Indy rain plagues Robby Gordon

Indy rain plagues Robby Gordon

Robby Gordon just couldn't catch a break on Sunday. Rain began to hammer down on the running of the 88th Indianapolis Motor Speedway early Sunday morning, delaying the start of the race by over an hour. Robby Gordon. Photo by Earl ...

Robby Gordon just couldn't catch a break on Sunday. Rain began to hammer down on the running of the 88th Indianapolis Motor Speedway early Sunday morning, delaying the start of the race by over an hour.

Robby Gordon.
Photo by Earl Ma.
Gordon was on a very strict timeline: he had to leave Indianapolis no later than 3:00 pm in order to make the Coca-Cola 600 and drive his main moneymaker, the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

"I've been able to do it, slide over to the Coca-Cola 600 and run competitive there, as well," commented Gordon. "As far as being tired, I still do Baja, which is 1,000 miles in a car all by myself. At least with two races like this, there is a break in between and I do take fluids intravenously between the two events. I feel like I'm in better physical shape than I ever have been."

It's not easy getting someone as passionate about racing as Gordon out of an IRL car, but Gordon arranged to have Jacques Lazier stand by at Indy, in the event Gordon had to exit his No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola Robby Gordon Motorsports Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone and high-tail it back to Charlotte.

"I don't control the weather," mused Gordon. "We know what our plan is, and we'll stick with it. I have Jacques Lazier here. He's going to spot for me and is available to drive if that's the situation that we have to deal with."

Luckily, Gordon did have a backup plan, as with only 29 laps completed, rain began to yaw down on The Brickyard, and his hopes of winning his first Indy 500 washed down the drain. IRL officials displayed the red flag and parked the cars on pit road to wait out the inclement weather.

Jaques Lazier.
Photo by Dan Helrigel - IRL.
Lazier was called from the spotters stand and suited up to take over the wheel of the No. 70 machine. At 2:47 Eastern time, Gordon exited his vehicle to make the two-hour journey back to Lowe's Motor Speedway via helicopter and Citation jet.

Although Gordon qualified the No. 31 Chevy in 20th position, he will miss the mandatory NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series driver's meeting, and have to start from the rear of the field.

There may be more bad news in Gordon's future, as strong showers and heavy rains are expected to arrive in the greater Charlotte area near the start time of the Coca-Cola 600.

Gordon's car was running 16th at the time of the red flag for rain at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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