September 13, 2021
Presented by VP Racing Fuels
Desert racers from across U.S. and world descending
on Baja California for this week’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400
Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship;
SCORE start/finish compound closed to public—BioSecurity ProtocolsSCORE Live—Host Rat Sult, vehicle tracking at www.score-international.comNOTE: SCORE Baja 400 schedule of events at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Featuring astonishing parity among this season’s top point leaders, this week’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing launches the second half of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship.
While all racers compete to win their respective classes in a particular race, they are also always eyeing the grand prize at the end of the season—SCORE season class point championships. Racers from 20 U.S. States and nine countries are registered entering this week’s late, on-site registration.
The youngest race in the long and storied nearly 50-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization will be held this week in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The race, produced by BCII TV in association with SCORE International, will air as a one-hour on Sunday, Oct. 31 on the ESPN2 Network.
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 once again be restricted access only and closed to the general public.
The SCORE Baja 400 race start/finish compound is located Northeast of downtown Ensenada.
Spectators, adhering to the protocols, will be allowed to watch the race from around the 400-mile race course.
During contingency on Friday and the race on Saturday, until the course closes on Sunday morning, live streaming will be broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews. Popular Rat Sult, who has been the voice of SCORE over the last six seasons, 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.
The SCORE Baja 400 will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday 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.
Qualifying (closed to the public) for starting positions will be held on an undisclosed 5.37-mile course on Wednesday (Sept. 15), starting at 8 a.m. PDT. Classes that will be qualifying for start positions within their respective classes for the SCORE Baja 400 are SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, the unlimited Class 1 and the Trophy Truck Spec class.
With competition in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads of the 188 entries entering three days of late, on-site registration in Ensenada, 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 two in SCORE TT Legend) has 33 entries, the Trophy Truck Spec class which has 26 entries to date, the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class with 26, Class 10 (15) and Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) (8) and Pro Moto Unlimited has eight entries. Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT Motorcycle with eight entries.
For more info, visit https://score-international.
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.
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 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Racer registration will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT on Tuesday (for Qualifying teams only), from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT. Tuesday’s registration will be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.
The balance of the SCORE race-week activities will all be held in the SCORE Compound, closed to the public, Northeast of downtown Ensenada. Racer registration in the SCORE Registration Tent will be held Wednesday from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. PDT along with 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Friday.
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
SCORE Media registration on Tuesday will also be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT
Media registration the SCORE Registration tent will be held on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday and Friday.
The SCORE Media Center will be in the SCORE Registration tent during the race with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
TOP 10 POINTS
Atop the SCORE Overall point leaderboard as well as leading the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class is the team of Brandon Schueler, 32, Phoenix and Las Vegas’ third-generation desert racer Cayden MacCachren, 19. The pair won their class in in the season-opener in San Felipe that saw a SCORE-record 33 starters in their class and backed that up with a third-place podium spot in Round 2 in Ensenada in their No. 2919 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo.
MacCachren is son of legendary Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Rob MacCachren. San Felipe was the younger MacCachren’s first official SCORE race as a driver.
With just 18 points separating the top 10 overall point leaders after the SCORE Baja 500, second behind Schueler/MacCachren in SCORE Overall points with 248 and leading the Trophy Truck Spec class is the team of veteran Ryan Hancock, 45, Yuma, Ariz. and young gun Brock Heger, 21, El Cajon, Calif. in their No. 228 TSCO-Ford.
With back-to-back second place class finishes, Hancock is a car dealer in Yuma, and Heger is also a star in short-course off-road racing.
Tied for third in SCORE overall points and second in Pro UTV FI points is the team of Phil Blurton, Auburn, Calif. and Beau Judge, Rockland, Calif. and second in Trophy Truck Spec is Jason McNeil, El Cajon, Calif. with 244 points each so far this season.
A new team in SCORE racing this season, the Blurton/Judge team is a champion UTV duo in the U.S. in their No. 2944 Can-Am X3. McNeil, a veteran SCORE racer, leads his family team with a sixth-place finish and a class win in their class in their No. 234 Geiser-Chevy.
Fifth overall and third in the Pro UTV FI class is Austin Weiland, 28, of El Cajon, who has racked up 241 points in his No. 2954 Can-Am X3 UTV. He has class finishes of second and fifth so far this season.
With 240 points, sixth overall and leading the SCORE Trophy Truck division is San Diego’s Andy McMillin, 33 in his No. 31 Big Blue M all-wheel drive Mason-built Chevy Silverado.
Seventh in overall points and third in Trophy Truck Spec points with 236 is Jason Coleman, 36, of Huntington Beach, Calif. Coleman earned his first SCORE class win when he defeated a SCORE-record field of 34 starters in the Trophy Truck Spec class at the BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford. He finished 14th in class in the SCORE Baja 500 in his No. 292 Chevy-powered Herbst/Smith-built truck.
There is a three-way tie after two races for eighth place in overall points between Larry Roeseler, Mike Cafro and Wes Miller with 235 points each.
The SCORE Baja racing legend, Roeseler, 64, Boulevard, Calif., drives in SCORE Trophy Truck where he finished 11th in class in the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250 and was the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck class winner at the SCORE Baja 500 in the No. 43 Baja Jerky Cantina Racing Toyota Tundra.
Cafro, 51, Fallbrook, Calif., who also has class finishes of fifth and fourth in the Pro UTV FI class in his No. 2975 Polaris Turbo S with Jamie Kirkpatrick, 39 of Olympia, Wash. as his second driver.
With third and fifth-place finishes in Pro UTV FI, Miller, 51, Las Vegas drives his No. 2989 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo.
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 400-mile race course for this year’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400 began on Sept. 4. It starts at race mile 33.43 and finishes at race mile 366.64. The first 33.43 miles, which will be used in both directions during the race, will be available for pre-running only this Thursday and Friday 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 available on the SCORE website at the following link… https://score-international.
FOUR CLASS LEADERS IN TOP 25 OVERALL
Including Schueler/C. MacCachren in Pro UTV FI, Hancock in Trophy Truck Spec and A. McMillin in SCORE Trophy Truck, a total of four classes have at least one racer in the top 25 SCORE Overall 4-wheel point standings after midway through the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Following two races, the classes among the top 25 2021 point leaders are Pro UTV FI (8), Trophy Truck Spec (7), SCORE Trophy Truck (6) and Class 10 (4).
Besides TT Spec, Pro UTV FI and SCORE Trophy Truck, the other 2021 SCORE class point leader in the top 25 so far in the 2021 SCORE Overall points is Fred Willert, 52, El Cajon, Calif (Class10, No. 1006 Alumi Craft-Chevy). Willert is tied for 12th in SCORE Overall points as he finished fifth in Class 10 out of 23 starters in San Felipe and won his class at the SCORE Baja 500 over a field of 22 starters. His additional drivers are Stan Potter, 56, San Marcos, Calif./Dan Worley, 58, Encinitas, Calif.
With twin wins to start their 2021 SCORE World Championship season and leading their respective classes midway through the season are eight rugged racers: Rolf Helland, 61, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 55, Barstow, Calif. (SCORE TT Legend, No. 37L Ford Raptor), Jeff Proctor, 42, Glendora, Calif./Pat Dailey, 45, Vista, Calif. (Class 7, No. 709 Honda Ridgeline), Mike Cafro, 51, Fallbrook, Calif. (Pro UTV Stock, No. 3956 Polaris RZR Turbo S), Justin Elenburg, Mesa, Ariz. (Pro UTV Open, No. 1870 Can-Am X3), Armando Duron, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 7SX, No. 758 Ford Ranger), Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif. (Pro Moto 40, No. 408x, Yamaha WR450F), Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, No. 510x Yamaha YZ450FX) and Scott McInosh, Davie, Fla. ( Pro Moto 60, No. 628x Honda CRF450X) with Jon Johnson, 60, Lompoc, Calif./Don Whittington, 75, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Jim O’Neal, 74, Simi Valley, Calif.
The race features 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 on the Northeast side of Ensenada.
The race features an impressive course of 400 miles. It runs west to Ojos Negro then south down the middle and then up the Pacific Coast side of Baja California.
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 64.08 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.
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.
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.
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be 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
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 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels
Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
•Schedule of Events•
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
1pm-5pm Media Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
2pm-8pm Racer Registration Qualifying Classes only—Red Room, Riviera CC
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
9am-5pm Chassis Inspection/Stella device check & install—By Appointment
Noon-8pm Racer Registration SCORE Compound- Past Northeast end of Ave. Ruiz
No new entries after 7 p.m.
1pm-5pm Media Registration SCORE Compound
Thursday, September 16, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
9am-5pm Chassis Inspection/Stella Bracket Check & Install—SCORE Compound
9am-5pm Racer Registration SCORE Compound
No new entries after 4 p.m.
9am-5pm Media Registration SCORE Compound
Friday, September 17, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
8am-4pm Racer Registration – SCORE Compound
No New Entries after 3 p.m.
8am-5pm Contingency Row SCORE Compound
8am-6pm Tech/Transponder Check/Stella/SPICA device pick up—end of contingency row
9am-5pm Media Registration SCORE Compound
6pm Mandatory Aircraft Pilot & Drone Meeting—Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada
Saturday, September 18, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
5:30am-11pm SCORE Media Center SCORE Compound
START/FINISH: 400.00-mile course (Class starting order subject to change)
6am RACE START: MOTORCYCLES/QUADS (subject to change)—
Pro Moto Unltd, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto Ltd, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, Pro Quad Ironman, SPT Moto, SPT Quad
(Start Intervals: Pro Moto Unlimited-60 second split, all other classes start one every 30 seconds)
GAP –a minimum of 3 1/2 hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck/utv start
10am RACE START CARS/TRUCKS/UTVS (subject to change)—
TT/TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 10, 7, Pro UTV FI, SL, Pro UTV NA, 1/2-1600, PT, Pro UTV Stock, 8, HM, 4700, 3700, 1700, 2700, Hammer Unltd, Hammer Ltd, Pro UTV Open, 5, PT, 3, 5-1600, BC, 7F, 7SX, SF, 3000, Baja-e, 2, VT, VI, 9, 11, SPT Unltd Truck, SPT Ltd Truck, SPT Open-Wheel, SPT UTV Unltd, SPT UTV Stock
(TT/TT Legend one vehicle every 60 seconds. Three-minute gap then all other car/truck classes start one every 30 seconds)
TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 20-hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts
4pm-11pm Posting of Unofficial Finishers SCORE Registration Tent–SCORE Compound
Sunday, September 19, 2021 (Closed to the Public)
10:30am Posting of unofficial results Online and Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada
11:30am-1pm Result inquiry period Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada
11am-2pm SCORE Media Center Open Conference Room, San Nicolas Hotel-Ensenada
1pm Media Posting of official results Online and Conference Room, San Nicolas Hotel
2pm-3:30pm Trophy Pickup Torre Lucerna Hotel – Ensenada