NORRA Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Statement
AGUA DULCE, CALIF. – In the latest hours after President Trump´s announcement on Europe travel restrictions, NORRA has been getting emails and calls from race teams concerned about the Covid-19 virus. NORRA is taking steps to deal with the situation, but we have no plans to cancel the Mexican 1000; other motorsports events have been postponing or canceling around the world, but they are events with thousands of spectators. That is not the case with NORRA.
NORRA officials have been in close contact with governments, and health officials from Baja, and Baja Sur. As of today, no cases of Covid-19 virus have been confirmed on the Baja Peninsula.
We are being proactive, and will do a few changes in the way we do tech inspection, registration, and the drivers meeting to prevent contact between people as much as possible; no handshakes, no hugs etc. We will have hand sanitizer stations everywhere at the event, and we will do all the events in open air areas; hygiene is the keyword here.
Travel to Baja California is open, and most importantly, travel from Baja California to the USA has not been interrupted by land or air in either direction. Citizens have not been denied, in any form, entry to either country; Mexico or the US.
US citizens in Europe are exempt from the recent travel restrictions and have been directed to specific airports to be screened and tested as they come back to the United States, in the event of a border shut down while our event is in process we would assume the same directions will be followed for US citizens and residents to be allowed back to the US.
CDC and international health organizations around the world have been stating that people should not lose reason or fall into the panic that has been induced. Epidemic fears should not limit trade, travel, or people getting together in a way that will culminate in a global recession.
Feel free to come to the NORRA Mexican 1000 and have fun with us.
“The Happiest Race On Earth!” ###
Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, five-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern pre-runners, trucks, buggies, UTVs, bikes and desert Rally Raid cars.
Pearlman’s late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970’s.
NORRA enjoys corporate partnerships with Yokohama Tire, Method Race Wheels, South Point Hotel & Casino, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, STEEL-IT, RIGID, Multitool USA, Satellite Phone Store.com, Biltwell, Cerveceria Transpeninsular, PCI Race Radios, The Fab School, Schampa, K&N, Baja Bush Pilots, Mag7 Pits, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), B3KREATIV, and many more.