Friday
Feb062015

PARKER, Arizona (February 6, 2015) – Robby Gordon qualified 2nd for the Parker 425 Best in the Desert off-road race, falling just 1.6 seconds short of the blistering pace set by Dale Dondel in the Arizona off-road race which begins Saturday at 9:15 a.m. ET.

Dondel, of San Jacinto, Calif., set the fast time of the session and will start in front of the huge field of 44 Class 1400 Trick Trucks.  Gordon’s qualifying time of 4 minutes, 48.041 seconds was just off of Dondel’s time of 4 minutes, 46.393 seconds.  Justin Lofton of Westmorland, Calif. was third quickest 4.7 seconds off the quickest time, with Luke McMillan of El Cajon, Calif. fourth 5.8 seconds behind and Jason Voss of Cupertino, Calif. rounding out the top five more than 6.3 seconds behind Dondel.

Driving his familiar No. 77 orange and black SPEED Energy, Traxxas and Toyo Tires-sponsored truck, Thursday’s solid qualifying run was a continuation of good form by the Orange, Calif. driver as he starts the 2015 North American portion of his 2015 racing schedule.  Gordon recently completed in his 11th Dakar Rally in South America, winning the final stage of the world’s most demanding automobile race and finishing in the top-20 overall in the Rally.

The Parker 425 will include three laps of just more than 141 miles each.  The race course that has been marked through the Northwest Arizona desert is reportedly fast and rough, and the drivers of the extremely technical trucks, some of which are valued well in excess of $1 million dollars, will push their vehicles, tires and bodies to the limit for what is expected to be more than seven hours of racing.  Voss won the 2014 Parker 425 in a time of 7 hours, 18 minutes and 1 second.  Gordon damaged the suspension of his truck during an early roll-over crash and did not finish.

The starting lineup for the Parker 425 also includes six drivers that have competed in Gordon’s SPEED Energy Stadium Super Truck Series Presented by TRAXXAS.  In addition to Gordon, SST race winners Lofton, X Games Austin 2014 winner Apdaly Lopez and Rob MacCachren are in the field, as well as SST drivers Craig Potts and Robbie Pierce.

Fans can participate in the Mint 400 experience by connecting on http://www.planetrobby.comand follow along with the team on Facebook and Twitter at:www.facebook.com/thespeedenergydrink, and  http://twitter.com/SPEED_ENERGY.

 

The No. 77 Trophy Truck is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, Traxxas, 4 Wheel Parts, Chevrolet, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, Replay XD, Impact Racing, Lincoln Welders, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Hella, Mechanix Wear, Saftey-Kleen, Kartek Off-Road, Team Gordon Race Wheels, Jamar, Anaheim Hills Auto Body, Trelleborg, Macs, Torchmate, and T-Rex Grills. 

 

Saturday
Jan172015

Robby Gordon Wins Final Stage of 2015 Dakar Rally

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Jan. 17, 2015) – Robby Gordon saved his best for last in the 37th Dakar Rally, earning his 10th career stage victory in Saturday’s final race in Buenos Aires.

Gordon dominated Saturday’s event - the shortest stage of the Rally - proving the speed and reliability of the Traxxas/Toyo Tires Gordini that the team knew existed. He and navigator Johnny Campbell crossed the finish line with a time of 13 minutes and 16 seconds, 25 seconds faster than second-place finisher Leeroy Poulter of South Africa. Emiliano Spataro of Argentina finished third, 29 seconds behind Gordon.

The win marks Gordon’s first victory in his HST Gordini – the custom car he developed and manufactured in 2013 specifically for the Dakar Rally. Gordon’s 10 career stage victories make him the most accomplished American driver in the history of the race. His first career stage win in 2005 marked the first time an American driver earned a victory in the world’s most enduring rally race.

Gordon’s overall Dakar Rally time of 48 hours, 20 minutes and 5 seconds was good for 19th place. Only 67 of the original 137 cars that started the Rally on Jan. 4 finished the race. He completed the 2015 Rally with five top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish in the opening stage and a third-place finish in Stage 5.

Mechanical issues during the second and fourth stages placed the team more than five and a half hours down to leader Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar.

“Some of the things that bit us early in the race really put the mentality of the team behind, but one thing about our team is they don’t stop,” Gordon said. “They worked all night long every night and kept rebuilding the car.

“We learned to not give up and the most important thing is that we know our car is capable. We won the last stage of the Rally and ended the 2015 event on a positive note.”

Al-Attiyah won the overall Dakar Rally Championship with a combined time of 40 hours, 32 minutes and 25 seconds over the more than 9,000 kilometer, 13-day route.

Gordon will return to the United States to finalize preparations for his Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks inaugural international competition in Adelaide, Australia, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Clipsal 500.

The final stage of the Dakar Rally will be highlighting on the NBCSN recap show at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Additional information, including a fan forum, can be viewed at www.planetrobby.com.  

The HST Gordini is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, Traxxas, 4 Wheel Parts, Grand Design Recreational Vehicles, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, King Shocks, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, DeWALT, Freightliner Trucks, Replay XD, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Lincoln Electric, Torchmate by Lincoln Electric, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Hella, Mechanix Wear, Safety-Kleen, Weddle Industries, Kartek Off-Road, Team Gordon Race Wheels, Pro Am Racing Products, Anaheim Hills Auto Body.

Friday
Jan162015

Robby Gordon Maintains Top-20 Position in the Dakar Rally Final Stage Scheduled for Saturday

ROSARIO, Argentina (Jan. 16, 2015) – Robby Gordon and navigator Johnny Campbell moved closer to completing the 37th Dakar Rally on Friday by finishing ninth in Stage 12 with a time of 3 hours, 9 minutes and 26 seconds.

Gordon’s run on Friday was largely uneventful, which was in question following Thursday’s hard contact with a dirt embankment that temporarily stopped the team’s progress. Following the crash, Gordon and Campbell almost immediately restarted the Traxxas/Toyo Tires Gordini and completed the stage.

Gordon remains 19th in the overall standings with only one stage remaining as the teams return to Buenos Aires. Argentina’s Orlando Terranova won Friday’s stage with a time of 3 hours, 4 minutes and 6 seconds. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah holds a lead of more than 35 minutes over South Africa’s Giniel De Villers in the overall standings.

Saturday’s final stage will be shortest of the 13 stages over the 9,111-kilometer (5,661 miles) event. Its 393 kilometers (244 miles), of which only 174 kilometers (108 miles) will be timed, brings every competitor running back to a massive celebration in Argentina’s capital city. Rally officials anticipate several hundred thousand spectators awaiting the drivers' return.

Follow the Dakar Rally through live timing and scoring as well as live updates at www.planetrobby.com. NBCSN is providing daily highlights from 4:30 to 5 p.m. ET.

The HST Gordini is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, Traxxas, 4 Wheel Parts, Grand Design Recreational Vehicles, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, King Shocks, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, DeWALT, Freightliner Trucks, Replay XD, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Lincoln Electric, Torchmate by Lincoln Electric, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Hella, Mechanix Wear, Safety-Kleen, Weddle Industries, Kartek Off-Road, Team Gordon Race Wheels, Pro Am Racing Products, Anaheim Hills Auto Body.