The Dakar 2019 Adventure Update - Scrutineering & Podium Ceremony
1/5 | Scrutineering
With a little bit of a later start the team left for the local air force base for team credentials and scrutineering.
The credential process consists of a maze of different stops, one by one checking off all necessary requirements. Luckily our team was one step ahead and got most of the requirements done ahead of time, so our line was a little bit shorter.
After that we headed over to scrutineering. There was already a massive line as each team tries to finish as early as possible.
Scrutineering is the equivalent to tech, everything and I mean everything gets checked. Tires, shocks, helmets, gloves, neck restraints, head sock, socks, shoes, seat belts, roll cage, gas tank, etc. Every vehicle has to go through this process and the smallest infraction could mean that your race is over before it ever began. For us that isn’t the case, we finished up the paperwork and the Can-Am was placed into Parc Ferme. Once the car is placed into Parc Ferme no one is allowed to touch the vehicle, other than for the podium ceremony, until the race begins.
1/6 | Podium Ceremony
Thousands upon thousands of people fill into the bivouac area as today is the Podium Ceremony.
For those who have to been to Baja, the Podium Ceremony is similar to Contingency. Each vehicle goes across the stage to be interviewed and interact with the crowds, Casey did so in typical baja fashion, tossing out stickers to the masses. After the podium each car goes back to Parc Ferme and will remain there until tomorrow and the start of the race.
The day concluded with a team briefing before the big day.