Roehrig picks Gordon to run at the Brickyard HIGH POINT, N.C. (July 13, 1998) Roehrig Motorsports has announced an agreement with Robby Gordon to drive the No. 19 Yellow Freight Ford Taurus for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Roehrig picks Gordon to run at the Brickyard
HIGH POINT, N.C. (July 13, 1998) Roehrig Motorsports has announced an agreement with Robby Gordon to drive the No. 19 Yellow Freight Ford Taurus for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gordon will act as substitute driver for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular, Tony Raines.
"I am honored to help Kurt during such an important weekend," Gordon said. "I have such a high personal regard for Kurt as both friend and professional colleague. I hope we are able to make Yellow Freight proud of our combined efforts."
"It's definitely the best decision for all involved," said team owner Kurt Roehrig. "Roehrig Motorsports will be competing in three very important races in a matter of four days and having Robby substitute at the Brickyard will help us improve our chances for a completely successful weekend."
On Wednesday, July 29, the team will practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While they qualify at the Speedway on Thursday, Raines will lead the No. 19 Pennzoil/Yellow Freight team as they practice, qualify and race at Indianapolis Raceway Park for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' Cummins 200.
As the NASCAR Winston Cup Series team competes at the Brickyard on Saturday, Aug. 1, the truck team will already be in Loudon, N.H., qualifying for the Pennzoil 200 to be held the next day.
"After really taking a look at that four-day schedule, I approached Kurt to see if we could consider getting some additional support that weekend," Raines said. "We are in the hunt for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship right now, and I knew if we attempted that staggering schedule our chances for making mistakes would be greater. For the sake of the team and our sponsors, we can't afford to take that risk."
"Tony Raines and Roehrig Motorsports have brought an incredible level of excitement to both our Winston Cup and Truck series racing programs," said Greg Reid, senior vice president of marketing for Yellow Freight System Inc. "Our employees have embraced Tony and this team as their own. We admire Tony for keeping the big picture in mind and we're pleased Kurt has found a strong substitute in Robby Gordon."
Gordon, 29, will take the helm of the No. 19 Yellow Freight Ford during an off-weekend from his regular duties as driver for the Arciero-Wells Racing team on the CART FedEx Championship Series. Gordon has competed at Indianapolis seven times, with a best finish of fifth in both 1994 and '95 Indy 500s. His most recent involvement with a NASCAR Winston Cup Series team came in the Save Mart/Kragen 350 at Sears Point Raceway, where Gordon qualified 18th in the No. 96 Caterpillar Chevrolet.
Yellow is a major associate sponsor of the No. 19 Pennzoil/Yellow Freight Ford F-150 and a primary sponsor of the Yellow Freight Ford Taurus. Raines will return to drive the NASCAR Winston Cup Series entry for their remaining scheduled races, including the Oct. 4 event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Oct. 25 Phoenix International Raceway event.
Source: NASCAR Online