LOS ANGELES — With 37 of the world’s best desert racers entered in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck starting grid, dust will fly next month but none higher than the point championship duel between second-generation desert racer Rob MacCachren and Mexico’s Juan C. Lopez at the 45th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
This year’s iconic desert classic, the final event of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series, will be held Nov. 14-17 on the brutally-rugged 1,121.55-mile Sal Fish signature desert race course.
With more than 300 expected entries for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs competing in 35 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes in the internationally televised race, entries have already come from 32 U.S. states and 19 countries. In addition to the 32 U.S. States, racers have entered from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway and the US Territory of Guam. With 30 days before the green flag drops on Thursday, Nov. 15, late entries will be accepted up to race morning.
With the rugged course traveling on both sides of the peninsula, the world’s most famous desert race will start in Ensenada, Baja California and finish all the way down the peninsula in La Paz in Baja California Sur.
This year will be the 38th time in the first 44 years of the storied race that it has started in Ensenada and it will be the 19th time in has finished in La Paz.
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 mother of all desert races has been run over the mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula.
Leading the car and truck classes into the Baja desert will be the featured SCORE Trophy Trucks, the high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks that have been the showcase of SCORE since Sal Fish created the spectacular class in 1994.
Coming back from adversity on the race course in June’s 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 500, his two race wins this season along with his 11th-place finish out of 36 starters in Ensenada, Las Vegas’ All-America racer Rob MacCachren continues to ride at the top of the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point standings after four of five races in the 2012 SCORE Desert Series.
Starting the season with back to back overall wins in 2012 (Laughlin-Round 2 and San Felipe) after opening the season with a ninth-place finish in the first round in Laughlin, Nev., MacCachren, 47, has earned 271 championship points in the No. 20 Rockstar Energy/MasterCraft Racing Ford F-150.
‘Rockstar Rob’, who has eight SCORE season class point titles, earned his 48th career SCORE class win, his 11th career SCORE Trophy Truck race win in San Felipe in March. MacCachren is tied with Las Vegas brothers Ed and Tim Herbst with the most race win in the 18-plus year history of SCORE’s premier racing division. The Mac Attack also won the season title in the inaugural 1994 campaign of SCORE Trophy Trucks.
In San Felipe, MacCachren also earned the 75th all-time SCORE Baja overall race win for noted tire manufacturer BFGoodrich. BFG Tires have now been the tire of choice for the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in 22 MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 races, 28 in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and 25 in the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
“Our Rockstar/MasterCraft race team were the heroes of the SCORE Baja 500 race for us,” reflected MacCachren, who earned his 200th career win this summer in desert and short-course/stadium racing.
“They got us up and running and what could have been a disaster as far as the season points are concerned was turned into a respectable finish in a huge field of SCORE Trophy Trucks. Our BFG Tires are the best in the universe and it has been my honor and my confidence-builder to know that any race vehicle I am driving has the best desert racing tires in the world guiding us around the course, whether it is in the open desert or in short-course, stadium-style racing.”
“We want to win the 45th anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 but we also want to win the season point championship in SCORE Trophy Truck so our race strategy will be designed to accomplish both.”
Mexico’s Juan C. Lopez, who finished second in both Laughlin races, sixth in San Felipe and eighth in Ensenada in the No. 18 RPM OffRoad Chevy Silverado is second in SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck points. RPM leads the point standings in six classes after the first four races of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series. Lopez, of Tecate, Mexico, has 265 points, a mere six behind MacCachren.