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New for 2015, the three day “Cortez Rally” event will be run in conjunction with next year’s General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. Competitors can run each race separately, or for enthusiasts seeking to take on a longer trans-Baja Rally Raid experience, the two events can be combined to comprise the seven-day “Cortez Challenge.”

The new Cortez Rally will follow an international style of rally raid competition that includes on-road transit stages, off-road special sections and overnight stops. NORRA has perfected this format over the past five years of hosting the Mexican 1000, and for 2015 has introduced changes to its Evolution, Rally Raid and Historic Trophy categories by mandating road book and odometer-only navigation that falls in line with international Rally Raids and future Cortez Rally events.

All motorcycle classes will race on separate starting dates and courses to greatly enhance the level of safety for the two-wheel crowd, and will run road book navigation for both the Mexican 1000 and Cortez Rally.

Motorcycle and car competitors who wish to take on the Cortez Rally in 2015 will start their adventure in Mexicali April 22nd and will tackle three Dakar-inspired stages that will see the bikes and cars finish in Ensenada April 24th. All Cortez Challenge teams will be pre-registered for both events in Mexicali so they have time to work on their bikes and cars before resuming the Challenge with the start of the Mexican 1000.

Note: Online registration for the Cortez Challenge has closed. You can still register in person at the event.

Cortez Challenge Pricing

Driver of Record
Registration * Bikes: $4,450
Cars: $4,650
Wristband 140
NORRA Membership 75
Wristband 140
NORRA Membership 75
Wristband 140
Friends and Family
Cabo Party Wristband 100

Cabo Party Wristbands will cost $125 if purchased in Baja.

2015 NORRA Cortez Challenge -- Dates

April 21:Rally School, Registration and TechMexicali
April 22:Rally Day 1 San Luis Rio Colorado
April 23:Rally Day 2 San Luis Rio Colorado
April 24:Rally Day 3 Ensenada
April 25:Prep and rest day Ensenada (cars)
El Rosario (motorcycles)
April 26:Rally Day 4 (Mexican 1000 Day 1) Bahia de los Angeles (cars)
San Ignacio (motorcycles)
April 27:Rally Day 5 (Mexican 1000 Day 2) Loreto
April 28:Rally Day 6 (Mexican 1000 Day 3) La Paz
April 29:Rally Day 7 (Mexican 1000 Day 4) Cabo Corridor

NEW! Click here for the detailed Cortez Rally schedule


  • No GPS tracks to be provided
  • No maps
  • No pre-running
  • Competitors can choose to run the Cortez Rally, Cortez Challenge or the Mexican 1000 only.
  • All NORRA Evolution, Rally Raid and Historic Trophy classes will compete under an international rally-raid format beginning in 2015.

Click here for more information about the Cortez Rally    Click here for more information about the Mexican 1000