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Pete Sohren Draws First Start Position
Over 275 entries expected
With Racers from 34 States, 12 countries entered to date in
Nationally-Televised Granddaddy of all Desert Races
32 SCORE Trophy-Trucks entered;
Race to be held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico,
LOS ANGELES—Just patiently plugging along in desert racing’s marquee division, Arizona’s journeyman driver Pete Sohren has received the first starting position during Saturday’s computerized drawing for November’s 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race. While the grizzled veteran Sohren will pilot his No. 2 Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck, starting first among the motorcycle and ATV classes will be the team led by promising newcomer Adam Thissen of Reno, Nev. on a KTM 550XC-W motorcycle.
An impressive total of 231 vehicles officially entered in time for Saturday’s computerized drawing held at SCORE International’s headquarters in Los Angeles. With over 275 entries expected to compete in 28 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, the granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 19-22 in Ensenada, Mexico. Completing its 36th year as the World’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, the event is the finale of the five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series. To date, entries have come from 34 U.S. States and 12 countries.
With massive crowds reaching nearly 25,000 anticipated to again be spread out along the rugged course that travels much of the northern part of Baja California, down Laguna Salada to San Felipe, down thrown legendary Matomi Wash, around Mike’s Sky Ranch, down the infamous Simpson’s Hill and back to the Pacific Coast through Santo Tomas covering much of the northern half of the majestic Baja California peninsula. The 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. (Friday, Nov. 20) 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 13 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. Drawing the first start in the ATV classes was the team led by Patrick Christensen, Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., who will ride a Yamaha Raptor in Class 25.
A unique part of Saturday’s drawing was the special drawing for the top 10 finishers from the nearest previous SCORE Baja race entered in the current race in both SCORE Trophy-Truck and the unlimited Class 1. For this race it was the top 10 finishers from this year’s 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
Sohren finished fourth in June’s race, tying his best career SCORE Trophy-Truck race finish. NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner/driver Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., whose roots are in SCORE desert racing and is this year’s SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point leader, drew the eighth starting position in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the Team Gordon No. 77 Chevy CK1500. Gordon will be pulling double duty driving also driving in the NASCAR Cup season finale in Florida on Nov. 22. Drawing the second start in SCORE Trophy-Truck was Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 winner, who drives the No. 71 Ford F-150. Last year’s overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck winners in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, El Cajon, Calif., drew the 10th starting spot in the No. 8 Norman Motorsports Ford F-150.
Pre-race festivities on Thursday, Nov. 19, for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, including the vastly popular tech and contingency of all vehicles and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held from 19 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Racer and media registration will be held at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.
While entries will be accepted up to race morning (Friday, Nov. 20), late entries will be assigned the next available number and starting position within each class. The post-race Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Survivor’s Celebration will be held poolside at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.
Besides Sohren, Gordon, Johnson and Norman/Roeseler, other entries among the
veterans in the talented 32-truck field in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division
include Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (No. 3-Ford F-150),
B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (97-Chevy Silverado), Las Vegas’ Brian Collins/Chuck Hovey,
Escondido, Calif. (12-Dodge Ram1500), Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, Santee, Calif.
(30-Chevy Silverado), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rick Geiser, Phoenix (GMC Sierra),
Mexico's Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Sr. (No. 4-Ford F-150), Honolulu’s Alan
Pflueger (28-Chevy Silverado), Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif.
(31-Chevy Silverado), Las Vegas’ Tim Herbst/Troy Herbst (19-Ford F-150), Mark
McMillin, El Cajon, Calif. (23-Ford F-150), Ron Whitton, Mesa, Ariz. (39-Ford F-150),
Scott Steinberger, Cypress, Calif./Dave Sykes, San Diego (7-Ford F-150),
Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix (84-Chevy Silverado), Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif. (13-Ford F-150)
and Bobby Baldwin/Danny Anderson, Las Vegas (96-Chevy Silverado).
Among the motorcycle and ATV classes, Class 22 has the most entries to date with 18. Leading the seven Sportsman classes in the race is Sportsman Motorcycle over 250cc which had 22 entries and Sportsman Motorcycle under 250cc which had 11 entries in the drawing. Drawing first start in Class 1 was former German World Rally Championship driver Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., in a Jimco-BMW, while first off in Class 1-2/1600 will be Cody Robinson, Calexico, Calif., in a Romo-VW.
Pre-running on the 672.85-mile loop course will officially begin on Saturday, Nov. 6. Pre-running will be allowed only from Ojos Negros and back. One way pre-running from the start to Ojos Negros will be allowed only on Wednesday and Thursday of race week (Nov. 18 and 29).
It’s the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a driver. Since 1967, the Granddaddy of all desert races has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula.
This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special, in association with SCORE and Aura360, for the sixth consecutive year, scheduled to air at 2 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Dec. 19 on the NBC Television Network. It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International.
In addition to season point class point championships, drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also racing to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 24th consecutive year, a total of 16 drivers remain eligible after Round 4 of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series.
This race also features the prestigious Sal Fish SCORE IronRider awards presented to each motorcycle or ATV rider who completes the course within the time limit while riding solo. To date, nine individuals have declared that they will be attempting to complete the course riding solo.
Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire,
Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier,
Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto
insurance, Slime-official tire sealant and Red Bull--official energy drink.
2009 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Final round of five race 2009 SCORE Desert Series
Nov. 19-22 -- Ensenada, Mexico
TOTAL ENTRIES: 231 (34 States, 12 Countries)(as of 10/11/09)
PRO CARS & TRUCKS
2 Pete Sohren 71 Rick D. Johnson 96 Bobby Baldwin 7 Scott Steinberger 12 Brian Collins 84 Nick Vanderwey 1 B.J. Baldwin 77 Robby Gordon 19 Tim Herbst 8 Roger Norman 24 Adam Householder 3 Mark Post 9 Mark Weyhrich 16 Cameron Steele 23 Mark McMillin 4 Gus Vildosola Jr. 59 Craig Potts 28 Alan Pflueger 31 Andy McMillin 74 Rob Bruce 76 Jesse Jones 78 Jesse Ashcraft 51 Kory Scheeler 13 Ed Stout 22 Damen Jefferies 47 James Bult 30 Robbie Pierce 20 Rob MacCachren 58 Ronnie Wilson 35 Jason Voss 39 Ron Whitton 10 Greg Nunley CLASS 1 (20) 101 Armin Schwarz 102 Harley Letner 103 Jerry Penhall 104 Armin Kremer 105 Brian Parkhouse 106 Randy Wilson 107 Robert LeMaster 108 Todd Welling 109 Rudy Cortez 110 Troy Herbst 111 Dale Lenk 112 George Thieriot 113 Josh Daniel 114 Eric Chase 115 Brad Fouvre 116 Richard Boyle 117 Brendan Fikes 118 Brad Etter 119 Charles Rudolph 120 Jesse Hooker CLASS 1-2/1600 (10) 1601 Cody Robinson 1602 Jose Fernandez 1603 Arturo Velazco 1604 Wes McKenzie 1605 Daniel McMillin 1645 Eric Duran 1646 Corbin Harris 1647 Brian Wilson 1648 Justin Smith 1649 Arnoldo Ramirez CLASS 3 (3) 300 Donald Moss 301 Scott Barnes 302 Daniel Wright CLASS 5 (5) 500 Kevin Carr 501 Drew Belk 502 Chris Willis 518 Vince Wavra 519 Che Corlett CLASS 5/1600 (5) 551 Jonathon Knight 552 Alonso Angulo 553 Oscar Venegas 554 Mark Low 550 Marcos Nunez CLASS 6 (6) 601 Richard Blunk 602 Marc Burnett 606 Steve Kovach 607 Heidi Steele 608 John Townsend 609 Gregg Hempel CLASS 7 (2) 701 Scott Ulrich 700 Dan Chamlee CLASS 7SX (3) 741 Norman Turley 742 Brandt Anderson 759 John Holmes CLASS 8 (2) 801 Rodrigo Ampudia Jr. 839 Clyde Stacy CLASS 9 (2) 901 Zack Burkett 949 Ulises Morquecho CLASS 10 (7) 1001 Jesus Gonzalez 1000 Mike Lawrence 1003 Javier Robles 1004 Justin Davis 1005 Lars Ferry 1006 Scott Gailey 1049 Jose Lynch SCORE LITE (7) 1201 Luis Barragan 1202 Brent Parkhouse 1203 Morgan Langley 1204 John Langley 1205 Rob Smith 1206 John Padgett 1249 Roberto Encinas CLASS 11 (5) 1101 Eric Solorzano 1102 Michael Brown 1103 Dolores Casarez 1104 Jim Graham 1149 Gustavo Garayzar STOCK FULL (2) 878 Joe Bacal 879 Justin Matney STOCK MINI (2) 778 Robert Ditner 779 Gavin Skilton PROTRUCK (0) CLASS 17 (3) 1701 Eric Filar 1702 Mike Shaffer 1749 Cliff Cook BAJA CHALLENGE (4) BC1 Christian Hammarskjold BC2 Jay Culbertson BC3 Brian Valentine BC4 Mike Cassling CLASS 2 (1) 209 William Erickson PRO MOTORCYCLES CLASS 22 (18) 2x Adam Thissen 3x Jason Lulis 4x Cameron Corfman 5x James Hall-S 1x Robby Bell 7x A.J. Stewart 8x John Kaisersatt 9x Dunn Voyer 10x Mark Bradford 11x Ivan Ramirez 12x Kendall Norman 13x Chuck Neugebauer 14x Chad Black 15x Ron Wilson-S 16x Brad Williscroft 17x Aaron Lindsey 18x Colton Udall 19x Adam Neuwirth CLASS 21 (5) 101x Dan Troy 102x Ronnie Wilson 103x Bill Boyer 104x Chris Parker 105x Jeremy Purvines CLASS 20 (5) 151x Manuel Reyes 150x Anna Cody 153x Jesus Rios 154x Tony Gurule 155x Marco Bernaldez CLASS 30 (8) 301x Mike Johnson 302x Sean Bradley 303x Jean-Paul Cyr 304x Alejandro Ventosa 305x Eric Alfaro 306x James Dickinson 307x Richard Boyle 308x Sol Saltzman CLASS 40 (5) 401x Brian Campbell 402x Brad Turnidge 403x Tom Vogt 400x Scott Myers 405x Mike Prunty CLASS 50 (4) 501x Hugh Graffunder 502x Gary Barr-S 503x Craig Wear 500x Jim O’Neal CLASS 60 (1) 600x Donald E. Lewis PRO ATVS CLASS 25 (5) 2a Patrick Christensen 1a Wayne Matlock 4a Greg Row 5a Felipe Velez 6a Nick Nelson CLASS 24 (5) 101a Brian Harris 100a Craig Christy 103a Cesar Chanate 104a Tom Wright 105a Roberto Ruiz CLASS 26 (2) 201a Chuck Neugebauer 202a Reid Rutherford SPORTSMAN SPT CAR (4) 1401 George Jackson 1400 Peter Lang 1403 Raymond Calore 1449 Peter Ramseier SPT TRUCK (2) 1501 Nick Tonelli 1502 Ken Fraizer SPT UTV (3) 1801 Dave Roberts 1802 Thomas Graves 1803 Reid Nordin SPT M/C 250 (11) 201x Charles Shortt 202x Matt Ladendorf 203x Brian Garrahan 204x Joel Blockson 205x Miguel Montenegro 206x Seppo Saarinen 207x Talya Dodson 208x Fred Sobke 209x Doron Kollan 210x Zachy Moritz 249x Nathan Barlow SPT M/C 250 (22) 251x Craig Anstine 252x Salvador Sainz 253x Jeff Leonard 254x Cliff Cook 255x Craig Campbell 256x Oscar Fazz 257x Eric Anderson-S 258x Jeb Boynton 259x Dave Bervin 260x Michael Powell 261x Mike Kaplan 262x Andrew Siegmund 263x Ricardo De La Pena 264x Gary Gonzales 265x Doug McCrady-S 266x Shohei Himeno 267x Bob Gumser 268x Ray Grupp 269x Tibi Imbuzan 270x Mike Mensinger 271x Trent Burgiss 299x John Lowe SPT ATV (10) 51a Dennis Lemare-S 52a Howie Orona 53a Adrian Valdez 54a Edgar Saldivar 55a Daniel Wehr-S 56a Yuval Sharon 57a Daniel Montano 58a Brad McLean 59a Manuel Jimenez 99a Gustavo Ameca S-indicates solo rider