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SCORE announces cost-saving measures

SCORE announces cost-saving measures to assist racers Entering 23rd annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250

Real-Time Tracking Device Not Mandatory At This Event

LOS ANGELES—Continuing its previously announced commitment to help reduce racing costs this year, SCORE International has announced additional cost-saving measures prior to next month’s 23rd Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, to be held March 13-15 in San Felipe. The measures are designed to make the popular Sea of Cortez race more affordable.

As previously announced at the conclusion of the 2008 championship series, SCORE will keep entry fees at the same level as last year. Furthermore, after consulting with authorities in Mexicali and San Felipe, SCORE has decided to run the same 232 mile course as last year. This will require less pre- running time and provide familiar logistics to race teams.

Also, the real-time tracking device rental normally required at a SCORE Baja race will not be mandatory at the San Felipe race this year. However, real-time tracking will continue to be required at the SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000 events.

“We realize full well the economics of racing and the financial challenges our world is facing right now,” said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO/President. “SCORE is diligently trying to reduce costs for racers, while still providing the memorable desert racing experiences and adventures that are signature qualities at SCORE events.”

“We are not increasing entry fees like we normally would to account for yearly increases in operating costs and we are using the same San Felipe course as last year. Furthermore, we have the liberty of eliminating mandatory real-time tracking at this race for several reasons. First, there are no pavement sections which require speed limit monitoring. And secondly, the four checkpoint locations will ensure that racers run the established course. One of the unique features of this race is that the baseline course is surrounded by many legal parallel lines in various areas. This provides the racers a certain degree of flexibility. That's just the nature of racing in San Felipe."

With over 225 entries expected to compete in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes in the 232-mile race, the green flag will drop at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, for the motorcycle and ATV classes, followed three hours later by the car and truck classes at approximately 10 a.m. The start line for the race will once again be the landmark San Felipe Arches on Highway 5 on the outskirts of San Felipe. The race will finish just south of the Arches, directly behind the Tecate building. One vehicle will start every 30 seconds in the elapsed-time race, with a 10-hour time limit to become an official finisher.

The World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series will visit Mexico for the first of three races in 2009.

International Race Consultants, which provides the tracking devices and internet tracking at SCORE races, will be on-site in San Felipe and will continue to provide internet tracking for those vehicles that elect to have the IRC units at IRC - International Racing Consultants.

Following his dominating season-opening victory at the recent 15th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, NASCAR Cup owner/driver Robby Gordon finds himself at the top of a very crowded Overall leaderboard in the 2009 SCORE Desert Series point standings. With 54 points, Gordon, who returned to his desert racing roots, also leads the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck class for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks in his No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500.

With just 14 points separating the top 21 in 2009 SCORE Overall points, SCORE racers are now preparing for the popular San Felipe race. The computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, for

Round 2 of the five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series will be held at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other.

Last year’s top overall finishers are expected back this year even if with different teams. Leading the group will be four-wheel vehicle overall winner Brian Collins, Las Vegas, in the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Dodge Ram1500. Last year’s overall motorcycle champion was the JCR Honda team of Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif. and the Overall ATV winners were the team of Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich./Marc Spaeth, Warner, Calif., on a Honda TRX450R.

Among the other class winners expected back is the unlimited Class 1 winning All German Motorsports team of Armin Schwarz of Germany and Martin Christensen, of Denmark, but who lives in Escondido, Calif. in their BMW-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.

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 52 drivers remain eligible after Round 1 of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series.

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. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, Off-Road, American Suzuki, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information regarding the series, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series at Score International Off Road Racing.

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