Robby Gordon on front row for Indianapolis 500. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2003) -- Robby Gordon will begin his 1,100 mile trek on Sunday, May 25 from the front row of the Indianapolis 500 after qualifying third. Gordon's speed of 230.205...
Robby Gordon on front row for Indianapolis 500.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2003) -- Robby Gordon will begin his 1,100 mile trek on Sunday, May 25 from the front row of the Indianapolis 500 after qualifying third. Gordon's speed of 230.205 miles per hour during today's qualifying secured him an outside front row starting position.
Gordon, who will compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the 600 mile NASCAR race in Charlotte, battled windy conditions during his qualifying run and held the pole for more than two hours before being knocked off by his teammate Tony Kanaan. Gordon's first lap was nearly two-miles per hour slower than his next three and he attributed that to not being aggressive enough on his final warm-up lap.
Helio Castroneves won the "MBNA Pole Award" with an average speed of 231.725 miles per hour. Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan will start second with an average speed of 231.006 miles per hour. Rookie Dan Wheldon will start fifth with an average speed of 229.958 miles per hour. Michael Andretti will start his final race from the 13th position after running a best speed of 227.739 miles per hour.
A total of 24 cars are currently in the field with next Sunday's qualifying session remaining. Practice resumes at "The Brickyard" on Wednesday in preparation for the May 25th running of the Indy 500, which is slated to go green at 12 p.m. EDT and will air live on ABC Sports.
Robby Gordon #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"The car had a big push in turns one and two on my last warm-up lap and that hurt my momentum on the first lap. My first lap was okay but I just didn't have the momentum for the first half of the lap. The Archipelago/Motorola car was really good today. We never talked about waving off the run. We took a half turn out of the front wing after practice this morning and I think that was the difference in qualifying today."
Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola
"The first lap hurt us but we showed what the car was made of on the next three. We're kind of disappointed but then again Robby has only been with the Andretti Green Racing team for just under a week. We spent almost all of this week working on our race setup and we we're still competitive in qualifying so even though we shouldn't be disappointed, we are."