April 18, 2017. (Agua Dulce, Calif.): NORRA and LeadNav are working together to improve navigation and safety at this year's Mexican 1000.

We have transferred the 2017 Rally Road Book, note by note, into LeadNav which will provide you with audio and visual alerts during the entire race when using our system.



LeadNav GPS is an advanced Application available for the iPhone and iPad. While it will run on older devices, we highly recommend running a race of this size on the iPhone 7, iPad Air 2 and the newer, more powerful iPad Pro 9.7. The specific device we recommend for vehicles is the iPad Air 2 - 64gb - cellular+wifi with Apple Care coverage.

Development for Android is TBD.


  • Map Sub. - $20 a year in app purchase (see below)
  • Pro Pack - $150 a year in app purchase (see below)

Does it need cellular coverage? Not at all. No cellular plan is even needed. We only recommend the cellular+wifi iPads because that extra $100 gives you the internal GPS chip which offers GPS positioning just like a standard GPS device.

With only a "1 a second" refresh rate and a weaker signal, this GPS chip is not as strong as a standard GPS but offers a great option for chase trucks, general off-roading and as a backup for racing.


An external GPS puck built for aircraft, this unit offers the the strongest GPS positioning in the world when combined with LeadNav GPS.

LeadNav works directly with this particular GPS puck with its code co designed and baked directly into our software for optimum performance.

*Not to be confused with a "data" device....this acts only as a GPS antenna giving you positioning updates.


When there is no wifi or cellular data, LeadNav will only display a gray background under your race course similar to any other GPS unit. This will be fine and is actually preferred for racing as it offers the best contrast, allowing you to see all your notes on a clean background.

However if you wish to see satellite, terrain or street maps while offline, you will need an in app subscription to either Map Sub., Advanced Sub. or Pro Pack. Without going into too much detail on what each of these includes, it is only important to understand that the ability to save map imagery, for offline use, comes through an outside company. This company charges us per tile that you save. Each of the listed subscriptions contains this service at different levels.

At the core of LEADNAV's system lies LeadNav GPS, their highly advanced software package available in the App Store for Apple (Android coming this summer) smart phones and tablets.

Here is the key breakdown in regards to offline maps... (These are available in LEADNAV under Settings > In App Purchases)

• Map Sub $20 a year - Lets you save out areas "tile by tile" by hand. These individual tiles are restricted to a specific size per level of zoom allowed. These individual tiles being small, could make this take some time at higher zoom, for larger events like the Mexican 1000. However this might be plenty for a chase team who just needs a general overview of the area.

• Advanced $30 a year - Same as Map Sub but for an extra $9 a year you get a few extra features listed in the app.

• Pro Pack $150 a year - Offers a "save along route" feature which allows you to select the race route and choose the max zoom and distance on either side. Then by clicking save, it will automatically download the map imagery along that entire route. Built for racers and event organizers with a ton of additional advanced features.

Note - Currently the map subscriptions in Baja only cover down to 15-16 zoom in most areas. Anything saved below that will show as black. We offer a number of higher grade mapping services with map imagery possibilities down to 21 zoom. These services are currently available under contract per team or event organization.

More info can be found on the LeadNav support page at www.leadnavsystems.com



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, as well as modern desert Rally Raid cars, pre-runner trucks, buggies and motorcycles.

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.

The 2017 NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by Yokohama, Method Race Wheels, Walker Evans Racing, South Point Hotel Casino, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, Multitool USA, Mastercraft/Impact Safety, P.C.I. Race Radios, Baja United Group and many more.