Robby Gordon – DAKAR RALLY STAGE 9 – TUCUMAN TO CORDOBA

Cordoba, Argentina (January 14, 2013) – Following a much needed rest day for teams, today’s stage from Tucumán to Córdoba was one of the toughest and longest of this year’s Dakar Rally. Drivers faced a course similar to what would be seen during a WRC race, an advantage that the 4WD race cars had over the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER.

When the reviewed results came in for Stage 8, Gordon was scored third. Thus, he started third in today’s stage, which was helpful to keep pace with the leaders during the 593KM Special. Gordon lost a few minutes by KM100 and was down nearly 8 minutes to the leader near by the second half of the stage. Not letting the leaders stray too far, Gordon stayed in the top-5 for much of the Special bringing the HUMMER home with a solid fourth place finish, 8 minutes and 37 seconds behind.

“It was a good special for us. We most likely made a mistake not changing the tires after the first part of the stage, and most likely lost some time by not doing so. All in all, it was pretty good. Nani (Roma) was buzzing me to pass. He is most likely upset with me, but I was not going to pull over because I was buzzing Peterhansel. The SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER is still here and rolling. I am sure we will jump up in the standings since we had a good run and beat a lot of cars today.”

A few hours into the bivouac and only seven cars have finished the stage. Overall standings will not be posted until more cars cross the finish line. With many teams having issues today, Team SPEED hopes to take a jump in the overall standings. Still many hours behind leader Peterhansel, everyone knows that anything can happen in the Dakar Rally, the toughest off-road race in the world.

Stage 10 starts with a short 37KM liaison to the start of a 353KM Special and finishing with a 242KM liaison headed towards the city of La Rioja. The competitors will face another 2 days of racing in the Argentina countryside before stepping back into the country of Chile. Gordon looks to take on even more WRC style tracks tomorrow.

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

About SPEED Energy – SPEED Energy is available in four flavors: Unleaded, Fuel, Ethanol and Octane, which provides the human machine with the fuel it needs to keep up with the SPEED of life. Each drink contains a potent energy blend of B-vitamins, caffeine, taurine and ginseng. SPEED is packaged in 16 ounce cans that have a stylish black top and sexy body and are available in singles, four-packs, and cases. SPEED Energy is available in the United States in major retailers, convenience stores, grocery stores, bars and nightclubs.

For more information, please visit www.speedenergy.com or connect with SPEED Energy on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/thespeedenergydrink and by following on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SPEED_ENERGY.

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.

For more information log onto www.toyotires.com and connect with the community on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/ToyoTires and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ToyoTires.

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.