Robby Gordon ...
Robby Gordon #22 Johns Manville/Panasonic/Menards Toyota-Reynard
Race Notes/Quotes - Sunday, April 18, 1999 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH Round 3 of 20 on the CART FedEx Championship Series At Long Beach, California
Robby Gordon and the #22 Johns Manville/Panasonic/Menards Toyota-Reynard survived the heat and slippery track conditions with a 16th-place finish in today's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Starting from 21st on the grid, Gordon tried to mount an early charge toward the front. But he ventured off course and into the Turn Nine runoff, the incident putting him a lap down to the leaders that he was never able to overcome. Rookie Juan Montoya won the race, and was followed across the finish line by Dario Franchitti and Bryan Herta. The next stop on the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series is Round 4 at Nazareth, Pa., on May 2.
ROBBY GORDON - "Basically, we need some work on the road courses. Our lack of testing showed this weekend. As for the race, I made some mistakes and put us a lap down which, at a place like Long Beach, it's tough to recover from. It was really tough to race today. There was rubber everywhere. I went off early on. I just plain locked up the brakes, trying to hard to get positions. I'm really looking forward to Nazareth. We learned a lot about ourselves on ovals at Homestead and Japan. We seem to be where we want to be on the ovals. We just need to do a ton of work on the road courses. The next four races are on ovals, and Nazareth is one of my favorite places to race."
JOHN MENARD (Co-Owner) - "It was a tough weekend. One of the positives we take away from Long Beach, though, is that we didn't crash. We finished with a solid car and we'll be in good shape for Nazareth and the races right after that. The guys worked really hard to get the car switched over (from oval to road course mode) after Motegi, and we got through the weekend relatively unscathed."
KENNY ANDERSON (Race Engineer) - "Starting that far back on a street course, you have to take chances, and Robby did. He drove out of his head today. The car just needs testing on road courses."