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2005 Tecate SCORE Baja 500
May 26, 2005

WHAT: 37th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Desert Race
Round 3, of the six-race 2005 SCORE Desert Series

WHEN: Friday, Saturday & Sunday June 3-5, 2005

WHERE: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (65 miles south of U.S./Mexico Border)

WHO: Over 375 entries from 20 U.S. States, Mexico, Canada and Japan

COURSE: TOTAL MILEAGE: 419 miles. Starts in downtown Ensenada adjacent to the Riviera Cultural Center and finishes at Deportivo Antonio Palacios baseball stadium, 9th & Guadalupe Ave., in the heart of Ensenada. The course travels in a counter-clockwise direction, with the first 51.01 miles from the start to Tres Hermanos (17 miles south of Ojos Negros) being used both ways. From Tres Hermanos, the course heads west to Uruapan then onto Hwy 1 (K42) at rm74.4, turning south for approximately six miles on pavement to Santo Tomas at rm 80.4 (Hwy 1, K51). The course then heads southwest for toward the Pacific Ocean, across by Erendira at rm115.6, looping down around Cerro Celo before heading northeast up to Highway 1 just below San Vicente at rm138.70 (Hwy 1, K96). After four miles of pavement, the course heads east at rm 142.79 (Hwy 1, K102+) up a grade towards Valle De Trinidad. At rm171.7, the course represents a tall boot, running south, west, back east and then north around Rancho El Coyote , Rancho Buenavista, and then by Mike’s Sky Rancho at rm 251.3 and back down to rm 270.9 (Hwy 3, K138). The course then heads northwest on the pavement of Hwy 3 for just less than 12 miles, passing through Valle De Trinidad to rm 282.1 (Hwy 3, K118). Course heads north on the infamous ‘goat trail’ past Santa Catarina and up for a loop through the magnificent pine forest before dropping down to rm 344.8 for a right hand turn onto Hwy 3 at K78+. It turns left at rm 345.95 after just a mile on pavement (Hwy 3, K77). The course then winds its way past Cerro Colorado back to Tres Hermanos. After returning to Tres Hermanos at rm 369.7, the course heads north to Ojos Negros at rm 385.8 (Hwy 3, K39) and back to Ensenada over the first 51.01 miles of course.

FRIDAY, June 3, 2005--(all times PDT)
Racer Registration, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, 9a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Contingency/Tech Inspection, across from San Nicolas Hotel, 10a.m.-6p.m.
Media Registration, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, 9a.m.-5p.m.
Mandatory Racer Meeting, Outdoor Teatro, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, 7p.m.
SUNDAY, June 5, 2005--(all times PDT)
Posting of Unofficial Results-San Nicolas Hotel, 8a.m.
Competition Review Board-San Nicolas Hotel, 9a.m.
Awards Celebration-San Nicolas Hotel, 10a.m.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY, June 4-5, 2005 (all times PDT)
START: In front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in downtown Ensenada.
FINISH: Deportivo Antonio Palacios baseball stadium, 9th & Guadalupe Ave.-Ensenada.
Late Registration & Tech, start line, 5:30a.m.

RACE STARTS: Motorcycles & ATVs-6a.m.; Cars & Trucks-8:30 a.m. (Approx)
CLASS STARTING ORDER: (One vehicle every 30 seconds)
Motorcycles/ATVs--22, 40, 30, 21, 50, SPT M/C>, SPT M/C<, 25, 24, SPT ATV.
Cars/Trucks: TT, 1, 10, 8, PT, SL, 1-2/1600, 5, 7, 7S, 7SX, 5/1600, SF, SM, 9, 3, 11, 17, SPT CAR, SPT TRUCK.

TIME LIMIT: All vehicles have a 17-hour time limit to cover the course.

SANCTION: Sanctioned and produced by SCORE International-Los Angeles CEO & President--Sal Fish; Vice-President—Paul Fish; Attorney—Oscar Ramos; Administration--Sue Johnson

TV: Aura360 will produce a one-hour primetime special to air multiple times on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN).

BLACK BOXES: After three partial-use races, SCORE has required that special ‘black boxes’ will be mandatory on all Pro class entries. The Loggers, provided and monitored by RallyTrack.com, will record the GPS data logging of all vehicles along with vehicle speed, especially in speed limit areas, for post-race analysis by SCORE.

SPONSORS: 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, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, and Advanced Color Graphics. Local sponsors: Fideicomiso Publico para la Promocion Turistica de Ensenada and Cotuco.

SCORE Trophy-Truck:
19 Tim/Ed Herbst, 3 Mark Post/Curt LeDuc, 81 Mark Miller/Ryan Arciero 7 Scott Steinberger/Jesse Jones, 12 Brian Collins/Larry Ragland, 83 Robby Gordon 23 Gary Dircks/Jeff Darland, 4 Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, 28 Alan Pflueger, 2 Pete Sohren, 1 Jason Baldwin, 86 Josh Baldwin, 16 Cameron Steele, 96 Bobby Baldwin;
Class 1: Troy Herbst, Dale Ebberts, Chuck Hovey, B.J. Richardson/John Gaughan, Corky McMillin, Mark McMillin, Andy/Scott McMillin, Damen Jefferies, Pat Dean, Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Brian Ickler/Steve Sourapas, Bud Feldkamp Sr, Buddy Feldkamp, Ronny Wilson/Bekki Wik, John Marking/Chris Harrold;
Class 1-2/1600: Adam Pfankuch, Rob MacCachren/Bryan Freeman, Daniel McMillin;
Class 3: Donald Moss; Class 5: Tom Brown, Chris Bowman, George Seeley Jr.; Class 5/1600: Marcos Nunez, Dave Collier; Class 7: Craig Turner, Dan Chamlee; CLASS 8: Todd Wyllie, , Nick Vanderwey, Dave Raimonde; Class 10: Kash Vessels, Darren Hardesty, Lobsam Yee, Rick Ellison; SCORE Lite: Tom Watson, Ken Stroud, Stan Potter James Golden, Mark Kyle, Stock Full: Mark Handley, John Griffin, Bob Graham;
Class 22: Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Chris Blais/Andy Grider; Robby Bell
Class 25: Mike Cafro, Earl Thigpen, Josh Frederick

The Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Desert Race features 24 Pro & 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. Class winners will be decided along with the overall race winner in Pro 4-Wheel, Pro Motorcycle and Pro ATV.

Pro Class Descriptions:
Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)
CLASS 1-2/1600 (single or two-seaters to 1600cc)
CLASS 3 (Short wheelbase 4X4)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited Baja Bugs)
CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc Baja Bugs)
CLASS 7 (Open mini trucks)
CLASS 7S (Stock mini trucks)
CLASS 7SX (Modified, Stock mini trucks)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)
CLASS 9 (Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)
SCORE LITE (Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)
CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)
STOCK FULL (Stock full-sized trucks)
STOCK MINI (Stock mini trucks)
PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)

CLASS 22 (250cc or more)
CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)

CLASS 25 (251cc or more)
CLASS 24 (250cc or less)

300 Total Starters, 181 Total Finishers

1. Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2. Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Hesperia, CA, Smithbuilt-Ford (Class 1)
3. Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, CA/Jerry Whelchel, RanchoSM, CA, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck
4. Jason Baldwin, Laguna Hills, CA, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
5. Josh Baldwin, San Diego, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
6. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Poway, CA, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
7. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
8. Dan Smith/Dave Ashley, Riverside, CA, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
9. Dan Myers, Newport Beach, CA, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
10. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, CA, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)

OVERALL MOTORCYCLE--1. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, CA/Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, CA, Honda XR650R (Class 22)

OVERALL ATV--1. Ruben Martin/Gilberto Santana, Tijuana, Mexico, Bombardier Baja X (Class 25)

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

For Sponsorship Information, contact:
  Mark Handley (760) 750-1905

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