Tuesday
Nov192013

Robby Gordon to Start 4th in 46th Annual BAJA 1000

Ensenada, B.C., Mexico (November 14, 2013) – Three-time Score Baja 1000 champion Robby Gordon will be joined by co-driver and veteran Score Class 1 Baja competitor Billy Gasper when the 2013 Baja 1000 starts from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Friday morning.

This year’s 46th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 features 26 of the world’s best desert racers in the top Trophy Truck division who will navigate the grueling 883-mile course over the span of nearly 24 hours. Gordon, a seven-time Score International Off-Road Champion and a four-time and most recent Baja 500 winner, will start and finish the No. 77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI Chevrolet trophy truck, while Gasper will drive in the middle section of the course.

The circuit travels on both sides of the Baja California peninsula from Ensenada east to San Felipe, south to Punta Blanco and west along the Pacific coast back to Ensenada. This year’s event is the longest course in race history for a loop race – starting and finishing in the same location – and also considered one of its most challenging. 

As the field takes the green in 30-second increments, the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI trophy truck will pull to the starting line chasing the dust of just three trucks. For the first time in Baja 1000 history qualifying was held to set the starting order with Gordon checking in behind Juan Lopez, Tavo Vildosola, and the fastest qualifier Bryce Menzies.

With very little practice time, Gordon tackled the qualifying course and recorded an initial time fifth fastest, but SCORE officials ruled a helicopter was flying too close to the race course interfering with the run. After further review Gordon was awarded a second run. The second run proved to be much better as Gordon navigated the course in a time of 5 minutes 22 seconds, placing him in the fourth starting position overall. Gordon will take the green flag in the world famous desert race at 9:02 a.m. PT.

After the Ensenada start, Gordon and the field will travel through the rugged mountains and ultra fast silt beds towards San Felipe. Once arriving in San Felipe, Gordon will then follow the course along the scenic Gulf of California south to race mile 385 near the city of Calamajue. That is where Gasper will get behind the wheel. Gasper will navigate through the southern most portion of the course until race mile 520, where Gordon will strap back in to finish the remaining 353 miles back to Ensenada.

To follow Robby and Billy on their quest for the 46th Annual Baja 1000 championship, updates will be available at PlanetRobby.com; LIVE updates will also be available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thespeedenergydrink & Twitter at http://twitter.com/SPEED_ENERGY.

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Monday
Nov112013

Robby Gordon Grabs Second Place at SST Finale Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev. (November 8, 2013) – The final race of the 2013 Inaugural Season of SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks would see the high-powered formula off-road vehicles tackle the temporary constructed asphalt course at Caesars Palace under the lights of the Las Vegas strip.

The day would begin with SST’s taking to the track for morning and afternoon practice sessions, before clocking a best of 2-laps qualifying run. Keegan Kincaid of Crandon, Wisc., driving the No. 47 for Mike Jenkins laid down the quickest lap with a 23.436. Robby Gordon in the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires No. 7 would qualify in the second position with a 23.558, and Jerrett Brooks  would round out the top three with a 24.043.

Friday night’s SST final would see P.J. Jones and Rob MacCachren pace the 30-lap SST final to green. The races original start would be called back as Arie Luyendyk Jr. would charge into Scotty Steele’s truck in turn 2, as the trucks became lodged together the red flag came out. After a complete restart Jones would lead lap-1 followed by MacCachren and Brooks.

On Lap-15 mechanical failure would strike multiple trucks, including championship points leader MacCachren would slow on the front stretch ending his run in the second position. At nearly the same time, Gordon and Sheldon Creed would also encounter mechanical woes.

Creed would retire the No. 74 Magnaflow entry early while MacCachren and Gordon would return to the race for valuable championship points.

Restarting in the fifth position Gordon did not waste any time moving back into the top 3. The frontrunners would consist of Jones, Brooks, and Gordon for the next 7 laps until Brooks would encounter a mechanical issue allowing Gordon to overtake the second position. Brooks would lose several positions before eventually dropping out of competition, allowing youngster Scotty Steele to move into the podium contention.

Restarting in the fifth position Gordon did not waste any time moving back into the top 3. The front runners would consist of Jones, Brooks, and Gordon for the next 7 laps until Brooks would encounter a mechanical issue allowing Gordon to overtake the second position. Brooks would lose several positions before eventually dropping out of competition, allowing youngster Scotty Steele to move into the podium contention.

In hot pursuit of Jones for the remaining circuits Gordon’s quest for his fourth win of 2013 would evaporate as Jones, would go on to capture his first ever SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win. Gordon would cross the finish line in second while Steele would earn his first SST podium finish.

With MacCachren encountering mechanical issues late in the SST final, Gordon would go on to clinch the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks inaugural season points championship by just 7 points.

Stadium SUPER Trucks Round No. 14 Final (30 Laps): 1. P.J. Jones; 2. Robby Gordon; 3. Scotty Steele; 4. Jerett Brooks; 5. Arie Luyendyk Jr.; 6. Rob MacCachren; 7. Sheldon Creed; 8. Craig Potts; 9. Keegan Kincaid; 10. Kyle Leduc.

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Thursday
Sep262013

Gordon Wins SST Round No. 11 at Sand Sports Super Show

Stadium SUPER Trucks Sand Sports Super Show Recap

Costa Mesa, Calif. (September 23, 2013) – On Friday September 20th, Robby Gordon and SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks invaded the opening day of the 2013 Sand Sports Super Show at the OC Fair and Event Center., for a night of practice, qualifying, and the Round No. 11 main event.

After multiple practice sessions, SST would take to the temporary constructed course for a best of 2-lap qualifying session. Justin Lofton, edged out Wisconsin native Keegan Kincaid by .005 to capture the quickest time with a lap of 58.222.

After a six-car invert Mike Jenkins of Plano, Texas, paced the 15-lap SST final to green. Craig Potts would jump out to the early lead, but quickly lose the handle on the No. 59 truck resulting in a complete spin and losing multiple positions.

Fourth starting Robby Gordon wasted no time getting to the front of the field racing back to the start/finish line first ahead of P.J. Jones and Lofton.

Gordon and Lofton would remain the class of the field racing away after a Lap-7 caution. A hard charging Lofton would be glued to the bumper of the No. 7 corner after corner, but would lose his chance after striking a water barrier that was nudged into the racing surface.

Gordon would go on to capture his third SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win of the season; he was followed to the finish by second place Keegan Kincaid and third finishing Apdaly Lopez.

Second running Justin Lofton would encounter mechanical issues coming to the finish line dropping him to a fifth place finish.

As the second day of the 2013 Sand Sport Super Show closed, right next-door another full night of Stadium SUPER Trucks racing would take to the track for another wild night of action.

As the Stadium SUPER Trucks took to the track for the best of 2-laps qualifying session. It was Robby Gordon’s time as he continued right where he left off the night before laying down the quickest lap of all competitors with a 58.372.

Saturday night’s final would also see a six-car invert and for the second night in a row Mike Jenkins of Plano, Texas, would pace the 15-lap SST final to green. Apdaly Lopez would race out to the early lead before Jenkins would enter the second turn too fast resulting in a complete roll over.

Lopez would lead the first three laps, before fourth starting Justin Lofton would take over the lead entering the dirt stadium portion of the racecourse. Lopez would get loose coming to the start/finish line loosing a tremendous amount of ground to the sixth starting Robby Gordon.

With Lofton out to a commanding lead, Lopez would spin in the big sweeping corner allowing Gordon to drive past into second place.

In a repeat of the night before Gordon and Lofton would remain the class of the field racing away after a Lap-6 caution. The hard charging Lofton would hit his marks corner after corner showing the No. 7 around the tricky racecourse. Lap-10 would see Gordon cut into the lead of Lofton, but a small bobble would allow Lofton to pull away.

The Southern California native would go on to capture his third SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win of the season; he was followed to the finish by second place Robby Gordon and third finishing Apdaly Lopez.

The Sunday finale of the 2013 Sands Sports Super Show would feature round No. 13 of the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks competition.

Just as the two days prior, Stadium Super Trucks would take to the track for two practice sessions, before the best of 2-laps qualifying session. Justin Lofton continued where he left off the night before laying down the quickest lap of the weekend. Gordon would qualify second quick with a 57.817 after a 1 second penalty being applied to the qualifying time of P.J. Jones.

Sunday afternoon’s final would see a six-car invert with Apdaly Lopez pacing the 18-lap SST final to green. Lopez would lead lap-1 followed by Sheldon Creed and Keegan Kincaid.

After a Lap-6 restart, Gordon would have a hard landing in the sand causing him to roll over and acquire heavy body damage. Cosmetic damage to the body would not hinder Gordon’s race to the front, as he would continue, to the midst of a large array of cheers from the crowd.

Time would extinguish Gordon’s quest for his second win of the weekend as the young Sheldon Creed, would roll to his second SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win of the season; he was followed to the line by Lofton and third finishing P.J. Jones.

Gordon would roll his beaten and battered truck across the finish line in the fourth position.

Stadium SUPER Trucks Round No. 11 Final (15 Laps): 1. Robby Gordon; 2. Keegan Kincaid; 3. Apdaly Lopez; 4. Rino Navera; 5. Justin Lofton; 6. Greg Potts; 7. Mike Jenkins; 8. Greg Foster; 9. P.J. Jones.

Stadium SUPER Trucks Round No. 12 Final (15 Laps): 1. Justin Lofton; 2. Robby Gordon; 3. Apdaly Lopez; 4. Keegan Kincaid; 5. P.J. Jones; 6. Mike Jenkins; 7. Rino Navera; 8. Greg Foster; 9. Craig Potts.

Stadium SUPER Trucks Round No. 13 Final (18 Laps): 1. Sheldon Creed; 2. Justin Lofton; 3. P.J. Jones; 4. Robby Gordon; 5. Keegan Kincaid; 6. Greg Foster; 7. Mike Jenkins; 8. Brock Heger; 9. B.J. Baldwin; 10. Apdaly Lopez; 11. Craig Potts; 12. Scotty Steele.

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