2 punctures, failed brakes and the race hasn't started yet!
It can only be the Carrera Panamericana, Mexico's infamous road race!
With the world seemingly on pause and so many events cancelled or postponed indefinitely I was surprised when my friend Angie told me she was flying from London to Mexico for the annual Carrera Panamericana road race.
Angelica Fuentes Garcia of team 122 doing a recce of the route
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the race made infamous as the most dangerous in the world. To say the Carrera is a big deal in Mexico would be an understatement; it is the event of the year. To cancel it would be unthinkable but, at the same time, public health has to come first. To minimise the risk of Covid spreading among crowds of supporters the race will not be open to the public this year. It remains to be seen how this will be achieved as the race is on open roads it will be hard to stop people congregating; however there will be none of the usual events organised at the daily start and finish points. The below video shows the lengths the organisers are going to so that teams can safely compete.
Angie Fuentes Garcia will take the navigators seat again, alongside regular team mate Gabriel Perez in the Museo del Automóvil Racing Team Studebaker Champion. Team 122 are one of the most experienced teams out there, both Gabriel and Angie are previous winners and this year will be Angie's 25th Carrera!
The Team #122 Studebaker lined up in the paddock ready for scrutineering
Experience isn't everything though; last year victory was stolen from them by mechanical gremlins. This week the pair have been driving the route in a VW, marking up the road book with pace notes and observations. It seems the gremlins are still with them as they suffered a brake failure and 2 punctures on the recce car! Let's hope that's all the mechanical issues out of the way before the race starts and we can have a smooth run to the finish line this year!
You can follow Angie and the team on their social media channels or, I will again be posting updates here on Drivetribe. @Angiefuentes122 Thanks to Angie for the use of her photos and allowing me to live vicariously through her while my own travels are on hold. Good luck team 122 !!!