Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Baja Racing News RADIO LIVE!***Blast From The Past!***Mayhem at the Mil: 2010

By: Gary Newsome, Editor  
Baja Racing News LIVE! 

Whats been happening with Mike since this outrage? 

Reporting Here>>> 

The Original Reporting from 2010:

Gary Newsome, Editor
Baja Racing Expose:

 UPDATED! 2011 

The Marine who saved the lives of these American missionaries dies in base jumping incident

Kent Kroeker,
still is an "adrenline filled d-bag"

UPDATE: December 28, 2010
CLICK HERE FOR THE San Diego Union Story (Kent probably called the press to pump his name and his business)

CLICK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE Because, SCORE surely isn't going to help these God-fearing people!

Editorial Note: Now, if it were the total responsibility of SCORE and Tom Willis (Chief of Bull Crap for SCORE), this victim would have died and SCORE would not have said a, F****** word or lifted a finger.
F*** YOU SCORE supporters!
That's why the Official position of Baja Racing is the victims of this tragedy should sue SCORE and everyone affiliated with them, for everything they own.
Mike Jenkins caused and ran from this event. Until the internet caught up with him, Baja Racing has received reports that he paid for the air-flight pictured in the video. Remember folks, it's never too late to do the right thing.
Gary Newsome
Baja Racing

From The Original Story
(Notice the Wisconsin Plate on the trailer used to haul the #86 out of Mexico, after the incident seen left on this page)
Baja Racing has learned this morning from Wisconsin State Officials, the trailer used in this photo in Mexico, hasn't had its required fees paid since 2008.

Current Situation Update:
As of today, December 10, There is a report that Mike Jenkins has met with the family on December 5th. On November 17, they caused a vehicle driven and used by American church people, to be totaled and numerous, life-threatening injuries to occur.
By the grace of God, they were saved. The story is outlined below. The bills are piling up and injuries continue to damage the affected families.
Time to lawyer up and seek your targets.
Who's at risk?
1. SCORE International, the people responsible for the rules and the race. They have the racers pay for insurance that only really protects SCORE. This is an almost automatic win for the victims, in court. We'll expand on this in later reports...
[Baja Racing Editor Gary Newsome has previously expressed an editorial point of view, that any pre-running done near town in Ensenada is dangerous and a violation of numerous international treaties as well as Mexican Federal and Baja California, State laws.
Such pre-running also violates numerous local laws. But, the local authorities are absolutely desperate for visitors and have limited the in-town pre-running to a 'minimum'. Gary thinks ALL pre-running west of Ojo Negros should be outlawed. This outrageous incident is testimony to the risks of any high-speed pre-running near the start line, in Ensenada, Mexico. Just to be upfront about our attitudes]
2. The driver. Mike Jenkins, owner of TRAXXAS. Deep pockets? The Mexican authorities clearly investigated and jailed Jenkins. He went to jail and was bailed out. Any other regular "American Joe", would still be there. How much was paid to get the driver out of the Ensenada jail? We are searching...
3. The truck owner, Josh Baldwin, Baldwin Racing and owner of Kane Development in Southern California. Deep pockets? Reportedly, Baldwin was several hundred miles south of the accident site when the incident occurred. It is not known whether Baldwin was jailed, nor how much it cost to get his pony out of the Mexican impound lot. If it were you or I, the truck would still be in there. Often in situations like this, it costs thousands of dollars to get your stuff out of Mexico, after you F*****-up this bad.
Interesting how the company Jenkins owns, TRAXXAS, told our reporter to "go after the owner of the truck". We are hunting...
4. The companies of TRAXXAS and Kane Development. Are they insured for these felonious acts that caused such great damage and almost deaths!? We have a reporter on this item...
5. All of the other associated chase teams, service providers and sponsors of this ill fated adventure. Will Baja Racing get to the bottom of this? Hell Yes!
How is the victim doing today?
""James had a rough session with PT this morning but figured out the problem and had a much better session this evening. He was able to sit up in the wheel chair for about 2 hours without much nausea - yeah! He impresses me with the progress he makes everyday, but it's no surprise given all the prayers for it and God on our side.""
""We finall got to talk to the case worker and tomorrow someone is coming from a rehab here in SD and they will assess James to see if he is "rehab worthy". If so he will be transfered where he will get intense therapy for a period of time (that's an unknown to us yet) and if he is not ready he will stay where we are. The low blood count may have a bearing on his worthiness so pray that steak pumped him up!! He has weaned himself off morphine the last few days and today decided he would try to cut down on the Percocet and the Oxycontin which proved to be a very bad decision because the good day ended badly with him in excruciating pain again. He will get back on top of the pain tonight I hope and tomorrow can be another forward moving day. I know I keep saying this but we are so overwhelmed with all the love and concern for James and Tyley.""
Stay tuned...

December 2, 2010
Here's what has been dug up from his Twitter account:
""OK, I relocated the actual tweet on twitlonger. Here is the actual tweet:

On Saturday 20th November 2010, @mikejenkins47 said:
(In reply to CaseyCurrie)

@CaseyCurrie @rodamp the Ampudias were so helpful and generous of their time. They came to the police station and oversaw everything until the insurance company posted my bail. Then Rodrigo Sr. arranged for us to retrieve our Trophy truck at 4:00 AM. Those guys left at 6:00 AM for San Ignacio where Jr was to jump in Vildosola's trophy truck for a stint. Good luck and fortune comes to people like the Ampudias! A win for their team is so deserving!

Here is the link

Here is one more tweet from mikejenkins47

On Saturday 20th November 2010, @mikejenkins47 said:
(In reply to gunnslinger)

@gunnslinger the plan was for me to start and race to San Ignacio. Josh Baldwin was then to take it to the finish. We fell victim to an unfortunate accident while shaking down the trophy truck that afternoon prior to the race however. We crested a hill around mike 15 to face traffic heading the opposite direction. I swerved to avoid the other car; they did not move. The trophy truck sustained damages that could not be repaired prior to the race. The driver and passenger were hurt, one severely. Fortunately, they are alive. Bad luck. Simply an accident. Hard to feel upset at the other party when they are in the hospital and will be in recovery for likely some time. Very expensive loss for our team and obviously a huge disappointment for all of us. Again, thank God I was able to move mostly off the road rather than hit them head on!

Here is the link

End of Report""

Just a couple of rich guys who don't want to come clean. No problemo!

They AREN'T PRIVATE CITIZENS, they're F****** Celebrities!
Just some more nuevo-riche trailer trash walking away from nearly killing people. We get that stuff all day long here at Baja Racing! And they haven't called the victims at all.
Is this new for desert off-road racing? No. As a matter of fact, this "familia" is also very adept at death threats against accident victims and sanctioning bodies ignoring horrific tales of death and destruction.

Seriously. This is what keeps us in business. The nearly constant flow of out-of-control, don't give a f*****, who litter the desert with carnage. Then, they either disappear or go online to issue death threats against anyone who can read a Bible. More LOADING>>>
December 1, 2010
Gary Powell dug up some good info:
""I discovered when I went back through tweets made the morning of the race, the morning of Nov 18th, mikejenkins47 had sent a tweet to rodamp and/or caseycurrie (not sure which as all tweets related have been deleted on all three pages) informing him that he (mikejenkins47) was let out of jail early that morning after insurance liability had been established and Ampudias posted bail for him. After which, rodamp responded at 6:34am; "glad you guys are all good!!". Mikejenkins47 went on to tweet that they then went over and got the TT out of impound with assistance. These tweets have since been deleted, only the rodamp response is still available to view.

So, it appears the police are involved and insurance liability has been established.""
The Original Reports: On Nov. 17, the night before the Baja 1000, two former Marines, were on a pre-run. Driving along the off-road desert racecourse at a safe brisk pace, the truck was dangerously overtaken at high speed by the No. 86 Traxxas trophy truck driven by Mike Jenkins and co-piloted by Josh Baldwin.
With the trophy truck’s horn blaring, Jenkins and Baldwin flew by the Ram Truck at what was believed to be 70 percent of race pace speed. Moments later, the two Marines found the destroyed trophy truck flipped over and broken up. Another vehicle was crushed and destroyed; a minivan driven by a civilian lost a head-on collision with the trophy truck.
Jenkins and Baldwin appeared to be unhurt but were confused and startled. The minivan’s driver lay trapped in a heap of metal. The members of the U.S. Marine Corps reserve — tried to save the driver. Using their first aid and combat medical training, climbed into the smoldering minivan.
After rescuing the driver that night near Ensenada, the Marines went on to finish in second place in the Baja 1000 in the team’s modified TRX4 Ram 1500.

Baja Racing has left messages for both Mike Jenkins and Josh Baldwin. TRAXXAS spokesmen are running from this story like the wind, trying to avoid any association. But, that's impossible. Its the TRAXXAS Team truck and Mike Jenkins has represented similar interests. The TORC Series, that TRAXXAS sponsors was contacted and had no information on this incident.
No SCORE rep will ever comment on this event. Sure, they'll claim no responsibility. So, its up to Jenkins and Baldwin. When the injured family gets a good attorney, they can sue everyone under the warm Mexican sun, in the United States court system. They can sue every sponsor, every affiliated support crew and the sanctioning body and their Mexican insurance services.
The damaged family has made it clear, no-one has contacted them to assist their plight. Desert off-road racing, how bad is this story going to get, its up to you!
Baja Racing left two messages for the rescuers in question, here is their story:
""The evening before the race, General Tire/KORE’s Kent Kroeker, his co-driver Jeremy Graczyck, KORE’s Colt Hubble and Jeremy’s dad, Jim were prerunning the start in KORE’s “TRX 4” – an uncaged, Ram 1500 moderately equipped with a radio and decent suspension. They were out to slowly recon the start a final time in order to identify booby traps, program some waypoints and make note of anything new.
About 20 miles from Ensenada, a trophy truck came up on them, hard on the horn at 70% race pace. Kroeker moved over in time and let them pass, remarking that, “****! The ****ing race is tomorrow morning.”

Five minutes later they crest a blind hill and find the TT rolled and, for the most part, destroyed. Another vehicle is also crushed and almost unidentifiable. Civilian traffic – some kind of mini van. An obvious head on collision, the result of the TT cresting the blind hill, as the co-driver stated, “
going only 50 mph”.

The TT driver and co driver are wandering around, unhurt in a zombie daze. The mini van is upside down, smoldering. Kroeker and Graczyck climb into the smoking vehicle, shouting orders. Jim and Colt secure the area from oncoming traffic, call EMT/Police and disconnect the battery.

Inside is a guy trapped in the crushed metal. He’s upside down with the dash and firewall crushing his legs. He’s bleeding out fast from his left arm which has severe lacerations, is 7/8 amputated with exposed bone and muscle just below the shoulder, brachial artery pumping him out. Kroeker gets under the guy and applies upward pressure on his torso with one hand, so he can breathe and compresses the open amputation with the other. The only thing holding the arm on was some tendon, the artery and some crushed bone.

Graczyck uses Kroeker’s knife to cut some seatbelt, throws it to Kroeker who tourniquets the artery. Colt tosses Kroeker a large screw driver to torque down the tourniquet. Graczyck makes a time hack, gets the guy’s age and name, vitals from Kroeker and writes it in his notebook. Kroeker talks the guy through – “hey buddy, you’re going to be fine- no big deal. Where are you from? I’m going to touch your ass – it’s not because I’m attracted to you, I’m checking your pelvic girdle for some things (creptitus) – just seeing where we need to keep pressure- you’re going to be fine…”

Most of the guy’s lower chin is torn off, Kroeker is laying under him in the broken glass, applying upward pressure, Graczyck is tearing apart the dash, ripping the seats out. Kroeker is a pilot and a FAC and Graczyck is a special operations JTAC – same school – ground Marines - close air support – from inside the car (still smoldering) they’re shouting orders to establish a DZ in the nearby field, get our VHF radio frequency to the supporting agency and start a fire with wet wood to give signal for a talk on.
Kroeker and Graczyck are the only Americans on scene who speak Spanish.
The locals comply. Colt (another Marine Officer) tells them they won’t launch a life flight from Brown Field for some reason or another. Somehow some O2 shows up and Colt gets it on the guy’s face.
Jeremy and Kroeker’s hands and arms are covered in cuts from pulling apart the car. The guy’s blood is everywhere. Smells like a fresh gut pile. They continue to pull the car apart. Mexican Police arrive first, then Mexican EMT. This is about 1.5-2 hours after the Marines arrive on scene.

Up to this point all this is pretty standard expeditionary, combat medicine. Stop the bleeding, start the breathing, protect the wound, treat for shock – ingrained in every Marine from day one- totally routine, JV-level stuff, all happening in a permissive environment (i.e. nobody is shooting at them while this is happening).

This is where it gets weird: At least six Mexican EMTs show up and stand around scratching their heads and assessing for about 30 minutes while Gracyzyck and Kroeker are telling them what to do in Spanish from inside the vehicle. Finally Kroeker gets out and tasks the TT co driver with holding up the vic’s body, so he can breathe. Kroeker then finds the Mex in charge, tells him to shore up the vehicle, find the jaws of life, pry bars etc. Colt and Jim actually show them how to use the equipment – where to attach the pneumatics etc. Kroeker places the jaws, gets back in the vehicle, moves his hands up the guy’s legs to his ankles and holds his hands on his feet while telling the jaws operator how far to expand. He gets one leg free and the guy is screaming in pain. Kroeker is now laying under him again, bench-pressing his torso up while freeing his leg and applying pressure on his armpit.

From inside the vehicle on the opposite side, Graczyck is backbriefing the EMT on time of incident, vitals and telling the EMT where and how to insert an IV and what meds to administer. Finally they get the other leg free and a back board inside the car. It takes Graczyck, Kroeker and two EMTs to move the vic upward onto the board and get him into a cervical collar.

They get the guy into the Ambulance and help the EMTs clean up the scene. The vic’s mother is on scene, Kroeker briefs her on what to do – there are two good hospitals in Ensendada and several clinics. Make sure he gets to a hospital and not a clinic. Permit the indig doctors to get him stable and wounds clean then immediately extract to San Diego. Do not permit the Mexicans to do surgery.

Anyway, that’s what happened. The latest news is that even though the guy's arm was hanging by a piece of meat the size of your thumb for many hours, it looks like it will be able to be saved. The guy is going to lose most if not all of his triceps however. He's not out of the woods yet. Broken pelvis, numerous open fractures, etc.""
The victim is doing better today! More LOADING NOW...
UPDATE December 5, 2010: The family reported today:
""The driver of the car in the accident and some others came from Houston to visit us. James and Tyley weren't ready to do that so Jeff and I spent well over an hour talking with them."" (Reportedly included the co-driver at the time of the accident and the Chief Financial Officer of TRAXXAS, with Mike Jenkins).
"17 days, 10 surgical procedures, 4 blood transfusions, 100 stitches, 50 stapes, 2 suppositories and most importantly 1000's of prayers later and we're out of the hospital and into a rehab facility!""

After some time in a Mexican Jail (how much $$$ did it take to get Jenkins out of Mexico?), Mike Jenkins spent a

week skiing at Steamboat Springs, Colorado: "Snow is great at Steamboat! Good time this week there.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Baja Racing News RADIO LIVE! March 18, 2014***FLASHBACK to 2009

Baja 1000 Peak Empire Pit Bull Tires Reports

UPDATE: December 22, 2009

Peak Empire owner Ted Holt remains married and is expected to race in the 2010 new Parker race. They didn't "Peak" Baja and haven't returned since. Either has Pit Bull Tires, they haven't entered any real off-road races either. Original last report from Wednesday, February 20, 2008

February 20, 2008

Baja Racing

received a report the Pit Bull tire found in the Baja wilderness, after the Baja 1000 race is being shipped back east to Ted Holt. The team leader who led one of the most memorable off-road racing disasters in recent Baja history. Now, in the old days, this kind of tire failure is why the r & d of the last quarter century has overcome the rubber companies sins in the early fits and starts in off road racing.

Now, after putting up with Teds asenine comments for months, now, its our turn.

Thanks for the response on the $2,000 Pit Bull Tires gave you! A Pit Bull Tires Vacation! [Cabo is Nice!] Do you have any more tires? Theres a bar in Ensenada, that wants to have one on their wall, they love your Baja 1000 story!

Here's a collection of photos posted on the teams website, celebrating their Pit Bull Tires vacation celebration!
Special thanks to the team member who put up the pictures of the PIT BULL TIRES on the internet.

Sweet story.
PHOTO: Ted Holt Captain/Team Leader Peak Empire Racing

Ted, thanks for keeping this in the publics eye. Baja Racing

Original Team Reports: From 11-29-07 2007 Baja 1000:
Peak Empire Teamates report on the Baja 1000 Peak Empire - Pit Bull Tires Effort
Ted Holt, Team Leader Reports:

1 year ago this month, me and some of my good friends decided to run the 2007 Baja 1000. We started with nothing and ended up with a Bad Ass Jeepspeed Jeep. It took all our money, time, and skills to build it.. And it was done right. Me, Gary, and Karl worked our ass off on this thing.. Did it pay off..? Yes, I think it did...This trip started on the 23 of October for me... I went to Cali, to Vegas(got Married) back to Cali, and then into Mexico Nov. 6th.. Pre Ran several days. Got stuck in silt beds, Lost, problems with fuel cell, and finally the shake down in TJ... then.. it was time. On race day, Gary and I went to the staging are and got in line.. Most of the Chase guys headed out to there 1st pit destinations, except for Kurt, Stephanie, Rob, and Justin, who were at the start line to make sure we left without a hitch.... The feeling of sitting in line with all the other racers was as surreal as it could get.. It felt like becoming part of history... Pulling on the mound to shake hands with Sal Fish is something that I will never forget. The green flag waves and we are off... Driving down, and making that left turn in Ensenada was like being stuck in the movie- Dust to Glory.. Just awesome.. We made the turn and headed off to the famous Ensenada wash... Went in and made the right, drifting, slinging a little mud on the spectators, then over the jump.. and then headed out of town hitting a 4ft drop off and an up-hill silt bed....The next 20 miles were crazy.. Everyone is bunched up.. Trophy Trucks broke down and then knocking on your door... Passed a lot of guys with early problems... Jeep felt good, tight, and we were making great progress and time... At, or about, RM 20, the Transmission started heating up... We really weren't sure what the problem was, but kept going until we had to stop or ruin the tranny... The cooling fan for the trans was not coming on.. Found the problem, did some quick re-wiring on the side of the trail while a car load of drunk mexicans tried to help us... We seriously thought we had a problem when one of them grabbed Gary by the collar and jerked him back... After about 25 minutes, and yelling at them to back the fawk up, we were off again...At about RM 30, we had some sort of "stumbling" problem with the motor. Felt like a fuel problem, but really wasn't sure... We kept having to stop, turn everything off, wait 15 seconds, crank.. and GO!.. Did this every 1/4 to 1/2 mile for hours... Stopped and pitted 5 times, with Chase 1 headed up by Jimmy, Karl, and Frank, trying to figure it out.. Threw everything we had at it... Including the Knowledge of Mike and Tom Barnett from T and J. We were a little behind, so time was an issue now.. When we hit the Silt bed at RM 54(the same bed I burried the Jeep in Pre-Running, we took the hint given to us by a Pro Truck team, and followed the yellow ribons. We missed the bed just about completely.. Saved us a lot of time... About RM 70, the Jeep started the stumbling again.. We had a scheduled pit at RM 80 with Chase Tequila, and changed the distributor, and worked on the Fuel Cell again. Chase 1 was with them. We hit it with everything we had.. And then we were off.. Hit Checkpoint 1, with about an hour to spare, but we were 3 hours behind(what we thought we should be at)... We cranked up the speed a bit and headed into the night.. After Ckpt 1, it was a pretty fast section.. I had pre ran the spot and hauled ass.. We passed the Shaffer XJ with a broken steering box, and felt pretty good about where we were considering. Jeep did well... Only problem between there and Mikes Sky Ranch, was me getting off the course a bit where you could go faster, and ended up in a big fawking ditch... Should have heard Gary... Ha good times... Another time Gary gave me the thumbs down, somewhere in this section, in the dark, he said, hey, were doing over 40 mph.. Slow it a bit sir. Fueled up and RM110, and headed to Mikes Sky.... and checkpoint 2. Hit Checkpoint 2, RM 177, and saw "Dustybooger's" XJ at the BFG pit we think.. Anyways, gave them the beep beep and kept on going... Pretty fast after the checkpoint from what I remember.. Kurt, in Chase 4, was set up at RM 210. Last fuel stop was at 110.. Fuel was getting low or maybe we were delirious.. Who knows.. Hit him at RM210, at 3am. Me and Gary were feeling the signs of fatigue. We left the start line at 12:45pm. And pretty much were in it ever since. Just before leaving the pit(after a red bull, snickers, and Camel light) Shaffer's XJ passed us along with the guys in the silver JK. Seeing that, we jumped in, hit the 2nd wind, and caught up to them. The JK stopped complaining about a weird vibration in the front end. And we kept going getting close to Shaffer. The section from 210 to about 240 or so was a very, very rough, tight, and scary section. It was Switchback hell I think. It went, Left, Right, Dip, Climb, repeat.. We saw many, many racers broke, with campfires, and tents.. Like a big Camp ground.. Several guys had missed turns and went over the cliffs.. Some were very, very deep.. hundreds of feet. Saw guys hurt and bleeding.. But we stayed in it.. 20+ miles an hour through this stuff. We were almost out at about 4:30 Am, when we came around a curve, with mountain on the Right side, and Death Cliff on the left... and Rocks on either side of the trail to hit. I took the one on the right. Broke a wheel and we were stopped. It took I guess about 20 minutes to change out the tire. A huge chunk was missing out of the inside part of the wheel... But, it's part of it and we changed it and were off again.. We had till 9am to get through checkpoint 3 and that was RM 306. 30 minutes later we had another flat.. We are not sure what the happened, but the inside of the wheel was taco'd.. it was the front drivers tire that was down.. We were on a tight single track with a deep, deep cliff to our left. We assessed the damage and realizing we had to change another wheel/Tire out when another racer approached. We were blocking the trail and trying to get out of the way, Mtn side of course. He kept yelling to get on the cliff side so he could go around, but that wasn't happening. With Gary out of the jeep directing traffic, I finally put it in 4wd, and drove away looking for a place to pull off. Of course, that was 1/4 mile up the course. Gary was very happy when he got there. After a few choice words, the sun coming up, and Gary getting his BP back to normal, not good, but normal, we were off again. This was about racemile 240.. Funny, we came around a turn and there was a 1600 buggie missing a wheel with a crazy guy behind the wheel and a class 11 blocking the trail.. They pretty much said if we would help them, they would move. So we did so we could get by. The class 16 guys we had to leave.. Sorry. Finally, we were out of the canyon from hell.. No spare tires, Delirious.. Seeing things. Last words from Gary were "Hey, that's our last spare, take it easy!" Of course I said.... RM 250 we were bent our 3rd wheel. Not sure how or why, but it was bent. Taco'd again in side. Passenger front. We pulled in to the Baja pits,(of course we were using Mag7) and begged for some help but they were cleaning up and said they couldn't help us. I finally got Dustin around 6 AM on the Sat phone and Driver change 1 in Guayaquill and said "Get Mike, get dressed, and get out here with spares. I know we are behind, but we are not stopping!" Talked to Cass a sec, and told her what was going on, and hung up and waited....... Not sure what all was going on outside the valley of death, but me and gary were waiting... AT one time we thought there were Mountain lions staring at us.. waiting to pounce us or something.. After we snuck up on them and threw rocks, we realized it was a rock and a cactus with a piece of paper in it. At about 1, after chkpoint 3 had closed, Karl and Frank took off in the jeep. They were as tired as me and Gary and were taking it to Dusin and Mike to head out.. Behind as we were, we were not stopping. Gary and I headed out of the desert in the F150 with Jimmy... Took us forever and were were beat down bad. Seriously about to give up on getting out. about 6:30 or 7, i finally got radio contact with Frank.. He was in the jeep, and it had stopped... some kinda problem, and I asked him where Chase Tequila was, and Mike and Dustin... He said Mike(our only fresh driver) and Chase Teuqila were gone. Frank said he was done and so was Karl. Too tired from the night before chasing to safely continue. I made the executive decision to pull the plug. We met at driver change 1, RM 368, where the Jeep made it's last mile. Team was 5 short. We had a couple shots of Tequila... and all fell out about 11 PM. Next morning, we packed up and drove to Cabo as a team... and enjoyed the hell out of it. As far as the race goes, I learned a helluva lot. We gained experience and we will have that with us forever. The reason we did not finish the race in the 53 hours is all on my shoulders. Poor wheel choice, probably not. Untested Jeep, I don't think so. Some sort of ignition problem, definetly. Poor research on the 1st 300 miles... was a biggie... The 1st leg of 368 miles was going to take us almost twice what we thought. But lesson learned. Not finishing the race had nothing to do with part of our team leaving and I don't want that to be what people think. We had a blast and the memories of this "plethora of craziness" will be with me forever. On this trip I got married, raced in the biggest race in the world, made some new lifelong friends, and lost 1 at the same time. Thanks to all that came with us and supported us through the Journey. I'm sure I left out something and Gary can add to it or I will as I remember...."

Baja Racing comments: The most dangerous thing the team Leader did was get married!

The Co-Dawg Report:

Here is what I can remember from race day. (however to much sun and beer in cabo has put a bit of a haze on things) [Can we get a Hell yea! for the co-dawg!]Finding our way to the staging area was the craziest thing I have ever seen. Once we were in the right place and waiting to be lined up the pressure hit. One year's worth of heart ache comes down to this very moment. The Score guy yells at Ted and I that our time is now and lines us up. We could see the hand full of Jeepspeed rigs going over the dirt mound and up to the start line. Before I knew it Sal was leaning in the window telling us to have a good race. Down the mound to the start where the flag guy gives me and Ted the thumbs up and off we went. I was so ampd up that I think I actually gave Ted the turn for the first big left off the line. We drove down in the wash and were quickly heading out of Ensenada. Once we were outside of town the crowd in the wash seemed to be the small one. There were people everywhere at every turn giving us the thumbs up and cheering us on. After 10 miles of working frantically checking gauges, gps and our rear for faster buggies and trucks that had stopped for whatever reason and were now knocking down our back door we settled into the race. It was in the next 10 miles that we hit the trans issue and Ted pulled off to check things out. In no time we had 7 Mexicans all over us wanting to help or something. One of them grabbed me by the collar and pulled me away from the back of the jeep. Then Ted grabbed me by the collar and said, "get in the jeep and whatever you do don't let that conversion van go around us". So I got in the jeep and tried to figure out how a conversion van got out here in the middle of this dirt trail. Ted finished his fix of the wiring issue and we headed off onto the race course again. One more stop on the highway for a better fix and a small seat belt issue that I seemed to be having (thanks frank) put us back in the race. We jumped back off of the highway and back into the country side. Everything was going really smoothly as I scanned up and down the GPS and Ted somehow followed my directions to keep us on course. It was just before the next road crossing that the problem with the motor showed up. It would stumble dead and Ted would shut it down for 20 seconds or so and fire it back up until it would stumble dead again. To our relief Karl, Jimmy and Frank where at the road crossing ready with the T&J guys waiting for us to pull in their pit. The hood popped up and guys where going through the motor and another team of guys were going through the fuel system. They must have checked a weeks worth of stuff in about 20mins. After some discussion we headed back out to the race course as best we could while guys ran to get a new distributor. We fought through the issues and made it through the silt bed with little issue. However, our biggest problem was that now all of the spectators were starting to go home. Of course that meant that they were driving the wrong way on the race course. We must have driven 15 miles with me on the horn and Ted doing everything he could to miss them. Night fall came and left us in the pitch dark desert working our way to the next pit to hopefully get the jeep running full strength again. After passing several race cars out of the race with camp fires going we made it to our next pit. The new distributor went in, nuts and bolts were checked and gas was given. We jumped back in the jeep and headed to check point 1. After check point one we realized that there was a new urgency in our race. Ted and I discussed the pace we needed in order to make check point 2 which was helped by the new life the jeep gave us. Whether it was the new distributor or the other hundred things done to make the jeep run better, it was. The jeep running better was only offset by the relentless race course we drove into. We must have spent 6 hours going down the rockiest road I have ever seen. That only led into the canyon of bad dreams where tight turns, unseen dips and carnage everywhere made up the landscape. It wasn’t only how rocky or tight or both the section of the race course was it was how constant and unforgiving it was. We had to be perfect on every turn or risk losing a tire, a wheel, or go plunging off the side of a cliff. I have never been so happy to see familiar faces as I was when we hit race mile 110 and Kurt, Justin and Rob jumped on the jeep like a seasoned nascar pit team. They check everything twice, gassed us up and told us good luck and sent us back out to the race. Just when we thought we were alone in this race another jeepspeed came bouncing down the course and right by our pit. Ted got the rig turned around and we gave chase. 200 miles in and I don’t know how many hours behind we were racing hard trying to keep pace with the red tail lights ahead of us. Back into more canyons with even more carnage we were back in sync as I shouted direction and Ted whipped the jeep from right to left sometimes topping 40mph which felt like 100 on the single track trail. Blind turn after blind turn left me yelling, “LEFT! LEFT!” when Ted almost followed a pro-truck that missed a turn and landed in the bottom of a 100’ ravine. We had almost survived the canyon when we barreled around another blind turn to find 2 very sharp rocks jetting out from both sides with no room to spare in the middle. Gambling on the mountain side rock we ended up clipping it and sliding to a stop. Fearing that we just broke the tie rod I jumped out to survey the damage. Lucky for us it was only the drivers front wheel had been damaged and since we had just gone thru a wheel change about 10 miles ago we knew the drill. While we were sizing up our options another racer came screaming around the corner right up behind us. With only enough room for one rig Ted threw the jeep in 4lo and headed up the trail with other race car right behind him. This left me in the pitch dark on the side of a cliff and in the middle of a blind turn. It was defiantly one of those, “how did I end up here” moments. Not being a runner and feeling the effects of several hours in the race car I made my way up the trail. I found where Ted had pulled off the trail by way of him yelling at me to get my lazy ass up to where he was so that I could help him change the wheel. I’m not sure what we said to each other during this stop but whatever it was had scared the Mexicans in the canyon and caused them to go after other less aggravated racers stuck in a near by ravine. Spare wheel #2 on the rig and under way again we made it out to the flat desert. Feeling that the tuff part was behind us I reminded Ted that we were out of spares and 60 miles from the nearest highway. He agreed and drove as fast as we could into the sun that had now started to come up. It was then that we noticed my side of the jeep was a slight bit shorter than Ted’s side. To our disbelief the passenger side front had gone down but I wasn’t that worried as we pulled up to a baja pit. I thought for sure Ted was going to talk the guys there into helping us and he almost did when this other guy came out of nowhere and told everybody at the pit not to help us. At that point we were left with no option but go as far as we could on the flat. We must have gone about another 10 miles before we stopped fearing that we would eventually tare off the break line. I have never done drugs but being in the desert and exhausted we kept seeing the craziest things. Ted asked me if I saw a big cat about a hundred yards from us looking our way. I did see that cat and we went after it with rocks and sticks only to find that it was a piece of trash blowing in a bush. Soon after the “cat” a helicopter comes over the rise and heads straight for us. Not sure if we were really seeing this or not it starts to circle about fifty feet above us. Ted asked me if the helicopter was real and I told him to lie down and act hurt. If they landed and saved us it must have been a real helicopter. The guy in the side door takes a few pictures and gives us the thumbs up. I returned his thumbs up with one of my own and they head off back over the rise they came from.

That was the last time we saw anybody for over 5 hours. I called my wife on the sat phone to tell her that I was stuck in the desert and not sure when somebody would come save us but I was sure everything was going to be ok. I then feel asleep for a while and woke up to find Ted talking with some creatures. I’m not sure who or what they were but they gave us some hot bottled water and drove off in a very small truck. A while after that was when Karl’s voice started to crackle over the radio. They had somehow made their way into the canyon and were coming up the racecourse to our location. With a new wheel in hand Karl threw it on the jeep and with Ted and I out of gas ourselves Karl and Frank suited up to take the jeep the rest of the way to the first driver change. Before we headed off in the f150 Ted tells me to get the wheel that had just came off the jeep and throw it on the truck. It was later when I saw that wheel on the Internet that I realized that I may have forgotten to do that. Oh well, wasn’t the first time one of my slip-ups has ended up the topic of discussion for web wheelers across the nation. Thinking that our adventure was over we drove off in the f150 to meet the guys at the next driver change. However, we drove from canyon to canyon to canyon. I have never seen anything like it and with the sun going down and matched by the gas gauge going down I was starting to get worried that we would never find our way out of the canyons. Finally, we found the onion fields and started to make our way back to the highway. Back on the highway we pointed the f150 south and made our way to the roadside pit. Once at the pit and without a fresh driver one look on the weary faces of our crew it was obvious that it would be too dangerous to push on. I ate vienna sausages that tasted like prime rib and shared a shot of tequila with a great group of folks and slept like a baby in my little tent next to the highway. The next morning we broke down camp and trailered the rest of the way to Cabo. I was devastated to not have finished the race but it was in the snow storm in Texas on the way home looking across our Thanksgiving meal at Ted and Cassie that I realized that racing is about giving it everything you have and the love of the sport is the unknown. We did give it everything we had and I meet some awesome folks that I will never forget. Every time I tell my story of the baja 2007 I realize that I had the time of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing that happened this year. (I'm the only person in the world that can leave a wheel in 100 thousand square miles of desert and it end up on the internet) Ouch!

Team Members Report:

"As soon as we stopped supporting his own private joy ride, he turned on his team and falsified tons of stuff to try and make it look like he was averaging 35 mph the whole race and he showed up to a fuel stop and everyone had gone home."
"As I went to extract JeepSpeed 1749 at race mile 240, I heard you guys on the radio with the weatherman north, on an unapproved radio frequency. Bad move as you could not use BFGoodrich Tires radio relay. Everyone on the road said the tire choice killed you. 3 flats in 250 miles. I have a Pit Bull tire I found on the course with a giant hole thru the tread. I believe that those tires suck. Whoever was in that truck at RM 250 needs to learn pack it in, pack it out. The area where we found the tire and rim was disgusting. Trash everywhere. There is/was no issue with the rim I have, I can put a tire on it and run it. The tire is/was junk. Also they timed out for Checkpoint 3 by several hours by my watch. They were done. They were at Race Mile 250 at 2 pm, waiting for support. (I was in the area listening to weatherman)".
"Our chase guys said the rims were broke, and I know Ted had said he was going to limp the jeep as far as possible on one flat, so its not surprising to me that at least one tire was totally trashed. I would put more confidence in that, then the word on the road. This is the first I heard of leaving the tire and rim behind, or any other trash, that is not cool. Not to sound defensive, but are [you] sure it was someone from 3736 on the weatherman channel or an unapproved frequency? We used our "race channel" extensively, which I thought was something from SCORE that we got well in advance of the race and had all our radios programmed to. This is the first I heard of anyone on the team trying to use the weatherman channel. My understanding is there were a lot of teams out there trying to get out, just curious if you are positive if it was someone from Peak. Maybe the ball did get dropped on the radio frequencies, but it seemed to me that had been taken care of."

"The tire was driven on for about 1.5 miles flat as the team was out of spares. One of the other rims was beaten back into place and was believed to be able to hold air but no source was available. Maybe the tires are to stiff for the rims maybe not but none were punctured prior to rim failure.
I guess with your pictures there is proof that even more lies/half truths are being spread. I was under the impression that we had rim failures, I guess not. We were running 26 psi in all of the tires. Is that not enough? I mean the tires are untested and all, and they are bias ply, but I figured 26 psi was enough. What does everyone seem to be running in the radials? As for leaving the tire behind, I am sad that happened. Whitewater, I was under the impression that we recieved our frequency from PCI and we were registered with weatherman. I guess not. You are spot on though, every bit of advice you guys tried to give our team is proving true. I wish I would not have gotten caught up in our Captians 'E Peen A Thon' and listened a bit more. Live and learn and thank God nobody got hurt."

Baja Racing Follow-Up Story, prior to the Baja 1000

Peak Empire and Pit Bull Tires team up to Peak Baja!

"We've never driven in the desert before", said one of the team members in an interview Sunday at the Off Road Expo in Pomona. Never in the desert, never in the Baja and never in Mexico. That explains the Pit bull Tires! They've called RT. 1, "Interstate 1". Lets talk about those tires. They are running bias ply, rock crawlers that are far heavier than the BFG's, Toyo's, Goodyears and the rest that are run in the JeepSpeed class. "We are cutting them to reduce weight", said one of the team members. Last year, when Pit Bull was approached to run in the Baja races, one team told Baja Racing News, Pit Bull Tires did not feel they were ready to take on the competition. This year, with all the publicity, they feel they are ready. For the publicity. They are the same tires."Baja Will be Peaked". Its a mountain top term, when you've been to the top of a mountain you've 'peaked it'. This team claims it will win its class, beating far more experienced teams. Equipped with Baja Champion tires. No prior experience, bias ply tires and more time spent online than any other team in their class, Tony Tellier may be right. They don't have a chance to finish. Good Luck Boys. Check out the pics HERE

Pit Bull Tires Competes in Baja 1000

"Dateline: Akron, Ohio.
Pit Bull Tires has become a sponsor of the Peak Empire Carcing team’s entry in the upcoming Baja 1000 race. The race, from Nov. 10 to 16, starts in Ensenada, Mexico and finishes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It will be the 40th anniversary of the race, and more than 500 entrants are expected. This will be the first time the tire maker has sponsored a team in a Baja Mexico race. The tire maker started in industrial tire sales and moved into sled pulling, rock crawling, rock racing and off-road. Baja Mexico will be a step up for the tire manufacturer." We will report on their progress.

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