ROBBY GORDON , NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET Note: Gordon's Indy 500 efforts ended in a red-flag rain-delay on lap 29. Jaques Lazier took over the driving duties but parked Gordon's No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara-Chevrolet on lap 89 with...
ROBBY GORDON , NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET
Note: Gordon's Indy 500 efforts ended in a red-flag rain-delay on lap 29. Jaques Lazier took over the driving duties but parked Gordon's No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara-Chevrolet on lap 89 with mechanical problems for a 29th place finish. When Gordon returned to Lowe's Motor Speedway, he watched the Indy 500 on pit road until it was time to get in the car for the Coca-Cola 600. The crew has not told Gordon about the outcome of the Indy 500. Prior to the start of the race, he made the following comments to his at-track public relations representative:
"I am obviously very disappointed that I didn't get to finish the Indianapolis 500. We worked hard all month to have a good race car and felt good about our chances for a solid run in our Chevrolet powered Dallara. But now we are at Lowe's Motor Speedway and our focus is totally on this #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Monte Carlo. I had a good practice here yesterday morning so I feel comfortable we will have a good race tonight."
"At Indy we had a good race car. We started out and hung with the leaders for a while but then we went back to like 16th at one pit stop. I was kinda hoping it would rain all day there. If it would rained there a lot more, we would have been a lot better off. I was kinda hoping it would be like '97. It rained after about lap 19 so we went back and raced on Monday morning. That is what I was hoping for. It is disappointing that we didn't get to run as good we had hoped for and as well as our sponsors wanted us to but I want to thank everyone who supported up: Meijer, Coca-Cola, Grill-to-Go, Cingular Wireless, Chevrolet and Dallara for helping us with the efforts and Red Bull for helping me through the night tonight.
HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR EMOTIONS THIS MORNING?
"I thought we were lucky, when I left the racetrack, it looked like storms the rest of the day. I heard they called it early too. I am disappointed that Jaques couldn't stay on the lead lap, I am not sure what happened to car. I haven't talked to those guys, they were racing when we were getting ready to start the race here. I am real proud of everyone here on the Cingular Wireless team. We didn't lose any points, we didn't gain any. We will continue to go on the next few weeks."
ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR?
"We'll see. We will be competitive if we show up there."