Youngest SCORE Baja event to be held Sept. 13-17 in Ensenada, Baja California; Spectacular event is Round 3 of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship; More info at https://score-international.com/raceinfo/2023-baja-400-sept-12-17-2023/
NOTE: Current Schedule of Events at bottom of text
‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’ this year, online racer registration is now open for the 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels, until September 1, 2023, on the SCORE website.
Following a dazzling debut in 2019, no race in 2020 because of the worldwide health pandemic, and a raucous race in 2021 and 2022, the SCORE Baja 400 will add to its growing legacy this year.
The youngest race in the long and storied 50-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization will be held Sept. 13-17 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Online racer registration along with a detailed schedule of events both are now available on the SCORE website for Round 3 of the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship. Entries from all across the United States and around the world are anticipated for the upcoming internationally-televised desert race in Mexico’s Baja California.
Inaugurated in 2019, the SCORE Baja 400 was not held in 2020 because of the international pandemic, in 2021 started and finished without spectators Northeast of the central city and the start returned to the heart of Ensenada last year..
The three defending overall and SCORE Trophy Truck champions in this new race are Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif. (2019) and Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies (2021 and 2022).
The race and pre-race festivities are scheduled to return to the heart of Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego. All race festivities including racer registration, media registration pre-race contingency and the start/finish line compound will all be held in or adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada. Contingency and the start/finish line area will once again be the fantastic, fan-friendly Boulevard Costero.
ONLINE RACER REGISTRATION
Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. Information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.
Online racer registration will close at 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, Sept. 1. In person registration will be held in the SCORE Ensenada office until 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, Sept. 7.
For more info, visit https://score-internatonal.com/raceinfo/2023-baja-400-sept-12-17
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts with the green flag dropping on Saturday (Sept. 16). Motorcycles and Quads will start at 5:30 a.m. PT, Cars, Trucks, and UTVs will start at 8:15. When finalized race course of 386.42 miles. While the fastest vehicles will finish in about eight hours, the elapsed-time race will have a 16-hour time limit to become an official finisher.
Nearly 225 vehicles are expected at the start line for this fourth-time SCORE race with racers from as many as 20 U.S. States and 10 countries anticipated. Pro and Sportsman Classes are offered for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
START GRID-SCORE BAJA 1000
The results of the SCORE Baja 400 also will determine the start order within each class for November’s iconic season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000.
The starting order within each class for this race (except for the classes that are qualifying), will be determined by a random drawing for those entries received online and paid in full by 5 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, Sept. 1.
No additional online entries will be accepted after 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, Sept. 1.
Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Sept. 13-15).
In person registration will be held in the SCORE Ensenada office until 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 386-mile race course for this year’s 4th SCORE Baja 400 will open at 8 a.m. PDT on Saturday, Sept. 2. Pre-running will begin at race mile 38.92, ending at race-mile 345.49. The first section to up race mile 38.92, which will be used in both directions during the race, will be available for pre-running only on Thursday (Sept. 14) and Friday (Sept. 15) and only in the outbound direction.
Qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 13), starting at 7 a.m. PDT. Classes that will be qualifying for the 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels, are SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, and the Trophy Truck Spec class. Starting order for qualifying will be determined by the order in which each vehicle enters the race.
The race will feature a course, when fully plotted and then marked over the next several weeks by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 386.42 miles of rugged Baja California terrain.
The challenging race course will be another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
Colorful race week festivities will start on Wednesday, Sept. 13 to help celebrate this newest SCORE Baja race. They will be held in or adjacent to the landmark Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.
Chassis inspections and pre-tech/Stella device check and installation will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 13) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT by appointment (619.572.8245) and on Thursday (Sept. 14) chassis inspection/pre-tech/Stella bracket check and installation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Blvd. Costero just past the start/finish ramp.
Friday (Sept. 15) will see the colorful day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT contingency row will be held for all classes. Tech inspection/Transponder checks/Stella/SPICA device pickup will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT on Friday as well at the end of the manufacturer’s row.
During the race on Saturday, Sept. 16 until the course closes on Sunday morning, Sept. 17, the start/finish line compound will include the massive double-sided SCOREvision LED screen broadcasting race festivities, the start, live race action from around the course and finish line interviews.
Popular Rat Sult will once again serve as host of the SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult will once again be veteran voice Dave Arnold.
Contingency and the race itself will be streamed live, airing via the internet on the SCORE website. Included in the exclusive race coverage, along with vehicle tracking, will be live drone and in-car camera footage from various locations around the race course. There will also be hosts in the SCORE Studio bringing live updates during the race.
AT THE RIVIERA…
The historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. Racer registration and media registration will both be held in Salon Rojo on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Sept. 13-15).
On Wednesday (Sept. 13 for qualifying teams only) racer registration will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT. On Thursday (Sept. 14) it will run from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT, and on Friday (Sept. 16) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Wednesday, no new entries will be accepted after 7 p.m. PDT, on Thursday and Friday after 4 p.m. PDT.
SCORE Media Registration will be held in Salon Rojo at the Riviera on Wednesday (Sept. 13) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT and on Thursday and Friday (Sept. 14-15) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT.
The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero.
2023 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY SCHEDULE
Here are the dates for the remaining two races in the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship Golden Anniversary season, ‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’, which are being held totally in Baja California, Mexico for the eighth consecutive year:
- 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 13-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
- BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000—
November 13-18, La Paz, Baja California Sur to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Baja Vida-Official Snacks and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communications, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada and Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
Round 3 of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship
Sept. 13-17 - Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – 386.42 miles
•Schedule of Events• (all times PDT)
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
9am-5pm Chassis Inspection/Stella device check & install—By Appointment
1pm-5pm Media Registration Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
2pm-8pm Racer Registration Qualifying Classes only—Salon Rojo, Riviera CC
Thursday, September 14, 2023
7am Qualifying SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Trophy Truck Spec
9am-5pm Chassis Inspection/Stella Bracket Check & Install—just past S/F ramp
9am-5pm Racer Registration Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
No new entries after 4 p.m.
9am-5pm Media Registration Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
Friday, September 15, 2023
8am-5pm Racer Registration - Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
No New Entries after 4 p.m.
8am-5pm Contingency Row Blvd Costero, adjacent to Riviera del Pacifico CC
8am-6pm Tech/Transponder Check/Stella/SPICA device pick up—end of contingency row
9am-5pm Media Registration Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
6pm Aircraft/Drone Pilot Meet Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico CC
7pm Mandatory Racer Meeting Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico CC
Saturday, September 16, 2023
5am-11pm SCORE Media Center Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
START/FINISH: 386.42-mile course Cars/Trucks/UTV; next to Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
5:30am RACE START: MOTOS/QUADS(subject to change)—
Pro Moto Unltd, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto Ltd, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, Pro Quad Ironman, Pro Baja-e Moto/Quad, SPT Moto, SPT Quad
(Start Intervals: Pro Moto Unlimited-60 second split, all other classes start one every 30 seconds)
7:30am Honor Guard and Salute to the Flags Ceremony Start/Finish line ramp
8:15am RACE START CARS/TRUCKS/UTVS (subject to change)—
TT/TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 10, Pro UTV Open, Pro UTV FI, 7, SL, Pro UTV NA, Pro UTV Unltd, 1/2-1600, Pro UTV Stock, 8, Heavy Metal, Hammer Truck, 5, 3, 5-1600, BC, Stock Mid-Size, 7F, 7SX, SF, TL, Baja-e Truck, Baja-e Car, Baja-e UTV, 2, 11, SPT Truck, SPT Open-Wheel, SPT UTV (TT, TT Legend, one every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start 30-second splits)
TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 16-hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts
3pm-11pm Posting of Unofficial Finishers Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
Sunday, September 17, 2023
5:45am Posting of unofficial results Online, Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico CC
8am-9:30am Result inquiry period SCORE Office - Ensenada
10am-2pm SCORE Media Center Open Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
10:30am Posting of official results Online; Salon Rojo, Riviera del Pacifico CC
11:30am Awards Celebration Cathedral Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
Source Score International