Pre-running in Baja is a tradition, all the race teams are down here for the SCORE 1000 race, it is a point to point race from Ensenada to LaPaz. Total mileage is 1121.55 by Race Miles, 845.9 Highway miles. We’re doing the highway section, Highway 1 for the entire race if all goes well for our race car. Rich and I are responsible for communications for the Class 4 #401 car owned by Shaffer Motorsports and driven by friends, Mike Shaffer, Berne Strom, Daniel Aeberli and Shawn Twitchell. All the boys have been pre-running for at least a week already, Rich and I began our pre-run today.
First stop Ojos Negro, just 40 kilometers from the start, next stop Valle de Trinidad, 117 km, then the road across from Hwy 3 to Hwy 1 through the actual Valley. It was a steep, ridge laden road, narrow and gravelly. We won’t do too much offroading here in Baja, so this was a nice drive for us. We then took Hwy 1 back to Ensenada, but not until after a stop in Santo Tomas for some birria tacos. Our goal today was to figure out how best to shadow the race car when it takes off from the start line on Thursday a little after noon. Turns out that all of our options are about the same distance and time, so we get to pick our route.
Now, in case you are worried that we only got birria tacos today, don’t stress, we added pescada, camaron and carne asada to finish out our night down in the barrios of Ensenada and then topped it all off with a crème filled churro. I am sooo lucky.
Tomorrow morning I will post info on how best to follow the race. Stay tuned, it’s going to be an adventure.