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We’re getting 1107 dialed for the Mint 400 and the team took 1107 (soon to be 4707) to Prairie City SVRA for a pre-race shakedown test. Everything is working as planned and from there the car was off to our sponsor Wallentine Motorsports for installation of a new radio cable.
Our sponsor Maxtrax is sponsoring the World Series of Bugs that comes with a $10,000 cash money first prize. Unfortunately our race schedule for 2015 precludes us from competing this year, but we'll be in it to win it for 2016.
It’s 9:31 p.m. on the first night of the race and I’m sitting in the back of the Westie at RM 203 with my Iridium Go! chiming away with updates. It’s mostly bad news. We’d already swapped out a leaking valve cover gasket at the Mag 7 pit at RM 70. Not what we wanted this early in the race.
Contingency, in which 80,000 race fans descend on downtown Enseanda. Gil Medrano owns it.
The trip to Ensenada was largely uneventful, which is a good thing, considering what we’ve dealt with in past years. I drove the Westie with Joey and Toby, a writer and photographer with Vice Magazine. Crusty and his RV made it. Chuck and Gil towing 1107. Rosh and Toby powered on through across the border ahead of us. Romy and Jenn coming in a day behind us (because someone wanted to celebrate her birthday in some way other than driving for 12 hours). And I picked up Cyrus Roohi of team GFB Motorsports at the airport.