Charlotte: Robby Gordon - day of double duty wrapup

Robby Gordon pulled a doubleheader by competing in both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 500 races today for a total of 1100 miles. Driver comments follow: Robby Gordon, driver of the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Dallara-Chevrolet, started 11th and ...

Robby Gordon pulled a doubleheader by competing in both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 500 races today for a total of 1100 miles. Driver comments follow:

Robby Gordon, driver of the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Dallara-Chevrolet, started 11th and finished 8th in today's 86th running of the Indy 500. He returned to Lowe's Motor Speedway in plenty of time for the start of the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600.

"I honestly thought we would be a lot stronger today. But I'm very proud of everyone at Cingular Wireless and Team Menard for coming together and working so everything working so well. It's been a lot of fun and I feel great. I got a little sweaty but not too bad."

"Regarding the fire in the pits: I didn't know what the deal was going to be there. My guys know how to overcome. They've been doing this for a long time. We didn't lose too much and just climbed back up as best we could. Track position was the key and the pit fire ruined it. We were in fifth position when it happened and it was really, really hard to pass all day long."

Richard Childress, RCR Team Owner comments on the double racing effort by Robby Gordon, driver of the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Monte Carlo:

"This just shows his sheer determination. He drove his heart out up there (Indy 500) today. We had a problem in the pits and still came back and had a pretty good day. And here (at the Coca-Cola 600) we got a little off on that one set of tires and he still came back and ended up having a good day. I told him I was really proud of him. He did a great job.

"He was determined to finish and run all1100 miles. Tonight, I think we had a top 10 car if it hadn't gotten loose."

On Gordon's fatigue - Was it the car that was bothering him?) "Yeah, I think it was the car. He never gave up lap times. You know usually if a car bothers somebody, the times will fluctuate on him. But he never fluctuated. He stayed with it. When he got loose he stayed that same speed loose. Usually if a driver starts to give out, the speed will go way off and come back."

On the day "It was a unique experience. It was a lot of racing and a lot of traveling in one day. It was just a lot of fun to do. We've got to thank Cingular Wireless. Without them, none of this would have been possible."

Comments by Robby Gordon: "I obviously look tired. It was very hot today. The biggest thing was cramps. I got a cramp in my stomach at one time and then the last 30 laps I got a cramp in my right leg. We knew we had to force a point there. We had to run hard and we made up a couple of positions there at the end.

"I'm very proud of everyone here on the Cingular Team and everyone over there on the IRL team. Being in that car today, I thought we were going to have it for 'em but we just came up a little short on both ends. When we got our car right, we were as good as the leaders. But here for a while, as soon as it got dark, I was extremely loose and that just wore me out. For two full tank runs I was turning more right than I was left.

"We had two good runs. We got inside the top five here for a while and inside the top five over there (Indy) for a while. We were a little disappointed with our finish at the Indy 500. And we just missed it here by a little bit. We got really good there at the end. In all, it was a good day. I thank everybody at Cingular Wireless and RCR and Richard Childress for coming to Indy and calling if for me."

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