The year Mexico celebrated its bicentenary, I was in California for a semester and swine flu wasn’t as scary as it was when it first broke out. Furthermore, Rally Mexico in Leon was as far from the drug cartels as one could get. It was my chance to catch up with friends working in the business and get close to racing drivers once again.
Barely 9 months had passed since I last attended a WRC event but a few exciting changes had taken place. Former champ Petter Solberg got his hands on a current car and was in a position to challenge for wins again. Kimi Raikkonen had just made his switch from Formula 1. A certain shoe salesman was making his WRC debut and fans of his ‘Gymkhana’ videos were watching.