ENSENADA, Mexico – Rob MacCachren and Cameron Steele, a pair of legendary Hall of Fame desert racers, lead the most-recent group of new entries for the BFGoodrich Tires 52nd Annual SCORE Baja 500 presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
To date, 73 official entries have come from 16 states, along with host country Mexico and Denmark. The first of two races on the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule will be held Sept. 22-27 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
Competition will include classes for cars, trucks UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
Alongside MacCachren and Steele, Justin Lofton, the talented team of Bobby Patton and Robbie Pierce, as well as Gerardo Novelo and Martin Christensen have also filed entries.
MacCachren, 55, is the winningest all-time off-road racer, with more than 300 career open desert and short-course victories. He has seven career class wins in the SCORE Baja 500, including two overall crowns.
MacCachren also has nine career season SCORE class championships.
In SCORE Baja races in San Felipe, MacCachren has 10 career class wins, including six overall titles. He also won the 2011 SCORE Challenge of Champions held in San Felipe.
MacCachren drives the No. 11 Geiser Bros-built MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division. He is the all-time leader in SCORE Trophy Truck career race wins, with 17 total.
One of MacCachren’s magical moments in his storied career was winning the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck titles in 2018 in the 50th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 500.
Steele, 52, returns to the Baja desert in his Geiser Bros-built No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Ford Raptor in the SCORE Trophy Truck class.
A second-generation desert racer and popular Baja tour guide who also owns the BajaHQ aftermarket company in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Steele has been SCORE racing for more than 30 years with class wins in several classes.
He ended the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship by winning two consecutive races, including the iconic season-ending SCORE Baja 1000.
Another benchmark finish for the popular Steele was a second-place finish in the memorable 50th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017.
One of SCORE’s many second-generation desert racers, Lofton started in SCORE Baja racing with his father Bob and then moved to NASCAR series for several years before returning to the desert a couple of years ago.
Lofton is one of the most gifted drivers on any surface and is always among the favorites in the top-tier SCORE Trophy Truck division in his No. 41 Ford Raptor built by Jimco Racing.
Prominent Texas energy and real estate investor and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Patton and Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee and owner of Jimco Racing Products Robbie Pierce have moved up as a team to race this year in the SCORE TT Legend class.
For this year’s SCORE Baja 500, the dynamic duo will split the driving in the Jimco-Built No. 20L Chevy Silverado.
Prominent Ensenada entrepreneur Novelo, 55, will be racing once again in Class 7SX in his No. 741 Nissan Frontier King Cab.
Novelo, who has been a long-time supporter of SCORE in dealing with Mexican authorities locally, statewide and nationally, won the SCORE Class 7SX season championship in both 2017 and 2018.
Returning to SCORE Baja racing again after a sabbatical of few years, SCORE veteran Christensen has entered in the No. 2914 Can-Am X3 in the Pro UTV Forced Induction class.
Christensen, 52, is from Denmark and has both raced and won in several classes in his SCORE career, earning three championships – 1998 in Class 9 and 2002 and 2003 in Class 10.