SPECIAL REPORT SAN FELIPE 2018 NEGLIGENCE?
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Racer Matt Scarpuzzi Goes Public,
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|Two dead spectators as a result of a lamentable incident with the Herbst #91 Trophy Truck|
***UPDATED! CLICK HERE FOR THE LOCAL SAN DIEGO COVERAGE WITH John Soderman TV Report KUSI 51/Cable Channel 9 ***
"The director of the Mexicali Tourism and Conventions Committee, Omar Dipp, confirmed the running over of two spectators during the 'San Felipe 250' Off Road Race. He said that the organizers of the race, SCORE, reported the event besides from the bad news via telephone it was difficult to get more information.
Dipp said it appears the spectators were walking on the race course when they were run over. After the accident, SCORE activated a code red. SCORE has also been silent about the racer who was driving the vehicle, but the sponsor firm was said to be from the Terrible Herbst team, based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The tourism promoter said it was an unfortunate case, but there are certain risks inherent in races, which increase when people fail to keep a respectable distance established by the race organizers."
Original Reporting: "2 Spectators run over by Trophy Truck! The incident took place near San Matias pass at Race Mile Marker 157...[Confirmed as Road Marker 154]...the victims were killed instantly. Reported over race radio, police authorities impounded the race truck and detained the driver and his co-driver overnight."
How do 'some' of the racers really feel about killing people, this note from BJ Baldwin:
*Local press reports start to hit the newspapers. Spanish.
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*A Bizarre piece by the San Diego Reader, By Mike Madriaga:
Baja 250 races — two dead; racer scares Alpine kids and dad 10 Facebook message makes it worse By Mike Madriaga, April 16, 2018
“I did not see him until the last second,” said Andy McMillin, “and it was the closest call I had. The fans down there in Baja California stand next to the race course and we call it “the parting of the seas” as our trucks approach a high-traffic spectator area.
[BJ Baldwin video depicts his truck going through the crowd area]
The viral video depicts a man watching about an arm's length away from McMillin’s trophy truck as he zoomed by going “80-100 miles per hour” at the Baja 250 race. The annual off-road race is managed by SCORE International and this day it was a 320-mile single loop race that started in San Felipe. McMillin is based out of Point Loma [San Diego] and is a five-time overall Baja 1000 champion.
“The racers and the spectators know the risks” he said. “These are highly capable vehicles moving at high rates of speed and some people choose to stand right next to the race course to get the ultimate experience of watching us pass by.” On the same day, two other spectators were not as lucky. “The two people killed by the Herbst truck, was an accident,” said Yolie Stover from Alpine. “If the police would have said they intentionally hit them, they would have not have finished the race, and I guarantee that they would have gone to jail.”
According to the Mexican newspapers “Ed Herbst, trophy truck driver #91, lost control of his vehicle and hit the two spectators, who were identified as Omar Corona Arroyo and Abelardo Padilla Camacho. Both were 38 years old.”
Stover goes by the [']Off Road Girl Loves Baja['] moniker. She’s been capturing videos and photos of the off-road action since 1995. “The spectators need to stay back at least 50 feet,” she said. “It’s the spectators' responsibility to stay safe, keep back, and stay alert.” At times, she’s out by the race-course blowing her whistle and reminding the spectators to stand back and pick up their trash, but many don’t listen. “Unfortunately, fans do walk out and drive on to the course during races,” said Matt Scarpuzzi.
“Drivers, race officials, and local Mexican police and security all discourage this, but again some of these races are over 1000 miles long and it is impossible to enforce boundaries for every mile.” Scarpuzzi, 38, is a fireman from Alpine that raced his UTV (utility task vehicle) this day, but broke down at race mile 102 and was not able to repair it to get back in the race. Scarpuzzi’s wife and two kids were watching the race. As the mother and her daughter stepped away from their area, three trucks rolled into their encampment.
“Our son was one of the kids being frantically shuffled away by my good friend,” she said. “What happened with BJ Baldwin, Robby Gordon and even the eventual winner, Rob MacCachren, was they didn’t get back over to the marked course early enough,” said McMillin. “Rob made it through after zig-zagging around multiple spectators’ vehicles, and lost quite a bit of time. BJ and Robby tried to come back to the marked course and BJ ended up having to go over someone’s e-z up (tent).”
On another video posted from a different angle, a kid could be heard screaming in Spanish. “Several drivers drove off course and took this access road to be able to drive faster.” Scarpuzzi said. “Once they got to the end of the road they tried to get back on course and thats when BJ decided to drive through the spectator area.” BJ posted the video on his Facebook and it read in part: “Thank you to those of you that cleared the way for me and allowed me to destroy your chairs, canopies and coolers to access the virtual checkpoint. Send me a direct message proving it was your camp, and I promise to replace them with even better [link deleted] canopies, chairs and coolers as well as a pallet of drinks to fill them with.”
Scarpuzzi was livid when he saw the post, and responded. “There is no excuse for mowing down a spectator area to get ‘back in course.’ You can keep your [name deleted] e-z up and cooler. My 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter that dove under my truck to get out of your way, have no desire to support you or your sponsors. You had a choice to make at that moment, and you chose to endanger human life for a faster line. That is not what desert racing is about.”
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR GARY NEWSOME:
The piece had really strange links out promoting various interests. The Editor has removed the links. And a message to the author, if you want a sponsorship with Monster Energy, Mike, put on your knee pads and get ready to give Joe, his blowjob.
*The racing community begins to realize the sanctioning body and the local government are responsible for enhancing safety elements of the Baja racing courses and activities. These are comments sent to Baja Racing News LIVE! relative to this very event:
*"Years ago the Mexican government on roads would put cars that were in actual car accidents were people died because of driving while drunk since many people are visual, I say have big tarps along the highways with what could possibly happen when people are to close to the race track and where and where not to spectate with also a message that with alcohol in the system you might be invincible".
*"It's not always the spectators. In the area where we were pitting, there were 2 race lines. As we left the area and were headed back out to the highway, we came upon a large group of people pitting about a 1/2 mile up course from us, some were big named TT teams. They had set up their pits on the secondary race line. I wonder how many race cars came thru their pits that they were not expecting?"
*"I pre-ran mile 290 back into town on Wednesday late in the afternoon. The number of 'lines' being run that weren't within 50, 100, even 300 feet of the course centerline and the bushes and pieces of trees used to cover their entrances where they left the marked course was obvious. A spectator out near mile 312 would have no safe place to watch the race and be within 500 feet of the course from what I saw. Maybe some of the issue can be reigned in with simply narrowing the course limits a bit."
*"Just from a pure business stand point, not to belittle the emotional cost which is imeasurable....but just in terms of dollars and sense, how much do each of these incidents cost SCORE? Kind of rhetorical, but just saying every single fatality has to have a financial impact. That impact is compounded by things like news coverage that portrays SCORE, it's management, etc in a bad light. No one wants Baja to not be Baja, but at the same time how long can this current approach be sustained? Can SCORE continue to work around these incidents for the long haul? Probably not a rational way to do it but would be interesting to see the raw numbers year to year, race to race. Not sure it would prove anything, but would be interesting to see how the numbers play out because if nothing else, it seems like the frequency of these incidents is increasing."
*"My guess is most of the spectators are just doing what the other spectators are doing. I'd bet most had no idea they were right in the middle of some of the preferred lines until they found TTs weaving through their camp/What if Score setup preferred spectator areas where needed? Put a Virtual checkpoint nearby so you know which line the racers are going to run, giving the fans guaranteed action and you can keep large numbers of spectators off the racing line. Dakar has something similar."
*"If Score would just stand up to what is in their own Rule bookthe Race Course is 60 ft from center right or left DO NOT RELEASE VCP's until 24hr before the start of the racethat way racers have to race the course. If you miss a VCP then you were not racing the courseI think this would help a lot."
*In the situation I was in, there were 2 race lines within 50ish feet of each other.Funny part was the big berm and turn at the end of that high speed section. There was a Virtual CP right at the entrance to the turn. We could hear the beep on the bikes as they passed a yellow pole stuck in the ground, so I assume that was the VCP SCORE stuck in the ground.The race course did a jog, right turn, go a ways, and then 2 left turns. If you hit the VCP and then went straight, over the berm, you would meet back up with the course. Several racers did some homework while prerunning and went straight up and over the berm. If you really wanted the race to take that turn, they should have put the VCP further up the course. Lucky that we were far enough out in the middle of nowhere (which is where we like to be), there was only one small family of spectators in our area."
Our favorite comments so far:
*Pistol Pete Sohren: "some may not like this but.....we need more vcp's and a more defined course, ESPECIALLY where we know spectators will be....hundreds of miles of new lines all over the desert is NOT the answer in my opinion.....doing your "homework" shouldnt be about making your own racetrack that is shorter than everyone else......at that race (San Felipe 250 2018) it was just proven that this tactic doesnt work anyway........those spectators where not in a bad spot, the racers taking "better" lines were"
*None of you have any idea what you are talking about. I have been in the car when this happens. I can tell you what its like to have eye contact with the person you are about to run over. I can tell you how many rocks were hitting the fenders as we were sliding. The unforgettable sound of a body hitting a car. None of you can understand what its like to make the call to Weatherman that you just hit a spectator. To see the lifeless body in front of you...........think about that for a minute......... The fact of the matter is that we all race with this dirty little secret. We all race with the price of human life. As racers we sign up for it. When we get in the car we all know the risk. Spectators do not sign up for this. They do not understand the risk. They do not have the understanding of what they are in for. They just believe, as do you and I, that it chances are it wont happen to them. None of them weigh the consequences. I mean really think, that they could die. None of them left their homes in the morning and said to this family and friends......"going to the race.....I might die.....maybe i'll see you later.....maybe not." Come on you guys....really? None of you really understand the reality of this. The price to be paid emotionally by both the drivers and the victims lacks translation here. The price not only to me, but to my family. A sport in which I love, has been a part of my identity for my whole life.....is now jaded. There is no insurance you guys. You are in a third world country and you have no rights. There is no "Innocent until proven guilty". They arrest first and ask questions later. There is no right to a speedy trial. You are at the mercy of a third world country government. You are a fool to think the US government will help you. Turn yourself over and hope it all works out? Who is taking care of your family while you rot in a foreign jail? And, by the way.....even when you are found to be free from guilt.......you still have to pay people (and they decide how much). Every race I fill out a litany of paperwork. List myself as a co-driver and wristband up. They have all of my information in triplicate. Ask me how many people from Score called to even see if I was OK. When this happens gang.....make no mistake....you are on your own. Here is what I will say....... The next time you see someone too close.....SAY SOMETHING! Do something! You know better....they do not.
And Roger......I'm calling you out. Running commercials on Mexican radio is not enough...........I dare you to do something. I dare you to take a stance on this and affect change. I dare you to get a hold of me and form a committee to improve safety. Don't sweep this opportunity under the carpet.The racers want it..........the spectators want it........it's your call. I dare you......
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*Rob Mac beats out Andy McMillin for the Race Win, he was Leading all 4Wheel competitors. Mac wins by three minutes forty seconds.
*Cammy Steele can't win an event even when Roger gives him a gift first start, or when he uses multiple entry trucks!
*Doug Hayduk claims Rob Mac not the winner, "Doug Hayduk · 4:16 checkpoint penalties for Rob Mac on his excursion off course caught on video?" Another comment: "Luis Ortega · 0:00 Rob was way off the racing track for a couple of miles!"
*Top Unlimiteds/Trophy Truck:
1. Rob Mac
2. Cammy Steele
3. Luke McMillin
4. Andy Mac
5. Ryan Arcierro
6. Dan Oopsie McMillin
7. Adam Householder
8. Alan Ampudia
9. Justin Smith (B.Menzies)
10. Chris Miller
11. Tim Herbst
12. Justin Davis (Class 1)
13. Justin Morgan
14. Brian Wilson (Class 1)
15. Steve Olliges
16. Brad Wilson (Class 1)
17. Carrie Smiley
18. Juan Carlos Lopez
*Class 1 Winner:
1. Justin Davis, Green Army
Destroys the Wilson Brothers
Class - Racer - Time
Trophy Trucks Rob MacCachren 5:20:17
Trophy Legend Russell Buehler 7:03:46
1 Justin Davis 6:03:38
Trophy Truck Spec William Hedrick Junior 6:41:43
10 Chase Warren 6:35:44
8 Vincent Muñoz 7:48:29
1 / 2-1600 Bruce Yee 8:29:44
12 Luis Barragán 8:14:07
7 Mike Coleman 7:15:01
5 Mark McNeil 7:33:32
Pro UTV FI Wayne Matlock 7:25:04
UTV Pro Kristen Matlock 7:28:02
Pro UTV Unlimited Jesús Méndez Junior 9:08:05
5-1600 César Íñiguez 12:11:45
Baja Challenge David Payne 10:18:17
Protruck Jason Vandenborn 12:25:59
Stock Full Marc Stein 13:07:47
11 Art Penner 12:31:22
Sportsman Stock UTV Torrey Rush 11:25:44
Pro Moto Unlimited Justin Morgan 6:04:33
Pro Moto Limited Santiago Creel 8:10:03
Pro Moto Ironman Francisco Septién 7:51:13
Pro Moto 30 Santiago Creel 8:11:12
Pro Moto 40 Jano Montoya 7:57:37
Pro Moto 50 Giovanni Spinali 8:17:43
Pro Moto 60 Guy Laycraft 9:15:12
Pro Quad Juan Sánchez 8:57:51
Sportsman M / C Álvaro Bello 9:17:40
Sportsman Quad Danny Magdaleno 8:14:51
*#1 Trophy Truck (Apdaly Lopez) dead on the side of the course, waiting to be extricated. RPM Racing made it all the way to Race Mile 14! Congrats! (They eventually finished last)
*7x WINS MOTO COMP IN TODAYS 300+ MILES SAN FELIPE
*Badly Injured 206x FLOWN BACK via Medical Emergency TO STATESIDE HOSPITAL From RM 241.5, Fixed wing flight to San Diego, His bike was hidden in the bushes on the right hand side of the course.
*Badly Injured 301x FLOWN BACK TO STATESIDE HOSPITAL
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