Historic SCORE Baja 500 50th Anniversary celebration highlights 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship
Four-race series for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles, quads will again feature all SCORE Baja races

    ENSENADA, Mexico.—Highlighted by the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the vastly popular SCORE Baja 500, SCORE International has announced its official four-race schedule for the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship featuring all four races in Baja California, Mexico for the fourth time in the storied history of the world’s foremost desert racing series.

Recognized around the globe as one of the very top motorsports extravaganzas in the world, the 2018 SCORE Baja 500 will be held May 30-June 3 and will once again start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. When finalized, it will be run on another grueling Baja race course that will cover approximately 500 miles over the northern part of the mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula.

This will mark the 44th time the legendary race will start and the 40th time it will finish in Ensenada. The race itself will start on Saturday, June 2 to begin its rugged journey around Baja California Norte.

SCORE International will be saluting 2018 with a four-race series that features classes for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.


“SCORE continues to build the operational and marketing assets of the SCORE World Desert Championship and our 2018 schedule will be highlighted by the 50th anniversary of the remarkable SCORE Baja 500,” said Roger Norman, CEO and President of SCORE International. “Mexican races are the cornerstone of SCORE and to have all four races south of the border for the fourth time in history is a distinct honor and a wonderful privilege. We welcome the challenge to add to the illustrious SCORE Baja racing legacy.”


“With the diligence and creativity of award-winning BCII TV, SCORE has had a continuing viable domestic television package as well as with our expanding international syndication platform,” commented Jim Ryan, SCORE Sales and Marketing Director. “The highly successful live-feed programming and SCORE app, social media growth and the SCORE Journal and website’s unprecedented viewer/reader growth has continued to expand the exposure for SCORE races, racers and sponsors to our global fan base.”


Here is the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fourth time all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:

  • 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 4-8, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 50th SCORE Baja 500, May 30-June 3, Ensenada Mexico
  • Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 19-23, Tijuana, Mexico
  • 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico


In order to earn a 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship class point title, SCORE has all four races will be counting in the season point standings. While a minimum of three races started is required to qualify for a season point championship, one of the races that must be started is the 51st SCORE Baja 1000.



  • Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 20-24, Tijuana, Mexico
  • 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.12-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico


The SCORE Journal, which launched in 2015, is published as 12 monthly online digital magazines, which includes five print editions that are available as the SCORE race programs at the four events that comprise the SCORE World Desert Championship and another print edition for the annual SCORE Awards Night in December.

The SCORE Journal Monthly Digital Magazine features exclusive editorial, enhanced race action videos, expanded and interactive race coverage, interactive product reviews, insider interviews with drivers, tech stories, driver and team profiles, race narratives and analysis, exclusive long and short form video programming, race results, updated stats, studio photography, class overviews, unmatched access to SCORE’s historical archives and much, much more.


From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory chronicled each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Brown’s original Dusty to Glory, released in 2005, became an iconic classic showcasing the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. D2G, which began shooting at the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000, continued up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races. Dust2Glory is scheduled for release later this year.


The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas are all airing on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication.

El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.

Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.

El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visithttp://elreynetwork.com.


Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.

Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Tijuana Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.

For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship atwww.SCOREInternational.com.

2018 SCORE World Desert Championship

Schedule of Events

32nd SCORE San Felipe 250
April 4-8

April 5 – Qualifying for select classes

April 6 – Tech & Contingency

April 7 – Start of the SCORE San Felipe 250

April 8 – SCORE San Felipe 250 Awards

San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

Single Loop Race


50th SCORE BAJA 500
May 30 – June 3

May 31 – Qualifying for select classes

June 1 – Tech & Contingency

June 2 – Start of the SCORE Baja 500

June 3 – SCORE Baja 500 Awards

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Single Loop Race


Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge
September 19-23

September 20 – Tech and Contingency

September 21-23 – Heat Races

Evening Awards – Fri. Heats Sept. 21, other heats Sept. 23

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Multi-day, multi-lap Heat Races


51st SCORE Baja 1000
November 14-18     

October 30 – Qualifying for select classes in Las Vegas

November 14 – Tech and Contingency

November 16 – Start of SCORE Baja 1000

November 18 – SCORE Baja 1000 Awards

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Single Loop Race