JT-Taylor-NORRA-4-25-13COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – This weekend Torchmate Racing’s JT Taylor continues his world wide adventures starting the 2013 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Race.  JT Taylor will iron man the #313 in the new Ultra4 Class with co-drivers Doug Nagy, Scott Estrada and Ryan Scott taking on different sections.  “Since we ran last year in the Evolution 4×4 class and won, they called it a success and are allowing an Ultra4 class this year,” explained JT Taylor who will be running his 5th straight NORRA 1000 event.  “I always say this is the funnest race on the planet, and I mean it!  It is a well-run race, and getting better every year.  Mike Pearlman and the crew do a great job and I look forward to seeing them at the start line and finish line every day!”

The final prep on the car is done and is already in route to the sunny beaches from the Colorado winter.  “The car is in pretty good shape from the King of the Hammers, all I did between it and Moab Easter Jeep Safari was wash it,” said JT.  “I did change the Goodyear tires from 40’s to the 37’s for this race and put on a new set of awesome Rigid Lights.  The first few days are really long and if we do have any problems they may come in handy if I end up having to run in the dark.  And, if I don’t use them, I’ll certainly look cool,” chuckled JT Taylor.

Fort Mill, SC – April 24, 2012 - What do a rooster and a hurricane have in common? They will both be at the General Tire NORRA (National Off-Road Racing Association) Mexican 1000. Friends, and teammates, Rick “Hurricane” Johnson and Jim “Rooster” Riley will once again embark upon the 1,100-mile race down the exotic Baja peninsula from Mexicali to San Jose Del Cabo. This year’s rally marking the third time since the Mexican 1000 revival in 2010 that racers from all generations have piloted their vintage vehicles across one of the world’s most notorious deserts.

Johnson in his 1979 winged sprint car named “Jalopy” and Riley in the famed “Snortin Nortin” will both tackle the gritty, old school style of racing that has laid the groundwork for what we know as off-road racing today. Both historians of the sport, Johnson and Riley sat down to talk about the history of the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000, vehicle preparation, challenges, strategy, and socializing with 300 of their closest off-road friends. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: What does it mean to you to compete in a race that laid the groundwork for today’s off-road racing?

A (Johnson) – Competing in the 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 returns us to a place in time where man and machine first challenged the unknown terrains of BAJA California, Mexico. It’s an honor for me to represent General Tire and retrace the routes of my childhood heroes who laid the groundwork for a race that is now known as the famous Baja 1000. In 1965 Ted Mangels was the first person to record a registered time in a 4-wheeled vehicle beating the previously set time of motorcycle racer Dave Ekins.