UPDATED: Event Alert: It’s Going To Get Dusty At The 2019 Baja 1000

UPDATED: 11/21/2019

For just the third time in the storied history of the Baja 1000, SCORE race officials have been forced to delay the start of the BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts by 24-hours to Saturday morning in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico because of inclement weather.

“Ensenada and the surrounding areas of the Northern part of the Baja California peninsula have been inundated with more than four inches of rainfall over the last three days which has forced us, in the interest of safety, to delay the start of the race by 24 hours,” stated Jose A. Grijalva, SCORE President and race director. “With the storm having passed through, we want to give our racers the opportunity to pre-run on Friday to make their final preparations for the race.

“The course is rugged enough without all of the rain this week making several parts impassable because of flooding and standing water. We have numerous crews out on the course identifying the worst sections that we will bypass or repair as best we can. This will be one of the most challenging races in the history of the world’s greatest desert race.”

The race will still be live-streamed on the SCORE website and the live-tracking will also be available via their website.

It is race week for the end of the 2019 SCORE season with the 52nd running of the Baja 1000. This year’s course takes racers on an 800.5-mile loop starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, but if you are unable to make it south of the border this week, SCORE will have their live stream going on their website.

“The course runs in a counter-clockwise direction after the two-way section to the Ojos Negros area and down along the Pacific Ocean through Uruapan, Santo Tomas, Erendira, Santo Domingo Wash, and San Quintin,” Dominic Clark of SCORE explained. “From there it travels Northeast going by Rancho El Coyote, across and around Mike’s Sky Rancho, down by Simpson’s Ranch. The route then continues up to a speed zone on Highway 3 before going down over Laguna Del Diablo through Morelia Junction down and back up past San Felipe before heading back up through Laguna Salada, then South back through Santa Catarina to Ojos Negros and the finish on the two-way section back into Ensenada.”

“The course goes through two of Baja California’s infamous washes on the east side of the course—Matomi Wash and Amarillas Wash,” Clark continued. “This year’s racecourse also has 17-speed zones for a total of 70.77 miles, three physical checkpoints, and 281 virtual checkpoints plus the finish line.”

Defending Baja 1000 overall winner and BFGoodrich racer Cameron Steele will compete for a second consecutive Trophy Truck victory in a Team C Mason all-wheel-drive trophy truck with Ricky Johnson. He will find tough competition in Ryan Arciero, who has the top starting position after an overall win on BFGoodrich tires at the SCORE Baja 400 in September.

For more information on this year’s Baja 1000 be sure to check out the schedule of events below or visit the Baja 1000 page on the SCORE website.

Schedule of Events:

TUESDAY, Nov. 19–(All times PST)
9 am – 5 pm – SCORE Chassis Inspections-Playa Hermosa Beach 1.1 miles south of Riviera del Pacifico CC
9 am – 5 pm – Pre-Tech Inspections/Stella Bracket Checks & Installations-Playa Hermosa Beach
1 pm – 5 pm – Media Registration, Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center (adjacent to S/F)
2 pm – 8 pm – Racer Registration, Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20–(All times PST)
8 am – 4 pm – Racer Registration (No new walk-in entries after 3 p.m.), Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico CC
9 am – 5 pm – Media Registration, Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
9 am — 5 pm – Contingency Row-All motos, quads, UTVs, some car/truck, Boulevard Costero, Next to Riviera CC
9 am – 6 pm – Technical Inspection for above classes, End of Contingency Row
7 pm – Mandatory Racer Meeting, Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada

THURSDAY, Nov. 21–(All Times PST)
8 am – 4 pm – Racer Registration (No new walk-in entries after 3 pm), Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico CC
9 am – 5 pm – Media Registration, Red Room-Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
9 am — 5 pm – Contingency Row-Remaining car/truck classes including SCORE Trophy Truck, Blvd. Costero
9 am – 6 pm – Technical Inspection for above classes, End of Contingency Row
10 am – SCORE Baja 1000 Media Conference, Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada
6 pm – Mandatory Aircraft Pilot Meeting, Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada
6 pm – 12 am – Monster Energy SCORE Papas & Beer Street Party, Avenida Ruiz (adjacent to Papas Y Beer)

FRIDAY, Nov. 22–(All Times PST)
2:30 am – race close-BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism/SCORE Media Center—Red Room, Riviera
START/FINISH: 800.5-mile course (Class starting order subject to change)
NOTE: Classes 7SX, Baja Challenge, 9, 11, Vintage and all SPT Classes will run a reduced course of 701.48 miles.
3 am—RACE START: MOTORCYCLES/QUADS (subject to change)—
Pro Moto Unltd, Pro Moto Ltd, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, SPT Quad, SPT Moto
(Start Intervals: Pro Moto Unlimited-60 second split, all other classes start one every 30 seconds)
GAP –a minimum of 6 1/2 hour gap between M/C, Quad start and car/truck/utv start
9 am—Special Hoisting of the Monumental Mexican Flag-Ventana al Mar Plaza
9:45 am—Honor Guard and Salute to Flag Ceremony (start/finish line area)
10:30 am—RACE START CARS/TRUCKS/UTVS (subject to change)—
TT, TT Legend, 1, TT Spec, 2, Hammer Unltd, Hammer Ltd, 10, 7, HM, 5, Pro UTV FI, SL, Pro UTV NA, 1/2-1600, Pro UTV Unltd, Pro UTV Stock, PT, 8, 3, 3000, BC, SF, 5-1600, Baja-e, 7F, 7SX, 3700, 1700, 2700/4700, VT, VI, 9, 11, SPT Unltd Truck, SPT UTV Unltd, SPT UTV Stock, SPT Ltd Truck, SPT Open-Wheel
(TT, TT Legend, 1, TT Spec one every 60 seconds. All other car/truck classes start 30-second splits)
TIME LIMIT: All vehicles will have a 34-hour time limit from the time each vehicle starts
Race in Progress – Posting of Unofficial Results — SCORE Media Center, Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

SATURDAY, Nov. 23–(All Times PST)
12 am – course close – BFG Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism/SCORE Media Center—Red Room, Riviera CC
Race in Progress — Posting of Unofficial Results — SCORE Media Center, Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center

SUNDAY, Nov. 24–(all times PST)
5 am – Posting of Results—SCORE Ensenada Office and online
6 am – 8:30 am – Race teams must submit results inquiries at SCORE Semi (see Racer Brief)
7 am – 11 am — BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism/SCORE Media Center—Red Room, Riviera CC
9 am – Posting of OFFICIAL Results—Red Room, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center
10 am – Awards Celebration-Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada

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Steven Olsewski

Steven Olsewski grew up with a true passion for anything with a motor. He loves his wife and kids, and during the year can be found enjoying quality time together. They are a huge part of his life and their passion for God.
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