La Carrera Panamericana, stories by Matt Hummel

The race is a historic race through Mexico, originally started in southern Mexico, crossing all the way to the northern part of Mexico to celebrate the new Pan-American Highway, the race condenses in just 7 days, among thousands of spectators and more than 2,000 miles, spend 7 nights in different cities, it’s hard to imagine until you actually do a race, so my Matt Hummel took me to La Carrera Panamericana a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle and it was my first race as a driver.

Going through the qualifying round it’s great that they give you the opportunity to participate just for giving you the opportunity to let them get there.

After that day it was a great relief, I am only prepared to take the ropes of the road and get the best possible time behind the wheel, reviewing the movements of the route for when the race begins.

“I’m just ready to take the ropes off the road and get the best possible time behind the wheel.”

The next morning you feel better, you have a little time to talk about the curves and the figure of your routine, on the morning of the race, when everyone is sleeping is when it really starts and you see around you see that you are just another spectator of other racing cars the other pilots are only looking at the clock and simply can not wait to take the road along with their heart and at the same time you are nervous and it is just when you realize that you compete with pilots of all the world and that is likely to leave you out in the blink of an eye, but that also helps you out without fear, going out with strength and hoping that nothing will go wrong, because we were all together, doing what we love.

It is difficult to describe what one feels in those moments and you can not imagine what it feels like until you really live a Panamericana, I was thinking about this race since summer day and night trying to imagine what it would be like and I see that it is even better what I imagined.

The reward of finishing this race is something that you take with yourself for the rest of your life, all this means a lot to me and how much I really want to be part of this race again.

La Carrera Panamericana

October 12 to 18, 2018

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