‘Ironman’ Stewart Grand Marshal for 54th SCORE Baja 500

May 6, 2022

Presented by 4 Wheel Parts

Iconic Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart selected Grand Marshal for legendary BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500

Round 2 of four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship June 1-5
in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games;
Racer registration, event info available at www.SCORE-International.com

NOTE: Current Unofficial Driver/Rider of Record entry list, by class, at bottom of text

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – When it comes to desert racing there is only one ‘Ironman’ standing at the top of the list of solo drivers/riders. San Diego’s iconic Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart has been named by SCORE as the Grand Marshal for the upcoming BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
To be held June 1-5 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, the race will start/finish and colorful pre-race activities are returning for the first time in four years to the heart of Ensenada at the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center and the adjacent fantastically fan-friendly Boulevard Costero.
Ensenada, ‘The Off-Road Capital of the World’, is located 80 miles South of the U.S. Border near San Diego.
Entries from all across the United States and around the world are expected as online registration continues for Round 2 of the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship.
BIRTHDAY BASH
The legendary ‘Ironman’ will be celebrating his 77th birthday on June 4, the day that this year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start. Being the Grand Marshal is just some more icing on his championship cake.
DETAILS
With over 250 entries expected from 30 U.S. States and 15 countries, 45 competition classes are offered for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. To date, there are 104 total entries from 21 U.S. States and eight countries. Joining the USA in the field so far are racers from host country Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador, France, New Zealand and Peru.
Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on the ESPN2 World of X Games programming.
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. Intro announcer for the race show will be Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee and SCORE champion desert racer Cameron Steele who will again pull double duty racing in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck class as well in his No. 16 Desert Assassins Monster Energy Ford Raptor.
SCORE Live will be streaming throughout race week on the SCORE website. Colorful Rat Sult is in his seventh season as the host and lead announcer of SCORE Live. Assisting him again at this race will be veteran voice Dave Arnold.
All four 2022 SCORE races are being held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the seventh consecutive year.
SCORE, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, is celebrating its 49th season in 2022.
ONLINE RACER ENTRY APPLICATIONS
Racer entry applications are now available at www.SCORE-International.com under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 500 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Eduardo Kawanishi at 775.852.8907. Online racer entry applications will be accepted through Friday, May 20.
IRON MARSHAL
SCORE is honored to have Stewart, the legendary desert racer known by his legions of fans as the ‘Ironman’, as Grand Marshal of this year’s race.
Racing since 1973, Stewart, who retired in 2000, joined the Toyota factory team in 1983 for Cal Wells at Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI). He had a total of 84 career off-road race victories in stadium, short course and desert.
Stewart won a record 17 races in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group’s (MTEG) stadium series, 17 SCORE Baja 500 class wins (including a record 10 SCORE Baja 500 overall wins in a car or truck), three SCORE Baja 1000s, and five SCORE season class point titles, including SCORE overall point championships in 1990 and 1993.
IRON WORDS
“My career has deep roots in SCORE racing, especially in Baja, Mexico, and its great to return as the Grand Marshal of this year’s SCORE Baja 500, the race that always falls around my birthday,” commented Stewart. “With 10 overall victories and 17 class wins, it’s easy to say that I have had more success in the SCORE Baja 500 then any other race in my long career. I appreciate the fact that SCORE would remember me in this way and I am looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends and competitors and I will definitely be shaking a whole lot of hands.”
IRONMAN SCORE TROPHY TRUCK
Stewart is one of the original desert racing stars that moved into the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 900 horsepower, unlimited production trucks when SCORE debuted the featured racing division in 1994.
In his final six years of racing (94-99), the Ironman won his SCORE Trophy Truck class nine times. He still stands tied for sixth in all-time SCORE Trophy Truck race wins after 139 total races in the 29-year history of the spectacular racing class. Stewart was a pioneer in the high-profile racing class along with champion drivers like Rob MacCachren, Walker Evans, Roger Mears, Larry Ragland, brothers Paul and Dave Simon, Jimmy Smith and Curt LeDuc.
Ahead of Stewart on the all-time SCORE Trophy Truck win list are SCORE legends Rob MacCachren, first with 18 race wins, brothers Ed and Tim Herbst, Larry Ragland Robby Gordon and Andy McMillin who each have 11 SCORE Trophy Truck race wins.
Stewart is tied for sixth with nine career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins with the team of Dan Smith/Dave Ashley.
He also won four SCORE World Championships at the old Riverside International Raceway and three MTEG stadium racing titles.
IRONMAN ACCOLADES
Stewart was a 2006 inductee in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. In 2009, Stewart was also inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame. In 2020, he was inducted into the prestigious Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Stewart retired from racing in 1999. He continued to be instrumental in off road racing, becoming a founder of the ProTruck Racing Organization.
Currently, Stewart continues to be a special spokesperson for Toyota Motorsports. Since Stewart’s retirement from racing, Toyota introduced the Toyota Tundra truck and soon afterwards produced a very limited number of trucks as the Ivan Stewart Ironman edition. These trucks featured a special Ivan Stewart signature package with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) wheels, grille, interior, and supercharger.
Ivan Stewart also became known in the video game circuit, lending his name and his style of stadium racing to a series of games entitled “Super Off Road”. In 1997, Midway Home Entertainment, Inc. released “Off-Road Challenge”, a sequel to the arcade game based on Stewart’s participation in the SCORE World Desert Championship series, which set sales records at the time.
He wrote a book, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Ultimate Off-Road Adventure Guide (Motorbooks, 2007). He also appeared in the live action video for kids/Real Wheels video, “There Goes a Race Car.”
Stewart is from San Diego and still resides in the San Diego area.
START ORDER/DRAW DEADLINE
The starting order within each class for this race is being determined by the individual finishes at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, if the individual entry is received and all fees paid in full by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20.
All entries received and paid in full by May 20 who didn’t race in San Felipe, will be part of a drawing to determine the remainder of the start order within each class. The draw results will be posted on the SCORE website at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, May 27.
Up until and 5 p.m. PT on May 27, entries will be accepted in person at the SCORE Ensenada office but those entries received after May 20 will not be in the start draw. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (June 1-3) and will be given the next available start position within their respective classes.
All entries received after 5 p.m. PT on Friday, May 20 will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes.
GRAN HISTORIA
This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. After NORRA was removed from Baja after the 1972 race, the local Baja Sports Committee produced the 1973 event. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event starting in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE in December of 2012.
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 in Ensenada as the first of nearly 160 SCORE Baja races.
This year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start for the 48th time in Ensenada and finish for the 44th time in Ensenada.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 46 years, received two awards for the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored after the 2021 season as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 31st time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 33rd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 34 of the 53 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 32 of the 54 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2022.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 29 of the 35 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and one of the two overall winners in the SCORE Baja 400.
This year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 overall victory by San Diego’s Luke McMillin marked the 100th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja overall race win.
BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this race of US$20,000.
PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500 is 4 Wheel Parts, the Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship.
SCOREscope
2022 SCHEDULE

Here are the remaining three dates in the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which is being held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:

  • BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

June 1-5, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • 3rd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 13-18, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2022
For the fourth straight year, the 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship races will air 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 journalists Sam Posey and Jack Arute.
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.
SCORE SPONSORS…
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 and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino and PCI Race Radios.
SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada and Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500,
presented by 4 Wheel Parts
Round 2 of four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship

June 1-5 – 450.00 miles – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 104 (as of 5/06/22)
(from 21 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada,
Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Peru)

 

 (Numerical order, by class)
Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (25*)
1 Rob MacCachren
6 Dan Myers
7 Bryce Menzies
10 Alan Ampudia
16 Cameron Steele
18 JP Gomez
19 Tim Herbst
*21L Gustavo Vildosola Sr
23 Dan McMillin
*25L Mark Winkelman
*29L Jim Anderson
31 Andy McMillin
*37L Rolf Helland
41 Justin Lofton
43 Larry Roeseler
58 Tracy Graf
*65L Greg Adler
70 Kevin Thompson
82 Sam Baldi
83 Luke McMillin
85 Mikey Lawrence
*85L Clay Lawrence
87 Dallas Luttrell
89 Mike Walser
92 Paul Nauleau
*SCORE TT LEGEND
CLASS 1 (5)
100 Cody Parkhouse
138 Kyle Quinn
153 Brad Wilson
162 Brendan Gaughan
168 Shelby Reid
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (13)
204 Christopher Polvoorde
207 Mason Cullen
213 Karl Ebdrup
217 Joe Belt
219 Christian Sourapas
223 Tony Murray
228 Ryan Hancock
240 Chris Miller
249 Dustin Swanson
263 EJ Herbst
264 Pierce Herbst
294 Vincent Munoz
299 Charles Dorrance
CLASS 10 (6)
1022 Rafael Aguirre
1023 Britney Myers
1047 Zack McLaren
1049 Ty Godde
1079 Manlio F. Diaz
1082 Carlos Jimenez
PRO UTV OPEN (2)
1860 Ryan Laidlaw
1876 Mike Cafro
CLASS 7 (2)
700 Daniel Chamlee
703 Scott Brady
PRO UTV FI (9)
2902 Adam Castaneda
2905 Marc Burnett
2906 Bernard Gomez
2918 Justin Lambert
2920 Roberto Ruiz
2940 Erick Kozin
2941 Steven Poole
2974 Jorge Cano
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
PRO UTV NA (3)
1985 Adrian Orellana
1995 Kaden Wells
1999 Ethan Ebert
CLASS 1/2-1600 (1)
1655 Ted Baker
PRO UTV STOCK (5)
3908 Broc Kelly
3910 Brent Stowell
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3953 Nick Bruce
3957 Bruce Jett
CLASS 8 (1)
818 Jessalyn Sells
HEAVY METAL (1)
8044 Brett Maister
CLASS 7F (1)
702F Gerardo Novelo
CLASS 7SX (1)
740 Armando Duron
CLASS 3000/TROPHY LITE (1)
6005 Pete Waldroop
CLASS 11 (4)
1106 Mauro Diaz
1111 Eric Solorzano
1188 Mike Kay
1156 Arthur Penner-1st RS
Sportsman
SPT UTV OPEN (1)
1801 Dave Miller
Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (3)
10x Juan Carlos Salvatierra
19x Drew Watson
69x Oliver Gamez
PRO MOTO 30 (2)
325x Jano Montoya
332x Jack Lundin
PRO MOTO LIMITED (1)
103x Giovanni Aviles
PRO MOTO 50 (1)
500x Giovanni Spinali
PRO MOTO 40 (4)
400x Ryan Liebelt
401x James Avery
415x Brad Baker (DOR-Quinn Cody)
441x Alirio Amado
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (4)
748x Guillermo Hale Bolio
750x Brandon Wright
760x Adam Rachac
785x Fabricio Fuentes

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (3)
7a Luis Ernesto Villafana
11a Danny Magdaleno
27a Carlos Napoles

Sportsman

SPT M/C (2)
237x Fermin Vargas
245x Filiberto Garcia
SPT QUAD (3)
105a Francisco Valle
122a Samir Garciayala Coy
130a Nakul Nacul Hernandez