Robby Gordon ...
#22 Johns Manville/Panasonic/Menards Toyota-Swift
Qualifying Notes/Quotes Friday, August 6, 1999 TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT Round 13 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series The Raceway on Belle Isle -- Detroit, Mich.
Making up for a dismal morning session that featured a turbo fire, a swap to the backup car and a not so pleasing time, Robby Gordon placed his Johns Manville/Menards/Panasonic Toyota/Swift 13th in Friday's provisional qualifying for the Tenneco Grand Prix of Detroit. Gordon's time of 75.744 seconds today places him in the fast group for final qualifying tomorrow. Qualifying begins at 12:45 p.m. EDT.
ROBBY GORDON "It's nice to have Brian back, he's giving us all a little Shock Therapy! Actually, his shocks have been a welcome addition since we tested them at Mid-Ohio last week. They seem to control the rear end of the car and allow me to drive without stepping out on every corner. In turns one and two here, I'm hooked up. Right now we're looking for ways to fine tune the car in the other corners and we're thinking a lot of that can be cured through gearing. It's great to be in the fast group for tomorrow though, that's a goal I've had for awhile now."
BRIAN BERTHOLD (engineer) "The morning was a bit frantic. We had a turbo problem in the primary car early on, so we had to bounce back and forth a bit before we could settle down. It kept us from getting going and definitely put a wrinkle in our morning plan. But these things happen in racing. Between sessions, David (Cripps) and I sat down and found what we thought would might make a significant difference in the car. What's nice about it, is that it did make a difference. We seem to have found a way to keep the back end on the ground and at the same time put the car in a window that's workable. Robby's now able to identify small problems that can make us that much faster."
MIKE HOOKER (TRD/Team Gordon) laughing in the engineer's lounge "I'm not here for a long time, just a good time!" Hooker likes to chime in with this quote every time Robby is asked for quotes. Now he's got his glory...