SAN DIEGO — BFGoodrich Tires, KTM, champion motorcycle racer Kurt Caselli (posthumously) racer Rene Rodriguez, and mechanic Johnny Nelson were among the big winners Saturday night as SCORE Int’l officially concluded the 2013 SCORE Desert Series with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala in SoCal at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in San Diego.
SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 11 categories along with the 30 winners of the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards and the class and overall point champions of Roger Norman’s three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 400 and a worldwide audience via the live webcast of the festivities, the evening was also a celebration of 40 years of SCORE championship desert racing. Following the lengthy salute to the stars of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, new SCORE owner Roger Norman summarized his first year as SCORE’s CEO and President.
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 38 years was honored as the 2013 SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year. With veteran BFGoodrich Tires representative Frank DeAngelo accepting, it was the 25th time that BFGoodrich Tires has been voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year.
The SCORE Off-Roadsman awards were determined for the third straight year by a public, online vote. Among the other honorees were the top point leaders from the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series. Several thousand votes were cast during the voting window following the season-ending 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race this past November in Mexico.
KTM Motorcycles, which fielded a factory team in the 2013 SCORE Desert Series led by rider of record Kurt Caselli that finished third in Class 22 points, was honored for the second time (and consecutively as the SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year. Caselli, who died as results of injuries sustained during a racing accident during this year’s season-ending Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 was also voted posthumously as the 2013 SCORE Person of the Year. The evening included a memorial video tribute to Caselli.
“We want to sincerely acknowledge the support, assistance and sacrifices made by family members, friends and sponsors–because without their support, the accomplishments of our racers in the series would not have been possible,” commented Norman. “Becoming a SCORE overall or class champion, or winning a coveted SCORE Off-Roadsman Award or SCORE Toyota Milestone Award is an achievement of the highest degree.”