Off Roaders Gather For SCORE Banquet
Earning its first SCORE Off-Roadsman award, Rigid Industries, the prominent LED lighting manufacturer was voted as the SCORE Congingency company of the year.
With very tight voting in most categories, Mexico’s Rene Rodriguez, was selected as the 2013 SCORE Rookie of the Year after his sterling season in Class 11 for the iconic stock VW sedans. Rodriguez won his class in two of the three races to earn the Class 11 season point championship.
Nelson, the crew chief and co-rider for 2013 SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE Overall season point champion B.J. Baldwin and Baldwin Motorsports of Las Vegas, was voted the SCORE Mechanic of the Year for the first time.
“The year of 2013 was another memorable year in the history of SCORE International,” Norman added. “We enjoyed a total of nearly 500 different drivers/riders of record that competed in our three spectacular SCORE Baja events. For my wife Elise and I, this was our first year as the caretakers of this amazing treasure we all know as SCORE International. We are committed to work with our racers to expand the reach of SCORE even further than it has achieved so far.”
Mike Julson, of Santee, Calif., who is a SCORE regular co-driver in both SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, saw his Jimco open-wheel desert race cars win the 2013 SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer point championship for the 20th time and 19th straight.
Kroyer Racing Engines of Las Vegas captured the 2013 Engine Builder point championship for the fourth straight year.
Another element of the diverse program will be the presentation of the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards. As it has for 28 years, the coveted Toyota Milestone Awards are presented to those drivers in four-wheel vehicle classes who finish every required mile of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series. A total of 30 racers completed all 1,638.1 required miles in the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series.
The evening will include a colorful video/photographic tribute to the 2013 SCORE Desert Series produced by Dirt LiveHD and GetSomePhoto.
Mexican journalist Gabriel Garcia of Ensenada’s El Vigia newspaper, was honored for the second time in the last three years as the SCORE Journalist of the Year, while HighRev Photo (Jason Zindroski) earned the SCORE Photographer of the Year honors for the fourth time. Winning the SCORE Videographer of the Year award for the first time was Tempt Media (Eric Stolz).
Leading the parade of 2013 SCORE Desert Series point champions were the three overall titlists — Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin. (Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado), Tim Weigand, Valencia, Calif. (Overall motorcycle and Class 22 on a Honda CRF450X) and Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico (Overall ATV and Class 25 on a Honda TRX450R).
For Baldwin, who won the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and was second in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, it was his second straight SCORE Overall and fourth total SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship.
For Weigand, who won Class 22 in all three SCORE Baja races, it was his second SCORE Overall Motorcycle and first SCORE Overall ATV and first class season win for Arellano, who had two race victories in 2013 in Class 25.