner of the racing organization.
Campbell, Pierce and Steele are all entered in next month’s SCORE Baja 1000 while McMillin will be there to help his sons Daniel and Luke along with his nephew Andy McMillin who will each by driving their own SCORE Trophy Truck in the legendary race.
The sixth member of the Class of 2018 inductees from the Advocate category is Jim Bramhan.
The evening tonight (Monday) includes a silent auction with a hosted cocktail reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT, a gourmet dinner at 7 p.m. PT followed by the induction ceremony and 2018 Impact Awards from 7:30 to 9:30 pm PT. Ending the evening will be the 4Wheel Parts After-Party starting at 9:30 p.m. PT.
The ORMHOF collection is housed in a spacious area at Terrible’s Hotel & Casino (formerly the Gold Strike) in Jean, Nev. and is open 24-hours daily with free admission courtesy of the Herbst Family of Las Vegas.
For more information, please visit the Hall of Fame website at www.ormhof.org.
Over 300 entries, from 36 U.S. States and 20 countries are expected to compete in this year’s 51st anniversary celebration of the SCORE Baja 1000 which is revered worldwide as the Granddaddy of all Desert Races. Race week festivities and the race will be held Nov. 12-18 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The world’s most iconic, oldest, prestigious and longest continuously held desert race, this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a loop race of 806.76 miles in the northern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula. It will start for the 44th time and finish for the 25th time in Ensenada. The race is annually the finale of the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past three years in Baja California. The start/finish line compound will once again be adjacent to the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.
With a total time limit of 36 hours in the elapsed-time race, the motorcycle and quad classes will start at 4 a.m. (PT) on Friday, Nov. 16 and the car, truck and UTV classes will follow with their start on at 10:30 a.m. (PT) on Friday, Nov. 16. The fastest finishers are expected to complete the race in approximately 16 hours.
Online racer registration continues until Nov. 7 and this year’s course map, course notes and GPS files are available on the SCORE website under race info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page at www.SCOREInternational.com.
WHERE THEY’RE FROM
To date for November’s 51st SCORE Baja 1000, there are 227 total entries with racers from 36 U.S. States and 17 countries officially signed up to compete. In addition to the United States, the U.S. Territory of Guam and host country Mexico, the other countries with racers entered are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain and Sweden.
Including SCORE Trophy Truck (36), seven total classes already have double figures in terms of entries so far. While several other classes have nearly reached at least 10 entries, the other classes with double figure entries to date are: Trophy Truck Spec (26), Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) (25), Class 10 (16), unlimited Class 1 (14), Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) (11) and leading the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with 13 entries so far.
EL GRAN JEFE—GRAND MARSHAL
For this year’s 51st SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE International has selected Mexico’s beloved tourism official Nico Saad, the only person who has been behind the scenes at all 50 of the previous races, as the Grand Marshal for this year’s anniversary of the world’s most iconic desert race.
Honorably humble, unusually unassuming, famously friendly by nature while constantly and consistently working diligently behind the scenes by choice on behalf of SCORE Baja racing for nearly 45 years, Saad is the revered owner of the San Nicolas Resort and extremely cherished and prolifically productive President of Proturismo de Ensenada. Saad is the only person who has been part of all 50 Baja 1000 events, obviously including the 44 produced and sanctioned by SCORE International.
SCORE races are airing domestically on the El Rey Network and outside of the U.S. on ESPN International as well as syndication. The SCORE Baja 1000 race coverage show will be a two-hour special.
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network and 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 http://elreynetwork.com.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Lucerna Hotels & Resorts 22nd Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Lucerna Hotels and Resorts, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship atwww.SCOREInternational.com.
51st SCORE Baja 1000 SCORE Trophy Truck Qualifying
Presented by BFGoodrich Tires
Oct. 30, 2018—6 p.m. (PT) Las Vegas Motor Speedway Off-Road Track
· Race Dates: Nov. 12-18, Season Finale of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship
· Race Distance/Location: 806.76-mile loop race in Mexico’s Baja California Norte
· Race Start and Finish: Ensenada, Baja California
· Race Participants: Over 300 total entries are expected from 35 U.S. States, one U.S. Territory and 20 countries with Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads
(NOTE: Following is the list of those 11 entries who will be displaying their exotic 950-horsepower SCORE Trophy Truck racing machines at the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience in Las Vegas Oct. 30-Nov. 2 as well as the additional 20 unlimited custom trucks (31 total) participating in qualifying for the marquee racing division in the race. As of 10.29.18)
(Number, Qualifying driver/driver of record, age, hometown, vehicle, builder)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited CustomTrucks)(36 Entries, 31 Qualifying at LVMS)–