2010 SCORE Awards Night | Preview

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With maximum seating capacity of 400, tickets and special room packages remain available for next weekend’s 2010 SCORE Awards Night, honoring the world’s foremost desert racing series.

The colorful event is returning to Southern California for the first time in a decade and will be held next Saturday (Dec. 11) at the boutique-style Atrium Hotel in Irvine, Calif., which is the host venue for the first time.

At the newly renovated Atrium Hotel, located adjacent to the John Wayne Airport, 400 SCORE racers, family, friends, crews, sponsors and media will bask in the Southern California sunshine as the SCORE Awards Night will honor the 37-year history and fame of the name which is the standard for desert racing world-wide.

This year not only marks the first time that the annual SCORE Awards Night has been held at the popular Atrium Hotel, but the first time the historic evening has been held in Southern California since 2000, when it was held at Joe’s Garage automotive museum in Tustin, Calif.

"Our 2010 SCORE Desert Series has added another memorable chapter to our illustrious history and we look forward to honoring the world’s most courageous and ingenious racers," said Sal Fish, the SCORE CEO/President who has been part of the desert racing organization for nearly four decades.

"We think that the Atrium Hotel will be a great host for the event. We are also hoping that many of our racers, crews and families enjoy the special housing package that the Atrium is offering to help make a relaxing and fun-filled SCOREtown environment for all of us to enjoy while saluting the accomplishments of our amazing racers and their teams."

In addition to the special SCORE Achievement Awards and the 28 Pro, 6 Sportsman class champions and three overall point champions who will be honored in at the Atrium Hotel, another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman Awards.

Individuals as well as manufacturers and organizations are honored through 11 distinct awards, whose winners are decided by vote of the entire SCORE membership of more than 2,000.

Among the awards to be presented are MasterCraft Safety Rookie of the year, Contingency Company of the year, Pit Support Team of the year, Sponsor of the year, Mechanic of the year and Person of the year.

Another element of the diverse program will be the presentation of the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards. As it has for 25 years, the coveted Toyota Milestone Awards are presented to those drivers in four-wheel vehicle classes who finish every required mile of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series.

This year 13 drivers will receive this honor after completing every required mile of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series.

The evening will include a colorful video/photographic tribute to the 2010 SCORE Desert Series produced by Blue C Advertising, highlighting the still photography of Trackside Photo.

A pre-awards reception will start the festivities at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner, a special tribute to the 2010 SCORE season and presentations at 7 p.m.

Individual ticket reservations as well as reservations for tables of 10, priced at $850 per table, are being accepted through the SCORE offices at 818.225.8402. Individual tickets are $85 each.

For the SCOREtown weekend, a special SCORE room package is available at the Atrium Hotel. For $199, based on double occupancy, the SCORE package includes a room for next Friday and Saturday nights (Dec. 10-11), two buffet breakfast certificates for Saturday in the Waterfalls restaurant and two Buffet brunch certificates for Sunday, poolside at the Atrium.

This SCORE Awards package will be available until midnight this Friday (Dec. 3). On a space-available basis, room-only rates for Saturday, Dec. 11 only, will be available at a rate of $109. The hotel code for the package is SCORE Awards.

Hotel guests next Saturday (Dec. 11) will also have available complimentary shuttle service to the massive South Coast Plaza retail complex.

SCORE championship vehicles will be on display during the weekend and SCORE also expects that the very accommodating hotel lounges will be the site of both pre-awards ‘pit stops’ and post-awards after parties.

Special beverages available at SCORE town throughout the weekend will include Tecate cerveza, Red Bull energy drink and Azunia Tequila.

Started in 1973 with a short-course race in Riverside, Calif., the SCORE desert legacy officially began in July of 1974 in Ensenada, Mexico.

Founded by the late Mickey Thompson, himself a motorsport legend, SCORE International continues to this day under the gifted guidance and dedicated leadership of Sal Fish, who has been with SCORE since shortly after the organization was founded.

SCORE International, based in Los Angeles, continues today producing its five-race SCORE Desert Series which is anchored by the legendary granddaddy of all desert races-the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

In 2010, SCORE presented two races in Southern Nevada-the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge and the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300. In Mexico, SCORE also annually produces the SCORE San Felipe 250 and the SCORE Baja 500.

Associate sponsors for the SCORE Baja races include the Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, ProTurismo de Ensenada and the Baja California Sur State Secretary of Tourism.

For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.

For more information on the Atrium Hotel, contact the property at 949.833.2770 or 800.854.3012 or visit their website at www.atriumhotel.com.


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