The Baja 1000 to Run in November from Ensenada to La Paz
The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, 47th anniversary peninsula run will be held November 12-16, 2014
The 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 for Nov. 12th-16th, 2014 will be a challenging peninsula long course of 1130 miles beginning in Ensenada, Baja California and ending in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
Every other year, they run the near length of the peninsula, all the way to La Paz in Baja Sur, unlike last year, which looped Baja California, to start and finish in Ensenada. This year’s long loop course is nearly 300 miles longer than the Esenada- San Felipe loop of 2013.
This year’s Baja 1000 will be a daylight start, at least for the motorcycles, beginning at 6AM, just as the sky is getting light. The Trophy Truck class will launch at the mid day mark, a 12:30PM start time for them.
The Baja 1000 this year has close to 300 entries from 20 countries and 40 U.S. states with 41 Pro and 8 Sportsman classes. There is also a class 19 this year, for stock Pro UTV’s (golf carts on steroids) which at this time has 14 entries so far.
The events begin on Monday, Novembner 10th, with the availbility of satellite monitoring equipment and first come chassis inspections. Tuesday is more of the same in Ensenada, as the racers arrive for check in and chassis inspections.
Wednesday is a busy day for the racers and thier crews with meetings and tech inspections that end with mandatory meetings for all the sportsmen and crews.
The actual race will kick off Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Ensenada along the Blvd. Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center at 6AM with the motorcycle class leading off and a new rider every 60 seconds. There is a 5 minute break between classes until the bigger vehicles begin starts at 12:30PM.
Baja 1000 Course Map for 2014 - Click to enlarge
The Baja 1000 began in 1967 with many changes over the years but it has always been considered the mother of all desert races. Celebrities in the past like actors James Garner, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The race has its own celebrities like Rod Hall, Johnny Campbell (11 wins), Larry Roesseler (17 class wins,13 overall wins) Ron Bishop, Robby Gordon ( NASCAR racer) and Johnny Johnson (retired with 15 class wins). Rod Hall is the only person that has run in all 45 previous races and at age 74 has 22 class wins including one overall win in 1972. This is just a few of the celebrities that have raced in the past with some continuing to race in this year’s Baja 1000.
The Baja 1000 has been the granddaddy of all desert races for years and with the growing popularity it is now a part of the World Championship of Desert racing which will include 2 of 3 SCORE Baja Desert Series races and 3 of the 4 HDRA 2013 races held in the U.S. There are many more awards such as the SCORE Off-Roadsmen of the Year, Toyota Milestone who complete every mile of the entire race season.
To watch the start or the finish of the Baja 1000 in person is truly something to see and there will be live tracking and coverage of the race this year. Many people come out to camp all night out along the race course at specific turns where the action is. Whether you can do that or not you can always follow the race action via the web. For more information on the coverage and tracking or just to see more details of the race go to www.score-international.com.