My experience in the NORRA Mexican 1000 was an adventure that I will never forget. As my dad and I began the "happiest race on earth," our main goal was just to reach the finish line, some 1,300 miles away in Cabo San Lucas. I don't think either of us was prepared for the adventure we were undertaking. As we charged on in the F2000, we began to realize why this was the "happiest race on earth".
We began to crack jokes and place markers with our GPS on places we wanted to revisit after the race. We raced on sandy beaches, dry lakebeds, coastal cliffs and a mini Grand Canyon. Racing in Baja though does not come without trials. Fortunately for us and our crew, the Ford F2000 ran near perfectly. We had no trouble from the 1,200hp twin turbo big block and our BFG tires held up astonishingly well with only one puncture in 1300 miles.
I was also given the opportunity to drive the truck for a section. The one thing that was branded into my mind by my dad was if you can't see it, don't race it. He said this in reference to dust or blind hill and corners while racing on local roads in Baja. Our goal was to finish and we both needed to remind each other not to push so far that it would end our race. Not only did we finish, but we got on the podium with a third place in class.
This race is one that I look forward to doing with my dad for years to come
The father and son team of Jack and John Yeiser proved to be a winning combination…well, at least a race finishing one.
The high-powered F2000 bulled its way through sand, dust and mud to get the Yeisers to the finish of the NORRA race.
Proudly displaying their 3rd place trophy, Team Yeiser took it, and a lot of lifetime memories, home with them.