SCORE Response to RG Letter. NEW!!!

J. Avila

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SCORE Responds to R. Gordon Press Release
Published on June 12 2009
Gordon Received Penalty for Fueling on Highway Section

#77 Robby Gordon issued a press release today stating that his stationary pit
near race mile 290 at the recent Baja 500 was in compliance with SCORE rules.

SCORE has NOT called into question the legality of the stationary pit. However, the
manner in which the race vehicle was actually serviced is clearly illegal.

Highway 1 is the major north/south highway on the Baja Peninsula. The highway is
not closed during the race, but remains open to local traffic. SCORE receives permission
from the Mexican Federal Highway Police to incorporate transitional highway sections
into the race course. This permission is subject to a 60 MPH speed limit, as well as safe
and prudent conduct by racers while running on the various highway sections.

Video of the incident shows that Gordon came to a complete stop directly in the middle of
the northbound lane of the highway and members of his pit crew ran onto the highway and
fueled his race vehicle with a portable fuel container and performed visual checks.

For obvious reasons, this type of behavior is completely unacceptable. Needless to say, it
creates a very dangerous situation to have pit crew members running around with fuel on the
public highway servicing a race vehicle that has stopped in the middle of the highway lane.

The highway in the area was the actual race course and it is illegal under SCORE rules to
make a pit stop on the race course. All pitting should have occurred in Gordon's legal fixed
stationary pit, which was apparently a mere 50 feet away.

We wonder how NASCAR would respond if Robby stopped on the track during a race at the
California Speedway and his crew ran onto the track to service his race vehicle?

Aside from the serious potential safety consequences, this type of behavior also aggravates
SCORE's relationship with the Mexican Federal Highway Police.

Video of the incident can be viewed at - [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq7rbJ_Fb9w"]YouTube - Robby Gordon baja 500 fuel splash[/ame]
 

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"We wonder how NASCAR would respond if Robby stopped on the track during a race at the
California Speedway and his crew ran onto the track to service his race vehicle?"

lol 0wn3d
 

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"We wonder how NASCAR would respond if Robby stopped on the track during a race at the
California Speedway and his crew ran onto the track to service his race vehicle?"

lol 0wn3d
Sort of. Except NASCAR also wouldn't allow a car that ran out of gas to be refuled on the course. SCORE does. NASCAR wouldn't allow a flat tire to be fixed on the course. SCORE does.

So, it's not really the same, is it?
 

Jorge Rodriguez

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so seriously, if not for whomever filmed this video RG would have kept the WIN....WOW, whomever shot that footage must feel a bit like a douche right now...I mean I would...
 

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Sort of. Except NASCAR also wouldn't allow a car that ran out of gas to be refuled on the course. SCORE does. NASCAR wouldn't allow a flat tire to be fixed on the course. SCORE does.

So, it's not really the same, is it?
And you can bet that NASCAR has plenty of rules to back up their position. SCORE does not. Their release does not mention the specific rule that was broken. I could be wrong but I think they are on shaky footing.
 

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"We wonder how NASCAR would respond if Robby stopped on the track during a race at the
California Speedway and his crew ran onto the track to service his race vehicle?"

lol 0wn3d
I don't see owned at all. What does one have to do with the other? That was an amateurish rhetorical question that had no place in any response from a sanctioning body. Like they are on the same level. Just shows they are scrambling and don't know what to do. Maybe they should ask NASCAR.

Owned in a WTAR kind of way. WADROC...lol.
 
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whatever...nothing will change, sad thought is that that splash of gas done 20' to the right would have been legal....poor decision to pit ON the road...Robby, Go get em at the next race...
 

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I don't see owned at all. What does one have to do with the other? That was an amateurish rhetorical question that had no place in any response from a sanctioning body. Like they are on the same level. Just shows they are scrambling and don't know what to do. Maybe they should ask NASCAR.
I agree it was just a funny statement to hear from SCORE. Its like they were trying to be like oh ya well.....lol
 

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As with any sanctioning body they will adapt to the changing times...that also means they will focus on different things at different times. This year it is sticking to the course (and no pits on the highway)...Next year it will be spec. gas...
 

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so seriously, if not for whomever filmed this video RG would have kept the WIN....WOW, whomever shot that footage must feel a bit like a douche right now...I mean I would...
I wouldnt!
 

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wasnt his letter to SCORE posted on their website first??? They knew this was coming, and if they didnt have a response they would not have posted it.
 

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Score, if you need help with your website please contact us. I'll embed your video for free. The use of Youtube by Score in my last post was kinda tongue in cheek.... I didn't think you were really relying on youtube for rule implementation.
 

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it seem score did not answer the speeding part.

The "speed" penalties were actually missing data. Is it just me or is everyone trying to pretend that the SCORE rulebook is a lawbook? That is one of the things I hate about our society. When a law that clearly has intended meaning can be taken to court to disect the words and assign new or unintended meaning. This is a racing rulebook. If the intent of a rule is clear, I fully support SCORE enforcing that intended meaning. They are the court that determines the meaning. Sal should not have to hire another lawyer to rewrite the rulebook to close all the loopholes and clarify every definition to eliminate any and all doubt. I think every one of us can read the rule, understand its intent, and follow it if we choose. However, I will admit that a 90 minute penalty for the fuel stop seems excessive. I would have rather seen a more reasonable penalty to send the message to everyone that there is a new era in safe pitting and only ratchet up the penalties if they were violated again.
 

Jorge Rodriguez

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so what's the law on the Right to Bare Arms all about then???:D:D:D
 
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