TRACK PICTURESTaken at Pista Aceleración Tlalnepantla in Colonia San Jerónimo Tepetlacalco in the city of Tlalnepantla, Estado de México (State of Mexico and not to be confused with Mexico City) north of Mexico City. Many of these shots were taken by my father, my cousin Rodrigo and my great friend Mario, whose family through Grillos Racing handles track operations. As of January 2008, the track offers dyno testing through a Dynocom machine. You will find photos and videos of the track and the vehicles that race there on that site. The official altitude at the starting line is 7,411 feet (2,258 meters). I have raced in Toluca and at the famous Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on occasion, but Tlalnepantla is where you will find me about every Friday and Saturday night usually when we open at 9 p.m. I usually race in the first hour or so when the conditions are at optimum (less crowds and track traffic). An interesting thing for American racers south of the border is facing off against new vehicles not seen in the United States: Alfa Romeo, Fiat, MG, Peugeot, Renault (Clio Sport and Megane Sport are very tough customers), Rover, Seat (Ibiza Cupra and Leon Cupra are very mean) and Smart (see picture below). In addition, there are many models of common car makers in the U.S. that offer European models here. Some of the better or more common competitors include the older Audi A3 & S3, Chevy Astra, Chevy (looks like a Chevette but when you ram a turbo into it or have the C2 model:), Ford Ka, Nissan Tsuru and tons of VW models not seen in the U.S. Although Toyota exists, Lexus will be arriving within the next 2 years, though Acura (not with the complete U.S. range) and Infiniti (not with the complete U.S. range, just the Q45 for the moment) are already here.To date, not a single Lexus other than mine has shown up at the track, though we have had Toyotas show up. The only Lexus vehicles seen in Mexico City belong to diplomats, tourists or other expatriates and a few, but rare, Mexican-plated LS400s from the early 90s. I have seen the following vehicles down here: RX300, SC430, LS400, ES300, ES330, LX470, GX470, IS350. If you live in the Mexico City area and have a Lexus send me a personal message here on Car Domain or preferably at Club Lexus I knew someone here with an ES300 (before I started racing in 2004) and a husband and wife with 2 Toyota Harriers they brought over across the Pacific, since their next assignments were also going to be in Latin America. A rare sight that was, but have known of at least one case where someone brought over their right-hand drive RX300 from Europe to New York, so not as strange as it might seem). The RX300 was sold in Brazil and in certain countries in Central America.Keep in mind that at this altitude, the vehicles run much slower than at sea level. This can be a major shock to many, but it is part of life UP here.If you ask someone about me at the track you will learn my 3 trademarks: fastest reaction times, best consistency in overall times and highest speed in the return lane. I should probably add a fourth, no lights due to my disabling the DRLs (for performance reasons since it uses a little electricity, too).