Friday, July 31, 2015
BAJA Racing CENTER Summer 2015
BAJA RACING NEWS LIVE! HEADLINES
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- One spectator dead another injured in Southern Baj...
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KING OF BAJA Estero Beach August 1 & 2, 2015***Lucas Oil Off Road Series & Papas & Beer Racing LIVE! From Baja California Mexico
LIVE! On The Beach!
BajaRacingNews RADIO LIVE! From Estero Beach, Ensenada Baja Mex HERE!
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KING of BAJA.com ESTERO BEACH SCHEDULE
SATURDAY - AUGUST 1ST, 20158:00 AM
GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC
PRO 2 PRACTICE – 3 LAPS
PRO LITE PRACTICE (2 GROUPS) – 3 LAPS
PRO BUGGY PRACTICE – 3 LAPS
PRO 4 PRACTICE – 3 LAPS
PRO 2 QUALIFYING
PRO LITE QUALIFYING (2 GROUPS)
PRO BUGGY QUALIFYING
PRO 4 QUALIFYING
PRO LITE LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER
PRO 2 RACE
PRO LITE RACE
PRO BUGGY RACE
PRO 4 RACE
CHAPEL SERVICE (VIP TENT)
SUNDAY - AUGUST 2ND, 20157:30 AM
CHAPEL SERVICE (VIP TENT)
GATES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PRO 2 QUALIFY
PRO LITE QUALIFY (2 GROUPS)
PRO BUGGY QUALIFY
PRO 4 QUALIFY
PRO LITE LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER
PRO 2 RACE
PRO LITE RACE
PRO BUGGY RACE
PRO 4 RACE
Tons of teams on the road to Mex yesterday and overnight. All heading to Ensenada, Baja California, for todays kick-off, which we'll bring you LIVE! on BajaRacingNews.com
We'll follow the story of "La Familia" of Ensenada claiming they've bought SCORE International, to be announced AFTER the Baja 1000 in November. Stay Tuned! HERE!
Grandstand seating is SOLD OUT! for this event.
General admission (standing) access to the event will be available onsite throughout the weekend.
Baja California and the seaside town of Ensenada are no strangers to off-road racing. Residents of the town and nearby gather downtown for contingency and in the wash to watch the Trophy Trucks, buggies and Baja Bugs fly through on their way down the peninsula during the SCORE Baja 1000 and 500. This weekend, though, they will be treated to a different kind of off-road racing, where they get to sit in grandstands and watch the entire race from start to finish.
The Rockstar Energy South of the Border Battle on the Baja International Short Course at Estero Beach marks the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series' first foray into Mexico. The sport already has fans in Ensenada thanks to hometown hero Rodrigo Ampudia, but this will be their first opportunity to see it live without traveling to the U.S.
"I think that the fans will be amazed with short course off road racing," says Ampudia, whose family owns several bars and restaurants in Ensenada – including Papas&Beer, which adorns the side of his Pro 2 Ford – and was instrumental in making the event happen. "I think it's a type of racing that they haven't really appreciated because a lot of them aren't able to come to the races in the States. For the racers, I think it's going to be a spectacular event. When you go down to Baja and you get the contagious happiness and the adrenaline from the fans and they're excited to see you, it makes you appreciate what you're doing and all of the hours and effort you've put into the program."
Ampudia won't be the only driver known to the Baja fans, even if he has the biggest cheering section. Pro 2 and Pro 4 racer Rob MacCachren is the defending Baja 1000 champion. Multi-time Pro 4 and 2 champ Carl Renezeder has won in Baja, as has Pro 4 driver Doug Fortin. So while the style of racing may be different, many of the names will be familiar.
The style of racing will be a bit different for the drivers as well. Due to its location on a peninsula that pokes out into All Saints Bay, the landscape is quite flat with a water table that is just below the surface. Track builder Gary Hubert wasn't able to dig down, and any dirt for features had to be brought in. That said, Series Director Ritchie Lewis says that while it may be different from what LOORRS drivers are used to, it should still be an exciting and raceable track.
"It's 1.1 miles long, a pretty long track" he explains. "This track has a sand pit, which is something kind of new. Coming off a sweeper you run into a big sand pit; we tried to work with what the land provided for us. We're excited to see how the guys are going to navigate that. It's got good, long straightaways and an awesome rhythm section. It's as good as any we have at any racetrack, really nice rollers. We do have one big nice jump that will have them jumping into the homestretch.
"I'm really proud of the job that Gary Hubert has done. Our dirt doctor has done a really good job for us, and it's going to make for some really good racing," he adds.
Lewis says that there are plans to bring in more dirt and build up some banking in the turns, but that's something for the future. The deal to race at Estero Beach is for at least three years, and the track has been planned so that the turns can be built up without moving anything. In fact, the whole track has been mapped with GPS, so that should a catastrophic storm hit Baja, they can rebuild the track exactly as it is. All signs point to a long-term commitment for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series to race race in Ensenada.
"The city and everything that the Ampudia family has put into this, the family at Estero have been very easy to work with," says Lewis. "We've made a lot of improvements, even for them in the parking lot and stuff, because we have the heavy equipment in place. A lot of people have put a lot into this to try to make it a successful event. We're really excited about what we're doing."
Gates for the Rockstar Energy South of the Border Battle open up at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with practice and qualifying starting at 8:45 on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Opening ceremonies will be at 2 p.m. on both days, with Pro 2 leading off the action.
The grandstand seating is really, really, tiny.
So, selling out is a major fail for Estero Beach and Lucas Oil. It's only Tuesday and all the 'seating' is gone.
Unless, of course, you get there early and plant your butt and stay in the spot. Here, in Ensenada, they can't force you out of the seat, if you sit there first!
Welcome to Mexico, Pal!
More LIVE Reporting through Monday, August 3.
KING OF BAJA.com Estero Beach Races
Gary Newsome, Editor
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Baja Racing Club BAJA 500 2015 CBS Sports Network July 26 SimulCast ONLINE LIVE
*8pm 47TH SCORE BAJA 500
*4am INAUGURAL BAJASUR
*5am 47TH SCORE BAJA 500
*4pm 47TH SCORE BAJA 500
*8pm 47TH SCORE BAJA 500
Saturday, July 25, 2015
OFF-ROAD LIVE!***JULY 25 & 26***HOT GIRLS ON THE BEACH
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
KING OF BAJA San Jose 250 August 8 & 9***LIVE! ON THE BEACH!
OFF-ROAD LIVE!***Monday. July 20, 2015 4PM***
OFF-ROAD RACING & RECREATION NEWS LIVE! TODAY 4PM
Matt Martelli hiding away from MINT 400 Racing Disaster! "CEO" runs away, like a bitch. No wonder! Corporate negligence pays BIG in the courts.
Desert racers lost all trust Roger Norman is willing to fix broken & bastardized SCORE!
CABO 500 announcements for October events in Los Cabos!
Desert Headlines! Tijuana Underwater, Tropical Depression Dolores Deluges Baja Norte and Southern California.
Interstate Ten (I-10) The bridge over the Tex Wash west of Desert Center did not collapse, it was washed out! Now the Interstate is CLOSED!
Over The Line Championships Shitcanned in San Diego, first time in 62 years! For the first time in 40 years, a Shark attacked a surfer, in competition.
LIVE! ON THE BEACH! SUMMER 2015
KING OF BAJA 1000 November 16-21
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
OFF-ROAD LIVE! Breaks Out The Wooden Bat On Michelin Tires, BFGoodrich in North America and Mad Media, the New Bitches of MONSTER Mike
Monday, July 13, 2015
OFF-ROAD LIVE!***MINT 400 TV SHOW REVIEW By MONSTER Mike
4PM TODAY! MONSTER Mike Reporting ON THE BEACH in San Diego CALI!
LIVE! Every Monday Night 4PM HERE!
|MINT 400 TV SHOW REVIEW BY MONSTER Mike|
|Show, Jumps The Shark, Screws The Pooch, Fails To Show The Real Off-Road Community and Tell The True Story|
"For those who own it".
Maybe the truer statement is, 'For those who unintentionally screw it (Off-Road racing) over'. If the focus is on the unlimiteds, make one day their race. The day AFTER everyone else races the course! I don't think this is stretch, saying, the multitudes pay for the right to race. The 'unlimiteds', if the math is done right, don't pay anywhere near the total everyone else pays, simply to enter races.
How about this, a graduated scale of entry fees, according to the impact to public lands? We all want the races to continue, right?! Let's use the conservative, right-wing and economically correct formulas.
This is where the 'unlimiteds' start to have SERIOUS problems! Getting them to pay for what they actually use! OH-NO! NOT REAL COSTS! NO!
Shove that in your nig jigga!
The scam MINT 400 2015, if Red Bull, NBC, Polaris RZR and the rest of the pukes, want to varnish over what actually, really happened, they have MONSTER Mike to answer to in the future. The WigJigga Sal blabhacker, called the race, "the most spectacular off-road race in North America". Let's look at this, honestly.
A Primm race, with a Las Vegas pre-event party and the slimyest hype on the planet. Yes. But, many real, experienced, off-road racers have other events in mind as the "most spectacular". The pot smoking hype monkeys might be right, calling it the biggest drug and debauchery things in sports.
The only mention of one of the crashes on the scam TV show, 'CLEAN-UP ON AISLE 9', SCRAPE UP THE BODIES, GET THEM OUT OF THE TV SHOT!!!'
We all like doing it, but talking about it like this TV show did, is a BIG BIGGA LIE.
Just listen to Robby Gordon, when he said at the end of this race, "no-one really knows who won this race".
"The whole wheel came off of the Red Bull Trick Truck". This TV show is on blocks, on the side of the road to Las Vegas. There are racers still healing today and we here at OFF-ROAD LIVE! will not let this rest.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
OFF-ROAD LIVE! SimulCast July 12, 2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone LIVE MINT 400
Friday, July 10, 2015
Grist For The Mill ***How Many Dead Mexicans Does It Take To Make Roger Normans Profits?
"NO BIKES!" Roger Norman Wanted FIA Racing Sanction In Mexico, with "No Motorcycles", in 2010. Expert witness Tells BajaRacingNews.com THE COMPLETE OUTRAGE NOW!
Dateline Ensenada, Baja Mexico; June 30, 2015.
The Full, Unadulterated Story Behind Roger Norman and his control of recent safety helicopter decisions and SCORE International's Moto Safety Collapse
Story Sponsored by Baja Safari
Now, we understand why Roger Norman no longer places a safety helicopter with the lead bikes in his 'circus'.
In 2010, Roger reached out to several people in desert racing, describing his interest to start a new racing sanction,
with "No Bikes".
A race organization affiliated with FIA and not, BITD or SCORE.
He never wanted the bikes. Way before the purchase of SCORE was done, Norman was formulating his concept of desert off-road racing with the unlimiteds, only.
This information also explains Normans disdain for the sportsman classes. In one of his first TV productions, it said in the script, "Baja racing is really only a handful of racers", the Trophy Trucks. Maybe including Class 1's.
Since his ownership of SCORE, he has priced out everyone, except the unlimiteds.
The SCORE decision to eliminate the lead bike safety chopper at his first Baja 1000 is the glaring proof, that Roger Norman doesn't want all of the classes without cages.
Roger Normans pricing also explains his attempt to control every media aspect of SCORE. The confidential expert witness also told BajaRacingNews.com, Norman is pricing race entries sportsmen out of racing in SCORE.
It's not about Norman saving money. It's not his ego saying he knows more than others on how to operate a desert off-road race. He just never wanted 'uncaged' competitors in his events.
He also has no respect for smaller budget teams and sportsmen racers.
After many Baja 1000 events owned by Sal Fish had moto safety heli support, right along side the lead bikes, in Roger Normans first event, he told Corporate Helicopters (the contractor for chopper services) to stand down. When interviewed by BajaRacingNews.com after the event and the death of Kurt Caselli, with the knowledge of the operating orders during the event, Roger said, "I spent $80,000 on helicopters for this race".
When BajaRacingNews.com interviewed Corporate Helicopters after the death of Kurt Caselli, they said, "we were ordered to stand down".
The Corporate Helicopters revelation is important. It confirms Roger Normans own admission and relates directly to the beginning of using choppers for safety.
When Baja Safari (the original parent of this publication) was located in San Ysidro/alongside the SCORE insurance company at the time, it was Baja Safari who referred SCORE to Corporate for race services!
Since the origin of SCORE using choppers for 'Safety' purposes, Baja Safari originated the relationship between the owner of Corporate (Ivor) and the owner of SCORE at the time, Sal Fish.
For seven years, Baja Safari worked side-by-side with SCORE. Sal Fish's first working satellite phones were originated by the servicepeople support services company, Baja Safari.
After the recent BajaSur 500, the moto winner of the event told the press, "I want a chopper with us, there was alot of scary stuff out on the course".
During the most recent Baja 500, the lead Honda moto rider, heading out of Ensenada ran into a local ranchers truck, going in the opposite direction, on the race course. He suffered serious injuries and was transported to the US for medical treatment.
All of these recent events are a collapse of the trend set by Sal Fish, making moto racing in SCORE, safer. Since Roger Norman took over SCORE, injuries/incidents have spiked!
It fully explains why, after the death of Kurt Caselli, numerous bike racer and team complaints, public and private and the recent Honda crash in the Baja 500...no additional chopper support has been dedicated to the lead bikes. Simple.
Norman never wanted motos in his circus, in the first place!
Roger Norman has also reflected his own beliefs on the unlimited team owners. Our confidential expert source, surmised, "Roger wants to be known as Gods gift to racing, he thinks every unlimited racer wants to blown up to "World" or 'Global', status".
Therefore, our witness explains, those unlimited teams should be willing to do all of their 'desert racing marketing' with his, SCORE.
Rogers SCORE goal, 'media empire' via his 'race sanction'.
The circus ringleader, barking at the circus freaks, to jump and smile!
TV ads, online videos and social media. What was the FIRST thing Rogers SCORE accomplished DURING the purchase, they set up their YouTube account!
Normans most recent F-Book post:
"SCORE JOURNAL is now by far the largest off road publication in the world!!! Halfway through our first year and we are already at over 500,000 unique readers per issue that are spending an average of 52 minutes reading and watching imbedded videos. This months total page views are 17,676,000. Readers are engaging an average of 36 pages and coming back to get more of each issue an average of 2.5 times for each unique reader. The SCORE Journal is now getting the majority of the... SCORE Video Series views as well. Videos posted to the SCORE Facebook are on track to receive more than 14,000,000 views in 2015. Thanks to SCORE TV, SCORE Journal and SCORE social media the sponsors are now being seen on a daily basis throughout the world instead of just in the desert. With 59 hours of national TV coverage across the USA in 2014 we have the same plan for 2015 except we now are able to cover many more classes of racing action. Another big change for 2015 is a 2 hour show on this years Baja 1000."
Where is the "Grist For The Mill"? CLICK HERE
'Modern' Baja racing started with the Ekins brothers and their marketing stunt with Honda in Mexico. MOTORCYCLES!
Baja racing, over decades, was built by SPORTSMEN!
The sin SCORE has on its soul will never be forgiven. The only chance for redemption, is a limitless focus on safety. Paid for by the sponsors of the sanction. Not Roger Norman.
Otherwise, SCORE and its minions are doomed to a special hell. The continual spotlight of SCORE racing deaths. Including, Mexican national spectators, now hit, struck, run-over and forgotten like clockwork.
They are, Grist For The Mill!
Are all of the unlimiteds, megalomaniacs in need of media hype? Of course not.
SCORE's lack of action regarding the Mexicans killed in these events are serious, violations of international law.
Is the spectator safety issue a matter for the government? Yes. But think on this,
Who's Getting PAID?
To the point, the safety decisions by the current SCORE organization are in need of serious, PUBLIC review.
Until then, anyone without a cage SHOULD NOT race in SCORE.
Regarding the Video...
Made as a joke, the video holds some important truths. Bob the 'weatherman', really did what is stated in the video.
His protests, over the air, during the Baja 1000 tell the story of the complete collapse of any safety net SCORE had previously in place.
What Bob said, was exposing his frustration with the complete incompetence of SCORE operations and Roger Normans decision making, in general. Race radio relay failed, race rescue failed and SCORE operations as a whole, failed.
Gary Newsome, Editor
|"The smoking gun", SCORE's Roger Norman never wanted some racers|