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Toyo Tires Teams up with again for 2016 Dakar


Toyo Tires and are once again joining forces to cover the 2016 Dakar Rally – The Odyssey in South America. In January 2015, the Tires team brought unprecedented coverage to their joint readership, reaching tens of thousands of race enthusiasts with over three weeks of daily coverage. The continuation of this partnership in 2016 will bring loyalists first hand reports from the ground in Dakar. It also brings support to the Toyo Tires sponsored drivers as well as contributing content for all of their social media followers.


The Dakar route this year will run from Argentina to Bolivia then back to Argentina. Chile has been taken off the route this year after storms devastated the region. The race will start on January 3, 2016 and run through January 16, 2016. The racers will cover more than 8,000 miles this year.

Klaus Rasch, the founder and CEO of, will once again be behind the wheel of his customized 2014 Toyota 4Runner which was shipped in late November from Long Beach, CA. Joining Klaus on this journey is RDC’s own photographer Ernesto Araiza and writer/photographer Harry Wagner, a longtime member on Race-Dezert and a stateside contributor from last year’s Dakar.

“Last year was a learning experience for us, we were happy with what we were able to provide with it being our first year on the ground but we always feel we can do better. Building on what we learned last year, we will use that experience to bring even better coverage this year to the fans following the race from all over the world on Race-Dezert.” – Klaus Rasch


Off road racer Robby Gordon will be competing in his Toyo Open Country equipped vehicle dubbed “Gordini.” Gordon is a serious threat, not just for stage wins but the overall. Luck has not been on his side the past couple of years. We are hoping 2016 is Robby’s year.

Robby has announced that they will be running a second Gordini in this year’s 2016 Dakar, piloted by X-Games gold medalist Sheldon Creed. Sheldon is not only the current Stadium Super Truck champion, at 18 years old he will be the youngest driver to compete in the historic Dakar race.

Be sure to follow along with this year’s race. Daily Dakar coverage will begin December 31, 2015 starting with scrutineering/tech inspection from Buenos Aires on


About Toyo Tires®
Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for 70 years.

The company offers a complete selection of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including light trucks, SUVs, high performance cars and luxury vehicles as well as commercial trucks. Consumer product lines include the popular Open Country® tires for light trucks and SUVs; Proxes® ultra-high performance tires; Versado® tires for luxury passenger cars; and the value line of Extensa® passenger car tires. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.

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