SAN DIEGO – Following final additional data tracking review of their two respective classes, race officials have confirmed youthful SoCal desert racers Cody Parkhouse and Mike Lawrence as class winners in last weekend’s 27th Annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race in San Felipe, Mexico.
Following data tracking review and the assessment of penalties for various infractions from missing a virtual check point or a deviation from the prescribed course, Mexico’s vastly popular father/son team of Gustavo Vildosola/Gustavo Vildosola Jr powered past a talented field of 250 starters Saturday to capture the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory.
Driving the No. 21 Red Bull Vildosola Racing Ford Raptor in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, Vildosola, 59, and Vildosola Jr, 30, covered the rugged and technical 253.0-mile course over much of Mexico’s Baja California Norte in four hours, 13 minutes, 39 seconds at an amazing average speed of 59.85 miles per hour.
With the exception of a few classes, results were declared official early Sunday morning (March 10) following review of the International Racing Consultants data tracking recording devices used by each vehicle that resulted in many time penalties being imposed by SCORE officials for course violations in the race and missing one or more of the 60 virtual checkpoints spread the entire length of the course.
Parkhouse, 25 of Garden Grove, Calif., won for the first time in the unlimited Class 1 driving a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car to victory against 14 starters in the class in a time and speed of 4:29:31 (56.32 miles per hour). He also finished seventh overall as SCORE Trophy Truck entries have won the overall victory 17 times in San Felipe in the 20-year history of featured racing division.
Lawrence, 24 of Sunset Beach, Calif., outdistanced a field of 21 starters to capture the Class 10 win in a Chenowth-Chevy, overcoming the large, talented field in his class with a time of 5:19:53 (47.45 mph).
Lawrence was not accessed any penalties in the race, including from the final additional data tracking review of the past several days. Each entry in the race is required to use an IRC data tracking device and back-up data recorders-‘black boxes’ that are reviewed after the course closes.