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SCORE Announces Ruling In Baldwin Against Vildosola Protest

BJ Baldwin Win 2012 Baja 1000

SCORE has completely reviewed all available evidence relevant to the Trophy Truck class protest submitted by #97 BJ Baldwin against #21 Gustavo Vildosola, Jr.

The protest alleges that the #21 race vehicle performed a pit service on the highway in violation of SCORE rules within Speed Zone 4 on Highway 5 south of Puertecitos.

A video indicates that a black pickup truck with two male occupants moved directly in front of the #21 race vehicle on the  highway and one of the occupants crawled out the sliding rear window and into the open bed. This person reached out and made physical contact with the #21 race vehicle in order to manipulate the front lightbar by using both hands with the intention of adjusting it upward into the correct position. This person then attempted to adjust the lightbar upward with a metal leverage tool.

The #21 Vildosola race team responded to these allegations by stating that the black truck and its occupants were not associated with Vildosola Racing, but could have been fans trying to help out.

SCORE is unable to conclusively determine whether the black truck occupants were in fact associated with the pit  support team of Vildosola Racing, but this issue is not relevant to a resolution of the protest.

The issue to be resolved is whether the #21 race vehicle received a pit service from the black truck occupants by allowing and accepting their actions. Receiving assistance from spectators, fans, locals, and other pit teams has always been a part of SCORE Baja racing, but such assistance must be performed within the rules.

SCORE believes the video  provides sufficient evidence to conclude that the #21 race vehicle allowed, accepted and received a pit service on the highway. The SCORE rulebook defines a pit service as any service performed on the race vehicle. Therefore, attempting to adjust a lightbar is a pit service. The fact that the pit service in question may have been unsuccessful, and therefore accomplished nothing, is irrelevant.

Since the 2009 SCORE Baja 500, three competitors have been penalized 90 minutes each for pitting on the highway, so in accordance with this past precedent the #21 race team will be penalized 90 minutes.

The 2012 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Trophy Truck results will be adjusted and finalized as follows:

1 – BJ Baldwin – 20:00:59
2 – Mark Weyrich – 20:14:48
3 – Ryan Arciero – 20:37:46
4 – Dan McMillin – 20:38:25
5 – Steve Strobel – 20:39:05
6 – Andy McMillin – 20:43:41
7 – Bryce Menzies – 21:08:03
8 – Gustavo Vildosola, Jr. – 21:15:00
9 – Nick Vanderway – 21:43:38
10 – Sergio Salgado – 21:52:29
11 – Pete Sohren – 22:37:20
12 – Juan C.Lopez – 22:56:36
13 – Tim Herbst – 23:32:23
14 – Cameron Steele – 23:52:42
15 – Jose Flores – 24:07:18
16 – Rob MacCachren – 24:31:49
17 – Jimmy Nuckles – 24:44:28
18 – Armin Schwarz – 31:06:16
19 – Mike Voudouris – 36:32:47
20 – Jay Reichert – 38:16:24
21 – Chris Kemp – 39:48:38
22 – Glenn Greer – 43:21:28

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Congrats to BJ baldwin. A well deserved baja 1000 win!
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      randy kellett
    • December 4, 2012
    really, own up to it you were caught and SCORE tryed to cover up for you. resulets came out less than 24 hrs after the race , so shame on both villadosa and sal fish and his puppetts..if you all want fairness come race with B.I.T.D. everyone gets fair treatment and with a bu-ha!!!
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Congrats on the win BJ Baldwin!
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    Edgar Mendez
  • December 1, 2012
Vildosola Racing is the Champion !!! He is the best and
Nobody could beat him !!! You have to know to loose and BJ lost
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BJ you are a sook Gus and tavo were faster. They won the real race.
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Hey Ozzy and Edgar, your boy cheated and got caught. When somebody gets caught doing something they shouldn't its rarely the first or only time. Just the fact he is willing to cheat shows his level of morality and honesty. There is no way to know if Gustavo gained more illegal time elsewhere on the course. Your comments encourage people to want to break rules to win at all cost....NOT COOL!
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    PRD
  • December 1, 2012
I think Score made the correct and only decision they could have based on the facts , i'm not going to call Vildosola a cheater ,Tavo was clearly faster and with or without the mobile pit stop would have won the 1000 , but he did break the rules intentionally or not and he must be held to the same standard as everyone else. My opinion Is not based on being a fan of either BJ baldwin or Tavo because I am a fan of them both. I have met them both on numerous occasions and both Tavo and BJ are great people and both talented drivers dedicated to the sport of offroad racing. BJ is not being a poor looser he ran the race within the rules and has the right and responsibility to his sponsors to protest if there is a clear violation of the rules , I am sure Tavo would have done the same . Congratulations to both Tavo and BJ for their spectacular performances , they are both winners , unfortunately for Tavo , BJ took home the trophy due to a poor decision made by a spectator to try and help and by Tavo for accepting it. Rules are in place for saftey and fairness , and without them our sport would be uncontrolled mayhem.
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    Vanilla Gorilla
  • December 1, 2012
Cheating should be punished. The right thing was done this time. Champions don't cheat, losers do. If they were so good they wouldn't have to cheat.
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    renecap
  • December 1, 2012
as a american of mexican descent this is the kinda crap that makes me proud to be an american these border town cooks ruin it for all of us hard working mexicans that were raised right to have class follow rules being respectfull curtious everything these guys arnt they took a crap on our sport had no respect for anyone in it.... this is why i am proud to be an american!!!!
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    dirtscootrider531
  • December 1, 2012
congrats BJ!! Sucks vildosola got caught but he obviously didnt try and stop them from working on his truck, im pretty sure those trucks have brakes on them. cheating is cheating. end of story
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You could hardly call it a pit and they certainly did not SERVICE the truck. BJ should of just congratulated Vildosola on a great drive and great truck came back next time and tried to win. Everytime BJ races he has some excuse.Everyone knows Vildosola was a lot faster and one the race. Lets see BJ start 28th and finish first wont happen. Shame to all those who whinged if you cant win on the track you cant win. BJ you did well but you didnt win why cant you just accept that. Congrats again Gus and Tavo you won the race. Shame BJ you need to harden up.
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      Vanilla Gorilla
    • December 1, 2012
    You probably teach your kids that it's ok to cheat on tests at school, mug kids for their lunch money, or steal at the store. When high profile people break the rules they shouldn't get away with it. I'm sure if it had been BJ doing this you'd be all for his title being removed. This is just a small example of the worlds moral fabric being ripped to shreds by people like you.
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      ed
    • December 2, 2012
    ozzy chris, read the SCORE rule book, no help out side of the pits, if you break on the highway and you move clear of the road you can fix your vechicle...
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    Gonzo
  • December 1, 2012
Who ever has no wrong doing ever, to cast the first stone. This is an unfortunate circumstances for both racers. Villdosolla racing put on an impressive performance at the baja 1000, clearly this time he was BEST. A minor oversight and his jugment to make an adjustment cause him to drop in position, but no one can take away the team's efforts an sense of occomplishments for the race and time shows it. I can understand if mechanical repairs were done, but they were not. Como disen. "Se sufre, pero se aprende". Pa la otra.
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    Fellow racer
  • December 1, 2012
Ozzy and Edgar, the rules are the rules. No one needs to harden up tough guy. Do either of you pay the bills for Tavo's truck? The astronomical cost of racing these trucks and the logistics of all the crew members and chase vehicles is staggering. The obligation to their sponsors is to win and represent an image that they can market in return for money they invest. BJ did exactly what he had to. He stayed in the truck to conserve time. He raced his race while adhering to the rules. If you want to race in a series with no rules then do so, chances are the companies writing those big checks will stay here and align themselves with teams that can race in accordance with the rules of the sport. Most of which are for safety. Maybe you didn't see Tavo miss the corner and blast through a camp sending people running in very direction. Maybe he could have backed off for safety but appears he chose differently. He is a great racer, don't get me wrong. Maybe next year.
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    Yvonne
  • December 2, 2012
I just saw on the Vindosola page that Vindolsa Racing is gong to protest BJ winning by also submitting a video of BJ not stopping for a pit stop. What a little biatch!
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    Yvonne
  • December 2, 2012
This was in their Facebook page, by the way!
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      ed
    • December 2, 2012
    and we all know EVERYTHING on facebook is true!
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No never met either of them and have been a big fan of BJ for a long time.I am in Australia and can only watch these races on race dezert but i am very disappointed BJ protested. I just think the race needs to be won on the track. BJ can take the trophy but Vildosola won the race end of story.BJ did do well dont get me wrong but the speed from Tavo was unbeatable. What a truck and what a drive well done again Vildosola racing.
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      Fellow racer
    • December 2, 2012
    I totally agree that they both put on an amazing drive. Just imagine that you drove your guts out for 20 hours following the course and all the rules. Then at the end of the day you were beaten by someone that did not. How would you feel? That being said, regardless of who it is BJ, Robby, Tavo, Jones, or Rob Mc. The rules apply to all. Winning while competing on the same playing field is that much sweeter.
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    rickb
  • December 2, 2012
It is quite simple. Based on past 90 minute penalities given to racers for rules infractions SCORE had no choice but to penalize Tavo 90 minutes for his infraction. If there had been no infraction there would of been no penalty. I also don't think BJ should of had to protest. If SCORE had been made aware of the video they should of imposed the time penalty w/out a protest. The fact that TAVO would of still won the race if he had stopped should make him think twice the next time around. Trophy truck racing is the top level of racing in our sport and the participants should act like professionals and be held accountable for there actions. Based on Tavo's handling of the situation if I was a current sponsor I wouldn't be after this race.......
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    Mando
  • December 2, 2012
Baldwin didn't stop at check point 6 this penalty is death.
I would like to think if Baldwin didn't protest about the Vildosola video.
Vildosola never protest about this one and he gets his second place that he deserves
But Baldwin crying like my little sister now get disqualified and Vildosola still my hero.
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    alfredo
  • December 3, 2012
Alfredo Montiano if it were a time penalty or a course deviation i would be very justified, this one in my humble opinion is a bit chicken poop, and what tells us that the protestor didnt break a rule in the long paninsula, yes a lack of video maybe...there is a point where you have to say- really....one year the class 7 runner up acused the winner of an illegal radiator fan not to speck, then the winner turned around and pointed out to score that the acuser also had an items out of speck, so it went linear after that, the result was all class 7 at that event were disqualified..... given all the posibilities in baja racing, you cant start scratching the surface too much and you gotta let it ride...if i were getting that trophy after a protest of that nature, it would have stayed in baja, in the hands of one of those cute kids that ask for steekers and i would walk away not telling how i got it
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    Rene
  • December 3, 2012
A 5 minute light fix did not help Tavo beat BJ by 16 minutes,I cant way to see BJs excuse to haul thru the checkpoint without stopping!
Yup rules are rules!
And BJ broke them also!!
Its gonna be a great outcome!!!!
If post get penalized as they should!!
We got a new winner!!!!
Drama is comoing!!!!!
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    marco caro
  • December 3, 2012
THIS CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON. AS FAR AS I KNOW IT SEMS THAT VILDOSOLA TEAM NEVER,NEVER WENT THROUGH CHECK 7 AT ALL! AND HE ALSO RAN CHECK 6 STOPPED AHEAD FOR SOME SECONDS AND THEN TOOK OFF. IF THIS IS SO BOTH WILL GET DQED AND SO BE IT.
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    Alfredo
  • December 5, 2012
Btw gotta love how renecap uses an off road spot to vent his own inferiority complex to dis a hard working long time respected (real Baja winner) border town resident not having ever come near him, where the truth is mr renecap's kind invented graffiti, gang banging , and ruined the largest municipality in the planet (Los Angeles ) But getting back to the subject, it s fitting that the better views come from a very impartial mind. An Australian fan, no surprise it's a land with no lawyers and men are men still, we need to learn common sense from such.
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    ALFONSO ESQUER
  • December 5, 2012
Score has to be careful in regards with which protest they will validate and which they will not

their rule book possibly requires to be updated, because today there are a huge number of cameras and people uploading videos, which will result and support racer protests

possibly if they say that after "x" amount of hours there is a limit for drivers to file protests, that way there can be certainty on results, racers and fans will be in the clear, no questions or opportunities to change results EASIER FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED

now there is a little bit of "bad blood" between some racers and the fans, and that is not good for the sport

Hopefully Mr. Fish and his crew at Score can resolve this one, so everybody can go back to racing and making plans to go with family and friends to Enjoy rthe races at beautiful Baja

regards to all
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    curt
  • December 5, 2012
Disregarding the checkpoint rules is a rough one. From personal experience, enforcing these only works fairly if everyone in the race was correctly documented as to their behavior as they approached or passed the checkpoint. In the past, I've seen where different racers were treated differently in regards to the check, and even getting disqualified because the route was changed and only the officials' 'close friends' knew (This wasn't SCORE races, SoCal desert).

I side with the decision, and BJ, because the Vildosola did disregard the rules, and posted the video on their own website. As someone pointed out, the truck never used gas or breaks to stop the "fans" from 'trying to steal a part' and the fans had the truck racing number on their window in the video. Not to bash the Vildosola team, they finished, and have done reasonably well in several races.

But who's to say that after years of the locals booby trapping the American racers, stealing the race vehicles, and support vehicles; that a 'local' racer might not be getting some friendly assists?
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    Alfredo
  • December 5, 2012
Curt if winning the1000 that really matters twice in a row is reasonably well I guess you see things your way, In all my Baja races I never saw the booby traps say for gringos only ( I am a Mexican national) and the 1st time my mom got her brand new car stolen is when we were shopping in the American side, racism and fingers get pointed when we generalize, we need to stick to racing and logic. The red bull truck spanked and the rules were applied Dakar style this year sadly where a popular ex winner gets his way even if he was slower
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    Malarkey...
  • December 8, 2012
Has anyone herd from the class 60 rider who was taken out of the race by a TT on the way into CoCo's?
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