Baja 1000 pre-race facts, schedule
2006 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 WHAT: 39th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race Final event of the six-race 2006 SCORE Desert Series WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 14-18, ...
2006 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
WHAT: 39th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race
Final event of the six-race 2006 SCORE Desert Series
WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 14-18, 2006
WHERE: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (65 miles south of U.S./Mexico Border) to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
WHO: Over 425 entries from 38 U.S. States, and 11 countries, competing in 27 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs
COURSE: TOTAL MILEAGE: 1,050.83 miles (10 checkpoints plus the finish line). Starts on Blvd. Costero, adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada, finishing on the outskirts of La Paz adjacent to the tourism office. Starting on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja California peninsula, the course immediately heads southeast through the Valle de Trinidad (rm 111.2) to San Felipe (rm 177.3) where it turns south along the azure Sea of Cortez. Passing through Puertocitos (rm 229.5), San Luis Gonzaga (rm 276.9), Coco's Corner (rm 299.9) and Bahia de Los Angeles (rm 377.2) before heading about 20 miles further south and then turning southwest through San Francisquito junction (rm 446.6) and winding a south through El Arco (rm 491.6) to Highway 1 @ KM 137 (rm 512.2) running on Hwy 1 to KM 73 (rm 552.1) and looping back east to San Ignacio (rm 553.3). The course then heads sharply southwest back to the Pacific Ocean and south down to Rancho Cuarenta (rm 612.9) to San Juanico (rm 656.8) before a backwards 'C' loop along the Sea of Cortez down past Loreto (rm 776.5) and San Javier (rm 797.2)) to across Hwy 1 just northeast of Ciudad Insurgentes (rm 855.3). The course then runs south down the center of the peninsula east of Ciudad Constitucion to another Hwy 1 crossing at KM 127, south of Santa Rita (rm 949.1) for another run along the Pacific Ocean, past Punta Conejo (rm 979.6) before finally turning slightly northeast to the top of La Paz Mini Summit (rm 1,031.0) for the final sprint to the finish line in La Paz. The 10 checkpoints will be located at the following race miles on the course--American Racing ATX SCORE Ck. 1-rm77.0 (Hwy 3@KM 78), American Racing ATX SCORE Ck. 2-139.0 (North of Diablo Dry Lake), American Racing SCORE Ck. 3-215.5 (South of San Felipe, Hwy 5, On Pavement KM 52.5), SCORE Ck. 4-299.9 (Coco's Corner), SCORE Ck. 5-377.2 (Bahia de Los Angeles), SCORE Ck. 6-553.3 (San Ignacio), SCORE Ck. 7-724.7 (Hwy 1 @KM 59, North of Loreto), SCORE Ck. 8-855.3 (On Hwy 1, East of Ciudad Insurgentes), SCORE Ck. 9-949.1 (Hwy 1 Crossing, Hwy 1 @ KM 127, South of Santa Rita), SCORE Ck 10-1,031.0 (Top of La Paz Mini Summit) and finish line-1,050.83 (La Paz).
START: Boulevard Costero, adjacent to Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center-Ensenada
FINISH: Adjacent of the tourism office, outskirts of La Paz
RACE STARTS: (Thursday, Nov. 16) Motorcycles, ATVs-6:30 a.m.; Cars, Trucks-10:30 a.m.
STARTING ORDER (Subject to Change): (One vehicle every 30 seconds)
Motorcycles/ATVs--22, 30, 40, 21, 20, 50, 60, Sportsman M/C>, Sportsman M/C<, 25, 24, Sportsman ATV
Cars/Trucks--TT, 1, 10, 8, PT, SL, 1-2/1600, 5, 7, BC, 5/1600, 7S, 7SX, SF, SM, 9, 3, 17, Sportsman Truck, Sportsman Car, 11, Sportsman UTV, Sportsman Legend
TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 43-hour time limit from the time they start.
Sanctioned and produced by SCORE International-Los Angeles
SCORE official 2006 sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Sunoco Race Fuels/Bryant Petroleum-official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, American Racing ATX Wheels-official wheel, Airstar America-official space lighting provider. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Kartek Off-Road, Centrix Financial, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bendix, American Suzuki, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie's Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
Additional associate sponsors, for the 2006 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 are: Micron Technology, Red Bull North America, Cotuco de Ensenada, Fideicomiso Publio para la Promocion Turistica de Ensenada, the government of Baja California Sur, the State Tourism Department of Baja California Sur and the city tourism fund of Loreto.
Televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special for the third consecutive year, airing at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Dec. 10 on the NBC Television Network. Co-produced by Aura360, It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International.
AEM, UPRacing.com and DirtSports Magazine, in conjunction with Desert Rat Off-Road Centers and motorbaja.com have posted a unique $10,000 cash bonus purse, offering $1,000 to qualified cars and trucks who are the first through fifth, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th to physically cross the finish line. It is a rollover purse, allowing the 20th vehicle to earn as much as $10,000, if the previous four awards weren't presented.
HISTORY OF START/FINISH:
In the 39-year history of the SCORE Baja 1000, this will be the 32nd time the race has started in Ensenada and the 17th time it has finished in La Paz. It has also started three times in Mexicali (1972, 1993, 1994), twice in Tijuana (1967, 1995) and once each in Santo Tomas (1998) and Ojos Negro (1999). It has finished in Mexicali twice (1993, 1994), once each in Ojos Negro (1999) and Cabo San Lucas (2000). The last time this race ended in La Paz was 2004.
BFGoodrich Tires, long a staple in desert racing, has been the tire of choice for 20 consecutive overall 4-wheel vehicle winners.
In 4-wheel vehicle competition, VW motors have produced 12 overall winners, followed by Ford with 11, Chevy with 9, Porsche with 3, Toyota with 2, and Dodge with 1.
Among 4-wheel vehicles, Chenowth has produced the chassis for 10 overall winners, followed by Ford with 9, Chevy with 5, Toyota, Funco, Raceco, Jimco and Smithbuilt with 2 each and Miller, Hi-Jumper, Dodge, and Meyers Manx with 1 each.
In motorcycle competition, Honda leads with 16 overall victories, followed by Husqvarna with 11, Kawasaki with 9 and Yamaha with 2.
THEY JUST KEEP ON GOING, AND GOING...:
When veterans Rod Hall and Ron Bishop strap on their racing helmets and take the green flag, they will keep their incredible streaks alive of being the only two racers who have competed in all 38 SCORE Baja 1000 races. Hall, who will turn 68 on Nov. 22, will drive in Stock Mini. Bishop, 63, is the only individual who has run all 38 races on a motorcycle. This year, Bishop will co-ride in the over 250cc Class 22 motorcycle class on a team led by Beau Hayden. Hall is the all-time winningest racer in this event with 18 class wins and Bishop has one class win and is a member of the AMA Hall of Fame.
Committed to extending their overall winning streaks are unlimited Class 1 legends Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler and motorcycle superstar Johnny Campbell. Herbst, who has four class wins in this race and Roeseler, who has 14 class and 12 overall (10 on a motorcycle) wins, will be attempting to become only the first Class 1 (unlimited open-wheel desert race cars) team in the history of the race to earn three consecutive overall wins. They are tied with Mark McMillin, who won back-to-back titles in 1983 and 1984. In SCORE Trophy-Truck, Larry Ragland won three straight in 1995, 1996 and 1997 in Chevy trucks. Parnelli Jones won back-to-back overalls in 1971 and 1972 in a Ford Bronco. Campbell has nine straight overall and Class 22 motorcycle wins and is teamed this year with Robby Bell and Kendall Norman.
TIGHT OVERALL POINTS:
SCORE points are determined both on final finishing position and number of vehicles which started the race within the individual class. After four events, just 40 points separate the top 10 SCORE point leaders for 2006. The team of Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler has earned 296 points and they are the overall point leaders and lead Class 1 as well in their Smithbuilt-Ford. In what has developed into one of tightest overall point battles in SCORE history, second in overall and Class 1 points are brothers Gary and Mark Weyhrich (Jimco-Chevy--291), while third overall and in Class 1 is the team of Richard Boyle/Ron Brant (Jimco-Chevy--273). Fourth and fifth overall are the top two leaders in SCORE Trophy-Truck: B.J. Baldwin (Chevy Silverado--270) and Bob Shepard (Chevy CK1500--264).
The 2006 SCORE Desert Series includes chase for the $50,000 Kartek Off-Road contingency bonus to be awarded to several qualified 2006 SCORE Class point champions.
The 2006 SCORE Desert Series also involves the hunt for the 21st annual Toyota Milestone and $12,000 Toyota True Grit Awards. The prestigious Toyota Milestone Awards are presented to every racer who completes every required mile of every race in the 2006 SCORE Desert Series. The $12,000 Toyota True Grit purse is split among the SCORE season point champions who are also Toyota Milestone award winners in several non-factory-backed classes. A total of 22 drivers are still eligible for Toyota Milestone awards and 10 of those are still in the hunt for class titles and an equal share of the Toyota True Grit purse.
A race-record of nearly 40 SCORE Trophy-Trucks are expected to take the green flag. The marquee SCORE racing division featuring 800-horsepower unlimited production trucks includes cross-over drivers in addition to the talented field of regulars and a very close point's race for the season championship. Eight of 12 previous season point champions are entered and 61 of 77 SCORE Trophy-Truck race winners are represented as well along with seven of the previous 12 SCORE Trophy-Truck winners in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Las Vegas brothers Ed and Tim Herbst are the winningest team in the history of the class with 11 race wins in the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150, while second is Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., with nine. Ragland is racing this year with veteran Brian Collins of Las Vegas, who has three wins in the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Chevy Silverado. Returning as defending race and class season point champion is Bob Shepard, Phoenix, who drives the No. 1 Shepard Motorsports Chevy CK1500.
MAN OF TRIPLE-STEELE:
Noted TV sports announcer Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., is a second-generation desert racer who is attempting a triple again this year, one in SCORE Trophy-Truck, one in Class 11, and one in Class 22. He is regular in SCORE Trophy-Truck, in the No. 16 Desert Assassins Ford F-150, will be a co-driver on the No. 1147 stock VW Sedan team led by Chris Corbett in Class 11 and will lead his own team on a Honda XR650R motorcycle in Class 22. On the airwaves, Steele is an announcer for Supercross, X-Games, and the Champ Car World Series. Steele probably talks in his sleep.
MORE TRIPLE THREATS:
Two more racers who have declared their desire to triple their pain and pleasure are motorcycle racers Jim O'Neal, 60, and Stephen Stenberg, 51. O'Neal, who owns the prominent O'Neal Racing apparel company, will once again lead Honda XR650R teams in Class 40 and Class 50 and will be a co-rider on a team in the new age group Class 60 led by Donald Lewis. Stenberg will be the rider of record on three different Husqvarna motorcycles in Class 21, Class 30 and Class 40.
CROSSOVERS/CELEBRITY DRIVERS: Among the crossover/celebrity racers in this year's race are (as of 11/1/06):
--Robby Gordon, NASCAR Team Owner/Driver, two-time Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Overall Winner, No. 83 SCORE Trophy-Truck with Andy McMillin
--Cameron Steele, action sports and Champ Car, TV announcer, No. 16 SCORE Trophy-Truck, No. 1147 Class 11 AND No. 19x Class 22
--Jesse James, 'Monster Garage' TV star, No. 54 SCORE Trophy-Truck
--Boris Said, NASCAR driver, sports car legend, No. 108 Class 1
--Johnny Greaves, CORR Short Course racing champion, No. 557 Class 5/1600
--Travis Pastrana, Freestyle MX legend, No. 116, Class 1
--Mike Metzger, 'godfather' of Freestyle MX, BC3 Micron Baja Challenge Class
--Ricky Johnson, legendary former Supercross star/NASCAR regional series racer, No. 81 SCORE Trophy-Truck with Ryan Arciero
--Armin Schwarz, seven-time World Rally Championship race winner, No. 101 Class 1
--Patrick Dempsey, Star of ABC series "Grey's Anatomy", competed in Panoz and Miati sports car series and the 2005 Grand Prix of Long Beach Celebrity race, second year in this race, BC2 Micron Baja Challenge Class
--Rod Millen, World Rally Championship racer, Pikes Peak Hill Climb record holder, former champion in the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Stadium Series, will debut a new Toyota FJ Cruiser, No. 761 Stock Mini Class
--Led by UROC (Rock Crawling) BFG Tires champion Shannon Campbell, his fellow UROC drivers Johnny Guilleland and brothers John and Nate Williams will debut the new Donahoe Racing Toyota FJ Cruiser, No. 305 Class 3
--Rhys Millen, Pikes Pike Hill Climb class winner and National Drifting class champion, team led by David Sutton, BC13 Micron Baja Challenge Class
--Ryan Hunter-Reay, veteran open-wheel racer with two Champ Car wins, trying now to move to NASCAR, also part of BC13 Micron Baja Challenge
--Dominic Dobson, German-born former CART and NASCAR Truck Series driver, made 7 Indy 500 Starts, numbers IMSA sports car races, team led by Chris Berty, BC12 Micron Baja Challenge Class
--Steve Appleton, CEO and President of Micron Technology, BC16 Micron Baja Challenge Class
--Roberto Guerrero, former IndyCar star, No. 245 Protruck class
--Darren Law, GT Prototype racer part of a Rolex Series team led by David Stone, BC4 Micron Baja Challenge Class
--Jamie Galles, former Trans Am and Toyota Atlantic series racer whose family was a long-time IndyCar team owner, co-driver No. 104, Class 1
--Kathy Jarvis, renown Hollywood stunt woman with over 60 film credits, attempting solo drive in No. 280, Protruck class
--Scott Atchison, former IndyCar driver, No. 404x, Class 40
--Bud Brutsman, Show Creator and TV Producer of 'Rides' and 'Overhaulin', BC 3, Micron Baja Challenge Class
--Kenny Bartram, Freestyle MX star, BC3, Micron Baja Challenge Class
--Tracy Jordan, BFG Tires Rock Crawling champion, BC3 Baja Challenge Class
--Daron Rahlves, legendary three-time U.S. Olympic downhill skier (1998, 2002, 2006, 236x Sportsman Motorcycle >250cc
--Danny Moder, noted film cinemaphotographer with over 20 on his filmography, co-driver in No. 1104 Class 11
How about 28 Class wins, including four overall wins for the No. 549x Class 50 (riders over 50 years old) motorcycle team of Chris Haines (12 class wins including seven straight), Jack Johnson (11 class wins, 4 overalls) and Richard Jackson (5 class wins). They have all been rider of record at least once. On top of that, the team's fourth co-rider, Bob Wadlow, has never been rider of record, but has been a co-rider on four class winning teams in this race.
While there are many families with lots of combined class wins, none have more than the Hall family of Reno, Nev., which has a total of 25 class wins. Led by dad Rod Hall's race-record 18 class wins, his son Chad has five and youngest son Josh has two. This year, Team Hummer will have Rod Hall in Stock Mini and Chad and Josh Hall will drive separate Hummers in Stock Full.
This race always has a few 'bravehearts' who enter in two classes, hoping for double wins. The most notable one's this year are: Steve Martz, co-driver in Class 7S (No. 723) and co-rider in Class 22 (No. 9x) and Fred Brown who is leading two age group motorcycle teams in Class 30 (No. 305x) and Class 50 (No. 504x).
BACK TO THEIR ROOTS:
Besides Robby Gordon (NASCAR; SCORE Trophy-Truck) among the other racers returning to their desert racing roots are Brian Ickler (NASCAR Grand National, SCORE Class 1), Danny Ebberts (USAC Midgets, Class 1-2/1600) and Eric Hardin (NASCAR Grand National, SCORE Protruck).
Entered in this year's event are 19 racers who have combined for 40 overall wins in either the 4-wheel or motorycle divisions. The leaders are: Larry Roeseler, 12, (10 on a motorcycle and the last two years in a car); Johnny Campbell has won nine straight (all on a motorcycle), Malcolm Smith has five overalls (two in m/c and three in 4-wheel) and with five overall wins each in the 4-wheel division are Mark McMillin and Larry Ragland.
BAJA CHAMPS-BY CLASS:
Entered in this year's event are 93 racers who have combined for incredible 259 class wins. The leaders in multiple class wins entered this year are: Rod Hall with 18 (first overall), Larry Roeseler with 14 (third overall), Chris Haines with 12 (fourth overall), Jack Johnson with 11 (fifth overall), Johnny Campbell with 9 (tied for sixth) Mark McMillin, Malcolm Smith, Eric Solorzano and Dean Sundahl with 8 each (tied for ninth) and Steve Hengeveld with 6 (tied for 16th).
SCORE IronRiders: (as of 11/1/06)
Nearly two dozen motorcycle riders will attempt to run the race solo, with no co-riders. If they succeed, they will each receive one of the prestigious SOCRE IronRider awards. So far, these 31 riders have officially confirmed they will be attempting to ride solo: Class 22--5x Robert Laughlin, 10x James Sones, 11x John Carmona, 17x Robert Barnum, 18x Anna Cody; Class 21--106x David Gonzalez Jr.; Class 30--302x Gary Sparks, 308x Hisahade Ueno; Class 50--502x Neil Manninen, 548x Vincent D'Ercole, Sportsman Motorcycle >250cc--217x T. Morgan Spradling, 223x Jon Johnson, 227x Mike Kaplan, 229x Dennis Law, 231x Scott Sibbald, 234x Eugene Lane, 237x Brian Thompson, 238x Alastair Hilson, 242x Daniel Law, 244x Alex Melero, 246x Jeff Matthews, 248x Thierry Mas, 250x Colie Potter, 251x Michael Stein, 253x Jesse Christensen, 254x Leland Christensen, 295x Rome Haloftis, 297x Don Robbins and Sportsman ATV--93a Harold Clampitt, 94a Richard Czerlau, 95a Doug Granger. One of the unique family teams will be Dennis Law and his son Daniel of San Luis Obispo, Calif., will both be attempting to make the solo run.
Desert racing has always been about family teams and this year's Tecate SCORE Baja1000 is a prime example of that fact. This year's starting grid currently includes 118 brothers racing together and 26 racing separately. The race also has 64 fathers racing with their 73 sons and 14 fathers whose 25 sons are racing in separate vehicles. There are also 10 husband/wife teams competing together and two separately.
There will be a number of third generation desert racers in the field. Leading the way will be two members of the legendary McMillin Racing team. Andy McMillin, will race SCORE Trophy-Truck with NASCAR's Robby Gordon and Daniel McMillin, whose father Mark will be a favorite again in Class 1, will race in Class 1-2/1600. Among the other third gen racers will be Bryan Freeman with Gus Vildosola Jr. in Protruck.
Among the brothers racing together are: Ed and Tim Herbst (SCORE Trophy-Truck), Gary and Mark Weyhrich (Class 1), 34-year old TWIN brothers Arturo and Abel Velazco (Class 1-2/1600), Eric, Hiram and Evan Duran (Class 1-2/1600), Donald and Kenneth Moss (Class 3), Kelly and Spencer Beal (Class 7SX), Nick, Michael and Larry Vanderwey (Class 8) and Lobsam and Eli Yee (Class 10).
Robyn Gordon and her sister Beccy Gordon, whose brother is NASCAR Team Owner/Driver and SCORE Trophy-Truck racer Robby Gordon, will lead the All-American Girls Racing Team in the Micron Technology Baja Challenge class in the No. BC17. Robyn, Beccy and Heather Bonanni won the Sportsman Car class in September's SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300.
Among the father and sons racing together are Marty Coyne and his son Travis in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Mark Hutchins and his son C.J. in Class 10, Buddy Feldkamp and his father Bud in Class 1, Pancho and Cisco Bio (Class 1-2/1600), Rick and Jeff Battey (Class 1-2/1600), Gerardo and his father Carlos (Class 1-2/1600), Chris and Sean Ebberz (Class 22).
Besides the McMillins, other father-sons who will race in separate vehicles include Gus (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK) and his son Gus Vildosola Jr. (Protruck), B.J. Baldwin (SCORE Trophy-Truck) and his father Bobby (SCORE Trophy-Truck), Larry Ragland and his son Chad, both in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Malcolm Smith (Class 1) and his son Alexander Smith (Class 1-2/1600) and Dennis Law and his son Daniel, who will both be attempting to ride the race solo in the Sportsman M/C >250cc class..
Among the female racers expected to compete as a driver or co-driver in a car/truck class or rider/co-rider on a motorcycle or ATV are...
--Evie Baldwin--SCORE Lite-No. 1208. Widow of the 2004 SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champion Jason Baldwon, she is a CORR short-course racer making her debut in this race, racing in the memory of her late husband.
--Michelle Bruckmann--Class 1-2/1600-No. 1600. Veteran racer, she is driving on the All-star team that includes Caleb Gaddis, Adam Pfankuch and her husband Vic Bruckmann.
--Anna Cody--Class 22-18x. A former SCORE regular, she returns to attempt a solo charity motorcycle ride to benefit breast cancer research. She would become the first woman to ever solo on a motorcycle.
--Nancy Emde--Class 20-151x. New to SCORE desert racing
--Robyn and sister Beccy Gordon, Heather Bonanni--Micron Baja Challenge-No. BC 17. The All-American Girls Racing team won the Sportsman Car class at this year's SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300. Robyn won the overall title in this race in 1990 with her dad Bob and brother Robby.
--Sigal Greenberg--Class 9-No. 901. SCORE regular currently second in the Class 9 point standings.
--Kathy Jarvis--Protruck-No. 280. Hollywood stunt woman with over 60 film credits, attempting to become the first female to ever solo in a truck.
--Jessica McCreary--Class 25-No. 54a. San Diego County school principal, she is a co-rider on a team led by Craig Christy.
--Emily Miller--Stock Mini-No. 762. From Colorado, she will be a co-driver for Rod Hall in her first Baja attempt.
--Heidi Steele--Class 7SX-No. 741. Vice-President of Human Resources for a national home health-car firm, she is the wife of Cameron Steele, is a SCORE regular and was the 2005 SCORE Sportsman Car class point champ.
This race always draws a number of teams racing for charitable causes, but this year may even have the most. As of 11.1, the following entries are among those racing for charities:
--1102 Class 11 Mike Urbano--Full House Racing--Carson, Calif., firefighters have built their own car and raised funds to donate several 'jaws of life' units to several cities down the Baja California peninsula. www.locobomberos.org.
--1147 Class 11 Chris Corbett--DIRTsports Magazine/EMPI, in-house project car built by students at the FAB School in Riverside, fundraising campaign for Cure Autism Now (CAN). www.off-road.com/bajacharityrun.
--1103 Class 11 Brian Calliari--"1000 miles For Autism", team is based in New York state and trying to raise awareness for Autism, project is part of Autism Speaks, a national, non-profit Autism organization. www.autismspeaks.org.
--213 Protruck Dave Westhem--Herzog Racing. Wahoo's Fish Tacos, owned by Philanthropist Wing Lam, has teamed with Herzog Racing to host a group of innercity youth to the November desert Classic. The idea came from Lam's girlfriend Erin Gruwell, a Long Beach, Calif., teacher whose vision and dedication to helping troubled youth has helped turn young lives aroud. The Wahoo's/Blue C Ford F-150 will also cary the name of 'Freedom Writer,' the name of a Paramount moved to be released in 2007 based on Gruwell's story with innercity youth.
--18x Class 22 Anna Cody--Attempt to become the first woman to ride solo on a motorcycle, raising funds for the American Cancer Society, in memory of her former SCORE Baja 1000 teammate, Lillie Sweetland, who lost her battle with cancer in 2001. www.codygirlracing.com.
--303x Class 30 Jim Filanc--Racing for Life team raising funds for two organizations--the Scleroderma Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, as a tribute to Filanc's sister who passed away from the two diseases last year. In her name, the Julia Lynn, is the KTM 525 the team will race on then auction off at the end of the race. www.racingforlife.org.
--215x Sportsman M/C>250cc Charlie Wilson--Wilson Racing Team works through Free Wheel Chair Mission to locate and deliver wheel chairs with heavy-duty mountain bike wheels to individuals with disabilities in more remote parts of Baja California. The team works through the Ensenada Hospital and the Red Cross in San Felipe. www.hootersdesertracing.com.
--240x Sportsman M/C>2500cc Jay Sherman--Baja for Breast Cancer Team, Sherman lost his mother (Sandy) to breast cancer in 2003. Rider Pete Thompson lost his aunt to the disease and third team rider Ken Shaffer also lost his aunt to the disease in 2003. Proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. www.bajaforbreastcancer.com.
RISING SUN RACERS:
This race has always had a good number of participants from Japan and this year's race is no exception. So far, SCORE welcomes six total entries from the land of the Rising Sun, including one in SCORE Trophy-Truck, and in the following motorcycle classes: Class 30 (1), Sportsman M/C 250cc< (2), Sportsman M/C 250cc> (2).
CLASSES: The 2006 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Desert Race features a race-record of over 425 entries in 27 Pro & 6 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.
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 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)
BAJA CHALLENGE (Limited, identical Baja touring cars)
CLASS 17 (Class 3, modified Jeep Cherokees)
CLASS 22 (250cc or more)
CLASS 20 (125cc)
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 60 (Riders over 60 years old)
CLASS 25 (251cc or more)
CLASS 24 (250cc or less)
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