ROBBY GORDON: RACING ON AND OFF ROAD THIS SUNDAY by Robert Heathcote, for SpeedNet
LAUGHLIN, Nevada (9/5/95) -- SpeedNet -- Racer Robby Gordon has elaborate plans to race in the Grand Prix of Monterey Indy car race at Laguna Seca Raceway this Sunday (Sept. 10) and then fly 400 miles to Laughlin, Nev., to compete in the SCORE Tecate Desert Challenge Trophy-Truck race later that day.
Awating the finish of the Indy car race, a helicopter will shuttle Gordon over to the Monterey Airport where a Learjet will be standing by to wisk him to the airport at Bullhead, City, Ariz. Then, another helicopter will drop Gordon on course of the SCORE Tecate Desert Challenge to take over his Ford truck from his father, veteran Bob Gordon, who will start the race.
The Indy car race will start at 1:00pm and finish about two hours later. The Trophy-Truck race in Laughlin will start at 4:00pm.
Robby Gordon, however, doesn't have to start the race to win it and score points. SCORE racing rules allow the registered driver to either start or finish the race.
Though Gordon is out of the hunt for the 1995 PPG Indy Car World Series title, he stands a slim but mathematical chance to win the off-road championship.
Currently, Ivan Stewart of Alpine, Calif., leads with 223 points, and Gordon's teammate, Jim Smith is second with 165. Gordon's total of 161 is compromised by a race conflict (Milwaukee 200) that kept him out of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in June.
The Trophy-Truck event is the main event to a full weekend of racing Laughlin's 42.5-mile off-road course. Two races are scheduled for Saturday and two more Sunday.
In addition, drivers will be competing for a unique prize fund of $15,000, that will be paid out -- in addition to regular purse money -- based on "tape-measured distances, after they fly over a specially constructed ramp in the spectator area," a press release noted. It's called the "Laughlin Leap."
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