Starting positions are set for the 2016 SCORE Baja 500 and like last year Robby Gordon will start first off the line. The 2016 course will start and end in Ensenada like usual and the entire is inland passing through Ohos, working its way to the top of the summit, then Borrego with a quick loop in San Felipe. San Matias leads racers to a short trip to Mike Sky Ranch then cutting through Valley T and crawling up the goat trail. After passing Jamul the course then crossing the highway again at k77 working its way back through Ojos one more time.
1. 77 Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy Silverado, 7:26.59 (42.71miles per hour)
2. 7 Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor, 7:32.65 (42.15mph)
3. 1 Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 7:36.47 (41.80mph)
4. 11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 7:40.80 (41.41mph)
5. 4 Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Rally Truck, 7:41.00 (41.39mph)
6. 83 Luke McMillin, San Diego, Ford F-150, 7:44.33 (41.10mph)
7. 31 Andy McMillin, San Diego, Ford Raptor, 7:46.01 (40.94mph)
8. 2 Jason McNeil, El Cajon, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 7:52.63 (40.40mph)
9. 44 Kyle Jergensen, Oak Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 7:52.90 (40.34mph)
10. 23 Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif., Ford F-150, 7:55.18 (40.15mph)
Racers have said this course will be faster then years past so a good qualifying position will be important on race day. Will Gordon try to go out and set a blistering pace or will he go just fast enough to keep his truck together while staying just out front of the rest of the pack while they battle through the dust.
Bryce Menzies who is always in top contention will start 60 seconds behind Gordon. What will his strategy be? Try and get around Robby as soon as possible? Stay just out of his dust and wait to see if Robby has an issue? Strategy will be an important part of tomorrow and with 500 miles its anyones win to take.