Indianapolis: Robby Gordon preview

NOTES: * This Week's Race Car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Chassis No. 106, was run earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway where Gordon started 18th and finished 23rd. Team Cingular tested the car at Michigan International Speedway in...


* This Week's Race Car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Chassis No. 106, was run earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway where Gordon started 18th and finished 23rd. Team Cingular tested the car at Michigan International Speedway in April and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.

* Gordon appearing all over town ... Robby Gordon will be making three appearances while he is in the Indianapolis area to meet with NASCAR fans and sign autographs. Starting Thursday evening, 7 to 8 p.m. CDT, Gordon will appear at the Meijer store located on 17000 Merchantville Blvd. in Noblesville, Ind. Friday evening, Gordon will visit the Cingular Wireless store located on 1092 N. State Road 267 in Avon, Ind., from 5 to 6 p.m. CDT, and then will proceed to another Meijer store located on 1424 West Carmel Drive in Carmel, Ind., from 7 to 8 p.m. CDT.

* Testing at IMS ... The No. 31 Cingular Wireless team tested at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tues., July 20.

* Gordon preparing for triple-header at Bristol ... To prepare for the upcoming 500-lap, short-track event later this month at Bristol Motor Speedway, Gordon and Team Cingular will head to Tennessee early next week, August 10 and 11, to test at the half-mile track. Gordon will be running in all three NASCAR Series events at Bristol August 25-28, including the Craftsman Truck, Busch and Cup Series races.

* RC takes a bite out of the Big Apple ... Richard Childress will make a special trip to New York City early next week, Tues., August 10, to meet NASCAR fans and sign autographs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. EDT at the Cingular Wireless store located on Fifth and 47th in Manhattan.

* Five out of 10, not bad ... Gordon has five top-10 finishes in 10 Indianapolis 500 starts, the most recent in May 2002 driving as part of the Indy/Charlotte Double in a car co-owned by Richard Childress and John Menard.

* The 500 disappointment ... Gordon competed in the 2004 Indy 500 earlier this year, but rain delayed the completion of the race. Gordon needed to return to North Carolina to compete in the Coca-Cola 600, and therefore handed the wheel of his Indy car over to Jaques Lazier. It was the first in-race relief driver for the Indy 500 since 1977. The rain did stop and racing resumed with Lazier eventually being forced to retire prematurely due to a broken right halfshaft. Gordon's entry, the Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara-Chevrolet, was credited a 29th-place finish.

* Hometown Hoosiers ... Two Cingular Wireless crew members are from the great state of Indiana. Crew chief Chris Andrews hails from Evansville, Ind., and is a 1992 graduate of Purdue University's School of Interdisciplinary Engineering. Car chief Todd Osborne is from Jamestown, Ind.

* Getting back to Busch racing ... Gordon will return to the Busch Series this weekend at Indianapolis Raceway Park to pilot the No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet in the Kroger 200 Saturday night. Gordon's last Busch race this year was at Chicagoland Speedway in early July, when he brought home a sixth-place finish for the Robby Gordon Motorsports team. Gordon is currently 21st in the Busch Series standings.

* Listen and watch ... The Brickyard 400 NASCAR Cup race will broadcast live starting at 2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, August 8, on NBC, IMS Radio and XM Radio.

Team Cingular Quotes:

R. Gordon on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

"Last year, the Cingular Wireless Chevrolet was a strong car at Indianapolis. We had great pit strategy and timely cautions helped us

gain a lap back we lost earlier in the race. Indy is all about speed and we had it last year. I believe we were at the top of the charts during Happy Hour.

"I have had pretty decent runs at Indy since I started driving for RCR. I was happy for Kevin's [Harvick] 2003 win and we brought home another top-10. Maybe the torch will be passed to Team Cingular this year. I want to win so bad there I can taste it.

"I have made a lot of laps there this year. Probably more than anyone else, but that's not going to help me with my stock car this weekend. There's no comparison between an Indy car and a stock car at Indianapolis. You can run full-throttle in an Indy car all the way around the speedway, but you can't do that with a stock car. The biggest similarity is you can hit the wall very hard with either one of them if you aren't on top of your game 100 percent."

Chris Andrews, Team Cingular crew chief, on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

"We had a pretty good test at Indy last month. We weren't the fastest car on the track, but the speed charts don't necessarily always tell the whole story. Sometimes testing is not about trying to be the fastest car on the track, but walking away knowing more than when you started. We learned a lot testing there in July and sometimes what you learn is way more valuable than how fast you run.

"Last year it all came down to pit strategy and playing catch-up for us. The Cingular Chevy was a little tight throughout the race, so Robby fought that a bit, but we all worked together and pulled off a top-10. It was a good day for RCR, because one team walked away with a win, another with a top-10 and the other with a top-15. Hopefully, we'll see some of the same and some even better results this weekend ... first, second and third sounds good to me."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jaques Lazier