Sal Fish finalizes Agreement with Return to San Felipe, Baja California, for March
Finalizes six-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series Schedule
LOS ANGELES--Following lengthy negotiations, SCORE International has officially announced that the location for the popular 'Spring Break' desert race held annually in March in Mexico's Baja California peninsula will return to San Felipe for 2008. The 22nd Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 will be held March 14-15 in the quaint fishing village on the East coast of Baja California along the tranquil Sea of Cortez.
Because of significant political situations beyond its control, SCORE was forced at the last minute to move the 2007 event to the West coast of the peninsula, where it started in Ensenada and finished in Santo Tomas.
With the location finalized for the March race, SCORE International is ready to launch its six-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series.
Keeping the same venues and all but one of the same race weekends for its five open desert races and one stadium-style short-course event as the past three years, the 2008 SCORE Desert Series will again feature three races in Southern Nevada and three in Mexico.
"We were forced to move the 2007 spring race on less than 10 days notice and we are confident that the issues that affected us have all been resolved," said Sal Fish, CEO/President of SCORE, which is based in Los Angeles. "We never wanted to leave San Felipe in the first place so we are obviously very excited to return to San Felipe where we have had such great races over the years. We are finalizing details with Mexican authorities that will enhance some of the spectator areas for the race."
In confirming the commitment of the Mexican authorities to bring this popular race back to San Felipe, Rodolfo Valdez, Mayor of the city of Mexicali that has jurisdiction over San Felipe, expressed complete cooperation from all parties involved to execute the final permits for the event.
"We want this race to return to our area where it has grown to be one of our very best special events and the economic impact of the race speaks for itself," said Valdez. "We have the full support of state and federal authorities. We are committed to have this spectacular event in San Felipe for the full three years of our term in office and into the future beyond that."
In 2006, the last time the race was held in San Felipe, there were a race-record 341 starters. That number was topped in 2007 in Ensenada when a new record of 394 starters took the green flag in the race.
The SCORE Desert Series, which features 28 Pro and six Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycle and ATVs, will kick off Jan. 24-27 with the popular 14th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in the Southern Nevada resort city of Laughlin on the banks of the Colorado River. The season will conclude Nov. 19-22 with the 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert racing, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
"The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge is the most unique and increasingly popular desert race in the U.S. and the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is the best known desert race in the world," added Fish, who has been at the head of SCORE since 1974. "These two races provide wonderful ways to start and finish our SCORE racing season."
SCORE also announced the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup IV, will be held July 17-19 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is a special fan-friendly short-course point's race for select classes on the Dirt Track at LVMS.
Since its debut in 1995, the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge has helped establish Laughlin as a viable host for special events. Thousands of spectators join over 200 racers and their crews in converging on the city
each year to watch the best of the best desert racers compete in a unique-format, two-day race that includes a temporary stadium surrounding the start/finish line area and the main pits.
A total of 18 different Pro and two Sportsman classes for cars and trucks are split into seven groups in Laughlin, each running as part of one of seven races of three to six laps each over the much-abbreviated course each day. The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge also includes a pre-race activity that is not part of any other race on the schedule--the $25,000 Laughlin Leap. The Laughlin Leap is held under the lights on Thursday evening of race week at the Laughlin Events Park.
Contingency in Laughlin, held for the first time in an area in the heart of the Laughlin resort area. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, the colorful contingency and manufacturer's midway will be located on Bruce Woodbury Drive at the intersection of Casino Drive.
Round 2 and 3 of the 2008 SCORE Desert Series will both be held in Mexico. The 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 is set for March 14-15, followed by the 40th anniversary of the vastly popular Tecate SCORE Baja 500, May 30-June 1, in Ensenada, Baja California.
The season-ending 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be a loop race, starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California.
The series returns to Southern Nevada for Round 4 and Round 5. Round 4 will be the special SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup IV short-course event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Round 5 will be the 13th Annual SCORE Terrible's Primm 300 which will be held Sept. 5-6 in Primm, Nev., 45 miles south of Las Vegas.