Robby would have been there right at the end. Just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Him crashing was not his fault at all. On another note, last week in the Arizona Republic it said that Robby and Kevin Harvik will be teaming up to run the 1000 this year. It also talked about the date of the Baja 1000 being changed as well to accomodate those 2 or something.
1. Bad boys Kevin Harvick and Robby Gordon will form a tandem on a Trophy Truck team at this year's SCORE Baja 1000.
2. Traditionally held the second weekend in November, the Baja race date likely will shift to the Nov. 22-24 weekend to avoid a conflict with a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at PIR and an NHRA event at Pomona, Calif.
3. Ensenada already has been announced as the starting point. It appears La Paz will be the stopping point.
I don't know how true any of this is. This is from the Arizona Republic Newspaper that Jimmy was talking about. If it is true that Robby and Kevin want to team up for the 1000, than Sal should delay the 1000 a week so that it will not interfere with Nascar or any other race series. The more exposure that Off road racing gets with big money players like Childress and other owners and drivers from Nascar or Indy series the better chance that this sport will grow.
My questions is: "Why should any promoter change the date of an event in order to satisfy one racer's calendar???" This is ridiculous. I hope this isn't true.
If the date change is because of some other factors, then it could be warranted. But to change a race date just for RG and Harvick is crazy. Now, if all the racers, chasers, spectators, sponsors, and anyone else this could affect agree, then will it be acceptable.
Personally, I hope the date stays the same for my schedule. I like RG as a racer, especially his dramatics in the off-road racing but give me a break!
Like I said, that is just ONE team. If there were going to be several big name NASCAR or other motorsport teams backing several new teams to off-road WITH A TV PACKAGE then MAYBE! What about the other racers who save their $ all year and request a specific time off for one grand poohba race and aren't able to change plans? Kinda sucks. But like I said, if everyone is kosher with it, it should be okay!
All Score has stated about the Baja 1000 is that it will be held Nov 6-10. Sal has not stated whether or not it is a peninsula run, one big lap, or multiple laps. Sal hasn't said where it will start or stop. So I don't think anyone has any kind of plans set in stone that they would not be able to change if the dates are moved one week? Who with close to 7 months notice can’t get some days off work? If Sal feels that by delaying the Baja 1000 he will be able to help out the sport by the national coverage that two of Nascars’ bigger drivers from one of its biggest car owners will bring to the race, than go for it. I would not change just for one person if it didn’t benefit the sport. Odds are if the two do it this year it will get national coverage. Possibly bring in more famous drivers next year with more national coverage. This is a gamble I would be willing to take. Anything would be better than the coverage we have right now. I do not know about you but it has been a while since I have seen some good Off road racing footage on TV and the news.
Baja Waldo, I say if it Brings one more TT to the races, go for it. It gives everybody one more week of prepping, prerunning and getting there crap together. Besides, who wouldn't want to watch RG coming flying down the road out of Borrego at 135MPH in the whoops. Sign me up!
I feel that this could be a great step for the sport if all these nationally know guys race the 1000. This will provide the non-off-roading public with a reason to become interested. Just think how big this sport could get if somebody like RCR became involved. Changing the date for one racer is a bit wierd bu if it will help the sport as a whole then go right ahead.
At the SCORE awards last year Sal stated that the Baja 1000 would be a peninsula run.
At that point he stated that it would most likely go to Cabo but from what I have heard this is most likely going to change and return back to a finish in La Paz.
Also, I have heard that BFG has outlined plans to pit this race with the understanding that it is a peninsula run.
I'm positive Sal knows what the race will be. He puts in many months of work to get this race off the ground and I'm sure he is working on the details as we speak.
We're planning on it being this way and I believe a lot of other teams are as well.
On the topic of changing the race date.....
I'm all for it if it brings in the type of coverage that RCR could bring to the table. Our sport can use this type of exposure.
WIth 7 months notice I would hope everyone can work that schedule change into their plans. For all those that are negatively impacted by this proposed date change I am sure there are an equal number of participants that benefit.
I would presume that it would still be a Ford body. RG is under contract to drive for RCR, not Chevrolet. The switch was made from Toyota to Ford in 2000 because he was the driver/owner of his team in Nascar.