Do you prefer to race in Mexico or Nevada?

LantanaTX

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Should be BITD vs SCORE, NORRA, Record, Code

Not even close! Viva Baja!


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BHollander

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That is a tricky question. Mexico is awesome and love the variety of terrain. My personal answer is I prefer to race Mexico but I my stress level is way higher in Mexico. No I am not afraid to go to Mexico but when you have $300k+ in prerun and or race and chase equipment down there knowing that you are guilty until proven or purchased your innocence it is a little added stress I do not have while in the states. I have heard stories about chase teams screwing around in pre-runners on race day while chasing and really stacking unnecessary added race cost while driver did not know until their race was over. Also Baja race budget in my experience is about 2x the amount of racing in the states. This is just my opinion Baja especially NORRA is my favorite but BITD is more obtainable and budget friendly for someone self funded like myself racing out of my pay check that is. Just my .02
 

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I feel like this is kind of a loaded question. I think there are very few people who don't race in Mexico because they just prefer US races. Some, people who don't want to travel, don't like Mexico (I guess...) etc. But I would bet that for the vast majority of people, its a simple matter of economics. Entry fee, logistics, time off, etc. If money were no object I am willing to bet most people would say they'd love to race Mexico any time they could.
 

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I personally love all the varied terrain, the beauty, the people, and no BLM. It is hard to argue that Baja is not the capital of off-road racing. As far as cost, it can be the most expensive like the B1K and NORRA or it can be substantially cheaper than BITD if you race CODE, RECORD or SADR and these races require about the same time off as BITD or less. In Baja you also feel more free. We can run our cars down the highway and through towns. Try that in the US. Hotels and tacos are much cheaper in Baja. Many of the top legends of the sport have homes in Baja (also much cheaper than the US! There is a mystique to Baja that can’t be matched.




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Chris Tobin

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I just want to race!!! Someday I hope to race my diesel truck in both the US and Baja!!!
 

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I'd prefer to race VtoR over any of them. Yes, cost is higher, but when you're on course you know that only racers are on course.
 

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I personally love all the varied terrain, the beauty, the people, and no BLM. It is hard to argue that Baja is not the capital of off-road racing. As far as cost, it can be the most expensive like the B1K and NORRA or it can be substantially cheaper than BITD if you race CODE, RECORD or SADR and these races require about the same time off as BITD or less. In Baja you also feel more free. We can run our cars down the highway and through towns. Try that in the US. Hotels and tacos are much cheaper in Baja. Many of the top legends of the sport have homes in Baja (also much cheaper than the US! There is a mystique to Baja that can’t be matched.




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This all depends on where you live. If you live in Vegas already, the travel time alone makes the difference. Even with the lower cost of entry to race CODE/RECORD, etc, the travel and distance/logistics from Vegas makes the local races more affordable. Not saying they are more desirable races necessarily, just saying more affordable. Its all based on geography. If I lived in San Diego, I'd rather race CODE/RECORD then drive all the way to Tonopah or whatever.
 

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Examples of some 200-mile Baja point to point races.

Record Offroad - Ensenada 2 San Felipe along Highway 5.
BajaORS - Ensenada 2 San Quintin along the beach.
Code Offroad - Mexicali to San Felipe along Highway 3.
 

RYAN COHEE

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Those that have never been to Baja before its dark and scary stay away.
 

43mod

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And Vegas is so awesome that I would not want anyone else to miss being there.
 

Josh_Westwood

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There is no comparison to Racing/Camping/Exploring in Baja. My desktop background in my Office is a photo of Punta Final, its my Happy Place while hating the suck of work.
 

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Have to give another vote for Baja Mexico. Something about being down there racers are so well known down there it is always a good fun time. Vegas is a blast but most of the town doesn't even know or care that there is a race. Walk around Baja with a pocket full of steekers. With TT team and you will understand. Nothing like driving a truck thru tech in Ensenada. Vs. some casino parking lot. And I have not even mentioned the tacos yet.


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Josh 8

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Have to give another vote for Baja Mexico. Something about being down there racers are so well known down there it is always a good fun time. Vegas is a blast but most of the town doesn't even know or care that there is a race. Walk around Baja with a pocket full of steekers. With TT team and you will understand. Nothing like driving a truck thru tech in Ensenada. Vs. some casino parking lot. And I have not even mentioned the tacos yet.


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There is nothing like driving your race truck across town to breakfast before the race even begins. Then driving to the start for the race. It’s so much simpler down there.

Then you go to Nevada for a race and all the laws kick in. It’s like having hand cuffs on up here.

There is no comparison.

But the down side is that Mexico is expensive. But on the other hand the prerunning is the best part of the whole deal. That’s the best part of the race. After a good prerun with friends you will have 3 times the stories to tell then you will from the race. And isn’t that what its really about? Having awesome stories when it’s over?

Does bitd even do preruns anymore? I don’t think they do for V2R and that’s dangerous in my opinion.
 
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