Sourapas Bros to start first SCORE Trophy Truck, Morgan in M/C for next week’s Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 |
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    Sept. 12, 2019

    Airing on ESPN World of X Games

    Sourapas Bros to start first SCORE Trophy Truck, Morgan
    in M/C for next week’s Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400


    NASCAR Cup racer Brendan Gaughan drew the first start in the unlimited Class 1;
    173 entries to date from 24 U.S. States, host Mexico and 7 total countries;
     continues for Rd 3 of 4-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship;
    Contingency, s/f adjacent to Riviera CC in Ensenada next Wednesday-Sunday

         ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—SoCal’s second-generation desert racers who are 23-year old twins—Brett and Christian Sourapas, have drawn the first starting position in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division and Justin Morgan’s three-rider team has drawn the first motorcycle start for next week’s history-making Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400.
    Celebrating its 46th year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the newest SCORE Baja race will be held next Wednesday through Sunday in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
    In time for Tuesday’s drawing held at Cameron Steele’s BajaHQ company in San Juan Capistranto, Calif., entries from all across the United States and around the world are entered in the upcoming internationally-televised desert race in Mexico’s Baja California. The race and pre-race festivities will be held in and around the heart of Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
    Following three days of late, on-site racer registration next week in Ensenada, nearly 200 vehicles, racing in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, are expected at the start line for this history-making, first-time SCORE race with racers from nearly 25 U.S. States and 10 countries anticipated. Long-time SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$5,000 contingency bonus for the race winner to help commemorate the start of this newest race on the SCORE schedule.
    Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race course for this year’s Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 opened this past Saturday. Pre-running is being held from race-mile 39 to race-mile 360.75. The first 19.6 miles, which will be used in both directions during the race, will be available for pre-running only on Thursday (Sept. 19) and Friday (Sept. 20) and only in the outbound direction. The official course map, GPS files and course notes are located under Race Info on the SCORE Website at the following link:
    With 173 entries in the live drawing for starting position there are racers from 24 U.S. States, host country Mexico, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Peru and Spain, SCORE Trophy Truck leads the way with 35 entries (including six in SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50 years old. Besides the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck, other classes with double-figure entries so far are Trophy Truck Spec with 25, Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) with 17, Class 10 with 12 and the unlimited Class 1 with 10.
    Entries from the USA include racers from Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
    The results of this race will also determine the start order within each class for November’s iconic season-ending 52nd SCORE Baja 1000.
    The Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (Sept. 21) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 6:20 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 10 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around eight hours, all vehicles will have a 16-hour time limit to become official finishers in the race.
    Brett and Christian Sourapas, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., are the sons of SCORE racing champion Steve Sourapas and this will be their debut in SCORE Baja racing as the driver-of-record/co-driver tandem. They have raced successfully in domestic events in the U.S. and have been additional drivers in SCORE Baja events.
    They will lead the field of 35 SCORE Trophy Trucks (including six in the SCORE TT Legend division for drivers over 50 years old). Created by SCORE in 1994, SCORE Trophy Truck is the featured division in SCORE racing for high-tech, 950-horsepower custom truck.
    The Sourapas brothers will pilot the No. 88 Ford Raptor built by the legendary Geiser Brothers of Phoenix.
    With two wins to open the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship, Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif., will lead the No. 1x Honda CRF450X in the motorcycle field in Ensenada. His teammates are Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. and Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif.
    Running the entire SOCRE World Desert Championship in 2019, colorful NASCAR racer Brendan Gaughan has drawn the first start in the unlimited Class 1. Returning to his desert-racing roots as a second-generation SCORE desert racer, Gaughan, of Las Vegas, is running NASCAR part-time this season and will head to Baja on Sunday after running the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in his hometown.
    He drives the No. 162 South Point Racing Chevy-powered HMS open-wheel desert race car in the SCORE World Desert Championship.
    Among the other racers who drew first starting positions in their respective classes at the BajaHQ event Tuesday night were: Scott Bailey/Gus Vildosola Sr (No. 1L, SCORE TT Legend), Kelly McArthur (No. 270, Trophy Truck Spec), Clay Lawrence (No. 1002, Class 10), Cory Sappington (No. 2904, Pro UTV FI), Freddie Willert (No. 1206, SCORE Lites) and Jano Montoya (No. 325x, Pro Moto 30).
    The race features a course, finalized by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva of 400 miles. After the first 19.6 miles which will be used in both directions for the race, the course runs in a clockwise direction.
    There are three physical checkpoints and 103 virtual checkpoints on the race course along with 13 speed zone areas that total 71.01 miles of the total 400 miles. The three physical checkpoints are located at Santa Catarina (race-mile 96.91), Llano Colorado (rm 230.15) and Santo Tomas (rm 321.94).
    The historic 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 3,000 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
    In addition to the three physical checkpoints, central Ensenada for the start and finish, the Ensenada Arroyo and Ojos Negros area in both directions, the course will also go through such landmark Baja California locations as Heroes de Independencia, Nuevo Junction, Jamau, Valle de Trinidad, the infamous ‘Goat Trail’, Mike’s Sky Rancho, Rancho Las Truchas, Rancho Simpson, Colonet, San Antonio Del Mar, Rancho Johnson, Cerro Solo, Erendira, Acambaro and Uruapan.
    The race will air domestically on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on the World of X Games program on ESPN and will be syndicated internationally to nearly 25 countries in Europe, Latin America, South America and Asia. Co-producing the shows with SCORE is the award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles led by producer Bud Brutsman. Announcers are SCORE racers Cameron Steele and Aaron Ampudia.
    Chassis inspections will be held on Thursday (Sept. 18) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT as well as pre-tech/Stella bracket check and installation on Playa Hermosa south of the city on Highway 1.
    On Friday (Sept. 20) evening will be the Monster Energy Papas Y Beer street party on Avenida Ruiz from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.
    Friday (Sept. 20) will see the day-long pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. contingency row will be held. Tech inspection will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the end of the manufacturer’s row.
    During the race on Saturday, Sept. 21 until the course closes on Sunday morning, Sept. 22, the start/finish line compound will include the massive double-sided SCOREvision LED screen broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews. Popular Rat Sult and veteran Dave Arnold will once again serve as hosts of the SCORE Live streaming.
    The historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400. Racer registration and media registration will both be held in the Red Room on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Sept. 18-20).
    Racer registration will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 18) from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT along with 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on both Thursday (Sept. 19) and Friday (Sept. 20). On Friday, no new entries will be accepted after 3 p.m.
    Media registration the Red Room will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 18) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday (Sept. 19) and Friday (Sept. 20).
    The SCORE Media Center will be in the Red Room during the race (Sept. 21-22) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
    On Friday (Sept. 20) at the Torre Lucerna Hotel in Ensenada will be pre-race media conference at 11:30 a.m. PDT as well as the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting at 7 p.m. PDT. The post-race awards celebration will also be at the Torre Lucerna Hotel at noon PDT on Sunday (Sept. 22).
    The start/finish line for the race will be in front of the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero.
    The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races.
    Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja races. Ensenada has hosted the start line 46 times and the finish line 42 times for the SCORE Baja 500. For the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada will be hosting the start line this November for the 45th time and the finish line for the 26th time.

    • Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 18-22, Ensenada, Mexico
    • 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.19-24, Ensenada, Mexico

    2020 SCHEDULE
    Here is the four-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fifth consecutive year all races will be held in Baja California, Mexico:

    • 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, March 25-29, San Felipe, Mexico
    • 52nd SCORE Baja 500, June 3-7, Ensenada, Mexico
    • 2nd SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 16-20, Ensenada, Mexico
    • 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-21, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur

    ABC TV IN 2019
    The 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship is being televised on the ABC TV family of networks, marking the first time back on the ABC network since the 1967 and 1968 coverage of the Baja 1000 on ABC’s old Wide World of Sports show.
    The one-hour shows on the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, 51st SCORE Baja 500 and the 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 will be televised as part of ABC’s World of X Games year-long programming. Presented by SCORE sponsors Monster Energy and BFGoodrich Tires, the ABC World of X Games series profiles iconic action sports figures and also highlights athletes, artists, event previews and recaps.
    The inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 in September will air as a one-hour special on ESPN TV, also on the World of X Games programming.
    All of the SCORE race coverage shows continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia and South America via syndication and ESPN International.
    Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, 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, The Satellite Phone Store.
    Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters.
    For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at

    Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400
    Round 3 of four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship
    Sept. 18-22, 2019—400 miles –Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
    Total Entries: 173 (as of 9/12/19)
    (from 24 U.S. States, host Mexico, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Spain)

     (start order, by class)
    88 Brett Sourapas
    97 Robert ‘BJ’ Baldwin
    70 Kevin Thompson
    27 Jonathan Brenthel
    6 Ricky Johnson
    89 Mike Walser
    40 Chris Miller
    99 Dale Dondel
    21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
    50 Zak Langley
    41 Justin Lofton
    10 Alan Ampudia
    31 Andy McMillin
    30 Robbie Pierce
    32 Ryan Arciero
    11 Rob MacCachren
    77 Robby Gordon
    7 Bryce Menzies
    16 Cameron Steele
    14 Bobby Pecoy
    19 Tim Herbst
    26 Dave Taylor
    33 Todd Tuls
    83 Luke McMillin
    54 Troy Herbst
    9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
    85 Mike Lawrence
    28 Corey Keysar
    23 Dan McMillin

    1L Scott Bailey
    25L Mark Winkelman
    72L Rob Reinertson
    5L Clyde Stacy
    37L Rolf Helland
    47L Jim Bult

    CLASS 1 (10)
    162 Brendan Gaughan
    105 Mason Cullen
    100 Brad Wilson
    129 Brandon Bailey
    168 Shelby Reid
    114 Al Torres
    127 Cody Parkhouse
    150 Morgan Langley
    185 Justin Davis
    138 Brian Wilson

    270 Kelly McArthur
    237 Robert Malone
    246 James Scully
    209 Rafael Navarro IV
    240 Bobby Patton
    205 Joe Delucie
    299 Charles Dorrance
    234 Jason McNeil
    218 Chad Dohrman
    298 Jorge Sampietro
    211 Pat Sims
    250 John Langley
    274 Elias Hanna
    279 Austin ‘A.J.’ Jones
    204 Sara Price
    293 Ryan Peacock
    208 Andrew Entwistle
    275 Juan Sanchotena
    253 Mike Perez
    295 William Hedrick Jr
    294 Vincent Munoz
    260 Luis Pelayo
    202 Chad Broughton
    269 Guillermo Zamacona-2nd RS
    220 Craig Christy-1st RS

    4421 Mike Hales-RS

    CLASS 10 (12)
    1002 Clay Lawrence
    1087 Ivan Tagle
    1030 James Anderson
    1068 Cody Reid
    1048 Kevin Price
    1022 Rafael Aguirre
    1008 Chase Warren
    1011 Cesar Cuevas
    1007 Cody Robinson
    1062 J.J. Schnarr
    1016 Hiram Duran
    1027 Arturo V. Malo-RS

    CLASS 7 (2)
    700 Daniel Chamlee
    703 Scott Brady

    CLASS 5 (1)
    510 Gerardo Ibarra-RS

    PRO UTV FI (17)
    2904 Cory Sappington
    2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
    2903 Juan Martinez
    2905 Marc Burnett
    2914 Malcolm Mitchell
    2912 Tony Riggs
    2919 Brandon Schueler
    2931 Craig Scanlon
    2910 Scott Trafton
    2930 Sean Cook
    2926 Christine Giampaoli Zonca
    2907 Erik Davis
    2989 Wes Miller
    2940 Erick Kozin-4th RS
    2960 Mitchell Alsup-3rd RS
    2983 Nicholas Gurries-2nd RS
    2971 Wayne Matlock-1st RS

    1206 Freddie Willert
    1224 Javier Rochin
    1234 Steve Jones
    1274 Mike Aguilar
    1201 Mario Alcala
    1202 Matias Arjona IV
    1212 Martin Lizarraga
    1229 Douglas Satterfield-1st RS

    PRO UTV NA (7)
    1905 Adrian Escandon
    1978 T. Bradley Millner
    1995 Kaden Wells
    1977 Darin Harvey
    1908 John Andrew Entwistle
    1958 George Felix-2nd RS
    1954 Kristen Matlock-1st RS

    CLASS 1/2-1600 (3)
    1689 Marco Venegas
    1616 Angel Barajas-2nd RS
    1609 J. David Ruvalcaba-1st RS

    1851 Herman Johnson
    1877 Josh Herzing
    1850 Jesus Mendez Jr-1st RS

    3936 Rodrigo Ampudia

    CLASS 8 (2)
    810 Jose Contreras
    818 Jesus Beltrones Hurtado

    CLASS 3 (1)
    313 David Orzolek-RS

    BC4 Edward Muncey
    BC2 David Payne

    CLASS 5-1600 (4)
    571 David Heredia
    554 Rigoberto Cabrera
    550 Luis Herrera
    582 Rodolfo Martinez

    CLASS 7F (2)
    714F Justin Park
    725F Kelly McNeil

    CLASS 7SX (2)
    740 Gerardo Novelo
    751 Mike Lesle-1st RS

    CLASS 11 (4)
    1121 Dennis Hollenbeck
    1113 Mario Vazquez (DOR-Kent Thygerson)
    1111 Eric Solorzano
    1152 Elmer Cayetano


    1414 Jessalyn Sells

    1500 Diane Gianelli

    Pro Motorcycles

    1x Justin Morgan
    4x Ray Dal Soglio
    66x Santiago Creel
    5x Colton Udall

    100x Santiago Creel
    180x Fernando Beltran

    PRO MOTO 40 (1)
    444x Jason Trubey

    PRO MOTO 30 (7)
    325x Jano Montoya
    370x Francisco Septien
    365x Nick Lanning
    300x Luis M. Gomez
    308x Ryan Liebelt
    360x Santiago Creel
    310x Enrique Fuhrken

    734x Bob Kimber
    709x Lukas Spies
    729x Michael Skurkis

    PRO MOTO 50 (1)
    500x Giovanni Spinali

    Pro Quads

    Pro Quad (2)
    21a Adolfo Arellano
    1a Said Sanchez


    SPT QUAD (6)
    100a Danny Magdalena
    125a Brisa Fernanda Ochoa
    112a Daniel Gaytan
    119a Gustavo Torres
    123a Ismael Hernandez
    111a Alejandro Bourge

    SPT M/C (3)
    212x Carlos Silva
    201x Scott Borden
    284x Nick Robertson (ROR-Shane Schorno)