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.
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.