Thursday, September 27, 2007

Vehicle DynamiX Takes 1st and 2nd in Pro 4x4 at Crandon

Crandon International Off Road Raceway, Crandon, Wisconsin.

Vehicle DynamiX designed Pro 4x4 race trucks took 1st and 2nd in the battle for the legendary World Champion Ring on Saturday at Crandon International Off Road Raceway. Both teams went faster with front suspensions designed by Vehicle DynamiX.

Curt Leduc’s brand new Pro 4x4 truck with its Vehicle DynamiX engineered front suspension emerged victorious. Josh Baldwin’s new Pro 4x4, also with suspension geometry designed by Vehicle DynamiX, finished a close second.

After the race, Curt said the truck worked great! The handling let him put it wherever he wanted.

Josh said his truck was “so easy to drive, balanced; the steering is excellent, that it took very little effort to put the truck where it should be!”

Vehicle DynamiX president, Mark Hansen

said, “We worked with Kevin Pence on the Baldwin truck during the fall of 2006. Kevin specified certain parameters then we designed the suspension geometry within those and package constraints. Since their first times in the truck, both Josh Baldwin and motocross legend Ricky Johnson have said they really like the way the truck steers. This weekend demonstrated the potential of blending top engineering with top fabrication. It’s been a great project and it’s great to see the success.”

Last winter, Vehicle DynamiX designed Curt Leduc’s front suspension. The differential was the driving factor. After his first race, Curt’s comment was a high five and “It handles great! Now I have to learn how to drive it!” The Crandon Championship proves he has that figured out.

Vehicle DynamiX provides over 20 years of professional suspension and chassis design experience. Vehicle DynamiX also provides complete vehicle development services. If you want to go faster, make your chassis and suspension work for you --- talk to Vehicle DynamiX.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


August 30, 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada
Casey Folks, Director of Best in the Desert, announced that Yamaha-Motor Corp USA has been named as the
“Official UTV” (Utility Terrain Vehicle) of the Best in the Desert series. Folks made the announcement today,
following last weekend’s record-breaking TSCO “Vegas to Reno” event, which attracted more than 320 cars,
trucks, motorcycles, and UTVs.
Folks said, “I am excited to announce this new Sponsorship with Yamaha and their industry-leading line of Rhino
UTVs. The Best in the Desert Series is an ideal venue for Yamaha to showcase the Rhino; and take advantage of
the stature this series has reached. Best in the Desert was the first to recognize this growing category of off-road
utility vehicles.”
Steve Nessl, Marketing Manager for Yamaha’s ATV & UTV Division, commented, “Yamaha is looking forward to
the association with Best in the Desert. The series is recognized by media and racers alike as being one of the
best. It is well-run, and Folks has a team of proven professionals who will help elevate the exposure of the
standard-setting Rhino even further. Since its introduction in 2003, the Rhino has led the way in the UTV
category; with the introduction of the 2008 Rhino line-up on September 10, we plan to continue that trend. This
sponsorship will enable us to both support the Best in the Desert series and showcase the Rhino’s capabilities.”
Folks continued, “Yamaha’s first opportunity to take advantage of their new sponsorship will be the Las Vegas
“300”, October 5-7 featuring a full complement of off-road vehicles including UTVs, plus the Golden West Cycle
AVI “150” U.S, Championship Quad & UTV race for only those vehicles, November 2, 3, 4, 2007. We welcome
Yamaha and Steve on-board to join our other major sponsors, and look forward to the relationship.”
For full details on the complete line of Yamaha products, visit:

Best in the Desert Announces the New Bilek Racing SILVER STATE “300” for 2008

Las Vegas, Nevada September, 2007
The rumors that a new racing event was to be announced by Best In The Desert
are true, Casey Folks announced today, “I have been working for more than a year to
announce a ground-breaking new event. It will be held in eastern Nevada, take place
October 10-12, 2008, replacing the “Las Vegas 300”, and will be named the
Bilek Racing SILVER STATE “300”.”
Sponsored by Mike Bilek Racing, this will be an exciting event for racers and spectators
alike, with several new and challenging twists to be included in the course. It will be a
single 300-mile loop, based out of the Mesquite, Nevada area, and features some of the
most scenic country in the USA. Racers will find plenty of accommodations at the
beautiful headquarters hotel, the Oasis resort and casino, which also features a golf
course and spa.
Mike Bilek Racing, who drives a class 1500 Unlimited Buggy, is the sponsor of this new
event. Bilek said, “I’ve enjoyed off-road racing for years and this was my chance to help
give back to the sport I love so much. Next year my 16-year old daughter, Alexa will be
vying for rookie of the year in her class 1100 car. It’s truly a family sport.” More
information about Bilek is available at Bilek Racing’s website:
Folks continued, “With the miles of red tape it takes to create a new venue, it’s been
years since a new course has been announced. Our goal was to enhance the off-road
racing world with an entirely new 300-mile off-road adventure - and this event will
achieve that. The American Adventure Continues.”
Recognized by racers and fans alike as the best-run off-road racing series in America,
stay tuned to Best In The Desert for more details.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Richard Lancaster draws Motorcycle

Pole positions for 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Racers from 37 States, 11 countries entered in internationally-televised 40th anniversary

Of Granddaddy of all desert races; Peninsula run Nov. 10-16 in Mexico

From Ensenada, Baja California to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur

LOS ANGELES—If Saturday's ‘live’ drawing for starting positions is any indication, November's 40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race should be one for the ages. Garron Cadiente in SCORE Trophy-Truck and Richard Lancaster in Class 22 for open motorcycles drew the pole positions for the legendary granddaddy of all desert races. This year’s odyssey of nearly 1,300 miles will be a grueling and memorable adventure down Mexico’s mysterious Baja California peninsula starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Sur. It will be held Nov. 10-16.

Over 400 entries from 40 U.S. States and 15 countries, competing in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs will be part of this year’s 40th anniversary tribute to the world’s richest and most famous desert race. The granddaddy of all desert races is the season-finale of the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series, the world’s foremost desert racing series.

Lancaster, 29, Santa Margarita, Calif., will lead 22 entries (to date) in Class 22 for open motorcycles on the No. 2x Honda XR650R. His additional riders are Peter Hardy, Pozo, Calif., John Kaisersatt, Los Osos, Calif., Fred Jowett, Atascadero, Calif., and Chris Whalley, Topanga, Calif.

Originally, the Robby Bell, 21, Murrieta, Calif. and the American Honda factory No. 1x Honda CRF450X team were announced as first off the line for the motorcycle and ATV classes. Rather, in the live drawing held Saturday at the Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Casino, the No. 1x motorcycle drew the fifth starting position in its class.

Bell's talented teammates are Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif., and Steve Hengeveld, Hesperia, Calif.

McLaren rule out 'spygate' appeal

McLaren will not appeal against the spy scandal sanctions imposed by the World Motor Sport Council.

McLaren were fined £49.2m and stripped of their Formula One constructors' points following a hearing in Paris.

"We believe the time has come to put this huge distraction behind us," said McLaren team boss Ron Dennis.

Dennis now wants to focus on winning this year's drivers' title, with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso separated by two points with three races left.

"McLaren wants to win races and world championships," he added.

"We are fortunate to have, and continue to receive, unwavering support from our employees, sponsor partners and Formula 1 fans across the world."

Friday was the deadline for any appeal to be submitted to motorsport's governing body, FIA.

McLaren's decision means Ferrari have been confirmed as Formula One champions for a record 15th time.

Ferrari have 161 points, 71 ahead of second-placed BMW Sauber, with 54 remaining to be won.

The constructors' title is Ferrari's first of the post-Michael Schumacher era. They won six in a row between 1999 and 2004 when he was at his most dominant.

The 'spygate' case broke in July when a 780-page technical dossier on Ferrari cars was found at the home of McLaren's chief designer, Mike Coughlan.

He was suspended while Ferrari mechanic Nigel Stepney, who allegedly supplied the documents, was sacked.

But due to insufficient evidence McLaren avoided any penalty on that occasion, much to the fury of bitter rivals Ferrari.

However, new evidence later surfaced concerning an e-mail exchange between Alonso and test driver Pedro de la Rosa.

Italian Police also discovered 35 telephone calls passed between Coughlan and Stepney between March 11 and July 3, along with 288 text messages in the same period.

"To our regret and embarrassment, the content of the previously unknown e-mails demonstrated possession not being limited to a single person, albeit unsanctioned in any way by the team," said a McLaren statement.

McLaren acknowledged that it had possession of confidential documents but insisted the information was not used to gain advantage on its cars.

"Moving forwards, and in consultation with our shareholders, we will now review and further strengthen our internal compliance structures and processes," McLaren added.

The threat of a sanction for next year still hangs over McLaren if their 2008 car, after a thorough investigation to be undertaken by an FIA technical team in December, is discovered unlawful.

Meanwhile, the criminal case against Stepney in Italy and the civil case against Coughlan in England remain ongoing.

(Source: BBC)

SCORE Baja silent auction for Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame To begin Thursday’s ‘40 Years to Glory’ SCORE Baja 1000 Gala

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Thursday’s once-in-a-lifetime ’40 Years to Glory’ gala at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center will start at 5:30 p.m. with a very unique silent auction to benefit the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. The event is a tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race and the ORMHOF Silent Auction will see winning bidders take away one-of-a-kind treasures that come from the very fabric of the sport.

To be held in the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, the evening’s centerpiece will be a specially produced, Oscar’s-style stage presentation honoring a long and distinguished list of past SCORE Baja 1000 champions, influential media, industry innovators and desert racing pioneers. The evening’s festivities will start at 5:30 p.m. with the ORMHOF Silent Auction and a buffet dinner with the tribute show at 7:30 p.m. and special after-party at 9:30 p.m.

Guest tickets include admission, dinner, and a commemorative event program. Like a concert or play, guests will also be provided with a reserved seat inside the Terrace Theater and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Co-hosted by motorsports television personalities Dave Despain and Paul Page, the evening’s ‘40 Years to Glory’ tribute will combine music, video, select on-stage introductions and a special tribute by famed motorcycle builder turned SCORE Trophy-Truck racer Jesse James to the late Hollywood actor and Baja 1000 veteran Steve McQueen.

Unlike Hollywood’s Oscars, tickets to this special evening available are available to the public. However, both events will share a red carpet entrance for the evening’s long list of honorees and the presentation of uniquely-created awards recognizing individual contributions to the SCORE Baja 1000’s world-renowned status as a motorsports icon and the legendary granddaddy of all desert races.

True collector items like the autographed helmet of 39-time Baja 1000 motorcycle racer Ron Bishop wore in the 1969 Baja 1000, or the driver suits worn by Enduro Racing’s Dave Ashley and Dan Smith during their historic four wheel overall victory in the Tecate SCORE Baja 2000.

A wide variety of unique or rare items are on the list of choices for bidders to consider. Among that variety will be found matched sets of the three Ford Rough Rider Posters framed and ready for display, autographed bottles of the special label wine made for the ORMHOF Induction ceremonies in 2005, and 2007. Each of the 2007 bottles are signed by six of the eight 2007 inductees. Award-winning Trackside Photo has been hard at work on selecting amazing photography as part of the auction as well.

Among the larger items will be the rear quarter panel from Robby Gordon’s SCORE Trophy-Truck from the Tecate SCORE Baja 2000 is autographed by Gordon and ready for a new home.

Also available will be the 1X number plate from the Honda XR650R that Johnny Campbell and Steve Hengeveld rode to the overall victory in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 as well the jersey and pants Hengeveld wore when he rode that bike

Some of the auction items are outside the memorabilia category. Up for bid is a one week stay at the McMillin Companies condo in Lake Tahoe. A gracious donation from Wide Open Baja is a four day off-road driving tour to the highest bidder.

There will be driver suits from significant SCORE Baja 1000 winners. The 1985 SCORE Baja 1000 four-wheel overall victory was captured by Steve Sourapas; driving his Coors-sponsored Class 10 Raceco-VW. That marked the first and only time in the history of the SCORE Baja 1000 that a Class 10 car won the overall.

In both 2004 and 2005 the four wheel overall wins went to Terrible Herbst Motorsports team drivers Troy Herbst, and Larry Roeseler. The 2005 win marked the 20th consecutive overall four wheel title for BFGoodrich Tires and up for auction is the driver suit worn by Roeseler while he made those historic runs, a real piece of SCORE Baja 1000 history. There are more drivers suits from noteworthy drivers and all will be framed and on display at the ORMHOF Silent Auction tent.

The evening’s presentation will honor race celebrities in separate groups, with Baja icons like Sal Fish, Parnelli Jones, Ivan Stewart, Walker Evans, Frank Vessels, Bob Gordon, Frank Arciero Jr. the McMillin family and Rod Hall all sharing a portion of the 90-minute program. Those valiant riders on two wheels will also share the spotlight, thanks to scheduled appearances by Malcolm Smith, Larry Roeseler, Eddie Mulder, Bruce Ogilvie, Ron Bishop, Johnny Campbell and Mitch Mayes. Additional star power will come in the form of many cross-over drivers that fill Baja’s record books; including schedule appearances by sport car legends Bob Bondurant and Peter Brock, rising NASCAR star Boris Said, along with Indianapolis 500 veterans Danny Sullivan, Roberto Guerrero and brothers Mike and Robbie Groff.

Making ‘40 Years to Glory’ even more memorable will be an unprecedented gathering of Baja pioneers, including Dave Ekins, Spence Murray, Bruce Meyers, Andy DeVercelly, Dave Deal, Johnny Johnson, Pete Condos and Bobby Ferro.

And sprinkled into these tributes will be celebrations of various other groups and personalities that have made the SCORE Baja 1000 such a lasting institution.

‘40 Years to Glory’ will include the world’s largest display of vintage and historic desert race vehicles and motorcycles, live music, cocktails and a huge buffet-style dinner. The night will be capped off with the “SCORE Baja After Party” back on the plaza.

The special gala is being made possible by the generous support of presenting partners Volkswagen of America, BFGoodrich Tires, Micron Technology and Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, in association with Dirt Sports Magazine, Hot Rod Magazine, Kartek Off-Road and Bandito Brothers Productions.

This year’s 40th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the season finale of the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, will be held Nov. 10-16 as a journey down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula. With pre-race activities in Tijuana, there will be more pre-race activities and the race will start in Ensenada and finish some 1,300 miles later in Cabo San Lucas. With over 400 entries expected from 40 U.S. States and 15 countries, the historic race will be taped by NBC Sports.

The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame was established in 1978 to recognize and honor those individuals and organizations whose lifelong contributions to off-road motorsports have set a standard for others to follow. Housed in Gallery Four of the National Automobile Museum, (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nev. Since 2003, ORMHOF is visited by over 175,000 ticket buying automotive enthusiasts each year. ORMHOF is funded by donations from individuals, families, companies, and fund raising activities such as this Silent Auction. It is an IRS Code Section 501(c) 3 Non-Profit/Tax Exempt organization. There are 46 individuals who have been selected as ORMHOF Inductees. For more information on the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, please visit the official web site at

Monday, September 24, 2007

SCORE Baja 1000 Drawing Results

Cadiente in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Bell in Motorcycle draw

Pole positions for 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race

Racers from 37 States, 11 countries entered in internationally-televised 40th anniversary of Granddaddy of all desert races;

Peninsula run Nov. 10-16 in Mexico from Ensenada, Baja California to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur

LOS ANGELES—If Saturday's ‘live’ drawing for starting positions is any indication, November's 40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race should be another one for the ages. Garron Cadiente in SCORE Trophy-Truck and Robby Bell in Class 22 for open motorcycles drew the pole positions for the legendary granddaddy of all desert races. This year’s odyssey of nearly 1,300 miles will be a grueling and memorable adventure down Mexico’s mysterious Baja California peninsula starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Sur. It will be held Nov. 10-16.

An amazing total of 326 vehicles officially entered in time for Saturday’s live drawing for starting positions, by class, held during the RACEfest at the Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Hotel/Casino and presented by the Cameron Steele’s Desert Assassins race team.

This year’s memorable adventure will cover nearly 1,300 miles of the rugged and tortuous Baja California peninsula, starting on the Pacific Ocean side and stretching across and down the majestic peninsula to the Sea of Cortez side, back to the Pacific before winding down to the finish line on the southernmost tip of Baja.

Over 400 entries from 40 U.S. States and 15 countries, competing in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs will be part of this year’s 40th anniversary tribute to the world’s richest and most famous desert race. The granddaddy of all desert races is the season-finale of the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series, the world’s foremost desert racing series.

“The Lake Elsinore Hotel/Casino and the Desert Assassins race team hosted a great event to honor our drawing for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000,” said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO and President. “The place was packed and there was still plenty of food and refreshments to go around. It was a tremendous start for what promises to be another memorable chapter in the history of the world’s greatest desert race.”

With massive crowds reaching over 300,000 anticipated to again be spread out along the point-to-point race course, the race will start for the 33rd time in Ensenada and will finish for only the second time in Cabo San Lucas.

The motorcycle and ATV classes will start their journey at 6:30 a.m. (Tuesday, Nov. 13) with the car and truck classes starting at approximately 10:30 a.m., or three hours after the last ATV leaves the line. The starting line will be on Blvd. Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. Vehicles will leave in 30-second intervals in the elapsed-time race and while the fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately 22 hours.

The finish line area in Cabo San Lucas will be inside the Campos de Futbol “Yenecamu” soccer fields next to the Villa del Palmar Resort, the official SCORE race headquarters. The SCORE Media Center and SCORE Race Operations will both be located at the Villa del Palmar. Passing times from all BFG Tires pit locations, of all vehicles, will be posted there as well to assist in monitoring the race progress.

Cadiente, 31, of Mesa, Ariz., was the 2006 SCORE Rookie of the year and is third in this year’s SCORE Trophy-Truck season point standings after winning the recent SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 in the No. 38 G&R Racing Ford F-150. The drawing featured 32 entries in the SCORE Trophy-Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.

Bell, 21, Sun City, Calif., will lead 22 entries (to date) in Class 22 for open motorcycles on the No. 1x American Honda factory Honda XR650R. His talented teammates are Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif. and Steve Hengeveld, Hesperia, Calif.

Drawing the first start in the ATV classes was the championship team led by Danny Prather, 27, Ramona, Calif., who will ride the No. 1a American Honda factory Honda TRX450R in Class 25. His teammates are Mike Cafro, Bonsall, Calif., Levi Marana, Ramona, Calif., and Marc Speath, Warner Springs, Calif.

NASCAR Nextel Cup team owner/driver Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., whose roots are in SCORE desert racing, drew the fourth starting position in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the Team Gordon No. 71 Chevy CK1500. Gordon, , will again pull double-duty, driving the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 before flying to Homestead, Fla., to race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup season finale.

Among the other cross-over racers who are entered so far include World Rally champion Armin Schwarz, former IndyCar star Danny Sullivan and actor/racer Patrick Dempsey, star of the ABC TV hit show ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’

Pre-race festivities on Monday, Nov. 12, for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, including tech and contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. adjacent the San Nicolas Hotel, the official SCORE race headquarters in Ensenada. The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Racer registration will be held at the San Nicolas from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

While entries will be accepted up to race morning (Nov. 13), late entries will be assigned the next available number and starting position within each class.

The post-race Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Survivor’s Celebration will be held during the SCORE Fiesta in at the Playa Cascadas (adjacent to the Villa del Palmar) at noon on Friday, Nov. 16.

Besides the Cadiente and Gordon, other entries in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division include Las Vegas brothers Tim and Ed Herbst (No. 19-Ford F-150), B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (1-Chevy Silverado), Mexico's Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr. (4-Ford F-150), Honolulu’s Alan Pflueger/Rick Johnson, Encinitas, Calif. (28-Chevy Silverado), Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz./Brian Collins, Las Vegas (12-Chevy Silverado), Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif. (86-Ford F-150), Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (3-Ford F-150), Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif./Bob Shepard, Phoenix (82-Chevy Silverado), Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz. (2-Ford F-150), Chad Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz./Danny Sullivan, Aspen, Colo. (33-Toyota Tundra), Garron Cadiente, Phoenix (38-Ford F-150), Damen Jefferies, Oak Hills, Calif./Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (22-Chevy Silverado), Dave Sykes, Del Mar, Calif./Scott Steinberger, Cypress, Calif. (7-Ford F-150), Jesse Jones, Phoenix (76-Ford F-150), Japan's Ikuo Hanawa (14-Toyota Tundra), Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz. (85-Chevy Silverado), Travis Coyne, El Centro, Calif. (77-Ford F-150), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (16-Ford F-150), Bobby Baldwin, Las Vegas (96-Chevy Silverado), and brothers David and Matt Scaroni, Heber, Calif. (27-Ford F-150).

In his first full season in the SCORE Desert Series, TV personality Jesse James, of Monster Garage fame, will drive his new No. 54 Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy-Truck.

The four-wheel vehicle classes with the most entries in the drawing were SCORE Trophy-Truck (31), Class 1 (28), Class 5/1600 and Baja Challenge (18 each), Class 1-2/1600 (17), SCORE Lite (15), and Protruck (11).

The motorcycle classes with the most entries in the drawing were: Class 22 (22) and Class 40 (11).

Leading the six Sportsman classes in the race is Sportsman Motorcycle over 250cc which had a race-record 38 entries in the drawing.

Drawing first start in Class 1 were brothers Gary Weyhrich, 40, and Mark Weyhrich, 37, Troutdale, Ore., in a Jimco-Chevy. Drawing first in Class 5/1600 was Darren Walsh, 39, Long Beach, Calif., in a VW Baja Bug while first off in the special Baja Challenge class will be Mark Zajec, 40, Rocklin, Calif., in a Subaru-powered Baja touring car.

First start in Class 1-2/1600 will be Sparky Wilbur, 51, Huntington Beach, Calif., Jimco-VW, while first start in SCORE Lite went to Craig Brabant, 45, Hesperia, Calif., in a Dunrite-VW. First start in Protruck will be Joe Bednar, 45, Augora Hills, Calif., in a Chevy Silverado.

Sportscaster Cameron Steele, 39, San Clemente, Calif., who hosted the two-day drawing festival, has once again entered in three classes. He will drive the No. 16 Desert Assassins Cadillac Escalade in SCORE Trophy-Truck, the Desert Assassin-VW in SCORE Lite and is also rider of record on the Desert Assassins Honda XR650R in Class 22.

Also among the Class 1 entries is the team of Larry Roeseler, Hesperia, Calif./Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, who will be going for a record fourth consecutive Class 1 victory in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in a Smithbuilt-Ford. They drew the seventh starting position in their class.

Among the other early entries are Rod Hall, Reno, Nev., and Ron Bishop, Escondido, the only two individuals who have raced in all 39 previous Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 races.

The legendary Hall, 69, of Reno, Nev., has a race-record 18 career class wins in this race and is the only driver to have competed every year in a car or truck class. Hall returns this year as the defending season point champion in a Hummer H3 in the Stock Mini class. His son’s Chad and Josh will complete the Team Hummer entry, each driving different Hummers in the Stock Full Class.

Bishop, 64, who will lead a five-rider team as rider of record this year in Class 22, is the only racer who has competed every year on a motorcycle. He will be racing on a KTM 525XC motorcycle.

The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race course will be marked and open for pre-running on Saturday, October 13th.

It’s the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a driver. Since 1967, the mother of all desert races has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula.

This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special for the fourth consecutive year, airing on Dec. 30 on the NBC Television Network. It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International.

In addition to the ‘live’ SCORE race drawing, other activities in the two-day RACEfest included a Freestyle Motocross Demonstration, a SCORE Pit Crew Challenge, a Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament, Pool Party, the Blue C Trophy-Lite Challenge, a Silent Auction and live music. Proceeds from the two-day SCORE Fiesta are going to the Chris Ackerman Foundation.

In addition to appearances by several of SCORE’s top drivers and riders and their incredible desert-racing machines, the festivities started on Friday night with the Unbound energy drink Freestyle MX show, presented by Quality Toyota of Corona, Calif., silent auction, and live music. Appearing at the Freestyle show were and Brian Deegan’s Metal Mulisha team and Kyle Loza’s Riders for Christ.

Saturday’s activities started with Kettle One/ Lake Elsinore Casino sponsored brunch and continued with the Blue C Enthusiast Advertising Champion’s Challenge where more than a dozen top SCORE desert racers raced individually, one lap, for times. The afternoon included the Yokohama Pit Crew Challenge.

During the drawing there was a luncheon for racers and their families catered by Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.

The live SCORE drawing, which featured the second-most entries in race history, was presented by Lucas Oil.

Five full entries into this year’s 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 were given away on Saturday, courtesy of Blue C Enthusiast Advertising (Mike Childress-Protruck), Yokohama Tire (Cameron Steele-SCORE Lite), Lake Elsinore Casino (Pete Sohren-SCORE Trophy-Truck), (Scott Bloom-Class 22) and Lucas Oil Products (Ed Stout-SCORE Trophy-Truck. The winners had to be present and already entered in the race.

Additional sponsors providing product and prizes on Saturday are Bosch Power Tools, American Racing ATX Wheels, Camburg Engineering and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.

The top driver in the Poker Tournament was Pete Sohren while winning the Blue C Champion’s Challenge was Mike Childress (29.15 seconds) with Harley Letner second (29.97) and Darren Hardesty third (30.00). On the podium in the Yokohama SCORE Pit Crew Challenge were the teams led by the winning Cameron Steele (5 minutes, 26 seconds) and runner-up Matt Scaroni (6 minutes, 34 seconds).

Ruben Gutierrez, who races in Class 5/1600, won a random drawing for a $3,000 product package from Camburg Engineering.

The 2007 SCORE Desert Series also includes the chase for the $75,000 Kartek Off-Road contingency bonus to be awarded to several 2007 SCORE Class point champions along with the run for the $12,000 Toyota True Grit and Toyota Milestone Awards.

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Sunoco Race Fuels/Bryant Petroleum-official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Volkswagen-official vehicle, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, American Racing ATX Series-official wheel, Slime-official tire sealant, Airstar America-official space lighting provider, Red Bull--official energy drink and Bosch Power Tools-official power tool. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Communications, Kartek Off-Road, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bendix, American Suzuki, NAPA Chassis, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

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

40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Nov. 10-16, 2007—Final round of six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series

Ensenada, Baja California, to Cabo San Lucas, BC Sur, Mexico

Live Start Draw Results held Sept. 22 at Lake Elsinore Casino

Total Entries: 326 (as of 9/22/07)



38 Garron Cadiente

28 Alan Pflueger

3 Mark Post

71 Robby Gordon

1 B.J. Baldwin

12 Larry Ragland

27 David Scaroni

86 Josh Baldwin

4 Gus Vildosola

85 Todd Wyllie

77 Travis Coyne

82 Ryan Arciero

22 Damen Jefferies

49 Valerio Gonzalez

8 Roger Norman

2 Pete Sohren

33 Chad Ragland

16 Cameron Steele

19 Tim Herbst

31 Andy McMillin

76 Jesse Jones

54 Jesse James

67 Mark Newhan

7 Dave Sykes

96 Bobby Baldwin

69 Francisco Cervantes

13 Ed Stout

14 Ikuo Hanawa

29 Stephen Jangaard

25 Ted Hunnicutt Jr.

73 Jose Flores

CLASS 1 (28)

101 Gary Weyhrich

102 Luis Ramirez Jr.

103 B.J. Richardson

104 Armin Schwarz

105 Bill Gasper

106 Max Thieriot

100 Larry Roeseler

108 Brad Etter

109 Richard Boyle

110 Steve Barry

111 John Harrah

112 Rob Bruce

113 Mark McMillin

114 Ronny Wilson

115 Troy Johnson

116 Jay Manning

117 Charlie Wilson

118 Steve Strobel

119 Brendan Gaughan

120 Jason Shipman

121 Robert Ross

122 Dale Lenk

123 Dan Moore

124 Eric Chase

125 Greg Hukari

126 Dan Myers

127 Juan Flores

149 Mark Steele

CLASS 1-2/1600 (17)

1601 Sparky Wilbur

1602 Ramsey ElWardani

1603 Victor Barreda

1604 Hiram Duran

1605 Ray Files

1606 Jesus Manriquez

1607 Chris Langmayer

1608 Arturo Velazco

1609 Daniel McMillin

1610 Layton Bowles

1611 Juan Gallo

1612 David Caspino

1645 Eliseo Garcia

1646 Adam Aschcraft

1647 Arnoldo Ramirez

1648 Wyatt Radke

1649 L.J. Kennedy

CLASS 3 (4)

301 Daniel Wright

302 John Maine

303 Gale Pike

304 Gerardo Barragan

CLASS 5 (8)

501 Danny Wyrick

502 Juan De Jesus

503 Luivan Voelker

504 Drew Belk

500 George Seeley

506 Chris Bowman

518 Kevin Carr

519 Vince Wavra

CLASS 5/1600 (18)

551 Darren Walsh

552 Oscar Venegas

553 Gregorio Villarino

554 Mario Reynoso

555 Jerry Hill

556 Dan Edwards

557 Johnathon Knight

558 Gerardo Rubio

559 Adolfo Aguilar Jr.

571 Jay Silver

572 Art Savedra

573 Glenn Kirby

574 Ruben Gutierrez

575 Tom Bird

576 Julian Patron

577 Fernando Montijo

578 Enrique Zazueta Jr.

579 Alonso Angulo

CLASS 7 (5)

701 Barry Karakas

702 David Binns

700 Dan Chamlee

704 Oscar Salazar

719 Rick Battey

CLASS 7S (1)

739 Aaron Dodson


741 Noe Sierra

742 Norman Turley

743 Heidi Steele

744 Blake Henn

745 Alberto Iriarte

746 Rich Severson

747 Jason Hutter

758 Ted Moncure

759 Jim Hinesley

CLASS 8 (8)

801 Tom Bradley

802 Greg Adler

803 Stan Burns

804 Rodimiro Amaya

805 Sam Stahl

800 Nick Vanderwey

807 Noan Ostanik

839 Chad Ulansky

CLASS 9 (2)

901 Mark McIntyre

902 Sigal Greenberg

CLASS 10 (5)

1001 Mike Lawrence

1002 Jay Culbertson

1003 Matt Cullen

1004 Rudy Cortez

1005 Lobsam Yee


1201 Craig Brabant

1202 Matt Drever

1203 Michael Bennett

1204 Guy Cordon

1205 Jeff Kawell

1206 David Callaway

1200 Tim Noe

1208 Luis Cabello

1209 James Marquez

1210 Jose Cervantes

1211 Dwayne Reinert

1212 Dan Martin

1213 Francisco Villagomez

1214 Cameron Steele

1215 Stan Potter

CLASS 11 (4)

1100 Eric Solorzano

1101 Robert Johnson

1148 Mike Urbano

1149 Jake Mueller


861 Loren Worthington

862 John Griffin

863 Chad Hall

860 Terry Henn

865 Jerry Zaiden

876 Brett Garland

867 Josh Hall

877 Justin Matney

878 Clyde Stacy

879 Pedro Vargas


760 Rod Hall

778 Steve Kovach

779 Gavin Skilton


299 Joe Bednar

Ken Losch

236 Rick L. Johnson

200 Gus Vildosola Jr.

213 Dave Westhem

235 Jason Voss

260 Kevin McGillivray

203 Dave Creagan

250 Gary Magness

226 Al Hogan

240 Rob Kittleson

CLASS 17 (1)

1701 Scott Watkins


3701 Ted Holt


BC1 Mark Zajec

BC2 Patrick Dempsey

BC3 Madison Autterson

BC4 Mike Brodeur

BC5 Rick Mourhess

BC6 Mark Hall

BC7 Richard M. Sottosanti

BC8 Darby Keen

BC9 Michael Wright

BC10 Michael Cassling

BC11 Jim Sharkey

BC12 David Stone

BC13 Bud Brutsman

BC14 Jody Groce

BC15 John McInnis

BC16 Ken Block

BC17 Jim Christensen

BC18 Nicholas Christifulli


CLASS 22 (22)

1x Robby Bell

2x Richard Lancaster

3x Mark Simpson

4x Kevin Johnson

5x Joe Desrosiers

7x Jared Johnston

8x Rodney Thornton

9x Quinn Cody

10x Jimmy N. Roberts

11x Luke Dodson

12x Jason Edie

13x Kyle Abney

14x Tim Morton

15x Gabriel Williams

16x Ron Bishop

17x Dan Walsh

18x Kenny Atkins

19x Jesse Sharpe

20x Ned Suesse

21x Scott Bloom

22x Derrick Paiment

23x Cameron Steele

CLASS 21 (5)

101x Carlos Casas

102x Joey Lane

103x Ryan Gustine

104x Chad Erl

105x Jeremiah Kolbensvik

CLASS 20 (2)

151x Ryan Penhall

152x Brett Grimsley

CLASS 30 (7)

301x Jim Thomson

302x Jim O’Neal

303x James Filanc

304x Dan Roush

305x David Potts

306x Scott Hofmann

307x Gerardo Rojas

CLASS 40 (11)

401x Bill Boyer

402x Steve Downey

403x Scott Atchison

404x Ryan Armitage

405x Brett Helm

406x John Hodel

407x David Lunden

408x Richard Deaveau

409x Steve Cole

410x John Carmona

449x Lukas Lundin

CLASS 50 (4)

500x Jim O’Neal

501x Charles Wallace

502x Keith Speir

549x Chris Haines

CLASS 60 (2)

601x Donald E. Lewis

609x Richard Jackson


CLASS 25 (8)

1a Danny Prather

2a Josh Row

3a Javier Beltran

4a Jerry Cook

5a Wayne Matlock

6a Cody Mitchell

7a Carmen Cafro

8a Jeff Hancock

CLASS 24 (3)

101a Sergio Alvarado

102a Adolfo Arellano

103a Francisco Servin



1401 Carl Becker

1402 Peter Lang

1403 Mike Higbee

1404 Patric Bell

1405 George Jackson

1449 Patrick Case


1501 Miguel Jimenz

1546 Billy Bunch

1547 William Wolfard

1548 Scott Edwards

1549 Randy Swink


1801 Jim Creagan

1802 Sean Creagan

SPT M/C 250< (4)

201x Fred Brown

202x Rey Heredia

204x David Patterson

203x Garrett Tolman

SPT M/C 250> (38)

251x Tibi Imbuzan-S

252x Nick Imbuzan-S

253x Rip Woodard

254x Duncan Ragsdale

255x Byron Kolitz

256x Jesse Beck

257x Joe West

258x Jeffrey Crochiere

259x Jeff Chapman

250x Jeff Leonard

261x Luke Terry

262x Steve Williams

263x Sean Hoernke

264x John Kelly

265x Erik Schroeder

266x Yasuki Nunohiro

267x Javier Hernandez

268x Michael Ott-Eulberg

269x Lyman Scherer

270x Ray Grupp

271x Michael Kay

272x Erik Litzenberg

273x Mark Fishburn

274x Jeff Johnson

275x Rene Lorentz

276x Mike Gilbert

277x Beau James

278x Brandt Anderson

279x Kevin Kosiorek

280x Brandon Baker

281x Todd Harrison

282x Chad Thornton

283x Bill Eddings

284x Kiyonari Otsuka

285x Kevin Cheney

297x Petrus Uys

298x Steve Hansen

299x Andrew Vela


51a Anthony Baker

52a Reid Rutherford

53a Craig Christy

54a John Corwley

55a Mike Penland

56a JV Lattimore

97a Shawn Robins

98a Mark Lindsay

99a Joao de Barros

Baja 1000 Early Top Tips

Thanks to Tony T

2 1 38 Garron Cadiente "Ivan" draw! 3 to 1
3 2 28 Alan Pflueger Can "Aloha" capitalize? 3 to 1
4 3 3 Mark Post If G&R stumbles … 3 to 1
5 4 71 Robby Gordon Owns the "1000"! 3 to 2
6 5 1 B.J. Baldwin In the hunt all the way 2 to 1
7 6 12 Larry Ragland Always dangerous 3 to 1
8 7 27 David Scaroni Karma counts 3 to 1
9 8 86 Josh Baldwin Needs all 4 wheels 4 to 1
10 9 4 Gus Vildosola Oxidado 5 to 1
11 10 85 Todd Wyllie Like the Coyote 3 to 1
12 11 77 Travis Coyne Admittedly fast 4 to 1
13 12 82 Ryan Arciero Team has to step up 4 to 1
14 13 22 Damen Jefferies Been invisible 5 to 1
15 14 49 Valerio Gonzalez Not a player 9 to 1
16 15 8 Roger Norman No ∞ to 1
17 16 2 Pete Sohren "Something" else? 9 to 1
18 17 33 Chad Ragland Beats Pete! 4 to 1
19 18 16 Cameron Steele Spread too thin 9 to 1
20 19 19 Tim Herbst 4WD a bonus in silts 3 to 1
21 20 31 Andy McMillin Knows how 3 to 1
22 21 76 Jesse Jones Salty 9 to 1
23 22 54 Jesse James Not serious 9 to 1
24 23 67 Mark Newhan Mark my words 6 to 1
25 24 7 Dave Sykes Oh, stop it! ∞ to 1
26 25 96 Bobby Baldwin Does well 6 to 1
27 26 69 Francisco Cervantes Camaro Capers 9 to 1
28 27 13 Ed Stout See "#16" 9 to 1
29 28 14 Ikuo Hanawa Ah, no! 9 to 1
30 29 29 Stephen Jangaard WTF, O? 7 to 1
31 30 25 Ted Hunnicutt Jr. Untested 6 to 1
32 31 73 Jose Flores Unknown 9 to 1