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In contrast to previous Mexican 1000 rallies, ultra-high performance vintage machinery like Mark Post’s beautiful Rivera Racing truck will compete with NORRA’s “Evolution” categories thanks to a newly created “Historic Trophy” class. (Brian Binkert photo)

(Agua Dulce, Calif.):  With just over six weeks of preparation time remaining before racers and adventure enthusiasts converge in downtown Ensenada, Baja, Mexico for the 6th Annual NORRA General Tire Mexican 1000, event organizers have announced a updated set of regulations for its various “Vintage” and “Evolution” four-wheel categories. The National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) today also refined two additional classes for this year’s “Happiest Race on Earth.”

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Lake Elsinore, Calif.
– Team Kawasaki IMG Motorsports is just weeks away from their debut in the 25th Annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles in Morocco Africa, an all female race that doesn’t reward speed, rather a team’s skill at navigating the shortest distance point to point (without the aid of GPS).

Team Kawasaki IMG Motorsports will be challenged with plotting their route using only maps, a plotter and a compass on an unmarked course that can take longer than Sunrise to Sunset to reach the goal checkpoints in the day.  Each morning they will receive their Map along with a Coordinate or Distance and Heading to checkpoint 1 and once there they will recieve a “Road Book” containing geographic coordinates and or headings and distance of the day’s checkpoints and last checkpoint of the day being their Bivouac where they do all they can to recover and prepare for the next day.  The course is completely off-road and redesigned each year, making this rally not just physically exhausting but also mentally taxing.

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Despite investing considerable time and financial resources to provide its Vintage categories an entirely separate rally route on Day 1 of the 2015 General Tire Mexican 1000, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) today announced it will return to its tradition of running all two, three and four-wheel competitors down the Pacific side of northern Baja for this year’s event.

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(Agua Dolce, Calif.):
Having executed a successful “proof of concept” in 2014, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today confirmed it will incorporate a three-route rally format for its upcoming General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. The announcement bolsters NORRA’s reputation for hosting “The Happiest Race On Earth,” as the format not only adds a great measure of safety, but also allows race organizers to tailor 1,300-plus miles of rally routes and terrain to better accommodate the wide variety of vehicles expected for this year’s event.

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YORK TOWNSHIP, Mich.
– Hot on the heels of President Akio Toyoda’s announcement that the automaker will be returning to the World Rally Championship (WRC), the Toyota Technical Center Rally Team (TTCRT) is racing headlong into the 2015 season, doubling their Rally-America appearances and adding depth to their stable of drivers, crew and support team.

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(Agua Dulce, California)
—  As entries continue to arrive for the 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000 and Cortez Rallies, event officials today released details of a new partnership with Rally Management Services (RMS) for the various motorcycle classes competing in either or both events. All motorcycle classes will be using international-style navigation for the 2015 Cortez Rally, and select two-wheel categories in the 6th annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.

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Parker, AZ
– Jim Beaver and Rally America are proud to announce that they have joined forces to launch “Rally America Radio.”  Rally America Radio will be broadcasting live with Jim Beaver stage-side throughout each of the eight 2015 Rally America National Championship events.

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IQUIQUE, Chile – Robby Gordon and navigator Johnny Campbell scored a 43rd-place finish in Sunday’s eighth stage of the 2015 Dakar Rally after taking a conservative approach to the 805-kilometer route due to an oil pressure issue.

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Despite a navigational error at the midpoint of Saturday’s seventh stage of the Dakar Rally, which resulted in a loss of more than nine minutes to eventual stage winner Orlando Terranova, Robby Gordon came home ninth Saturday securing his third consecutive top-10 stage finish of the 37th Dakar Rally.

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After several frustrating days where mechanical issues derailed Robby Gordon’s bid for an overall Dakar Rally win, the American driver ran a great fifth stage in his Traxxas/Toyo Tires Gordini to finish third, vastly improving his starting position for Friday’s sixth stage.