Fontana II: Robby Gordon preview

NOTES: * This Week's Race Car at California Speedway, Chassis No. 106, was raced only three other times this year by Gordon. First, at Texas Motor Speedway in March where he started 18th and finished 23rd. Then, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,...

NOTES:

* This Week's Race Car at California Speedway, Chassis No. 106, was raced only three other times this year by Gordon. First, at Texas Motor Speedway in March where he started 18th and finished 23rd. Then, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he was well on his way to a top-five finish when a blowout relegated him to 22nd (started 20th). Gordon also raced the same chassis just a couple of weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway in late July (started 19th and finished 25th).

* Team Cingular tested and approved ... Team Cingular tested Chassis No. 106 earlier this year at Michigan in April and at Indy in July.

* Bad to the bone at Bristol ... Gordon posted two career-best finishes at Bristol last week. In his fourth-career truck start, he drove to a career-best, fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman truck race Wednesday night, and then turned around and drove to a career-best 12th-place finish on the .53-mile track in the No. 31 Cingular Chevrolet Saturday night. Prior to last Saturday, his best NASCAR Cup finish at Bristol was 17th in March 2003.

* Dust to Glory sneak peek ... After finishing up another weekend of stock car racing, Gordon will head to Los Angeles, Calif., Wed., September 8, to see the premier of the action documentary, "Dust to Glory." The film, by Brownwa Pictures, is about the Baja 1000 and is directed by Dana Brown, who also brought us the 2003 surfing documentary, "Stepping into Liquid." Gordon is one of many featured drivers in the Baja documentary. Some of the other racers included are Sal Fish, Mario Andretti, Malcolm Smith, Chad McQueen, and Ricky Johnson.

* Busch time ... Gordon will drive his own No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300 at California Speedway, which is scheduled to start at Noon PST (3 p.m. EDT) and will broadcast LIVE on NBC, MRN and XM Radio. Gordon currently sits 21st in the Busch series standings.

* Listen and watch ... The Pop Secret 500 is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EDT) Sun., September 5, and will broadcast LIVE on NBC, MRN and XM Radio. Qualifying for the Pop Secret 500 is scheduled to start at 3:10 p.m. PST (6:10 p.m. EDT) Fri., September 3, and will broadcast LIVE on SPEED, MRN and XM Radio.

Team Cingular Quotes:

R. Gordon on racing at California Speedway:

"Team Cingular and I had a great run the last time we were in Fontana. We just fell a little short on gas, but still managed to walk away with a pretty good finish. Getting robbed like that at the end of the race because of an empty gas tank was hard on us so I am pretty sure we will be watching the gas mileage very closely this time. It was a tough finish because we were a front contender a good majority of the May race. After the guys worked on the car, we actually ended up with a pretty good Cingular Wireless Chevrolet. I almost felt like a yo-yo at one point though, because it was like we were up and down all day going back and forth between tight and loose. It seemed like we would finally hit the mark and the car would really seem to be coming to me, then out of the no where it would just get crazy tight again. We also practiced well all weekend and I really felt good about the car come race time.

"The team and I totally capitalized on pit stops and without fail the No. 31 Cingular Wireless pit crew members worked their usual magic on pit road and gained us a lot of track position in May. I believe they were awarded the pit crew challenge award for their performance that weekend and it was well deserved.

"Last time we were in Fontana, we were just 20 points outside of the cut-off for the championship chase. We are a little bit more outside The Chase now, but 11th place still isn't out of reach for us, yet. That one-million dollar bonus for 11th place is still within reach."

Crew chief Chris Andrews on racing at California Speedway:

"It sounds kind of funny, but I guess you could say we're taking the twins to California this weekend. We're taking the same car (Chassis No. 103) that we raced at Fontana in May, but it is making the trip this weekend to be our back-up car. Chassis No. 106 is going to be the primary car and is basically a duplicate of 103, except 106 is newer and ran well at Indy and Michigan earlier this year. If you look the two over, they look exactly the same so we refer to them as the twins."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mario Andretti , Chad McQueen