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SCORE Trophy Truck’s Reichert, Mexico’s Ramirez guests on this week’s Dirt LiveHD Internet broadcast

logoSCORE-500x500With momentum building rapidly for the next race, SCORE desert racers Jay Reichert of Texas and Mexico’s Ivan Ramirez will be the spotlight guests on Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD weekly Internet broadcast Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Airing in High Definition on www.score-international.com, the show will air from its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego.
Roger Norman’s Dirt Live one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored around Norman’s two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points championship purse program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. All live events, this will be the 17th weekly Dirt LiveHD episode to air.
Dirt Live also goes on-site live with expanded event coverage during SCORE and HDRA race weekends and recently broadcast four days of coverage from the 27th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 from San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico in March and from the King Shocks HDRA 250 in Ridgecrest, Calif. in April.
SCORE is finalizing plans for even more enhanced coverage, all in High Definition, at the upcoming 45th Tecate SCORE Baja California in Ensenada, Mexico. Being held May 30-June 2, the event will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of SCORE International, which started on July 26, 1974 with the Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
Reichert races in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks while Ramirez is one of three riders on a top motorcycle team in the open Class 22.
Reichert, 43, of Cottonwood Shores, Texas, has raced in the desert on-and-off with SCORE for over 20 years but now has stepped up his game significantly by purchasing a state-of-the-art Jimco Racing Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck to race with teammate Charles Dorrance another Texas SCORE desert racer from Austin.  At last year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Reichert debuted his No. 26 R&D Motorsports Ford F-150 with Dorrance, finishing 20th out of 33 starters in the peninsular run from Ensenada to La Paz. Because of how durable it has proven to be, Reichert calls his No. 26 “The War Machine”.
In the once-in-a-lifetime Tecate SCORE Baja 2000 in 2000, Reichert was one of the drivers on the winning team in the Protruck class. He has also raced in Class 1, Class 10 and Class 1/2-1600.
One of the youngest regular racers in the SCORE Desert Series, Ramirez, 20, of Ensenada, is one of the top young motorcycle desert racers in the world and rides for the factory-supported KTM team.
With numerous podium finishes, Ramirez earned his first SCORE class win at the tender age of 16 when he was one of the riders for Guatemala’s Francisco Arredondo that won Class 21 in the 2008 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  Last year, with his new team, Ramirez was a rider with Kurt Caselli, 29, Murrieta, Calif., as the pair won Class 22 and the overall title of the 2012 Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.
This year in San Felipe, Ramirez finished second in Class 22 and among all motorcycles with Caselli as the duo rode the No. 2x Bonzana Plumbing KTM450SX-F. The third rider for this year’s upcoming Tecate SCORE Baja 500 with Caselli and Ramirez will be veteran Mike Brown, 41, Bluff City, Tenn.
In last year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500, Ramirez and Caselli finished third overall and in Class 22 with the team’s third rider being Spain’s legendary Dakar Rally champion Marc Coma.
Besides Reichert and Ramirez, other guests scheduled this week along with show host George Antill are SCORE’s Roger Norman with his ‘pit stop’ segment along with the regular Tech Tips segment which this week will feature SCORE co-tech director Jake Velasco. The Dirt LiveHD video of the week will also be shown. This week’s DL video presentation will be highlights of this year’s Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 produced by Mexico’s Cactus Films.
DIRT LIVE OFF-ROAD EXPO
     Downtown Reno, Nev., will come alive July 10-12 when the Dirt Live Off-Road Expo brings together desert racers, off-road enthusiasts, and exhibitors for three exciting action-packed days. Under the famous Virginia Street arch, the Dirt Live Off-Road Expo in the Northern Nevada gaming city will gather the competitors of the High Desert Racing Association, aficionados of desert racing, and enthusiasts of all kinds, in a summertime festival atmosphere around the Monster Energy Stage and in the BFGoodrich Tires Hospitality area.
The Dirt Live Off-Road Expo will combine the action and excitement of the Monster Energy Freestyle Stunt Team, and nationally known musical artists, with award winning Eldorado Hotel Casino cuisine, famous Reno hospitality, contests, exhibits, and seminars for racers, fans, and enthusiasts.
Friday, July 12, the Reno’s iconic Virginia Street will fill up with hundreds of trucks, race cars, motorcycles and ATVs for technical inspections for competition in the Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 the following day at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex.
The Dirt Live Off-Road Expo is a production of the Eldorado Hotel Casino, presenting sponsor of the 2nd Annual Eldorado HDRA Reno 500, in conjunction with Dirt Live, SCORE, HDRA, Wide Open Excursions, BFGoodrich Tires and Monster Energy.
DIRT LIVEHD GUESTS…
     With the show on the air for 16 weeks, special racer guests have included R.J. Anderson, Ryan Arciero, B.J. Baldwin, Robby Bell, Johnny Campbell, Kurt Caselli, Martin Christensen, Justin Davis, Steven Eugenio, T.J. Flores, Robby Gordon, Mike Julson, Harley Letner, Brad Lovell, Rob McCachren, Daniel McMillin, Luke McMillin, Andrew Myers, Steve Olliges, Adam Pfankuch, Larry Roeseler, Cameron Steele, Ivan Stewart, Colton Udall, Gus Vildosola Sr, Gus Vildosola Jr and Tim Weigand.
DIRT LIVEHD CREW
     Desert racing public address announcer George Antill is the host of Norman’s Dirt LiveHD program. While being refined weekly, one of the regular elements of the show will be a SCORE social media interchange, allowing fans and racers to comment and ask questions through the SCORE Facebook and SCORE Twitter platforms.  Another special segment each week is Tech Tips with SCORE Tech co-director Jake Velasco.
Andrew Grimshaw, SCORE Media Production Manager, is the coordinating producer of the show. The program is hosted on ustream.com, the world’s largest streaming internet site.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF DESERT RACING
     The 2013 SCORE Desert Series will also be part of the quickly-evolving World Championship of Desert Racing, which will combine points accumulated in two of the three SCORE Baja races along with points earned from three of the four-race 2013 HDRA Series, all held in the United States. Both the SCORE and HDRA series will crown their own individual class and overall point champions as well with a bonus purse for those racers who qualify for the World Championship of Desert Racing points bonus purse program to earn a desert racing World Champion title.
With a growing total, for the inaugural World Championship of Desert Racing bonus purse, an official total of $45,000 has been posted to date from new SCORE sponsors Amber Racing Services ($25,000), King Shocks ($10,000) and Rigid Industries ($10,000).
For car and truck classes with at least three starters in each qualifying race in 2013, the World Champion titles will be decided on combined points from the three SCORE races and three HDRA races with the bonus purse paid using the same formula based on total purse and number of starters in each class as is used currently for each SCORE race.
For the pro motorcycle and ATV classes, the World Championship of Desert Racing will include points earned in the three SCORE Baja races as well as the AMA National Hare and Hound race to be held during the Eldorado HDRA Reno 500.
DAKAR CHALLENGE 2013
     This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 (July 12-14) are part of a special program where the combined best qualified car/truck finisher and combined best qualified motorcycle finisher will each receive special entry packages into the 2014 Dakar Rally in South America. Regulations and other information on Dakar Challenge 2013 are available at
http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2013/us/dakar-challenge.html.
SCORE SPONSORS…
     Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are: Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy Drink, Official Energy Drink, Amber Racing Services-Official Race Fuels, Rigid Industries-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, Fox Car Rental-Official Rent-A-Car, Graham Watchmakers-Official Timekeeper, SatellitePhoneStore.com-Official Satellite Phone Rental Company, Slime-Official Tire Sealant, Symons Ambulance Company-Official Ambulance, Azunia Tequila-Official Tequila.
Additional SCORE Sponsors are – Visit Baja California Sur, Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Blue C Advertising, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
     For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.

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