AUSTIN, Texas, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- El Rey Network has finalized a partnership with SCORE International to air the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship series, which will also include the historic SCORE Baja 1000 50th Anniversary race. The exclusive U.S. broadcast of the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship series was announced today by network president and G.M., Daniel Tibbets. Taking place over the Baja, MX peninsula, the 2017 race series will culminate with the historic SCORE Baja 1000 50th anniversary event taking place in November covering over 1,300 miles between Ensenada and La Paz. This global race will encompass the most difficult terrain in Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. All five race specials will air on El Rey in 2017.
"We have seen with the success of 'Lucha Underground' that our viewers have a large appetite for exciting action combined with great story telling," remarked Tibbets. "The Baja 1000 is the world's toughest and most famous point-to-point desert race. It's like 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in race form, so bringing it to El Rey is the perfect way to expand our hi-octane programming."
Now is its 50th year, the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 has attracted the world's best racers and teams to participate in what has been described as the "Top Motorsports Event" in the world. Each special is built around the races, but includes the stories of racers and teams in each division. These are people from all walks of life and backgrounds who modify or build their own vehicles to join the race, including motorcycles, stock Volkswagen, production vehicles, buggies, trucks, and custom fabricated race vehicles. The modified cars, extreme conditions, terrain and speed lead to captivating drama and suspense.
All races in the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will air for the first time on El Rey Network. The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue as part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2017 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on El Rey Network will air as a two-hour special.
ON THE AIR
2017 El Rey Network (airdates to be announced)
- SCORE San Felipe 250
- SCORE Baja 500
- Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge
- SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience
- SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special)
About SCORE International
SCORE International, which produces and sanctions the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship series, began in 1973 when it was founded by the late Mickey Thompson. SCORE continues today for the fifth year under the ownership and direction of Roger Norman following nearly 39 years under the ownership of Sal Fish as the leading sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. Most famous for its flagship event the legendary SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE began its 44th year of producing championship desert racing in 2017. SCORE races offer classes for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads.
About El Rey Network
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting "Strivers," viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy. Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today's America. El Rey's slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," the one-on-one interview program "El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair," and "Lucha Underground," a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett. El Rey Network's lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
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SOURCE El Rey Network