Pat Dean's Baja 500 DQ Upheld By CRB. Vista, Calif.--The Baja 500 Competition Review Board (CRB) met here last night to re-hear the case of Chavez vs Dean. in one of the most controversial decisions ever handed down by the CRB, Las Vegas...
Pat Dean's Baja 500 DQ Upheld By CRB.
Vista, Calif.--The Baja 500 Competition Review Board (CRB) met here last night to re-hear the case of Chavez vs Dean. in one of the most controversial decisions ever handed down by the CRB, Las Vegas Class One racer and apparent Baja 500 overall winner, Pat Dean, was disqualified after his vehicle struck a sportsman class motorcycle driven by Scott Nolind late in the race.
Barbary Coast team owner, Michael Gaughan, requested the re-hearing based on two key points: (1) The absence of the injured Nolind from the original hearing and (2) evidence which was allegedly with-held from the CRB at that time. IDRA CRB Marshal, Reese King forwarded his (Gaughan's) request to the members of the board, who were evenly split in their vote as to whether or not to grant the re-hearing. IDRA Managing Director, George Thompson, broke the deadlock when he agreed that the original board would re-hear the case, but only new testimony will be considered by the board.
"At this point Gaughan also requested that the team be permitted to bring an "expert" witness to the re-hearing and I gave this request serious consideration before denying it", said Thompson, "The way this system is designed, and I literally wrote the book, the board members are all experts who are active participants in the event. Allowing an "Expert Witness" to appear before a board of experts, simply was not deemed appropriate."
"Although the decision to re-hear this case was made in late June, a date which did not conflict with someone's schedule could not be arranged until August 8th", said the long time IDRA director, who arranged the details of the meeting. Bill Savage's meeting room at T-Mag welding was chosen as a neutral site for the re-hearing and SCORE Officials, including Savage, were not present.
The re-hearing lasted over four hours, during which the board viewed video tapes of the incident, taken from Gaughan's helicopter, and interviewed Scott Nolind, whose injuries at the time prevented his direct participation in the original meeting. Almost two hours was consumed in deliberation as the board members collectively weighed the evidence to determine how it effected their original decision,
According to CRB Marshal, Reese King, "When everything was all said and done, the board unanimously upheld the original decision and the disqualification will stand!
Hopefully, this will put an end to all the rumors surrounding this case and we can all get back to racing."
Reprinted in it's entirety care of: IDRA. Independent Desert Racers Association
Thanks to IDRA Managing Director, George Thompson for this information.