Robby Gordon Edition
Robby Gordon is one of the busiest racecar drivers in the United States, not to mention one of the most versatile. The six-time off-road champion is a popular figure on the NASCAR circuit, a familiar face at the Indianapolis 500, and now becoming a well-known competitor in the famed Dakar Rally. Growing up in Orange, California, Gordon was drawn to anything with a motor. By age 8, he was racing motorbikes, and as soon as he turned 16, he jumped behind the wheel of a car. Robby won the very first off-road race he entered, the Nevada 400. In 1990, Gordon moved to sports cars, and he quickly proved himself. He won five GTO races in 1991 and a Trans-Am race in 1992. By 1993, he was into Open Wheel, driving an Indy car for A.J. Foyt.
Success after success followed with wins and podium finishes in CART and the International Race of Champions. Meanwhile, Gordon became increasingly involved in NASCAR’s Winston Cup Series and formed his own team in 2000, running seventeen events. After impressive performances in both 2001 Winston Cup road races, Gordon was signed to drive RCR’s No. 31 Lowe’s Chevrolet to finish out the season, and he snagged his first Winston Cup oval track top-10, plus a victory at New Hampshire. Robby ran all thirty-four Winston Cup races in 2002 and No. 31 roared to five top-10 finishes, including a third place at Watkins Glen. The 2003 season proved equally exciting, as Gordon went door-to-door with Jeff Gordon for a stunning victory at Sonoma and became only the fourth driver to win both Winston Cup road races in a single year. 2005 marked a new beginning for Gordon in the Cup series as he became the owner / driver of the No. 7 car, and the team continues to show its strength and ability in the highly competitive world of NASCAR Sprint Cup series racing.
In 2005, Gordon also added another entry into his already impressive resume as he became the first American to win a stage in perhaps the most grueling motorsports event - the Dakar Rally. Gordon loved the event so much that he immediately began planning to tackle the Dakar Rally with is own effort. In 2006, he entered his Jim Beam / Toyo Tires Hummer H3 in the Dakar Rally, but radiator problems ended his hopes of being the first American to win the Dakar Rally. Robby returned to Dakar in 2007 to finish eighth overall with a stage win along the way. In 2009, Team Dakar USA made its fourth appearance in the grueling Dakar Rally with Gordon piloting his Hummer H3 and Eric Vigouroux behind the wheel of the Vanguard Hummer H3. Upon the conclusion of the world’s toughest race, both Hummers finished inside the top-15, which was a tremendous accomplishment for Team Dakar USA. Team Dakar USA showed the world that they remain a serious threat regardless of circumstance or terrain and that they are truly one of the best off-road teams in the world.