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THE FASTEST BAJA RACE | April 2024 Issue

THE KING SHOCKS 37TH SCORE SAN FELIPE 250 BREAKS RECORDS For those not familiar with the city of San Felipe, it is a beautiful and lively coastal town nestled along the eastern shoreline of Mexico’s northern Baja peninsula. It is a picturesque place where the waters of the Sea of Cortez lap against the shores of a desert and mountain landscape. It’s also where a SCORE off-road race has been taking place for almost four decades. Read More


METHOD RACE WHEELS QUALIFIER | April 2024 Issue

A decision early this season made by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, was that racers in the SCORE Trophy Truck, Trophy Truck Legend, T rophy Truck Spec and Class 1 divisions, would start each of the four races by Qualifying in the Method Race Wheels Qualifier. For the King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe, the Method Race Wheels Qualifier took place on Thursday March 21st on a 5.10-mile course North of downtown San Felipe, but was not open to the public. SCORE Fans watched the event via SCORE’s Live Streaming on the SCORE International Website, App and Facebook pages. Read More


MARK POST GRAND M ARSHAL | April 2024 Issue

One of SCORE’s iconic legendary racers, Mark Post, is the Grand Marshal for this year’s King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250. Post is a prominent businessman in Southern California and Las Vegas, who has been active in desert racing for nearly 30 years and is most widely known for driving his “Black Diamond” Riviera Racing SCORE Trophy Truck that was built in 1993. Read More



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2024 Manufacturer Point Leaders

SCORE World Desert Championship

by SCORE MEDIA OPERATIONS DIRECTOR: Gabriel Garcia, Gabriel@SCORE-International.com and SCORE HISTORIAN: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

Following the season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 in late March, five prominent companies are leading their respective divisions in the SCORE Manufacturer Point Standings after Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship.

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2024 Manufacturer Point Leaders

SCORE World Desert Championship

by SCORE MEDIA OPERATIONS DIRECTOR: Gabriel Garcia, Gabriel@SCORE-International.com and SCORE HISTORIAN: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

Following the season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 in late March, five prominent companies are leading their respective divisions in the SCORE Manufacturer Point Standings after Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship.

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2024 Manufacturer Point Leaders

SCORE World Desert Championship

by SCORE MEDIA OPERATIONS DIRECTOR: Gabriel Garcia, Gabriel@SCORE-International.com and SCORE HISTORIAN: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Following the season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 in late March, five prominent companies are leading their respective divisions in the SCORE Manufacturer Point Standings after Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship.

   Leading their respective divisions in the 2024 SCORE Manufacturer point standings after the season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 are Mason Motorsports, Major Performance Racing Engines, Can-Am Off-Road, Alumi Craft Race Cars, and Honda Motorcycles, names all very prominent in the international world of desert racing.

     The four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship is being held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the ninth consecutive season. SCORE is known around the globe as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.

HOW THE POINTS ARE DETERMINED

     SCORE calculates Manufacturer points on a modified version of the formula used for individual racers. For manufacturer points, podium finishers, who have identified their manufacturer on their entry form, received manufacturer points based on the number of starters within each class in the specific category.

MAJOR PERFORMANCE—SCORE ENGINE BUILDER POINT LEADER

   Based in Jamul, Calif., Major Performance engines performed well in the season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, taking the lead for the first time in several years in the SCORE Engine Builder with 112 total points among podium finishers.

     Major Performance engines totaled five class victories in San Felipe among eight podium finishers in Round 1 of the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship.

     A five-time all-time winner of the SCORE Engine Builder of the Year award (1992, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008), Major Performance was led by a first place and a third place podium finish in Class 10.

     Winning Class 10 was Bruce Yee, Rosarito Beach, Mexico while third place was earned by defending class season point champion Francisco Vera, Rosario, Mexico.

     Besides Yee, the other Major Performance class winners in San Felipe were: Mario Alcala, Mexicali, Mexico (SCORE Lites), Raul Ojeda, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600), Zackery Woodruff, Bend, Ore. (Class 5/1600), and Oliver Flemate, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 11).

TSCO RACING—SCORE ORIGINAL TRUCK CHASSIS MANUFACTURER LEADER

    Founded in 2012 in El Cajon, Calif., by former SCORE champion racing brothers Gary and Mark Weyhrich, TSCO Racing has taken the early SCORE Original Truck Chassis 2024 point standings lead following some great results in San Felipe in March.

     TSCO has 98 points after Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship.

     Overseeing TSCO Racing since it started is veteran John Vance, who is the general manager and crew chief for the entire operation which is located adjacent to the SCORE shop in El Cajon.

     The spectacular start for TSCO in 2024 was made possible by three podium finishes by TSCO-built trucks, including one in SCORE TT Legend and two in Trophy Truck Spec.

     Finishing third in SCORE TT Legend in San Felipe was Greg Adler, Manhattan Beach, Calif., while second in Trophy Truck Spec in a SCORE-record field of 44 starters in the popular class was Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., and third place in another TSCO truck was Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico.

CAN-AM—SCORE UTV MANUFACTURER POINT LEADER

    Sweeping the podium in both the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) and the Pro UTV Stock classes in the season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe, Canada’s Can-Am Off-Road leads the 2024 SCORE UTV Manufacturer points after Round 1 of the four-race 20024 SCORE World Desert Championship,

     A subsidiary of Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), based in Valcourt, Quebec, Canada, Can-Am has 155 total placement points after the season-opener.

    Racers sweeping the Pro UTV FI class for Can-Am in San Felipe were Phil Blurton, Auburn, Calif. (first), Edgar Garcia, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (second), and Matt Burroughs, Norco, Calif. (Third). All three drove the Can-Am Maverick R UTVs.

     The Can-Am sweepers in the Pro UTV Stock Class in the SCORE Opener were Kaden Wells, Hurricane, Utah (first), Jorge Cano, Culiacan, Mexico (second), and Jeremy Davis, Chino Hills, Calif. (Third).

     Can-Am has taken the early lead over Polaris RZR Industries, a nine-time UTV Manufacturer winner, who has 106 points after sweeping the Pro UTV Open class and getting a first and second-place finish in the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class in San Felipe.

     Polaris is the official UTV of the SCORE World Desert Championship.

HONDA—SCORE MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURER POINT LEADER

    A perennial powerhouse in SCORE Baja motorcycle racing, Honda won the 2023 SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year point title with 320 total podium placement points.

     With no fully-supported factory teams currently part of SCORE Motorcycle racing, Honda has been a desert racing standard for over 40 years in SCORE Baja racing as the winningest motorcycle manufacturer of all time in SCORE history.

     Honda has now won this award an unprecedented 29 times.

     To open the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship at the King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, Honda motorcycles won four classes and had a total of 10 podium finishes. Honda leads in their division with 155 placement points after one race.

     Leading the way for Honda in San Felipe was the team led by Arturo Salas Jr, 21, Chula Vista, Calif. (Tecate, Mexico) who was the Overall motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited class winner on his No. 11x Honda CRF450X. His co-rider was Carter Klein, 19, Agua Dulce, Calif.

     Also winning their respective classes in San Felipe were Honda racers Armando Ortiz, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Moto Limited), Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif. (Pro Moto 50), and Mike Kay, Sacramento, Calif. (Pro Moto 60).

     All four Honda class winners in San Felipe rode the ever-popular Honda CRF450X motorcycle. Including the other six podium finishers, all 10 racers raced on a Honda CRF450X.

ALUMI CRAFT—SCORE ORIGINAL OPEN-WHEEL CHASSIS MANUFACTURER POINT LEADER

     Based in Santee, Calif., Alumi Craft won the Open Wheel Chassis Manufacturer of the Year point championship for the fifth time in 2023, all in the last eight years.

     Founded in 2004, an increasing number of Alumi Craft vehicles continue to appear on SCORE race entry lists.

     With 66 total points after the opener in San Felipe, Alumi Craft swept the podium in Class 10 and secured a second-place finish in the Unlimited Class 1.

     Podium finishers for Alumi Craft in Class 10 were Bruce Yee, Rosarito Beach, Mexico, on top in first, followed by Stan Potter, San Marcos, Calif. (substitute driver for DOR Freddie Willert) while third place on the podium was secured by defending season class point champion Francisco Vera, El Rosario, Mexico.

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2024 SCORE SCHEDULE

    Here are the dates for the three remaining 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship which are being held in Baja California, Mexico for the ninth consecutive year:

·       BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500—

May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

·       5th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 11-15, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

·       BFGoodrich Tires 57th SCORE Baja 1000—

November 11-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

     Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Battery, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communication, Sylvania-Official Light, Method Race Wheels-Official Wheel and Race Qualifying sponsor, Lasernut-Official Custom Metal Fabricator, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

   SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance.

  Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada, and Cruz Roja Mexicana.

     For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

Manufacturer Point Standings

(Following Rd. 1—37th SCORE San Felipe 250)

Engine Builder

1. Major Performance                   82

2. Gibbs Racing Engines              54

3. Dougans Racing Engines         40

4. Kroyer Racing Engines            34

Original Truck Chassis

1. TSCO                                      98

2. Mason Motorsports                  90

3. 1 Nine Industries                      64

Original Open-Wheel Chassis

1. Alumi Craft                               66

2. Jimco Racing                            27

3. Fraley                                      15

3. Seagrove                                 15

UTV Manufacturer

1. Can-Am                                   155

2. Polaris Off-Road                       106

3. Honda                                     6

Motorcycle Manufacturer

1. Honda                                      155

2. KTM                                        61

3. Yamaha                                   19

2024 SCORE Trophy Truck Points Leaders

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1. Alan Ampudia

120 Points
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2. Luke McMillin

114 Points
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3. Tavo Vildosola

110 Points
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4. Bryce Menzies

107 Points
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5. Cameron Steele

105 Points
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6. Dan McMillin

104 Points

2024 SCORE Trophy Truck Legends Points Leaders

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1. Gustavo Vildosola Sr.

96 Points
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2. Clay Lawrence

90 Points
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3. Greg Adler

86 Points
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4. Rolf Helland

83 Points
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5. David Payne

81 Points
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6. Wade Porter

35 Points

The Latest News from Score International

2024 Manufacturer Point Leaders

Following the season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 in late March, five prominent companies are leading their respective divisions in the SCORE Manufacturer Point Standings after Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship. ... Read More

Entries Growing for the BFGoodrich 56th SCORE Baja 500

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Fox Factory Edition 2024 Chevrolet Silverado

The Fox Factory Edition 2024 Chevrolet Silverado is the result of a collaboration between Fox Factory Powered Vehicle Division and offroad industry leaders like FOX, Method Race Wheels, BF Goodrich, Baja Kits, ARB, RCV, and more. ... Read More


SYLVANIA Off Road Partners with SCORE International

Partnership sheds light on SYLVANIA’s robust off-road automotive lighting expertise

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

SCORE International Off-Road Racing is pleased to welcome SYLVANIA Off Road as the official lights partner of the SCORE World Desert Championship, the Premier off-road racing series. The SCORE World Desert Championship series, in operation for over 50 years, produces the globally known race brands, SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE Baja 500, SCORE Baja 400 and SCORE San Felipe 250, which take place in Baja California, Mexico.

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SYLVANIA Off Road Partners with SCORE International

Partnership sheds light on SYLVANIA’s robust off-road automotive lighting expertise

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

SCORE International Off-Road Racing is pleased to welcome SYLVANIA Off Road as the official lights partner of the SCORE World Desert Championship, the Premier off-road racing series. The SCORE World Desert Championship series, in operation for over 50 years, produces the globally known race brands, SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE Baja 500, SCORE Baja 400 and SCORE San Felipe 250, which take place in Baja California, Mexico.

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SYLVANIA Off Road Partners with SCORE International

Partnership sheds light on SYLVANIA’s robust off-road automotive lighting expertise

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico, -- SCORE International Off-Road Racing is pleased to welcome SYLVANIA Off Road as the official lights partner of the SCORE World Desert Championship, the Premier off-road racing series. The SCORE World Desert Championship series, in operation for over 50 years, produces the globally known race brands, SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE Baja 500, SCORE Baja 400 and SCORE San Felipe 250, which take place in Baja California, Mexico.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome SYLVANIA Off Road as the newest sponsor of the SCORE World Desert Championship!” said Jim Ryan, SCORE Vice-President of Marketing & Sales. “Having a Heritage brand like SYLVANIA partner with us to bring their lighting expertise to the off-road racing market is really leveling-up the experience for our brand and our racers.”

SYLVANIA Off Road offers a selection of LED light bars and pods for the off-road space that delivers superior optical engineering, water resistance, durable design and are backed by a lifetime limited warranty. The SYLVANIA off-road portfolio includes three product lines: the Slim series with a compact design allowing installation almost anywhere on the vehicle; the Rugged series with a durable, waterproof design made to withstand tough environments; and the Ultra series, designed for ultimate off-road visibility with the highest lumen output of the product lines. In addition to these lines, SYLVANIA offers a variety of off-road installation accessories.

SYLVANIA’s Director of Marketing Erin O’Malley said, “We are excited to partner with the iconic SCORE racing series and look forward to showcasing the quality, durability and overall performance of all our off-road automotive lighting products with this enthusiastic and discerning community.”

For details and to learn more about SYLVANIA Off Road, visit https://www.sylvania-automotive.com/off-road-lighting.

Details regarding the SCORE World Desert Championship are available on https://score-raceinfo.com/.

About OSRAM SYLVANIA

SYLVANIA is a trademark of OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc. and part of the ams OSRAM group. As a global company with a history dating back 110 years and businesses around the world, the ams OSRAM Group's innovation, ingenuity, technical prowess and industry know-how represent a winning combination for our partners and our consumers. SYLVANIA is a well-recognized brand that is professional, reliable and committed to aftermarket solutions, representing a winning combination for our partners and our consumers. SYLVANIA's integrated, in-house skills allow for the development of products from research and design to engineering and manufacturing. SYLVANIA’s long history of delivering innovative aftermarket solutions continues to drive its mission to create a more connected road for everyone. To learn more, visit our website.

The Rugged Radio Showroom is an open area with products and cool vehicles on display

After starting out in a small garage, Rugged Radios founder and president Greg Cottrell grew his radio and communication equipment business into a giant in the industry. We recently visited the company’s latest complex in Arroyo Grande, California, a small town neighboring Pismo Beach, which showcases the company’s passion for communication technology as well as vintage cars, motorcycles, race vehicles, and more.

The Rugged Radio Showroom is an open area with products and cool vehicles on display

Communication support and race support vehicles are ready to help racers and enthusiasts at every SCORE race

Rugged Radios is the Official Communications of SCORE International

In his personal shop and collection, Cottrell has an area replicating his dad’s original motorcycle repair shop

RUGGED RADIOS

A NEW COMPLEX SHOWCASES A PASSION FOR COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

By Dan Sanchez

After starting out in a small garage, Rugged Radios founder and president Greg Cottrell grew his radio and communication equipment business into a giant in the industry. We recently visited the company’s latest complex in Arroyo Grande, California, a small town neighboring Pismo Beach, which showcases the company’s passion for communication technology as well as vintage cars, motorcycles, race vehicles, and more.

“Our home is here in Arroyo Grande,” said Cottrell. “My dad had a motorcycle repair shop in Covina, California, and I began getting involved in it with him when he began racing in SCORE in the 70s.” Cottrell learned early on that communication is critical for safety during racing or other off-road adventures. Cottrell later moved to Arroyo Grande and began working on improving the communication systems that were available at the time, and he soon became a leader in the marketplace.

“I’ve been in the business of communication technology for 32 years and started Rugged Radios over 18 years ago,” said Cottrell. “I started out in my garage, and now we have a state-of-the-art complex designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.” 

The Rugged Radios facility isn’t just a large, bland building in the middle of town. The beautiful exterior and interior are inviting to everyone interested in cars, motorcycles, off-road, Overlanding, and anything else on two or four wheels. “For us, it’s all about energy,” said Cottrell. “When you walk in, you feel the company– who we are– become immersed in the activity here, and you begin to realize you’re in the communications superstore.”

With more than 50 employees, the showroom is open and allows customers to see everything from order-taking, R&D, production, shipping, and more. You will also be surrounded by multiple vintage motorcycles, buggies, race vehicles, and hot-rods, all on display with the company’s products in them. From headsets for helmets to the latest GMRS communication units, samples are available for customers to pick up, feel, and ask questions.

The employees also show pride in working there, and although the main building and showroom are impressive, there’s much more to the Rugged Radios complex. Alongside the main building is the company’s new taco stand, a small building with a full kitchen that is still being prepared to make, sell, and distribute Baja-style tacos. 

“The taco stand is being set up for when we have events such as car shows here at Rugged,” said Steve Gonzalez, Rugged warehouse manager. “We have events here that bring in hundreds of vehicles, and people want to eat, so we took our love of tacos from Baja and brought it to our facility.”

The Rugged complex also houses the company’s “garage,” where new products are prototyped and tested and where team members can work on their vehicles. Everything from welding tools to a CNC laser cutter is in this area to maximize creativity and design. Behind the Garage is another building where all of Cottrell’s personal toys are housed and showcased. Vintage motorcycles, Baja Bugs, Jeeps, a vintage trailer, collectible bicycles, and a replica of his dad’s motorcycle repair shop are all displayed in a tribute to the passions Cottrell shares.

Between the main building and the Garage are numerous Rugged Radio vehicles, including show support and product trailers, along with four-wheel show and pre-runner trucks. 

“This year, we partnered with SCORE International as the Official Radio Communications company,” said Cottrell. “It’s been a dream of mine to become involved with SCORE in an official capacity, as we support SCORE and SCORE supports us. Most importantly, we support the racers at every event and teach them how to install, check, and recheck their equipment before a race. This partnership with SCORE is only the beginning, and I can’t wait for the many more years to come.”

For more information on the Rugged Radios location or any of the Rugged Radio products, visit them at www.ruggedradios.com.

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Official Letters from Mexico | Score International

Introducing SCORE Baja 1000 Tequila

As a homage to Mexican culture and the vibrant tradition of BAJA 1000 racing celebrations, SCORE International takes pride in crafting a tequila that embodies its rich history and cultural heritage. Here's to raising a glass to one of the world's premier motorsports events.

SCORE BAJA 1000 Tequila is more than just a beverage; it's a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence and the celebration of adventure. Our premium Tequila celebrates 50 years off-road racing in Baja and delivers a unique and memorable drinking experience. Proudly distilled in Tequila, Mexico, we invite you to enjoy on the rocks, or in cocktails with friends and share the adventure!

Entries Growing for the BFGoodrich 56th SCORE Baja 500

Ensenada, the ‘Desert Racing Capital of the World,’ returns as the next venue for the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship. Round 2 will be the BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500, the second oldest and a pinnacle race of the organization founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and owned for the next 38 years by the iconic Sal Fish. Round 2 on the 2024 schedule of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization will be held May 29 to June 2 in Baja California, Mexico.

Entries Growing for the BFGoodrich 56th SCORE Baja 500

SCORE MEDIA OPERATIONS DIRECTOR: Gabriel Garcia, Gabriel@SCORE-international.com and SCORE HISTORIAN: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Ensenada, the ‘Desert Racing Capital of the World,’ returns as the next venue for the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship. Round 2 will be the BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500, the second oldest and a pinnacle race of the organization founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and owned for the next 38 years by the iconic Sal Fish. Round 2 on the 2024 schedule of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization will be held May 29 to June 2 in Baja California, Mexico.

‘CINDERELLA OF THE PACIFIC’

     Ensenada, a popular port city on the coast of the Pacific Ocean 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego, is known worldwide as ‘The Cinderella of the Pacific.’

     Ensenada has many tourist attractions, including the Valle de Guadalupe with over 150 wineries and excellent restaurants with the best of Mexican gastronomy, as well as La Bufadora, a natural geyser that attracts millions of people every year to witness its spectacular nature, as well as the legendary Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, home of the famous Margarita, which can be enjoyed at the Andaluz Bar.

EARLIEST ENTRIES

     With nearly 260 entries expected, entries have already come from 18 U.S. States and six countries are part of the first 75 official entries. Besides the United States, and host country Mexico, racers so far have come from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, and Japan.

RACE WEEK

     The colorful contingency row and tech inspection of all the participating vehicles will be held on Friday, May 31 on Ensenada's Boulevard Costero from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. With the Manufacturer’s Midway and multiple local vendors, the pre-race pageantry draws upwards 50,000 people for the event that is free to the public.

     On Saturday, June 1, the green flag will drop on the Boulevard Costero, with the first motorcycle departing at 2:30 a.m. PT, while the first 4-wheeler will depart at 6:15 a.m. PT, having to overcome a 486-mile race course.  While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in approximately 10 hours, all vehicles Will have a 20-hour time limit to become official finishers in the elapsed-time race.

     The awards celebration will be held on Sunday, June 2 at the Cathedral Hall of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center at 12:30 p.m. Qualifying, contingency and the race days will be part of SCORE Live with Rat Sult on SCORE's official YouTube channel and also its official Facebook account. Tracking of the race vehicles will be available during the race through the SCORE website.

METHOD RACE WHEELS QUALIFYING

     SCORE Trophy Trucks, SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec classes will hold the Method Race Wheels Qualifying session on Thursday, May 30. Starting with at 7 a.m. PT at a private venue, this event is closed to the public.

     The Method Race Wheels Qualifying will determine the starting order in those three classes for the race, as this is the first time in history that all SCORE four races will hold a qualifying session.

     SCORE Live will air the Method Race Wheels Qualifying through the SCORE website.

     Start order for all of the other classes in this race will be determined by a random draw for positions within each class.

‘GOLDEN BOY’ WILL BE OUT TO DEFEND HIS THRONE

     Bryce Menzies, 36, of Las Vegas, is already part of the official registrations for the SCORE Baja 500 in the SCORE Trophy Truck. Menzies, who is the defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion, won the overall in this race in 2023.

     After a fourth-place finish in March’s King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, the "Golden Boy" is one of the favorites to fight for the checkered flag aboard his No. 1 Menzies Motorsports Ford Raptor, a Mason Motorsports built truck with all-wheel drive.

    Bryce Menzies has 10 career victories in the history of the 30-year history of the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, which is why in just a few years he has become one of the favorites of the Mexican fans in SCORE, thanks to his spectacular driving and cordial treatment of the fans.

SOLORZANO, THE LEGEND OF BAJA

     Eric Solorzano, 64, from Tijuana, Baja California, continues his quest for his first SCORE 2024 Desert World Championship win after finishing second in the SCORE San Felipe 250 in Class 11.

     Solorzano, the only Mexican driver to be inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, remains a living legend in Class 11, showing no signs of retiring anytime soon, aboard his No. 1111 stock Volkswagen sedan. In his illustrious career, Solorzano has won 11 SCORE Class 11 season point crowns, and he has also won Class 11 a total of seven times in the SCORE Baja 500.

PRESS WELCOME

     Applications for SCORE press credentials (media, team media and commercial media) for the 56th BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500 are now open, exclusively online via the following direct link...http://score-international.com/score-media/.

     Once submitted through the SCORE website (deadline for submission is Friday, May 17), credential requests will be reviewed and a response email will be sent by Monday, May 20.

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2024 SCORE SCHEDULE

     Here are the dates for the three remaining 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship which are being held in Baja California, Mexico for the ninth consecutive year:

BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500—

May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

5th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 11-15, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

BFGoodrich Tires 57th SCORE Baja 1000—

November 11-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

     Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Battery, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communication, Sylvania-Official Light, Method Race Wheels-Official Wheel and Race Qualifying sponsor, Lasernut-Official Custom Metal Fabricator, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

     SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance.

     Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada, and Cruz Roja Mexicana.

     For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

En Espanol…

Del 29 de Mayo al 2 de Junio Comenzó en Ensenada

la cuenta regresiva para la BFGoodrich Tires 56th Baja 500

La segunda fecha del Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE se realizará

en Ensenada, Baja California, con un contingente cercano a los 260 equipos

      ENSENADA, Baja California, México—Ensenada será la nueva sede del Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE, ya que del 29 de mayo al 2 de junio se estará realizando en esa ciudad la BFGoodrich Tires 56a SCORE Baja 500, la segunda carrera de mayor antigüedad y excelencia dentro de la empresa fundada en la década de los setentas por el fallecido Mickey Thompson.

     Ensenada, conocida como “La Cenicienta del Pacífico”, cuenta con muchos atractivos turísticos, como el Valle de Guadalupe con sus diferentes vinícolas y excelentes restaurantes con lo mejor de la gastronomía mexicana, al igual que La Bufadora, un geiser natural que atrae cada año a millones de personas para presenciar su espectacular naturaleza, al igual que el legendario Centro Social, Cultural y Cívico Riviera de Ensenada, hogar de la famosa Margarita, misma que se puede disfrutar en el Bar Andaluz.

     Ya a unos días de abrirse registros de pilotos y equipos de competencia, la cifra está subiendo en forma interesante, esperando para el día del banderazo de salida, sábado 1 de junio, un contingente de 260 equipos participantes, de países como los Estados Unidos, Canadá, Australia, Japón, Indonesia, Bolivia, Perú y el anfitrión México.

     Actualmente, son 17 estados de los Estados Unidos que ya cuentan con algún corredor en los registros oficiales de SCORE para esta Baja 500, entre ellos, California, Nevada, Arizona y Utah.

     La revisión mecánica de la SCORE Baja 500 será el viernes 31 de mayo en el Bulevar Costero de Ensenada, de las 8 de la mañana a las 5 de la tarde, actividad que espera reunir a 50 mil personas a lo largo del día.

     El sábado 1 de junio caerá la bandera verde en el Bulevar Costero, con la primera motocicleta partiendo a las 2:30 de la mañana, mientras que el primer vehículo de 4 ruedas, partirá a las 6:15 de la mañana, teniendo que vencer una ruta de 486 millas, y con un tiempo límite para cruzar la meta en Ensenada, de 20 horas.

     La ceremonia de premiación se realizará el domingo 2 de junio en el Salón Catedral del Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera de Ensenada, a las 12:30 de la tarde, recordando que la SCORE Baja 500 será transmitida en vivo por el canal oficial de SCORE en YouTube y también su cuenta oficial de Facebook.

METHOD RACE WHEELS CALIFICACION

     El jueves 30 de mayo se realizará la Method Race Wheels Calificación para los SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend y Trophy Truck Spec classes, iniciando con prácticas desde las 7 de la mañana en una sede privada, recordando que en este evento no se permitirá el acceso a espectadores.

     De esa manera se definirá el orden de arranque en esas 3 clases para la carrera, siendo esta la primera vez en la historia que todas las fechas de SCORE contarán con esta actividad.

SALDRÁ EL “GOLDEN BOY” A DEFENDER SU TRONO

     Bryce Menzies, de 36 años de edad y de Las Vegas, Nevada, ya es parte de los registros oficiales para la SCORE Baja 500 en los SCORE Trophy Trucks, quien ganó el overall de esta carrera en 2023, por lo que buscará nuevamente el estar celebrando un triunfo en Ensenada.

     Tras un cuarto sitio en la edición 37 de la King Shocks SCORE San Felipe 250, el “Golden Boy” es parte de la baraja de favoritos para pelear por la bandera a cuadros, a bordo de su Ford Raptor, vehículo de la marca Mason Motorsports y que es de tracción en todos sus ejes.

Bryce Menzies cuenta con 10 victorias en la historia de los SCORE Trophy Trucks, con el equipo Menzies Motorsports, por lo que en pocos años se ha convertido en uno de los consentidos de los fans mexicanos en SCORE, gracias a su manejo espectacular y su sencillez con ellos.

SOLÓRZANO, LA LEYENDA DE LA 11

     Eric Solórzano, de 64 años y de Tijuana, Baja California, sigue en la búsqueda de su primer triunfo en el Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE, tras finalizar segundo dentro de la SCORE San Felipe 250 en la Clase 11.

     Solórzano, único piloto mexicano en ser parte del Salón de la Fama del Off-Road en Las Vegas, Nevada, se mantiene vigente ante las nuevas generaciones en la Clase 11, toda una leyenda viviente y quien no da señales de pensar en el retiro a corto plazo, a bordo de su vochito stock con motor Volkswagen.

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     Una vez enviadas a través de la página de internet de SCORE, (la fecha límite de envío es el viernes 17 de mayo), se revisarán las solicitudes de credenciales y se enviará por parte de nosotros un correo de respuesta antes del lunes 20 de mayo.

BIENVENIDA LA PRENSA

     Ya se abrieron las solicitudes de credenciales de prensa SCORE (medios de comunicación, medios de comunicación de equipos y medios de comunicación comerciales) para la edición 56 de la BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, exclusivamente en línea a través del siguiente enlace directo...http://score-international.com/score-media/.

     Una vez enviadas a través de la página de internet de SCORE, (la fecha límite de envío es el viernes 17 de mayo), se revisarán las solicitudes de credenciales y se enviará por parte de nosotros un correo de respuesta antes del lunes 20 de mayo.

Universo SCORE

CALENDARIO 2024 DE SCORE

Estas son las tres fechas restantes del Campeonato Mundial del Desierto 2024 de SCORE que se celebrarán en Baja California, México, por noveno año consecutivo:

Edición 56 de la BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500-

29 de mayo al 2 de junio, Ensenada, Baja California, México

Edición 5 de la SCORE Baja 400, presentada por VP Racing Fuels-

11-15 de septiembre, Ensenada, Baja California, México

Edición 57 de la BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000-

11-17 de noviembre, Ensenada, Baja California, México

PATROCINADORES SCORE…

     Patrocinadores oficiales de SCORE: BFGoodrich Tires-Patrocinador oficial de llantas y carreras, Ford-Patrocinador oficial de camionetas y todoterrenos, King Shocks-Patrocinador oficial de amortiguadores y carreras, Polaris RZR-Patrocinador oficial de UTV, VP Racing Fuels-Patrocinador oficial de combustible y carreras, Optima Batteries-Patrocinador oficial de baterías, Rugged Radios: Radiocomunicación oficial, Sylvania: Luces oficiales, Method Race Wheels: Patrocinador oficial de los rines y de la clasificación de la carrera, Lasernut: Fabricante oficial de metal a medida, Wide Open Excursions: Empresa oficial para tours de Off-Road, Crystal Bay Casino: Casino oficial.

     Socios Oficiales de SCORE: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance.

     Socios Asociados Adicionales de SCORE: Secretaría de Turismo de Baja California, Secretaría de Turismo de MÉXICO, Consejo Municipal Fundacional de San Felipe, Gobierno Municipal de Ensenada, Comité de Comercialización Turística de San Felipe, Comité de Comercialización Turística de Ensenada, Asociación de Hoteles y Moteles de Ensenada, Proturismo Ensenada y Cruz Roja Mexicana.

Para más información sobre SCORE, visita la página de internet oficial del Campeonato Mundial del Desierto de SCORE en www.SCORE-International.com.

BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500

Round 2 of four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

May 29-June 2 – 486.00 miles – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 75 (as of 4/20/24)

(from 18 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan)


 

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

(Numerical order, by class)

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (23*)

1 Bryce Menzies

*1L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

16 Cameron Steele

21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr

23 Dan McMillin

33 Roberto Romo Jr

*37L Rolf Helland

45 Gary Magness-1st RS

46 Toby Price

56 Ruben Ledezma

58 Tracy Graf

60 Cole Potts

*61L David Payne

70 Kevin Thompson

72 Aaron Celiceo

78 Tracy Poole

82 Sam Baldi

83 Luke McMillin

85 Mikey Lawrence

87 Dallas Lutrell

89 Mike Walser

94 Christopher Polvoorde

*99L Shawn Runyon

*SCORE TT LEGEND

CLASS 1 (1)

127 Cody Parkhouse

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (19)

200 Jason McNeil

205 Joe Delucie

207 Mason Cullen

228 Ryan Hancock

232 Chelsea Magness

236 Michael Marsal

237 Adam Castaneda

242 Bryce Swaim

245 Ethan Hagle

249 Chase Swanson

250 Dustin Swanson

258 Mavrick Gaunt

260 Santiago Creel

262 Mick Magher

289 Tanner Rust

290 Isidro Ochoa

294 Vincent Munoz

297 Jorge Sampietro

299 Charles Dorrance

CLASS 10 (2)

1020 Carlos Guillen

1060 Ted Baker-1st RS

PRO UTV OPEN (2)

1850 Paul Barnhart Jr

1869 Justin Lambert

PRO UTV FI (4)

2906 Zach Selby

2966 Shane Allen

2987 Edgar Garcia

2960 Miguel Barraza

CLASS 7 (2)

703 Scott Brady

711 Richard Fant

PRO UTV NA (1)

1919 Eva Malabanan

PRO UTV STOCK (6)

3900 Jorge Cano

3906 Mark Levrett

3916 Jeff Embree

3930 Douglas Cornwell

3943 Dennis Romero

3957 Bruce Jett-1st RS

CLASS 8 (1)

809 Josh Klenske

CLASS 3 (1)

390 Ikuo Hanawa

CLASS 7F (1)

700F Justin Park

CLASS 11 (1)

1111 Eric Solorzano

Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (1)

9x Austin Eddy

PRO MOTO 30 (1)

317x Ethan Wheeler-1st RS

PRO MOTO LIMITED (1)

193x Adam Joslin

PRO MOTO 40 (1)

452x Travis Flateau

PRO MOTO IRONMAN (3)

713x Francisco Teran-1st RS

724x William Gross

780x Jeff Miller

PRO MOTO ADVENTURE (2)

805x Dustin Davis-1st RS

834x Scott Purcell

Sportsman

SPT M/C (2)

236x Andy Valencia

283x Chad Waite

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Fox Factory Edition 2024 Chevrolet Silverado

The Fox Factory Edition 2024 Chevrolet Silverado is the result of a collaboration between Fox Factory Powered Vehicle Division and offroad industry leaders like FOX, Method Race Wheels, BF Goodrich, Baja Kits, ARB, RCV, and more.

The Silverado incorporates Fox Factory's 3.2 Internal Bypass shock design and Live Valve suspension management system

BF Goodrich 37-inch AT KO2 tires mounted on Method 17x9 wheels and Pre-runner styling make this truck look menacing

A Whipple Supercharged 6.2L V8 provides 700 HP asnd 640 Lbs./Ft. torque

Fox Factory Edition 2024 Chevrolet Silverado

by Dan Sanchez

The Fox Factory Edition Chevrolet Silverado is a result of a collaboration between Fox Factory Powered Vehicle Division and offroad industry leaders like FOX, Method Race Wheels, BF Goodrich, Baja Kits, ARB, RCV, and more. The Silverado offers next-level aftermarket suspension technology with OE-level integration all backed by a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty.

Complete with Fox Live Valve shock technology, the Silverado platform uses 3.2 Internal Bypass shock design and Live Valve suspension management system. The Baja Kits long-travel front and rear suspension system increases overall track width by 6" over stock, and when combined with BF Goodrich 37-inch AT KO2 tires mounted on Method 17x9 wheels, it gives the truck 14.5" of suspension travel in front and 19.5" of articulated travel in the rear. 

Power comes from a 6.2L V8 with a Whipple Gen V supercharger that produces 700 hp and 640 lbs.-ft. torque that is coupled to a factory 10L80 10-speed automatic. The truck also uses a Dana 60 semi-floating rear axle equipped with an ARB Air Locker, 35-spline chromoly axle shafts, and a 3.73:1 rear gears. 

Equipped with Nacho Quatro lighting and carbon fiber fenders, hood, and bedsides, the 2024 Fox Factory Edition Silverado looks impressive and ready for anything you can throw at it. More information on the truck can be found at FoxFactorytruck.com.