45th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, Final event of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 13-17, 2012
Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (65 miles south of U.S./Mexico Border)
La Paz-Baja California Sur, Mexico
Over 300 entries from 34 U.S. States, and 23 countries, competing in 36 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs
TOTAL MILEAGE: 1,121.55 miles (8 physical checkpoints, 70 visual checkpoints plus the finish line).
Starts on Blvd. Costero, adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada; Finishes adjacent to SCORE Headquarters Grand Plaza hotel and the Baja California Sur tourism office on the outskirts of La Paz. From the start in Ensenada the course will go east to Ojos Negros. The course starts on the Pacific Ocean-side of Baja California in Ensenada and heads southeast to San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez before heading south through Coco’s Corner, Bahia de Los Angeles, San Ignacio, back to the Pacific at San Juanico, then back to the Sea of Cortez at Loreto, back to the Pacific at Ciudad Insurgentes heading down along the Pacific through Santa Rita before turning back east and down into La Paz for the finish.
This year’s course has 12 speed zones with a maximum speed limit of 60mph for a total of approximately 170 miles.
This year’s race course will feature 8 outlying checkpoints where each vehicle is required to quickly stop before continuing on. The checkpoints will be located as follows: Checkpoint No. 1—North of Santa Catarina (race mile 88.20), No. 2—South of San Felipe H5K52 (rm234.54), No. 3—Coco’s Corner (rm 318.31), No. 4—San Ignacio (rm617.65), No. 5—North of Loreto H1K60 (rm785.56), No. 6—Lopez Mateos H1K30 (rm930.61), No. 7—Puerto Cancun Xing (rm991.95), No. 8—La Paz Mini Summit (rm11.04.62).
PRE/POST RACE SHEDULE:
SUNDAY, Nov. 11 & MONDAY, Nov. 12–(All times Pacific Standard Time)
Racer Registration, Grand Ballroom, San Nicolas Hotel, Ensenada 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
TUESDAY, Nov. 13–(All times PST)
Racer Registration, Grand Ballroom, San Nicolas Hotel, Ensenada 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Media Registration, Grand Ballroom, San Nicolas Hotel, Ensenada 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15–(All Times PST)
Racer Registration/Media Registration, Grand Ballroom, San Nicolas Hotel, Ensenada 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contingency Row, Blvd. Costero in front of Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, Ensenada, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Technical Inspection, End of Contingency Row, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mandatory Racer Meeting, Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, Ensenada- 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, Nov. 14–(all times PST)
Ensenada–BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, Red Room starting at 6 a.m. until 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15
La Paz—BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center-Grand Plaza Hotel, Emperor’s Ballroom, 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
SATURDAY, Nov. 17—(PST)
Posting of FINAL UNOFFICIAL Results—Grand Plaza Hotel, 11 a.m.
Awards Celebration-Malecon, downtown La Paz, 5 p.m.
Boulevard Costero, adjacent to Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center-Ensenada
Adjacent to SCORE Headquarters-Grand Plaza Hotel on outskirts of La Paz
RACE DAYS SCHEDULE THURSDAY-SATURDAY, Nov. 15-17–(all times PST)
ENSENADA-Late Racer Registration, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, Ensenada-5:30 a.m.
Late Media Registration, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, Ensenada-6 a.m.-1 p.m.
Late Tech, Start Line, 6 a.m.
LA PAZ-BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center, Grand Plaza Hotel— Thursday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to Saturday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.
RACE STARTS: (Thursday, Nov. 15) Motorcycles, ATVs-6:30 a.m.; Cars, Trucks-11:30 a.m. (Approx)
STARTING ORDER (Subject to Change): (One vehicle every 30 seconds)
Motorcycles/ATVs–22, 21, 30, 40, 50, 20, 60, 25, 24, Sportsman M/C>, Sportsman M/C<, Sportsman ATV, 26
Cars/Trucks–TT, 1, 10, SL, 8, S8, PT, 1/2-1600, 4, 5, 6, 7/2, 7, 7SX,, BC, 5-1600, 2, 3, SF, SM, 9, 17, SPT Truck, SPT Buggy, 11, SPT UTV
All vehicles will have a 45-hour time limit from the time they start.
Sanctioned and produced by SCORE International-Los Angeles
CEO/President–Sal Fish; Vice-President—Paul Fish; Oscar Ramos—Attorney; Administration–Sue Johnson 818.225.8402, www.score-international.com.
SCORE requires that special ‘black boxes’ is mandatory on all entries. International Race Consultants provides the ‘Black Boxes’ and tracking of each vehicles GPS data along with vehicle speed.
Tecate Beer is the title sponsor of the three SCORE Baja races.
MasterCraft Safety is co-title sponsor of the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.
Official Sponsors of the 45th SCORE Baja 1000 and the SCORE Desert Series are:
-Tecate Beer, Official Beer
-BFGoodrich Tires, Official Tire
-Graham Watchmakers, Official Timekeeper
-Red Bull, Official Energy Drink
-Volkswagen of America, Official Vehicle
-Sunoco Race Fuels, Official Race Fuel
-Coca-Cola, Official Soft Drink
-Slime, Official Tire Sealant
-Symons Ambulance Company, Official Ambulance
-Bullet Liner, Official Spray-On Bedliner
-SatellitePhoneStore.com-Official Satellite Phone Rental Company
-Volaris Airlines, Official Airline
-Fox Car Rental, Official Rent-A-Car
-Lightforce Performance Lighting, Official Driving Light
-Maxtrax, Official Vehicle Recovery Device
-Azunia Tequila, Official Tequila
-Bilstein, Official Shock Absorber
-Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Official Mexican Auto Insurance
Additional SCORE Sponsors are – Baja California Sur Tourism, Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
www.SCORE-international.com, www.DirtNewz.com; www.Race-Dezert.com:
With significant assistance from a variety of sponsors led by BFGoodrich Tires, several websites will have special coverage surrounding the massive event. Providing significant pre-race, in-race and post-race coverage will be score-international.com, DirtNewz.com, Race-Dezert.com, all based in the United States and elpatorojo.com, based in La Paz. Coverage will include unofficial adjusted time splits at several locations on the course on Race-Dezert.com and SCORE’s site will include enhanced social media coverage via its facebook, youtube and twitter links. Based in LaPaz, Mexico’s elpatorojo.com will also be providing live coverage in Spanish.
SCORE Trophy Truck: 1 Bryce Menzies, 97 B.J. Baldwin, 20 Rob MacCachren/Robbie Pierce, 19 Tim Herbst/Larry Roeseler, 49 Ryan Arciero/Troy Herbst, 23 Dan McMillin/Mark McMillin/Chuck Hovey, 31 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, 76 Jesse Jones, 18 Juan C. Lopez/Robby Gordon, 16 Cameron Steele/Mark Miller/Mark Post, 14 Cameron Steele/Mark Miller/Mark Post, 84 Nick Vanderwey/Curt LeDuc, 21 Gus Vildosola Sr/Gus Vildosola Jr, 2 Pete Sohren, 9 Mark Weyhrich/Gary Weyhrich, 94 Steven Strobel, 15 Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, 71 Rick D. Johnson, 34 Ken Losch, 88 Sergio Salgado; Class 1: Ronny Wilson, Cody Parkhouse, Luke McMillin, Tony Miglini/Armin Kremer, Clyde Stacy/Justin Matney; Class 1/2-1600: Cody Robinson, Rob Archibald, Arturo Velazco, Hiram Duran; Class 3: Donald Moss; Class 5: Kevin Carr; Class 5-1600: Clyde Stacy, Erich Reisen; Class 6: Eduardo Laguna, Heidi Steele, Peter Lang, Gavin Skilton/Darren Skilton; Class 7: Dan Chamlee; Class 7SX: Elias Hanna; Class 8: Rodolfo Iribe; Class 10: Matt Cullen, Mike Lawrence; SCORE Lites: Otoniel Huerta, Brent Parkhouse; Stock Full: Wes Bevly III, Joe Bacal; Stock Mini: Andy Bell, Rod Hall; Class 7-2: Reid Rutherford; Class 4: Derek Fletcher, Mike Shaffer; Class 2: Clyde Stacy; Class 22: Robby Bell/David Pearson/Steve Hengeveld/Destry Abbott, Colton Udall/Timmy Weigand/David Kamo, Kurt Caselli/Ivan Ramirez/Mike Brown/Quinn Cody; CLASS 21: Ulises Fierro, Francisco Septien, Carlos Casas, Jim O’Neal; CLASS 30: Mike Johnson; CLASS 40: Jeff Kaplan, CLASS 60: Al Perrett/Richard Jackson; Class 25: Wayne Matlock, Josh Frederick, Brandon Brown, Craig Christy.
HISTORY OF START/FINISH:
In the 45-year history of the SCORE Baja 1000, this will be the 38th time the race has started in Ensenada and the 19th time it has finished in La Paz. The last time this race ended in La Paz was 2010.
In 4-wheel vehicle competition, Ford motor has produced 15 overall winners and VW motors are second with 12 overall winners, followed by Chevy with 11, Porsche with 3, Toyota with 2, and Dodge with 1.
Among 4-wheel vehicles, Ford has produced the chassis for 13 overall winners while Chenowth has produced the chassis for 10 overall winners, followed by Chevy with 7, Toyota, Funco, Raceco, Jimco and Smithbuilt with 2 each and Miller, Hi-Jumper, Dodge, and Meyers Manx with 1 each.
In motorcycle competition, Honda leads with 22 overall victories (including 15 straight), followed by Husqvarna with 11, Kawasaki with 9 and Yamaha with 2.
CAR & TRUCK TIRE WINNERS:
Among tire manufacturers in the car and truck classes, BFGoodrich leads with 25 overall winners, followed by Western Auto with six, Firewtone with four, Calahan cap with three and Armstrong, Gates, Goodyear, Mickey Thompson, Tectira and Toyo with one each.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
In 2012, BFGoodrich Tires is celebrating its 37th year as a major player in SCORE Baja racing. In addition to being the official tire of SCORE International for nearly four decades, BFGoodrich Tires has produced the tire of choice for 25 of the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, including 25 of the last 26 years along with a record-run of 20 straight from 1986 through 2005.
BFGoodrich Tires also provides unmatched pit support for racers using their tires with eight full pit areas and more than 220 support crew personnel spread along the race course to La Paz and complete radio relay the entire 1,121.55 miles.
Entries in the internationally-showcased race have come from 34 U.S. states and 23 countries. In addition to the 34 U.S. States, racers have entered from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Spain and the US Territory of Guam. Additional late entries are expected up to race morning.
While the overall motorcycle victory is easier to identify potentially as one of three factory-supported teams from American Honda (Colton Udall, rider of record), Kawasaki (Robby Bell) and KTM (Kurt Caselli), the overall four-wheel vehicle is destined to be another survival of the fittest among many favorites in the field of 34 SCORE Trophy Trucks, SCORE’s marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
A trio of Las Vegas desert racing stars-Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies and B.J. Baldwin are clearly the favorites in the SCORE Trophy Truck field, but not far behind are two Las Vegas brothers Tim and Troy Herbst, RPM Racing’s Lopez/Gordon duo and Steven Strobel of Nebraska.
MacCachren currently leads the season point standings in SCORE Trophy Truck with two race wins this season and 271 points in the No. 20 MasterCraft Safety Rockstar Ford F-150, Lopez/Gordon are second with 265 points in the No. 18 RPM Racing Speed Chevy Silverado and Baldwin is third with one win this season and 254 points in the No. 97 Baldwin Motorsports Monster Chevy Silverado.
With this race being the most prestigious in all of the sport, numerous other racers are capable of winning it, including Tim Herbst and Larry Roeseler, El Cajon, Calif., in the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Monster Ford F-150 with 226 points in fifth place in class, Troy Herbst and Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., in the No. 49 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 with 216 points and sixth in class points and Strobel, Clarks, Nebraska in the No. 94 Strobel Motorsports Ford F-150 and 240 points and fourth in points.
While those season regulars will certainly be among the four-wheel front runners there will also be the two teams who won the last three years who aren’t running the full SCORE schedule this year but still among the favorites.
Menzies did not race the full schedule this year but won June’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 by 11 seconds over Baldwin in the No. 1 Menzies Motorsports Red Bull Ford F-150 as the defending series overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point champion.
The second and third-generation desert racing team of Andy McMillin and his father Scott McMillin won the overall four-wheel title in both 2009 and 2011 in the No. 31 McMillin Homes Ford F-150.
Mexico’s Gus Vildosola and his son Gus Vildosola Jr., won the last peninsula run in 2010 in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Red Bull, Ford F-150. In 2010, Vildosola Racing became the first Mexican national team to win the overall title of this race as their time on the course was faster than the overall motorcycle winner for only the eighth time in the 44-year history of this race.
REVVING THE RPMs
RPM Racing, based in Bristol, Tenn., not only has a SCORE-record eight entries in the upcoming Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the team is leading the season point championship races in six of those classes, is second in one and tied for third in the other. RPM has already recorded a SCORE-record 18 class wins in the first four races of the year.
With team principals Justin Matney and Clyde Stacy, who each have already captured four SCORE season class point titles individually as drivers of record, RPM Racing has entries in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars, Class 5-1600, Class 6, Class 8, Class 4, Class 2 and Sportsman Buggy.
RPM is leading the points entering the season-finale in Class 5-1600 (2 wins), Class 6 (3), Class 8 (4), Class 4 (3), Class 2 (3) and SPT Buggy (3). The team is second in SCORE Trophy Truck and tied for third in Class 1.
MORE TIGHT POINTS
Several classes enter the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 with very tight title point’s races for the SCORE season championship in each class. SCORE Trophy Truck tops the list with the top three separated by just 17 points and Class 22 for open motorcycles is even closer with KTM’s Caselli, Murrieta, Calif., leading with 146 points, followed by JCR Honda’s Udall, San Clemente, Calif. with 144 and Kawasaki’s Bell, Menifee, Calif. with 140.
The other closest battles for season championships among the car and truck classes are Class 1/2-1600, 5-1600, 7SX and 10.
In Class 1/2-1600, Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., has 226 while nine points back is Robert Archibald, El Cajon, Calif. with 217.
Battling RPM’s Stacy in Class 5-1600 is Canadian fireman Erich Reisen. Entering this race, they both have two class wins this season and Stacy holds a 218-199 edge in the point standings.
In Class 7SX, Mexico’s defending season champion Eliasa Hanna has two wins and 178 points but leads the Justin Fisher/John Holmes team, who have won win this year, by just three points.
Three teams seem to still be in the hunt for the Class 10 season points, separated by just 21 points. With two wins this season, Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif., has 227 points while second is Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., who has one class win and 211 points while third place Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn., has 206 points.
Besides Class 22, the three other closest point races in the pro motorcycle classes are Class 20 and Class 21.
In Class 20, solo racer Gabriel Williams, Provo, Utah, has one race win and 144 points while Chad Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., also has one win and enteres this race with 140 points, just four behind Williams.
Mexico’s Francisco Septien has a race win and leads Class 21 with 148 points, while second with one win is the team lead by Jim O’Neal with 141 points and third is Carlos Casas, Chula Vista, Calif., with 131 points.
The class with the tightest overall point battle is Class 25 for open ATVs where the top four teams are separated by just seven points.
Leading Class 25 is defending series champion Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., with 143 points while second is Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev., who has one win, with 142 points, third is Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore., with 138 and fourth just two points behind Brown with 136 is Mexico’s Rafael Torres.
This year’s race will also commemorate the achievements of legendary desert racers like Rod Hall, Ron Bishop, Johnny Johnson, and Larry Roeseler.
Hall, who will turn 75 next Thursday (Nov. 22), has a record 21 class wins (including one overall win in 1972), and is the only racer who has competed in all 44 SCORE Baja 1000 races. Bishop is the only racer who competed in the first 40 SCORE Baja 1000 races.
Hall will be racing this year in the Stock Mini class where he will split the driving with his granddaughter Shelby Hall in a Hummer H3.
Bishop is the only racer who competed every year of the first 40 on a Motorcycle. Johnson, also now retired, had 15 class wins, amazingly in eight different classes.
Roeseler, has 17 class wins in this race, including a record 13 overall wins (10 on a motorcycle). Roeseler will share driving duties again this year in SCORE Trophy Truck with Tim Herbst in the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Monster Ford F-150.
BACK FOR MORE:
Another testament to how much this race means to the sport of desert racing, winners of 23 of the26 Pro classes that had finishers last year are back in the starting field for this year’s race.
Jeff Kaplan, an age-group motorcycle rider has eight consecutive wins in Class 40. Jim O’Neal, another age-group motorcycle rider, has put together teams of riders who have nine class wins in the last seven years, including an amazing three in 2006 (Class 40, Class 50 and Class 60). Francisco Septien has six straight wins (four in Class 30 and 2010 in Class 21). With five straight wins is Brett Helm (Class 40). With three straight class wins is Dan Chamlee (and five out of the last six years in Class 7), Quinn Cody (Class 22), Mike Johnson (Class 30) and Richard Jackson (Class 60). With two straight class wins is Donald Moss (and eighth in the last 10 years in Class 3) and, and Brandon Brown (Class 24). Justin Davis has also won his class each of the last two years, Class 1 in 2011 and SCORE Lites in 20110.
Among the crossover/celebrity racers officially entered in this year’s race are (as of 11/11/11):
–Robby Gordon, NASCAR Team Owner/Driver, three-time Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Overall Winner, No. 18 SCORE TROPHY TRUCK
–Cameron Steele, action sports TV announcer, No. 16 and No. 14 SCORE Trophy Trucks
–Armin Schwarz, of Germany who lives in Austria, seven-time World Rally Championship race winner, No. 101, Class 1
–Armin Kremer, of Germany, top German rally racer, No. 104, Class 1
–Bud Brutsman, TV producer who produced feature shows in 2008 & 2009 on this race, Baja Challenge, BC2
–Kyle Tucker, Autocross champion, Baja Challenge, BC2
This race always has a few ‘bravehearts’ who enter in two classes, hoping for double wins. Among those this year are Clyde Stacy who is actually a triple-timer (Class 1, Class 5-1600 and Class 2), Cameron Steele (SCORE Trophy Trucks No. 14 and No. 16), John Langley (SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1) and Rafael Torres (Class 25 and Class 24).
Entered in this year’s event are 18 racers who have combined for 62 overall w