We are almost half way through 2016 and it seems like just yesterday we were in Baja for the 1000. Midway through the year brings the yet another race South of the border, the 48th annual SCORE Baja 500, June 2-5. Through Monday evening, the Baja 500 has teams entered from 22 US States and 10 countries ready for the green flag.
Drivers will travel 477.52 miles starting and finishing in Ensenada traveling through four physical checkpoints and approximately 59 virtual checkpoints.The race starts and finishes in Ensenada and has four physical checkpoints and over 60 virtual checkpoints. It travels out through Ojos Negros to Tres Hermanos, Pino Solo, Catarina, Nuevo Junction (Checkpoint 1), The Summit, Cohabuzo, Laguna Salada, Saldana, Tres Pozos, Borrego (Checkpoint 2), Three Poles, Zoo Road, Huatomote Wash, Morelia Junction, Diablo dry lake bed, San Matias pass (Checkpoint 3), Mike’s Sky Rancho road, Kiliwas wash, the Goat Trail, Jamau and Km 33 crossing of Highway 3 (Checkpoint 4).
Festivities get kicked off on June 2 with qualifying for Trophy Trucks and Class 1, then Contingency the following day in downtown Ensenada next to Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Motorcycles and quads take off Saturday morning at 5:30 am, following with the Trophy Trucks taking off around 10 am.
There will be a live stream on race day with tracking on SCORE’s website. Drivers like Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies, Tim Herbst, BJ Baldwin, and Carlos Lopez take on the Baja terrain to try and be first to the checkered flag. Lopez won the 2015 Baja 500 and the Baja native looks to continue his success. Who do you think will win this year’s Baja 500.