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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Complete BAJA 500 2013 Baja Racing News LIVE!



A Winning Pit Stop at the recent BAJA 500



Hotels in Ensenada Raised Room Rates Just For Us Racers!

Edited by Gary Newsome
UPDATE June 11, 2013

Executive Summary:

The hotels are crap and they will continue to Jack prices for us racers! And, SCORE is about to work with "us" (Baja California) on another race.

"Secretary of Tourism in Baja California, Juan Reds Funcke, confirmed that there is a surge in hotel occupancy in the entity that issues the Baja500, Baja1000 and San Felipe 250 will not change of venue.

In an interview, the state official said that in the city of Tijuana in what was January to May of hotel occupancy was 50 percent, in a sample of 19 hotels.


In the same period, but this year we had a record of 58 percent occupancy, reflecting a significant increase also is starting a good June with an occupancy rate of 64 percent, he added.


If increases in rates in hotels in the city of Ensenada, which was recorded in the period in which they developed the Baja 500, the state official issued a call for sites that did the debase to be more competitive.


Previously the government had input into the implementation of hotel rates, from the 90 were released and now the rates corresponding to the associations of hoteliers manage costs, he said.


As for the realization of racing Baja 500, Baja 1000 and San Felipe 250, said Funcke Reds will now be an additional race to determine the place of departure of competitors.


In conclusion, the Secretary indicated that the increase in the sector has led to the intense promotional work has been done in the state and southern California."



Original Report: Prices fourfold (quadrupled), from 300 to 200 thousand pesos, was what some hoteliers charged Ensenada this weekend held in the Baja 500, the president of the Association of Hotels and Motels in Ensenada, Jean-Loup Biterlin Geffroy.
 
The businessman said that while the sector recorded high hotel occupancy rates during the nights of Friday and Saturday, was presented the situation of between six and ten hotels increased their prices from 300 to 200 thousand pesos a night.
 
"Proturismo has a responsibility to the organization to deliver invitations Score support team and save money, the hotel involved and they are not all, have committed to donate two or three quarters, normally you should rent the rooms and hotels economic give those rooms, thus saving everyone. "
 
He said regular price is duplicated, but not that they raise the price four times, to a service or a facility "not worth it", a situation which he said was an abuse.
Jean-Loup Biterlin recognized that there is no regulation in the sector, to prevent these increases. He said that the need for better infrastructure and reinvest in local hotels, in order to have other fees that help hoteliers economy.
 
"We would like to raise average prices throughout the year and not be giving discounts all year long because we are cutting the neck by themselves".
 
Finally, the entrepreneur said that these hotels raised their rates do not belong to the association, and that they threaten the visitors return to Ensenada, or problems occurring with participants in future editions of the Baja or other events.

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DEATH BY BAJA RACE! EXCLUSIVE! UPDATED! BAJA 500 2013

15x Chuck Neugebauer Found Dead
on BAJA 500 Race Course

UPDATE! June 12, 2013


Mexican and USA Law Enforcement "On The Lookout" For 'SSI Team Members'", from SCORE Source. 

  15x team member said connected to this moto theft before the race:


""Baja Racer Motorcycle Stolen at Gunpoint during BAJA 500 PreRun

By Scott Myers:

"One of my 40 Class teammates Mike Baxter from Carson city NV was pre running the start from Ensenada on thurs aprox 10:00 am when at about RM10 is came across and "Downed rider" Or so he though with his bike laying in the middle of the course and the hunched over clutching his stomach. As he pulled up he asked the guy if he was ok and the guy muttered something in Spanish like he was in pain. So he asked again and this time he pulled up a Black .45 handgun and pointed it 10 inches from his face and said "Give me your bike right now or ill shoot you". As Mike was literally about to take this POS gun out of his hands and beat the life out of him another guy jumped from the bushes on his left and then another from behind. Sadly he had to give up his 450X. Before I forget I want to truly thank Kyle Abney because he not only stopped and rode Mike out or harms way but he drove mike to two different Police stations and stayed with his for over 4Hrs of Hell.. Without going into all the other details and how we figured this out let me say that the police have been Outstanding since minute one taking this very very serious. They found out that this guy not only races SCORE races but was entered in what we understood was team 5X. They call Him "Freddy" and he was the suspect in the robbery of as I understand it a Canadian rider at last years 500.. As of right ow they said that the police know everything about this POS including his home and his mothers home and as far as the police say he is on the run. He was positively identified by Mike in some arrest photos they had of the guy. He rides a Honda 450X with "Monster stickers" on the graphics. He also has a black helmet of some kind. That is all the info I have as of right now. We of course took this info straight to Oscar the Attorney for SCORE and we were blown off like we were a second class citizen. We sent off emails with No response and finally after a few more phone calls we had to go down the the convention center and practically Corner Roger Norman. So after a lengthy discussion Mike was basically told to Pack sand and there was NOTHING that they could do about it and or would do about it and "thanks for coming" but don't let the door hit you in the ass. So I just wanted to let everyone know that this kind of thing is serious and we are really hoping they find this POS and we find the bike. "


Baja racers Spreading the Love:

"Robbed by another racer at the BAJA 500. This story was copied and pasted. It was told by Cracker 1 on BajaRacingNews.com. I personally feel very disgusted and hope justice is served to the people who were involed. I will receive detailed information soon on the motorcycle information and will ask my fellow baja local racing friends to keep an eye out for this bike. Even know 90% of the time, if your bike is stolen in baja you will not get it back. But I hope this person/ racer is caught soon!!
Cracker 1
I felt that it was very important to get this information out as soon as possible after getting home today from the Baja 500. I brought this information to someone that I felt could have posted this to every offroad website there there was on the day that it happen but I was very sad to see that not a single word was posted ANYWHERE. So here goes, I was privileged to be part of not just one but 2 winning teams for the first time by winning class 30 on 349X by over a 1:08 and also Class 40 on 402X by multiple hours."""
"During the moto race lineup at the start of the race, other moto competitors pointed at the 15x team, as the one that perped the theft." SCORE Source

Original Exclusive Story:

 
Reported By Jorge Lucero

"Rest in peace. 
He ran the low 500 2013 yesterday reached A Pits his team saw it came very pale to get very thirsty and told him that it seemed to be a heat stroke which had to abandon the race and replied: "I will arrive to the finish line let me run" forward some fans saw him along the path and stopped to help him with water Mojandolo and dale to take and he said to them "I wanted to continue" and I moved in the second Pits his team returned to give water and your bike team told him that he had to stop running because it looked very bad, too tired! And he replied: "CORRERE death" more forward was his motorcycle pulled and a few meters the was already lying lifeless, apparently of a heart attack. His close friends say that he already knew that was going to die, had problems of the heart, and he wanted to die doing what more he liked and wanted to die in ssa BAJA 500."
Chuck sez: "Eat My Dirt Everyone"!
EXCLUSIVE REPORTING!
  Via BajaRacingNews.com Reporter Doug:
"Big props to Bryan Collins of COPS Racing for tending to Chuck's body. Believe me, without going into it, this was no small deal. Bryan and COPS Racing chasers spent a good part of the day seeing that Chuck's body was put into the proper hands in the proper way." 
The desert racing Buzz:
"This one hit our team pretty hard as a call came through saying our rider (66a) was laying face down on the bottom of the summit. I was so relieved to find our guy alive and well, relaxing in the shade. When we got to Salada our chase was visibly shook up as our truck was parked near a big name team who got involved. Sad for sure but feel as if that is how he wanted to go." And, "So thats what all the 15X chatter on the race radio relay was about. Figured something was going down when Bob was calling them to go SAT or Race Freq. Sad news! RIP" 
From an Inside Source:
His team split and took off. His motorcycle was also taken, not known whether stolen or taken by his teamates when they left him to die or dead on the distant desolate desert race course. 
More information supplied to BRN.com, as soon as the police were known on the way to the scene of the death, anyone who knew the victim, did not stay on site.
Sources close to the situation say the bike (15x) will be easy to identify.  
 
More on the victim,
Charles "Chuck Neugebauer",
of Solana Beach, one busy dude!
  • 4 years ago
  • Swimsuit Illustrated Sw… Doctor Rolon is the finest recostructive surgeon in the world and has provided care to the industry and celebrities of the highest level.
    4 years ago
  • Swimsuit Illustrated It is comforting to know that if we have a problem, we have the best
    Thank you Doctor
    4 years ago
  • chuck neugebauer I survived a racing accident and look awesome, thanks to Dr Rolan.
    Chuck 4 years ago
"Dr. Rolan attributed to keeping Chuck "Up", CLICK HERE for racing motorcycles and keeping up with "Swimsuit Illustrated". The 'Sportsman team' has needed SCORE help in the past.
More recent internet admissions HERE. Swimsuit Illustrated HERE, Karrin Rachelle commented just minutes ago, "RIP CHUCK".  
  DJ Karrin Rachelle  DJ/Karaoke Hostess almost every Monday 7pm-9:30pm-ish @ the Clairion Hotel & Casino & almost every Thursday 9pm-12am @ Rock & Rita's!
 
 From Chuck's FaceBook:
Chucks last words: "IN TO WIN !!!
SCORE BAJA 500 June 1st 2013 Class 22 Professional Motorcycle. 5x Honda Sponsor Swimsuit Illustrated Magazine. Sergio Morales, Chad Erl, Bryce Stavron, Chuck Neugebauer."
 

 
  One of his last Facebook and older MySpace pics...
In a club, in Mexico, with a "Hostess"
 
 
 
Chucks Come on to "Models"
Found on Chucks MySpace
Chucks Weakness, Found on Myspace
 
Chucks Final Words before Death in the BAJA 500



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 Pictured Left:
' Crew Chief' SSI Team Leader Donny Razon and SCORE President and CEO Sal Fish

Motorcycle Racing was not the real purpose of this "Team"







BajaRacingNews.com
Continues to Investigate! 



Spectator Killed In BAJA 500
Another Local Report Here


by Elizabeth Vargas

A viewer of the Baja 500 that is not identified died this day after being hit and killed by one of the cars of race cars in the BAJA 500 yesterday.

Besides the adult injured an 8-year-old relative of the deceased was not.
The crash site is out of the Colonia Popular 89, where shortly before a dangerous curve where the accident occurred, the retaining wall had been moved by one of the cars.
Also others had skidded, despite which, keep spectators away from protected areas invaded the area crossed by the race cars which led to the tragedy.
The race car driver named Kevin Price (1610), from San Jose California, was arrested while they undertake the necessary inquiries.


Deposit of 300 thousand to pilot Baja 500

Local •
It is estimated that the value of a vehicle with features Kevin Price, has a market cost between 30 and $ 45,000

Ensenada • "Pilot Kevin Price, who killed a spectator on Saturday morning during the race capsized off road Baja 500, had to pay a deposit of 300 thousand pesos to get their freedom. He was released at 20:00 pm yesterday.
According to information from the assistant attorney of the State, the post which he was charged is manslaughter against Jorge Armando Vidal 39 years of age and injuries inflicted on a child of ten, which is out of danger. The passenger was unhurt from the accident.
The incident occurred at 12:45 hours after advancing 11.5 miles of dirt after departure, when upon entering a sharp curve of the colony Rosas Magallon, overturned in an area where dozens of fans were.
The area where the accident occurred is considered dangerous by local residents because in previous years witnessed how children were injured by the same reason.
This warning was ignored by the fans themselves just that, like others, are exposed to the danger of being struck by these vehicles against contestants who will watch.
It is estimated that the value of a vehicle with the characteristics of Price, has a market cost between 30 and $ 45,000."

 








Baja Racers Finally Realize They are racing in Mexican sewage!

Racing through human sewage, right off the start in Ensenada, Mexico!


Robby Gordon, driving through human waste, sewage, spins out at start 

Why are Mexicans dumping sewage on the American Racers?


The national & local Mexican leaders perpetuate ignorance and hate...Much like our own in the US...Just imagine the economic Boost an American community would get Hosting an event the size of the Baja races? 

We'll Report Soon...Stay Tuned!

Hatred, Racism and Jealousy...
Leroy Rojas, Ensenada local Sez:  
"There are many (Ensenada/Baja) residents that don't like the sport and many that don't understand the importance of events like this to the economy because they either don't receive any direct benefit out of it nor have the sufficient IQ to comprehend that the small taco shop, the small motel, the guy selling candy apples, the guy selling hot dogs at Ojos at 1am all HOPE for June and November to come because that's when they get the extra money to buy a pair of new shoes to one of their 4 children.

They are dumb enough to believe a guy that posts on a local newspaper saying "gringos" come to our land to take advantage of it and screw everything from nature to our facilities "because they are not allowed to do that on their side of the border"."



The Normal Baja Racing MisHaps were overshadowed by Race Generated Deaths and Behind the Scenes Malcontents (Stay Tuned For Details)


 






  





BAJA 500 The Desert Off-Road Race



 ROBBY GORDON FINISHES FIRST!

Toyo Tires captures historic 1st and 2nd overall in the Baja 500

Toyo Tires won big at this year's Baja 500.
Toyo Tires won big at this year s Baja 500.
Toyo Tires captured a historic 1st and 2nd overall in the 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 this past weekend.

Robby Gordon of Charlotte, NC, driving his SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Chevy CK1500 trophy truck, won the 501-mile race in a time of 10:04:36. Finishing second was BJ Baldwin of Las Vegas, NV, piloting his Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Chevy Silverado trophy truck in a time of 10:13:51. Both drivers relied on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires for their decisive podium finish over a field of some 275 international competitors.

For the first time, pre-race qualifying was held a few days earlier on a section of the Baja 500 race course near Ojos Negros. Robby Gordon qualified the fastest, ensuring a number one starting position. During the race, Gordon was the first trophy truck on course and was challenged by surprise obstacles throughout the loop around the Baja California peninsula. An early spin off-course nearly changed the outcome of his race, but a determined Gordon managed to return to the lead position.

“I can’t say enough about the Toyo tires and the race this weekend,” said Gordon. “To be able to win the race overall and have BJ finish second, and then on the other side, our other car Justin Matney of RPM Offroad. We got the Overall, Trophy Truck, Class 1, Spec 8, Class 8… all on Toyo Tires. It was a killer weekend. I want to thank everyone from Toyo for taking a chance on the RPM team, and stepping up and letting them join the family. We’re stoked to have another good winning partner on our hands with them… it was just a great weekend.”

“This year’s Baja 500 was so close to being a flawless victory. A bolt that held the brake pedal assembly together broke forcing us to lose valuable time limping it into the pits,” said Baldwin. “We were easily and consistently leading the race for five hours up until then. Other than that we had no issues. My Toyo's performed perfectly. We had great traction and no tire failures during the entire Baja 500.”

Toyo Open Country M/T tires were also on the winning vehicles of the SPEED Energy / RPM Offroad racing team. The Clyde Stacy-owned vehicles were prepped at Robby Gordon Off-Road and with the help of Geiser Brothers. Justin Matney of Bristol, TN, driver of the SPEED Energy / RPM Offroad buggy won decisively in Class 1 with a time of 11:16:25. Also winning the Trophy Truck Special Class was the Toyo Tires-equipped Chevy truck driven by Apdaly Lopez with a time of 13:34:40.

In Class 8, Derek Fletcher from Arlington, VA, won on Toyo tires with a time of 17:52:28 driving his Chevy truck.

"We really just cruised all day, no issues and zero flats. It is a real testament to Toyo Tires,” said Justin Matney of RPM Offroad. “Our biggest problem today was the dust. It was really dusty out there, but I am happy to be here, first with SPEED Energy, RPM and Toyo Tires. I can't thank those guys enough. I’m really looking forward to the 1000 and to see if we can't capitalize there as well."

“Toyo Tires made history this past weekend, scoring a first and second overall, while winning Classes 1, 8 and Trophy Truck Special in the legendary Baja 500,” said Amy Coleman, Senior Director of Marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We congratulate Robby Gordon and his team for the overall win, and BJ Baldwin and his team for capturing second overall. Congratulations also go out to Justin Matney, Apdaly Lopez and Derek Fletcher at RPM Offroad for their class wins. Our dominance this past weekend just proves that the Toyo Open Country M/T-R is the tire for champions.”

Toyo Tires has won two Baja 1000 races, most recently in 2012 with BJ Baldwin, and in 2006 with Robby Gordon. Baldwin was also crowned the 2012 SCORE-International Overall Point Champion, while Robby Gordon was the 2009 SCORE-International Point Champion. Last year, Gordon was named 2012 Grand Champion in the Best In The Desert Series.


Modern Tire Dealer Source





  
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OFFICIAL BAJA 500 Race Results

Tecate SCORE Baja 500
Ensenada, Baja Mexico
June 01, 2013
L1-SCORE Trophy Truck
1 77 Robby Gordon Charlotte, NC CHV 1 10:05:43.597
2 1 B. J. Baldwin Las Vegas, NV CHV 1 10:14:52.288
3 70 Bryce Menzies Las Vegas, NV FOR 1 10:22:20.602
4 19 Tim Herbst Las Vegas, NV FOR 1 10:31:49.446
5 98 Gary Weyhrich Troutdale, OR FOR 1 10:36:38.718
6 7 Steven Eugenio Vista, CA CHV 1 10:44:22.446
7 11 Rob Mac Cachren Las Vegas, NV FOR 1 10:49:04.042
8 18 Juan C. Lopez Tecate, CA CHV 1 10:51:29.381
9 85 Justin Davis Chino Hills, CA JIM 1 11:04:24.805
10 91 Troy Herbst Las Vegas, NV FOR 1 11:09:21.010
*11 23 Dan Mc Millin La Mesa, CA FOR 1 11:19:04.189
*12 21 Gus Vildosola San Diego, CA FOR 1 11:31:35.182
13 9 Mark Weyhrich Troutdale, OR FOR 1 11:57:52.125
14 26 Jay Reichert Cottonwood Shores, TX JIM 1 12:16:12.439
15 14 Heidi Steele San Clemente, CA CHV 1 12:56:17.818
16 39 Ron Whitton Mesa, AZ FOR 1 13:54:20.907
17 10 Greg Nunley Tulare, CA CHV 1 16:08:20.498
*18 20 Robbie Pierce Santee, CA CHV 1 16:23:00.355
19 15 Armin Schwarz Escondido, CA JIM 1 16:32:47.162
20 84 Nick Vanderwey Phoenix, AZ CHV 1 16:49:42.279
*21 46 John Koltura Yorba Linda, CA CUS 1 17:14:24.054
*22 64 Abraham Lartundo Tijuana, BC CHV 1 17:18:40.033
*23 16 Cameron Steele San Clemente, CA GMC 1 18:49:07.512
DNF 69 Alejandro Cervantes Chula Vista, CA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 22 Roberto Encinas Tijuana, CA CUS 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 4 Valerio Gonzalez La Paz, MX UNK 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 76 Jesse Jones Phoenix, AZ FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 50 Zak Langley El Segundo, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 34 Ken Losch Phoenix, AZ CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 45 Gary Magness Desert Hot Springs, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 48 Jimmy Nuckles Brawley, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 57 Mike Palmer Denver, CO CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 52 Gonzalo Pirron Lancaster, CA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 59 Craig Potts Scottsdale, AZ CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 88 Sergio Salgado Mexicali, MX JIM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 35 Jason Voss Cupertino, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 55 Mark Workentine Fresno, CA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
L1 - Class 1
*1 101 Justin Matney Bristol, TN CHV 1 11:16:25.788
2 120 Corey Keysar Colorado Springs, CO JIM 1 11:22:29.660
3 153 Ronny Wilson Long Beach, CA CHV 1 11:29:30.254
*4 100 Cody Parkhouse Long Beach, CA CHV 1 11:35:35.591
*5 170 Hiram Duran Tecate, CA CHV 1 12:18:27.617
6 114 Lyle Bask Fairview, Ab CUS 1 14:10:45.731
7 150 Erick Jacobs Ridgecrest, CA JIM 1 14:32:33.247
*8 187 Ryan Sharman Carefreee, AZ CUS 1 15:39:54.152
*9 115 Todd .. Tuls Columbus, NE JIM 1 15:56:38.685
DNF 126 Joseph David Ridgecrest, CA JIM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 179 Ron Gibbs Paker, AZ CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 141 John Martensen Phoenix, AZ CUS 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 131 George Peters Newbury Park, CA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 110 Josh Rigsby Santa Fe, NM PEN 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 182 Brady Turner Imperial, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 188 Jon Walker Tamuning Guam KRE 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 138 Randy Wilson Long Beach, CA JIM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 154 Vince Galewick Santa Ana, CA CUS 0 00:10:00.000
DNF 117 Eduardo Laguna Mexicali, CA CHV 0 00:10:00.000
L2 - 1/2 1600
1 1602 Ernesto Arambula Ensenada, MX HON 1 12:53:50.454
2 1601 Jose Robles Mexicali, CA CUS 1 13:09:07.553
3 1615 Jesus Velez Mexicali, MX VW 1 14:31:23.824
4 1609 Jose David Ruvalcaba Ensenada, MX VOR 1 14:37:37.940
5 1697 Jorge Sampietro Ensenada, MX FOR 1 14:48:14.170
6 1604 Roberto Rabago Chula Vista, CA ROM 1 15:30:02.699
7 1636 Christian Celaya Paradise Valley, AZ VW 1 16:50:22.276
8 1612 Francisco Escareno Mexicali, MX VW 1 16:59:54.737
9 1649 Eliseo Garcia San Ysidro, CA VW 1 17:51:54.456
10 1603 Marco Bernaldez Ensenada, MX VW 1 19:06:51.599
11 1696 Francisco Rodriguez Chula Vista, CA CUS 1 20:38:24.482
DNF 1605 Miguel Cortez Chula Vista, CA CUS 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1688 Rodrigo Elorduy Mexicali, MX VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1647 Wes Mc Kenzie Dallas, TX Bon 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1610 Kevin Price Fremont, CA CUS 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 3 Class
DNF 117 Eduardo Laguna Mexicali, CA CHV 0 00:10:00.000
L2 - 1/2 1600
1 1602 Ernesto Arambula Ensenada, MX HON 1 12:53:50.454
2 1601 Jose Robles Mexicali, CA CUS 1 13:09:07.553
3 1615 Jesus Velez Mexicali, MX VW 1 14:31:23.824
4 1609 Jose David Ruvalcaba Ensenada, MX VOR 1 14:37:37.940
5 1697 Jorge Sampietro Ensenada, MX FOR 1 14:48:14.170
6 1604 Roberto Rabago Chula Vista, CA ROM 1 15:30:02.699
7 1636 Christian Celaya Paradise Valley, AZ VW 1 16:50:22.276
8 1612 Francisco Escareno Mexicali, MX VW 1 16:59:54.737
9 1649 Eliseo Garcia San Ysidro, CA VW 1 17:51:54.456
10 1603 Marco Bernaldez Ensenada, MX VW 1 19:06:51.599
11 1696 Francisco Rodriguez Chula Vista, CA CUS 1 20:38:24.482
DNF 1605 Miguel Cortez Chula Vista, CA CUS 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1688 Rodrigo Elorduy Mexicali, MX VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1647 Wes Mc Kenzie Dallas, TX Bon 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1610 Kevin Price Fremont, CA CUS 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 3 Class
1 300 Donald Moss Sacramento, CA FOR 1 18:56:14.977
DNF 307 William Frey Orange, CA JEP 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 5 Unlimited
1 521 Cody Kellogg Cypress, CA VW 1 17:42:33.905
2 500 Kevin Carr San Diego, CA VW 1 18:41:50.071
3 509 Jose Lopez Mexicali, CA VW 1 20:32:20.149
DNF 501 Mike O' Donnell Phoenix, AZ VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 525 Ben Swift Newport Beach, CA VW 0 00:00:00.000
L3 - 5-1600 Ltd
1 555 Clyde Stacy Bristol, VA VW 1 19:04:58.827
2 571 Miguel Rosales Ensenada, MX VW 1 21:05:16.267
DNF 578 Gustavo Avina Ensenada, BC VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 598 Karlo Limon Mexicali, CA VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 576 Edgar Montano Tijuana, MX VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 560 Ernie Negrete Tustin, CA VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 552 Carlos Rivera Mexicali, MX VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 551 Joaquin Rodriguez Mexicali, CA VW 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 7 Class
1 703 Arturo Alvarez Mexicali, BC FOR 1 15:09:43.225
2 700 Dan Chamlee Summerland, CA FOR 1 19:32:36.937
3 708 Javier Manzo Tijuana, MX HON 1 21:07:41.659
DNF 707 Scott Brady Paradise, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 704 Aaron Celiceo San Diego, CA TOY 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 705 Alberto Gonzales Mexicali, MX UNK 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 701 Brandon Walsh Encinitas, CA TOY 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 7200 Class
1 7218 David Boynton Toms River, NJ baj 1 14:16:17.528
2 7298 Jonathan Brenthel Newport Beach, CA FOR 1 14:26:18.136
DNF 7230 Larry Conner Centerville, OH CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 7207 Steve Kovach Chandler, AZ FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 7277 Peter Lang Santa Rosa, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 7248 Josh Quintero El Centro, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 7206 Joe Ramirez Olmos San Vicente, MX FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 7233 Pat Sims Eunice, NM FOR 0 00:00:00.000
L3 - 7sx Class
1 740 Elias Hanna San Diego, CA FOR 1 16:01:10.273
2 741 James Burman Heber City, UT FOR 1 20:35:32.540
3 758 Eduardo Gonzalez Lucerne Valley, CA FOR 1 21:50:09.404
4 744 Alonso Gonzalez Ensenada, BC FOR 1 21:59:34.000
DNF 745 Roman Paniagua Ensenada, MX FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 756 Richardo Vargas Santa Rosa, CA UNK 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 8 Class
1 802 Derek Fletcher Abingdon, VA CHV 1 17:52:28.854
2 808 Rick Sanchez San Diego, CA FOR 1 17:59:31.599
DNF 809 Arturo Benavides Laredo, TX FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 830 Enrigue Lara Aguirre Punta Colonet CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 801 Jose Leon Calexico, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 10 Class
1 1031 Mike Johnson Santa Monica, CA CHV 1 11:33:19.231
2 1053 Brad Wilson Long Beach, CA CHV 1 12:14:56.795
3 1055 Kash Vessels Bonsall, CA UNK 1 12:49:13.675
*4 1081 Todd Winslow Clovis, CA CHV 1 12:53:29.617
*5 1002 Alejandro Mendez Ensenada, MX JIM 1 13:02:59.328
6 1000 Mike Lawrence Sunset Beach, CA CHV 1 13:07:15.363
7 1080 Peter Hajas Wayzata, MN CHV 1 13:43:56.910
8 1001 Andrew Myers San Marcos, CA CHV 1 13:56:46.059
9 1046 Juan Garcia Vicente Guerrero CUS 1 14:23:15.748
10 1062 J. J. Schnarr Incline Village, NV CHV 1 14:23:48.237
11 1066 Mike Shaffer Alameda, CA CHV 1 15:55:50.333
12 1008 Mark Lawrence Banning, CA CHV 1 16:22:02.954
*13 1089 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr Mexical, BC UNK 1 16:43:16.875
14 1003 Perry Mc Neal San Diego, CA LOT 1 18:59:54.742
DNF 1023 Lee Banning Laveen, AZ FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1021 Chris Boyer Bakersfield, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1042 Lars Ferry Phoenix, AZ JIM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1048 John Hsu San Marino, CA UNK 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1011 John Langley Santa Monica, CA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1016 Cody Robinson El Centro, CA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1007 Jorge Salmon Ensenada, MX CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1004 Victor Valdes Ensenada, MX CUS 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 12 SCORE Lites
*5 1002 Alejandro Mendez Ensenada, MX JIM 1 13:02:59.328
6 1000 Mike Lawrence Sunset Beach, CA CHV 1 13:07:15.363
7 1080 Peter Hajas Wayzata, MN CHV 1 13:43:56.910
8 1001 Andrew Myers San Marcos, CA CHV 1 13:56:46.059
9 1046 Juan Garcia Vicente Guerrero CUS 1 14:23:15.748
10 1062 J. J. Schnarr Incline Village, NV CHV 1 14:23:48.237
11 1066 Mike Shaffer Alameda, CA CHV 1 15:55:50.333
12 1008 Mark Lawrence Banning, CA CHV 1 16:22:02.954
*13 1089 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr Mexical, BC UNK 1 16:43:16.875
14 1003 Perry Mc Neal San Diego, CA LOT 1 18:59:54.742
DNF 1023 Lee Banning Laveen, AZ FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1021 Chris Boyer Bakersfield, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1042 Lars Ferry Phoenix, AZ JIM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1048 John Hsu San Marino, CA UNK 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1011 John Langley Santa Monica, CA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1016 Cody Robinson El Centro, CA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1007 Jorge Salmon Ensenada, MX CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1004 Victor Valdes Ensenada, MX CUS 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 12 SCORE Lites
1 1209 Rafael Navarro I V Temecula, CA UNK 1 12:58:54.868
2 1299 Leonardo Rayos Mexicali, CA SEA 1 13:51:06.526
3 1249 Roberto Anda Tijuana, MX JIM 1 15:08:57.012
4 1210 Luis Barragan Mexicali, MX SEA 1 16:37:59.328
5 1207 Michael Crichton Zapopan, MX CUS 1 19:55:28.000
L3 - 11 Class
1 1101 Rene Rodriguez Ensenada, MX VW 1 23:10:47.450
DNF 1104 Cisco Bio Spring Valley, CA VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1162 Greg Piraino Tempe, AZ VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1149 Alejandro Rivas Mexicali, CA VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1100 Eric Solorzano Tijuana, MX VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1105 Mario Vazquez Ensenada, MX VW 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - ProTruck Ltd
1 1350 Chelsea Magness Desert Hot Springs, CA FOR 1 18:01:09.797
L2 - 4400 Class
0 4444 Mike West Tempe, AZ CHV 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - Trophy Truck Special
1 844 Clyde Stacy Bristol, VA CHV 1 13:34:40.676
2 842 Nick Mills Corpus Christi, TX CHV 1 21:26:03.090
DNF 849 Jose Francisco Gomez
Medina Mexicali, MX UNK 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 845 William Hedrick Chula Vista, CA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 858 David Kleiman Carlsbad, CA CUS 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 841 Taylor Mills Corpus Christi, TX FOR 0 00:00:00.000
L3 - Stock Full
1 8115 Joe Bacal Anthem, AZ Lex 1 19:56:52.408
DNF 8120 Wes Bevly Glendale, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
L3 - 19 LTD UTV
1 1932 Matt Parks Newport Beach, CA POL 1 17:49:36.584
2 1904 Cory Sappington Peoria, AZ CAM 1 20:20:57.877
DNF 1907 Paul Broughton Scotts Valley, CA ART 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1905 Marc Burnett Chula Vista, CA CAM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1947 Levi Gilkison San Juan Capistrano, CA POL 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1925 Fernando Larrinaga Los Mochis, SU UNK 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1917 Derek Murray Downey, CA CAM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1903 Mark Schelbert Los Angeles, CA ART 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1945 Jeffrey Scolman Bend, OR POL 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1933 Hans Waage Park City, UT ART 0 00:00:00.000
M-A 22 Class *450cc or more
1 1X Timmy Weigand Valencia, CA YAM 1 09:46:50.436
*2 2X Kurt Caselli Palmdale, CA KTM 1 10:12:09.674
3 14X Kendall Norman Gaviota, CA HON 1 10:35:56.153
4 9X A. J. Stewart Jamul, CA HON 1 11:05:33.863
5 4X Robby Bell Glendora, CA KAW 1 11:15:26.857
*6 8X Mark Samuels Pioneertown, CA HON 1 12:23:40.416
7 29X Eric Saltzer Somerton, AZ HON 1 15:32:15.342
DNF 6X Mark Adams Midway, TX KAW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 15X Chuck Neugebauer Solana Beach, CA HON 0 00:00:00.000
M-A 21 Class *450cc or Less
*1 102X Adam Neuwirth Los Angeles, CA HON 1 12:12:20.842
2 127X Jim O' Neal Simi Valley, CA HON 1 12:16:51.107
*3 114X Carlos Valenzuela Obregon, MX HON 1 12:52:42.714
*4 110X Rigoberto Gomez Ensenada, MX HON 1 12:56:38.028
*5 103X Francisco Teran Glendale, AZ UNK 1 14:47:53.786
DNF 116X David Arnold San Juan Capistrano, CA UNK 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 101X Ulises Fierro Tijuana, MX KTM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 149X Juan Gutietrrez Tecate, MX KTM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 112X Evan Kelly San Clemente, CA HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 106X Kenneth Slater Buckeye, AZ KTM 0 00:00:00.000
M-A 20 Class 400cc or Less
*1 150X Chad Broughton Scotts Valley, CA HON 1 12:59:04.856
*2 169X Mark Bradford Los Angeles, CA HON 1 13:34:13.309
M-A 30 *Over 30 years old
1 349X Francisco Arredondo Guatemala HON 1 11:11:30.589
2 300X Mike Johnson El Paso, TX HON 1 11:44:47.258
3 304X Jay Rabjohn Phelan, CA HON 1 12:32:45.734
*4 301X Cliff Cook Cameron Park, CA HON 1 12:50:11.315
5 303X Ryan Gutile Madera, CA YAM 1 13:01:32.087
*6 302X Javier Hernandez Obregon, MX HON 1 13:30:18.568
7 325X Robert Riggs Burlingame, CA KTM 1 14:09:07.884
*4 110X Rigoberto Gomez Ensenada, MX HON 1 12:56:38.028
*5 103X Francisco Teran Glendale, AZ UNK 1 14:47:53.786
DNF 116X David Arnold San Juan Capistrano, CA UNK 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 101X Ulises Fierro Tijuana, MX KTM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 149X Juan Gutietrrez Tecate, MX KTM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 112X Evan Kelly San Clemente, CA HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 106X Kenneth Slater Buckeye, AZ KTM 0 00:00:00.000
M-A 20 Class 400cc or Less
*1 150X Chad Broughton Scotts Valley, CA HON 1 12:59:04.856
*2 169X Mark Bradford Los Angeles, CA HON 1 13:34:13.309
M-A 30 *Over 30 years old
1 349X Francisco Arredondo Guatemala HON 1 11:11:30.589
2 300X Mike Johnson El Paso, TX HON 1 11:44:47.258
3 304X Jay Rabjohn Phelan, CA HON 1 12:32:45.734
*4 301X Cliff Cook Cameron Park, CA HON 1 12:50:11.315
5 303X Ryan Gutile Madera, CA YAM 1 13:01:32.087
*6 302X Javier Hernandez Obregon, MX HON 1 13:30:18.568
7 325X Robert Riggs Burlingame, CA KTM 1 14:09:07.884
*8 322X Rubin Alamo Manzanillo, Colima, MX HON 1 14:33:04.308
*9 306X Fred Sobke Bonita, CA HON 1 14:46:42.365
10 329X Brad Baker Arlington, VA HON 1 16:07:19.405
M-A 40 *Over 40 years old
1 402X Mike Prunty Temecula, CA HON 1 12:51:02.165
2 410X Giovanni Spinali El Cajon, CA UNK 1 13:11:03.699
3 405X Darren Griffiths Australia KTM 1 13:38:05.169
4 408X Hironobu Tabata Tokyo Japan HON 1 13:57:07.839
5 403X Oscar Fazz Yuma, AZ KAW 1 15:18:37.178
6 409X Tsuyoshi Nameki Tokyo HON 1 16:38:31.636
M-A 50 *Over 50 years old
*1 500X Marc Prince Malibu, CA HON 1 13:11:25.603
2 506X Tomohiro Murakami Inagi Shi, Tokyo HON 1 14:20:45.673
DNF 504X Bill Cotton Bakersfield, CA HSB 0 00:00:00.000
M-A 25 ATV *450 or Over
1 10A Javier Robles Jr Guadalupe Victoria, MX HON 1 11:42:25.295
*2 9A Adolfo Arellano Tijuana, MX HON 1 12:22:41.254
*3 2A Felipe Velez San Felipe, MX HON 1 13:24:19.681
DNF 49A Gustavo Ameca Chula Vista, CA HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 11A Ryan Lea Tempe, AZ HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 8A Josh Row El Cajon, CA YAM 0 00:00:00.000
M-A 24 ATV *450 or Less
*1 101A Thomas Wright Tabernacle, NJ HON 1 13:11:45.501
2 100A Rafael Lopez Torrez Esidoplan, MX HON 1 13:45:37.606
*3 107A Said Sanchez Tijuana, MX HON 1 14:18:18.506
*4 102A Shawn Robins Medicine Hat, AB HON 1 14:57:25.512
*5 103A Alejandro Avalos Ensenada, MX HON 1 16:05:52.549
DNF 109A Juan Dominguez Yuma, AZ HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 104A Juan Gonzalez Ensenada, MX HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 147A Bryon T. Kirkpatrick San Juan Capistrano, CA HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 108A Jesus Lopez San Diego HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 118A Andrew Rico Riverside, CA HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 112A Oscar Ruiz El Centro, CA HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 149A Gabriel Valencia San Diego, CA HON 0 00:30:00.000
Sptsmn 1500 UnLtd Buggy
1 1503 Jorge Valdes Ensenada, MX VW 1 17:34:04.436
2 1588 Jeff Cepielik Glendora, CA CUS 1 18:48:27.981
DNF 1524 Mike Robert Boone Anaheim, CA VW 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 1577 Martin Hoffman Capistrano Beach, CA CUS 0 00:00:00.000
Sptsmn 1400 UnLtd Open Truck
0 1444 Jim Bunn Bristol, VA CHV 0 00:00:00.000
0 1455 Enrique Covarrubias Pauma Valley, CA JEP 0 00:00:00.000
0 1412 Carlos Ingram Zapopan, AL UNK 0 00:00:00.000
0 1436 Nick Tonelli Huntington Beach, CA FOR 0 00:00:00.000
Sptsmn 2000 Ltd Truck
0 2069 Charles Johnson Jr. Marion, OH TOY 0 00:00:00.000
Sptsmn 19 - UTV Unltd
0 1950 Thomas Graves El Cajon, CA YAM 0 00:00:00.000
M-A MC 450 or less Sptsmn
*1 249X Mark Winkelman Cedar Hill, TX HON 1 10:12:57.325
*2 218X Marc Jenkins Colorado Springs, CO HON 1 11:01:50.266
*3 212X Carlos Silva Calexico, CA HON 1 11:43:52.189
*4 211X Christian Espinoza Mexicali, MX HON 1 11:46:26.934
*5 213X Oscar Gutierrez San Ysidro, CA UNK 1 12:01:48.206
*6 216X Hironori Okada Toyota, Aichi, AP HON 1 12:40:05.701
*7 210X Oscar Castelliano Tujana, MX HON 1 13:32:00.805
*8 217X Shohei Kimura Gardena, CA HON 1 13:39:39.213
DNF 206X Richard Ameen Cypress, TX HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 214X Chaz Konarsha Santee, CA UNK 0 00:10:00.000
M-A MC 450 or Over Sptsmn
*1 299X Servando Cazares Ensenada, MX YAM 1 10:15:43.139
2 274X Julio .. Gaspar Leon Ensenada, MX KAW 1 10:15:45.397
3 293X Perez Legaspy Ensenada, MX KAW 1 10:29:32.235
4 252X Adrian Esparza Vicente Guerrero, CA HON 1 10:37:26.288
*5 280X Fernando Beltran Ensenada, MX KAW 1 10:59:23.270
*6 250X Carlos Sanchez San Diego, CA UNK 1 11:00:48.046
7 284X Flavio Garcia San Diego, CA HON 1 11:03:22.478
8 286X Lorena G. Galvan
Gomez Encenado, MX HON 1 11:05:20.125
*9 270X Manual Gomez Tecate, MX YAM 1 11:15:29.352
10 266X Scott Dolphin Newhall, CA HON 1 11:33:49.127
*5 213X Oscar Gutierrez San Ysidro, CA UNK 1 12:01:48.206
*6 216X Hironori Okada Toyota, Aichi, AP HON 1 12:40:05.701
*7 210X Oscar Castelliano Tujana, MX HON 1 13:32:00.805
*8 217X Shohei Kimura Gardena, CA HON 1 13:39:39.213
DNF 206X Richard Ameen Cypress, TX HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 214X Chaz Konarsha Santee, CA UNK 0 00:10:00.000
M-A MC 450 or Over Sptsmn
*1 299X Servando Cazares Ensenada, MX YAM 1 10:15:43.139
2 274X Julio .. Gaspar Leon Ensenada, MX KAW 1 10:15:45.397
3 293X Perez Legaspy Ensenada, MX KAW 1 10:29:32.235
4 252X Adrian Esparza Vicente Guerrero, CA HON 1 10:37:26.288
*5 280X Fernando Beltran Ensenada, MX KAW 1 10:59:23.270
*6 250X Carlos Sanchez San Diego, CA UNK 1 11:00:48.046
7 284X Flavio Garcia San Diego, CA HON 1 11:03:22.478
8 286X Lorena G. Galvan
Gomez Encenado, MX HON 1 11:05:20.125
*9 270X Manual Gomez Tecate, MX YAM 1 11:15:29.352
10 266X Scott Dolphin Newhall, CA HON 1 11:33:49.127
*11 271X Bob Russell Phoenix, AZ UNK 1 11:46:16.277
12 281X Carl Westphal Scottsdale, AZ KTM 1 11:56:03.542
*13 269X Ricardo Silva Ensenada, BC UNK 1 12:08:56.956
*14 275X Alan Martinez Carson, CA HON 1 12:25:43.986
*15 256X P Trent Whisenant Hoover, AL UNK 1 12:35:15.996
*16 276X Robert Carreon National City, CA YAM 1 12:43:36.379
17 273X Hirotaka Sato Tokyo HON 1 13:02:20.365
18 291X Stephen Ankeny Dalton, NE HON 1 14:36:41.256
*19 289X Scott Darkow Arlington, VA HON 1 15:08:45.205
DNF 283X Nicola Ditto Beinette, Cuneo KTM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 290X Stuart Gordon Boulder Creek, CA HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 257X Thierry Mas Miami, FL KTM 0 00:00:00.000
M-A ATV Sportsman
1 52A Martin Munoz San Luis Rio Colorad, MX HON 1 12:00:48.605
2 51A Richard Epperson Tucson, AZ HON 1 12:21:12.325
*3 56A Marcos Zepeda Tijuana, MX SUZ 1 12:46:12.198
*4 58A Adam Parks Mexicali, BC SUZ 1 12:57:00.542
*5 97A Eric Dwiggins Gilbert, AZ YAM 1 13:10:12.524
6 57A John Nores Jr San Martin, CA YAM 1 15:22:10.369
DNF 66A Rusty Batza Louisville, CO CAM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 77A Fidel Gonzalez Mexicali, MX YAM 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 55A Rodrigo Rubio Sun City, CA HON 0 00:00:00.000
DNF 89A Marco Villanueva National City, CA UNK 0 00:00:00.000
L2 - 2 Class Score
0 201 Jorge Ivan Rivera Tucson, AZ UNK 0 00:00:00.000
* Penalty Applied Printed: 06/02/2013 6:00 pm


 Baja 500 2013 - FINISH LINE QUOTES

PRO CARS & TRUCKS
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK
ROBBY GORDON, No. 77 (First in class and first overall four-wheel vehicle. Gordon drove the entire race.) — B.J. (Baldwin) ran good all day. We struggled the last little bit. I don’t know if I’ve got a right rear flat tire or what’s going on but I struggled really badly the last five or 10 miles. I don’t know what happened in the wash here but I went over the big jump this morning going about 115 miles an hour, landed in a puddle and it spun me around 360 (degrees) about two times. I don’t know what happened between last night and this morning but the whole riverbed was flooded. It’s a bummer because we’ve got all the sponsors on the cars, we get it looking really good and we ruin it in the first 30 seconds of the race. I spun out and spent a bunch of times backwards. (Jason) Voss went by me and Bryce (Menzies) got close to going by me but we stayed out in front of him. It was a good day though. It was a good day for us. You can’t do it without a good race truck and the guys working back at the shop did a wonderful job. We stayed on the course the whole day. We didn’t have a helicopter but it was a good day. The pit stops were awesome. On the last stop we pulled out right in front of B.J. and that’s exactly what we needed to do. We needed to be the first truck on the road for the last 150 miles. We put the whip to her and let her run.
B.J. BALDWIN, No. 1 (Second in class and second overall four-wheel vehicle. Baldwin drove the entire race.) — We had Robby (Gordon) covered which is a great feeling. I have regular race mode where I drive the truck accordingly and it’s a very fast pace. Then I have kill mode where I take exceptional risk. I can make a lot of time for a short period of time. I can do it eight to 10 times throughout the day. I didn’t have to do that one time today. We had a great strategy when it came to driving the truck. I had Robby covered by 1:15 corrected, so everything I wanted to do in this race I did. Qualifying fourth or fifth was a plan. I knew that some of the faster guys were going to try and qualify first, but I don’t think that is an advantage here because it is such a long day. I had a really good strategy and I executed it with perfection but we had a $2 dollar bolt break in the brake pedal that caused the brakes to fail, but we are here. The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is going to be a very rough race. We are going to have to set the truck up to go through the big bumps at high speed. It’s not a fast-paced race like the La Paz run. This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is going to be very rough and the average speed lower.
BRYCE MENZIES, No. 70 (Third in class and third overall four-wheel vehicle. Menzies drove the entire race.) — We were first on the road at Borrego but we had something go wrong with the power steering and it took us a little bit to get out of the truck and change it ourselves. We came out in eighth place and then we had to pick our way through the people and the dust. The course was unbelievably tough. It was silty, rocky and everything you can imagine. It’s so dusty you can’t pass unless somebody has a problem. Once we got some open air we made up some time. We were making up time but just not enough. It wasn’t our day. We won this race two years in a row and it would have been cool to get a three-peat and it was looking good for a while but everything went wrong.
TIM HERBST, No. 19 (Fourth in class and fourth overall four-wheel vehicle. Herbst shared driving duties with Larry Roeseler.) — We ran pretty well today. Larry Roeseler started out and did a great job and got me the truck in third. Along the beach I got a flat tire and Bryce Menzies got around us and after that we just followed everybody in unfortunately. I think we glazed our brakes somewhere on the course and I couldn’t use a lot of braking going downhill. It was tough to slow the vehicle down and that just wore me out. When running straight or running up a little bit of an incline, the brakes didn’t bother me. We love Mexico and we’ll be here next year and in years to come. After we are a little old I’ve got some young kids that want to do this. They are kicking at the heels of me right now, wanting me to get out of the truck so they can take it for a drive. CO-DRIVER LARRY ROESELER said: We had one flat tire but the truck ran great and that’s all we can ask for. Everybody here wants to win so we do our best. It’s all we can do.
GARY WEYHRICH, No. 98 (Fifth in class and fifth overall four-wheel vehicle. Weyhrich drove the entire race.) — We had a good pace going and at about mile 230 we were in the hunt for the lead. We got over to Mike’s Sky Ranch and got a flat. That’s a great road so I’m not sure what I hit with the tire. Right beyond there we got high-centered. Thank goodness there was somebody there to pull us out and then we got another flat, so that section took us forever. It put us behind some trucks that we had to catch and get back around. That took forever because there was no wind on the course. This truck is thrashed so the boys will be busy back in the shop.
STEVEN EUGENIO, No. 7 (Sixth in class and sixth overall four-wheel vehicle. Eugenio shared driving duties with Adam Pfankuch.) — We got the truck straight out of the shop on Wednesday, went and tested it and brought it straight here. We had 20 minutes of down time early in the day and we got stuck behind the train and it was follow the leader. This truck was flawless the whole time. Everyone had a good time out here and did what they needed to do. Now we need a little bit of luck for the next one and maybe we can be up front.
ROB MacCACHREN, No. 11 (Seventh in class and seventh overall four-wheel vehicle. MacCachren drove the entire race.) — We had some vapor lock issues from Laguna Salada to the finish. I’ve been monitoring fuel pressure and it has been dipping and I could really only go about 90 miles per hour from race mile 180 all the way in. When we crossed Borrego Road the thing shut off completely so we had to wait for somebody to bring more gas. We just babied it to the finish and we are here. It was a great race course and I want to thank everyone at SCORE for doing such a great job on the course. It’s great being down here and I love all of the fans here in Ensenada.
JUAN C. LOPEZ, No. 18 (Eighth in class and eighth overall four-wheel vehicle. Lopez drove the entire race.) — It was a tough race and everything was going well until we tried to get past (Bryce) Menzies and we had the first of four flats. We drove with a flat for about two miles because our jack failed.
JUSTIN DAVIS, No. 85 (Ninth in class and ninth overall four-wheel vehicle. Davis drove the entire race.) — It was going pretty smoothly and at Borrego we were right there with corrected time and then I hit a big rock and got a flat. We were still in the top five and got it going again. Everything was running smooth and Weyhrich, after El Coyote, log jammed the course right in front of me so I had to pull him out. In Colonet the alternator decided to die so we changed that. We were down for 20 minutes. For as much down time as we had, we had a pretty good day. It was a rough day but we pushed through it.
TROY HERBST, No. 91 (Tenth in class. Herbst shared driving duties with Ryan Arciero.) — CO-DRIVER RYAN ARCIERO said: It was a really long day today. Troy did a fantastic job. It was a mistake I made leaving Mike’s Sky Ranch that cost us. It was a hard 180 right and we were going slow following (Nick) Vanderwey in his dust and we couldn’t make the corner and ended up getting stuck. I owe a debt of gratitude to Rob MacCachren. When he came up next to us we had the tow rope out and he pulled us out. The team never gave up. Roger (Norman) laid out a pretty tough course today. We are just happy to be here at the finish line. We ended up getting a couple flats that were completely my fault.
CLASS 1
JUSTIN MATNEY, No. 101 (First in class and tenth overall four-wheel vehicle. Matney drove the entire race.) – We had no flats and no issues until the motor started missing around Borrego. When we pulled in here it completely died. We started fifth and the plan was to just chill out and  basically pre-run to Colonet. From there we just poured it on and just held position. The dust today was just miserable. We got stuck behind a couple of SCORE Trophy Trucks from the start to the lake bed and we couldn’t do anything to get around them.
COREY KEYSAR, No. 120 (Second in class. Keysar drove the entire race.) — We hit some really good puddles in the wash going out and we got the motor a little wet but it ended up drying out. We had one mechanical issue with a clamp that came off and let all of the water out of the motor. We took our Camelbacks and put enough in there to keep it cool and then begged for some more water from another guy that had a truck out there. Other than that, we had a pretty good time but we had two flats. We lost quite a bit of time with the coolant leak. I think we were leading for about half the race.
CODY PARKHOUSE, No. 100 (Third in class. Parkhouse drove the entire race.) — We got stuck in some sand somewhere between Ojos Negros and Cero Colorado. We lost about 20 minutes there. If that hadn’t happened I think it would have worked out perfectly, just the way we wanted. We had to make up a lot of time throughout the day.
RONNY WILSON, No. 153 (Fourth in class. Wilson shared driving duties with Brian Wilson) — We had a good day. My nephew Brian started and gave me the car in third at San Matais. We lost a serpentine belt on the beach and we were down about seven minutes or so fixing that. I was pretty much done after I got to Ojos Negros. I’m tired and sore and have been sick all week. It’s just a mess coming in and the course is really rough.
HIRAM DURAN, No. 170 (Fifth in class. Duran shared driving duties with Salvador Castro) — CO-DRIVER SALVADOR CASTRO said: We had a lot of dust and silt. It was a great course with no problems except for some water crossings.
CLASS 1/2-1600
ERNESTO ARAMBULA, No. 1602 (Arambula shared driving duties with Edmundo Fernandez) –  CO-DRIVER EDMUNDO FERNANDEZ said: The hardest part of the race was Mike’s Sky Ranch road where there were a number of stalled vehicles and it made it difficult to get through.
JOSE ROBLES, No. 1601 (Robles shared driving duties with Guillermo Luna) — The car ran perfectly except for a problem with the front torsion bars and the brakes failed 25 miles from the finish.
CLASS 10
MIKE JOHNSON, No. 1031 (First in Class 10)  We didn’t get a single flat, we changed one set of tires, fueled twice and here we are. It was a brutal course. I’ve got to commend Roger (Norman) for laying that one out. That was a lot of fun and had every element in the world in it. All the sections were different but they were all equally as challenging. From the beginning there was dust to deal with, then a summit to deal with and then you got in the sand. You had all of the whups going into Borrego and then up Mike’s Sky Ranch road it got treacherous. As soon as you got onto the Pacific side there was another section of silt, sand and rocks.
BRAD WILSON, No. 1053 (Wilson shared driving duties with Kyle Quinn) — I knew we had about 30 minutes to make up on first place and I knew it wasn’t going to happen. The third place vehicle was about 15 minutes behind us so we’ve been cruising it in since Urapan just making sure we didn’t make any mistakes. It was a good day.
TODD WINSLOW, No. 1081 (Winslow shared driving duties with Steve Achey and Matt Winslow) — CO-RIDER STEVE ACHEY said: We had a lot of close calls but what a great race.
ALEJANDRO MENDEZ, No. 1002 (Mendez shared driving duties with Jayson McNeal) CO-DRIVER JAYSON McNEAL said: Starting toward the back was a disadvantage but not just because of the dust. There were several log jams when some SCORE Trophy Trucks got crossed up so we had to sit and wait. Not having a GPS in here caused us to get lost twice.
SCORE LITES
RAFAEL NAVARRO IV, No. 1209 (Navarro shared driving duties with Vic Bruckmann) — Vic (Bruckmann) took the car from the start to San Matias and he had a flawless run and brought it up to a 30 mile lead. All I had to do was get in and keep the car in one piece and in the lead.
STOCK FULL
JOE BACAL, No. 8115 (first in class) — I think the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 that I drove solo last year for the win was easier. This course was really hard. I don’t know what happened but the summit was all blocked up so I decided to rock crawl around 10 people. I cut people off because I didn’t want to get timed out. I’m sorry for those guys but that’s racing. It was an amazing course but extremely challenging and difficult. We did our job and got the win and that’s two in a row. It’s a team effort and we kicked some butt.
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC
CLYDE STACY, No. 844 (Stacy shared driving duties with Carlos Lopez) — Carlos Lopez drove most of the race. We did have a lot of problems but we kept it together.
CLASS 19
CORY SAPPINGTON, No. 1904 (second in class) — I raced this race in 2006 and we completed the course but we were three hours late. We had a rough start to this race. We had vapor lock issues for the first 250 miles. We made a little ice chest to put our fuel pump in.
PRO MOTORCYCLES
CLASS 22
TIMMY WEIGAND, No. 1x (First in class and first overall motorcycle to finish. Weigand shared riding duties with David Kamo and Colton Udall) — I know with KTM and Kawasaki we are pretty evenly matched and it all boils down to who makes the least amount of mistakes. That’s how it was last year. Each one of us won a race last year. Just limit your mistakes, put your head down, do your homework and learn the course. Today went well. We all rode smart and kept it on two wheels. I don’t think there is too much hype on us and I like it (being considered the underdog.) I like people not talking about us. I like being the quiet guy. We’ve won in previous years so of course people are going to root for the other team and build them up. It is cool to have Kurt (Caselli) and Robby (Bell) and those guys putting in a big effort and coming down and racing us. CO-RIDER COLTON UDALL said: We had a fantastic race. I hold that thing (the motorcycle) wide open to the stop for over 30 minutes sometimes and the thing never quits. It is an amazing bike. This is awesome but by far the first and second wins I got with Jeff Kargola when we were the underdogs was amazing. I’ve got the bike at home. It’s my biggest trophy. My biggest events are racing in Baja. Right as pre-running opened I was here for two days feeling the course out and then a week and a half ago I came down again (to pre-run.) I know my section like the back of my hand. I can draw you a map of it. I felt like that is what it took to have the win. I kept riding up on Kawasaki and I was going down the rocks on the summit section before the wash and David Pearson and I were 30 feet apart. I was looking at him, and I wanted to pass him but the rocks are so big and you have to be so patient I couldn’t do anything. We dropped into the wash and I kept stalking him until finally he went high on something and I got him. I’m not sure he showed up for the rider’s meeting. In the last two races, visual check point 17 was a little high and the main line where all the trucks were going, was low in a wash. They said in the rider’s meeting last night that they changed it so he went up high where he was pre-running and I just blew right by him. It was like a breath of fresh air. One hundred and twenty miles of no vision is the scariest feeling you’ve ever experienced going as fast as we race. You don’t get to look ahead and see those bumps and rocks. I’m stoked that all the hard work we put in paid off. (Team owner) Johnny Campbell is still silently winning races. We are his puppets and can’t do it without him. CO-RIDER DAVID KAMO said: Colton (Udall) had a pretty good start to the day. He had a consistent ride over the summit. I jumped on the bike at Borrego at race mile 215 and he gave me the cushion for the riders behind us. KTM had troubles over the summit and Kawasaki had troubles over the summit, so Colton was just consistent which helped out. I got the clear air and went over to Mike’s Sky Ranch but got back into the dust with the Sportsman (motorcycle classes.) The traffic with the Sportsman was probably the biggest thing because it created a lot of dust. We are usually breaking trail and then you come up on slower guys and you’re in the dust and they are going half the speed you are going.  It set us back a little bit but we rode smart, kept it consistent and didn’t do anything too dramatic. We rode a safe race and kept the bike on two wheels and that is the most important thing.
KURT CASELLI, No. 2x (Second in class and second overall motorcycle. Caselli shared riding duties with Justin Jones, Mike Brown and Ivan Ramirez.) — I hit my chest and my stomach when I crashed and was worried about internal bleeding so our guy in the helicopter (Jones) got on the bike and rode the next few miles. I hit a rock and it is just so dangerous because the trucks pull the rocks up, making them bigger. There are so many trucks (pre-running) and they really beat up the course before the race even starts. I feel like we are motorcycles racing a truck race. You can’t always see the rocks when you are doing 90 miles an hour. As bad as it (the accident) was, it was a good finish. I feel like I let the team down but we were still able to get the finish. I was about a minute and a half behind Honda when I had the accident. CO-RIDER IVAN RAMIREZ said: It felt great when I was coming down into Ensenada (Ramirez’s hometown.) You can see the whole town and it feels awesome after a long race to be able to see the town from the top. It  feels great to see the fans cheering on the side of the race course.
KENDALL NORMAN, No. 14x (Third in class and third overall motorcycle. Norman shared riding duties with Ryan Abbatoye.) — I’m really stoked that I was given the opportunity (to ride for KTM.) I definitely enjoy a little change and the bike is really fast. It really has some potential so I’m looking forward to putting together some things for the future. We are going to have some homework to do for the Baja 1000. This bike ran flawlessly all day and I can’t complain. Right off the start I almost T-boned a truck crossing the wash and it set the tone of the morning. Not the best way to start my morning.
ROBBY BELL, No. 4x (Fifth in class and sixth overall motorcycle. Bell shared riding duties with David Pearson, Steve Hengeveld and Taylor Robert) — It’s great to be back here in Ensenada to get some points and get a finish. I can’t wait to get some more tacos and get a little rest in. I ended up having to do quite a few miles and it still wasn’t as many as Kendall (Norman.) That guy is gnarly for doing that many. It was a good battle with Colton (Udall) and he stayed right on me until I gave the bike to David (Pearson) in the physical lead but down on time. I guess he crashed pretty good and hurt his back so I had to ride his sections. Unfortunately Steve (Hengeveld) went down in his section. David and Steve are two of the most solid guys and for them to have issues shows just how treacherous this race course is. Anything can happen in Baja and unfortunately it happened to us.
CLASS 20
MARK BRADFORD, No. 169x (Second in class. Bradford shared riding duties with Manny Ornellas.) — CO-RIDER MANNY ORNELLAS said: It was a technically demanding course. The way the course is laid out, you either slow down and do it right or you don’t do it at all. You’ve got to go slow to go fast. I only pre-ran for three or four days and I could use another five or six. It was awesome. It is getting safer and safer and I am grateful for that.
CLASS 30
FRANCISCO ARREDONDO, No. 349x (First in class and fifth overall motorcycle. Arredondo shared riding duties with Shane Esposito, Ryan Dudek and Scott Myers.) — We didn’t have any major problems and just had a great time. We had a beautiful day without fog. We’re really happy. We were losing some oil when we arrived in Santo Tomas.
CLASS 40
MIKE PRUNTY, No. 402x (First in class. Prunty shared riding duties with Mike Baxter, Scott Myers, Lester Lehigh and Sterling Rigsby.) — CO-RIDER MIKE BAXTER said: I started with about half a tank on the inside and it has been a rough couple of days. I heard that Scott (Myers) hit a rock and ripped the radiator off the motorcycle this morning so I was a little late getting on the bike. All in all I had a really good day. The suspension is phenomenal and the bike worked really well.
PRO ATVs
CLASS 25
JAVIER ROBLES JR., No. 10a (First in class and first overall ATV. Robles Jr. shared riding duties with Mike Cafro, Jorie Williams and Cyle Chislock) — We had a clean race with no flat tires or other major problems. We started third and by race mile 85 we took the lead and maintained it the rest of the way. This was my first win in 13 years of racing. We finished second in San Felipe and this win helps our chances to win the class for the season.

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*FINISHERS UPDATE!*Sunday June 2, 2 AM*

Robby Gordon, Finishes First, BJ Baldwin second. The rest of the leaders are about to finish now.

1. Gordon FINISH! and Possible WIN
2. BJ Baldwin FINISH

3. Menzies FINISH
4. Tim Herbst FINISH

5. Wehyrich FINISH
6. Eugenio-Pfankuch FINISH
7. Laguna FINISH
8. Rob Mac FINISH

9. Herbst-Arciero FINISH
10. McMillin-Hovey FINISH

First Class 1 Finishes
11. Justin Matney FINISH 

12. Vildosola FINISH
13. Keysar FINISH
14. Wehyrich-McMillin FINISH


Trophy Truck #22 has rolled at Race Mile 345,
they are reported OUT of the race.

HONDA Racing Wins Motos Comp


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Qualifying was held, as reported, at a private ranch at Ojos Negro approximately 2-3 miles west of the highway crossing alongside the race course. The location was unpublished to discourage big crowds. At the end there was no police or security force holding anyone back but the amount of spectators was low and very manageable. 

Qualifying was done by letting everyone drive one practice run and then at around 10am timed high speed. SCORE made sure that only a maximum of 2 racers are on the 5 mile qualifying course. A big field of trophy trucks showed up and a much smaller group of Class 1s. While Trophy trucks got a chance to qualify for total upfront starting position the fastest Class1 still has to start within the Class1 group come race day saturday. This is where SCORE went with a different approach from BITD qualifying where both classes qualify for total starting position. 

The fastest qualified Class1 still starts behind the slowest Trophy Truck so the qualifying reward is smaller then the Trophy Truck opportunity. Tavo broke a driveline during the prerun and had to change that plus a transmission in a hurry before his actual qualifying run. He looked very fast but spun out in one of the last turns and lost plenty of time to push him back to an estimated 14th position. Juan Carlos Lopez in the #18 truck went wide open one of the first jumps and nearly landed on his rear pumper. 

Overall SCORE's first go at pre race qualifying for starting position was a success. Roger Norman told us that he was very pleased and hopes to have this sub-event open to the public by the SCORE 1000 with spectating opportunities. BJ slept in and was late for qualifying, so they held it up for him. Baldwin was late and the racing authorities let him go out for another practice run after everyone else was completed. Tavo got to change a transmission before his run and after practice laps. 

 FIRST TROPHY TRUCKS TO START BAJA 500:
1.- Robby Gordon #77
2.- Jason Voss #35
3.- Bryce Menzies #70
4.- Juan Lopez #18
5.- B.J Baldwin #1
6.- Cameron Steele #16
7.- Justin Davis #85
8.- Steven Eugenio #7
9.- Armin Shwarz #15
10.- Jimmy Nuckles #48
11.- Tim Herbst #19
12.- Jesse Jones #76
13.- Gary Weyhrich #98
14.- Rob MacCachern #11
15.- Mark Weyhrich #9
16.- Valerio Gonzalez #4
17.- Tavo Vildosola #21
18.- Troy Herbst #91
19.- Nick Vanderwey #84
20.- Craig Potts #59
21.- Dan McMillin #23
22.- Ken Losch #34
23.- Gary Magness #45
24.- Robbie Pierce #20
25.- Greg Nunley #10
26.- Mark Workentine #55
27.- Sergio Salgado #88
28.- Jay Reichert #26
29.- Zak Langley #50
30.- Mike Palmer #57
31.- Roberto Encinas #22
32.- Ron Whitton #39
***Trophy Trucks NO QUALIFYING***
33.- Jesse James #54
34.- Todd Jergensen #44
35.- Kory Scheeler #51
36.- Heidi Steele #14
37.- Alan Pflueger #28
38.- Alejandro Cervantes #69
39.- Jhon Koltura #46
40.- Todd Romano #33

CLASS ONE RESULTS:
1.- Randy Wilson #138.
2.- Corey Keysar #120.
3.- Lalo Laguna #117.
4.- Jon Walker #188.
5.- Justin Matney #101.
6.- Todd Tuls #115.
7.- Ronny Wilson #153.
8.- Hiram Duran #170.
9.- Joseph David #126.]
10.- John Martensen #141.
***Class 1 NO QUALIFYING***
11.- Cody Parkhouse #100.
12.- Jose Canchola #122.
13.- George Peters #131.
14.- Josh Rigsby #110.
15.- Brady Turner #182.
16.- Lyle Bask #114.
17.- Vince Galewick #155.
18.- Erick Jacobs #155.
19.-Hiram Duran #170.
20.- Ryan Sharman #187.
21.- Erik Harp #119.
22.- Ron Gibbs #179.

 
 



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BajaRacingNews.com is LIVE! Reporting from the Exotic Baja California Port of Ensenada, Mexico.Entries from around the world continue to arrive for the Historic BAJA 500, starting and finishing in this formerly sleepy fishing and commercial city, 80 miles south of San Diego.

BAJA 500 RaceDay will commence at 5 AM Saturday



Baja Racing News is celebrating the 40th year of "modern desert racing motorsports", certifiable as the world’s craziest events, desert racing in Baja Mexico! Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 45th anniversary of the BAJA 500, the original desert race produced by the race promoter,  SCORE, on July 26, 1974.

It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts with the green flag on Saturday (June 1) dropping first for the motorcycles and ATVs at 6 a.m. and several hours later for the cars and trucks.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - QUALIFYING A FIRST…
  
For the first time in SCORE Baja racing history, qualifying for starting positions will be held. On Thursday, May 30, qualifying for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 will be held over a special course near Ensenada.
 




BAJA RACING HISTORY

The race will feature a course of just over 500 miles that includes new or seldom-used areas as several new festivities will be held surround the event as the celebration continues for the 40th season of SCORE International desert racing.


This BAJA 500 Historic race course will be presented for the first time, LIVE! ONLINE on BajaRacingNews.com on Tuesday, May 14.

A BAJA SAFARI FIESTA…

Colorful race week festivities will include several first-time events for Members attendance, the  

Baja Safari Mexico Club has scheduled Special Tours, starting with qualifying for Trophy Truck and Class 1 followed by the SCORE Kick Off Party on Thursday, May 30 from 7 p.m. until Midnight at the start/finish line area in the heart of Ensenada. Exclusive Access will be provided, to all these noted activities, including the Baja Racer’s Autograph Party and vehicle display starting at 6 p.m. 

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RaceWeek coverage Starts Today Monday, May 27. Special LIVE! ONLINE Coverage will be featured on Friday, May 31. Race Fanatics will see the day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and Contingency Festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada, LIVE! ONLINE.

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The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding this years BAJA 500. Racer registration will be held at the Riviera on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 30-31, June 1) and the LIVE! ONLINE Coverage at BajaRacingNews.com will provide public internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking and unofficial elapsed times.

The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center as well.

GRAND HISTORY

 The BAJA 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the Tecate SCORE BAJA 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
    
Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the BAJA 500 as the popular summertime race.  This year will mark the 40th time it has started and 36th time it has finished in Ensenada.

 
  
 UPDATE! Tuesday, May 28
Local Press Story From El Vigia, Ensenada, BC, Mexico


The promoter said Roger Norman Baja 500 will this "period" and full of history. Photo: Rene Hernandez / courtesy
""Ensenada, BC - The new owner of Score International, Roger Norman, has been the passion of Mexican fans in Baja, for that reason sought his support to prevent mishaps in the event to be held this weekend in Ensenada.
 
Norman said the Baja California and Mexican should enjoy the event safely and family, it will be a race to the history and full of ingredients to be enjoyed along its 500-mile route.
 
Several suggestions offered Sal Fish's successor at the head of Score, this for the viewers, as not to get in a curve out, the traps put no runners, no arrows to change the route and be in striking distance prudent to avoid an accident in the event of a vehicle rollover competition.
 
The off-road competition will have its start on Saturday 1st June on Coastal Boulevard and American promoter revealed that a ramp be placed before Ninth Street, and he invited the audience who can not leave the city to attend to that area, it will be recorded live for streaming online worldwide through the official website of Score.
 
This will be another first on a 500, which was made at the San Felipe 250 in March, live internet broadcast competition, not only at the start or goal, also in other parts of the journey, it will touch areas like Ojos Negros, Ejido Heroes de la Independencia, San Matías, Trinidad Valley, Camalú, Colonet Erendira and St. Thomas.
 
"I come to write my own story in Score": Norman
Roger Norman praised the legacy of Sal Fish in Baja and as a leader not only of Score International, the entire Off-Road, but says he thinks to take your business to a level greater than the living legend.
 
"What is done by Sal is immense, it totally changed the game in many ways, issues rules, new categories like the Trophy-Trucks, but now I'll get to Baja in the eye of the whole world and I have the passion to achieve this," Roger Norman finished.
 
"It was not easy owning Score International, but it's something I'm doing it with a passion and although it is a daunting task, I am glad not to have missed this opportunity to be a promoter." Roger Norman""


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BajaRacingNews.com Fanatics Pre-Run Reports!


"I ran from 301 to ojos. Beach section was the best prerun fun I have had in a long time. From Santo Thomas to ojos was so rough, going to get interesting on race day. Stream crossing at Race Mile 450 is going to be a muddy mess. Be careful, there are a lot of rattle snakes out.

The summit is ruff the wash after it is really cool, gets ruff again near the 3 , but it looks like they tried hard to keep you off the endless whoops, road to mike is the same, after mikes it tightens up alot, there are some pissed off ranchers down by colinet. built some barracades. seems like somebody doesnt want going down the san rafile wash either. co dogs were pretty tired after opening 50 gates. beach sections were nice. The last 40 took took 3 hours.be careful at the beginning and the end the course runs 30 ' apart....taco were good in Valley t.

We did from Ojos Negros skipped the summit then to Mikes Sky Rancho, from Mikes to Coyote is probably the roughest tightest section i have seen in a long time, probably since the old 90's Mikes days. There is absolutely zero room for error in the section and since most will be here after dark its those who race this section will have to strap their 2 pairs on tight. We like shmucks drove our chase trucks through there, long bed 4 door dodge cummins and suburban, and made it through but took almost 5 hours to do 15 miles. Worked out because we ended up rescuing 2 of our prerunners. 

 Ran Mike's to Uropan yesterday in my Cherokee. From Simpson hill about the next 20 miles my jeep was the right vehicle. From 270 to Uropan is WFO pretty much. We cruised through the ranches and populated areas and all locals sealed happy and waived. Please respect them as this is their homes. Do a good job on closing gates so we can return. These cows are their jobs and losing them would devastate them. There was an upset rancher after Colonet. The Pacific section will be fast. Course is really cool and fun." 




 
UPDATE! May 20


 OFFICIAL BAJA 500 
    RACE BRIEFING

1) COMPETITORS MEETING - will be held on Friday, May 31, @ 7:00PM LIVE! on BajaRacingNews.com

All teams must have at least one banded competitor in attendance.
2) CAUTION - All competitors are reminded that off road racing is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or even death. YOU MUST BEAR THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL SAFETY.
3) CAUTION - It is important to remember that SCORE cannot regulate the conduct of spectators. Be advised that spectators will engage in malicious activity by building ramps, digging ditches and placing objects onto the course. BE ALERT!!
4) CAUTION - The roads used for this race course are open to the public. You must expect at all times to encounter traffic on the race course, especially oncoming traffic. Expect the unexpected at all times.
5) COURSE MARKINGS - The race course is marked with red/white ribbon, orange arrows, yellow/green wrong ways, and mile markers every 5 miles. Markings are not guaranteed to remain in place. All race teams are strongly advised to race using the official GPS course file.

 
6) ENVIRONMENT - All competitors must do their part to protect and preserve the Baja ecological environment. Please instruct your team that it is mandatory and very important to properly dispose of all solid and liquid waste.
7) PASSING - Four Wheel Vehicles that are in a position to pass a Motorcycle or ATV must NOT ATTEMPT TO PASS UNTIL THE RIDER HAS MOVED TO THE SIDE OF THE COURSE. RIDERS MUST REMAIN AWARE OF APPROACHING TRAFFIC AND MOVE OVER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. Riders, if you are caught by the first TROPHY TRUCK you must remain super vigilant and get off the course BEFORE you are caught by the next vehicle when possible. Riders must pull off the course to a safe distance and wait for dust to clear before re-entering the race. Four Wheel Vehicles are ultimately responsible for the safety of passing. Riders, if you rabbit to avoid being passed by a driver you will receive a DQ. Riders, get off the course early, if you wait for the four wheel vehicle to pull right up on you at night before pulling off the course you will be penalized. Riders, never race in the dust of a four wheel vehicle, you are putting yourself in extreme danger. If you are passed by a vehicle and you are still on course you are riding in the dust. Riders, if you are riding slow and you have been caught by the four wheel vehicles you are in extreme danger.
Drivers, if you are love tapped by a competitor, move over, blocking traffic is unsportsmanlike and you can be penalized.
8) RADIO FREQUENCY - SCORE will use 151.625 (Weatherman Relay) for the main race operations radio frequency. Please use this frequency to report an emergency or ask for help.
9) HIGHWAYS ARE RESTRICTED AREAS - Pitting is not permitted on any portion of the paved highway surface. The paved highway is considered a restricted area because use of the highways is subject to permission by the Mexican Federal Highway Police. If your race vehicle breaks down on a highway section, you must remove it from the highway before making repairs. Transitional race travel on the highway sections must be done in a safe and prudent manner. Passing on the highway section must be made on the left-hand side only and within the 60 MPH speed limit. All competitors must possess a valid driver license while racing or pre-running.
10) SPEED ZONES & COURSE COMPLIANCE - The mandatory IRC tracking devices will be used to identify highway speed violations and course deviations. Between the summit and Borrego racers will have leeway from VCP to VCP. Washes are open only to the banks on either side and major silt beds are open. Short coursing is not allowed. Do not make new trails by cutting the course-that is short coursing. Do not deviate from the main course even a little bit when you are near ranches, spectators or wheat fields. The GPS course is the official course. EVERY participant must have a functioning tracking unit in order to be scored in the race. Participants must make sure that device is turned into HQ immediately after crossing the finish line. Failure to return the device after finishing the race will result in a DNF. The IRC HQ trailer will be located at the finish line. All competitors that DNF must return tracking recorders before race course closure to IRC at the finish line to receive proper placement in the Official Results and points. Please see Penalty Bulletin for more details.
11) FULL-STOP PHYSICAL CHECKPOINT RULES - You are required to enter the 4 Physical Full-Stop Checkpoints in a single file manner and come to a complete stop at the stop sign. The checkpoint corridor is not considered part of the race course. Entering and exiting all checkpoints must be done in a safe and prudent manner in order to guarantee the safety of all checkpoint workers. Passing is not permitted 300 feet before a checkpoint. Pitting is not permitted within 300 feet before and 100 feet after a checkpoint.
12) VIRTUAL CHECKPOINTS - The race course has Virtual Checkpoints (VCPs). The VCPs are strategically placed to discourage short coursing. However, the VCPs do not represent the only areas that require compliance. The entire course will be reviewed for compliance. The standard penalty for failure to clear a VCP within 120 feet is 10 minutes. The time penalty will increase as the deviation increases. In order to avoid confusion regarding the locations of the VCPs, it is essential to race using the official GPS course file and check for updates on the SCORE website.
13) SPECIAL RULES - No race vehicle shall be towed, pushed, pulled or transported by another vehicle further than 1% of the total distance of the race course (5.0 MILES), or within 1 mile of the Finish Line. However, wrist banded race vehicle occupants are permitted to push a disabled race vehicle across the Finish Line. At no time may any participant go backwards on the course.
14) FINISH LINE STOP - All race vehicles are required to make a full and complete stop at the Checkered Flag, which is located at the Tecate Arch. This stop must be made in a safe and controlled manner.
15) LATE REGISTRATION - will take place on Saturday morning at 5:00AM at the Casino Room of the Riviera Convention Center. Late Tech Inspection will take place on the staging line beginning at 5:00AM.
16) LATE STARTERS - A competitor who is late for his assigned start time will start at the back of the class that is currently starting. The elapsed time of a late starter begins with the competitor's DESIGNATED START TIME, not the late start time.
17) START/FINISH LINE – The TECATE ARCH will be in front of the Riviera Convention Center on Boulevard Costero.
18) STAGING MC & ATV - Motorcycles and ATV classes will stage at 5:15AM for a 6:00AM start. One vehicle every 30 seconds for class 22 & Class 21. For all other motorcycle/ATV classes 15 seconds in the following order: 30, 40, 50, 20, 60, 25, 24, SPTM/C>, SPTM/C<, SPTATV, 26.
19) GAP - There will be at least a full 3.5 hour gap between the last M/C starter and the first SCORE Trophy Truck starter.
2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 500 – Race Briefing page 2
20) STAGE & START OF VEHICLES - will begin staging at 9:30AM for a 10:30AM start. One vehicle every 30 seconds in the following order: TT, 1, 10, TT Spec, SL, 8, HM, 7200, BC, PT, 6100, 3000, TL, 4000, 1/2-1600, 5, 7, 7SX, 5-1600, 2, 2D, 3, 3700, 1700, 4400, SF, SM, 9, 11, 19, SUTK, SPBG, SLTK, SPUTV.
21) FOUR WHEEL STAGING - TT(9:15AM), 1(9:20AM), 10(9:25AM), TTS(9:30AM), SL(9:30AM), 8(9:35AM), 7200(9:40), PT(9:40AM), 1/2-1600(9:45AM), 5(9:55AM), 7(10:10AM), 7SX(10:15AM), 5-1600(10:20AM), 2(10:25AM), 3(10:30AM), SF(10:35AM), SM(10:40AM), ALL REMAINING CLASSES(11:00AM).
22) DRIVERS will have 22 HOURS / (22.8 MPH AVERAGE) from their designated start time to complete the race. DNFs will be scored to the furthest mile using the IRC tracking data. The First 42 miles of course closes to all vehicles outbound at 2:45PM in order to have a clear course for the first bikes coming back in. Checkpoint closing times are as follows:
CHECKPOINT 1 - SANTA CATARINA ROAD X - MILE 91.90 - SATURDAY @ 6:00PM
CHECKPOINT 2 - BORREGO @ HIGHWAY 3 X - MILE 203.71 - SUNDAY @ 12:00AM
CHECKPOINT 3 - JARAMILLO @ HIGHWAY 1 X - MILE 336.26 - SUNDAY @ 4:00AM
CHECKPOINT 4 - SANTO TOMAS @ HIGHWAY 1 X - MILE 413.45 - SUNDAY @ 7:00AM
23) Riders will have 16 Hours 45 minutes to finish. Pro Riders must average 30 MPH to finish the 501 miles. Sportsman Riders must average 23.7 MPH to finish the 397.6 miles. The cut off removes 103.4 miles of course and gives
CHECKPOINT 1 - SANTA CATARINA ROAD X - MILE 91.90 - SATURDAY @ 10:30AM
CHECKPOINT 2 - BORREGO @ HIGHWAY 3 X - MILE 203.71 - SATURDAY @ 2:00PM
CHECKPOINT 3 - JARAMILLO @ HIGHWAY 1 X - MILE 336.26 - SATURDAY @ 6:00PM
CHECKPOINT 4 - SANTO TOMAS @ HIGHWAY 1 X - MILE 413.45 - SUNDAY @ 8:30PM
24) PROTEST - To protest another competitor, you must submit a detailed written protest to SCORE/CRB (Competition Review Board) at the Finish Line. The protest must be filed within 30 minutes of the final competitor in class coming across the finish. SCORE will consult with the Competition Review Board Marshal, and the matter will be heard as soon as practical. To file a technical protest, present a written protest and a $500 cash fee to the Technical Directors Jake Velasco or Art Sevedra.
25) UNOFFICIAL RESULTS - will be posted at BajaRacingNews.com at 10am.
26) AWARDS CEREMONY - will be held at the Riviera Convention Center Outdoor Amphitheater on Sunday morning at 12:00PM. You must arrange to have your trophy accepted by somebody else if you are not going to be present. No trophies will be brought back across the border by SCORE.
27) SPORTSMAN RIDERS - mandatory cut off will be from RM 101.60 at Nuevo Junction. Sportsman riders only will race south through Jamou down the goat trail. From RM 101.6 to the bottom of the goat trail is 12.73 miles. This Highway section is a speed zone for Sportsman Riders so keep it under 60mph. You will ride towards San Felipe on Highway 3 through Valley de Trinidad and re enter the race course at RM 230 Mikes Sky Ranch Road. The pavement section will be 12.27 miles and will have 127 penalty data points for speeding. Do not exceed 60mph on Highway 3 as the penalties are severe.
28) QUALIFYING – Driver who qualifies must take the green flag. Qualifying driver must be banded before qualifying. Registration will be open at the qualifying area between 7am and 9am. Location of qualifying area will be sent to the e-mail listed on your registration on Tuesday May 28th. One vehicle off the line every 4 minutes starting a 9am. Practice will be controlled speed and is open between 7:30am and 8:30am. Qualifying area will be on private property and is open to qualifying teams and media only, no spectators.
29) FUEL – Drums and dump cans with fuel cannot be transported legally across the border. SCORE recommends purchasing the Official Fuels, VP and F&L which can be purchased on the SCORE website through registration. You can use any fuel supplier and brand of fuel and that includes Pemex.
30) HELICOPTERS - You must register on the SCORE website and attend the aircraft safety meeting. Ivor Shear of Corporate Helicopters will head up the meeting.
31) CHASING – Always drive safely. Be 100% prepared the day before the race. Expect the unexpected. Leave early and expect to be late to your destination. Make sure each chase vehicle has copies of insurance for all of your other chase vehicles. Carry the largest fire extinguishers you can and have a good medic bag in each chase. Keep your passport with you. Have a list of cell phone numbers, sat phone numbers and radio frequencies for your team and other teams. Never pit within 50 feet of the course, give yourself room for safety. Do not pit close to a turn. No chasing on course. Going backwards on course gets your team a DQ.



Document has been edited by me, Gary Newsome, Editor-in-chief.




 
SCORE 'Jefe' Roger Norman responds to sportsman "whining":

"You are running in Sportsman and you call yourself a professional? That is very funny that you would say that.
I will look today, if you are entered, I will refund your entry 100%. I do not want to hear from you again on my e-mail. I am working diligently to preserve the sport and all of my decisions are with that in mind.  Now the motorcycles are responsible for 90% of the medical claims.  Insurance companies are refusing to cover the sport.  Think about it, you have the most incapable amateur riders racing with trophy trucks and getting passed by most of the cars.  There are serious injuries and sometimes death at every race.
THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ME AS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF SCORE!
If you are fast enough to compete in the Pro Class then you can race the entire 500.
You do not need to race in our series, as it appears there is no 'fit' for you as an amateur, that will make you happy.
This is not the first time you have complained to me, but this will be the last. If you are going to continue to whine about it, you will not be racing at all.

Regards,
Roger"



UPDATED May 18!



 
UPDATED May 17 Course Bulletin
 ""email from SCORE:

ATTENTION SPORTSMAN RACERS:

There will be a course cut-off for all Sportsman Motorcycles and ATV's in the upcoming Baja 500.

As some may remember, we had a short-cut for the Sportsman Classes in the San Felipe 250 , we will have one for the Baja 500 and we will have one for the Baja 1000 - it is how the sport is evolving. The Trophy Trucks and Class 1 vehicles are catching up to the sportsman riders (who have the least knowledge and experience about off-road racing) and every year there has been serious accidents, some resulting in death. So we are adding as much time as we possibly can add between the motorcycles and vehicles.


The insurance companies are refusing to cover this sport. And the reason is that the Sportsman motorcycles are getting hurt and the claims have been numerous. The Sportsman Class pays the smallest entry fee and uses most of the medical resources. The companies will not insure the race without us doing something to protect the safety of the riders.


Our goal is to have a dedicated motorcycle race with it's own TV show and sponsors etc. But right now, it is too dangerous for a Sportsman motorcyclist to risk being hit by a vehicle. Therefore, we are taking precautions to make the sport safer for our least capable riders. If you are not an amateur, and have raced in other races in Baja and in the US, then you could consider moving up to a pro class.


Edit  "we are asking for help in coming up with a solution, so everyone is happy. The best solution that we have come to, at this point, is having a dedicated motorcycle event the day before. We are diligently working on finding sponsorship for this.
"

There are so many factors that go into organizing a race and we are doing our best for the preservation of the sport and its future.


Sincerely,

SCORE International""





UPDATE Weds., May 15

BAJA 500 Race Course History Posted



UPDATED Tuesday, May 14




 Ensenada - Ojos Negros - El Alamo - Highway 3 crossing - El Rayo - down to Laguna Salada - San Matias - San Vicente - Santo Tomas - Ojos Negros - Ensenada






UPDATE: May 13

Teams: If you haven't already rode the course, you're behind the teams that have, many have already hit the new sections that will be announced "Officially" on Tuesday.

Fans: Some behind the scenes intel on the American held Baja races in Mexico: The chosen 'free workers' who volunteer to course mark and the hired companies, either by 'sponsorship' or contracted services who set-up the "SCORE" race courses, distribute course maps weeks, sometimes months ahead of the publicly "official" release of the event 'race-course-maps'. These sources release the info to friends, so that they pre-run the race course, before everyone else. 

Only on BajaRacingNews.com, will you get the same intel as the SCORE 'freebies'. 


Rules? This is Baja racing! In Mexico!! Ain't No Rules! At least, ain't no rules to really follow...just don't get caught, right!?


Here, SCORE employees and sickophants (sp) publicly pound the public that they know more than you and the rest of the customers of SCORE, the course route and that they have driven (pre-run) more than YOU have. Advantage the "insider rule-breakers". A SCORE tradition!

The list of regular braggadocio's blew up today. Scotty, 'a SCORE employee' sez: "80 miles new sections Coyote west via San Rafael canyon to Paraiso Hotel in Colonet south toward Camalu inland...then back north from Camalu and west toward Chipwrecks on the coast past Cuatros Casas; cut directly across Mesa Colonet before resuming same clapped out roads through town of Erendira to Santo Tomas", "I road (sp rode) this yesterday""

Cammy, the ultimate SCORE suckoff, sez "We just rode the epic silt beds of I think 2004 and they are all nice and packed now... someday I'm sure we'll be back out there. It was warm 2 weeks ago and I'm guessing north Baja not getting any cooler before June 1". "Tres Hermanos over to Urapan, Santo Tomas to Coast and then south to Colonial Vincente Guerro, East up the wash and up and over to the back road north to San Pedro Martir road, then back way into Coyote and up the crappy canyon and the back way down to Mikes Sky Ranch, down the main Mikes road and left to EJ Killowas, into the back of Trinidad, up Goat trail and into bottom of pine forest right up to Laguna Hansen. Stay on route to 08 1k backwards around Rumarosa area, Compadre and then back way down and into Ojos, Right at the gate in Ojos and back to Ensenada".


SpeedMex Pits BAJA 500 2013


PIT
 LOCATION
Race

Since

PIT Vehicle
SMP Pit #1 El Alamo-East (off Hwy3 at KM 86) 89.27 89.27 SMP Tractor- Trailer
SMP Pit #2 Sn Matias Hwy 3 K137 230.17 140.90
SMP Tractor Trailer
SMP Pit #3 Colonet Access from Hwy 1 K126 366.07 135.90 SMP Racing Service
Finish
510.31 144.24








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UPDATED May 3

Dan McMillin on May 3, 2013:
"I know exactly where the course is going. 
Make sure you have good lights!"


From The "Rules":

 "THE RACE COURSE WILL BE MARKED AND
OPEN TO PRERUN ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 15."


"" 2013 TECATE
SCORE BAJA 500
PRERUNNING RULES
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES STATED
IN THIS PRERUNNING BULLETIN WILL RESULT
IN A TIME PENALTY OR DISQUALIFICATION,
DEPENDING ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE PRERUNNING SCHEDULE
CAREFULLY. MEXICAN LIABILITY INSURANCE
AND GOVERNMENTAL PERMITS ARE IN EFFECT
FOR PRERUNNING ONLY DURING THE DATES
AND LOCATIONS INDICATED.
PRERUNNING IS NOT RACING!!!
PRERUNNING IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO
PREVIEW THE RACE COURSE WHILE AT THE
SAME TIME EXERCISING A HIGH DEGREE OF
CAUTION AND PROCEEDING AT A SAFE,
REASONABLE AND CONTROLLED SPEED.
BE ADVISED THAT ALL ROADS ON THE RACE
COURSE ARE OPEN TO LOCAL TRAFFIC
DURING PRERUNNING. UNSAFE PRERUNNING
IS NOT ONLY DANGEROUS, BUT IS ALSO VERY
DISRESPECTFUL TO THE LOCAL CITIZENS.
PRERUNNING IN AN UNSAFE MANNER WILL
SUBJECT THE DRIVER TO LEGAL JEOPARDY
WITH THE MEXICAN POLICE. IT WILL ALSO
SUBJECT THE TEAM TO A RACE PENALTY.
THINK WISELY FIRST, RATHER THAN
REGRETTING YOUR UNSAFE ACTIONS LATER.
USE GOOD JUDGEMENT WHILE PRERUNNING.
PRERUNNING DATES AND INFORMATION:
THE RACE COURSE WILL BE MARKED AND
OPEN TO PRERUN ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 15.
BEGIN PRERUNNING IN OJOS NEGROS AT
THE HWY3@KM39 JUNCTION.
END PRERUNNING WEST OF OJOS NEGROS
AND EXIT THE RACE COURSE ACROSS OPEN
FIELD TO HWY3@KM36.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PRERUN ANYWHERE
BETWEEN ENSENADA AND OJOS NEGROS
AT THIS TIME.
---------------------------------------------
OUTBOUND PRERUNNING IS PERMITTED FROM
THE ENSENADA START LINE TO OJOS NEGROS
HWY3@KM39 ONLY ON THURSDAY, MAY 30
AND FRIDAY, May 31.
TO AVOID DANGEROUS TWO-WAY TRAFFIC:
ABSOLUTELY NO INBOUND PRERUNNING
FROM WEST OF OJOS NEGROS HWY3@KM36
BACK TO THE ENSENADA FINISH LINE.
FOLLOW EXIT MARKINGS AT THE END OF
PRERUN AREA TO EXIT THE COURSE ACROSS
OPEN FIELD TO HWY3@KM36.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE PRERUNNING
RULES STATED IN THIS BULLETIN WILL RESULT
IN A TIME PENALTY OR DISQUALIFICATION,
DEPENDING ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES.""







UPDATED April 23, 2013
Baja Racing News LIVE! BAJA 500

Nearly 300 entries expected
BAJA 500 to be held May 30-June 2 in Ensenada, Mexico.
Pre-running opens May 15 as 36 SCORE Trophy Trucks already in starting grid.

Entries from 35 U.S. states, 15 countries expected to celebrate SCORE’s 40th anniversary.

Following Tuesday’s night LIVE! drawing for starting positions, Southern California desert racing ace Robby Bell, the defending overall winner, will be the first motorcycle off the starting line in the upcoming 45th annual BAJA 500 desert off-road race. 

Exciting International Desert Off-Road Racing Continues!  
BAJA Racing>>>

Entries from around the world continue to arrive for the Historic BAJA 500, to be held May 30-June 2 in Mexico’s Baja California North, starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, the seaside port on the Magnificent Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.

With SCORE Trophy Trucks and unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars qualifying for starting positions, Bell is certain of his starting position on, Saturday, June 1. 

Baja Racing is celebrating its 40th year as the world’s craziest motorsports, desert racing, in 2013 and this race is traditionally one of the most popular events on the sanctioner SCORE schedule. Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s 45th anniversary of the BAJA 500, the original desert race produced by Race Sanctioner SCORE, on July 26, 1974.

It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts with the green flag on Saturday (June 1) dropping first for the motorcycles and ATVs at 6 a.m. and several hours later for the cars and trucks.

Racers Notes
 
One of the top motorcycle desert racers in the world, Bell, 26, of Menifee, Calif., is a three-time SCORE season Class 22 point champion and he has four overall motorcycle wins in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 including last year.  In the 2012 race, Bell and teammates David Pearson, Panaca, Nev. and Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., ended the 15-year win streak by Honda, giving Kawasaki its first BAJA 500 overall win since 1996. Bell/Pearson/Hengeveld ride the No. 4x Monster Energy THR Motorsports Kawasaki KX450.

DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY RACE

To enjoy the history-making anniversary race, entries from up to 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected with competition offered in 40 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. Entries have already been received from Hawaii to Florida in the U.S., the U.S. territory of Guam, along with entries to date from the additional countries of Australia, Austria, Belize, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and host country Mexico. A total of 169 entries were accepted in time for Tuesday’s drawing and more than 100 additional entries are expected before the green flag drops.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - QUALIFYING A FIRST…
  
For the first time in SCORE Baja racing history, qualifying for starting positions will be held. On Thursday, May 30, qualifying for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 will be held over a special course near Ensenada.

A total of 36 SCORE Trophy Trucks and 20 Class 1 entries will qualify for their starting positions on Thursday (May 30), marking the first time there has been qualifying in the storied history of SCORE Baja racing. For the top two car and truck classes, their drawing identified their qualifying order in each class.

Drawing the first qualifying positions in their respective classes were B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, in the No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck and Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, who drives the No. 117 Speed Energy RPM Racing RGM-Chevy open-wheel race car.
    
BAJA RACING HISTORY

The race will feature a course of just over 500 miles that includes new or seldom-used areas as several new festivities will be held surround the event as the celebration continues for the 40th season of SCORE International desert racing.

Race Sanctioner, SCORE-International, has also announced the pre-running on the race course will begin officially on Wednesday, May 15, except for the portion from the start to Ojos Negros (approximately 35 miles), which will be used in both directions during the race.

When finalized by Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose Grijalva, the historic race course will be another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 4,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California. 


This BAJA 500 Historic race course will be presented for the first time, LIVE! ONLINE on BajaRacingNews.com on Tuesday, May 14.

ENTRY LEADERS

While SCORE Trophy Truck with 36 has the most entries of any class in the race including 4-wheel vehicles, other car/truck classes with double figure entries so far are Class 1 with 20 and Class 10 with 19. Leading the Pro motorcycle classes is the open Class 22 with seven entries in the start drawing. Class 24 leads the ATV classes so far with four and leading the Sportsman Motorcycles the SPT M/C> with 16 so far.

A BAJA SAFARI FIESTA…

Colorful race week festivities will include several first-time events for Members attendance, the  

Baja Safari Mexico Club has scheduled Special Tours, starting with qualifying for Trophy Truck and Class 1 followed by the SCORE Kick Off Party on Thursday, May 30 from 7 p.m. until Midnight at the start/finish line area in the heart of Ensenada. Exclusive Access will be provided, to all these noted activities, including the Baja Racer’s Autograph Party and vehicle display starting at 6 p.m. 

GO TO BajaSafari.com NOW to GO!


Special LIVE! ONLINE Coverage will be featured on Friday, May 31. Race Fanatics will see the day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and Contingency Festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada, LIVE! ONLINE.

 During the race on Saturday, June 1 the SCORE hospitality area, will be part of the Start/Finish line compound. Baja Safari Members and Fans ONLINE will enjoy LIVE! Race Images streaming from the race course as well as updated Event Proceedings and Race Results and Internet tracking displays of the race vehicles/competitors on BajaRacingNews.com
 
BajaRacingNews.com LIVE! From BAJA 500…

The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding this years BAJA 500. Racer registration will be held at the Riviera on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 30-31, June 1) and the LIVE! ONLINE Coverage at BajaRacingNews.com will provide public internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking and unofficial elapsed times.

In the Cathedral Room at the Riviera will be mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting on Friday (May 31). The post-race awards celebration will be in the outdoor Riviera amphitheater at noon on Sunday (June 2).

The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center as well.

GRAND HISTORY

 The BAJA 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the Tecate SCORE BAJA 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
    
Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the BAJA 500 as the popular summertime race.  This year will mark the 40th time it has started and 36th time it has finished in Ensenada.

In its 40th year as the Americans Mexico race sanctioner in 2013, the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series, with all three massive special events held in Baja California, Mexico. The season started with 27th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 (March 9-10). Both starting and finishing in Ensenada, the other two events on this year’s calendar will be the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 (May 31-June 2) and the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Nov. 14-17).





Baja Racing News EXCLUSIVE!

 RacePull Results from April 23, 2013

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (36)
(Qualifying Order)
1 B.J. Baldwin
50 Zak Langley
21 Gus Vildosola
84 Nick Vanderwey
76 Jesse Jones
9 Mark Weyhrich
11 Rob MacCachren
59 Craig Potts
70 Bryce Menzies
19 Tim Herbst
48 Jimmy Nuckles
18 Juan C. Lopez
10 Greg Nunley
23 Dan McMillin
55 Mark Workentine
44 Todd Jergensen
78 Jesse Ashcraft
98 Gary Weyhrich
26 Jay Reichert
20 Robbie Pierce
45 Gary Magness
3 Mark Post
85 Justin Davis
51 Kory Scheeler
14 Heidi Steele
88 Sergio Salgado
7 Steven Eugenio
57 Mike Palmer
91 Troy Herbst
39 Ron Whitton
15 Armin Schwarz
28 Alan Pflueger
77 Robby Gordon
35 Jason Voss
16 Cameron Steele
34 Ken Losch

CLASS 1 (20)
(Qualifying Order)
117 Eduardo Laguna
138 Randy Wilson
153 Ronny Wilson
101 Justin Matney
100 Cody Parkhouse
122 Jose Canchola
120 Corey Keysar
131 George Peters
110 Josh Rigsby
115 Todd Tuls
182 Brady Turner
141 John Martensen
114 Lyle Bask
188 Jon Walker
154 Vince Galewick
150 Erick Jacobs
170 Hiram Duran
187 Ryan Sharman
119 Erik Harp-2nd RS
179 Ron Gibbs-1st RS

CLASS 1/2-1600 (8)
1610 Kevin Price
1615 Jesus Velez
1649 Eliseo Garcia
1636 Christian Celaya
1688 Rodrigo Elorduy
1697 Jorge Sampietro-3rd RS
1605 Miguel Cortez-2nd RS
1648 Wes McKenzie-1st RS

CLASS 3 (1)
301 Chris Wilson

CLASS 5 (2)
500 Kevin Carr
521 Cody Kellogg

CLASS 5-1600 (2)
552 Carlos Rivera
555 Clyde Stacy-1st RS

CLASS 7 (1)
700 Dan Chamlee

CLASS 7200 (4)
7223 Darren Skilton
7298 Jonathan Brenthal
7207 Steve Kovach
7206 Joe Ramirez

CLASS 7SX (1)
749 Eduardo Gonzalez-1st RS

CLASS 8 (5)
801 Jose Leon
808 Rick Sanchez
809 Arturo Benavides
830 Enrique Lara
802 Derek Fletcher-1st RS

CLASS 10 (19)
1016 Cody Robinson
1023 Lee Banning
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1001 Andrew Myers
1008 Mark Lawrence
1004 Victor Valdes
1055 Kash Vessels
1048 John Hsu
1011 John Langley
1089 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr
1000 Mike Lawrence
1031 Mike Johnson
1039 Matt Cullen
1042 Lars Ferry
1003 Perry McNeil
1021 Chris Boyer
1080 Peter Hajas
1053 Brad Wilson
1066 Mike Shaffer

SCORE LITES (3)
1209 Rafael Navarro IV
1299 Leonardo Rayos-2nd RS
1218 Ricardo Malo-1st RS

CLASS 11 (3)
1101 Rene Rodriguez
1162 Greg Piraino-2nd RS
1100 Eric Solorzano-1st RS

PROTRUCK (1)
1350 Chelsea Magness

CLASS 3000 (1)
3022 Dave Boynton

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (2)
858 David Kleiman
844 Clyde Stacy-1st RS

CLASS 19 (4)
1903 Mark Schelbert
1905 Marc Burnett
1917 Derek Murray
1932 Matt Parks

 In Motorcycles, the BIG Match-ups are:

Robby Bell-David Pearson-Steve Hengevel
VS
Colton Udall- Timmy Weigand-David Kamo
 VS
Kurt Caselli-Ivan Ramirez-Mike Brown.


Pro Motorcycles
CLASS 22 (7)
4x Robby Bell
13x Nicola Dutto
1x Timmy Weigand
6x Mark Adams
2x Kurt Caselli
14x Kendall Norman
7x Arron Wright

CLASS 21 (4)
120x Adam Neuwirth
114x Carlos Valenzuela
106x Kenneth Slater
127x Jim O’Neal

CLASS 30 (6)
329x Brad Baker
301x Cliff Cook
302x Javier Hernandez
306x Robert Riggs
304x Jay Rabjohn
303x Ryan Gutile

CLASS 40 (3)
405x Andrew Lloyd
403x Oscar Fazz
402x Mike Prunty

CLASS 50 (2)
501x Carlos Valdez
500x Marc Prince

Pro ATVs
CLASS 25 (1)
11a Ryan Lea-1st RS

CLASS 24 (4)
103a Alejandro Avalos
101a Thomas Wright
102a Shawn Robins
111a Eric Dwiggins

Sportsman
SPT BUGGY (1)
1503 Jorge Valdes

SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK (1)
1444 Jim Bunn – 1st RS

SPT LIMITED TRUCK (1)
2069 Charles Johnson Jr.

SPT M/C< (5)
216X Hironori Okada
229x Tim Fields
203x Fred Sobke
206x Richard Ameen
249x Mark Winkelman-1st RS

SPT M/C> (16)
291x Stephen Ankeny
268x Eric Saltzer
275x Alan Martinez
299x Servando Cazares
284x William Salazar
257x Thierry Mas
258x Hironobu Tabata
256x P. Trent Whisenant
267x Bill Cotton
289x Scott Darkow
259x Tsuyoshi Nameki
260x Tomohiro Murakami
271x Bob Russell
294x Todd Powell
290x Stuart Gordon
266x Scott Dolphin

SPT ATV (5)
77a Fidel Gonzalez
51a Richard Epperson
55a Rodrigo Rubio
66a Rusty Batza-2nd RS
57a John Nores Jr.-1st RS


From the BajaRacingNews.com Archives:


BAJA 500
Trophy Truck all-time winners
1994—Ivan Stewart
1995—Curt LeDuc
1996—Rob MacCachren
1997—Ivan Stewart
1998—Ivan Stewart
1999—Ivan Stewart
2000—Larry Ragland
2001—David Ashley/Dan Smith
2002—Mark Miller/Larry Ragland
2003—Mark Miller/Ryan Arciero
2004—Alan Pflueger
2005—Robby Gordon
2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland
2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins
2008—B.J. Baldwin
2009—Rick D. Johnson
2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin
2011—Bryce Menzies
2012—Bryce Menzies

Trophy Truck Class
(debuted in 1994, for 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks-102 total Desert races, 3 Stadium-short course)
All-Time SCORE Trophy Truck Race Winners
(1994 through 2013 Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250)
Wins   Driver(s), Years
11
Ed/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1997, 1998, 1999(3), 2000(2), 2001, 2002, 2003(2)
Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1994, 1996(2), 2003 (w/ G. Vildosola), 2007(3) (w/M.   Post), 2011 (2), 2012 (2)
10
Larry Ragland, Phoenix, Chevy, 1995(2), 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 (w/ Mark Miller), 2005-2006-2007 (w/B.Collins)
9
Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C., Ford F-150, 1996(4), Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006* (2) (one w/A. McMillin), 2009 (2)
Dan Smith/David Ashley, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150, 1998(2), 2000, 2001(3), 2002(3)
Ivan Stewart, Alpine, Calif., Toyota SR5, 1994(3), 1995(2), 1997, 1998(2), 1999
7
Mark Post, Laguna Beach,CA, Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/J. Whelchel), 2007(3) (w/R. MacCachren)
6
Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2001, 2005-2006-2007 (w/L. Ragland), 2008, 2009
5
B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012(2)
Andy McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2006 (w/R. Gordon), 2009 (w/S. McMillin), 2010 (2) (one w/S. McMillin), 2011 (w/S. McMillin)
4
Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee, 1995, 1997(3)
Mark Miller, Cave Creek, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2002 (w/ Larry Ragland), 2003(2), 2004 (w/ R. Arciero)
Paul/Dave Simon, Fallbrook, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994(2), 1995(2)
Jerry Whelchel, Portola Hills, Calif., Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/M. Post)
3
Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 2003(2), 2004 (w/ M. Miller)
Scott McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2009 (w/A. McMillin), 2010 (w/A. McMillin), 2011 (w/A. McMillin)
Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 2011 (2), 2012
Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Chevy K1500, 1999, 2008 (2) (w/R. Norman)
Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, 2003 (w/ Rob MacCachren), 2010, 2013 (w/ Gus Vildosola Jr.)
2
Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2006, 2007
Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2010 (2)
Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-150, 2008 (2) (W/L. Roeseler)
Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado, 2004(2)
Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006
Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, 2010, 2013 (w/ Gus Vildosola Sr.)
1
Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005
Brian Coats, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy C1500, 1997
Marty Coyne, El Centro, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005*
Gary Dircks, Anthem, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2004
Dale Dondel, Hemet, Calif, Chevy Silverado, 2005
Juan C. Ibarra, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy C1500, 1998
Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150, 2009
Rich Ronco, Peoria, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2008
Jim Smith, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994
*non-points stadium-short course race


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