Baja 1000 2016: Dates, Route, Course Map, Race Classes and Full Schedule

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2016

Nov 20, 2015; Camalu, BC, Mexico;  SCORE trophy truck driver Rob MacCachren races through a silt bed en route to winning the 48th SCORE Baja 1000.  Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The revered off-road racing of the 2016 Baja 1000 returns for its 49th edition on Tuesday with the challenge of an 854-mile loop facing drivers in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

The event represents the final round of the 2016 World Desert Championship, with Billy Wilson leading the overall points standings ahead of the race start on Friday.

A number of vehicles are permitted in the race‚ including small and large bore motorcycles, production cars, buggies, trucks and custom race machines.

The format always produces action and unpredictable results. Read on for a full schedule and course information for the Baja 1000 2016:

Baja 1000 2016 Schedule
DateTime (PT)Event
Tuesday , Nov 155 p.m. - 8 p.m.Racer Registration
Wednesday, Nov 169 a.m.Chasis Inspections
Friday, Nov 186 a.mRace Start

For a look at the full 2016 Baja 1000 course mapschedule and more—visit the event's official website. For a complete breakdown of the vehicle classes, drivers and riders, check out the official entry list. 

Nov 19, 2015; Ensenada, BC, Mexico;  Girls pose on the roof of a racecar during technical inspection and contingency for the 48th SCORE Baja 1000.  Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Baja 1000 has something for all fans of motor racing, whether your persuasion is vehicles with two wheels, four wheels or more. 

Regardless of their mode of transport, the 854-mile course is a hellacious test for drivers and cyclists alike, setting off from Ensenada southbound down the Baja California peninsula coast before looping back to the finish.

The Baja 1000 official Twitter feed highlighted the course has been modified after a number of issues:

Baja 1000 @Baja__1000

49th Baja 1000 course - there are some issues with course layout and they are working on changing… https://t.co/p3lC0GwYYq #Offroad #Racing

As the race approaches its half-century anniversary next year, the epic Mad Max-style event continues to attract a host of new fans and world-famous names.

The battle reflects the endurance needed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, but conditions can change in an instant as the contest heats up.

The 2016 race continues with the popular loop format, hugging the Pacific Ocean before swinging inland.

The course mixes traditional desert tracks and paved highway as it attacks the peninsula with full force.

Nov 21, 2015; San Felipe, BC, Mexico; SCORE limited motorcycle rider Ruben Alamo crosses Zoo Road as the the sun rises over the Sea of Cortez during the 48th SCORE Baja 1000.  Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Trophy trucks mix with Volkswagen Beetles as the class of vehicles caters to all fans' tastes.

Local knowledge is the key to success at the Baja 1000, but this can be destroyed if the weather turns at the wrong point of the race.

The public roads incorporated into the circuit are not closed during the event, allowing locals to drive side by side with the racing contingent.

The Baja 1000 is a true alternative for fans of motor racing, placing supporters of the event into another world during the duration of the action.

The race is one of the most unique in the world and unparalleled across the globe.


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