Robby Gordon will execute a difficult commute Sunday (Sept 10) to compete in the IndyCar race at Laguna Seca and finish the day in the SCORE Tecate Trophy-Truck race in the Laughlin Desert Challenge.
Gordon of Orange, CA., who followed in the footsteps of Rick Mears, moving from SCORE off-road racing to Indy cars, hopes to win both races on Sunday, even though they are 400 miles apart. Win or lose at Monterey, Gordon has made elaborate plans to go for a win at Laughlin.
Standing by for the end of the race at Monterey, a helicopter will take Gordon from the paddock at Laguna Seca over the heads of homebound commuters to the Monterey airport. There, a private Learjet awaits. It will take Gordon to the airport, in Bullhead City, AZ., where another helicopter is poised to fly him out onto the course to take over his Ford truck from his father, veteran Bob Gordon of Orange, CA., who will start the race.
With the IndyCar race starting at 1 p.m., it should end about 3 p.m. The Trophy-Truck race in Laughlin will start at 4 p.m.
Robby Gordon, however, doesn't have to start the race to win it and score points. SCORE racing rules require that the driver of record either start or finish the race for his points to count. The finish is critical to Gordon's run at the championship. He is 3rd in points with only the Laughlin Desert Challenge and the Ford Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 to go.
Currently, Ivan Stewart of Alpine, CA., leads with 223 points, and Gordon's teammate, Jim Smith is second with 165. Gordon has 161, but could have had more, if he didn't have a racing conflict (Milwaukee 200) that kept him out of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in June.
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