Robby Gordon ...
Robby Gordon #22 Johns Manville/Panasonic/Menards Toyota-Swift
After a frustrating morning practice in which Team Gordon was unable to turn a lap, Robby Gordon came back to post the 20th-fastest time in Friday's provisional qualifying for the Texaco/Havoline 200 at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's legendary Road America. Gordon's time of 103.760 seconds (an average speed of 140.447 mph) was a reasonable achievement considering his absence from the morning session.
ROBBY GORDON "Not bad for six laps today! Before this qualifying session, I probably would have said that this day couldn't get much worse. But after qualifying, I have to say things don't look too bad. The car is okay. The last lap where I spun was definitely my best. I knew I was low on fuel and I was pushing it every corner. The last one just got away from me. There might have been something on the track, too. A couple of other guys went off in the same spot right after me. It's too bad. I was trying as hard as I could to get into the fast group for tomorrow."
MIKE HELD (co-owner) "I'm glad we made something out of the day after the tough luck this morning. There was a problem with the clutch on the primary car in practice. Then, the backup just failed on us. We're still waiting to find out what the problem was. We only ran six laps, but they were good laps. Really, for a group of guys who were forced to miss the morning session, we're pleased with the effort in qualifying right now."