JEAN, NEVADA – Robby Gordon proved dominant once again in the 2012 Best In The Desert racing series, winning his second consecutive race this past weekend, the Mint 400.  Gordon piloted the SPEED Energy/ RPM Offroad / Toyo Tires® open wheel Class 1500 buggy to a margin of victory of more than three minutes over the second place finisher, finishing the course in a time of 6:05:54.  Gordon relied on 39×13.50R17 Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires for the overall victory.

The Mint 400 consisted of four grueling laps in the Nevada deserts, with terrain varying from dry lakes with high speeds, to dust-choking silt beds to jagged rocks.

“I can’t say enough about how good my tires were this weekend at the Mint 400,” said Gordon.  “We qualified second.  I knew there were a couple of areas where we had to be careful because there were some big rocks that could have damaged a tire, but we didn’t… we qualified second and that basically set the stage to put us in a position to win the race itself.”
“With regards to the race itself, I basically paced Rob MacCachren most of the race.  When they were pulled over changing a flat tire, we drove on by,” continued Gordon.  “This win is another testament to how good Toyo tires are and how strong the RPM Offroad team is.  It’s a pleasure to be driving both on Toyos and for RPM.”

“Robby Gordon is a true desert racing champion, and we are glad Toyo Tires was a part of his overall win of the Mint 400 off-road race,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “We congratulate Robby and the entire RPM Offroad race team for their great victory this weekend.”

Kyle Hart earned  his first win in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.  Not only is Hart’s first win awesome, but to pull it off in such a fashion is unbelievable. Hart passed Sheldon Creed on the final turn and pulled ahead by .19 hundredths of a second to secure his first  trip atop the podium.

This is the smallest margin of victory ever recorded in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing.  This Lucas Series race, presented by Geico, was held this past weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, just outside of Salt Lake City. is so proud to be sponsoring such a great young driver and one that embodies attributes perfectly meshed with the brand – determined, never compromising, quality, innovative, and a winner!

Again, congratulations to Kyle Hart on the win and the entire Hart Racing family!