Baja 1000: Series pre-event facts, notes

WHAT: 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race Final event of the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series WHEN: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 19-23, 2008 WHERE: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (65 miles south...

WHAT: 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race
Final event of the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series

WHEN: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 19-23, 2008

WHERE: Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico (65 miles south of U.S./Mexico Border)

WHO: Over 375 entries from 39 U.S. States, and 24 countries, competing in 28 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs

COURSE: TOTAL MILEAGE: 631.35 miles (6 checkpoints plus the finish line). Starts and finishes on Blvd. Costero, adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. From the start in Ensenada the course will go east to Ojos Negros for almost 35 miles which will be used in both directions in the race. From Ojos Negros, the course will travel in a clockwise direction covering much of the incredibly beautiful northern section of Baja California. From Ojos Negros, the course turns Northeast through the Pine Forest nearly up to the U.S. border and up and down the treacherous La Rumorosa grade, west of Mexicali. The course turns south at the top of the infamous Laguna Salada, paralleling Mexican Highway 5. Next will be the San Felipe loop where the course will cover some of the rugged Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 course including Chanate Wash.

After the San Felipe loop, the course will head north and northwest, joining Highway 3 for a short distance to the Mike's Sky Ranch turnoff. Then the course heads to the Lllano Colorado section and Highway 1. From this point the course is very similar to this year's Tecate SCORE Baja 500 heading north along the Pacific Ocean below San Vicente and past Erendira, back inland up through Santo Tomas then turning northeast just past Uruapan winding its way back to Ojos Negros for the final charge back to Ensenada.

This year's race course will feature 6 outlying checkpoints where each vehicle is required to quickly stop before continuing on. The checkpoints will be located as follows: Checkpoint No. 1--No. of Laguna Salada (race mile 141.06), No. 2--West of Borrego (rm 286.19), No. 3--West of San Felipe (rm 351.09), No. 4--West of Borrego (rm 407.08), No. 5--San Vicente Vineyards (rm 496.18), No. 6--West of Ojos Negros (rm 589.38)

START/FINISH: Boulevard Costero, adjacent to Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center-Ensenada

RACE DAYS SCHEDULE FRIDAY/SATURDAY, Nov. 21-22--(all times PST)

PRE/POST RACE SHEDULE:

THURSDAY, Nov. 20--(All Times PST)
Contingency Row, Boulevard Costero in front of Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, Ensenada, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Technical Inspection, End of Contingency Row, 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, Nov. 21--(all times PST)

RACE STARTS: (Friday, Nov. 21) Motorcycles, ATVs-6:30 a.m.; Cars, Trucks-10:30 a.m. (Approx)

Posting of CP Passing Times/Unofficial Results--Race in Progress, SCORE Media Center & S/F line

SATURDAY, Nov. 22--(all times PST)
Posting of FINAL UNOFFICIAL Results--San Nicolas Hotel, 7 p.m.

Competition Review Board--San Nicolas Hotel 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, Nov. 23--(PST)
Awards Celebration-Poolside, San Nicolas Hotel, 10 a.m.

TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 31-hour time limit from the time they start.

SANCTION: Sanctioned and produced by SCORE International-Los Angeles

TELEVISION:
Televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special for the fourth consecutive year, airing at 1 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Dec. 14 on the NBC Television Network. Co-produced by Aura360, It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International.

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