This year, the Mexican 1000 Rally is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It’s a race that is organized by the
National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA), which was founded in 1966
. The Mexican 1000 Rally first started in 1967; it is a 1,000 mile offroad race that takes place in the western peninsula of Mexico, south of California. Vincent Parisien, our Vice-President of Implementation and Support, is in Baja, Mexico to take part of this race. Cimpl is proud to be one of the sponsors and have its logo on the car and crew attire.
Starting on April 21st, the team will be racing for 5 days from Ensenada to San Jose del Cabo in some pretty remote and rugged terrain. The course consists of mostly desert/dirt trails and a few paved sections (towns along the way). Vincent’s team will be racing a race prepared Meyers Manx Tow’d dune buggy owned by a fellow club member. This Dune Buggy is the 2015 class winner and will be bearing our Cimpl flag!
The team consists of 4 members; there are always 2 people in the car, one navigating and one driving. Vincent should be taking the start on day 2. Their car number is #166, and they made sure to have a couple tracking devices, so it will be possible to track their progression throughout the race, or on the NORRA website, where the tracking information should be updated when/if it becomes available.
They are close to 300 participants competing, and only about 30 % of them will complete the race. It is a very challenging course to complete. Vincent team’s goal is to finish the event and to cross the finish line! Vincent’s wife will keep a daily post for anyone who’s interested in following their journey. Want to get the most recent details? Follow the live coverage.
How will Vincent communicate throughout the race?
In order to optimize the communication services throughout the race, Vincent upgraded his mobile plan to get the right coverage, but he may be able to send only a few SMS. The communication coverage in the peninsula is very limited and it could start getting expensive fast. He will be pushed past his usual comfort zone. Because mobile connection is so widespread in Canada and the US, we don’t always realize that many people can’t use phones as they please, where they want at an affordable cost. Even more of a reason to use Telecom Expense Management services like Cimpl to keep control of spend by tracking usage.
We wish Vincent good luck, and most importantly, have fun!!
We will be following up on Vincent’s adventure when he’s back in one of our next blogs, stay tuned!