Tuesday, December 23, 2014


  • DAKAR LIVE! 2015
  • The Sunday Paper
  • BAJA 1000 RaceDay!
  • BAJA 1000 UPDATES!





Monday, December 22, 2014

Baja Racing Club 2014 BAJA 1000 Official ONLINE Viewing Party! *** CBS Sports Network Television 6 West 9 East

*From December 28-7PM/10PM EAST, CBS Sports Network

Comments from the Party of the Race Episode:

***"if you need the 'Jenners' to hype your race, you suck"
***"25 minutes of setup...pathetic, should have been told (setup) in 9 minutes, finally telling what happened in the race, at 42 minutes in, we finally get real race drama. after a first one hour show of las vegas, (yuk) only after nearly three quarters of the secondhour we get something real...too bad"
***"luv the no-no pros ads...shows how weak score is..."
***"at the end saw three pages of Trophy Trucks with nearly two pages of teams that 'Didn't Even Finish' DNF's"
***"robby gordon throws away baja 1000 2014 by having sheldon creed destroy his chances at a win, creed ran into a cactus and toyo tires loses its chance to knockout bfg tires..."
***"cbs sports spec...bowling and score racing lmao"
***"score: "baja 1000 goes off in central america" lol"
Some comments from tonight's party: "If the Baja 1000 is THE race, why is it only on cable?"

x [Qualifying Episode]"Hey Bud, Who talked you into an hour of this s***? 
The obvious. Shooting at night, didn't work. The not so obvious, this (all the Las Vegas footage) material should have made up 10-15 minutes of the 2-Hours CBS has scheduled for the BAJA 1000 TV Show.

"The hardest race on the planet", "the relentless aggression of mother nature",??? GET ANOTHER WRITER-YOU HAVE A GREAT EVENT, DON'T S*** IT UP!

What a waste of an hour! SCORE has a great sport of desert racing and Roger Norman chooses to show the world, THE WORST EVENT EVER! How many times are these event organizers going to tell us how great they are?! THIS SHOW SUCKED." BajaRacingNews.com Review
BajaRacingClub LIVE! 6PM West 9 PM East TODAY Sunday, December 22  x http://www.kingofbaja.com/

Saturday, December 13, 2014

SCORE holds its "Awards Ceremony" in their garage in backwater El Cajon. Sponsor loss rumors explode that TOYOTA, TECATE and others have bailed on the 'World' 'Global' Championship series, as huge fines for enviromental penalties against them, are negotiated out. has bailed

UPDATE! December 15, 2014:

First Posted December 12, 2014:

Baja Racing News is following rumors of sponsor losses and verified news of huge environmental penalties against the "Global" "World" Championship desert racing series. 

This week, the racing organization is cutting costs, by holding their year-end, season ending, annual awards ceremony at their garage, in a corner of San Diego county, normally used for illegal vehicle smog operations and chop shops, taking apart stolen cars and trucks. 

El Cajon is so backwater that the local California Department of Motor Vehicles in El Cajon, located not far from the garage being used for the SCORE annual dinner, was closed this summer for corruption! Numerous El Cajon residents, were working as employees of the department, were caught and convicted by a bunch of the three letter federal and state agencies and the offices were closed!  The property is fenced off, the building boarded up and still closed!

The SCORE garage is located in some of the cheapest, least environmentally protected, lowest taxed, industrial zoned land in the southwest. El Cajon is a dump.

Back to the El Cajon DMV. The place remains today, boarded up, not open for business for state automotive registration, licensing and drive testing for residents of rural eastern and southern San Diego, known as El Cajon, 'the box'. The area is so backwards, that even Roger Norman himself, refused to participate in recent 'Off-Road Days', an annual  local celebration of the 'east county' off-road community. 

Known as the 'Hill-Billy Haven' community of Southern California, El Cajon is the birthplace Jimmy Johnson, the NASCAR 'six-time' racing champion. Of course, he doesn't live in El Cajon any longer. He lives on the civilized east coast of North America.

Jimmy now lives, just south of the shadow of Wall Street. Were the nations banks have just this weekend, decided that they want to get back into the derivative business all insured and 'backstopped' by the American taxpayer! A primary cause of the nations recent economic collapse, it's where some of the dirtiest, legal money is, legal gambling all insured by the American taxpayer, the FDIC. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Reportedly, TECATE and TOYOTA have dropped or are dropping SCORE International as one of their sponsored friends. As BajaRacingNews.com has documented, the big mistakes Roger Norman, owner of SCORE, has made since buying the racing organization, may be some of the reasons for leaving SCORE on the side of the road.

Recently, an Ensenada newspaper, has reported that SCORE is being fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for environmental violations for its recent running of the 2014 Baja 1000, desert off-road race. These charges have reportedly not been levied against SCORE and are in fact, being negotiated at this very moment.

One fact remains about racing in Mexico. You cannot do it on the cheap, like some have done in the United States. 

While the racers are partying on the real elephant feet bar stools, among the numerous African big game kills in Rogers garage at the 'awards party', the bar tab for the racers, Roger and SCORE is being tabulated. MORE LOADING>>> 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Brave New World of Desert Off-Road Racing, Starting in Los Cabos! By Gary Newsome, Editor BajaRacingNews.com

UPDATED! December 11, 2014 

First Published December 10: Baja Racing News has learned the membership of the racers association of Baja South, will be informed that the State of Baja Sur and the Los Cabos Municipality will mandate that desert off-road racers comply with new rules for the 2015 racing season.

The official congress or meeting of the "pilots & copilots" is scheduled in La Paz, on the 17th of December.

Among the announced controls, racers will be required to pass a breath analysis test, a heart analysis test and a drug test. All controlled by a doctor, chosen by the sports commission of the State of Baja Sur.

The bigger question now is whether SCORE International racers, in their announced spring event, will be mandated to meet the new rules being set forth in Southern Baja. Stay Tuned, More Information Today...MORE HERE


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Rob MacCachren Named KING OF BAJA 2014 Baja Racing News LIVE

Rob MacCachren Named KING OF BAJA 2014 Baja Racing News LIVE!

Creating his 'Dream Team' to Winning the 2014 BAJA 1000, Rob Mac, was chosen by the editorial staff at BajaRacingNews.com as this years KING OF BAJA for 2014.

This upfront, honest athlete is respected by the entire field of off-road. He's been inducted into the Off-Road Hall of Fame. Though, that's not really saying much. The "hall of fame", is a farce.

December 8, 2014
More LOADING>>> 

Monday, December 08, 2014

One spectator dead another injured in Southern Baja Mexico Off-Road Race

UPDATE! February 17, 2015


After one spectator was killed in last years "Los Paredones" off-road race and the huge disaster of Baja Sur racing when local promoters and their insurance company were charged with fraud, the local racing community is telling spectators to be aware of the risks. The local racing community released this video, last week:

UPDATE  December 7, 2014

 State of Baja South Off-Road Racing Commission begins safety program

"Our commitment is now greater redouble efforts, implement actions and drastic measures with the clear objective of reducing risk among drivers and fans, come together to make the necessary arrangements to complete the foundations for Off Road safe, for this requires the action and consciousness of all who love this sport."  

This bold statement was made this weekend by the Official State Commission overseeing off-road motorsports in Southern Baja, Mexico.

Clearly now, 2015 will have more regulatory structure and care in the operation of off-road motoring events in the state.

Important considerations like insurance, civil protection and economic development can be addressed within the commissions structure to focus on 'Safety'.

The commissions integration of the recent state legislation making 'off-road' an important tourism department component should be used to help coordinate related state functions.

Civil Protection, as an example, should be funded through race-related Tourism projects. Each racing event can raise needed pesos to cover the required Red Cross, medical response and public awareness programs. 


Update, December 4
Baja South Racers Call Meeting!

""Pilots and Copilotos:

We invited them to the Congress of pilots, it will be held in the city of peace, b.c.s.(La Paz, Baja California Sur) day Wednesday 17 December with the following topics:

1. - regulations, 2015,
2. - safety in off road motorsports
3. - agreements in 2015

In the next few days we will give them to know the place, location and times, their participation is of great importance to take decisions and Agreements in order to improve our sport.""

From the Association of Baja South Drivers and Co-Drivers

From Today's Press Story:

"Awareness of a Safer Off Road," will be a campaign by nationally and internationally recognized drivers, announced the Sport Director and the Government minister for the Los Cabos Municipality, Miguel Adolfo Palacios Romero and Salvador Castellanos, respectively.


UPDATE 4PM 12-1; From Los Cabos, Mexico:

CABO 250, Another Race Suspended!

"In coordination with the municipal government, the [fake organization]association state automovilismo and car club foxes of Los Cabos is determined to suspend the career of off road out of 250, this before The events of recent times, which obliges us to find a joint new sketches and rewriting safety issues in future events, thank you for the understanding of pilots and spectators at the news."


First Reported Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mauricio Zamora Collins

Mauricio Zamora Collins, 28, of Southern Baja Mexico, died this weekend, Sunday November 30, as the result of a race truck in a local desert off-road race, a class 7 race truck, impacted a man made ramp and fanatics being too close to the race course.

His brother Manuel was also injured in the incident.

Mauricio, called 'Mauri' by friends, was a well known quad racer in Southern Baja Mexico.
The victim died of massive head injuries at IMSS Hospital, after being transported after the accident. His brother Manuel, suffered a broken leg. 

The local race, 'El Paredones-Desert Challenge', based at Rancho Paredones, ran at the Arroyo Seco Salto, near the community of Candelaria, north of San Lucas, B.C.S. The balance of the race was suspended.

The racing event is part of the Official State racing series, the event is sanctioned by the State of BCS, Mexico.

The class 7 driver involved in the incident was named as Guillermo Valdez.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

The SUNDAY PAPER, BajaRacingNews.com Editorial Page

UPDATED! Good Morning Baja Mexico!

UPDATED! July 1, 2018
Public comments on Roger Norman

EDITORIAL by Gary Newsome, Publisher & Editor-In Chief
Update, Sunday, June 25, 2017
Originally First Published, November 16, 2014. 

From March 26, 2017:

SCORE and its Sponsors Abdication of Civil Protection

The Careless Sponsors of SCORE, MICHELIN-BFGoodrich Tires, must take full-charge for the civil protection responsibility for these race events in Mexico

The main reason innocent spectators have been killed in these race events, is a complete lack of civil protection.

At the 'World Class' DAKAR events, that cross numerous countries over two weeks every year, the racing sanction, ASO, dedicates itself to civil protection.

SCORE, the 'racing sanction' in Baja California, gave up on any concerns for the public and its customers, in Mexico, long ago!

And the results prove our point. At least one person dies at these races, every event! 

NOW! MICHELIN - BFGoodrich Tires must take responsibility! It's their tires running over and killing the spectators of Baja California. The maniacal profits from the marketing of these activities ARE NOT BEING USED TO PROTECT LIFE!

In fact, the safety provisions of SCORE have declined since Roger Norman took ownership.

Just look at a real responsible and sane 'world class' racing events. DAKAR, the ASO protects life.

The Stupid SPIN of MICHELIN - BFGoodrich Tires. WATCH HERE as we document the 'shiny object' they want you to think of, rather than the wanton death their dollars are supporting in Mexico! 

40 Years of What?!

SCORE and its sponsors, in its death races in Mexico does not protect life. They ENDANGER LIVES!

Why? To fatten the wallet of one person, Roger Norman, the gringo owner of SCORE.
Ensenada Unable To Do Anything, Reported March 5, Local Press

MICHELIN - BFGoodrich Tires admission of blood on their hands...Just last month, this headline hit the off-road community: "BFGoodrich Tires donates $10,000 to family organization in Ensenada, Baja Mexico".

The payoffs have begun
 Now, the explanation.

The deaths of numerous spectators now has an international audience. The lack of professionalism by SCORE and its Sponsors has produced a killing machine that produces at least one death, at every race!

At last years San Felipe death race, Roger Normans race director was struck and almost killed by a racer! True story, can't make this stuff up!


February 2017 UPDATED
'SCORE Operational Outcomes'

When you run a desert off-road race in a two-way direction, directly past the opposite direction drivers, with no barrier...Guess What? You get another Death Incident

Did Cory Parkhouse cross the centerline and strike Marks truck, cutting Marks leg off? Was/Is the chopper rescue system flawed? Has anything been fixed-upgraded-changed since Marks death?

Money Money Money The careless sponsors are next for special scrutiny.

Michelin / BFGoodrich are complicit in this negligence.
 Keep your eyes HERE...MORE>>>

Why are spectators getting killed at most every race? Derelict race event organizing, careless sponsors and bankrupt public services, Maybe?  SCORE Operational Outcomes.

Roger Norman, the 'owner' of SCORE, was dragged kicking and screaming to answer questions on the 2016 SCORE racing deaths, WHY? Multi-Million Dollar Gringo, endangers desert racing in Baja Mexico and relies on fake media?

Wait til you hear the made-up, bald-faced lies they use to attempt to cover-up the TRUTH in these DEATH RACES! 

Roger Norman's SCORE Baja racing lies!

 *SCORE's helicopter 'safety services' have "improved" during Normans tenure.
 *SCORE's 'rescue & recovery' system has "improved" during Normans tenure. 
 *Kurt Caselli received medical care.
 *Kurt Caselli died on the way to hospital.
 *The child killed at the Baja 500 2016 was killed because the driver was trying to avoid striking the spectators.
 *The child killed at the Baja 500 2014 was killed because his father wasn't watching him.


**Sunday, November 30, 2014

 The CANCER in Desert Racing! What SCORE believes and why its exclusively based in 'money' to Roger and his family

"'Baja racing' is only a handful of racers". From the SCORE produced San Felipe 250 TV show.

Roger believes SCORE 'Baja racing' is the Trophy Truck class and the other sources of BIG MONEY.

Rogers SCORE is based in a belief about money. That's why the bikes, quads and smaller classes are merely a bother to his seeking, his BIG MONEY. 

To the detriment of the many other people who participate in these events, as spectators-like the local fans, as racers-other class racers and support people-the teams who work with race participants on site, in Mexico. The well known, but unintended consequences of the 'the money focus' rather than the 'safety and support focus', like a cancer, kills.  

That's an important part of why Kurt Caselli is dead today. Roger directly ordered the grounding of the 'regular' lead moto chopper in the BAJA 1000 2013 [confirmed by the helicopter company providing the services to SCORE], because he didn't want to spend the money. 

He wanted to reduce the cost of 'logistics;tracking' 'emergency response' support services, by getting free SPOT units, within a 'sponsorship' package. The failed tracking of the 2013 Baja 1000. And ...


**November 29:  
The NEW Era of SCORE & The Norman Family
By: Gary Newsome

SCORE and Roger Norman has doubled racers fees, in real dollars. $225 in 1970 is equal to $2,500 today.

The racers are talking. David Hendrickson told us, "It is ridiculously expensive to run [SCORE] anymore with a class 11. There is a whole city that the race starts from that is full of class 11 cars and only 5 show up? and maybe 1 from Ensanada... I would lay a large bet that there is over 100-150 class 11 cars in that city alone, not counting TJ , Mexicalli or southern Baja. Could you imagine the class 11 race if all those cars entered the show? Class 11 at 1 time had huge entry numbers and was very healthy in Baja races up to the 2000 race, entry fees tripled and racers quit racing Score. 5-1600 the same thing, Ensanada is full of them, it was the largest class at all Baja races for over 25 years year after year till the giant entry fee hike. I also quit racing both classes in Score because of it. The fact is you pay a huge amount and get nothing more back than if you raced a record race or Code or Snore and you get courses where traffic jams are normal, impassable hills, almost no chance at all for the very few who start... I have raced 11 for 40 years and 51600 for 37, in the 70s class 11 was 225 dollars to enter the Baja 1000, then went to 500 dollars in the early 80s, inline with what most entry fees are today all over except Score. Paying almost 4 grand plus all the extra BS that is required almost everyone avoids because 2 weeks later they can race on the same roads and trails for a few hundred bucks, have very large class sizes and great racing like Score had at one time. It is happening to all the classes in Score besides Trophy Truck. I have never in all my years seen so small of class size than Score has today in so many classes. At one time 1600 was good for at least 80 cars, there were 12 at this 1000. The finishing rate for class 11 these days is almost non existent. with only 5 cars starting its no wonder, a ton of money to 'DNF'(did not finish) [not finish]. Not hating, just telling it like it really is."

Dennis Hollenbeck, the Class 11 racer, told us, "Class 11 and Score and yes, there are lots of Class 11's still alive, but now a days most of them get their racing fix with the local circuits and they might throw their hat in for the Baja 500. Many of the 11's here locally don't even have a Score legal roll cage, so that weeds out a bunch, but still, without some strong sponsorship backing it's an impossible budget to manage.
We are trying something a little different, so although a strong sponsor would be nice, we're trying to actually do this with limited Sponsorship. It's not who's make'n it possible as much as who we're racing for...Being new to this...1st Peninsula attempt, first finish, we came at this knowing the chances of finishing were simply not there. We were shocked ourselves to be sitting there looking at La Paz! The Time Limit is something I'd really wish Score would take a look at as we have basically ZERO time to play with, while a Trophy has 15=20 hours to handle repairs and what-not. I'm not asking for that, but man...how about 2-3 hours! They [SCORE] did extend check point times in this last race...but not the finish line. We might had considered changing out our front beam...but we saw a FINISH and a WIN in out sights, so we were going for it as we had ZERO minutes to make the repair.
I know Roger [Norman] has his logistics, and eventually the Circus Tent must come down, the city has it's time limits and logistics too, I mean eventually at the finish line the Cops actually told us "Scram boys, your party is Over!" But, if they'd take the time and figure all this in ahead of time I'm sure it could be worked out. I just wish the extended time limit was there waiting for us as well. No Short cuts, just give me some more time!!"

This piece wouldn't be here, if it were not for two very recent announcements by SCORE. The first, being the video produced by Roger Norman, the 'New Era of SCORE', on iTunes, selling for a couple of dollars. The second announcement, the 2014 SCORE awards dinner being held on the concrete floor at the SCORE 'Tech Shop' in El Cajon California, being sold for $85, per person. 

After buying, viewing and thinking about my editorial over a couple of days, I wanted to open up a discussion about what really is, this new era of score.

Readers must understand, the reason racers, chasers, race media or anybody involved in desert racing, limits what they say in public. If they don't, they get blackballed. Put simply. They have to pay the fees and suck up to the race organizer.

Desert racing in North America is so, so, so small, if one gets blackballed, you probably aren't going to be racing for long.

That's why BajaRacingNews.com exploded on the scene ten years ago and why EVERYONE continues to read, "the paper". Our editorials and viewpoint.

We are THE ONLY source capable of delivering the real facts. The racers are too afraid. The 'other off-road media' is being paid, to NOT report real news.

Roger Norman believes his own delusion. Like, his new video is so important, that the masses would want to pay REAL MONEY to see his delusion, in living color!

The actual 'new' SCORE is asking for $85 US to sit in his backwater El Cajon shop, when his multi-million dollar home, sits on the beach in San Diego. Why not have the dinner on the beach in San Diego, Roger?

Why not? Because, Roger believes, the score racing community doesn't deserve, the top shelf. But, he wants YOU to pay, for his sitting on the top shelf. He wants you to pay top shelf for the bargain basement service he's delivering at score. All the while he takes your dollars to pay for his top shelf lifestyle.

Will Roger include an awards dinner bottle of bubbly and finish pendant?

How much do the racers pay, to finish a race and get that child-like treatment? Has Roger put a 'star' on your report card, yet? 


**November 28; The Real Awards Ceremony

Why are the La Paz awards ceremonies now located on the Malecon? 

Sal Fish was holding his award ceremonies, FOR YEARS, in the ballroom of the dark moldy hotel ballroom in La Paz, until he saw the locals holding theirs on the Malecon.

Now all the La Paz award ceremonies are on the Malecon, because Sal got tired of being shown up by the local racers!

In 2006, when the local race, CABO 500 finished on the beach, it showed Sal Fish how to really hold an event in Cabo. Unlike Sal's 2000 event, that finished at the stinky, ratty bullring, far across the highway!

In 2007, Sal felt the heat of real competition. He finally finished his big race at the very spot the locals used a year before. His award ceremonies were held on the spot we directed, on the beach!

**November 27; USA 500

The Inside Story about the failed USA 500 Desert Off-Road Race!
Monster Mike Reports  
In my reporting for BajaRacingNews.com
most sources don't want to talk. The publication has a reputation in the sport as the exposer of information, that some people don't want exposed.

When the first word of the USA 500 hit the rumor mill, OFF-ROAD LIVE! began a series of interviews, to report on an exciting new chance to desert off-road race in the United States.

My interview with the director of VORRA sent our investigation into several directions. The most important point that was made, was that Roger Norman's 'working with' VORRA on the USA500, ultimately was determined to be corporate espionage.

Norman was "working with" VORRA on the USA 500, when suddenly, Norman cut off all communications with VORRA. Norman never offered the racing association any explanation for ending the 'working with'. After claiming for months, he was 'working with' VORRA.

The Valley Off Road Racing Association, celebrated its 35th year in operation, it was established in 1975 by Ed Robinson as a family-oriented organization. It was led, at the time by Wes Harbor. At the time, Harbor believed that, "off road racing has it's roots in peoples garages" and continues to keep the entry fees to a minimum while maintaining a high quality racing experience". 

From the ashes of the 2010 California 200 'Sanctioned Slaughter', Norman diced up the other racing organizations and went into the race organization business. The BLM, at the time, was threatening racing, when their own negligence partially caused the slaughter. The BLM started propagating new rules like, "the pit area 100-150 feet from the race course and all camping, minors and alcohol must be 150 feet away from the race course". No rules like this in Baja Mexico!  

In 2011 the fracture of desert racing organizations went down, the  VORRA USA500, SNORE MINT400 and the reformation of the 'then new' and now defunct again 'Roger Norman's HDRA'. Remember "Racers for Racers" ?!

The 'racing community' figured it all out, as it was happening, "so completely copying what a competitor is doing is not "stealing"??? VORRA has the USA 500 in JULY in RENO. Really??? Two 500 mile races in the same city in the same month. Seems like Norman and HDRA are copying one race from each of the competitors to make a new series. Riot on the River sounds A LOT like Rage at the River doesn't it???"

The racers had some hope, "Good luck to HDRA. Any new races are great races IMO. If I could offer a suggestion to Robert (Race director at the time) and the new HDRA guys, is that they have a CRB to handle complaints, disputes, or infractions. One person making the decision could sometimes be affected by their workload, and being handled by a board would remove any potential bias or conflict of interest." 

In 2013, "the Yerington USA 500. Because the infamous Burning Man event was being held at nearby Gerlach, NV, the BLM asked VORRA to change the location of the Yerington USA 500. Thus the race was moved from the Fernley, NV area to the popular race venue of Yerington, NV". 

For this year, 2014, VORRA said: 
"The new schedule is missing one of VORRA's traditions – the Memorial Day Yerington Race. “It is unfortunate that we were not able to work with involved parties to reach an agreement that would have allowed this race to go forward this year. I know there will be a lot of disappointed racers, and we will begin negotiations to regain this race in the future”, said Jim Carius." 

In June 2011 the website "theusa500.com" was launched. Today, its dust.

Today, there is no CRB (Competiton Review Board) in Roger Normans SCORE. He told me, "I am the CRB" (for SCORE). At the recent BAJA 1000 in the Trophy Truck Spec Class, Roger Norman allowed the "season championship winning", Mills Brothers Team, to "ignore all of the checkpoint closures/time rules and finish"

So, THIS is the NEW SCORE! 
'For Racers Fees and more Racers Fees!'

From the Mills website:

""While trying to pass Billy Wilson at RM 103, Skilton got tangled with him and rolled the truck end over end at almost 100 mph. The crash tore off the right front corner, ripped apart the steering and exploded the fuel cell. Darren was taken to the hospital with a concussion and Josh suffered minor injuries.
Josh wandered around the crash site – a classic yardsale – for a moment, picking up miscellaneous parts, starter motor, steering pump and alternator to name a few, wondering how these parts could have been jettisoned from the truck. The truck was declared irreparable and was “out of the race".""  After getting authorization from SCORE President Roger Norman to ignore SCORE race rules,""Ben Myers ran point for the Northern logistics to Valley de Trinidad and as lead chase, made the decision to spur the team on. Myers himself had no spare arms or steering components, just a transmission and rear gears. The spare parts for the truck were at Mills’ first pit at RM 158. Tim Gatto drove four hours to the crash site, bringing the spare components to fix the truck. The team righted the truck and drained the oil that had collected in the cylinders. Josh determined later that the parts he had been picking up were the spares from the rear of the truck. Once the motor proved able to fire, the welding and fabricating began and in roughly 8 hours, the truck was back up and running...at RM 472, Kroeker noticed that the transmission was failing. The Mills team rallied yet again and replaced the transmission and Kroeker pushed on, bringing a bent but functional truck to Taylor Mills and Josh Huff at RM 650. "the strategy shifted to hitting all the checkpoints and VCPs to get points for a finish. Taylor and Josh, with the exception of getting stuck in the silt one time, were able to keep a steady but quick pace and finish under the time limit, securing a 2014 SPEC Trophy Truck Championship"".

Welcome to Norman's Rules in Desert Off-Road Racing. 

Update November 25:
By: Gary Newsome, Editor

**Instant Mexico's "Meat Wagons" turns into SCORE freebies!

When SCORE scrapped the existing (EMS) Emergency Medical System for racers, after it was purchased from Sal Fish, the new owner called the ambulances set up by Instant Mexico, "meat wagons". Meaning they were merely transportation, not providing actual medical services.

Significant, because the owner of Instant Mexico was operating under the title of "Medical Director", under Sal Fish.

The strangeness of SCORE racing in Mexico. Instant was well known at the time for screwing over racers with their insurance services. One racer, needed the California Insurance Commissioners office just to get Sal Fish's and the Andreoli's attention, for his pre-runner insurance claim.

A moderator for a known 'message board' contacted BajaRacingNews.com over his problems with 'claims service' from Instant. 'Jeff' told us, "why is SCORE doing business with these criminals?"

When Roger Norman 'discovered' the 'Meat Wagons', he took apart the system that was in place to rescue and care for racers. He also ended the Instant Mexico Insurance Services partnership with SCORE. One that had lasted over 25 years. 

He told BajaRacingNews.com at the time, "I've told them to remove all SCORE mentions and logos from their property".

But, after a year of not being able to obtain a SCORE "Insurance Sponsor", Norman settled to accept Instants offer of free, no charge insurance, for his personal equipment in Mexico.  BajaRacingNews.com spoke with several of the insurance companies thinking of doing business with Roger Norman in Mexico.

Each said the price was too high.

One said, "SCORE and Roger Norman have proven to me that they are irresponsible and too self-centered to insure. They just don't see the big picture, they suffer from tunnel-vision, just the money at the end of their self-created-delusion, an elaborately decorated, rathole".

It's the only way Instant is still involved in the Baja series and SCORE. Roger and his FREEBIES! No matter the actual, total-economic, total-image, real world, cost.

And, what happened with the 'new' EMS Roger engaged? In the Baja 1000 2013, Kurt Caselli was killed. He was killed from NOT receiving medical assistance.

Kurt's last moments had 'Baja Turtle' (Ken) a Baja Pits volunteer, finding him, near death in the Baja wilderness. Because of the race tracking fail last year and the rank joke pits service, serving as SCORE's race rescue service at the moment, Ken got to Kurt first.

Ken got to Kurt, with no medical training, no tracker training, no radio, no gps and typical SCORE-Baja Pits capability, zero capabilities. Ken told us, "I did not want to touch Kurt", "I was afraid of doing the wrong thing and getting sued". 

For months before the race, SCORE touted the pits leader, Carlos Orozco as the race expert for SCORE. Shortly thereafter, Carlos sent Ken to find Kurt during the Baja 1000 2013. SCORE couldn't find the famed racer! Kurt died after Ken left him, alone, with no contact to anyone about Kurts location. When Ken finally got back to Carlos after riding his bike to locate the downed racer, SCORE OPS was given general location information. 

Kurt was left without any help in the middle of the desert.

The next time someone 'discovered' Kurt, he was already dead.

UPDATE November 24, 2014:
Roger Norman and Civil Protection

**SCORE abdicates civil responsibility
Roger Norman of SCORE has made a mockery of emergency response to racers. The Kurt Caselli death last year, spotlighted the issue.

At this years desert off-road race, the BAJA 1000, the 'race emergency response map', that was made prominently public at last years race, was made "secret", this race.

Most racers know the risks. Many don't.

In Mexico, SCORE has washed its hands of 'safety and security' with the public. "Civil protection" is no longer a serious component of race planning. Heck, even the race course marking for this recent event was insulting to any real/responsible/professional racer.

The responsibility for the death of a child during the course of the off-road race, earlier this year at the SCORE Baja 500 was determined to be the Class 1 racer, Ronny Wilson. The Mexico representative of Score International disavowed blame of the American racer from California.

At 6:30 pm on race day at Trinidad Valley, a child was struck and killed by the race car, an unlimited custom racing buggy, driven by Wilson. Oscar Ramos alleged, "the child began recording with his cell phone at the center of the [public road] race course, his father did not control his son"*. But, the fact is, there was no civic or commercial controls on the public road, converted to a race course, during the event.
Not only did Ron Wilson, strike and kill the child, he never stopped. He drove with the body of the child tangled in the under carriage for several hundred yards and continued in the race event, all the way to finish line. The police authorities were waiting for the 'racer'. "Had he tried to free the child, we would be regretting greater tragedy because it would have hit at least 15 people"*, the SCORE rep said.
All the blame is on the public, as far as SCORE is concerned. "The negligence of some fans," remain constant in the region. I do not know what to do. We've promoted awareness campaigns, but right now everyone is shocked. When the Baja 1000, (comes in November) the same will happen again because every time the cars are faster and there are more people who do not measure the consequences"*, Oscar Ramos said.
The local media didn't help, when Gabriel Garcia of El Vigia, named another racer as the murderer. Oscar Ramos questioned the lack of professionalism by the local paper, when the reporter, Garcia, screwed the pooch by naming another racer in the local Ensenada newspaper.
At the time, SCORE blamed the spectators so much he said, "race spectators and fanatics of the racing events in Baja Mexico are still causing problems. When such a thing happens (the death events) are criticized with baseless talk. In social networks there are many comments wrongly made"*.

*Exact quotes from the Ensenada newspaper article