Wednesday, February 17, 2010

new NORRA website

NORRA is proud to announce the launch of our new website.
site has been updated for easier navigation, greater
functionality, readability and content.
New features to explore:

Updated Events page with Rally Format, Rules and
Interactive Entry List

Learn how the Mexican 1000 Rally will be conducted

Pit Support and Services Offered

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Learn more about NORRA
and the Mexican 1000 Rally

Updated Slide Show and Video content

Entrant bios with vehicle photos

History Page- The Roots of Off Road

Recent Press Releases

Sponsorship Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities
The Mexican 1000 Rally is a fully supported 3 day special stage
OFF Road/On Road rally for pre 1989 vintage vehicles and
motorcycles, All Years of Alternative Fuel Technology Vehicles,
and the unique Ulysses Challenge Cup within the event.
course is fully supported throughout with full service pits
planned approximately every 50-60 miles. The rally will now
kick off April 28, 2010 with Registration, Contingency and Tech
inspections in Mexicali. On April 29 the green flag drops at
8am sharp, vehicles will leave in staggered time intervals with
motorcycles starting first. Competitors will travel to The Bay
of LA for the first overnight stop. Day 2 will run from the
Bay of LA to Loreto. Day 3 runs from Loreto finishing in La
Paz, the capital city of Baja Sur. Exciting events are planned
for every overnight halt.
Presented by N.O.R.R.A.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Announces 2010 Television Package

Corona, California (February 16, 2010) - Today, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series announced that the series will feature over 70 hours of television programming over four broadcast networks. With multiyear contracts confirmed with CBS Sports and SPEED, the popular short course off road racing series will also be featured on the VERSUS (VS.) and MAV-TV networks.

The national network contract with CBS Sports includes three, one hour episodes in 2010 with coverage expanding to five, one hour episodes in 2011. This CBS Sports partnership brings the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series into the CBS Sports Spectacular family, offering a commitment of promotional support from the network. This two year agreement compliments a new three year contract with SPEED to provide the series with the firm foundation of a long term television presence.

Lucas Oil Products Executive Vice-President, Bob Patison spoke on the new package. "We are elated to be working with CBS Sports. As we continue to build our investment in short course off road racing, CBS Sports has committed to working with us to develop a following on their network for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. This partnership will certainly increase viewership and bring an even wider audience to the sport." Patison continued. "Our outstanding relationship with SPEED has allowed us to secure these thirty prime time broadcast hours for the series for the next three years. These networks, along with VERSUS and MAV-TV, share our confidence that this sport will continue to grow and thrive."

Maintaining a philosophy of providing the complete line-up of short course off road racing classes to viewers, VERSUS will feature ten hours of coverage highlighting Limited and Unlimited Buggy racing along with the growing SuperLite class. The complete season of all televised classes will be re-aired on the MAV-TV network providing additional coverage.

About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door to door action to challenging, fan friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course. For more information please visit

Sunday, February 14, 2010

SCORE San Felipe 250 Draw Results

February 14, 2010

Rd 2, 2010 SCORE Desert Series

Whitton in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Bell in Motorcycles draw first

Starts for 24th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250

Schwarz receives first Class 1 start as nearly 275 entries expected in March 13 desert race in Mexico

LOS ANGELES—Desert racers Ron Whitton of Arizona and Southern California’s Robby Bell received the pole positions for four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles in the computerized drawing for starting positions held Saturday for the upcoming 24th Annual MasterCraft SafetyTecate SCORE San Felipe 250. Whitton races in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division while Bell competes in Class 22 for open motorcycles.

Round 2 of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series will be held March 12-14 in Mexico’s picturesque fishing village of San Felipe, located 120 miles south of the U.S. borer on the East side of the Baja California peninsula along the azure waters of the tranquil Sea of Cortez.

With nearly 275 entries expected to compete in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes in the 232-mile race, the green flag will drop at 6 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday, March 13, for the motorcycle and ATV classes, followed three hours later by the car and truck classes at approximately 10 a.m. local time. The start and finish line for the race will once again be the landmark San Felipe Arches on Highway 5 on the outskirts of San Felipe. One vehicle will start every 30 seconds in the elapsed-time race, with a 10-hour time limit to become an official finisher.

Following January’s season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series will visit Mexico for the first of three races in 2010.

Drawing the first starting slot for the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars was Germany’s Armin Schwarz and teammate Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. Riding the first ATV off the line will be Class 25 team led by Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif.

With a race-record 32 entries so far in the marquee SCORE racing division for 800 horsepower, unlimited production trucks, Whitton, 66, owner of one of the largest plumbing contractor companies in Arizona, will lead a strong field in SCORE Trophy-Truck that features many of the world’s top desert racers in the No. 39 Whitton Companies Ford F-150. Whitton, Mesa, Ariz., and his co-driver Chas Dana were fifth and 10th respectively in last year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

Last year’s overall motorcycle and ATV winners are entered this year. Last year’s overall motorcycle champion was the JCR Honda team of Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Tim Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif. on the No. 1x Honda CRF450X and the Overall ATV winners were the team of Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif., on the No. 1a Honda TRX700X. Norman’s team will start seventh in Motorcycles while Matlock’s squad will be the first ATV off the line.

Bell, 24, of Sun City, Calif., who left the factory Honda team at the end of 2008 after winning the two-wheel overall title in San Felipe three straight years (2006, 2007, 2008), returns to San Felipe for the first time since on a Kawasaki, leading a two-motorcycle Bruce Penhall Motorsports charge to Baja on the No. 2x Kawasaki KX450F. His co-rider, also a former Honda champion, is legendary SCORE Baja racer Steve Hengeveld, 34, Oak Hills, Calif., who was the overall San Felipe motorcycle winner for four straight year’s with Honda icon Johnny Campbell (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004).

Kawasaki will have factory-supported entries in San Felipe for this first time since 1996 and will attempt to break the JCR Racing Honda dynasty which has won 12 of the last 13 SCORE San Felipe 250 races.

In the first 23 years of this race, Honda has earned 14 overall motorcycle victories (including the last four years), Kawasaki has six, KTM has two and Husqvarna has one.

In Saturday’s computerized drawing, SCORE Trophy-Truck had the most entries with 32, followed by the unlimited Class 1 with 18 and Class 1-2/1600 with 12. While 192 entries were received in time for the start draw, late registration will be accepted up until race morning and as many as 100 additional entries are expected.

Among the motorcycle classes, the open Class 22 had the most vehicles entered in the drawing with 11.

Besides the K. Norman and Matlock teams, the other defending class winners entered so far this year are: Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1), Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif. (Class 10), Marc Burnett, Chula Vista, Calif. (Class 6), Jose Canchola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico (Class 7 but has switched to Class 6), Dave Crinklaw, Reedley, Calif. (Class 8), Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11), Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif. (Stock Mini), Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas (Class 30), Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 50), Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif. (Class 24), Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo. (Class 26 but has switched to Class 7-2) and returning with SCORE Trophy-Truck regular Cameron Steele as rider of record is Brian Campbell, Bakersfield, Calif. (Class 40).

Christy, last season’s SCORE Overall and Class 24 ATV season point champion, has also entered a team that he will lead this year in Class 25 as well, seeking a pair of class wins in San Felipe.

Also returning this year to defend his Sportsman class race victory for the third straight year among those entered so far is Sportsman Car winner Peter Lang, Santa Rosa, Calif.

This year’s race will use a similar 232-mile race course as the past two years with a few modifications other than those caused by weather conditions. Running in a counter clockwise direction out of San Felipe up to and then parallel to Highway 3 (southside) and south back down through three of the most picturesque and challenging washes in all of Baja.

After the start at the landmark San Felipe Arches, the race will proceed north towards Zoo Road. The area approaching the Zoo Road crossing has been bladed again, which makes it a safer approach to the popular spectator area. That area will again be fenced, have grandstands and a jump and will be patrolled so that spectators can watch the action but not put themselves in way of the action.

For the first time the course will travel east of instead of on the graded Morelia Road (after the Zoo Road junction) to the entrance to Matomi Wash. This will be one of the few times that SCORE will run through the majestic Matomi Wash in the early part of the race instead of near the end. After Matomi, the challenging course will run through two more of the infamous Baja canyons—Huatomote and Chanate before heading back Northwest for the final sprint to the finish line.

The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday (March 14), the awards celebration will be held in front of The Beachcomber Night Club on the Malecon.

At the 24th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, MasterCraft Racing has entered not only company owner Robbie Pierce’s No. 30 Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy-Truck, but also the No. 20 Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy-Truck to be driven by eight-time SCORE season class point champion Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas and the No. 42 Chevy Silverado driven by Will Staats, Valencia, Calif. All three trucks were built by prominent chassis builder Mike Julson’s Jimco Racing Products of Santee, Calif. Julson is listed as a co-driver for both Pierce and MacCachren for this race, if needed.

The MasterCraft racers will not be eligible to win any part of the special $10,000 MasterCraft Safety cash contingency bonus purse MasterCraft Safety has offered for this year’s San Felipe race.

In San Felipe, Pierce will start fourth, MacCachren 21st and Staats 25th in the massive SCORE Trophy-Truck field.

Following his dominating season-opening victory at the 16th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, third-generation desert racer Andy McMillin, who was recently honored as the 2009 Dirt Sports Magazine Driver of the Year, finds himself at the top of a very crowded Overall leaderboard in the 2010 SCORE Desert Series point standings. With 63 points, McMillin, who will split driving the rest of the season with his father Scott McMillin, also leads the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck class for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks in his No. 31 McMillin Realty Ford F-150.

With just 22 points separating the top 21 in 2010 SCORE Overall points after Laughlin’s season-opener, SCORE racers are now preparing to begin official pre-running which opens on Saturday, Feb. 27. A new attraction this year during the pre-running window will be the San Felipe Tequila Festival March 5-7.

In addition to season class point championships, drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also racing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings as well as earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 25th consecutive year, a total of 59 drivers remain eligible after Round 1 of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.

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, MasterCraft Safety, Blue C Advertising, Off-Road, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

Associate sponsors for the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 are the Tourism and Convention Bureau of Mexicali/San Felipe and Cotuco. Additional sponsors in Baja are the Office of the Secretary of Tourism of Baja California and ProTurismo de Ensenada.

The race annually provides a greater economic impact to San Felipe than the popular month-long ‘Spring Break’.

For more information regarding the series, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series at

24th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250

Round 2 of five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series

March 12-14, 2010—232.0 miles

San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 192 (as of 2/14/10)

(from 22 States, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Mexico)

Pro Cars & Trucks


39 Ron Whitton

1 Robby Gordon

19 Tim Herbst

30 Robbie Pierce

21 Gus Vildosola Jr.

23 Mark McMillin

8 Roger Norman

16 Cameron Steele

31 Andy McMillin

40 Chet Huffman

37 Bruce Greer Jr.

76 Jesse Jones

51 Kory Scheeler

2 Pete Sohren

68 Marc Ewing

96 Bobby Baldwin

84 Nick Vanderwey

7 Jimmy Nuckles

10 Greg Nunley

78 Jesse Ashcraft

20 Rob MacCachren

35 Jason Voss

9 Gary Weyhrich

74 Rob Bruce

42 Will Staats

24 Adam Householder

13 Ed Stout

97 B.J. Baldwin

3 Mark Post

49 Troy Herbst

36 Glen Greer

47 James Bult

CLASS 1 (18)

101 Armin Schwarz

100 Randy Wilson

103 Robert Ross

104 Dan Martin

105 Guy Petersen

106 Daniel McMillin

107 Mario Acosta

108 Mike Voyles Sr.

109 Kory Halopoff

110 Ronny Wilson

111 Cody Parkhouse

112 Conan Barker

113 William Eriksen

114 Josh Daniel

115 Paul Keller

116 Armin Kremer

117 Mark Weyhrich

118 Eric Chase

CLASS 1-2/1600 (12)

1601 Jorge Sanchez

1602 Luke McMillin

1603 Rick Steven

1604 Carlos Montalvan

1605 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr.

1606 Brad Wilson

1607 Rob Archibald

1608 Brian Wilson

1609 Arturo Velazco

1647 Juan Gallo

1648 Arnoldo Ramirez

1600 Hiram Duran

CLASS 5 (2)

500 Kevin Carr

519 Che Corlett

CLASS 5/1600 (2)

551 Trevor Anderson

579 Gustavo Avina

CLASS 6 (4)

601 Jose Canchola Jr.

602 Steve Kovach

603 Marc Burnett

600 Heidi Steele

CLASS 7 (2)

701 Arturo Alvarez

700 Dan Chamlee


741 Elias Hanna

759 Nick Moncure

CLASS 8 (3)

801 Juan C. Lopez

802 Dave Crinklaw

800 Clyde Stacy

CLASS 9 (1)

901 Luke Babb

CLASS 10 (5)

1001 Lars Ferry

1002 Alejandro Navarrete

1000 Mike Lawrence

1004 Sergio Salgado

1005 Jesus Gonzalez


1201 Lee Banning

1202 Cody Freeman

1203 Francisco Villagomez

1204 Matthew Kupiec

1205 Samuel Araiza

1200 Brent Parkhouse

1207 Bill Hernquist

1208 David Callaway

1209 Luis Barragan

1210 Mike Williams

1211 Zak Langley

1212 Perry McNeil

1213 Arturo Honold

1214 John Langley

1249 Justin Davis

CLASS 11 (3)

1101 Gustavo Garayzar

1100 Eric Solorzano

1149 Alejandro Rivas


861 Pedro Vargas

860 Justin Matney

879 Joe Bacal


760 Gavin Skilton


CLASS 7-2 (1)

721 Reid Rutherford


CLASS 22 (11)

2x Robby Bell

3x Colton Udall

4x Ivan Ramirez

6x Bret Freeman

5x Ryan Penhall

7x Cory Evenson

1x Kendall Norman

9x Cameron Corfman

10x A.J. Stewart

11x Chad Hubbard

12x Chuck Neugebauer

CLASS 21 (2)

101x Jesus J. Gonzalez

102x David Gonzalez Jr.

CLASS 20 (4)

150x Jesus Rios

151x Manuel Reyes

152x Joey Black

169x Anna Cody

CLASS 30 (5)

301x Javier Hernandez

302x Jim O’Neal

300x Mike Johnson

304x William Peel

305x Sol Saltzman

CLASS 40 (7)

401x Peter Hardy

402x Louie Franco

403x Duane Dickinson

404x Tom Vogt

405x Henrik Andersen

406x Cameron Steele

449x Terry Peregoodoff

CLASS 50 (3)

501x Ryan Armitage

502x Charlie Marshall

500x Jim O’Neal

CLASS 60 (2)

Donald Lewis

William Rogers


CLASS 25 (5)

1a Wayne Matlock

2a Javier Robles

3a Fernando Huerta

4a Craig Christy

5a Josh Edwards

CLASS 24 (10)

101a Abraham Romero

102a Roberto Ruiz

103a Victor Lopez

100a Craig Christy

105a Alonso Ruiz

106a Brandon Brown

107a Luis Berumen

108a Adrian Valdez

109a Marco Marrujo

110a Heriberto Marquez



1400 Peter Lang

1401 Wendell Mortensen

1402 Shawn Hamlin

1403 George Jackson


1500 Joe Aguayo

1501 Nick Tonelli


1801 Robert Viau Sr.

1800 Thomas Graves

1803 Dave Roberts

1804 Sergio Castillo

1805 Michael McCulley

1806 Peter Hajas

SPT M/C< (8)

201x Fred Sobke

202x Greg Willitts

203x Carlos Becerril

204x Carlos Valdez

205x Conrad Batham

206x Ricky de la Pena

248x Matt Ladendorf

249x Kelley DeLoach

SPT M/C> (9)

251x Salvador Sainz

252x Jimmy Boutwell

253x Tibi Imbuzan

254x Craig Anstine

255x Ty McPherson

256x Oscar Fazz

257x Joel Blocksom

258x Paul Lopez

299x Jose Chavez


51a Daniel Montano

52a Samuel Garcia

53a Brad McLean

54a Juan Dominguez

55a Efren Carrasco

56a Ciro Calderon

57a Roger Fastring

58a Jeff Sanca


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