Baja 1000 draw date set

For 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Live SCORE Draw for start positions set for Sat., Oct. 11 at newest Off Road Warehouse facility in Temecula, Calif. Off-Road vendors, SCORE desert racing vehicle displays, Refreshments all part of Noon to 5 p.m.

For 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Live SCORE Draw for start positions set for Sat., Oct. 11 at newest Off Road Warehouse facility in Temecula, Calif.

Off-Road vendors, SCORE desert racing vehicle displays, Refreshments all part of Noon to 5 p.m. free public event

LOS ANGELES--As a prelude to November's 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, SCORE International has announced that a LIVE drawing for starting positions will be held during an open-house on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the newest Off Road Warehouse facility in Temecula, Calif.

With over 300 entries expected from 30 U.S. States and a dozen countries to compete in 27 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, the granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 19-23 in Ensenada, Mexico. Completing its 35th year as the World's foremost desert racing sanctioning body, the event is the finale of the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series.

The SCORE Baja 1000 day at the Off Road Warehouse in Temecula will run from Noon until 5 p.m. and the actual live drawing will be held for start positions, by class, at 2 p.m.

Open to the public at no charge the special day at the store, located at 26901 Jefferson Avenue (just north of the Winchester exit on I-15), will include refreshments, a vendor's village, along with appearances by several of the top SCORE desert racers and numerous SCORE desert racing vehicles on display. There will also be special showings of SCORE Baja official race DVDs.

"We are grateful and excited about this offer to have a live drawing for our flagship event at Randy Weisser's newest Off Road Warehouse," said Sal Fish, the legendary desert racing pioneer who has been part of SCORE since soon after it was founded in 1973. "ORW is a very strong supporter of SCORE desert racers and Randy and his team have been around desert racing as long as I have."

"It's always enjoyable to get together with racers and crews when the atmosphere is more relaxed than at a race. Our sport raises the intensity level very high so it's great to get together when we can relax and tell some of our unique desert racing stories."

The new 6,000-square foot ORW Temecula store is the fifth outlet of the popular group in San Diego County. Off Road Warehouse, headquartered in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego has been a racer's favorite since 1972 and the Temecula store will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 27. With over 1 million items to choose from, ORW outlets present over 600 product lines in their colorful showrooms.

Leading the group of racers and vehicles on display B.J. Baldwin, Andy McMillin as well as the All German Motorsports' BMW-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car that races in the unlimited Class 1 in the SCORE Desert Series.

Currently second in 2008 SCORE Class 1 point standings, Martin Christensen, of Escondido, Calif., the team's second driver, will be part of the festivities on Oct. 11. Driver of record for the team this year is Germany's Armin Schwarz, a veteran World Rally Championship series driver. The team has won their class this year both in March's Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and the recent SCORE Terrible's Primm 300.

Baldwin, of Las Vegas, was the 2006 SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champion and is the current SCORE Trophy-Truck point leader in the No. 97 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.

Part of the legendary McMillin Motorsports team of San Diego, Andy McMillin, a third-generation desert racer, was the 2006 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 overall winner with Robby Gordon. McMillin drives the No. 31 McMillin Motorsports Chevy CK1500 SCORE Trophy-Truck.

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 three Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the U.S. with 10 additional Pro and three more Sportsman classes for motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico. SCORE races in the U.S. average nearly 200 entries while the average in Mexico, with motorcycle and ATV classes running as well as the cars and trucks is over 300.

Pre-running on the approximately 650-mile loop course that will start and finish in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada will officially begin on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The 2008 SCORE Desert Series also includes the chase for the $20,000 Volkswagen of America Point Leader Bonus and the run for the Toyota Milestone Awards for car and truck racers who complete every required mile of the season.

The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 also features the $5,000 Volkswagen bonus to the highest finishing Volkwagen-powered vehicle in the race. Among the other special awards at the event will be the Sal Fish IronRider award presented to all declared motorcycle and ATV riders who are official finishers of the race while riding solo.

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Drivers Robby Gordon , Armin Schwarz , B.J. Baldwin , Andy McMillin