After several weeks of lackluster results Robby Gordon and Team 31 head to the 1.99-mile road course in Sonoma, California with high hopes. Gordon won both road course events last season, and sees the race at Infineon as the best way to get out of...
After several weeks of lackluster results Robby Gordon and Team 31 head to the 1.99-mile road course in Sonoma, California with high hopes. Gordon won both road course events last season, and sees the race at Infineon as the best way to get out of the slump the Cingular Wireless Chevy has experienced this season.
Bad luck has plagued Gordon this season, last week at Michigan; the No. 31 Chevy had a strong qualifying effort in 5th. But, he crashed on the first lap of the race and finished 35th.
Gordon has only three top-ten finishes this year, and five results of 30th or worse. He sits a disappointing 20th in points, some 666 markers from top spot. It's a blow to the Richard Childress Racing team, who needs to secure a position in the top ten in order to contend in the 'Chase for the Championship' which begins after the 26th event on the schedule.
"We were on a roll up to the last six races; to let the points slip away like we did last weekend hurts us," Gordon commented. "We need to have a good run this weekend. We went there and tested and we are real pleased. We are about a second under the track record. I think we were one of the quickest cars there and we are looking forward to going there."
Poor results may not be entirely Gordon's fault. His RCR teammates, Dave Blaney/Johnny Sauter in the No. 30 and Kevin Harvick in the No. 29 have also struggled this year, suggesting that problems exist within the entire organization. Harvick, the strongest of the driver stable, has only managed to garner three top-fives, and hasn't won an event since Indianapolis in 2003.
"No RCR cars have pulled into Victory lane this year, and that's frustrating," Gordon said. "I have to be on my game and be on my tip-toes from here out. We're going into races that are good for us, so hopefully we can climb back up there."
While the RCR crew maintains that they are doing everything they can to get on track, they desperately need to start seeing results on the racetrack to buoy team morale.
Gordon's main focus is to position the No. 31 Chevy within the margin to participate in the championship playoff format unveiled by NASCAR earlier this season.
"We started out 2004 with two DNF's," said Gordon. "We've worked on everything and have got a competitive package again. We've worked through it.success breeds success."
It's a good weekend for Team 31 to seek a rebound, Gordon has 7 career top- ten's at road course events, and two victories.