SCORE International

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SCORE Trophy Truck competing in the Baja 1000

SCORE International[1] (Sanctioning Committee Off Road Events) is an off-road racing sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing and is famous for the Baja 500, San Felipe 250 and the Committee's flagship event; the Baja 1000. For the 2016 season, all five SCORE races are being held in Mexico for the first time. Founded by Mickey Thompson[2] in 1973, SCORE International continues today under the current presidency of Roger Norman,[3] who purchased the rights from Sal Fish[4] in late 2012.[5]

SCORE International licensed a burger restaurant (SCORE Baja Burgers & Beer[6]) in Chula Vista, California, USA.

Race Description[edit]

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

Vehicles are released from the start line individually, in gaps of 60 seconds between Trophy Trucks and Class 1 racers then 30 seconds for all other classes.[7]

Baja races include motorcycles and quad bikes; which start staging at 5:15am and later released around 6am. Four-wheel vehicles start releasing approximately five hours later at around 11am. 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. GPS tracking devices are used to enforce speed regulations and penalties on federal highways and highly congested areas.

Awards are given for the winner of each class (if a vehicle in the class finishes) as well as an overall winner across classes, overall four-wheel and overall motorcycle/ATV.

Points are awarded based on class finishing position. The racer with the most points at the end of the season is the overall class winner. In the following race season, the vehicle number will end in two zeros "00" to indicate that racer as the class champion. As an example the vehicle number for the Class 1 champion will be 100. Trophy Truck champion can run the #1. The starting order is generally determined by a random draw, except when preferential starts are given to those who finished in top positions in the previous race/season, or when qualifying is held. For Trophy Trucks & Class 1 vehicles, qualifying for the Baja 1000 is now held during SEMA[8] at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.[9]

Starting with Roger Norman's purchase of SCORE in 2012, vehicle numbers have become permanently assigned to each driver. Numbers 1-9 is reserved for the prior years driver standings for positions 1-9 respectfully. Numbers 10-99 will be available for assignment. Driver's who have used a number in the prior years season will be given first option for the same number in the current season.

SCORE International operates an "Ironman" class for racers that complete a race without any driver change. Commemorative ribbons are given to any racers who completed a race solely. Baja legend Ivan "Ironman" Stewart[10] was the first racer to complete this phenomenal feat in 1975,[11] capturing his first Baja 500 win before winning the 1976 Baja 1000 under this format.

Course terrain is primarily off-road in remote areas, however highway segments are used when an alternate off-road route is unavailable.

The 2015 Dakar Challenge[12] included the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 as one of the events within the five-round series.

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 #200-299 (Super 8-unlimited trucks/sport utility vehicles, stock, sealed V-8s)
  • 8 – Veh #885-899 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)
  • 5 Unlimited – Veh #500-549 (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)
  • 1/2-1600 – Veh #1600-1699 (single or two-seaters to 1600cc)
  • 7 – Veh #700-739 (Open Production – Mini Pick-Ups)
  • Pro Truck – Veh #1350-1399 (Limited Production 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 #550-599 (1600cc Baja Bugs)
  • 7sx – Veh #740-759 (Modified, stock mini-trucks)
  • 9 – Veh #900-999 (Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)
  • Stock Full – Veh #8100-8199 (Stock full-sized trucks)
  • Stock Mini – Veh #760-799 (Stock mini trucks)
  • 19 – Pro 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 #1800-1899

PRO MOTO & ATV

  • “Ironman” (Solo) Veh# 700x-799x
  • Limited Pro (400cc or less) Veh# 100x-149x'
  • Open Pro (401cc or more) Veh# 1x-49x
  • 30 (Riders over 30 years old) Veh# 300x – 349x
  • 40 (Riders over 40 years old) Veh# 400x-449x
  • 50 (Riders over 50 years old) Veh# 500x-549x
  • 60 (Riders over 60 years old) Veh# 600x-649x
  • Pro Quad (450cc or more) Veh# 1a-49a

SPORTSMAN MOTO & ATV

  • Sportsman M/C – (any engine size) Veh# 200x-299x
  • Sportsman ATV – (any engine size) Veh# 100a-149a

Yearly races[edit]

Race Description Dates
30th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico (one loop, approximately 250 miles) February 25–28, 2016
2nd Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico (one loop, approximately 500 miles) April 14–17, 2016
48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (one loop, approximately 500 miles) June 1–5, 2016
1st Bud Light SCORE Desert Challenge Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico (15-16 mile loop, multi-lap, two-day race) September 14–18, 2016
49th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (one loop, approximately 800 miles) November 16–20, 2016

Vehicle Classes[edit]

Cars and Trucks[edit]

Motorcycles[edit]

ATVs[edit]

Notable racers[edit]

Television Series[edit]

In 2015, SCORE International opted to air their three original television series, Roost, Guererro, and SCORE International Off-Road Racing on digital video-on-demand platform, CarbonTV.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SCORE OFF-ROAD RACING – SCORE-International.com". score-international.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  2. ^ "Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels". www.mickeythompsontires.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Roger Norman Racing || #8 Crystal Bay Casino Trophy Truck". rogernormanracing.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  4. ^ 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 
  5. ^ "Sal Fish sells SCORE International: New owner, desert racer Roger Norman, has big plans". Autoweek. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Score Baja Burgers and Beer". scorebajaburgersandbeer.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  7. ^ SCORE International Off-Road Racing Rules and Regulatios 2011-2015. 
  8. ^ "About the SEMA Show". SEMA Show | Las Vegas Convention Center | Nov 3 - Nov 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  9. ^ "Las Vegas Motor Speedway". www.lvms.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  10. ^ "Ivan Stewart Motorsports | Located in San Diego, California. New & used motorsport sales, service & parts!". ivanstewartmotorsports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  11. ^ "Racing Heroes – Ivan "Ironman" Stewart | Hemmings Daily". Hemmings Motor News. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  12. ^ "Dakar Challenge: Dakar". www.dakar.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af "SCORE crown jewel since 1967 (October 6, 2005)". Desert Racing. 5 November 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  14. ^ Burns, Josh. “Kendall Norman, Quinn Cody Earn 2010 SCORE Baja 1000 Motorcycle Victory.” Off-Road.Com. http://www.off-road.com/dirtbike/race/kendall-norman-quinn-cody-earn-2010-score-baja-1000-motorcycle-victory-52939.html November 18, 2010 Retrieved 1:35 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014 (PDT).
  15. ^ "E-commerce pioneer bike bandit’s ken wahlster". Dealer news. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  16. ^ "CarbonTV Search: score". CarbonTV. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 

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