Inaugural 2014 SCORE Imperial Valley 250 Desert Race estimated to bring in $14M to Valley


By Josh Burns 

Rick Taylor Landscaping preparing the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 racetrack
Rick Taylor Land-leveling preparing the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 racetrack

RENO, Nev. — With entries from around the world, the live drawing for starting positions was held Tuesday for the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 desert race.

Round 2 of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held April 24-27 just west of El Centro.

With over 150 entries competing in 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles, UTVs and ATVs expected at the start line on Saturday, April 26, entries have come from 16 U.S. states along with Austria, Denmark, Germany and Mexico.

The race will be televised on a delayed basis in the USA and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network with the telecast presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The show, being produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, will air twice on the CBS Sports Spectacular show with the initial airing at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Following the CBS Sports Network telecasts, the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 show will air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.

During the 14th episode of the 2014 SCORE Dirt LiveHD season, one video segment to air will be the trailer for the CBS Sports Network April 20 (6 p.m. PT) telecast of the season-opening Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. The other will be a special promotional video for the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 produced by Spectrum Advertising of El Centro, Calif.

Following nearly two years of extensive planning with assistance from numerous individuals, multiple businesses and several government agencies from across the entire Imperial Valley and presented by the City of El Centro, SCORE’s first race in this portion of Southern California and first SCORE race in California since a 1998 race in Barstow will be held near Plaster City primarily on 41,000 dedicated acres in an off-highway vehicle use area under the jurisdiction of the El Centro field office of the Bureau of Land Management.

The area for the race is also located immediately west of the Naval Air Facility El Centro and is approximately 17 miles west of El Centro off of Interstate 8 (I-8).
The SCORE World Desert Championship series features 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs with the best desert racers in the world competing in elapsed-times races with staggered starts. Nearly 150 entries from 20 U.S. States and five countries are expected for this race. The classes will be split into two groups for the SCORE Imperial Valley 250.