Last week, I discussed the first of two pit crew suits from Robby Gordon’s pit crew during his 1994-1995 SCORE seasons. This week I will discuss the second version. Last week I discussed Robby Gordon, this week, I’ll discuss the races.
Founded in 1973 by the late great Mickey Thompson, SCORE races take place between two points. The Baja 500 for example is a loop from Ensenada to Ensenada, with the course remaining the same for most years. The Baja 1000 has changed from a Ensenada-Ensenada loop to an Ensenada -La Paz California straight shot. Both races are about 800 miles. The Dakar Rally is similar to SCORE in terms of the basic premise, though The Dakar Rally is overseen by the Amaury Sport Organisation.
One of the more unusual aspects that drivers and teams have to deal with is the possibility of booby traps. Since the routes are well known, fans will arrive prior to the start of the race, and plant booby traps to watch the trucks and motorcycles hit them. While drivers can avoid them, sometimes they hit the traps, and suffer damage or injuries. Should a driver avoid the trap, they will radio the location, and officials will deal with the situation.
This is the second pit crew suit, worn between 1994-1995. Unlike the previous suit, this one is made of Nomex, but isn’t SFI certified.The front collar is a Velcro design with a FORD logo embroidered into it.The cowl tag is a Simpson non Nomex variation, with two flag tags. One is a size tag indicating S, the other is a made on tag indicating it was made in 5/93.Here is the first indication that this was used in SCORE, The right chest patch features an ULTRA CUSTOM WHEEL patch sewn into it.Evidence indicating that these suits date to 1994-1995 is on the left chest. Sewn into the material, which feels rather unusual, almost like a dipped polyester, is a VALVOLINE patch, and a SHILO INN patch. These two logos are clearly visible in all photos of Robby’s CART rides in 1994 and 1995. All of the chest logos are also visible in what few photos I’ve been able to find of Robby’s SCORE rides in 1995.The front torso doesn’t have any logos adorning it, nor does the belt. The legs are unadorned, and have standard cuffs.The shoulders have no adornment, and the sleeves have no adornment at all. The left sleeve has a SIMPSON patch. The back of the suit shows some light wear.The back of the neck has no adornment at all.The back torso has a large FORD blue oval patch sewn into it.I discussed why I’m convinced that this is a SCORE pit crew suit, but everything I said has to be reiterated. The lack of customization is a telling piece of evidence. Between photos and videos, I’ve been able to determine that Gordon wore a blue suit in CART. While there is evidence that Gordon at the very least wore a suit with some customization, for a SCORE crew in that era, it doesn’t seem so far fetched that they would wear a cheap suit with some patches while working on the truck. Based on all of the above evidence, I can safely say that this is a SCORE pit crew suit from 1994-1995, more than likely 1995.
Next week, I discuss the NHRA equivalent of the participant award.