CHAMPCAR/CART: Robby Gordon signs with Team Sabco

Felix Sabates annonced today that IndyCar driver Robby Gordon will be the driver of the ...

Felix Sabates annonced today that IndyCar driver Robby Gordon will be the driver of the #42 Coors Pontiac for the 1997 season.

"This is a very big day in the history of Team SABCO," Sabates said. "It seems strange for us to be heading into the forthcoming racing season with a new driver for the first time in nine years. However, the time has come and this certainly marks the beginning of a new chapter for Robby Gordon and Team SABCO.

"We feel very fortunate and honored to have Robby join this team. He certainly topped a huge list of qualified drivers from the very beginning. Every candidate received careful consideration. However, we were struck when we looked at Robby's list of accomplishments when compared to his age.

"Robby Gordon has been a winner in just about every type of race car he's driven," Sabates added. "With time, it's natural to assume he'll do the same in Winston Cup. He's proven he can muscle a 3,400-pound stock car around a big, high-banked speedway. So you can bet we're going to exhaust every option possible in turning him into a champion in the number-one racing series in America. We're proud to say Robby Gordon is a now member of Team SABCO."

"This is the culmination of what I've been preparing for over the last 10 years," Gordon said. "To be offered a ride of this caliber just adds to the excitement of the entire process. Of course, I have some mighty large shoes to fill with Kyle (Petty) moving on to other things. I've already begun the process of moving to the Charlotte area and plan to work closely with the guys at theshop to prepare as best I can for the 1997 season.

"The NASCAR Winston Cup Series is one of the most challenging, competitive and popular series in America -- and possibly the world. And I respect all the other drivers who've taken other roads to achieve this plateau, and I'll certainly continue to display this respect when we hit the track in February. Many of us have used different means to get here, but I think this is where my true racing talents will ultimately surface.

"Driving NASCAR is where I want to be and I can thank Felix Sabates and the entire team for giving me this opportunity. It may take some seat time to get me up to full speed, but we've discussed that issue and have developed a performance time line' to bring me along that we're all comfortable with. Success may not happen overnight, but as long as we're making progress, we'll all be content with the program.

"I'm also very proud about having the Coors Brewing Company as my 1997 sponsor. They have a lot of innovative marketing ideas and are not afraid to implement some off-the-wall strategies. That's kind of the way I am willing to try out new things and help sell product. I thank them for placing their confidence in me to perform well and hopefully I'll be able to score a lot of up-front finishes for them."

The last time Gordon raced in Winston Cup he finishedin the top five in the #28 Robert Yates car less than a week after the death of Davey Allison.

Jack Durbin indy500@freenet.tlh.fl.us Motorsport News International jackd@motorsport.com (Moderators for "rec.autos.sport.info") Homepage http://www.freenet.tlh.fl.us/users/indy500/index.html

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Series IndyCar , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Robert Yates , Felix Sabates