Gustavo Vildosola Jr. (Tavo) grew up in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Off-road racing has been part of Tavo´s upbringing, many times pre-running with his father, Gus, and also riding dirt bikes out in the desert since the age of three. Tavo´s first racing experience was in 2000, when he co-rode with Charlie Watters at the San Felipe 250 in Vildosola Racing´s class one buggy. At the Baja 2000 he was also a co-rider for the class one and shortly after drove a 1/2 1600 in a local Ensenada race. He raced 1/2 1600 the following year in selected races and then a full season in 2002 gaining invaluable experience. In 2003 he stepped up to a single seat class 12 buggy with Arturo Honold. Later that year Tavo teamed up with class 12 points leader Brian Ickler for the Baja 1000 where the duo took the class win and sealed the championship for Brian.