2009 Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Fact Sheet

May 27, 2009
Score International Off-Road Racing

WHAT: 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Desert Race—Rd 3, of the five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series

WHEN: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 4-7, 2009

WHERE: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (65 miles south of U.S./Mexico Border at San Diego)

WHO: Over 275 entries from 25 States and 12 countries (U.S., Mexico, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Portugal)

COURSE: TOTAL MILEAGE: 432.51 miles (4 checkpoints). Starts and finishes in downtown Ensenada on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, marking the second time and second straight year this race has ever FINISHED on Blvd. Costero. Starting and finishing in Ensenada, this year’s tight and technical course will run in a clockwise direction for the fourth straight year. It includes a wide variety of terrain and over 100 miles that was run last year for the first time in over a decade in this race along with over 30 miles that was raced on for the first time last year. The course runs East to Ojos Negros area (race mile 30.65), South to El Alamo (rm66.80) then East and Northeast up over the top of the 5,000-foot Summit (rm109.54), South into the Laguna Salada desert (rm 151.09) running parallel to the Sea of Cortez to Borrego (rm203.47) and then back Northwest, Southwest past the Mike’s Sky Ranch turnoff, North to near Valle de la Trinidad (rm255.32), followed by a West travel section, turning north, then East, North and back West for the final charge back into Ensenada. The first 30.65 miles will be used both outgoing and incoming. The course also includes the traditional 30-plus mile run along the shores of the Pacific Ocean from race-mile 309.97 to 336.36. There are a total of five pavement areas on the course, totaling 15.5 miles, with a maximum speed limit of 60 miles per hour.

Checkpoints: CK1-Santa Catarina, rm87.32; CK2-Borrego, rm199.17;
CK3-San Vicente Vineyards, rm296.81; CK4-Rancho San Antonio, rm389.76.


THURSDAY, June 4, 2009–(all times PDT)
Racer Registration, San Nicolas Hotel, 1p.m.-6 p.m.
Media Registration, San Nicolas Hotel, 2p.m.-6p.m.
FRIDAY, June 5, 2009–(all times PDT)
Racer Registration, San Nicolas Hotel, 8:30a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Media Registration, San Nicolas Hotel, 9a.m.-5p.m.
Contingency/Tech Inspection, Blvd. Costero, next to Riviera Del Pacifico CC, 10a.m.-6p.m.
Mandatory Racer Meeting, Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, 7p.m.
SUNDAY, June 7, 2009–(all times PDT)
Posting of Unofficial Results-San Nicolas Hotel, 8a.m.
Competition Review Board-San Nicolas Hotel, 9a.m.
Awards Celebration-Poolside, San Nicolas Hotel, 10a.m.


SATURDAY/SUNDAY, June 6-7, 2009 (all times PDT) (Subject to change)
In front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Boulevard Costero
Late Registration AND Late Tech, start line, 5:30a.m.
RACE STARTS: Motorcycles & ATVs-6a.m.; Cars & Trucks-10 a.m. (Approx)
CLASS STARTING ORDER: (30-second intervals)
Motorcycles/ATVs–22, 30, 40, 21, 50,20,60,25,24,SPTM/C>250cc,SPTM/C<250cc,SPTATV,26.
Cars/Trucks: TT, 1, 10, SL, 8, PT, 1-2/1600, 5, 6, 7, 5/1600, 7SX, SF, SM, 9, 3, SPTTR, SPTCAR, 11, SPT UTV
TIME LIMIT: All vehicles have a 20-hour time limit to cover the course.
SANCTION: Sanctioned and produced by SCORE International-Los Angeles CEO & President–Sal Fish; VP—Paul Fish; Attorney/Mexican Liaison—Oscar Ramos; Administration–Sue Johnson

SCORE requires that special ‘black boxes’ is mandatory on all entries. IRC provides the ‘Black Boxes’ and tracking of each vehicles GPS data along with vehicle speed

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Slime-official tire sealant, and Red Bull-official energy drink. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, SignPros, Baja California Department of Tourism, Cotuco, ProTurismo de Ensenada, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, and Advanced Color Graphics.

Class 22:
Kendall Norman/Tim Weigand
Colton Udall/Quinn Cody/Jeff Kargola
Ryan Penhall/Mike Childress/Steve Hengeveld
Class 30:
Mike Johnson
Class 40:
Scott Myers/Brett Helm
CLASSES 30 & 50:
Jim O’Neal
Class 50:
Eizaburo Karasawa
Class 60:
Donald Lewis
Richard Jackson
Class 20:
Anna Cody
Class 25:
Wayne Matlock/Harold Goodman Jr.
Class 24:
Craig Christy
Class 26:
Reid Rutherford


The race features 28 Pro & 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs:

Pro Motorcycles
CLASS 22 (250cc or more)
CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)
CLASS 20 (Up to 125cc)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)
CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)

Pro ATVs
CLASS 25 (251cc or more)
CLASS 24 (250cc or less)
CLASS 26 (Limitied, Utility

1. Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
1. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Marc Spaeth, Ramona, Calif./Rick Cecco, Brilings Springs, Penn., Honda TRX700XX (Class 25)

1. Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
1. Danny Prather, Ramona, CA/Mike Cafro, Carlsbad,CA, Honda TRX450R (Class 25)

1. Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
1. Danny Prather, Ramona, CA/Mike Cafro, Carlsbad,CA, Honda TRX450R (Class 25)

1. Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif./Mouse McCoy, Santa Monica, Calif., Honda XR650R (Class 22)
1. Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev./Cyle Chislock, Murrieta, Calif./Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif., Honda TRX450R (Class 25)

1. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif., Honda XR650R (Class 22)
1. Ruben Martin/Gilberto Santana, Tijuana, Mexico, Bombardier Baja X (Class 25)

Among the overall race winners returning are 15 drivers/riders who have combined to win 45 overall car/truck and/or motorcycle titles, including drivers and riders from the last seven straight 4-wheel overalls and 11 of the last 13 motorcycle overall winners, including nine straight. Leading the way with multiple overall wins in this race are Larry Roeseler with 11 (including nine on a motorcycle), Robby Gordon and Troy Herbst with three each in 4-Wheel, and in 2-wheel, Steve Hengeveld with six, Johnny Campbell with five, Ted Hunnicutt Jr. with four and Kendall Norman with three. Hunnicutt will be racing in a Class 8 truck this year.

In the field are 69 racers who have combined to win 183 combined class wins in the history of this race. Leading this prestigious group of returning multiple class winners is Larry Roeseler whose 16 class wins are the third-most in race history. The other racers with the most multiple class wins in this race who are back to add to their winning totals are: Richard Jackson and Jim O’Neal (12 each), Marcos Nunez (8), Steve Hengeveld and Troy Herbst (7 each), Eric Solorzano and Nick Vanderwey (6 each), Johnny Campbell, Ted Hunnicutt Jr. and Rob MacCachren (5 each) and Robby Gordon, Rick D. Johnson and Jerry Penhall (4 each)

A total of 16 of the 25 defending Pro class winners (2 classes had no finishers) from last year are entered so far this year, although five of them have switched classes. Besides B.J. Baldwin, Norman and Matlock other racers who will be back to defend their class titles are Kevin Carr, San Diego (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Daniel Reyes Jr., Calexico, Calif. (Class 9, Venegas-VW), Jesus Gonzalez, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 10, Dunrite-Honda), Rick St. John, Encinitas, Calif. (SCORE Lite, Duvel-VW), Brett Helm, Poway, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X) and Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X.

Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., is one of four female driver/rider of record this year and she is also one of the five racers who won their respective classes last year but will be competing in a different class this year. In Steele’s case, however, she will be competing in two classes. After winning Class 7SX last year, she is racing with teammates in both Class 6 and Class 7 this year in different Ford Rangers. Besides Heidi Steele, the other four racers who will be in different classes this year are Luis Ramirez Jr., Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, who is the second driver this year for Damen Jeferries in SCORE Trophy-Truck after winning Class 1 last year; Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., who is the second driver in SCORE Lite for Rick St. John this year after winning Class 1-2/1600; Connor Penhall, Corona, Calif., who will lead a team in Class 22 after being the second rider for Chad Black while winning Class 20 last year; and Scott Myers, Sun City, Calif., who is the rider of record in Class 40 this year’s for Brett Helm’s team after leading a team to victory last year in Class 30.

Among the crossover/celebrity racers entered in this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 are:
Robby Gordon, NASCAR Team Owner/Driver (No. 77 SCORE Trophy-Truck)
Armin Schwarz, Germany, 119 World Rally Championship starts (No. 102 Class 1)
Cameron Steele, TV Sports Announcer including X-Games (No. 16 SCORE Trophy-Truck)
Armin Kremer, champion German Rally racer (No. 110, Class 1)
Andreas Aigner, Austria, 2008 Production WRC World Champion (No. 110, Class 1)
Timmy Weigand, national motocross veteran (No. 4x, Class 22)
Scott Whipple, World Champion Top Fuel Sand Drag Racer (No. 1001, Class 10)
Jeff Kargola, freestyle motocross star (No. 15x, Class 22)
Joe Bacal, Performance Driving instructor, cancer survivor (No. 879, Stock Full)

While there are numerous female co-drivers/riders, the three ladies who are driver/rider of record are:
Heidi Steele, Cameron Steele’s wife, splitting driving in two classes with male drivers in different Ford Rangers (Class 6 & Class 7)
Michelle Bruckmann, splitting driving with husband Vic Bruckmann (SCORE Lite)
Anna Cody, leading a 4-rider all-female team in Class 20 (motorcycle, under 125cc)

Race day: Red Room Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center at Start/Finish Line

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