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Old March 3rd, 2010, 08:50 PM   #41
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this WRC focus?

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Old March 3rd, 2010, 11:02 PM   #42
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That's Ken Block's car (obviously). I was hoping he would bring the Fiesta.

We have a Puegot 206
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First stage is at 7:28 am and I'm in the middle of re-writing all my course notes, but I figured I would upload a few pics. Ponce (owner and driver) is making the 45 min drive to our pits in Leon to get our new tires that finally showed up. Nothing like last minute.

The pre-rally started in Silao, one of the host cities. Piles and piles of people but it was well handeled. They let a few people in and out of the fenced area for photos with the cars and autographs, etc.







From Silao we drove to Guanajuato (in a race parade fasion). The first 4-5km out of Silao was just lined with people 5 deep



Once in Guanajuato there were even more people than I can imagine. The roads (whihc were all blocked off for us) were lined with people for an easy 10km. They were expectingover 30,000 people andthey were well over that. I took pictured when I had the chance. We had frequent stops for photos/autographs.







The Main stage





that all for now. Back to work.
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it sucks not being there with you. gooooood luck :)
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well we finished day 1. Completed all 9 stages. We almost lost the car once on the first stage and again on the second stage due to brake issues. We basically have no rear brakes which makes for an interesting rally in a FWD car with stages with extreme elevation changes and switch-backs. In stage 5 ( I think it was 5) our right rear shock broke, so we wasted 2-3 minutes inthat stage stopped and then limped the rest of the stage. Stages 6-9 we had to run without a rear shock which made it impossible to jump the car, slowing us down a ton.

There is a lot more to WRC than 99.9% of the fans know. Now I know. WRC is more of an endurance race than a speed race. There is a lot more too it than just driving the stages. Even driving from one stage to the next has a time limit, which can be a pain in Mexico traffic. Some stages are 30 miles apart and th roads are the same typs of mountain roads that the course themselves are on. I swear the drive between stage 1/5 and 2/6 is harder on the car than the stage itself. I'll write more on that later. I'm exhausted and ready for bed. Adios.

Oh, when we made it back to the Poliforum they parked us next to Ken Block's Focus. I just had to snap a few shots haha.


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Old March 6th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #46
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Absolutely awesome. I bet you are enjoying yourself.

Ken is doing quite well.
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Absolutely awesome. I bet you are enjoying yourself.

Ken was doing quite well.
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worst (or I should say best) endurance race I have ever been a part of. The basic daily schedule is follows;
1- Arrive at 7am and check your car out of the overnight holding area. You then have 15 minutes to drive the car to your pit, check whatever you can check, then get it to the pit exit. Anything over 15 minutes is a penalty.
2- Drive from pits to stage 1 (15-30km depending on day) in approx 20 minutes. Anything longer is a penalty. Run stage 1 and then drive another 20-35km to the start of stage 2 in the allowable time and check-in.
3 - Drive stage 2 and then haul 20-35 km to the beginning of stage 3 and check-in in the allowable time.
4 - Drive stage 3 and then haul 20-35 km to the beginning of stage 4 and check-in in the allowable time.
5- Drive stage 4 and haul 20-35km back to you pit in the allowable time. This is considered "pit" time for most race teams (while the pilot and co-pilot sit back and eat). It is considered lunch for the low dollar teams without a crew. So you choose to either wrench for 30 minutes or eat. We are wrenching.
6- The afternoon is same as the morning, runnign stages 5-9 with no time between stages to wrench. After the last stage of the day you have to take the car back to the pit are and check it into the holding area. This is generally around 5pm.
7- Anytime after you check in the holding area (until 9pm) you can take the car back out, but you can only have the car out for 45 minutes and you can only take it out once. So we usually check the car in and start finding parts and getting the tools out. Get everything set and then take the car out of the holding area right before 9pm. Wrench for about 42 minutes then drive back to the holding area. Thats all the pit time you get in a day in WRC. 15 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes at lunch and 45 minutes at night. No more. No all night repairing. It's just making the car survive 3 days of wild beatings.
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Very cool, thanks for sharing.
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I figured I would bump this back to the top. This thread is 2 years old, but still relevent.

I am again racing with Ponce in the 2012 KOH next week.

Ponce is a great guy and good friend.

He just made an announcement that I wanted to share. The people of Guanajuato are some of the nicest and sincere people I have ever met, and I've been all over. They are not your typical Mexican stereotypes. They are nice, smart people trapped in a depressed environment and limited by their own government. It's sad to see first hand.

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We have also recently partnered up with comedian George Lopez to promote the Lopez Foundation (www.theLopezFoundation.org ) as part of the team’s new Philanthropy. http://www.CharityRacer.org/id18.html

https://www.facebook.com/lopezfoundation



CHARITY RACER will also be helping out the kids of Guanajuato in the communities of Calderones, Puentecillas, and Cajones. This will include aiding in the importation of bilingual books, recreational sports gear, and if possible once again fixing of community roads.
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Sweet! Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a great charity, it's cool you can be part of it. Are you going to do some racing in Mexico?
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