LOS ANGELES, California — SCORE International, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing organization, will have a mini-display in conjunction with BFGoodrich Tires extensive display this weekend at the annual Off-Road Expo consumer trade show to be held at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
The all-time winningest tire manufacturer in the desert, BFGoodrich Tires has been the official tire of the SCORE International and the internationally-popular five-race SCORE Desert Series.
The 2008 Off-Road Expo presented by Toyota, will feature over 350 exhibitors in eight display buildings of the complex, located just off Interstate 10, just east of the 57 Freeway in Pomona.
Show hours will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old and children five and younger are free.
With special racer and celebrity appearances and autograph sessions at the BFG Tires display, located in Building 4, throughout the weekend, SCORE President and CEO Sal Fish will be making his appearance at the BFG display from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Among the racers joining the popular Fish will be Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin, 2006 SCORE Trophy-Truck point champion and 2008 point leader in the class for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, won this year’s 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on May 31 in Ensenada, Mexico, in the No. 97 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
SCORE ‘checkpoint’ in the BFG ‘Central’ display at the Off-Road Expo will include continuous showings of SCORE Baja race DVDs, produced by SCORE’s electronic partner, Aura360 of Maine.
SCORE is completing its 35th year and also available at the SCORE ‘Checkpoint’ will be several thousand copies of the official schedule cards for the five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series, featuring two races in Nevada and three in Baja California, Mexico. As available will be complimentary copies of SCORE Race Day souvenir programs from recent SCORE desert races.
As a prelude to November’s 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, SCORE International will also unveil the official course map for this year’s race, to be held in Ensenada, Nov. 19-23. Official invitations to the Oct. 11 live drawing for start positions for the race will also be distributed at the SCORE ‘Checkpoint’ at the Off-Road Expo.
“Nobody in professional motorsports has a better marketing and sponsorship partner than BFGoodrich Tires and SCORE is honored to be able to have an area inside BFG’s massive display at this year’s Off-Road Expo,” said Fish. “We look forward to spending time with our legions of racers and fans who always make the Expo an annual part of their agenda.”
The LIVE drawing for starting positions for the Granddaddy of all desert races will be held during an open-house on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the newest Off Road Warehouse facility in Temecula, Calif.
With over 300 entries expected from 30 U.S. States and a dozen countries to compete in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, the granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 19-23 in Ensenada, Mexico. Completing its 35th year as the World’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, the event is the finale of the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series.
The SCORE Baja 1000 day at the Off Road Warehouse in Temecula will run from Noon until 5 p.m. and the actual live drawing will be held for start positions, by class, at 2 p.m.
Open to the public at no charge the special day at the store, located at 26901 Jefferson Avenue (just north of the Winchester exit on I-15), will include refreshments, a vendor’s village, along with appearances by several of the top SCORE desert racers and numerous SCORE desert racing vehicles on display. There will also be special showings of SCORE Baja official race DVDs.
SCORE International, founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish since 1974, continues today as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature 17 Pro and three Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the U.S. with 10 additional Pro and three more Sportsman classes for motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico. SCORE races in the U.S. average nearly 200 entries while the average in Mexico, with motorcycle and ATV classes running as well as the cars and trucks is over 300.
Pre-running on the approximately 635-mile loop course that will start and finish in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada will officially begin on Saturday, Nov. 1.
The 2008 SCORE Desert Series also includes the chase for the $20,000 Volkswagen of America Point Leader Bonus and the run for the Toyota Milestone Awards for car and truck racers who complete every required mile of the season.
The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 also features the $5,000 Volkswagen bonus to the highest finishing Volkwagen-powered vehicle in the race. Among the other special awards at the event will be the Sal Fish IronRider award presented to all declared motorcycle and ATV riders who are official finishers of the race while 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. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, Kartek Off-Road, American Suzuki, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2008 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
For more information regarding BFG Tires, visit www.bfgoodrichtires.com.
For more information regarding the Off-Road Expo, visit www.offroadexpo.com.