2018 NORRA Mexican 1000 Day 1

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.

Gay Smith jumps his 427 Rousch Racing powered Jimco on stage 1.

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.

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Charley Townsley lands a jump in his 2017 Chenowth DR2 on stage 1.
Matt Legg jumps his LS powered Ranger on stage 1.
Jt Taylor lands a jump in his TTB equipped Ultra 4×4 car.
Perry McNeil is racing a custom 6 door Raptor. Rumors state it breifly caught fire on the San Felipe Malecon after finishing.
Jeremy Benson jimps his 1951 Dodge Power Wagon Ultra 4×4 on stage 1.
Robby and son Max Gordon were flying in their Artic Cat UTV.
Jeff Gamroth jumps his 1089 Porsche 964
RDC members and vintage racing enthusiasts Jeff Furrier (left) and Rory Ward (right) show thier appreciation for desert photographers while towing Robby and Max Gordon to San Felipe.
NORRA Stock Production Car driver Cameron Healy races towards the Sea of Cortez in his 1989 Porsche 911 during stage 2
Dave Moore and Trevor Flahart went big in thier 1995 Bronco

Photos & words by Matt Kartozian / Durka Durka Photo.