FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2015
NORRA Releases Official Event Schedule and Chase Maps for 2015 Mexican 1000
-- Ensenada's Horsepower Ranch New Site for Friday Pre-Race Events --
-- Various Highlight Locations To Provide Added Hospitality --
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): Event organizers for the 6th annual NORRA General Tire Mexican 1000 will be the first to tell you – putting together the logistics for a five day motorcycle, four day car, truck and buggy, 1,300-plus mile romp through Mexico’s Baja peninsula is never easy. There are myriad of details to confirm, crews to assemble and a sombrero full of details to finalize.
As teams, racers and adventure seekers look forward to a final week of preparation before arriving in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico for the start of another chapter in “The Happiest Race on Earth,” today the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) released its official Event Schedule for its 2015 rally that will eventually find competitors enjoying the world-class beaches and sunshine of San Jose del Cabo at land’s end.
The new schedule features a revised format from last year’s Mexican 1000, with an emphasis on two specific items: enhancing the overall experience for NORRA competitors and insuring a much safety and rally support as possible.
In addition, NORRA has posted its detailed Mexican 1000 chase and mileage maps for its family of racers to download and use to refine their support strategies. There are five individual maps for the Motorcycle categories and four created for the Vintage and Evolution classes (see below for direct links to the 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000 maps).
After careful review of last year’s Mexican 1000 format, NORRA officials have rolled back many of the rally’s daily starting times to increase chances for two and four-wheeled competitors to arrive at their respective overnight stops in the daylight hours.
On Friday, April 24th NORRA teams, racers and VIPs will enjoy the beautiful serenity of Ensenada's Horsepower Ranch for all rally-related activities. Along with an impressive display of Vintage category and newly completed restorations, NORRA will also be conducting early registration for all four-wheel categories, Motorcycle category registration and technical inspections and distribution of crew and racer armbands. The finish line for the inaugural Cortez Rally will also be located at the ranch's impressive courtyard.
The 2015 Mexican 1000 Schedule of Events kicks-off on Friday, April 25th at Ensenada’s historic Horsepower Ranch. In addition to hosting the inaugural Cortez Rally finish, NORRA will provide its participants with early four-wheel Registration, Motorcycle Registration and Tech, Volocore tracker installation and a vintage race vehicle display. The ranch and its Carrera Cantina will be open to all at no charge, and food, drinks and cocktails will be available for purchase from 4:00pm until 10:00pm.
On Saturday, April 25th downtown Ensenada and the Riviera Convention Center will be the place to be as NORRA has a full day of activity designed to spotlight its competitors and provide enthusiastic Mexican locals the chance to see racers and their machinery first hand. NORRA’s Motorcycle Category racers will take the green flag to start their adventure at 1:00pm, while the “General Tire Vintage Round-Up” will display NORRA’s unique historic machinery from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm. All four-wheel vehicles will undergo safety and rules scrutiny via the “Bilstein Tech Inspection” before the “Walker Evans Racing Driver’s Meeting and Welcome Fiesta” rounds out the day.
NORRA will announce enhanced hospitality at its Day 1 four-wheel overnight stop in Bahia de Los Angeles, but the newly released Schedule of Events also highlights the “American Racing Wheels Baja Social Club” party in Loreto and the huge South Point Seaside Award’s Party” at the Grand Mayan Resort on the beach in San Jose del Cabo Wednesday evening, April 29th.
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Since it has since 2012, the authentic Baja hamlet of San Jose del Cabo will host the finish of this year's NORRA Mexican 1000. Held in the picturesque town square (above) the post race celebrations begin as soon as racers park their tired vehicles and go well into the night via NORRA's legendary "South Point Seaside Awards Party."
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, four-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, rally cars, a limited group of modern desert racecars and classes for prerunner trucks and buggies.
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-1970s.
The General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by General Tire, American Racing Wheel, South Point Hotel Casino, Walker Evans Racing, Azunia Tequila, KC HiLites, Bilstein Shock Absorbers and Mastercraft/Impact Safety.