Three-time SCORE Baja 1000 champion Robby Gordon and veteran navigator Kellon Welch will tackle the ultra challenging Baja Mexico terrain in the grand-daddy of desert races Friday morning, when the 2015 Baja 1000 starts from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
This year’s 48th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 features 31 of the world’s best desert racers in the top Trophy Truck division who will navigate the grueling 821-mile course over the span of nearly 15 hours. Gordon, a seven-time SCORE International Off-Road Champion and a five-time Baja 500 winner, will drive the entire race himself piloting the No. 77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires/ TRAXXAS Chevrolet trophy truck back to the finish.
The circuit will travels on both sides of the Baja California peninsula from Ensenada South to Rosario, East to San Agustin, North along the Gulf of California and back west towards the finish in Ensenada.
As the field takes the green in 60-second increments, the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / TRAXXAS trophy truck will pull to the starting line chasing the dust of just four trucks.
For the second straight year Baja 1000 qualifying was held back on November 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada during the world renown SEMA show. The qualifying course brought the trophy truck drivers on various obstacles through out the Las Vegas Motor Speedway grounds. Starting and finishing on the short course track, drivers pushed there trophy trucks on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring and everywhere in between to set the starting order with Gordon checking in behind Bryce Menzies, Rob MacCachren, Tavo Vildosola, and the fastest qualifier Justin Matney.
Navigating the course in a time of 3 minutes 31 seconds, placed Gordon in the fourth starting position overall. Gordon will take the green flag in the world famous desert race at 11:04 a.m