Saturday, May 03, 2008

CABO 500 WILD WILD WEST 500 this weekend




RACEDAY IN LA PAZ!


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WILD WILD WEST 500 May 2-4, 2008


The 15th Annual local race, promoted by CABO 500.com as the WILD WILD WEST 500 is running now, its a loop race from La Paz to La Paz, Baja South, Mexico. Most of the racers will be in town by early evening, local time. We are posting vids and pics NOW. Contingency was yesterday on the Grand Malecon along the Bay of la Paz.






PreRun Video from La Paz:




Here is a list of confirmed local racers entered to race May 3.
Clase 21:


  1. Ramón y Arturo Dávila (La Paz, BCS)

  2. Javier García y Juan Carlos Morga (La Paz, BCS)

  3. Manuel Portela (Ciudad Constitución, BCS)

  4. Alejandro "Surfo" Angulo (La Paz, BCS)

  5. Óscar Castañeda (Loreto BCS)
Clase 22:

  1. Gerardo "Niño" Rojas y Francisco Septién (Ensenada, BC)

  2. Sunny Irvine (Cabo, BCS)

  3. Israel y Misael Cruz (La Paz, BCS)

  4. Marc Jouille y Jose Ballesteros (Cabo, BCS)

  5. Giovanni Higuera, Víctor Lizarraga y Octavio Spíndola (La Paz, BCS)

  6. Vincent Meza (Comondú, BCS)

  7. Sergio Arroyo - Abel Burgueño (Cabo, BCS - Mazatlán, Sinaloa)

  8. Marcelino Valdez - Raymundo Navarro (La Paz, BCS)

  9. Alberto "Diablo" Ross (Cabo, BCS)

  10. Cosme Haces, Víctor Castro y "El Chino" (Cabo, BCS)

  11. Abelino Montoya

  12. Arturo Pardini - Marcelino González

  13. Pedro Ibarra (Vizcaíno, BCS)
Cuadriciclos:

  1. Víctor Castro y Jesús Villagómez (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  2. Gibran Osuna, Gibran Pelayo y Miguel Ángel Zárate (La Paz, BCS)

  3. Pedro y Víctor Tarango (La Paz, BCS)

  4. Raúl García Zárate, Samuel Andrade y "El Meli" (Ciudad Constitución BCS)

  5. Héctor Zepeda "EL Maye" (Cabo, BCS)

  6. Onorio Meza (Loreto BCS)

  7. Rodrigo Burrel y Sergio Pérez (Ciudad Constitución, BCS)
Clase 11:

  1. Giovani Alucano (Cabo, BCS)

  2. León Michel Burgoing (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  3. Raúl Montaño (CLa Paz, BCS)

  4. Enrique Cataño (La Paz, BCS)

  5. Lorenzo Gonzáles "El Patas" (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  6. El Chivo Racing - Gustavo Nava (El Pescadero, BCS)
Clase 9:

  1. Felipe Saleme (Tepic, Nayarit)

  2. Julio Ramírez (La Paz, BCS)

  3. José Antonio Green (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  4. Jossio Agúndez San Lucas (Cabo, BCS)

  5. Sergio y David Chaidez (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  6. Silvestre y Roberto Arce (Cabo, BCS)

  7. David y Daniel Orozco "Shompe's" (La Paz, BCS)

  8. Vicente García (La Paz, BCS)

  9. Franco Meza (Cabo, BCS

  10. Alfonso "Tito" Ojeda (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  11. Ramón Herrera "kiki's Burguer" y Juan Carlos Pinales "Pinalín" (La Paz, BCS)
Clase 6:

  1. Renán Bareño (La Paz, BCS)

  2. Bert Jenk (Holanda)
Clase 8-S:

  1. Samir Rivera "Sam River" (La Paz, BCS)

  2. Hugo Gómez (Ciudad Constitución, BCS)

  3. Toñita Abaroa (La Paz, BCS)

  4. Arabén y Agustín Agúndez (Todos Santos BCS)

  5. Edwin Rebolledo “El Murciégalo” (La Paz, BCS)

  6. Francisco Tamayo (Ciudad Constitución, BCS)

  7. Cuauhtémoc Ceseña "Guadalupanos" (San José del Cabo)

  8. Reynaldo Ávila (Loreto, BCS)
Clase 5/1600:

  1. José Juan Islas (Cd. Constitución, BCS)

  2. Juan Carlos Montaño "Golden Boy" - Juan Carlos Pinales (La Paz, BCS)

  3. Silvino Ortega (La Paz, BCS)

  4. Adrián Díaz - Bernardo Barraza (San José del Cabo, - La Paz, BCS)

  5. Esteban Martinez "Tebanos" (Loreto BCS)
Clase 1600:

  1. Rafael "El Pillín" Corcuera (Guadalajara, Jalisco)

  2. Samuel "Sammy" Araiza (La Paz, BCS)

  3. Roberto González (La Paz, BCS)

  4. Julio Miguel Herrera (Cabo, BCS)

  5. Rolando Holmos (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  6. Juan Cota (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  7. Romeo Gamboa (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  8. Víctor Barreda (Cabo, BCS)

  9. Rubén Cota (Cabo, BCS)

  10. Salvador “El Viejón” Cota (La Paz, BCS)

  11. Domingo Ceseña Jr. (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  12. Jorge “Tatabe” Mendoza (Cabo, BCS)

  13. Armando “Chopi” Boheme (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  14. Fernando Hoyos (Ciudad Constitución, BCS)

  15. Larry Nash (Cabo, BCS)

  16. Carlos Olmos (Cabo, BCS)

  17. Abelardo "El Machito" Paredes (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  18. Jesús Manríquez (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  19. César Romero Zatarain (La Paz, BCS)

  20. Alejandro Lozano (México, DF)
Clase 5 Libre:

  1. Jesús García (Tepic, Nayarit)

  2. Jaime Moncayo (Tepic, Nayarit)

  3. Adrian Ceballos (La Paz, BCS)Héctor Ibarra (La Paz, BCS)

  4. José “Chema” Aguilar (La Paz, BCS)

  5. Juan Campos “El Piolín” (La Paz, BCS)

  6. Víctor Ceseña Sr. y Víctor Ceseña Jr. (Cabo, BCS)

  7. Juan Carlos de Jesús Jiménez (La Paz, BCS)
Clase 7


  1. Norman Ceseña y Norman Ceseña Jr. (Cabo, BCS)

  2. Donna Jeffries (Cabo, BCS)

  3. Fernando Camarena (Guadalajara, Jalisco)

  4. Sergio Silva - Perry McNeil (Ciudad Juárez, Chihuiahua - Ensenada, BC)

  5. Juan Carlos Cuevas (Guadalajara, Jalisco)

  6. Fabián Márquez (Guadalajara, Jalisco)

  7. Rafael Reyes y Rafael Reyes Jr. (Tijuana, BC)

  8. Andrés Bataglia (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  9. Hugo Sáenz (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  10. Francisco Chávez "Pazguato" (La Paz, BCS)

  11. Gerónimo Robles (La Paz, BCS)

  12. Gabriel Martínez (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  13. Salvador González (La Paz, BCS)

  14. Carlos Ramos Murillo (La Paz, BCS)

  15. Isaías González (La Paz, BCS)

  16. Luis Camarena (Cabo, BCS)

  17. Pablo Ormart (La Paz, BCS)

  18. César Albores (San José del Cabo)

  19. Miguel Ángel "El Profe" Carballo (La Paz, BCS)

  20. Guillermo Valdez (Cabo, BCS)

  21. Guillermo Gallardo (Cabo, BCS)

  22. Alejandro Almaráz (Tijuana, BC)

  23. José Fraire (Cabo, BCS)

  24. Hermanos Gallardo (Loreto, BCS)

  25. Carlos Huerta (Cabo, BCS)

  26. Federico Vega (Cabo, BCS)
Clase 7-S:

  1. Roberto "Pato" Osorio (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  2. Juan Manuel Echavarría (La Paz, BCS)

  3. Javier Yee - Gilberto Búrquez (La Paz - San José del Cabo, BCS)

  4. Martín Valle (Cabo, BCS)

  5. Carlos Cham (Cabo, BCS)
Clase 12:

  1. Luis Casillas (Guadalajara, Jalisco)

  2. Francisco "Chico" Villagómez (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  3. José "Pepe" Cervantes - Flavio Navarro (Ciudad Constitución, BCS - Tepic, Nayarit)

  4. Abraham Manríquez (Cabo, BCS)

  5. Armando “Tito” Tapia (Ensenada, BC)

  6. Armando Molina (Los Barriles, BCS)

  7. Juan Pablo Domínguez “El Zorry” (Cabo, BCS)

  8. Daniel Ceseña (Cabo, BCS)

  9. Sergio “Pulga” Ojeda (Cabo, BCS)

  10. Héctor “El Capi”, Julio y Héctor “Toby” Verdugo (La Paz, BCS)

  11. Jorge Arana y Gabriel Palacios (Cabo, BCS)

  12. Humberto Osuna (La Paz, BCS)
Clase 8:

  1. Rodimiro Amaya Téllez (Ciudad Constitución, BCS)

  2. Olegario González – Eduardo Gastelum 8 (La Paz, BCS)

  3. Andrea Tomba (Italia- La Paz, BCS)

  4. Stanley Burns (California - Loreto, BCS)

  5. Tom Bradley (California - La Paz, BCS)

  6. Mickey y Nacho Monroy (La Paz, BCS)

  7. Rafael Murillo (La Paz, BCS)

  8. Arturo Susarrey (Loreto, BCS)
Clase 1:

  1. Eduardo Guitrón (Guadalajara, Jalisco)

  2. Julio Escobar (Monterrey, Nuevo León)

  3. Jesús Hernández (Monterrey, Nuevo León)

  4. Jorge Jiménez (Monterrey, Nuevo León)

  5. Tarcilo Alejando Peña (Loreto, BCS)

  6. Alberto Coppola (La Paz, BCS)

  7. Jay Jeffries - Luis Ramírez "Fito" Jeffries" (San Diego, California - Cabo, BCS)

  8. Pedro y Pedrillo Velásquez (La Paz, BCS)

  9. Armando Tapia (Ensenada, BC)

  10. Juan Carlos Flores "El Dingo" (Cabo, BCS)

  11. Aurelio Osorio (San José del Cabo, BCS)

  12. Jay Manning (Cabo, BCS)
Trophy Truck:

  1. Ernesto Cervantes (Ciudad Constitución, BCS)

  2. Valerio González - Eduardo Gastelum (San José del Cabo-La Paz, BCS)

  3. Rodimiro Amaya Zamorano (Ciudad Constitución, BCS)

  4. Martín "Cagüamo" Avendaño (Ciudad Constitución, BCS)

  5. José de Jesús "Mayo" Flores (Culiacán, Sinaloa)

  6. Francisco Pantoja (La Paz, BCS)

  7. Enrique "Balazo" Murillo (La Paz, BCS)

  8. Oscar Salazar (Cabo, BCS)

  9. José Luis Abaroa (La Paz, BCS)

  10. Martín Ibarra (Mulegé, BC)


See CABO 500.com for Videos, Updates and the race news.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Ickler Trophy Truck Launched Baja Racing News

ICKLER MOTORSPORTS has released pics of the new Brian Ickler Trophy Truck

2008 Chevy SCORE Trophy Truck

Its a Jimco built chassis, a big class 1 style, Dominator, with a truck body, with rear buggy arms and Chevy powered. Class 1 unlimited with a truck body and cutting brakes (like Quinns, and Huffmans) and all the work by Tom Bryant's fabrication and Jimbo Stuhler's prep work.

See http://www.brianickler.com/ for more details. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS

Baja Racing News.com

Baja 500 Come Hell Or High Water!













The 2008 Baja 500 will be Historic!
SCORE International released its pre-race press release yesterday, announcing its plans for the upcoming Baja 500 in Ensenada. Baja Racing News.com salutes SCORE for racing no matter what! Desert off-road racing in Baja Mexico is a no-holds barred, freak-out session for those of us willing to give our lives to race!

Bob Bowers Go To Hell! Baja Racing News does not want to see that lame "what about you' bullshit ever again! Be careful, Full of Crap! That old fart wouldn't know the real risks of Baja racing if they bit him. Come down to Ensenada and tear the roof off the joint! Baja Racing News and its LIVE coverage of the 2008 Baja 500 will begin the Wednesaday before the race, we'll have prerunning notes and pics and the REAL BAJA out of Ensenada, Baja California!

From the press release: "Pre-race Contingency, Start & Finish all to be held adjacent to the Riviera Cultural Center for 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 500Over 300 entries from 24 States, seven countriesExpected for May 29-June 1 race in Ensenada, Mexico. For the first time in the 40-year history of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race, the colorful pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and Contingency, the start and finish line will all be located in the heart of Ensenada, Mexico on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the historic Riviera Cultural Center, SCORE International race official announced Tuesday. It will be first time in race history that the pre-race activities and the finish will be held on this historic boulevard.

Traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule, over 100,000 spectators are expected to enjoy the world’s best desert racers in action at this year’s 40th anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500.With late entries excepted up to race morning, entries are expected for the approximately 440-mile race from over 25 U.S. States, Mexico, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. The green flag will drop for the elapsed-time race at 6 a.m. on Saturday (May 31) for the motorcycle and ATV classes in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, followed by the car and truck classes three hours after the last ATV at approximately 10 a.m.
"To have the pre-race festivities along with both the start and the finish of the 40th anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on Boulevard Costero will add another colorful dimension to this great race,” said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO/President since soon after it was founded in 1973. “We will now be able to finish as well as start the race through the wash which will be great for the thousands of spectators that line both sides of the course and stand on the bridges to see the action.”

The Biggest CF in Motorsports, SCORE contingency in Ensenada, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 30. Racer and media registration will again be held in the Grand Ballroom of the San Nicolas Hotel. Registration hours will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday May 30. The post-race awards celebration will be held poolside at the San Nicolas on Sunday, June 1 starting at 10 a.m."

The race began in 1969 under the auspices of the old NORRA organization and SCORE began its enduring run on July 26, 1974. This year will be the 35th anniversary of the first SCORE race in Mexico.

More on the History of Baja Racing HERE EXCLUSIVELY

Volkswagon Preparing To Destroy Trophy Trucks


Arciero-Miller says it will destroy the Trophy Truck class of SCORE

Off-road racing team Arciero-Miller Racing is preparing a new Volkswagen Touareg Trophy Truck for the SCORE International Racing Series. The new Touareg TDI is being propelled by the new 6.0L V-12 that will be used in the production Audi Q7 V-12 TDI later this year.

The new truck is a tube frame design currently by built by Arciero-Miller specifically for the SCORE Trophy Truck class. Volkswagen is creating a body patterned after the body style of the Touareg. The body will be about a foot longer than the production SUV.

The V-12 power-plant is based on the 60 degree V-angle block that has been shown in Audi Q7 and R8 concepts in 2007 and 2008. The engine used in the Audi R10 TDI Le Mans prototype uses a 90 angle between the banks of the block.

Aside from the block configuration, the two engines share much of the same technology including high pressure common rail injection and piezo electric injectors. Such planning began years ago, with Volkswagon planning to meet the Arciero-Miller plans to disrupt and dismantle the Trophy Truck class of SCORE International by defeating the winning streak of the American built class of desert racing muscle-trucks.

The Touareg Trophy Truck will debut sometime this fall. Drivers Ryan Arciero and Mark Miller will compete in the Baja 1000 with the Touareg V-12 TDI in November 2008. Arciero and Miller have previously won the diesel class at the Baja 500 with a 2.5L five cylinder Touareg TDI and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a 5.0L V-10 powered version.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

'Fragmentation' damage continues in Baja Norte Mexico

LINK TO BAJA CRIME WAVE PART 1


BAJA CRIME WAVE PART 2

The Metro areas of Baja Norte are coming apart as gangs fragment
After the slayings of at least 13 people in Tijuana, Baja California officials vow to combat a surge in violence
By Sandra Dibble
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

TIJUANA – As hundreds of soldiers and police officers stood in formation outside City Hall yesterday, top federal, state and municipal officials urged intensified measures to bring criminals to heel in a city rattled by violence.

Three days after a gunbattle between rival gangs killed at least 13 people, the officials called for measures including increased federal operations, and demanded that radio and TV stations refrain from playing ballads called narcocorridos that they say lionize drug lords.

Military vehicles were placed at the end of each block surrounding federal offices in Tijuana yesterday where evidence from Saturday's shootouts was being held. The federal attorney general's office is investigating the violence.
“We are going to win this battle, and purge our state of criminals,” said Baja California Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán.

A top federal public security official, Facundo Rosas Rosas, announced that federal police forces assigned to the state are being increased to 650 officers, a rise of nearly 60 percent.

The head of military forces in the state, Gen. Sergio Aponte Polito, announced stepped up coordination and support.

Yesterday's meeting was in response to the state's struggles with a surge in violent crime, even as President Felipe Calderón's government has increased enforcement on Mexico's northern border, and civilian and military forces have made numerous arrests and seizures in Baja California.

Analysts and law enforcement officials have linked the violence to the weakening of once-powerful cartels. Law enforcement efforts have “hit the economic base of organized crime, and are leading to an imbalance,” Aponte said. He said that imbalance is causing leaders of criminal groups “to carry out kidnapping and robberies of ATM machines, trying to obtain economic resources so they can pay the members of their criminal cells.”
A soldier inspected an ambulance at Tijuana's General Hospital yesterday.
Saturday's violence is being attributed to confrontations between criminal groups, but law enforcement authorities are not openly discussing the reasons.

One law enforcement official with knowledge of organized crime groups in the region confirmed widespread reports yesterday that the bloodshed was the result of fighting within the Arellano Félix cartel.

The violence grew out of an effort by the cartel hierarchy to better control the operation of an increasingly powerful crew leader named Teodoro “El Teo” García Simental, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because his agency had not authorized him to speak.

The shooting was either an ambush or a meeting between García's group and another cartel faction that degenerated into an armed free-for-all, the official said. When the battle was over, officials found dozens of weapons, 1,500 spent shell casings and several wounded people in addition to the dead.

Officials yesterday spoke of recent successes as well as challenges. Federal police agents rescued four kidnap victims early yesterday, three men and a woman, Rosas announced, offering few details. The military trumpeted its discovery of a house where they seized weapons, ammunition and three late-model pickups – one with blood and bullet holes – that had been linked to Saturday's shootouts.

Also yesterday, members of the Association of Downtown Tourist Business Owners took out a half-page ad in the daily newspaper, El Mexicano, thanking Osuna and Rommel Moreno Manjarrez, the attorney general, for the liberation last Saturday of a kidnapped association member.

Yet just a few blocks from yesterday's ceremony, Tijuana's General Hospital remained under military guard and nonemergency appointments were canceled for the second day as doctors treated eight suspects wounded in Saturday's confrontation. Dozens of soldiers and police protected the installations of the federal attorney general's office, charged with investigating the shootouts.

Yesterday's meeting comes during a particularly turbulent period for Tijuana, Baja California's largest city. This month, three federal police agents from Mexico City were found tortured and killed. Nearly two weeks ago, physicians demanded stronger government action following a rash of kidnapping and extortion attempts against members of their profession. Last week, Aponte published a letter in local newspapers accusing specific police officers of cooperating with organized crime.

Experts said Calderón's actions have had an effect on criminal groups. Jorge Chabat, a political analyst from the Mexico City-based research group, CIDE, said that Calderón's government has taken unprecedented action against the cartels, targeting not just the leaders, but also mid-level operators.

“There's going to be continued violence for a while as the cartels are reorganized during this process of fragmentation,” Chabat said. But in the long run, the smaller, weaker groups will be less violent, and easier to control, even as they continue smuggling drugs to the United States, he said.
At yesterday's meeting, Osuna joined Aponte and other officials in pushing for continued background checks of police forces in the state, advocating stronger prevention programs in schools and criticizing narcocorridos.

Osuna called for “a great social alliance for the peace and security of our state.” Roberto Quijano, president of the business group Coparmex, said no single measure can solve the state's law enforcement problems. “We feel that it's very important for those responsible for security to sit together at a single table,” he said. “This is a start.”
This was not the first time that law enforcement forces pledged unity against organized crime. But in the past, political differences were obstacles to cooperation, said Tonatiuh Guillén, president of the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a Tijuana research group.

But last year's near-sweep of Calderón's National Action Party, or PAN, in Baja California's gubernatorial and mayoral elections has improved communication. The key to change will be the restructuring of law enforcement agencies, Guillén said, not just the removal of corrupt officers.

SEE BAJA CRIME VIDEO CLICK HERE
Baja Racing News.com

LINK TO BAJA CRIME WAVE PART 3

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Japanese traveler murdered in Ensenada Baja MX

Baja Racing News.com EXCLUSIVE

Japanese traveler shot to death in Mexican port city of Ensenada

UPDATED! May 3, 2008

Speculation on Motives goes wild in Ensenada

Wonder if it could be related to other activities that the tuna pen custodian boats could be involved in? Maybe they were snitching on seeing human or other contraband going by on boats? Many boats coming ashore in SD lately, bringing loads of drugs and immigrantes.

Many think the boom in Mexican farmed bluefin tuna is financed by the narcos dirty money as a money laundering operation.Mexico is now the largest exporter of bluefin tuna to Japan. Their exports of bluefin tuna peaked in 2005 and have been declining since then. Wild or free range bluefin tuna demand much, much more money than farmed tuna. Additionaly, the Japanese buyers are demanding that farm raised tuna protocols provide for sustainablity of the fishery.Perhaps the protocol demands and decreasing prices for "farm" raised bluefin was a bit too much for someone on the dirty side of the equation?

http://www.infofish.org/marketreports/tuna-bluefin0107us.html

Man fatally shot in Mexico identified

MEXICO CITY (Kyoto) A Japanese man found dead at a port in Ensenada, Mexico, has been identified as Hiroshi Kato, the 48-year-old vice president of an overseas affiliate of Tokyo-based Explorer Corp., the company said. Kato had worked in Mexico for about six years, overseeing the export of bluefin tuna to Japan, according to the company. [He was killed by a shooter using an AK-47.]

Original Story:
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- A Japanese businessman has been shot to death in the Mexican port city of Ensenada.

Prosecutors say an unidentified gunman sprayed businessman Hiroshi Kato with bullets Monday outside the offices of the fisheries firm Operadora Pesquera de Oriente. The company exports tuna to Japan.

Police do not yet have information on a possible motive.

Ensenada is located in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, also the home to the tough border city of Tijuana.

Tijuana has been hit by a wave of violent crime and drug shootouts in recent months.

(Mainichi Japan) April 29, 2008 See Japanese Report Here

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On April 22 an Ensenada event was canceled because of the Baja Crime Wave:


Attacks on tourists, economy pull plug on Ensenada event


San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE

April 22, 2008

Citing Americans' fear of driving into Mexico after recent attacks on tourists there, Western Outdoor News officials have canceled the June 6-7 saltwater fishing tournament in Ensenada.
“We're hoping to do the tournament next year when this settles down, but we felt it was best to cancel it this year,” said Pat McDonell, editor of Western Outdoor News.

McDonell said that issue combined with the sagging U.S. economy left Western Outdoor News no choice. “It's a sad deal because the economy in Ensenada gets a tremendous boost from the tournament,” McDonell said. “I feel terrible about it, but this is a business, and the bottom line is people are afraid to drive into Mexico right now. They'll fly down, but they won't drive.”

McDonell had planned on leading an armada of boats that would have left the Shelter Island launch ramp and traveled to Ensenada by water. He said the tournament would have drawn a decent field that way, but it would have lacked the trailerboaters who would have made the drive to Ensenada.

Original San Diego story HERE

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Weapons seized after shootouts between rival gangs that claimed at least 13 lives have been linked to eight other high-profile crimes in Tijuana, Rosarito Beach and Ensenada

Those crimes include last month's killings of two Mexican migrant protection officers in Tijuana's Colonia Libertad neighborhood near San Ysidro, an assassination attempt in December on Rosarito Beach's police chief, and the November theft from Ensenada's morgue of the body of a drug trafficker killed during the Baja 1000 off-road race.

The weapons are also tied to the attack in 2006 on a crowded Tijuana restaurant that killed a U.S. citizen and a waitress.

American tourists have been killed and kidnapped in Baja tourist areas since 2006. Anyone who says different is not telling you the truth.


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Monday, April 28, 2008

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If you were jealous of Baja Racing News.com because of our wild off-road racing lifestyle before, get ready to get real jealous. ONLINE Tuesday, CABO 500 Pre-Run Part I, April 29, Beats Ensenada BIGTIME! La Paz is the Capital! It's everything you've wanted in Mexico and more! Mas y Mas!
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Above The Law whips the lame Desert People

Sinister Films directed and produced 2007 off road racing film, Riviera Racing's "ABOVE The Law" WON the most pretigious title in off road racing films, the Xtremey Award, Sunday night. Director / Producer Jimmy Lee Cook captured the full season of Riviera Racing's 2007 SCORE Season Championship in high-definition using a variety of camera systems. Full story with the WINNING Baja Racing News.com coming soon. Check out the video clip at www.rivieraracing.com

The Desert People piece that tried everything this year to stuff the ballot box and failed. The Desert People have already claimed NEXT years voting will break the "tie" in everyone having at least one Xtremey award. Only thing is, the Riviera Racing "Above The Law" was a much better video. With the Desert People version 6 or seven now, these pieces seem to get more watered down each version, each new one, lamer than the last.

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KING 250 Rocks The Dez Plaster City West April 26






























KING OF THE DESERT – APRIL 26, 2008

RACERS INFORMATION


BLM Requires: US Forest Service approved spark arrestor & Green Sticker or license plate on all race vehicles
MDR Decals: All race vehicles must have MDR decals on each side of vehicle in order to start the race.
Time Limit: 7 1/2 hr time limit - time starts when you cross the starting line. (exception - see late start)
Laps: Classes - 100, 500, 700, 725, 800, 850, 1000, 1600 - will complete 7, 30 mile laps
Class - 12, 550, 900, 1300, 3700 - Will go 6 laps - 300, 1100, 1200, 1450, 1700 - 4 laps
Lap Count Drivers/Race Teams are responsible for counting/keeping track of their own laps & time limit.
Starting Order: 100,1000,500, 800,700,1600, 12,1300, 850,725,1400,1450,300,550,900,3700,1700,1200,1100,1900 Course Closed: NO NEW LAPS after TBA PM* CHECK PT. 1 closes TBA PM CK PT. 2 closes TBA PM CK PT. 3 closes TBA PM, S/F closes TBA PM *Team is responsible to stay within time limit
FRID. 4 PM-8 PM REGISTRATION - START / FINISH AREA.
FRID. 10:00 PM COURSE CLOSED - START/FINISH/MAIN, NO TESTING / NO PRE-RUNNING ALLOWED
Sat. 6:45-7:45 AM Starting Co-Drivers late wrist band pick-up. Non-starting co-drivers after the start of race Sat. 7:00 AM – Driver’s Meeting Sat. 7:30 AM -- Vehicle Line-up Sat. 8:00 AM Race Starts
$80.00 ADDITIONAL FEE FOR SATURDAY MORNING NEW ENTRIES, NO CONTINGENCY AWARDS.
Missed class start: If the last car in your class has left the starting line - you will be placed at the end of the next class -- time starts when you leave the starting line
Late start: Is after the last car in class 1100 leaves the start line - time starts after the last car in your class
No vehicles can start the race 2 hours after the last car in your class started the race.
Checkpoint Rules: No passing after Checkpoint Signs heading into the checkpoint. All vehicles must stop until given the flag. No rolling stops. Additional instructions may be given at the drivers meeting.
Road Crossings: Cross roads between the two red flags. Roads must be crossed at a 90 degree angle. Use caution.
Safe Zone Rule: Violation of Safe Zone Rule will result in disqualification and penalty.
Pre-running: Drive on the Course only in the marked direction.
Going Backwards: Going backwards on the course will result in disqualification.
Chase Vehicles: 25 mph on access roads with headlights on. 15 mph in camping areas - pits
Abusive Nerfing: Instances of abusive Nerfing must be reported. Faster vehicles please be patient with slower vehicles. When approaching slower vehicles it is customary to sound horn combined with 1 or 2 minor contact bumps. Please no hard contact. Front vehicle will pull over at the first safe opportunity. When possible, pull to right side of course to allow faster vehicle to pass on the left.
Protest Forms: Must be returned to operations at start/finish line within 1 hour of unofficial posting of your class
Competition Review Board (C.R.B.) - Drivers/Co-Drivers are responsible for checking the Race Update Board, at Start/Finish for any notification of involvement in a protest. A RED FLAG signifies a protest.
DID NOT FINISH Drivers/Race Teams are responsible for notifying start/finish immediately if their car
is out of the race (DNF). Report the car number on channel 151.625
Wristbands Drivers/Co-Drivers: Only those competitors registered on the entry form will be Allowed in race vehicle. Any occupant found without a legal wristband will result in an Automatic DQ (No points).
MDR Insurance: Only registered entrants with a legal wristband are covered by MDR insurance. MDR insurance is in effect only during the operation of the actual race. Drivers on the course before registration are not covered by MDR insurance. MDR does not cover medical insurance for participants.
Entry fee for the driver only, no fee for co-drivers, support crew, spectators or the general public
No refund of entry fee. 100% of the entry fee will be “rolled over” and applied to the next race
Combining classes: for payback, drivers will be notified at the drivers’ meeting. All affected drivers must agree to combination of the classes. Objection of one driver will result in class not being combined.
Trophies: The number of trophies awarded is determined by the number of entries received prior to the drawing for positions. Pro Classes with 2 or less, Sportsman with 1 pre-entries will receive 1st place award.
All Classes with 3 pre-entries will receive 1st, 2nd, and fast lap awards.
All Classes with 5 pre-entries will receive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and fast lap awards.
Pro Classes with 15, Sportsman with 8 pre-entries will receive 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4 th and fast lap
Pro Classes with 20, Sportsman with 10 pre-entries will receive 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4 th, 5 th & fast lap
Vehicles must complete all required laps to be eligible for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th place Trophies
Pick-up trophies: Trophies not picked-up within 60 days of the race will be forfeited.
MDR Medical & Help Frequency Relay 151.625 - Immediately report any medical emergency or interference by spectators or non-race vehicles. Please complete an Incident Report when witnessing or involved in an incident.


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