26 October 2012

2012 La Carrera Panamericana: El Jefe 3rd in Class!

For the second time in a row, El Jefe finished 3rd overall in Turismo Producion! And 29th overall!! They also finished 3rd for the final day! Felicidades!!! I am so proud of everyone!

Felicidades to everyone who participated in this grueling, amazing race.

25 October 2012

2012 La Carrera Panamericana: Final Day - Anxiously Awaiting the Big Finish in Zacatecas!

After 7 days of hard racing we are all anxiously awaiting the big finish in Zacatecas!  We love the hometown boys' welcome Zacatecas gives when they hit the arch by the cathedral!  And when Equipo TBZ crosses the finish line, they are HOME!

Spectacular panorama of Zacatecas by Michael Emery of Lucha Libre Racing.

The Spirit of La Carrera!

2012 La Carrera Panamericana: Here's To The Crew!

Today is the final day of racing the 2012 LCP and this post is for Equipo TBZ!  Without the crew, there would be no racing and no finish for El Jefe, Geezer, Rene and Stewie.  This year's crew is Tonio and Bimbo and we must remember the crew back home in Zacatecas too.  The guys at TBZ work all year long on El Jefe and the guys include Imelda at TBZ too!

Ustedes son tan importantes como los pilotos y copilotos!  Sin ustedes no podemos terminar! 

Gas gas gas!

No sleep 'til Zacatecas!

Suerte to all!

Results for Day 6 had El Jefe at 6th place in class and 39th overall.  These are the daily results so hopefully they are still ranked a little higher overall.  We will know very soon.......at least by 1am MST tonight, hahahaha, when the party in the bullring in Zacatecas finally gets going and they announce the winners.

Equipo TBZ: Antonio Cordero - gracias!

Mi hermanito, Rene Rodriguez.

THE GEEZER.  Love his expression.  Makes me smile.

Rene and his nephew, Antonio "Tonio"

Rene, Bimbo, Geezer.  I still don't know Bimbo's real name after all these years!

Part of Equipo TBZ back home in Zacatecas.
Beautiful Imelda of Equipo TBZ!

Got this update via Brad Kaplan (we miss you Brad!) from Christian Reichardt & Dan Roche in the Original PanAm Lincoln who sadly had to drop out of the race on Day 2:

Hey Brad

Been wanting to e-mail you for the last few days and give you an update.  Well, we are out of the race due to a hole in Piston 1, right front cylinder.  Ran great in pre-qual and first day, then day 2 midday burnt the piston!

We are continuing to follow the race, got a rental car, going to the zocolos and parties.  Watching the racing it he speed sections- very informative and intersting!   Will tell you all about what I found out.

It's been a carnage of accidents and repairs. Day 1, a copilot I in an accident died.  Altogether now I think about 14 or so accidents!!!!  No major injuries in those.

Tomorrow is last day, to Zacatecas, going up into the La Buffa speed section to watch them race.  Will speak with you when I am home next week.  Dan says hello!


Geezer, Dan, Kristin and Christian in 2007 in Oaxaca before the race.

Here are some more photos from great blogs like Christine Rotolo's Miles and Miles of Speed following Taz Harvey in the speedy Datsun 210, Lauren Scheller's High-Speed Bull Shippers (1954 Lincoln), and Gerie Bledsoe.

From Gerie Bledsoe.

Photo courtesy of Gerie Bledsoe.

Photo courtesy of Fuentes Photo.

Morning copilot lineup to get the time cards.  I can see Vance III's head poking up through the crowd in the middle of the arch.  Photo by Christine Rotolo.

Doug Mockett is a class act. From Christine Rotolo's blog. 

The spooky tunnels in Guanajuato.  Photo courtesy of Christine Rotolo.

The Gregory's spinout/crash on Day 5 in Mil Cumbres.  Christine Rotolo captured this photo and I believe they have film as well.

As reported by Christine Rotolo.

Evidently this is where a famous copilot goes after crashing on Day 5.....looks like a good time too.  Go Fernando.

24 October 2012

2012 La Carrera Panamericana: Day 1-4 "Official" Results Posted

The "Absolutos/Overall" results have been posted for Days 1-4. 

According to this, El Jefe is 3rd in class and 27th overall.  If this is accurate, this is AMAZING!  Please tell me I am reading this correctly!  I know....anything can happen on Day 5, 6 and 7 but this is exciting.

They are just under 5 minutes behind the TP leader and Paul Hladky, who went off the cliff on Day 3, got back in the race and is 3 minutes behind them.  That guy is FAST in Jerry Churchill's Studebaker (didn't that car used to be in Turismo Mayor??).  We really can't compete with that.

Rene gets extra excited when we are on page 1 of the results and these are landscape format so page 1 is short and we still made it! 

Click on the results below to expand them or see complete results on the LCP website:

2012 La Carrera Panamericana: Posting of Official Times

This year it seems that "unofficial" results have been posted in a very timely manner to the LCP website.  During our first year of racing in 2006, results were posted to the website each evening and I could access them on my SmartPhone - it was great but that hasn't happened since 2006. 

Last year was exceptional in that results were MIA the vast majority of the race, which makes it difficult to protest anything, and makes the results flexible if they aren't posted yet.  It made the entire race incredibly frustrating.

One curiosity this year is that Day 1 daily results have not been posted yet, the day of the unfortunate fatality of Javier Davalos in Studebaker #130.  It appears that if you ran the stage where the crash happened, you got your posted time. But if you got there after the crash when the stage had been cancelled, you had a standard time for your class added.  For TBZ it was 3:22.0 minutes.  [Please comment if you can explain how this is supposed to work.]

And just now (10/25/12) I see that "official" results have been posted, and they show Days 1 - 4 and it says "overall results" but it's 3 pages of results that appear to be repeated over 9 pages.....oh well, still trying to sort that one out.

All in all, these are the quickest results we've seen in 6 years so that is great!
Hopefully they are accurate too!

Instant results!

2012 La Carrera Panamericana: Day 5 Arrival in Guanajuato

Day 5 successfully finished in Guanajuato for TBZ & Rodriguez Racing.  With Rene driving and Vance III navigating they came in at 44th overall and 6th in class.  Paul Hladky is back in the race for the second day since the fall off the cliff and moving up and he, interestingly enough, is in our class.  So ahead of us are 3 Studebakers and 2 Jaguars.  Hey, we finished the day; we are happy!

Today Vance III is at the wheel with Geezer navigating.  The route is Guanajuato to San Luis Potosi.

I also got the skinny on Yerie and Fernando's mishap on Day 3:

Photo by Gerie Bledsoe.
Also found a photo (credit unknown) of the curve that caused the 5-car pileup on Day 3.  You can find the video of this on facebook by looking up Ramt Racing Team.  It is quite a video!

The corner on Day 4 where 5 cars went off between the guardrail and the rock. Photo credit TBD.

I believe this is the Alfa that went off the above corner on Day 4.  Photo by Francisco Panam.

Below is a whole pile of photos respectfully credited to Escuderia Telmex who can be found on facebook - thank you!  The photos span the entire race so far.

Beautiful Lauren Scheller.

I believe this is the Mercedes that was in the 5-car pileup on Day 4.

I believe this is the arrival at Queretaro at the end of Day 3.

Gerie & Fernando before the oops.

Linda & Stewart!

The Geezer in a serious moment.

Love the gullwings.

This is what it's about - old friends!  Fuentes, Mockett and Robertson, probably talking smack about who is going to beat who tomorrow.  :)