Chasing The 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000: Day Three - VideoPosted in Events on April 27, 2016
The 6021 Trophy-Lite comes screaming into the hotel parking lot at 9:45am. Mike Higbee jumps out and says the truck is fixed, lets go racing! We spring into action. I have already been impatiently watching the other vehicles go off the starting line on a live feed on my laptop. It’s a mad dash to secure the bags and gear to the chase truck. We need to move now! The first pit stop will be in Insurgentes. We need to fuel our chase truck at the nearest gas station.
Nothing happens fast in Baja when you are not in race mode. The highway outside of Loreto has twists and turns and can slow to a snail’s pace with overloaded big rigs. Weigh stations are non-existant here. If you can pack it in the truck and it moves you are good to go. This often leaves huge potholes in the highways that can cause serious damage if you are not careful. Most of the crew is running on little to zero sleep after the events of day two.
As we drop out of the mountains, there is some heartbreaking radio chatter no racer ever wants to hear. The legendary Terrible Herbst Motorsports Truggy known as the Landshark is on fire. We hear the drivers are ok but the truggy is burning. FourWheeler.com has exclusive photos and videos of the fire.
We arrive in Insurgentes and set up our pit. Another chase team is also in town to help support us. The truck arrives and the stop is flawless. Just down the road everyone is stopped. The fire has caused powerlines to fall onto the course. After a 30 minute delay, NORRA officials re-route the course around the danger. We are back underway.
We arrive in Cuidad Constitution for a quick fuel of the chase truck and a burrito. Down the highway we splash the race truck once again with fuel and move on towards the finish line in La Paz. They are moving right on schedule. The truck comes across the finish line at dusk in La Paz. Everyone is in high spirits. We check into the hotel and grab some much needed dinner.
Cabo is the final push in the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000. I am kind of saddened this adventure will come to an end in less than 24 hours. Cabo is where the final checkered flag will fly and teams will celebrate an end to an epic 4-day adventure down the Baja Peninsula. Stay tuned to FourWheeler.com for more updates.