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BFGoodrich® Tires running for Second Consecutive SCORE Season Sweep at Baja 1000

For the second straight year, BFGoodrich Tires is positioned to sweep the SCORE desert-racing season, as the iconic tire for off-road enthusiasts seeks its 27th overall win in the SCORE Baja 1000 race that begins later this week.

The 48th running of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 marks the longest desert race of the season and the opportunity for BFGoodrich® Tires to extend its legacy in the Baja peninsula. BFGoodrich Tires has equipped the top overall finisher at every stop on the SCORE International desert race schedule this season.

The course for this year comprises a loop of approximately 840 miles beginning and ending in Ensenada, Baja California, and crossing the unforgiving terrain of Baja. This year’s field features a total of 250 racers in all categories. Here are a few key storylines to watch at this year’s Baja 1000:

  • BFGoodrich has 26 overall wins at SCORE Baja 1000, and 85 total wins on the Baja peninsula.
  • BFGoodrich Tires has captured every overall win on the 2015 SCORE desert race schedule. Since last year, BFGoodrich Tires has won nine consecutive SCORE-sanctioned races.
  • BFGoodrich Tires has claimed the overall win in 19 of the last 20 major North American desert races.
  • BFGoodrich Tires boasts the most class wins of any tire manufacturer — 11 at the 2015 SCORE Baja 500 and 13 at 2014 SCORE Baja 1000
  • Gustavo Vildosola Jr. leads the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship Points with two wins on the season, heading a contingent of seven of the top 10 drivers in the standings on BFGoodrich Tires.

Baja 500 Finish_15Baedited1“We are in a position, once again, to make history in Baja,” said Peter Calhoun, Motorsports Manager, BFGoodrich Tires. “Due to our tremendous racers and race tire engineers, we have brought products to the desert for decades and after a string of 20 consecutive SCORE Baja 1000 overall wins, found our way back on top last year at the Baja 1000. To have an opportunity to claim a second consecutive season sweep of the SCORE season is a testament to our tire innovation and racers choosing our products than any other.”

“Our KR2 race tire has dominated the desert since its introduction in 2013 with 15 overall race wins and dozens of class wins. This is the go-to tire for success in the desert. Baja is our playground for serious business. We play to win. And we’ve won and helped racers finish at a record pace over the past few years. Over the past two years, BFGoodrich has been strapped on more than 70 percent of the top finishers and 75 total class wins. We are anxious to continue that success this year,” continued Calhoun.

Last year, it was an epic run down the peninsula by the team of BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin and Jason Voss that helped claim the overall title at the 2014 Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000.

MacCachren will once again team with McMillin in an attempt to defend his title and claim his third overall Baja 1000 title and McMillin’s fifth overall.

Heritage in Baja

Forty years ago, in 1975, a group of BFGoodrich Tires engineers went down to the Baja peninsula with an experimental tire, a new radial light-truck tire. Their mission was to determine if these tires could stand the test of the most grueling off-road challenge, Baja desert races. One year later, the BFGoodrich Radial All-Terrain T/A tire was in Baja ready to compete.

This was when BFGoodrich discovered the Baja peninsula as a proving grounds and laboratory for its tires. The results of the tests, and the entrance next year into Baja desert racing, led to an off-road motorsports program second-to-none.

BFGoodrich – The Tire of Choice

BFGoodrich once again boasts the most tire fitments among the four-wheel vehicle classes using specialty race tires like the BFGoodrich® Baja T/A®,, BFGoodrich® Baja T/A®KR and BFGoodrich® Baja T/A®KR2.  Beyond these race tires, many race classes depend on the durability and toughness of BFGoodrich street tires to endure the Baja terrain including the BFGoodrich® Mud-Terrain T/A®KM2 and the new BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A®KO2.

11_GETSOMEphoto_24792KR2 Stands On Top Again and Again

BFGoodrich Tires introduced the latest in desert race tire technology in 2013 with the BFGoodrich Tires Baja T/A® KR2. Since then, the tire has been adopted by race teams in various classes and now has amassed 17 overall desert race wins.

The KR2 tire, originally designed for the Trophy Truck class, has become so renowned that it has been developed, with subtle adjustments, for several classes. Racers in Class 1, Class 7 and Class 10, as well as the UTV Class 19, new this year, will run KR2 tires and joining those in the Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck spec classes.

This tire development has gone even beyond desert racing. The core structure of the KR2 has also been used on the winning entry of Randy Slawson at this year’s King of The Hammers race in California. The BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2-S was specially designed to handle the speeds and rock crawling demands of that unique rock race.

New BFGoodrich UTV Tire Withstands Baja Punishment

Bringing a new product to the grueling terrain that accompanies Baja desert racing often causes heartache. But just as the brand did in 2013 with the original KR2 for Trophy Trucks, BFGoodrich introduced its new Baja T/A KR2 UTV tire which was lauded as a “game changer” by the two teams that ran on them in the UTV class in this year’s SCORE Baja 500. It will once again challenge for a class title in the UTV class.

The BFGoodrich Baja T/A® KR2 UTV is the first UTV-specific tire produced by BFGoodrich, offering increased mobility in soft soils, enhanced traction in mud and improved braking in loose and rocky soil.

BFGoodrich Performance Team Baja Challenge Buggy Team

BFGoodrich’s firepower heading into this year’s race, once again, includes an entry in the Baja Challenge (BC) class.

Led by team captain and former overall Baja 1000 champion Bob Bower, the remaining members include BFGoodrich Performance Team members Kyle Tucker, Brad Lovell, Bill Weber, Brian Finch and Rich Minga. The BFGoodrich Tires Baja Challenge teams will be among many teams riding on BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, the exclusive tire of Wide Open Excursions

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Leading Off

Racers on BFGoodrich Tires claimed the top four starting spots during qualifying held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show on Nov. 3.

The team of Justin Matney and Ricky Johnson earned the top starting spot, followed by Tavo Vildosola, BFGoodrich Performance Team member Bryce Menzies and Rob MacCachren rounded out the top four starters. Overall racers on BFGoodrich Tires took nine of the top 10 starting positions.

In addition to supplying tires to a number of Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 competitors, BFGoodrich Tires will continue to lend unparalleled pit and communications support to teams through its fleet of off-road motorsports vehicles, and will provide accommodations and supplies at the media center. This immense undertaking involves nearly 100 off-road enthusiasts and volunteers who donate their time in order to help make the race an overwhelming success.

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Follow the Race with SCORE and BFGoodrich

Fans at home can follow the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 firsthand with tracking on http://www.score-international.com. BFGoodrich will continue to update through its social channels at its Facebook page www.facebook.com/bfgoodrichtires and Twitter accountwww.twitter.com/BFGoodrichTires as well as stories, photos and videos on its racing website at www.bfgoodrichracing.com.

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