History Made at 52nd SCORE Baja 1000
The 2019 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 was once again a race for the history books. Heavy rains damaged parts of the course. SCORE officials delayed the start by one day to make much needed repairs. Once everything was surveyed and repaired, course mileage remained about 800 miles.
The race got underway with perfect sunny skies. Hometown heroes Alan and Aaron Ampudia took their first overall win in the number 10 Trophy Truck. They made the race look easy, cruising to the finish in 16 hours, 10 minutes and 35 seconds. The Ampudias had the physical lead in the race most of the day. The Dakar team of Nassar Al-Attiyah and Toby Price took second in the race driving Jesse Jones' new Mason Motorsports built Trophy Truck. Behind them, as daylight broke over the Baja Peninsula, racers from dozens of different classes claimed their own Baja victories, earning their respective spots on the podium.
The Ford Bronco Prototype R and Scuderia-Glickenhaus built Baja Boot were on our top five to watch list. Unfortunately, the Bronco team would not finish the race. The Boot beat the Bronco for a 33-hour finishing time. Cameron Steele pulled double duty, driving both his number 16 Trophy Truck and the Bronco. This year the Baja would beat Steele, awarding him the DNF. Steele got his first overall Baja 1000 win in 2018. The Honda Ridgeline driven by Indy Car driver Alexander Rossi also did not finish.
Only 54 percent of the 264 entries finished the 2019 Baja 1000. The 2020 Edition of the SCORE Baja 1000 will be a peninsula run. The race will start in Ensenada and finish in La Paz.