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Veteran professional desert racer Bob Land will be driving on modified Cooper Discoverer tires in the 2003 SCORE (Southern California Off Road Enterprises) race series thanks to a sponsorship announced today with Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

The SCORE series consists of six races and includes the famous Baja 500 and Baja 1000.

Additionally, Land will race the Australian Safari, an eight-day, 5,000-kilometer trek across the Australian Outback.

The modified Cooper Discoverer tires are specially designed for desert racing and look similar to a Cooper Discoverer LT, a tread pattern well suited for loose terrain and rock, says Cooper.

Land has raced off-road since 1987, and his class wins include two Baja 1000s, two Baja 500s, two San Felipe 250s and two Australian safaris.

After three races this season, Land has finished first, second and third consecutively in Class 7S.

During the San Felipe 250, Land severely cracked a wheel, but the tire lost no air and he finished the race.

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