CONCORD, NC - Robby Gordon rarely spends any time not racing. Besides his NASCAR commitments, he also partakes in off-road racing, go-carts, and just about anything with four wheels and a motor. Robby learned humility working in his dad's feed...
CONCORD, NC - Robby Gordon rarely spends any time not racing. Besides his NASCAR commitments, he also partakes in off-road racing, go-carts, and just about anything with four wheels and a motor.
Robby learned humility working in his dad's feed yard raking hay as a teenager, and eventually worked his way into the SCORE off-road series, where he was champion for five straight years starting in 1985.
Gordon's NASCAR career has been spotty, though. He made his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut in 1991 driving at the Daytona 500 for Junie Donelavey. He finished 18th. From 1993 to 1999, Gordon dropped in and out of the series running a few races here and there. In 2000, Gordon launched a team with Mike Held and John Menard that put the driver behind the wheel for 17 of 36 events. His best finishes that season were two top-tens at the road courses at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.
Gordon's win helped secure a job within the RCR stable of driver's in 2002, where his main focus was finding the winning combination with his crew. By mid-season, however, RCR was limping. Star driver Kevin Harvick's sophomore slump combined with poor performances by Gordon prompted Childress to swap crew members between the two teams. While Childress searched for answers, Gordon searched for patience.
"Well I think we started off the season real well," said Gordon in 2002. "Even though the performance hasn't been there. What I learn to do is be more patient and when I have a seventh or eighth place car, just to accept it."
"We are obviously trying to perform well also," Gordon continued. "We have a little work to do, I am not sure if we are in the position to win races yet. But, we are close."
This year, Gordon was determined to turn his luck around. He started off the year with a bang, landing a win at the Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying event during Speedweeks at Daytona, and already acquiring three top-ten's in eleven events.
"We've qualified very good this year," commented Gordon of his performance. "I am pleased with that. I just want to find performance. I am pleased with the pit stops and all of those types of things."
In addition to his Winston Cup commitment, Gordon also finds different ways to challenge himself competitively. This weekend, Gordon will make a stab at being the 1100-mile man. He will race both the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte and the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana.
"The last few days have gone pretty good," Gordon said of the challenge of double-duty.
Unlike last year, Gordon is taking precautions medically to be at his fittest during the 1100-mile odyssey. He will take an IV before the 500, and an IV and oxygen before the 600.
"That was where I went wrong last year," reflected Gordon. "I was pretty happy all day long.I felt good enough after the race that I didn't think I needed an IV. Well, I probably should have taken it.
"The only problem was that I had stomach cramps. And I believe I had stomach cramps because of not racing those cars (Indy cars) all the time. Our Winston Cup cars make a lot of G-forces in the corner, but it's not just laterally like the Indy cars. It's more compressed and lateral."
"I feel pretty good," said Gordon. "It's been a pretty smooth month. Both race teams have given me great race cars. We're not going to worry about things that are out of our control."