ENSENADA, Mexico–With racers competing in 30 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, 345 total entries are ready to start the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baaja 1000 desert racein Ensenada, Mexico.
Sal Fish’s SCORE International is completing its 36th year as the World’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body and the event is the finale of the five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series. The world’s best desert racers have come from 39 U.S. States and 14 countries to gather on the majestic Baja California peninsula. Among the entries are 25 class winners from last year’s race. Late entries will be accepted up until Friday morning.
This year’s 672.85-mile race will start for the 35th time and finish for the 20th time in Ensenada. The motorcycle and ATV classes will start their journey at 6:30 a.m. PST Friday, with the car and truck classes starting at approximately 10:30 a.m., or three hours after the last ATV leaves the line. Vehicles will leave in 30-second intervals in the elapsed-time race and while the fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately 14 hours. All vehicles will have a 31-hour time limit to become official finishers in the legendary adventure.
The race will start and finish on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the picturesque Bahia de Todos Santos in front of the historical Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.
It’s the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a racer. Since 1967, the Granddaddy of all desert races has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula. This year’s course will be run totally in the Northern part of the peninsula.
(660cc, 4-wheel utility vehicle)
1801 Dave Roberts, 61, Weddington, N.C./Robert Flau Sr., 50, Lake Elomo, Minn./John McCarthy, 53, Hudson, Wisc., Dragon Fire, ITP
1802 Thomas Graves, 49, El Cajon, Calif./Joseph Graves, 51/Soledad Martinez, 27/Daniel Graves, 58, San Diego, Yamaha Rhino, TAG Engineering, Gravestone Communications, Alba Action Sports, Motoworks, ORW, VisionX Lights, PWR Performance, RacerX, Fox Shox, Tire Balls, Dragon Fire, Weitzel Motorsports
1803 Reid Nordin, 47, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Hans Waage, 47, Scottsdale, Ariz./Todd Romano, 39, Park City, Utah, Kawasaki Teryx, Dragon Fire Racing, Kawasaki Team Green, ITP, Lowrance, Fox Shox, Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
1818 Peter Hajas, 49, Wayzata, Minn./Steven Hajas, 44, Delano, Minn./Scott Heber, 43, Telluride, Colo./Scott Hoyt, Plymouth, Minn., TomCar
1819 John Cowley, 35/Torsten Palm, 33/Jesse Maier, 31, Flagstaff, Ariz.