Robby Gordon ...
#22 Johns Manville/Panasonic/Menards Toyota-Eagle Qualifying Notes/Quotes – Saturday, October 30, 1999 THE MALRBORO 500, PRESENTED BY TOYOTA Round 20 of 20 on the 1999 CART FedEx Championship Series At California Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
Robby Gordon and the #22 Johns Manville/Panasonic/Menards Toyota-powered Eagle will start 15th on the grid in Sunday’s season-ending Marlboro 500, presented by Toyota. Gordon recorded a time of 31.432 seconds (an average of 232.387 mph) in his only hot lap during today’s qualifying session on the 2-mile California Speedway tri-oval. Gordon’s was the second-fastest qualifying time by a Toyota-powered Champ Car today. The marque enjoyed its first-ever pole qualifying position behind the efforts of defending Marlboro 500 polesitter Scott Pruett, who came in at 31.030 seconds (235.398 mph) today. Team Gordon’s practice time has been heavily curtailed this weekend due to brake problems in the #22 primary car on Friday, and gusty winds on Saturday morning.
ROBBY GORDON – “I can’t say we’re all that dissapointed about where we are on the grid. Although we did only qualify about as fast as we ran during six days of testing here during the last several weeks. I got in a decent first qualifying lap, but I got a little loose during the second lap thought it would be wise to bring it in early. It’s been a bit of a frustrating weekend with the brake problems and the gusty winds, but thank goodness we were able to get in a lot of test time here. We know we have a great race car. We got in a lot of long, full-tank runs. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I really enjoy the 500-mile races.”
MIKE HELD (co-owner) – “A Toyota on the pole ... let’s celebrate! Too bad it’s not our car, but at least when the bar goes up, it goes up for everybody. Hats off to Scott Pruett and the Arciero-Wells team. They’re a good team, plain and simple. Whether that’s the case might have been an issue in some people’s minds all year, but they proved themselves today. We’re in a solid position for tomorrow. It’s a 500-mile race, so if you’re not on the pole, qualifying doesn’t matter, anyway.”