May 29, 2007
BFGoodrich® Tires Gears Up for SCORE Baja 500
BFGoodrich® Tires, the official tire sponsor for the SCORE
International Off-Road Racing Series, is geared up for the 39th annual
battle of speed and lunacy, otherwise known as the SCORE Baja 500. This
is the third race in the SCORE Desert Series and is widely regarded as
the perfect precursor to the king of all off-road races, the SCORE Baja
1000. Besides navigating hundreds of miles of treacherous terrain at a
white-knuckle pace, off-road competitors also have to overcome
logistical conundrums, wandering livestock and traps set by devious
spectators. Racers don’t run the SCORE Baja 500 for the prize money or
television exposure. The vast majority of entrants compete strictly for
fun and bragging rights and BFGoodrich tires has been the choice of
champions for more than 30 years.
For 2007, SCORE officials are expecting a record lineup of more than 500
racers to battle for the top spots at the SCORE Baja 500, which will be
held June 1-3, 2007 in Ensenada, Mexico. A majority of the racers will
be riding on BFGoodrich tires, which have played a decisive role towards
winning the overall title at this event for the past 11 years and 19 out
of the last 20.
“SCORE desert racing is BFGoodrich Tires’ proving ground, and for more
than 30 years we’ve used the knowledge gained in off-road racing to make
the world’s toughest off-road tires,” said Todd Steen, BFGoodrich Tires
motorsports marketing manager. “We are very proud of BFGoodrich Tires’
heritage and the accomplishments of our race teams in the SCORE Desert
Series and we look forward to raising the bar even higher in 2007.”
All of the BFGoodrich Tires drivers have exceptional credentials to run
the SCORE Baja 500, but a couple standouts for 2007 include Rob
MacCachren and Mark Post. Together, they have won the last three desert
races in a row, including two Best in the Desert (BitD) races and
recently took first-place in the elite Trophy Truck class, and the
overall win at the SCORE Baja 250. They are currently leading the BitD
championship point standings and tied for the lead heading into round
three of the six-race SCORE Desert Series.
A few other key BFGoodrich Tires competitors to watch are Larry Roeseler,
of Hesperia, Calif. Roeseler, who was recently featured in BFGoodrich
Tires’ new television commercial, has 16 class wins in the SCORE Baja
500. Roeseler’s impressive off-road resume includes 11 overall SCORE
Baja 500 race wins, including nine on a motorcycle and two Class 1 wins
with codriver Troy Herbst. Roseler is currently tied with legendary
off-road racer, Ivan Stewart, for the most SCORE Baja 500 overall wins
and is eager to take the lead at this year’s race. 2006 SCORE Rookie of
the Year, Garron Cadiente, along with off-road veterans Alan Pflueger
and Carl Renezeder will also be in the hunt for the formidable SCORE
Baja 500 title.
The legendary BFGoodrich Baja T/A® tire was the world’s first ultra high
performance off-road tire, designed specifically for off-road
competition with TriGard® Plus construction, containing three full nylon
carcass plies plus an additional nylon sidewall ply for incredible
protection against punctures. Depending on the course terrain and
vehicle capabilities, SCORE competitors may also choose to race on the
Baja T/A® KR tire or the newly released Baja T/A® KRT tire, which was
specifically designed for the extreme conditions of off-road desert
racing. In addition, several competitors will race on BFGoodrich
Mud-Terrain T/A® KM and All-Terrain T/A® KO tires.
To continue setting the benchmark as the most dominant tire in off-road
racing, BFGoodrich has been testing new high performance, high-heat race
compounds and tread designs to ensure that all its race teams have the
best products available.
Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 30 years, BFGoodrich
Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car,
drifting, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock-crawling.
BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports
experience, delivering a high performance tire for every type of
vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires online at bfgoodrichtires.com.
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