IRL: Indy 500: AGR's Gordon Opening Day report

Robby Gordon 25th in Indy practice INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 4, 2003) -- After finishing fourth in last night's NASCAR race at Richmond, Robby Gordon stepped into the ...

Robby Gordon 25th in Indy practice

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 4, 2003) -- After finishing fourth in last night's NASCAR race at Richmond, Robby Gordon stepped into the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone and posted the 25th fastest practice time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rain showers closed the track two hours early today, limiting Gordon to only ten laps around the Brickyard, the fastest of which was at 220.636 miles per hour (40.7912 seconds).

Gordon, who is attempting to complete both the Indianapolis 500 and the annual 600- mile NASCAR event on May 25th, began his day at home in Charlotte before flying to Indianapolis at 7 a.m. Before getting in the car, Robby participated in an Indy Racing League autograph session and took an IRL IndyCar Series physical. Once in the car the Archipelago/Motorola team concentrated on the car's race balance, working with a large amount of downforce. Gordon is substituting for Andretti Green Racing driver Dario Franchitti who was injured in an off track incident in April.

Scott Sharp posted the fastest speed of the day at 228.764 miles per hour (39.3419 seconds). Helio Castroneves was second quick at 228.088 miles per hour (39.4585 seconds) and Tora Takagi was third fastest, posting a best lap of 227.884 miles per hour (39.4937 seconds). Gordon's teammate Dan Wheldon was fourth in the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car running a fast lap of 227.716 miles per hour (39.5230 seconds). Michael Andretti followed right behind Wheldon in fifth behind the wheel of the Team 7-Eleven entry. Andretti posted a quick time of 227.461 miles per hour (39.5672 seconds).

Practice continues tomorrow at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for qualifying on Saturday, May 10. The 87th running of the 500 will take the green flag at 12:00 p.m. EDT and will be aired live on ABC Sports.

Robby Gordon #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We had an opportunity to get up to speed and we were consistently quick so I feel good about the Archipelago/Motorola car. We didn't have an opportunity to take any wing out of the car so it was heavy on downforce. We are going to work on our race setup in the early part of the week and then trim the car out on Thursday and Friday. That is our plan right now. (On Opening Day practice after finishing 4th in the NASCAR race last night.) I got home (Charlotte) from Richmond about 2:00 a.m. and then I woke up at 7:00 a.m. to fly to Indianapolis. I normally only sleep about five hours a night so today was no problem."

Kyle Moyer , Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"Robby Gordon is doing a great job for us. It is a real joy to have him because in two laps he was flat-footing around here already. I think the car is really good, we done a good job as a team preparing it and Robby is stepping in and not missing a beat. I think this is a great combination."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Tora Takagi , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam