From baseball to Baja to Dakar
In the world of sports, the name of Bobby Patton is mainly associated to baseball. The businessman from Texas is, like basketball legend Magic Johnson, a part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-time winners of the World Series. But he recently made a name for himself in another discipline: off-road racing. It actually all started as a challenge when, with a group of friends, he entered a 1973 Toyota Land Cruiser in the Vintage class of the Baja 1000. To his great surprise, he clinched victory on that first attempt. Hooked, the successful oilman continued his journey within Baja racing but this time in a far bigger monster: a blue Jimco Racing built Tophy truck known as “Fastball” that he competed in during the San Felipe 250. Bobby Patton likes challenges and at 50 years of age he’s about to face one of the biggest ones of his life: the Dakar. To do so he’ll have at his side the owner of Jimco Racing, Robbie Pierce who is an Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee. While the “Fastball” will remain on the other side of the ocean, both men will be competing in a very competitive Toyota Hilux prepared by Overdrive.
- Mark : TOYOTA
- Model : HILUX OVERDRIVE
- Performance tuner : Overdrive Toyota
- Assistance : Overdrive Toyota
- Class : T1.1 petrol modified A-T 4x4
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Patton rolls his car
The sixth stage has only lasted 4 kilometres for Texan Bobby Patton. The co-owner of the Los Angeles base-ball team has crashed and rolled his Toyota, leaving his co-pilot with back and torso injuries, meaning it is the end of the road on his first Dakar.
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