Last weekend, Robby Gordon decided to use the NASCAR Sprint Cup off-week to do some off-road racing, running in the grueling Baja 250. Apparently, he also decided that if it was worth running, it was worth winning - at any cost. Because as FROM THE MARBLES reports, Gordon is being called a dirty cheater by rivals who say he veered off the course to cut shave four miles and make a pass for second place.
I admit that I’m frequently confused, but one thing I cannot wrap my head around is this: they have courses in off-road racing? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of being, you know, off the road? I would have thought that they would just choose a finish point 250 miles from the starting line and let the drivers decide how to get there.
Robby Gordon is blowing gaskets over the derailing of the Dakar Rally. And he adds fuel to the fire by commenting that the African desert race is not as dangerous as driving through Los Angeles.
(R. Gordon [L] in a more sedate moment with Tony Stewart [R])
USA TODAY reports that Gordon had already spent $4.5 million getting two Hummers ready for the 16-day, 5,760-mile race, before being told the rally was canceled, due to terrorist concerns.
Last month, a French family visiting Mauritania was killed in an attack by al Qaeda-linked militants. Part of the race goes through the north African country, and organizers decided to call off the rally for the first time in its 30-year history.
But Gordon, who became the first American to win a race stage back in 2005, says winding through the Sahara is no more dangerous than heading on the 405 or Figueroa Street: