FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Note: Since this press release went out, we decided to rename the Expedition class to Safari. The text on page has been updated to reflect the new name.
August 29, 2018 (Agua Dulce, Calif.):
THE RACE TO REGISTRATION IS QUICKLY APPROACHING
2019 YOKOHAMA NORRA MEXICAN 1000
The NORRA Mexican 1000 has exploded in popularity over the last few years, and 2019 looks to be even bigger and better. Take the lead shown by NORRA regulars and get your entry in during the pre-registration period that opens online on September 15th at noon. There are several benefits to pre-registration that include early class starting position on day 1 and selection of your team race number. Deposits and flexible payment plans allow your team to get a head start. Refunds are permitted through December 31st. For those teams eager to confirm a room in Bahia de Los Angeles, payment in full will allow you to secure a room on a first come first serve basis.
The 2019 YOKOHAMA NORRA Mexican 1000 Dates:
Ensenada to San Jose Del Cabo
Friday, April 26th - Tech and Registration (Day 1)
Saturday, April 27th - Tech and Registration (Day 2)
Sunday, April 28th - Race Day 1
ENSENADA ~ SAN FELIPE
Monday, April 29th - Race Day 2
SAN FELIPE ~ BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES (Cars)
SAN FELIPE ~ GUERRERO NEGRO (Motos)
Tuesday, April 30th - Race Day 3
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES ~ LORETO (Cars)
GUERRERO NEGRO ~ LORETO (Motos)
Wednesday, May 1st - Race Day 4
LORETO ~ LA PAZ
Thursday, May 2nd - Race Day 5
LA PAZ ~ SAN JOSE DEL CABO
Friday, May 3rd - Awards
SAN JOSE DEL CABO
One thing to keep in mind when making the Mexican 1000 peninsula run is that there are a shortage of hotel rooms at some of the towns we visit. Unfortunately, we cannot increase the existing infrastructure of Baja for the one night a year that we pass through. For racers new to NORRA, Bahia de Los Angeles is a very small town with very limited resources. The organization does reserve rooms ONLY in this location in an effort to limit one room per team until sold out. From there, racers can purchase a concrete pit pad from the NORRA online store or create their own camps. In an attempt to support our smaller stops like Bahia de Los Angeles and Loreto, we will have bivouacs available to help provide an alternative solution to the best of our ability and according to what Mother Nature allows.
As an organization, we cannot prevent poor practices or inflated prices at the available hotels. Please be aware that the ONLY room block secured in the name of NORRA is strictly for staff/safety/volunteers and the folks required to make the daily event safe and successful. The NORRA organization suffers a significant financial expense moving our teams down the Baja Peninsula as quickly as we do, and does not in any way profit from the hotel bookings. We support making online reservations with hotels that are large enough to be represented so you have a confirmation of receipt. This will never be a perfect process and we recommend that EVERY team be prepared to camp and/or rough it just in case best made plans fail. This is all a part of the Baja adventure. If you choose to use a third party vendor to secure your reservation, please understand that NORRA has no authority or interest in these reservations and they are made at your own risk. Our number one priority is as always to make sure you have the best time of your life at the “Happiest Race On Earth!” Go to norra.com for the latest news and information about NORRA’s upcoming events.
The bigger and better part of the “Happiest Race On Earth!” will be a second event that will be held October 10th-13th of 2019; the NORRA 500! Based in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico, the event will be family-friendly event that will offer two separate and concurrent 250 mile race courses starting and finishing in front of the Riviera Convention Center. Cars and Bikes will be separated appropriately and then switch courses on the second race day. Each evening the NORRA team will offer locally inspired hospitality starting with happy hour events and concluding with dinner. The event’s unique format is intended reduce complicated planning and logistics and create an event that racers new and old can easily manage. If you have always wanted to bring your family and friends to see what NORRA is all about, or want to get your feet wet racing in Baja, this is the event for you. On Sunday, there will be an amazing Awards Ceremony held to NORRA party standards that will include brunch at a great location to be announced.
Registration opens for the 500 on September 15th at noon as well with only a $500 required deposit.
The 2019 NORRA 500 Dates:
Ensenada to Ensenada
October 10th - Tech and Registration
October 11th - Race Day 1
ENSENADA ~ ENSENADA
October 12th - Race Day 2
ENSENADA ~ ENSENADA
October 13th - wards Ceremony
NORRA introduced the original "Baja 500" in 1969. Fittingly, 50 years later, NORRA has decided to revamp it as the NORRA 500 - in a two day rally format to compliment the success of its annual Mexican 1000.
NEW! 2019 SAFARI CLASS (Modified Stock Vehicles)
New for 2019 will be the Safari class. Entrants will be able to participate at both the 1000 and the 500 events. This class will not run the entire course at the same time as other vehicles but will provide the same NORRA fun and experience at the same overnight locations. Entry fees will be discounted for the Safari Class. This will be a great opportunity for adventure and trail drivers to experience the NORRA course and event in a slower, safer and more organized manner A more detailed Press Release will be published prior to the opening of registration that thoroughly explains rules, logistics, support and accommodations.
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 2019 YOKOHAMA 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, Savvy Offroad, VP Racing Fuels, Timberline, 4Wheel Parts, Ensenada Proturismo, Mastercraft/Impact Safety, Cerveceria Transpeninsular, Roganto, Biltwell Inc., Schampa, Racing TraX.com, Satellite Phone Store.com, P.C.I. Race Radios, WARN, Magic Bullet, US Action Trax.com, and many more.