After nearly four decades of leadership, iconic race producer Sal Fish announced today that he has sold his SCORE International desert racing organization that includes the SCORE Desert Racing Series to Roger Norman, effective immediately.
Fish, the CEO/President of Los Angeles-based SCORE International, has set the pace for the sport of desert racing since shortly after its formation by the late Mickey Thompson in 1973.
The SCORE Awards Night will be held Saturday, January 12, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa in Newport Beach, California, honoring the Champions of 2012 and ushering in a new and exciting era for SCORE International.
In announcing his decision, Fish, 73, said, “Next to my wife Barbara, SCORE has been the love of my life, my passion and I have left my blood, sweat and tears in the desert of Baja California, Mexico, and in the USA in Arizona, California and Nevada. Over these many years, I’ve been knocked down, but always managed to get up to fight again and have enjoyed more than anyone could ever imagine these many years in the desert.”
As a hotel/casino owner in northern Nevada, business developer and a champion racer himself, Norman was well aware of the daunting task at hand when he resurrected the High Desert Racing Association, (HDRA) in 2011. HDRA was highly regarded when it was active in the 1980s and early 1990s.
“For me it’s a dream come true,” said Norman of his acquisition of SCORE. “Sal Fish is the godfather of this sport and it is an honor to move forward with the incredible legacy he has left our sport with SCORE International. We have been talking about this for over a year, but I knew I had to learn all sides of the sport before I could be in a position to make a solid offer to Sal.”
The World Championship will be comprised of three HDRA races in America and three SCORE races in Baja. In fact, the World Championship is the culmination of six of the seven races of the HDRA and SCORE race series with the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (November 14-17, 2013) in Ensenada, Mexico, as the deciding factor with 2x points.
The first race is the HDRA South Point Vegas 250, January 12, 2013, in Jean, Nev.
In addition to the special SCORE Achievement Awards and the 36 Pro, 6 Sportsman class champions and three overall point champions who will be honored during the SCORE Awards Night at the Hyatt Regency, another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman Awards.
Among the awards to be presented are MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the year, SCORE Contingency Company of the year, SCORE Pit Support Team of the year, SCORE Mechanic of the year and SCORE Person of the year.