“With our races in Laughlin and Primm, SCORE has had a tremendous relationship with Las Vegas Events, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and Terrible’s Primm Valley Resorts for nearly 20 years, and we feel very fortunate that given all the circumstances involved, we are able to return to Primm for the 16th consecutive year.” said Fish. “The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife has determined that because of concerns with the desert tortoise, the Bureau of Land Management cannot permit any desert races during the month of September in the Primm area and our only viable option was the last weekend of August.
Keeping the same venues and the same race weekends for four of its five desert races, the 2011 SCORE Desert Series has two races in Southern Nevada and three races in Baja Mexico. After being held a week later for several years, the season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge was moved back to its traditional dates on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend in 2010 and will be again in 2011.
“SCORE International is the premier desert racing organization in the world and Las Vegas Events has a great working relationship with Sal Fish and his dedicated team and we are extremely encouraged that given all of the myriad considerations, Sal was able to provide an acceptable date for our annual SCORE race in Primm,” commented Pat Christenson, President of Las Vegas Events, which approves and oversees the sponsorship of the SCORE races in both Laughlin and Primm. “No one produces more successful desert races in the U.S. and Mexico than SCORE and his events attract the world’s best desert racers as well as hundreds of news media personnel from around the world. We work with a lot of promoters in helping produce special events in Southern Nevada and none are better to work with on joint projects than Sal Fish and his SCORE International.”
For this year’s Primm race, pre-race festivities will be held on Friday, Aug. 26 while Saturday, Aug. 27 will be race day and the Awards celebration will be held on Sunday morning, Aug. 27. SCORE divides the 21 car and truck classes into two groups, with the limited vehicles racing in the morning and SCORE Trophy-Truck and the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars, racing in the afternoon and early evening.
The SCORE Desert Series, which features 31 Pro and six Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycle and ATVs, will kick off Jan. 14-16 with the popular 17th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in the Southern Nevada resort city of Laughlin on the banks of the Colorado River. The season will conclude Nov. 17-20 with the 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races, which will start and finish this year in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The 2011 SCORE Desert Series will again start with the most unique and the shortest race of the season and finish with the oldest and most recognized desert race in the world. After starting the season in Laughlin, 90 miles south of Las Vegas, it will conclude with the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, which is always a unique and memorable special race.
Round 2 and 3 of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series will both be held in Mexico. The 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 is set for March 11-13 in San Felipe, Baja California, followed by the 43rd anniversary of the vastly popular Tecate SCORE Baja 500, June 2-5, in Ensenada, Baja California.
SCORE International, founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish since 1974, continues today as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature 20 Pro and three Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the U.S. with 11 additional Pro and three more Sportsman classes for motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico. SCORE races in the U.S. average 150 entries while the average in Mexico, with motorcycle and ATV classes running as well as the cars and trucks is 300.
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, MasterCraft Safety, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge is sponsored by the Laughlin Tourism Commission, the Laughlin Visitors Bureau, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Las Vegas Events.
The SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300 is sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas Events, and Terrible’s Primm Valley Resorts.
Additional associate sponsors for SCORE Baja races are ProTurismo of Ensenada, the State Tourism Department of Baja California and Cotuco of Mexicali and San Felipe.
For more information regarding the series, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
2011 SCORE Desert Series Schedule of Events
Jan. 14-16 17th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge
March 11-13 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
June 2-5 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Aug. 26-28 16th SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300
Nov. 17-20 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Dec. 10 SCORE Awards Night