Robby Gordon set for Daytona 500
Listen to this article

MAPEI & MENARDS JOIN GORDON FOR NASCARS BIGGEST RACE

Robby Gordon, Robby Gordon Motorsport Dodge
Robby Gordon, Robby Gordon Motorsport Dodge

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Charlotte, NC (February 16, 2012) - While some competitors use the NASCAR off season to recharge their batteries, Robby Gordon is racing in anything he can get behind the wheel of. Gordon, one of the best off-road racers in the world, participated in the 2012 edition of the Dakar Rally; in which he placed fifth overall. A week after his return from South America, he won the Best in the Desert Parker 425. Truly a racer to the core, Gordon rounded out his “off season” with the ultimate desert race, the King of the Hammers.

Now his sights are set on the pinnacle of racing, the 54th annual Daytona 500. Having fallen out of the top 35 in owner’s point, Gordon and crew will head to Daytona Beach with one thing on their mind – to qualify for the biggest race of the year. Gordon will be piloting the No. 7 Mapei / Menards Dodge Charger in his 24th attempt at the famed 2.5 mile tri-oval.

“Daytona is the 17th race of the 2012 season for us,” says Gordon who’s hoping to carry the momentum from the off-road program to his stock car efforts. “Racing is still my passion and in order to brand our product, SPEED Energy, we need to race. We are fortunate to have Mapei and Menards on board for the 500 and I look forward to the challenge of putting our car into the show,” he continues. The restrictor plate races have been good to Robby Gordon Motorsports, who feels they have something to prove. “We’ll see how the new NASCAR rules break up the two car draft, but if not, we certainly have a fast car that can be pushed to the front,” Gordon remarked.

Past Daytona performances – Robby Gordon made his Daytona debut in the 1991 Daytona 500. Since that time, Gordon has competed in 23 events at the 2.5 mile superspeedway. In the 2003 Daytona 500, Gordon recorded his best qualifying position in 3rd place and went on to finish the race in 6th place. Gordon later tied his best finish of 6th in the 2008 July event at Daytona.

shares
comments
Dave Blaney ready for Daytona 500 qualifying
Previous article

Dave Blaney ready for Daytona 500 qualifying

Next article

Cassill and Kvapil named drivers for new BK Racing team

Cassill and Kvapil named drivers for new BK Racing team
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Prime

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

NASCAR Cup
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Prime

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR Cup
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Prime

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his teammate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Prime

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR Cup
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of Next Gen arrival Prime

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major engine overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Prime

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, but his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines...

NASCAR Cup
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Prime

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR Cup
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Prime

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR Cup
Oct 5, 2021