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UPDATED! Wednesday, November 12
In Desert Racing, you can get a championship for running like shit, with no other competitors in your "class". Yes, its very lame!
By: A. Lameo, Ensenada, Baja California
While deservedly grabbing the majority of the headlines will be the five-way race for the season title in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for 850-horsepower high-tech, unlimited production trucks, this week’s iconic 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will also include everyman racers from across the U.S. and around the world along with nearly three dozen cross-over racers from other motorsports disciplines as well as business leaders and entertainers.
The 2014 BAJA 1000 is being held in Mexico on a brutally-rugged race-record 1,275-mile SCORE signature desert race course.
When the green flag drops Thursday for nearly 250 entries at 6 a.m. (PT) for motorcycles and ATVs and 12:30 p.m. (PT) for cars and trucks, the growing starting grid for the 47th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 includes 104 racers who have combined for 318 class wins in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.
With the rugged course traveling on both sides of the peninsula, the world’s most famous desert race will be a peninsula run, starting in Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. With 10 checkpoints along the way, it is the longest course in race history for the race when it starts in Ensenada and finishes in La Paz.
While the fastest vehicles in the elapsed-time race are expected to complete the course in approximately 24 hours, the time limit to become an official finisher in the prestigious race is 49 hours.
This year will mark the 40th time in the first 46 years of the storied race that it has started in Ensenada in Baja California Norte and it will be the 20th time it has finished in La Paz in Baja California Sur.
It’s the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a driver. Since 1967, the mother of all desert races has been run over the mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula.
This race not only culminates the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, but concludes the celebration of the 41st anniversary of SCORE International, the world’s foremost desert racing organization.
So, is the BAJA 1000 the "Mother" or "Grand-daddy" of desert races?
Even SCORE International can't figure this out!
Pre-race festivities on Wednesday for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, including the vastly popular tech and contingency of all vehicles and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will also be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.
Racer registration will be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. Racer registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Media registration will be held as well in the Red Room at the Riviera from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and the BFGoodrich Tires/Baja California Secretary of Tourism SCORE Media Center will be open from Thursday from 5:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. before moving to La Paz.
Two special Monster Energy parties, open to the public will be held before the race starts. On Tuesday, the Monster Energy SCORE Kickoff Fiesta will be held in the Monster Energy VIP area at the start line from 7 p.m. to midnight. On Wednesday, the Monster Energy SCORE Papas & Beer Street Party on Avenida Ruiz in front of Papas & Beer will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight.
POST GREEN FLAG
As the celebration continues throughout Thursday night, all day Friday and until the course closes on Saturday afternoon while official finishers cross the line and tales are added to the legacy of the event, the post-race awards fiesta will be held on the Malecon in central La Paz starting at 6 p.m. (PT) on Saturday. The finish line are in La Paz is located on the Trans Peninsular Highway 1 on the outskirts of the city across of the Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism office.
‘FIVE-ALIVE’ SCORE TROPHY TRUCK SHOWDOWN
With 31 SCORE Trophy Trucks entered, leading the way in the battle for the season point championship are five racers separated by just 33 points heading into the season finale in Baja.
The top-five point leaders are: Gustavo Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico/Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif., No. 21 Vildosola Racing Branix Ford Raptor; Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif./Gus Vildosola Sr, Mexicali, Mexico, No. 7 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado; Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck; B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, No. 1 Baldwin Motorsports Monster Energy Chevy Silverado and Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Andy McMillin, San Diego/Jason Voss, Gilroy, Calif., No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Rockstar Ford F-150.
While those five teams battle for the season point championship in the sport’s marquee racing division in addition to the coveted race title in the legendary race, several other racers are expected to be in the hunt for the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory.
Among the other top challengers in SCORE Trophy Truck are Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas/Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., No. 70 Menzies Motorsports Red Bull Ford F-150 who won this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 with Jones finishing third in his own vehicle; fast qualifier Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., No. 77 Team Gordon Speed Energy Chevy Silverado; Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Monster Energy Ford F-150; Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., No. 91 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Monster Energy Ford F-150; World Rally Championship veteran racer Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany)/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), No. 15 All German Motorsports Chevy C1500 who will be racing in their final event as a team and the two-truck McMillin family entries of Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., in the No. 23 Mark Racing Ford F-150 and Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Dan McMillin, in the No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150.
Former NASCAR driver/team owner, short-course race series promoter and desert racing superstar Robby Gordon earned the top qualifying spot in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division last Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
The special Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires was held on a purpose built, very technical 3.6-mile course that started and finished on the Off-Road Track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Qualifying was part of the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience 70,000 sq. foot exhibit that was a showcase of the SEMA trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
In front of an appreciative capacity crowd at the LVMS Off-Road Track, Gordon blistered the dirt and asphalt covering the course in three minutes, 52.902 seconds with an average speed of 55.65 miles per hour.
Gordon finished just faster than three prominent Las Vegas desert racing stars Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies and B.J. Baldwin as all four drivers broke the four-minute barrier.
MacCachren was second in 3:54.014 (55.38mph), Menzies was third in 3:59.514 (54.11mph) and Baldwin was fourth in 3:59.886 (54.03mph) in the No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Gordon also earned the Method Race Wheels $2,500 Fastest Qualifier Award.
The 3.6-mile qualifying course at LVMS incorporated off-road, dirt and asphalt elements, utilized two race courses including one lap around the paved LVMS stock car short track, and require the drivers to use their lights and qualify in the darkness of the Las Vegas night.
With most teams in the race using multiple drivers, several co-drivers actually drove for qualifying. Fastest qualifier in Class 1 was veteran Las Vegas racer Larry Job, who is the second driver for Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif. Job was timed in 4:22.092 at 49.45mph in the No. 129 Stronghold Motorsports Alumi Craft-Chevy.
In motorcycle competition, the storyline is the same as it has been for a decade and a half, who will beat Honda. Honda leads with 24 overall victories in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 including 17 straight years of race championship teams. Leading the Honda No. 1x team this year is Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif., who along with teammate Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. were part of the last two championship teams. This year, Udall/Samuels have been joined by Udall’s brother Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif. on the No. 1x Honda CRF450X.
The serious challengers to unseat Honda this time around is the THR Motorsports team of Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Robby Bell, Glendora, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif. Bell and Hengeveld are both veteran champion SCORE Baja racers riding for Honda. The Brabec team is riding the No. 4x Kawasaki KX450F for its attempt to dethrone Honda for the preeminent position in SCORE Baja motorcycle racing.
This year has been a virtual standoff through four races, with both the Udall and Brabec teams entering the season finale with 268 points and each has won two races to pace the motorcycle field.
MULTI CLASS WINNERS
Leading the multiple class winners in this race to the starting line this year is the venerable Rod Hall, who has 22 class wins as the all-time race leader and he will be racing in the Stock Full class this year. Second all-time is Larry Roeseler with 17 class wins and he will be in SCORE Trophy Truck this year.
The other racers with the most class wins in the field this year are led by motorcycle age-group riders Chris Haines (14), Richard Jackson (13), Jim O’Neal (11), Steve Hengeveld (10), Bill Nichols (7) and Francisco Septien (6).
Pacing the other multi-class winners in the car and truck classes entered this year are Donald Moss (10, Class 3), Eric Solorzano (9, Class 11), Chad Hall (8, Stock Full), Mark McMillin (8, SCORE Trophy Truck), Dan Chamlee (6, Class 7), Troy Herbst (6, SCORE Trophy Truck), Rob MacCachren (6, SCORE Trophy Truck), Ernesto Arambula (5, Class 1/2-1600
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HALL-MARKS ALL OVER BAJA
This year’s race will commemorate the achievements of legendary desert racers like Rod Hall, Ron Bishop, Johnny Johnson, and Larry Roeseler. Hall, who will turn 77 on Nov. 22, has a record 22 class wins (including one overall win in 1972), and is the only racer who has competed in all 46 SCORE Baja 1000 races. Bishop, who passed away recently, was the only racer who competed in the first 40 SCORE Baja 1000 races all on a motorcycle.
Hall will be racing this year in the Stock Full class with his son Chad Hall, granddaughter Shelby Hall and Damien Michelin as he attempts to add to his untouchable legacy. Shelby and Michelin helped give the elder Hall his 22nd class win in 2012.
Roeseler, has won 17 times in this race, including 13 overall wins (10 on a motorcycle). Roeseler will share driving duties this year in SCORE Trophy Truck with Tim Herbst in the No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150. Roeseler won the unlimited Class 1 for four consecutive years (2004-2007), driving with the youngest of the three racing brothers, Troy Herbst, in the Smithbuilt-Ford open-wheel desert race car that was known as the ‘Land Shark’. Roeseler is the only racer in the history of the event to win the overall 4-wheel in a truck and also in a car as well as the overall 2-wheel title as well.
In 2008, Roeseler split the driving with driver of record and team owner and now SCORE owner Roger Norman when they were the overall 4-wheel and SCORE Trophy Truck champions and the pair was second in 2009. In 2010, Roger Norman drove solo the length of the peninsula and finished third overall.
Retired from racing, Johnson, had 15 class wins, amazingly in eight different classes.
Roger Norman charges the public $$$ for a lame publicity piece. How Stupid is Roger Norman?
UPDATED RACE MAPS!
SCORE SCREWS THE POOCH, AGAIN!
"NO RACE NOTES FROM SCORE!" "EXPERTS", 'The Lord Of The Desert', Frank DeAngelo, BFGoodrich Tires, confirms LOADING>>>
GPS VERSION 13 Doesn't Match the
Penalty Plan for the race and VERSION 18 in process: LOADING>>>
The latest GPS version has been updated to Version 18: Changes for this version include:
All speed zones have been re named & numerous speed zones added!!!!! many of the speed zones include both 30 & 60 mph zones!!!
SZ 1 30 MPH
SZ 2 30 & 60 MPH -Ojos
SZ 3 60 MPH - K76
SZ 4 60 & 30 MPH - VT
SZ 5 60 MPH - Llano Colorado
SZ 6 30 MPH - Colonet hotel
SZ 7 30 MPH - ship wreck RM 222.5
SZ 8 60 MPH - Los Pinos 263ish
SZ 9 60 MPH - K25 RM 288
SZ 10 30 MPH El Rosario
SZ 11 60 MPH Arenoso K103
SZ 12 60 MPH Catavina RM 395
SZ 13 60 & 30 Bay of LA hwy & town
SZ 14 60 & 30 & 60 MPH San Ignacio
SZ 15 60 MPH San Juanico RM 848
SZ 16 30 MPH La Purisima RM 876
SZ 17 60 & 30 MPH San Javier
SZ 18 60 MPH RM 1029 hwy 53 Insugentes
SZ 19 60 MPH hwy 22
SZ 20 60 MPH Santa Rita RM 1142
SZ 21 60 MPH RM 1225ish
SZ 22 60 MPH K13 to finish
Course changes southwest of San Ignacio the route will now stay on the pavement all the way out to race mile.
See Course Change Maps for the start and San Ignacio areas.
ZERO PUBLIC PROTECTION: LOADING>>>
SAFETY PLAN? SAFETY PLAN? ANYONE?>>>
After last years disaster B1000 Roger Norman said:
"We have a safety map for each race that has all the resources on it. The safety map is separate from the BF Goodrich SCORE race map. As you know plans are not set in concrete down in Baja and standby locations will not always be the same on race day depending variables. We will start putting the rescue resource map on the website along with the most important documents "the Race Brief"and "Penalty Bulletin"
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2013 BAJA 1000 Race Rescue Plan
The 2014 SCORE BAJA 1000 Safety Plan is SECRET! Not available for the public!>>>
BAJA 1000 SAT TRACKING: LOADING>>>
New SCORE SAT display services are still not finished with their programming of 'coverage' of the BAJA 1000, with only hours to go...
One insider sez its over with Airbus, "SCORE owes Airbus money". Though, when pressed the inside source, backpeddled and couldn't come up with his source at Airbus. Bill Black of SCORE sez, "Airbus testing is continuing".
What happened with AirBus???
On June 2, Roger Norman said:
"SCORE will be running the Iritrack tracking system by Air Bus Defense & Space in conjunction with Spot 3 and a data logger on each 4 wheel vehicle for this years running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500. There will be no additional expense for racers. One of the goals of this test is to have results at the finish line with penalties calculated. We will be testing the ability to tabulate penalties as they happen live and automatically tabulated for results at the finish. What is learned from this race may be incorporated into the new tracking systems being designed now and will be tested at the Baja 1000 in November. SCORE will also be testing a system designed by Brad Baker who happens to be rider of record on bike 329x. Among many other important goals for the new systems being designed is to have built in systems for warning a bike that a vehicle is approaching and to warn the vehicle that a motorcycle is ahead. The new systems will have many other innovations. Chase crews will be testing a new text number that will give updates on any rider or driver at this race."
*RPM Off-Road Justin Matney OUT:
"I have been back in Virginia getting treated for my lower back pain. I will finishing this race only due to back issues. Kellon Walch will be taking over my driving duties this race and Rudy Iribe will be co-driving. Thanks to all the fans sponsors and crew but I will be back next year and stronger than ever."
*Paradise Motorsports and racer José De Jesus Flores of La Paz, Baja South OUT
*"R. ACER" OUT Maybe we'll call him "Q.UITTER"
"$125,000 Entry Fees Minimum"! OUCH
***ONLINE SCHEDULE KING OF BAJA 1000***
*Thursday, November 13- 5AM BAJA 1000 LIVE! Race Start!*
*Friday, November 14 Continued LIVE! FINISH LINE, from La Paz, Mexico*
*Saturday, November 15, 6PM, Awards Ceremony, La Paz Malecon.*
Monday, November 17, 4PM OFF-ROAD LIVE!, BAJA 1000 WRAP, LIVE! From Coyote Beach, La Paz Mexico.
Tuesday, November 18, 7PM MONSTER Mike SPECIAL! BAJA Racing CENTER LIVE!
Pre-Runs are wrapping up for this years race events and teams are now getting serious about logistics, team strategies and safety.
The KING OF BAJA 1000 LIVE! Pit Meeting was carried here on Baja Racing News RADIO LIVE! yesterday, Sunday, November 9
CLICK HERE! FOR THE BAJA 1000 PIT MEETING!
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2012 BAJA 1000 PIT MEETING RECORDING FROM November 11, 2012
*FOG* *FOG* *FOG*
CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED FOG IMAGES VIA SAN DIEGO NWS
Very bad fog reported on the coast today before San Quintin. We got to the coast at 5 PM and couldn't see past the hood till RM 264. That is NOT going to be fun on race day and that's about the same time most people will be getting there.
For weeks, perfect weather conditions all over the Baja peninsula has graced the prerunners. Now, the fall weather conditions are changing, Baja Weather Service will be updating us here LIVE! for the next week.
*RACE BULLETIN! RACE BULLETIN!*
BajaRacingNews.com Offers SCORE International, Sponsorship and Support of a Complete "Civil Protection" Plan for Baja races in the states of Baja California (the northern state of the peninsula) and Baja Sur, (the southern state of the peninsula) covering the entire Baja Mexico peninsula.
As of today, Saturday, November 8, 2014, SCORE blames the people of Mexico for the deaths of fans in the Baja races. The new owner of SCORE has failed to responsibly work and coordinate with the 'Civil Protection' departments of both states, during its racing events in Mexico.
It is NOW time, for SCORE International to act as a responsible business and really help protect the people of Mexico, during its notorious events.
BajaRacingNews.com guarantees full financial support and dedicated personnel to engage and complete work with the agencies in Mexico authorized to accomplish the ensured safety of its citizens and the future of desert off-road racing in Baja Mexico.
It's now your move, Roger. We will report RIGHT HERE where our offer and Rogers stated future to racing in Baja, continues.
BAJA 1000 2014 FACT SHEET
Official Entries -230 –(as of 11/10/14)
(from 33 U.S. States and Guam; Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Columbia,
Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand)
(By Class Starting Order)
Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks) (After Qualifying)--
77 Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy Silverado
11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Andy McMillin, San Diego/Jason Voss, Gilroy, Calif., Ford F-150
70 Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas/Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150
1 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
80 Dale Dondel, Hemet, Calif./Jared Roberts, Kutztown, Pa., Chevy Silverado
83 Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif., Ford F-150
15 Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany)/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), Chevy C1500
5 Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico/Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck
21 Gus Vildosola Jr/Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor
16 Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Cody Stuart, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado
19 Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150
9 Mark Weyhrich/Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford Raptor
7 Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico/Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif./T.J. Flores, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
59 Craig Potts, Scottsdale, Ariz./Burt Jenner, Los Angeles, Chevy Silverado
91 Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Ford F-150
14 Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Jessica McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif./Steve Strobel, Clarks, Neb., Chevy Silverado
72 Robert Acer/Andrew Becerra, Wilmington, Del., Chevy Silverado
58 David Kleiman, Carlsbad, Calif./Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado
26 Charles Dorrance, Austin, Texas/Jay Reichert, Johnson City, Texas
84 Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Ariz./Mike Vanderwey, Phoenix, Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado
29 Andrew Hendricks/Jeffrey Humberson, Gateway, Colo./Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado
34 Ken Losch, Phoenix/Chris Kemp, San Clemente, Calif./Steve Stroud, Gooding, Idaho/Robert Mortenson, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado,
66 Harry Hepler, Lansing, Mich./Chuck Pusateri, Lansing, Mich./Robert Mortenson, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado
23 Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Ford F-150
27 Enrique Murillo/Pancho Name/Guillermo Vizcaino, La Paz, Mexico, Toyota Tundra
57 Mike Palmer/Spencer Steele, Denver/Jason Fish, Louviers, Colo., Chevy Silverado
45 Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150
50 Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150
36 Glen Greer, Green Valley, Ariz./Thom Greer, Tucson, Ariz., Dodge Ram1500
XX Rob Reinertson, Woodside, Calif./Tony Vest, Molalla, Ore./Geno Licitra, Redmond, Ore., ChevySilverado
75 Mike Cook/Todd Pederson, Orem, Utah, Chevy Silverado
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters) (after Qualifying)--
129 Scott Bailey/Brandon Bailey, Riverside, Calif./Larry Job, Las Vegas, Alumi Craft-Chevy
185 Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif./Scott Schovajsa, Humble, Texas, Jimco-Chevy
115 Todd Tuls/T.J. Tuls, Columbus, Neb./Corey Keysar, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jimco-Chevy
152 Mark Hutchins/C.J. Hutchins, Henderson, Nev./Jason Coleman, Costa Mesa, Calif., Custom-Chevy
135 Augie Cortez, Downey, Calif./Mark Workentine, Fresno, Calif./Mike Boone, Garden Grove, Calif., WickedCreations-Chevy
101 Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn./Ricky Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Geiser-Chevy
102 Jaime Huerta/Enrique Munoz, Ensenada, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy
161 Chris Western, Australia, Element-Chevy
168 Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Darren Ebberts, Corona, Calif./Rob Bruce, Turner, Ore., Custom-Chevy
121 Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif./Kyle Jergensen, Oak Hills, Calif./Louis Chamberland, Gilbert Ariz., Jefferies-Chevy
189 Jon Walker, Tamuning, Guam, Brad Baron, Kreger-Chevy
111 Morgan Langely, Santa Monica, Calif./Harley Letner/Kory Halopoff, Orange, Calif., Racer-Chevy
180 Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Brian Burgess, Menifee, Calif./Darren Hardesty, Riverside, Calif., Penhall-Chevy
154 Andres Ruffo, Chula Vista, Calif./Jim Mihal, Vista, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
100 Cody Parkhouse/Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
138 Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./John Herder, Tucson, Ariz., Jimco-Chevy
103 Wayne Schlosser, Alpine, Utah/Dave Hunter, Orem, Utah, RPI-Chevy
145 Nils Castillo, Santa Paula, Calif./Gene Haas/Joe Custer, Kannapolis, N.C., Jimco-Chevy
147 Pat McCarthy/Nick De Avila, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Robert Harman, Torrance, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)--
1615 Jesus Velez/Rogelio Ruiz, Mexicali, Mexico/Jose Contreras, La Paz, Mexico, PFK
1647 Wes McKenzie, Dallas, Texas/George Jimenez, Anaheim, Calif./Scott Wisdom, :Lake Forest, Calif., Bonner
1605 Miguel Cortez, San Diego/Raul Rodriguez, Chula Vista, Calif., Custom
1614 Hiram Duran/Eric Duran/Evan Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth
1630 Kevin Smith, La Verne, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas, Mirage
1636 Christian Celaya, Paradise Valley, Ariz./Aaron Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Romo
1609 J. David Ruvalcaba/Leonel Ruvalcaba/Esteban Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR
1699 Hector Olmos, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico/Jose Fanato Moreno/Armand Boehme, Gardnerville, Nev., Romo
1698 Adolfo Arambula/Marcos Nunez/Edmundo Hernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, Fraley, Tacos la Avioneta, El Kiosco Racing, TCE, Baja Woods, Productive Outsource Solution y a berlito porque los inscribi
1617 Sean Yudice, San Rafael, Calif./Armando Guzman/Nathan Martino, Alumi Craft
1607 John Witchel/Jonathan Knight/Blly Hunt, Durango, Colorado, Custom
CLASS 3 (Short wheelbase 4X4)--
300 Donald Moss/Ken Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco
CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)--
500 Kevin Carr/Mickey McNeil, San Diego
509 Jose Lopez/Javier Buelna/Leonardo Navarrete, Mexicali, Mexico
511 Drew Belk/Mike Belk, Coachella, Calif./L.J. Kennedy, Orange, Calif.
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)--
575 Erich Reisen/Tydus Richards/Grant Baylis, Canada
572 Oreany Rojas/Carlos Cazares/Edgar Torres, Guerrero Negro, Mexico
553 Armando Garcia/Sergio Frias/Adrian Contreras, Ensenada, Mexico
587 Trevor Anderson, Carlsbad, Calif./Victor Celis/Carlos Celis, Ensenada, Mexico
597 Enrique Zazueta/Enrique Zazueta Sr./Sodgy Zazueta, La Paz, Mexico
579 Mary Crouch/Greg Crouch/Ken Meador, Houston/Rick Morris, Bellaire, Texas
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)--
706 Gary Hull/Joe Ramos, San Vicente, Mexico/Guy Savedra, Las Vegas, Ford Ranger
712 Ikuo Hanawa/Katsuhiko Sakamaki/Hirokazu Somemiya, Nissan Frontier
717 Pat Sims, Eunice, N.M./Andrew McCredie, Vista, Calif., Ford Ranger
700 Dan Chamlee/Kurt Kimball, Summerland, Calif., Ford Ranger
704 Aaron Celiceo, San Diego/Robert Rodriguez, Chula Vista, Calif./Pedro Mercado III, Lemon Grove, Calif., Toyota Tacoma
722 Pete Sohren, Phoenix/Jason McNeil, Eric Filar, Ron Stobaugh, Ford Ranger
CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks)--
741 James Burman, Heber City, Utah/Chris Sayre, Huntington Beach, Calif./Dusty Sexton, Ford Ranger
758 Ricardo Vindiola/Oscar Licon/Alejandro Licon, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger
753 Rodrigo Martinez/Alex Murillo, San Ignacio, Mexico, For Ranger
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)--
807 Noah Ostanik/Kevin Guevara/Dave Dinsmore, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford F-150
814 Alfredo Carballo/Isain Venegas, Jose Gonzalez, La Paz, Mexico, Chevy S-10
824 Mike Meeks, Corpus Christi, Texas, Dodge Ram1500
839 Chris Wilson, Vista, Calif./Dave Sykes, Del Mar, Calif., Ford Bronco
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)--
1047 Tim Carolan/Nick Carolan, Tucson, Ariz./Mark Lewis, Elko, Minn., Penhall-Chevy
1077 Randy Ellis, Phoenix/George Marsh, Bayfield, Colo., Tatum-Chevy
1066 Mike Shaffer/John Bower, Alameda, Calif./Scott Walker, Foresthill, Calif., FPM-Chevy
1023 Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz./Lee Banning Jr, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Banning-Ford
1042 Lars Ferry, Phoenix/Kirk Kontilis, Blythe, Calif./Justin Smith, Wittmann, Ariz., Jimco-Honda
1080 Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn/Steven Hajas, Delano, Minn., Custom-Chevy
1089 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr/Arnoldo Guttierez Sr, Mexicali, Mexico, Racer-Chevy
1045 Patrick Dailey, Carlsbad, Calif./Travis Clarke, San Diego/Michael LaPaglia, Murrieta, Calif, Raceco-Chevy
1033 Miguel Tornel/Miguel Tornel Jr, Chula Vista, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy
1031 Mike Johnson, Santa Monica, Calif./Mike Majesky, Newbury Park, Calif./Brent Fletcher, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy
1055 Kash Vessels, Bonsail, Calif./Cam Theriot, Tustin, Calif./Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
1068 Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif./Curt Geer, Pomona, Calif., Custom-Chevy
1011 John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Mike Julson, Santee, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
1062 J. J. Schnarr, Incline Village, Nev./Mark Levrett, Carson City, Nev., Alumi Craft-Chevy
1002 Mark Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./SteveLawler, Upland, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy
1006 Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy
1075 Eliseo Garcia, San Ysidro, Calif./Hector Sarabia, Ensenada, Mexico/Michael Crichton, Mexico, Romo-Chevy
1049 Ty Godde, Palmdale, Calif./Jim Greenway, Indio, Calif., Henry-Chevy
1087 Stuart Breckon/Patrick Breckon/Peter Miller, Houston, Lothringer-Chevy
1096 Oscar Arambula/Ernesto Arambula, Ensenada, Mexico/Francisco Villagomez, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Romo-Chevy
1050 Clay Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./Blake Kirkpatrick, Banning, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy
1057 Brant Pinvidic/Mark Murr/Jamie Durie/Craig Christy, Culver City, Calif., Penhall-Chevy
1051 John Rhymer, South Bend, Ind./Brian Topping, Elkhard, Ind./Matt Rowell, Brownsburg, Ind./Jeremy Laufer, Deputy, Ind., Alumi Craft-Chevy
SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)--
1223 Christopher Saenz/Marco Gallo/Luis Saenz, El Paso, Texas, Suspensions Unlimited
1221 Matt Drever, Dana Point, Calif./Jim Vick/Dave Wert, San Clemente, Calif., Penhall
1216 Luis Martinez/Jose Robles, Mexicali, Mexico/Pietro Brasea, Mexicali, Mexico, Foddrill
1287 Jeff Sanca/Doug Maxwell/Ian Maxwell/Ryan Ennis, Canada, Porter
1249 Hector Garcia/Roberto Anda/Fernando Calzada, Tijuana, Mexico, Jimco
1220 Jeremy Sundt/Marty Seefried Huntington Beach, Calif., Baja Shop
CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)--
1137 Matt Fisher, Boulder, Colo./Josh McGuckin, Wheat Ridge Colo./Matt Wilson, Aurora, Colo.
1121 Dennis Hollenbeck/Brian Crossen/David ForrestCoronado, Calif.
1107 Jim Graham/Ronny Frederick/Rosh Edwards/Toby Fray, Felton, Calif.
1189 Martin Gill, 49/Dustin Gill, 25/Dane Gill, 21, Big Bear City, Calif., VW Sedan
1111 Eric Solorzano/Orlando Lopez/Mat Watson, Tijuana, Mexico
Protruck (Limited Production Trucks)--
1350 Chelsea Magness/Steve Knudson/Todd Burt, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford Raptor
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)--
872 Jonathan Brenthel/Jordan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif./Jamie Galles, Santa Fe, N.M., Chevy S-10
841 Taylor Mills, Houston, Texas/Nick Mills, Corpus Christi, Texas/Kent Kroeker, Escondido, Calif./Mike Meeks, Marion, Texas, Chevy Silverado
871 Larry Connor, Centerville, Ohio/Jason Ruane/Sean Moore, Temecula, Calif., Chevy Silverado
848 Billy Wilson/Byron Speed/Dewey Clark, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado
STOCK FULL (stock, full-sized trucks)--
8155 Marc Van Tassell, Ely, Nev./Kurt Williams, Sandy, Utah/Dave Connors, Draper, Utah, Toyota Land Cruiser
8101 Rod Hall/Chad Hall/Shelby Hall, Reno, Nev./Damien Michelin, France, Hummer
8161 Phil Anderson, Canada/Kay Awaad, Egypt/Steve Sherrod, Ford F-150
8199 Andrew Bell, Long Beach, Calif./Jamie Bestwick, Point Matilda, Calif./Michael Sweers, Williamston, Mich./Ryan Millen, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (New Zealand), Toyota Tundra
CLASS 3000 (unlimited Mini-Truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)--
3000 Reid Rutherford/Steve Rudd/Benn Vernadakis, Montrose, Colo., Mason ProRunner-Chevy
3002 Paige Sohren, Phoenix/Paul Broughton/Chad Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy
CLASS 19 (Limited, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)--
1921 Jamie Kirkpatrick/Kenny Sanford, Olympia, Wash., Polaris XP1000
1947 Levi Gilkison/Brice Gilkison, Bend, Ore./Albert Rodriguez, Anaheim, Calif., Polaris RZR875
1904 Cory Sappington/Scott Sappington/Tyler Dixon, Peoria, Ariz./Donovan Cain, Glendale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick Max
1919 John Angal, Mesa, Ariz.,
1948 Kevin Fuller, Portland, Ore./Jim Creagen, Yacolt, Wash./Aaron Bahner, Eden Praire, Minn., Arctic Cat Wildcat
1942 Scott McFarland/Joe Owens/Nick Oldham, Moab, Utah, Polaris RZR1000
1930 Sean Cook/Todd Latronica/Tammy Faulkner, Twain Harte, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000
1908 Justin Lambert, Bakersfield, Calif./Victor Herrera Menifee, Calif./Jeremiah Staggs, Apple Valley, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000
1905 Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif./Fernando Flores, Ensenada, Mexico, Can-Am Maverick
1932 Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif./Jason Spiess, Peoria, Ariz./Brandon Schuder, Sun City, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000
1945 Jeffrey Scolman/Denise Scolman/Peter Zink, Bend, Ore., Polaris RZR 900LT
1907 Eric Pucelik, Santa Cruz, Calif./Mike Grinder Soquel, Calif./Jack Farren, Arctic Cat Wildcat
1938 George Felix/Chris Edwards/William Clifton, Houston, Polaris RZR XP1000
1949 Terry Hui, Canada/Alonzo Loez/Hector Jimenez, Murrieta, Calif./Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., Polaris 900
1917 Derek Murray/Jason Murray, Eastvale, Calif./Steve Amarine, Downey, Calif./Monty Aldrich, Can-Am Maverick Max, Can-Am
1903 Jose Romero/Jesus Romero/Jaime Romero, Arlington, Tenn., Arctic Cat Wildcat
1943 Tom Longshore/Daniel Longshore, Louisville, Ky./Ryan Longshore, Fort Wright, Ky., Polaris XP900
1923 Benjamin Bischoff/Tyler Backus, Canada, Poloris XP900
HEAVY METAL (Open Production Trucks, V8 Engines)--
8036 Carlos Fonseca/Jorge Ortego/Ulisses Oropeza, Calexico, Calif., Chevy Silverado
BAJA CHALLENGE (spec Subaru-powered Baja Touring cars)--
(SPONSORS: BFGoodrich Tires, Vision X, Vision Wheel, Snug Top)
BC4 Bill Apgood/Douglas Anderson, Salt Lake City, Utah/Mark Rawlins
BC2 Antonio Marmolejo, Columbia
BC3 Jon Largent/Tom Mullin, Riverside, Calif./Andrew Schmidt, West Richland, Wash./Joshua Hendin, Canada, Eduard Jaeger, El Segundo, Calif.
BC4 Bud Brutsman, North Hills, Calif./Brian Finch, Hermitage, Tenn./John Williams, Mooresville, N.C./Roger Lovell/Brad Lovell, Colorado Springs, Colo.
OPEN M/C (450cc or more)--
4x Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Robby Bell, Glendora, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F
22x Brady Welton/Ron Weinmeister/Brandon Hunt/Brandon Welton, Loveland, Colo., Yamaha YZ450F
1x Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X
10x Nathan Sharp/Brian Sharp, La Salle, Colo./Brady Sharp/Glen Sharp, Platteville, Colo., Honda CRF405X
77x Ray Dal Soglio/Mike Carter/Zach Vogle/Quinten Bowen, Scottsdale, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450F
26x Jim Owens/Nick Owens, Scotts Valley, California, Honda XR650R
23x Gabriel Castro/Miguel Castro/Hector Ortiz/Moises Maclish, Guerrero Negro, Mexico, KTM 500XCW
LIMITED M/C (449cc or less)--
140x Boe Huckins, Pueblo West Colo./Brad Millikan, Queen Creek, Ariz./Brent Owen, Wilson, Wyo./Erik Meyer, Eastvale, Calif., KTM 350SXF
128x Wananyu Tanjaroen, Thailand/Oscar Hale/Steve Kameda/Victor Guzman, KTM 350EXC
107x Philip Kegel/Kees Rutten/Marcos Medina/Gabriel Medina/Todd Smart, Canada, KTM 350EXC
125x Fernando Beltran/Fernando Tavarez/Emmanuel Verdugo/Rigoberto Gomez, Ensenada, Mexico Yamaha YZ250
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)--
310x Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Kevin Murphy/Morgan Crawford/Gerardo Rojas, Guerrero Negro, Mexico, Honda CRF450X
321x Leon Dando/Daniel Mole, Australia, Honda CRF450X
349x Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Ryan Dudek/Shane Esposito/Matt Eddy/Chris Haines, Honda CRF450X
309x Todd York, Claremore, Okla./Nate Scott/Bud Carmen, Lake Winnebago, Mo./Jason Stevens, Olathe, Kansas, KTM 450EXC
315x Jeff Benrud/Clint LaRue/David Powell, Raeford, N.C.
329x Brad Baker, Austin, Texas/Jeremy Baker/Branddon Allen/Rob Allen, Battle Ground, Wash., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)--
403x Oscar Fazz/Mike Langley, Yuma, Ariz./Yvan Perraud, France/Kenji Gauthier, Rosamond, Calif./Collie Potter, Las Vegas, Kawasaki KX450F
410x Giovanni Spinali/Paul Thomas/Mike Carter/John Griffin, Julian, Calif., Honda CRF450X
400x Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif./Sterlyn Rigsby/David Glass/Bill Sekeres, Honda CRF450X
404x Jano Montoya/Pacho Bedova/Fabrice Le Det/Chris Miller Winter Garden, Fla., KTM 450EXC
434x Patrick Christensen/Cody Koprovic, Sturtevant, Wisc./Richard Neidorf, East Troy, Wisc., Honda CRF450X
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)--
510x Earl Roberts, Calexico, Calif./Donald Connelly, Julian, Calif./Joe Bolton/Lance Schoonmaker/Louie Franco/Mark Vanscourt, Honda CRF450X
508x Akira Miyuki/Masanori Shimizu/Kiyoharu Ito, Honda CRF450X
503x Boby Belz, Lovington, N.M., Honda CRF250X
516x Scott Atchison, Bakersfield, Calif./Greg Hauser, Pismo Beach, Calif./Lance Horton, Las Vegas/Harold Harris, Sanger, Calif., Honda XR650R
CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)--
611x Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif./Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Robert Koch, Leona Valley, Calif./Mike Casto, Apple Valley, Calif./Michael Harper, Landers, Calif./Dennis Murphy, Westlake Village, Calif., Honda CRF450X
604x Bill Nichols, Peoria, Ariz./Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Mark Force, Bakersfield, Calif./Guy Wilson, Bakersfield, Calif./Gregg Hawks, Hesperia, Calif./James Libby, Anchorage, Alaska, Honda CRF450X
SCORE IRONMAN (Solo Riders)--
701x Alexander Smith, Riverside, Calif., Husqvarna FE501
716x Geoffrey Gerbrandt, Canada, Yamaha WR450
702x Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda XR650R
706x Kevin Daniels, Bishop, Calif., KTM 500EXC
730x Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, Kawasaki KX450
727x Christopher Parr, Colorado Springs, Colo., Yamaha WR450
PRO ATV (450cc or more)--
3a Joe Ramos, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Mike Zelenka, Clifton, N.J./Chris Wilson, Peoria, Ariz./Adam Barnes, Laveen, Ariz., Honda TRX450R
1a Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico/Christian Vera, Spring Valley, Calif./Travis Dillon/Federico Aquilar, Honda TRX450R
10a Javier Robles, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico, Manlio Diaz/Felipe Velez/Michael Cafro/Jorie Williams/Josh Row, Honda TRX450R
16a Sergio Valverde, Constitucion, Mexico/Stephen Davis/Juan Sandez/Pedro Loya/Luis Kinijara, Honda TRX450R
1501 Dean Acton/Mark Acton/Scott Acton, Canada, Jimco-Toyota
1515 Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., RPM-Chevy
SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK--
1401 Hector Cazares, Ensenada, Mexico/Roberto Cazares, National City, Calif./Eddie Duarte, San Diego, Ford Bronco
1408 Spencer Morgan/Gary Leyendckr/Robby Card, Boulder City, Nev., Ford F-150
1443 Ben Phillips, Colusa, California/Jessica Phillips/Jon Phillips/Herb Whitaker, TrophyLite-Chevy
1444 Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va./Thomas Fernandez/Raymon Fernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy Silverado
SPT LIMITED TRUCK--
2001 Mark Luhtala, W. Palm Beach, Fla./Jay Edinger/Nicholas Laub/Erik Luhtala, Toyota Tundra
2003 Glenn Tanizawa, Los Angeles, Nissan Frontier
SPT UNLIMITED UTV--
1957 Michael Carufel, Barrington, R.I./Lacrecia Beurrier/Luis Barajas/Jesse Miller, Can-Am Maverick
279x Tomoki Hayashi/Kszunari Iriki, Japan, Honda CRF450X
232x Jesse Williamson/Nick Hamm/Eric Nolan, Wildomar, Calif., Honda CRF450X, Kawasaki 450
223x Tetsuya Hirasawa/Shohei Himeno/Tadashi Yokoyama/Hideyuki Sumiyosh, Japan, Suzuki RMX450Z
269x Ryan Kaza, Rochester, N.Y./Gary Walker/Jay Sherman/John Bosch, Honda CRF450X
259x Mike Kaplan, Tujunga, Calif./Tony Santa Maria/Darin Aldridge/Steve Gallegos, Kawasaki KX500
266x Olaf Satre, Steamboat Springs, Colo./Clint Chew/Lars Satre/Ryan Epp, Honda CRF450X
236x Kris Williams, St. Louis, Mo./Joe Steltenpohl, Ray Connolly, Larry Curik, Kawasaki KX500
224x Dennis Law, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Beta 500
233x Ko Matsui/Hideyuki Fukuoka/Tadao Ezure, Japan, Honda CRF450x
*2014B1k Race Safety Plan Report
By: Gary Newsome
After pre-running the entire course twice, I can say, this is a very fast and dangerous course. Fast, because some sections are smoother than years past. Dangerous, because desert racing teams are now more exposed to more risk than at any other time in the history of racing in the Southwest Deserts.
Case in Point, from the TSCO Team, Mark Weyhrich told BajaRacingNews.com:
"[Regarding silt in the 1190 RM area]I talked to Roger about this a week ago. He said he had equipment there all week and they fixed the original road. This is not true. There has been no work done on this section and it will shut down the race for most classes, even some TT and C1, 70 miles from the finish.
Jesse and I were communicating with Roger for an hour this morning. He kept trying to tell us it had been fixed but he is in Reno and we are boots on the ground in Baja; guess who knows more.
I am not sure we got any resolution. In the end it sounded like he is not going to do anything about it, even though it could be fixed in a day and be better for the locals and racers.
FYI...The new section out of San Ignacio is totally jacked as well. Guys have just been running loops on it and the silt and rocks have grown exponentially in the last 2 weeks, with very few per runners on it.
In the future they need to not mark the course via Google Earth and a Razor. The turns in the slow areas are ridiculously sharp especially when they are 2-3 feet of silt."
While BAJA 1000 teams are right now wrapping up their final preruns, its time to talk about YOUR safety plans.
Review your safety plans. Any integration with SCORE operations from previous experiences or races is suspect. We all found that out last year, with failed medical responses, failed race tracking and failed race communications. As 'weatherman' relayed over the race radio relay system at last years Baja 1000,
"does Roger know about this?!".
After countless interviews and talks with experts in race service provisions, with only 4 days until technical inspection in Ensenada, BajaRacingNews.com gives SCORE a "D" in its plan and preparations for safety provision in this event.
The 'Kurt Caselli Foundation' has hired a chopper for the race, to provide "eyes and ears" for the bike riders. That alone should speak volumes to the racers! Bill Black, the safety representative, a volunteer, for SCORE International, spoke with one of our reporters, earlier this week.
Black has not authorized us to relate any information to the public.
We will go public on Tuesday, November 11 at 7AM West Coast Time with everything we know, when we don't get any additional info or direction from SCORE.
The question now is, why hasn't SCORE made any 'Safety and Rescue' provisioning public for this event? Could it be, the Kurt Caselli death at last years race has shocked the "new era of SCORE". Maybe that's why, after the 'incident', Black refused any questions, instead telling our reporter, "talk to our attorney".
The race safety plan is not finished. Bill Black told BajaRacingNews.com, "we're still putting the final touches on it and it needs approval from Oscar and Roger".
*From Art/Tech SCORE:
"My friends who need a FRAME CERTIFICATION SCORE/ARTS will be 1.1 miles SOUTH of the SCORE Start line at the Ensenada beach on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm. The cost is $260."
*Julie Pierce Reports from La Paz:
"The last 200 miles of the course just plain stink. Fourty miles of whoops along the beach then at race mile 1190 you get to try to not get buried in the nastiest silt ever. Good times!!!"
*Race organizers are making changes to the course map.
The route remains the same.
The positions of some check's were changed.
*Esau Arce, has passed away in La Paz (Finish Line). The gravely ill race fan was supported in the last weeks of his life by the Baja Sur racing community. He will be missed.
*Longtime Ensenada (Start Line) radio personality Rodolfo Angel Cid also passed into Baja racing history, yesterday.
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