Saturday
Jan022016

TEAM SPEED Celebrates the New Year with Final 2016 Dakar Rally Preparations

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Dec. 31, 2015) –The final day of 2015 was anything but a time to celebrate for Robby Gordon, Sheldon Creed, and their Team SPEED teammates. As millions in South America’s second largest metropolitan area celebrated the New Year with dancing, music, and fireworks. Gordon, and his team spent New Year’s Eve putting the final touches on both HST Gordini Supercars for Saturday’s timed mini-special from Buenos Aires to Rosario. The competitor’s time will set the starting order for Stage 1 of the 2016 Dakar Rally on Sunday.
    
Different than the last two year’s of the Dakar with Robby Gordon competing in his sole HST Gordini, Team SPEED built an additional Gordini Supercar during the off season for 2015 Stadium SUPER Trucks Champion Sheldon Creed, who will start the Dakar as the youngest ever competitor in the 36-year history of the race.
    
With two American entries gunning for the overall podium, every available moment until the start of the race will be spent fine tuning and massaging both race vehicles in preparation for the 13 stages of more than 5,739 miles (9,237 KM) of grueling off-road racing through Argentina, and Bolivia.
    
The logistics of the Dakar are a challenge all in itself; transporting the race vehicles, spare parts, support vehicles and crew from the United States to Argentina for the start of the race takes months of precise coordinating.
    
As in previous years, Team SPEED shipped its tools, equipment, and support vehicles from the United States to France in early November to board the ASO cargo ship with the majority of the other 500 plus race vehicles, bikes, quads, and support equipment. From France all entrants’ equipment made the 3-week long trek across the Atlantic Ocean to Bueno Aires for the late December arrival.
    
Unlike the support vehicles, both HST Gordini’s had a vastly different way of arriving in Argentina for the race. After being trucked to Miami, Fla., both vehicles were loaded upon a cargo plane, and were flown to Buenos Aires in late December, allowing the team the maximum amount of time possible to work on both race vehicles in the Charlotte, N.C., shop. After several days in customs quarantine, the team took delivery of both Gordini’s on Wednesday.
    
With all team members now in the capital city every nut and bolt of the race vehicles are getting attention to ensure it is ready for the start of the world’s most demanding automotive challenge.
    
“There is really no racing event like the Dakar, and now that we are entering our 12th Rally we believe we’ve seen just about everything and know how to prepare for it. With the addition of young off-road phnom Sheldon Creed in a second SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires HST Gordini Supercar Team SPEED bring's the extra support needed on course we've lacked in the last few years. But it's the Dakar Rally, we know there could be a new challenge around the next corner as Sheldon and I put our SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires Gordini's up against the best off-road racers in the world. It’s the ultimate survival test, which is why the Dakar Rally is such a tremendous event,” Gordon Stated.
    
Follow the quest for an American podium finish in the 2016 Dakar Rally for Team SPEED through live timing and scoring as well as live updates with chat at http://www.planetrobby.com and http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com
    
Team SPEED is supported by the following partners; SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, TRAXXAS, KMC Wheels, Arctic Cat, 4 Wheel Parts, Grand Design Recreational Vehicles, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, King Shocks, Outlaw LED, Mastercraft Safety, Holley Performance, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, DeWALT, Freightliner Trucks, Replay XD, Valvoline, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Lincoln Electric, Torchmate by Lincoln Electric, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Mechanix Wear, Saftey-Kleen, Weddle Industries, and Loctite.


 

 

Tuesday
Dec152015

Team SPEED and Toyo Tires Enter TWO HST Gordini’s for 2016 Dakar Rally

Charlotte, NC (December 15, 2015) – Robby Gordon and Team SPEED are returning to compete in the 2016 Dakar Rally in full force with Two Super Car HST Gordini’s contending for the overall win. Gordon will drive his familiar bright orange #312 SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires/ TRAXXAS entry; while 2015 Stadium SUPER Trucks Champion, and X Games Gold Medalist Sheldon Creed, joins the team and will be the youngest competitor into a Dakar Rally piloting a similar looking #337 SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires Gordini.  

Both race vehicles will rely solely on Toyo Open Country tires to deliver the maximum Off-Road performance, and durability needed to tackle the 13-day challenge; 5,739-mile (9,237 KM) through the extreme terrain of Argentina and Bolivia. 

Gordon, a Dakar fan favorite is no stranger to the event making 2016 his 12th start. Since the first in 2005, Gordon has gone on to capture 12 stage victories, with five top 15 overall finishes. By capturing the overall third place podium in 2009, Gordon became the first American in the history of the Dakar to capture a stage win and overall podium finish, even as a manufacture. 

Joining Gordon in the cockpit of the SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires/Traxxas Gordini will be previous 3-time Dakar navigator, and veteran Baja co-pilot, Kellon Walch. 

“Kellon has been very involved in all our test sessions throughout 2015 as well as the Baja 500 and Baja 1000. The in-car communication and mechanical skills between the both of us is some of the best I have ever had for the Dakar.” stated Gordon.

For the first time since 2012, Team SPEED will enter an additional racecar in the Rally with 2015 Stadium SUPER Trucks Champion and X-Games gold medalist, Sheldon Creed making his first Dakar start. 

Creed, who will be recorded as the youngest competitor in the 36-year history of the world famous rally will join veteran Dakar competitor Robby Gordon and Team SPEED to drive the vehicle that captured the final special of 2015 with sponsor support from SPEED Energy and Toyo Tires.

"Being a teammate with Robby for Dakar is an absolute dream come true. I've gotten to know him super well over the last few years, and I have seen how much hard work he puts into his Dakar program. Out of all drivers that I could have the chance to be teammates with, this is a true honor to be able to learn and test my driving skills against some of the best in the world under the watchful eye of a Dakar great,” Creed said. 

As a Southern California short-course off-road racing phenom Creed boasts an impressive racing resume for an 18-year old, capturing 12 previous off-road championships, and staking claim to a season record 11-SST victories in 2015, including taking home the 2015 X-Games gold medal.

“When looking at drivers for the second HST Gordini we did not have to look very far as ultra talented 2015 Stadium SUPER Trucks Champion and X Games Gold Medalist Sheldon Creed is super familiar with the vehicle size and handling. My biggest challenge with Sheldon will not be going fast, but will be holding the reins back on him to make the vehicle last 13-days. The first half of the race he is a driver, but a student up against some of the best Rally racers in the world.” Gordon mentioned of Creed. 

Jonah Street, a motorcycle veteran whom has competed in six prior editions of the Dakar (2006-2012), will try his hand at navigating for the first time sitting along side of Creed.

"I think Sheldon is really talented, so getting to work with him in his first trip to Dakar is going to be awesome. I have watched him race this past year and he looks great!" Street commented in regards to competing with Sheldon.

Beginning on January 2nd in Buenos Aires, Argentina competitors will gather in front of hundreds of thousands fans for opening ceremonies, along with a short qualifying stage that will set the starting positions for the following day.  From Buenos Aires competitors will be led West on narrow gravel roads and paths through forests and fields into the extreme elevations of the Andes Mountains North into Bolivia where competitors will be turned around, and head back South to Salta, Argentina then East to the finish in Rosario on January 16th.

Follow the quest for an American podium finish in the 2016 Dakar Rally for Team SPEED through live timing and scoring as well as live updates with chat at http://www.planetrobby.com And http://www.StadiumSuperTrucks.com

Team SPEED is supported by the following partners; SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, TRAXXAS, KMC Wheels, Arctic Cat, 4 Wheel Parts, Grand Design Recreational Vehicles, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, King Shocks, Outlaw LED, Mastercraft Safety, Holley Performance, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, DeWALT, Freightliner Trucks, Replay XD, Valvoline, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Lincoln Electric, Torchmate by Lincoln Electric, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Mechanix Wear, Saftey-Kleen, Weddle Industries, and Loctite.

 

Friday
Nov202015

Robby Gordon Set to Start 5th in the 48th Annual Baja 1000

Ensenada, B.C., Mexico (November 19, 2015) – 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 2015 Baja 1000 starts from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

This year’s 48th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 features 31 of the world’s best desert racers in the top Trophy Truck division who will navigate the grueling 821-mile course over the span of nearly 15 hours. Gordon, a seven-time SCORE International Off-Road Champion and a five-time Baja 500 winner, will drive the entire race himself piloting the No. 77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires/ TRAXXAS Chevrolet trophy truck back to the finish. 

The circuit will travels on both sides of the Baja California peninsula from Ensenada South to Rosario, East to San Agustin, North along the Gulf of California and back west towards the finish in Ensenada. 

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 four trucks. 

For the second straight year Baja 1000 qualifying was held back on November 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada during the world renown SEMA show. The qualifying course brought the trophy truck drivers on various obstacles through out the Las Vegas Motor Speedway grounds. Starting and finishing on the short course track, drivers pushed there trophy trucks on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring and everywhere in between to set the starting order with Gordon checking in behind Bryce Menzies, Rob MacCachren, Tavo Vildosola, and the fastest qualifier Justin Matney.

Navigating the course in a time of 3 minutes 31 seconds, placed Gordon in the fourth starting position overall. Gordon will take the green flag in the world famous desert race at 11:04 a.m. PT.

The No. 77 Trophy Truck is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, TRAXXAS, 4 Wheel Parts, Arctic Cat, KMC Wheels, Outlaw LED, Chevrolet, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, Replay XD, 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 and Kellon on their quest for the 48th Annual Baja 1000 championship, updates will be available at PlanetRobby.com throughout the race. 

Be sure to keep up with all the latest news and results on Robby Gordon by liking SPEED Energy Drink on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thespeedenergydrink & following us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SPEED_ENERGY.


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