BFG Tires, Honda, Steele, Post/MacCachren, Chase, Major - Winners at 2007 SCORE Desert Series Awards
SCORE announces return to San Felipe, Mexico for 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250--March 14-15, 2007
PRIMM, Nev.--BFGoodrich Tires, a staple of desert racers world-wide for over three decades, captured two major honors Saturday Night as SCORE International officially concluded the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series with the annual SCORE Awards Night at the Whiskey Pete's Resort in Primm, Nev.
The evening was also a celebration of 34 years of SCORE championship desert racing. SCORE President/CEO also announced that after a last days switch last year because of political reasons beyond SCORE's control, the popular SCORE 'Spring Break' race will return after a one-year absence to San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. The 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 will be held March 14-15 in the quaint Sea of Cortez fishing village.
BFG Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 32 years was honored as both the 2007 SCORE Contingency Company and the 2007 SCORE Pit Support Team of the year.
The Off-Roadsman awards are determined by the vote of more than 2,500 members of Los Angeles-based SCORE International. Among the other honorees were the top point leaders from the 2007 SCORE Desert Series, the World's Foremost Desert Racing Series.
It was the 20th time BFG Tires has been voted the top Contingency Company and 21st time it has been honored as the premier pit support team.
Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., an action sports and motorsports Television announcer who is a second-generation SCORE desert racer, was honored as the 2007 SCORE Person of the Year, an award he also won last year. Competing in two or three classes in SCORE races, he also lent is announcing skills to SCORE throughout the year and was the emcee of the SCORE Awards Night.
"Cameron Steele is SCORE's ambassador to the outside world and we are truly happy to see him voted the SCORE Person of the Year two years in a row," said Sal Fish, SCORE President/CEO since shortly after SCORE was founded in 1973. "He is always talking about SCORE wherever he goes around the world and nobody has raced in more classes at SCORE races than he has."
American Honda was voted SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year for the 19th time and the 11th consecutive year.
Riviera Racing's Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, were honored both as the 2007 SCORE Overall point champion and SCORE Trophy-Truck winner. Winning three races in 2007 Post and MacCachren in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150 became the first SCORE Trophy-Truck in the 14-year history of the marquee SCORE racing division to earn the SCORE Overall Point Title. Riviera Racing picked up another prestigious award in front of nearly 500 SCORE desert racers, crews and families as Jim Blackmore was voted as the 2007 SCORE Mechanic of the Year.
"BFGoodrich Tires has been supported all of desert racing, especially SCORE, for 32 years," said Fish, "To win the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 once is a major feat, but to capture the world's most prestigious desert race 20 straight years (1986-2005) is unbelievable. BFG Tires are the most dominant desert-racing tires in the world and we are privileged to honor them. Their grassroots support of desert racers is unparalleled. SCORE is deeply honored to have the relationship with BFG Tires that we have for three decades."
Eric Chase, Burbank, Calif., was voted the 2007 SCORE Rookie of the Year. Competing in the unlimited Class 1, Chase and his father Stuart Chase ran consistently in a Penhall-Chevy all season long, finishing a close fourth in the season point standings for the competitive class that had 89 different drivers of record during the year.
Mike Julson, of Santee, Calif., who is a SCORE regular in SCORE Trophy-Truck, saw his Jimco open-wheel desert race cars win the 2006 SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer point championship for the 14th time and 13th straight.
Ken Major and his Major Performance company captured the 2007 Engine Builder point championship for the fourth time and Terrible Herbst Motorsports was voted as the 2007 Entry Sponsor of the Year for the fifth time.
A rugged record group of 22 SCORE racers were also honored as 2007 SCORE Toyota Milestone Award winners after finishing all 2,296.84 race miles during the season.
Two of them were also honored as winners of this year's $12,000 SCORE Toyota True Grit Awards presented to the Toyota Milestone receipts who were the top-qualified point leaders in their non-factory supported class. The SCORE Toyota True Grit Award winners this year who split the $12,000 bonus purse are Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Class 1-2/1600, Lothringer-VW) and Tim Noe, San Diego (SCORE LIte, Jimco-VW). Noe and his teammate Tom Watson, El Centro, Calif., who have now finished 25 consecutive SCORE races over four-plus years, earned their fourth straight Toyota True Grit award.
Judy Smith, the well known and renown desert racing journalist, was honored for the 15th time as SCORE Journalist of the Year, while Jim Ober's Trackside Photo earned Photographer of the Year honors for the 16th time.
SCORE opens its six-race 2006 7CORE Desert Series Jan. 24-27 in Southern Nevada with the 14th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.
SCORE International, founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish since 1974, continues today as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature 17 Pro and two Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the U.S. with seven additional Pro and three more Sportsman classes for motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico. SCORE races in the U.S. average 225 entries while the average in Mexico, with motorcycle and ATV classes running as well as the cars and trucks is nearly 400.
SCORE official 2007 sponsors were: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Sunoco Race Fuels/C.L. Bryant-official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, American Racing ATX Series-official wheel. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Micron Technology, Red Bull North America, Kartek Off-Road, NAPA Chassis, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bendix, American Suzuki, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie's Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
Additional associate sponsors for the 2007 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 were Fideicomiso Publio para la Promocion Turistica de Ensenada, the government of Baja California Sur, the State Tourism Department of Baja California Sur and the city tourism fund of Loreto.