Friday, January 11, 2013

SCORE SHOCKED! New Event Announced by Baja California Authorities

The "It's not about the Money" Mexican 500, 2013                 

August 2, 2013

Racers question NORRA planning: "So who is all in for the Norra 500? it's not looking like there are many that have sent in there info yet on the web page yet. I was thinking that this was going to be a big show up like the 1000".

July 3, 2013

NORRA Announces the earlier route described by 'authorities is wrong. The actual route will begin and end on SCORE's porch, Ensenada!

"The National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today confirmed details of a second vintage-themed event for this calendar year. Now officially christened the 2013 NORRA Mexican 500 Rally, the on and off-road competition days will take place over a three-day period from Saturday, September 28th through Monday, September 30th.

The new Baja Mexican 500 event – also dubbed “La Carrera del Norte” (The Race of the North).

On the afternoon and evening of Friday, September 27th will have Technical and Registration activities in the historic seaside city of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico.

The following day will feature the CODE “Mexicana Logistics 300.” Using a new format, racers from both events will traverse northern Baja on separate and shared routes. While the CODE race will be completed in Mexicali, on Sunday, September 29th NORRA competitors will be challenged in a day 2 run from Mexicali to San Felipe.

The Baja Mexican 500’s finale will take place on Monday, September 30th with a race west to Ensenada followed by the awards ceremony.

The Baja Mexican 1000 "rally" format will be used for the Mexican 500 and consists of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). Unlike the often harsh and deeply rutted race courses that are now a desert off-road racing staple.

Another note, there is no preunning allowed. Contestants will be provided chase routes, pit locations and mileage figures well in advance of the event, but will only receive GPS and official Route Books later."

Certainly the rally’s growing reputation as a deadly one, the comic relief goal of “The Happiest Race (now Races) on Earth”, is laughable after numerous deaths and injuries in recent times. 

June 2013: Racers lineup to question NORRA planning: 

Marty Fiolka shooting down the original press release from NORRA: "just to be clear this is NOT the format/schedule NORRA is working on....we are finalizing the press release and it should be out very soon".

UPDATE: 1-18-2013, Friday:

NORRA Announces the Obvious!
We already know all about your little secret event!
Announced on a Friday, means they really didn't want you to see this:

-- Unique Partnership with Mexican Sanctioning Body CODE Will Focus on Northern Baja and Historic Machinery For Three-Day Event --

JANUARY 18, 2013: Armed with a now-proven track record of creating, promoting and hosting the latest form of desert off-road racing, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today officially announced it will stage a second vintage-themed rally this year from September 25th to September 28th beginning and ending in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico. The yet-to-be named event will be held the same weekend as the more traditionally formatted 10th annual “Mexicana Logistics 300” race of the CODE Off Road Series, and will offer competitors a second calendar date to NORRA’s General Tire Mexican 1000 rally, which this year takes place from April 27-May 1.
In a unique partnership, NORRA will work on this event with CODE, a well-established Mexican sanctioning body that attracts a very large and enthusiastic group of local racers. CODE has been instrumental in helping NORRA with the complex logistics needed to hold the annual NORRA General Tire Mexican 1000 adventure.

While event details are yet to be completely finalized with Mexican officials, current plans call for contestants enjoying a complete NORRA Tech and Contingency day in Mexicali on Wednesday, Sept. 25th before heading south to the seaside village of San Felipe the next day. Day 2 of the rally will use various roads to reach the town of Ensenada on the Pacific Ocean. On Saturday, September 28th both the NORRA and CODE racers will merge in Ensenada for a combined race and rally back to Mexicali.
NORRA would like to thank Mexicali and Ensenada for their continuous support as we finalize the details of the event.""

SCORE SHOCKED! New off-road racing event scheduled without consultation with the new SCORE ownership and approved by the cities of Mexicali and Ensenada

September in Laguna Salada! The garden spot of hell. Also, how much treasure is this going to cost? Three days of racing... Pearlman keeps saying, over and over, "its not about the money", he said it seven times in the interview yesterday. 

Confirmed 1-9-13, in an Exclusive interview with  Michael Pearlman, owner/operator of NORRA. Here are the highlights of the interview:

Pearlman confirms NO contact with SCORE regarding the deliberations with the Baja California authorities.  

Pearlman also confirmed, no-one was authorized to release the information to the press. So, why did the mayors office in Ensenada report the developments today?

Answer: Mexicali and Ensenada are desperate for any good news at all! No Americans are visiting Baja for the holidays and the tourism department will accept any proposal that brings international travelers to Northern Baja. 


Did they intend to prod the new SCORE ownership into a 4rth race, sooner?

Answer: Possibly. In the LIVE Stream tonight, from the Vegas 250, the comment stream included comments from ther Mexicali Promotions department, mentioning the "4rth Race", in 2013? 

'' cotucomexicali im the city tourism director, all is a go''

'' cotucomexicali Roger, Pancho the Mexicali Mayor says hi, and Mexicali is ready to host the 4th Baja race for 2013''

From The Roger Norman Interview Tonight:

Seemingly, exactly as is proposed by the local authorities in their press reports released today, Wednesday night, Norman described a proposed 'SCORE' race, he described for a new event in 2014, that mirrored the course announced in the press this morning, from Ensenada.

Begs the question. Who came up with the race format now being announced in Mexico?
NORRA or SCORE? One thing is clear, Pearlman has beat Norman to the punch and the local authorities are moving to close the deal with the vintage rally, more press releases are expected before the end of next week...Stay Tuned...

The Original Story:

Over several days, starting on Wednesday, September 25, Registration in Mexicali, Baja California, for NORRA contestants. 

On Thursday, September 26, racing begins, Mexicali to San Felipe. Friday, September 27, Contingency for CODE is planned in Ensenada, with racing continuing in the 'vintage rally' portion of the event, from San Felipe to Ensenada. On Saturday, September 28 racing continues from Ensenada to Mexicali.

Sunday, September 29, is scheduled for having the awards ceremonies in Mexicali for the CODE race and the vintage rally award ceremonies in Baja California.

CODE Off-Road currently is listing their Mexicali 300, as running October 4-6th. 

The HDRA is scheduled in Laughlin for September 20-22. 

SCORE has the 'five-hundred' in June and the mil in November.

Baja Racing News heard from our sources in Ensenada earlier in the month, saying the chance for more racing in Baja Norte is important to the touristic revenue based business throughout the state of Baja California.

Baja Racing News titled the new event in our 2013 schedule as "Baja Mexicali 500 September 27-29". As announcements are made by the local government, we'll update this breaking story.

Many in the Baja racing business, would have thought SCORE would have made this kind of big announcement, not NORRA.

*One source mentioned today, Oscar Ramos was almost jailed during the process of organizing the mil last year, in a confrontation with the police chief of Ensenada. Possibly indicating SCORE losing its position as 'Sole' international racing organization in the eyes of local authorities. 

The vintage rally will consist of three stages: Mexicali-San Felipe, San Felipe-Ensenada, Ensenada-Mexicali. They also announced that the Mexican Logistics 300 will start for the first time in its history in Ensenada and will finish in Mexicali. The third stage of the rally and the Mexican Logistics 300 will start the same day in Ensenada! 

CODE Off-Road was not available for comment.

Special Thanks to Mike Pearlman for his EXCLUSIVE Interview with our BRN Reporter

First Reported at 10 AM. Wednesday, January 9.

Here are the Mexican Press reports:  

 ""For several years, the serial sports car, desert racers (CODE) and National Off Road Racing Association (Norra) are supported, especially as it is the celebration of the Mexican 1000, but are now closer than ever to give shape a new event and rally to celebrate the traditional Mexicana Logistics 300.
As a preview, a rep of the international event organizers revealed that the Mexicana Logistics 300 will have to Ensenada as pump. The point mechanical and review, but the goal is in the Laguna Salada, which is part of the novelty by CODE, an organization that is led by Joaquin Rodriguez and Alfonso Lacarra. As for the rally, has not yet named, will be 3 days of competition and an extra one for review, same to be held in the Plaza de Toros Calafia in the capital of Baja California. The idea of ​​this project was for several years, but only in 2012 was thought of as making it happen, counting and with the consent and support of mayors, Francisco Perez Tejada in Mexicali and Ensenada Enrique Pelayo Torres, something Garcia said to be key in the celebration of the two sporting events that generate a strong economic benefit to the state. 

It is expected that both events have 300 runners from Mexico and the United States and more than 15,000 spectators over the three days of competition. So far no definite routes. The big mouth told the press also said that they have already mapped out different routes and options for them, so this will be revealed in coming months to continue working on the logistics of the two powers. 

The three stages of the rally, the same competition format to the Mexican 1000, for motorcycles and cars that are classic and contemporary, will begin on Thursday September 26 in Mexicali and end on the same day in San Felipe. The next day, the riders will start again in San Felipe and head to the port of Ensenada to join the celebration of the 300 miles of CODE. On Saturday 28, Ensenada will separately start the rally and the Mexicana Logistics 300, although both events ending at the Laguna Salada and subsequently addressed participants at moderate speed for a symbolic target in the Plaza de Toros Calafia in Mexicali. The organizers of the rally event, which will be jointly promoted by CODE and Norra, provide minor routes to 200 miles per day, with liaison and timed stages.

Activities rally and Mexicana Logistics 300 

Wednesday, 25 September
Review Norra mechanics rally in Mexicali 

Thursday, 26 September 
First stage rally (Mexicali-San Felipe) 

Friday September 27 
Second stage rally (San Felipe-Ensenada) 
Review mechanical Mexicana Logistics 300 

Saturday September 28 
Third stage rally (Ensenada, Mexicali)Starting the Mexicana Logistics 300""

Another Press Report:

""As part of the activities promoted by the City Council to promote XX Ensenada, through the Department of Tourism and International Affairs are fine tuning details for Ensenada to host a new off-road race.

In meeting with the Mayor and representatives of companies National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) and desert racers (CODE), the Director of Tourism Xavier Rivas Martinez reported that the promoters will come together to perform for the first time a race consisting of a circuit divided into three stages.

Eliseo Garcia Castro, representative Lacarra NORRA and Alfonso Esquer-CODE-holder, detailing the rally racing circuit by Baja California motorcycle offer eight categories and 16 for cars, the first contingency and technical inspection will be held in the municipality Mexicali, tentatively on 25 September and will be in charge of NORRA.

"On September 26, begin the first stage of the tour circuit Mexicali-San Felipe, 27 will be the second stage in San Felipe, Ensenada and which CODE Mexicana Logistics 300 is responsible for the contingency.

On September 28 we merged promoters for closing the loop in step-Laguna Salada Ensenada, "said Eliseo Garcia.

For his part, the representative of CODE Enrique Pelayo told that Ensenada was chosen to host the third and most important stage in the circuit, mainly for the beauty of its landscape, the terrain, its tradition in racing out Road and hospitality of its people.

Alfonso Lacarra stressed that aims to bring together 300 runners and abroad, specifically in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Nevada, Arizona and California, as well as summon achieve about 15 thousand fans and 30 media.

The Mayor thanked the representatives of the promoters NORRA and CODE for thinking of Ensenada, especially by contributing to the promotion of tourism in the benefits of Mexico's largest city. NORRA remembered was the pioneer of off-road racing's most important in this municipality and currently are run by SCORE International.

Enrique Pelayo instructed the Municipal Tourism holder to provide the necessary facilities for the performance of this circuit for Baja California, and to conduct the negotiations with the authorities involved in this type of world-class racing.

Xavier Rivas stated that these events bring quantifiable benefits to Ensenada and the region, and that on average each runner has a team of 15 to 20 people, which means more hotel rooms, more consumption in restaurants, convenience stores and various establishments in the city, not to mention that promote the beauty of the Municipality worldwide.

Promoters thanked the support given so far by the Municipal Government through the Department of Tourism and International Affairs for the race to be held in September, "we return to Ensenada, but with something big," he said Eliseo Garcia, representative Norra.""

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