Updated: Apr 4
How to Race in the Baja 1000
The Baja 1000 is an annual off-road race that takes place all along the Baja California Peninsula from Ensenada to La Paz. It is one of the most exciting, high endurance, off-road races in the world, taking over 120 teams on 1,130 miles of challenging desert terrain in our very own backyard, Baja California. Competitors love the brutal and very challenging terrain that the Baja desert creates for them. Trophy trucks costing upwards of $100,000 sponsored by big names like Red Bull and Monster Energy aren’t just playing, they mean business. But with the grand prize only a fraction of what it takes to fuel and maintain one of these trucks, one can only wonder what inspires teams and racers alike to endeavor in such a challenge. Maybe it’s the bragging rights, the adrenaline, or simply the magic of Baja (we hope it’s the last one). What we
do know is that the race will pass directly through San Juanico in November 2023.
If you are serious about racing in the Baja 1000, then here are some general steps to follow:
Step 1: Complete the Registration Process
The quicker you get all the backend paperwork done, the closer you are to ripping through the Baja desert in your off-road rig.
All the specific details and requirements for the race can be found on the official website of the event, which is SCORE International. Here, you will find the dates, the course, and the rules and regulations. Here are some of the general things you should know:
You must be a current Member of SCORE International: All drivers, riders, co-drivers, co-riders, or navigators are required to be SCORE members to enter the race.
You must Acquire a SCORE approved vehicle/moto/quad number: Make sure to have your SCORE assigned race number prior to registering for the Baja 1000.
The Driver, Rider, or Alt of Record Race Entry Registration application detailed information you will need:
Alternate Rider of Driver of Record must be pre-approved prior to doing your entry
Your Class and Vehicle/Moto/Quad Information. Select the race entry according to your specific class
Listing your sponsors
Listing Co-drivers, Co-riders and Navigators names
Have your Sport Tag transponder number available
Part of the registration includes paying for the race. The entry fee for the Baja 1000 can be paid on SCORE International, here are the steps to pay:
Visit the official website of the Baja 1000: SCORE International
Create an account and navigate to the registration page.
Fill out the required information on the registration form, including the class of vehicle you'll be racing, driver and co-driver names, and contact information.
Confirm the payment and wait for a confirmation email or receipt.
We always recommend reading the event's rules and regulations carefully before registering and making the payment, as they may contain information regarding the eligibility requirements, safety standards, and other important details about the race that you may not of thought of.
Step 2: Choose a Vehicle
You will need to choose a suitable vehicle for the race. This could be a car, truck, or motorcycle that is capable of handling the rugged terrain of the Baja peninsula. Below, are some photos of vehicles we saw pass through San Juanico in the 2021 Baja 1000!
Step 3: Plan your Accommodations
Given that the race is 6 days long and is a point to point race, you will need to book your places to stay in advance. Now, since we don't have an exact map yet, it is hard to say where to book just yet. Keep an eye on SCORES 2023 Baja 1000 page to stay updated on the specific locations. What we do know, is that the race will pass directly through San Juanico in 2023. This means that The Scorpion Bay Hotel will be a prime spot to stay and will book up quick.
Bunkhouse 2 at The Scorpion Bay Hotel
Step 4: Find a Team
You will need a team of drivers, navigators, and mechanics to help you during the race. Make sure you choose experienced and reliable team members who can handle the challenges of the Baja 1000.
Step 5: Prepare your Vehicle
Your vehicle might need to be modified to meet the specific requirements of the Baja 1000. This may include reinforcing the suspension, adding roll cages, and upgrading the tires.
Step 6: Obtain the Necessary Permits
You will need to obtain permits from the Mexican government to race in the Baja 1000. This process can take several weeks or even months, so it's important to start early.
Step 7: Train and Practice
You and your team might want to spend some time training and practicing for the race. This may include driving on similar terrain, practicing pit stops, and honing your navigation skills. Many groups start practicing in Baja up to a year before the race. A lot these groups stay with us at The Scorpion Bay Hotel as a pit stop, and we get the pleasure of hosting them for a night or two. Don't worry, we'll have a cold beer waiting for you upon arrival!
Step 8: Race Day
If you've made it this far, you probably know what to do. Stay focused, communicate with your team, and drive safely but aggressively. Yewww got it!
The Baja 1000 is such a unique event, withe its rich history, and the incredible skills required to successfully complete it. It is truly a one-of-a-kind event that captures the spirit of adventure and competition throughout Baja. It is an honor to be part of such a prestigious event and we can't wait to see how it goes down this year!
Check out some footage from the Baja 1000 2021 in San Juanico!