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IndyCar Champ Narrowly Avoids Head On Crash With Passenger Car In Baja 1000

The Baja 1000 is one of the most dangerous races in the world and for good reason. It’s a long rally along the Baja peninsula in the Mexican desert where it can be very hot, unforgiving and dangerous. It was the Baja 1000 where NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson fell asleep at 3 am, had a serious crash at high speed where he was temporarily pinned inside and was stranded for 12 hours before someone could reach him.

The Baja 1000 is so prestigious, it is raced by some of the best racers in other disciplines of racing as well as people in the entertainment industry. Actors James Garner, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman have been notable participants.

This year, Indy 500 champion and IndyCar Series runner-up Alexander Rossi is competing in a Honda Ridgeline truck. Just over 30 miles into the race, Rossi got his initiation to rallying when he came face to face with some fan driving a Jeep on the same road as the rally was going on. For some reason, roads aren’t closed to local traffic so the person in the passenger car was theoretically clear to be on the road but it seems reckless and unnecessarily dangerous to drive on a road where professional racers are racing toward you at about 100 mph.

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