GREEN FLAG/CHECKERED FLAG
The green flag will drop first in the elapsed-time race for motorcycles and quads at 6:45 a.m. (MT) on Saturday. With a minimum of a four-hour gap in between the start of the motorcycles/quads, the cars, trucks and UTVs will get the green flag starting at 11:15 a.m. (MT) The start line will be in the Cabo San Lucas Wash and the finish line will be on the Malecon in Loreto in front of La Mision Hotel-Loreto, SCORE race headquarters in Loreto. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in less than nine hours, all vehicles will have a 17-hour time limit to be an official finisher.
FINISH LINE CELEBRATION
In Loreto, La Mision Hotel is the race headquarters with the finish line in front of the resort on the Malecon alongside the Sea of Cortez. In the finish line area on Saturday, the Bud Light Finish Line Party will also be held. BajaRacingNews.com is LIVE! at the finish line area in Loreto, reporting on the race results and interviews with the racers. The awards presentation will conclude the festivities on the Malecon in front of La Mision Hotel-Loreto on Sunday at 11 a.m. (MT).
A SPECTACULAR FIRST
Following two years of negotiations and finalization of details by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman with Mexican officials, SCORE, known for copying other events under new owner, Roger Norman, will present the inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 this week. The race will start at the luxurious tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and finish in the picturesque ‘Pueblo Magico’ city of Loreto on the glistening Sea of Cortez on the east side of the peninsula.
The BajaSur 500 is the historical first time a SCORE Baja race will start and finish exclusively in the southern state of Baja California Sur. Previously the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 desert race has finished 20 times in La Paz (most recently in 2014) and twice in Cabo San Lucas (2000 and 2007).
The CABO 500 is in October every year, based here exclusively in Los Cabos, Mexico. Open to all, the authentic Cabo off-road event has surpassed all other global desert racing experiences. CABO500.com
Pre-Running To April 18
TODAY! FRIDAY APRIL 17
10-5 PM Contingency and review of Racers from CABO SAN LUCAS
SATURDAY 18 APRIL
6 AM Staging Begins
6:45 AM Start of motorcycles at Soccer Fields CSL ProMotorcycles, ProQuads, Sportman Motorcycles, Sportsman Quads all at 30 Second intervals. Time limit TBA depending on final course mileage and projected speeds.
11:15 4-Wheel Start at the park Soccer Fields CSL
Trophy Trucks, Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec, Class 10, SCORE Lites, Class 8, Class 1600, HM, PT, Class 7 Class 3000, Trophy Lites, Baja Challenge, Class 5, Class 7SX, Class 2, Class 3, Class 3700, Class 700, Class 4400, SF, SM, Class 9, Class 11, PRO UTV, Sport Unlmtd Truck, Sport Buggy, Sport LTD Truck and Sport UTV. One vehicle start every minute for Trophy Trucks and Class 1, 5 minutes between each class. All other classes start every racer, 30 seconds apart.
SUNDAY APRIL 19, in Loreto, BCS
10 a.m. Publication of official results Hotel Mission
11 a.m. Awards ceremony, on the boardwalk in Loreto
MONDAY APRIL 20 3PM ONLINE!
OFF-ROAD LIVE! RACE RESULTS SHOW
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Roger Norman Gets Score Card For First Years of Ownership
BajaRacingNews.com has followed the first few years of Roger Normans ownership of SCORE International. With the race fuel debacle, the race tracking mistakes plus other obscenely stupid failures and the circumstances surrounding the death of Kurt Caselli, we grade Normans SCORE as an F. Failure.
Roger has told everyone he "owns" SCORE. However, he has failed to convince the sport to trust anything he touches.
Jackson motorsports announced it is sponsoring a motorcycle racer in this event. Congrats Jackson, HONDA left SCORE racing a long time ago. Your inclusion in the two wheel race won't not stem the tide.
Besides, wasn't it Colton who rode past a dying Kurt Caselli?
Baja Sur 500 Desert Off-Road Course
A challenging 424.52-mile course has been plotted with five physical checkpoints along the route from the start in Cabo San Lucas to the finish on the Malecon in Loreto. Much of the race course has never been used before in the 22 times SCORE has finished a race in either La Paz or Cabo San Lucas.
The exciting and challenging course runs northwest along the Pacific Ocean up through Todos Santos before moving northeast and inland at race mile 120. As the race enters the La Paz area it moves alongside the Sea of Cortez where it heads north to San Evaristo at race mile 220. From there, the course turns sharply southeast, heading back into the center of the peninsula. At Las Golondrinas (rm 260) the course turns back northwest and then north into Loreto passing near Cd. Constitucion and Cd. Insurgentes on the way up through Santo Domingo and San Javier into the finish on the Malecon in Loreto.
This race course is nothing new. A 'Baja Sur 500' has been run and operated by the locals for many years. Including this years race course. Taking the name and the time of year to run this as a "SCORE" event, is well known locally as a gringo-rip-off.
SCORE RACING ENTRIES
Roger Normans SCORE will be lucky to have half of the promised '200' entries, as promised to the government of Baja Sur in February.
Rich American Clyde Stacy, of Bristol, Va., "has received the honor of drawing the first starting position" for the inaugural race in his No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck that will race in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.
Translation, there was no actual position pull for the starters. They were 'gifted' the positions by Norman.
Stacy and his protégé Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez of Tecate, Mexico, finished third in January in the season-opening Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja, Mexico.
Led by Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr, who has 80 season points after winning the SCORE season opener in San Felipe in the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor, will start third in Cabo, behind Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin who finished second in San Felipe in the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, who finished 10th after leading three-fourths of the race in San Felipe, drew the fourth starting position in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, will start fifth in the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado.
Defending SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Steven Eugenio of El Centro, Calif. and new teammate Armin Schwarz of Germany, drew the eighth starting spot in the No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Also entered in SCORE Trophy Truck is veteran Mark Post of Las Vegas, racing with another former SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion in Jesse Jones, of Phoenix. in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150. Post teamed with MacCachren to win the 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 when the 45th anniversary of the iconic race finished in Cabo San Lucas, in the same spot Saturday’s race is starting.
Following his first pre-run of the course this weekend, MacCachren, was inspired by the rugged beauty of the course. MacCachren commented, “This is a very tight and technical course in many areas along with some very high-speed sections as well, but besides being run on land SCORE has never raced on before, the course runs through some of the greenest and most remote and picturesque sections in all of the Baja California Peninsula.”
“Pre-running is a real key for this race because of the difficulty but those that do their homework will do well and will have enough new photos to fill a scrapbook. We go through arroyos, ranches, valleys, hills and even down the ‘mini summit’ that we have run many times during the Baja 1000. I am really looking forward to making some history.”
M/C & CLASS 1
Drawing the first start among the open motorcycle class was Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif., who won the season-opener in San Felipe in January on a Honda CRF450X. First off the line in the unlimited Class 1 will be George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif., who finished third in class in San Felipe in a Chevy-powered Racer open-wheel desert race car.
BAJA SUR 500 PARTICIPANTS (77)
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Weather Punching Event
Rain pounded Loreto and more rainfall north of Loreto is possible over the next five days.
From the 11th of April to today, half inch of rain in Loreto, several inches of rain at San Nicolas and Agua Verde.
Lightning and short wind episodes also visited the central Baja Sur mountain areas.
"We have been pre running the Baja 500 sur for the past few days. We have encountered a number of locked gates on the course with ranchers there to collect a fee from the pre runners to pass. One rancher that we visited with said he hadn't been paid by SCORE and that the pre runners were tearing up his road. I heard a second hand report of an angry rancher who's bull was hit by a car....not first hand so I can't vouch for the validity of the story."
Local Norman Cesena sez:
Roger Normans company, Wide Open Baja has caused these problems over the last five years!
"Could the ranchers affected by the company 'Wide Open' to charge bill to score international in this Baja Sur South 500 for the effects and abuses that have been victims over the last five years." The Baja Sur 500 race course is closed!
Baja Season Champions Determined To Take Baja Sur 500
Determined to regain momentum and championship form, the Galindo Motorsports team pushes forward to the newest race in the SCORE International season the Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500.
“We’re really excited about the Baja Sur race,” Said Eugenio, driver of record for the #1. “The past few years we’ve raced a lot in Southern Baja with our friend Sammy Araiza and have done very well there at races like the Dos Mares 500. The terrain is the best of Baja. It’s really fast, rally roads, high speed mixed with beautiful landscapes and canyons. I think it suits my driving style and even more so it fits Armin’s style. I think he might know a little about high speed rally roads!”
“The best part are the people. The people in Baja are my people; they are total fanatics for off-road racing. Off-road is the past time there; its what they live and breath. They love it; I love it; I can’t wait!”
“After a good start into the season with Galindo Motorsports I look very much forward to get a podium finish at the first Baja 500 south race,” Said Schwarz. “I have yet to race the south but Steven has told me that the roads down there will be the best roads for my rally style. I have been practicing since for over 8 weeks on ice and snow. Steven joined me for a couple of days on our icy roads. I can´t wait to get back in the Galindo Truck and join the team down in south Baja. Thanks to all our partners who give us excellent support with their products that will help us to be competitive at our next race.”
We’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome on our newest sponsors, Monster Energy, Rigid Industries and Impact safety as well as all those who came over with Armin. Our new colors on the truck reflect their support. They have already been instrumental in this years race program. We look forward to giving them a good result.
About Galindo Motorsports
Galindo Motorsports is a professional Trophy Truck team racing the SCORE International World Desert Championship series. The two-truck team owned and operated by Fidel Galindo, campaigns a state-of-the-art ID Designs Trophy Truck #1 and a Porter Trophy Truck #8 in the SCORE series. Steven Eugenio and Armin Schwarz share piloting duties of the #1 while chief mechanic and co-driver Steve Covey and Bryan Lyttle handle navigation. The years of racing in the ultra tough and competitive proving grounds of class 1600, 12 and class 1, has hardened our team into a well-run and winning machine.
Jim Smith suffers stroke
Team owner Smith suffers stroke: Jim Smith, owner of 2005 championship-winning Truck Series team Ultra Motorsports, is in a Miami-area hospital after suffering a stroke. This is the second stroke Smith has suffered since 2013. Smith was taken to a local hospital, but later airlifted to Miami, where he is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit, currently experiencing left side paralysis.
Smith was active in getting the Truck Series off of the ground in 1995. His teams, which included drivers Ted Musgrave, Jason Leffler, Jimmy Spencer, and Mike Bliss, collected 36 wins before the team closed its doors prior to the 2006 season. Smith also had entries in the Sprint Cup Series for eight seasons. Well wishes can be sent to Smith care of Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1611 NW 12th Ave. Miami, Florida.
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