SCORE Baja 1000 Draw Results 10.15.11

October 15, 2011


Nearly 300 entries expected

James draws first SCORE Trophy Truck start, Bowman in M/C

For November’s 44th  Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race


Racers from 31 States, 14 countries entered in internationally-televised

Granddaddy of all desert races; 32 SCORE Trophy Trucks entered to date;

Race that starts and finishes in Ensenada, Mexico, Nov. 17-20;

Prerunning for loop race begins on Friday, Nov 4


    LOS ANGELES—Reality TV star Jesse James has received the first starting position during Saturday’s drawing for November’s 44th running of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race. While James, who lives in Austin, Texas, will pilot his No. 54 Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck, starting first among the motorcycle and ATV classes will be Craig Bowman on a Honda CRF450X.

This year’s internationally televised granddaddy of all desert races, the mammoth finale of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series will be a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, with race week festivities scheduled for Nov. 17-20.

A solid total of 202 vehicles officially entered in time for Saturday’s drawing held at SCORE International’s headquarters in Los Angeles.

The race itself starts on Friday, Nov. 18 and official entry forms are available online along with all pertinent race information and prerunning rules on the SCORE website at

With late entries accepted up until race morning, nearly 300 entries from over 30 US States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag in the 692.82-mile course, competing in 35 Pro and seven Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.

In addition to the 31 States represented on the entry list to date, racers have already officially entered from Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands and the US Territory of Guam.

It’s the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a racer. Since 1967, the race has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula every year except 1974 when the international fuel crisis forced a cancellation.

This year’s race will start for the 37th time and finish for the 21st time in Ensenada. Completing its 38th year as the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, the event is the finale of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. The race will start and finish on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the picturesque Bahia de Todos Santos in front of the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.

Prerunning on the 692.82-mile loop course will officially begin on Nov. 4.

Drawing the first start among the atv CLASSES, WAS THE Class 25 team led by Richard Stanley.

The motorcycle and ATV classes will start their journey at 6:30 a.m. (Friday, Nov. 18) with the car and truck classes starting at approximately 11:45 a.m., or four hours after the last ATV leaves the line. With the course open for 32 hours in the elapsed-time race, the fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately 14 hours.

Pre-race festivities on Thursday, Nov. 17, including the vastly popular tech and contingency of all vehicles and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Racer and media registration will both be held at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel in Ensenada on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17.

The post-race awards celebration will be held poolside at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.

The featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks had 32 vehicles entered in time for Saturday’s start draw.

Starting second will be Mexico’s son/father team of Gus Vildosola Jr./Gus Vildosola, who teamed last year to become the first Mexican national team to win the overall 4-wheel title of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Driving the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck, the Vildosola’s, of Mexicali, were also the finished vehicle overall in the race down the Baja California peninsula to La Paz.

Starting second among the motorcycles will be last year’s overall motorcycle winners in this race, Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif. on the No. 1x JCR Honda Racing Honda CRF450X.

While entries will be accepted will be accepted up to race morning, late entries will be assigned the next available number and starting position within each class.

Besides SCORE Trophy Truck with 32, the car and truck classes with the most entries to date are unlimited Class 1 (22) and Class 1/2-1600 (12).

Among the motorcycle and ATV classes, Class 22 for open motorcycles has the most entries so far with 13.

Leading the six Sportsman classes in the race is Sportsman Motorcycle over 250cc which had 17 entries in the drawing.

The 692.82-mile race course this year is a combination of much of the 2008 and the 2009 courses.  The rugged course that travels from Ensenada east through Ojos Negros, down Laguna Salada to San Felipe, down through the three legendary Baja canyon washes of Matomi, Huatomote and Chanate, joining familiar routes to the six-mile turnoff before Mike’s Sky Rancho, heading over to the Pacific Coast crossing Highway 1 near San Vicente and to Erendira, then through Santo Tomas, Uruapan and back to Ojos Negros, covering much of the northern half of the majestic Baja California peninsula to and from Ensenada.

This race also features the prestigious Sal Fish SCORE IronRider awards presented to each motorcycle or ATV rider who completes the entire course within the time limit while riding solo.

In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings for the race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all Pro car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season.  Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 26th consecutive year, a total of 27 drivers remain eligible after Round 4 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.

Tecate Beer is the title sponsor of the 44th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are:

-BFGoodrich Tires, Official Tire

-Volkswagen of America, Official Vehicle

-Sunoco Race Fuels, Official Race Fuel

-Slime, Official Tire Sealant

-Symons Ambulance Company, Official Ambulance

-Bilstein, Official Shock Absorber

-Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Official Mexican Auto Insurance

Official Sponsors of the SCORE Baja 1000 are:

-Coca-Cola, Official Soft Drink

-Volaris Airlines, Official Airline

-Lightforce Performance Lighting, Official Driving Light

Additional SCORE Sponsors are – Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series at


44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Nov. 17-20, 2011—Final round of five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – 692.82 miles

TOTAL ENTRIES: 202 (31 States, 15 Countries) (as of 10/15/11) 



54 Jesse James

21 Gus Vildosola Jr.

51 Kory Scheeler

70 Bryce Menzies

30 Robbie Pierce

98 Gary Weyhrich

84 Nick Vanderwey

78 Jesse Ashcraft

19 Tim Herbst

20 Rob MacCachren

31 Andy McMillin

71 Rick D. Johnson

45 Gary Magness

96 Bobby Baldwin

59 Craig Potts

2 Pete Sohren

22 Roberto Encinas

49 Troy Herbst

15 Armin Schwarz

77 Robby Gordon

8 Roger Norman

18 Clyde Stacy

36 Glen Greer

16 Cameron Steele

14 Rick Geiser

25 Matt Stevens

61 Chad Hall

23 Mark McMillin

97 B.J. Baldwin

27 Dave Crinklaw

66 Harry Hepler

24 Adam Householder

CLASS 1 (22)

101 Brett Lenk

102 Steven Eugenio

103 Mike Childress

104 Dan Martin

105 Damen Jefferies

106 Steve Appleton

107 Marco Valdez

108 Don Chase

109 Erik Harp

110 Conan Barker

111 Ronny Wilson

112 Jon Walker

100 Kory Halopoff

114 Brian Parkhouse

115 David Greenhill

116 Mark Hutchins

117 Chris Wyborny

118 Max Thieriot

119 Jared Hardin

120 Todd Romano

148 Mark Stevens

149 Justin Davis

CLASS 1/2-1600 (12)

1601 Arturo Velazco

1602 Brad Wilson

1603 J.J. Schnarr

1604 Kevin J. Walsh

1605 Brian Wilson

1606 Jay Reichert

1607 Michael Power

1645 Wes McKenzie

1646 Daniel Lopez

1647 Jim Goff

1600 Luke McMillin

1649 Hiram Duran

CLASS 3 (4)

301 Tim Mason

302 Andy Kouklis

300 Donald Moss

304 David Moore

CLASS 5 (4)

501 Cody Kellogg

500 Kevin Carr

518 Jim Anderson

519 Terry McClintick

CLASS 5-1600 (0)

CLASS 6 (7)

601 Gavin Skilton

602 Arunas Lekavicius

603 Marc Burnett

604 Gregg Hempel

617 Josh Quintero

600 Dave Caspino

619 Heidi Steele

CLASS 8 (2)

801 Kent Kroeker

839 Justin Matney

CLASS 10 (8)

1001 John Martensen

1002 John Langley

1003 Brian Valentine

1004 Matt Cullen

1005 Peter Hajas

1006 Shelby Reid

1000 Sergio Salgado

1008 Christian Hall


1201 Steven Lisa

1202 Ryan Plowman

1203 Perry McNeil

1204 Zak Langley

1205 Rafael Navarro IV

1206 Brent Parkhouse

1249 Arnoldo Ramirez

CLASS 11 (3)

1100 Eric Solorzano

1148 Gustavo Garayzar

1149 Justin Matney


701 Emily Miller

778 Justin Matney

779 Ted Moncure


1334 Rob Reinertson

1331 Jessica McMillin

1350 Chelsea Magness

1360 Nils Castillo

CLASS 17 (2)

1701 Tom Richardson

1739 Clyde Stacy

CLASS 4 (2)

401 Mike Shaffer

439 Clyde Stacy

CLASS 7-2 (2)

721 Bruce Finchum

720 Reid Rutherford


CLASS 22 (13)

2x Craig Bowman

1x Kendall Norman

14x A.J. Stewart

4x Trent Burgiss

0x Colton Udall

6x Bryce Stavron

7x Steven Moak

8x Rory Sullivan

9x Francisco Arredondo

10x Felipe Prohens

11x Shane Esposito

12x Jack Lundin

13x Thomas Barnabic

CLASS 21 (5)

101x David Gonzalez Jr.

102x Willy Miller

103x Brody Kunz

104x Adam Neuwirth

105x Trevor Insley

CLASS 20 (0)

CLASS 30 (4)

301x Tim Abshire

302x Mike Johnson

303x Rodrigo Basave

304x Ryan Gutile

CLASS 40 (7)

400x Jeff Kaplan

401x Rob Barnum

402x Mike Prunty

403x Graham Cruickshank

404x Lloyd Andrew

405x Oscar Fazz

449x Todd Winslow

CLASS 50 (3)

501x Ben van Zijtveld

502x Jim Dizney

500x Jim O’Neal

CLASS 60 (2)

600x Donald E. Lewis

619x Richard Jackson


CLASS 25 (5)

2a Richard Stanley

3a Roberto Ruiz

4a Rafael Torres

1a Wayne Matlock

6a Craig Christy

CLASS 24 (3)

100a Brandon Brown

101a Juan Sanchez

102a Heriberto Marquez

CLASS 26 (3)

201a Carl Vella

218a Joe Rice

200a Rob Ransford



1401 Viry Felix

1402 Guy Ruse

1400 Peter Lang

1449 John Matney


1501 Kasra Ajir


1801 Bill Morris

1802 Kane Fraser

1803 Chris Koch

1800 Thomas Graves

1805 Nicola Dutta

1806 Kevin Fuller

SPT M/C 250< (10)

201x Christian Espinoza

202x Hideki Sugiyama

203x Paul Piper

204x Carlos Orenday

205x Darin Bullivant

206x Shawn McKenzie

207x Adam Acosta

208x Dennis Garcia

209x Kenneth Slater

210x Philip Kegel

SPT M/C 250> (17)

251x Jeff Palmer

252x Mike Kaplan

253x Steve Malley

254x Mike Mensinger

255x Carlos Valdez

256x Phil Whisenant

257x Mike Frick

258x Chris Parker

259x Cody Larsen

260x Nick Carapella

261x Jeb Boynton

262x Naoki Kusano

263x Ulises Fierro

264x Yoram Lavee

265x Philip Jones

298x Louie Montano

299x Yvan Perroud


51a John Zelenka

52a Moises Saiza

53a Paul Engen

54a Juan Dominguez

55a Jesus Sanchez