IRL: Robby Gordon Indy 500 Test Wednesday notes

Robby Gordon third fastest in first day of Indy 500 testing INDIANAPOLIS -- Robby Gordon drove the third fastest lap Wednesday in the first day of testing for the 88th Indianapolis 500, going 218.921 mph in the No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola ...

Robby Gordon third fastest in first day of Indy 500 testing

INDIANAPOLIS -- Robby Gordon drove the third fastest lap Wednesday in the first day of testing for the 88th Indianapolis 500, going 218.921 mph in the No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara-Chevrolet he owns. Gordon, who will be going for his 10th Indy 500 start, plans to compete both at Indy on May 30 as well as in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, where he'll drive the Cingular Wireless Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. It will be the third consecutive year he does what has come to be known as the "Double."

"Any time you can come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and be capable of running up front, it's a good day," said Gordon. "Especially for us, as a new team, that hasn't been racing in the other IRL events. I'm excited about the Meijer car and proud of the effort Thomas Knapp (team manager/engineer) has done and the crew members he's assembled."

Wednesday was Gordon's first experience with the new three-liter Chevrolet Indy V-8. The Indy 500 will be the debut for three-liter engines in the Indy Racing League, downsized from the previous 3.5-liter formula. "It's obvious Chevrolet has gone to work and given us a very good engine to work with," said Gordon, who ran about 25 laps in windy, gusty conditions.

Sam Hornish was fastest Wednesday at 219.271 mph, with Penske teammate Helio Castroneves second at 219.256 mph. More than 20 cars were on the track. Testing continues Thursday. The Speedway is then closed until the official start of practice on Sunday, May 9.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Helio Castroneves , Sam Hornis
Teams Richard Childress Racing