• Feb 4th 2009 at 6:05AM
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One of two American's on the final podium, Robby Gordon finished third in this year's Dakar Rally. Driving a HUMMER H3, he took the bottom step behind South African Giniel De Villiers and American Mark Miller, both of whom were driving VW's diesel Race Touareg2 and ended Mitsubishi's vise-like grip on the rostrum. In fact, if Carlos Sainz hadn't crashed, the Touaregs would have taken all three top spots.

Team Gordon was driving HUMMER H3s, and Robby's third place was joined by teammate Eric Vigoroux's 13th place. For 2010, the team is going to add a third H3 driven by former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar. The 55-year-old Salazar might seem like an unlikely choice, but he is Chilean, and he currently pilots a Mitsubishi in the Chilean Rally Championship. Should the Dakar return to South America next year, he should make a decent addition to the team. Team Gordon just might want to stock up on HUMMER parts before then...

[Source: Team Gordon]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      He doesn't need to stock up on HUMMER parts too much, because that thing is about as much as HUMMER as the Touaregs are Touaregs.

      He runs an LS7 engine, for starters.

      It's good to see him show up again, even though the regs are very hard on him there. His engine is very restricted, making it so he can't really take much advantage of it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well, actually they really aren't hummers and I guess this is slightly shoddy reporting on the part of autoblog.

      They are hummers in the same sense that my radio-controlled monster truck when I was a kid was a Ford F-150.

      They're self-built steel-frame chassis with a V8 engine from Corvette, on which a slightly Hummerish looking body (carbon fibre? kevlar? something light and plasticy from how it was waggling around in the bumpier sections) is dropped.

      Cool machines, certainly, although they suffer from the Dakar-regulations that limit air intake, but Hummers they ain't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice misuse of the apostrophe. Some copy editing would be nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, I know, sort of like the cars in Nascar or the monster trucks. Hummers have competed in stock classes and won as well, was just having fun :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      So thats who bought that Hummer last month.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dakar apparently has a "lease" of sorts with Argentina and Chile, so there's evidently a very high likelihood that they will be back in South America for 2010.

      I can't wait! This year's event was awesome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought the "lease" was due to terrorist threats in select home countries... when last year's DAKAR was moved it was the first time in decades.

        Anyway, Eliseo Salazar (or Salad-Bar as some "fans" jokingly called him) driving a 3rd Hummer??? Guess $$$ talks. I'm sure Robby had issues with him during his CART days. Oh well, they must have not been as bad as Nelson Piquet's issue with Salazar. (I'm sure Nelson's "Bruce Lee" attack of Salazar is on You Tube)

        :) :) :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hummer H2 is suitable for both on-road and off-road driving in all conditions.

      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a nice picture!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't be in a Hummer, they are all just poser mobiles that don't go off road, get 8 MPG, and are primarily used for getting groceries by soccer moms... At least that what a a bunch of people here keep telling me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No dude. It's a little complex, but you've got that wrong.

        Those soccer moms are driving the REAL Poser Hummers. Robby Gordon and crew are driving the corporate sponsored race trucks POSING as Real Hummers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And the diesel race Touareg2 you guys link to in the article is the Baja 1000 tropghy truck-class vehicle from last year, and has pretty much zero in common with the Dakar Touaregs, except maybe paint color, some sponsorship and diesel-ness. The same error was made on the AutoBlog green article. I mean...C'mon! You're killing me, smalls!