LOS ANGELES — As it has for nearly 40 years as the preeminent desert racing organization in the world, SCORE International is adding to its legacy of innovation and pioneering technology development with the announcement of the new manufacturer-friendly SCORE Super 8 Truck class.
The new class, open to all manufacturers of unlimited trucks and sport utility vehicles with engines limited to stock, sealed V-8s, will make its debut at November’s 45th anniversary of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1,000 desert race, the season-finale of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series.
“SCORE has always listened to the racers and when we are in agreement with the need and our ability to effectively develop and oversee the rules and regulations, we are very open to introducing new classes into SCORE desert racing,” said SCORE CEO/President Sal Fish. “Following on-going discussions with numerous racers and diligent research and preparation of class regulations by Bill Savage and SCORE Tech, we are very enthusiastically announcing the debut of this special truck class which will be open to every truck and SUV manufacturer.”
Some 300 entries from nearly 40 U.S. States and as many as 20 countries, competing in 37 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs are expected in this year’s 45th anniversary of the granddaddy of all desert races. To help celebrate the storied history of this great event, the race will be a peninsula run down Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, covering over 1,000 rugged miles from the start in Ensenada to the finish in La Paz.
A live drawing for starting positions in the elapsed-time race that starts in Baja California and finishes in Baja California Sur will be held on Oct. 6 at the massive SCOREville display at the Off-Road Expo at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
“Our goal was to respond to the racer’s requests for an affordable truck class with regulations designed with stock, sealed V-8 engines that will give a fairly level playing field for what will be an exciting class to watch and race in,” commented Bill Savage, SCORE’s long-time Tech Director. “We purposely designed the class to allow multiple manufacturers to be able to showcase their stock engines in unlimited 4-wheel trucks and SUVs. We also wanted to develop a reasonably-affordable truck class that we expect several entries in from the very first race in November.”
The detailed class description as well as rules and regulations for the new SCORE Super 8 Truck class are available on the SCORE website at www.score-international.com/technotes.aspx. For further information regarding the class, contact the SCORE Tech office in Vista, Calif. at 760-599-1013.