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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