This year marks the 20th anniversary of the SCORE International Desert Challenge, this time, taking place in one of our favorite stomping grounds Rosarito Beach, Baja California. That's right just south of the border just 20-30 minutes from San Diego.
The first SCORE Intl. Desert Challenge was held back in 1995 in Nevada and was won by the legend Ivan Stewart and the race took place there until 2014 when it moved to Plaster City CA and now 2016 it heads south. Baja is where its big brothers have lived for many a year like the Baja 1000 and the rest of the SCORE Baja Family like the Baja 250 and Baja 500
Sunday, September 11th will be the last day of the pre-running after which the course will be closed until race day and Thursday the 15th will be Racer Registration for all classes at the Rosarito Beach Hotel and contingency row on the main strip Blvd Benito Juarez right in town
On Friday the 16th the race kicks off at 5:45 am with Group one which will include:
Class 2, Class 8, 1/2 1600, Class 5, Heavy Metal, Class 3000, Trophy Lite, Class 7, Pro Truck,5-1600,Class 3,Baja Challenge,Stock Full, 7sx, Class 9, Class 11, Sportsman 1400, Sportsman 1500, Sportsman 2000.
And three other groups starting about every three hours after that with fan favorite the Trophy Trucks taking off at 11:00 am from Papas and Beer.
The course is reported to be around 32.8 miles long each racer will have to complete two heats. For cars and trucks heat #1 is on Friday the 16th and heat #2 on Saturday the 17th each heat consisting of 2 laps with a total of 65.3miles per day. Awards for all truck and car classes will be presented at Papas and Beer at 8:30 pm on Saturday evening, Sept. 17th
Bikes and ATVs will be starting their heats on Sunday the 18th with heat #1 starting at 10:30 am and the second at 2:00 pm Awards for Motos and Quads will be presented at Papas and Beer at 6:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 18th.
When all's said and done the whole CMA Team will be out to the races this weekend to see these iron Titans take on Baja for what is looking to be another great off-road race in the SCORE family.