To the disgust of many in the audience of a broadcast on Wednesday, December 10, Bob 'the weatherman' Steinberger stated, "this years Baja 1000 was perfect, no problems. zero problems". The shovel crew at work, burying the death and the shooting of Americans preparing for the race, in November.
Baja Racing News.com
UPDATE December 9, 2008
Now we know why and HOW these Baja racing violence stories get buried. How? A small group of race related individuals based in southern California and paid through an industry marketing company, buries the bad news as soon as possible. Why? To keep the "$$$" going. The cabal is the business of certain southern Californians, Americans, controlling Baja racing in Mexico. It's a long story, too long for now, we will get to "The 'cabal' of Baja Racing", in 2009.
Among the many Americans victimized by the ongoing violence in Mexico. There's a whole crew in southern California dedicated to burying the stories & facts, during SCORE races in Mexico. For the sake of "the industry".
Baja Racing News.com is dedicated to exposing the real risks in Mexico. Even the ones that exist over the border, in the United States. Let it be known. If your son or daughter races in Mexico, there are people racing beside you, running the race and selling off-road equipment that couldn't care less if they suffered and died, Baja racing, in Mexico.
Here's proof. The conversation between the "shovel crew". Attempting to bury the facts.
UPDATE! August 28, 2016
Ramsey El Wardani dies of a heart attack.
Attorney Oscar Ramos had previously died, giving BajaRacingNews.com additional sources to tell this story.
Oscar Ramos covered up this shooting and tried to commit crimes in Mexico to "protect" his employer, SCORE International and Sal Fish. One of Oscars friends who has been a long time source for this publication, outlined Ramos crimes, for this story.
Sadly, Ramsey El Wardani would fall for Ramos lies. El Wardani also never sought out the truth about what really happened in this case.
CLICK HERE FOR HIS OBITUARY
Ramsey El Wardani: "Regarding the “hunting accident” comment that was attributed to Oscar Ramos, SCORE’s attorney, in the Mexican Newspaper; he never said it was a hunting accident. The young woman that interviewed him on the phone made that up. Imagine that a Newspaper Reporter making something up. What Oscar told her was that he didn’t believe it was any organized criminal group or individual. The reporter in Tijuana, took that comment and made up the “hunting accident” quote."
Victims spokesman: "Anyone in the hospital (standing with Oscar, Dan Walsh, Martz Family and friends) THAT NIGHT knows differently." EDITORS NOTE: Walsh, Martz family, et al. know that the legal documents placed in front of them for signing that night, were false and the origin of the "hunters story" was Oscar Ramos of SCORE International. The legal representative for SCORE in Mexico and the attorney for SCORE in the United States.
Ramsey El Wardani "more stupid than dirt": "All I can tell you is what Oscar told me."
Cameron Steele: "I'm really tired of you splitting hairs on the deal. Oscar went the extra mile and Steve is alive those are the only facts I care about....no maybe, no they said or he said just the hard facts. Drop it, we all can use a rest on it, especially the guy that got the chopper handled that continues to have people say negative things about him."
Dan Walsh: "I live in Ramona and am a John Deere construction equipment salesperson. I have been riding and competing since 1983.. For the past 15 years i have worked with training riders in both Motocross and off road as well as assisting a 2006 class 22 pro team finishing SF 250 Baja 500 and a final 3rd place in class 22 Baja 1000. I Know (the Martz & Walsh family) has the best interest to protect facts and support not only great friends but teammates as well. As any team would react I'm proud of (the Martz & Walsh family)for speaking out on situations where I have a hard time biting my tongue. He (the family spokesman) has been told to go ahead and reply on behalf of my experiences and I now realize he wants to put it behind him as well. Cameron Steele is right and it is a time we let it rest. Thanks to both of you guys for your support and encouregment through Steve's situation. It's time to get out chill, ride, and enjoy such a rewarding industry. Steve Martz is recovering well and also has reached closure and has already put this behind him. We are fortunate things turned out the way they did and these last couple posts make us feel honored we have warriors out there willing to take one for the team to correct mis-leading statements." [the misleading statements by the "shovel crew"]
Trey Piersall: "Let's shut this talk down. That's all that really matters."
Baja Racing News.com continues to follow this story and will have an expose out in June 2009, on the "The Industry".
UPDATE December 3, 2008
Inside sources at the Ensenada Police Department say that the recent captured local who was detained in the Martz shooting, is a drug employee in the area of drug traffic at Valle de Trinidad. HERE IS A LINK TO THE ARTICLE IN THE LOCAL PAPER
The recent massive, almost two tons of pot seized in Valle de Trinidad since the race, exposed a dirty HUGE secret about Ensenada. IT IS THE LARGEST DRUG PIPELINE INTO THE UNITED STATES. CLICK HERE FOR THE MASSIVE DRUG STORY
He is not a hunter. As proven by today's inside information, Baja Racing News.com report that the SCORE cover-up failed was reported first, here. The felony gloss over of racing events and the criminal activities associated with them, will be followed closely here on Baja Racing News.com
And as proven by the victims themselves. The attempted (and a felony in the United States) false information placed in a legal deposition, at the Tijuana hospital, was not only false, but criminal. And still could be acted on.
Comments by 'know-it-all's & smarter-than-dirt', should do more homework, while they are at work. "Regarding the “hunting accident” comment that was attributed to Oscar Ramos, SCORE’s attorney, in the Mexican Newspaper; he never said it was a hunting accident. The young woman that interviewed him on the phone made that up. Imagine that a Newspaper Reporter making something up. What Oscar told her was that he didn’t believe it was any organized criminal group or individual because the .22 Rimfire used was only the kind of gun a Rabbit hunter would use; she took that comment and made up the “hunting accident” quote." The AP reporter in Tijuana has told Baja Racing News.com, this never happened. Ramsey, you have been lied to and you are supporting an exposed and failed, cover-up.
And the victims themselves know, that at the Tijuana hospital, the false and illegal depositions placed in front of them, were arranged by Oscar Ramos. The SCORE representative in Mexico and legal representative in the US.
Baja Racing News.com
Baja 1000 Pre-Running Carnage Reports!
A Hunter! Are you ON drugs? Or just part of the PROBLEM!?
CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED INTEL REPORT ON WHATS REALLY HAPPENING AT VALLE T AND WHY PEOPLE ARE GETTING SHOT
CLICK HERE FOR THE DEEP INSIDER REPORT OF HOW WE GOT HERE IN BAD RACER EMERGENCY RESPONSE
The following is the report from the victim and the Baja 1000 moto riders, who were shot in Baja Mexico Pre-running for the race. This is the entire, unredacted report.
Nov. 6, 6 PM
State of California Department of Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and now future Gubernatorial candidate in 2010, wants to get to the bottom of the Baja racer shooting! A representative of Commissioner Steve Poizner said today, "Mr. Poizner is concerned about the image of Mexican insurance and related products, sold under license of the State of California by brokers, being valid or worthless paper".
Poizners representative went further, "the shooting and all its ramifications will be investigated by the Commissioners office". Mr. Poizners website at http://www.stevepoizner.com/
Baja Racing News.com has learned now, the depositions taken in Mexico of the events by the victims, were manipulated in an attempt to foster the failed 'hunter' cover story, to benefit SCORE. "Racers, families, associated chase and pit crews, sponsors, everyone is now aware of the true facts and re-considering ever racing in Mexico again".
Not only did an American moto racer get shot in Mexico by a drug thug, but the first emergency calls that went to 'this company' failed big time. An 'authorized' entity of the sanctioning bodies Mexican insurance company fails and a cover story was attempted by the sanctioning body failed and has been exposed! If it weren't for the blessed survival of the victim and that the events happened in Mexico, some people, could well be facing charges and possible jail time.
Remember SCORE racers, as of today, the authorized SCORE Mexican insurance company continues to sell 'this company', the one that doesn't answer its phone. Remember fans, all of the 'SCORE racers are on the "kool-aid"' and will continue to go about their business in Baja. The best body bag crash dummies in motorsports.
This story is exactly why the editor and staff of Baja Racing News.com hunts down the facts to bring them to you, so you can see why, Baja racing is "the most dangerous and notorious racing in the world". This story is just one of the NOTORIOUS parts.
Baja Racing News.com
Nov. 5, 2008 9 AM Update
The Victim is back in the states. The bullet was still in the victimafter returning to the U.S., that's how serious the wound was. He is reportedly doing as well as could be expected. He is expected to be released from the hospital by the end of the week. Baja Racing News.com continues its reporting on the shooting until we have all the answers.
Nov. 4 UPDATE
Baja Racing News.com is closely following the story of the failed first emergency call. Stay tuned.
Another of the big questions down from these events, 'are the racers who got shot at going to race now?'. The answer is NO, "i highly doubt any of us will be going or riding in it".
A great comment from a fellow racer responds to the SCORE cover-story, "...a hunter that manages to nail a rider in the abdomen doesn't really constitute an accident in most folks' books...what a mess all this has/is/will cause for everyone down the line...". Unfortunately, the bad SCORE cover story places blame on the racer, not the shooter.
The victims fellow racer, on scene, nails the point, "I was there and saw the guy with a gun (rifle)...it was not a "Lost Bullet", he was taking aim at me, after he shot [the victim]".
The victim is back in the United States and in better condition. Baja Racing News.com is awaiting some direct quotes and information to fill in this story. Most importantly, what can be made good, hopefully has been accomplished.
Nov. 3, 2008, 12 Noon UPDATE
AP The Associated Press in Tijuana gets the story and runs it Worldwide. You gotta see Oscars quote. Can you say, 'bad cover-story'! CLICK HERE
Baja Racing News.com has learned today that the victim shot in Baja Mexico, pre-running the Baja 1000 course, was shot by a criminal defending drugs, not a 'rancher' as first reported. Also confirmed, the victim was pre-running the Baja 1000. The victim is currently in critical condition.
In other big developments in this story, the first emergency call for help in this situation failed. Report from Aarons Dad, Joe, "I tried about three times and all the phone did was ring, It never even went to an answering machine (as you could imagine I was pissed since many of us hold a policy with this company it makes me wounder why, It was worthless)". Baja Racing News.com suggestion, contact the State of California Department of Insurance immediately and report this. Fill out a 'Request for Assistance'. This incident is a violation of the terms of agreement you have with the service provider. Baja Racing News.com reached the Insurance Commissioners office today for comment, they said, "we are aware of this company".
Also, file a complaint with the San Diego County District Attorney office. Baja Racing News.com reached the San Diego DA's office today for comment, they said, "we are aware of this company".
This is all inevitable. The publisher and staff wish to send kudos to everyone who helped this American victim. Thankfully, the victim did not die. Emergency medical issues for international travel in Baja Norte at this time, are beyond unstable. Next time, an arranged American chopper goes in, without a permit ASAP and gets the victim to an American Hosptial, right away and gets this done fast, the RIGHT way! Just ask Baja Safari!
An American racer, shot by a Baja Mexican drug thug, You know, Baja Racing News.com is following this story very closely!
Fellow rider reports: "Has anyone ever entered a race late...you guys are all trying to down play this. We WERE...pre-running....get that through you heads!"
Aarons Dad, Joe reports: "Hi Guy's, At 10:40 am I received a call from my son Aaron about the shooting he was hysterical and I thought that he was joking at first until i heard Dan In the background saying it was true, [the victim] had been shot. My first reaction was to call Bi Med Insurance. I tried about three times and all the phone did was ring, It never even went to an answering machine (as you could imagine I was pissed since many of us hold a policy with this company it makes me wounder why, it was worthless). At 10:50 I called a friend of mine [for a chopper] (who needed to get a permit and wasn't used for the service). My wife Kari was working a different angle, they were very concerned with putting [the victim] into a helicopter and not noing if he was in stable condition and safe to fly. We were working another angle at the same time trying to get the (another service) in there, Now we have three possible means of getting [the victim] out to care. While all this is on we were also making calls to [the victims] family and friends. At 12:30 [the chopper] was ready to go, we were on another phone at the same time with A nurse from [a hospital] who was with a Dr. who was on the phone with Dr. Oscar Gonzolas from Valle De Trinidad, the Mexican police had transported [the victim] to a clinic in town. At about 12:45 I received a call from Aaron that [another Baja 1000 racer] was with them at the clinic and had made a call to Oscar Ramos who got the State police helicopter set up to get [the victim] to The Hospital Of the Angel's In TJ."
Witnesses have expressed their stories saying, "it was clear that the shooter WAS NOT a rancher. I believe that Dan, [the victim] and I rode up on a drug farm. If you read the article you will notice that the gate was covered with branches to almost make it "blend in" with the surroundings. Also the shooter was dress in clothes that seemed to "blend in" as well. Once at the highway, I gave directions to the Police and the Military to where the bike was and neither agency went looking for it. I wonder why? For those who have never had a gun pointed at your let me say that is terrifying. It was scary to know that the guy your looking at from 100 feet away has already shot one of your friends."
More details: "The rider and shooting victim has been identified as [the victim], who was riding with Aaron Cooper, who reports the following bold comments. "This all started near Mike's Sky Rancho on Sunday heading home from pre running in Northern Baja, when our chase crew ditched us.
Sometime in the middle of the night, the chase crew driving a pickup truck left for Mexicali seemingly abandoning the three riders at Mikes Sky Rancho. [Another group of racers] also spent the night at Mikes Sky Rancho and agreed to tote the riders gear bags to Ensenada while the three riders rode North to Ojos to catch the course up to RM120 and finally on home.
The riders ventured into the dirt at the turn off to Jamau and headed north and came across a fence line covered in brush where the shooting took place. As [the victim] rode towards the gate, I (Aaron Cooper) was about 40 feet behind [the victim] when I saw him fall over as if he had went to put his foot down but the ground was not there. As I looked up and to the right I saw a man with a gun on the other side of the fence about 100 feet out behind a large bush. He was aiming a gun at in our direction. Before I could get to [the victim] I was off the bike running to get out of the man’s line of sight. I was screaming at Dan to stop as he was coming up behind me.
[The victim] was struck in the sternum by what was described as a small caliber bullet. With [the victim] on the ground, Cooper scrambled for cover. Dan Walsh arrived and thought that [the victim] and Cooper were joking around when in fact [the victim] had been shot in the chest. Walsh attempted to start [the victims] moto kicking it some 10-15 times but it wouldn't start. Aaron ran over and pushed the bike out of the line of site and tried to start the bike with no luck. They abandoned [the victims] bike and put [the victim] on the back of Walsh' motorcycle and headed for Highway 3. Enroute they discovered that the shooting victim could not hold on the back of Walsh while riding. They stopped 1.5 miles from the shooting and began to make emergency calls. Aaron’s first call was to Binational Emergency were no one answered. Aaron’s second call was to his Dad. After getting the call for help out, we placed [the victim] on Walsh bike and let [the victim] ride solo to the highway. Once at the highway, Dan and Aaron waved any and every vehicle done for help."
Don't count on any justice in this case. The Attorney General in Baja California is well known for being staunchly anti-American.
The victim is still in critical condition in a hospital in Tijuana, "the bullet hit his liver, stomach, upper colon and the doctors removed his spleen". "He's lost alot of blood", "he is in ICU".
Another report: There are a lot of marijuana farms scattered all over that area, as well and weapon and ammo depots. If you're pre-running, don't wander around away from the race course, because this could happen to you, too. I'm not saying that this guy asked for it, [this incident] is just not a good idea. It could have been a much bigger caliber weapon (7.62 or 2.23, cartel's gunmen favorites) that shot him and then who knows if he would have made it. I used to ride around that area many years ago, and I could tell there are places where people are just not wanted. I hope this dude gets better, and all of you pre-running, please be safe."
Another Report: "Isn't this the same area as Rudy and Lance had the very close call with the wire across the road?"
Another report: "I have been shot at and rifle butted in Baja. I had a rancher show me a double barrel pre-running 2 years ago. Robberies- shootings, this type of stuff has been happening in Baja for many years. I know a top-racer that use to pre-run with a bullet proof vest. I was attacked, robbed, beaten, a few years ago, not far from this incident."
Another report: "We were there pre-running with a crew and were there for the whole thing. We just got word that [the victim] is out of surgery, is stable and recovering in ICU. It looks like he is going to be ok. However, the bullet hit his stomach, liver, colon and spleen. His spleen had to be removed but again, looks like he will be ok! FYI, Their chase trucked took off the night before from Mike's but the incident itself happened in the middle of the day. The victim actually rode one of the other guys bike to safety after his bike wouldn't start and was left at the scene. Aaron arrived at the scene right behind the victim who had just passed him 30 seconds before. He noticed that the victim went down for some reason, he looked up and saw the sniper pointing the gun at him so he bailed his bike, got Dans attention then ran for cover till they could go retrieve [the victim] and go for help. We just dropped Aaron off to family members on the US side of the Tecate border and Dan got a ride with another crew up to the hospital to be with the victim."
What's the most common response to all this: "Glad he is recovering. What are the Police doing about all this ?? ***k mexico."
Baja Racing News.com Original Report:
A moto rider, pre-running for the Baja 1000, was shot by a local rancher, was transported to the nearest clinic at Valle de Trinidad and is now in the United States receiving treatment. The victim is reportedly not an official participant of the race, but is part of a pit crew for the race.
We are withholding the name of victim out of respect for his family. The racer, who finished the 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 in 5th position in Class 22, Open Pro Motorcycles, was riding with teammate/driver of record, Dan Walsh along with Aaron Cooper near Mike's Sky Rancho on Saturday. A described 'chase crew' ditched the racers at Mikes Sky Ranch, with no support.
In more pre-running carnage, Baja Racing News.com has also learned Perry McNeil and his family was also injured running the course Saturday, in a cliff fall, some forty feet, with Perry receiving serious injuries. Perry McNeil has a broken ankle and bruises. His wife Marsha has a broken arm and a hurt back. We are not sure if Perry will make the race now.
Reportedly from McNeil Racing, "they were headed down some paved road, by a mine road , they cut out a 15 foot section, headed back and hit the other side, from my previous report. Also heard that my Aunt has a broken arm other arm is fractured and a broken Pelvis. They helicopter evacuated to San Diego with Perry.
From another prerun report, "it happened near San Antonio de las Minas (10 or 15 miles from Ensenada). This is the area between Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe - road between Ensenada and Tecate Highway 3. I was driving in that section Saturday (around 11am). The road is absolutely a mess from north of San Antonio de las Minas to a few miles outside of Ensenada. From the edge of the road, they have cut out sections for miles and miles. Some places 3' down, others easily 15' and no shoulder what so ever on the road. It is for widening purposes I guess, but it is beyond dangerous - narrow 2 lane road with trucks buses etc coming at you and drifting in your lane on one side, and a 15 foot drop off on the other. I know a lot of people think the TJ -Ensenada toll road is dangerous and think it is a better alternative to go through Tecate. Please rethink this. If you are chasing and supporting and have to go on that section, be vigilant and do so in day light hours. If you are driving to Ensenada, take the toll road." Details loading...
Gary Newsome, Editor
Baja Racing News.com