I think the reason people are making a big deal of it, is probably because it’s finally got past the peak of what people are willing to accept. Just like you said...I find it interesting that people are calling for the chase guys head when ALL the teams out there are guilty of this same thing. From big teams too small.
This last 500 was full of idiot chasers all week long. Just with my small crew of photogs, we had no less than three close calls with chasers in the days BEFORE the race. It was so bad I elected not to chase the race like I normally do and photograph only one spot because my gut told me it was a going to be a sketchy AF.
Pre-racing, full speed, both race and chase. This kind of crap is what will kill the sport.
I have covered every Baja race for 22yrs and it was the worst I've seen.
This is not limited to Baja. V2R has been sketch with chasers pushing the timeline as well. Time for everyone to be smart and tighten up their program.
Leave early, plan to be late...
From what I understand the chase guy was not chasing anyone particular but checking on clients. The gear in the truck was for a team in Mexicali, that wasn't racing, to be delivered.I heard the chase truck was working with Cantina. Can anyone confirm this? Its stupid that nobody will admit who he was supporting, This leads me to believe its a coverup, and a good one. The Cantina coverup makes sense as they were supporting LR. If that chase guy had anything to do with LR then SCORE has no choice but to hide it. No way SCORE is going to take the W from LR after that crap show.
Fact is the Luke DQ is crap. I was super bummed to hear Cameron stand up for that call. If we start to DQ guys for what could have been a accident its going to be a mess. Basically the race becomes a PR project and political race. Exactly what SCORE should not be.
I am super bummed about the entire thing. It's so discouraging to see guys like Luke get roasted for something that was nothing. If guys like that can get screwed then guys like me have no chance.
The Cancel culture have officially made it to Baja.
Edit- I just saw Ace photo post after I posted. Let me answer that. Its because guys like Luke got DQ'd for less. When SCORE puts Luke's head on a stake then everyone wants to see any guy that actually screwed up right next to him. I will say just about every race I personally see behavior like the chase guy got caught in. I have done radio passes myself. So its not new. But SCORE is creating a culture of penalize anything.
Remember when we use to actually openly race on the highways? I do. 120mph, WFO in and out of traffic on highways that were worse than they are now. Bad things.Good points Ace
I guess most of this comes down to poor communication by SCORE which leaves a lot of speculation to be had. I am all for enforcing rules, if any racer or team member violates those rules there should be consequences. They just need to be consistent and fair.
I also agree there should not be any racing on public open highways. Its not fun for the racer to be stuck behind a slow vehicle and lose time because of it. Its just not a good idea. they need checkpoints and no timing for the highway sections.
From what I understand the chase guy was not chasing anyone particular but checking on clients. The gear in the truck was for a team in Mexicali, that wasn't racing, to be delivered.
You're right. My bad. But still, not to claim an affiliation with a specific team will be hard to sell. Everybody knows somebody. Unless you are known to support multiple teams as was the case here, someone will call you out.I don’t think that is quite how he said it, it was said any offending chase driver could just claim NO affiliation with any particular team. Not that said driver would lie about being with a different team. His post makes sense.