BFGoodrich® Tires Throws Dirt at SCCA Nationals Winners with Chance to Race SCORE Baja 1000
National Runoffs Champions to earn seat in Wide Open Excursion "Baja Challenge" race car for 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- June 16, 2010 -- Combining a passion for on-road racing with the thrill of off-road competition, BFGoodrich® Tires announced today a unique, expanded contingency program for five classes in the 2010 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Championship Runoffs. This program offers SCCA competitors the chance to race in the BFGoodrich Tires / Wide Open Excursions "Baja Challenge" (BC) race car for the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in November.
Seats in the Wide Open Excursions BC race car, equipped with BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A®KM2 tires, will be awarded to drivers who win their class using BFGoodrich tires at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs in September.
"Because of our legendary success both on- and off-road, BFGoodrich Tires is uniquely qualified to offer a program like this to our racers," said Roberts Kukainis, motorsports manager, BFGoodrich Tires. "One thing we know at BFGoodrich Tires is that those who race on our tires are all about fierce competition, and we expect this contingency program to become a race in itself among our SCCA racers."
The 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs will take place Sept. 20-26 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. More than 600 drivers will participate in the event, making it the country's largest amateur championship. Those who bolt on a set of BFGoodrich tires and display the required decals will be eligible for the contingency.
"BFGoodrich Tires has definitely sweetened the pot for the track guys this season," said Joel Lipperini, 2009 SCCA SSC class winner. "We are very passionate about racing and winning - we aren't out here to get rich, we do it all for the excitement on the track. The chance to win championships on the track and in the desert, in the same season, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I've never raced in Baja, but you better believe that I'll be at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs pushing my car, my tires and myself to the limit."
The SCCA Wide Open Excursion contingency program is in addition to the current BFGoodrich Tires contingency program that offers SCCA Club Racing National drivers two BFGoodrich g-Force™ R1™ tires for first place and one BFGoodrich g-Force R1 tire for second place. Eligible classes include AS, T2, T3, SSB and SSC.
"Not only does this program set BFGoodrich Tires apart from the competition, but it also honors the 35th anniversary of BFGoodrich Tires competition in SCORE International's Baja races," added Kukainis. "To have the motorsports legacy of BFGoodrich Tires enables us to reward those who push the limits with an unforgettable opportunity."
The 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 starts on Nov. 18 in Ensenada and will finish in La Paz, running the length of the Baja peninsula the week of Nov. 15-21. In 2010, BFGoodrich Tires is commemorating 35 years of winning grip and toughness with SCORE International in Baja racing. BFGoodrich Tires has won the overall four-wheel title in Baja 69 times and the overall SCORE Baja 1000 title 23 of the past 24 years, including a stretch of 20 consecutive victories. More information about the granddaddy of off-road races is available at www.score-international.com.