Dakar: Team Dakar USA stage one report

Amazing scene from the Lisbon Cultural Center this morning as the 2007 Dakar got underway. Thousands and thousands of fans lined the streets on the liaison from Lisbon to Portimão. The arrival at Portimão signaled the first stage in the 2007...

Amazing scene from the Lisbon Cultural Center this morning as the 2007 Dakar got underway. Thousands and thousands of fans lined the streets on the liaison from Lisbon to Portimão. The arrival at Portimão signaled the first stage in the 2007 Dakar Rally.

Robby Gordon and Andy Grider in their Toyo tire clad Monster Hummer were the 20th vehicle on the 117km special. By the end of the stage they were 13th overall in the car class -- 8 minutes and 44 seconds behind the stage winner and Portugal native -- Carlos Sousa

Robby Gordon quote after the first Stage

"The stage was very tight and technical and the sand was soft and deep. We had a good race going but we got stuck trying to avoid hitting some fans. I would say we lost close to five minutes by being bogged down. That was the biggest problem. We had a couple of technical issues with the truck. The clutch was slipping so we had to baby it a bit. Overall we are going to be ok. I'm satisfied with how we are going to stack up against the competition."

-credit: team dakar usa

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Carlos Sousa , Andy Grider