Team HUMMER: Opening Day
New Year's Day was filled with emotions rising in anticipation for opening ceremonies of the 2010 Dakar Rally. In the middle of downtown Buenos Aires, more than 300,000 people watched as each driver was introduced. Robby Gordon and his navigator
Andy Grider were fan favorites. After Robby Gordon was interviewed about last year's impressive performance and what he expected for this year, he climbed back into his Monster Energy / Toyo Tires HUMMER as the announcer said to the thousands of people in the streets "--and now for what you have all been waiting for." Robby Gordon backed up his Monster Energy / Toyo Tires HUMMER and jumped over the stage to the crowds delight.
"I feel good about the rally" Robby Gordon commented to the crowd. "I feel that our team is stronger than ever before with the addition of Carlo Degavardo and BJ Baldwin, our HUMMERs are stronger, faster and lighter. I look forward to getting off to a good start and the challenge that comes along with the Rally." Robby Gordon was then asked what it's like to be back in Argentina and happily replied, "it's great to be back here in Argentina. You guys are wonderful and have a beautiful country."
For tomorrow, there will be a 251-kilometre special stage from Colon to Cordoba. A total of 684 kilometers, including liaison stages, are on the agenda.
Race Coverage -- For fans tracking the Dakar Rally at home, please visit robbygordon.com, planetrobby.com, and Robby Gordon's twitter page for daily updates on the team's performance including a daily recap, photos and videos. Versus will provide coverage throughout the United States. A 30-minute daily program featuring highlights from that day's racing will be aired on Versus daily at 3:30 p.m. with a replay airing later in the day. The show is set to air daily from January 3rd through January 18th, check your local listing for exact show times. A 60-minute recap show featuring all fourteen stages will air on Versus on Sunday, January 24th at 3:00 p.m.