Ensenada, B.C., Mexico (November 17, 2016) – Three-time SCORE Baja 1000 champion Robby Gordon, and veteran navigator Kellon Welch will tackle the ultra challenging Baja Mexico terrain in the grand-daddy of desert races Friday morning, when the 2016 Baja 1000 starts from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
This year’s 49th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 will feature 31 of the world’s best desert racers in the premiere Trophy Truck division who will navigate the grueling 854.5-mile course over the span of nearly 20 hours. Gordon, a seven-time SCORE International Off-Road Champion, and a five-time Baja 500 winner will look to veteran Class-1 Racer Damen Jefferies of Apple Valley, Calif. take over of the driving duties the No. 200 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires/ TRAXXAS trophy truck for a portion of the race giving Gordon a much needed break to regroup for a strong push to the end.
This years loop race will feature a technical and fast course that will start in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada, and head out of town southeast towards Ojos Negros. Going past Rancho Grijalva, El Mezcal, and Uruapan before changing direction at Santo Tomas towards the west coast of the Baja California peninsula. From Santo Tomas the course runs a high-speed 100 mi. down the coastline to San Quintin, Nuevo Odisea, and then to El Rosario.
From El Rosario the course will zig zag competitors up the well known La Vivora hill to then loop around San Juan de Dios, and back to San Quintin to run back North on the east side of the highway towards Colonet. From there the course will travel a new route from Colonet to Llano Colorado, and across over to Valley de Trinidad on the east side of the peninsula. Then from there the race course goes along side the highway from San Matias to Villa de Sol crossing over the highway at El Chinero, north to Coabuso Junction then out to Borrego up Hwy 1 to Nuevo Juntion. When the competitors make it to this point they are on the final stretch back of the 854.5 mile journey to the finish line in downtown Enscenada.
As the field takes the green in 60-second increments, the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / TRAXXAS trophy truck will pull to the starting line chasing the dust of just two trucks.
For the third straight year Baja 1000 qualifying was held on November 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the SCORE International off-road experience at the world renown SEMA show, the largest automobile aftermarket show in the world. This year’s qualifying course was contained strictly on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway short course track. Drivers took three laps around the course with the fastest lap being recorded as their scored time.
Navigating the course in a time of 3 minutes and 8 seconds, placed Gordon in the third starting position overall. Gordon will take the green flag in the world famous desert race at 10:33 a.m. PT Friday morning behind fast qualifier Kyle Leduc and Justin Matney.
The No. 200 Trophy Truck is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, TRAXXAS, Arctic Cat, KMC Wheels, Outlaw LED, 4 Wheel Parts, Chevrolet, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, Impact, Lincoln Welders, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Hella, Mechanix Wear, Saftey-Kleen, Kartek Off-Road, Jamar, Trelleborg, Valvoline, Loctite, Macs, Torchmate, and T-Rex Grills.
To follow Robby, Kellon, and Damen on their quest for the 49th Annual Baja 1000 championship, updates will be available at PlanetRobby.com and Facebook.com/StadiumSuperTrucks throughout the race.