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Dakar 2007: Team Dakar USA and Robby Gordon win open class.

Team Dakar USA's Robby Gordon with navigator, Andy Grider, piloted their Hummer H3 race truck to an Open Class Victory and 8th Overall in Dakar 2007. This is the highest finish for American drivers competing with an American-built vehicle and for the Tyre-Company Toyo Tires. Running on 37x13.50x17 Open Country M/TT tires from Toyo, the Hummer completed the punishing half-month-long rally which covered approximately 6,000-miles. During the event, Gordon and Grider also Won Stage 6, making this the First-Ever Overall Dakar Stage Victory for an American-made vehicle and the first for Toyo Tires.

Dakar 2007 represents only the second year of competition for the American team and its first completion of the overall event. According to Robby Gordon, "We are happy to finish in the top ten overall, especially against the factory mega-teams that have years of experience. We have a long list of notes from the lessons that we have learned during this year's event as our goal is to come back and win Dakar. The tires that Toyo brought to Dakar have been spectacular and it really showed especially during Stage 5 in the very rocky track. We passed quite a few cars to make up time that day by leaving the track and we punished the tires and they survived extremely well."

Toyo Tires will continue its sponsorship of Robby Gordon, both on his 2006 Baja 1000-winning trophy truck, and during Dakar in January 2008. According to Steve Hutchinson, Senior Director of Marketing, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation, "We are proud of the accomplishment of Team Dakar USA finishing in the top ten of this year's Dakar. The Dakar is not only the ultimate proving ground for our tires, but is a true demonstration of the character and will of a race team under the most adverse conditions ever imagined. Our congratulations go out to all of the members of the team." In addition to the Hummer H3 racer, Team Dakar USA also had a MAN T4 4X4 diesel truck competing and finishing in the "Truck" category, and was supported by two Hummer H1's, specially configured 4X4 and 6X6 Mercedes trucks and a small army of dedicated crew members.

2007/01/24 | 11:33 CET | Editor: MR/

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