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Team HUMMER: Scrutineering - The Final Step Before The 2011 Dakar Rally


Buenos Aires, Jan.2, 2011: When a team prepares for the Dakar Rally, one of the last objectives on their checklist is scrutineering. Scruitneering is the verification process for each team vehicle and personnel entered into the Dakar Rally race. The A.S.O. officials check every little detail to ensure the safety of the competitors for the world’s toughest race, including personnel medical forms, registration forms, vehicle safety equipment, etc. They also provide navigational systems to each vehicle with assistance maps, race course maps as well as a course for press and media.

Organization and time management is instrumental for the scrutineering process as it enables team members and vehicles to move from various stations efficiently and expeditiously. For those lacking the proper management skills, it can be the start to a very long Dakar Rally. After six years of practice, Robby Gordon and Team HUMMER for 2011 have the process down to a science and are more prepared than ever at this year’s scruitneering, making their way through the process with no problems or delays.

Earlier today, scrutineering was the public’s first look at Robby Gordon’s bright Orange SPEED Energy HUMMER. As the A.S.O.’s car officials checked his HUMMER for paperwork and safety equipment, Gordon spent his time meeting with fellow competitors and race fans that gathered in the crowd inside the La Rural convention center building. Once Gordon was done discussing the challenges of this year’s Rally and signing autographs for his fans, the SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires HUMMER as well as Eliseo Salazar's SPEED Energy/Cristal Cero HUMMER were finished. It was time to drive out to the podium for an official introduction to the fans in Argentina as well as the world. Gordon, popular for his trademark jumps and burnouts, again jumped the podium with his HUMMER to the delight of the massive crowd. As the crowd cheered "Robby," he drove off to impound area, where he parked his HUMMER with the rest of the competitors for the start of tomorrow's New Year's Day 2011 Dakar Rally.

The team is now relaxed and ready for the adventure that lies ahead of them over the next 15 days. They are excited to bring in the New Year together with good luck and good fortune.