Anyone who is raced Baja has probably had to deal with local traffic on the racecourse. The SCORE Baja 1000 uses some of the same remote dirt roads local residents use to get to their properties. Most know to stay off of them during the race. Spectators are typically the problem on these roads. They drive the wrong direction on the racecourse, going head on with race traffic and causing a major safety problem.
IndyCar series driver Alexander Rossi quite possibly had a huge wake up call at the Baja 1000. Rossi, one of the drivers in the Team Honda Ridgeline had just crested a jump in the area of Ojos Negros. The area is typically lined with spectators watching race vehicles fly over a road crossing. This is the easiest section for spectators to get to and see great race action. On the other side of that jump was a black Jeep Cherokee going the wrong direction on the course against race traffic. Rossi landed the Honda Ridgeline right next to the Jeep, clipping a passenger side mirror at race speed. It was an extremely close call for both Rossi and the occupants of the Jeep. If the Jeep had been in the middle of course, Rossi could have crashed into it ending the day for Team Honda and seriously injuring the occupants of the vehicle.