CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Team Gordon Thursday Report

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Robby Gordon #22 Johns Manville/Panasonic/Menards Toyota-Eagle Practice Notes/Quotes - Thursday, August 19, 1999 TARGET GRAND PRIX OF CHICAGO Round 15 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series Chicago Motor Speedway - Cicero, Ill.

Robby Gordon finished a successful first day driving the team's new Gurney Eagle chassis with a time of 23.902 seconds, the eighth-fastest lap of the day. Today's practice was a rare Thursday session to allow the teams a chance to get acquainted with the new track. In the morning session, Gordon turnedthe fifth- quickest lap at 25.141. Practice resumes Friday for the Target Grand Prix of Chicago at 10:30 a.m. CDT.


ROBBY GORDON - "It's just exciting. Changing to this chassis has been a big challenge for everyone involved. Today showed that we might just be on to something. The car feels very comfortable for me. We looked at today as mostly an installation day, but as you can tell it came along a lot faster than we imagined. It seems to be more suited to my driving style. The changes we made throughout the day worked well and the car responded. I know it's only Day One with the Eagle flying its new nose, but I think it got off the ground pretty well. It sure didn't fall from the nest!

DAN GURNEY (All-American Racers owner) - "Great first day! Team Gordon did a nice job of dealing with a car they've never worked on and the results show it. I think there's more to come, as well."

MIKE HELD (Co-owner) - "CAW, CAW, CAW!" (Mike making Eagle sounds in response to the positive day...)

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