Around 70 entrants arrived at the track for tech inspection, including a CBR900-powered Geo Metro and (God help them) a Yugo. According to Murilee, the hellacious weather rocking the Pacific Northwest caused several teams to drop out. One of the crews that decided to brave the storm and head south – the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys and their Peugeot 505 Turbo – ran into a patch of black ice, causing the destruction of both their tow vehicle and trailer. Thankfully, no one was injured and a few of the Monkeys made it down to provide moral support for the masses trying to stave off hypothermia.
The race begins tomorrow at 10 AM PST, runs until sundown and then starts back up on Sunday (damn noise restrictions) at 9 AM PST and then concludes in the evening. We'll be providing periodic updates throughout and following our man Michael and his Tinkerbell Rosso 1996 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. We're 13 hours away from motoring madness, so as always, watch this space.