- Season opener of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship,
- Online racer registration for San Felipe closes on Thursday, March 16;
- Event dates March 28-April 2 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
- Qualifying- for SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec on Wednesday, March 29
Celebrating 50 Years of Desert Racing Excellence’ this year, online racer registration is now open for the upcoming King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, Fueled by Baja Vida. Round 1 of the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held March 28-April 2 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
Pre-race Contingency and Tech Inspection and the start/finish line compound will be located on the picturesque El Malecon in San Felipe along the inspiring azure waters of the Sea of Cortez.
Seeing if one racer can win the overall title for the seventh time, one racer win a class for the 20th time and another racer win the overall for the second straight time are just three of the story lines awaiting racers from around the world as online racer registration is now open for the popular ‘Spring Break’ race.
San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2023 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the eighth consecutive year.
Celebrating the 36th anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘Baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at www.SCOREInternational.com for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
The deadline to enter in time to be included in the SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Day program is 5 p.m. PT on Friday March 10.
The deadline to apply online and be included in the drawing for starting positions within each class is 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 16. Starting positions for the classes that aren’t qualifying will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration. Results of the start draw will be posted on the SCORE website by 6 p.m. PT on Friday, March 17.
Late entries may register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Friday, March 24. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.
Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered.
For just the fourth time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Wednesday, March 29 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec classes. The starting order for qualifying in each class will be the order in which they entered the race.
Entries received in the qualifying classes received after Friday, March 24 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.
Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that they are received.
The first-time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 1000-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks.
In 2021, Bryce Menzies was the fastest qualifier followed by Andy McMillin and his cousin Luke McMillin. At the finish of the race Menzies was the winner, L. McMillin was second and A. McMillin finished in third place.
In 2022, Menzies was the fastest qualifier followed by Justin Lofton and L. McMillin. At the finish, L. McMillin was the winner, Menzies was second at the team of Mike Walser/Jax Redline finished in third place.
Qualifying is not open to the public and will be held on a five-mile course that is not part of the official race course.
Expected back to defend their overall race wins from 2022 are San Diego’s Luke McMillin in SCORE Trophy Truck and the motorcycle team led by Juan Carlos Salvatierra of La Paz, Bolivia.
Turning the tables on the 2021 race results, third-generation desert racer Luke McMillin topped Las Vegas' Bryce Menzies in 2022, roaring through the Baja desert to defeat a voluminous 273 starters in the King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250.
Luke McMillin, drove solo to power his stunning No. 83 Mason-built all-wheel drive Chevy 1500 to lead the third-largest number of starters in race history to an inspiring error-free, penalty-free winning time of four hours, 25 minutes and 21 seconds over the sun-drenched, rock-filled, silt-strewn 277.00 miles for a remarkable average speed of 62.63 miles per hour.
Switching from the unique Pro Moto Ironman class for solo riders after winning two straight season class point championships, Bolivia's legendary athlete/statesman and Dakar Rally veteran Juan Carlos Salvatierra teamed up with Mexico's Arturo Salas and USA's Shane Logan and the three-nation team was the Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited Class winner in last year's King Shocks SCORE San Felipe 250.
With Salas starting, Logan, of San Diego, taking the second section, Salvatierra, 40, finished up for the impressive victory on his KTM 450SX-F.
Logan crashed on his section and Salvatierra rode the final section of the race course without a seat.
SCORE TRIPLE CROWN OF BAJA
Together, the SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000 are the three traditional SCORE Baja races that form the coveted SCORE Triple Crown of Baja award given to racers who have won the overall in each of these massive events.
The nine racers who have won the overall victory in all three of these races are David Ashley, Robby Gordon, Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin, Scott McMillin, Larry Ragland, Dan Smith, Ivan Stewart and Gustavo Vildosola Jr.
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Source SCORE International