CODE continues its tradition of great races as it starts the 2012 race season with the Casas Geo Grand Prix.
As it has in the past few years CODE started its opening season just outside Mexicali on the Laguna Salada. Over 160 racers gathered to take part in the two-day event, many from the United States competed against local favorites in both 4 wheels and 2 wheel classes.
Running a multi heat format, the racers got two chances to throw down with a morning and afternoon race and a combine time would decide who took the win.
First overall and first in class 1 would once again be Juan Carlos Lopez in the #18 RPM/PIN “8” truck, decimating the competition by more than seven minutes over second place. Juan Carlos has been on a streak this year logging in more podiums in two months than many will do in a lifetime. Team sponsor Clyde Stacy was on hand to comment about his driver “We came here to watch our man win and that’s exactly what he did, what a great driver. We expect nothing but the best from Juan Carlos!”
Second overall and second in class was Roberto Romo making his debut in class 1, a respectable place considering the competition. “It was good!” said Romo. “I was just getting use to the car. We’ll be faster next time out!”
Rounding out the podium for the over all standings was Gary Magness. “It was a lot of fun!” shouted Gary. “I have some new shocks on this rig and it will run fast now, fast enough to get me in trouble!” “We had a few run in’s with lap traffic and we chased Juan Carlos for awhile but we had a flat. But we did have fun and this truck is so much smoother now with the new shocks, as smooth as an off road race can be!”
“Many exciting things are happening this year.” Said Alfonso “Poncho” LaCarra of CODE. “We have changed our Championship schedule from six races to five points races to make it easier for teams to campaign the whole schedule.” “The one non-points race will be in San Luis Rio Colorado, but that should still be a lot of fun.” “We are working on several different ways to make it more attractive for our racers and not so expensive to race. Including contingency prizes, special bonus purses and prizes for different classes and we also deal with some of the top fabricators in the industry that are putting up a chassis for the final championship winner for 2012.”
- The class 11 points Champion will win a Class 11 chassis from Martin Garibay from Garibay Fab.
- Class 5-1600 will take home a chassis from Mario Reynoso Fabrication.
- Class 1-2 / 1600 will take home a chassis from Roberto Romo from Romo Race.
- Class 7 and 7s the Champion with more points between these two classes will get a chassis from Arturo Durazo at Curry Fabrication.
“We are working on getting some more product on those cars from other sponsors. We are also working on having some tire companies pay contingency prizes for the class winners.”
“It’s going to be another great year of racing and I invite everyone to come out and see what CODE has to offer.”
Words and photos by Art Eugenio