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2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 500
the race course will be marked and open to pre-run on Wednesday, 15. May 2013. Pre-running rules as stated by SCORE Intl.:
Failure to comply with the rules stated in this pre-running bulletin will result in a time penalty or disqualification, depending on the circumstances.
Please follow the pre-running schedule carefully!
Mexican liability insurance and governmental permits are in effect for pre-running only during the dates and locations indicated.
Pre-running is not racing!!! Pre-running is the opportunity to preview the race course while at the same time exercising a high degree of caution and proceeding at a safe, reasonable and controlled speed.
Be advised that all roads on the race course are open to local traffic during pre-running.
Unsafe pre-running is not only dangerous, but is also very disrespectful to the local citizens. Pre-running in an unsafe manner will subject the driver to legal jeopardy with the mexican police.
It will also subject the team to a race penalty. Think wisely first, rather than regretting your unsafe actions later.
Use good judgement while pre-running. Pre-running dates and information:
The race course will be marked and open to pre-run on Wednesday, 15. May 2013.
Begin pre-running in Ojos Negros at the Hwy3@km39 junction.
End pre-running west of Ojos Negros and exit the race course across open field to Hwy3@km36.
Do not attempt to pre-run anywhere between Ensenada and Ojos Negros at this time.
Outbound pre-running is permitted from the Ensenada start line to Ojos Negros Hwy3@km39 only on Thursday, 30. May 2013 and Friday, 31. May 2013.
To avoid dangerous two-way traffic: Absolutely no inbound pre-running from west of Ojos Negros Hwy3@km36 back to the Ensenada finish line.
Follow exit markings at the end of pre-run area to exit the course across open field to Hwy3@km36.
Failure to comply with the pre-running rules stated in this bulletin will result in a time penalty or disqualification, depending on the circumstances.
Baja 500 Qualifying for Trophy Trucks and Class 1 Unlimited Open-Wheel vehicles
"For the first time in SCORE Baja racing history, qualifying for starting positions will be held. On Thursday, May 30, qualifying for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 will be held over a special course near Ensenada. A total of 36 SCORE Trophy Trucks and 20 Class 1 entries will qualify for their starting positions on Thursday, 30. May 2013.
Marking the first time there has been qualifying in the storied history of SCORE Baja racing." is stated in SCORE news release from 24. April 2013.
Hold your horses and dont get excited!! About 2 weeks before the race is the (by us unconfirmed - original source: Gabriel García, El Vigía/13.05.2013/20:08) statement at several social media streams that Roger Norman announced: "Qualifying course will be closed to spectators"!
No spectators allowed to enter the 45th Baja 500 qualifying for security reasons. Only team members of the 2 classes participating and accredited media is allowed to watch. For security reasons that is. Basically the Master-race of desert racing get's a front-row seat. The rest of us? We can travel to the event and spend our hard earned bucks, we can go out and find a spot we see them drive by. I'm sure SCORE media will offer a DVD to buy in a few month time where we second level people can see the qualifying....
Another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California off-road racing has to offer.....
What's gonna be next?? For security reasons we are only allowed to consume Tecate beer at pre-determined prices at SCORE sanctioned tiendas? Who ever brings Pacifico or Corona is excluded from spectating the event??
Starting Order updated 4/23/2013. 45th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 May 30-June 2, 2013—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Total Entries in the start draw: 169 (as of 4/23/13).
Following Tuesday’s night live drawing for starting positions, Southern California desert racing ace Robby Bell, the defending overall winner, will be the first motorcycle off the starting line in the upcoming 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Entries from around the world continue to arrive for Round 2 of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, to be held May 30-June 2 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
With SCORE Trophy Trucks and unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars qualifying for starting positions, Bell is certain of his starting position on, Saturday, June 1. The start draw was broadcast live worldwide during a special edition of Roger Norman’s Internet show.
For the first time in SCORE Baja racing history, qualifying for starting positions will be held. On Thursday, May 30, qualifying for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 will be held over a special course near Ensenada.
A total of 36 SCORE Trophy Trucks and 20 Class 1 entries will qualify for their starting positions on Thursday (May 30), marking the first time there has been qualifying in the storied history of SCORE Baja racing. For the top two car and truck classes, their drawing identified their qualifying order in each class.
Drawing the first qualifying positions in their respective classes were B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, in the No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck and Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, who drives the No. 117 Speed Energy RPM Racing RGM-Chevy open-wheel race car.
Content / Entry List credits: SCORE Intl.
After nearly four decades of leadership in the sport he loves so much and nurtured as a parent would a child, iconic race producer Sal Fish announces today that he has sold his SCORE International desert racing organization and the SCORE Desert Racing Series to Roger Norman effective immediately.
Fish, the CEO/President of Los Angeles-based SCORE International has set the pace for the sport of desert racing since shortly after it’s forming by the late Mickey Thompson in 1973.
The legendary Fish felt the time was right to pass the torch to the next generation of race producers and says he is very comfortable in turning over the reins of the 39-year old SCORE International to Norman.
The sale of SCORE to Norman is final with Fish having no direct involvement with future race promotions of the SCORE organization moving forward. He will however produce the 2012 SCORE Awards Night, honoring the racers of the world’s foremost desert racing series.
The SCORE Awards Night will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa in Newport Beach, Calif., honoring the Champions of 2012 and ushering in a new and exciting era for SCORE International.
Sal Fish comments:
Easily the most recognizable figure in the sport of desert racing, Fish, 73, was philosophical as he announced his decision, saying, “Next to my wife Barbara, SCORE has been the love of my life, my passion and I have left my blood, sweat and tears in the desert of Baja California, Mexico, and in the USA in Arizona, California and Nevada. Over these many years, I’ve been knocked down, but always managed to get up to fight again and have enjoyed more than anyone could ever imagine these many years in the desert.
“I could go on and on, but I believe fervently that this is the time to pass the torch to the next generation and Roger Norman is a great racer with a big vision, superb business acumen and I know I leave my ‘baby’ in good hands. I know I’ll wake up tomorrow wondering what did I do, but I have had a phenomenal run and I wouldn’t change a thing. I have been able to grow this sport to the level it has reached and now Roger and his team will take it to the next level. I have no regrets and I leave knowing I have left a good legacy for the sport to continue to move forward in for the next 40 years.”
Roger Norman enthusiastic:
As a hotel/casino owner in northern Nevada, business developer and a champion racer himself, Norman was well aware of the daunting task at hand when he resurrected the High Desert Racing Association, (HDRA) in 2011. HDRA was highly regarded when it was active in the 1980s and early 1990s.
“For me it’s a dream come true,” said Norman regarding his acquisition of SCORE. “Sal Fish is the godfather of this sport and it is an honor to move forward with the incredible legacy he has left our sport with SCORE International. We have been talking about this for over a year, but I knew I had to learn all sides of the sport before I could be in a position to make a solid offer to Sal.”
“I have tremendous respect for the future of the sport and the leadership role of SCORE International.
Regarding his future plans, Norman commented, racers will be competing for three separate championships, HDRA, SCORE, and the World Championship. The World Championship will be comprised of three HDRA races in America and three SCORE races in Baja. The World Championship is the culmination of six of the seven races of the HDRA and SCORE race series with the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Nov. 17-20, 2013) as the deciding factor with 2x points. The first race is the South Point Vegas 250, January 12, 2013, in Jean, NV.
“Races will be nationally televised in the U.S. and we will provide greater detail of our plans over the next two weeks. The vision of a world championship will be monumental for our sport. We will look forward to honoring the legacy of SCORE and the colossal contribution to our sport by Sal Fish at the SCORE Awards Night on Jan. 12.”
Content credits: SCORE Int. news release
Direct from BJ "Ballistic" Baldwins Facebook page. His comments are about the scene in the video below. He is the second trophy truck passing in that video.
Few have seen this. I almost passed him back here when he missed the exit off the highway. Had he not driven through this camp it would have been a different story.
People were scattering to avoid the Vildosola truck. A few spectators ran into the actual race course of which I had to slow down to avoid. I could have been more aggressive here and pursued him through the dust but I knew there were people around and I didn't want to hurt anyone.
This camp was not in a dangerous spot on the outside of a corner. It was next to a straighter part of the race course.
Personally I think they should change the title of the video to "Camping with the Vildosolas". Lol.
I'm glad no one was hurt. I already checked in the SCORE rule book. There is currently no standing rule against racing through a campsite and/or endangering spectators.
Maybe there should be?? If there was a rule against it what should the penalty be?? Your thoughts??
Anyone on here see this in person?? Feel free to share the video on your page.
For those of you that support our protest, we thank you. We don't want to win this way we just want equal enforcement of the rules.