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Friday, May 26, 2006

Baja 500 FACTSHEET

F A C T S H E E T
2006 Tecate SCORE Baja 500

WHAT:
38th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Desert Race
Round 3, of the six-race 2006 SCORE Desert Series

WHEN:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday June 1-4, 2006

WHERE:
Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (65 miles south of U.S./Mexico Border)

WHO:
Race-Record 430+ entries from 28 U.S. States, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, New Zealand, France & Japan

COURSE:
TOTAL MILEAGE: 424.29 miles (5 checkpoints).
Starts in downtown Ensenada adjacent to the Riviera Cultural Center and finishes at Campo de Softball Jose Negro Soto stadium, 11th & Espinoza, in the heart of Ensenada. Starting and finishing in Ensenada, this year’s tight and technical course will run in a clockwise direction, running East into the middle of the peninsula, then South, followed by a West travel section, turning north, then East, North and back West for the final charge back into Ensenada. The course travels in a clockwise direction for the first time since 2003, with the first 28.50 miles from the start to Ojos Negros being used both ways. From Ojos, the course heads Northeast to the Pine Forest. After looping through the Pine Forest, the course heads due South, paralleling Highway 3 through El Rayo (rm99.54) and Santa Catarina (rm140.24) and along the infamous Goat Trail before merging into Highway 3 south just after K117, rm161.56 to run on pavement to K138, rm173.84. The course then heads Southwest and up and around Mike’s Sky Rancho, rm193.70, and back down around through Rancho El Coyote, rm210.78. The course then winds north towards Valley de Trinidad, turning NorthWest at rm248.60 and then West at rm256.95. Shooting across to Highway 1 at K102, rm285.73, the course goes north on pavement to K96, rm289.86. At this point, the course winds West and then North for a sprint along the Pacific Ocean, turning back inland and NorthEast at rm330.50. At rm344.41, Highway 1, K51+, the course turns North at Santo Tomas, to Uruapan at K42, rm350.36 where it turns East to Tres Hermanos, rm 374.13. Leaving Tres Hermanos, the course heads north to Ojos Negros at rm 397.16 and back to Ensenada over the first 28.50 miles. Checkpoints: CK1-the Summit, rm88.29; CK2-Nuevo Junction, rm141.20; CK3-El Coyote, rm210.78; CK4-San Vincente, rm290.69; CK5-Ojos Negros, rm397.16.

PRE AND POST RACE SHEDULE:

THURSDAY, June 1, 2006--(all times PDT)
Racer Registration, San Nicolas Hotel, 2p.m.-6 p.m.
Media Registration, San Nicolas Hotel, 2p.m.-6p.m.

FRIDAY, June 2, 2006--(all times PDT)
Racer Registration, San Nicolas Hotel, 9a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Media Registration, San Nicolas Hotel, 9a.m.-5p.m.
Contingency/Tech Inspection, behind San Nicolas Hotel (First Street-Calle Uno), 10a.m.-6p.m.
Mandatory Racer Meeting, Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, 7p.m.

SUNDAY, June 4, 2006--(all times PDT)
Posting of Unofficial Results-San Nicolas Hotel, 8a.m.
Competition Review Board-San Nicolas Hotel, 9a.m.
Awards Celebration-San Nicolas Hotel, 10a.m.

RACE DAYS SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY/SUNDAY, June 3-4, 2006 (all times PDT)

START: In front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in downtown Ensenada.
FINISH: Campo de Softball Jose Negro Soto stadium, 11th (Calle Once) & Espinoza-Ensenada.

Late Registration, San Nicolas Hotel, 5:30 a.m., Late Tech, start line, 5:30a.m.

RACE STARTS: Motorcycles & ATVs-6a.m.; Cars & Trucks-9 a.m. (Approx)

CLASS STARTING ORDER: (One vehicle every 30 seconds)
Motorcycles/ATVs--22, 30, 40, 21, 20, 50, SPT M/C>250cc, SPT M/C<250cc, 25, 24, SPT ATV.
Cars/Trucks: TT, 1, 10, 8, PT, SL, 1-2/1600, 5, 7, 5/1600, 7S, 7SX, SF, SM, 9, 3, 17, SPT TRUCK, SPT CAR, 11, SPT UTV.

TIME LIMIT: All vehicles have an 18-hour time limit to cover the course.

SANCTION:
Sanctioned and produced by SCORE International-Los Angeles CEO & President--Sal Fish; Vice-President—Paul Fish; Attorney—Oscar Ramos; Administration--Sue Johnson

TV:
Aura360 will produce a one-hour special to air in December on NBC and ESPN International.

BLACK BOXES:
SCORE requires that special ‘black boxes’ will be mandatory on all Pro class entries, except Class 11. The Loggers, provided and monitored by RallyTrack.com, record the GPS data logging of all vehicles along with vehicle speed, especially in speed-limit areas, for post-race analysis by SCORE.

SPONSORS:
BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Sunoco Race Fuels/C.L. Bryant-official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Airstar America-official space lighting provider. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Kartek Off-Road, Centrix Financial, NAPA Chassis, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Suzuki, SignPros, Cotuco, Fideicomiso Publico para la Promocion Turistica de Ensenada, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

TOP DRIVERS AND RIDERS:

SCORE Trophy-Truck: 83 Andy McMillin/Robby Gordon 19 Tim/Ed Herbst, 28 Alan Pflueger, 88 Ryan Arciero/Mark Miller, 1 Bob Shephard, 3 Mark Post/Curt LeDuc, 7 Scott Steinberger/Jesse Jones, 12 Brian Collins/Larry Ragland, 4 Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, 97 B.J. Baldwin, 17 Carl Renezder, 31 Scott McMillin, 80 Chad Ragland,86 Josh Baldwin, 16 Cameron Steele, 5 Marty Coyne, 96 Bobby Baldwin;
Class 1: Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Mark McMillin, Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Dale Ebberts, Chuck Hovey, Damen Jefferies, Pat Dean/B.J. Richardson, Buddy Feldkamp/Bud Feldkamp, Martin Christensen/Dave Mason, Danny Anderson, Kash Vessels, John Herder;
Class 1-2/1600: Caleb Gaddis, Brian Burgess, Adam Pfankuch, Daniel McMillin;
Class 3: Donald Moss; Class 5: George Seeley; Class 5/1600: Marcos Nunez, Danny Ledezma, Brent Shermak; Class 7: Victor Herrera Jr., Dan Chamlee; Class 7SX: John Holmes, Noe Sierra, Heidi Steele; Class 8: Todd Wyllie, Nick Vanderwey, Dave Raimonde; Class 10: John Cooley, Ron Dalke, Darren Hardesty, Lobsam Yee, Rick Ellison, Mark Hutchins; SCORE Lite: Tim Noe, Ken Stroud, Stan Potter/Dan Worley, Vic Bruckmann; Stock Full: John Griffin, Josh Hall, Bob Graham; Stock Mini: Rod Hall; Protruck: Gus Vildosola Jr./Bryan Freeman, Rick L. Johnson;
Class 22: Steve Hengeveld/Mike Childress/Johnny Campbell, Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Jimmy Lewis, Cameron Steele; Class 30: Gerardo Rojas, Brian Pinard, J. David Ruvalcaba; Class 40: Jim O’Neal; Class 50: Jim O’Neal, Eizaburo Karasawa;
Class 25: Josh Frederick, Wayne Matlock/Shad Prull

CLASSES:
The Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Desert Race features 25 Pro & 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. Class winners will be decided along with the overall race winner in Pro 4-Wheel, Pro Motorcycle and Pro ATV. Pro Class Descriptions:

Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)
CLASS 1-2/1600 (single or two-seaters to 1600cc)
CLASS 3 (Short wheelbase 4X4)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited Baja Bugs)
CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc Baja Bugs)
CLASS 7 (Open mini trucks)
CLASS 7S (Stock mini trucks)
CLASS 7SX (Modified, Stock mini trucks)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)
CLASS 9 (Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)
SCORE LITE (Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)
CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)
STOCK FULL (Stock full-sized trucks)
STOCK MINI (Stock mini trucks)
PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)

Motorcycles
CLASS 22 (250cc or more)
CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)
CLASS 20 (125cc)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)

ATVs
CLASS 25 (251cc or more)
CLASS 24 (250cc or less)

2005 TOP FINISHERS:
345 Total Starters
179 Total Finishers

OVERALL CARS & TRUCKS :
1. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Poway, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
3. Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
4. Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Curt LeDuc, CherryValley, CA Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
5. Damen Jefferies, Oak Hills, Calif., Porter-Chevy (Class 1)
6. Marty Coyne/Travis Coyne, El Centro, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
7. Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
8. Brian Ickler, Poway, Calif./Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
9. Corky McMillin, Bonita, Calif./Gary Arnold, El Cajon, Calif., Chenowth-Chevy (Class 1)
10. Brian Collins, Las Vegas/Larry Ragland, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

OVERALL MOTORCYCLE
1. Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif./Mouse McCoy, Santa Monica, Calif., Honda XR650R (Class 22)

OVERALL ATV
1. Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev.Cyle Chislock, Murrieta, Calif./Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif., Honda TRX450R (Class 25)

2004 TOP FINISHERS:
300 Total Starters
181 Total Finishers

OVERALL CARS & TRUCKS :
1. Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2. Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Hesperia, Calif., Smithbuilt-Ford (Class 1)
3. Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, CA/Jerry Whelchel, RanchoSM, CA, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck
4. Jason Baldwin, Laguna Hills, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
5. Josh Baldwin, San Diego, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
6. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Poway, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
7. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
8. Dan Smith/Dave Ashley, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
9. Dan Myers, Newport Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
10. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)

OVERALL MOTORCYCLE
1. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell,
San Clemente, Calif., Honda XR650R (Class 22)

OVERALL ATV
1. Ruben Martin/Gilberto Santana, Tijuana, Mexico, Bombardier Baja X (Class 25)

CROSSOVER RACERS:
Among the crossover racers entered in this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 are:
Robby Gordon, NASCAR Team Owner/Driver (No. 83, SCORE Trophy-Truck)
Danny Sullivan, 1985 Indy 500 champion, 12 Indy 500 starts (No. 96, SCORE Trophy-Truck)
Roberto Guerrero, 15 Indy 500 starts (No. 245, Protruck)
Rhyss Millen, Pikes Peak Hill Climb class winner, National Drifting champ (No. 40, SCORE Trophy-Truck)
Jamie Galles, former Trans Am, Toyota Atlantic racer, (No. 805, Class 8)
Greg Foster, veteran Formula 1 powerboat racer, (No. 1220, SCORE Lite)

ALL GIRLS:
Making their SCORE racing debut is the All-American Girls Racing team, led by Robby Gordon’s sisters Beccy and Robyn. With a lot of help from their friends, including team sponsor SoBe Life Water, Heather Bonanni is driver of record and the team’s four other drivers are Lori Lynch, Jamie Nye, Cari Penhall and Kate Sutton. They will make their SCORE debut in the Sportsman Car class, driving the No. 1401 Lothringer-Porsche. The car is legal for Class 10, so it has plenty of horses.

MORE GIRLS:
While there are numerous female co-drivers in this race, those ladies who are driver/rider of record include: Heidi Steele, Class 7SX, Sigal Greenberg, Class 9, Karen Gagsletter, Class 20, Brianna Mancilla, Sportsman ATV and Jessica McCreary, Sportsman ATV. McCreary will be attempting to ride the entire race solo.

MEDIA CENTER:
Race day: Remote facility at Start and Finish Lines