Company press release.

2014 DAKAR RALLY: STAGE 2 SAN LUIS TO SAN RAFAELSan Rafael, Argentina (January 6, 2014) – After a miserable opening day to the 35th Dakar Rally, Robby Gordon and the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires team were optimistic about the second of 15 stages in the famed race and were prepared to take advantage of their 17th starting position. Unfortunately, it was another day of dismay for Gordon and his HST Gordini as it rolled back into the bivouac with a tow from a fellow competitor.

With nothing shorter than a stage victory on his mind, Gordon found himself trying to capitalize on a 433-kilometer Special of the Rally that brought competitors into a high-speed test through Argentina's grey sand dunes. With the HST Gordini designed with high speeds in mind this was the perfect opportunity for Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch to work themselves back into the race. However, midway through the special things took a turn for the worst, and the HST Gordini developed a mechanical failure and would require a tow to finish losing valuable time to the Stage leaders.

Being down 1 hour and 13 minutes will make tomorrow's Stage 3 from San Rafael to San Juan an even tougher task as it will require a large amount of skill and patience from the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires team as the HST Gordini will encounter the first test of a mountainous terrain in the Rally passing through the Pre-Andes Mountains, climbing up and back down the 6,962-meter Aconcagua Volcano. If Gordon and Walch can make it over the mountain among the leaders the team will be able to proudly breathe a large sigh of relief.

Be sure to watch the nightly highlight show of the 2014 Dakar Rally January 6th through January 18th on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. EST/ 2 p.m. PST. Check local listings for exact channel and time.


To follow Gordon and the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires team as they try to rise above the competition at the legendary Dakar Rally, log onto and for race team updates.

Fans can also participate in the Dakar Rally experience by connecting on and follow along with the team on Facebook and Twitter at:, and,,

The HST Gordini is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, Traxxas, 4 Wheel Parts, Grand Design Recreational Vehicles, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, King Shocks, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, DeWALT, Freightliner Trucks, Replay XD, Impact Racing, Lincoln Welders, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Hella, Mechanix Wear, Saftey-Kleen, Weddle Racing Gears, Kartek Off-Road, Team Gordon Race Wheels, Pro Am Racing Products, Anaheim Hills Auto Body.

Photos by Weyens Dakarworld

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    About SPEED Energy – SPEED Energy is available in four flavors: Unleaded, Fuel, Ethanol and Octane, which provides the human machine with the fuel it needs to keep up with the SPEED of life. Each drink contains a potent energy blend of B-vitamins, caffeine, taurine and ginseng. SPEED is packaged in 16 ounce cans that have a stylish black top and sexy body and are available in singles, four-packs, and cases. SPEED Energy is available in the United States in major retailers, convenience stores, grocery stores, bars and nightclubs.

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    About Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. –Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks.

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