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52nd SCORE Baja 1000 is Under Way in Ensenada

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BAJA CALIF, Mexico (November 26, 2019) – The 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 is under way in Ensenada B.C. Mexico, with a lot of rain this week it is causing the race course to be impassable in a few sections. This has prompted SCORE to postpone the start of the race until Saturday 11/23/2019. this is only the 3rd time the race has been delayed in the 51 year history.Race Grand Marshal Roger Mears “a 4 time SCORE Baja 1000 winner” will be getting the race under way and his son Casey Mears will be racing the #42 Team Axalta Trophy Truck.

All of the pre race ceremonies took place on time, including  speeches by Baja California Governor Jaime Bonilla and other public officials, The first is a flag raising ceremony , the flag is one of the largest in the country , it measures 164 feet long by  92 feet wide , weighing 264 pounds ,  the flagpole measures 338 feet tall, after that there was a brisk walk about 600 yards to a plaque being dedicated to Roger Norman and his winning Trophy Truck team in 2008. The last pre race event was a signing of a new commitment agreement between SCORE International and Baja California.

After the 24 hour delay, The moto and quad group left the start line at 3 a.m. Saturday with a total of 66 motorcycle and quads.

The balance of the 264 entrants started at 10:30 a.m., This includes all other 4 wheel trucks, buggies, UTVs and cars. Some teams chose to pre run the course to get a look at the changes created by all the rain. most reported fair conditions on course that was sure to dry out more by the next day.

The reports coming in from the course indicated right away that it was going to be a long tough battle.

First to return and also claim the teams 8th consecutive Baja 1000 Pro Moto unlimited victory was 1x The Slam Life Racing (SLR) Honda team of Justin Morgan “His 11th consecutive overall win”, Max Eddy Jr., David Kamo and Shane Esposito.

The first 4 wheel vehicle across the line was SCORE Trophy Truck #10 driven by Alan Ampudia, completing the 802 mile course in 16 hours 10 minutes and 36 seconds. The locals of Ensenada made it look easy based on the elapsed time but said it was a difficult course and were fortunate to have few mechanical issues.

The time limit for each team is 34 hours, When the last flags dropped there were 145 total official finishers which told the story that with just under 54% it was a very difficult race for many.

Scroll down to check out some photos early in the event.

Click here for overall results.

Words and photos by Frank Robinson for Arizona Auto Scene.

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