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It's the world's oldest and most prestigious desert race, a 1,000-plus mile trek across some of the roughest, toughest terrain on Earth, where over 425 desert racers will climb aboard their cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs in search of fame and fortune.

It's the granddaddy of all desert races, the final event of the 2006 SCORE Desert Series, the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, is scheduled for Nov. 15-18 in Baja California, Mexico, a peninsula run from Ensenada to La Paz.

Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 21st consecutive year. The Toyota Milestone awards go to those drivers who finish every required mile of every race in the five-race 2006 SCORE Desert Racing Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.

“Toyota is proud to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers,” said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “For two decades, we have had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota True Grit and Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet.”

The competition will be held in 27 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. La Paz is located on the Sea of Cortez, near the Southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. The complete route for this year’s race will again cover more than 1,000 miles of the mysterious and foreboding Baja California peninsula.

The legendary race will again be televised in the U.S. as a one-hour sports special on NBC TV for the third consecutive year and for the first time, through the efforts of SCORE TV production partner Aura360, will be televised worldwide on ESPN International. Second unit personnel from Spyglass Entertainment, who is producing a full-length feature film about the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, will also be doing research and scene shots at the event.

Travelers to the Baja region this weekend should make certain of their reservations and travel arrangements as it is the busiest weekend of the year for the Peninsula.