April 7, 2018 (Agua Dulce, Calif.):‘Don’t talk about it, be about it.’

At its core, Method Race Wheels lives by that mantra. A company comprised of everything from ex-racers to passionate weekend warriors, Method has been producing some of the off-road industry’s most prominent wheels for the last eight years. Method has come to offer wheels for just about any vehicle that will leave the pavement including trucks, Jeeps, SUVs, rally cars, side-by-sides and more. What makes Method so successful? Deep roots in the off road racing community. The same engineering goes into wheels for a 6,000 lb. trophy truck barreling through the desert as wheels destined for your commute & weekend explorations. On a daily basis, Method Race Wheels strives to innovate, question industry norms and bring the highest quality wheels possible to anyone looking to improve their off-road driving experience.

The Method Race Wheels F-100 back at it in 2016 along the coast in the Vintage Era, Open Truck class (top).
(Above) Kevin Fitzgerald (left) and Bud Fitzgerald (right).

Method Race Wheels is not just a sponsor and supporter of the Norra Mexican 1000, they have been competitors since 2014. Kevin Fitzgerald, Bud Fitzgerald, Colbey Groom, Jake Velasco and Eric Dollente, with their families, friends, and industry associates, have all had a hand in the race effort that competes every year. The '74 F100 truck that was converted from a prerunner by Jake Velasco of JV Race Prep, has finished every year since 2015. Admiration for the NORRA event, and what it represents, is something that Method Race Wheels can’t do without. Just like their custom F100 race truck, the Mexican 1000 honors the past, while forging the future.

(Above) Samples of Methods simple but effective vintage-esque rally branding. (Below) METHOD Race Wheels has a large selection of street, race, rally and UTV wheels to choose from with the ability to order most any wheel in a custom color finish.

Many of the competitors who return every year are running on Method wheels so the sponsorship commitment is a perfect complement to their race program. Cameron Steele, overall winner in 2017, John Raptis’ VW Thing #181, Bill Hernquist’s Vintage Class 5 (Yellow & white General Tire sponsored bug), Gay Smith's VW Bug, and Boyd Jaynes, and Brian Godfrey, who have a handful of Steve McQueen memorial trophies, all compete on Method Race Wheels.

(Above) The Method Race Wheels Ford F-100 ripping across the Baja Peninsula in the 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000.

“It’s no secret that off road racing is near and dear to our hearts,” says Kevin Fitzgerald. The NORRA Mexican 1000 is always a special opportunity to trade paint with legends of our sport and our industry peers. We can’t wait to get down there.


Login to your existing NORRA account, or create a new NORRA account at Have picture images (.jpg, .bmp, or .png) of your Driver's License, Passport and Health Insurance Card ready to upload to your profile. Have your race radio frequency handy as well as your emergency contact phone numbers. Determine what category your vehicle should be competing in (refer to 2018 rules at Update and complete the 'My Profile' and 'My Vehicle' sections of your account. Once, pre-registration opens, it should be as easy as selecting your vehicle and choosing your preference of payment option. Upon completion of registration you will receive a confirmation email and see your entry online.

Please review 2018 Rules and Categories as some details have progressed-


Friday April 20th
(Welcome Fiesta / Pre-registration / Tech)

Saturday April 21st
(Registration / Tech / Drivers Meeting)

Sunday April 22nd
Ensenada ~ San Felipe

Monday April 23rd
San Felipe ~ Guerrero Negro (Moto)
San Felipe ~ Bahia de los Angeles (4-Wheel)

Tuesday April 24th
Guerrero Negro/Bahia de los Angeles ~ Loreto

Wednesday April 25th
Loreto ~ La Paz

Thursday April 26th
La Paz ~ San Jose del Cabo
(2018 YOKOHAMA NORRA Mexican 1000 Finish!!!)

Friday April 27th *NEW!*
La Paz ~ San Jose del Cabo
(Awards Ceremony)



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 2018 NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by Yokohama, Method Race Wheels, South Point Hotel Casino, Walker Evans Racing, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, Steel-It, Multitool USA, RIGID, VP Racing Fuels, Timberline, Ensenada Proturismo, Mastercraft/Impact Safety, Cerveceria Transpeninsular, Roganto, Biltwell Inc., Schampa, Racing, Satellite Phone, P.C.I. Race Radios, WARN, Magic Bullet, US Action, and many more.