Robby Gordon, once again for the 11th time, will try to become the first American driver to win the overall title at the Dakar Rally, which is considered as most challenging motorsports event in the world. Gordon and his HST Gordini race car are now in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to prepare for the big event this Sunday.
While he is regarded as one of the greatest off-road champions of all time, Gordon has yet to take the Dakar Rally crown into his trophy case. But the odds is already high as Gordon’s single-car team will be multi-car teams like those backed by Mini, Peugeot, Toyota, Renault and Ford.
Vying for the sweet throne will be 665 vehicles, 138 of them competing in the car class where Gordon and navigator Johnny Campbell belong. Gordon is the only entry from the United States, which is among 53 countries represented in the Dakar Rally.
Gordon’s main weapon against factory teams with multi-million dollar budgets is his confidence and experience. “Like every year, our objective and our belief is that we can win the overall title,” Gordon said.
He remarked that if they are not confident of winning the Dakar, they won’t even bother entering the race. He added that they have a team that can execute while taking on the ultimate challenge.
Gordon has been comparing the Dakar Rally to 13 Daytona 500s or Indianapolis 500s on consecutive days. After all, the race covers 9,111 kilometers (5,661 miles) of desert terrain in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile over 14 days.