Offroad heavyweights gear up for battle at the SCORE Baja 500

Offroad heavyweights gear up for battle at the SCORE Baja 500

Thursday, May 30
Ensenada, Mexico

The Baja California peninsula is alive with growling engines as elite offroaders descend on the region for one of motorsports key races. The 51st edition of the SCORE Baja 500 takes place on Saturday, June 1 but already the pre-running of the hazardous circuit is underway. All eyes are on the heavyweight Trophy Truck contest between serial winners Andy McMillin and Bryce Menzies.

McMillin is one of the few drivers in the sport who has won Baja’s coveted Triple Crown Overall title in a four-wheel vehicle: the San Felipe 250, the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000. Meanwhile, Menzies is a three-time Baja 500 winner with victories in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Heading into this year’s Baja 500 it is Chevy driver McMillin who is riding high following his win at the SCORE San Felipe 250 in April. McMillin is a third generation offroad racer whose cousins Dan and Luke will also be racing this weekend in Mexico.

“It was a gnarly course, but I really like it. It was very fun, very challenging. I think the more the challenging the better.” – Andy McMillin celebrating victory at the SCORE San Felipe 250

McMillin’s victory at the recent SCORE San Felipe 250 was a hard-fought affair with Bryce Menzies ahead for much of the race. Misfortune struck for Menzies an agonizing four miles from the finish line when a broken driveshaft wrecked his chances of winning. Menzies had to settle for an 11th place finish while McMillin passed him to take first place.

“We start 11th at this year’s Baja 500 and are ready to be back down south. Thank you to all the fans down in Baja for the support!” – Bryce Menzies

Menzies will be out to show his fighting spirit once again in his Ford machine this weekend at the SCORE Baja 500. In the past, Menzies has fought back from setbacks to win Baja races as well as compete in the monumental Dakar and Silk Way Rallies. Menzies is also the proud holder of a world record thanks to his 379.2ft (115.6m) jump while at the wheel of his Pro2 truck.

Watch Bryce Menzies tackle his record-breaking jump here.

Menzies will be hoping to arrive back in Ensenada, Mexico having leaped passed McMillin and the rest of his competitors this weekend. A packed field of talent includes last year’s Baja 500 winner Rob MacCachren as well as Ryan Arciero, Zak Langley, Cameron Steel, and Robby Gordon.

In addition to top class competitors to battle against, there is also the infamously tough course to consider. The trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles, and quads entered into the 2019 SCORE Baja 500 will face an ultra-challenging 487-mile (784km) route. The course will run in a clockwise loop, starting and finishing in Ensenada, taking in the wonderful scenery of the Northern Baja with plenty of difficult technical sections to come through.

Racers will have to pass four physical checkpoints located at or near Nuevo Junction, San Matias, Col. Vicente Guerrero, and Santo Tomas. The route will run up the infamous Summit, over Mike’s Sky Rancho road as well as through legendary washes that include San Carlos, Santo Domingo, and Erendira.

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