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April 4, 2003


Vildosola/MacCachren lead SCORE Trophy-Truck
Youngsters Allen/Pfankuch race Jimco-VW to Class 1-2/1600,
Overall Point leads in 2003 SCORE Desert Series

SCORE’s 30th anniversary year continues with 35th Tecate SCORE Baja 500,
May 30-June 1, in Mexico


for immediate release
LOS ANGELES--San Diego County youngsters Eric Allen and Adam Pfankuch
have used a pair of season-opening class wins to quickly become the team to
be reckoned with in the 2003 SCORE Desert Series. With victories in Class
1-2/1600 at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Nevada and the Tecate
SCORE San Felipe 250 in Mexico, the Allen/Pfankuch duo lead not only their
class, but the overall SCORE International point standings in their K.I.T.
Racing VW-powered Jimco 1600cc open-wheel desert race car.
Allen, a 20-year old SCORE rookie from San Marcos and Pfankuch, a 21
year old proven competitor from Carlsbad, are undefeated and unblemished
after two SCORE races to open the season. In just their first season as
teammates, the pair has easily lived up to the definition of their team’s
name-Keep It Together (K.I.T.) Racing.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as the World’s Foremost
Desert Racing Series, the SCORE Desert Series returns to Mexico for the
second of three races in Baja California.
The 35th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will be held May 30-June 1, in
Ensenada, Mexico. A special live drawing for starting positions, by class,
will be held on Saturday, May 3 at the Malibu Dan Offroad Expo at the Green
on the Hill in Long Beach, Calif. More than 250 vehicles, competing in 24 Pro
and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, are expected
to take the green flag in Ensenada on May 31.
SCORE points are determined both on final finishing position and number
of vehicles which started the race within the individual class. With a
near-record 249 total starters at the popular Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250
(March 15) competing in 24 classes for Pro Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles and
ATVs, Class 1-2/1600 had the most starters of any class in San Felipe with 31.
“Our Jimco is running awesome, the FAT-VW motor is unbelievable and the
car we bought last December from Off-Road Warehouse was meticulously
prepped,” said Allen, who is studying engineering at Palomar College in San
Marcos. “Adam is fastest driver in our class right now, but we wouldn’t be
racing at all if it weren’t for the support we have received from Larry Kern,
Adam’s dad Mike (Pfankuch) and K.I.T. Racing. It’s still hasn’t computed yet
that I have only run three SCORE races (the first in Laughlin in 2001) and
have won two of them.”
Pfankuch, who had one previous SCORE victory prior to this year (Class
1-2/1600 in the 2000 Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250), finished 10th in the 2000
final SCORE points in the class and fourth in 2001. When he isn’t racing,
Pfankuch works at his family-owned restaurant--That Pizza Place, in Carlsbad.
After finishing second in the season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert
Challenge in January and winning in San Felipe in the marquee SCORE
Trophy-Truck division, the team of Gus Vildosola, of Mexicali, Mexico and Rob
MacCachren, of Las Vegas, have moved to the front of the division for
750-horsepower, high-tech, unlimited production trucks.
Splitting the driving time in their Vildosola Racing Ford F-150, the San
Felipe victory was the first for Vildosola and the fourth for MacCachren in
SCORE Trophy-Truck. A six-time SCORE class point champion, MacCachren, the
2001 SCORE overall point champion, won the SCORE Trophy-Truck point title in
1994, the year the special class was introduced by SCORE.
After two of six races in the 2003 SCORE Desert Series, Allen/Pfankuch
have 158 points to lead Class 1-2/1600 and the SCORE Overall point standings.
Second overall with 154 points is Mexico’s Eli Yee, who leads Class 10 after
two straight wins in his Jimco-Honda.
Behind Vildosola/MacCachren, who are ninth in overall points with 131,
in SCORE Trophy-Truck points are Laughlin winners Mark Post, San Juan
Capistrano, Calif./Jerry Whelchel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Ford
F-150) with 124 points, and Las Vegas brothers Tim and Ed Herbst (Ford F-150)
with 109.
Third in SCORE overall points, just one point behind Yee and five behind
Allen/Pfankuch, is Class 1 point leader Dale Ebberts, Canyon, Lake, Calif.,
who has masterfully won the first two races of the season in his unlimited
Toyota-powered Jimco. He drove solo in Laughlin and starting with San Felipe,
is splitting wheel time with Ernie Castro Jr., Newport Beach, Calif. Castro
finished second to Allen/Pfankuch in Class 1-2/1600 in Laughlin before the
team merger with Ebberts’ Inland Truss Racing.
Second in Class 1 and fourth in overall points brothers Mark and Gary
Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore. (Jimco-Chevy) with 141 points while still fifth
overall is undefeated SCORE Lite leaders Brian and Kurt Ickler, Poway, Calif.
(Jimco-VW) at 139 points. The Weyhrichs have finished second to Ebberts in
Class 1 in both races this year while Brian Ickler, 17, splits driving time
with his father Kurt Ickler, 47.
A total of just seven points separate sixth through 11th in the current
SCORE overall point standings.
Sixth overall and second with 133 points in Class 1-2/1600 in a
DaveCo-VW is Dave Hendrickson, Murrieta, Calif./Cameron Steele, San Clemente,
Calif.
Tied for seventh overall with 132 points are Steve Myers, Newport Beach,
Calif./George Erl, Huntington Beach, Calif., second in Class 10 in a
Jimco-Toyota and James Golden, Costa Mesa, Calif., who is third in Class
1-2/1600 in a Chenowth-VW.
Tied for 10th overall with 126 points are Class 5/1600 leader Brent
Shermak, Fort Mojave, Ariz. (VW Baja Bug) and 2002 Class 10 season champion
Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., third in class in his Jimco-BMW.
Besides Ebberts, Yee, Ickler and Shermak, other current SCORE class
point leaders who are undefeated in 2003 after two races are Joe Heger,
Imperial Calif. (Class 5, VW Baja Bug) and Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif.
(Class 3, Ford Bronco).
Leading the motorcycle classes overall and the open Class 22 are
American Honda factory teammates Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., and
Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif. After winning the motorcycle
season-opener in San Felipe, the pair has now won five consecutive SCORE
races together on their Honda XR650R.
Among the other current 2003 SCORE class point leaders are: Robby
Fallers, Peoria, Ariz. (Class 8, Chevy Silverado); Steve Barlow, Temecula,
Calif./Steve Olliges, Las Vegas (Protruck, Ford F-150); Dan Chamlee,
Summerland, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger); Cody Swanty, Kingman, Ariz. (Class
7S, Jeep Comanche), Arturo Velazco, Beaumont, Calif. (Class 9, Chenowth-VW)
and John Griffin, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Stock Full, AM General Hummer).
SCORE official sponsors for 2003 are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire,
Southern California Ford Dealers-official vehicle, 76 Racing Fuel-official
fuel and Rental Service Corporation-official equipment supplier. Associate
sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca Cola of Mexico, Instant Mexico Auto
Insurance, Bilstein Shocks, Downey Off-Road, Signpros, P.C.I. Race Radios,
McKenzie’s, Rancho, Off-Road Innovations and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters
(818) 225-8402 or visit the official website of the 2003 SCORE Desert Series
at www.score-international.com.

FOR SCOREBOARD:

MOTORSPORTS
SCORE

SCORE Desert Series point leaders, by class, after Round 2, the 17th
Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250:
Remaining 2003 SCORE Desert Series schedule--35th Tecate SCORE Baja 500,
Ensenada, Mexico (May 30-June 1); 2nd SCORE Henderson’s Terrible 250,
Henderson, Nev. (July 11-13); 8th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300, Primm, Nev.
(Sept. 12-13); 36th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Baja California, Mexico (Nov.
13-16).
Pro Cars and Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK--1. Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico/Rob MacCachren,
Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 131; 2. Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Jerry
Welchel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Ford F 150, 124; 3. Tim Herbst/Ed
Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 109; 4. Scott Steinberger, Cypress,
Calif./Jesse Jones, Phoenix, Ford F-150, 83; 5. Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa
Fe, Calif., Ford F-150, 81; 6. 6. Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado,
80; 7. Jim Beaver, Parker, Ariz., Ford F-150, 77.
CLASS 1--1. Dale Ebberts, Canyon Lake, Calif./Ernie Castro Jr., Newport
Beach, Calif., Jimco-Toyota, 153; 2. Mark Weyhrich/Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale,
Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 141; 3. Ron Brant, Torrance, Calif./Ridgecrest, Calif.,
Jimco-Chevy, 124; 4. Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford, 120; 5. (Tie)
Dan Myers, Newport Beach, Calif., Jimco Chevy and Rick Wilson, Long Beach,
Calif./Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 118.
CLASS 1-2/1600--1. Eric Allen, San Marcos, Calif./Adam Pfankuch,
Carlsbad, Calif., Jimco-VW, 158; 2. David Hendrickson, Murrieta,
Calif./Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., DaveCo-VW, 133; 3. James Golden,
Costa Mesa, Calif., Chenowth, 132.
PROTRUCK--1. Steve Barlow, Temecula, Calif./Steve Olliges, Las Vegas,
Ford F-150, 113; 2. Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado, 110.
CLASS 3--1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco, 120.
CLASS 5--1. Joe Heger, Imperial, Calif., VW Baja Bug, 107; 2. George
Seeley Jr., Glendale, Calif., VW Baja Bug, 104.
CLASS 5/1600--1. Brent Shermak, Fort Mojave, Ariz., VW Baja Bug, 126; 2.
Jason Lakin/Todd Cunningham, El Cajon, Calif., VW Baja Bug, 111.
CLASS 7--1. Dan Chamlee, Summerland, Calif., Ford Ranger, 101; 2. Craig
Turner, Yorba Linda, Calif., Ford Ranger, 89.
CLASS 7S--1. Cody Swanty, Kingman, Ariz., Jeep Comanche, 107; 2. Bob
Land, Lake Forest, Calif., Chevy S-10, 104.
CLASS 7SX--1. Perry McNeil Jr., Lemon Grove, Calif., 55.
CLASS 8--1. Robby Fallers, Peoria, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 83; 2. Nick
Vanderwey, Buckeye, Ariz., GMC Sierra, 81.
CLASS 9--1. Arturo Velazco, Beaumont, Calif., Chenowth-VW, 76; 2. Ken
Tapert, Henderson, Nev., Chenowth-VW, 65.
CLASS 10--1. Eli Yee, Tijuana, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 154; 2. Steve Myers,
Newport Beach, Calif./George Erl, Huntington Beach, Calif., Jimco Toyota,
132; 3. Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-BMW, 126.
SCORE LITE--1. Brian Ickler/Kurt Ickler, Poway, Calif., Jimco-VW, 139;
2. Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif./Matt Major, La Mesa, Calif., Jimco VW,
113; 3. Tom Ridings, Long Beach, Calif., Mirage, 112.
CLASS 11--1. Fernando Flores, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Sedan, 114.
STOCK FULL--1. John Griffin, Mission Viejo, Calif., AM General Hummer,
114.

Pro Motorcycles
CLASS 22--1. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San
Clemente, Calif., Honda XR650R, 58; 2. Andy Grider/Quinn Cody, Los Olivos,
Calif., Honda XR650R, 52; 3. Christopher Blais, Stanton, Calif., Honda
XR650R, 48.
CLASS 21--1. Eddie Zeller, Coronado, Calif./Greg Fountain, Lake Forest,
Calif., Yamaha YZ250, 55.
CLASS 30--1. Ricardo Malo, Mexicali, Mexico/Greg Bringle, Holtville,
Calif., Honda XR650, 56.
CLASS 40--1. Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo,
Hawaii, Honda XR650, 55.

Pro ATVs
CLASS 25--1. John Gregory, El Cajon, Calif./Doug Eichner, El Cajon,
Calif., Honda 4Trax, 65; 2. Mike Cafro, Carlsbad, Calif./Carmen Cafro, Vista,
Calif., Honda 4Trax, 59.
CLASS 24--1. Earl Thigpen, Murrieta, Calif., Honda 250R, 55.
 
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