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1999 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race to air on SCORE Throwback Thursday

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, [email protected]

July 17, 2013

1999 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race to air
on SCORE Throwback Thursday on Dirt LiveHD

Thursday’s one hour show airs at 7 p.m. PDT at www.score-international.com


     SAN DIEGO—Grab some popcorn, a cold Tecate and find your comfort chair as showtime continues Thursday night as Roger Norman’s newest Internet creation continues–SCORE Throwback Thursday. Norman’s newest program showcases classic SCORE race footage primarily produced as television shows.

This Thursday night’s episode at 7 p.m. (PT) will be the telecast of the 1999 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, a loop race in Baja California Norte that started and finished for only the time in Ojos Negros, 40 miles east of Ensenada.

Norman’s new Internet show is another part of the inventory of his new Dirt Live productions which produces the weekly Dirt LiveHD studio show each Tuesday as well as the expanded race-week coverage for his SCORE and HDRA racing organizations.

“A key part of SCORE is its history and we are very happy to be able to make these historic programs available like this worldwide through our Dirt Live platform,” commented Norman, in his first year as CEO/President of the legendary SCORE International desert racing organization. “We are really moving at warp speed in so many different directions and SCORE Throwback Thursday will not only help us veterans of the sport sit back and remember the rich history of SCORE, but it will also help introduce an entire new audience to the magnificent legacy of SCORE.”

“These shows will also remind some and introduce others to the retired legends of SCORE racing like Ivan Stewart, Walker Evans, Roger Mears, Larry Ragland and Johnny Campbell. We look forward to remembering our past as we sustain our legacy as the world’s foremost desert racing organization. We are really please to be able to preserve the rich history that his made SCORE the iconic international symbol that it has been for 40 years.”

With plans to create an internet video library of SCORE’s iconic history, much of the inventory of shows and footage for SCORE Throwback Thursday is material originally produced by award-winning motorsports videographer Don Shoemaker.

SCORE production manager Andrew Grimshaw helped conceive the idea for this new programming platform as SCORE continues to develop increasing ways to expand the reach of not only SCORE but the entire sport of desert racing.

Tonight’s show will highlight the amazing accomplishments of overall 2-wheel and overall 4-wheel winners of the 1999 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab and Larry Ragland. Campbell/Staab teamed to cover the 672.6-mile course in 14 hours, 15 minutes and 42 seconds on a Honda XR650R while Ragland won the 4-wheel portion of the race in 14:26:36 in a Chevy SCORE Trophy Truck. It was the last of Ragland’s five overall wins in the race and the Third of Campbell’s all-time record of 11 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 overall motorcycle victories.

Roger Norman’s Dirt Live one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored around Norman’s two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points championship purse program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. All live events, this will be the 22nd weekly Dirt LiveHD episode to air.

Dirt Live also goes on-site live with expanded event coverage during SCORE and HDRA race weekends and will next be covering the Moapa HDRA Big Horn 300, Sept. 27-29 on the Moapa Indian Reservation north of Las Vegas.

Here is the list of class winners from that vintage race, several of whom are still racing today, 14 years later:

1999 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Ojos Negros to Ojos Negros, Baja California, Mexico-672.6 miles

Total Starters: 215    Total Finishers: 101

Class Winners


CLASS 1–Troy Herbst

CLASS 1/2-1600–Bekki Freeman

CLASS 3–Darren Skilton

CLASS 5-Mike Jakobsen

CLASS 5-1600–Mario Ledezma Jr.

CLASS 7–Chad McNeil

CLASS 7S–John Becker

CLASS 8–Chris Wilson

CLASS 9–Hector Sarabia

CLASS 10–Rick Ellison

SCORE LITES–Arturo Honold

CLASS 11–Eric Solorzano

STOCK MINI–Tim Casey/Al & Frank Arciero Jr.

STOCK FULL–David Sykes

PROTRUCK–Steve Barlow

CLASS 21–J. David Ruvalcaba

CLASS 22–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab

CLASS 30–Cliff Matlock

CLASS 40–Chris Haines, Craig Adams

CLASS 50–Wayne Grafton

CLASS 24–Carmen Cafro

CLASS 25–Gilberto Santana, Ruben Martin


With the show on the air for 27 weeks, special racer guests have included Jim Anderson, R.J. Anderson, Ryan Arciero, B.J. Baldwin, Robby Bell,  Johnny Buss, Johnny Campbell, Kurt Caselli, Martin Christensen, Justin Davis, Pat Dean, Steven Eugenio, T.J. Flores, Robby Gordon, Peter Hajas, Rod Hall, Shelby Hall, Steve Hengeveld, Jerry Herbst, Tim Herbst, Troy Herbst, Mike Julson, Erek Kudla, Harley Letner, Brad Lovell, Rob McCachren, Daniel McMillin, Luke McMillin, Mark McMillin, Andrew Myers, Steve Olliges, Adam Pfankuch, Ivan Ramirez, Jay Reichert, Brett Robinson, Larry Roeseler, Armin Schwarz, Fred Sobke, Cameron Steele, Ivan Stewart, Colton Udall, Gus Vildosola Sr, Gus Vildosola Jr, Kellon Walch and Tim Weigand.


Airing at 7 p.m. Pacific Time each Tuesday, desert racing public address announcer George Antill is the host of Norman’s Dirt LiveHD program. One of the regular elements of the show will be a SCORE social media interchange, allowing fans and racers to comment and ask questions through the SCORE Facebook and SCORE Twitter platforms.  Another special segment each week is Tech Tips with SCORE Tech co-director Jake Velasco.

Andrew Grimshaw, SCORE Media Production Manager, is the coordinating producer of the show. The program is hosted on ustream.com, the world’s largest streaming internet site.


The 2013 SCORE Desert Series will also be part of the quickly-evolving World Championship of Desert Racing, which will combine points accumulated in two of the three SCORE Baja races along with points earned from three of the four-race 2013 HDRA Series, all held in the United States. Both the SCORE and HDRA series will crown their own individual class and overall point champions as well with a bonus purse for those racers who qualify for the World Championship of Desert Racing points bonus purse program to earn a desert racing World Champion title.

With a growing total, for the inaugural World Championship of Desert Racing bonus purse, an official total of $45,000 has been posted to date from new SCORE sponsors Amber Racing Services ($25,000), King Shocks ($10,000) and Rigid Industries ($10,000).

For car and truck classes with at least three starters in each qualifying race in 2013, the World Champion titles will be decided on combined points from the three SCORE races and three HDRA races with the bonus purse paid using the same formula based on total purse and number of starters in each class as is used currently for each SCORE race.

For the pro motorcycle and ATV classes, the World Championship of Desert Racing will include points earned in the three SCORE Baja races as well as the AMA National Hare and Hound race to be held during the Eldorado HDRA Reno 500.


This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 were part of a special program where the combined best qualified car/truck finisher received a special entry package into the 2014 Dakar Rally in South America. Regulations and other information on Dakar Challenge 2013 are available at http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2013/us/dakar-challenge.html.


Official Sponsors: Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Amber Racing Services-Official Race Fuels, Rigid Industries-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.

Associate Sponsors: Graham Watchmakers, SatellitePhoneStore.com, Symons Ambulance Company, Azunia Tequila.

Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Blue C Advertising, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.

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