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Over 300 entries expected
Class ‘rookies’ McNeil, Patten, Thompson each draw pole
Positions for 37th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race

264 already entered in June 3-5 race in Ensenada, Mexico,
Round 3 of six-race 2005 SCORE Desert Series

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 2, 2005) -- New to their respective classes, desert racers Chad McNeil, Lee Patten and Steve Thompson received the pole positions in the top three divisions at Saturday’s ‘live’ drawing for starting positions for June’s 37th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500. The drawing for starting positions was held at Southern California’s Irwindale Speedway in front of a live audience that included racers, crews and fans.

McNeil, El Cajon, CA, is a second-generation racer, will lead the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division in his new McNeil Off-Road Chevy SCORE Trophy-Truck while Patten, Bellflower, CA, drew the first start in the unlimited Class 1 and Thompson, Long Beach, CA, will be at the front of the motorcycle classes.

Hosted by the prominent F.A.I.R. pit support group, the special SCORE drawing included vehicle displays and a small vendor’s village and was held at the dragstrip of the popular Southern California motorsports complex.

“F.A.I.R. organized a very good backdrop for our live drawing, and to have such a huge field already is just amazing. F.A.I.R. organized a very good backdrop for our live drawing, and to have such a huge field already is just amazing.” said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO/President. “I’m sure that part of the reason is the increased interest generated in SCORE racing during April with the U.S. release of ‘Dust to Glory, the dramatic feature documentary on the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. We have identified a very typical Baja course”

Traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule, over 100,000 spectators are expected to enjoy the world’s best desert racers in action at this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500, to be held June 3-5 in Ensenada, Mexico.

With over 300 entries expected from 15 U.S. States, Mexico, Canada and Japan, the green flag will drop at 6 a.m. on Saturday (June 4) for the motorcycle and ATV classes in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, followed by the car and truck classes two hours later at approximately 8:30 a.m. A total of 262 vehicles entered in time for Saturday’s drawing. By comparison, last year’s race had 204 entries in the drawing and 300 vehicles left the start line.

McNeil, 25, has been building his new Chevy SCORE Trophy-Truck at his company in El Cajon for nearly two years. It features a special two-wheel drive McNeil Off-Road bolt-on suspension system along with a Chevy 383 engine McNeil built himself for racing and weighs in at a relatively light 4,000 pounds. This will be his first race in the marquee SCORE racing division. He has raced five times in this race in Class 7 and won this class in a Ford Ranger in the 1999 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

“This truck was built to race the SCORE Baja 500 and the SCORE Baja 1000, and to receive the first starting position kind of blew me away,” said McNeil, who father Rex McNeil is a former SCORE Class 1 racer. “We have built this truck, and two more are being built just like it, to prove the capability and durability of the McNeil Off-Road bolt-on suspension system. We’re going to pre-run this course about 10 times. I can’t tell you how excited I am. I was born on November 7, 1979 when my dad was down racing in the SCORE Baja 1000 and I’ve been called ‘Baja Boy’ ever since.”

The starting line area will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center in downtown Ensenada, Mexico. The finish line will be inside the Deportivo Antonio Palacios baseball stadium at 9th Street and Guadalupe Avenue in Ensenada. It is located approximately 1.5 miles east of the start line area. The admission will be free to this special SCORE finish line celebration. Vehicles will start in 30-second intervals in the elapsed-time, 419.0-mile race.

The world’s foremost desert racing series will showcase 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs in Ensenada, which is located 65 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego on the Pacific Ocean side of the majestic peninsula.

As of today, the classes with the most entries are: Class 1 and Class 1-2/1600 (33 each), SCORE Trophy-Truck (26), SCORE Lite (19) along with Class 5/1600 and Class 10 (17 each).

Drawing the first start in Class 1-2/1600 was Jeff Quade, Temecula, CA, in a Fisher-VW, while on the pole in SCORE Lite is Mike Halliday, Riverside, CA, in a Jimco-VW. At the front of Class 5/1600 will be Feliciano Cervantes, Montebello, CA, in a VW Baja Bug and up front in Class 10 will be Jim Anderson, Claremont, CA, in a Dunrite-VW.

For the first time in several years, the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will be televised nationally on a delayed basis. Aura 360, the Maine production and marketing company that has this year’s SCORE television rights, expects to announce within a week which national cable outlet will carry the race.

A total of 18 class winners from last year are entered, led by overall winners Alan Pflueger (4-wheel vehicles, SCORE Trophy-Truck), Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell (Motorcycles, Class 22) and Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler (unlimited Class 1). Pflueger picked up his second class win in the race last year and his first in SCORE Trophy-Truck in his No. 28 Pflueger Racing Chevy Silverado. Hengeveld has five consecutive Class 22 and overall motorcycle wins in this race, including the last three with Campbell, who has five career overall wins as well on the No. 1X American Honda XR650R.

Herbst and Roeseler have won Class 1 the last three years together, including the overall win in 2002 and 2003. In their careers, Herbst has six class wins in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 with two overalls and Roeseler has 15 class wins, including 11 overalls (nine on a motorcycle). They will again drive a Smithbuilt-Ford open-wheel desert race car.

Nick Vanderwey (Class 8) and Jim O’Neal (Class 40) have won their respective classes four straight years in this summer classic and Donald Moss (Class 3) has earned three consecutive class wins.

Another of the early entries is NASCAR Nextel Cup owner/driver Robby Gordon, who will return to his racing roots for the first time this season. Gordon, a three-time SCORE class point champion, will once again attempt to pull double-duty, racing the same weekend in the NASCAR race in Dover, Delaware.

Pre-race festivities for the 37th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will center around the Riviera del Pacifico convention center in downtown Ensenada on Friday (June 3). Traditionally drawing thousands of spectators, the pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and display off all the race vehicles will be held adjacent to the San Nicolas Hotel, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (June 3). The post-race awards celebration will be held at the Riviera del Pacifico on Sunday (June 5) at 10 a.m.

Leading the SCORE overall and Class 1-2/1600 point standings, Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren has put himself at the top of the list in the chase for the $50,000 Kartek Off-Road bonus purse. The top three overall point leaders in the 2005 SCORE Desert Series will receive bonus money of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 from the Southern California aftermarket company. MacCachren, who also races in the SCORE Trophy-Truck division with Gus Vildosola in the No. 4 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150, runs a Fraley-VW with Las Vegas’ Bryan Freeman in Class 1-2/1600.

The race also features the hunt for the 2005 SCORE Toyota Awards--the Toyota Milestone Awards and the $12,000 Toyota True Grit bonus purse. Milestone awards are presented to every racer who completes every required race mile for the season and the bonus purse will be split among the point champions in four non-factory backed classes (1-2/1600, 5, Class 10 and SCORE Lite).

SCORE official sponsors for 2005 are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, C.L. Bryant-VP Racing Fuels-official fuel supplier. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Las Vegas Events, Herbst Gaming, Kartek Off-Road, Centrix Financial, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bilstein, Signpros, Cotuco, Fideicomiso Publico para la Promocion Turistica de Ensenada, Cotuco, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, and Advanced Color Graphics.

For information contact:
SCORE International at its Los Angeles headquarters
(818) 225-8402 or visit
the official 2005 SCORE Desert Series website at:

37th Annual TECATE SCORE BAJA 500
June 3-5, 2005 Ensenada, Mexico Total Entries: 264 (as of 5/2/05)


34 Chad McNeil
2 Pete Sohren
10 Michael Jakobson
83 Robby Gordon
1 Jason Baldwin
86 Josh Baldwin
7 Scott Steinberger
4 Gus Vildosola
32 Juan Carlos Ibarra
28 Alan Pflueger
96 Bobby Baldwin
25 Enrique Legaspy
97 B.J. Baldwin
17 Carl Renezeder
3 Mark Post
23 Gary Dircks
82 Bob Shepard
12 Brian Collins
16 Cameron Steele
99 Nick Baldwin
80 Chad Ragland
81 Mark Miller
36 Wayne Lugo
19 Tim Herbst
40 Chet Huffman
5 Marty Coyne

CLASS 1 (33)
101 Lee Patten
102 Andy McMillin
103 Mark McMillin
104 Mike Julson
105 Steve Melton
106 John Gould
107 Martin Christensen
108 Cam Thieriot
109 Dale Ebberts
110 Troy Herbst
111 Damen Jefferies
112 Brian Ickler
113 Michael James
114 Kory Scheeler
115 Gary Weyhrich
116 Todd Jergensen
117 Richard Boyle
118 Dennis Boyle
119 Harley Letner
120 Marty Melendrez
121 Ronny Wilson
122 Cesar Fuentes
123 Corky McMillin
124 Josh Rigsby
125 Chuck Hovey
126 Todd Romano
100 John Marking
128 Jeff Quinn
129 Stuart Chase
130 Tom Koch
131 Bud Feldkamp, Sr.
132 Brian Parkhouse
133 Buddy Feldkamp

CLASS 1-2/1600 (33)
1601 Jeff Quade
1602 Reuben Wilson
1603 Ed Stout
1604 Ray Files
1605 Blaise Jackson
1606 Max Thieriot
1607 Rick Boyer
1608 Brian Burgess
1609 Alberto Mondragon
1610 Carlos Escobedo
1611 Kevin Walsh
1612 Adam Pfankuch
1613 Hiram Duran
1614 Max Hanberg
1615 Arden Dennington
1616 Scott Wisdom
1617 Jose Reyes
1618 Rob MacCachren
1619 Sammy Ehrenberg
1620 Caleb Gaddis
1621 Arturo Velazco
1622 Mario Gastelum
1623 L.J. Kennedy
1624 Hector Garcia
1625 Daniel McMillin
1626 Bobby Altamirano
1627 Brent Parkhouse
1644 Ken Tapert
1645 Matt Blanchard
1646 Eli Yee
1647 Daniel Lopez
1648 Kevin Graves
1649 Rick Battey

CLASS 3 (5)
301 Gerardo Barragan
302 Alejandro Cancino E.
300 Donald Moss
348 Ken Leavitt
349 Clive Skilton

CLASS 5 (5)
501 Kevin Carr
502 Nancy Spirkoff
503 Chris Bowman
504 Drew Belk
500 George Seeley

CLASS 5-1600 (17)
551 Feliciano Cervantes
552 Ruben Garcia
553 Rogelio Valenzuela
550 Dave Collier
555 Danny Ledezma
556 Raul Lopez
557 Raul Placencia
558 Mario Reynoso
559 Steve Landis
560 J.A. Covas
561 Ron Craft
574 Tim Sanchez
575 Richard Gavarito
576 Mark McAnelly
577 Ernie Negrete
578 Armando Garcia
579 Marcos Nunez

CLASS 7 (5)
701 Scott Brady
700 Dan Chamlee
703 Raul Flores
704 Craig Turner
705 Barry Karakas

CLASS 7S (6)
721 Joe Rice
722 Bill Rodriguez
723 Brian Cavitt
737 Tyler Fox
720 Ted Moncure
739 John Holmes

741 Luis A. Valdes
758 Noe Sierra
759 Jeff Lloyd

CLASS 8 (4)
801 Dave Raimonde
802 Nick Vanderwey
800 Todd Wyllie
849 Mac Randall

CLASS 9 (3)
901 Sigal Greenberg
902 Luis Guevara
900 Eric Fisher

CLASS 10 (17)
1001 Jim Anderson
1002 John Cooley
1003 Ron Dalke
1004 Will Higman
1005 Lance Hicks
1006 Mike Williams
1007 Darren Hardesty
1008 Phillip Finch
1000 Steve Myers
1010 Eduardo Gonzalez
1011 Kash Vessels
1012 Travis Brookshire
1013 Mark Weger
1014 Rick Ellison
1015 Lobsam Yee
1016 Chris Muller
1017 Javier Robles

1201 Mike Halliday
1202 VACATE 5/2
1203 Craig Brabant
1204 Chuck Sacks
1205 Jim Greenway
1206 Jason Batulis
1207 Ken Stroud
1200 Tom Watson
1209 Mike Belk
1210 Rick St. John
1211 Stan Potter
1212 Rob Martensen
1213 Victor Cesena
1214 Randy Ross
1215 Derek Ahern
1216 Mark Kyle
1217 Jim Vick
1247 Arnie Gustin
1248 James Golden
1249 Ruben Gutierrez

CLASS 11 (2)
1100 Eric Solorzano
1149 Sean Malabanan

861 Terry Henn
860 John Griffin
878 Billy Bunch
879 Mark Handley

779 Steven Covey

269 Mike Bilek
204 Gustavo Vildosola, Jr
225 Eric Hardin
282 Craig Smith
226 Al Hogan
222 J.R. Stanley
236 Rick L. Johnson
262 Mike Voyles
220 Steve Staats
288 Jim Nuckles
250 Gary Magness
240 Rob Kittleson
242 Tony Licitra

CLASS 22 (10)

2x Steven Thompson
3x Chris Blais
4x Brian Pinard
1x Steve Hengeveld
6x Gary Cluff
7x Marc Francke
8x Curt Insley
9x Robby Bell
10x Shaun Hanson
49x Martyn Atkins

CLASS 21 (3)
101x Tim Morton
102x Kevin Johnson
100x Joe Desrosiers

CLASS 30 (10)
301x Scott Myers
302x Stuart Gilred
303x Mike Crawford
304x Jimmy Lewis
305x Robert Garcia
306x Jason Smith
307x Victor Villalobos
300x Gerardo Rojas
309x Corey Keysar
310x Joey Lane

CLASS 40 (5)
401x Mike Kay
402x Dana Reed
400x Jim O'Neal
404x Greg Fountain
405x Mike Laenger

CLASS 50 (2)
501x Doug Smith
502x Jim O'Neal

CLASS 25 (10)

2a Earl Thigpen
3a Kevin Thompson
4a Ray Schooley, Sr.
5a Wes Miller
6a Mike Cafro
7a Jesus Marquez
8a Eric Hernandez
9a Francisco Ruano
10a Josh Frederick
11a Javier Robles, Jr.

CLASS 24 (1)
101a Kirk Shreier


1401 Heidi Steele
1402 Jesus Jimenez
1400 Tony Robles
1459 Daniel Moore

SPT M/C 250cc> (18)
251x Patrick Healy
252x Brad Etter
253x Aaron Dodson
254x Gereld Stanfield
255x Mike Gurthlein
256x Ben Gumser
257x Rocky Gilmore
258x Jeff Leonard
259x Don Myll
260x Ned Suesse
261x Jason Sturgis
262x Jim Meehan
263x Kevin Krasner
264x VACATE 5/2
265x J. Bryan Short
266x Gary Lee Sparks
297x Greg Stevenson
298x Mike Layton
299x Charles Jirse

SPT M/C 250cc< (1)
201x John Burton

51a Butch Troquille
52a Christian Valles
98a Mike Penland
99a Gil Castro

For information contact:
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(818) 225-8402 or visit
the official 2005 SCORE Desert Series website at:

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