Dana Dague of Palapa Boy Motorsports had been tirelessly working day and night for months to prep an ’83 Nissan truck that would be entered into the 2017 edition of the NORRA Rally.
We launched from Orange County a couple of days before the Rally headed south of the border. The truck looks amazing. Painted Blue and Red, an original paint scheme of the early days. The team is well prepared. Pit plan in place and race ready. Driving and co-driving duties are split among Dana Dague, son Chase Dague, Dana’s brother Brian Dague, friends Reid Rutherford, Reid’s employee Travis and Steve Rudd along with son Danny Rudd. Also driving is Baja legend John Kennedy with his daughter Julie. Day one race day is mostly flawless.
The pit stops are executed well. The team encountered issues on day three when the welds on the shock mounts break on the truck. A field fix gets the truck to Loreto. What is amazing about Baja is the friendships you can quickly make. We asked around about a good mechanic who can weld and were directed to a shop just outside Loreto. This shop has everything. It’s huge! The owner is known for working on race vehicles for some of the biggest teams in Baja. He got to work welding on the Nissan and before we know it after a decent cash payment to our new mechanic friend we were back in the race on day four.
The goal of every race team is to finish in San Jose Del Cabo. After several long days and months of prep work on the truck that goal was obtained by Dana and the team when they arrived in San Jose Del Cabo at the finish line and celebrated their hard work. The team was able to pull off a Third Place finish for the 2017 NORRA Mexican 1000.