Pre-running opens Saturday for 2nd SCORE Baja 400

September 2, 2021

Presented by VP Racing Fuels

Starting Draw results, qualifying order all confirmed;
Pre-running opens Saturday for 2nd SCORE Baja 400

Second-time race to be held September 14-19 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico;
spectacular event is Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
more info at https://score-international.com/raceinfo/2021-baja-400-sept-14-19-2021/NOTE: Official start order & qualifying order, by class, at the bottom of text

     ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Everything has gotten a whole lot busier in preparation for next week’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing. SoCal’s Ivan Degadillo, has drawn the first start among the motorcycles and quads, the qualifying order (for four qualifying classes) has been announced and pre-running opens this Saturday for Round 3 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship.
With 190 pre-registered entries, the first session of late registration is being held until next Friday, Sept. 10 in person at the SCORE Ensenada office. Late, on-site registration will be held next Wednesday through Friday (Sept. 15-17).
Racing in the Pro Moto Unlimited class, Degadillo, 38, Chula Vista, Calif., is the rider or record and will have two additional riders on his No. 38x Hlonda CRF450L motorcycles for this race. His co-riders are Courtney Ludwin, 40, San Diego and Josh Smith, 41, Escondido, Calif. This is the first time that Degadillo has drawn the first start in a SCORE race.
WHEN
The youngest race in the long and storied nearly 50-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization will be held Sept. 14-19 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
CLOSED START/FINISH
Because of the significant health and safety BioSecurity protocols developed by SCORE in conjunction with and the approval of Mexican state and local health authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all race-week festivities and the start/finish line compound will be restricted access only and closed to the general public.
The SCORE Baja 400 race start/finish compound will be located Northeast of downtown Ensenada, one-mile east of the end of the extension of Avenida Ruiz on Libramiento Ensenada which can also be accessed off of Highway 3 (Ensenada-Tecate).
Use the following link for the map to the SCORE start/finish compound:
https://score-international.com/raceinfo/map-to-compound/.
Spectators, adhering to the protocols, will be allowed to watch the race from around the 400-mile race course.
WHO…WHAT
Round 3 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship has entries from all across the United States and around the world competing in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads are anticipated for the upcoming internationally-televised desert race in Mexico’s Baja California.
QUALIFYING
Qualifying (closed to the public) for starting positions within their respective classes will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 15), starting at 8 a.m. PDT. Classes that will be qualifying for the SCORE Baja 400 are SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, the unlimited Class 1 and the Trophy Truck Spec class.
PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 400-mile race course for this year’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400 will open at 8 a.m. PDT this Saturday (Sept. 4). Pre-running will start at race mile 33.50 and finish at race mile 366.50. The first 33.50 miles, which will be used in both directions during the race, will be available for pre-running only on Thursday (Sept. 16) and Friday (Sept. 17) and only in the outbound direction.
The official post-draw starting list, qualifying order entry list, course map, Racer’s Brief, Course Notes, GPS files and Penalty Brief are all now available on the SCORE website at the following link… https://score-international.com/raceinfo/2021-baja-400-sept-14-19-2021/.
COURSE PREVIEW
The race will feature a course designed, plotted and marked by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 400 miles of rugged Baja California terrain.
Running in a clockwise direction, the race will start and finish without spectators in the SCORE compound.
The SCORE start/finish compound will be located Northeast of downtown Ensenada one mile beyond the end of the extension of Avenida Ruiz on Libramiento Ensenada which can also be accessed off of Highway 3 (Ensenada-Tecate).
The race features an impressive course of 400 miles. It runs in a clockwise direction west to Ojos Negro then south down the middle and then up the Pacific Coast side of Baja California.
The historic race course is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons with elevations from sea level to nearly 3,000 feet. The course is another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
“This course has fast, rough and technical sections,” commented Grijalva, in his ninth season in the SCORE administration. “It goes through several of new trails and it is a great example of what a challenging SCORE Baja race course looks like with several surprises for the racers. There is some very tough technical terrain, fast and winding terrain. This will also be a very challenging course qualifying course for November’s SCORE Baja 1000.”
There are two physical checkpoints, 138 virtual checkpoints including two narrow virtual checkpoints for this race course. It also has 13 speed zones for a total of 64 miles.
The two physical, full-stop checkpoints—Checkpoint 1 will be located at race mile 94.2 at Independencia and Checkpoint 2 will be at rm 228.82 at the end of the crossover road at Llano Colorado.
The course goes east through Ojos Negros and then begins its Southern journey through Tres Hermanos, east to Highway 3, south through El Alamo, Leyes De Reforma and south through Valle de Trinidad.
From there it winds its way back towards the Pacific Ocean going over the hill at Mike’s Sky Rancho, and then through a new crossover section to Checkpoint 2 and south to make a loop just in north of Colonet. The course than parallels and draws close to the Pacific Ocean going through San Vicente, Santo Tomas and Uruapan before heading back northeast up to Tres Hermanos, Ojos Negros and back to the finish line.
Starting this season, SCORE is putting up course markers for virtual checkpoints in addition to the normal mileage markers.
ENTRIES
Of the 190 entries from online racer registration, 20 U.S. States are represented plus racers from host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Peru and South Africa.
Leading the way are SCORE Trophy Truck (including three in SCORE TT Legend) has 36 entries, the Trophy Truck Spec class which has 27 entries to date, the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class with 24, Class 10 (15) and Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) has eight entries. Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT Motorcycle with eight entries.
For more info, visit  https://score-international.com/raceinfo/2021-baja-400-sept-14-19-2021/.
WHERE
The SCORE compound, with no spectators allowed, will be the site of all pre-race activities and the start/finish line. The compound will be held northeast of downtown Ensenada, one mile east of the end of Avenida Ruiz on Libramiento Ensenada which can also be accessed on Highway 3 (Ensenada-Tecate).
MORE FIRST STARTS
Among the other first starts in their respective classes are Freddie Willert, El Cajon, Calif. (Class 10, No. 1006), P.J. Jones, Cave Creek, Ariz. (Pro UTV FI, No. 2998), T. Bradley Millner, 52, Yuma, Ariz. (Pro UTV NA, No. 1978), Josh Herzing, Cypress, Texas (Pro UTV Open, No. 1877), Rodolfo Martinez, Spring Valley, Calif. (Class 5-1600, No. 582) and Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11, No. 1111).
Besides Delgadillo in Pro Moto Unlimited, among the other motorcycle first starts in their respective classes are Jano Montoya, Winter Park, Fla. (Peru) (Pro Moto 30, No. 325x), Fernando Beltran, Ensenada, Mexico (Pro Moto Limited, No. 100x), Vance Kennedy, Peoria, Ariz. (Pro Moto 50, No. 500x) and Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Bolivia (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 725x).
GREEN FLAG
The SCORE Baja 400 will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (Sept. 18) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 6 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 10 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around eight and one-half hours, all vehicles will have a 20-hour time limit to become official finishers in the race.
THE FIELD
Over 200 vehicles are expected at the start line for this second-time SCORE race with racers from as many as 20 U.S. States and 10 countries anticipated. SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$5,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate this newest race on the SCORE schedule.
START GRID-SCORE BAJA 1000
The results of the SCORE Baja 400 also will determine the start order within each class for November’s iconic season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
REGISTRATION/CONTINGENCY
In accordance with the current requirements of the Baja California Secretary of Health BioSecurity protocols, all pre-race activities and the start/finish line SCORE compound will be closed to the public.
During contingency and the race on Saturday, Sept. 18 until the course closes on Sunday morning, Sept. 19, live streaming will be broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews. Popular Rat Sult will once again serve as host of the SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult will be Dave Arnold.
SCORE live may be launched from the home page of the SCORE website.
SCORE REGISTRATION TENT
The SCORE Registration tent at the start of the SCORE compound will be the site of many of the activities surrounding the 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. Racer registration and media registration will both be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Sept. 15-17).
Racer registration will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 15) from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. PDT along with 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday (Sept. 16) and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Friday (Sept. 17).
On Wednesday, no new entries will be accepted after 7 p.m. PDT, on Thursday after 4 p.m. PDT and on Friday, no new entries will be accepted after 3 p.m. PDT
Media registration the SCORE Registration tent will be held on Tuesday (Sept. 14) and Wednesday (Sept. 15) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday (Sept. 16) and Friday (Sept. 17).
The SCORE Media Center will be in the SCORE Registration tent during the race (Sept. 18-19) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
SCOREscope
2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the remaining two events in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:

  • 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 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.
2022 SCHEDULE
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which is being held in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year

  • 35th SCORE San Felipe 250—

March 29-April 3, San Felipe, Mexico

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

June 1-5, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • 3rd SCORE Baja 400—

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
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, 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 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 Sustainable Economy and Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Ensenada Tourism Marketing Committee and Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

2nd SCORE Baja 400presented by VP Racing Fuels
Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship

September 14-19, 2021—400 miles – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 190 (as of 9/2/21)
(from 20 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador,
France, New Zealand, Peru, So. Africa)

(Starting Order by class)
Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (36*)
(Qualifying Order)
7 Bryce Menzies
16 Cameron Steele
65 Dan Myers
45 Gary Magness
19 Tim Herbst
14 Bobby Pecoy
29 Madix Bailey
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
31 Andy McMillin
79 AJ Jones
35 Carlos Penunuri
10 Alan Ampudia
90 Raul Gomez
9 Apdaly Lopez
18 JP Gomez
41 Justin Lofton
89 Mike Walser
22 Jax Redline
40 Chris Miller
43 Larry Roeseler
1 Luke McMillin
23 Dan McMillin
71 Eric Hardin
85 Mike Lawrence
11 Rob MacCachren
27 Jonathan Brenthel
4 Justin Matney
26 Dave Taylor
12 Guastavo Vildosola Sr
66 Shane Redline
52 Rick Sanchez
77 Robby Gordon
92 Paul Nauleau-1st RS
*Includes SCORE TT LEGEND
(Qualifying Order)
37L Rolf Helland
5L Clyde Stacy
53L Wade Porter
CLASS 1 (6)
(Qualifying Order)
123 Broc Dickerson
100 Cody Parkhouse
179 Mario Fuentes
105 Mason Cullen
162 Brendan Gaughan
168 Shelby Reid-1st RS
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (27)
(Qualifying Order)
232 Chelsea Magness
264 Pierce Herbst
234 Jason McNeil
205 Jose Delucie
238 Elijah Kiger
228 Ryan Hancock
296 Andrew Myers
294 Vincent Munoz
258 Justin Davis
214 Valerie Clark
299 Charles Dorrance
218 Chad Dohrman
211 Pat Sims
213 Karl Ebdrup
278 Carlos Ibarra
242 Bryce Swaim
285 Clay Lawrence
275 Juan Sanchotena
227 Kyle Jergensen
200 Jorge Sampietro
269 Guillermo Zamacona
261 Jeff Bader
236 Michael Marsal
231 Carlos Ramos-Murillo
292 Jason Coleman
295 William Hedrick Jr
204 Christopher Polvoorde
CLASS 10 (15)
1006 Freddie Willert
1028 Armando Avila
1080 Rodimiro Anaya
1081 Matt Winslow
1010 Moises Cuevas
1009 J. David Ruvalcaba
1001 Oliver Flemate
1014 Bruce Yee
1016 Hiram Duran
1027 Arturo V. Malo
1019 Alberto Mendez
1062 Roberto Romo
1046 Ethan Hagle
1020 Cesar Fiscal-2nd RS
1023 Britney Myers (DOR-Tamara
Myers)-1st RS
CLASS 7 (3)
703 Scott Brady
700 Daniel Chamlee
727 Meredith Hammond-1st RS
PRO UTV FI (24)
2998 P.J. Jones
2970 Francisco Beltran
2989 Wes Miller
2975 Mike Cafro
2976 Jesus Mendez Jr
2932 Clinton Schue
2905 Marc Burnett
2949 Alonso Lopez
2999 Bob Jablonsky
2946 Jose Juarez
2910 Rodrigo Ampudia
2918 Justin Lambert
2931 Craig Scanlon
2940 Erick Kozin
2951 Herman Johnson
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
2956 Eduardo Peredo
2974 Jorge Cano
2960 Ryan Laidlaw
2967 Mike Pratt
2954 Austin Weiland
2981 Carlo Ramirez
2919 Brandon Schueler
2930 Sean Cook
SCORE LITES (3)
1202 Matias Arjona IV
1229 Doug Satterfield
1221 Scott Wisdom
PRO UTV NA (8)
1978 T. Bradley Millner
1910 Jose Angulo
1995 Kaden Wells
1909 Q. Rene Gutierrez
1918 Richard Fant
1919 Paul Barnhart Jr
1957 Joe Bolton-2nd RS
1954 Kristen Matlock-1st RS
CLASS 1/2-1600 (4)
1661 Cesar Iniquez
1621 Kevin A. Sanchez
1610 Jordan Price
1600 Eli Yee-1st RS
PRO UTV STOCK (4)
3953 Dave Davenport (DOR-Nick Bruce)
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3955 Mike Cafro
3913 Carolina Sanchez
PRO UTV OPEN (5)
1877 Josh Herzing
1898 Cameron Ornelas
1871 Wayne Matlock
1870 Justin Elenburg
1879 Michelle Barraza-1st RS
CLASS 5 (2)
506 Leopoldo Perez
508 Greg Sullivan
CLASS 5-1600 (3)
582 Rodolfo Martinez
571 David Heredia-2nd RS
557 Larry Negrete Jr-1st RS
BAJA CHALLENGE (1)
BC4 Edward Muncey
CLASS 7F (3)
726F Arturo Montano
714F Justin Park
701F Brandon Walsh
CLASS 7SX (2)
744 Dario Serrano
758 Armando Duron
CLASS 11 (2)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1196 Alex Gonzales

Sportsman

SPT UTV UNLIMITED (2)
1808 Chad Gould
1801 Dave Miller

Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (7)
38x Ivan Delgadillo
22x Shane Redline
30x Cade Smith
97x Jason Alosi
5x Derek Ausserbauer
77x Hosea Struiskma
19x Jacob Nieder
PRO MOTO 30 (2)
325x Jano Montoya
308x Greg Bardonnex
PRO MOTO LIMITED (4)
100x Fernando Beltran
109x Christopher Gil
106x Jorge Ramirez
101x Ulises Fierro
PRO MOTO 40 (3)
441x Alirio Amado
408x Ryan Liebelt
424x William St. Laurent
PRO MOTO 50 (2)
500x Vance Kennedy
510x Giovanni Spinali
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (3)
725x Juan Carlos Salvatierra
785x Fabricio Fuentes
718x Francisco DePaiva
PRO MOTO 60 (1)
628x Scott McIntosh

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (4)
1a Jose Luis Velez
37a Ricardo Villafana
7a Carlos Napoles
5a Steven Lopez

Sportsman

SPT M/C (8)
215x Carlos Guereca
212x Brayan Avalos
203x Giovanni Aviles
201x Scott Borden
224x Edgar Najar
245x Filiberto Garcia
209x Alejandro Gomez-2nd RS
292x Geovany Rodriguez-1st RS
SPT QUAD (6)
112a Daniel Gaytan
126a Miguel Salas
129a Sergio Gutierrez Jr
114a Luis Ortega
177a David Nunez Ortega
113a Victor Higuera