Robby Gordon returns to Ensenada, Mexico with one thing on his mind - looking to repeat the performance from last year's Baja 1000. 2006 marked Gordon's third Baja 1000 victory of his prestigious off road career.
Gordon once again will dismiss the logistical challenges of racing multiple races in various locations. After the completion of the NASCAR Nextel Cup race in Phoenix on Sunday and before heading to Homestead, Miami for NASCAR's season finale, Gordon and crew will head to Ensenada for Tuesday's running of the 40th Baja 1000, a 1296 mile event through the rugged terrain of Mexico.
On Tuesday morning, Robby Gordon and co-driver Gregg Till will start from fourth place in the Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck in Ensenada. As the course progresses through the Mexico, Gordon will turn the truck over to Dale Ebberts in Catavina -- about 400 miles into the race. Ebberts will race his way to San Ignatio, which is about 695 miles into the race. At this point, Gordon will return the helm of the Monster Energy / Toyo Tires trophy truck and continue to the finish line in Cabo San Lucas.
Every year the competition in Baja gets tougher and teams look for every advantage they can get. This year Gordon's NASCAR Nextel Cup team is kicking in with almost the entire road team attending. The over the wall crew will be adding a new activity to their resumes - changing tires on the trophy truck at various locations on the course.
"We're starting fourth, and I'm hoping to pass some guys in the pits and get an early lead," explained Gordon on his decision to utilize his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup crew.
The almost 1300 mile race will take the better part of 20 hours to complete. This year Jim Beam has teamed up with Robby Gordon Off-Road to provide live updates via Twitter. Twitter is a mobile micro blogging service that will allow the team to text message updates from satellite phone. Fans can sign up and have the updates sent directly to their mobile phones for free (please note that standard service plan charges still apply).
The vast terrain in Baja makes it difficult to get video footage of the race. This year Robby Gordon Motorsports is enlisting the help of fans and chasers on the course by sponsoring a video contest. The prize pack will include a set of Robby Gordon Off-Road Wheels, a set of Toyo Open Country Tires, an autographed Jim Beam die-cast, seven cases of Monster Energy and some exclusive Monster Energy apparel.