Saturday, June 06, 2015

LIVE! Contingency From 'The Bunker' in Downtown Ensenada, Old Mexico BAJA 500 2015



LIVE! BAJA 500 2015 June 1-7, 2015


From Ensenada, Baja California, Old Mexico

*Saturday, June 6 5AM LIVE! BAJA 500 RaceDay



CONTINGENCY From Ensenada, Old Mexico  

Red Bull athlete Bryce Menzies qualifies sixth for the starting positions in Saturday's BAJA 500

BAJA 500 Trophy Truck and Class 1 Classes Post Race Start Results

On Saturday, tomorrow here in Baja Norte, Mexico, the town of Ensenada will be the Start of the 2015 BAJA 500 LIVE! on Baja Racing News LIVE! Racing on the 510.58-mile SCORE Baja 500 course begins when motorcycle and ATV classes start at 5:30 a.m., Saturday morning. Trophy Trucks and other four-wheel trucks, buggies and UTVs will take the starting line at approximately 10 a.m.

Today, Friday, June 5, downtown is buzzing with technical inspections and contingency row on the Boulevard Costero.

Yesterday, outside of town, on a private Mexican ranch, not open to the general public, Robby Gordon bested the other 26 Trophy Truck teams that showed up to qualify by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 5 minutes, 23.216 seconds. The second-fastest qualifier today was Nick Vanderwey (5:33), with Luke McMillin finishing in third (5:34.379). Jason Voss (5:35.283) will come off the line fourth on Saturday, while Apdaly Lopez (5:40.176) will be the fifth truck off the line in Ensenada. See the full results below. 

 Trophy Truck and Class 1 racers gathered today at a private location to qualify south of Ensenada for the 47th running of the SCORE Baja 500. SCORE Officials shifted the qualifying course from the location used in recent years just outside of Ojos Negros to a new area near Uruapan. The new qualifying course offered a slightly more technical challenge with very few straightaways, giving racers an all-new course to battle for starting times for Saturday’s race.
Far fewer Class 1 racers participated in qualifying today, but of the eight racers Jaime Huerta posted the fastest time – and by a large margin – at 5 minutes, 45.556 seconds. Second-fastest qualifier Randy Wilson posted a time of 5:57.742, and rounding out the top three is Shelby Reid with a time of 6:04.70.

Qualifying Results To Start

Trophy Truck

1. Robby Gordon – 5:23.216
2. Nick Vanderywey – 5:33.00
3. Luke McMillin – 5:34.379
4. Jason Voss – 5:35.283
5. Apdaly Lopez – 5:40.073
6. Bryce Menzies – 5:40.176
7. Kyle Jergensen – 5:41.592
8. Gustavo Vildosola – 5:42.439
9. BJ Baldwin – 5:43.182
10. Jason McNeil – 5:49.199
11. Rob MacCachren – 5:49.410
12. Steven Eugenio – 5:50.322
13. Tim Herbst – 5:51.107
14. Eric Hustead – 5:52.917
15. Eduardo Laguna – 5:54.417
16. Robert Acer – 5:55.021
17. Jesse Jones – 5:56.378
18. Dan McMillin – 5:57.995
19. Justin Davis – 6:00.692
20. Casey Currie – 6:05.463
21. Mark Weyhrich – 6:08.376
22. Zak Langley – 6:23.524
23. Graf Tracy – 6:25.492
24. Glen Greer – 6:44.841
25. Chris Miller – 7:07.883
26. Sergio Salgado – 7:19.077
27. Troy Herbst - DNQ

Class 11. Jamie Huerta – 5:45.556
2. Randy Wilson – 5:57.742
3. Shelby Reid – 6:04.700
4. Don Chase – 6:21.832
5. Cody Parkhouse – 6:23.022
6. Rob Archibald – 6:30.325
7. Scott Rueschenberg – 7:02.304
8. Tony Murray – 7:03.444


BAJA 500 2015 Pre-Run Reporting and the Pics & Vids!

SCORE International Safety Chart, Sanctions "safety plans" havent been seen in over a year and half.
SCORE Announces:

"2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 Safety Map. The Cruz Roja mobile command unit will once again be positioned at start finish to manage emergencies. They will have six ambulances and eight 4x4 rescue units on standby throughout the course. The Weatherman will be positioned on top of Mt Diablo. Bob Otwell will be taking over for Bob Steinberger who is feeling under the weather. He will be assisted by Robert Thompson on top of the highest peak on the California side of the border. ...James Coates will relay internet data from Eldorado Ranch in San Felipe. Honda relay is going to stay on course to help fill in the gaps. They will relay emergency medicals over the radio and satellite radio to the Cruz Roja mobile command unit headed up by Miguel Ceballas and Bill Black. There will be 125 course workers running checkpoints and road crossings. Dr Jeff Grange, Head of Trauma for Loma Linda Medical Center will be standing by for major medical calls in the SCORE medical helicopter. Adam Williams and the Aero-Medi-Vac team will be on standby at Ensenada airport for critical transports. Brad Baker and Luke Dupin will head up the Volocore team doing satellite tracking of all racers. The will compute penalties and relay SPOT 3 mechanicals plus minor and major emergency satellite button pushes from the black SCORE semi and the Cruz Roja Mobile Command. The awesome group called Aficionados Responsable will be going to problem areas to help with safety. Many thanks to everyone for doing there best to keep people safe."

Robert Allen responded: 
"Sounds great now all they need to do is actually send help when there is an emergency!"

The 2015 Baja 500, Setting in Reality
Corporate Welfare and The Baja Races
By: Gary Newsome

The SCORE International owner, "Vegas should be the capital of the Western States", Roger Norman, gets thousands of dollars from Mexico Tourism, for bringing his desert racing circus, south. We think he wouldn't be in this business if the g-mint money wasn't part of the mix. More Later...

Some people don't understand, PAST IS PROLOGUE.

The death of Danny Hamel, 20 years ago, is a lesson that some things can't be controlled. Some things can be controlled. Wisdom is knowing the difference and action is always needed for the later.

For the first time since the death of Kurt Caselli, SCORE has made public, its 'Safety Chart'. During the following race, after the Caselli death, SCORE refused to make public, any of its 'Safety Plans'. 

SCORE hasn't promoted the Baja Pits people that were called on to explain to the public "how to respond to a Baja racing emergency" and its use of the same people to find Kurt Caselli during the Baja 1000 2013, when Caselli was "lost". In actuality, he was hurt fatally.

Since then, SCORE hasn't said a word about 'Safety', since the Kurt Caselli passing.

The motos guys are. During the last SCORE event, the BajaSur 500, the moto winner asked about the same issue discussed by Kurt Caselli, Safety. 

Still no helicopter from SCORE at the lead of the race, with the bikes. After the Caselli death and after complaint after complaint, by moto racers! How much of a profit does Norman want? At some point this goes BEYOND greed and ego. 

Norman told he removed the safety chopper at the lead of the races, because of their cost.

The Life & Legacy Of Team Green’s Off-Road Racing Hero
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Danny Hamel’s tragic passing following a fatal crash at the 1995 Baja 500, and it’s still difficult to believe that Danny is gone. While many remember this man for his racing talents, it was Danny’s pure enthusiasm, passion, humility, and love that continue to remind us of what an amazing person Hamel truly was. With a constant smile and a perpetually great attitude, Hamel left behind him a sea of wonderful memories in all those who knew or came into contact with him, and he’s every bit as missed today as he was 20 years ago.

In honor of Hamel, Dirt Rider is pleased to announce that we’ve dedicated a major feature story to Danny in our August 2015 issue, which hits newsstands on 6/23. Written by DR feature contributor Brett Smith and featuring special insight from those who were closest to Hamel, this story revisits the life and career of one of desert racing’s most beloved heroes. Dirt Rider went to great lengths to honor Hamel’s memory, including digging deep into our photo archives for some incredible images that have been tucked away for over 20 years. Be sure to keep an eye out for the full story, and please enjoy this outstanding video that was created for Hamel’s induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame in 2013.

Danny’s story has an undeniably tragic ending, but the tale of Hamel is a brightly shining account of life and love, and it is in this spirit that we remember the man who is often simply referred to as “The Best There Was”.

The Ghost Stories Of La Rumorosa CLICK HERE

More Ghost Stories of La Rumorosa CLICK HERE 

Incredible Coverage BAJA 1000 2008 HERE CLICK

The Infamous "VW Das Fail" 2008 



What locals will get run over? What Moto Racer will have his bike Stolen at Gunpoint? What Racer will be shot by a Pot Farming Local? Who will try to Bury The Truth! Which Racer will run off the cliff into the Ocean?  
Who Gives F*** about who will Win?!

23Dan McMillinMcMillin. Period!3 to 1
36Glen GreerWill not Dodge a bullet8 to 1
9Mark WeyhrichTotally tubular4 to 1
50Zak LangleyOften a tricycle7 to 1
85Justin Davis“Make” or Break3 to 1
88Sergio Salgado“MR” parts chaser5 to 1
91Troy Herbst / Flyin’ RyanWill make a run for it4 to 1
45Gary MagnessMid-pack performer5 to 1
19Tim Herbst / LRMike’s magic working?3 to 1
35Jason VossReal Contender2 to 1
11Rob MacCachrenMacKING OF BAJA2 to 1
97BJ BaldwinProtest Form already filled out?2 to 1
83Luke McMillin“Use the Force”3 to 1
40Chris MillerToo Lite7 to 1
75Mike CookIf you can’t stand the heat … stay out of the desert9 to 1
99Lyle BaskA hoser7 to 1
76Jesse JonesStay Dry!3 to 1
5Carlos Apdaly LopezScary-fast2 to 1
21Gustavo VildosolaTeam will not Shrek their duty2 to 1
70Bryce MenziesChallenger2 to 1
44Kyle JergensenSecond tier5 to 1
47James BultMoving chicane9 to 1
22Casey CurrieAt “rear end” … 9 to 1
1Steven EugenioRuns way up front2 to 1
77Robby GordonVictory donuts @ Finish3 to 2
58Tracy GrafMay get scuttled9 to 1
2Jason McNeilHe'll Endo9 to 1
17Eduardo LagunaLaguna Diablo3 to 2
84Vanderweys / LeducsAin’t no bull4 to 1
195Don ChaseDedicated enough?5 to 1
127Cody ParkhouseSteady3 to 1
125Scott Rueschenberg“Are you experienced”?9 to 1
168Shelby ReidEbberts the key5 to 1
156Thomas KirkmeyerHas the “Motion”212 to 1
187Ryan SharmanDon’t squeeze …9 to 1
138Randy Wilson / “Tucson Juan”TOP TIP3 to 1
180Jim Anderson“BB King” rules3 to 1
104Rob ArchibaldNot that easy this time4 to 1
166Brady Turner“Zonnie”-power!9 to 1
169Andrew MyersDARK HORSE4 to 1
175Jaime Huerta, Jr.No chance9 to 1
145Mike BooneBuys the farm?9 to 1
131George PetersVacation9 to 1
114Lee MundtOut of the office9 to 1
109Tony MurrayBig ol’ comfy car!6 to 1
160Victor BarredaCould be a player5 to 1
147Pat McCarthyWell-oiled9 to 1
123Monica GreenhillA finisher6 to 1
TT Spec
871Larry ConnorWill lead the field2 to 1
874Elias HannaWill run w/ Lee7 to 5
868Pat SimsCan’t stand pat4 to1
880Scott ServenTough “Gig”6 to 1
875Jerry ZaidenPoor man’s Kent Kroeker6 to 1
854Chelsea Magness#1 – in family6 to 1
873Jonathan BrenthelOh, Bin Waddin5 to 1
855Lee BanningTOP TIP3 to 1
848Billy Wilson“Gulf Coast Blues”III to 1
852Russell BuehlerAnyone? Anyone?9 to 1
872Jordan BrenthelMarketing effort5 to 1
846Jose GomezBring wrenches9 to 1
848Miles WyattBrawley Brawler4 to 1
Class 10
1058Clay LawrenceBig shoes to fill … 4 to 1
1045Travis Clarke“Raceco”?!8 to 1
1062J.J. SchnarrDARK HORSE4 to 1
1099Adam PfankuchHas the correct tool K.I.T.2 to 1
1089Arnoldo Gutierrez, Jr.Out of his league7 to 1
1040Cody RobinsonOn my Radar … 2 to 1
1027Rick St. JohnPatron saint of Beam Cars2 to 1
1081Todd WinslowPerhaps standing on the corner … 6 to 1
1009Rafael Navarro, IVA Tiger, once … 2 to 1
1080Peter HajasYah, shur4 to 1
1011Morgan Langley / KoryKory carries effort4 to 1
1068Cody ReidWill not be buffalo-ed3 to 1
1050John LangleyHard on hardware?6 to 1
1098Shane ScullyWill not challengeX to 1
1017Jesus MarchenaUnknown? to 1
1002Steve LawlerBad draw3 to 1
1053Brad WilsonTOP TIP3 to 1
1060Armando BoehmeLong tow por nada7 to 1
1075Eliseo GarciaQuick4 to 1
Class 12
1209Rafael Navarro, IIIWins w/o Pirellis!3 to 1
1218Miguel Tornel, Jr.Experienced, indeed4 to 1
1203Oliver FlemateFlame-out9 to 1
1207Michael CrichtonCould be terminal, man7 to 1
1283Brian CancimillaPerrun pace?9 to 1
Class 8
802Tim GabbertBergschrund9 to 1
Class One-Half 1600
1647Wes McKenzieGood “Bio”graphy3 to 1
1606Ruben SañudoSF Fav4 to 1
1661Brennan LambertAlso-Ran7 to 1
1689Marco VenegasTop Five5 to 1
1609Jose RuvalcabaTop Two3 to 1
1602Ernesto ArambulaSerious credentials3 to 1
1626Martin RangelMight finish8 to 1
1605Miguel CortezTop Seven7 to 1
1616Ely YeeDARK HORSE3 to 1
Class 7
700Dan ChamleeSome things never change5 to 1
701Brandon WalshStuck stubs5 to 1
Class 3000
3030Chad BroughtonTurn the Paige4 to 1
Class 5
525Ben Swift… but he’s is not now … 9 to 1
500Jose Luis Lopez Gonzalez“Los Dos Malos” not bad3 to1
Class 5-1600
555Tomas FernandezRougher’n an “11”6 to 1
553Armando GarciaTOP TIP3 to 1
562Steve AcheyHas the “heart”6 to 1
560Francisco RamosSecond Tip3 to 1
597Enrique Zazueta, Jr.Takes refuge6 to 1
578Gustavo AviñasPick up left-overs6 to 1
Class 3
300Donald MossWell … Even
Stock Full
8125John GonzalesTWO tow straps9 to 1
Class 11
1121Dennis Hollenbeckto “Hell n (not) back”11 to 1
1156Art PennerSluggish Bug11 to


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