Love the insight, was sad to see that you had to stop. Great racing.Luke and I take the same lines, he just flat out caught me so I pulled over and let him go.
I told Luke and Duncan on the radio to "take it easy on that truck, boys" when they passed me. It was a long race still from mile 580 when they went by, so I was reminding them.
I ran my (conservative) pace and it wasn't good enough. Luke, the Ampudias, and Josh Daniel in Rob's truck kicked my ass in the desert, period. I've never been the first truck on the road so I felt that I was in control of the pace but boy are those guys fast. My game plan was to get through San Felipe clean with no mistakes or flats, and I did just that. Just too conservative. I wanted to keep the AWD together and have a solid truck to push the last 150 miles after the gut punching bumps of San Felipe/El Chinero. I definitely could've pushed harder in the desert but that LINE is tough to ride on.
Mile 760 the truck decided to go into the purple tier and lockdown. The silver lining to DNF'ing is Luke got the Overall W and the SCORE Championship. Great way to cap off a very successful year for our team and Family.
Oh and yes, Andy raced with Bryce to answer the original thread question!
Happy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years everyone! Cheers!