The tradition continues for SCORE International to reveal the 2018 Baja 1000 course map during the Off-Road Expo held in Pomona, California. Fans and racers crowded the SCORE Pavilion in Building 5 in anticipation of the announcement.
The 2018 Baja 1000 race will be an 806-mile loop, starting and finishing in Ensenada on the Baja Peninsula. The route goes up to Ojos Negros, as in years past, and out to Jamau. New to the race, SCORE added a small section after the famous “Goat Trail” that has never been raced on. The course will then wind over the mountain down to San Matias and into San Felipe. From there the race course heads out towards Puertecitos, Gonzaga Bay, and down towards Coco’s Corner. It continues south to a new trail coming out at Chapala, and then crosses Highway 1 behind Cataviña. The terrain there is filled with the silt and nasty hillclimbs Baja is famous for. The course winds over to El Rosario Wash before turning north up to San Quintín. It continues north along the beach into Santo Tomás, and then heads back over to Ojos and back into Ensenada for the finish.
SCORE will have 192 virtual checkpoints, a digital system designed to keep racers from cheating. There are also 22 speed zones and five checkpoints. It takes an army of volunteers to staff the Baja 1000 race operation. Racers will have 36 hours to complete the course.
Trophy Trucks will qualify for starting positions during SEMA in Las Vegas. The Baja 1000 race will be held November 12-18. Pre-running opens October 27.
SCORE also announced a new 416-page hardcover book entitled Racing Into History. The book is a colorful look at the teams that raced the 50th Baja 1000 held in 2017. It also takes a look back at the legends and vehicles that helped shape the sport of off-road racing.