Reaching legendary status in its first 39 years, SCORE International has launched a new era in 2013 as businessman/racer Roger Norman has taken over as owner of the world’s foremost desert racing organization which begins its 40th anniversary year next month with the 27th Annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race.
The live drawing for starting positions, by class, for the season-opener will be held next Wednesday night (Feb. 13) at 7 p.m. at the SCORE-San Diego race shop. The drawing will be broadcast live on the internet during a special Dirt Live episode on the official SCORE website at www.score-international.com.
Entries from across the globe, including many of the world’s top desert racers are entering in time for Wednesday’s start draw. The race itself will be held March 8-10 along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
With entries accepted up to race morning, nearly 225 entries from over 15 US States and 10 countries expected to enter the race and competition will be held in 40 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs in the popular ‘spring break’ race.
The SCORE Desert Series will be visiting Mexico for the first of three annual SCORE Baja races in 2013.
The start draw for the season opener of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series will determine the starting order within each of the various classes in the elapsed-time race.
While SCORE Trophy Trucks, the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks have had assigned numbers since SCORE founded the unique class in 1994, all classes in the new SCORE will have annual assigned numbers. Also for the first time in its history, SCORE is accepting racer registration exclusively online, also through the SCORE website.
“SCORE has a rich tradition of exhilarating competition, magnificent race courses and memorable adventures in Baja and this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 will help us begin our great adventure as caretakers of this international motorsports treasure,” reflected Norman as he diligently maps out his strategy and methodology for the new SCORE International.
“This year’s race course will be fast and challenging and embody all of the elements of difficulty that racers from around the globe have come to know and admire. Together with our passionate racers and committed sponsors, SCORE will celebrate its 40th season in 2013 by forging a new frontier together for SCORE and for our cherished sport.”
The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday (March 8) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other. Racer registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday (March 8) at the Hacienda Don Jesus Hotel.
TOP 12 DRAWING…
A unique part of Wednesday’s drawing will be the special drawing for the top 12 finishers from the nearest previous SCORE Baja race entered in the current race in both SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1. For this race it will be the top 12 finishers in each class from last November’s 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. After those groups are drawn with the same driver of record as last year, the remainder of the entries in each class will be selected for their respective starting positions after the first group in each class.
The top 12 finishers in SCORE Trophy Truck from the 2012 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 were: B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas; Mary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore.; Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif.; Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif.; Steven Strobel, Clarks, Neb.; Andy McMillin, San Diego; Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas; Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico; Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix; Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico; Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz. and Juan C. Lopez, Tecate Mexico.
In the unlimited Class 1, the top 12 finishers from the 2012 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 were: Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif.; Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif.; Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va.; Jon Walker, Guam; Nils Castillo, Westlake Village, Calif.; Tony Miglini, Dallas; Travis Chase, La Crescenta, Calif.; Tom Koch, Ridgecrest, Calif.; Brett Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif.; Monica Greenhill, Crowley, Texas; Rudy Cortez, Las Vegas.
Norman, 49, a Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 overall winner himself, acquired ownership of the world-renown SCORE International on Dec. 20, 2012 from Sal Fish, 73, the iconic godfather of desert racing who ran SCORE for 39 years.
As a hotel/casino owner in northern Nevada, business developer and a champion racer himself, Norman re-started the High Desert Racing Association, (HDRA) in 2011. HDRA was highly regarded when it was active originally in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Norman is a Dirt Live regular with his ‘Pit Stop with Roger’ segment.
While Elise Norman is overseeing SCORE racer registration which is being handled exclusively online for the first time in SCORE history, she is being assisted by Jessica Armstrong, a new member of the SCORE staff. For questions, racers may contact Mrs. Norman at 775.690.2306 while Armstrong is available at 760.608.3919.
The season-opener of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, annually provides a greater economic impact to San Felipe than the popular six-week-long ‘Spring Break’.
The race began in 1982 and was not held between 1985 and 1989, the first five years of the seven-year combined High Desert Racing Association-HDRA/SCORE Desert Series of US and Baja races. It has been held consecutively each year since 1990.
In its first 26 years, the race has been held in San Felipe all but 2007 when political issues forced a last minute move by SCORE, starting it in Ensenada and finishing it in Santo Tomas. Ironically, 2007 saw a race-record 394 starters and a race-record 288 finishers even though the race was moved and the course changed just 10 days before the event. The records when the race actually started and finished in San Felipe are 341 for starters in 2006 and 220 for finishers, also in 2006.
DIRT LIVE ON THE ROAD…
Next week’s regular Dirt Live show at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 12) will air live from the Oakley World headquarters in Foothill Ranch, Calif., during the announcement event for the 2012 Dirt Sports Magazine Driver of the Year.
ON THE BAJAscope
In its 40th year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2013, the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series, with all three massive special events held in Baja California, Mexico, starts with the 27th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. Both starting and finishing in Ensenada, the other two events will be the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 (May 31-June 2) and the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Nov. 14-17).
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF DESERT RACING
The 2013 SCORE Desert Series will also be part of the quickly-evolving World Championship of Desert Racing, which will combine points accumulated in the three SCORE Baja races along with points earned from three of the four-race 2013 HDRA Series, all held in the United States. Both the SCORE and HDRA series will crown their own individual class and overall point champions as well with a bonus purse for those racers who qualify for the World Championship of Desert Racing points bonus purse program to earn a desert racing World Champion title.
With a growing total, for the inaugural World Championship of Desert Racing bonus purse, an official total of $45,000 has been posted to date from new SCORE sponsors Amber Racing Services ($25,000), King Shocks ($10,000) and Rigid Industries ($10,000). For classes with at least five starters in each qualifying race in 2013, the World Champion titles will be decided on combined points from the three SCORE races and the three HDRA races with the bonus purse paid using the same formula based on total purse and number of starters in each class as is used currently for each SCORE race.
In addition to season class point championships and World Championship titles, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. There are also annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Awards including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Award that also receives a $2,000 cash bonus and custom-made driver’s race suit.
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are: Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Amber Racing Services-Official Race Fuels, Rigid Industries-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Wide Open Excursions-Official Tour Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, MasterCraft Safety-Official Safety Seats, Fox Car Rental-Official Rent-A-Car, Graham Watchmakers-Official Timekeeper, SatellitePhoneStore.com-Official Satellite Phone Rental Company, Slime-Official Tire Sealant, Symons Ambulance Company-Official Ambulance, Azunia Tequila-Official Tequila.
Additional SCORE Sponsors are – Visit Baja California Sur, Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Blue C Advertising, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250
All-Time Overall Champions
Pro Cars & Trucks
Year–Driver(s), Vehicle (Class)
1982–Dan Cornwell, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1983–Corky McMillin/Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1984–Scott McMillin/Corky McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1990–Brian Collins/Jack Johnson, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1991–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (Class 8)
1992–Bob Richey/Boyd Cox, Raceco-Porsche (Class 1)
1993–Scott Douglas, Ford Ranger (Class 7)
1994–Ivan Stewart, Toyota SR5 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1995–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1996–Robby Gordon, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1997–Curt LeDuc, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1998–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Riviera-Chevy (Class 1)
1999–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2000–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2001–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2002–Dan Smith/David Ashley, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2003–Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2004–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2005–Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
2006–Garron Cadiente, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2007–Mark Post/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2008–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2009–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2010–Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, Jimco-BMW (Class 1)
2011—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2012—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1982–Bob Balentine, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1983–Jack Johnson, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1984–Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna CR500 (Class 22)
1990–Dan Smith/Danny Hamel, KTM (Class 22)
1991–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1992–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1993–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1994–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1995–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1996–Paul Krause, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1997–Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1998–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1999–Johnny Campbell/Cole Marshall, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2000–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2001–Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2002–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2003–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2004–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2005–Chris Blais/Andy Grider/Quinn Cody, KTM MXC525 (Class 22)
2006–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2007–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2008–Robby Bell/Johnny Campbell, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2009–Kendall Norman/Timmy Weigand, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2010–Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2011–Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2012—Kurt Caselli/Ivan Ramirez, KTM 450SX-F (Class 22)
Sportsman Cars & Trucks
Year–Driver(s), Vehicle (Class)
2008–Peter Lang, Homebuilt-Chevy (SPT Car)
2009–Peter Lang, Homebuilt-Chevy (SPT Car)
2010–Wendell Mortensen, Raceco-VW (SPT Car)
2011–Nick Tonelli, Ford Ranger (SPT Truck)
2012—Randy Swink, Ford Ranger (SPT Truck)
2008–Bill Gilbert, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C>250cc)
2009–Jeff Leonard, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C>250cc)
2010–Ron Tolman, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C<250cc)
2011– Issac Cisneros, Yamaha YZF450 (SPT M/C<450cc)
2012—Mark Winkelman, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C<450cc)
MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250
All-Time Starters/Finishers by Year
Total Starters: 232 Total Finishers: 133
Total Starters: 194 Total Finishers: 107
Total Starters: 200 Total Finishers: 113
Total Starters: 264 Total Finishers: 164
Total Starters: 214 Total Finishers: 136
Total Starters: 192 Total Finishers: 117
Total Starters: 82 Total Finishers: 56
Total Starters: 180 Total Finishers: 120
Total Starters: 231 Total Finishers: 130
Total Starters: 200 Total Finishers: 122
Total Starters: 194 Total Finishers: 106
Total Starters: 227 Total Finishers: 143
Total Starters: 234 Total Finishers: 149
Total Starters: 227 Total Finishers: 148
Total Starters: 208 Total Finishers: 135
Total Starters: 235 Total Finishers: 147
Total Starters: 249 Total Finishers: 164
Total Starters: 249 Total Finishers: 149
Total Starters: 269 Total Finishers: 159
Total Starters: 341 Total Finishers: 220
Ensenada to Santo Tomas
Total Starters: 394 Total Finishers: 288
Total Starters: 263 Total Finishers: 181
Total Starters: 226 Total Finishers: 161
Total Starters: 257 Total Finishers: 158
Total Starters: 220 Total Finishers: 145
Total Starters: 207 Total Finishers: 150
Top Total Starters
Year, Number (Finishers)
2007—394 Starters (288 Finishers)
2006—341 Starters (220 Finishers)
2005—269 Starters (159 Finishers)
1990—264 Starters (164 Finishers)
2008—263 Starters (181 Finishers)
2010—257 Starters (158 Finishers)
2003—249 Starters (164 Finishers)
2004—249 Starters (149 Finishers)
2002—235 Starters (147 Finishers)
1999—234 Starters (149 Finishers)
Top Total Finishers
Year, Number (Starters)
2007—288 Finishers (394 Starters)
2006—220 Finishers (341 Starters)
2008—181 Finishers (263 Starters)
1990—164 Finishers (264 Starters)
2003—164 Finishers (249 Starters)
2009—161 Finishers (226 Starters)
2005—159 Finishers (269 Starters)
2010—158 Finishers (257 Starters)
2012—150 Finishers (207 Starters)
1999—149 Finishers (234 Starters)
2004—149 Finishers (249 Starters)