Robby Gordon returns to the Dakar with Textron XX

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Robby Gordon and Team SPEED will return to the 2019 Dakar Rally with three SPEED Edition Textron Off-Road XX’s in the car category sponsored by Toyo Tires and King Off-Road Racing Shocks. The American appeared on the Dakar's entry list with number 316. 

Gordon will drive his familiar bright orange and black SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ SPEED Edition Textron XX entry, while joining Team SPEED for their first Dakar Rally attempt; young Stadium SUPER Truck racers Blade Hildebrand and Cole Potts will field there own separate SPEED Edition Textron XX race vehicles. All three race vehicles will rely solely on Toyo Open Country M/T tires to deliver the maximum Off-Road performance, and durability needed to tackle the 10-Stage challenge; 3,107-miles (5,000 KM) through the extreme sands of Peru.

Gordon, a Dakar fan favorite is no stranger to the event making 2019 his 13th start in the historic rally. Since the first in 2005, Gordon’s vehicles have captured 17 stage wins, with five top 15 overall finishes, Gordon became the first American in the history of the Dakar to capture a stage win and overall podium finish, even as a manufacturer.

Joining Gordon in the cockpit of the SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires / SPEED Edition Textron XX will be his previous 4-time Dakar navigator, and Dakar special winner, Kellon Walch. “Kellon has been my navigator for three out of my last four Dakar’s. I fully intend to come to Peru to compete for the overall, and there is no better person to have in the right seat than Kellon. The in-car communication and mechanical skills between the both of us over the years allows me to have the trust to concentrate on driving,” stated Gordon.

For the first time since 2010, Team SPEED will enter two additional racecars in the Rally with Stadium SUPER Trucks racers Blade Hildebrand and Cole Potts driving there own SPEED Edition Textron XX’s respectively.

Hildebrand, whom spent 2018 in his first season behind the wheel of his Empire Destructive Stadium SUPER Truck, claimed eight top 5 finishes, with reaching the podium twice. “Yeah it’s that real! This is a race I’ve followed all my life, and to represent Team SPEED and the USA at the international level, competing against the worlds best off-road racers in the most grueling race known to man. What an absolute honor! To partner with King Shocks, Toyo Tires, and my mentor Robby Gordon, I have the right people on my side, and I am ready for the ultimate challenge,” commented Hildebrand on the Dakar experience.

Jonah Street, a motorcycle veteran whom has competed in six prior editions of the Dakar (2006-2012), will navigate for his second Dakar sitting along side of Hildebrand.

Cole Potts, who also competes in Stadium SUPER Trucks in 2018, is a talented young racer under the SPEED Banner who claimed victory in just his second SST race of the season. “Having this unique opportunity to participate in the 2019 Dakar Rally, with Team SPEED and Robby Gordon in a SPEED Edition Textron XX is an absolute honor. Having raced North America’s toughest off road races already, I’m very interested to see how Dakar compares to them. With the opportunity to compete in the Dakar in the country of Peru is an exciting opportunity. As we are going to be able to tackle some of the world’s toughest sand dunes and witness some beautiful terrain.”

Max Eddy, a veteran motorcycle racer whom has claimed victory in the Baja 1000, and Vegas to Reno will navigate for Potts providing the driver with extensive course detail and direction.