La Carrera Panamericana: It's a Race, Not a Rally

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Inverting the maxim constantly bandied about by competitors in the Gumball 3000 and Bullrun, among other events, La Carrera Panamericana is most assuredly a race. We've had radio silence from our correspondents from the last day as they were busy with qualifying (qualifying isn't mandatory for La Carrera, but a good session moves you up in the grid). Meanwhile, Haller got his blog on and has a cornucopia of snippets, including this Mini crash photo taken while the pilots of the diminutive British econobox suddenly noticed a Stude piloted by a couple of dudes named Carlos who ended up in the weeds. Thankfully, everyone was okay, and not only that the Mini's back on the grid. Oh, and Rachel qualified 16th of 103 cars in her mostly-stock Lotus.

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I think my favorite bit of this picture is what I believe to be the exhaust pipe of the Mini sticking at a 45 degree angle. I bet it was one quick snap roll.

The cool thing is when you look at the picture of it on the grid, you can barely tell it rolled, although I think the starboard side fender is chewed.