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Dakar 2007: Team Dakar USA and Toyo Tires Win Stage 6 of the Dakar.

Robby Gordon, driver of the Team Dakar USA Monster Energy Hummer H3 competing on Toyo Open Country M/TT tires, along with navigator Andy Grider, Won Stage 6 of the Dakar 2007. This is the First-Ever Dakar Stage Victory for an American-made vehicle, and the first for Toyo Tires. During the early stages of competition, the team was challenged by a roll onto their side and bad fuel, both costing valuable time.

Proving their determination and toughness, the team made a remarkable charge from a 77th starting position to finish 15th during Stage 5 of the event which spanned 768-kilometers from Ouarzazate to Tan Tan, both in the African country of Maroc. This was the best finish of the day in the "Cars" Category. Gordon, winner of the 2006 Baja 1000, attributed his success to the team's 37x13.50x17Open Country M/TT tires, as he passed several competitors off course over rocky terrain without any tire problems.

According to Steve Hutchinson, Senior Director of Marketing, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation, "Team Dakar USA's victory during Stage 6 of Dakar represents an historic event for Toyo Tires. We are proud of this and thank Robby Gordon and his team for making it a part of Toyo's racing milestones." In addition to Team Dakar USA, Frenchman Eric Vigouroux with navigator Alexandre Winocq are 15th overall in their Chevy Silverado pickup running on Toyo Open Country M/TT tires.

2007/01/12 | 14:18 CET | Editor: MR/Toyo Tires

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