FONTANA, CA - Robby Gordon, the driver of the No. 31 RCR Chevy announced today that he will replace Dario Franchitti in the No. 27 Andretti Green Racing machine for this years Indianapolis 500. That will put Gordon in a position to have to run...
FONTANA, CA - Robby Gordon, the driver of the No. 31 RCR Chevy announced today that he will replace Dario Franchitti in the No. 27 Andretti Green Racing machine for this years Indianapolis 500.
That will put Gordon in a position to have to run double-duty between the Indy race and the Coca-Cola 600 Winston Cup race, both of which take place on May 25. It is the fourth time in his career that Gordon has attempted to run both races.
Gordon has eight career starts at Indianapolis. His best finishing positioning is fourth, with five top tens. Last year, Gordon also ran both events posting an eighth at Indy and a 16th at the Coca-Cola 600.
"I'm thrilled to have the chance to attempt one of the ultimate racing challenges again this year and hopefully win both races," said Gordon. "I've run the Indy 500 eight times and been competitive and run near the front each year."
"I certainly haven't given up on the goal of winning both races and hope 2003 will be my year to do it. Running in an Andretti Green prepared-car will no doubt give me a good shot at having one win down and one to go when I head to Charlotte that afternoon."
Currently Gordon sits 14th in Winston Cup points, with a win at the Gatorade 125's and a sixth-place finish at the series opener in Daytona.
The No. 27 Indy car Gordon will pilot is owned by Andretti Green Racing which includes partners Michael Andretti, Kim Green and Kevin Savoree. Andretti Green has four cars on the entry list for the Indianapolis 500.
"Having Robby in our car for the month of May gives us a great shot to win the Indy 500, although we expect all four of our cars to compete for the win," said Michael Andretti. "It's just peace of mind for us, knowing we've added another veteran in our lineup that knows his way around the Speedway and knows how to prepare for the biggest race of the year."