SCORE International

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SCORE Trophy Truck competing in the Baja 1000

SCORE International (Southern California Off Road Experience) is a rally raid sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing and is famous for its flagship event, the Baja 1000 as well as the Baja 500 and San Felipe 250. Three SCORE races per year are held in Mexico. Founded by Mickey Thompson in 1973, SCORE continues today under the direction of Roger Norman, who purchased SCORE from Sal Fish in late 2012.[1]

Race Description[edit]

Gus Vildósola driving his SCORE Trophy Truck during the 2005 Baja 500

Vehicles are released from the start line individually, 60 seconds between vehicles and 2:30 minutes between vehicle classes. Baja races include motorcycles and quads which start releasing when light is available around 6 AM. Four wheel vehicles start releasing approx 4 hours later around 10 AM. Race results are determined by calculating a finish time for each vehicle. The finish time for a vehicle can include time for penalties such as speeding on the highway or other regulated area. GPS tracking devices are used to enforce speed regulations and penalties.

Awards are given for the winner of each class (if a vehicle in the class finishes) as well as overall winner across classes. Overall 4 Wheel and overall Motorcycle/ATV.

Points are awarded based on finishing position in class. The racer with the most points at the end of the season is the overall winner for the class. In the following race season, the vehicle number will end in two zeros "00" to indicate that vehicle as the class champion. As an example the vehicle number of the Class 1 champion will be 100. Trophy Trucks are exempt from this as they always retain the same vehicle number. All other vehicle classes are issued new vehicle numbers for each race based on starting position which is determined by a random draw. The last two digits of the vehicle number indicate the starting position of the vehicle, except the class champion and rear start requests which are numbered in descending order starting at 49.

Course terrain is primarily off-road in remote areas but it includes highway segments when an alternate off-road path is not available.

Dakar Challenge 2013 includes Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and Eldorado HDRA Reno 500

Class Levels:
PRO LEVEL 1
Trophy Truck – Veh #1-99 (Trophy Truck Unlimited)
Class 1 – Veh #100-199 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)

PRO LEVEL 2
TT Spec – Veh #840-848 (Super 8-unlimited trucks/sport utility vehicles, stock, sealed V-8s)
8 – Veh #885-899 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)
4000 – Veh# 4000-4099 (Class 4limited open-wheel car, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)
4400 – Veh# 4400-4099 (Rock Crawler)
5 Unlimited – Veh #500-599 (Unlimited Baja Bugs)
12 SCORE Lites – Veh #1200-1299 (HDRA Lites-Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)
Heavy Metal – Veh #8000-8099 (Open Production Trucks, V8 engines)
10 – Veh #1000-1099 (Single or two-seaters limited engine)
3 – Veh #300-399 (Short wheelbase 4X4)
3000 – Veh #3000-3099 (Class 78-2,unlimited mini-truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)
2 – Veh #200-249 (Unlimited open-wheel, car/truck, 3.6-Liter Turbo or supercharged)
2.D – Veh #250-299 (Unlimited open-wheel, car/truck, 3.6-Liter Diesel Turbo or supercharged)
1/2-1600 – Veh #1600-1699 (single or two-seaters to 1600cc)
Trophy Lite – Veh #6000-6099 (Unlimited Mini-Truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)
6100 – Veh #6100-6199 (Unlimited, Sealed V6)
7200 – Veh #7200-7299 (SCORE Class 6 Open Production – Unlimited)
7 – Veh #700-739 (Open Production – Mini Pick-Ups)
Pro Truck – Veh #1350-1399 (Limited Production Trucks)
Stock Mini – Veh #760-799 (Stock mini trucks)

PRO LEVEL 3
11 – Veh #1100-1199 (Stock VW Sedans)
1700 JeepSpeed – Veh #1700-1799 (Jeep Speed Challenge)
3700 JeepSpeed – Veh #3700-3799 (Jeep Speed Cup)
5-1600 Ltd – Veh #500-549 (1600cc Baja Bugs)
7sx – Veh #740-759 (Modified, stock mini-trucks)
9 – Veh #900-999 (Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)
Stock Full – Veh #885-899 (Stock full-sized trucks)
19 – Stock UTV – Veh #1900-1949

SPORTSMAN LEVEL 4
Baja Challenge – Veh #BC1-BC99 (Spec open wheel cars)
2000 Ltd Truck – Veh #2000-2099
1400 Unlimited Open Truck – Veh #1400-1499
1500 Unlimited Buggy – Veh #1500-1599
19 – Unlimited UTV – Veh #1950-1999

PRO MOTO & ATV
“Ironman” (Solo)
20 (400cc or less)
21 (450cc or less)
22 (450cc or more)
30 (Riders over 30 years old)
40 (Riders over 40 years old)
50 (Riders over 50 years old)
60 (Riders over 60 years old)
ATV – 24 (450cc or less)
ATV – 25 (450cc or more)
ATV – 26 (Limited Utility)

SPORTSMAN MOTO & ATV
M/C< (450cc or less)
M/C> (450cc or more)
Sportsman ATV

Yearly races[edit]

Race Description Month
Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 Starts and finishes in San Felipe, Baja California. January
Tecate SCORE Baja Sur 500 Starts in Cabo San Lucas. Finishes in Loreto. April
Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Starts and finishes in Ensenada, Baja California. June
IV 250 Starts and finishes in Imperial Valley, CA September
Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Starts in Ensenada. Finish includes Ensenada, La Paz or Cabo San Lucas. November

Past classes[edit]

Cars and Trucks[edit]

Motorcycles[edit]

ATVs[edit]

Notable drivers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SCORE International (May 1, 2009). "Sal Fish Throws First Pitch at Dodgers Game". motorcycleusa.com. Retrieved 2011-01-19. SCORE International CEO/President Sal Fish 

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