Eleven Championships and Counting!
San Felipe is a sleepy, old-world fishing village located on the Gulf of California part way down the infamous Baja California Mexican peninsula. For the past 20-years, the annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 has turned the town into race central, hosting what is widely recognized as one of off-road racing’s premiere events. It was here in 1993 that veteran off-road racer Scott Douglas did the impossible—taking first overall in a Class 7 Ford Ranger mini-truck. To do so, Douglas had to beat the big factory teams fielding unlimited full-size trucks and the incredibly fast Class 1 entries in his Herzog Racing Ranger. An incredible feat to say the least, but it is now just one more footnote in career of this 11-time off-road champion. Scott Douglas began his off-road career racing motorcycles in the California desert.
Douglas moved from two to four wheels in 1980 when he and brother, Steve, took out a loan and
purchased an old Ford F-150 race truck off a used car lot. Not ones to ease into things, the Douglas
brothers prepped the truck and promptly entered it in the infamous Baja 500. Amazingly, not only did
the Douglas brothers finish the race, but posted an impressive 5th in Class 8.
Douglas’ career took another major leap in 1990 when off-road legend Walker Evans recognized the
up-and-coming talent and hired Douglas to pilot a factory backed Jeep Cherokee. The result was a
class championship for Jeep and Walker Evans Racing. Evans then moved Douglas to a Dodge factory
ride in a Class 7 Dakota where he regularly finished ahead of the likes of Roger Mears and
At various stages of his career, Scott Douglas has raced with and beaten Robby Gordon,
Walker Evans, Ivan Stewart, and Jimmie Johnson. In the desert, Douglas has won championships in
SCORE, HDRA, and the BITD series.
Over the years Douglas has driven everything from stock classes to the wild unlimited trucks,
including SCORE trophy trucks and Short-Course PRO-4s. The result is no less than 91 career
victories and 11 championships:
8 Desert Championships,
2 Short-Course Championships,
2-time BorgWarner Champion,
Inaugural Winner of the AMSOIL Cup,
3 Baja 1000 Class Wins, and the 1993 SCORE San Felipe 250 overall winner.
This is a record few in off-road racing history can touch.
In the mid-1990s, Douglas was hired to drive the Herzog Dodge Ram PRO-2 pickup in the growing
Short-Course Off-Road Drivers Association (SODA) series. With winning short course races at the
Riverside International Raceway and in Mexico, and posting podium finishes in the Mickey Thompson
stadium series, Douglas immediately became a dominant force in SODA.
Scott Douglas moved to PRO-4 in 1996, winning the championship for Rampage Racing. The following year, with the added responsibility of team owner, Douglas repeated the PRO-4 championship. To put an exclamation point on the season, Douglas Motorsports also won the highly coveted BorgWarner Manufacturer’s Challenge Cup at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway for Ford Motor Company in 1997. Scott repeated his BorgWarner win in 2006 as well.
Then in 2010 nearly pulled off the "double." At Crandon's Spring Challenge Cup event, Scott just missed the win by less than .2 of a second. Then at the Fall Event, Scott took home the trophy as the inaugural winner of Crandon's Fall challenge race, the AMSOIL Cup.
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