Pro SCORE Trophy Trucks#11 Rob MacCachren and #1 B.J. Baldwin at the start of the race
PLASTER CITY – The Imperial Valley was in a Desert Racing buzz this past week as SCORE International rolled into town to host the second round of the five race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship Series.
Thousands of race fans packed the Imperial Valley Mall throughout the latter part of the week as it served as headquarters for fan meet and greets, a motocross exhibition and chances to see the racing vehicles prior to the races.
The 2014 SCORE Worlds Desert Championship has 35 Pro and 6 sportsmen classes. These classes feature cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
The week of “Desert Race Fever” culminated Saturday as the first ever SCORE Imperial Valley 250 was finally underway.
“I Love the smell of race fuel and sound of roaring engines as they pass by at high speed,” said local car enthusiast Pablo Barajas. “Loved the race and I can’t wait for them to come back to the Imperial Valley.”
Top desert racers from around the world had their rough terrain vehicle maneuvering skills on full display for the thousands of fans that made the 17 mile trek from the Imperial Valley to the outskirt deserts of Plaster City, California.
Notable drivers B.J. Baldwin, Juan C. Lopez, and first round Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 winner Gus Vildosola Jr. were in competition in the Trophy Truck class, but in the end the victory belonged to Andy McMillin who was able to not just handle the desert best, but also the extreme sand storms caused by strong winds.
With SCORE Imperial Valley 250 complete, the next round of the five-round SCORE 2014 World Desert Championship will be the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada.
The race will take place June 5-8.