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SCORE Person of the Year Governor of Baja California, Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda Imagine a Trophy Truck going through Diablo Dry Lake at 150 mph. That’s how best to describe the current Governor of Baja California, Maria Del Pilar Avila Olmeda. Everybody knows her as Marina del Pilar, who was born in Mexicali and later began her political career five years ago, when she was first elected as a Federal Legislator for Baja California. In 2019 she became the Mayor of Mexicali, the State Capital of Baja California. Two years later, she was selected by Mexico’s ruling party, Moreno, to run as its candidate for the office of Governor of the State. She became the youngest Governor in the history of the state and the first women to be elected as the Governor of Baja California in a landslide victory. Recently polled as the top Governor in Mexico from her party, she immediately reinstated the office of the Secretary of Tourism in Baja California. Her focus on Tourism in Baja California, has made the SCORE International World Desert Championship races a priority partnership, as she was also instrumental in having the 2020 SCORE Baja 500 take pale in San Felipe while she was the mayor of Mexicali. Her appreciation for the SCORE Races offered her another opportunity, when 18 days after taking office, Governor Pilar was in Ensenada throwing the Green Flag to start the 2021 SCORE Baja 1000 and for the most recent 2022 SCORE Baja 1000 opening ceremony event with her first experience riding in a SCORE Trophy Truck, the No. 21L of Gustavo Vildosola Sr. “We want to thank SCORE International for choosing Baja California as the capital of off-road racing and I want to offer all of our facilities so that these races continue to take place in our state.”

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