Here's the deal:
there are a lot of hitchhikers, like me, who have obligations that keep us off the road for the race.
Anyone willing to do the race, and then go on, will have a nation of hitchers encouraging them and offering help and opinions.
This is the olympics of hitching, if you are willing we can encourage you and with a little luck you can win.
If you are a first time hitcher and interested, we will hook you up with a team member who knows the ropes and will show you how to do it. So even a novice can quickly get up to speed.
When you get to the world race, you will have an advantage, an American Passport, you will get easily across borders while other teams are stalled. So you will get ahead on that, the caveat is that there is special rest time devoted to border crossing, so you may go through faster, but it may not help your total race time.