SCORE Drops All U.S. Races for 2013

August 10, 2012
JC Hilderbrand
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Sal Fish
Sal Fish (left) has decided to focus the SCORE racing series on the three Baja events for 2013.

SCORE-International will no longer promote or host races in the United States. The long-standing desert gurus behind the Baja series will focus all of its attention on the Mexican-based races starting in 2013.

“We are excited to offer the racing community a three-race SCORE Desert Championship Series in 2013 that involves only our legendary Baja races. These three races have always been the cornerstones of SCORE.” said Sal Fish, CEO/President of SCORE International.

“I want to focus my attention on the heart and soul of SCORE, which is in Baja. We have thoroughly enjoyed nearly 20 years of racing in Nevada, but for a variety of significant reasons, these races are no longer viable events for SCORE.”

This year’s schedule was already truncated. The 2012 series included the Laughlin Desert Challenge, but dropped the Primm 300 due to rising insurance costs and a sponsorship conflict. By pulling out of the Nevada desert scene, that opens the door for other promoters to fill the gaps, namely Best in the Desert. The BITD season consisted of nine races in 2012 in Nevada and Arizona.

“There are several organizations offering desert races in the United States to satisfy that market, but there is no organization offering the extreme adventure and intense competition of SCORE Baja racing, and that’s why SCORE will concentrate its efforts south of the border,” said Fish.

Baja racers will start things off in the 2013 SCORE Desert Championship Series with the Baja 250 on March 8-10 in San Felipe. The ante is upped for Round 2 at the Baja 500 on May 31-June 2 which takes place in Ensenada. Obviously, the big finale is the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 which starts and finishes in Ensenada (November 14-17).