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SCORE 2020 SEASON REVIEW SCORE 2020 AWARDS NIGHT 10 Included in the primary group assisting Grijalva and Funcke with myriad details were SCORE Administrator Marco Durazo, SCORE Marketing and Sales Director Jim Ryan, SCORE Assistant Race Director Rodolfo Fernandez Alcantara, SCORE Registration/Member Services Director Adreonna Garcia, SCORE Contingency Vendor/Mexico Registration coordinator Jacky Rocha, SCORE Course Personnel Director Hector Ponce, SCORE Logistics Director David Duenas and SCORE Logistics Coordinator Eduardo Kawanishi. Also part of the SCORE 'A Team' this year that helped organize, plan and then implement the Protocol and Rescue Plan were Miguel Ceballos of Cruz Roja Mexicana and Rigoberto Loyoza of BRL (Baja Rescue Logistics). Without the commitment and diligent work of this SCORE core group, there would not have been a 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship at all. SCORE COMMENTS "There was a silver lining in the tragedy of 2020 and one of them was how our SCORE staff stepped up, rallied together with the full cooperation and complete assistance from the Mexican government to create a platform that would allow us to hold the two most iconic and prestigious events of the SCORE World Desert Championship in a safe and successful way," stated Grijalva. "We can't thank our dedicated staff, most of whom are volunteers, for all of their hard work, energy and cooperative spirit." "We also want to sincerely thank the racers and their crews who gallantly journeyed to Baja and whose undying efforts displayed two of the most amazing races SCORE has ever held. And they were both held in the most unusual circumstances ever." SHINING MOMENTS—THE RACES After cancellations and several postponements because of the pandemic, SCORE was finally able to produce shining moments at both the SCORE Baja 500 in September and the SCORE Baja 1000 in November. Both were held under abnormal circumstances in abnormal locations. With 129 official starters with racers from 20 U.S. States and seven countries, the BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, was held for just the second time in San Felipe, Baja California Mexico. It was held on the rescheduled dates of Sept. 26-27. The rugged course was 493.0 miles and 60.47 percent were official finishers. With 185 official starters with racers from 26 U.S. States and 14 countries, the BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, was held on the outskirts of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico on the extension of Avenida Ruiz. It was held in its normal window of Nov. 20-22 but outside of town instead of in the heart of downtown. With the longest and toughest loop race-course in SCORE history at 898.40 miles, an amazing 60.54 percent of the rugged racers were finishers. And both of these races were held under strict BioSecurity Protocols with no spectators allowed in the start/finish line compound for any of the race activities and masks, social distancing, temperature checks and abundant hand-sanitizer for those who did have access.

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