Charlotte, NC (February 3, 2011) – Making his first appearance in the Parker 425 since 2008, Robby Gordon will be racing among some of the top off-road racers in the country. Along with Gordon, the impressive field of 34 Trick Trucks includes BJ Baldwin, Andy McMillin, and celebrity custom motorcycle builder, Jesse James, just to name a few. Marking the 40th year the city of Parker has hosted the off-road race, The Blue Water Resort and Casino Parker 425 is the second stop on the Best in the Desert Racing Association’s 2011 schedule.
Robby Gordon knows how to win at Parker. Finishing first in the 2006 Trick Truck division in the HUMMER H3 that had just returned from the Dakar Rally in Africa, Gordon ran on 300 horsepower less than his competitors. “Winning the 2006 Parker 425 was fun! I had just returned from the Dakar and ran the same race vehicle we did in the Rally. To outrace the competition with less power was pretty awesome,” says Gordon.
The No. 77 SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires Chevy 1500 will be touting new sponsor, Bud Light, on the quarter panels this weekend. “We’re happy to have Bud Light with us for the Parker 425. It’s a partnership that we struck with our new distributor for SPEED Energy in the Arizona markets. We just signed a deal with Romer Beverage and are excited about the new channels of distribution this will have for SPEED Energy.”
The weekend began on Thursday with the BITD “Time Trials”, determining the starting lineup for the Trick Trucks and Class 1500. The driver to put down the best lap will claim the “Team Ford Pole Award,” which Gordon has unofficially claimed. The race vehicles will leave the starting line on California Avenue in downtown Parker on Saturday morning to begin the 425 miles of desert racing at its best.
Robby will be making autograph appearances throughout the weekend at the SPEED Energy souvenir trailer.
Fans that want to follow Gordon’s progress in the Blue Water Resort and Casino Parker 425 can visit speedenergy.com, planetrobby.com, and SPEED Energy’s Facebook and Twitter pages for daily updates on the team’s performance.