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The desert racing community received heartbreaking news. Long-time SCORE Tech Director Art Savedra passed away from a sudden heart attack Thursday night at home with his family in Las Vegas.

Savedra, a fixture in desert racing for nearly 40 years, was the owner of A.R.T.S (All Race Tech and Safety) of Las Vegas and worked with SCORE International in the tech department of its desert racing series since 1980 and held the position of SCORE Tech Director since 2012.

Art doing what he did best, teching a vehicle's roll cage.

“Words don’t come easy at times like this and Art impacted so many of us in desert racing in multiple ways that his loss truly leaves a gaping hole in our hearts and in our sport,” commented Roger Norman, SCORE CEO/President said. “One of our sport’s greatest friend passed away last night. Art volunteered himself selflessly to SCORE and many other organizations for 38 years.”

“Art became Tech Director of SCORE after being a part-time Tech volunteer for 33 years,” Norman continued. “He was co-tech director with Jake Velasco for two years and the man in charge at SCORE Tech for the last three years. I personally will never forget how many times he told me he was so very proud to be the SCORE Tech Director. We have lost our best friend.”

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Known by many as ‘The Tech Dude’, Savedra’s many special sayings included, “Have fun, be safe and see you in the desert.” As well-loved, as he was in the desert racing community, his grandest legacy he has left behind is his loving caring family.

Our condolences go out to the Savedra family, SCORE, and the entire desert racing community.