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Course Changes for SCORE San Felipe 250

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Score International Off-Road Racing
Including some never-before-used washes for a desert race, SCORE International has announced significant course changes for next month’s 26th annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. With the drawing for starting positions, by class to be held at the Saturday at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles, the race itself will be held March 9-11 along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
 
The 249.3-mile race course will utilize two washes that have never before been used for racing – Cuevitas and Amarillas. The Cuevitas Wash will replace the Three Poles to Borrego section of previous courses.
 
Also for the first time, the second half of the course, that will run in a counter-clockwise direction and start and finish at the landmark San Felipe arches, will use the infamous washes of Matomi, Azufre, Huatamote and Chanate along with Amarillas before heading to the finish line.
 
With entries accepted up to race morning, over 225 entries from over 15 US States and 10 countries expected to enter the race and competition will be held in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes in the popular race.

Following January’s two rounds at the season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series will be visiting Mexico for the first of three annual SCORE Baja races in 2012.
 
The start draw for Round 3 of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series will determine the starting order within each of the various classes in the elapsed-time race.
 
“We think that the races will really enjoy this opportunity to challenge some different areas of the Baja peninsula,” said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO/President since soon after SCORE was founded in 1973. “We have been able to put together some new territory to add to the majestic terrain of our SCORE Baja race course for San Felipe.”
 
Pre-running will be allowed on the actual race course from Saturday, Feb. 25 through Friday, March 9.
A unique part of Saturday’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 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. After those groups are drawn, the remainder of the entries in each class will be selected for their respective starting positions after the first group in each class.

The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday, March 9 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.
 
The green flag will drop at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, for the motorcycle and ATV classes, followed three hours after the last Sportsman ATV later by the car and truck classes at approximately 10 a.m. The start line and finish line for the race is scheduled to once again be the landmark San Felipe Arches on Highway 5 on the outskirts of San Felipe. One vehicle will start every 30 seconds in the elapsed-time race, with an 11-hour time limit to become an official finisher.
Round 3 of the 2012 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’.

Pre-race festivities on Friday, March 9 will include Contingency row and Tech inspection on the Malecon in San Felipe. Contingency will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tech will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The post-race awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 11 at 10 a.m. PDT time. Daylight Savings Time begins in Baja and the United States at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11.

In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 27th consecutive year, a total of 61 drivers are still in the hunt for the awards for the 2012 SCORE Desert Series after the first two rounds in the five-race series.

Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award. All categories, except Engine Builder and Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer, will be determined by public on-line voting while Engine and Buggy awards are determined by season points.
 
Tecate Beer is the title sponsor of the three SCORE Baja races.

MasterCraft Safety is co-title sponsor of the 26th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.
 
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are:
-BFGoodrich Tires, Official Tire
-Volkswagen of America, Official Vehicle
-Sunoco Race Fuels, Official Race Fuel
-Slime, Official Tire Sealant
-Symons Ambulance Company, Official Ambulance
-Bilstein, Official Shock Absorber
-Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Official Mexican Auto Insurance
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Baja 1000 are:
-Coca-Cola, Official Soft Drink
-Volaris Airlines, Official Airline
-Lightforce Performance Lighting, Official Driving Light
Additional SCORE Sponsors are - Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.

2012 SCORE Desert Series Race-by-Race Class Winners
18th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge
Round 1
Laughlin, Nevada • Jan. 14, 2012
Total Starters: 99 Total Finishers: 78
Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
CLASS 1—Steven Eugenio, Alpine, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Oceanside, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
CLASS 1/2-1600—Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., Romo-VW
CLASS 3—Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco
CLASS 5—Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 5-1600—Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Tom Fernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 6—Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Colorado
CLASS 7—Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger
CLASS 7SX—John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif./Justin Fisher, San Ysidro, Calif., Ford Ranger
CLASS 8—Rodolfo Iribe, San Ysidro, Calif., Chevy Silverado
CLASS 10—Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif., AlumiCraft-Honda
SCORE LITES—Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif., Jimco-VW
STOCK FULL—Wes Bevly III, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford F-150
STOCK MINI—Andy Bell/Ted Moncure, Long Beach, Calif., Toyota Tacoma
CLASS 7-2—Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, BajaLite-Chevy
CLASS 4—Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., PSD-Chevy
CLASS 2—Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Steven Arlia, Phoenix, PSD-Chevy
Sportsman
SPT BUGGY—Jim Bunn/John Matney, Bristol, Va., Geiser-Chevy
SPT TRUCK—Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger

18th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge
Round 2
Laughlin, Nevada • Jan. 15, 2012
Total Starters: 92 Total Finishers: 71
Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
CLASS 1—Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
CLASS 1/2-1600—Robert S. Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Mirage-VW
CLASS 3—Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco
CLASS 5—Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 5-1600—Erich Reisen, Canada, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 6—Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Colorado
CLASS 7—Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger
CLASS 7SX—Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger
CLASS 8—Rodolfo Iribe, San Ysidro, Calif., Chevy Silverado
CLASS 10—Michael LaPaglia, Murrieta, Calif., Racer-Chevy
SCORE LITES—Otoneil Huerta, San Luis, Ariz., Curry-VW
STOCK FULL—Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., Lexus LX570
STOCK MINI—Andy Bell/Ted Moncure, Long Beach, Calif., Toyota Tacoma
CLASS 7-2—Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, BajaLite-Chevy
CLASS 4—Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., PSD-Chevy
CLASS 2—Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Steven Arlia, Phoenix, PSD-Chevy
Sportsman
SPT BUGGY—Jim Bunn/John Matney, Bristol, Va., Geiser-Chevy
SPT TRUCK—Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger

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