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Driver: Doug McDonald

Co-Driver: M. McDonald

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Edition and Design

Eugenio Robleda E. Photography

Eugenio Robleda E. Antonio Sรกnchez Special Colaboration

Ing, Rodrigo Arrioja

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2004 BMW M3 Number 127


Driver: Doug McDonald

Co-Driver: M. McDonald

Chihuahua Express 2018 page 4

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Competitors page 10 The Drivers page 12 The Car page 14

Qualifying stage page 19

Helmets blessing page 20

Day 1 page 24

Day 2 page 34

Day 3 page 39

Final results

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n 2018 the Chihuahua EXPRESS has had a significant increase in the number of enrolled, which allowed a more intense fight in all categories of this, which is one of the few invitation rallies in the

world that has categories for almost any automobile, that is of legal circulation in streets and roads. So the great camaraderie that is already traditional in this unique encounter in the roads of Chihuahua, because it reached degrees of coexistence and integration in which many call the “Community of the Chihuahua EXPRESS”. The pilots, co drivers, crews and families who participate closely in this race, agree that nothing changes these days that are unique in the motor sport calendar. Throughout three days, the journey through the very extensive state of Chihuahua always surprises everyone with many emotions, even for those who already know this route completely. And because the actions and emotions were not made to wait. Day 1. Chihuahua- Ciudad Madera-Chihuahua When we drive the road that crosses the Mennonites fields, we notice how the shy inhabitants of these communities each year dare to observe more and more closely to the competing cars. In other years, they barely peeped behind their windows. Now they go out to the fences of their extensive fields to find a good place and not miss anything. Of course, on the edge of the road they don’t come close and that’s good for security. The Mennonites children greet us all and are very visible with their traditional clothing.

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2004 BMW M3 Number 127


Driver: Doug McDonald

Co-Driver: M. McDonald

The very fast and long stage of initial speed of this day, is traversed in the opposite direction as the last before returning to Chihuahua. After an intense day of very demanding roads that take us back and forth to Madera City, the curiosity to know the positions of the other competitors makes us overcome the fatigue to reach radiant. And we still have two more days left.

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Day 2. Chihuahua-Divisadero-Chihuahua Touring the interior of the Sierra Tarahumara by imposing roads in a very good state is one of the best ways to enjoy race cars, both modern and historic. So close contact with the Rarรกmuri population in Copper Canyon is an insurmountable experience. The logging villages give us a little respite in the transit stages and the services of the day. The view of the Divisadero is unique in the world and reminds us that we have gone a long way since we left Chihuahua that morning. The way back is to be undertaken cautiously, as these roads demand

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absolute concentration. The challenge of driving at its best. We wondered if it would be possible to do this stage twice in a row, even if the rally lasted longer. But the grueling end of the day reminds us that dreams have a limit. Day 3. Chihuahua-Ojinaga-Chihuahua Arriving on the third day we renew the enthusiasm and energy seems inexhaustible at all. The fast desert stages are the delight of the most powerful cars and lots of fun for the lesser categories as well. Yester-


Driver: Doug McDonald

Co-Driver: M. McDonald

day in Divisadero we thought we had seen everything in Chihuahua organizers ask them to do more than one edition a year, which for surprises, but this day in the desert we overwhelms again when we now would not be so easy. The wish chest opens and sporting ideals arrived at the PegĂźis canyon, to get to the border Ojinaga where the overflow. population turns to enthusiasm with our visit. We have touched the clouds and now we want to touch the sky. And We can not stop thinking about the return, which although shorter we will. than the first two days, is much faster in maximum speed. Chihuahua ÂĄArriba Chihuahua! receives the end of our long Rally with a celebration on arrival and final awards at night. and the desire to return begins already. The

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Lugar N o.

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Categoria

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Doug Mockett Jean Marc Terrein Eduardo Lopez M. Mark Rittenhouse Marcus C. Neff Jack Rogers Hayden Groendyke Scott Butler Zach Mester Doug McDonald John Greenwood Bassam Haddad Ramiro González Heilijgers Boudewijn Michael Bondarenko Steve Walters Steven Evans A. Jeff Frank Roger Furrer

Manuel Iguínez Carlos Colomer Sergio Villavicencio Mark Laitenberger Rafael Pérez C. J. Sstrupp Jaki Groendyke Angie Mohle Alfredo Martínez M. McDonald Ben Greenwood Marisa Marroquin Santiago Mestre Heilijgers Blaauw Sam Burg Gray Safford Gregg T. Gumbinger Phillip Williams Jorge Doffo

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PANAM TM 1.6 A 2.5 T 2 1.6 A 2.5 T 2 1.6 A2.5 T 4 1.6 A 2.5 T 4 PANAM HC PANAM TM 1.6 A 2.5 T 2 4.6 L 2.5 A 4.6 NA PANAM HC PANAM HB PANAM HA+ PANAM HC PANAM HC PANAM HB PANAM HC 1.6 A 2.5 AN PANAM HA

Oldsmobile Seat Cupra MINI Mitsubishi Subarú Ford Studebaker Mazda Corvette BMW M3 Ford Porsche 911 Porsche 944 Ford Ford Falcon Mercedes Benz Ford Subaru Triumph

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René Rodríguez Michael Shoemaker Wyeth Gubelman Rommey Bahhur Hans Lindbohm Jake Shuttlesworth Karlo Fores Reid Holzworth Kaming Ko José L. Salamanca Sr. Pascual Piccolo Francisco Diaz Gerie Bledsoe Jon Helmuth Arturo Mora Jr. Eduardo Henkel Gabriel Pérez T. Luma García Marcus Neff Dennis Varni Richard Tomlin John Fudge

Vance Stewart III Kristi Shoemaker Marisa Bodell Karim Shaban Christer Holmeren Ralf Christensson Carlos Salgado F. Dennis Chookaszian Stafford Galen José L. Salamanca Jr. Diego Piccolo Jorge Bernal Aaron Viperman Allison Hohn Alberto Sosa Sergio Puente Angie Fuentes Ricardo Iniesta Kreig Holand Larry Eugene Hursh John Starkweather Thomas Searls

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PANAM TP PANAM HA+ PANAM HC PANAM HB PANAM HC ORIG PANAM PANAM SM PANAM HC PANAM HC PANAM HB PANAM HB 1.6 A 2.5 T 2 PANAM HA+ PANAM HC 1.6 A 2.5 T 2 2.5 A 4.6 T 2.5 a 4.6 T SC 1.6 A 2.5 T 4 4.6 L ORIG PANAM OPEN SPECIAL PANAM HC

Co-Driver: M. McDonald

Ford BMW Chevrolet Porsche 911 Ford Ford Crown Victora Porsche CHEV MALIBU Dodge Porsche Datsun MINI BMW Ford VW BMW 1M BMW Subaru Subaru Nash (Tubular) Ford

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Pace notes are a spoken code. The co-driver narrates them during a rally as the driver runs flat-out down what is usually a tight and winding singlelane road. These notes let the driver haul into blind corners at speed, knowing roughly how fast to go and how much to pivot the car. Reading them is a different story. Strapped into the gutted shell of a German fahrmaschine producing 330hp at over 7,000 RPMs is not how most people enjoy reading their favorite book. It’s a life lesson in precision, decisiveness and zen at 220khm. At its core, this sport is about the unknown. The car will break. You will race over long days and into the night. You will come close to losing your mind from stress and exertion. The saying “to finish first, you must first finish” is ubiquitous in rally but I think Travis Pastrana sums it up best, “It doesn’t matter if you have no budget or a million dollar budget, you still might end up fixing your car with a rock.”

Max McDonald

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2004 BMW M3 Number 127

Co-Driver: Max McDonald

“Right 5 tightens over crest”… “Gauges good, traffic good”… “2/10ths double caution, bridge with left 3 with jump.”


Driver: Doug McDonald

Driver: Doug McDonald

Co-Driver: M. McDonald

I came to competing in motorsports late in life. I have been a fan of road racing since I was young, but married life, two kids, and a career diverted both time and resources away from hobbies. When I retired I bought a 1986 Porsche 951 that had been converted to a rally car and decided to compete in the Targa Newfoundland 2015 that was to start a month or so after my 60th birthday. I needed a co-driver and Max, my son, was a perfect fit for that role. We have been spectating at vintage car races together since he was very young and he was eager to compete as well. From this partnership Pacific Coast Racing was born. We entered the Targa in open class and without the benefit of a service crew was awarded a silver Targa Plate after six days of grueling racing across the Canadian island of Newfoundland. After this event we were hooked. We now compete in a 2004 BMW M3 and when not entered in tarmac rallies attend multiple track days around northern California. Some people look at us and think we’re crazy do what we do but I find the following quote explains this mindset perfectly: “When you are eighty years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end we are our choices” Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon 2010. Motorsports is a choice, and later on in life when we don’t compete and the memories start to fade the father and son Pacific Coast Racing team will still have a feeling of a life well lived.

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2004 BMW M3

• Engine: 3.2L inline 6 cylindernormally aspirated • FIA spec rollcage • On board fire system • Ground Control suspension: Eibac springs over Koni shocks • 4 degrees negative camber in front, -2.5 degrees in rear. • Brembo brakes • Upgraded cooling system


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> Thursday april 19th > 12 km.

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2004 BMW M3 Number 127 april 19th > Km. 1 Cihuahua-Cd. Juรกrez Free Road >Day 0 >Thursday


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helmets blessing >El Palomar

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> Friday april 20th > 592 km.

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2004 BMW M3 Number 127 >Agua Caliente-Namiquipia Road


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2004 BMW M3 Number 127 >Agua Caliente-Namiquipia Road


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> Saturday april 21st > 610 km.

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> Sunday april 22nd > 468 km.

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2004 BMW M3 Number 127 >Chihuahua-Ojinaga Road > CH Control >PegĂźis Canyon


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