With the NASCAR Sprint Cup season having drawn to a close, Robby Gordon will turn his focus to a different kind of competition when he takes his place in the field for the annual Baja 1000.

Gordon, a three-time overall winner, will hope to pilot his #77 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Chevy CK 1500 to his fourth victory when the race commences on Friday.

This year's race will be a challenging 631.35-mile journey around the northern Baja California peninsula, beginning and ending in Ensenada. It will be trying even to the most skilled racers as they weave their way over rocky desert landscape and mountain terrain.

"This year's course is very technical, very rough and very fast, which plays right into our team's strengths," he said. "The team has done a good job building up the reliability in our Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / 4Wheel Parts trophy truck. We've been in Mexico pre-running the course over the past few weeks. Having covered the course twice, I feel very confident of our chances.

"With the assistance of both our off-road and NASCAR team personnel, we have a really good support staff in place. Everyone is well informed on our race strategy and goals for this week. If all goes according to plan, we should bring home our fourth overall Baja 1000 victory."

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