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Old 10-29-2006, 08:24 PM   #1
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Robby Gordon and Team Dakar USA Final Test Session

Not Moto related, but Gordons co-pilot is Andy Grider of "Dust to Glory Team Honda fame"

Dakar: Team Dakar USA final pre-run test
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Date 2006-10-29
Robby Gordon and Team Dakar USA Final Test Session
Next Step: Dakar

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (October 27, 2006) - With the world's most grueling off-road race 10 weeks away, Robby Gordon lead the 19-member Team Dakar USA team through one of its final test sessions leading up to the Dakar Rally which begins Jan. 6 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The three-day test earlier this week in the desert of the Southwestern United States in Gordon's purpose-built Toyo Tires/HUMMER-sponsored H3, included navigator Andy Grider and provided all members, including those new to the program this year, what the Dakar experience may entail.

Battling similar terrain the team will encounter in the early stages of the 16-stage event through Portugal, Spain and Morocco, as well as the latter stages of Mauritania, Mali and Senegal, Gordon is confident in the team's ability and their chances of capturing the overall title.

"The mission of this test was to work out the kinks and make our preparations for the Rally," said Gordon, already a two-time Rally stage winner and the only American to do so. "We definitely could have been better prepared last year and we definitely didn't want to put ourselves in the same situation this time around.

"The test was structured as a mini-rally. We tried to cover as much terrain possible that would simulate the conditions that we may face in January and really put the H3 and the crew in some compromising situations, not unlike those that you can face in Africa on a daily basis. We intentionally put ourselves in some spots that we may face in the race so the guys could become familiar with each other as well as what they will have available to them during the race."

Gordon and crew will encounter some of the most difficult terrain and environmental conditions known to man on the more than 6,000-mile 17-day journey from Lisbon to Dakar. From torrential rain to blinding sandstorms, Dakar is a test of man as well as machine. Over the last 29 years, competitors from across the globe have made survival the No. 1 priority in the punishing race.

"Dakar is a perfect arena to show the strengths of the HUMMER," said Dwight Woodbridge, General Motor's Off-Road Program Manager. "If you think of one word to explain Dakar, it would be - extreme. Dakar is easily the most grueling automotive event and probably sporting event in the world. With 17 consecutive days of racing across some very difficult terrain in a very remote countryside and never under the same conditions, Dakar is undoubtedly a trial that GM and HUMMER are prepared for. This type of challenge is the perfect fit for the extreme nature of the HUMMER H3."

"The test was a great success," said the 37-year old Gordon, who will celebrate his 38th birthday while in Portugal. "Part of this was also to get the team together and to make sure they can work together under very difficult circumstances, and they proved without a doubt that they're up to the job."

With testing almost complete and Team Dakar USA set to take on the challenges that the Southern European and African continents have to offer, Gordon's participation in his third consecutive Dakar will bring the race to the forefront in the United States and Canada.

However, as its popularity grows in the United States, its mass appeal in Europe and Africa is already beyond compare. For 2007, more than 580 hours of programming is expected in more than 180 countries. The sanctioning body of the race, the ASO - which also promotes and organizes the famed Tour de France bicycle race - produces a daily 26-minute television show that is distributed via satellite.

While many will consider just finishing a victory, Gordon's goals are clearly stated: "Toyo Tires and HUMMER have made a commitment to compete against some of the best off-road programs in the world in Dakar and our sole focus is to help them complete that goal."

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Old 10-29-2006, 08:48 PM   #2
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He had a great week...should do more of these tests. Got the JB car in the top 15 too. Do they think they have a legitimate chance this year? It would be a huge accomplishment for the hummer to complete all stages, say nothing of winning it.
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Old 10-29-2006, 11:15 PM   #3
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Old 10-30-2006, 06:59 AM   #4
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Hummer=DNF
Because Robby will wreck it.
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:54 AM   #5
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Because Robby will wreck it.

BINGO !! Actually I really hope he does great and sticks with it so he will STAY AWAY FROM THE NASCAR TRACKS !!! But if he falls behind in a rally throwing roll-bar padding out the window won't help.
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:15 AM   #6
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throwing roll-bar padding out the window
There was no DNA test performed on that roll bar padding. IASCAR has no definitive proof it belonged to team RGM. Typical of the kneejerk "Brain and Hollowtone" regime..... Anything to advance their chosen ones.
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:04 AM   #7
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At least Schlesser doesn't paint "Festiva" on the side of his buggy.
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:45 AM   #8
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"This type of challenge is the perfect fit for the extreme nature of the HUMMER H3."


-credit: rgm[/quote]

This cracks me up. A stock H3 is nothing more than a fancy body on an S10 chassis and driven by soccer moms. Gordons H3 is going to have not one single part on it from an H3
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Old 10-30-2006, 04:31 PM   #9
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Gordons H3 is going to have not one single part on it from an H3
I think the grille is stock.
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Old 10-30-2006, 04:47 PM   #10
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Robby is the man. I think they learned their lesson in the last two years as he saw the differences between Team Volkswagen (sucking Kleinschmidts tailpipe on orders from the boss) and team Hummer (with too little logistical support). He will be in contention this year.


I see that I am in slim company with this opinion.

Oh well, if we could guess the outcome, we probably wouldnt have races, now would we.



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Old 10-30-2006, 04:57 PM   #11
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I see that I am in slim company with this opinion.
I root for everyone that enters the Dakar.

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Old 10-30-2006, 05:41 PM   #12
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Same Andy Grider that raced it last year on a KTM?
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:39 PM   #13
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I see that I am in slim company with this opinion.
I'm with ya!
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:52 PM   #14
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Robby is the man.

I see that I am in slim company with this opinion.
I'm with you, maybe I should dredge up one of my "Why Robby is a great RACER" posts.
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Old 10-30-2006, 11:03 PM   #15
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Andy has been racing a Class 10 car (a Penhall I think) in SCORE this year. He came by the shop where I work and I spoke w/ him. He is concentrating on cars and still doing some select motorcycle events.


As for the "Hummer". Make no mistake the only thing Hummer about it is the fiberglass look of the body. It is a NOT a modified H3....
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