Photos: Art Eugenio
POMONA, Calif., USA—Another radically rugged race course of approximately 840 miles for the granddaddy of all desert races was unveiled Saturday at the SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit area in Building 5 at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
The season finale of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship is expecting nearly 250 entries, from 25 countries and 40 U.S. States to compete in this year’s 48th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. The race week festivities will cover Nov. 17-21, with the race and all side events starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Entry registration for the race is available at Register Here for Race. The drawing for starting positions for all classes, except the featured SCORE Trophy Truck and unlimited Class 1 will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28.
SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks and Class 1 open-wheelers will once again have a special qualifying session for start positions on Tuesday, Nov. 3 on a special 3.6-mile course on the off-road track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two top SCORE racing classes will be featured that week in the massive SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience during the SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
OFF-ROAD EXPO MEET & GREETS
Crowd favorite autograph sessions took place on Saturday and will again on Sunday with many of the stars of the sport, both past and present who have built their legacy in the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. Additional highlight of the SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit is the SCORE Monster Energy Cinema, featuring SCOREvision, massive multiple LED screens showing race telecasts that have aired on the CBS Sports Network as well as historical race videos that are part of the legendary legacy of SCORE Baja racing.
Among the legends, past and present, scheduled to appear at the at Sunday’s noon to 2 p.m. PT SCORE Baja 1000 autograph sessions are SCORE owner Roger Norman, Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, Rod Hall, Rob MacCachren, Mark Samuels, Carlos Lopez, Eduardo Laguna, Jonathan Brenthel, Jordan Brenthel, Justin Lambert, Cameron Steele, Heidi Steele and Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr. SCORE expects some other ‘surprise’ SCORE Baja racing legends as well for the two autograph sessions.
The SCORE Baja 1000 Exhibit at the Off-Road Expo includes multiple vehicle displays as well. Among the vehicles on display are the legendary Terrible Herbst Motorsports ‘Landshark’ unlimited Class 1 open-wheel race car built by Mike Smith, driven by Troy Herbst to six SCORE point championships. Also on display will be Roger Norman’s SCORE Trophy Truck, Mickey Thompson’s restored vintage Class 2 open-wheeler, Steven Eugenio’s SCORE Trophy Truck, Rugged Radio’s Class 11 VW Sedan, Justin Lambert’s Cognito Motorsports UTV, Jordan Brenthel’s Trophy Truck Spec, Ricky Brabec’s 1x motorcycle, Colton Udall’s 5x motorcycle, a COPS Racing Class 10 car, the Warrior Built motorcycle and a Baja Challenge Subaru-powered Baja Touring Car from Wide Open Excursions.
OH, WHAT A COURSE
As it has for over four decades, SCORE has put together another memorable race course, this one for a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain the northern state of the majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer. Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course travels in a counter-clockwise direction. It includes the approximate 35 mile stretch to Ojos Negros which is used in both directions. Outgoing, the course heads south from Ojos through Santo Tomas and along the Pacific Ocean.
Featuring seven checkpoints, the approximately 840-mile course covers both sides of the peninsula parallels Highway 1 for nearly half of the race, looping south back to the Pacific and then crossing over to the other side of the peninsula below Puertocitos. The course then heads back North along the Sea of Cortez, past San Felipe paralleling Highway 5 and up to the junction with Highway 3.
The rugged course then parallels Highway 3 traveling west then northwest back into Ojos Negros and the finish line in Ensenada. Pre-running is expected to open near the end of October, allowing competitors nearly three weeks of practice time on the course.
MORE EXPO INFO
The 2015 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo is the greatest collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear, and experts assembled in America. From off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, motorcycles to ATV’s and camping to adventure travel, the event provides the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the most knowledgeable people in the off-road industry. With a full weekend of excitement, other event features include over 300 industry-specific vendors, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Demo at the MAV TV Proving Grounds, Rubicon Trail – Off Road Vehicle Ride Along, Radio vehicle demonstrations, DragonFire Racing ride along, the Miss Off-Road Expo Contest and live music all weekend at the Budweiser Stage.
SCORE Live HD at the Expo
The SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit at the Expo includes live internet coverage on SCORE Live HD (www.score-international.com) with interviews with the SCORE Baja legends, the Monster girls. Announcers are George Antill and Dianna Dahlgren.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250 presented by the City of El Centro (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
The five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the complete 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
· 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, held June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
· Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250, presented by the city of El Centro, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
Issue No. 8 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital.
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous linked video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights/Official Race Sponsor, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.