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SCORE 2020 Baja 1000 Fast Facts

The kickoff to the start of the 2020 SCORE International Baja 1000 is set for next week, but these are the facts that you need to know.

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WHAT:     BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, desert race—final round of two-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship

WHEN:     Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 17-22, 2020

WHERE:   Start/Finish: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico(80 miles south–U.S./Mexico Border at San Diego)
WHO:        Nearly 200 entries with racers from 26 U.S. States, 13 countries in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.

COURSE:     TOTAL MILEAGE: 898.40 miles (4 physical checkpoints, 359 virtual checkpoints plus the finish line). Start/Finish just outside Ensenada-end of extension of Avenida Ruiz-closed to the public.

SCORE has put together another memorable race course, this is an event record for a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain the northern state of the mysterious Baja California peninsula has to offer. The distance is a race-record for a loop race in the history of this iconic event. Starting on the Eastern edge of Ensenada, the course travels East to Ojos Negros and then runs counter-clockwise in a weaving route around both the West and then the East side of the northern part of the peninsula.

The official loop-race record 898.40-mile race course runs in a counter-clockwise direction after the two-way section to the Ojos Negros area and down along the Pacific Ocean and around San Felipe and the Sea of Cortez before heading back up through Cordillera de Molina and back to Ojos Negro and the finish in Ensenada.
The challenging race course then winds its way through four of Baja California’s infamously magnificent washes: Amarillas, Chanate, Huatamote and Matomi before heading through the San Felipe area along the Sea of Cortez and West through Cordillera de Molina and then back to Ojos Negros to the finish just on the Eastern outskirts in Ensenada.

The start/finish line compound, closed to the public because of established safety and health protocols, is located on the outskirts of Ensenada, east of downtown, at Dona Petra Canyon.

The course starts with a two-way section to Ojos Negros before heading down the Pacific coast through Uruapan, Santo Tomas, San Vicente, Colonet, Camalu, San Quintin and El Socorro.

The course then turns northeast back to Vicente Guerrero on the east side of Highway 1, through Pena Colorada/Santo Domingo wash, Rancho Meling, Rancho El Coyote, downhill on Simpson’s trail, Leandro Valley, Valle de Trinidad, San Matias pass and Las Cuevitas canyon.
There are four physical full-stop checkpoints and 359 virtual checkpoints. The race route also has a total of 20 Speed Zones for a total of 106.13 miles.

All Sportsman classes along with Pro classes 7SX, 11 and 9 will run a reduced course of 767.06 miles.

This year’s race course features 4 outlying physical checkpoints where each vehicle is required to quickly stop before continuing on. The checkpoints will be located as follows: Checkpoint No. 1—El Socorro (race mile 20.60), CP No. 2—Valle de Trinidad (rm407.95), CP No. 3—End of Matomi Wash (rm602.85), CP No. 4—El Alamo (rm838.50).Schedule of Events:

(No Spectators Allowed at start/finish line compound; but allowed out around the race course)

TUESDAY, Nov. 17–(All times PST)
9a.m. – 5 p.m. – SCORE Chassis Inspections-Start/Finish Compound East End of Avenida Ruiz
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Media Registration, Registration Tent, Start/Finish Compound East End of Avenida Ruiz
2 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Racer Registration, Registration Tent, Start/Finish Compound East End of Avenida Ruiz

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18–(All times PST)                             
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Racer Registration (No new walk-in entries after 3 p.m.), Registration Tent, S/F Compound
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Media Registration, Registration Tent, Start/Finish Compound East End of Avenida Ruiz
9 a.m. — 5 p.m. – Contingency Row-All motos, quads, UTVs, some car/truck, East End of Avenida Ruiz
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Tech/Stella III Installs for above classes, End of Contingency Row

THURSDAY, Nov. 19–(All Times PST)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Racer Registration (No new walk-in entries after 3 p.m.), Registration Tent, S/F Compound
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Media Registration, Registration Tent, Start/Finish Compound East End of Avenida Ruiz
9 a.m. — 5 p.m. – Contingency Row-Remaining car/truck classes including SCORE Trophy Truck, S/F Compound
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Tech/Stella III Installs for above classes, End of Contingency Row
6 p.m. – Mandatory Aircraft Pilot Meeting, Torre Hotel Lucerna

FRIDAY, Nov. 20–(All Times PST)
3:30 a.m. – race close-SCORE Media Center Open—Start/Finish compound, East End of Avenida Ruiz

START/FINISH: 898.40-mile course (Class starting order subject to change)
4am     RACE START: MOTORCYCLES/QUADS (subject to change)
Pro Moto Unltd, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto Ltd, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, SPT Moto, SPT Quad
(Start Intervals: Pro Moto Unlimited- 60 second split, all other classes start one every 30 seconds)
GAP –approximate five-hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck/utv start
9:15am Honor Guard and Salutle to Flag ceremony     Start/Finish ramp
10am    RACE START CARS/TRUCKS/UTVS (order subject to change)
TT, TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 10, 7, Pro UTV FI, SL, Pro UTV NA, 1/2-1600, Pro UTV Stock, 8, HM, 4700, 3700, 1700, 2700, Hammer Unltd, Hammer Ltd, Pro UTV Unltd, 5, PT, 3, 5-1600, BC, 7F, 7SX, SF, 3000, Baja-e, 2, VT, VI, 9, 11, SPT Unltd Truck, SPT Ltd Truck, SPT Open-Wheel, SPT,  UTV Unltd, SPT UTV Stock, Safari
(TT-one every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes one every 30 seconds)
NOTE: All SPT classes, Vintage classes, Class 7SX, Class 11 and Class 9 will run a reduced course of 767.06 miles.
TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 40-hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts
Race in Progress – Posting of Unofficial Results – Registration Tent, start/finish line compound

SUNDAY, Nov.  22–(all times PST)
7:30 a.m. – Posting of Unofficial Results—Registration Tent, S/F Compound and online
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Race teams must submit results inquiries-Race Director at Torre Lucerna Hotel
9 a.m. – Noon — SCORE Media Center Open—Registration Tent, S/F Compound
10:30 a.m. – Posting of OFFICIAL Results—Registration Tent, S/F Compound and online
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. – Trophy Pick up-Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada

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