We are counting down days to leave for La Carrera Panamericana 2017.
First allow me to introduce our car this year – Pearl – the 1954 Studebaker Champion.
After winning the first place in the Historica A+ with the legendary Datsun 510 and Historica B with the 240 Z – this is the first time Taz will compete in the Turismo Mayor class at La Carrera Panamericana with Francisco Jose Ortiz as his co-pilot.
You can check our competition on http://www.lacarrerapanamericana.com.mx/2017/competidores/
Last day of the race! 5 am – rise and shine! The start is at 7 am for the race cars, but the service cars hit the road around 6 am. We have a long transit ahead of us. The race cars little under 300 km and than regroup and then 7 speed stages to follow.
After the seven days of racing we used 2 sets of new Toyo R888 tires, 1 used set of RA01 Toyos from last year, only 1 quart of Motul 15-50 300 racing oil, and a lot of bottled water!
Thanks to all the people who helped us prep the Z for La Carrera- Eric Follett at Dublin Racing , Troy Ermish, Dave Rebello and Ron @AIM tires.
What a morning! During the transit stage to the first speed section we had tapped a Porshe…. going over a speed bump. No major damage to either of us, just cosmetic.
The morning stages – it was “out and back” – 2 speed stages up the hill to Chapa De Mota. And the second 2 speed sections were going back on the same road.
The first stage was hard, because the route book was off by 2 km! They cut out the beginning of the section, but not everyone got the memo. 🙁
The afternoon speed stages were at the beautiful jungly Mil Cumbres. The road of thousands turns. Huge crowds of spectators line the road.
Car is running great, and the crew has done a fabulous job keeping it in top shape.
the first 2 stages in the morning we had to drive carefully because of a loud and stron vibration in the rear when the car was going 120 km/h. But at service our amazing crew got us back in shape and we ran really hard in the afternoon!
…. And we won Day 3 in our class!
The atmosphere at the finish was amazing! Thousands and thousands of people came to welcome us to their town.