With five days remaining before the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally, teams and drivers involved in the toughest rally on Earth have begun to arrive at the race’s start and end point – Buenos Aires.
Among the arrivals is America’s own Robby Gordon, who has claimed nine stage victories in the Dakar but has never claimed the overall victory (best finish of third, 2009).
The former NASCAR and IndyCar racer will drive the No. 308 Gordini in this year’s event with co-driver Johnny Campbell. Gordon seeks, at the very least, to bounce back from his 2014 Dakar, which was cut short in Stage 11 due to a mechanical issue on his machine.
In his profile on the official Dakar website, Gordon states: “2014 was my worst Dakar, no stage wins and retirement. A Dakar to forget. We have done a lot of work on the  car.
“In all, we did more than 10 test sessions. We focused on what were the problems in 2014, essentially linked to the heat. We suffered vapor lock on the opening stage and we burned up the pistons.
“There was a lot of work to do on the cooling. I am rather happy with the result. This car is better than my best Hummer [which he finished third in]. The objective is still the same. I am not coming to relax, but rather to win…”
Other top contenders are also arriving in Buenos Aires, too, including motorcycle rider Jorge Viladoms, 11-time Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel, and last year’s champion, Nani Roma:
The rally begins Jan. 4, with NBCSN beginning daily highlight broadcasts the following day, Jan. 5.