Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunoco $5,000 bonus for SCORE Baja 500

May 3, 2009

Over 250 entries expected

Sunoco Race Fuels posts US$5,000 contingency Bonus for first

Overall four-wheel vehicle in June’s 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 500

Round 3 of five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series to be held June 4-7 in Ensenada, Mexico

LOS ANGELES—Sunoco Race Fuels, the official fuel of SCORE International and the SCORE Desert Series, has announced a special cash contingency bonus posting of US$5,000 for the overall four-wheel vehicle winner of next month’s 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race.

Round 3 of the five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series, will feature over 250 entries, competing in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, will be held June 4-7 in Ensenada, Mexico. Traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule, over 150,000 spectators are expected to enjoy the world’s best desert racers in action at this year’s 41st anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500.

With late entries excepted up to race morning, over 250 entries are expected from 25 U.S. States, and 10 countries. The green flag will drop for the race at 6 a.m. on Saturday (June 6) for the motorcycle and ATV classes in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, followed by the car and truck classes three hours after the last ATV at approximately 10 a.m. The elapsed-time race will start and finish in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Boulevard Costero in the heart of Ensenada, leaving and returning into the city through the spectator-laden Arroyo Wash.

“SCORE has had a great relationship with Sunoco and its distributors in the U.S. and Mexico and this special bonus for the qualified overall 4-wheel winner of this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 comes at a particularly great time given the state of the world’s economy,” said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO/President. “Sunoco Race Fuels power most of the top racers in the SCORE Desert Series and it will be exciting to see who takes home the contingency bonus purse in Ensenada.”

Sunoco, whose race fuels were used by 17 class winners in the 2008 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, has been associated with racing excellence for decades. Since the mid 1960s when Sunoco and the Roger Penske Racing Team with Mark Donahue forged what would be a long and successful alliance, the company has grown into an industry powerhouse.

In 40 years, Sunoco has expanded the reach of its racing fuels line around the world to include all types of professional motorsports and other activities where premium race fuels make a difference. Sunoco blends all of its race fuels in-house and besides SCORE, is also the official fuel of NASCAR.

For information regarding ordering Sunoco Race Fuel, contact Bill Rodriguez at 619.247.1798 or Terri Rodriguez at 619.247.1797 or via e-mail at

Prominent Central California developer, general contractor and rookie desert racer Greg Nunley along with Randy Wilson, Ryan Penhall and Santos Perez all drew pole positions in their respective divisions during the computerized drawing for starting positions held on April 25. Pre-running will open on Friday, May 22.

While late entries will be accepted up to race morning, among the 222 official entries to date, the Pro 4-Wheel vehicles classes with the most entries are: SCORE Trophy-Truck (24) and Class 1 and Class 1-2/1600 (with 16 each).

Leading the Pro Motorcycle classes in entries so far are Class 22 (17), Class 30 (11) and Class 21 (10).

Class 24 leads the Pro ATV classes with seven entries to date.

Among the Sportsman classes, SPT Motorcycles over 250cc has 20 entries and SPT Motorcycles under 250cc has 11.

In addition to season point class point championships, drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also racing to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 24th consecutive year, a total of 32 drivers remain eligible after Round 2 of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series.

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Slime-official tire sealant and Red Bull--official energy drink. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, American Suzuki, 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

41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500

•Schedule of Events•

Thursday, June 4, 2009 (all times PDT)

1pm-6pm Racer Registration Grand Ballroom, San Nicolas Hotel

2pm-6pm Media Registration Grand Ballroom, San Nicolas Hotel

Friday, June 5, 2009 (all times PDT)

8:30am-4:30pm Racer Registration Grand Ballroom, San Nicolas Hotel

9am-5pm Media Registration Grand Ballroom, San Nicolas Hotel

10am-5pm Contingency Row Blvd. Costero, next to Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Ctr.

10am-6pm Tech Inspection Blvd. Costero, next to Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Ctr.

7pm Mandatory Racer Meeting Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

Saturday, June 6, 2009 (all times PDT)

5:30am Late Registration Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

5:30am Late Tech Start Line, next to Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

5:30am-Midnight Media Center Open Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

Sunday, June 7, 2009 (all times PDT)

8am Posting of Unofficial Results San Nicolas Hotel

9am Competition Review Board San Nicolas Hotel

10am Awards Celebration Poolside, San Nicolas Hotel

•••••••SATURDAY (June 6, 2009) RACE SCHEDULE (431.76-mile course)•••••••

START/FINISH LINE-Blvd. Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

(subject to change)

6am MOTORCYCLES/ATVs (One every 30 seconds)--22, 21, 30, 40, 20, 50, 60, 25, 24, SPT M/C 250cc>,

SPT M/C 250cc<, SPT ATV, 26

10am(Appox.) CARS/TRUCKS—(One every 30 seconds): TT, 1, 10, SL, 8, PT, 1-2/1600, 5, 6, 7, 5/1600, 7SX, SF, SM, 9, 3, SPT-T,


TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 20 hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts to cover the course

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