Merging the two major desert racing organizations, SCORE International and High Desert Racing Association (HDRA), Roger Norman has announced the ground-breaking SCORE World Desert Championship for 2014. Combing the two series into a unified Score World Desert Championship, the new series will begin with six races that will include all the car, truck, motorcycle and ATV classes in Baja California, Mexico, and the United States.
Norman cited his desire to simplify the two series’ and form an overall championship series to make it more appealing to national and international television and traditional media, merging the SCORE International series and the High Desert Racing Association (HDRA). “This merger is the best of both worlds for us as we are able to combine SCORE and HDRA into the new SCORE World Desert Championship series of six races for all of our classes with spectacular racing on both sides of the border,” said Roger Norman, CEO and President of SCORE International. “Mexican races are the cornerstone of SCORE and it will be a tremendous benefit to our sport to introduce one super series that will help bring the sport and SCORE to an entire new level.”
Norman continued, “We currently have one race (Round 5, Sept. 25-28, 2014) listed with the location in Southern California to-be-announced shortly, as we are finalizing the details for that race weekend. For the racers, their best five finishes will count in the final season point standings.” It will be a two-day short course-style event, patterned after the popular Laughlin race that SCORE produced for 18 years that ended in 2012.
Launching the new SCORE World Desert Championship schedule will be the first of the three original SCORE Baja races—the 28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 27-March 2, 2014, in San Felipe. Round 2 will be back in the USA with the 2nd SCORE Imperial Valley 250 in Plaster City, Calif. April 25-27, 2014. This event will also conclude the 2013 HDRA season, due to the cancellation of the HDRA race in Moapa, Nevada.
Returning to Mexico, Round 3 will be the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada on June 5-8. Northern Nevada will host Round 4 of the series with the 3rd SCORE Reno 500 at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex to be held July 24-27, 2014.
The season will conclude November 12-16, 2014, with the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races, which will be a peninsula run, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
The inaugural SCORE World Desert Championship will feature 40 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, buggies, motorcycles and ATVs. In order to qualify for a 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, the top five finishes of a driver/rider will be counted in the final points, and racing in the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will also be required to be one of the three minimum races. For those racers who run all six of the 2014 SCORE WDC races, the worst finish will not be counted in the final season point tabulations for the year-end class and overall point championships. For more information, contact score-international.com.