The Baja 1000 to Run in November
The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, 46th anniversary peninsula run will be held November 14-17, 2013
The 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 for Nov. 14th-17th, 2013 will be a challenging loop course of 833 miles beginning and ending in Ensenada for the 22nd time.
Every other year, they run the loop instead of all the way to La Paz in Baja Sur, like last year. This year’s loop course is the longest loop ever with the racers leaving Ensenada for San Felipe along the Sea of Cortez and back. This year’s course will include the usual arroyos, gullies, washes, mountains and of course the famous Baja silt.
This year’s Baja 1000 for the first time will begin at night with the motorcycles and ATV’s going first at 11pm on November 14th followed by the cars and trucks starting approximately 9am on Friday morning the 15th. The race has always had a staggered start with vehicles leaving in various intervals for safety reasons.
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 new class 19 this year for stock Pro UTV’s (golf carts on steroids) which at this time has 14 entries so far. Roger Norman is the new owner of SCORE International as of this year, which is now based in Reno Nevada. Starting at night is a SCORE first and so is the qualifying race held on Wednesday, Nov.13th for the Trophy and unlimited class 1 as well as Pro motorcycle and Pro ATV teams. This is the first year a qualifying race for start positions has ever been run and it is not open to the public for safety reasons. There are 8 physical check points and over 70 virtual checkpoints on this year’s course with riders using GPS to navigate the course and an advanced tracking system to watch the race in real time.
Baja 1000 Course Map for 2013 - 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.