IRL: Indy 500: AGR's Gordon race report

ROBBY GORDON FINISHES 21ST AT INDIANAPOLIS INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 25, 2003) -- Robby Gordon's bid for "The Double" ended early in Indianapolis after a gearbox problem sidelined him on Lap 169, placing him 22st in the final results. ...

ROBBY GORDON FINISHES 21ST AT INDIANAPOLIS

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 25, 2003) -- Robby Gordon's bid for "The Double" ended early in Indianapolis after a gearbox problem sidelined him on Lap 169, placing him 22st in the final results. Gordon started on the outside of the front row in the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone and ran solidly in the top-five during the first 45 laps of the event. However, on his second pit stop the caution flag flew while he was in pit lane, nearly catching him a lap down to the leader. The Archipelago/Motorola crew continued to work their way to the front until further problems on pit lane forced them back. During their second to last stop, the crew was unable to get a rear wicker out in time, so Gordon had was forced to return to pit road to complete the work. Then, on his final stop the car stalled and three laps later, the gearbox broke. Penske racing driver Gil de Ferran won his first Indianapolis 500 and the third in a row for the team. Helio Castroneves was second and Gordon's Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan finished third. Michael Andretti finished his career earlier than expected when a mechanical problem forced him out of the race on lap 94. Gordon's other AGR teammate, Dan Wheldon, took a wild ride on lap 186 when he was involved in a single-car accident. Andretti wound up 27th today, while Wheldon was credited with 19th. Kanaan now leads the IRL point standings with 137 points, Castroneves is second with 125 points and Scott Sharp is third with 116 points. The team will now prepare for the fifth round of the IRL IndyCar Series schedule at Texas Motor Speedway. Qualifying is on Thursday, June 5 and the race will be under the lights on Saturday night, June 7.

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

"The Archipelago/Motorola car drove pretty good all day. It is just unfortunate we had the gearbox problem. We got behind early. We tried some different strategy and that kind of hurt us and I drove conservative, which also hurt us. It was very difficult to pass out there. We had just gotten back into the top 12 and then we broke something in the gearbox. We had some trouble on our second to last pit stop and then we stalled it on the last pit stop so we had to drive through the field a couple of times. It would have been a lot easier to run 600 miles tonight at Charlotte with a better finish."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager Archipelago/Motorola

"We had a really good month. The car has been splendid all month and we were running well in the race until the gearbox broke. We were fighting and struggling most of the day and it seemed every move we made some bad luck would hit us."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan