From the daily archives: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

With entries continuing to arrive daily from around the world, the live drawing for starting positions will be held Tuesday for the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 desert race. Round 2 of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held April 24-27 just west of El Centro, Calif and approximately 100 miles east of San Diego.

With over 150 entries competing in 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles, UTVs and ATVs expected at the start line on Saturday, April 26, entries to date have come from 16 U.S. States along with Austria, Denmark, Germany and Mexico.

The race will be televised on a delayed basis in the USA and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network with the telecast presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The show, being produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, will air twice on the CBS Sports Spectacular show with the initial airing at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Following the CBS Sports Network telecasts, the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 show will air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.

Tuesday’s start draw will be held at the SCORE Tech Shop in El Cajon, Calif. and webcast live via the weekly SCORE Dirt LiveHD Internet show with host George Antill. SCORE’s corporate headquarters are located in Reno, Nev.

During the 14th episode of the 2014 SCORE Dirt LiveHD season, one video segment to air will be the trailer for the CBS Sports Network April 20 (6 p.m. PT) telecast of the season-opening Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. The other will be a special promotional video for the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 produced by Spectrum Advertising of El Centro, Calif.

Following nearly two years of extensive planning with assistance from numerous individuals, multiple businesses and several government agencies from across the entire Imperial Valley and presented by the City of El Centro, SCORE’s first race in this portion of Southern California and first SCORE race in California since a 1998 race in Barstow will be held near Plaster City primarily on 41,000 dedicated acres in an off-highway vehicle use area under the jurisdiction of the El Centro field office of the Bureau of Land Management.

The area for the race is also located immediately west of the Naval Air Facility El Centro and is approximately 17 miles west of El Centro off of Interstate 8 (I-8).

The SCORE World Desert Championship series features 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs with the best desert racers in the world competing in elapsed-times races with staggered starts. Nearly 150 entries from 20 U.S. States and five countries are expected for this race. The classes will be split into two groups for the SCORE Imperial Valley 250.

The Motorcycle, ATV and a few of the slower car/truck classes will start at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 with the featured SCORE Trophy Truck, unlimited Class 1 and other remaining car and truck classes starting at approximately 1 p.m.

While the fastest vehicles are expected to complete the course in just under four hours, the time limit for each vehicle to become an official will be seven hours in the morning portion of the race and eight hours in the afternoon portion. Many of the limited classes will be required to run two laps while the fastest classes will all be required to cover three laps.

Run as a three-lap race over a rugged desert race course of approximately 82 miles in length, the colorful course will include a purpose-built eight-mile section off Wheeler Road with specially-built jumps, turns and a table top area in a one square mile area of private land in the center of the race course. This infield area will include the start/finish line, the main pits, the SCORE Operations compound, the primary spectator area with SCOREvision as well as the Monster Energy VIP winner’s circle. There will also be a number of food, beverage and merchandise vendors located in this main spectator area.

While the race course will be closed to spectators because of safety requirements for this massive desert race, a second designated spectator area will be located parallel to a five-mile section of the race course along the south side Evan Hewes Highway (County Hwy S-80). The BLM has advised SCORE that this section on the south side of Evan Hewes Highway will be open for camping as well during the race.

This second spectator area will also be adjacent to the secondary pits for the race. Along with the start/finish line area off of Wheeler Road, these are the only two designated spectator areas and both will be overseen as will the rest of the race course by the BLM and local and county police agencies to help insure the safety of everyone involved.

At the very top of the priority list for this event has been safety for the racers as well as the spectators and the nearly 200 course workers.  Starting Tuesday (April 22) the entire area of the race course will be closed to the public by enforcement of the BLM permit for the event.

Race officials have developed the two primary spectator areas both with tremendous site lines of the race course and with ultimate safety in mind. With the added assistance from the area police agencies, race officials are creating a family-friendly spectator environment as well.

To assist the crowd of several thousand expected to attend the race, the SCORE Race Committee has launched its own website at with race fans in mind.

The event website also has a reminder list for spectators of the do’s and don’ts for watching the race.

As a prelude to the inaugural event, a live drawing will be held for starting positions, by class, on Tuesday for SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1, the two classes that will have qualifying to determine starting positions, the drawing will identify the qualifying order for each entry.

Not open to the public, activities for what is expected to be one of the largest spectator events in Imperial Valley history will begin with two, one-lap, controlled-speed reconnaissance runs for official entries in the event, one on Wednesday afternoon, April 23 and the other Thursday morning, April 24.

On Thursday afternoon, April 24, starting at 1:30 p.m. PT qualifying will be held for the two top competition classes in the race, SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks, and SCORE Class 1 for unlimited, open-wheel desert race cars.

Starting Thursday, pre and post-race activities for the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 will be held in and around the Imperial Valley Mall at 3451 South Dogwood Avenue in El Centro.

Public activities will start with a special SCORE parade of race vehicles on Thursday evening, April 24 starting at 6 p.m. at the Imperial Valley Mall.

Start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, April 24, the Monster Energy SCORE ‘Imperial Valley Goes Green’ part featuring the SCORE Pit Crew Challenge, racer autograph session, vehicle display and first night of pre-race contingency. Open to the public at no charge, the party will include the humongous SCOREvision super-size LED screen debuting the exclusive first showing of the Cactus Films Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 video and the CBS Sports Network replay of the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 that will air nationally at 6 p.m. PST on Sunday, April 20.

The colorful SCORE manufacturer’s midway, contingency and safety inspection of all vehicles in the race will be held in the parking area of the Imperial Valley Mall from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Racer and media registration will be held inside the IV Mall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25.

Throughout the day on Friday, April 25 at the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be performances of the Monster Energy FreestyleMX motorcycle team.

The post-race awards celebration, also open to the public, will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 10 in the Imperial Valley Mall.

With viewers in over 100 countries, SCORE Dirt LiveHD will present live internet streaming from the event from pre-green to post-checker. Coverage will include live start and finish line interviews as well as live coverage from the many ancillary events tied to the race.  On race day, live satellite tracking of all vehicles in the race will also be broadcast through the SCORE International website.

The ever-growing group that has become ‘friends of SCORE’ from the area of the race include the BLM-El Centro Field Office, the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department, El Centro Police Department, Naval Air Facility El Centro, Emergency Medical Services, De Anza Rescue Unit, Imperial Valley Mall, El Centro Chamber of Commerce, Imperial Irrigation District, the city of El Centro and Imperial County departments of Planning and Public Works, board of supervisors and the county executive officer.

The event is expected to generate an economic impact for the Imperial Valley of nearly $10 million.

Primary local sponsors for the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 are: the City of El Centro, Imperial County, IID, REACH-Air Medical Services, Alford Distributing, Burgers & Beer, PMC and the Imperial Valley Cycle Center.

Supporting local sponsors include: Imperial Valley Mall, Spectrum Advertising, McMillin Homes, Los Cuates Fruteria, Sun Community, Rabobank, First Foundation Bank, AT&T, Rogers & Rogers, El Centro Motors Supercenter, Desert Auto Plaza, Duggins Construction, IFS, Gold Cross Ambulance Service, LiUNA, Alkaline Water Company and Hutchinson-Bloodgood.

Former SCORE champion open-wheel racer Ryan Thomas will be the race-director for this event and will be assisted by Robert Gross and Greg Garber.

Inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley Race Committee Members: Jeff Sturdevant –Co-Chair, El Centro Chamber of Commerce/JCS Construction; Marty Coyne – Co-Chair, Imperial Valley Cycle Center; Jeff Alford – Marketing, Alford’s Distributing; Jaime Honald – El Centro Chamber of Commerce/Burgers & Beer, Marketing/Awards Ceremony; Brandon Adams – Marketing, Alford’s Distributing; Darletta Willis – El Centro Chamber Of Commerce, Sponsors; Travis Coyne – Hotels and Equipment, Imperial Valley Cycle Center; Gary Wyatt – County of Imperial – Permits; Charla Teeters – United Desert Gateway, Imperial Valley Film Commission, permits; Steven Gutierrez – Imperial County Sherriff Department, Law enforcement/Safety; Gordon Johnson – Imperial County Sherriff Department, Law enforcement/Safety; Jim McGenley – Chief of El Centro Police Department, Law enforcement/Safety; Bob Ham – Checkers off Road Racing Team; Kirk Hester – District 38/Torrence’s Farm Implements, course design; Tony Rouhotus – Chief of Imperial County Fire, Safety; Art Eugenio – Get Some Photography; Randy Taylor – Rabo-Bank; Carlos Coral – SCORE International.

In its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2014, the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, with three special events held in Baja California, Mexico, and two in the United States, started with the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 on March 1. Starting and finishing in Ensenada, the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will be held June 5-8 and the third SCORE Baja race, starting in Ensenada and finishing in La Paz, the 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be held Nov. 12-16.

The two U.S. races on 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship calendar are the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 in Plaster City, Calif. (April 25-27) and the two-day, single-race Inaugural SCORE Desert Challenge, location TBA (Sept. 25-28).

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to CBS Sports Network will run a one-hour special on all five 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship races as well as a sixth show on the special qualifying for select classes for the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 that will be held Nov. 1-4 in Las Vegas during the annual SEMA automotive industry trade show. All shows are scheduled to air in the next month following the event.

SCORE Dirt LiveHD, SCORE’s weekly Tuesday night internet studio show from El Cajon, Calif., also goes on-site live with expanded event coverage during SCORE events. Live event coverage in 2014 will include week-long live coverage of the entire five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series of two races in the United States and three in Baja California, Mexico.  The first USA event of the inaugural SCORE World Desert Championship series will be the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250.

For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship series at


Following an extensive statewide campaign, Generation Next, the mental health and media student competition and program of the Entertainment Industries Council’s (EIC) project TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment And Media), has selected three winners:

  • In Film and Television, Isabel Fischer (University of California, Davis) wins first prize for her short film, “Mind + Body,” a non-fiction piece that portrays, through dance and storytelling, the intimate experience of youth living with mental health disorders.
  • In the Journalism category, judges selected Kyle McCarty (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) for his well-researched news writing piece on college youth and depression.
  • In the Social Media category, Rachel-Jean Firchau (Chapman University) receives first prize for her poignant and effective campaign to reduce stigma around eating disorders within the transition-age-youth population. 

 “EIC received over 100 thought-provoking submissions and selected 12 semifinalists to develop their projects under the guidance of media and mental health mentors,” said TEAM Up Project Director and EIC Exec. VP of Government Relations and Program Services, Marie Gallo Dyak.

Generation Next was created by the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) in response to the alarming number of college students experiencing serious mental health challenges. This statewide campaign and competition, funded by the historic California Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63), invited college students and faculty to use the power and influence of media to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health.  With less than a month to complete their projects, students relied on the guidance of mental health experts and media professionals to develop their final entries to their fullest potential.

“Being part of the mentoring program has taught me how to turn a negative experience in my life into something positive that would benefit other young people like myself. Having an eating disorder was a horrible experience that I never thought could be used for something good,” says Social Media category winner, Rachel Jean Firchau. “Over the past month, my mentors have encouraged me to share my story as a means of making an impact. I’ve learned how to use social media to the best of my ability to send a message about empowerment and strength, and I’m thankful for that.” 

“We are thankful to California State University Los Angeles’ department of Television, Film, and Media Studies for providing an ideal location for Generation Next’s judging. A select group of professionals in the fields of film, television, news writing, broadcast journalism, digital communication, mental health within diverse communities, and education came together to review projects and help strengthen the learning experience for the next generation of content creators,” Dyak continued.

“This experience has definitely given me a glimpse into what it is like to be a professional journalist doing investigative news, and I am more excited now than ever for what my future career will hold for me. My mentors were amazing, fast coming with advice and support, and as a result I think that I have written my best story yet,” says Journalism semi-finalist, Kellie McCown of Los Medanos College. “Please continue with this program for years to come and introduce future journalists to this “beat.” Mental health is an area that is not getting the coverage or advocacy that it deserves, and I hope that Generation Next/TEAM Up changes that.” 

Winners will be honored at the 18th Annual PRISM Awards ceremony at Skirball Cultural Center on April 22nd where each will be recognized by an audience of media professionals.   

About Generation Next

Generation Next, a program of the EIC as a part of its TEAM Up campaign, is supported by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health among Californians. The Generation Next website is

About Entertainment Industries Council

EIC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by leaders within the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence of the industry to communicate about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment and journalism outreach and a premiere success story in the field of entertainment education. This mission relies on providing resource information to the creative community and culminates in recognition of the industry through the national television special PRISM Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of substance use issues and mental health concerns. The organization also produces the SET Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals of science, engineering and technology.

For a complete list of health and social issues addressed by EIC and local projects please visit First Draft and EIC’s website. EIC’s web site is The PRISM Awards web site is The SET Awards web site is


The Internet Crime Complaint Center continues to receive reports of telephone scams involving calls that claim their “relative” is in a legal or financial crisis. These complaints are sometimes referred to as the “Grandparent Scam.” Scammers use scenarios that include claims of a relative being arrested or in a car accident in another country. Scammers often pose as the relative, create a sense of urgency and make a desperate plea for money to victims. It is not unusual for scammers to beg victims not to tell other family members about the situation.

The scammers also impersonate third parties, such as an attorney, law enforcement officer, or some other type of official, such as a U.S. Embassy representative. Once potential victims appear to believe the caller’s story, they are provided instructions to wire money to an individual, often referred to as a bail bondsman, for their relative to be released.

Some complainants have reported the callers claimed to be from countries including, but not limited to: Canada, Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala, and Peru.

Callers often disguise themselves by using telephone numbers generated by free applications or by spoofing their numbers.

If you receive this type of call:

  • Resist the pressure to act quickly.
  • Verify the information before sending any money by attempting to contact your relative to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.
  • Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail, especially to an overseas location. Wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

Individuals who have fallen victim to this type of scam are encouraged to file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center,

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