Official Robby Gordon’s Response to SCORE’s Alleged Accusations

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Robby Gordon’s Response to SCORE’s Alleged Accusations

Charlotte, NC (June 12, 2009) – We are deeply disappointed with SCORE’s decision and reject their claims in the strongest possible terms. We plan an immediate appeal of this unjust decision.

First, SCORE assessed a speeding penalty because it claimed that there was no IRC data between kilometer 77 and kilometer 78. The IRC device on our vehicle worked properly during all other sections of the race course, and Steve Myers from IRC has no explanation why no IRC data exists from that section alone. Our race team has footage of the entire race, and the video below proves that we were not speeding during the section in question (see the link below). Further, the No. 77 Trophy Truck has a speed control device connected to the engine management system that does not allow it to exceed 60 MPH. Please view the link to the video here: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0HG8Wwk9PQ[/ame]. This video shows that it took the No. 77 TT longer than 72 seconds to travel the 1.2 miles of highway between km 77 and 78, which is less than a 60MPH average allowed by the rule. Please note that you can hear the pit speed control set at 59MPH.

The pit violations claims are equally invalid. Our team’s stationary pit was in compliance with SCORE International’s 2006-2010 Off-Road Racing Rules & Regulations Book (“SCORE Rule Book”). Rule GPT8 states: “All pits must be at least fifty feet (50’) off the edge of the race course. No pit may be in the first fifty feet (50’) leading into and the first one hundred feet (100’) leading out of any turn.” The location of our stationary pit near mile marker 290 (which included our chase vehicle, pit equipment, and pit personnel) was at least fifty feet (50’) off the edge of the race course and not located in the first one hundred feet (100’) leading out of any turn, in conformity with this rule. As to the other pit-related violations claim, Rule GPT9 states, “All pit services must be done while the race vehicle is at a complete stop. Vehicle may not be serviced while in motion, either under its own power, while being towed, and/or on a trailer. Pit services are to include fueling, tire changes, and/or any other services performed on the race vehicle.” Our vehicle was at a complete stop when fuel was provided to the race vehicle on Highway 1 near San Vincente, again in conformity with this rule.



Furthermore, it should be noted that no rule exists in the SCORE Rule Book that limits pit services to stationary pit locations. Pit services are routinely made outside stationary pits along the race course by drivers and crew members, including, but not limited to, fueling, tire changes, and repair services on the race vehicle. The bottom line is this: our team did not violate any rule in the SCORE Rule Book; therefore, we should not be penalized at all by SCORE for either of these alleged pit violations.



Also, under Rule GP3(9)all competitors who have a course deviation penalty are automatically disqualified. Disqualification is the minimum penalty allowed for a course deviation pursuant to GP3. These results will have to be modified as well.

My win at Baja was made possible by the hard work of my team and the support of my fans and sponsors. I want to assure all of these people that I will do whatever it takes to rebut these charges, clear my name and have my first place finish restored.
 

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According to Robby's own interpretation of the rules he should have been DQ'd at San Felipe. I am thinking maybe the IRC mysteriously got shut of on the highway section in question?
 

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I don't agree with the 90 minute penalty, but how can he say that he was pitting in an acceptable area when he was parked right in the middle of Highway 1? And not 100' out of the turn either? WTF, he even quotes the rules but is obviously in violation of the rules he quoted.
 

ATS 89 Yota

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Awesome. Get em' Robby!
 

fishd00d

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I don't agree with the 90 minute penalty, but how can he say that he was pitting in an acceptable area when he was parked right in the middle of Highway 1?
I think hes saying that where his chase truck was parked and the tools and such were that was in compliance with the rules, the crew walked out from there to get to the truck.....??
 

ATS 89 Yota

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I think hes saying that where his chase truck was parked and the tools and such were that was in compliance with the rules, the crew walked out from there to get to the truck.....??
That is what I think he is implying as well...
 

UTVUGRUSTY

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This should get good. Hold your ground Robby.
 

fishd00d

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I told ya guys I found a preview of Robbys call to Sal yesterday lol

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0JPDQmozn8"]YouTube - Robby vs. Sal[/ame]
 

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I think hes saying that where his chase truck was parked and the tools and such were that was in compliance with the rules, the crew walked out from there to get to the truck.....??
I read it the same...His pit was in the correct location & the rule book doesn't state your race vehicle HAS to be serviced in said pit...????
 

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Plain and simple
He should have been disqualified from the deviation of course
and he wouldnt have had to argue all the other infrindgments..
BUT however I do think the deviation penalty is too harsh.
It should be modified.
 

johnnyweb

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I read it the same...His pit was in the correct location & the rule book doesn't state your race vehicle HAS to be serviced in said pit...????
Way to make excuses for him. If you are pitting the race vehicle is in the pit. Otherwise you are waiting to pit. Or have finished pitting. Hense you are not pitting!
 

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I think hes saying that where his chase truck was parked and the tools and such were that was in compliance with the rules, the crew walked out from there to get to the truck.....??
sounds like there picking the book apart, but people blow there pits all the time, I think its saver to bring the fuel to the truck rather than turn around my.02
 

Waldo

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Plain and simple
He should have been disqualified from the deviation of course
and he wouldnt have had to argue all the other infrindgments..
BUT however I do think the deviation penalty is too harsh.
It should be modified.
He didn't have a course deviation for the 500. He deviated at SF but tracker's were mandatory/enforced...
 

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I know rules are in place to provide certain measure of safety, fairness, etc. But truth be told Robby still won the race in my eyes. If he was doing at or near 60mph how can any of his actions that were "illegal" have won him the race?. LOL I know I gonna get a ton of flak for this one....
 
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