30th Annual SCORE Race San Felipe 250 in Baja California 2016

30th Annual SCORE Race San Felipe 250 in Baja California 2016

Feb 5, 2016

Celebrating another decade of excellence, seeing if a celebrated Mexican racer can win four straight years as well as starting and finishing for the first time on the Malecon in the heart of town are just three of the story lines awaiting racers from around the world who will start official pre-running next week for the 30th Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico.

The season-opening event of the five-race internationally-televised 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held Feb. 24-28 in San Felipe, the quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.

FELIZ ANNIVERSARIO
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the youngest of the three traditional SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website (www.SCORE-International.com) for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Pre-race festivities will be held in San Felipe on Feb. 24, Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 with race day on Saturday, Feb. 27 concluding with the post-race awards fiesta at Noon PT on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the plaza stage in the center of the picturesque Malecon.

The drawing for starting positions within each class will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11 for all vehicles officially entered by 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

MALECON MAGNIFICO
To help celebrate three decades of this popular race, local government officials have agreed to allow SCORE to start and finish the race on the Malecon stretch alongside the tranquil amber waters of the Sea of Cortez. Pre-race contingency and tech will continue to be held on the Malecon on Friday of race week as well as the awards on Sunday after the race.

QUATRO-PEAT?
Winning the last three SCORE San Felipe races overall, Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr will be looking to break a three-way tie with three Las Vegas racers to become the first racer to win the SCORE overall title in race history four times and the first to pull off four consecutive victories.

A second generation Mexican desert racer, Vildosola Jr of Mexicali has five class wins in this race including a record-tying three straight overall and SCORE Trophy Truck wins in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Branix Ford Raptor.

Vildosola Jr, with help from his father Gus Sr in 2013 won his first overall. He drove solo the next two years to tie the record in 2015 of three straight overall wins set by Las Vegas racing brothers Ed Herbst and Tim Herbst who won three straight in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Two other Southern Nevada drivers have three overall car and truck wins in San Felipe but not three straight.

One is Las Vegas’ Brian Collins, who won his first in 1990 in Class 1 while splitting driving time with SCORE Baja motorcycle racing legend Jack Johnson, also of Las Vegas. Collins also captured two straight in SCORE Trophy Truck in 2008 and 2009.

The other three-timer in overall victories is Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, who has eight class wins in San Felipe and won his three overalls in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division. MacCachren’s first was in 2007 when his split the driving with Mark Post and his most recent overalls in San Felipe were solo wins in 2011 and 2012. MacCachren, who has won two straight in the SCORE Baja 1000, drives the No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Rockstar Ford F-150.

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MOTORCYCLE MAGIC
Among the SCORE Overall motorcycles winners at the SCORE San Felipe 250 no one has done it any better than SCORE Baja legend Johnny Campbell who recorded seven overall motorcycle victories for Honda (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008).

Two motorcycle stars with four SCORE Overall Motorcycle wins in the SCORE San Felipe 250 are Steve Hengeveld (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) and Colton Udall (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), while with three SCORE San Felipe 250 Overall wins were Danny Hamel (1994, 1995, 1996) and Robby Bell (2006, 2007, 2008).

GLORY ROADS
History clearly shows that the SCORE San Felipe 250 has been a major building block for many of the world’s all-time greatest desert racers in addition to being the lovable baby brother of the three traditional SCORE Baja races.

Host to the biggest and brightest stars in the history of desert racing, legends like Ivan Stewart, Walker Evans, Roger Mears, Rod Hall, Larry Ragland, Brian Collins, Dan Smith, Curt LeDuc, Danny Hamel, Johnny Campbell, Juan Carlos Ibarra, Steve Hengeveld and Greg Row all are part of the foundation of this rustic race.

Also adding to the fabric of this iconic SCORE Baja racing tapestry have been racers like Rob MacCachren, Larry Roeseler, the McMillin family, Gus Vildosola Jr, the Herbst Brothers, the Wilson family, Robby Gordon, B.J. Baldwin, Robby Bell, Colton Udall, Wayne Matlock, Steven Eugenio, Adam Pfankuch, Donald Moss and Jim O’Neal.

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HOUR GLASS
This is a tale of a race told in two parts. It was first run in 1982 for three years through 1984.

It wasn’t held during the first five years in the seven-year run of the combined HDRA/SCORE Desert Racing Series as it resumed in 1990. It almost disappeared after the 1993 race when the combined series split and the SCORE San Felipe 250 had just 82 total starters.

It bounced back though, as all good things in Baja do, climbing to 250 or more starters seven times, including twice with over 300 starters.

The largest starting field was 394 in 2007 when then SCORE President Sal Fish had to move the race to Ensenada less than two weeks before the race because of disputes between land owners and government officials. That race started in Ensenada and finished in Santo Tomas, south of Ensenada.

The largest starting field for the race when it was run in San Felipe was 2006 when 341 vehicles left the start line.

The most finishers in this shortest of the three traditional SCORE Baja races were in 2007 when 288 completed it and 2006 when 220 crossed the finish line within the time limit.

Like all of the SCORE Baja race courses, the SCORE San Felipe 250 has always featured some of the most start, dramatic and awe-inspiring terrain and scenery in the world.  Infamous for its punishment to racer and vehicle, part of the courses has included a whoop section of over 25 miles virtually like driving over a washboard.

Over the years, this race has seen parts of its courses go through several of the legendary Baja washes like Matomi, Huatomote, Chanate, Azufre, Cuevitas and Amarillas.

For many years, the start and finish line area has been beneath the fabled San Felipe Arches landmark on the outskirts of town.

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