April 14-18, presented by Ford
5 Myers, 3ea-McMillin, Herbst, Lopez, 2ea-Vildosola,
2ea-Lawrence, Reid, Dickerson, Ampudia, Davis, Cullen
early entries—BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250
Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; Online entry deadline—Fri., March 26
Qualifying–SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend,
Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec on Thursday, April 15
4-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship all in Baja California, Mexico
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Impressive, stunning and optimistic are three ways to describe nearly 75 early entries after less than one week of online racer registration for April’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th Annual SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford. It is developing into one amazing family reunion in Baja California, Mexico.
SCORE Baja racing has always been about family ties and this race is attracting most of the top racing families in the sport. Among the golden, glittering list of racers on the early entry list are five racers from the Myers family three members of the McMillin, Herbst and Lopez families along with two each from the Vildosola, Lawrence, Dickerson, Ampudia, Davis and Cullen families.
This first distinguished group of early entries represents fathers, sons, a mother, an uncle, brothers, cousins, two sisters and two nieces, all significant members of the SCORE Racing family.
Returning after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, online racer registration continues for the Round 1 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held April 14-18 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
This season-opening race will be held under the same Bio-Security protocols as last year’s abbreviated season of two races that includes no spectators at contingency, the start or the finish but fans will be allowed again to watch out around the race course, following normal health and safety protocols. Contingency, and the start/finish compound will all be located on the secured grounds of the luxurious El Dorado Ranch just north of town.
San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2020 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
Celebrating the 34th anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at www.SCOREInternational.com for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
MYERS STARTING FIVE
Another second and third generation SCORE race team, Myers racing has been mostly absent from the SCORE starting grid for the last several years except for a few co-driver roles. Now the famous racing family is returning in a major way with five family members in three family entries, one in SCORE Trophy Truck, one in Trophy Truck Spec and one in Class 10. All three are part of the Toyota of Escondido TE Motorsports Team.
Dan Myers, 42, Newport Beach, Calif., will be driver of record in SCORE Trophy Truck while his younger brother Andrew Myers, 41 of San Marcos will be in Trophy Truck Spec and their 17-year old niece Tamara Myers, 26 of Newport Beach, Calif., will make her first SCORE appearance as a driver of record in Class 10.
Added to that threesome will be two more members of the Myers family race team. Dan and Andrew’s older brother Steve Myers, 55 of Newport Beach will split the driving with Dan in SCORE Trophy Truck. Both daughters of Steve Myers, Tamara and her younger sister Britney Myers, 24 also of Newport Beach, will split the driving in Class 10 as the Myers Girls part of TE Motorsports.
Dan and Steve Myers will split the racing in SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 65 TE Motorsports Toyota Tundra built by SCORE racer Robby Gordon while Andrew Myers will drive in Trophy Truck Spec in his new No. 296 Toyota Tundra built by Herbst-Smith Fab and the Myers Girls will split the driving in their Jimco-Chevy waiting to select their vehicle number.
A three-generation SCORE race team, the Steve, Dan and Andrew have all had their share of race wins in SCORE racing over the years as they prepare to begin this new Myers family adventure.
The biggest Myers family SCORE class win was in 2000 when Steve Myers was the driver of record and split the driving with Dan and Andrew to win Class 10 in the epic new millennium race of nearly 1,700 miles that started in Ensenada and finished in Cabo San Lucas.
Andrew was away from desert racing for the most part for nearly a decade as he pursued a NASCAR stock car racing career. During his NASCAR years he competed in the Truck Series, the ARCA Series as well as both the NASCAR Pro Series West and the NASCAR Pro Series East.
BIG BLUE M TRIPLE
All entered in the marquee SCORE racing division and the current stars of the third-generation of McMillin family racers from the Big Blue Machine, San Diego’s Andy McMillin, 33, and his cousins Daniel McMillin, 33, and Luke McMillin, 28, who are also from San Diego, are clearly the three racers with the largest targets on their backs as the racers to beat in San Felipe.
To keep it brief, Andy McMillin won the last SCORE San Felipe 250 in 2019 on the way to winning the SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion, drives the No. 31 all-wheel drive Chevy Silverado built by Mason Motorsports.
Daniel McMillin won last year’s SCORE Baja 500 which was held in San Felipe and he drives the No. 23 4 Wheel Parts Chevy 1500 built by Mason Motorsports.
Luke McMillin finished third in the SCORE Baja 500 last year driving solo and won the iconic season-ending SCORE Baja 1000 with teammate Larry Roeseler to earn the 2020 SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship in his No. 1 4 Wheel Parts Ford F-150 built by Racer Engineering.
3 ‘LOS TERRIBLES’
Another one of the most legendary families in all of desert racing, the Herbst family now has part of its third generation as racers on the Terrible Herbst Motorsports team from Las Vegas.
Started by family patriarch the late Jerry Herbst back in the 1970s and carrying through until the 2010s with brothers Ed, Tim and Troy Herbst, part of the third generation of the Herbst boys has taken to desert racing.
For this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Terrible Herbst Motorsports will have two of their Herbst-Smith fab custom trucks in the starting grid, one in SCORE Trophy Truck and one in Trophy Truck Spec.
Driver of record in the No. 19 Monster Energy Ford F-150 in SCORE Trophy Truck will be Tim Herbst, 57, who will share driving duties with another celebrated second-gen desert racer from Las Vegas, Pat Dean, 52.
Driver of record in the No. 264 Monster Energy Chevy Silverado in Trophy Truck Spec will be Tim Herbst’s youngest son Pierce Herbst, 18. Second driver in the No. 264 will be second-gen desert racer Ryan Millen, 35, of New Zealand. Pierce’s older brother Thor Herbst, 20 is also a driver/navigator on the team.
As the first official entries in their respective classes, the two Terrible Herbst trucks will be the first vehicles to qualify in their respective classes in San Felipe.
In the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship, Tim Herbst finished second in SCORE Trophy Truck season points while Pierce Herbst was second in Trophy Truck Spec points in his rookie season in SCORE racing.
Historically in San Felipe, Tim Herbst teamed with his older brother Ed to win the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck class four times, 1995 and then three consecutive years (1999, 2000, 2001).
Keeping it all in the family, the Lopez family of Tecate, Mexico has entered three siblings, two brothers and their younger sister in three different classes for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.
While young veteran Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 26, enters with three SCORE Trophy Truck season point championships under his youthful belt, joining the competition in San Felipe will be his brother Alexis, 21, and sister Jessica, 17 with the siblings racing in three separate classes.
Both Alexis and Jessica will be SCORE rookies but Apdaly leads the second generation of SCORE desert racers with an impressive resume, especially considering his age.
Apdaly, enters the 2021 season with a new team and high hopes for adding to his growing legacy in the sport. He won three consecutive SCORE Trophy Truck season point championships (2015, 2016 and 2017) capped with his victory with his father Juan C. Lopez in the behemoth BFGoodrich Tires 50th SCORE Baja 1000 peninsula run in 2017.
In the SCORE San Felipe 250, Apdaly is searching for his first class win. During his three championship seasons, he consistently made the podium, finishing in third place in each of the three years.
For 2021, Apdaly will be driving the No. 9 Ford Raptor with his father waiting in the wings to drive when needed.
In Trophy Truck Spec, Alexis Lopez will be the driver of record in the No. 226 Curry-Chevrolet and Jessica Lopez will make her SCORE debut in San Felipe in the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction class) in the No. 2915 Can-Am Maverick X3.
A PAIR OF VILDOSOLAS
Considered the first family of Mexican desert racers, Gus Vildosola and his son Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr are back in San Felipe, where they both have had significant success.
From Mexicali, Gus, 67, and Tavo, 39, are both veteran SCORE racers with numerous race wins and season point titles on their impressive resumes.
For this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, they have entered two trucks, one in SCORE Trophy Truck and the other in SCORE TT Legend (for SCORE Trophy Truck racers 50 years and older).
Tavo Vildosola will drive the new No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford Raptor built by Vildosola Racing in the SCORE Trophy Truck class while his father Gus Vildosola will drive the No. 21L Ford Raptor built by Mason Motorsports in SCORE TT Legend.
Gus Vildosola has three class wins in San Felipe the most recent being in 2017 in the first race for the SCORE TT Legend class.
Tavo Vildosola has six class wins in San Felipe including three straight victories in SCORE Trophy Truck (2013, 2014, 2015).
2 LAWRENCE ENTRIES
Another of the family entries in San Felipe is the Lawrence family of Banning, Calif. that features two generations of racers a nephew and his uncle racing in two separate classes.
In San Felipe the Lawrence family has one entry in SCORE Trophy Truck and one in Trophy Truck Spec.
Both with top finishes and championships, Mike Lawrence, 32, is the driver of record in the No. 85 GMC truck built by Herbst-Smith Fab in SCORE Trophy Truck while his uncle Clay Lawrence, 58, is the driver of record in the No. 285 GMC truck built by Herbst-Smith Fab in Trophy Truck Spec.
A former SCORE class point champion, Mike Lawrence has three class wins in San Felipe, all in Class 10.
MOTHER AND SON REUNION
After racing in separate classes for a few years, Shelby Reid is reunited with her son Cody Reid to form a very formidable unlimited Class 1 team for San Felipe.
From Yucca Valley, Calif., Shelby Reid, 53 and Cody Reid, 28, are both former SCORE class point champions. For this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, they will split the driving in the No. 168 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car.
Both former SCORE class point champs, neither Reid has a San Felipe victory yet.
SON AND FATHER TANDEM
From Brawley, Calif. and both former SCORE class season point champions, racing together again in the unlimited Class 1 with be Broc Dickerson and his father Jeff Dickerson.
Broc Dickerson, 19, and his dad Jeff Dickerson, 45, will share the driving duties in their team’s No. 123 Ford-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.
Like most SCORE desert racers, the Dickersons started SCORE racing at a young age and have raced in a number of classes in their careers. Broc Dickerson won the 2017 SCORE Class 10 season point title and Jeff Dickerson won the Class 20 Motorcycle class championship in 1991.
Part of a popular second-gen Mexican race team, brothers Alan Ampudia, 30, and Aaron Ampudia, 28, both of Ensenada, Baja California, will easily be among the favorites in the very loaded SCORE Trophy Truck class in San Felipe.
The brothers share the driving in their No. 10 Papas Y Beer Ford Raptor built by ID Designs.
Following in the tracks of their famous father Rodrigo Ampudia Sr, the Ampudia brothers along with their oldest brother Rodrigo Ampudia Jr, 38, have combined for three class wins in San Felipe.
Their most recent San Felipe class win was in 2016 when Alan and Aaron teamed up to win Class 8.
Alan and Aaron also teamed up to win the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000. Rodrigo Jr current is a navigator and back-up driver, if needed for the two younger Ampudia brothers.
GREEN ARMY RETURNS
The Green Army is back with Davis brothers of Chino Hills, Calif, teaming up in Class 10 for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.
Both brothers have their own SCORE season point championships. Jeremy Davis, 20, is the driver of record in the No. 105 Green Army Motorsports Chevy-powered Jimco open wheel desert race car. Justin Davis, 27, will the second driver.
Jeremy Davis won the 2018 SCORE Lites season point title while Justin Davis captured the SCORE Lites season crown in 2010 and the unlimited Class 1 points in 2011.
In the SCORE San Felipe 250 Justin Davis won Class 1 in both 2011 and 2018.
CULLEN SON/FATHER DUO
Another two-generation race team from Long Beach, Calif., featuring a son and his father are entered in Class 1 for San Felipe. Mason Cullen, 21, and his father Matt Cullen, 53, teamed up to win the 2019 SCORE Class 1 point championship and Matt Cullen won Class 10 in the SCORE San Felipe 250 in 2011.
The deadline to enter online in time to be in the drawing for starting positions within each class is 8 p.m. PT on Friday, March 26. Starting positions for the other classes will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration which is at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 26 with the exception of entries that register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 7. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.
Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered.
For just the second time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 15 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes. Entries in these four classes must also be fully registered by Friday, March 26 to be eligible to qualify.
Entries received in the qualifying classes received after March 26 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.
Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that they are received.
The first time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks.
Qualifying will again be held on a four-mile loop south of the airport, which is located on the south end of San Felipe.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 45 years, received two awards for the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 30th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 32nd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 32 of the 52 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 31 of the 53 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2021.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 28 of the 33 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 2000, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and the inaugural SCORE Baja 400.
BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 is Ford, the official vehicle and SUV of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship.
2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the dates for the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
- BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford—
April 14-18, San Felipe, Mexico
- BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—
June 9-13, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
- 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
- BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2021
For the third straight year, the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship races are airing on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program on ESPN2.
ABC first covered the 1967 and 1968 Baja 1000 races on the old ABC Wide World of Sports show with Jim McKay and again in the late 1980s with veteran motorsports journalist Sam Posey.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows also continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. The shows are co-produced by SCORE International and SoCal’s award-winning BCII TV.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, 4 Wheel Parts-Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
34th SCORE San Felipe 250
Round 1 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
April 14-18, 2021—280 miles – San Felipe, Mexico
(from 17 U.S. States, host Mexico, New Zealand)
(numerical order, by class)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (27*)
1 Luke McMillin
7 Bryce Menzies
9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
10 Alan Ampudia
11 Rob MacCachren
16 Cameron Steele
17 Dan McMillin
19 Tim Herbst
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
*21L Gustavo Vidosola Sr
22 Jax Redline
26 Dave Taylor
27 Kyle Jergensen
27 Jonathan Brenthel
29 Madix Bailey
31 Andy McMillin
*37L Rolf Helland
40 Chris Miller
41 Justin Lofton
43 Larry Roeseler
45 Gary Magness
51 Steve Olliges
65 Dan Myers
71 Josh De Jong
*79L Russell Buehler
82 Sam Baldi
85 Mike Lawrence
*TOTAL SCORE TT LEGEND
CLASS 1 (5)
123 Broc Dickerson
105 Mason Cullen
168 Shelby Reid
179 Mario Fuentes
183 Frank Russell
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (18)
205 Jose Delucie
211 Pat Sims
216 Valerie Clark
226 Alexis Lopez
228 Ryan Hancock
232 Chelsea Magness
234 Jason McNeil
238 Elijah Kiger
244 Brad Lovell
261 Jeff Bader
264 Pierce Herbst
277 Travis Williams
278 Carlos Ibarra
285 Clay Lawrence
294 Vincent Munoz
296 Andrew Myers
297 Bill McBeath
CLASS 10 (7)
10XX Tamara Myers
1024 Wheeler Morgan
1048 Kevin Price
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1081 Matt Winslow
1085 Jeremy Davis
1087 Ivan Tagle
CLASS 7 (1)
710 Mike Shaffer
PRO UTV FI (7)
2915 Jessica Lopez
2918 Justin Lambert
2931 Craig Scanlon
2949 Alonso Lopez
2974 Jorge Cano
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
2985 Jason Willett
SCORE LITES (0)
PRO UTV NA (0)
CLASS 1/2-1600 (0)
PRO UTV STOCK (2)
3933 Randy Emberton
3953 Nick Bruce
CLASS 8 (0)
HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)
4421 Mike Hales
PRO UTV OPEN (0)
CLASS 5 (2)
507 Greg Sullivan- RS
508 Miguel Pabloff
CLASS 3 (0)
CLASS 5-1600 (0)
BAJA CHALLENGE (0)
CLASS 7F (0)
CLASS 7SX (0)
CLASS 11 (0)
SPT UNLTD TRUCK (0)
SPT UTV UNLIMITED (0)
SPT UTV STOCK (0)
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (0)
PRO MOTO 30 (0)
PRO MOTO LIMITED (0)
PRO MOTO 40 (2)
424x William St. Laurent
496x T.J. Juon
PRO MOTO 50 (0)
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (0)
PRO MOTO 60 (0)
Pro Quad (0)
Pro Quad Ironman (0)
SPT M/C (1)
245x Filiberto Garcia
SPT QUAD (0)