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It’s More Than a Race, It’s an Adventure...
The Legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Live draw Oct. 15 at Lake Elsinore Casino for 300 expected race entries

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 6, 2005) -- As the World Series is to baseball and the Super Bowl to football, the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 stands as tall at the pinnacle of the motorsports world today as it did when it began 37 years ago.

This year’s race will be held Nov. 17-20 and will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. It will be the 38th anniversary of the race shrouded in mystery that continues to lure adventurers from across the globe who share the dream to conquer the Baja.

Nearly 300 entries, competing in 27 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs will be part of this year’s odyssey. Entries are expected from over 30 U.S. States and 10 countries.

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 every year except 1974 when the international fuel crisis forced a cancellation.

The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 has captured the imagination of the entire world as entries have come not only from every state in the United States, but also has attracted racers from Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Guatemala, Holland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Yugoslavia as well as the host country of Mexico.

The first known record run occurred in 1962. Dave Ekins and Bill Robertson Jr. timed their trip from Tijuana to La Paz on a pair of Honda 250 motorcycles. Ekins made it in 39 hours, 54 minutes, Robertson in less than an hour slower. There were no official timers, of course, and to establish that they had made the trip, the two motorcycle racers time-stamped a sheet of paper in the Tijuana telegraph office and time-stamped it again at the telegraph office when they arrived in La Paz.

Capitalizing on the pioneer effort of Ekins and Robertson, Chevrolet commissioned car builder Bill Stroppe to prepare a small fleet of trucks for the run to La Paz. Late that year they left Long Beach, Calif., and all of them reached La Paz. Advertising and publicity campaigns heralded the feat as “the roughest run under the sun.”

“Without the SCORE Baja 1000, there just wouldn’t be any desert racing,” said Sal Fish, SCORE International’s President and CEO, which has sanctioned and produced the event since 1975 and is based in Los Angeles. “The SCORE Baja 1000 continues to draw interest from all over the world and we now find second and even third generation racers appearing at the starting line with their family patriarchs cheering for their off-spring. This event continues to be the focal point of the SCORE Desert Series each year and to celebrate our 38th anniversary will surely add another colorful chapter to the legacy of the SCORE Baja 1000.”

Enthusiast Ed Pearlman founded the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) and established the Mexican 1000. It started officially in Tijuana on October 31, 1967 with 68 entries. They actually motored at leisure speeds to Ensenada and restarted the next day.

NORRA continued to organize the Mexican 1000, which came to be known as the Baja 1000. In 1968, Pearlman moved the start of the race to Ensenada, where it stayed with one exception until 1993. In 1972 NORRA started at Mexicali and ran the first half of the race down the east coast of the peninsula through the treacherous Three Sisters section. Pre-running for this race, Parnelli Jones and Walker Evans were among a group of competitors who nearly got swept out to sea during a tropical storm.

NORRA’s last race, from Ensenada to La Paz, was in 1973. At that point, Mexican officials revoked NORRA’s permits to stage races in Baja.
After the fuel crisis of 1974 forced local officials to cancel the event, SCORE International, founded by the late Mickey Thompson headed soon after by Sal Fish, was invited by the northern state of Baja California to hold the race in 1975. The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 became a loop event starting and ending in Ensenada.

In 1979, the government of Baja California Sur granted permission to resume the Ensenada-to-La Paz format and SCORE has used this route intermittently ever since.

The 1979 race was notable for Walker Evans’ overall win in a Dodge truck, the first truck to win the overall title of the race.

In its first 37 years, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 has started 30 times in Ensenada, three times in Mexicali (1972, 1993, 1994), twice in Tijuana (1967, 1995) once in Santo Tomas (1998) and once in Ojos Negros (1999). The legendary race has finished in Ensenada 17 times, in La Paz 16 times, in Mexicali two times (1993, 1994), once in Ojos Negros (1999) and once in Cabo San Lucas (2000). The last time the race finished in Ensenada was 2003.

The famous and not-so-famous have tried their hand at conquering the Baja and they have come from all walks of life. Mark Thatcher, son of Great Britian’s then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher, raced in the 1982 SCORE Baja 1000. Celebrities James Garner, Ted Nugent and the late Steve McQueen all battled the Baja in the early 1970s and many racers from other forms of motorsports crossed over to try their skills.

Among the drivers from other arenas who have tested the Baja are Indy Car racers Rick and Roger Mears, Parnelli Jones, Danny Ongias, Danny Sullivan, Jimmy Vasser, Roberto Guerrero, Michel Jourdain Jr., Johnny Unser and Mike and Robbie Groff, NASCAR’s Robby Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Brendan Gaughan, SCCA legend Elliot Forbes-Robinson, world motorcycle champions Malcolm Smith and Larry Roeseler, Motocross legends Ricky Johnson and Jimmie Johnson (now a NASCAR champion), drag racers Don Prudhomme and Larry Minor and legendary SCORE founder and motorsports innovator Mickey Thompson. Academy Award winning actor, racer and race team owner Paul Newman raced in the 2004 event at 80, the oldest competitor in the history of the event.

This year’s race will commemorate the achievements of legendary desert racers like Rod Hall, Ron Bishop, Johnny Johnson, and Larry Roeseler. Hall, with a record 17 class wins (including one overall win in 1972), and Bishop are the only two racers who have competed in every SCORE Baja 1000. Hall will be a favorite in the Stock Full class this year while Bishop, who will race in Class 50 for riders over 50 years old, has raced every year on a Motorcycle. Johnson, now retired, had 15 class wins, amazingly in eight different classes. Roeseler, 48, has won 13 times in this race, including 10 overall wins on a motorcycle.

Roeseler will share driving duties again this year with six-time SCORE Class 1 season point champion Troy Herbst. Roeseler and Herbst are the defending Overall champions in this race.

Lured by the same siren that enraptured the Ekins brothers in the 1950s, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 remains as the No. 1 target of adventurers the world over, not to mention the cadre of pro and semi-pro desert racers who consider it the fitting climax to their racing season each year.

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

For more information on the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2005 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com

Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Celebrity Watch
Famous Personalities who have raced in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 include:

FRANK ARCIERO JR.--off-road racer, developer, Winery owner, CART team owner
JACK ARUTE--Sports TV personality
HUBERT AURIOL--multiple winner of the Grenada-to-Dakar Rally
BOBBY BALDWIN--President/ of the Mirage Resorts, former World Series of Poker Champion
RON BISHOP--raced in every Baja 1000 on a motorcycle (1 of 2 racers in every race)
SEBASTIAN BOURDAIS--2004 Champ Car season champ from France
JEAN CALVIN--former world class professional figure skater
ERIK CARLSSON--world champion rallye driver
PAT MOSS CARLSSON--Erik’s wife/co-driver, sister of race driver Stirling Moss
GARY GABELICH--Land Speed Record holder
JAMES GARNER--movie/TV star
JOSELE GARZA--Mexico’s only Indianapolis 500 “rookie of the year”
JOHN CLARK GABLE--movie actor and son of famed actor Clark Gable
BRENDAN GAUGHAN--NASCAR Nextel Cup driver, former desert racer
ROBBY GORDON--former CART and current NASCAR Nextel driver
MIKE GROFF--former IRL driver
ROBBIE GROFF--former IRL driver
ROBERTO GUERRERO--former Indy Car and Formula 1 veteran
ROD HALL--17 class victories (one overall)--one of only two persons who has raced in EVERY SCORE Baja 1000
PETE HALSMER--former Indianapolis 500 driver, IMSA GT and Super Vee champion
VIC HICKEY--land speed racing and off-road racing pioneer
JESSE JAMES--star of TV’s Monster Garage
RICKY JOHNSON--second all-time winningest Supercross motorcycle racer
JIMMIE JOHNSON--former motocross star, NASCAR Nextel Cup driver
JOHNNY JOHNSON--15 class victories in eight different classes
STEFAN JOHANSSON--Indy car racer and team owner
PARNELLI JONES--1963 Indianapolis 500 winner
BERNARDO JOURDAIN--Mexican Indy car driver
MICHEL JOURDAIN Jr.--Mexican Indy car and NASCAR driver
HERSHEL McGRIFF--first Carrera Panamericana winner and stock car champion
CHAD McQUEEN--actor and son of Steve McQueen
STEVE McQUEEN--movie and TV star
CASEY MEARS--NASCAR Nextel Cup racer, former desert racer, son of off-road star Roger Mears
CORKY McMILLIN--Founder-Corky McMillin Cos, patriarch of first SCORE 3-generation team, multiple Baja wins
MARK McMILLIN--San Diego developer; 8 class wins, including 5 overall in SCORE Baja 1000
RICK MEARS--4-time Indy 500 winner; younger brother of former off-road star Roger Mears
ROGER MEARS--1991 AARWBA All-America racer, desert racing legend, Indy Car Racer
SHEKHAR MEHTA--4-time winner of East African Safari
BRUCE MEYERS--originator of the Meyers Manx, world’s first desert race car (dune buggy)
AK MILLER--American hot rodding and off-road racing patriarch
ROD MILLEN--Pikes Peak Hill Climb Record Holder, rally racer, Stadium racing champion
LARRY MINOR--drag racer and team owner
PAULA MURPHY--one-time ‘world’s fastest woman’ racer
MICHAEL NESMITH--TV actor/musician “Monkees”; pioneer producer of CD music
PAUL NEWMAN--Actor, race car driver, philanthropist
GUNNAR NILSSON--Formula 1 driver
SERGIO NOLASCO--owner of Mexico’s finest Formula 3 road racing team
AARON NORRIS--motion picture and TV producer; brother of actor Chuck Norris
TED NUGENT--rock ‘n’ roll singing star
DANNY ONGAIS--motorcycle, drag racing, road racing and Indy 500 racer
PAUL PAGE--Motorsports TV commentator
SAM POSEY--international race driver and motorsports TV commentator
TED PAPPAS--Indy 500 racer
DON PRUDHOMME--legendary drag racer
GASTON RAHIER--former Paris-to-Dakar rally champion
DYLAN RATIGAN--host of CNB’s ‘Bullseye’ show
ELLIOTT FORBES-ROBINSON--legendary SCCA sports car racer
LARRY ROESELER--legendary motorcycle rider with an amazing 10 overall wins in SCORE Baja 1000
ORIOL SERVIA--Champ Car racer from Spain
BON SINCLAIR--president of Volvo Automobile of America
MALCOLM SMITH--off-road motorcycle champion and star of movie, “On Any Sunday”
CAMERON STEELE--Motorsports TV commentator
DANNY SULLIVAN--1987 Indianapolis 500 champion
ROBERT SUTTON--President/CEO of Centrix Financial
MARK THATCHER--son of England’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher
MICKEY THOMPSON--hot rodding and off-road racing pioneer, SCORE founder
ROLF TIBBLIN--world’s only motocross champion in three classes--500, 250 and 125cc
JUGATSU TOI--Japanese novelist
JOHNNY UNSER--Indy car racer, first from his racing family to drive in the race
JIMMY VASSER--CART champion driver
CAL WELLS III--NASCAR team owner who has also owned off-road and Indy Car teams
BEKKI FREEMAN-WIK--Top female racer in SCORE History, 3-time SCORE Baja 1000 champ
JOHN ZINK--creator of Indy’s famed ‘laydown cars’

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

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

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