EL CENTRO – Marty Coyne, owner Imperial Valley Cycle Center and Roger Norman,Â a professional offroad racing competitor and owner of SCORE (International Off-Road racing organization) have teamed up to include the Imperial Valley in their SCORE racing circuit, with the IV 250 Score International Offroad Race.
Their vision not only is becoming a reality, but with the Imperial County Board of Supervisors designating $45,000 from their Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund, El Centro throwing in another $25,000, and a projected $75,000 from private companies, the Imperial Valley has jumped on board.
â€œEvery hotel will be filled to capacity,â€ Gary Wyatt told the board. â€œThese teams are professional, elite, and they bring large crews with them and larger crowds come for the race.â€
According to Coyne, this race will be the biggest event hosted in the county, ever.
â€œThis race could bring in anywhere from $10 to $30 million. There will be three days of eventing, Thursday will be autographs with the professional racers at the Imperial Valley Mall and a parade of the race vehicles, Friday will be the Tech and Contingency at the Mall, making sure everyone is legal for the race, and Saturday will be the race. There will be 3 laps out by Superstition Mountain totaling about 250 miles,â€ Coyne said.
When the board questioned Charla Teeters, executive director of United Desert Gateway and one of the committee members, on how the money would be spent, she responded by explaining the funds would be spent on safety, law enforcement, water trucks, dumpsters, De Anza Search and Rescue, porta-potties, passes, radios, ATV-UTV rentals, and crowd control to name a few.
The money comes from OHV (Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund) which has collected approximately $400,000 from taxed off road vehicles.
The race will be held April 26, 2014 and ESPN will be filming the event.
Anyone interested in being a vendor or volunteering, Coyne suggested talking to the El Centro Chamber of Commerce who is coordinating both.