unique race was third round of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship;
challenging 138-mile race included Pro, Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles & quads
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Drawing new audiences to the sport, the El Rey Network continues to launch its coverage of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship with an upcoming one-hour show on Sunday spotlighting the Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge. The third and newest show will premiere at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday (December 3).
Hosts of the ERN shows from the SCORE World Desert Championship are SCORE champion racer Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, professional BMX rider Mike Escamilla and car artist Cherry Martini. The Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge special will also feature commentary by American actor Sung Kang (Fast and the Furious franchise) who is the executive producer.
Working with ERN to produce these shows for SCORE is award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles.
A pulsating prelude to the spectacular season-ending 50th anniversary of the iconic BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, RPM Racing’s Josh Daniel played it straight and consistent to win the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck title at the internationally-televised Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge in September. Round 3 of the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship included the three-days of racing.
Having held over 150 races in Mexico in the last 40-plus years, this was the first time that SCORE has held a race that has both started and finished in Tijuana.
With entries from 15 U.S. States and 14 countries, the majority of the cars, trucks, UTVs, finished their race on third day after running the first half on second . Motorcycles, quads and a few car/truck classes raced on the first day in two sessions to open the event.
As a substitute driver for driver of record Justin Matney, co-owner of RPM Racing of Bristol, Tenn., Daniel started fourth in the first half of the elapsed-time race to hold off his teammates to hold the overall lead he earned in Saturday’s first half to earn his first career SCORE Trophy Truck victory. Driving in the No. 4 Geiser Bros-built 4-wheel drive Chevy Rally truck, Daniel, of Vista, Calif., covered the six 23-mile laps (138 miles total) to pace the field of 124 starters.
Growing into the most powerful racing team in the desert, RPM drivers swept the SCORE Trophy Truck and a fourth driver won the SCORE TT Legend class. Co-owned by Clyde Stacy and Justin Matney, RPM Racing is based in Bristol, Tenn.
Racing on the first day of the three-day event, the team led by Guatemala’s Francisco Arredondo won the overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited race on the No. 45x BREMEN-Arredondo-Haines Racing Honda CRF450X.
The unique-format race was held at a spectator-friendly start/finish line and ‘hot pit’ area located on the southeast outskirts of Tijuana to the east of the popular Rancho Casian area.
GOLDEN SCORE 2017
The 2017 season also marked the golden 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary season-ending BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races to be held November 14-18. The SCORE Baja 1000 is the oldest, longest and most prestigious continuously held desert race in the world.
The El Rey Network will air two shows around the iconic race. The first will be a one hour show on the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both events were presented by BFGoodrich Tires
The second will be the two-hour race show covering the historic event in detail.
Winning over a SCORE-record field of 13 starters in Pro UTV FI and seven starters in Pro UTV, Marc Burnett was the overall UTV winner and Pro UTV FI class winner in the race. Burnett, Lakeside, Calif., led his team in the No. 2905 Monster Energy FreestyleMX Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo for a victory margin of 49 minutes over the second place finisher among all 20 of the Pro UTVs that started the race.
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for just the second time all four were held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
- 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 29-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.14-18, Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico
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 will all air 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 will each be 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.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, 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, Coca Cola, 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, 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.