CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Team Gordon Preview

TEAM GORDON HEADS TO TORONTO ON A ROLL, READY TO KICK OFF SECOND HALF OF INAUGURAL SEASON TORONTO (July 12, 1999) - Consecutive points-producing runs at Cleveland and Road America have Robby Gordon and his first-year CART ...

TEAM GORDON HEADS TO TORONTO ON A ROLL, READY TO KICK OFF SECOND HALF OF INAUGURAL SEASON

TORONTO (July 12, 1999) - Consecutive points-producing runs at Cleveland and Road America have Robby Gordon and his first-year CART FedEx Championship Series team anxious to see what's in store for the second half of the season, which begins with this weekend's Molson Indy at Toronto's Exhibition Place. "We've got a long, long way to go, but we're definitely on a roll," said the 30-year-old owner-driver, who brought his #22 Johns Manville/Panasonic/Menards Toyota-powered Swift home in eighth place this past weekend at Road America after finishing ninth on a wet and wild afternoon in Cleveland three weekends ago. Both times, Gordon methodically worked his way from far back on the starting grid - 23rd at Road America, 24th at Cleveland - to score his top-10 finish. "That's a credit to all the guys on the team for giving me a solid race car week in and week out," Gordon said. "That, with the fact that we've exercised great patience and the good sense to stay out of trouble on the racetrack on Sundays, is really what it's all about. The challenge during the second half of the season will be to put ourselves further up the starting grid on Fridays and Saturdays. Then, maybe we'll be in position to win one of these things." The Molson Indy's tight, twisty 1.7-mile temporary street circuit will certainly be a formidable challenge for Team Gordon and its fellow CART competitors, as it is every year. But it remains a favorite for Gordon, who's recorded top-10 finishes in five of his six visits there, and qualified on the pole once. "It's one of the neatest events of the year," he said. "Like at Cleveland, the fans really get behind the race. And it's a really fun track - a momentum track. Passing's a little tricky, so the key will be to not have to fight your way up through the pack. I'm really looking forward to it." Practice and qualifying for the Molson Indy begins Friday (July 16) and continues Saturday (July 17). Race time is 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday (July 18). It will be aired by ABC-TV on a one-hour tape-delayed basis beginning at 3 p.m. EDT.

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