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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

ENSNEADA - 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500

42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Desert Race, Ensenada, June 3–6
by Dominic Clark

Photo by Redphin Productions LLC
Following the second of five races in the 2010 SCORE Desert Series, 25 of SCORE’s toughest drivers remain in the hunt to earn 2010 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards.

Leading the way are five racers in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division along with six in Class 1-2/1600 for 1600cc VW-powered open-wheelers and five racers in SCORE Lite.

The five SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers who have completed every race mile so far this season are: Andy McMillin, National City, CA (Ford F-150); Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, AZ (Ford F-150); Kory Scheeler, Las Vegas, NV (Ford F-150); Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, NV (Ford F-150); and Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, AZ (Chevy Silverado).

Nearly 300 entries are expected to compete in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs in the upcoming 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 500. Round 3 of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series will be held June 3–6 in Ensenada, Mexico.

Pre-running on the 440-mile course officially began on Saturday, May 22.

Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 25th consecutive year. The Toyota Milestone awards will go to those pro car and truck drivers who finish every required mile in the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.

“Toyota is proud to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers,” said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “For a quarter of a century, Toyota has had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet.”

Racers from at least 26 U.S. States, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan and Mexico have entered in this year’s race.

The loop race will start and finish on Boulevard Costero in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center adjacent to the Bahia de Todos Santos in the heart of Ensenada. Over 150,000 spectators are expected to line the race route, which covers much of the northern part of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. On Saturday, June 5, Motorcycles and ATVs will start first in the elapsed-time race at 6 a.m. followed by the cars and trucks at 10 a.m.