Internationally televised season finale of four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship;
50th anniversary race expected to draw global entries from 40 U.S. States, 30 countries
to Mexico’s Baja California for approximately 1,200-mile peninsula run from Ensenada to La Paz
ENSENADA, Mexico— Long a staple of desert racing across North America and a cherished sponsor of SCORE International for over 40 years, BFGoodrich Tires today confirmed a multi-year contract extension that will include not only the continuing Official Tire of SCORE, but will now add the title sponsor position for November’s 50th annual SCORE Baja 1000 and as a top sponsor for next year’s 50th SCORE Baja 500. BFGoodrich Tires has been the official tire of SCORE for over 40 years.
The world’s most iconic, oldest, prestigious and longest continuously held desert race, this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be held as a race down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting in Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Dates for the race and race week festivities are Nov. 12 through Nov. 18. The race is annually the finale of the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship, held exclusively for the past three years in Baja California.
BFGoodrich Tires, the most successful tire brand in all of desert racing has earned 88 SCORE Baja overall race wins including 28 overall victories in the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich also has earned more individual class wins in SCORE races than any other tire manufacturer. The SCORE World Desert Championship offers Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
“SCORE International and BFGoodrich Tires have had an outstanding partnership for over 40 years and we are extremely excited to announce the next of level of our relationship with BFGoodrich Tires becoming the title sponsor of the historic 2017 SCORE Baja 1000,” commented Roger Norman, SCORE CEO/President.
“With this new multi-year agreement, BFGoodrich Tires continues as the SCORE ‘Official Tire’ which clearly demonstrates their continued commitment to supporting and growing SCORE International and the desert racing global community’s participant and fan base.”
BFGOODRICH TIRES HISTORY
Since 1976, BFGoodrich Tires has had an extensive sponsor/partner relationship with SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. The international tire company has supported SCORE racers over the years with extensive pit support along race routes that have extended to nearly 2,000 miles as well as providing the BFG-relay radio operations to assist its racers during the competition.
Further, BFGoodrich Tires personnel have assisted SCORE in identifying and plotting the most rugged and challenging desert race courses in the world.
Among the SCORE Baja 1000 overall victories won by vehicles equipped with BFGoodrich Tires has been the last three consecutive years all won by Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren in his No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck.
“BFGoodrich’s position as a leader in the off-road culture and desert-racing discipline is a result of the commitment to product development in Baja and the right partnerships that have enabled that success,” said Chris Baker, Motorsports Director, BFGoodrich and Michelin North America. “Our commitment to motorsports, in a variety of disciplines, is critical to our brand. From the foundation laid by Sal Fish, when he first convinced our brand to come to Baja, to the current leadership under Roger Norman, with an ambitious vision for desert racing, SCORE has fostered a competitive environment that allows brands like ours to learn and prove our capabilities. We are proud to announce our continuing partnership with SCORE and thrilled to put our name on the iconic 50th running of the Baja 1000.”
GRANDEST OF GRAND MARSHALS
Sal Fish, 78, the iconic desert racing promoter who owned SCORE International for 38 years, will be the Grand Marshal for November’s 50th SCORE Baja 1000.
Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Fish, who lives in Malibu, Calif., has earned more awards in his life than most racers have won races and was the face of SCORE from 1974 until he sold the company to Roger and Elise Norman on Dec. 20, 2012.
A graduate from the University of San Francisco, Fish had risen to the top as the Publisher of Hot Rod Magazine when Mickey Thompson, who founded SCORE in 1973, recruited Fish to be the President of SCORE.
“There is no one in the off-road world that we would have considered more worthy of being the Grand Marshall for the 50th than Sal Fish,” said SCORE owner Roger Norman. “He brought so much to the sport from the rule book to the first television exposure to all the major sponsors and manufacturers that have used SCORE and the SCORE Baja 1000 as the proving grounds for so many different products.”
EL REY NETWORK
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas are all airing on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication. The season-ending 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will have a two-hour show produced while the other race shows are and Las Vegas qualifying are each one-hour telecasts.
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.
Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.
El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit http://elreynetwork.com.
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory has chronicled each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Brown’s original Dusty to Glory, released in 2005, became an iconic classic showcasing the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. D2G, which began shooting at the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000, continued up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races. Dust2Glory is scheduled for release later this year.
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
- 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 30-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
- 49th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-4, Ensenada Mexico
- Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 20-24, Tijuana, Mexico
- 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.12-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Title Sponsor of this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 and a top sponsor of the 50th SCORE Baja 500 in 2018, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Tijuana Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.