Robby Gordon set to start first off the line for the 50th Annual Baja 1000
Three-time SCORE Baja 1000 champion Robby Gordon, and navigator Mike Niemiec will tackle the ultra challenging Baja Mexico terrain in the grand-daddy of desert races Thursday morning, when the 2017 Baja 1000 starts from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
This year’s 50th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 will feature 39 of the world’s best desert racers in the premiere Trophy Truck division who will navigate the grueling 1134.4-mile course over the span of nearly 20 hours. Gordon, a seven-time SCORE International Off-Road Champion, and a five-time Baja 500 winner will look to veteran Class-1 Racer Damen Jefferies of Apple Valley, Calif. take over of the driving duties the No. 77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels/ Textron Off-Road trophy truck for a portion of the race giving Gordon a much needed break to regroup for a strong push to the end.
This year’s race will feature a variety of technical aspects with sections of rough and rocky areas along with sections that flatten out and are very fast giving teams the brutality and beauty that make the Baja 1000 anyone’s race in the journey all the way down the Baja peninsula.
Traditionally starting in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada, the course will lead drivers out of town southeast around 140 miles towards Valley de Tridad before heading further east towards San Felipe down the Eastern Coast of the peninsula 200 miles to Bahia de Los Angeles before switching directions west towards San Ignacio.
From San Ignacio the course runs a high-speed 100 mi. down the coastline before switching directions back across the peninsula East towards Loreto and back to the West along the coast line past Constitiuction.
When the competitors make it to RM 920 near Constitiuction they are on the final stretch of the 1134.4 mile journey to the finish line in La Paz.
As the field takes the green in 60-second increments, the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / KMC Wheels/ Textron Off-Road trophy truck will pull to the starting line first, setting the pace for the long grueling race.
Starting position for the fourth straight year was contested in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the SCORE International off-road experience at the world renowned SEMA show. This year’s qualifying course was contained strictly on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway short course track. Drivers took three laps around the course with the fastest lap being recorded as their scored time.
Navigating the course in a time of 2 minutes and 52 seconds placed Gordon as the fastest driver to take qualification laps. Gordon will take the green flag in the world famous desert race at 10:00 a.m. PT Thursday morning.
The No. 77 Trophy Truck is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, KMC Wheels, Textron Off-Road, KING Off-Road Racing Shocks, Outlaw LED, Chevrolet, Magnaflow Exhaust, HAWK Performance, LOWRANCE, Eibach Springs, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, Impact, Lincoln Welders, VP Racing Fuels, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Hella, Mechanix Wear, Race Case Design, Hella, Rugged Radios, Kar Tek Off-Road, Jamar, Trelleborg, Valvoline, Loctite, Macs, Torchmate and McKenzies.