Prerunning the Baja 1000

We went to Baja to prerun the Baja 1000 a week before the race with COPS Racing. Our section of the course to practice was between Loreto and La Paz – the lower third of the course, around 300 miles of Baja nastiness. Dan Martin practiced for his race-day Class 1 run, and John Langley reconned the course for his Class 4 car. Those of us chasing, practiced waiting and being patient. The race would start in Ensenada on Thursday morning, but wouldn’t reach us, 800 miles down-course, until early Friday morning.

One of the things chase crews are good at: waiting, telling stories, and being patient.
One of the things chase crews are good at: waiting, telling stories, and being patient.

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The Sea of Cortez out the hotel window. We stayed in the (said condescendingly) "golf course" section of town.
The Sea of Cortez out the hotel window. We stayed in the (said condescendingly) “golf course” section of town.
While prerunning, Bill and John stop for some minor electrical problems. As always, locals come out of nowhere.
While prerunning, Bill and John stop for some minor electrical problems. As always, locals come out of nowhere.
Some local cops ran out of gas, so we helped them get back to base.
Some local cops ran out of gas, so we helped them get back to base.
The motto of a good chaser: rest when you can.
The motto of a good chaser: rest when you can.

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The La Paz malecón.
The La Paz malecón.

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