The first stage of the NORRA Mexican 1000 started this morning in Ensenada and took the racers to the finish in San Felipe. Like Sesame Street there was a Word of the Day. Caution. No one wants to throw away a long race on the first day and that was evident through most of the field as drivers exercised great caution running what I would consider 50 percent race speed, aka a Glacial Pace.
Despite the caution a few drivers drove over their heads and paid the price and many cautious drivers still faced mechanical issues. The welding and race shops of San Felipe were full to the brim this afternoon with broken and wounded racecars. Even the new San Felipe Auto Zone parking lot was full of race teams.
The bikes leave for Guerro Negro at 6 am and the cars for Bahia De Los Angeles at 9 am. As the race progresses I expect many drivers to push and try to make up time, while the class leaders set the cruise control and save their cars.
Photos & words by Matt Kartozian / Durka Durka Photo.