Robby Gordon – DAKAR RALLY STAGE 11 – LA RIOJA TO FIAMBALA

Fiambalá, Argentina (January 16, 2013) – The organization has again decided to cancel the remaining kilometers of Stage 11 due to flash flooding in the area. As a result, Robby Gordon was declared the winner since he was the leader at Checkpoint 1, where the organization decided to red flag the race.

“We won the stage, so today was a good special for us. It could have been a great special for us. I am sure we could have beat most of the cars by 30 minutes or more. It is a shame they had to cancel it because of weather since we would have climbed the standings today. The flooding was not too bad when we got to it; it was only about a foot or two high. Not a big deal, I mean I thought this was the Dakar, the toughest race in the world…it seems like they have lost sight of that this year,” commented a slightly disappointed Gordon even though he won the stage because he knew there was still more time to be gained on his competition.

Even though, the race was stopped shortly after KM75, Gordon and Walch kept on racing till the 125 mark where a helicopter stopped them in the middle of the stage, declaring that the rest of the Special had been canceled. Tomorrow’s Stage 12 takes the Rally back into Chile, crossing over the Andes Mountains and beginning a 319KM Special that ends in Copiapó.

Through 11 Stages of the 2013 Dakar Rally, Robby Gordon and the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER sits in the top twenty overall in the standings capturing eight top-ten finishes, six different podiums, and one stage win. With only three stages remaining, Gordon will be pushing the SPEED Energy HUMMER hard looking to gain as many positions in the standings as possible while gunning for all three Stage wins.

To follow Gordon and the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires team throughout the legendary Dakar Rally, log ontowww.speedenergy.com and www.toyotires.com for race team updates. Fans can also participate in the Dakar Rally experience by connecting on http://www.planetrobby.com and follow along with the team on Facebook and Twitter at:www.facebook.com/thespeedenergydrink, and www.facebook.com/toyotireshttp://twitter.com/SPEED_ENERGY,http://twitter.com/ToyoTires.

Photos taken by Rally World

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About Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. – Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks.

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About MAPEI – MAPEI Group, with 67 subsidiaries including 58 plants in 27 countries, is today the world leader in the manufacturing of adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings. The company also specializes in manufacturing other chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls.

Eighteen MAPEI manufacturing facilities are located in the Americas, with headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The Quality Management Systems of the majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are ISO 9001 certified. Visitwww.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.