Robby Gordon Fastest Qualifier 2016 Baja 500

ENSENADA, Mexico— Veteran and ultra-popular desert racer Robby Gordon returned back to the seat of his familiar bright orange No. 77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Chevrolet Trophy Truck Thursday to earn the first starting position in Saturday’s 48th Annual Baja 500 desert race.

Gordon, who will race Sunday in Detroit, Michigan in the Stadium SUPER Trucks series, covered the 5.3-mile desert-qualifying course near Uruapan, 25 miles south of Ensenada in seven minutes and 26.59 seconds, averaging 42.71 miles per hour to claim his third straight Baja 500 Fast Qualifier award. Gordon’s time bested second place Bryce Menzies by 5.953 seconds, and third place Carlos Apdaly Lopez by 9.774 seconds.

Starting and finishing in the Mexican seaside port city of Ensenada, desert racers from all over the world will take on the grueling 477.52-mile course with Gordon set to take the green flag first of the cars, trucks, and UTV’s at approximately 10 a.m. local time Saturday morning.

With the goal of finishing in the fastest overall time, competitors will leave the starting line in 30-second intervals chasing the ultra quick Gordon whom has five previous victories in the famous off-road race.

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