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First In First Out at the 2023 Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally!
Registration Opens November 5 at Noon Pacific Time!
AGUA DULCE, CALIF. - Registration at NORRA.com for the 2023 Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 begins on Saturday, November 5th at 12:00pm Pacific Time. Make sure your online entry skills are honed. It pays to get your entries in early because starting positions on day one depend on it. NORRA has a “First In, First Out” policy to determine the starting order. The first people to register for the race get to start in the front pack in each class. This system is also for the bikes on day one. Those who register early also get first dibs on lodging in Bay of Los Angeles; if their route goes through there of course. The bottom line is that it pays to get registered early.
Starting on the pole will be the new elite group made up of the overall 4 wheel vehicle winner and previous overall stage winners. Last year’s overall race winner Steve Menzies will have the top starting spot if he is racing in the same vehicle as last year. The next positions in the elite group will be determined by overall stage wins. Overall stage winners from the previous two Mexican 1000’s will be allowed to start in the elite group. Justin Lofton has six overall stage wins to his credit so he will be second off the line according to the new rules.
Overall stage winners from the previous 2 Mexican 1000’s are as follows; Justin Lofton with 6, Rhys Millen has 3, Mark Post, Gay Smith and Kristen Matlock all have 2, but are in different classes so they will take their starting positions in the elite group based on the general class order. If there is a tie between two or more in the same class then the First In, First Out registration system will be used. Mike Thurlow, Troy Johnson and Dave Mason Jr. are tied with one win a piece. They are all in the same class so they will use First In, First Out to determine their starting order in the elite group. Again, it pays to register early. The complete rules on the starting procedures and everything else are in the latest rule book on the NORRA website.
The 2023 Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 is already shaping up to be an incredible event. Baja has seen some big changes up and down the peninsula after the monsoon season last summer. One thing that has remained the same is the challenge and adventure you will experience during the Mexican 1000. NORRA created sanctioned off road racing in Baja back in 1967. Today we carry on the tradition, celebrating the past while also forging the future. Every era of off road racing is represented at NORRA events.
Participants and fans can take in the spectacle of state of the art racing machines while also marveling in the historic vehicles that are being used as intended, racing in Baja. If you donâ€™t own a race vehicle, you can join the Safari Expedition that travels along with the race. Itâ€™s open to street legal vehicles and takes time to stop and explore. If youâ€™ve never been to Baja NORRA will transform you into a seasoned Baja traveler. Nothing comes close to the NORRA experience. The people, culture, food, scenery and competition are only surpassed by the fond memories and incredible friendships you will develop along the way. You can rub elbows around the bar with legends, icons, current top professionals and adventure seekers like the rest of us at the celebrations that take place every night. Each location is unique in its character and surroundings. The goal is always to get everyone to San Jose Del Cabo for an epic celebration on the beach. On the return trip you can linger at some of your favorite spots discovered along the way down, or go fishing with your crew, friends and family. There are so many things to experience you will want to come back again and again. All the information you need to join us in Baja can be found at norra.com. Go there, check it out, and start making plans today!
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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, five-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern pre-runners, trucks, buggies, UTVs, bikes and desert Rally Raid cars.
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.
NORRA enjoys corporate partnerships with Yokohama Tire, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, STEEL-IT, Rugged Radios, Adler Motorsports, McMillin Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, Multitool USA, Satélite del Norte, Biltwell, Cerveceria Transpeninsular, PCI Race Radios, Schampa, K&N, Baja Bush Pilots, The Fab School, Mag7 Pits, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), B3KREATIV, and many more.