CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Team Gordon Saturday Notes/Quotes

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Robby Gordon #22 Menards/Panasonic/Johns Manville/Duracell Toyota-Reynard

Qualifying Notes/Quotes - Saturday, March 20, 1999 MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI PRESENTED BY TOYOTA Round 1 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series At Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex - Homestead, Fla.

Robby Gordon and the #22 Menards/Panasonic/Johns Manville/Duracell Toyota-Reynard recorded a fast qualifying lap of 25.562 seconds, an average of 211.533 mph over the 1.5-mile Homestead Motorsports Complex oval today, placing him 18th on the starting grid for Sunday's Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami, Presented by Toyota. It will be the first CART FedEx Championship Series start for Gordon with his newly formed Team Gordon. The qualifying position earned this weekend's $1,000 Budweiser Accelerator Award, which goes to the driver who makes the biggest improvement from Friday's practice sessions to Saturday qualifying at each race. Gordon had the 27th-fastest time in Friday morning's practice session, which was the first time Team Gordon had ever run the #22 Toyota-Reynard it purchased just a week and a half ago. Sunday's race begins at 2:00 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by ABC. Check local listings for times.

ROBBY GORDON - "Here we are a little more than 24 hours after we first turned a wheel with this car, so naturally, we're still learning about it. I'm pretty happy with the speed we've found so far. I'm very comfortable. It drove itself around the track pretty well. I bottomed out going into the first turn on my first qualifying lap, so I knew I had to lift earlier and get back on the gas earlier on the second lap. It was worth 3 mph. Hey, every time we can take the car back to the garage ourselves, at this point, we're happy."

MIKE HELD (Co-Owner) - "The thing I'm most satisfied about is that our fastest time ever here at Homestead was during Robby's qualifying run. That's impressive. Now, we'll have to give him a good race car and see what happens."

DAN MILLER (Team Manager) - "It may sound like we're a broken record, but we're continually making gains. We're still trying to learn the car, teach a bunch of guys who've never worked together as a unit, and build a team from the ground up. We're very happy with where we are right now. A top-10 finish is what we're looking for tomorrow. If we can do that without any major problems, we'll consider our first weekend a success."

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