Qualifying on Paso de Ovejas, Veracruz

We kicked off early this morning at 6am, found a Starbucks that would have been better off closed because the only coffee available to purchase was in the stupid frappucino form…but we guzzled them down anyway. Anything to put off the inevitable affair with the ridiculously sweet OXXO coffee for at least one day.
First of seven Mexican sunrises to tag along with us as we made our way to the closed speed section on Paso de Ovejas through waking towns and brutal reminders of the marked and many times unmarked ‘topes’ waking our crew up a little bit more each time we careen over them or slam on brakes to avoid.

Traveling with Jeremy, Sean Fannon and Rene Ortega Ranachilanga as ‘Prensa’, photographing and filming as many aspects as possible of this Carrera. A real treat for me as I have mostly experienced the service crew side of this fantastic race!
We found a good spot and got to work setting up shots.

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Since Sean was camouflaged with the road and low to the ground for cool perspectives, we asked these kind colorful people to stand behind him for his safety. They incredibly were willing to do it!
We could hear the first cars approaching and would continue to hear their motors growl up the hill for the next mile. It is on!

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After qualifying, we headed back to Veracruz to the World Trade Center where all the cars had gone through tech and safety inspections. Super fun meeting up with all our friends and checking out the cars.

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This evening’s event was the ceremonial driving of cars through the starting arch. It was well attended and the energy was exciting, as you see in these faces.

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We even made new friends!

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Wheels turning tomorrow morning at 6am! Below is link to qualifying results! Suerte!
http://www.lacarrerapanamericana.com.mx/images/contenidos/documentos/resultados/2014/resultados-clasificacion-dia-0.pdf

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