Robby Gordon Completes First "Double Duty" of 2004 in MIS Test Session BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Robby Gordon began his quest to complete his fourth Indianapolis and Charlotte double dip on May 30 with a "double" test session Wednesday at Michigan...
Robby Gordon Completes First "Double Duty" of 2004 in MIS Test Session
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Robby Gordon began his quest to complete his fourth Indianapolis and Charlotte double dip on May 30 with a "double" test session Wednesday at Michigan International Speedway.
Gordon made over 30 different runs Wednesday in his No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet and shook down both IRL IndyCar Series Meijer Chevrolet-Dallaras late Wednesday afternoon at MIS in preparation for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500.
On Tuesday, Gordon was joined by the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series No. 19 Dodge of Jeremy Mayfield and the NASCAR Busch Series No. 32 TrimSpa Dodge with driver David Stremme, with Gordon the only driver participating in Wednesday's test session.
After a rough start to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, Gordon was very happy with the results of the two-day stock car test in hopes of turning his season.
"We got a lot out of our two days here," said Gordon. "It's the best NASCAR test that I've ever been a part of. In a test like this, it can help us with our mile-and-a-half and two-mile tracks. There are a thousand different adjustments you can make to these cars and you can only pick 150 of them and you need to know what all those adjustments do and that's what we're trying here."
Gordon will be one busy driver this season at MIS, when he returns to the historic two-mile oval for the SIRIUS 400 on June 20, GFS Marketplace 400 on August 22, as well as participating in the Cabela's 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on August 21 in the No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet that he also owns. He feels confident that he'll be competitive in all three races.
"We race good here," said Gordon. "I think we found some stuff that will help and I think that we will be good when we come back here to Michigan in June."
After testing all day Wednesday in his Cingular Wireless Chevrolet NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car, Gordon completed his MIS double with his lighter and faster IRL IndyCar Series cars at 5:00. Gordon ran approximately 15 laps in both of his Chevrolet Dallaras with his open-wheel crew. His NASCAR crew chief Chris Andrews and the rest of his NASCAR crew were curious onlookers during the short session. The day was just a routine check prior to next week's open test for next month's Indianapolis 500.
"We did an average of about 213 mph in the few laps we ran," said Gordon, "We aren't trying to go fast. We just wanted to do an installation check and make sure the suspension is in working order and the car isn't leaking so when we go to Indy next week we can roll out and have a good test."
With factory support from Chevrolet, Gordon feels that he has the best chance of winning the Indianapolis 500 as an owner/driver. He still relishes the opportunity to run the open-wheel cars and to have a chance to take home the Indianapolis 500 victory he so highly covets.
"I still like open-wheel racing," Gordon added. "We can win the Indy 500 in any car at any time. The closest that we've ever come to winning the Indy 500 is when I had my own team in 1999. This year we've hired about 50 percent of the guys back and Thomas Knapp is engineering it. We were able to buy the right pieces and buy the right people. If I didn't think we were going to be competitive I would go back and drive for Andretti Green again, but when we look back we had our best finishes when we had our own team."
Gordon will look to change his luck in the racing leading into the upcoming SIRIUS 400 on June 20 at MIS. It's been a rough start to the first part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, but he feels that his Richard Childress race team is much better than the results have shown.
"We've had some terrible luck, but we have a good race team and we have to make our own good luck," added Gordon. "We are a better team and I'm a better driver. For some reason our stars have not aligned yet."
Gordon and the rest of the stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will return to the high banks of Michigan International Speedway this Father's Day weekend with the ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200 on Saturday, June 19, and the June 20, SIRIUS 400 featuring the stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. For tickets and information regarding the upcoming race season at MIS, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.